A stunning find is set to go up for auction after being unearthed in a Grimsby ‘time warp’ house.
A pristine 1958 Austin A-35 that hasn’t been driven in nearly 50 years has turned up in a garage.
Prestige Auctions Grimsby discovered it in a house on Great Coates Road which hasn’t been changed since the 1960s.
The two-door car and other lots from the house are going under the hammer this weekend.
The Austin A-35, which has been attracting attention for collectors across the country, is expected to go for between £3000 and £5000.
It has sat with the keys in the ignition since 1973 and is said to be in excellent condition.
Carl Vince, the Auction Room Manager, said: “You read about these kind of discoveries but don’t expect to find them yourself.
“The Austin A-35 was put into the garage in 1973 and was never driven again by the owner.
“It is very different to what modern drivers will be used to – it doesn’t even have seatbelts because of the era it was built.
“At the request of collectors, we’ve not tried to start the engine. However, it is moving freely now and is amazing conditon.”
Around 280,000 of the A35s were made by Austin between 1956 and 1968 in a variety of models. The two door saloon version had a top speed of 72 mph.
However, that wasn’t the only find in the house which is likely to intrigue auction watchers.
“Going into this house was like stepping into a timewarp. According to the family, it was bought brand new in 1960 and hasn’t been decorated at all since,” Carl said.
“There were hundreds of vintage toys which were still in their boxes. There are classic brands like Dinky, Corgi, Meccano and Triang.
“Most house clearance auctions have around 300 lots. This will have 700 – some with 20 items each in – and even then it will probably carry on to the following auction.”
The lots will be available to view at the auction house on Cleethorpe Road on Friday.
The auctions will begin at 9.30am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday, with the bigger items expected to put up on the second day.
There will be no reserve price on any items, meaning they will all go.