Tempting history

Head to Brooklands Motor Museum in Weybridge, Surrey, on September 21 for the latest classic vehicles auction from Historics.

If you need to set your sat nav to get there, the postcode is KT13 0SL so there’s no excuse for missing what should be a grand occasion.

That’s because it’s Historics 99th auction and the company are already planning a big celebration for their 100th event.

Of the 168 lots that go up for grabs there are many without a reserve, so finding something affordable is a distinct possibility.

If you want to look closely at the lots, before bidding, preview days are Thursday, September 19 (10am – 8.0pm) and Friday the 20th (10.0am – 5.0pm).

I’ve picked my favourite three and, for no other reason than showing off, the last is a perfect example of my modest brilliance.

First off, though, has to be this spectacular 1968 Citroën DS Safari, above.

The DS, originally launched in 1955, was the first mass production car to have front power disc brakes.

It also featured hydropneumatic suspension with an automatic levelling system, variable ground clearance, power steering, semi-automatic transmission and a fibreglass roof to reduce weight.

Not bad for 1955.

Historics say: “This particularly handsome Citroën is an original UK registered right hand drive example and is fitted with a semi-automatic gearbox together with power steering.

“Owned by the same person since 2006, the knowledgeable and enthusiastic DS collector has looked after this example exceedingly well.”

Previously restored, and with 61,822 miles on the clock, this Safari has covered just 2,500 miles in the last 12 years.

It’s finished in a beautiful colour combination of Bleu Angora with Gris Palombe and Bufflon Gris vinyl interior.

Sure to turn heads wherever it goes, it’s a stunner, no doubt about it, but who would have thought, in 1968, that PKE 273F would one day sell for between a predicted £19,000 to £24,000.


My second pick is another Citroën, a 1964 2CV AZU AK350 Light Van above.

The 2CV is, say Historics: “Unquestionably one of the most important European cars of all time and is considered one of Citroën’s most iconic cars.”

Fitted with a 602cc engine to help with modern day traffic, this vehicle is thought to have been used by the Belgium post office so posties could get out of the vehicle and step straight on to the pavement.

Finished in grey with Bugatti livery, this ‘deux chevaux’ should come with a promised full year’s MoT.

Expected to fetch £9,000 to £12,000 it would make the perfect promotional car for anyone with a bakery business.


Last but not least is this scooter, a 1962 Lambretta TV175 Series III (above).

The reason I’ve picked it is because it’s very similar to the first scooter I ever drove, whicht led me to invent the expression: “Bog off.”

That’s because I borrowed it from a friend at college and promptly drove it head on into a Ford Transit as I blindly went the wrong way around a one way street.

The Transit driver ignored my excuse of: “I was only going one way,” but seemed genuinely concerned about my injuries.

I drove it back to the college and disappeared into the toilets to clean up the blood pouring from my hands and legs, but I knew my friend was going to complain about it when I came out.

That was when I looked at the toilet and decided I would tell him to: “Bog off and stop moaning.”

A lot of people heard me do so in the car park, as he examined what was left of his scooter, and so the expression “Bog off” was born and it raced around college.

All I can say is that I was genuinely sorry that I’d damaged his beloved pride and joy.

Some day I’ll tell you how, many years later, I also invented the expression: “Bunny boiler”, but I’ll save you from that now.

This beautiful light blue model, registered 226 XUU and with 20,230 miles on the clock has actually featured in TV programmes and films and has covered just over 400 miles in the last 10 years.

Manufactured by the Italian industrial giant Innocenti, and an integral part of British youth culture in the 60’s, it was part of a large collection of scooters used in several TV and film productions, the most recent being ‘Good Omens’ released in May, 2019 and the new Walt Disney film ‘Artemis Fowl’ which will be released in Spring, 2020.

With no reserve price, it could turn out to be a bargain.