A 1939 Leyland Cub fire engine will light up Chorley’s Vintage and Classic Transport sale at Prinknash on Saturday 18th August 2012. From the estate of the late Melville Watts’ of Lydney, it is one of several of his vehicles included in the sale that was often seen at events in the Forest of Dean; the fire engine is estimated to sell for between £8,000 and £10,000.

A 1939 Leyland Cub fire engine, est £8,000-10,000

Motorcycles spanning 90 years are also included in the sale. The earliest, a 1922 New Imperial (£2,000-£3,000) and a 1926 BSA (£2,000-£3000), both from Mr Watts’ estate, will appear alongside later models, a 2010 Triumph Thruxton (£4,500-£5,500) and a 2008 Bonneville T100 from the same factory (£4,000-£5,000).

The late Mr Alec Lawless kept the later models in a garage, the earlier models slightly less conventionally in the attic and cellar of Mr Watt’s Lydney home.

A wonderful 1931 New Hudson “5” 500 motorcycles beautifully restored and with a most unusual sidecar in the form of a boat is expected to sail away against its estimate of £11,000-£12,000.

A 1931 New Hudson “5” 500, est £11,000-12,000

Other fascinating classic bikes include a 1962 Greeves 25 (£5,000-£6,000), a 1960 James Captain 197 (£1,200- £1,500) and a classic of the future, a fantastic example of a Triumph Thunderbird 900 (£3,800-£4,200).

A 1962 Greeves 25, est £5,000-6,000

The vintage motorcars offered in the August sale include two 1921 American Overland Tourers; one from Mr Watt’s estate, in recent restored condition (£4,500-£5,000), the other, in its original un-restored form, from a Tewkesbury client (£4,750-£5,750).

A 1921 American Overland Tourer, est £4,500-5,000

Nine years their junior is a 1930 Alvis Silver Eagle beetleback; beautifully restored, it is expected to achieve between £30,000 and £35,000.

A 1930 Alvis Silver Eagle beetleback, est £30,000-35,000

Another wonderful Alvis, a 1936 Firebird, will also be offered for sale. Again in fine condition, with tax and MOT, it is likely to achieve £25,000-£35,000. A 1932 Austin 16/6 Burnham motor car in fantastic condition is likely to fetch between £15,000 and £18,000.

A Post Vintage Thoroughbred American car, a 1939 Packard 128 Convertible, with its original straight-eight flat cylinder engine and suitable for a British enthusiast with its right-hand drive, could be driven away in style after achieving its expected estimate of £50,000-60,000.

A 1939 American Packard 128 Convertible, est £50,000-60,000

A British Lea-Francis 2.5 litre Sports Special Convertible will also be in the race. The white painted two-seater started life in 1950 as a four-light saloon. It was rebuilt in the mid-1980s on a shortened chassis using the original 14HP engine, and it is expected to achieve a speedy £14,500.

From earlier days, a horse-drawn coach by Fullers of Bristol is included in the sale. John Fuller and Son were carriage and hearse makers for over 100 years, and this carriage should achieve £1,800-£2,200. Other powerless transport to be sold includes three penny farthings and a Quadrant tricycle.

The transport sale will include Automobilia and Aeronautica with a fascinating collection of early handbooks, vehicle and bicycle carbide and acetylene lamps, car horns, firemen’s helmets, oil cans and signs. At the same time, prices are sure to take off with Sopwith propeller parts, flying caps and aeronautical instruments.

For further information, please get in touch with Catrin Hampton on 01452 344499, [email protected] or view the fully illustrated online catalogue at www.simonchorley.com from early August.


Thursday 16th August, 9 am-5 pm; Friday, 17th August, 9 am-5 pm; Saturday, 18th August, 8.30 am-10.30 am.

Source: IONA PR