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Model: A95 Westminster
Configuration: Right Hand Drive
The Westminster, in its various derivates, occupied the top spot of Austin's range from 1954 to 1968. The 2.6-litre six-cylinder A95 variant debuted in autumn 1956 as a more powerful and lengthened upgrade of the previous A90. The model lasted through to 1959 before being replaced by the Pininfarina-styled A99.
This example was built in 1957, but wasn't sold and registered until January 1958. While many left the factory in a single colour, dealers charged an extra £15 for a side flash and another £15 on top of that for a roof colour change. This car obviously received both, with a red roof and flash contrasting with its grey livery, before being dispatched to its new owner by Patrick Motors Ltd of Birmingham.
The mileage now is showing on the odometer as 68,515 miles, although this isn't warranted. The vehicle is now MoT-exempt because of its historic status, with its last MoT having expired in March 2013.
Work undertaken between 2004 and July 2021 includes new rear springs, a complete new clutch, new front suspension kingpins with fulcrum pins and bushes, new twin front exhaust pipes and flexibles and a spin-on cartridge oil filter conversion kit. Two refurbished rear wings were fitted in 2009, with electronic ignition in 2013. New sills, custom-made from double thickness steel, have also gone on, and rewiring has also been undertaken with an alternator installed. The dashboard has been rebuilt so that all instruments work as they should, save for the clock.
There's an extensive history which includes the current V5C (showing three former registered keepers) as well as the original buff logbook. There's also two driver's handbooks, service booklet, a Pitman's Motorists' Library Book of the Austin, BMC service manual and two BMC parts catalogues, alongside a lubrication chart, copies of 1956 and 1957 road tests from The Motor, a Popular Classics road test from 1992, and Classic Car Weekly buying feature. The paperwork folder also includes assorted bills, invoices and MoT certificates dating back to the 1960s, all suggesting a vehicle that has received a lot of care and attention over the years.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR VIDEO PRODUCED 8TH DECEMBER BY ACA OF THIS CAR.
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1) These conditions shall apply to all vehicles entered for sale, to all vehicles sold by "The Auctioneers" and shall be binding upon every Vendor and Purchaser.
1a) An entry fee (incl. vat) of £20 shall be paid at the time of entry for modern cars/commercials and £90 for classics, by the vendor for each vehicle entered in the sale. Vehicles entered without a full V5 (logbook) will be charged an extra £10 admin fee.
1b) Vehicles registered on the Vcar (Vehicle Condition Alert Register) with HPI will not be accepted without a full V5 (logbook)
2) No vehicle will be accepted for sale unless the appropriate entry form has been fully completed and entry fee paid. The V5 (logbook) and MoT certificate (where applicable) must also be handed to the Auctioneers and payment for the vehicle will be withheld until these are produced. The particulars given on the entry form and the description of the vehicle contained herein form the basis of the contract between the Vendors and the Sellers and the Auctioneers shall not be liable to account to the vendor for any loss which may arise through the use of such particulars or description in any sale.
2a) When completing the entry form, the entrant should give a true and fair description of the vehicle, without making any contravention of the Trades Descriptions Act, 1968 and the Vendor undertakes to indemnify the Auctioneers against all costs, claims and demands resulting from any prosecution under the said Act.
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3) The Auctioneers shall be entitled to a commission of 7% for modern car entries and 6% for classic car entries of the price at which a vehicle is sold subject nevertheless to a minimum commission of £60 per car for modern entries (car or commercial) and £120 for classic entries. The commission will be payable by the vendor at the time of the sale. If any vehicle is entered for sale and is sold by the owner or their agent, to any person attending the sale, that sale shall be deemed to have been affected by the Auctioneers as agents for the owner and full commission will be payable. If an entry for the classic auction is withdrawn before the auction is held, without the Auctioneers consent, the full commission and buyer's premium, and any other expenses, are payable on the reserve price by the vendor
4) If a reserve price is not stated in the appropriate place on the entry form the vehicle will be sold without reserve. An entry form bearing the words NETT or CLEAR will be construed by the Auctioneers to indicate authority to sell the vehicle at the price stated on the form. The vendor shall have the right himself or by his agent except where any vehicle is entered or deemed to have been entered without reserve. Vehicles will not be released until they have been through the sale room or Auctioneers have ceased selling for the day.
4a) The mileage shown on the speedometer total mileage recorder at the time of sale should be entered in the space provided for this on the entry form. The fact that such mileage is indicated on the vehicle instrument and on the entry form, does not give or imply a warranty that it is the total mileage from new.
5) Subject to clause 12 all vehicles must be removed by the Vendor or Purchaser as the case may be by 2pm on the next working day following the sale. If default of this, storage will be charged at the following weekly rates - £35 cars, £21 motorcycles, £35 commercial vehicles and caravans. Any vehicle not removed within two weeks of the sale may, at the option of the Auctioneers, be offered for sale at the next suitable auction without reserve on giving one weeks notice of the intention to the owners. The Auctioneers reserve the right to re-offer any unsold vehicles remaining on the premises, and to deduct any charges arising therefrom.
6) Any vehicles entered for sale (including being stored on the Auctioneers premises prior to or after the sale) is at the risk of the Vendor until sold, when at the fall of the hammer the risk passes to the purchaser and no responsibility is accepted by the Auctioneers for damage or loss from any cause whatsoever beyond the Auctioneers reasonable control. Vehicles being demonstrated on warranty are done so at the risk of the purchaser unless any damage caused is due to a Major Mechanical Defect not already disclosed.
6a) Vehicles being collected by the Auctioneers employees or approved agents are at risk of the Vendor and those being delivered are at the risk of the purchaser. Vehicles being driven by any person not in the employ of the Auctioneers at the time, whether on or off the Auctioneers premises are not the responsibility of the Auctioneers.
7) The highest bidder shall be the Purchaser subject to the Auctioneer having the right to take or refuse any bid and if any dispute shall arise between two or more bidders, the lot so in dispute may be immediately be put up again for sale, and the Auctioneer may declare which bidder he thinks properly to be the Purchaser. The Auctioneer reserves the right to bid for the vendor and to determine the amount of advance at each bid and no person shall retract a bid made by him.
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9) Except when a vehicle is sold under condition 8 hereof all major defects not disclosed at the time of sale or any misrepresentation alleged must be notified to the Auctioneer by the Purchaser within the time specified by notices displayed in the offices and about the Salerooms at which it has been sold, and the vehicle returned to the Auctioneers within that time. If a vehicle is sold with a major defect not disclosed on the Entry form or has been rejected because of a misrepresentation, and the Auctioneers agree that there has been a misrepresentation, it need not be accepted by the Purchaser and the Vendor will be charged the selling commission. In severe weather, cracked engine blocks and cylinder heads must be notified within 30 minutes of the time of sale. In the event that the Purchaser disagrees with the decision of the Auctioneers, an independent engineer, at the purchaser's expense and with the Auctioneers agreement, may be asked to give an opinion and whose decision would be final. The Buyers rights to take actions against the Seller remain unaffected.
9a) Any vehicle sold for less than £1,500 will be deemed to be automatically sold without warranty and with all faults as per condition 8.
10) On the sale of any vehicle the contract shall be deemed to have been made between the Vendor and the Purchaser and neither the Vendor or Purchaser shall have the legal right of action against the Auctioneers in respect of any clause or matter arising out of the sale. The only claim that can be considered by the Auctioneers is when any statements made by the Auctioneer have been made outside of those made by the seller on the Auction Entry Form. The Buyers rights to take actions against the seller remain unaffected.
11) Where a vehicle is purchased which does not comply with the Motor Vehicle (construction and use) Regulations 1951 or any subsequent modification thereof, the Purchaser shall not remove it from the Auctioneer's premises under it's own power. Every vehicle is sold on the understanding that it will not be used on a road in Great Britain until it has been put into such a condition that it may lawfully be so used.
12) Immediately a sale of a vehicle is completed the Purchaser shall give his/her name and address to the Auctioneers. He/she shall pay a deposit and the balance before the vehicle is removed. If a Purchaser buys more than one vehicle he must have paid for them in full before any of the vehicles can be removed. Notwithstanding Clause 5 a payment by cheque will not confer upon the Purchaser a right to remove the vehicle until the cheque has been cleared and not until clearance be deemed to constitute a payment within the meaning of these conditions. All vehicles must be paid for not later than 12 noon on the next working day following the sale. If any vehicle is not paid for by that time any deposit will be forfeited and the vehicle is resold without notice to the Purchaser. Any charges or loss incurred on any resale will be payable by the original defaulting purchaser.
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14) Notwithstanding condition 10 hereof without prejudice thereto every Purchaser shall pay the Auctioneers an indemnity fee in accordance with the scale of charges as displayed and subject to alteration without notice per vehicle to be paid when the vehicle is paid for, and in consideration thereof the Auctioneers will indemnify the Purchaser against any loss he may suffer through any defect in the title of the Vendor as absolute owner. The indemnity shall be limited only to an amount equal to the price paid by the Purchaser for the vehicle, or the market value of the vehicle at the day when the Auctioneers are called upon to implement this indemnity whichever shall be less. It shall be obligatory on the purchaser to notify the Auctioneers within 24 hours after the sale in writing if the chassis number of any vehicle purchased differs from that shown on the registration book, if there has been an alteration or apparent alteration of such chassis number, if the chassis number is not in the usual place or if any apparent alteration has been made to the details shown in the registration book. Failure to notify the foregoing will invalidate the indemnity. This condition shall not operate to release the Vendor from liability to the Purchaser or his assignee in respect of any warranty of condition expressed or implied or statutory or otherwise as the Vendors title and the right to sell the vehicle. In the event of the Auctioneers making settlement to the Purchaser under the terms of the indemnity the Purchaser shall be deemed to have assigned all rights of action against the Vendor to the Auctioneers and shall assign if called upon to do so.
15) All vehicles over 9 years old must be offered without reserve or with a reserve at the Auctioneer's discretion.
16) Where any Lots or Lots sold are found to be the subject of a Hire Purchase Agreement, the Auctioneers reserve the right to discharge the existing liability to the finance company concerned remitting the balance, if any, to the Vendor on receipt of a clearance note from the finance company.
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(a) "Vendor" used in these conditions shall include the owner of the vehicle, his authorised agent, and any other person offering the vehicle to the Auctioneers for sale whether he be authorised by the owner or not.
(b)"Purchaser" used in these conditions shall include the person to whom the car is sold by private treaty, the highest bidder, the person declared by the Auctioneer as being the Purchaser and if any of the foresaid person are acting for a principal, the principal himself.
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