An impressive line-up of classic cars celebrated the golden age of motoring as the brand new Golden Oldies display made its triumphant debut at Beaulieu’s International Autojumble on September 7th and 8th.
Enthusiasts brought more than 50 historic motors from the 1920s – 1960s for the display, while 33,293 event-goers snapped up bargains from 2,176 stands packed with motoring spares, accessories and automobilia.
Driving more than 1,000 miles from Sweden especially to take part in Golden Oldiesin the grounds of the National Motor Museum was a 1954 Wolseley 4/44, which had just been put back on the road by Nostalgia magazine after being unused for 30 years.
Also travelling from the Netherlands was an eye-catching 1952 Singer Roadster 4AD Ute and once-common 1969 Volvo 145, while an imposing 1964 Rolls-Royce Phantom V and diminutive but rare 1959 Fairthorpe Ashley Special showed the diverse range of the collection.
Turning heads were an unusual 1963 Ford Cortina Mk1 hearse and 1922 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre that had been a racing car (pictured at top) and fire engine in its varied life. A period-perfect 1943 Morris Z van, exactly as it was when in service as a Post Office Telephones engineer’s van, sleek 1969 Marcos 3-litre with space-age styling and rarely-seen 1957 Standard Family Ten parked up amongst Jaguars, Triumphs, Sunbeams, MGs, Austins and Morrises.
Entering into the fun of the show were the winners of the Best Stand Award, with Peter and James Sheppard from Cornwall, David Stevens from Hertfordshire and Colin Feyerband from Bedfordshire all dressed in white coats behind their autojumble stand. David explained: “We’ve shared a stand for 40 years and this year we are pretending to be doctors, prescribing spare parts to cure classic car ailments. Colin had retired and sold his laboratory to buy a Ferrari, so we have plenty of lab coats on sale with our usual automobilia and general motoring spares. We’re all delighted to have won the award, it’s made our autojumble!”
The show’s Automart was packed with classic cars for sale and had buyers reaching for their wallets. Rarities included a 1950 Riley RMC convertible, resplendent in bright red with whitewall tyres and priced at £46,995, 1970 Austin 3-Litre at £7,750 and 1955 Messerschmitt KR200 at £29,500.
Projects included a 1936 Armstrong-Siddeley at £13,500 and part-restored 1934 Jaguar SS 12hp Coupe at £32,750, while classics ready to use ranged from a 1976 Rover 3500S at £5,950 to a tiny 1963 Vespa Ape Tuk Tuk at £5,000. Dealermart also featured a selection of top condition classics offered by traders.
The Morgan Sports Car Club shared a collection of its members’ cars, ranging from the popular 4/4 to the legendary Plus 8, in another special display.
For more than 50 years, International Autojumble has been an unmissable date on the classic car calendar for enthusiasts to track down elusive spare parts to keep their cars on the road. Plans are underway for Beaulieu’s 2020 International Autojumble and dates will be announced on the Beaulieu website at www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.