Historic Arran truck sells for more than £30,000 at auction

A 1935 Austin light pick-up originally registered in Brodick and still bearing its Brodick sign-writing has sold for £30,375 at auction. Photograph: H&H Classics Auction Service.

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A rare and desirable Austin pick-up truck sold for nearly double what was expected when it went under the hammer last week at the Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire.

The 1935 Arran registered pick-up sold for £30,375 after being auctioned by H&H Classics, which specialises in collector cars and motorcycles.

As reported earlier this month in the Banner, the truck had an estimated value of between £14,000 and £18,000. However, the original, but restored, pick-up truck commanded a far higher price than anticipated when it was sold with only 36,900 miles on the clock.

Snapped up by an anonymous buyer whose location is unknown, the purchaser will be the proud owner of a vehicle whose provenance dates back to Brodick in 1935 when Mary and Janet Currie of Brodick purchased it to deliver dry goods around the island. Still evident on its driver’s side door are the words M & J Currie, Merchants, Brodick, Telephone 12.

Also emblazoned on the bonnet is a military number, harking back to the days of its service during the Second World War when it was purchased by the War Department in 1939.

With the purchaser’s details kept private, it is unknown if the vehicle will be stored or put on display or where in the country it will be located.