AUTOMOBILIA SET TO HIT TOP GEAR AT AUCTION

A selection of car owners’ memorabilia relating to mostly vehicles manufactured in Birmingham is set to go under the hammer at Fellows Auctioneers with memorabilia mainly related to cars manufactured at the Longbridge plant.

The impressive cases include cufflinks, compacts, enamelled badges, key rings, and cloth badges. The two cased sets feature as Lot 656 in the timed, online-only Antiques, Silver & Collectables sale.

With an estimate of £400 – £500, the item will sell on Monday 25th January.

Austin, MG, Riley and Wolseley were some of the British cars created in the West Midlands, notably at the Longbridge plant throughout the 20th century. Memorabilia from these cars, as well as from Morris vehicles (produced in Oxford), collected over the years is on sale in the cases at Fellows. Establishing itself as one of the biggest car producing factories in Britain, at one point the Longbridge plant had 25,000 staff. The plant produced prestigious British cars throughout both World Wars all the way up until 2016 when it ceased car production.

The automobilia up for auction at Fellows is placed inside two mid-twentieth century oak cases, each of hinged opening form, including glazed panelled interiors. The lot is a highlight in Fellows’ first Antiques, Silver & Collectables auction of 2021. The timed sale, which is live and available to view now, contains an alluring mix of historic antiques, coins, medals and more. Virtual viewings are available on any item in the sale, which will be operated via video software Zoom.

Kevin Jackson, Auctioneer and Senior Specialist from the Antiques Department at Fellows, said: “The first auction of Antiques, Silver & Collectables at Fellows in 2021 includes a fantastic treasure box of Birmingham car memorabilia. Everyone growing up in the area would be able to remember the prestigious Longbridge plant which manufactured an abundance of brilliant cars for over 100-years, making this item the perfect purchase for an automobile collector. We are running this sale as a timed, online-only auction so prospective buyers have up until Monday 25th January to bid on the sale.”

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