A secret location near Exeter is being prepared for an invasion of classic car lovers.
The venue will only be revealed a few days before the auction of the contents of a series of farm buildings packed with old cars – and hundreds of models.
They are the lifetime collection of an elderly former Devon businessman - not in the motor trade - who is now hoping they will find an appreciative home.
Among the vehicles going under the hammer at the East Devon farm are seventeen, mainly British classics, including a rare Alvis TE21 convertible, one of less than 100 built.
David Williams, proprietor of auction house Ottervale Auction Company, has been busily cataloguing the extraordinary find.
He said: “It has been accumulated over the years and is really a collection of a lifetime.
“The owner is now in his 80s and he has got to the point where his health means he is no longer able to drive them, in fact he is unable to get in some of them.
“He has taken the decision to sell while he is still able to have some input in the sale and off course see them pass into good hands.
“There is a huge interest in classic cars just now and we are expecting a big attendance for the two day sale.”
Among the other vehicles on offer are a Triumph TR5, a 1953 MG TD, a 1984 Sierra XR4i complete with huge rear spoiler and an early 60’s Austin Mini Countryman.
For sport car enthusiasts the sale offers both a 1966 MGB roadster and its rooter’s alternative the Sunbeam Alpine in 1725 series V form.
A rare restoration project is offered by the ex Singapore chief of police Humber Hawk estate. Dating from the 1950s, the Humber has been “tropicalised”, boasting vinyl, rather than leather, seats, to avoid too much sweating in the heat.
In addition to the cars there are hundreds of Dinky, Matchbox and Corgi models and around 2,000 lots of automobilia including badges, mascots enamel signs books, tools, spares, as well as pedals cars and bicycles.
The two-day sale is set for the weekend of April 5th and 6th, the exact location to be announced ten days prior to the sale.
For full details please check the auctioneers website www.ottervaleclassiccarauction.co.uk