A small car collection at a car auction in Sydney has given a unique insight into the life of a wagon car in Australia.
Auctions Australia revealed the cars collection to a small group of car enthusiasts at the Sydney Motorsport Museum in January, with the proceeds going to a charity.
The car collection includes a 1902 Old Old Wagon Car (pictured above), which is said to be a rare find in Australia, and is described as a “classic example of the Victorian style of wagon car”.
It is believed to be the first wagon car built by the Victorian car industry in Australia at the time of its introduction, and was one of the earliest models to use the flat-bottom carriage, with a three-quarter length engine and three-quarters of a tonne weight.
The collection includes three 1903 Old Wagons, which were built between 1903 and 1907 and are believed to have been sold in the 1960s.
The cars are now in the collections of the Museum of Victorian Motor Vehicles in Sydney.
Auctioneer and collector Bill MacGregor from the Melbourne Museum said the collection was unique, adding that it showed “the importance of car ownership in Victorian life”.
“It was very much a part of Victorian life and I think it was very important that it was preserved,” Mr MacGregors said.
“There was a lot of people who were interested in this car and the cars were quite valuable.”
Mr MacGregore said he hoped the car collection would help other Victorian car enthusiasts recognise the car as an Australian classic.
“The car was very valuable and it is a classic example of Victorian style, and it’s a fantastic example of what a wagon can be,” he said.
“I think it’s important that car enthusiasts know about this and it was really important to me that people know that the cars are British and the car is owned by a British family.”
The cars are expected to be sold at the auction, with proceeds going towards the Victorian Car Museum.