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Barn find amazing classic cars set to be sold for a small fortune

A Jaguar has 51,000 on the clock and a Morris Bullnose dates back to 1922 and were discovered in Repton

Two rare classic cars discovered after decades hidden in a barn used for storage are being put up for auction. A 1960 Mark II Jaguar 2.4 manual was owned from new and has just 51,000 miles on the clock and a 1922 Morris Bullnose, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, were discovered under dust sheets in an outbuilding.

Now the cars, found near Repton, in South Derbyshire, both are set to go under the hammer. The Jaguar, lot 554, has an estimate of £20,000 to £30,000, while the Morris, lot 555, has a guide price of £15,000 to £20,000.

The vehicles will be up for auction at some firm Hansons Auctioneers’ fine art sale tomorrow, Thursday, March 31. Steve Fulford, Hansons valuer, said: “The Jaguar is in remarkable original condition given its age. The interior is excellent with superb walnut fittings and black leather seats with red piping.It’s being sold with its original bill of sale and full tool kit.

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“The Morris Bullnose is another rare vintage car in original condition. It’s been well cared for by the vendors’ family and comes with its receipt from 1963. It’s had three owners since registration in July, 1922. Now it’s been re-commissioned it looks stunning. In fact, both cars look sensational. Storage dust and grime has been replaced by brilliant shine.”

The vehicles, which have sparked national interest, are on display at the Geoff Cox showroom in Denby, Derbyshire. And the man to thank for buying them in the first place – and looking after them so well – was the late Peter McManus.

Charles Hanson, owner of Hansons Auctioneers, said: “Peter was a keen motor enthusiast who treasured his cars and took care of them, as did his son and daughter who inherited them.

“Finds like this in original condition, stored with care in a clean and dry outbuilding, don’t come along often. According to the Peter’s children, the cars represent family togetherness and happy memories.

“Peter bought the Jaguar from new in 1960 but only ever used it on high days and holidays, including some New Year trips to Scotland, hence its low mileage. Even though it went to Scotland, it was carefully garaged away while they were there. The family took two cars on the trips north Dad drove the Jag while the sellers’ mum followed in the family Mini.

“Its garage-mate was the Bullnose Morris. It was sold by GH Robbins of Evesham in 1922 and registered in July that year. Mr Robbins bought it back in 1939 and kept it until he passed away in the 1960s. In 1963 it was purchased by Peter.

“He loved its simplicity and ease of use. His children say people used to smile and wave at them when they were out and about in it. They recall their father driving them to a sweet shop in Rocester, Staffordshire, to buy sherbet fountains and Sunny picnics in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.The Bullnose was also used as a wedding car when the car enthusiast’s daughter married.

“It will be an honor to celebrate Peter’s love of cars at auction. Though born in Rhyl, Wales, in 1923, his family were from Shardlow, Derbyshire, and his grandfather had a butcher’s shop in Kegworth, Leicestershire. Peter undertook an apprenticeship in engineering in Derby and, during the Second World War, worked on Merlin engines at Rolls-Royce. He died at the age of 94 in 2017.”

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