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Brightwells to sell off entire Stondon Museum Collection

Brightwells will be offering more than 60 motorbikes and hundreds of items of automobilia in the first sale on 29 April and around 200 cars and other vehicles on 10 June. Both sales will be at its 10-acre Leominster site.

Among the more unusual items on offer at the June sale are a 1970s Abbott Tank, a 1939 Flying Flea aircraft and a 1965 LuAZ 4x4 amphibious battle support vehicle. Other rarely seen vehicles include a 1965 Zil surface to air missile launcher, complete with missile, and a 1970 Penn Smith Gyro copter.

There are also plenty of mainstream marques on offer including Austin, Ford, Jaguar, MG, Morris, Rolls-Royce, Triumph and Volkswagen; all are offered with no reserve.

The incredibly diverse collection is the result of 25 years of collecting by Stondon Motor Museum founder John Saunders. He opened the collection to the public in 1994 and built it up into one of the largest in the UK with vehicles dating from the 1920s to the 1990s that eventually filled eight halls.

John and his son Chris Saunders sadly decided to close the museum for good on 6 April, stating: ‘We have spent many happy years amassing the collection, but the care and maintenance of such a large and diverse assortment of vehicles has become increasingly onerous and we have now decided that the time has come to move on.’

As well as the usual viewings the day before each sale, some of the larger vehicles will be available for inspection on Friday 5 June at Stondon Motor Museum in Bedfordshire.  

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By Claire Evans

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