Massive hoard of 174 classic cars sit in North London warehouse
Massive GBP1million hoard of 170 classic cars sits covered in dust and bird droppings in North London warehouse including a 1957 Mercedes and a 1973 Porsche
- Some 174 vehicles are up for auction for combined guide price of GBP942,700 in Tottenham, North London
- Most expensive guide price is GBP25,000 for 1960 MG MGA, followed by 1975 Mercedes 350SL for GBP18,000
- 1989 BMW 635CSI is up for GBP16,000 and 1973 Porsche 911 and 1983 Mercedes 280SL both up for GBP15,000
Published: 12:24, 3 September 2021 | Updated: 13:45, 3 September 2021
The eight most expensive cars going up for auction
- 1960 MG MGA 1600 petrol – GBP25,000
- 1975 Mercedes 350SL 3499CC petrol 2DR – GBP18,000
- 1989 BMW 635CSI 3430CC petrol 2DR – GBP16,000
- 1973 Porsche 911 2687cc 2DR coupe – GBP15,000
- 1983 Mercedes 280SL 2746CC petrol 2DR – GBP15,000
- 1981 Mercedes 380SL 3839CC petrol 2DR – GBP15,000
- VW Camper (undated) – GBP15,000
- 1976 Toyota (no model) – GBP15,000
An extraordinary GBP1million collection of 174 dust-covered classic cars dating back to the 1940s has been put up for auction at a warehouse for a total of nearly GBP1million after being discovered in barn finds.
The stunning array of vehicles, which are being kept at a business park in Tottenham, North London, have been given guide prices of up to GBP25,000 with the most expensive being a 1960 MG MGA red sports car.
Others with high guide prices include a 1975 Mercedes 350SL for GBP18,000, a 1989 BMW 635CSI for GBP16,000 and five cars for GBP15,000 each – including a 1973 Porsche 911, a 1983 Mercedes 280SL and a 1981 380SL.
Among the other vehicles being shown off by ‘London Barn Finds’ are a 1971 Triumph Spitfire MK4, a 1973 MG MGB, a 1989 Nissan 300ZX and a 1986 Mercedes 300SE – all of which have a guide price of GBP8,000.
Other vehicles available around the same price range include a 1976 VW Camper, a 1986 Mercedes 300SE and a Ponton 200 by the same manufacturer – while the cheapest is a 2000 Citroen Berlingo, up for GBP100.
The oldest car on the list is a 1948 MG which does not have a guide price and was last taxed in 1991, with the second oldest being a 1952 MG YB and the third a 1955 Morris Minor with a guide price of GBP2,000.
The auctioneers have so far been tight-lipped on how the cars ended up in the warehouse, who the original owners were or how long they have been in storage for.
The extraordinary collection of 174 dust-covered classic cars have been unveiled at a warehouse in Tottenham, North London
The series of cars have been put up for auction for a total of nearly GBP1million by ‘London Barn Finds’ after being discovered
The stunning array of vehicles are being kept at a business park in Tottenham, North London, while they are being sold off
A Porsche 1973 911 2687cc 2DR Coupe Manual has a guide price of GBP15,000 and is among the 174 cars on display in London
A 1957 Mercedes Ponton 200 is among the cars available which have been put on show in Tottenham, North London
The cars have been given guide prices of up to GBP25,000 with the most expensive being a 1960 MG MGA red sports car
All of the cars on show in North London are said to run properly and were driven to the warehouse under their own power
A Mercedes 220SE is among the cars on show in Tottenham – all of which have a combined guide price of nearly GBP1million
Some of the cars do not have numberplates and others have no identifying documents, and a selection appear to be carrying the plates of different vehicles. Many have a thick layer of dust and are covered in bird droppings.
However all of the cars are said to run properly and were driven to the warehouse under their own power, with some taxed for road use as recently as 2016 – although others have not been taxed for three decades.
Popular car enthusiast and YouTuber Freddie Atkins, who posts under the name TheTFJJ, got to visit the site last week and described it as a ‘very special warehouse’, adding: ‘I’ve not seen anything like it before in my life.
‘It’s basically an insane colleciton of Mercedes, Porsche, Volkswagen, lots and lots of classic cars – BMW as well.
They’re all barn finds, they’re all being sold here and are coming up for sale with London Barn Finds on Instagram.’
This 1989 black BMW 635CSI is a 3430CC petrol 2DR coupe automatic with a guide price of GBP15,000
Organisers of the auction have been sifting through 15 boxes of old receipts, old tax disks and service history records
A BMW 530 is among the cars on sale – with this one given a guide price of GBP5,000 by ‘London Barn Finds’
A 1978 red Mercedes SL350 3499cc petrol car is also available at the site in North London, with a guide price of GBP12,000
Some of the cars do not have numberplates and others have no documents, with many carrying a thick layer of dust
Many have a thick layer of dust and are covered in bird droppings – something of concern in terms of repairing the paintwork
A number of Land Rover cars are among the vehicles on display at the site which could be viewed on Bank Holiday Monday
Mr Atkins added: ‘The scale of this place is just incredible.’ He also said it was ‘interesting seeing the varying states of the interior’ and the cars gave an ‘insight into what the interior looks like if you left it out for many, many years’.
The cars, which have a combined guide list total price of GBP942,700, could be seen in a viewing session on Bank Holiday Monday – with no money changing hands on the day and all sales made by sealed bids after the event.
The organisers said they would be contacting people who made bids following this open day and were still going through the offers as of today. They added that they would be putting any unsold cars up on eBay.
A spokesman for London Barn Finds said on Instagram: ‘Thanks to everyone who came to the open day, we appreciate it was last minute but we had to manage it that way for reasons relating to the owner.
A range of MG cars are involved in the auction, including a 1960 MG MGA sports car which has a guide price of GBP25,000
Some of the vehicles were taxed for road use as recently as 2016 – although others have not been taxed for three decades
A number of Volkswagen camper vans are available as part of the collection which have been put on show in Tottenham
Some of the cars on show are in bad condition and in need of serious improvement, but still hold value for some traders
All of the cars are said to run properly and were driven to the warehouse in North London under their own power
One of nine Mini vehicles available in the collection of cars which could be viewed in Tottenham on Bank Holiday Monday
Another of the Land Rover vehicles available in the collection which were posted on Instagram by ‘London Barn Finds’
‘We are currently looking at the bids received from Monday’s viewing and will be contacting people who offered in due course. The next step will be eBay for the cars that haven’t sold.’
They added: ‘You’ll be able to find more information about each car there.
Please keep your eyes peeled for UK listings with ‘barn find’ in the title if you’re looking to bid on any of the items seen in this collection.’
The spokesman said that they were ‘sifting through 15 boxes of old receipts, old tax disks, photos of better years, service history, MOTs, V5s and more’ and were aiming to ‘share as much as possible’ with those interested.
In other motoring news this week, a cleaner form of petrol called E10 – which is made with up to 10 per cent bioethanol, a type of renewable fuel – was introduced at filling stations from Wednesday.
A number of Mercedes vehicles form part of the array of cars although many of them are in need of serious improvements
A selection of the cars revealed by ‘London Barn Finds’ appear to be carrying the numberplates of different vehicles
A Volkswagen Westfalia Camper van is among the vehicles which have been photographed at the location in North London
The interior of the Volkswagen Westfalia Camper van which was a conversion model which was modified by Westfalia-Werke
Another view of the Volkswagen Westfalia Camper – a conversion model which was sold for 50 years from the 1950s
The organisers said they would be contacting people who made bids following the open day on Bank Holiday Monday
The cars are being stored in a warehouse on an industrial estate in Tottenham, North London – pictured above
It will be the standard offering at forecourts as part of Government plans to cut carbon emissions, and is replacing E5 petrol, blended with up to 5 per cent bioethanol.
The Department for Transport said more than 95 per cent of petrol cars licensed for use on Britain’s roads are compatible with E10, which is not expected to cost more than E5.
An impact assessment published in January 2020 estimated that around 600,000 cars – such as classic cars or those built in the early 2000s – would be incompatible with the new fuel this year.
Owners of those vehicles can continue to access E5 by purchasing super unleaded which costs an average of 8.7p a litre more than standard petrol, according to AA figures.
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