IT seems that marque history is being cleared out of Gaydon yet again – we’re guessing to make space for new exhibits, or perhaps to fund an influx of new cars from other British manufacturers…
Either way, the auctioneers Bonhams hosted a sale at Gaydon, where a few of the museum’s ‘less important’ items were sold to a willing audience. Unlike the last sale in 2003, this Gaydon sale attracted little pre-event publicity, and relatively few people made the trip to see what was being sold. Especially when you consider last time it was standing room only!
And I guess as there were no endurance cars, or sectioned vehicles, there was nothing to get too excited about.
Well, I’m not so sure. Okay, right now, Rover’s 200/400 and 600 ranges aren’t the height of fashion, and as the marque slips further into the obscurity of extinction, they will become mere footnotes in history, but to thousands of marque fans across the world, they are very important cars, and represent a symbol of better times.
Seeing the first-off-the-line examples of the 214 and 620 go for £900 and £1850 respectively seems like a small price to pay, but perhaps it’s symbolic of the country’s apathy towards its manufacturing heritage.
Maybe I shouldn’t care too – but right now, my blood is boiling at the thought of our history being sold off to the highest bidder, and all at a bargain price.
Where will it end?
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