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The Porsche Car Sale 2016

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The 2nd annual Porsche Sale where an array of beautiful cars will be offered at the historic Silverstone Circuit.
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1970 Fiat 500L Saloon

1970 Fiat 500L Saloon

Lot # 301 (Sale Order: 1 of 65)      

The Fiat 500 was produced by Fiat S.p.A (Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) between 1957 and 1975 and was designed by Dante Giacosa. Despite its diminutive size, the '500' proved to be an enormously practical and popular vehicle throughout Europe and captured the hearts and minds of the public until production ended in 1975.Launched as the Nuova (new) 500 in July 1957 it was marketed as a cheap and practical town car. Measuring only 3 metres long, and originally powered by a 479 cc two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, the 500 redefined the term "small car" and it is considered to be one of the first 'city cars'. The 'L' or Lusso penultimate model, like the car offered here today, was produced between 1968 and 1972 and featured a much modernised interior including a revised dashboard which brought the Fiat 500 up to date. Greater comfort and style were provided in this new model for a new generation, and the engine benefited from a capacity upgrade to 499cc which produced a little more power.Finished in the charming colour combination of Mustard Yellow with a black vinyl interior, so typical of the 1970s, this particular FIAT 500L has spent most of its life in its native Italy. It has the correct Pirelli tyres, including the spare, and is described as in generally good condition, starting readily and running well. The car is offered with the old Italian registration documents, has been UK registered this year, and is now ready to bring a ray of sunshine into these grey winter mornings.

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1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2

1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2

Lot # 302 (Sale Order: 2 of 65)      

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2001 Noble M12 GTO 2.5

2001 Noble M12 GTO 2.5

Lot # 303 (Sale Order: 3 of 65)      

Noble Automotive Ltd. was founded in 1999 by British entrepreneur, car designer, and engineer Lee Noble and using his experience from his time spent at Ascari, he quickly established his company's commitment to designing and manufacturing high-performance sports cars with a mid-engine, rear wheel drive layout. As chief designer, he oversaw the evolution of the company's first model, the M10, into the M12 which was first produced in 2000. This soon became a benchmark for its incredibly compliant ride, pin sharp handling and impressive power delivery, receiving almost universal praise from, frequently difficult to impress, motoring journalists.Lee Noble sold the company in August 2006 to Peter Dyson and later moved on in 2008 to work on other ventures, however, as well as being a knowledgeable collector of exotic cars and a successful business entrepreneur, Dyson was an M12 owner and a huge admirer of both Noble Automotive and the M12's attributes. He has taken Noble Automotive forward, with new hi-tech premises in Leicestershire and their current model, the M600, is a highly regarded supercar and a serious competitor to many more established and revered marques.The M12 was produced in four versions (GTO 2.5, GTO-3 3.0, GTO-3R 3.0, with the M400 being the ultimate variant), all being powered by a sympathetically tuned (forge decompressed rods, cylinder block modifications with cylinder bore oil spray jets, crankshaft balancing, and turbo oil feeds built into the heads, along with ST 220 camshafts, coil top plugs, and a new MBE engine management system) twin-turbocharged Ford Duratec V6 engine.The basic structure is a steel tub with a full steel roll cage and G.R.P composite clam shell body parts. These cars are extremely lightweight and stiff, with the ability to perform very well on both road and track, and offer surprisingly good ride quality and lots of confidence-inspiring feedback.At launch, the M12 had 310 bhp with the help of its pair of Garrett T25 turbos, giving a top speed of 165mph and a 0-60 mph time of 4.1 seconds. With its quasi-racer feel, being heightened by the very visible, Alcantara-trimmed roll-cage and no-nonsense instruments, this really is a driver's car. There was no ABS, no traction control and no ESP, just real engineering integrity and a brilliant design. These special cars were able to compete dynamically with the best junior supercars of the day.The car offered here is a 2001 M12 GTO 2.5. Rarely for a Noble, we are informed that this car has only ever been used on the road and never tracked, and its fantastic condition and originality would strongly support this. This M12 has been well maintained, having covered just over 15,700 miles, which must make it one of the least driven examples currently available. This mileage is backed up by a series of old MoT certificates and a number of receipts, and is supplied with uk V5c and fresh MoT.

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1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

1993 Lancia Delta Integrale Evo II

Lot # 304 (Sale Order: 4 of 65)      

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1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe all proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK

1969 Morris Mini Super Deluxe all proceeds to Prostate Cancer UK

Lot # 305 (Sale Order: 5 of 65)      

Silverstone Auctions are delighted to have been asked to offer 'Margo', this sparkling little red Mini, with the entire sale proceeds being donated to Prostate Cancer UK. We are indebted to David Lofts from the Markerstudy Group for the following information."Until we found her Margo had been living in a shed in East Sussex for many years. The family who owned her had bought her new in 1969, and in her 46 years she has clocked up just 33,000 genuine miles. The condition of this little Mini when we found her was a testament to her owner, Mrs. Millie Properjohns, who bought her ( at age 60) as a car to learn to drive in. Millie had clearly cherished her Tartan Red MkII Morris Mini.Margo remained in regular use by Mrs. Properjohns and was passed on to her daughter when Millie gave up driving at the age of 98! The dedication of this family in keeping Margo in a roadworthy condition has made the Lancaster Insurance restoration job much more straightforward than it might have been – a fact welcomed by the team at the MG Owners’ Club who carried out the work. We were particularly pleased that the original hydrolastic suspension had already been swapped for the much more reliable cone system!Margo made her first public appearance as a restoration project at the 2015 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, and this year she will appear again, as she goes under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ annual Classic Motor Show sale, with all sale proceeds being donated to Prostate Cancer UK.Work began in earnest after Margo was delivered to the MGOC after the 2015 show. Following a thorough assessment, the initial ‘To Do’ list for the restoration included surprisingly few major jobs, replacement of both 'A-panels', a small amount of welding to the wings and floor pan, a small repair to the boot lid and a full strip and repaint being the most significant.The engine was in fine form, given the age of the car, and required only a cylinder head overhaul, new gasket and relapped valves to bring it back to tip top condition, and with interior cleaning, new screen seals, an underseal and cavity wax and refurb of the road wheels all planned, the restoration began. The ethos of the restoration was to return Margo back to as close to original as possible.The stripping out was completed by early February 2016, with Margo and her engine, minus rocker cover and head, taking pride of place on the Lancaster Insurance stand at the Restoration Show at the NEC in March, where MGOC technician Alex Cursley discovered to his delight that there was not so much as the slightest sign of a lip at the tops of the bores. The valves were unmarked, requiring only lapping and replacement valve seals to restore the 998cc Morris unit to full compression. In fact, Margo’s cylinder head was in such good order that we felt converting the head to unleaded was unnecessary, and so she is offered for sale in the same "completely original" road condition as when she rolled off the Longbridge production line in 1969.With a full, air-sanded bare metal strip down and the small welding jobs complete, Margo was ready for her respray, and following three coats of etch primer and three coats of filler primer she was meticulously sanded by hand before three coats of her original Tartan Red top coat were added, all rounded off with a full undercarriage treatment using stone chip resistant underseal.With the Mini restoration really starting to shine it was time to refit the original glass, window seals, locks, handles and all the other carefully stored parts that would take the car on to the detailing stage. Even the original carpets were refurbished and refitted to give Margo an absolutely authentic look and feel."We understand that the car now drives, feels and even smells like stepping back into a newish 69 Mini and the restoration is generally regarded as a great success and a tribute to the team at the MGOC.Margo is offered for sale with no reserve, and I know that we have said this before but it's important, with all sale proceeds being donated to Prostate Cancer UK.Bid generously.

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1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Lot # 306 (Sale Order: 6 of 65)      

A decade after the first Jaguar E-Type arrived late in 1961, the design progressively matured through 1971 with a smooth and torquey V12 engine replacing the straight six that had effectively reached the end of its development life. Known as Series III cars, they also featured a larger bonnet bulge, larger wheel openings, a slightly wider track, a revised grille, and updated bumpers. The convertible now rode on a longer 105-inch wheelbase and as a result, the doors and sills were longer, and the length and depth of the floor pan increased. A large horizontal scoop was added to the underside of the bonnet to assist in cooling. The interior was entirely new in the V12, with more comfortable seating and stylish new door panels. The centre console was now vacuum-formed with a simulated leather finish and a smaller, dished and leather-rimmed steering wheel was fitted. Slightly larger, and altogether much softer in nature, the E-type in Series III form had lost the wildness of its youth but gained the long-legged touring profile to which it was arguably better suited.This right-hand drive 5.3 V12 manual roadster was first registered on the 13th June 1974 and is showing one previous owner. The present owner bought the car in 1983 and took it to France where he was living at the time. Some time later the car was sidelined by a minor mechanical issue and, as is often the way in the world of classic cars, it lay in his garage for over 20 years. He then moved to Brazil and began the sale of his house in France, at the same time arranging for the E-Type to be transported to 'Classic Restorations' in Alyth in Perthshire for a full restoration (including a bare metal respray). He has a good friend in that part of the world who agreed to oversee the project on his behalf. As the owner is not a British national he was unable to get the log book (V5C) in his name, however, after corresponding with DVLA it was agreed that the log book entry would be in his friend’s name in order for him to drive it when the work on the car was completed. So the registration document lists two keepers, the second of which is the good friend of the E-Type's owner.Classic Restorations Ltd of Alyth, carried out the majority of the work with Brayon Classic Engineering from Alexandria being entrusted with the engine. There are invoices available in the history file detailing the process and pictures of all the work carried out during this cars restoration. Included with the car is the original bill of Sale from Greencoat Motor Co. of Chessington to the present owner, the number Plate Authorization Certificate, a range of MOTs from the early 80s, the original Operating, Service and Maintenance Handbook, and then MOTs for the past two years since the car was returned to the road. The vendor reports that this sleek E-Type's Primrose Yellow coachwork remains in excellent condition as does its black interior. With an MOT until May 2017, this is a lovely and honest example of a well-restored Series III manual roadster and we are sure, at this competitive guide, it will be heading for a new home soon.

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1963 Austin Healey 3000 MarkII BJ7

1963 Austin Healey 3000 MarkII BJ7

Lot # 307 (Sale Order: 7 of 65)      

The Austin Healey 3000 has become one of the best-known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and circuit racing. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four-cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959 and was a significant improvement on the earlier cars featuring front disc brakes, wire wheels as standard and a more powerful (124bhp) 2,912cc BMC C-Series engine, ensuring a top speed of approximately 120mph. There was also a choice of 2 seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles. The new 3000 was an instant success on the road, on the track and on the rally stage and has enjoyed a large club following ever since. The Mark II (BN7) was introduced in March 1961 with a higher performance camshaft and, initially, a trio of SU HS4 carburettors which turned out to be difficult to balance and were replaced with twin HS6s with the arrival of the BJ7 in January '62. Known as the 'Mark IIA', the BJ7 differed by having wind-up windows and a wrap-around windscreen and could be identified externally by a vertical barred front grill. A total of just over 6,000 BJ7s were built. Amongst Big Healey aficionados, the Mk IIA is the one to have in terms of purity. The earlier 100/4s and 6s, whilst gorgeous to look at were a bit "agricultural" and are now becoming very expensive whilst the very late 3000s were being adorned with more and more creature comforts with a consequential increase in weight. As long as the BJ7 was properly set up with attention to 'camber' and 'castor' and all the other factors in suspension geometry, they handled superbly and were a dream to drive. With the top down, the burble from the exhaust note was a delight in a fifties, six-cylinder, down a country lane in a black and white movie, sort of way and on the overrun had more "snap, crackle and pop" than a box of Rice Crispies. This delightful Austin Healey 3000 Mk.II (BJ7) dates from 1963 and is finished in Colorado Red over Old English White with Silver wires and a black interior. Since 1977, it's has had just two keepers with one of them enjoying this quintessential classic for 38 years! The current indicated mileage is 27,629 which is not warranted, but the 1977 MOT Certificate clearly says 18,015 miles, so it may well be accurate.Last year (invoice date 3/08/2015) this pretty Healey benefited from an overhaul and full service to the value of £4,258.54 carried out by a local specialist and that included £600 for four new Blockley 205/70VR15 tyres which were popped on at the same time. According to the file, work on the car in the past included a new exhaust, petrol tank, and rear springs.Having seen and heard the car we were very impressed. It sounds healthy, makes all the right 'Healey' noises and idles as it should. The hood and rear screen look good, the engine bay complete with chrome rocker box cover is particularly tidy, the dash is excellent, as is the rest of the interior apart from a loose seam on a small area of carpet. We are told it drives well for its 53 years.This very smart 3000 comes complete with a full tonneau, original workshop manual and handbook, sizeable history file including the old buff logbook, Heritage Certificate, current V5 and an MOT valid until 16th August 2017 issued with no advisories.A true enthusiast's car in super condition from long-term ownership with a good history file that is now looking for a new custodian to experience that special Healey magic.

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2001 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

2001 Aston Martin Vanquish V12

Lot # 308 (Sale Order: 8 of 65)      

Unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the Ian Callum-designed Vanquish was an instant sales success and the fact that it was James Bond's transport of choice only added to the appeal. Featuring a 6.0-litre V12 generating nearly 450bhp mated to a six-speed paddle shift gearbox, the car sat proudly at the top of Aston's range throughout its seven years of production. Aston Martin's position as the ultimate makers of British sports cars continues, bolstered by the muscular Vanquish, and when sprinkled with a little magic from the James Bond- 'Die Another Day' connection, the image was complete.This Aston Martin Vanquish V12 is a 2+2 model, supplied new in the UK to its first owner, a Mr. Edgar, on 26th October 2001. Originally finished in silver with a black and white leather interior, the car featured such options as; satellite navigation, integrated telephone, premium audio system, heated front seats, 'Powerfold' exterior mirrors. and an aluminium trimmed steering wheel. The service records are as follows:DateSpecialistMileage29.10.2001HWM Aston Martin (PDI)1527.12.2001HWM Aston Martin1,20726.7.2002HWM Aston Martin5,00112.6.2003HWM Aston Martin7,65929.11.2004HWM Aston Martin9,26823.1.2006Harwoods Aston Martin11,62822.8.2006Grange Aston Martin13,72822.10.2007Grange Aston Martin15,82931.3.2010Chiltern Aston Martin19,75510.8.2010Chiltern Aston Martin21,03629.9.2014HR Ownen Aston Martin27,20512.10.2015Stratstone Aston Martin27,962 During previous ownership, the car was fully professionally resprayed in brilliant white, which complements the Charcoal and Soft White interior nicely. An Aston Martin battery charger and a car cover are supplied with the car, and a Tracker device is fitted. The drivers manual and service records are contained in the file, along with a selection of invoices and previous MOT certificates.Now showing just 28,449 miles on the odometer and having covered less than 500 miles since its last service, this striking Vanquish will ensure that you stand out from the crowd in an appreciating contemporary classic.

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1958 Lotus Elite Series 1- Ex Chris Barber and "For the Love of Cars"

1958 Lotus Elite Series 1- Ex Chris Barber and "For the Love of Cars"

Lot # 309 (Sale Order: 9 of 65)      

Registered initially as CB 23. 1958 Earls Court Motor Show Lotus display car. Bought new by Jazz Legend Chris Barber. Extensively raced in top level, International Sports Car racing 1958-1963. Class Winner: 1963 Tourist Trophy, Goodwood. Just emerged from a top quality, very exacting restoration as an historic racing car for C4's 'For the Love of Cars' TV program. Stored for many years prior to its restoration commencing in early 2016. Restoration carried out by renowned engineer Ant Anstead's team at Evanta Motors with assistance from Lotus marque experts.Lotus Elite 1009 represents a unique proposition for buyers wanting to race in top-level historic motor sport or add to a stable of historically interesting cars. Its history and provenance make this Elite one of the most famous in the world and mean it would be welcome at any prestigious historic race meeting or show, worldwide.Not only is it the first Elite produced as a production vehicle for sale rather than a pre-production prototype as the previous eight were, but it was originally purchased by one of Colin Chapman's favoured customers and friends, jazz legend Chris Barber, a man whose music was influential in the British Blues and Jazz scene of the 1950s and 1960s and whose band was behind the UK's first Rock'n'Roll record, 'Rock Island Line' by Lonnie Donegan.Barber entered and raced the car extensively for 5 seasons in top-level international sports car racing in the UK and Europe including the Nürburgring, Spa and Zandvoort. During this period it was driven regularly by Sir John Whitmore, the 'Racing Baronet', who famously broke the class lap record at Spa using CB23 while on his way to class victory in the Grand Prix GT Support Race of 1962. Other notable drivers who drove the car include Mike Beckwith and Bob Olthoff as well as Chris Barber himself. Lotus Elite HistoryThe Lotus Elite was debuted at the 1957 Earls Court Motor Show and caused an absolute sensation, the star of the show. At this time it was, without any doubt, the most beautiful and aerodynamic British-built road car ever designed, yet it was being presented by Lotus, a company that was just five years old! The fact it was also made entirely from the new wonder material, glass fibre, simply added to the Elite's aura of other-worldliness. It cost just under £2,000, double the price of the Lotus Seven Chapman had also recently announced, but good value for a car of its complexity, performance and elegance when you consider an Aston Martin DB MkIII was well over £3,000.Lotus' first foray into building a race inspired GT road car for serious production, the Type 14 Elite was the first car to be produced using 'fibreglass' monocoque construction; a technology then in its infancy and first seen, in a much cruder form, on miniature economy sports car the Berkeley SA322. Chapman, however, was obsessed by efficiency and in a car, whether road or race, that meant light weight and low drag. The Elite had a CD figure of 0.29, remarkable now let alone in 1958, and utilised the maximum amount of energy then possible from every ounce of petrol it consumed; amazingly it was capable of returning around 40mpg even when touring at 80plus mph! Chapman saw the fibreglass monocoque as a way of achieving this without the need for expensive tooling, which he simply could not afford.Though still a young man, he was just 29 when the Elite was launched, Chapman was not in awe of more established companies or designers; indeed he relished looking at the basic problem of making a car go as fast as possible over a given distance with completely fresh eyes. He was also very ambitious and saw that if he wanted to grow Lotus into a serious force in racing he had to follow Enzo Ferrari's model of making road cars which paid for the racing. His first attempt, the Six, was a successful but basic car and by 1956 he had ideas about producing a small upmarket GT car with serious performance using the Coventry Climax engine he was so familiar with from racing.He gathered together his small army of young volunteers, who often worked for beer and sandwiches just to be part of a world-beating racing car company, for this exciting new project. Frank Costin looked at the aerodynamics of Peter Kirwan-Taylor's overall shape, while friends from the Ford Motor Company design office, John Frayling, Peter Cambridge and Ron Hickman, did the detail work on the interior and other aspects. The aim, to produce a coupe that could be used on the road for touring and also race at Le Mans was very ambitious, but the young team more than achieved it. Chapman's own suspension design, softly sprung yet firmly damped, all independent by wishbones at the front and Chapman struts at the rear, gave the Elite fantastically predictable handling while the brakes, all disc but fitted inboard at the rear to reduce unsprung weight, proved more than able to cope with stopping this lightweight gem.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II

Lot # 310 (Sale Order: 10 of 65)      

Twenty-five years ago, the 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II thrilled professionals and the general public alike when it was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show. Legend has it that the limited run of 502 cars were all sold pre-launch, possibly squirrelled away by international car collectors. The long-standing rivalry between BMW and Mercedes-Benz was carried over into motor racing and helped to hone some of the greatest Touring Cars of the era. The Evo II was set the unenviable task of beating one of the most successful racing saloons of all time, the BMW E30 M3. A compromise was out of the question and the Mercedes 'Touring Car', developed for Group A racing using this sports saloon as a basis, went on to acquire legendary status in a number of national championships. Mercedes-Benz took the first three places in the DTM championship in the 1992 season with this vehicle, which was referred to succinctly as the "Evo II".The engine's output had been raised once again in comparison to the first Evolution model from the previous year, and was now generating 235 horsepower. Top speed was 250 km/h, and the Evo II accelerated from a standing start to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. The body had also undergone further refinement on an aesthetic and aerodynamic level and the car's sporting pedigree was emphasised by its muscular stance. The Evo II's bodykit is perhaps the most outrageous ever applied to a production car and the fact it was a product of the ultra-conservative world of early-nineties Mercedes-Benz is even more incredible. Its ostentatious, fully adjustable, rear spoiler was aerodynamically perfect and the front splitter would make a decent job of cutting the grass. However, despite outward appearances, the Evo II is seriously comfortable and totally tractable in daily use.The car we are offering today is number 28 of 500 in 'Blauschwarz', a striking combination of blue-black metallic paint. The interior remains largely identical to a highly specified 190E of the period, however, Black Anthracite leather, wood trim and a couple of discreet touches show how special this car is. All Evo IIs had their production numbers on the dog-leg gear stick and fortunately, considering the proximity of the front spoiler to the tarmac, the full SLS suspension allows the ride height to be adjusted from an interior switch. The options ordered when new included, air conditioning, a fire extinguisher, rear mounted loudspeakers and heated front seats, luxuries of which a Ferrari Scuderia driver could only dream.This German registered car has had five previous owners, with the penultimate owner, who sold the car through us in 2015, purchasing #28 direct from the third owner who was reducing his extensive car collection. The service book has three stamps at the correct intervals, and the original Mercedes-Benz factory stickers are present in the windscreen. The seats have the patina of regular but careful use, with some rubbing to the leather of the seat bolsters, a common issue with all cars of this type featuring supportive seats. Having bought the car from us our vendor undertook a program of light corrective works by race engineers Stancombe Vehicle Engineering and the bodywork was cosmetically enhanced by Harris Coachworks. The car joined our vendor's extensive and varied car collection and he has had his eighteen months of enjoyment with it, adding a mere 2,000 kilometres to the odometer since July 2015.We are happy to note that Silverstone Auctions has had significant success with the Mercedes Evolution II, with £300,000 achieved in February and £180,000 in September of this year. The car is presented to auction with a UK registration, a fresh MOT and an odometer reading of some 41,000 kilometres or a mere 25,500 miles, absolutely ready for its next lucky owner.

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1977 Jaguar XJ12 Coupe

1977 Jaguar XJ12 Coupe

Lot # 311 (Sale Order: 11 of 65)      

The Coupé incarnation of Jaguar's ground-breaking XJ saloon didn't peek from showrooms until 1975 although it had been announced publicly rather earlier, back at the 1973 London Show. Its original design dated from even earlier still as it was developed alongside the original Series 1 XJ back in the late 60s and in fact the company even issued project numbers for the Series 1 Coupés- XJ33 for the six-cylinder and XJ34 for the V12- although they were destined never to be produced. Instead, the car was launched in Series 2 form known as XJ35 and XJ36 respectively. However, a combination of Sir William Lyon's frequent tweaking of the design and engineering 'issues' with the roof panel and side windows, meant that it was early 1975 before the first XJ-Cs would glide stylishly out of Jaguar Showrooms.The Coupé was based on the short wheelbase version of the XJ and offered in 4.2 and 5.3 engine sizes from Jaguar known as either the 'Sovereign' or the 'Double Six' from Daimler. In 1977 just 329 Jaguar XJ12 5.3 Coupés were built by the factory making this particular car a very rare production model. In fact, only 1,200 were ever made by the factory in total. The car has had just three fastidious owners from new and covered 42,300 miles, corroborated by the old MOTs which are in the history file along with its fresh MOT, a full service history, and a photographic record of the car's restoration in 1990. Judging by the results, this restoration process must have been painstaking and prolonged, and there are details in the file of the respray which cost £7,500 (in 1990) and a full renovation of the interior by respected trimmer Mick Turley. A Concours standard was the aim, and that was obviously achieved, as it has won over 18 national Concours d'Elegance competitions, including one at the N.E.C. Classic in Birmingham, and also various Jaguar Drivers Club and Jaguar Enthusiast Club events nationally between 1999 and 2011.Our vendor tells us that since he has owned the car "The Jag has been maintained by Graces in Tring. They are a locally renowned classic Jaguar specialist who have relieved me of a couple of thousand pounds in servicing costs since I’ve had the car, but it is now largely as it was when I purchased it. ie. in multiple-concours winning condition." It can't be a fluke, when on 18 separate occasions a group of people who are selected for their knowledge and valued judgement, arrive at the same conclusion, that what they are looking at is simply the best. Surely then, this must be one of the very best XJ Coupés in the world and deserving of a place in any collection of distinguished and important British motor cars.

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1992 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo

1992 Porsche 911 (964) Turbo

Lot # 312 (Sale Order: 12 of 65)      

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1998 BMW E36 M3 GT (Imola Individual)

1998 BMW E36 M3 GT (Imola Individual)

Lot # 313 (Sale Order: 13 of 65)      

The E36 M3 was a more refined, six cylinder range-topper derived from the 325iS, unlike its four-cylinder E30 predecessor. Critics claimed it was closer to a 6 Series replacement than a true M3 and to an extent they were right, but then, BMW never argued otherwise, it was a quick car that would appeal to everyone from the racer to the family man and business user. At this time, the Motorsport Division's new take on the iconic M3 was to utilise the standard M50TU engine (used in other E36s and earlier E34s). However, there were numerous upgrades over the standard M50 including individual throttle plates for each cylinder, continuously variable ‘Vanos' valve timing, lightweight pistons, graphite-coated connecting rods, larger inlet valves and re-designed equal length exhaust manifolds.The resultant 24-valve, S50B30 engine had a capacity of 2990cc and produced 282bhp, an output approaching 100bhp/litre, which was (and is) pretty impressive. The torque curve is high and flat and the dual mass flywheel contributes to the engine's ability to rev to nearly 7,300rpm. In 1996, the M3 was developed further with an increase in capacity to 3,152cc becoming known as the (M3) Evolution.The Evolution Imola Individual (M3 GT) was a limited edition of 50, E36 M3s offered by BMW in 1999. They were finished in Imola Red with Nappa Leather and a bespoke interior in Amaretto and Anthracite. It also featured side airbags, the M3 GT Class II rear spoiler, front Class II corner splitter extensions, electric seats, and double spoke polished alloys.Offered here is a three owner, M3 GT with 87,000 miles indicated that's in fantastic condition and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. The current owner is a close friend of Silverstone Auctions and purchased the car a couple of years ago to add to his private collection. Since then the car has resided in dry storage and has only completed around 50 miles during his ownership.For some reason, the E36 M3 has not only lagged behind its predecessor, the iconic E30 M3 but surprisingly behind its successor the E46 M3 in terms of values, but this sparkling M3GT Imola (number 5 of 50) is unlikely to ever suffer this malaise, offering rarity, genuine performance, and exclusivity. Supplied with a good history file, its relevant manuals, and a spare key, don't miss out on this sensibly guided and superb piece of BMW's history.

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1948 Land Rover Series I

1948 Land Rover Series I

Lot # 314 (Sale Order: 14 of 65)      

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1969 Aston Martin DBS 6 (Vantage spec)

1969 Aston Martin DBS 6 (Vantage spec)

Lot # 315 (Sale Order: 15 of 65)      

One of just 767 DBS models ever built, the DBS reflected Aston Martins advances in engineering in the late 1960s by introducing a longer wheelbase steel chassis which offered a near perfect 50:50 weight distribution and better high-speed stability.Launched at the 1967 Motor Show, the new design featured 'De Dion' rear suspension, dramatic new looks from the all-aluminium body, and power steering as standard. It was instantly in demand, it was a new Aston after all, and the car's appearance in several high profile TV series and films of the day did not do its credibility and desirability any harm.The Tadek Marek-designed, 4.0 litre, straight-six, double overhead camshaft engine produced 325 BHP in Vantage form and when mated to a close-ratio, 5-speed gearbox, resulted in decent acceleration and a top speed in excess of 140 miles per hour.This particular car is a star of stage and screen having been featured in an episode of the popular Channel 4 series "For the Love of Cars", hosted by the ever enthusiastic Ant Anstead and the well-known actor, Phil Glenister. Restored by Ant to an extremely high standard, including a bare metal repaint in Olive Green (the same as James Bond in "On her Majesty's Secret Service") and a retrim in Oxblood red leather. The interior also had a new period dashboard, new wood trim, correct steering wheel and new carpets.The engine was rebuilt by highly respected Aston specialists, RS Williams, and upgraded to full Vantage specification including triple Weber carburettors. At the same time, the auto gearbox was swapped for a Tremec T5 manual transmission, as well as new MWS 15 inch wire wheels with Pirelli tyres, new Koni shock absorbers and high-performance brake pads. The car was sold in the programme to our vendor for £173,400 in Jan 2015. He enjoyed the car for a while but then decided it needed detail improvements and sent the car to highly experienced Aston specialists, Oselli Engineering, where a further £78,000 was then spent (all bills and receipts available), including re-detailing the engine bay which had suffered minor damage in a small under-bonnet fire.The car today presents and drives perfectly. All the gremlins have been 'de-gremlinned' and the car is now probably the ultimate version of any DBS today. It is offered complete with its history file, a new MOT, and all bills and receipts. This amazing Aston can be bought within our price guide for a significant six-figure saving on the total monies recently spent by our vendor. What an opportunity!

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2008 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

2008 Lamborghini Murciélago LP640

Lot # 316 (Sale Order: 16 of 65)      

"The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian." - the words of Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in a speech in 2010 outlining the company's future plans and celebrating the end of production of the Murciélago.The car may have been 'unmistakably Italian' but its name is unmistakably Spanish (Castillian for Bat), and is a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after legendary figures from the world of bullfighting, 'Murciélago' being the name of a particularly brave animal, who, in 1879, refused to succumb during a long and bloody encounter and displayed such spirit and passion that his life was spared.Introduced in 2001, and in production through a couple of variants until 2010, the Murciélago is an all-wheel drive, mid-engined, supercar that sits less than four feet tall and sports dramatic 'scissor doors'. The power output of the early cars was around 570bhp, delivered through a six-speed manual gearbox with an integral differential driving the rear wheels and a viscous coupling centre differential providing power to the front. The very low-drag bodywork is constructed from carbon-fibre, steel and aluminium and the suspension is conventional independent double wishbone.In March 2006, Lamborghini unveiled a new version of its halo car at the Geneva Motor Show: the Murciélago LP 640. The new title incorporated the car's name, along with an alphanumeric designation which indicated the engine's orientation (Longitudinale Posteriore), along with the newly updated power output. With displacement now increased to 6.5 litres, the new car made 640 PS (471 kW; 631 hp) at 8000 rpm. The Murciélago's exterior received a minor facelift. Front and rear fascias were revised, and side air intakes were now asymmetrical with the left side feeding an oil cooler. A new single outlet exhaust system incorporated into the rear diffuser, modified suspension tuning, revised programming and upgraded clutch for the 6-speed "e-Gear" automated sequential transmission with launch control rounded out the performance modifications. Interior seating was also re-shaped to provide greater headroom, and a new stereo system formed part of the updated dashboard Offered here is a right-hand drive, UK supplied Murciélago that was delivered by Lamborghini London on the 19th August 2008 to its first owner. There are four stamps in the service book for work carried out by Lamborghini London every year between 2011-2014 along with other invoices in the history file. This LP640 has completed 15,600 miles since new in the hands of its two former keepers and has resided in our vendor’s significant private collection since early in 2012.Finished in a distinctly menacing Nero Pegaso with an equally dramatic Charcoal, Carbon, and Black interior, this spectacular Lamborghini has clearly been well looked after, but at the same time has also obviously been used and enjoyed on the roads as it was designed to be. As a result, the side trim and front splitter have clearly done their job of protecting the rest of the car well and perhaps a buyer who wants to return the car into showroom condition may need to address these small blemishes. Overall, this is a seriously cool and hugely quick motorcar that, when you look at the prices of some of its Porsche and Ferrari counterparts of the same era, looks remarkable value.

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1970 Ford Cortina Mk.2 3.0 Savage estate

1970 Ford Cortina Mk.2 3.0 Savage estate

Lot # 317 (Sale Order: 17 of 65)      

Jeff Uren was a very well respected racing driver, engineer and team manager in the late fifties and early sixties, and after some early club racing, drove in the inaugural year of the British Saloon Car Championship in 1958. The following year he won the series in a Ford Zephyr beating the 'Works' cars and drivers, prompting Ford to offer him a very prestigious 'works' drive. He left in 1962, and joined John Willment as competition manager, preparing and racing Ford Galaxies, Falcons, Cobras and of course GT40s. When Willment stopped racing Uren felt ready to strike out on his own and formed 'Race Proved Ltd' having recognised the rapidly expanding market in tuning and modifying road-going saloons. There were a large number of companies already catering for those customers who wanted better camshafts, big-valve heads etc., however, he planned a different approach by fitting larger capacity engines into production cars.When the Mk.2 Cortina was launched in 1966, Jeff saw the car’s potential as a fast long-distance cruiser and set about fitting a tuned version of the new Essex 3.0 litre v6 (140bhp) into one, and the results were spectacular. The 'Savage' had arrived. The motoring press raved about its relaxed muscle car-like performances and Race Proved were soon converting brand new 1600Es - at their peak in the late sixties- at a rate of 15-20 cars a week. The cars featured a revised cooling system, modified cross member, up-rated suspension, a 'powr-lok' diff, and an extra boot mounted, 8-gallon tank above the rear axle.Not surprisingly, they were very well regarded and even had tacit approval from Ford. Eventually, some 1,700 cars were converted by the time these upgrades finished of which around 1,000 were Mk2 Cortinas. A few of these were Estates, a strange concept at the time, but brilliantly predated the Audi RS Avant and the BMW M5 Touring by 30 years.The Ford Cortina Savage Estate offered here was Jeff Uren's own car, and you can imagine that it would have the best of everything and be continuously developed by the founder himself. It was ordered and delivered in 1971 to Jeff Uren Ltd. and in addition to the full Savage 3.0 litre Essex V6 conversion, it was also fitted with Automatic transmission, Lotus gauges and RS seats. The Savage remained Jeff's daily transport for twenty years before being sold in 1991. The fourth owner acquired this remarkable car in 2001 and immediately commenced a full restoration costing circa £30,000, and the very high standard of this work is evident when you inspect the car. The brief was to return the car to superb condition whilst retaining as much of the originality as possible. Included within the car's highly detailed service history is a fascinating notebook, hand written by Uren, detailing all mileages and services of the car up until 1979, as well as the original Ford Cortina Owner's Handbook and the Savage conversion invoices.Few conversions outside of the factory offerings conjure up such affection and credibility as Uren's ‘Savages' This is an important car that was a significant part of the seventies tuning scene. It has an impeccable history from a very exciting time, and offers outstanding value and provenance.

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1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda

1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL Pagoda

Lot # 318 (Sale Order: 18 of 65)      

Proudly unveiled to an appreciative audience at the Geneva Motor Show of 1963, the Paul Bracq designed, second generation SL began with the 230. Its wonderfully crisp styling clothed a monocoque chassis equipped with all-round independent suspension, power assisted disc/drum brakes, recirculating ball steering and a 2306cc straight-six engine of 150bhp and 145 lb-ft of torque mated to either a four-speed manual or an automatic transmission. Remaining in production until 1971, the W113 Class, frequently referred to as the 'Pagoda', eventually spanned three engine sizes. Of the 48,912 W113 Series cars made between 1963 and 1971, 19,831 were 230SLsThis 1964, left-hand drive, automatic, Mercedes 230SL Pagoda presents well for its year and having seen and heard the car we were impressed. It sounds healthy, makes all the right noises and idles as it should. The Signal Red paintwork is bright and generally very good and the chrome is excellent. This is a very attractive car.Imported from the States earlier this year, the odometer currently indicates 49,690 miles and the car is presented to auction with an interesting history file that includes a raft of original items including its service booklet, Becker radio instructions and a file of receipts and invoices for work carried out in the past. This super little Pagoda is supplied on a NOVA, with a UK MOT valid until October 2017. Very sensibly guided this car would make a great, entry-level, Mercedes classic.

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1994 Audi Cabriolet - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of Diana, Princess of Wales

1994 Audi Cabriolet - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of Diana, Princess of Wales

Lot # 319 (Sale Order: 19 of 65)      

Undoubtedly one of the five most influential women of the Twentieth Century, the late Diana, Princess of Wales was born 'The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer' on the 1st July 1961 in Norfolk. She received the title Lady Diana Spencer in 1975 when her father inherited his Earldom, and on her marriage in 1981 to The Prince of Wales at St Paul's Cathedral became Her Royal Highness, the Princess of Wales. In the fullness of time it was expected that she would become the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but sadly, fate would decree that was not to be.During her marriage, the Princess was president or patron of over 100 charities, and her dedication to duty was remarkable, however, those pressures would take their toll, and in December 1992 it was announced that the Prince and Princess of Wales had agreed to separate. A year later, reeling under the massive media spotlight, the Princess announced that she would be reducing the extent of her public life in order to combine “a meaningful public role with a more private life”. Her search for freedom and privacy proved a touch optimistic as her 'freedom' was neatly balanced with the freedom of the press who, released from the control of the Royal Household Press Office, were omnipresent observing her every move. At one point in 1994, she was statistically the 'most photographed person on earth'.Diana's chosen transport at this point, being no longer obliged to arrive in Royal Household limousines, was a sparkling metallic green Audi Cabriolet and naturally every time she left home the clatter of 1,000 camera shutters must have sounded like machine gun fire.Her beloved Audi, L449 TRP, was a new 1994, 5-cylinder, automatic, 2.3-litre Cabriolet finished in Gomera Pearl with Parchment leather and cream carpets and was presented to her for her personal use by Dovercourt Audi of St Johns Wood, and first registered on the 7th March 1994. Very few cars are actually owned by the Royal Mews, apart from the limousines intended for State use, and most vehicles made available for 'Junior' royalty are provided by manufacturers hopeful of some beneficial exposure, and this Audi Cabriolet was no exception. At around 4,000 miles, and possibly in the hope of keeping the press guessing, the Audi was returned to Dovercourt.Ian Campbell Dale is a well known and much respected political commentator, broadcaster, publisher and author and in July 1994, having been let down by Audi who had promised his new car in time for a motoring holiday in Germany, visited Dovercourt looking for a replacement and was immediately drawn to an immaculate, low mileage, metallic green, Audi Cabriolet. He was a little sceptical when told about its previous custodian, but when shown the photographs, bought it on the spot. After enjoying the car and its celebrity for a couple of years, he sold it to its third owner who, oddly enough, lived next to Kensington Palace. Obviously aware of its Royal connections the new custodian covered very few miles over the next 17 years and maintained it in excellent condition. It was purchased, in 2013, by our vendor and has only covered a handful of miles since with the odometer now indicating 21,412.This well presented Audi Cabriolet remains registered as L449 TRP and is offered to auction in superb condition with its history file containing the relevant handbooks and manuals and several good-quality photos of Diana using the car, one of which has the young Princes in the back with the registration number clearly visible.To conclude, it is an honour for Silverstone Auctions to offer a car with such special provenance, a car that was photographed extensively whilst being used by one of the most influential personalities of the Twentieth Century enjoying a period of independence with her two beloved sons, one of whom is destined to become the next King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

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1976 Bentley T1 - Formerly the Property of Michael Winner

1976 Bentley T1 - Formerly the Property of Michael Winner

Lot # 320 (Sale Order: 20 of 65)      

Bon vivant, film director, restaurant critic and charity pioneer Robert Michael Winner was born in Hampstead, London on the 30th October 1930. His parents, George and Helen, were of Polish and Russian extraction and had amassed a small fortune in the textile business between the wars. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and to fund her losses was obliged to sell fine art and antique furniture (worth around £10m at the time) bequeathed to her, not only for her life, but to Michael thereafter. She died, aged 78, in 1984 and he often told the tale that when they dined together in order to discuss his ongoing legal action against her to regain control of his inheritance, piles of casino chips could be heard rattling in her handbag. His passion for celebrity was evident from the start when, at age 14, he wrote a regular column for the 'Kensington Post' entitled “Michael Winners Showbiz Gossip”, followed by frequent contributions to 'Showgirl Glamour Revue'.Gaining experience by working at the BBC as an assistant director in the late fifties he went on to make a number of short films, however, fame arrived with a series of six films made with hell-raiser Oliver Reed, and later some notoriety, as the director of Death Wish (1974) and its sequels with Charles Bronson, films that defined the subsequent careers of both men. Going on to make over 40 films, it was natural that he would develop close friendships with the leading actors of the 20th century, including Marlon Brando, Michael Caine, Roger Moore and Sophia Loren who were regularly entertained at his Holland Park mansion. The Holland Park property had enough garage space for half a dozen cars, and over the years would house a number of his Rolls-Royce and beloved Bentleys. One of his all time favourite cars was this Bentley T1, and when not chauffeured by his long-term driver Steve Gallimore, he would drive himself to various London restaurants, no doubt as part of his role as The Sunday Times’ amusing, if a touch acerbic, restaurant critic.With a larger than life public image that was unashamedly self-exaggerated, and cemented by his appearances in the more recent 'esure' insurance adverts spouting his famous catchphrase ('Calm down dear'), he was perhaps held in the highest of regard for his work in establishing the Police Memorial Trust. Winner himself attended as many plaque dedications to fallen police officers as he could, leaving a seven-figure sum in his will for the work to be carried on in perpetuity.This Silver Bentley was delivered new on the 1st August 1975 as one of just 1,703 Bentley 'T' Series, later to be known as the T1, a re-badged and understated stablemate to the Rolls-Royce Shadow I. According to the DVLA records in the car's detailed history file, it was bought by Michael Winner on 1st April 1984 and, it appears from the service book, was regularly maintained at Jack Barclay. On his much-publicised death in January 2013, the car was gifted in his Will to his chauffeur Steve who, in the fullness of time, moved it on. Subsequently bought by our discerning vendor, the purveyor of this magnificent collection of 'Celebrity' cars, the Bentley was taken to renowned specialists XK Engineering in Coventry for restorative works at a cost of some £21,000 in February of this year. XK were aware of our vendor's requirements to bring the car up to his standards, and it was superbly resprayed in Silver Chalice, all the brightwork was returned to gleaming perfection, and the underneath was coated in Waxoyl to ensure longevity.Having covered a shade over 112,000 miles, with most of the miles travelled by Winner himself and in excellent condition, this famous car is ready to raise the heart rate of many a long-established Restaurateur as they observe the sparkling silver Bentley glide on to their car park.

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2001 Daimler Super V8 - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of HM The Queen

2001 Daimler Super V8 - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of HM The Queen

Lot # 321 (Sale Order: 21 of 65)      

Recognised as Britain's oldest car manufacturer, Daimler was first associated with royalty in 1898 when the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, was given a ride on a Daimler by John Douglas-Scott-Montagu later known as Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. Scott-Montagu, as a member of parliament, also drove his Daimler into the yard of the Palace of Westminster, the first motorised vehicle to be driven there. In early 1900, Daimler had sold the Prince of Wales the first royal car and was originally equipped with Mail Phaeton style four-seater bodywork with leather mudguards by coachbuilders Messrs. Hooper and Co.of St. James Street in London. In 1902, upon buying another Daimler, King Edward VII awarded Daimler a Royal Warrant to supply motor cars to the Royal Household. Daimler became part of Jaguar Cars Limited in 1960, and the distinction of the marque was not only preserved but strengthened. Daimler models were enhanced versions of standard Jaguars and marketed as direct competitors to Rolls-Royce and Bentley. According to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, more than one hundred Daimlers have been made for British Monarchs and their families, ranging from state cars, such as the DS21 limousine to more discreet saloon cars for private motoring and lower key engagements.Registered on the 4th June 2001 with its first and only number, Y694 CDU, this unique Daimler was built to the personal specification of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The Special Vehicle Department at Jaguar Cars undertook a 2,500-mile test drive to ensure that everything worked as it should. The discreet security features included blue flashing strobes occupying the front fog lamp inserts, alternate flashing headlamps and rear alternate flashing rear lights. A pair of neon blue lights situated behind the rear view mirror were installed to alert members of the Royal Protection Team as to which vehicle the Queen was travelling in and greater visibility in the event of a smoke attack. We understand from our vendor that these lights still work. In the boot, the fittings can still be found for direct contact to the Home Office and Downing Street, although the working components have now been removed.At The Queen's request, the car features a number of unique modifications, one of which was a factory adapted arm rest with a sliding holder specifically designed to hold her particular type of handbag, having commented that there was nowhere to put it when she was accompanied by her lady-in-waiting or her detective whilst at the wheel of the car. The reigning monarch had also mentioned that she enjoyed fresh air in the rear when being driven but did not want the air directly onto her face, so Jaguar fitted several extra switches to allow the Queen to operate the windows from either side.Her choice of colour scheme was British Racing Green with a "Catkin" Beige and Green leather interior, and she was to travel more than 11,000 miles in this environment. A huge number of photographs of Y694 CDU can be found online, some reproduced within the history file, and show both The Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip at the wheel on separate occasions whilst leaving Windsor Castle, as well as being chauffeured by staff from the Royal Mews. The history file includes a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate confirming the car's first owner as Jaguar Cars Ltd-V.I.P Leasing and an accompanying letter from the Trust confirms that the car was acquired by them from the Special Vehicles Division of Jaguar Cars in 2007.With four registered keepers, the first being Jaguar Cars Ltd, the second the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, the third a gentleman in Surrey and the fourth our discerning client, the creator of this magnificent collection. Cars of this nature, with this provenance, tend to be treated with the same level of care as a cabinet full of delicate bone china which would explain its superb condition. Presented to auction with an odometer reading of approximately 15,000 miles, this peerless motor car will make an outstanding addition to any serious collector's stable.

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2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom - Formerly the Property of Sir Elton John

2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom - Formerly the Property of Sir Elton John

Lot # 322 (Sale Order: 22 of 65)      

When announced in 2003, the seventh generation Rolls-Royce Phantom was hailed as a breakthrough in terms of engineering and unparalleled luxury, re-affirming the ethos "The best car in the world" that drove its founders Charles Rolls and Henry Royce to settle for nothing but perfection. Under BMW ownership Rolls-Royce has been eased into the twenty-first century with a near perfect blend of German engineering and British craftsmanship. The Phantom was never about achieving a single superlative, the biggest, the fastest, or the most powerful, but rather it was about finding the optimum balance of all these attributes and more. Traditional design elements, such as a long bonnet and wheelbase, short front and long rear overhang, strong C-pillar and discreet rear window, run throughout the Phantom, and when combined with modern engineering integrity create a car with serious presence. With a Rolls-Royce, superlatives are found in the details. New thinking and attention to detail can be seen in every area of the Phantom - the coach doors designed to make entry and exit as graceful as possible, a retractable Spirit of Ecstasy that hides away at the touch of a button, the Teflon-coated umbrellas housed with dedicated drainage channels in the rear doors, and the interlinked RR wheel centres engineered to keep the company logo upright at all times.As expected from a Rolls-Royce, the interior of the Phantom features the finest materials found in any car, anywhere. Two types of leather finishes are used, a natural grain hide for seating and a textured ’tipped’ leather for door panniers and centre consoles. Naturally, it is the softest used in the automobile industry and customers could specify any colour. Deep-pile carpets are covered with sumptuous lambswool rugs, while metal surfaces have either a high-polish Sterling finish, such as the air vents, ’organ stops’ and lighting consoles, or a satin finish, which is used on the door handle surrounds and steering column stalks. The headlining is a wool and cashmere blend, providing a light and airy contrast to the leather surface of the central roof console. Ahead of the driver is an instrument cluster comprising three black-faced circular dials. A central speedometer is flanked by a split gauge for fuel level and water temperature, and a unique power reserve gauge which communicates the ’adequacy’ of available power - for example, at 100 mph, the engine has 75 % of its total power capability left. Powering this megalith of luxury is a 6.75 litre V12 built by BMW producing 453bhp and offering seamless acceleration from 0 to 60 miles per hour in some 5.3 seconds. It may have a German engine but the Phantom is the essence of a great British institution.And talking about great British institutions, Sir Elton John, took delivery of this car on the 29th April 2005 and it was registered with its only known number, RX05 BVR, to one of Sir Elton's companies, the cheekily titled William A. Bong Limited. In December 2005, the car was his carriage of choice on the occasion of his civil wedding to David Furnish at the Guildhall in Windsor. Extensive media coverage at the time shows the happy couple arriving in style in the rear of the Rolls.Purchased by our vendor on the 26th June 2014 to add to his superb collection of cars with notable previous owners, the Phantom was subject to several thousand pounds worth of routine maintenance and cosmetic detailing at Rolls-Royce Birmingham and is supplied to auction with an MOT until July 2017 and an odometer reading of some 6,600 miles. The history file includes a letter from Sir Elton's private office confirming the Phantom was owned and used by him.

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1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible - Formerly the Property of the Emir of Qatar

1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible - Formerly the Property of the Emir of Qatar

Lot # 323 (Sale Order: 23 of 65)      

The two-door convertible version of the Silver Shadow has been without doubt the most successful convertible ever produced by Rolls-Royce. First introduced in 1966 as the "Silver Shadow Mulliner Park Ward two door, drop head coupé", it eventually became apparent by popular demand that this version deserved to have its own model name so, after a few cosmetic changes in 1971, the Corniche was born. When Rolls-Royce launched the two-door cars in 1966, the international jet set began to clamour for attention at the dealerships. With waiting lists measured in years, these hugely desirable vehicles began to change hands at significant premiums over list price and one can imagine the hushed negotiations over the green baize of the gaming tables at Crockfords, the Palm Beach and Aspinalls. Rolls-Royce envisioned a time when owners would like to drive their own cars and the Corniche continued to be developed with this in mind and even had a rev counter fitted as standard. Both the fixed head coupé and drop head by Mulliner Park Ward wafted to 60mph in 9.8 seconds, powered by the whisper quiet 6.75-litre V8 engine and it is widely regarded that the success of the Corniche saved Rolls-Royce for future generations. A mild restyling was on the cards for the Spring of 1977 and the differences included rack-and-pinion steering, alloy and rubber bumpers, aluminium radiator, oil cooler and a bi-level air conditioning system. Later changes included modifications to the independent rear suspension in March 1979. In March 1981, after the Silver Spirit had gone on sale, the Coupé version of the Corniche and its Bentley sister were quietly discontinued but such was the popularity of the Corniche convertible that production went on until 1995.There are very few colours that truly suit the Corniche convertible, and by dint of its affordability when new and the nature of its new customer base, many Corniches were ordered in rather outlandish colours. However, the delightful Corniche offered here is not in that category being finished in a striking Royal Blue with magnolia leather piped blue. This magnificent example was ordered and subsequently delivered on the 13th August 1984 to the London Embassy of the State of Qatar in Chesham Place for the personal use of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani and his family when in the United Kingdom and he was often to be seen enjoying the sights of West London with his wives and some of his fifteen children.In 2005, with a change in the pecking order at home, the car was released from the Qatari Royal Family’s private collection of London cars in impeccable order with an odometer reading of just 11,466 miles. The incredibly detailed history file boasts every MOT from 1989 at 9,487 miles to 2012 at 13,756 and the car has been on a SORN notice since then. The service handbook shows main dealer and specialist stamps, corroborating the mileage and there are dozens of invoices detailing ongoing maintenance.To conclude, therefore, it is an honour to offer such a stunning Rolls-Royce with warranted low mileage, an impeccable service history and Qatari Royal provenance. A truly unrepeatable opportunity.

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2012 Bentley Mulsanne - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of HM The Queen

2012 Bentley Mulsanne - Formerly the Personal Conveyance of HM The Queen

Lot # 324 (Sale Order: 24 of 65)      

For the last few decades now it has been traditional that Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II would arrive at ceremonial occasions in her State Limousine at the head of a fleet of official cars. These Rolls-Royce Phantom limousines and Daimler DS420s were traditionally finished in Garnet over Black, and with the Coat of Arms on the door and the Royal Standard fluttering in the breeze, sparkled like a crystal chandelier. Polished to perfection and regularly maintained, they are a credit to the dedicated staff at the Royal Mews, however, they were not getting any younger and in early 2001 it was deemed that the time had come for something more modern.As one of only four car makers who hold a Royal Warrant to supply vehicles to the Royal Household (the others are Jaguar Land Rover, Vauxhall, and Volkswagen) Bentley Motor Cars were delighted to be asked to design and build two Bentley State Limousines for Her Majesty's Golden Jubilee tour of Great Britain. Bentley's former bedfellow Rolls-Royce had, at that time, become a symbol of largesse and ostentation, whilst the Bentley brand continued to be, as it always had been, the transport of choice for those who would prefer to be seen as more modest and understated.For private events and lower profile duties, The Queen would normally arrive in a Range Rover, Daimler or Bentley. Whilst the Range Rovers were usually pressed into service at Balmoral and Sandringham, there arose a need for the need for a more subtle, but nonetheless luxurious car for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee year of 2012. Whilst the two Bentley State Limousines would be in service across the country, they did weigh a considerable amount as a result of the armour plating and armoured glass, and on long journeys at an average of 9 miles per hour and 5 miles per gallon they were just not suitable. Bentley, once again, came up with the solution and created a very special version of their top of the range Mulsanne which they delivered to the Royal Mews in early 2012.The car is finished in Barnato Green, a very 'British' shade of green named in honour of Joel Woolf Barnato, a British financier and racing driver. Barnato was one of the original “Bentley Boys” of the 1920s and he achieved three consecutive wins at Le Mans. It’s fitted with walnut burr veneered picnic tables, door panels and rear quarter vanity lights and the walnut veneered waist-rails featured inlaid Royal crests. Subtle security features were installed befitting a Head of State's car, including front and rear blue flashing lights, and strengthened glass where appropriate. The Mulsanne was used largely for London-based occasions from 2012 to 2014, and, most famously, it was this Bentley that conveyed The Queen to her only Cabinet Meeting at 10 Downing Street in 2012, flanked by police outriders, and David Cameron opened the door for her in front of the World's Media. Her Majesty was conveyed in the car to the London Clinic to visit Prince Philip on his 92nd birthday in 2013 during his convalescence from surgery. There is extensive online video footage of this car being used throughout its time as The Queen's car.As is common with cars that have been in high profile use by the Royal Family, registration numbers are changed and interior and security features removed when they are returned to the manufacturer. During The Queen's tenure the registration number, as seen extensively in the media, was DK61 FHM. Copy service records from Jack Barclay Bentley dated 3rd December 2013 show that chassis number SCBBA63Y5CC016596 received a service under registration number DK61 FHM and, for reasons of security at the time, the client was Bentley Motors Ltd. One aspect of the car's return to 'civvy street' that appears to have been overlooked is the sat-nav which, when the 'Home' button is pushed, immediately starts taking you to Windsor Castle!This amazing piece of British history is presented to auction in superb order showing an odometer reading of a shade under 6,000 miles with an MOT until April 2017. This Mulsanne is a modern and usable luxury car that has the virtually unrepeatable distinction of having once been The Queen's car during a period of intense media exposure and presents a collector with a rare opportunity to purchase a car that has been used to good effect by our longest reigning monarch.

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1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II - Formerly the Personal Car of HRH Princess Margaret

1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II - Formerly the Personal Car of HRH Princess Margaret

Lot # 325 (Sale Order: 25 of 65)      

Her Royal Highness Princess Margaret Rose, The Countess of Snowdon was born at Glamis Castle, the ancestral home of her mother Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother on 21st August 1930. As the younger daughter of King George VI and the only sibling of Queen Elizabeth II, Princess Margaret led a colourful, and sometimes by the standards of the day, scandalous life. As a young woman with incredible beauty, an impish sense of humour and a love of performing it was said that of the two other great beauties of the era, Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor, only Princess Margaret could command attention at an instant.Upon her marriage to the noted photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones, later known as Earl Snowdon, Princess Margaret had two roles, as a loyal sister of the Head of State and the wife of an in-demand bohemian photographer at the epicentre of the Swinging Sixties. After their divorce in 1978 she divided her time between her home on Mustique and her apartments in Kensington Palace and sharing a vehicle with her ex-husband was not an option, so it was decided an appropriate new car was needed for both her public and private engagements. Subsequently, on the 16th May 1980, a Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II registered 3 GXM was duly delivered to Kensington Palace.The Silver Wraith II, the longer wheelbase version of the Silver Shadow II, had been specified with particular details as per Princess Margaret’s instructions. Finished in Cardinal Red under a black Everflex covered roof, inset with Standard Pennant and Royal Crest mountings and a blue police light. The interior is truly bespoke and for a lady that was sometimes known for ostentation, is rather understated. The matte Rosewood dashboard is unique to this car, and as the Princess found her reflection in highly polished veneer distracting, the door cappings are covered in Black Nuala leather. In common with many Royal cars, the seats are green cloth, and the rear bench seating is raised so the Princess could be seen, aided by two extra lights above the doors.The car was regularly serviced by Rolls-Royce main dealers in London, and maintained by specialist mechanic Chris Lee, a friend of The Princess’ chauffeur, for ten years. The beloved Wraith was put into final service on the 15th February 2002 when it took members of her family to her private funeral at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. It was inherited by her son, Viscount Linley and being surplus to requirements was sold later that year to PandA Wood, from whom it was purchased by Mr. Allwright. He was an enthusiastic Royalist and proceeded to spend significant sums on returning the car to a pristine condition, including the purchase, from the Home Office, of the private registration number 3 GXM. The car was bought by our vendor, the purveyor of this wonderful collection, from JD Classics in March this year.During his ownership Mr. Allwright assembled a magnificent history file for this car, including Christmas cards from Dave Griffin, Princess Margaret’s personal chauffeur up until her death, dozens of colour photographs of the car in Royal use, press clippings, correspondence with Viscount Linley's office, copy invoices, and the original build sheets from Rolls-Royce. Presented to auction in truly superb condition, with the only negative point being the torn driver’s seat squab that is covered by a matching tailored cloth. In order to maintain the originality of the interior, it has not been repaired.Most Royal cars are leased to the Royal Mews by the manufacturers, few if any are retained for more than five years and rarer still, bespoke cars made to order and personally owned by the Royal Family seldom come to market. This Wraith, at just 48,000 miles, is a wonderful example with unique provenance and is a memorial to a remarkable Princess, the likes of whom we may never see again.

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