You’ve heard of barn find cars. But what about container find car parts? In what could be an automotive-themed episode of Storage Hunters, auctioneers have spent days scouring the parts and will be putting them up for sale later this month – with an expected price tag of over £1 million.
The containers were part of a private collection and the owner passed away years ago. That’s why they’ve been stored for so long. Auctioneer Coys will handle the sale at Blenheim Palace on 30 June, and MD Chris Routledge has been personally scouring them.
“Something of this scale and with the importance and rarity of the cars they are related to is unprecedented,” he said. “We are looking at least £1 million of spares, probably more, and I have never seen anything like it.”
The rare parts include components for Ferraris such as:
- 250 SWB
- 250 GTO
- Competition Daytona
There are also parts for the Maserati 250F, plus Abarth racers and numerous other Italian competition cars. Many of the bits are in their original ‘60s packing crates; many more are in their original boxes and wrapped up in oiled paper.
“It’s an Aladdin’s cave which is going to excite people all over the world,” said Routledge. “There are wire wheels in their original wooden boxes, carburettors in their original oiled wrapping paper, exhaust pipes, radiator grills, dashboards, the list just goes on and on.
“I feel a bit like Howard Carter uncovering Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922. Every time we remove one box or item there is something else of huge interest hiding behind.”
The auctioneers will release a full list of the spares once they’ve catalogued all the parts. But, they warn, this won’t be for a few more days, because work is still underway actually working out what’s there…
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