Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer at auction

Words by:
William Gregory MRICS
Featured in:
October 2013

The term ‘one careful owner’ is often used when vehicles are sold, but rarely with a vehicle first registered in 1927.
An Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer, registration CT8599, which was included within Golding Young and Mawer’s Classic Car and Automobilia auction held at its Bourne auction rooms, certainly caught the attention of auction goers.

The vehicle was consigned by the executors of Susan Goffin, late of Hall Farm, Londonthorpe, and had been purchased as new by the family in 1927. It was used on the road until 1941 when wartime fuel rationing and its thirsty nature meant it was side-lined to the barn.

In 1943, Kesteven County Council wanted to buy it and convert it to an ambulance but this never happened. That year it was converted to a farmer’s truck instead, which rather spoiled its appearance and had it running on wartime ‘red’ petrol.

Still, it continued being roadworthy until 1955, when it retired to runs on the farm. During 1967 and 1968, the vehicle was stripped to the bone and restored to its former glory. Finally receiving the attention it deserved from classic car enthusiasts, it was seen at The Lincolnshire Poacher and other rallies up to the Millennium and was listed in the Vintage Austin Register.

At the auction, the vehicle fetched £8,750, selling to a very happy vintage car enthusiast, whose only concern was whether it would fit in his garage!

The popular Classic Car and Automobilia auction continues the Bourne auction room’s connection with motor sport as it was the home of the Formula One championship team BRM until its closure in the early 1980s.

Other highlights of the sale included a barn condition Lotus Europa GT which took a bid of £5,000 and promised many hours’ restoration time for its new owner. One lucky bidder, who can look forward to a quicker adrenaline rush, bought a Lomax 223 ‘Red Runt’ three-wheel motor vehicle for £920.

Never miss a copy!

Big savings when you take out a subscription.

YOUR FAVOURITE NEEDS YOU! We need your nominations – Celebrating Lincolnshire’s food, drink and hospitality businesses in our Taste of Excellence Food and Drink Awards 2022. Click here to vote are asking you, customers and connoisseurs of the best eateries, hospitality venues, producers, pubs and venues, to send in your nominations for businesses across the county, between May and August, in the following categories:• Best Restaurant of the Year• Best Dining Pub of the Year• Best Tea or Coffee Shop of the Year• Best Farm or Local Shop of the Year• Best Food to your Door• Best Bakes or Sweet Treat of the Year• Best Drinks Product of the Year• Best Producer of the Year• Best Hotel of the Year• Best Wedding Venue of the Year• Best Bed and Breakfast of the Year• Best Self Catering Establishment of the Year• Best Newcomer of the Year• Business.VisitLincolnshire Green and Sustainable AwardClosing date for nominations 26th August 2022. ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago  ·