Car sells for three times the estimate after almost 60 years in Louth family

Pete Brocklebank sold the car to the previous owners in 1958 when he worked for Lovedays garage in Burwell. He remembers selling it for less than �600 and earning �5 commission.
Pete Brocklebank sold the car to the previous owners in 1958 when he worked for Lovedays garage in Burwell. He remembers selling it for less than �600 and earning �5 commission.

A vintage car which was owned by the same family in Louth for almost 60 years has sold at auction for £1,550 - more than three times the lower estimate.

As reported at the end of February, the Austin A35 car belonged to Miss Dorothy Wilkinson who passed away last year - and she had inherited it from her mother. Her family had owned the vehicle since it was bought new in 1958.

Miss Wilkinson’s family were well-known in the area for having a bakery and confectionery business in Eastgate, which closed in the 1970s.

The car went up for sale at John Taylors Auction in Louth last month, and it was expected to sell for between £500 and £800.

However, the winning bid ended up being a whopping £1,550, having attracted a large crowd in addition to both phone and internet bidders. It finally sold to a private buyer from the south of the country.