Historic Arran truck goes under auction hammer

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A rare and historic Austin pick-up truck, that was first registered on Arran in 1935, has come on the market after the current owner rescued it from a shed on the east cost of Scotland where it languished for 30 years.

With only 36,900 miles on the clock the vehicle is being advertised by H&H Classics with an estimate of between £14,000 and £18,000 when it goes up for auction on Wednesday October 17 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire.

The vehicle which is in running condition has an interesting provenance which is reflected in the paperwork along with its livery which is emblazoned on the driver’s door. It reads M & J Currie, Merchants, Brodick, Telephone 12.

Interestingly the Austin also served in the war effort during World War Two and was  purchased and used by the War Department in 1939. The vehicle’ military number is still visible on the bonnet.

The truck was bought new by Mary and Janet Currie of Brodick who used it to deliver dry goods around the island. Following its use in the war it was purchased at auction by Austin agents in Edinburgh and was used in the garage business until 1958 when it was put in a shed for the following 30 years.

Since being rediscovered the truck has been completely overhauled and has been significantly reconditioned and is said to be in great mechanical condition. It also boasts an unusual body type and solid wheels, rather than spokes, which were specified by the original purchasers who required the extra durability for delivering heavy goods.

The Austin pick-up is advertised on the H&H website at www.handh.co.uk where a catalogue and further information on the vehicle can be found.

The vehicle is expected to sell for below £20,000 when it goes up for auction on Wednesday October 17 at the Imperial Warm Museum, Cambridgeshire. Photograph: H&H Classics Auction Service.


The 1935 Austin light pick-up still bears the Brodick credentials of the original purchasers. No_B40car01

The vehicle is expected to sell for as much as £18,000 when it goes up for auction next week. Photographs courtesy H&H Classics Auction Service. No_B40car02