This weekend is going to be rather special at the Royal Bath & West Showground – we have over 100 Motorbikes going under the hammer, and 50 Classic Cars. With viewing on Saturday and Sunday from 9.30 – 4pm, and the auction on Sunday starting at 11.30am with the Motorbikes, and at 2.30pm for the […]
A small group of books from the personal library of William Moorcroft, one of the country’s leading early 20th century potters, are going under the hammer in the Charterhouse two day auction on 17th & 18th April.
“It was a piece of Moorcroft pottery which I fell in love with as a young saleroom porter 34 years ago.” Commentated Richard Bromell. “Ever since then I have had a keen interest in Moorcroft along with half of the country it appears as it is so popular.”
William Moorcroft was born in Burslem, Staffordshire in 1872. He studied art at Burslem, London and Paris. In 1897 he joined James Macintyre as a designer and within a year he was overseeing the company’s art pottery studio where he developed his hugely successful tubeline decorated Florian wares. Read more
The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage motorbikes has a great selection of bikes going under the hammer with estimates from £200 up to £55,000.
“There are bikes in all shapes and sizes and conditions.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “As usual, there is a good selection of British bikes with a smattering of German, Japanese and other manufactures.”
The star of the auction is a 1949 Vincent Black Shadow. Coming to auction in a beautifully restored state this iconic 1,000cc motorbike is estimated to sell for £50,000-55,000.
An Ultima GTR, which cost its owner over £70,000 to build, is entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 10th February.
“It really is a super car in all respects.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its purring or rather growling V8 engine producing over 400 bhp fitted in a car weighing less than 1,000 kg, it has a suspected top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time in just a few seconds.”
Ultima produced the GTR until 2015. It is a mid-engined rear wheel drive super car with a steel space frame chassis. An Ultima GTR was taken around the Top Gear test track lapping at 1 minute 12.8 seconds, which Read more
An archive of motor sport photographs and trophy cups following the exploits of Charles Frederick “Freddie” Pope during the 1950’s and 1960’s in The Singapore Motor Club are going under the Charterhouse hammer on Thursday 17th January.
“It’s a fascinating look into motorsport just after the war.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “What is also quite mesmerising are the number of photographs which show Freddie with either a cigarette or a drink in his hand!” Read more
A Cold War Tatra T600 Tatraplan car sold by Charterhouse in their 4th November auction of classic and vintage cars has been bought by a Slovakian Tatra collector who lives only 50 miles away from where it was made in 1950 at Ostrava in the Czech Republic.
“It was a very busy auction which totalled over £200,000 but it was the 1950 Tatra which most people found fascinating.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its aerodynamic body having a rear fin, somewhat similar to Formula 1 race car today, it was a somewhat strange looking car. Fitted with a 2,000cc engine in the rear it ran and drove which is quite amazing as it had been garage stored by its owner for nearly 50 years!”
Two classic cars entered into the Charterhouse sale on Sunday 4th November have rather unusually not seen a drop of rain on their bodywork for decades.
“Interestingly both cars are open topped sports cars and both will appeal to very different car enthusiasts.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The 1960 Fairthorpe is easy to see it has not seen a drop of rain in years as it is covered under decades of dust and is stored in a barn, the other is a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which its meticulous owner bought in 1997 and has not been in the rain since then.”
The Fairthorpe Electron Minor has been in just one family ownership since new in 1960. A rare little car, fitted