After decades of being left in storage, a pair of rare classic cars sees the light of day.
A 1960 Mark II Jaguar 2.4 with only 51,000 miles on the clock, and a 1922 Morris Bullnose have been pulled out of storage after decades of hiding. The cars are said to be in great condition, especially considering their age(s).
“Finds like this in original condition, stored with care in a clean and dry outbuilding, don’t come along often. According to Peter's children, the cars represent family togetherness and happy memories.
The Jaguar was originally bought from new in 1960 but only ever used on high days and holidays, including New Year trips to Scotland, hence its low mileage. Even though it went to Scotland, it was carefully garaged away while they were there.
Its garage-mate was the Bullnose Morris, which was sold by G H Robbins of Evesham in 1922 and registered in July that year. Mr Robbins bought it back in 1939 and kept it until he passed away in the 1960s.
In 1963 it was purchased by Mr McManus. Mr Hanson said: “He loved its simplicity and ease of use. His children say people used to smile and wave at them when they were out and about in it.
"They (his children) recall their father driving them to a sweet shop in Rocester, to buy sherbet fountains and sunny picnics in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The Bullnose was also used as a wedding car when the car enthusiast’s daughter married.
"Though born in Rhyl, Wales, in 1923, his family were from Shardlow and his grandfather had a butcher’s shop in Kegworth. Peter undertook an apprenticeship in engineering in Derby and, during the Second World War, worked on Merlin engines at Rolls-Royce. He died at the age of 94 in 2017.”