Classic car abandoned at a garage over unpaid £7 bill goes under the hammer – for £250,000
The family of a car owner who chose to leave his old motor at a garage rather than pay its repair bill will be kicking themselves - because it's now worth a quarter of a million pounds.
The dark blue 1921 Vauxhall tourer 'came with the sale' when the Archer family bought the garage in Essex in 1934 because its owner had defaulted on an outstanding bill of £7 10s - around £500 in today's money.
The historic motor then spent the next half a century off the road, after the Archers dismantled it and stored it in boxes at the garage in Great Dunmow near Bishop's Stortford.
The current owner bought the broken-up car in 1991 and set about restoring it to its former glory.
It took him 12 years to complete the mammoth project, which he finished just in time for Vauxhall's centenary celebrations in 2003.
Despite first being built as a track car the motor has never been raced, instead being used for family trips.
The model, a 30-98, was produced by Luton-based Vauxhall from 1913 to 1927. It is thought its name comes from its power output - 30 bhp at 1,000 rpm and 98 bhp at 3,000 rpm.
Experts say it is the quintessential British sports car and one of the greatest ever to be made.
This example is expected to fetch £250,000 when it goes under the hammer at a Bonhams sale.
A spokesman for Bonhams said: 'This is a most handsome example of what is considered by many knowledgeable enthusiasts to be the finest British sporting car of the vintage period.
'Legend has it that this 30-98 came to light when Arthur Archer's father bought garage premises in Great Dunmow, Essex in the mid-1930s.
'He enquired about an old car in a corner of the building and was told that it went with the premises and had been left by a customer who had never returned to pay the £7 10s owing on it.
'The car was not run between 1934 and 1990, during which period it was dismantled and stored by the Archers.
'The current vendor acquired the 30-98 in 1991 as a rolling chassis and body parts following a lengthy search for an E-Type Vauxhall.
The auction will be held on June 26.
There you are Rupert you a nice little earner for you June 26th, nice to see a Vauxhall thats appreciating in value Rupert.