6 - 7 September 2014
The balmy weather of an Indian summer, fields full to bursting with exhibitor stands and a record number of visitors contributed to make this year’s International Autojumble the perfect Beaulieu.
The event retained its cosmopolitan feel with thousands of European and overseas motoring enthusiasts joining the British contingent for the 48th International Autojumble, held in the parkland of the National Motor Museum on the 6th and 7th of September.
Total visitor numbers over the weekend were 39,071, the best since 1992. The Autojumble was another sell-out for stand spaces with a waiting list of hopeful exhibitors, which is a very healthy sign for the future of the event. The final total number of stands was 2,431, which included 293 cars for sale on the Beaulieu Arena and in the Dealermart classic cars area.
Beaulieu’s Events Manager, Judith Maddox said: “We are delighted with the success of this year’s show with record visitor numbers and many exhibitors reporting their best year ever for sales. The whole weekend had a vibrant energy with the camaraderie of the Beaulieu Autojumble community never more in evidence, a good indicator that the whole autojumble movement continues to prosper.”
There were plenty of interesting vehicles ready to be snapped up in the Automart, including a 1921 Ford Model T truck complete with American licence plates for £8,500, a 1934 three-wheeled Morgan Super Sports with an exposed V-twin engine at £38,000 and a beautifully preserved 1949 MG YT Tourer, one of less than 900 produced. The little known French marque, Amilcar, was represented by a re-built aluminium bodied 1925 example at £25,500. Its current ‘lofty’ owner recommends it to potential owners of a shorter stature!
A pair of classics from 1963 was a Riley Elf Mk l with a modest 65,000 miles on the clock for £4,950 and a Ford Cortina Mk l, fully restored to replicate the special edition Lotus Cortina, at £15,000. Other classics included a 1971 Morris Minor 1000 for £2,950, a 1973 Austin 1800 ‘Landcrab’ restored to rally specification at £4,995 and a modern classic 1988 Porsche 911 Carrera with an asking price of €45,000.
Among the American classics were two customised cars, a 1940 Ford Mercury Coupé, modified with a Chevrolet V8 engine at £23,995 and an attention grabbing 1963 Ford Thunderbird, a high-profile ‘West Coast’ custom, built in California in 2002, with a sale price of £24,000.
A more quirky offering was a 1976 Trabant Kübelwagen, a fascinating example of East German design, on offer at £7,500 which came complete with original fittings, including spades and ammo boxes! Much more expensive was a fully reconditioned 1950s Bristol Lodekka London Bus with a price to match its size - £165,000.
By Saturday lunchtime many cars were already displaying ‘Sold’ signs, including a fully roadworthy 1937 Peugeot 302, a Rolls-Royce motor hearse, a classic 1972 Jaguar XJ6 Series l and a 1960 Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire.
The top selling lot at the Bonhams sale, held on Saturday, was 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 two-seater with Dickey coachwork which fetched £242,300, over £60,000 above its top estimate.
A 1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8-litre Roadster, a rare ‘Flat Floor’ example last used on the road in 1992 and needing total renovation, attracted a lot of interest and sold for £77,660, almost four times its top estimate. Another restoration fetching a high price was a 1957 Aston Martin DB Mark lll which had been off the road since 1971. It exceeded its £60,000 top estimate by over £30,000.
A 1923 Vauxhall OD 23-60hp Kington Tourer, a former Southampton taxi which had languished in a North London garage for almost 30 years and now awaits sympathetic restoration, sold for £55,200, almost double its estimate. An official replica of the iconic Lambretta LI 125 ‘Jimmy’ scooter that featured in the cult 1979 movie Quadrophenia went for £10,350.
Bonhams Motor Car Specialist, Rob Hubbard said: “We were delighted to be back at Beaulieu for another exceptional sale showing good strength in the market place. With 127 vehicles, 35 motor cycles and 174 lots of automobilia in the auction and over 84% of the lots sold on the day, a Premium total of £3.3 million was reached. As always, the Beaulieu Autojumble weekend continually achieves record prices and a high level of sales.”
Trunk Traders was a Sunday highlight, popular with exhibitors and visitors alike, with amateur jumblers bringing a fresh injection of stock onto the showground. The free delivery service, taking large or heavy items bought at the Autojumble back to the car parks, was kept busy throughout the show.
The winner of the Best Stand was Tim Hodgekiss with his stand selling electrical parts and accessories for vintage and classic cars. Tim and his wife Sue, from Norfolk, are Beaulieu exhibitors of long standing and have been coming to the Autojumble for over forty years. They were commended by the judges for a well laid out stand, providing essential electrical components.
Lord Montagu presented Tim and Sue with a trophy donated by Lolly Lee, in memory of her father, Terry, a keen autojumbler who spent his life looking for rare items of interest. In addition to the trophy and a Ringwood Breweries hamper, they will receive a free stand at next year’s International Autojumble.
The team from the event’s media sponsor, Practical Classics, kept visitors entertained in their workshop tent. In tribute to Donald Campbell, who broke the World Land Speed Record in Bluebird CN7 in 1964, and Beaulieu’s new Land Speed display For Britain & For The Hell Of It, the PC team started to build their own record breaker – the fastest car ever to be constructed at a Beaulieu Autojumble!
PC Editor, Danny Hopkins explained: “We set out with a Lanchester LD10 chassis and Kaiser engine with overdrive gearbox sourced at the Spring Autojumble and during the weekend fitted a number of components including a Zenith carburettor, found on the fields for £20 within ten minutes. A vital component, a new head gasket, was also tracked down, enabling the car to be fired up at the close of the show.
“We aim to complete the build with streamlined aluminium bodywork at the next Spring and then take the ‘Beaulieu Speedster’ to a secret location for an attempt to break the 60mph barrier, which is actually the top speed of the Series One Land Rover built at Beaulieu 11 years ago. We’ve set ourselves a tough challenge this time, but even if we fail, we will have had fun trying.”
New Forest based Ringwood Brewery ran a popular bar throughout the show. Among the beers on offer were Beaulieu Best and an ale specially brewed for this year’s' Autojumble - Old Sump. They also donated three hampers of their products, one of which was presented to Andy Lee of R&D Classic Car Spares for the quirkiest stand with a topical take on this year’s Rio World Cup, complete with Christ the Redeemer - a useful landmark in the showground.
A selection of photographs from the weekend can be seen on our Flickr page.