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NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE 2019-Day 1-Cars

NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE 2019-Day 1-Cars

Saturday, November 9, 2019  |  2:00 PM GMT
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NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE 2019-Day 1-Cars

NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE 2019-Day 1-Cars

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Silverstone Auctions will be returning to the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show for the eighth consecutive year offering a selection of cars for sale by auction on Saturday and Sunday.

The Lancaster Classic is the UK's biggest classic car show held in the conveniently located NEC easily accessed from the M42.

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Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 63)      

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1991 Golf GTi Rivage Cabriolet

Lot # 201 (Sale Order: 2 of 63)      

Charity lot offered at No Reserve - all proceeds to go to the Motor Neurone Disease Association
  • One of only 470 UK-supplied, limited editions of the Golf GTi convertible known as the 'Rivage'

  • Available only in metallic blue or green, fitted with a 5-speed gearbox and 'Le Castellet' forged alloys

  • Finished in Inca Blue with a blue cloth interior, fitted with Recaro seats and a powered Mohair hood

  • 77,134 miles supported by the MOT history, the service records and a number of invoices

  • The very desirable Cherished Number (J4 LOL) is generously included with the car

  • NB. The entire proceeds from this sale, including any Silverstone Auctions fees, are going to the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The VW Golf is surely one of the most iconic ‘hot-hatches' ever conceived. Its popularity has never diminished and a plethora of variants and styles have always been hungrily anticipated and universally enjoyed by the car's cult following all of whom treasure the next instalment from Volkswagen, the hot-hatch giant.

Whilst many motorists today appreciate the exhilaration of roof-down ‘wind-in-your-hair' motoring, few are willing to forego the comfort of a saloon car in order to enjoy it, however,  the Golf GTi Convertible, introduced in 1980, made any such sacrifice unnecessary being designed and built by one of the world's most experienced builders of open-touring cars - Karmann of Osnabrück. With the hood up these little cars were remarkably draught free, lower the hood and you were ready to take advantage of every moment of sunshine which a British summer could muster.

The Golf GTi Rivage was a run-out model of the legendary Mk1 GTi Convertible, enhancing the appeal of the car with metallic blue or green paint, heated Recaro cloth seats, Le Castellet forged alloy wheels, powered mohair hood and a five-speed gearbox. With its sub-10 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 108mph, the Rivage was clearly no ordinary Golf convertible. 

Finished in Inca Blue and benefiting from all the usual Rivage features, this lovely example dates from 1991 and was purchased from its first owner by the wife of our vendor in 1996 and subsequently registered to her husband, our vendor.  The car was placed on a SORN in 2018 and is currently in very nice condition with a warranted 77,134 miles indicated. It is supplied with all its previous MOT Test Certificates, the service and owners' handbooks and is fitted with a Blaupunkt radio/cassette player and the usual security systems. The very desirable cherished number (J4 LOL) is generously included with the car.

Please note that the whole of the sale proceeds, including any Silverstone Auctions fees, from this car are going to the South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE ASSOCIATION (MNDA)

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Motor Neurone Disease affects around 5,000 people a year in the UK.  With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. The MNDA strives to support all those living with this devastating disease.

The South Yorkshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association is run entirely by volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families, and carers. It has been fundraising and raising awareness of MND in and around Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster for over 20 years. The proceeds of its fundraising effort is directed towards a wide range of support activities and equipment purchase and also includes the provision of qualified care visitors, financial support for carers and family, benefits advice, living adaptations and most importantly towards the area of research in an effort to find the cause of MND and ultimately a cure. The Associations motto is “A World Without  MND”

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1991 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9

Lot # 202 (Sale Order: 3 of 63)      

The definitive 80s 'Hot Hatch' with 35,300 miles from new
  • Superbly presented ‘Phase 2’ car in classic Cherry Red with 35,300 miles

  • UK-supplied in early June 1991 by Summersdale Peugeot in Chichester

  • Smart, unmolested interior in black half-leather and Monaco Tweed cloth

  • Full-service history with 21 stamps in the book. Every service invoice from new

  • The most recent service (June 2019) included a cambelt/water pump change

  • The MOT is valid until August 2020, issued with no advisories

  • These landmark cars are becoming increasingly collectable as practical classics

In many people's eyes, the Peugeot 205 was the definitive Eighties hatchback and the most perfect, practical design for a small car ever. Launched in 1983, it was a brilliant rival to the Renault 5 and the Ford Fiesta with its ‘wheel at each corner' design and weighing only 875kg. No wonder it won What Cars magazine Car of the Year in 1983 and was declared Car of the Decade by CAR Magazine in 1990. The 1.6-litre GTi was blessed with brilliant handling and a revvy and eager 105bhp engine, however, the 1.9-litre GTi that followed, although externally and internally similar to its little sister was subtly different in character with 20 more bhp, a wider spread of torque, and was altogether more ‘grown-up’.

Silverstone Auctions know good 205 GTis when we see them. In 2018 we achieved a new world record price for the model, beating the previous highest figure, which we had also again attained the year before. The car presented here may not have covered a similarly tiny mileage to the two record holders, but it’s special in its own way and a worthy addition to our 205 back-catalogue.

This smart example was originally supplied to a Mr K C Tomlins of Hayling island by Summersdale Peugeot in Chichester, West Sussex prior to being first registered in early June 1991. It was serviced at Summersdale for the first 10 years of its life until the owner at the time switched to another nearby Peugeot dealer. Comfortingly, our vendor has all the service invoices going back to the very first service on 21/08/91.

The overall condition of this very low mileage 205 is excellent, having never been restored. The bodywork appears spot-on with only a couple of minor blemishes and the Cherry Red paintwork has been professionally polished and exudes a wonderful shine. The black half-leather, Phase 2 interior is also in great shape with seats and carpets showing minimal wear. The original Clarion stereo and speakers remain in place and, importantly, the original rear parcel shelf has not been modified to take larger, after-market speakers. We understand that all the electrics work just as they left the factory as does the sunroof with all its seals intact. The car is excellent mechanically and during the last three years it has been serviced twice by a well-known Peugeot 205 specialist and set up on a ‘rolling road’. The most recent service, in June 2019, included a cambelt/water pump change.

The only modification to the car is the addition of air conditioning which a former owner sourced from another 205 and had professionally installed by a well-known 205 specialist.

The owner’s file contains the original logbook, service invoices, original stamped service book and two keys.

Overall, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a genuine low-mileage, unmolested 205 1.9 GTi that has patently been cherished and drives really well. The desirability of these cars is now well established and they always attract willing buyers who generally tend to be most keen on low mileage, unmodified cars with a clearly documented service history and in cared for condition which, fortunately, is exactly what we have here.

 

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2003 Maserati 4200 Spyder Cambiocorsa

Lot # 203 (Sale Order: 4 of 63)      

If only the best will do: 2003 Maserati 4200 Spyder Cambiocorsa, 15,278 miles
  • Spectacularly presented in gleaming Rosso Bologna with a Bordeaux hood, 15-spoke silver alloys

  • Classic Maserati interior in Avorio and Bordeaux leather with walnut details, Rosso carpets and that clock

  • Supplied new by Lancaster Ferrari & Maserati Colchester and first registered in January 2003

  • Acquired by our vendor in 2008 at 10,432 miles. Three former keepers. Comprehensive service history

  • Recent services. May 2019 at 15,076 miles (£1,516), February 2018 at 14,780 miles (£672)

  • Replacement clutch, new tyres, wheels refurbed in January 2016 at 14,290 (£3,500)

  • Complete with its original stamped service book, indoor car cover, blue leather wallet and two sets of keys

  • Totally pampered and immaculate. Undoubtedly a best of breed contender 

A six-speed manual version of the 4200 Spyder was offered, however, most buyers went for the six-speed F1 Cambiocorsa electrohydraulic paddle-shift transmission with four modes which altered various characteristics (throttle response, traction control, suspension stiffness etc) in order to give the optimum performance for the chosen mode. Mated to Maserati’s ‘Skyhook’ suspension which allowed each damper to react in milliseconds, it added up to a devastatingly rapid cross-country machine which felt even faster than the figures suggested: 385bhp and 332lb/ft; 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds; 178mph top speed. 

Supplied new by Lancaster Ferrari & Maserati, Colchester, Essex this stunning 4200 Spyder Cambiocorsa was first registered during January 2003. It was ordered in Rosso Bologna with a Bordeaux hood and 15-spoke silver alloys. The interior is classic Maserati with Avorio and Bordeaux leather, Rosso carpets, Walnut-rimmed steering wheel and door caps and the traditional oval clock. Our vendor is the car’s fourth keeper and acquired it in January 2008 at 10,432 miles. He tells us “I have averaged some 450 miles per annum (in dry weather). I had the chrome replated in Walsall as the Italian chrome doesn't compare. The wheels are completely refurbished and clutch replaced and new tyres two or three years ago”.

The car has a comprehensive service history with the original stamped service book showing regular attention. The most recent service was by JP Performance Cars Ltd of Burntwood at 15,076 miles, in May 2019 (£1,516.33) and prior to that in February 2018 at 14,780 miles (£672.00). JP also serviced the car in April 2016 at 14,290 miles and the account for £3,500 included a clutch replacement. Naturally, the relevant invoices for the above are in the owner’s file alongside earlier invoices and MOTs and the current MOT valid until March 2020. The Maserati has a bespoke car cover, a phonecard, a new blue leather wallet and two sets of keys.

Totally pampered and immaculate. Undoubtedly a ‘Best of Breed’ contender.

 

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1991 BMW 325i (E30) Sport

Lot # 204 (Sale Order: 5 of 63)      

A collector-quality example with just 6,800 miles
  • The 325i (E30) Sport is a highly desirable 2-door only BMW model with numerous M-Tech upgrades from BMW's Motorsport Division

  • ​Fitted with the legendary 170bhp M20 2494cc straight-six engine good for 132 mph and 0-60 in 9.9 seconds

  • First registered on 12/06/1991, being a later face-lifted M Technic 2 model, in special order (1991 only) Granitsilber Metallic, and one of the last Sport examples produced

  • UK-supplied via Millcars (BMW) of Hampstead, this hugely original car has covered a fully verifiable 6,794 miles, accompanied by a full book-pack and comprehensive history file

Compact rear-wheel drive saloons were in short supply in the 1980s and consequently, the E30 quickly stood out as something special, being lightweight, refined, and offering unparalleled driving pleasure. The range-topping M3 is now rightly one of the most sought-after sports cars of the last 30 years and can command in excess of £100,000.

With the success of the M3, BMW capitalised on the demand for more sporting E30s, and in 1986 gave the market the ‘325i Sport’, a 2-door only model with numerous ‘M-Tech’ upgrades from BMW's Motorsport Division. These included an M Technic body-kit and boot spoiler, Anthracite headlining (unique to the 325i Sport), a limited-slip differential, M Technic suspension (15mm lower springs and Boge M Technic shock absorbers) and a 5-speed ZF close-ratio gearbox. The car is powered by the legendary M20 2494cc straight-six engine giving 171bhp and 164 lb-ft of torque, good for 132 mph and 0-62 mph time of 9.9 seconds, decently quick but it's really the whole driving experience that impresses so much.

There were two ‘generations’ of the 325i Sport, commonly referred to as a 'Tech-1' (September 1986 - August 1987; pre-facelift model) followed, not surprisingly, by the 'Tech-2' (facelift model).

The car presented here is a UK-supplied RHD 1991 BMW E30 325i Sport (Tech-2) which was first registered on 12th June 1991 having been sold by Millcars (BMW) of Hampstead finished in special order (1991 only) Granitsilber Metallic (Granite Silver; paint code 272). 

One of the last ‘Sport’ examples ever produced, this incredibly original car has covered a fully verifiable 6,794 miles with just two previous keepers from new and is accompanied by a full book-pack, original paperwork and a comprehensive history file. This extraordinary car has been preserved in such a rare unmolested condition, it is surely one of the best, low mileage examples out there. Coming from our privateer vendor who bought the car back in 2007 at 5,200 miles, it has been stored well and regularly run-up and serviced. It really is as good as in the photographs and would be the perfect fit for any enthusiast or collector.

(The car wears its correct, original and immaculate BMW cross-spoke alloys wheels, but will come with a set of now extremely rare and sought-after original in-period Alpina alloy wheels, which the first owner specified and preferred.)

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1963 Chevrolet Corvette (C2) Stingray Convertible

Lot # 205 (Sale Order: 6 of 63)      

Fabulous C2 Sting Ray supplied new to Sir Cliff Richard OBE
  • UK-supplied, left-hand drive, second-generation Corvette Sting Ray with 69,083 miles

  • Built in St Louis in early 1963 fitted with a 327ci, OHV V-8, manual gearbox, LSD, and factory Hardtop

  • Registered as 7 EXV on 28/03/1963 to Harry Rodger Webb (Cliff Richard) in Winchmore Hill, London

  • Both the buff and green logbooks remain with the car, the early one has been signed by Cliff (H R Webb) twice

  • Purchased by our vendor in 2012 from Claremont Corvette after they had fully refurbished the car

  • That work included a respray in Sterling Silver, new soft top, carpets, leather seats, clutch, flywheel and tyres

  • Great history file with Logbooks, old MOTs, original stickers, radio manual, V5c and lots of invoices

  • A lovely example of 'America's Sports Car' with fabulous celebrity provenance

Now in its seventh generation, the Corvette began life in 1953 with the C1 - a model that inspired a generation of young Americans and gave the Ford Empire a nine-year headache. However, it was the C2, the immortal Sting Ray produced between 1963 and 1967, that really set Chevrolet's cash registers ringing and left us with the most desired and collectable Corvette to date. Designed by Larry Shinoda under the guidance of the legendary Bill Mitchell, influences on the Sting Ray's unique and unforgettable form are said to include: the E-type Jaguar, a Mako Shark once caught by Mitchell, the 'Q Corvette' concept car of 1957 and the 'Mitchell Sting Ray' design exercise. By the autumn of 1959, elements of the two unique Corvettes had been blended into XP-720 - the design programme that led to the production of the Sting Ray (later changed to Stingray) as we know it.

According to its Chassis Number, this lovely left-hand drive, Corvette convertible emerged from Chevrolet’s St Louis plant in early 1963 fitted with a 327ci, OHV V-8, a four-speed manual gearbox ($188), Positraction rear axle (LSD) $43.05, finished in Silver Blue (912) with a Black Vinyl interior and supplied with an optional Hardtop in body colour ($236). It was immediately shipped to the UK by British and Colonial Motors of St. Martins Lane in London prior to being registered as 7 EXV on 28/03/1963 to a Mr Harry Rodger Webb, perhaps better known as Sir Cliff Richard OBE. Both the ‘Buff’ and Green Log Books remain with the car and the early one has been signed by Cliff (H R Webb) twice, initially when he lived at Winchmore Hill and subsequently when he moved to Upper Nazeing in Essex. Naturally, such a flamboyant motor car has worn different number plates with later owners including AHK 514A, 5 SOO, 959 NOJ and currently 55AFR since 1974.

Our vendor purchased the car in early November 2012 from Claremont Corvette - “The Original Corvette Specialists” for £47,995 and there is a Bill of Sale in the owner's file. There is a further invoice in the file, dated 21/10/12 from Claremont indicating that the Corvette had been substantially refreshed prior to our vendor becoming the car’s proud owner. That work included a full respray in Sebring Silver by ‘MechSpray’ with the hardtop painted to match, a new black convertible top, new period-correct carpets, the worn vinyl seat covers replaced with leather, four new black-wall radial tyres fitted and balanced on repainted wheels, hubcaps re-polished with new spinners, a new clutch and flywheel, the engine compartment valeted, the original air cleaner re-chromed, new electric window switches, gear knob and doorknob and finally, a full pre-sale service.

Since purchasing this very special Chevrolet around seven years ago, Claremont Corvette have been tasked with sundry items of maintenance and enhancement and there are a couple of invoices in the file (23/07/2013 for £2,507.82 and 14/10/2014 for £2,528.72) in return for their care and attention.

As you can see from the photographs, 55 AFR presents well in its coat of Sebring Silver and remains in remarkably fresh condition having been lightly used over the last seven years. The black interior is lightly patinated appearing essentially original apart from the recovered seats and you can’t help wonder how many legends of sixties rock and pop have travelled in these seats and fiddled with the original Delco radio during Cliff’s ownership.

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1976 Dax Tojeiro 427 Replica Cobra 5.7 V8

Lot # 206 (Sale Order: 7 of 63)      

A superb and very capable example
  • A former show-winning example, owned by the previous keeper for 27 year, with just 4,000 miles (approx.)

  • Dax has been building Cobra recreations for over 30 years

  • Built and first registered in 1991 with a photographic record of the build

  • Finished in Rouge Alhambra Pearlescent. Replica Halibrand alloy wheels, side exhaust

  • Magnolia hide with maroon piping. Wilton carpet and full tonneau cover. Rosewood steering wheel

  • Cleveland 351 V8 (5.7-litre). Blueprinted, fully balanced, Edelbrock fast-road cam 

The hugely charismatic DAX 427 (also known as Tojeiro) has remained the undisputed market leader for more than 30 years and has steadily established itself as a much-sought-after classic sports car in its own right. The car’s enduring popularity owes much to DAX’s policy of continual product improvement and painstaking attention to detail. A philosophy that has clearly shaped every aspect of their cars from its state-of-the-art technical specification, top quality composite body and sumptuous leather interior to its deep-dished Halibrand style wheels, trademark stainless steel side-pipe exhausts and low, wide, purposeful stance.

The car presented here is a 1976 Dax Tojeiro 427 5.7-litre V8 homage to the Cobra, built and first registered in 1991, having covered just 4,000 miles. You get the feeling that whoever decided on this car's specification and colour scheme thought long and hard about every aspect of this show-winner and patently it was worth it. It's finished in a delicious Rouge Alhambra Pearlescent with Magnolia hide piped in Maroon and deep red Wilton carpets which, on paper, sounds a little OTT but in the metal really works and when combined with the stainless side exhausts, chromed tubular bumpers and over-riders, chromed roll-over hoop, alloy stone guards, alloy flip-top fuel filler, Rosewood steering wheel and shiny Halibrands, render this piece of automotive confectionery almost good enough to eat. The details and finish are second to none, whilst the performance, sound and experience are almost indistinguishable from that of a Shelby Cobra.

Offering fantastic value for money, this car has been extremely well cared for and drives as well as it presents. With Dax being still very active with parts, servicing and advice, any new owner will become part of a very special group of enthusiasts who know and promote, via buoyant clubs and gatherings, these cars extremely well. Once you have felt the shove of a 5.7-litre V8 in a lightweight open-top car, you’re hooked! A great car and a real opportunity to buy a very special DAX.

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1976 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Lot # 207 (Sale Order: 8 of 63)      

A rare, original, right-hand drive Montreal in need of some TLC.
  • An original UK-supplied, right-hand drive Montreal. One of only 155. Warranted 45,495 miles

  • Still in its original Arancio Pastello (AR601) with a Nero interior. Very desirable combination

  • Purchased by our vendor in 1980 with 4,000 miles indicated. Only two previous keepers

  • Dry stored for the last 15 years in our vendor's factory as he couldn't bear to part with it

  • Good original interior with the driver's seat showing very few signs of wear

  • Original owners manual. Cherished number (600 JRL) will stay with the car

In 1967, Alfa Romeo dipped its toe into the Supercar sector by launching the Montreal, named after the Montreal Expo where it made its debut. It was powered by an all-new V8 quad-cam competition-derived power unit with dry-sump lubrication taken from the successful Type 33 sports racer and mated to a 5-speed ZF gearbox. With a capacity of 2,593cc, the V8 featured twin overhead camshafts per bank and produced, via Alfa Romeo/Spica fuel injection and Bosch electronic ignition, 200bhp at 6,500rpm. This provided excellent performance with a top speed of 137mph and 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds. Under the exotic Bertone designed 2+2 coupé coachwork, the Montreal incorporated many stylish features, such as the headlamp eyelids and the NACA duct on the bonnet.

This may have been love at first sight but was certainly an impulsive purchase as, on July 15th 1977, our vendor was in traffic moving slowly down Birmingham's Broad Street when he spotted this gleaming orange Alfa Romeo Montreal right at the front of Ryland's showroom. A close inspection of the car, confirmation of the mileage of 4,000, a discussion about the remarkable colour (Arancio Pastello), and a few quiet moments sitting in the cabin was enough. That was it, cheque book out and the deal was done in just over an hour, we did say that it was love at first sight.

With only two previous owners, stewardship has remained with our vendor to the present day and was used sparingly over the following 27 years until a developing collection of daily drivers rendered it surplus to requirements. His love for this car had not faded so, rather than dispose of it, he considered placing it into hibernation within his factory the better option. Now, some 15 years later, he has decided its time to offer the opportunity of owning this rare, right-hand Montreal to a new custodian. We understand that it was driving very well to the point of storage but has not been run since. This is indeed a project but we feel it's more of a re-commission than a restoration, after all, it was in regular use up to 15 years ago and has remained dry and warm on a mezzanine floor in a working factory. We have decided that it's best to leave the car covered in dust as you see in the photographs rather than wash it allowing potential purchasers to form their own opinion about the amount of work required.

Accompanied by its original handbook, spare wheel and keys, this desirable Montreal is now ready for the next adventure. With low ownership, a warranted 45,495 miles and retaining the registration number 600 JRL, this is a fantastic project. One of only 155 original right-hand drive examples, highly desirable and very collectable, an opportunity that really should not be missed.

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2017 Subaru BRZ SE Lux

Lot # 208 (Sale Order: 9 of 63)      

Immaculate car with one enthusiast owner and only 615 miles from new!
  • Step-sister of Toyota’s GT86 and infinitely more focused

  • 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder boxer engine (197bhp/151lb ft.), 6-speed manual gearbox, rear-wheel drive, LSD

  • Post-facelift car with new bumper design, new headlights and rear spoiler

  • Refreshed interior with Alcantara throughout, leather dashboard, Bluetooth and keyless

  • 2017-specification with spring rate and anti-roll bar changes resulting in really crisp turn-in

  • Immaculate in WR Blue Pearl, one enthusiast owner and only 615 miles from new

The Subaru BRZ is the other half of the joint venture that resulted in Toyota launching the GT86 and is undoubtedly the more focused of the duo, with slightly sharper steering, a keener front end and better high-speed damping than the more ‘luxurious’ GT86. However, it would appear that for the majority of buyers, superior dynamics will always come second to a better-equipped cabin, a longer warranty and increased refinement, so it came as little surprise that the plusher Toyota outsold its more focused sibling by roughly five to one. Not one to lie down however, Subaru fought back in 2017 with a mid-life facelift addressing those concerns.

On the inside, a compact 4.2in screen was added to the old-school instrument panel, a new, smaller-diameter steering wheel similar to that applied to the GT86 was fitted and the interior featured Alcantara throughout. For the first time, all BRZs received a 6.1in touchscreen with a Bluetooth-compatible system that acted as the single interface for everything from Sat-Nav (optional) to smartphones.

On the outside, the changes were less obvious: new headlights now featured different day-time running lights, the front bumper sported redesigned side vents and the boot lid benefitted from a tacked-on rear wing.

The 2.0-litre four-cylinder boxer engine was retained, still producing 197bhp and 151lb ft, however, the strength of the engine block was increased, the rocker arms were lightened and friction was reduced on the camshaft. The car's handling was tweaked and for 2017 the front springs were stiffened and the rears softened off, while the opposite was done to the anti-roll bars. This resulted in the front end becoming even ‘pointier’, but the steering was remapped restoring stability and consequently confidence at speed.

Offered here is a virtually brand new, post-facelift, 2017 Subaru BRZ SE Lux in gleaming WR Blue Pearl owned from new by our collector vendor who envisaged himself as the long term custodian of both the special WRC Blue Pearl Subarus in our catalogue. His plans have changed, however, and he now wishes to pursue the purchase of a once-in-a-lifetime Supercar. Only driven on dry days, this sparkling BRZ has never seen rain during the 615 miles covered in his hands. In addition to its pre-delivery inspection in April 2017, a main dealer service was conducted at 585 miles (10,000-mile service and oil change) in January 2019. The manufacturer’s Five-year Warranty is naturally still valid and the car comes complete with all handbooks/manuals and its original Subaru sales brochure.

Despite being absolutely unmarked and with a tiny mileage, this very special BRZ has been guided substantially lower than anything in the market place and represents a real opportunity for a collector or, as we hope, an enthusiast owner.

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1981 AC Cobra by RAM

Lot # 209 (Sale Order: 10 of 63)      

New registration number to be sold with the car BAD 55R. The car is MOT'd and registered as a Jaguar 4.2. It has not been issued an IVA Well-engineered and superbly presented Cobra by RAM
  • The combination of RAM and Reynard resulted in a properly engineered Cobra Replica

  • Donor car was a 1981 Jaguar 4.2 XJ6. Jaguar running gear with the addition of adjustable coil-overs

  • Powered by 350ci (5.7-litre) Chevrolet ‘small-block’ V8 mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox

  • Chrome overriders, wind deflectors, polished aluminium stone guards, single hoop drivers roll-over bar

  • Flip-top fuel filler, side-exit exhausts and 15' Halibrand wheels with black inserts and replica spinners

  • Finished in black and gold with a stunning cream and black interior. Willans harnesses

  • 8,339 miles indicated. Freshly MOT'd, serviced, fully inspected and road tested prior to our sale

Replicas of the legendary AC Cobra built by RAM, although naturally similar in appearance to other Cobra replicas, are totally different under the double-skinned fibreglass shell. Instead of a ladder frame chassis, there is a full space frame which was developed by RAM's creator, Adrian Cocking, in conjunction with single-seat racing car constructors, Reynard. The very nature of the RAM's chassis construction gives increased rigidity over most ladder frames which inevitably offers handling benefits. Jaguar top and bottom wishbones are hung onto the front of the chassis and used in conjunction with uprated road springs and dampers. At the rear of the car, a modified Jaguar XJ-Series rear axle is used with shortened drive-shafts. The space frame design offers the safety-conscious a well-braced body shell with many impact-absorbing zones and the driver is surrounded by a substantial framework. The fuel tank, often a touch vulnerable with other designs, is set deep into the chassis behind the seats for protection. Most RAM Cobra replicas were fitted with a mildly tweaked Rover V8 engine or, in some cases, a large American V8 unit was used giving similar performance to the original Shelby Cobra.

The lovely RAM Cobra featured here is indeed powered by 350ci (5.7-litre) Chevrolet ‘small-block’ V8 fuelled through a Holley 650CFM carburettor under a chromed Edelbrock air filter and mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. The donor car was a 1981 Jaguar 4.2 XJ6 so the running gear is naturally Jaguar with the addition of adjustable coil-overs. Although registered as 1981, we believe that this particular vehicle was built around 1994 as there are spec-sheets from RAM in the file dated January 1994.

The car is finished in gleaming black with two large gold stripes running the length of the bodywork. Externally the look is completed by chrome front overriders, wind deflectors, polished aluminium stone guards, single hoop drivers roll-over bar, a centre mounted flip-top fuel filler, side-exit exhausts and 15' Halibrand wheels with black inserts and replica spinners.

The interior is equally well presented in cream leather piped in black, with black carpets edged in cream. The cream leather theme is continued through the door cards onto the very tidy dashboard which is fronted by a three-spoke Moto-Lita wood rim steering wheel. Willans, three-point harnesses are fitted to both seats.

With only 8,339 miles indicated and on offer from a much-pampered private collection, this delectable RAM Cobra seems like tremendous value. As is our vendor's custom, the car will be freshly MOT'd, serviced, fully inspected and road tested prior to our sale.

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1983 Ford Escort RS 1600i

Lot # 210 (Sale Order: 11 of 63)      

Simply superb. Entered by the 'BonkeRS Collection'. One of the best RS Fords anywhere.
  • One of the original 'BonkeRS' cars well known in the RS Owners' Club

  • Powered by the 1597cc CVH engine with Bosch K-Jetronic injection and AFT twin-coil electronic ignition

  • First registered on 14/10/1983 and one of only 560 UK cars in Sunburst Red

  • Comprehensive MOT history from 1986 (8,057 miles) to 2019 (33,984 miles). In storage from 2004 - 2010

  • Less than 700 miles in the last 16 years. Fastidiously maintained by its five previous keepers

  • Dozens of invoices for servicing, routine maintenance, clutch, brakes etc.

  • In lovely condition with a deep shine, good decals, smart interior and a showroom-quality engine bay

  • Will be inspected, fully serviced, freshly MOT’d and road-tested prior to the sale

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This RS1600i has formed part of the world famous RS collection since 2008,(  www.pistonheads.com/features/ph-features/rs-royalty-the-bonkers-collection/23965 ) and in that time it has featured in many online and paper magazines. The collection's owner and creator scoured the UK for many years to unearth the very best Sunburst Red RSi he could find and, after many years of searching, this particular example was found on his door step in the South Wales Valleys. Inevitably collections evolve and now the time has come for the next custodian to enjoy what is undoubtedly one of the very best RSi's in existence. 

The car was first registered on 14/10/1983 and is one of only 560 UK cars in Sunburst Red. It's accompanied by a box file full of history including every MOT from14/10/1986 @ 8,057 miles through to 18/02/2019 @ 34,646 miles. It remained in storage from 2004 until 2010 but, even so, it's only covered 700 miles in the last 16 years. Apart from the MOTs and dozens if not hundreds of invoices for servicing and minor maintenance, the file also contains log books, old tax discs, an 11-page Parts List, RS1600I identification sheet, RS1600i Buyers Guide, the Service Book and a spare set of keys.

As you will see from the photographs the car is in amazing condition with a deep shine, good decals, a mint interior and a showroom-quality engine bay. Quite frankly, it's the best RSi we have ever seen.

In accordance with his normal practice, our vendor will ensure that the car is inspected, fully serviced, freshly MOT’d and road-tested prior to the sale.

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1967 Mini Cooper Mk1

Lot # 211 (Sale Order: 12 of 63)      

Well prepared MK1 Cooper for historic rally events
  • Right-hand drive Mk1 Mini Cooper beautifully prepared for the 10th Monte-Carlo Historic, finishing successfully

  • Stripped to a bare shell in 1999, seam-welded then completely rebuilt from the ground up to the Rally Regulations

  • A high-quality restoration documented with photographs, invoices and today presenting extremely well

  • Lots of history. Build records, pace notes, MOTs, invoices and supporting documents

  • Recently repatriated from Guernsey, on a NOVA, taxes paid 

This lovely Mk1 Mini Cooper was first registered on 07 April 1967, finished in blue with a white roof. Photographs within the history folder show the condition of the car in 1998 when it was purchased with one goal in mind, an entry in the 'Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique. The car was completely stripped to its basic components and totally rebuilt to a specification allowing entry into the event. The engine was rebuilt with a 997 camshaft, scalloped pistons to accommodate a ported big valve head, and a long manifold connected to a works-spec central exhaust system. The interior is to period 'works' rally-spec including twin stopwatches and a Twin Halda Speedmaster. Now finished in Tartan Red with the standard white roof, the exterior has period spotlights, boot-mounted reversing light, twin fuel tanks and a sump guard. The suspension has rubber cones and is fully adjustable. Extensive photographic accounts of the work can be found in the history folder supported by invoices and it is clear to see the sheer quality of the workmanship as 20 years after the restoration the car still presents extremely well, beautifully in fact. The rally was successfully completed and the entry forms, brochures and pace notes are included in the history file. Subsequently, the car was dry stored for a number of years before the decision was taken to have the engine professionally overhauled by Southam Mini Centre and shortly afterwards the owner moved to Guernsey where our vendor was offered and purchased the car in 2012.

Today this little Cooper presents beautifully, looking every inch a sixties rally car, and is said to perform well. On inspection, it's clear to see that the quality of the restoration and recent correct storage has meant that it remains in excellent shape. Our vendor has little time to use the car so has decided to pass it on to another Mini Cooper enthusiast. At the time of cataloguing, the car is in the process of being repatriated from Guernsey with a NOVA applied for and any applicable taxes paid.

As far as we can see, there will always be events suitable for Sixties Mini Coopers and this well-prepared example is ideally suited for fast-road, hill-climbs, sprints and historic rallying with a few minor modifications to suit particular event regulations. As always with a car used in competition, it's necessary to check the currency and suitability of any safety equipment but, that done, this super Monte-Carlo Mini will be welcome anywhere.

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2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage

Lot # 212 (Sale Order: 13 of 63)      

A rare manual gearbox car that has only covered 29,000 miles
  • Originally supplied through Aston Martin Mayfair who used the car as their demonstrator

  • Finished in Midnight Blue with Charcoal leather interior, this is a desirable manual DB7

  • Aston Martin service history showing nine stamps in the book – the latest in June 2019

  • Showing just 29,000 miles the car is supplied with its handbooks, the V5c and an MOT until June 2020

At the Geneva Motor Show in 1999, Aston Martin introduced the long-awaited Vantage version of their successful DB7. Sporting a Cosworth-designed, 5.9-litre V12 producing a creamy 420bhp, the car was super-quick and was electronically limited to 185mph. The V12 had a serious appetite for air compared to its 6-cylinder predecessor, demanding a larger intake and other modifications to the frontal airflow were made to aid cooling. Other changes included chassis and braking upgrades, to cope with the increased performance and Ian Callum enlarged the grille, added fog lamps and re-styled the valances to give the car a more purposeful look. The Vantage interior leather trim was cut and sewn at a special trim shop at Newport Pagnell, where the carpet and wood veneers were also prepared. The 5.9-litre V12 Vantage Volante, costing over £100,000 at its launch, remained in production until 2004.

Offered here, is a DB7 Vantage V12 with the desirable manual gearbox supplied new in the UK through Aston Martin Mayfair in 2002 and finished in Midnight Blue with charcoal leather, a walnut dashboard and a Slate Alcantara headlining.

The service book records an Aston Martin main dealer service history with the most recent being carried out in June 2019. Supplied with spare keys and its book pack containing all the relevant literature, this stunning car has now covered just over 29,000 miles from new. MOT tested until June 2020, this desirable manual variant is now hugely collectable and with prices of all DB7s starting to rise, this low mileage Vantage surely ticks the boxes of any enthusiast looking to add to a collection of Aston Martins carrying the fabled DB badge.

 

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2003 BMW Z3M Coupe (E36/8)

Lot # 213 (Sale Order: 14 of 63)      

11,282 miles from new, one of only 165 RHD cars supplied.
  • Only 11,282 miles. In family ownership before becoming part of a collection in 2016

  • Finished in Titansilber with a dramatic Imola Red and Black Nappa leather interior

  • The 3.2-litre, 321bhp, naturally-aspirated, S54 straight-six makes this car really special

  • Well-specified from new, it's equipped with heated seats, air conditioning and a moon roof

  • Recently serviced (September 2019) and the MOT is valid until May 2020

  • One of only 165 right-hand drive, S54 examples and, at this mileage, a real opportunity

The Z3 was the first modern mass-market roadster produced by BMW as well as the first new BMW model to be assembled in the United States. It was introduced as a 1996 model year vehicle, shortly after being featured in the James Bond movie 'Goldeneye'. While the film was number one at the box office, sales of the car peaked and over 15,000 orders had been placed by the time the car was launched. The Z3 was designed by Joji Nagashima of the BMW design team and developed from the 3-series E36 platform and consequently is often referred to as the E36/7(roadster) or E36/8(coupé). When launched, only the 1.9-litre, straight-four engine was offered, but its 138bhp proved a bit short of breath.  A 2.2-litre engine producing 168bhp was made available for the more enthusiastic driver whilst in 1997 a powerful six-cylinder 2.8-litre unit producing 190bhp was an option, and ultimately, in 1998, the 3.2-litre Z3M topped the range.  In October 2001, the 'M' Coupé reappeared with the new 3.2-litre S54B32 engine from the E46 M3, producing 321bhp at 7400rpm and 258lb/ft.

The documentation with this lovely example indicates that the car has been enjoyed by three keepers, but the first of these was the original purchaser who then sold it to his brother who later sold it back to him so, whilst three keepers is technically correct, in real terms it's one family ownership. Anyway, between them, they only managed to cover 11,000 miles and this car is almost certainly one of the best examples in the country. Supplied new by Hexagon BMW finished in sparkling Titan Silver with contrasting Imola Red & Black Nappa leather trim, this car is in excellent condition. Well-specified from new, it's equipped with heated seats, air conditioning, and a moon roof. The car has been particularly well-kept and appears virtually untouched as evidenced by the first aid kit which is still in the original cellophane. It was serviced just once, as per its BMW schedule, and had periods on SORN from 2012 until 2016 when it joined a private collection. The mileage is warranted by a VOSA MOT check- 2006 at 5929 miles, 2007 at 6758, 2008 at 7162, 2011 at 8618, 2016 (June) at 10,965, 2016 (November) at 11,110 and 2019 at 1,281. Further details of the car's initial thirteen years can be found within the history file along with all its handbooks, V5c registration, the current MOT Certificate valid until May 2020 and details of its most recent service in September this year at 11,282 miles.

Only 165 right-hand drive, S54 engined examples of the Z3M were ever produced by BMW, and that rarity will inevitably result in them becoming particularly sought after. 

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2004 Mercedes-Benz SL55 AMG

Lot # 214 (Sale Order: 15 of 63)      

Blistering performance, classic looks and only 4,500 miles from new
  • Only 4,500 miles

  • Superbly presented in Brilliant Silver Metallic with a black/anthracite leather interior

  • Hardly used by its first two owners. In a private collection since 2017

  • Well-documented service and MOT history

  • Full book pack in Mercedes-Benz leather wallet

  • A very special example of Mercedes' market-leading Grand Tourer and surely unrepeatable at this mileage

Introduced in 2002, after some five years in development, the R230 Series SL Roadster was an engineering 'tour de force'. Painstakingly modelled on a state-of-the-art supercomputer which enabled the designers to analyse every curve and line, it looked utterly sensational with an air of barely contained aggression that gave it huge road presence. Packed full of sophisticated electronic driver aids which made it immensely safe but also fun to drive, it was an instant hit with press and public alike and is widely considered to be the best-looking Mercedes for many years. The power-operated aluminium folding roof was particularly admired and would disappear into the top of the boot at the press of a button in just 16 seconds, yet still leave enough room underneath for 206 litres of luggage space. It was in 2003 that the stunning looking SL55 AMG version was introduced. Seriously powerful and massively fast, the 5.4-litre engine gave 476 bhp and a tree stump pulling 520lbs/ feet of torque! Early owners included the, notoriously difficult to please, Jeremy Clarkson, who became quite vocal about his enthusiasm for the way it drove, the way it looked and above all, the way it sounded! Featuring the amazing 'Panoramic Electric Glass Roof System', it became the sports car to own between 2003 and 2006.

LM53 OTV is finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic (744) with a sumptuous black/anthracite (261) leather interior featuring air-cooled electrically adjusted seating and was first registered in early January 2004, to Mercedes-Benz directly and then subsequently sold to its first owner who was a merchant banker. The car’s second owner obviously was also selective about when he drove it and, since 2017, it has been part of a private collection all of which explains the tiny mileage of 4,500. Lack of mileage does not mean lack of maintenance, however, and the Service Record has been stamped at the following intervals; 07/08/08 at 1,775, 20/04/17 at 4,315, 18/09/19 at 4,476 miles.

The MOT history is also well documented; 2009 at 1,962 miles, 2010 at 3,087, 2011 at 4,268, 2017 at 4,339, 2019 at 4,481 and all of this information is in the original book pack in the proper Mercedes presenter. The car clearly has had little wear, still generating that lovely combination of aromatic leather and new car feel when sitting in it for the first time.

This SL55 AMG presents really, really well and appears almost unmarked. The engine bay appears showroom fresh and the whole car has patently been looked after. Ballistically quick, fabulous looks, continent covering pace, yet as civilised in town as a Toyota Corolla, it's no wonder that some ‘supercar’ owners tend to get a little upset.

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1993 Jaguar XJ220

Lot # 215 (Sale Order: 16 of 63)      

Private Plate is not included in the sale Fabulous C2 Sting Ray supplied new to Sir Cliff Richard OBE
  • UK-supplied, left-hand drive, second-generation Corvette Sting Ray with 69,083 miles

  • Built in St Louis in early 1963 fitted with a 327ci, OHV V-8, manual gearbox, LSD, and factory Hardtop

  • Registered as 7 EXV on 28/03/1963 to Harry Rodger Webb (Cliff Richard) in Winchmore Hill, London

  • Both the buff and green logbooks remain with the car, the early one has been signed by Cliff (H R Webb) twice

  • Purchased by our vendor in 2012 from Claremont Corvette after they had fully refurbished the car

  • That work included a respray in Sterling Silver, new soft top, carpets, leather seats, clutch, flywheel and tyres

  • Great history file with Logbooks, old MOTs, original stickers, radio manual, V5c and lots of invoices

  • A lovely example of 'America's Sports Car' with fabulous celebrity provenance

Now in its seventh generation, the Corvette began life in 1953 with the C1 - a model that inspired a generation of young Americans and gave the Ford Empire a nine-year headache. However, it was the C2, the immortal Sting Ray produced between 1963 and 1967, that really set Chevrolet's cash registers ringing and left us with the most desired and collectable Corvette to date. Designed by Larry Shinoda under the guidance of the legendary Bill Mitchell, influences on the Sting Ray's unique and unforgettable form are said to include: the E-type Jaguar, a Mako Shark once caught by Mitchell, the 'Q Corvette' concept car of 1957 and the 'Mitchell Sting Ray' design exercise. By the autumn of 1959, elements of the two unique Corvettes had been blended into XP-720 - the design programme that led to the production of the Sting Ray (later changed to Stingray) as we know it.

According to its Chassis Number, this lovely left-hand drive, Corvette convertible emerged from Chevrolet’s St Louis plant in early 1963 fitted with a 327ci, OHV V-8, a four-speed manual gearbox ($188), Positraction rear axle (LSD) $43.05, finished in Silver Blue (912) with a Black Vinyl interior and supplied with an optional Hardtop in body colour ($236). It was immediately shipped to the UK by British and Colonial Motors of St. Martins Lane in London prior to being registered as 7 EXV on 28/03/1963 to a Mr Harry Rodger Webb, perhaps better known as Sir Cliff Richard OBE. Both the ‘Buff’ and Green Log Books remain with the car and the early one has been signed by Cliff (H R Webb) twice, initially when he lived at Winchmore Hill and subsequently when he moved to Upper Nazeing in Essex. Naturally, such a flamboyant motor car has worn different number plates with later owners including AHK 514A, 5 SOO, 959 NOJ and currently 55AFR since 1974.

Our vendor purchased the car in early November 2012 from Claremont Corvette - “The Original Corvette Specialists” for £47,995 and there is a Bill of Sale in the owner's file. There is a further invoice in the file, dated 21/10/12 from Claremont indicating that the Corvette had been substantially refreshed prior to our vendor becoming the car’s proud owner. That work included a full respray in Sebring Silver by ‘MechSpray’ with the hardtop painted to match, a new black convertible top, new period-correct carpets, the worn vinyl seat covers replaced with leather, four new black-wall radial tyres fitted and balanced on repainted wheels, hubcaps re-polished with new spinners, a new clutch and flywheel, the engine compartment valeted, the original air cleaner re-chromed, new electric window switches, gear knob and doorknob and finally, a full pre-sale service.

Since purchasing this very special Chevrolet around seven years ago, Claremont Corvette have been tasked with sundry items of maintenance and enhancement and there are a couple of invoices in the file (23/07/2013 for £2,507.82 and 14/10/2014 for £2,528.72) in return for their care and attention.

As you can see from the photographs, 55 AFR presents well in its coat of Sebring Silver and remains in remarkably fresh condition having been lightly used over the last seven years. The black interior is lightly patinated appearing essentially original apart from the recovered seats

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1989 Porsche 928 GT Manual

Lot # 216 (Sale Order: 17 of 63)      

To be sold fully recommissioned as a feature of a new TV Channel 4 restoration show
  • To be professionally inspected and recommissioned prior to the auction as a Channel 4 project

  • The recommission will focus on both mechanical and cosmetic aspects

  • Only 1,500 miles following an extensive engine rebuild. Dry stored last four years apart from MOT visits

  • Full Porsche and specialist service history accompanied by a massive file of receipts and invoices

  • The whole process will be recorded and the finished project will be offered, ready to go and MOT'd at the auction

Channel 4 has commissioned a pilot episode for a new and exciting series that involves members of the public having their antique objects or vehicles restored and then sold and, pleasingly, these objects include classic cars. We are delighted that Silverstone Auctions have been chosen as partners to facilitate the sale of the completed classic car projects.  The new twist in the series is that the owner gets to choose which of the expert restorers completes their project after the respective restorers have pitched their expertise to win the job ('Dragon's Den' in reverse).  Within each restorer’s pitch is the percentage of the sale price they wish to take at the end, as payment for their services and parts required. On this occasion, the production company have selected a Porsche 928GT and its owner who will be recorded during the restorer pitching process.  The final part of the programme is the sale where, on this occasion, the Porsche will be filmed going through the auction capturing the subsequent bidding and final result.  Any bidders wishing to remain anonymous can of course bid via telephone or online. We believe the programme will be broadcast in early 2020.

This particular 928GT was supplied new to its first owner by Glenn Henderson of Edinburgh and is one of only 69 cars destined for the UK during 1989, the first year of production. As a really early car, it remains fitted with mechanical limited-slip differential which, with the benefit of hindsight, has proven to be more reliable. It was purchased by our vendor, a collector of the Porsche marque some four years ago and has been stored for most of this time occasionally coming out for MOT tests and being gently exercised to maintain smooth running and good mechanical health. As a particularly discerning collector, the car was serviced prior to being put into dry storage.

Prior to purchase, this fantastic manual 928GT benefitted from an extensive engine rebuild and has covered less than 2,000 miles since. The accompanying comprehensive history file documents all work completed during that rebuild including the relevant invoices.  At the same time, it was decided to replace the front brake discs and pads and more recently, a new quality battery has been fitted with the balance of the five-year warranty remaining.

The comprehensive history file is described as ‘extensive’ by our vendor, containing previous invoices, tax discs, MOTs, photographs and parts invoices for the engine rebuild and the original service book with 21 stamps from both Porsche main dealers and 928 specialists. Clearly this 928 has been well maintained during its 30 years and benefited from considerable expenditure. Despite the impressive maintenance history, this wonderful car is displaying a few symptoms of her 30 years and, consequently, is going to enjoy some proper TLC from one of the UK’s top automotive restorers. Not requiring any significant restoration, but an assortment of both cosmetic and mechanical issues associated with recommissioning that would frustrate any fastidious owner.

We are confident that when returned from the Channel 4 team, recommissioned, serviced and enjoying a fresh MOT, this will be one of the best examples of a 928GT manual you will find. We understand the C4 film crew will be present and filming when this car is offered, capturing the bidding excitement that accompanies any of our star cars.

 

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1962 BMW Isetta 300

Lot # 217 (Sale Order: 18 of 63)      

No V5c at present applied for waiting on DVLAA beautifully refurbished bubble car
  • The more powerful (13bhp) 298cc model assembled in Brighton for the UK market

  • Built from new in left-hand drive avoiding the need for a (right-hand drive) balance weight

  • Recent cosmetic refurbishment to include new two-tone paintwork and fully detailed underside

  • A new fabric sunroof fitted, new BF Goodrich tyres and new exhaust

  • A really lovely example. An appreciating classic. The 'Bubble' bubble shows no signs of bursting!

 

With Fiat's 500 and 600 virtually monopolising the market for lightweight family transport, ISO's three-wheel Isetta was not faring well, so parent company, BMW, stepped in to help realise the 'microcar's' full potential. The little car was redesigned around a one-cylinder 247cc BMW powerplant although much of the Italian design remained intact, whilst incorporating some clever BMW engineering. The result was the BMW Isetta which made its debut in April 1955. Isettas destined for export featured a single rear wheel, single-hinged front door, a roll-top sunroof and fixed side windows. From 1957 onwards, the car continued to be developed culminating in the Isetta 300 fitted with a larger engine (297cc) and sliding side windows.

Isetta of Great Britain Ltd. was one of many firms worldwide licensed to build the Isetta, with production commencing in a converted former locomotive works in Brighton, where models in both left-hand and right-hand drive were built. This left-hand drive BMW Isetta 300 is a 1962 example, assembled in Brighton as indicated by the chassis plate, and thought to have been supplied to its first customer by Claude Rye Ltd of Fulham. With right-hand drive examples, the laws of physics suggested that the combined weight of the driver and engine on the same side of a three-wheeled vehicle may well lead to a touch of instability, so a fairly heavy balance weight was added on the left-hand side restoring the status quo, however, adding quite a few kilos to a car that could only muster around 13bhp on a dry Sunday didn't make much sense, so left-hand drive cars were the popular choice.

Having undergone a recent full body respray, this little 300 now presents superbly in two-tone Rosso and Bianco. The underside was fully cleaned and detailed, a new fabric roll-top sunroof added, and fresh chrome, a new exhaust and new BF Goodrich tyres fitted. This delightful little ‘bubble car’ will put a smile on your face and the faces of onlookers as you pottle to the local pub on those warm summer nights.

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1997 BMW 840 Ci

Lot # 218 (Sale Order: 19 of 63)      

Please note this car is the more desirable 4.4 V8 not the 4.0 as listedThree former keepers and just 21,500 miles from new.
  • 4-litre V8, 286bhp, 295lb/ft, 155mph, 0-60 in 6.5 seconds. 5-speed automatic

  • Deep Orient Blue really suits these long sculpted pillarless coupes

  • Superbly designed cabin finished in sumptuous light grey Nappa leather

  • Used by Holland Park BMW as a demonstrator when new in 1997

  • Lightly used by its first owner for 16 years and off the road from 2006 until early 2012

  • Comprehensive service history and last serviced in September 2019 at 21,503 miles

  • Part of a private collection since 2017. An absolutely fabulous motor car

Built between 1989 and 1999, the BMW 8-Series was offered with a V8 or V12 engine and whilst commonly thought to be a successor to the 6-Series models it was, in fact, a new series entirely designed to be BMW's 'flagship' and thus command a premium price with looks and performance to match. The 840Ci was produced with two different engines the first of which was a 4-litre V8 M60B40 unit producing 286bhp and fitted from 1993 to late 1995. This was later changed to a new 4.4-litre V8 M60B40 unit which produced the same power output but had significantly better torque. Available with a 5-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual gearbox, the only external distinguishing features from the earlier V12 models were the quad round exhausts. As well as stupendous performance - 0-60mph in around 5.8 seconds and an electronically limited maximum speed of 155mph - the 8-Series offered the latest in suspension technology, featuring computerised monitoring and adjustment of damper settings, and some rear-wheel steering. Reportedly 3,075 examples of the 4.4-litre V8 BMW 840 Ci had found homes when production finished in May 1999. 

This superb example is finished in Orient Blue with Light Grey Nappa leather and was initially ordered in 1997 by Holland Park BMW to be used as their dealer demonstrator and naturally was very well optioned. It was most recently serviced in September 2019 with an indicated mileage of only 21,503, probably explained by the fact that its first owner, who kept it for 16 years, was elderly, only using the car occasionally and, in fact, not at all from 2006 until early 2012. Judging by the comprehensive service and invoices for maintenance and improvement, its second owner was particularly fastidious bringing this lovely coupe up to the remarkable condition in which you find it today. Since early 2017 it has been part of a private collection of mouth-watering motor cars cared for by its equally fastidious current keeper.

Although out of production for almost 20 years, the 8-Series was blessed with classically proportioned, understated, and essentially timeless styling that has not dated, and these beautiful and exclusive Gran Turismos still look modern today particularly in this sophisticated colour combination and in such wonderful condition. This factory-fresh example in true collectors condition is possibly unrepeatable. 

 

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1999 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

Lot # 219 (Sale Order: 20 of 63)      

A superb supercharged AM with extensive service history.
  • Supplied new by Paramount Cars in Stourbridge in February 1999. Four former keepers and 57,000 miles

  • Delightful colour combination of Cannock Black, Ivory hide piped in Claret and Claret carpets

  • All-alloy, double overhead camshaft, supercharged, 24-valve, in-line six with 335bhp at 5750rpm

  • Comprehensive service history with 16 stamps. Most recent in September 2019

  • Sensibly guided with a fresh MOT and a new soft top, this lovely Aston is now ready to enjoy

Introduced to an astonished public in 1993, the handsome new DB7 was Aston Martin's first six-cylinder model since the production of the DBS had finished in 1971. Styled by Ian Callum, its lines were evocative of earlier Aston Martin models and elements of the DB4/5/6 could be seen if you looked carefully. Arguably, one of the most attractive looking cars ever produced by Aston Martin, the '7' was more approachable than the leviathans that had immediately preceded it. Well received, it attracted new customers worldwide, with the traditional layout of the curvaceous two-door coupé body, robust six-cylinder engine and a 'proper' interior. Power was supplied by an all-alloy, double overhead camshaft, supercharged, 24-valve, in-line six-cylinder engine which produced 335bhp at 5750rpm. In the same way that the beautiful little Sixties Lotus Elan morphed, over the years, into the be-winged Esprit Turbo, the DB7 was the first in the line of modern Astons that have become more dramatic with each new model, however, we feel that the simple purity of line of the DB7, will ultimately define the breed.  

This lovely example was initially supplied by Paramount Cars in Stourbridge on the 23rd of February to the first of four owners who have between them covered 57,000 miles. The Aston presents superbly in Cannock Black with lovely Ivory coloured hide, piped in Claret and matching Claret carpets and the whole car is set off by gleaming alloys and a brand new black hood. The fact that it has been well cared for is obvious from the car's wonderful condition but can be corroborated by the detailed service history with 16 stamps in the Service Record. The most recent service was during September 2019 and the MOT is valid until early October 2020.

DB7s are the quintessential British Sports Cars of the late nineties. Their values plateaued for a while, however, that is no longer the case with really good cars catching up and surpassing early DB9s.  Don't miss the boat.

 

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1957 Volvo PV444 LS 08

Lot # 220 (Sale Order: 21 of 63)      

A 'Best-of-Breed', show-winning example
  • 1583cc PV444 with the later 85bhp B16B engine

  • Manufactured in 1957 and used by the Swedish Forestry Commission until 1985

  • Imported into the UK by a Volvo Dealership and remained a showroom car for the next 14 years

  • In 2001 upgraded to the American 08 standard (twin SUs, 4-speed gearbox, unleaded head)

  • Owned and restored by a number of prominent Volvo enthusiasts, winning many shows 

  • Fully documented 63,000 miles and history from new, many trophies and associated items  

In September 1944, Volvo unveiled a car that was to be the key to its future. The model designation '444’ denoted four-cylinders, four seats, and 40hp, and it was to become the mainstay of Volvo’s product line until production of the PV-series ended in 1965.

At the time, the reveal of the PV444 was a sign that better days were indeed on the horizon. Featuring a unibody design to reduce weight and boost fuel economy, the first PV444 models were powered by a 1.4-litre overhead-valve four-cylinder engine, rated at the aforementioned 40hp. The PV444 helped to further Volvo’s reputation as a builder of safe cars, as the car came with a laminated “safety glass” windscreen, as well as a “safety body” that resisted crushing even in rollover accidents.

The PV444 evolved incrementally over the years, with each new model gaining a letter suffix to denote its new and improved status and, by the end of the model’s run in 1957, the PV444L was producing 60hp from its 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine. Sport versions of the car which relied on the same 1.6-litre engine in a higher state of tune were producing 85hp, and the PV series was rapidly gaining a reputation as a capable car in motorsport.

The car presented here is a 1957, split-screen PV444LS 08, benefiting from a 4-speed gearbox attached to a B16B engine with twin SU carburettors producing 85bhp (upgraded in 2001). This very special example is well-known to ‘The Volvo Enthusiasts Club 2010’ and is considered probably the only PV444 in Concours condition (officially) in the UK, having been shown regularly over the last 20 plus years. Previously registered ‘349 BAF’, our vendor improved on its already remarkable condition since acquiring it in 2015, winning the 2016/2017 VEC Best Car, Class Winner and Best Engine Bay. This venerable Volvo is undoubtedly a credit to its previous owners, however, a change in circumstances now mean that the car must be sold, and the hope is that this level of dutiful ownership will continue. A Concours quality car ready to be enjoyed!

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2017 Subaru WRX STI Final Edition

Lot # 221 (Sale Order: 22 of 63)      

A single owner car with just 110 miles from new!
  • Sadly, the WRX STI Final Edition was the last hurrah for Subaru's halo car

  • Only 150 destined for the UK and eagerly purchased by collectors

  • All finished in WR Blue Pearl with new 19' Gunmetal Grey alloys and 6-pot Brembo callipers

  • Revised interior. Part leather/Alcantara heated bucket seats, reversing camera and DAB radio 

  • Retains the familiar turbo charged 296bhp, 2.5-litre flat-four, symmetrical 4WD and 6-speed gearbox

  • One owner with only 110 miles indicated this rare-to-market example is 'essentially new'

  • If there is such a thing as a 'blue-chip investment' in the modern car world, this is probably it  

In 2018, the Final Edition 2.5i WRX STI was launched in the UK by Subaru. Strictly limited to 150 units, this modern incarnation of the iconic World Rally Championship winning Impreza was the final model to be introduced under the WRX STI badge, marking the end of this era of Subaru’s heritage. While it may not be called ‘Impreza’ any more, this car traces its roots right back to the 1994 Impreza Turbo, which is no less than a performance car icon.

Offered here is a virtually brand new Subaru WRX STI Final Edition owned from new by our collector vendor who envisaged himself as the long term custodian of both the special WR Blue Pearl Subarus in our catalogue. His plans have changed and he now wishes to pursue the purchase of a once-in-a-lifetime Supercar. Only driven on dry days, it has never seen rain during the 110 miles he has covered in the car. In addition to its main dealer pre-delivery inspection in December 2017, a main dealer service was carried out at 99 miles (10,000-mile service and oil change) in January 2019. The manufacturer’s Five-year Warranty is naturally still valid and the car comes complete with all handbooks/manuals and its original Subaru sales brochure.

Despite being absolutely unmarked, with a tiny mileage, and one of only 150, this ‘farewell edition’ of, perhaps the most impressive rally dynasty ever, has been guided substantially lower than anything we could find in the market place and represents a real opportunity for a collector or, as we hope, an enthusiast owner. If there is such a thing as a 'blue-chip investment' in the modern car world, this is probably it. Form an orderly queue.

 

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1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL (R107)

Lot # 222 (Sale Order: 23 of 63)      

A really lovely example of the timeless R107 with only 24,386 miles.
  • An original, UK right-hand drive R107 that has only covered 24,386 miles

  • Purchased from Mercedes-Benz main dealer (Whitfields) in 2008 with 23,900 miles

  • Placed in dry storage in 2008 as part of a large private collection

  • Complete book pack with service invoices. Freshly MOT'd for the sale

Looking more handsome with every passing year, the R107-Series Mercedes SL was built at a time when the Stuttgart firm still had a reputation for building cars that made granite feel flimsy. Fast, comfortable and discreetly understated, it had an unparalleled ability to devour the miles for year after year without ever seeming to falter. No wonder it stayed in production fundamentally unaltered from 1971 until 1989 – the longest running chassis in Mercedes history.

The cars were offered with a wide range of power units using both straight-six and V8 engines, but one of the best was the 450SL V8 which developed 225bhp and 278lb/ft of torque, sufficient to propel the, by no means lightweight, cabriolet to a top speed of 130mph. A big favourite among the Hollywood jet-set (two-thirds of all these cars went to the States), no episode of 'Dallas' was complete without an SL sweeping up to a Texan billionaire's ranch.

This 1997 450SL (R107) is an original UK-supplied, right-hand drive car finished in Nautic Blue Metallic with a matching blue interior and rare factory hardtop. It was purchased by our vendor from Mercedes main dealer Whitefields in 2008 at 23,900 miles and placed in dry storage as part of his private collection, which includes several other classic Mercedes-Benz.  The car has covered very little mileage over the last 11 years remaining in the collection and only exercised occasionally and, as you can see, it remains in a condition that reflects its very low mileage and the way in which it has been kept. This really is a time warp example of this very desirable model from an era when these cars were truly over-engineered and represented the finest European roadsters available. It's accompanied by its complete book pack, service invoices and a fresh MOT.

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1979 Volkswagen T2 Westfalia Camper Van

Lot # 223 (Sale Order: 24 of 63)      

Car has been resprayed but not taken back to bare metal A well restored and superbly presented, LHD, factory Westfalia 'Pop-Top'.
  • Originally supplied new in the US, a Blue Plate California car that never left the state

  • Retaining its original floors with evidence of factory underseal – unusual for a bus of this age!

  • Recent full glass-out respray in its original Taiga Green. Classic green plaid interior

  • Supplied with a UK V5c and bill of sale.  A correct and original Westfalia camper

Presented here is a left-hand drive 1979 Volkswagen Westfalia Camper which was supplied new to California and never left the sunny state before being imported to the UK by our vendor in 2015. A ‘blue-plate’ bus, this example is finished in Taiga Green with a Sage Green plaid interior and features a rear-hinged new pop-top canvas, rock-n-roll bed, sink, fridge and 'captain' seats at the front.

In 2016 the bus was stripped and glass removed before it was taken back to bare metal to reveal straight and original rust-free body panels which were then prepared for respraying in this striking original colour. Undoubtedly, the warm California climate has been kind to the camper and, once the paint was off, it was possible to see just how well-preserved it was with the floor pan in super condition and still wearing the factory underseal. Invoices for £6,500 for the re-commission are in the history file. The VW is powered by a traditional 2.0-litre, flat-four mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox, and in the file is a bill for £1,000 relating to a new cylinder head recently fitted by Vee-Dubs of Kent. The file also contains the V5c and a number of other invoices and related documents.

In gleaming 'TaigaGrun' with a white top and bumpers, 'pencil' whitewalls, orange canvas and Sage Green Westfalia 'Berlin' interior this bus is as pretty as a picture and will be welcome anywhere!

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1984 Aston Martin V8 Series 4 'Oscar India'

Lot # 224 (Sale Order: 25 of 63)      

UK-supplied automatic, one registered keeper and just 10,500 miles
  • Purchased new by its first and only registered keeper on 07/03/1984 via Aston Martin Sales Ltd.

  • The owner, Mr Abdullah Saleh, was Chairman of the National Bank of Dubai and the car resided in London

  • Delivered in Salisbury Blue coachwork with magnolia hide and automatic transmission

  • Mr Saleh entrusted Chiltern Aston Martin to recommission the car in 2016 at a cost of £16,670

  • With a warranted mileage of just 10,443, the history file is one of the finest we have seen

  • Original owners handbook, original service book, warranty card, copy of service receipts and tool kit

  • A rare opportunity to purchase an unmolested, low mileage AM V8 in one of the best colour combinations

One could describe the Aston Martin V8 Series 4, often titled 'Oscar India' (October Introduction in phonetics), as 'the Mustang that went to Eton'. The exterior, particularly the front, may have had a touch of the Mustang about it but the interior was unmistakably Mayfair. The first Aston Martin in decades to combine sumptuous Connolly leather and polished Walnut facings, the interior of the Oscar India, launched in 1978, provided the driver with all of the comforts of the era and the grunt of the legendary Tadek Marek designed V8.

Compared to the contemporary exotica on offer from Italy, Aston's V8 would cruise unassumingly, with only the burble and the occasional pop from the twin exhausts on the overrun alluding to the turn of speed available under the discreetly bulging bonnet. Few cars genuinely suit an automatic gearbox but the standard Aston V8 is a car that perfectly mates the 5.3-litre V8 to the Chrysler-derived 3-speed 'Torqueflite' automatic gearbox. Gears change with barely a quiver and the kick-down can be executed without fuss.

Purchased new by its first owner Mr Abdullah Saleh, Chairman of the National Bank of Dubai, through Aston Martin Sales Ltd., it was delivered on the 6th March 1984 in Salisbury Blue with Magnolia hide and automatic transmission. It was maintained by the Aston Martin Works Service department at Newport Pagnell for many years with service invoices on file from 1986, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1993, by which time the mileage read just 8,696 miles. In keeping with the demands on the time of an international businessman with a substantial collection, the car was little used but correctly stored in a temperature-controlled garage at Mr Saleh’s residence on Bishops Avenue, one of London’s most well-known and desirable addresses.

The car was latterly maintained by Aston Martin specialist Ian Mason until 2016 when Mr Saleh instructed Chiltern Aston Martin to recommission the car at a cost of £16,670 for various works which included reconditioning the radiator, new coolant hoses, new inlet manifold, vacuum hoses, new front wheel bearings, re-bushed front suspension, rear brake servos, overhauled steering rack and a major service. With Mr Saleh’s passing in 2018, the Aston is now available and is offered today as effectively a one-owner car, indeed the V5c still shows Mr Saleh as the only registered keeper. The odometer indicates just under 10,500 miles and it's presented to auction with one of the finest history files we have seen containing the original owner’s handbook, service book, warranty card, invoices, tool kit and an advisory-free MOT until July 2020.

To conclude, this is a rare opportunity to acquire one of the most original, unmolested and well maintained Aston Martin V8s available. This car's superb condition, interesting provenance, comprehensive history and low mileage sets it apart and it's now ready to grace the finest of collections or possibly do what V8 Astons do best and head for the open highway.

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