A recent purchase and we just had to share it with you, this superb and completely original Wellsaline enamel has recently joined our personal collection. A very rare piece in this form, some double sided flange type signs also survive, in a much darker green base and with black writing to the top.
You may think this sign looks familiar, well in recent years hundreds of fakes have emerged, many sold at autojumbles, antiques fairs and that famous internet auction site.. very crude in finish and dark in colour, flat and convex metal. There is always a place for reproduction items but out and out fakes produced to dupe buyers is something we do not condone, we’re proud to offer only genuine original signage to our clients.
A pair of dispensers saved from disaster by their previous owner! Purchased by us from the small country garage they have been at from new, they had spent many years stored in a building due for demolition and were pulled from the site moments before the builders took over. Theyll make great additions to any collection once restored.
An interesting project has arrived this weekend at Vintage Automobilia. A c.1920s Gilbert & Barker T8 with some modifications to suit its original position under a canopy, the neck has been heavily reduced and a sightglass added to the door for the gauge.
We were privileged to purchase this directly from the small garage where it worked and be able to see where it was sited and keep that history with this interesting piece.
Now assesed and being prepared for restoration to start.
The team at V.A. are back at base following a fantastic few days at the always incredible Goodwood Revival. We wanted to share some pictures with you all for those who missed our stand over the road. We had some new as yet unseen purchases with us following Beaulieu autojumble the weekend before and some newly restored pumps completed in time for the event, available pieces will be added to the shop pages this week.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by to say hello or purchase items to add to their collections. Looking forward to next year already!
5 projects pumps due in stock this week!
We are always hunting for pump projects to keep us busy and this week will see the delivery or 5 genuine, original pumps including 3 more Beckmeter M50’s. A great size of pump, these late 1950s pieces are available ‘as is’ for the DIY restorer (be quick!) or can be reserved to be restored by us on commission in your chosen livery, delivered and set up by our team.
Please contact us for further information.
A rare and early Dunlop tyre showcard that recently surfaced via an antiques specialist in Ireland. A UK piece, of painted hard board construction, circa 1893-1896, prior to the company name change to include Dunlop. How has this delicate piece survived for at least 123 years! Now on it’s way to a top UK collection, we have been privileged to handle this little advertising sign and know its found the right home.
We love receiving photographs from our valued clients and one very happy customer has kindly sent us pictures of his latest purchase. The second of our Gilbarco Salesmaker pumps in Gulf livery now fully set up in it’s new Yorkshire home, with matching wall sign and 8 other restored pumps for company! We loved working on this pump and are glad to see it will be enjoyed for many years to come. Delivered by us in person, a long but satisfying trip from our Devonshire base. As always with our pumps this is a genuine original 1960s piece, finished to a high standard and restored retaining it’s original internal components.
If you would like to purchase a restored pump or commission one to be restored to your exact specifications then please feel free to get in touch with Doug. via the ‘Contact’ page.
The latest arrival at Vintage Automobilia HQ this week & a little different to our usual finds. An early and rare Crypton engine tuning machine. An incredible looking piece with knobs and gauges aplenty.
We first saw this in a south Devon garage last year whilst on a picking trip. We loved it then and are very glad to have been able to purchase this piece. Now undergoing sympathetic cosmetic restoration to bring it back to its former glory.
A selection of new signs that have arrived at base this week. As always, condition is key! Great examples of tin and enamel from different era’s. Available for sale in the ‘signs’ section.
Latest restoration nears completion. Late 1950s Beckmeter model M50 finished in its original Shell livery.
Pictured here with panels loosely fitted for the first time after paint. It is now undergoing final fit & finish in our workshop including new decals and will be ready to find it’s new home in the coming few days. An original Shell-Mex BP supplied pump.