A slice of British motoring history will come under the hammer at a bumper residential auction in Birmingham on Thursday.
A coach house at 45 Anderton Park Road, Moseley, Birmingham, which has strong connections to early Jensen racing cars, is included in the Bigwood auction.
Brothers Richard and Allan Jensen built individual sports cars on the Austin and then Standard chassis in the 1920s and early 30s.
Jensen historian Richard Calver said: “At the time the first Jensen special was built, the family was living around the corner in Bloomfield Road and then moved to 95 Anderton Park Road.
“Ron Horton, a friend of the Jensen family, was living at number 45 and used their special-bodied race cars for a few years, around 1932-35.”
Bigwood director Jonathan Hackett said: “The coach house was where Ron Horton prepared his racing cars and it will come under the hammer on a guide price of £400,000 to £450,000 as part of a substantial investment property.
“Planning permission was obtained to convert the coach house into a dwelling in 1964 but this has lapsed. The entire property stands in just over one quarter of an acre and is one of many attractive lots.
“We hope the 92 lots to be sold at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, will be the best residential sale of 2009.”
In 2008 Bigwood and sister firm Bond Wolfe integrated their sales and have since sold jointly more than £35 million of property.
Mr Hackett continued: “Each quarterly sale has seen an increase in liquidity in the market and hopefully we will end the year on a high.”
“A vacant three-storey four-bedroom detached house in Blenheim Road, Moseley, with a guide price of £200,000 to £250,000 has already been viewed by more than 60 people.
“Another investment property attracting multiple viewings is an end terrace two-bedroom property close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Metchley Lane, Harborne, with a guide price of £125,000 to £135,000.
“Over 40 people have inspected a vacant end terrace property in Broadyates Road, Yardley, with three bedrooms, which has a guide price of £65,000 to £70,000.
“Buyers looking for a smart address at a realistic price may find it at Breeden Drive, Curdworth, in Sutton Coldfield.
“The semi-detached property stands back from the road behind a driveway and front garden and has three bedrooms and an integrated garage. There is an area at the side which could be suitable for an extension subject to planning permission.
“It needs modernisation and has a guide price of £155,000 and £165,000.
“A well-equipped new build detached dormer bungalow in Sutton Coldfield’s Wylde Green with three bedrooms and two reception rooms and set behind security gates has a guide price of £295,000 to £325,000.
“Investors looking for high yields will find a variety of properties to choose from in this catalogue.
“A single bedroom leasehold flat in an apartment block at Netheravon Close, Druids Heath, is the pick of these with a guide price is £48,000. It provides an income of £4,800 amounting to a 10 per cent yield.
“We expect ground rent sales to be buoyant and there are 10 lots involving between one and four properties.
“Another lot involves 72 ground rents on properties at Highley, Bridgnorth.
These are yielding a gross annual profit of £1,415. No guide price is given.
“We anticipate bargain hunters will be out in force.”