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    The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars at the Haynes International Motor Museum in July was a record for the auctioneers with a total of just over £475,000.

    “We had a great line up of 70 classic cars at Haynes from restoration projects to super cars.” Commented Richard Bromell. “With a strong market and plenty of bidders keen to add to their collections we had buyers from as far away as Australia!”

    Top lot on the day was £40,000 paid for a 2003 Noble M12 GTO 3R. It was also the fastest car in the auction with a top speed of 186mph.

    Next up, there was a 1989 Porsche 911 Targa. From a West Country deceased estate it sold to an Octogenarian at £37,000 and remains in the West Country.

    Elsewhere in the auction, a 1975 Ford Escort restoration project, having been garage stored for the past 25 years, sold to a father and son to restore for £24,000. Another Ford Escort, this time a 1986 RS Turbo, made good money selling for £6,800 with the buyer looking to complete a nut and bolt restoration on the car to add in to his private collection.

    Other restoration projects remained popular too, with a 1960 MG A Roadster, discovered by the auctioneers when clearing a cottage near Shaftesbury selling for £16,500 despite being in pieces. Also from a deceased estate, this time near Taunton, were a brace of Citroen’s. Still on their original French number plates and having been garage stored for some time, a 1951 Citroen 15 Six sold for £11,000 and a 1956 Citroen 11B Light 15 £5,000.

    However, there was one car which hit the right note with bidders – a 2002 Jaguar XK8 coupe. Bought new by Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet fame, this silver coloured car turned to gold selling for £7,000.

    Charterhouse are now accepting entries for their next specialist auctions with automobilia & enamel signs on 18th August, coins, medals & stamps 5th September followed by model cars, toys, clocks & collector’s items on Friday 6th and then classic and vintage cars at the Haynes International Motor Museum on 5th October with classic and vintage motorcycles, also at Haynes, on Thursday 14th October.

    Richard Bromell and the team at Charterhouse can be contacted for valuations and to arrange a free home visit at The Long Street Salerooms, Sherborne 01935 812277 or via


    2003 Noble M12 GTO 3R sold for £40,000

    1989 Porsche 911 Targa sold for £37,000

    1975 Ford Escort RS200 project sold for £24,000

    1960 MG A Roadster project sold for £16,500

    Gary Kemp’s 2002 Jaguar XK8 coupe sold for £7,000