Ironmonger’s van under the hammer

A FORMER Forfar businessman will be selling one of the star lots at the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club’s auction.

Michael Irons will be parting company with his prized 1926 Morris van at the auction with hopes that it will reach at least £10,000.

The bullnose van was the only thing the family kept from the ironmonger business in Castle Street when they sold it in 2005.

Used mostly for advertising purposes, the van used to be seen out and about on the roads throughout Angus when making deliveries.

Mr Irons said: “We used it for making deliveries of wedding gifts and other special deliveries.

“It was out on the road when it was sunny, it was really used for advertising.”

Michael and his brother Marshall bought the running chassis in Dumfries in 1976 and kept it for a couple of years before sending it to a professional restoration firm near Swindon.

It took the specialist restorers around four years to complete the work in full before it was delivered back to the brothers in the early 1980s.

While the van was once used for business purposes both brothers have continued to drive the vehicle for pleasure since retiring.

Mr Irons said: “I’m afraid it will be a wrench. It’s part of our business.

“It’s the one thing we still have from the business, but the time has come for it to go.”

The auction will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Strathmore Vintage Vehicle Club premises at Bridge View House, Glamis.

The auction will begin at 9 pm but there will be a viewing between 10am and 3pm on the Thursday and Friday prior to the sale.

There are well over 700 lots in the sale including around 30 vehicles.