PETROLHEADS in need of a project will be in their element next weekend as a classic car auction gets underway in Somerset featuring a raft of classics.

Car buffs often look to the long winter months to take on new projects and experts at the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars promise an eclectic selection of cars needing work.

“The November classic and vintage car auction includes some fine vehicles including a much pampered Jensen Interceptor, a fast road MGB roaster and a beautifully presented Morris Minor convertible,” said Matthew Whitney, from Charterhouse.

“However, it is often the restoration projects which get the bidders going and we certainly do have a choice of projects for all abilities.”

The Charterhouse specialist classic car auction, being held at the Footman James Classic Vehicle Restoration Show at the Royal Bath & West Showground on Sunday, November 3, has several projects in various states, ranging from the classic style of Jaguar, to the retro appeal of a VW Transporter.

Here are just a few set to go under the hammer...

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1949 Jaguar Mk VI project, complete but dismantled £4,000-5,000

There is a 1949 Jaguar Mk VI estimated at £4,000-5,000.

Stripped in readiness for restoration, it is a complete car albeit coming to auction looking more like a giant jigsaw puzzle.

This post-war saloon has the advantage of being fitted with the larger 3.5 litre engine and is estimated at £4,000-5,000.

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1957 Jaguar Mk I £8,000-10,000

Also from the same owner is another Jaguar. This time a 1957 Jaguar Mk I with the 3.4 litre engine.

Similar to the one used in the hugely popular Endeavour TV series and with just one former keeper, this 62 year old car is very original and is a matching numbers car.

Still running and driving, but needing some work, it is estimated at £8,000-10,000.

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Brace of MG B GT’s £1,000-1,500

Should you fancy a British sports car to restore, then a brace of early 1970s MG B GT’s will tick the box.

Bought as projects some 10 years ago, the owner has not found the time to sort them out.

Being offered for sale as a single lot, both could be restored or one could act as a donor car, and they are estimated at £1,000-1,500.

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1973 Citroen Safari £1,000-1,500

However, it is not all British cars looking for new garages.

From France, there is a left hand drive 1973 Citroen Safari.

The owner bought this to restore, but now in his 80s, he has other projects to pursue.

Although looking a tad forlorn on its sunken suspension, it is a rare survivor which is being sold without reserve.

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1978 VW Transporter £2,000-2,500

Another left-hand drive car is a 1978 VW Transporter. Imported from Cyprus a few years ago and with all taxies paid, the owner sadly passed away recently.

Requiring work, it will probably be bought by an enthusiast and converted into a camper for family fun and is expected to sell for about £2,000.

Charterhouse are now accepting further entries for their busy November auction programme with classic and vintage cars on Sunday, November 3, followed by silver, jewellery, watches & Asian Art on November 14 and 15.

For further information regarding these specialist auctions, or to arrange a home visit, contact Matthew Whitney and the team of experts at Charterhouse on 01935 812277 or email