Tayside and Central Scotland

Glamis vintage car sale hailed a success

Image caption The 1935 roadster went for £41,000 at the vintage auction near Glamis

One of Scotland's biggest ever sales of a single collection of vintage cars has taken place in Angus.

Bidders from as far away as Italy, Germany and the United States took part in the auction near Glamis.

The auction highlight was a 1935 Hotchkiss 686 Grand Sport Roadster, which went for £41,000.

The collection belonged to enthusiast William Cunningham, who spent a lifetime buying up vintage cars from across Europe and restoring them.

Mr Cunningham, who was known as Freddie, died last year aged 84.

The sale of more than 50 cars was staged by Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club at its new premises on the outskirts of Glamis.

Those taking part seemed undeterred by the fact that many of the cars required major restoration work.

Image caption Bidders did not seem put off by the condition of many of the vintage vehicles

The Hotchkiss roadster, which was offered at a price in excess of £14,000, was bought for nearly three times that amount by an unnamed bidder from the south of England.

Other highlights included a 1939 McEvoy Steyr, which was bought by a foreign collector for £32,500 and a 1957 Deutsch & Bonnet Panhard fixed head coupe, which went for £10,000.

Club chairman Alan Burt said it was one of the biggest sales in Scotland from one collection over the past 40 years.

He said: "Freddie would have been delighted at the result of this auction.

"From our point of view, this was a very successful start to the work we are going to be doing at our new premises.

"We hope this will be the first of many sales we will be holding in the future."

Proceeds from the auction will go towards Mr Cunningham's estate.

Mr Cunningham spent his youth as a sheet metal worker and panel beater in and around the mining towns and rural villages of Fife, eventually moving on to Alexander's Buses.

Over the years he collected a wide range of vintage and classic cars, many of them bought unseen on the basis of a telephone call.

He purchased and collected a number of cars from France, including Hotchkiss, Delahaye, Delage, Panhard and Renault models.

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