UK Based Saleroom & Online Classic or Vintage Motoring Auctions

We regularly open our Two-Day Specialist Auctions with classic cars and motorbikes. That's the spot that draws the buyers' attention and allows us to showcase some of the big names in motoring history. From a 1946 Rover 16 to a 1970 MGB Roadster, a 1955 Standard 10 to a 1986 Mercedes 508D camper van converted from a former school bus, we have sold some fantastic restoration projects to our collectors.

But it's not just the vintage cars and classic motorcycles that our buyers are seeking. They are very keen collectors of smaller items such as motor car hood badges (examples from Austin Healey, Triumph, Jaguar, Seddon, British Leyland, MG and Rover have all been under the hammer recently), AA motorcycle badges, and owners' club badges.

Ephemera also performs well in the saleroom, with a 1913 pamphlet, 'Instructions for the Care of Rolls Royce', selling well above estimate earlier this year. We've also sold motoring rarities such as a 1920s Fabergé trophy secured by Leyland Motors during a mileage competition - achieving a good price in spite of the vendor having employed its services as a paint pot and Christmas tree holder.

Lower estimate items that you can expect in this section include Stewart or Smith dashboard gauges, Sparks Withington 'The Spartan' motor engine horns, vintage Lucas 'King of the Road' headlights, and a signed and numbered limited run screen print after Ken Reed marking the 70th anniversary of Morgan.

We offer extended viewings on the Fridays and Saturdays preceding our auctions. Viewing by appointment is also available for classic cars and motorcycles.

If you have a motor vehicle you are considering selling at auction, please do contact our lead auctioneer for classic cars, motorcycles and motoring ephemera, Bill Nelson (simply complete the valuation form below).

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Meet the expert

Bill Nelson

Saleroom Manager. FLAA, FIA (Scot), FNAVA

Bill joined 1818 Auctioneers in late 2016 and took up the role of Salesroom Manager around that time. An experienced auctioneer, he says he’s still enjoying learning something new every day. Known as Grandad throughout the building, he and his team are working hard to implement his development plan for the 200-year old business.


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Recent Highlights

A 1946 Rover 16 P2, JBH560, first registered 31st December 1946. SOLD £6,800
Lot 1501, A vintage MG MGB, SUA833M, first registered 1st January 1971, 61083 miles on the odometer, has been in garage for the past 12 years. Hammer Price £3,000.
Lot 1503, A vintage VW Polo 1.3 CL, first registered 29th August 1989, MOT until 8th July 2020. Hammer Price £3,200.
Lot 1505, A 2014 Suzuki EN125 2A motorbike, MOT until 11th April 2020, 29185 miles on the odometer, learner legal and rides well. Hammer Price £850.
Lot 1506, A Suzuki GSX 550 E, first registered 3rd January 1985, B834SNG, odometer reading 49175, a barn find engine turns freely, a project, no docs. Hammer Price £250.

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