A BORDERS-based collection of classic cars made £260,000 when it came under the auctioneer’s hammer at Bonhams mammoth sale staged as part of this month’s National Motor Museum’s Beaulieu Autojumble, writes Mark Entwistle.
The auction lasted 10 hours and saw a record-breaking number of lots, which in total realised £2.8million.
The Borders contribution was the Meldonfoot Collection of 13 historic vehicles, which was largely shaped by the owner’s appreciation for the mechanical genius of Henry Ford.
This included a 1904 Cadillac Model B 8½hp rear-entrance Tonneau that sold for £62,000 and a very early 1910 Ford Model T Tourer that sold for £26,000.
The first car bought for the collection was a 1923 Ford Model T Tourer. After its purchase, a large purpose-built motor house and workshop were constructed at the owner’s country home, Meldonfoot, three miles from Peebles, to accommodate the vehicles.
Before the sale, a Bonhams spokesperson commented: “No expense was spared in equipping the workshops to the highest standard to ensure that additions to the collection would be restored and maintained.”
Meldonfoot itself is also now for sale, by agents Knight Frank with a guide price of £1.7million. The house boasts three reception rooms, five bedrooms, games room, office, indoor heated swimming pool, garage block with workshops, Victorian-style greenhouses and landscaped gardens within just under four acres of grounds.
The brick and roughcast house was built in 1924 by Captain Wolte Murray and the grounds include a wooded area through which the Meldon Bum flows to the Lyne.
A canon which stands in front of the house was originally salvaged from the wreck of the Royal George – which sank off Spithead in 1782 – by Admiral Durham, who had survived the vessel’s sinking while still a young lieutenant.