On The Square

Hit the Road with Bidsquare!

By Brett Morris

May 22,2017 | 11:00 EDT

Buying a used car can be a real headache. Traipsing across miles and miles of bitumined lots trying to find that gem in the rough, hounded by sales people filling your head with over-the-top diatribe about the wonder of each and every vehicle your eyes happen to pass over. The whole thing can quickly become a nightmare, leaving you exhausted and bewilded - soon enough, youre trading in your drivers licence for a bus pass...

On Sunday, June 4 Thomaston Place Auction Galleries offers bidders the chance to give that typical used car experience a great big miss when they offer six unique vehichles in their 20th Century Decorative Arts sale. Consisting of four cars, a motor home and a motor bike, this streamlined selection is yours for the taking, all without having to leave the comforts of your own living room. Now thats the way to go car hunting!

The Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 was an instant success the moment it was released back in 1972, a lightweight sporting coupe popular with car enthusiasts that punched well above its weight on the racetrack. Lot 850 has been enjoyed by just the one owner in its 43 years of existence, an owner who shipped the car from Italy at great expense back in 1974 as personal freight. Now thats what I call love!

Another car that tore up tracks all over Europe was the BMW 2002. Representing a "New Class" line for the Bavarian automaker upon its release in 1968, the 2002 is said to have revitalized the companys reputation worldwide. Lot 851, a 1975 2002, comes in its original golf yellow paint and has just 47,000 miles on the clock.

Anyone looking for a serious lifestyle change shoud take a good long look at Lot 854 - a 2003 Winnebago Sightseer motor home. Winnebago, born and bred in Iowa, has been making these vehicles since 1966, when the first of their designs rolled off the production line, at a price approximately half that of their competitors.

What better way to make a great entrance than by picking up Lot 853 - a 2005 Jaguar XK8 convertible. With its sleek streamlined design, 4.2 liter, 294 horsepower, V-8 engine, and 6-speed automatic transmission, its no wonder that the XK8 was such a hit when introduced at the Geneva Motor Show back in 1998.

For those looking for something a little more racier, the sale offers Lot 852 - a 1979 Suzuki Savage 650. Described as a lightweight cruiser motorcycle, Suzuki manufactured the bike for the Japanese domestic market, then exported it to New Zealand, North America, Australia, Chile and beyond.

Thomaston Place Auction Galleries, 20th Century Decorative Arts sale is set down for Sunday, June 4 and contains over 600 expertly curated lots covering a host of interesting categories.