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Eclectic Virginia Auction Coming Up In May!

With real barn finds, an unusual mix of classic cars and a little bit of mystery, this auction in Amelia, Virginia that is listed here on auctionzip offers a little bit for anyone. We’re giving you plenty of time to prepare for this one as the auction isn’t until May 20. That’s a Pinto Cruising Wagon, an MG, a Jaguar XJS and what I think is a 1951 or 1952 Buick in this picture.

Here’s a pair of what I think are 1966 Galaxies side by side. Both look relatively solid.

Here’s a 1974-1/2 MGB GT, with a set of rare Enkei wheels, along with two MG Midgets that don’t look quite as nice. Note that these are pictures of the outside cars. There are inside cars as well!

Here’s a Bugeye Sprite, another Midget, a 1975-78 Triumph Spitfire 1500, a Fiat Spider and two Electric Commutacars (yes, they are outside). The Spitfire in particular seems to be in great shape apart from the dust, a fact which is borne out by an interior picture, the only one included in the ad at this point (although more pictures are promised).

Like I said, it looks pretty nice, doesn’t it? That’s a Lecarra or MotoLita steering wheel, and the reupholstered seats look much nicer than the original upholstery did. I’m hoping the blue we see is solid floor metal, too.

Back to the outside–you can see the two MG Midgets and the MGB-GT pictured earlier in the background, and the red Spitfire 1500 is a 1979 or 1980 based on the large rubber bumpers. Who knows what else is going to be offered? I know I’ll be keeping an eye on this auction, although unfortunately I think I will be out of the country when it occurs. That’s probably better for my bank account, anyway!  Let us know what your favorite is!


  1. Glen

    The real excitement about this posting is, MAY! Spring baby!!! Oh, and the cars are nice ,too.

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  2. Larry K

    Those large rubber bumpers belong on a tugboat.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      That was the MGs solution for half a year before introducing the complete rubber nose and rear bumper. The good thing is, I understand they’re not too bad to remove and replace with the earlier chrome and rubber over riders.

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      • TJ

        The maroon MGB GT is actually a 1974 edition since the bumpers are chrome. Unless the vin tells otherwise. 1974 1/2 was when British Leyland switched over to rubber bumpers because of emmisions in the states. The rubber overlay on the bumper indicates it is an iconic 1974 bumper.

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      • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

        TJ, you are correct on the date!

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  3. Mike H. Mike H

    The front Ford car is a 1966 Galaxie, but the one behind it is a 1967.

    • mike d

      no, the one in back is also a 66, you had me looking closely! note the chrome on the side, both are the same, 67s didn’t have that style

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  4. KeithK

    Jamie, you have a bank account? Wow! Business must be good. I have 2 jobs and still can’t hang with you guy’s.
    Isn’t being stored out in the dirt usually certain death for these thin skinned Brits? I’ve been looking for a TR6 but have realized I’m going to have to pay up for one that hasn’t partially returned to the earth.

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    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      Have? Yes. You can have a bank account with a $1.00 balance… :-)

      Actually, I’ve got a story there. One time, I was in an accident shortly after I had disassembled a TR6 for restoration and the frame laid in tall grass on the ground for 11 months. Ironically, due to the factory rust prevention system (read serious oil leakage) no rust appeared, although most of the black grime was washed off by the rain!

      Triumphs are body on frame, which means they can be driveable long after they have rust holes. And the nice thing about TR6s and MGBs is that literally every panel is available. So no, it’s not certain death. Now…if you aren’t handy with a grinder/saw/plasma cutter and a welder, it makes sense to look for that solid car. On the other hand, if you actually like repairing things, you can improve upon the factory panel fit on a TR6 if you are careful enough.

      Spitfires are kind of a hybrid, because the sills do provide some structural strength, and the radius arms on the rear suspension are attached to the tub, not the frame. So you have to look carefully…

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