Beaulieu's 50th International Autojumble sees huge turnout



The 50th edition of Beaulieu's International Autojumble went down a storm last weekend, with more than 36,000 visitors and 2,378 stands crammed full of classic automotive paraphernalia.

In this anniversary year, exhibitors dressed their stands in gold, while a special anniversary exhibition and commemorative booklet celebrated five decades of what is Europe's largest Autojumble.

The exhibition featured three classics, chosen for best evoking the spirit of the show. A Morris Minor Traveller in need of restoration represented a project under go, while a second Morris Minor Traveller showed off its award-winning restoration. Finally, an amazing Alvis Woody was displayed by Graeme Rust following its 10-year restoration.

A 6ft bronze statue of Edward, Lord Montagu, who died in August 2015, was unveiled by musician and TV presenter Jools Holland in front of the National Motor Museum, and a number of trophies were handed out over the two-day event.

Beaulieu’s 50th International Autojumble sees huge turnout

Beaulieu’s 50th International Autojumble sees huge turnout

Beaulieu events manager Judith Maddox said: "The 50th International Autojumble was a golden opportunity to buy anything automotive, from a set of spanners to a Lalique mascot. The sun did come out on the Sunday and the overall atmosphere of the show was very warm. We were delighted with the efforts that people had made to celebrate the anniversary and look forward to another 50 years to come."

A Bonhams sale held on the Saturday saw £3.1 million-worth of classic cars and motorcycles change hands. The highest-selling lot was a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300 S Coupe, which made £292,700. One of only 560 built, its first owner was the late King Hussein of Jordan.

Also among the 464 highly sought-after models sold was a partially dismantled 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series I, which had been dry-stored for the past 30 years. This model sold for £203,100, while another Aston, a 1968 DB6 Vantage, made £197,500.