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Captain America movie cars and trucks hugely exceed auction estimates

Britain may be tightening its belt.

But there's stll plenty of money about, even for comparatively low-grade but unusual classics.

The 54 1930s and 1940s American cars and trucks, stars of the forthcoming movie 'Captain America the First Avenger' almost all hugely exceeded their estimates in the Historics auction at Brooklands today.

The movie was shot in Shepperton Studios and on locations in Manchester and Liverpool doubling as 1940s New York. It premiers on 22nd July 2011.

Many of the cars had been modified for filming, with V8s under the bonnets and competition automatic transmissions. The stunt double pair of 1937 Chevrolet 'Yellow' cabs also had special hydraulic brakes to throw them into drifts, while, though four 1939 Buick 8 Model 40s looked outwardly identical, one had a V8 under trhe bonnet instead of the original straight eight.

But, most intriguingly, some of the cars revealed 1960s 'hot rod' modifications. A 1946 Ford had what looked like a Mercury flathead V8 under the hood with twin downdraft Holley carbs. An outwardly innocent looking Chevy had twin carbs and an electric cooling fan. While quite a nice 1939 Oldsmobile Coupe ran a small block Chevy V8.

The most exciting bidding of the day was for a 1933 Dodge Wrecker, seemingly hauled out of the desert near Paton, New Mexico, and not having run for 50 years. (The strange round thing on the side in some photos is actually part of the winch that didn't quite fit within the rear sides.) Completely covered in surface rust, but with no holes that I could see, it was the most atmospheric vehicle on sale and, though estimated at a low £1,000 to £3,000, romped away to sell for £10,200 (£11,424 with 10% commission + VAT).

Reeking nostalgia, a 1931 Chevrolet pick-up truck (with Chevy's stright six overhead valve engine), sold for £5,800 plus commission. A beautifully restored 1938 International Harvester D-Range panel van made £9,600. One of the 1937 Chevrolet stunt taxis sold for £6,000. The 1946 Ford Sedan with the twin carb Mercury flathead made £5,900. While the 1939 Oldsmobile Coupe with a V8 under its hood sold for £6,000.

Dearest vehicle sold was a very appealing 1941 GMC Series 100 pick-up, sold for £12,250, and. like some of the others, possibly now back on its way to the States where it's worth a lot more than it is here.

Almost everythign sold way over its estimate. Though in fairness to the auctioneers, how do you estimate for stock like this, most of it never normally seen in the UK?

Virtually the only exception was a very rare 1942 Chevrolet Gilling Brothers School Bus painted in the livery of a New York tour bus. That was estimated highest of all the lots at £18,000 to £22,000, yet only bid to a provisional  £8,500.

Updated results below. All the provisionals sold for the provisional top bids except for the 1942 Gilling Brothers bus that was bid to £8,500 on the floor and sold for £10,000.

Please add 12% commission (10% + 20% VAT) to all these prices.

200 1935 Hudson Terraplane Straight Eight Sedan £3,800

201 1936 Chevrolet Master Town Sedan £4,100

202 1937 De Soto Sedan £5,200

203 1946 Ford Super Deluxe (Mercury V8) £3,100

204 1942 Studebaker Coupe £5,400

205 1941 Ford V8 Coupe £3,300

206 1939 Buick Series 40 straight eight £2,600

207 1939 Dodge 4-door Sedan £4,000

208 1939 Chevrolet 2-door Coupe £4,500

209 1939 Buick Series 40 straight eight £3,500

210 1937 Oldsmobile Eight L37 Sedan £3,600

211 1939 Buick Series 40 straight eight (withdrawn)

211a 1937 Chevrolet V8 Stunt Yellow Cab £4,900

212 1939 Buick Century 51S Coupe £5,300

213 1941 Chevrolet Special Deluxe Sedan £2,700

214 1948 Dodge D25C Special Deluxe Coupe £5,200

215 1948 Chrysler Windsor £8,700

216 1941 Ford V8 Coupe £5,900

217 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe £4,600

218 1941 Buick 60 Series straight eight 4-door Sedan £4,100

219 1941 Chevrolet Deluxe 4-door Sedan £4,000

220 1940 Oldsmobile Hydra-matic Coupe £6,300

221 1939 Oldsmobile Coupe (fitted V8 engine) £6,000

222 1939 Hudson Model 90 Club Coupe £5,200

223 1939 Pontiac Silver Streak Deluxe £4,800

224 1941 Cadillac Series 61 Hydra-matic sedan £8,200

225 1941 Buick Eight Special 2-door Sedanette £5,300

226 1937 Chevrolet V8 Stunt Yellow Cab £6,000

227 1931 Buick Series 57 Sedan £7,700

228 1939 Dodge 2-door Sedan £4,600

229 1940 Cadillac Series 623 Sedan £2,800

230 1942 Buick Eight Sedan £7,100

231 1941 Plymouth Deluxe 2-door Sedan £3,400

232 1931 Chevrolet pick-up £5,800

233 1935 Chevrolet Stakeside truck £4,400

234 1938 International Harvester D-Range Panel Van £9,600s

235 1939 Dodge Stakeside truck £3,000

236 1946? Commer Q4 4WD truck £2,700s

237 1937 Dodge Fuel Tank truck £3,300

258 1941 Chevrolet Master Deluxe 2-door sedan £4,200

239 1941 Chevrolet half ton flareside pick-up £6,600

240 1942 Chevrolet twin wheel truck £4,600

241 1933 Dodge Wrecker (non runner 50 years) £10,200

242 1942 Chevrolet Gilling Bros School/Tour Bus £10,000

243 1943 Dodge military ambulance £6,200

244 1942 Diamond T Wrecker 969A £5,750

245 1942 GMC 352 hard top military truck £7,900

246 1942 GMC soft top military truck £3,600s

247 1942 Ford Hauler cabover Stakeside truck £8,800

248 1971 Berliet GBC 8KT military truck 74k miles £2,000

249 1971 Berliet GBC 8KT military truck 1k miles £2,200

250 1971 Berliet GBC 8KT military truck 37k miles £2,200

251 1941 GMC Series 100 pick-up £12,250

252 1939 Buick Series 40 straight eight (bullet holes) £3,000

253 1937b Chrysler Royal police car £4,300

254 1939 Buick Series 40 V8 Stunt Car £4,600

(Results for rest of sale TBA, but the Shelby Mustang sold for £145,000, the Aston Martin DB5 for £205,000, the Mercedes 280SE 3.5 convertible for £90,000 and the Mercedes 190SL for £44,000.)

For more information, call 0800 988 3838, e-mail: auctions@historics.co.uk, or see the website, www.historics.co.uk.

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