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The last weekend of August was another busy time for Morris Leslie Vehicle Auctions at Errol Airfield in Perth, writes CCB contributor Michael Young.

The Jim Clark Hall, newly opened earlier this year to cope with the large volume of lots that now are regularly gathered for these auctions, was packed with cars for sale, in addition to the adjoining auction hall - there were even some additional lots parked outside.

As is always the case, there were cars for all tastes and budgets. From the £28,500 Series 3 Jaguar E-type down to the lowly project Talbot Horizon, which sold for a mere £100 (though it wasn't exactly in the best condition!). Nice, clean, original cars with good histories always sell and sell well, as the 1983 Ford Capri S with a five-speed manual gearbox proves - it zoomed off to it's new owner for £11,500.

Your scribe also saw a delighted young lady driving away in her 1984 Mini City E having paid the bargain price of £4,400: Again, it was a nice clean car with an interesting history having being owned previously by Lady Beryl Tindale.

Another car to pique my interest was the 1964 Morris Mini Van in left-hand drive with a flat roof and a 'hockey stick' gear-lever, which went back overseas to an on-line bidder for £9,800. In addition, there was a 1977 Escort RS2000 rolling restoration project: A brave person took that away for £4,000.

If the broad range of cars are not a temptation enough then the food in the cafe or Louise Murray's (auction manager Keith's wife) home made cakes definitely are. A warm and friendly welcome awaits all to the Perthshire countryside for the next auction, due to take place on Saturday 21st November.

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