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Catalogue goes Live for SA's Biggest #Vintage, Classic, Barn Find & #Automobilia Eastate Car #Auction

 Catalogue goes Live for SA's Biggest Vintage, Classic, Barn Find & Automobilia Estate Car Auction
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After a five-month treasure hunt that took thousands of man hours through fields, dim and dusty barns, assorted workshops and rambling farmhouses to collate all the sale items, the highly-anticipated catalogue for next month’s historic 100 000-item automobilia, vintage and classic car auction taking place just outside Cape Town, has been launched for buyers to view.

The extraordinary sale comprises a private auto collection put together as a labour of love by one moto-mania driven enthusiast over the course of 50 years. Crucially, the collection in its entirety has never before been opened for public view.

The deceased estate sale taking place on Saturday, November 9, is a joint venture between Bidway Auction House in Cape Town and national heavyweight auctioneers The High Street Auction Company.

The catalogue comprising close to 400 lots has gone live on the High Street Auctions app available free of charge on Google Play and the App Store, and will be uploaded to the websites of both Bidway and High Street at www.bidway.co.za and www.highstreetauctions.com respectively.

The sale will comprises some 70 vehicles and more than 100 000 spares and parts from entire vintage engine blocks to chrome bumpers, and original factory-fitted radios to headlight bulbs and gaskets more than 50 years old and still in original packaging. 

Trucks, sedans, compacts and a variety of convertibles will be auctioned, encompassing more than two dozen pristine, fully restored “runners” and extremely rare “barn finds” that span six decades of European, British and American automotive design.

The oldest motor vehicle going under the hammer is a 1928 Buick, but also in the catalogue among the dozens of spectacular left- and right-hand-drive “runners” are:

  • A 1954 Austin Healy 100 Series convertible;
  • A 1946 Peugeot 202 (believed to be the only one in South Africa); 
  • A 1936 Ford Roadster;
  • A 1931 Ford Model A Phantom;
  • A 1969 MGB GT;
  • A 1964 Dodge Polara;
  • A 1971 Ford Mustang;
  • A 1933 Ford coupe;
  • A 1934 Ford V8 pick-up – one of an assortment of trucks and pick-ups going under the hammer on the day;
  • Numerous VW Beetles;
  • A 1954 Mercedes Ponton 180; and
  • A 1964 Chevrolet Impala convertible.

Stef Olivier, South Africa’s 2018 Champion Auctioneer and MD of Bidway Auction House, says approximately a month ago, after four months of daily meticulous searches through fields and outbuildings for vehicles and spares scattered far and wide across the property, there appeared to be light at the end of the tunnel getting the sale lots organised.

“We got to the stage of having collected, collated and sorted the thousands upon thousands of auction items across three vast barns and we were in the process of finalising the sale lots when we happened upon an outbuilding which we’d understood to be empty.

“We were very, very wrong.”

Olivier says a month down the line the additional items have been categorised and sorted, they have been incorporated into the sale catalogue and “we’re ready for the big day”.

Joff van Reenen, Lead Auctioneer and Director of High Street Auctions, says the sale will start at 10.30am sharp on November 9 in a purpose-built auction arena on Nassau Farm, Polkadraai Road in Stellenbosch.

“First on the block will be the no-reserve barn finds vehicles, followed by the staggering assortment of spares and parts for dozens of different makes and models of vehicles from the 1930s to the 1970s.

“The incredible collection of restored classic and vintage runners will be the final lots to go under the hammer on the day.”

Van Reenen says the tens of thousands of spare parts have by necessity been grouped into assortment lots to make the auction a manageable size.

“The spares were first grouped by decade, then by manufacturer/model and type. By way of example, one of most abundant things we’ve found on the farm is hubcaps from vehicles that span five decades.

“We first grouped them according to decade from the early 1930s to the 1970s, then they were sorted by manufacturer, which means one lot will theoretically contain all the 1940s Ford hubcaps in the collection.”

Van Reenen says on the day of the sale live bids, telephone bids, online bids and commission bids will be accepted, and the entire auction will be live-streamed on the High Street Auctions website and on the High Street app.

“We are being flooded with enquiries and registrations for the auction from all over South Africa, and also from bidders as far afield as the US, England, Switzerland and Germany.”

Olivier adds that the refundable registration fee to participate in the auction is R20 000 and pre-registration is essential for the CPA and FICA conditions to be satisfied timeously. 

“Bidders need to provide proof of identity as well as proof of residential address that is no older than three months, in order to be FICA-compliant and eligible to participate in the sale.

“The auctioneers have been instructed to sell all the drivable vehicles to the highest bidder subject to consent of the executor and Master of the High Court.” 

Three viewing days will be held prior to the sale. Viewing hours have been designated as 10am to 4pm on November 6-8.

For more information on the sale on November 9 download the High Street Auctions app or visit www.highstreetauctions.com  or www.bidway.co.za). Alternatively contact Olivier on (+27)82 823 2615, or Van Reenen on (+27)82 802 1366.

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