Dad’s Army butcher’s van sells for £63,100

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2015-06-26 10:53:17

Dad’s Army butcher’s van sells for £63,100

Bonhams have announced that 2012 has been a record year for their world-wide motoring department, capped by a £4.4 million sale in Surrey, UK on December 3.

A highlight of the auction was a 1935 Ford BB Box Van, once the star of 1970s television comedy Dad’s Army, where it featured as Lance Cpl Jones’ butcher’s van.

A fierce bidding war more than doubled the van’s top estimate, and at last it went to the Dad’s Army Museum in Norfolk for £63,100.

Dad’s Army centres around the community of a Home Guard in a fictional British town during the Second World War. It is one of Britain’s best loved sitcoms, and its catchphrases and characters are well known.

One such memorable character was Corporal Jones, the local butcher, who drove this Ford BB van. The van was one of the first commercial models produced at Ford’s new Dagenham factory, opened in 1931. The model was therefore historically important, as well as the additional interest of its time in the sitcom spotlight.

The top sellers at the auction included a 1931 Invicta S-Type Low-Chassis Tourer, sold for £466,300. A 1957 Mercedes Benz 300SL Roadster sold for £427,100, and a 1938 Jaguar Roadster sold for £250,140.

An unusual 1950 Land Rover prototype with Rolls-Royce engine achieved £47,150.

The sale was rounded out with a selection of automobilia, including racing memorabilia from Formula 1 champions such as Michael Schumacher, Fernando Alonso, and Lewis Hamilton.

Two folios of Volkswagen Beetle blueprints, rescued from the bomb-damaged German factory, were instrumental in reviving post-war production of the classic car. These rare and significant items sold for over four times their estimate, achieving £13,750.

 

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