Relics of road under the hammer at automobilia auction

One of the stars of the auction, a 1927 Austin  12/4 Clifton Tourer
One of the stars of the auction, a 1927 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer
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Classic car enthusiasts will be heading to Bourne this month for Golding Young & Mawer’s second automobilia auction of the year.

Coming under the hammer at the sale on Saturday, August 31 will be everything from cars to posters, a selection of Dinky toys, and ride-on tractors.

One of the stars of the auction, to be held in the former BRM workshops, is a 1927 Austin 12/4 Clifton Tourer.

It is one of several lots from the estate of Susan Goffin, widow of Lincolnshire farmer Robert Goffin, of Hall Farm, Londonthorpe.

The car has been in the Goffin family from new, and is one of the only 14,000 made in 1927. It has had a chequered past, beginning life on the road, but becoming an agricultural vehicle up until the 1950s, when it fell into disrepair. It was restored back to its former glory in the late 1960s.

Mr and Mrs Goffin were well known in the area for carriage driving and their vintage car collection and were often seen at the Lincolnshire Poacher and other rallies.

The sale also includes another car from the Goffin estate, a 1925 Austin H12/4 Windsor Saloon, which had been in the family for decades and was also shown at local classic car shows.

Also within the sale is a rare CA Vandervell model ‘PO’ limousine lantern. Vandervell was a pioneer in the manufacture of batteries and dynamos for cars in the early part of the 20th century.

Principal auctioneer and valuer Colin Young said: “Throughout my extensive career I haven’t come across another CA Vandervell fitting of this type offered for sale. It is extremely rare and desirable, and could have belonged to royalty at some stage. I’m expecting a lot of interest.”

Lot one will start the sale in style with a Lotus Europa which has been garaged in Peterborough since the 1970s. Mr Young added: “The dust just adds to the value. We expect it to bring in between £3,000 and £5,000.”

The classic cars, automobilia and toys sale will take place at the Bourne Auction Rooms at 10am.

Viewing will be on Friday between 2pm and 6pm and the auction catalogue can be viewed online at