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See the ‘genius’ classic car that saved Talbot motors from collapse

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A rare classic car is set to fetch tens of thousands of pounds at auction. The Talbot 14/45 AQ Scout was a popular design that saved Talbot Motors from financial collapse in the 1920s.

The beautifully restored car, manufactured in 1930, is one of only 493 made. It is being sold at auction by Hanson Auctioneers on September 16.

It is set to fetch between £25,000 – £30,000. The car is owned by Derby man Gordan Higginbotham, who has owned the vehicle for the last nine years.

Mr Higginbotham regularly shows the AQ Scout at classic car rallies, where it regularly wins awards. He also uses it as a wedding car.

Mr Higginbotham, 84, said: “My 1930 Talbot AQ 14/45 Scout model, registration GN 524, is a half-panelled Weymann saloon with a black and cream body colour and brown leather interior. It is now the only surviving example of this particular body and it’s in excellent condition.

“I bought it in 2013 from respected car restorer Noel Bagshaw. He acquired the car in a very tired state in 1985. Over the next 10 years, Noel and his business associate Bill Barrott carried out a complete nut-and-bolt, ground-up professional restoration. “

He added: “The car has been in constant use since then and has 21,000 miles on the clock. It has performed well for me. I’ve made minor modifications to improve drivability, which can all be reversed. I fitted a fully concealed electronic ignition system which provides excellent performance. It will cruise all day at 50-55mph and has a maximum speed of 65mph. A water pump and thermostatic control system have also been fitted to give controlled temperature in all weathers including heatwaves.”

The Talbot 14/45 AQ Scout will be sold by Hansons Auctioneers on September 16 at the firm’s Fine Art & Collectors Auction at Bishton Hall, Staffordshire, on September 16. You can view the auction catalogue at www.hansonlive.co.uk and more information can be received by emailing sfulford@hansonsauctioneers.co.uk.

More detailed pictures of the AQ Scout can be viewed below.

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