Mystery car enthusiast is selling his incredible £1million collection of 174 dusty classic motors dating… – The Sun

A MYSTERY car enthusiast is selling his incredible £1million collection of 174 dusty classic motors that date back to the 1940s.

The impressive collection, which has grown over time on a business park in North London, has vehicles ranging from £25,000 to £100.

A mystery car enthusiast is selling his £1million collection, which includes a 1960 MG MGA 1600 petrol valued at £25,000

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A mystery car enthusiast is selling his £1million collection, which includes a 1960 MG MGA 1600 petrol valued at £25,000Credit: London Barn Finds
Among the oldest cars to go is a 1952 MG YB, which is being rushed out of the warehouse to make way for a redevelopment project

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Among the oldest cars to go is a 1952 MG YB, which is being rushed out of the warehouse to make way for a redevelopment projectCredit: London Barn Finds

A list of vehicles on sale

Nearly £1million in classic cars are going under the hammer and they include:

  • 1960 MG MGA 1600 petrol – £25,000
  • 1975 Mercedes 350SL 3499CC petrol 2DR – £18,000
  • 1989 BMW 635CSI 3430CC petrol 2DR – £16,000
  • 1973 Porsche 911 2687cc 2DR coupe – £15,000
  • 1983 Mercedes 280SL 2746CC petrol 2DR – £15,000
  • 1981 Mercedes 380SL 3839CC petrol 2DR – £15,000
  • VW Camper (no date) – £15,000
  • 1976 Toyota (no model) – £15,000

The most expensive is a 1960 MG MGA red sports car that’ll set bidders back £25,000.

Others include a 1975 Mercedes 350SL for £18,000, a 1989 BMW 635CSI for £16,000 and five cars for £15,000 each – including a 1973 Porsche 911, a 1983 Mercedes 280SL and a 1981 380SL.

Freddie Fison, 35, is organising the sale for a family friend who decided to sell his collection after the local council, which owns the warehouse the cars are stored in, wanted it back.

Freddie told MailOnline: “Essentially it’s a local businessman’s private collection. Over the last ten years he decided to build his collection, I think starting off with a Mercedes SL, having seen the popularity with the Pagoda and how that raised in price, thought that would be a big investment and obviously a passion project.

“[The owner] loves his cars, and since then has been collecting more and more.

“They were stored in a council-owned warehouse and the council are now redeveloping the area and said we need the warehouse back – all 45,000 sq ft.

“Trying to find a new home for an indoor space in London for that size is not going to happen – times have changed in ten years.”

Freddie said each car was bought directly by the mystery owner, driven back and parked in the warehouse.

Among the stellar collection being auctioned by London Barn Finds are a 976 VW Camper, a 1986 Mercedes 300SE and a Mercedes Ponton 200, while the cheapest is a 2000 Citroen Berlingo, up for £100.

Meanwhile, the oldest is a 1948 MG, which has no price tag and was lasted used in 1991, followed by a 1952 MG YB and the third a 1955 Morris Minor with a guide price of £2,000.

Some cars don’t have number plates while others have no identifying documents and several appear to be carrying the plates of different vehicles.

All are covered in a think layer of dust and coated in bird droppings because they’ve been stored for so long.

All are said to be running properly and some taxed for road use as recently as 2016.

Car enthusiast Freddie, who has his own YouTube channel, visited the site last weekend and described it as a “very special warehouse”.

“I’ve not seen anything like it before in my life. It’s basically an insane collection 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.”

He said the scale of the place was “just incredible” and that it was “interesting seeing the varying states of the interior” left out over a long period of time.

Middle of the range

If £25,000 for a classic car is out of your price range, there are these:

  • 1971 Triumph Spitfire MK4 – £8,000
  • 1973 MG MGB – £8,000
  • 1989 Nissan 300ZX – £8,000
  • 1986 Mercedes 300SE – £8,000
  • 1955 Morris Minor – £2,000
  • 2000 Citroen Berlingo – £100

The classic cars have a combined guide list total price of £942,700 and were available for a viewing on Bank Holiday Monday – with no cash changing hands and all sales made by sealed bids after the event.

Bidders would find out if they won on Tuesday while organisers said any unsold cars would be put 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.

“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.”

The spokesman said 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.

Auctioneers said they were sifting through boxes and boxes of receipts, old tax disks, photos of better years, service history, MOTs, V5s and more

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Auctioneers said they were sifting through boxes and boxes of receipts, old tax disks, photos of better years, service history, MOTs, V5s and moreCredit: London Barn Finds
Whichever cars don't sell following Monday's open bid will be put on eBay

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Whichever cars don’t sell following Monday’s open bid will be put on eBayCredit: London Barn Finds
The cars have been left to sit in the London warehouse for 10 years but are still functional

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The cars have been left to sit in the London warehouse for 10 years but are still functionalCredit: London Barn Finds

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