Dale Overton, of Anglia Car Auctions, with Matt Tomkins and Andy Waters and the 1958 Austin Westminster back after its 1,000 reliability run. Picture: Matthew Usher

An rare classic car, thought to be the last of its kind, is to be auctioned for charity in King’s Lynn after completing a 1,000 mile tour around the country.

Anglia Car Auctions, based at the Cattlemarket in Beveridge Way, on the Hardwick Industrial Estate, has teamed-up with Practical Classics magazine to restore the 1958 Austin Westminster and hopes to raise a significant amount for Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund from its sale.

The car has been given the full restoration treatment as part of a long-term project dating back to 2012, when the auction house bought it from a local seller.

Experts from Practical Classics, based in Peterborough, provided voluntary know-how and carried out most of the restoration at their workshop.

Lyn George, director at Anglia Car Auctions, said: “The car now looks fantastic. We think it is the last one left in the country, so someone will be buying a piece of our motoring history.”

During restoration the car was also taken to Coventry, to be dipped in acid to remove rust, before being taken to Braintree in Essex to have its bodyshell prepared and paintwork done. All the work was completed voluntarily.

Practical Classics then took the car on a 1,000-mile reliability run from London to Edinburgh and back, via the west country and Wales.

Anglia Car Auctions has supported Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund for many years and raises funds and collects donations throughout the year.

The car will be auctioned with no reserve but Mrs George said they hope to raise “a lot of money” for the charity.

The 1958 Austin Westminster is due to go under the auctioneer’s hammer on Saturday, June 16. See www.angliacarauctions.co.uk

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