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Latest automobilia auction sets new record at H&H Classics

Atco Junior Trainer
Atco Junior Trainer sold for £5,750

Top items in the sale included a barn-find childs toy car which made £5,750 and a rare British insurance enamel sign which made £6,900 – top price in the sale.

British Dominions Motor insurance sign

British Dominions Motor insurance sign sold for £6,900

A delighted Adam Sykes, Head of H&H Classics Automobilia sales has just clocked up a new record for the company with the biggest sale ever of 802 lots achieving a record breaking £220,000. The sale also achieved a phenomenal sell rate of 98.5% sold to 670 registered buyers worldwide.

The Atco Junior Trainer Car ‘Joe 1’ (see main image above) which achieved a price of £5,750 was offered from the collection of the late David Nudd.

There was something for everyone in this astonishing collection from hood ornaments to photographs, kids pedal cars to automotive signage. If you were looking for automobilia with which to decorate a garage, study or den this was a sale not to be missed.

Austin J40 Pedal Car

Austin J40 Pedal Car sold for £3,220

Another interesting lot in this sale is a children’s Austin J40 Pedal Car (above). Estimated at £1,800 – £2,400 it went on to sell for £3,220. Fondly known as the ‘Joy Car’ or ‘Junior Austin’, the ‘J40’ was manufactured from 1955 to 1971 by disabled miners at a factory in the village of Tiryberth, near Bargoed in South Wales.

Built at the instigation of Lord Nuffield, owner of BMC, soon after the Second World War, they were sold in Austin showrooms for £20, which was a considerable price at the time. It has a dummy engine with spark plugs, a handbrake and electric lights and a horn.

This example is finished in red with tan upholstery and is the subject of an older restoration. Solid, original and complete, it would benefit from some recommissioning in the form of new tyres/inner tubes and attention to some paint chips/light scratches. One headlamp was loose at the time of cataloguing and should be an easy fix for the new owner.

Other auction items


Jaguar D-Type sculpture by Gordon Chism Jaguar D-Type sculpture by Gordon Chism sold for £5,060[/caption]
A large bronze Jaguar D-Type sculpture (above) by Gordon Chism sold for £5,060.
A Rare Victoire 'Spirit of the Wind' by Rene LaliqueA ‘Victoire’ Car Mascot, design introduced in 1928, crystal glass, press-moulded, frosted and polished, 25.5cm long, engraved post-war signature to underside. Excellent condition, with no chips, cracks or other damage.

A Very Rare Ferrari 250 Granturismo Berlinetta and Spyder California Sales BrochureA very rare Ferrari 250 Granturismo Berlinetta and Spyder California Sales Brochure. Good, original condition and profusely illustrated, with multiple photographic plates to the rear. Very good condition sold for £1,380.


H&H Classics is a specialist auction house dedicated solely to the sale of collectors’ motorcars and motorcycles. For more information about upcoming auctions visit

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