H&H Auctions is going through something of a reinvention in 2012, with a new man at the top, and a new corporate identity. But its popular Buxton Pavillion Gardens sales will always remain a mainstay – and are well worth a look if you’re in the market for a ‘new’ classic. For its upcoming sale there on 24 May, the auction house has amassed a couple of beauties that should get AROnline readers chomping at the bit…
The first is a 1993 Rover Metro Rio, which is in what you might want to call ‘timewarp’ condition. It has reportedly had just two registered keepers from new, and is showing an unwarranted 8655 miles on the odometer. It is being sold complete with stamped service book, history file and MoT into January 2013, and must be well worth a look for anyone who fancies enjoying that ‘as new’ smell in a 1990s Rover. Estimate is £2000-3000, but as a few ‘barn find’ Metros have found their way out of the woodwork recently, it might struggle to reach this price – but then, ultra-low mileage cars are so difficult to value realistically.
Next up is a charming series 2 Austin Allegro that’s come straight from the Coventry Transport Museum. The 1500 Special has been driven just 6751 miles in the hands of its one and only careful private owner before being passed to the museum. It’s been on display since 1993, and as you can imagine has barely been used since – its last tax disc is dated 1998. Given that, it’s being sold with no reserve and on the basis that it’s a project car that needs fully recommissioning. Definitely worth a look if you’re an Allegro fan – and let’s face it, who isn’t?
- For more information, visit the H&H website.
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