IT looks like a rotting wreck – and to many people that’s probably just what it is – but to others it’s an automotive treasure.

The heavily rusted shell of a classic VW campervan proved to be among the most eagerly sought after items at a vehicles and automobilia sale at Tennants of Leyburn.

Despite first appearances, the VW was a very rare 1960 Split Screen 23 Window Samba campervan. Despite a pre-sale estimate of £15,000 to £20,000 it eventually sold for £23,000

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Volkswagen first introduced the campervan in 1950, and it has since gone on to achieve near-cult status remaining much in demand today.

Of particular appeal to connoisseurs, this example retained its original VIN and chassis number, and M-codes which revealed that it was originally supplied to Ramsgate.

Elsewhere in the sale, good prices were achieved for vintage Rolls-Royces, such as a 1965 Silver Cloud III, which sold for £25,000.

Vintage motorcycles, too, performed well - a 1949 Douglas Mark III made £3,200, and a 1937 Carlton 125cc made £3,500. However, the top lot of the sale was a 2016 Onyx EB37 Bugatti Recreation, which sold for £28,000.