Classic Car Auctions
Wheeler becomes dealer: Two rare models owned by Mike Brewer to cross the block in June
June's Classic Car Auctions online sale will include two special models owned by television presenter Mike Brewer. The "Wheeler Dealers" host is selling both rare vehicles with no reserve.
The first of Brewer's lots is a very rare 1960 Bedford Utilabrake Van, an original Martin Walker factory converted 10 seater. The model was featured in Series 14 of "Wheeler Dealers" and features a pug nose. Originally built in Luton, Bedfordshire, England, the model was the Ford Transit of its time. Bedford only kept the van in production for 17 years with few changes from model year to model year. It was available two different wheelbases when new.
Brewer has put just 400 miles on the model in the last six years. He has kept the vehicle in project-ready condition. This is a Martin Walker Farmers variant, which features a factory-recognized van conversion.
Bedford Vehicles was founded as a division of Vauxhall Motors. The brand became defunct in the mid-80s. Later, it became a badged engineering scheme on a series of vehicles by a variety of brands including Isuzu and Renault. The Bedford name was finally retired for good in 1998.
The other is a 1968 Fiat 500F Berlina. The model underwent a full body and paint restoration in Italy in 2013. The interior was retried and the powertrain was overhauled. It's not a speed demon. The car is capable of achieving 18 horsepower and 22 pound-feet of torque. It has a top speed of 59 mph.
Fiat made the 500F Berlina from 1965 to 1973. It is often confused with the Fiat L, which began production in 1967 and lasted through 1971 when the new Fiat 126 was introduced.
Brewer and the auction are offering the vehicles at No Reserve and £7,000 to £9,000 respectively.
For this auction, the premiums will be 4% plus VAT for the vendor and 10% plus VAT for the buyer.
The Live Online Auction takes place on Saturday, June 27. All bidding will be done online.