Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

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    Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    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.

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    There you are Rupert you a nice little earner for you June 26th, nice to see a Vauxhall thats appreciating in value Rupert.
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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    Ahhh, a pre-GM Vauxhall - the days when Vauxhalls rivalled Bentley - sadly, times have changed

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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    What a beauty. The one I saw down here had an all alloy? (unpainted metal anyway) bonnet.
    That was about 40 years ago, loved them ever since.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    Ahhh, a pre-GM Vauxhall - the days when Vauxhalls rivalled Bentley - sadly, times have changed
    when mclaughlin-buick and CADDY where up there also

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    Well at least it's RWD, so 'Oldsmobile stopped' doesn't blow a gasket...
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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    Awesome! I love stories like this.

    Why would one go to the trouble to take a car apart and store it in crates? Wouldn't it be easier to just put a tarp over it?

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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    ^^^ Legal liability....you don't want the owner to see it and come calling for it.

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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackGTP View Post
    Awesome! I love stories like this.

    Why would one go to the trouble to take a car apart and store it in crates? Wouldn't it be easier to just put a tarp over it?
    Depends.

    It can often be surprising with a great many things .... just how small and tight a space a proper dis assembly into crates and wooden boxes can produce.

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    Re: Vauxhall RWD e-type abandoned at a garage over unpaid $10 bill sells for $394,500

    Cars were so much more prettier then. Automotive design peaked in the 1920s and 1930s in my opinion.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyDiablo View Post
    ^^^ Legal liability....you don't want the owner to see it and come calling for it.
    There was no problem under English Law with a garage retaining a vehicle as "lien" against an unpaid bill.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    Cars were so much more prettier then. Automotive design peaked in the 1920s and 1930s in my opinion.
    For once we agree - if ever a time machine is actually invented, that's the era I want to go back to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    For once we agree - if ever a time machine is actually invented, that's the era I want to go back to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ruperts Trooper View Post
    There was no problem under English Law with a garage retaining a vehicle as "lien" against an unpaid bill.
    Could his family not offer to pay up settle the bill today, pay the $10 bucks bill Rupert?

    If only Vauxhall had kept 10 of these fabulous RWD cars on par with the Bentley Boys in the shed in storage for 2015, it might of put Opel group back in the black today Rupert.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Butz View Post
    Cars were so much more prettier then. Automotive design peaked in the 1920s and 1930s in my opinion.
    I agree they where fantastic design's in that era but I think the peak was mid to late 50's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldsmobile stopped View Post
    Could his family not offer to pay up settle the bill today, pay the $10 bucks bill Rupert?
    Under English Law, the garage would be entitled to add daily storage charges on top of the original bill as well as reasonable interest - whilst it's not common, there are cases where the owner offers to give the car in full and final settlement of the debt when the bill is more than the perceived value of the car - once done, there's no going back especially after more than 80 years. The report does read as if that's what happened.

    In modern times, it's most likely to occur if a car is seized by police during a traffic stop for insurance, licence or road tax evasion or the car "towed" for illegal parking as there is then an official release fee as well as a daily storage fee which can only be done when the vehicles documentation is put in order, ie paid for insurance or road tax. The release fee is currently 200 UKP and the storage rate 20 UKP/day - say $300 plus $30/day.

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