Rare car which appeared in classic move to be auction off at Tennants

The rare Clement Bayard used in The 39 Steps.

A rare 1914 car used as a getaway car in the classic 1978 thriller starring Robert Powell The 39 Steps is to be sold at Tennants Auctioneers in Leyburn.

The vehicle will go under the hammer at the auctioneers’  Motor Vehicle & Automobilia Sale on May 12.

The car features in a getaway scene, when the film’s hero Richard Hannay uses it to flee a village hall.

Beautifully restored and presented, the Clement-Bayard is rare example of the four-cylinder 10/12 horsepower version of the stylish two-seater roadster made in France between 1910 and 1914.

Adolphe Clement was an automobile pioneer and racer, who made used a fortune amassed making bicycles to begin manufacturing first motorcars and then airships in Paris.

Registered in Glasgow, the car is thought to have spent all its life in Scotland. When it was discovered several decades ago it was 95 per cent complete and has only had relatively minor cosmetic restoration.

It retains the majority of its original parts, including a period Dickey seat with its original leather and mechanism. The car runs well on the open road and will certainly draw attention wherever it goes.

Edwardian cars are much in demand at auction, and prices have been rising steadily in recent years, and Tennants are offering this wonderful example with an estimate of £17,000-20,000 (plus buyer’s premium).

Further temptations for car enthusiasts in the 250 lot sale include a 1958 Jaguar XK150, two 1950s Riley’s, a 1972 Rolls Royce Corniche II with only 28,000 miles on the clock, and a 1927 Morris Oxford Flatnose.

Further details are available at www.tennants.co.uk