‘Barn find’ classic BMWs and Volvos get a chance to shine at auction

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The vast doors of the barn – wide and tall enough for a combine harvester – shivered and creaked as they slowly slid open. In the murk we could see 10 dust-covered cars standing in two long ranks. Some were partially under tarpaulins and dust sheets. Some were lop-sided on flat tyres.

This sight thrilled the representative of Bonhams – the auctioneers who had come to assess these cars for their autumn sale at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu next Saturday (September 1). He saw it as “a classic barn-find”.

To my eyes, however, this gloomy spectacle was unbearably poignant. I immediately recognised every one of those grimy, neglected machines. Each was a remnant of the amazing life of one…


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