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History

Celebrating over 40 years!

At Merlin Car Auctions, we have a long and proud history, dating back over 40 years in business.  A lot has happened in that time! In 1974 Richard Nixon resigned as US President, West Germany won the World Cup and ‘Seasons in the Sun' spent seven weeks at number one. It was also the year that Windsor Car Auctions was founded, and the thriving motor company has gone from strength ever since under the Merlin banner. 

Over the past 40 years, the auction has evolved to become an integral part of today's car industry with Merlin Car Auctions, located a the state of the art premises in Naas, Co Kildare and attracting record numbers of vehicles & visitors. 

In 2008 we celebrated the 80th birthday of one of our most long standing employees, Norman Colfer. 
It was in 1974 that Merlin Car Auctions (then Windsor) came into being with Norman at its helm. 37 years on and celebrating his 82nd birthday, Norman was responsible for an astounding 1 million vehicle sales at auction! 
 

Norman is one of the most infamous auctioneers in Ireland and a pinnacle of the entire industry and Merlin only saw it fitting to hold a specialist auction in his honour. On his 80th birthday, July 16th 2009, Merlin Car Auctions hosted a classic car auction where Norman took to the podium and did what he has done for over 50 years and oversaw the entire auction. 

In 2009, Merlin celebrated 35 years in business. To mark this milestone and to celebrate the 1st birthday of the new premises, Merlin Car Auctions hosted a very special auction in aid of Irish Autism Action. The charity's patron, Keith Duffy of Boyzone, took the auctioneer's seat and the then Super Bantamweight World Champion Bernard Dunne also lent a hand, bringing a number of very exclusive items under the hammer on 22nd April. 

Also in 2009, A Merlin charity event helped people around the country to donate both new and previously loved toys to be auctioned in aid of Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin. The Merlin Toy Auction campaign had a phenomenal response from the public and celebrities who donated their favourite toys for auction, as well as an excellent response from the public who donated toys in droves.  Bidders on the night contributed to a total of €10,000 which was donated to the Burns Unit of the children's hospital.