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The Sale of British Marques

Saturday, May 11, 2019  |  2:00 PM EUR (BST)
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The Sale of British Marques takes place on Saturday 11th May 2019 at Heythrop Park, Enstone, Chipping Norton, OX7 5UF

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2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport

2000 Rover Mini Cooper Sport

Lot # 401 (Sale Order: 1 of 53)      

A Cooper Sport from Jay Kay, with a twist....

A Cooper Sport from Jay Kay, with a twist....

  • An amazing Cooper Sport from rock legend Jay Kay, with a twist
  • 'Chuckles' features a mini bar, disco light, velvet curtains and bespoke red leather seats
  • Owned by Jay since 2008 and showing only 16,000 miles
  • Remarkable, funky, smile-a-mile and offered at No Reserve

    On 04/10/00, after 41 years, Rover decided to cease production of the Mini and following this and in celebration of their famous little car, they released the 'Mini Classic' range (before the introduction of the BMW Minis). The pick of this range was arguably the Mini Cooper Sport. These were more luxurious cars, with full leather trim, an alloy dash panel, 'Sport Pack' wheel arches, and 13'' alloy wheels.

    Offered straight from the amazing collection of rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay, this Cooper Sport comes with a 'twist'. Bought by Jay in 2008 from Bramley Motor Cars, 'Chuckles' has formed part of Jay's large collection ever since. This amazing Cooper Sport features a mini bar, disco light, velvet curtains, and bespoke red leather seats and needs to be seen to be fully appreciated. 

    Now the time has come for someone else to join the 'smile a mile' on offer here. Chuckles is supplied with a plethora of old MOTs and some paperwork. Showing 16,000 miles, (which can't be warranted), this outrageous car is excitingly being offered at No Reserve and is certainly a way to stand out from the crowd.

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    1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible

    1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible

    Lot # 402 (Sale Order: 2 of 53)      

    Only three former keepers and indicating a remarkable 14,700 miles.

    Only three former keepers and indicating a remarkable 14,700 miles.

    • Offered at £36,000 in 1988, the XJS Convertible was considerably more than merely a Coupé with the roof removed
    • Finished in Arctic Blue with a cream hide interior and automatic transmission
    • Only three former keepers and indicating a remarkable 14,700 miles
    • Competitively estimated XJS' of this quality (particularly convertibles) are developing real 'legs' in the current market

    The XJS Convertible, which first appeared in 1988 at a price of £36,000, was considerably more than merely a Coupé with the roof removed. The earlier ''T'-top' Cabriolet paved the way as the first open Jaguar since the departure of the E-Type in 1975, but this was to be the first full convertible and a strengthened sub-frame was employed in order to alleviate scuttle shake. It looked superb and elegant with the hood erect or folded and finally met the demands of the highly valued North American market. Retaining the roomy cockpit space of the coupé, the new convertible boasted a useful shelf for extra luggage and all the expected Jaguar refinements as standard. The XJS' superb 5.3-litre engine developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and, even when allied to an automatic transmission, the car was capable of a genuine 150mph. It made for a very fine open-top 'Grand Touring' car, exceeding the specification of other home-grown machinery and being much cheaper than the equivalent high-profile Mercedes SL.  

    On offer here is a right-hand drive automatic example finished in Arctic Blue with a cream hide interior. The odometer shows 14,700 miles which, looking at the condition of this fantastic example, certainly looks to be correct but cannot be warranted. Only three previous owners have enjoyed this particular example, with the previous owning it for 21 years before it was acquired by our vendor. 

    Competitively estimated when you consider the condition and indicated mileage, XJS’ of this quality (particularly convertibles) are developing real ‘legs’ in the current market. 

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    1975 Triumph TR6

    1975 Triumph TR6

    Lot # 403 (Sale Order: 3 of 53)      

    Surely one of the best available? Just 19,800 miles.

    Surely one of the best available? Just 19,800 miles.

    • A right-hand drive, home market car in Mimosa and Black
    • Only 19,800 warranted miles from new. In almost 'time-warp' condition
    • Magazine featured by 'Classic Cars' in December 2008
    • Complete with original hardtop, hood, hood cover, and tonneau
    • BMT Heritage Certificate, original passport to service, handbook and Triumph sales and service directory
    Sharp, clean and ruggedly handsome, the TR6 looked far more modern than TR roadsters of old and proved a huge hit with the sporting driver of the early 1970s. The TR6 was introduced in January 1969 using similar chassis and running gear components to those used in the TR5/TR250. However, the bodywork, while retaining some elements of the TR5/TR250 design, was externally restyled by Karmann.  Apart from smoothing the lines of the car, the design changes also gave the car more boot space.  A front anti-roll bar now formed part of the specification and wider wheels were also fitted making the car look low, lean and very fast - which, of course, it was, courtesy of the TR5/TR250 smooth 6-cylinder inline 2498cc engine.  The '6' was also a little more refined than its predecessors featuring pile carpets, plush-looking bucket seats, a traditional wooden dashboard, and a full complement of instrumentation. 
    The powerful six-cylinder engine is a reliable unit, whether with UK-market Lucas fuel injection (150bhp) or US-market carburetted (104 bhp) delivery. The UK injected version was de-rated to 125bhp in 1973 by camshaft alterations and revised fuel injection metering. These changes made the TR6 smoother and more flexible, but still ensured it could hit 60mph in just 9.5 seconds and give a top speed of 116mph.
    The car presented here is an original home market, UK-supplied, right-hand drive car and, according to its Heritage Certificate, was built on 03/07/74 fitted and finished in Mimosa with a black interior, a colour scheme that it proudly displays to this day.  Factory fitted equipment is listed as overdrive, seatbelts, black tonneau cover, and 165x15 Michelin XAS tyres. It was dispatched to the Bolton Motor Company Ltd on 10/04/74 but remained unregistered until the 08/05/75 when Hollingdrake Ltd, Triumph Distributors in Bolton, did the honours and the car was allocated the registration number HTD 583N. It found its first 'keeper' on 30/08/75 in Hoghton near Preston and he was to use the TR for just less than two years before selling it on 09/07/77 to Joseph Murphy of East Didsbury. Mr Murphy changed the registration to JM40 and enjoyed the little yellow Triumph for nearly 28 years before he sadly passed away in early 2006. Formal ownership then passed to his widow Mrs Kathleen Murphy on the 08/03/06, re-registered as HRV 788N, however, she had no need of the TR and entrusted it to Bonhams who, on 30/04/07 sold it at their RAF Hendon Auction for £10,500. A note was made of its recorded mileage of 13,425 miles at the time.
    The TR6's low mileage and great condition attracted interest in the classic car world and Classic Car magazine chose the car to feature in an article which was published in December 2008. They wrote “There are plenty of restored TR6s around, but very few good, original cars such as the Mimosa Yellow example featured here. It's a Seventies time warp with 13,000 miles on the clock, original paint, great panel fit and factory welds everywhere."
    No change of ownership was recorded until 23/03/09 when it was registered to a Michael Payne, CEO of the internationally famous Monaco yacht brokerage, Camper and Nicholsons, and was subsequently re-registered in Monaco as X557. There are numerous receipts from the TR's time swanning around the streets of Monte Carlo including one from leading Triumph TR specialists Enginuity for £3,700 dated 05/05/09. It's been fitted with a full stainless-steel exhaust and, although the injection system has been modified for unleaded, the cylinder head has not been off the engine.
    The car’s previous owner purchased it on the 28/11/15 and completed the re-registration back into the UK on 07/01/16. There is a decent amount of history in the owner's file and he noted “Although it shows eight owners, four of those related to Joseph Murphy as he registered it to his business and back to himself before it passed to his widow.”  Having bought the TR he notes “I collected it and took it straight to marque-specialists Enginuity for a no-expense-spared inspection. The only major expense was a new clutch (receipt for £1,800 included) and they... VISIT http://www.silverstoneauctions.com for additional information Click here for more information

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    1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I FHC

    1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I FHC

    Lot # 404 (Sale Order: 4 of 53)      

    A decent example, original paint, 47,000 miles, and just two owners.

    A decent example, original paint, 47,000 miles, and just two owners.

     

    • Highly original example, original paint, 47,000 miles from new and matching numbers
    • A US-delivered, left-hand drive, manual gearbox car offered on a NOVA
    • Replacement interior in the States but finished to fantastically original specification
    • A true time warp car, if you are looking for unadulterated originality, look no further

     

    The Jaguar E-Type is an icon of British automotive history, and it isn't difficult to see why. Sensational looks, the ability to reach close to 150mph and all for half the price of an Aston or a Ferrari at the time. Jaguar's sports car was an instant sensation as its curvaceous good looks - equally good in roadster or fixed-head forms - were clearly related to the Le Mans winning D-Types of the 1950s, sculpted by aerodynamicist Malcolm Sayer.

    Jaguar continued to develop the E-Type throughout its life. The first major results of this program of improvements became obvious in 1964 when the newly enlarged 4.2-litre XK engine was installed and, although maximum power remained unchanged at 265bhp, torque was usefully increased, improving driveability. Other improvements included the arrival of a fully synchronised Moss gearbox and twin SU petrol pumps. A Lucas alternator was adopted along with negative-earth electrics, a pre-engaged starter was designed and a Lockheed vacuum servo replaced the Kelsey Haynes unit originally fitted. The seats were redesigned, being plusher and pleated, whilst an all black instrument panel replaced the original aluminium one.

    This, left-hand drive, US-supplied Series I FHC- '1E30754' is a remarkably original example showing just 47,000 miles on the odometer, which our vendor believes to be correct. Never restored, just lovingly looked after over the years, and we are informed the paint on this example remains original. It certainly appears remarkably original and therefore really stands out in the market place so we urge any interested parties to come and see this car in the metal. The vendor has stated that the interior was replaced in the states by a marque specialist, to a highly original specification using period correct fabrics etc.

    Now that '1E30754' has returned to these shores, Jaguar Classic Works have been asked to fit a new exhaust before the sale on behalf of the owner. Offered on a NOVA with all taxes paid, along with handbooks and some history, Silverstone Auctions are excited to offer this really special, highly original example to the open market.

     

     

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    1962 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 Manual O/D

    1962 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 Manual O/D

    Lot # 405 (Sale Order: 5 of 53)      

    Low ownership and just 8,725 miles this is a remarkable Mk2.

    Low ownership and just 8,725 miles this is a remarkable Mk2.

     

    • Tastefully specified in Opalescent Bronze with cream leather, showing just 8,725 miles
    • Delightfully presented. The paintwork and chrome retain a deep shine. Always stored correctly
    • Offered with a substantial history folder containing original handbooks, service book, logbooks and heritage certificate
    • Cared for from day one, a lovely original car and probably the best unrestored Mk2 on the market today
    150 DAJ was delivered new to its first excited owner on 15/10/62, tastefully specified in the fabulous period colour combination of Opalescent Bronze with a cream leather interior and matching sand coloured carpets. It was fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive and was originally supplied with steel wheels which were later converted to chrome wires. The original owner was a pharmacist and, as he worked most of the week, the Jaguar was only used on Sundays and for the occasional holiday. Sadly he passed away in the late 1960s leaving his wife to continue looking after the car for a few more years until she too found herself unable to continue driving. She did however care for and keep the car until her passing after which the estate sold 150 DAJ into the trade. Classic Cars magazine ran the article on what was then and still remains a unique car, from here our vendor's family acquired her. Within the history folder is a letter from a neighbour who knew the original family and was there both when the car came home in 1962 and when the wife passed away, almost thirty years later. 


    Our vendor became aware of 150 DAJ in the late 1990s through the article in Classic Cars magazine (copy on file) and decided to buy it for his father’s 60th birthday. His dad loved fast cars, had enjoyed two Mk2s in period, and subsequently owned a number of rather flamboyant motorcars (a Giallo Daytona Ferrari at the time must have been quite special), however, he would always refer to the Mk2 as ‘the one’. 
    Today the car presents very well, beautifully, in fact, retaining a deep shine with excellent chrome, door shuts, door seals, and glass and even the boot looks like nothing has ever been in there. The seating is gently patinated, the work of 57 years but only 9,000 miles, and the interior exudes the warm feeling of a genuine classic with that quintessential smell that's a combination of leather, varnish, fuel and life, like 'Castrol R', impossible to describe but everyone knows it.  Our vendor informs us that the 'Jag' performs “without fault” and drives exactly as a low mileage Mk2 should, fast and tight. As you would expect from a car with such low mileage, it has been in storage for a fair proportion of the time, however, preserved correctly and looked after by marque specialists such as XK Engineering and Don Law, with a recent thorough check over by CMC who went through the car from bumper to bumper. With this history it will come as no surprise that 150 DAJ is accompanied by all the original owner’s documents, handbooks, service book, warranty card, etc as well as her original tools, fold out log book (and all modern versions since), a substantial history file and of course that article in Classic Cars. Pleasingly, in terms of authenticity, the original steel wheels are included. 
    This consignor can not stress how good this car really is, the doors shut with a satisfying click, the car smells like a classic Jaguar, and it fires into life the very second you hit the starter button. I want to take this car home, and so shall you once you see it. In the 60th anniversary year of the Mk2, we believe that 150 DAJ represents a remarkable opportunity and, in this condition and at this mileage, would be welcome anywhere.



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    1998 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

    1998 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

    Lot # 406 (Sale Order: 6 of 53)      

    The rarest, most expensive, and most powerful of the Turbo 'R' line.

    The rarest, most expensive, and most powerful of the Turbo 'R' line.

     

    • Just 47,000 miles, only two former keepers, tastefully specified and cared for with no expense spared
    • Superbly finished in Dark Sapphire with, thick over thin, Sandstone coach lines
    • Classic long-wheelbase Bentley interior with Sandstone Hide and Portland Stone Wilton over-mats
    • Fitted with a 400 bhp, twin-turbo 6.75-litre V8, the RT was the most powerful of the Turbo R line 
    • Extensive maintenance record with recent attention from a regarded marque specialist, invoices on file
    • Rare, expensive, stylish and powerful, the synergy of power and class
    The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1985 to 1997 and the 'R' stood for "road holding", to set it apart from its predecessor, the square headlight Mulsanne Turbo. It initially inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo and also sported retuned suspension and wider tyres on alloy wheels, a first for a Bentley. From 1987, however, the Turbo R's V8 engine was fitted with fuel injection for added torque. Motor Trend called the Turbo R "The first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name" in their review of the car on its introduction to the United States in 1989, with car enthusiast Jay Leno first in the queue.
    The Turbo RT was the last, rarest, most powerful and most expensive of the Turbo R line and was fitted with the 400 bhp (298 kW; 406 PS) twin-turbo 6.75 litre V8 engine from the two-door Continental T. Performance was 'more than adequate' with a top speed limited to 150 mph. It is visually differentiated from other Bentley Turbo R models by its sports wheels, radiator mesh grille, and colour-coded bumpers with bright mesh inserts. The ultra-luxurious Turbo RT was built between 1997 and 1998, with just 252 cars produced prior to the introduction of the Arnage.
    This lovely long-wheelbase example was delivered new in the UK, supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd and first registered on 11th January 1999. It was tastefully specified with Dark Sapphire paintwork, Sandstone Hide seating, thick-over-thin Sandstone coachlines and of course matching Portland Stone Wilton over-mats. Our vendor's father purchased this car to use daily in 2004, and since then it has been cared for with no expense spared, and maintained by specialists regarded as the best in the business. 
    Today this imposing machine presents very well with the paintwork retaining a deep gloss and the interior showing very little wear to speak of. The car fires into life with the first turn of the key and our vendor informs us that, with the extra comfort afforded by the longer cabin, there is no better way to travel the 350 miles round trip from their residence to Goodwood. On offer with a substantial history folder containing invoices, MOTs and handbooks, a Bentley trickle charger, and a bespoke car cover. 

     

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    1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I FHC 2+2

    1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I FHC 2+2

    Lot # 407 (Sale Order: 7 of 53)      

    An excellent, one-owner Series 1 2+2 restoration opportunity.

    An excellent, one-owner Series 1 2+2 restoration opportunity.

     

    • UK-supplied in October 1966, finished in cream with a red leather interior and automatic transmission
    • Bought by a Mr McGuiness in Sep 1967 from the supplying dealer, Martin Walter Ltd. Only registered keeper since
    • Matching numbers. Original buff logbook and the sales invoice from 1967, garaged from 1980
    • Great history file with all manuals and books. A remarkable Series 1 2+2 restoration opportunity

    Silverstone Auctions are very excited to offer this particular Series 1 2+2 which has had just one owner from September 1967. It's a matching numbers example supplied with a fantastic history folder containing the original stamped maintenance service booklet, original buff logbook, September 1967 purchase invoice, the Heritage Trust Certificate, and additionally there is a factory workshop manual, other books and marketing material, and a selection of, what appear to be, the original tools etc. 

    Clearly, the cars only registered keeper since 1967, a Mr McGuinness of Kent, cherished his E-Type and used it right up until 1980 at which point it was garaged for the following 38 years. Now coming to auction needing a degree of restoration, this is a great opportunity to return this interesting example to its former glory. It will be very hard to find another with this ownership. 

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    **Regretfully Withdrawn** 1960 AC Aceca

    **Regretfully Withdrawn** 1960 AC Aceca

    Lot # 408 (Sale Order: 8 of 53)      

    A superbly restored example of the rare and exclusive Aceca.

    A superbly restored example of the rare and exclusive Aceca.

     

     

    • #AE743 is a UK-delivered, right-hand drive AC Aceca originally ordered in Mist Green with green leather
    • Owned by our vendor for the past seven years, having purchased it, fully restored, from a Mr Humphries in 2012 
    • Mr Humphries bought this Aceca to restore with the intention of making it "the best in the world"
    • Engine completely rebuilt by Hurley Engine Services. Water jacket and crankshaft modified by Rod Briggs
    • Superbly finished in Javelin Grey. Completely new tan leather interior by David Nightingale
    • This is a rare and desirable motor car and represents exceptional value for money

     

     

    Following WWII and in an effort to modernise their lineup, AC was keen to replace the trusty Weller-designed, overhead cam, six-cylinder, two-litre 85bhp engine, which was first used in 1919. The company met John Tojeiro, chassis engineer and racing car designer, and an existing tried and tested design of his (Cliff Davis' little sports-racer) was purchased and modified for road use. The new model, named the Ace, used a strong 76-mm tubular ladder frame chassis with transverse leaf and wishbone independent suspension front and rear but for the time being, retained AC's own venerable, 2.0-litre, long-stroke six. The light aluminium bodywork bore more than a passing resemblance to Ferrari's pretty 166 Barchetta, however, the car's styling was right up to date, and incredibly handsome if somewhat derivative. Announced in 1953, deliveries of the first 85-bhp Ace from Thames Ditton were not available until April 1954. The Motor magazine claimed 0-60 mph in 11.4 seconds and 103 mph with 25.3 mpg. A total of 223 AC-engined Aces were built, weighing in at 1,685 lbs and carrying an initial price tag of £1,439.

    The AC Aceca, a three-door and very sleek fastback, was previewed in 1954 becoming one of the very first hatchbacks along with the new 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4. Deliveries were delayed until January 1955, and eventually, only 151 AC-engined Acecas were built. Unlike the Ace, the Aceca had wood-framed doors, was slightly heavier at 1,840 lbs, and to reduce noise levels within the cabin, AC mounted all major components on rubber bushes. Performance was respectable, if not outstanding, but the combination of a fine-handling chassis, light weight, and classic good looks resulted in a desirable GT in the best AC tradition.

    According to the AC Aceca Registrar, 'AE743' is a UK delivered, right-hand drive AC Aceca originally ordered in Mist Green (one of only six ever finished in that colour) with a green leather interior. The engine is the original six-cylinder AC unit (CLB2431W7) fitted from new. Our private vendor has owned 'RPN 626' for the past seven years, having purchased it, fully restored, from a Mr Humphries in 2012 and the V5 shows only three owners prior to him.

    According to correspondence in the history file, Mr Humphries bought this Aceca to restore with the intention of making it "the best in the world". At the time of his purchase, he owned three garages in and around Bath and he tasked one of his long-standing technicians with the responsibility of returning RPN 626 to its very best. However, all major works requiring specialist skills were contracted out to various experts in the marque including Spencer Lane-Jones, TT Workshop, Rod Briggs, Hurley Engine Services, and David Nightingale.


    A brief summary of the detail of the restoration is below:

    • Engine: completely rebuilt by Hurley Engine Services. Water jacket and crankshaft modified by Rod Briggs.
    • Chassis and Bodywork: cleaned and powder coated, bare metal repaint in Javelin Grey, all new interior alloy panels.
    • Interior: completely new tan leather interior, headlining and carpets by David Nightingale. All dashboard wood replaced by the 'Posh Dash Co'.
    • Gearbox: overhauled by the TT Workshop.
    • Rear axle: stripped, checked, and reassembled with all new seals and joints. Prop shaft, driveshaft and universal joints stripped, cleaned and reassembled.
    • Suspension: all parts stripped, cleaned and powder coated, reassembled with new parts as required. All wheel-hubs and bearings replaced. 
    • Brakes: new shoes, wheel cylinders, brake drums, master cylinder, handbrake and ratchet with a new cable. New clutch assembly and master cylinder. 
    • Electrics: new wiring loom, new front and rear headlights, new dynamo and new battery.

    The results of this long-term attention by talented people are remarkable and the car's post-restoration freshness has been retained during our vendors seven...

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    1975 Jensen Interceptor III

    1975 Jensen Interceptor III

    Lot # 409 (Sale Order: 9 of 53)      

    The most original, low mileage Interceptor we have ever seen.

    The most original, low mileage Interceptor we have ever seen.

     

    • Just three owners, 9,003 miles, and on offer for the first time in 35 years
    • Gloriously finished in Old English White with a superb original interior in Oxblood leather
    • Recently fully recommissioned by a highly regarded marque specialist
    • Original tool kit, substantial history folder, original handbook, a wealth of invoices and old MOTs
    • If originality is important and only the very best will do, this is an opportunity unlikely to be repeated

    Supplied new to its first owner by ARD Garages of Cwmbran, South Wales on 04/04/75, this Series III Interceptor had been ordered in Old English White with a red leather interior. Also specified were a fluted bonnet, burr walnut facias to the central transmission and switchgear panel, and a radiomobile installation from the factory, all of which are, of course, still present today. The original owner lived just six miles from the supplying dealer and this would be his second car, only to be brought out when the sun was out and the roads were dry. To date, this lovely Jensen has been enjoyed by just three owners in total, the original owner, our vendors father and our vendor. The original owner is also a family friend and would be happy to clarify the complete history of the car if requested by the winning bidder.
    Always dry stored correctly, this car presents in a 'time-warp' condition and represents a unique opportunity to own an Interceptor with all its original factory finishes intact. The paintwork and chrome retain a deep shine, having not been exposed to too much UK weather, the dashboard is remarkable, the dark red leather seats are gently patinated, as you might expect from a car that is 45 years old, and even the radio looks like it was installed yesterday. Our vendor informs us that the car has never had any major work as it has never required any.  With an indicated total mileage of just over 9,000, this car has inevitably spent time in storage throughout its life but has always been looked after by the right people. More recently the car was subject to a light recommission by a highly regarded marque specialist. This specialist is a former Chairman of the Jensen Owners Club and having owned a couple of Interceptors and had a good look at dozens of his member's cars felt that very little could surprise him when it came to Interceptors, until this previously unheard of car recently entered his workshop where he was able to identify original equipment he had not seen for many years.
    DDW 1L is offered with its original tool kit, Martin Robey heritage certificate, a substantial history folder containing original documents, handbook, a wealth of invoices and old MOTs corroborating the indicated mileage. This is likely to be a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an Interceptor with very low use, low ownership, that has never been restored. If only the very best will do, and with restored cars never quite replicating the feeling you get from the genuine article, this example surely is the ‘Holy Grail’ to classic car collectors and Jensen enthusiasts alike.



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    1997 Jaguar XJ220

    1997 Jaguar XJ220

    Lot # 410 (Sale Order: 10 of 53)      

    One of the most significant supercars of its era. 


    One of the most significant supercars of its era. 


     

    • Left-hand drive, European-delivered example finished in Spa Silver with Smoke Grey interior
    • Significant recent expenditure at Jaguar Classic Works. UK registered - '220 XXK' included in the sale
    • With 0-60mph in a brutal 3.5 seconds, the XJ220 was indisputably the fastest road car on the planet
    • Only 20,800 kilometres covered, very competitively estimated, and now ready to thrill its next owner
    It was at the 1988 British Motor Show in Birmingham, appropriately, that the sensational Jaguar XJ220 concept prototype was first revealed to the public and, as expected, orders and the required £50,000 deposits flooded in from all corners of the world. The original concept was for a V12 engined car with a six-speed gearbox and four-wheel drive priced at just under £300,000. However, some four years later when production commenced, the XJ220 had become a two-wheel drive, twin turbo V6 with a five-speed box on offer at £470,000. Predictably many of the 1,500 option holders tried to cancel their purchase blaming the massive change in specification but the collapse in values of collectable supercars at the time was probably more of a factor. Eventually, the car found 275 buyers and the others don't know what they missed. Producing an impressive 549bhp at 7,000rpm and 473lb.ft at 4,500rpm and now slightly shorter by some ten inches courtesy of the smaller dimensions of the V6 engine against the bulky V12, but still with a not inconsiderable girth of six feet and six inches, the XJ220 proved more than capable of reaching its target maximum speed. In 1992 at the Italian Nardo test track Formula One and sportscar ace, Martin Brundle, recorded 212.3mph around the banking in standard trim and 217.1mph with the catalytic converters disconnected, the latter speed equivalent to 223mph on a straight road.
    With 0-60mph acceleration in a brutal 3.5 seconds, the XJ220 was indisputably the fastest road car on the planet at that time and, thanks to racing developed inboard wishbone suspension and huge ventilated disc brakes with four-piston calipers, it held the road beautifully and stopped equally as well. Production of the car began the following year in a purpose-built factory at Bloxham in Oxfordshire with the first cars delivered in July to, amongst other well-known names, Elton John, Baron Hamer of Alford and the Sultan of Brunei. On the circuits, the Jaguar also proved highly effective. In the competition version, the XJ220C, another sports car ace, Win Percy, took victory on the car's race debut in the BRDC National Sports GT Challenge. In the 1993 Le Mans 24 Hours John Nielsen, David Brabham and David Coulthard finished first in the GT class, though only for their XJ220C to be subsequently disqualified over a spurious technical infringement.
    Finished in Spa Silver with a Smoke Grey interior this, left-hand drive, XJ220 was first delivered to Germany and has covered 20,800 kilometres from new. Pleasingly, this particular example has enjoyed a very recent refresh by the Jaguar factory at their specialist XJ220 service centre at Classic Works, with a significant spend, meaning this car is ready for its next owner. Details of the recent expenditure will be available to view in the car's history file at the auction. 
    Accompanying this fantastic example is an owner's file displaying the care and expenditure this car has enjoyed over the years by its six UK custodians and the original handbook. One for the true driving enthusiast, Silverstone Auctions are very excited to offer this particular example to the open market. The recent expenditure at the Jaguar Classic factory, the sensible mileage, and its appropriate registration render this XJ220 exceptional, and it's now absolutely ready to be used for what it always designed to do, to thrill! 
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    1997 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

    1997 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

    Lot # 411 (Sale Order: 11 of 53)      

    One of only 252 Turbo RTs produced and indicating 79,285 miles.

    One of only 252 Turbo RTs produced and indicating 79,285 miles.

     

    • The final incarnation of the Turbo R. Powerful, fast, expensive and rare
    • Classic looks in Mason Black over red-piped black leather and black carpets edged in red 
    • Original UK RHD car, Jack Barclay supplied new. PDI and first two services by Jack Barclay. Complete with sill plate
    • Original handbooks and stamped service book. MOT until March 2020

     

    The Bentley Turbo R was a high-performance model produced by Bentley Motors Limited from 1985 to 1997 and the 'R' stood for "road holding", to set it apart from its predecessor, the square headlight Mulsanne Turbo. It initially inherited the turbocharged engine from the Mulsanne Turbo and also sported retuned suspension and wider tyres on alloy wheels, a first for a Bentley. From 1987, however, the Turbo R's V8 engine was fitted with fuel injection for added torque. Motor Trend called the Turbo R "The first Bentley in decades deserving of the famous name" in their review of the car on its introduction to the United States in 1989, with car enthusiast Jay Leno first in the queue.

    The Turbo RT was the last, rarest, most powerful and most expensive of the Turbo R line and was fitted with the 400 bhp (298 kW; 406 PS) twin-turbo 6.75 litre V8 engine from the two-door Continental T. Performance was 'more than adequate' with a top speed limited to 150 mph. It is visually differentiated from other Bentley Turbo R models by its sports wheels, radiator mesh grille, and colour-coded bumpers with bright mesh inserts. The ultra-luxurious Turbo RT was built between 1997 and 1998, with just 252 cars produced prior to the introduction of the Arnage.

    This elegant, long-wheelbase RT was delivered new in the UK, supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd and first registered on the 1st August 1997. It was tastefully finished in Mason Black over red-piped black leather and black carpets edged in red, a stylish colour scheme it still wears today. 
    This imposing machine continues to present well, the midnight black coachwork retains a shine so deep you feel you could almost dive into it, the black leather seating appears unmarked, the gleaming burr walnut veneers have stood the test of time well, the instruments and switchgear sparkle, the engine bay is particularly tidy, and the alloy wheels seem in good shape. Burr walnut and black leather are, like peaches and cream, made for each other and with the extra comfort afforded by the longer cabin, it could be argued that there is no better way to travel.

    The odometer indicates a paltry 79,285 miles and the car is offered with its original handbooks, stamped service book, sundry service invoices and an MOT Certificate valid until March 2020. When new, this car would have cost considerably over £100,000 and at today's guide seems like incredible value for money. These late production, special-edition Bentleys were sold in very low numbers and are consequently becoming increasingly sought after, so this imposing RT must surely be worthy of serious consideration. 

     

     

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    1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 FHC

    1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 FHC

    Lot # 412 (Sale Order: 12 of 53)      

    Lovely older restoration factory finished in a unique colour.

    Lovely older restoration factory finished in a unique colour.

     

    • Supplied new in June 1969 by Henlys of London in right-hand drive with a manual gearbox
    • Believed to be the only E-Type factory-finished in Rolls-Royce Shell Grey paintwork and black leather
    • Restored in the late 1980s to original specification and still very smartly presented
    • MOTs dating back to 1976, the V5 showing three former keepers, and a wealth of invoices
    • With its Heritage Certificate showing the correct Rolls-Royce paint code. Offered for the first time in 32 years 

     

    Introduced in 3.8-litre form in May 1961, the Jaguar E-Type caused a veritable sensation when it first appeared, with classic smooth lines, great looks and, at the time, an amazing top speed of 150 mph.

    Jaguar continued to develop the E-Type throughout its life and the first results of this programme of improvements came in 1964 when the newly enlarged 4.2-litre XK engine was installed and, although maximum power remained unchanged at 265bhp, torque was usefully increased, improving driveability. Other improvements included the arrival of a fully synchronised Moss gearbox and twin SU petrol pumps. The Series 2 cars, produced from 1969 to 1971, evolved even further and can be identified by their open headlights (no longer with glass covers), a wrap-around rear bumper with the tail lights now underneath, and the front indicators were larger and similarly repositioned below the slightly heavier front bumpers. The cooling was much improved, helped by the enlarged 'mouth' and twin electric fans, while larger front and rear calipers substantially uprated the braking performance.  The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smoothly polished cam covers to a ribbed appearance and the interior now featured better seats with head-rests, 'rocker' switches, and a steering-column ignition/starter. 

    The Series 2 is often regarded in retrospect as the ultimate driving E-Type, and even now a well-sorted example is a sensational driving experience with a sense of occasion that's hard to replicate at any price in a classic car.

    Supplied new in June 1969 by Henlys of London, this second-series fixed head coupe is thought to be the only E-Type factory-specified in Roll-Royce Shell Grey, a colour that combined with the black leather interior suits the profile perfectly. Our vendor's late husband discovered ‘NBK 345G’ in the late 1980s and set about a comprehensive restoration including sourcing the correct paint code indicated on the Heritage Certificate. The car continued to be enjoyed for a number of years until 2006 when it was decided that it deserved a complete engine overhaul. The power unit was fully stripped and rebuilt using new parts where necessary (there are detailed invoices in the file) and has only covered c15,000 miles since. 

    As well as the accounts for the engine work, the history folder includes MOTs dating back to 1976, correspondence from Jaguar showing the original specification including the Rolls-Royce paint code, a number of invoices for regular maintenance, the current V5 showing three former keepers, Tracker paperwork, the Heritage Certificate, and various other related documents.

    The Series 2 is regarded by many as the drivers' choice, the 4.2 power unit providing ample performance and, when coupled to the manual gearbox, offers an engaging driving experience. This example, an original UK RHD car specially ordered in a unique and subtle colour, clearly loved and looked after, and offered from long-term ownership, is a wonderful prospect for any collector or enthusiast. 


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    1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.4-Litre Coupe Project

    1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.4-Litre Coupe Project

    Lot # 413 (Sale Order: 13 of 53)      

    A wonderful opportunity to return this highly original XK to the road.

    A wonderful opportunity to return this highly original XK to the road.

     

    • One of 86 XK150 'S' right-hand drive coupes, with a manual gearbox and overdrive
    • Matching numbers, never been previously restored. In storage since 1975 and looks very original
    • 'S' versions came with 210 and 250bhp respectively, the latter delivering an astonishing 0-60mph in 7.3 seconds and 136mph.
    • A wonderful opportunity to return this highly original XK to the road

    Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead coupé forms, the open roadster version not appearing until the following year. At 190bhp, the engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140, so performance was little changed. 'Special Equipment' and 'S' versions came with 210 and 250bhp respectively, the latter delivering an astonishing 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 136mph. This was achieved by the introduction of the Weslake-developed 'straight-port' cylinder head, high-compression pistons, triple 2" SU carburettors and twin electric fuel pumps. Overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were the transmission options, the latter becoming an increasingly popular choice, while a Thornton Powr-Lok limited-slip differential was available for the XK150 'S'. Steel wheels remained the standard fitting, though XK150s so equipped are a great rarity, as most were sold in SE (Special Equipment) specification with centre-lock wire wheels. The much-admired chromed Jaguar mascot was made available as an optional extra on an XK for the first time. 
    ‘YOP 911’ is a UK supplied, right-hand drive, 3.4-litre ‘S’ Fixedhead Coupe that was completed in February 1959 and finished in Cotswold Blue. This matching numbers example is equipped with the highly desirable manual/overdrive transmission and has the high rear axle ratio for ‘relaxed cruising’ at high speeds.  The accompanying Heritage Certificate states that ‘T824946DN’ was sold through Jaguar main agents, P J Evans, to its first owner Mr J Kitchen of Sutton Coldfield. A number of owners enjoyed the car up to 1975 when it was taken off the road and its last tax disc, valid until December 1975, is still in place on the windscreen.   ‘YOP 911’ remained in long term ownership before being acquired by our owner recently, in order to be fully restored. Unforeseen prior commitments now mean this extremely rare and special car is available once again on the open market. We are informed that it had been started periodically and has recently been tested at low speeds on private land. Interestingly never restored or had a colour change, the time has now come to fully return ‘T824946DN’ to its former glory. It is estimated that only 88 right-hand drive examples were built so this is an exciting opportunity to restore this highly original and rather rare Jaguar. 

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    1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC

    1954 Jaguar XK120 DHC

    Lot # 414 (Sale Order: 14 of 53)      

    A superb example of Britain's most important post-war sportscar.

    A superb example of Britain's most important post-war sportscar.

     

    • UK-supplied, right-hand drive, factory colour scheme, restored to a very high standard
    • Excellent condition accompanied by a fully documented history folder. Jaguar Heritage Certificate
    • Delightfully presented in British Racing Green, over Suede Green with a black hood
    • On-the-button with subtle upgrades for reliability and well maintained over the years
    • With an interesting history from new. Rarely do examples of this quality come to market

     

    According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, MTM 424 was an XK120 Drophead Coupe finished in British Racing Green with a suede green interior and a black hood. One of just 295 right-hand drive, home market cars it was manufactured in October 1953, first registered in January the following year, and supplied new by Henlys of London to Squadron Leader Desmond de Villiers of Hertford. ‘Dizzy' de Villiers AFC was the Chief Test Pilot at the De Havilland Aircraft Company, the world’s first open cockpit pilot to reach supersonic speed (albeit inadvertently, the cockpit canopy flew off mid-flight), the second British pilot to exceed Mach 2, Chief Experimental Test Pilot on the English Electric Lightning programme (making more than 1,000 flights), and who, during his test career, flew more than 6,000 hours in 130 different aircraft types. It's hard to believe these days, but during the Fifties and early Sixties, test pilots were seen as exceedingly glamorous and the majority were household names.

    Ownership of the car subsequently changed to NJ Hart of Weston-super-Mare before being acquired by Cedric Thomas in 1972, also of Weston. Mr Thomas, a retired professional automotive engineer, purchased the XK as a project to keep him occupied in his retirement years. Something of a perfectionist, the project would soon become, what could only be described as an obsession, with a money-no-object restoration over a 30-year period, and the result is simply spectacular. 

    The car was totally stripped to single components before being either restored or renewed and carefully reassembled to mostly original specification. The engine was removed and fully rebuilt using new pistons, bearings and timing chains etc. Suspension components were stripped and rebuilt as was the gearbox and back axle. Documents within the car's history file confirm that the bodywork restoration was entrusted to specialist Bill Lawrence. Panels were replaced only when absolutely necessary, the rear wings were sourced by RS Panels of Nuneaton, with the rest of the bodywork prepared and built up by lead loading in the old-fashioned way. This can be a fairly laborious task but the results are worth it particularly when the car is treated to a number of coats of its original British Racing Green in traditional cellulose as here. Modern finishes have lots of advantages but it's difficult to replicate the sheer depth of gloss afforded by cellulose paint particularly when applied by a skilled craftsman. Equally, the Chromework was refinished by the very best in the business and is exceptional. The retrimming of the car's interior was entrusted to Nick Turley of Suffolk & Turley fame and has been completed to the very high standard you would expect with all the cockpit woodwork veneers superbly refinished, rebuilt seating in Suede Geen leather, new carpets and a new canvas hood with the correct inner lining.

    The Jaguar received further attention in 2008 when, according to documents within the file, a second engine rebuild was carried out by marque specialist VSE including a rear main seal update. Further updates to improve driveability and reliability include an alloy radiator, electric cooling fan, and uprated Koni shock absorbers. 

    Today the 120 still presents beautifully and, according to our vendor, performs well. It starts on-the-button and the engine sounds keen and healthy. A home market Drophead Coupe in its original timeless colour combination, fastidiously restored with a known history, is regarded by many as the most desirable variant to own. 

    I might be an old romantic but I find it difficult to look at this classic XK without conjuring up an image of the car on a sunny afternoon in 1958 rolling to a halt, top down, on the apron at Farnborough, an immaculate young Squadron Leader jumping out, putting on his white flying suit, climbing the metal ladder to the cockpit of his English Electric Lightning, throwing a match into the twin Avons, climbing to 20,000ft in less than a minute, wowing the crowd with a fearless display, jumping back into MTM 424, and returning home in time for tea. Magic. 


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    1950 Aston Martin DB2 'Washboard'

    1950 Aston Martin DB2 'Washboard'

    Lot # 415 (Sale Order: 15 of 53)      

    Major honours at Pebble Beach is as good as it gets.

    Major honours at Pebble Beach is as good as it gets.

     

    • One of the first 49, Series 1, three-grille, "Washboard" examples. The sixth customer DB2
    • Delivered new to Australia, in right-hand drive by Brown and Dureau on 14/12/50
    • Numbers match Aston's factory data sheet. Still in its original Almond Green over Dark Green
    • Competition history in Australia during the early Fifties
    • Bare metal body-off restoration and full mechanical rebuild by The Healey Factory 2004-2007
    • Purchased by Vern Schuppan in 2009 and taken to the top level (2010/11) by Marque Restoration of Adelaide
    • Third place in 'Post-war Sports Cars' in 2015 at Pebble Beach, the world's most prestigious Concours 
    • An important car. One of the best, if not THE best DB2 in the world
    Making its debut at Le Mans in 1949, well before road versions hit the streets, the first DB2s were fully-fledged competition cars. The model was made possible by David Brown’s purchase of Aston Martin and Lagonda in 1947 guaranteeing the availability of Lagonda’s superb twin-cam, six-cylinder engine – a WO Bentley creation – which when mated to a shortened AM ‘2-litre Sport’ chassis and clothed in Frank Freely's distinctive sports-tourer bodywork resulted in the era-defining DB2. 
    The earliest DB2s to fly from the factory floor featured a three-part grille and a substantial slatted vent behind each front wheel which gave rise to the “Washboard” nickname which is still how the early cars are referred to and even the current register of the three-grille cars is entitled 'The Washboard Register'. After an initial run of 49 cars, the design was simplified and thereafter the side vent was deleted and the three-piece grille replaced by a single unit. To quote Frank Feeley, responsible for the DB2 design, in Aston Martin Magazine:
    “Anyway, eventually we tidied up the DB2 and got it into production by which time quite a few changes had been made. For example, we had these outlet grilles on each side of the bonnet behind the front wheels. But Lawrence Pommeroy of The Motor said to David Brown that they were awful and looked like washboards. He had a lot of influence with him and persuaded David Brown to do away with them. So we had to drop them but I personally always thought they looked rather nice, and I was rather upset when they were done away with. Another change we made later was to the grille which started off as a three-piece design. This change came about through James Watt who said can’t we save some cost by making it one piece. So I redesigned it to the shape which has become almost a trademark. The grille itself was made of horizontal slots on a very light frame which was just pushed up behind the panel work to fill the big “window”. I don’t really think it was an improvement but we had to save costs somewhere. I preferred the first design actually.”
    LML/50/16 was the sixth production DB2 and the first, we understand, to be fitted with a floor mounted gear change. According to its BMI Heritage Certificate, it was finished in Polychromatic Almond Green with a beige interior (the same colour as the three 'works' cars at Le Mans in 1949) and fitted with a Smiths heater and a Smiths 'Bijou' cigar lighter. It was signed off by the factory on the 1st October 1950 and the following day set off on its long journey to Melbourne, Australia where Aston Martin agents, Brown and Dureau, had a customer waiting. After the import documentation had been completed and the car prepared for sale, it was duly registered XPG 833 and delivered to its first owner, a Mr WH (Tony) Luxton of Dundenory, Victoria on the 14/12/50 just in time for Christmas.
    Tony Luxton obviously enjoyed a bit of competitive motoring and there are written records and photographs of the car competing in The Victorian Trophy in November 1951 at Ballarat Airfield, the Rob Roy hill climb on 29/01/51 (demonstration run) and the Argus Cup on 18/03/56 where it placed 15th. Within the history hile are a copy of  Australian Motor Sports magazine and various photographs, results sheets etc. Also within that file is some limited service information confirming that at various times between March 1951 and June 1953, Brown and Dureau carried out work to the Aston including N/S rear shock absorber, 2 front springs, broken push rod, windscreen wiper repair, water temperature gauge, and sundry oil leaks.
    Now registered as VIC 420, the car's second owner was a Mr P Thornley from South Yarra, Victoria and subsequently a GJ Moulden... Click here for more information

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    1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports

    1933 MG Midget J1 Special Sports

    Lot # 416 (Sale Order: 16 of 53)      

    Vendor is waiting arrival of NOVA Certificate taxes have been paid car will need registering with DVLA

    One of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.

    One of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.

     

    • One of only 380 built. Delivered new via MG main dealer Hazlemere Motor Co Ltd
    • Owned from 1937 by Leslie Hawthorn of The TT Garage in Farnham, Mike Hawthorn's father
    • Subject to a six year documented restoration with accompanying photographs
    • Retains its original J-Type engine (rebuilt and reinstalled in June 1996). £5,000 bills on file
    • Finished in its period colours of black coachwork with an eye-catching red interior
    • History file includes original sales brochure, old style log book, expired MOTs/tax discs

    Developed from the first Midget - the M-Type - and introduced for 1933, the J-type refined the qualities of the immediately preceding 'C' and 'D' types, reaffirming the classic MG look which would characterise the marque's sports cars until well into the 1950s. The range comprised the J1 four-seat tourer, J2 two-seater and J3 and J4 competition variants. With its deeply cutaway doors, fold-flat windscreen, and fixed cycle-type mudguards, the J-Type revealed its race-bred pedigree in every line and set the British sports car fashion for many years. Today the model is one of the most sought after of pre-war MG sports cars.
    Although the J1 was designed as a four-seater, the 'Special Sports' option meant that the car could be ordered with just two seats and a 'parcel shelf' in place of the back seats. This particular J1 Midget was ordered as a two-seater and was delivered new through MG main dealer Hazlemere Motor Co Ltd to Jim Gammon, brother of the racing driver, Ken Gammon. Its next owner, from 1937, was Leslie Hawthorn of The TT Garage in Farnham.  Leslie was a well-known motorcycle racer, all round motorsport enthusiast, and father of a certain Mike Hawthorn, Britains first Grand Prix World Champion. In his biography, 'Challenge me the Race', Mike mentions that it was at the age of nine that he first decided to become a racing driver and having been born in 1929 that would have been in 1938, shortly after his father purchased this J1. Sharing a passion for fast driving, it's almost certain that car-mad father and son would have been tearing about the countryside in his new MG and, it's not beyond the bounds of possibility, that this sporty little J1 Midget played a part in that decision.
    There is then a gap in the ownership history covering the war years before the MG re-emerged in 1947 in the ownership of one G J Roberts. Apart from the period 1951 to 1960, the car's history is known thereafter. ‰Û¬
    In 1986, Mr Holland saw the MG advertised for sale 'fitted with a Ford 10 engine'. He travelled to South London and bought the car, which was a non-runner in need of full restoration. This was undertaken over the next six years, however, Mr Holland decided to keep the Ford 10 engine, probably in the interests of reliability, and in 1992 the resurrected MG was back on the road, with a rebuilt body and Morris hydraulic brakes on the front.
    Purchased by the immediately preceding owner in May 1995, 'APC 401' came with the remains of the original J-Type engine, which was subsequently rebuilt and reinstalled in June 1996 (see photographs and bills for £5,000 on file). Various other maintenance tasks have been carried out over the years, including relining the brakes; fitting new kingpins, a new water manifold, and installing new carpeting. It is understood that, whilst in his ownership, the car always ran well, covering around 200 miles each year.

     Our vendor purchased 'APC 401' at Bonhams' Oxford Sale in December 2014 and had the MG shipped to his home in Australia where it has continued to be maintained and serviced, including fitting a new fuel pump. Described as in "good working order", this rare MG special is offered with an original sales brochure, old-style logbook, V5c document, and a quantity of expired MOTs and tax discs. The extensive history file (viewing recommended) also contains receipts for works carried out and parts supplied by MG specialists Montlhéry Garage, Somerset Sports & Vintage, and South Cerney Engineering. 

    A cracking little Thirties Midget with a fascinating history.

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    2003 Bentley Arnage T

    2003 Bentley Arnage T

    Lot # 417 (Sale Order: 17 of 53)      

    Showing just 12,800 miles, 10 service stamps and fastidiously maintained.

    Showing just 12,800 miles, 10 service stamps and fastidiously maintained.

     

    • Generously offered with its cherished registration number "2 BXG" and in superb order
    • Meticulously maintained with ten service stamps, a sheaf of receipts, and just 12,750 miles
    • Beautifully presented in 'T' specification with quilted leather and milled aluminium inserts
    • The 6.75-litre turbo engine provides "serious" acceleration with 0-60mph in 5.4 seconds
    • Offered in the most menacing colour combination, this car represents incredible value compared to its rivals

     

    The Bentley Arnage 'T' laid claim to the title of the world's fastest saloon car in 2002, needing to use all but the last two spots on its 170mph speedometer. Powered by the 6.75 litre Rolls-Royce, V8 engine which had been treated to what Bentley described as 'the most thorough re-engineering of its life', the Arnage produced a whopping 450 bhp and an amazing 645 lbs ft of torque, in no small part accredited to the twin-turbochargers. The other changes included a 'drive-by-wire' throttle to go hand-in-hand with a new electronic stability program and revised suspension. It featured a roll stiffness 57% greater than the Red Label giving the, nearly three-ton car, immense poise. All of this, coupled with a structure that was 10% stiffer than the Red Label, transformed this luxury cruiser into a mile crunching supercar rival, propelling the driver to 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds in a luxuriously appointed cabin.

    Initially registered to the first of its four owners on 05/03/03, the car was to wear the very special registration number of "1 L", fitting for the status of the fastest luxury saloon car on the market at the time. On 11/06/13, it was re-registered as "2 BXG" and this cherished number is generously included in the sale. The car is an old friend of Silverstone Auctions as we sold it for the car's third owner in 2018. The buyer proudly took possession on 19/05/18 having been pleasantly surprised by the inclusion of a full tank of petrol generously supplied by our previous vendor, a rare occurrence in any motorcar transaction! Our vendor, the car's fourth owner, bought "2 BXG" to complement his extensive collection of cars with the intention of adding more miles. However, as the owner of an internationally renowned travel agency, the car has been little used in the past year.

    Fastidiously maintained at the following intervals:

    03/03/2003 Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars Ltd Press & Special Car Support Dept. at 101 miles

    11/06/2003 Bentley Ribble Valley, Lancashire at 1,371 miles

    06/07/2004 Bentley Ribble Valley, Lancashire at 4,650 miles

    06/07/2005 Bentley Ribble Valley, Lancashire at 5,056 miles

    05/07/2005 Bentley Ribble Valley, Lancashire at 5,634 miles

    24/04/2009 Bentley Manchester at 6,527 miles

    27/05/2010 Bentley Manchester at 7,176 miles

    19/05/2011 Bowling Ryan Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialist, Bolton at 9,540 miles

    12/02/2013 Bowling Ryan Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialist, Bolton at 11,156 miles

    28/08/2016 RR&B Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists, Bromsgrove at circa 12,000 miles

    April 2019 RR&B Rolls-Royce & Bentley Specialists, Bromsgrove at circa 12,750 miles

    The history file includes the service book and packs with receipts showing maintenance and attention to the tune of some £10,000 since 2016. Although the car has had little use since its purchase from us in 2018, our vendor will have "2 BXG" serviced at RR&B, Bromsgrove to maintain the service record.

    In 2003, the Arnage T had a new list price of some £160,000, and "2 BXG" today, therefore, represents incredible value for money at this mileage. With the stylish mix of burr walnut dashboard and milled aluminium inserts complementing the quilted black leather, this Arnage T is very much an iron fist in a velvet glove.


     

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    1964 Alvis TE21 DHC

    1964 Alvis TE21 DHC

    Lot # 418 (Sale Order: 18 of 53)      

    Matching numbers, 99,329 miles, and just three previous owners.

     

    Matching numbers, 99,329 miles, and just three previous owners.

     

     

    • This matching numbers TE21 has covered 99,329 miles, and just three previous owners
    • Bare metal restoration by Classic Cars of Coventry in 1978. Changed from grey to Jaguar Carmine Red
    • 5-speed ZF gearbox, E-Type brakes, period Motorola with USB and Bluetooth connection
    • Very interesting celebrity, titled and media ownership
    • Many UK and European trips and, more recently, ventured to the USA for a road trip
    • Featured in many advertisements and more recently "The Lady in the Van" 
    • Fastidiously maintained. In-depth detailed history file

    The name Alvis was always synonymous with craftsmanship and performance and the final models produced by this very British manufacturer were no exception. When production of the three-litre cars ended in 1954, the end was in sight for Alvis Cars, however, the fortuitous intervention of the Swiss coachbuilder, Graber, saved the day. For some time Graber had been successfully clothing Alvis chassis with their own elegant and modern designs and, in 1953, Alvis reached an agreement to build the Graber cars under licence. 

    Loughborough coachbuilder, Willowbrook, built the first model, the TC108G, but it was expensive and only 17 examples were sold during the next three years. Production ceased in 1957 when Alvis, having bought the Graber rights two years earlier, struck a deal with Park Ward to build the cars at a more reasonable cost.

    The resultant new TD21 was announced in October 1958 and benefited from a strengthened chassis, sharp styling and increased interior space. In 1962, a Series II version was launched with disc brakes all round as standard as was a five-speed ZF gearbox. It received excellent press, Autocar calling it "One of the most enchanting owner-driver cars imaginable" a somewhat quaint phrase to our ears but during the early sixties, a significant proportion of large luxury cars were driven by chauffeurs. In 1964 the Series III, otherwise known as the TE21, was introduced and it was simply a masterpiece of understated elegance. By this time, the 2993cc engine had been developed to produce just over 130 bhp, and with its ZF box, disc brakes, and the new recirculating-ball steering, the TE could give many a sports car a run for its money. Just 352 TE21 models were produced in total, only 95 as cabriolets and as testimony to their build-quality and desirability, an estimated 88 still remain.

    This, matching numbers, TE has covered 99,329 miles and has had just three previous owners in fifty-five years. Delivered new to Brooklands of Bond Street on 30/01/64, it became the property of its first owner, musician Johnny Johnson of 'Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon'. Subsequently purchased in July 1978 by Lord O’Neill of Antrim for his collection, it was immediately dispatched to Classic Cars of Coventry where it received a bare metal restoration at a cost of over £3,000 (1978) and the history file contains the original invoices and photographs of the work. As with the other cars in the Baron's collection, the colour was changed from its original colour of light grey to Jaguar Carmine Red. In 1985 it became the property of Steven Stevens, from whom our vendor purchased it in 1998.

    The present owner has enjoyed many UK and European trips and, more recently, ventured to the USA for a road trip with other Alvis owners. He is heavily involved in the world of advertising so it's not surprising that such a distinctive motor car has featured in various advertisements and even had a part in the 2015 Alan Bennett film “The Lady in the Van”.

    With the car is a carefully documented and recorded 70mm thick lever-arch history file detailing ownership history, containing a genealogy document of the O’Neill family, and a list of Jonny Jonson’s top ten hits. It also shows many invoices from marque specialists detailing restoration and mechanical works during our vendor's tenure, as well as an original Alvis parts book and the original owners manual. Viewing of the history file is highly recommended, though you may need an armchair and a spare hour or two!

    This remarkable piece of British automotive history has led a full life whizzing Pop Stars around London, transporting members of the Irish Peerage from castle to castle, featuring in a hugely popular movie and being admired by classic enthusiasts on the West Coast of America. Maybe it needs a bit of a rest now, but with the British Summer just around the corner, I suspect it will be top-down, load the cool box, picnic basket and blanket, and off to the Cotswolds.

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    1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster Manual

    1971 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster Manual

    Lot # 419 (Sale Order: 19 of 53)      

    A well-restored, UK-delivered RHD, manual gearbox V12 Roadster.

     

    A well-restored, UK-delivered RHD, manual gearbox V12 Roadster.

     

    • Henlys of London-supplied, right-hand drive Series 3 from 17-years ownership
    • Bare metal respray in Signal Red with black tex interior with a photographic record 
    • Invoices in excess of £27,500 in the file from XK Engineering Ltd dated back to 1993 
    • Jaguar main dealer maintained since 2005 with 13 service invoices in the file 
    • Cracking Series 3 with a Heritage Certificate and a fascinating history file
    A decade after the Jaguar E-Type arrived, the design progressively matured through various developments until 1971 when the Series 3 was introduced. Designed to showcase the new smooth and torquey 5.3-litre engine, originally developed for Le Mans, the Series 3 cars were available as a 'Roadster' (convertible) or a '2+2' Coupé. These later cars are easily distinguished from their six-cylinder predecessors by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, a pronounced bonnet bulge, updated bumpers, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. It also featured uprated brakes, power steering as standard and a large horizontal scoop added to the underside of the bonnet to assist with cooling.
    The interior was entirely new in the V12, with more comfortable seating, stylish new door panels and a smaller, dished and leather-rimmed steering wheel. Being slightly larger and altogether much softer in nature, the E-Type in Series 3 form had lost the wildness of its youth but gained the long-legged touring profile, to which it was arguably better suited. Approximately 7,990 Series 3 Roadsters were sold worldwide before production ceased in 1975.
    We are pleased to offer this original right-hand drive, manual gearbox, UK-supplied 1971 E-Type Series 3 Roadster which, according to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, was built on 16/09/71, finished in white with light blue interior and dispatched to Henlys Limited, London on 14/10/71.  This well-restored example is now finished in Signal Red with Black Tex trim and has been owned by our vendor for some 17 years, having purchased it in late 2002. Currently indicating 67,788 miles, the car has patently been looked after and carefully maintained during his ownership with the service records confirming that it's had 13 annual services at a Jaguar Main Dealer over the 13 years between 2005 and 2018. It has covered less than 2,500 miles during this period and around 3,934 miles to date during current ownership.    The car is accompanied by an interesting history file which, as well as the service records, contains 20 pages of invoices in excess of £27,500 from XK Engineering Ltd. dating back to to 1993, old MOTs going back to 1981, a photographic record of a bare metal respray and a further invoice dated February 2004 from the E-Type Centre, Warwickshire, where our vendor treated the car to a new hood, a full service, and other remedial work at a total cost of £1,981.
    Having used the car sparingly during his long ownership, our vendor has reluctantly taken the decision to sell his beloved E-Type. Currently, indicating 67,788 miles, this well presented Series 3 in Signal Red and black, on chrome wire wheels, with a fascinating history file, an MOT until October 2019 issued with no advisories and guided sensibly, will put a smile on anybody's face this summer. 
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    1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III

    1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III

    Lot # 420 (Sale Order: 20 of 53)      

    A UK-supplied British 'Muscle Car' at a sensible guide.

    A UK-supplied British 'Muscle Car' at a sensible guide.

     

    • A UK-supplied, right-hand drive Series III - one of only 967 produced
    • Supplied with a UK V5c, an MOT until October 2019 and its original service book
    • The history file contains old invoices and a host of previous MOT certificates
    • A very useable British 'muscle car' now showing 78,400 miles on the odometer

     

    Aston Martin's customers had been clamouring for an eight-cylinder car for years, so eventually the design team at Newport Pagnell succumbed to pressure from the marketing department and a larger two-door saloon for V8 applications was on the drawing board. However, in 1967 when the DBS first saw the light of day, the V8 engine was nowhere near ready so the new car was put into production with the straight-six Vantage engine from the DB6. Two years later, Tadek Marek's V8 was production ready and Aston released the DBS V8. With the demise of the straight-six Vantage in 1973, the DBS V8, now restyled and called simply the Aston Martin V8, became the company's mainstream car for nearly two decades. It took a well-earned retirement in favour of the Virage in 1989.

    Offered here is a 1978 V8 Series III automatic supplied through County Motor Garages of Johnstone, to a Mr D. D. Smith of Wishaw, North Lanarkshire. Thought to have been originally supplied in silver, the car is now presented in Buckingham Green with a red leather interior. 

    Our vendor purchased the Aston in 2016 and has used it frequently as his ‘daily driver’ to work. During his ownership, the wheels have been refurbished, the underside of the car cleaned and checked, and the car MOT tested. 

    The file contains the original service book, which has been stamped up to July 1986, a workshop manual, original warranty, a host of old MOTs and invoices and its Certificate of Ownership. Supplied with a UK V5c and an MOT until October 2019, this British muscle car, now showing 78,400 miles on the odometer would benefit from a little detailing here and there but is an eminently usable and attractive car. With its DB predecessors commanding challenging amounts, these V8s are now getting the attention they've so richly deserved for many years.

     

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    1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk.2

    1956 Allard Palm Beach Mk.2

    Lot # 421 (Sale Order: 21 of 53)      

    The final creation of Sydney Allard, "Famous sporting motorist".

     

    The final creation of Sydney Allard, "Famous sporting motorist".

     

    • This is the Mk.2 prototype, one of only six, and the 1956 Earls Court Motor Show car
    • Lovingly restored to breathtaking standards by the son and grandson of Sydney Allard
    • All aluminium handcrafted body, 2553cc Ford straight-six OHV with three SU H2 carburettors
    • Finished in Carmine Red with cream and red leather upholstery and chrome wire wheels 
    • Octane Magazine featured and a 'Show Stopper' at classic car events 
    • This unique car is in lovely condition and is an important part of British sports car history

    Allard, much like Ferrari and Porsche, began as a phenomenon of the Automotive Renaissance – those exciting, innocent years immediately following World War II. All three marques owed their existence to a desire to succeed in motor racing fostered by a charismatic genius, and all three earned immediate respect on the road as well as on the track. But while Ferrari and Porsche pursued engineering, design and aesthetic finesse, sometimes approaching pure artwork, Sydney Allard’s approach was the antithesis. His cars were pure utilitarian machines, uncomplicated products of a single-minded effort to harness brute torque and horsepower and most effectively apply it to the road.
    Unless you are a true marque expert, most classic car enthusiasts will struggle to remember the company's plethora of models beyond the cycle-winged, Cadillac V8-powered J2 and the P1 Saloon with its acres of bonnet in which Sydney Allard won the 1952 Monte Carlo Rally, the only person ever to do so in a car of his own manufacture. There were at least a dozen others including sports cars built mainly for racing, mostly with the side-valve, 3.6-litre Ford V8 or the larger Cadillac unit. It's certainly confusing now but obviously had the same effect in period as the decision was made to rationalise the range and to this end, Sydney came up with the Palm Beach for 1952. Its handmade, full-width aluminium body was basically a shorter version of that which clothed the, also new, K3 sports car and the sleek Palm Beach was powered by an overhead-valve engine from the Ford Consul (4-cylinder) or Zephyr (6-cylinder). The choice of name for the new model made the company's US aspirations clear although, in hindsight, anything less than a V8 was not going to raise the pulse of the typical US sports car buyer.
    Although fresh and modern, the design was a touch slab-sided and could have done with being a little more curvaceous with a bit more 'coke-bottle' like the Healey, MGA and the little Italian two-seaters becoming increasingly popular. Allard's New York office thought so too, and its resident designer, Robert Forsyth, came up with a new look whilst retaining the classic front 'face'. His plan was to fit the revised Palm Beach with a Dodge 'Red Ram' V8 but that never happened. According to marque enthusiast, Craig Dent, “Forsyth's suggestion to fit the small and pretty British two-seater with a large American V8 was made in 1955, five years before a certain Carroll Shelby did exactly that with the AC Ace, undoubtedly a missed opportunity”.
    The prototype Mk.2 Palm Beach (545 EXR) made its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1956 to much acclaim. It still utilised the classic Allard suspension set up, with divided axle at the front and live Salisbury at the rear, Panhard rod and twin trailing arms, telescopic shock absorbers and coil springs all round, as the new, David Hooper-developed, strut-based suspension, as fitted to the remaining Mk.2s, was not ready in time. Power was supplied by an uprated six-cylinder, in-line 2553cc Ford unit, with a similar specification to that fitted to the 'Ruddspeed' AC Ace coupled to a Ford four-speed gearbox. All running on an Allard twin-tube chassis (#72/70002), a development of the Mk.1 Palm Beach and Allard JR sports-racing car. The very pretty aluminium two-seat body was regarded as the best looking Allard ever made in many peoples' opinion. However, the show failed to generate the orders anticipated and although production staggered on until 1958, reaching six in all, the Palm Beach Mk.2 was not to be.
    After its appearance at the 1956 Motor Show, the car became the Allard demonstrator before being passed to Brian Howard, a manager of the Allard Motor Company, then to Walter Hemsworth in 1968 and subsequently onto Peter Hemsworth in whose ownership it was put into storage around 1976. In 2012, Alan and Lloyd Allard, Sydney's son and grandson, formed the Allard Sports Car Company, with a view to the revival of...Click here for more information

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    ** Regretfully Withdrawn** 1973 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Manual

    ** Regretfully Withdrawn** 1973 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3 Manual

    Lot # 422 (Sale Order: 22 of 53)      

    Superbly restored, UK car in the most delightful colour combination.

    Superbly restored, UK car in the most delightful colour combination.

     

    • UK-supplied, right-hand drive V12 from long-term (22-years) ownership
    • Superbly presented in British Racing Green with magnolia textured leather piped in BRG
    • Original Engine (7S). Upgraded brakes and clutch. Chrome wires. Mohair soft top
    • Four-year restoration commenced in 2000 by the well-respected specialists, CMC in Bridgnorth
    • Lightly used since with periods on SORN. Took part in the London to Brighton Classic in 2016
    • Some older MOTs. Jaguar Heritage Certificate. Freshly MOT'd just prior to the sale

    A decade after the Jaguar E-Type arrived, the design progressively matured through various developments until 1971 when the Series 3 was introduced. Designed to showcase the new smooth and torquey 5.3-litre engine, originally developed for Le Mans, the Series 3 cars were available as a ‘Roadster' (convertible) or a '2+2' Coupé. These later cars are easily distinguished from their six-cylinder predecessors by the large cross-slatted front grille, flared wheel arches, wider tyres, a pronounced bonnet bulge, updated bumpers, four exhaust tips and a badge on the rear that proclaims it to be a V12. It also featured uprated brakes, power steering as standard and a large horizontal scoop added to the underside of the bonnet to assist with cooling.

    The interior was entirely new in the V12, with more comfortable seating, stylish new door panels and a smaller, dished and leather-rimmed steering wheel. Being slightly larger and altogether much softer in nature, the E-Type in Series 3 form had lost the wildness of its youth but gained the long-legged touring profile, to which it was arguably better suited. Approximately 7,990 Series 3 Roadsters were sold worldwide before production ceased in 1975.

    We are pleased to offer this original right-hand drive, UK-supplied 1973 E-type Series 3 Open two-seater. According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, it was built on 12th January 1973, finished in British Racing Green with Cinnamon Trim, and despatched to Birch White Garage on 19th of March to be subsequently registered as FRW 300L. This registration was issued in Coventry which may be explained by the information on the Heritage Certificate which states that it was originally a "Jaguar Cars Ltd. press car".

    Purchased by our vendor and his wife in 1997, the E-Type was committed to a full restoration in 2000 and the long-established and hugely-respected firm of Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgnorth were entrusted with the car's rejuvenation. The process was to take around four years and the quality of the restoration can be judged by the way the car presents today, some fourteen years later. The clutch and brakes were upgraded at the same time and there are invoices and copy invoices for all this work in the car's history file. Although the car retains its original engine, the gearbox has been changed at some point in the past, possibly by the factory when it was part of the press fleet.

    Also in the Owner's File are MOTs from 1997 until 2005 when it was put on SORN where it remained until 2011 when it was returned to the road and MOT'd. It was subsequently used lightly and took part in the 2016 London to Brighton Classic Car Rally before being SORN'd once again.  It will be MOT tested just prior to the auction.

    In some colours, the Series 3 can appear rather 'substantial' however darker colours slim the car considerably and, in this rare combination of BRG with a Cream interior, chrome wires and a matching green mohair hood, this is a remarkably pretty car.

     

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    1935 Bentley 7.4 Litre V12 Special

    1935 Bentley 7.4 Litre V12 Special

    Lot # 423 (Sale Order: 23 of 53)      

    A unique example of a pre-war Derby Bentley Racer.

    A unique example of a pre-war Derby Bentley Racer.

    • BMY 6 started life in 1935 as an elegant, two-door, Close-Coupled Coupe by Gurney Nutting
    • Converted to a two-seat racer by the renowned Bentley/Rolls-Royce specialist Alan Padgett during 1986-1990
    • The wheelbase was shortened, the rear of the frame narrowed by 4-inches and the side rails drilled for lightness
    • The purposeful-looking new body was crafted in aluminium over a tubular steel frame and incorporated a headrest 
    • In 1999 it was fitted with a 7.4-litre engine from a Rolls-Royce Phantom III (the original 3.5-litre blown-six is with the car)
    • The car has an important competition history, it's a winner and still has a VSCC-Pass (Vintage Sports Car Club)

     

    It is a sobering thought. Had Rolls-Royce not purchased its financially troubled competitor Bentley in 1931, the world would have been denied the Continental, Turbo R, Mulsanne and countless other iconic models subsequently graced with the Flying B'. Of particular loss for many, would have been the coachbuilt Derby Bentleys manufactured between 1933 and 1939. Their chassis was derived from an experimental supercharged 2.75-litre Rolls-Royce (codenamed Peregrine) that never saw the light of day, and power came from a redesigned and tuned version of the company's 20/25 engine, initially of 3.5-litres (3669cc). Fed by a pair of SU carburettors, it drove through a four-speed manual gearbox. The suspension was by semi-elliptic springs all-round and braking by servo-assisted drums. 

    The newcomer was introduced to the public in the appropriate surroundings of Ascot in the August of 1933, and production of these 3.5-litre cars continued into 1937, by which time 1,191 examples had been produced. The last year's allocation was manufactured alongside the incoming 4.25-litre (4257cc) version that would ultimately supersede the 3.5-litre cars. Coachbuilders and body styles were the preserve of the customer and the following are just a few of the Carrozzerias engaged to clothe these fine cars: Park Ward, Barker, Vanden Plas, Thrupp & Maberly, Gurney Nutting, H.J. Mulliner, Hooper, James Young and Arthur Mulliner.

    This well-known Derby racer started life as a 1935 two-door, Close-coupled Coupe by Gurney Nutting and was delivered new to Ashe Garages Ltd. in Surrey on behalf of S. S. Coppen Esq. of Ealing. During the period 1986 to 1990, BMY 6' was reconstructed as a two-seat competition car by the renowned Bentley/Rolls-Royce specialist Alan Padgett on behalf of owner Stephen Bulling. The wheelbase was shortened to 109.5-inches, the rear of the frame narrowed by 4-inches and the side rails drilled for lightness. The purposeful-looking new body was crafted in aluminium over a tubular steel frame and incorporated a headrest for the driver. The standard engine output was notably increased courtesy of a Wade supercharger system installed and developed by Padgett. The owner then campaigned the Bentley nationally in sprints and circuit races at the country's premier circuits with a degree of success. 

    For the 1997 season, the engine capacity was increased to 3973cc, and whilst it brought the expected improvement in lap times (enabling the two-seater to contribute towards a 2nd Team Award at the VSCC's April 1997 Silverstone Meeting), problems arose from a reduction in the unit's overall rigidity, so during 1999 it was decided to replace the motor with that from a Rolls-Royce Phantom III. The installation and development of the new powerplant was entrusted to Bob Burrell, who already had considerable experience of running similar 7.4-litre V12 engines in Derby chassis. The dry sump unit features high compression forged pistons (8:1) and is cooled by a high capacity aluminium radiator aided by an electric fan. The suspension utilises standard Derby springs all-round, minus some leaves. Retardation was courtesy of a hydraulically-operated Bentley MkVI single leading shoe system at the front and Austin Sheerline drums at the rear. The specially fabricated axle consists of a Salisbury differential mated to Derby axle tubes. Steering is by a standard Derby column and box with a strengthened side tube and the fuel tank is of the foam filled racing type.

    The resulting car has achieved considerable success in BDC and VSCC events - including claiming a fine 1st-in-class at the VSCC's 2003 Harewood Hillclimb event. The bodywork looks good finished in Apple Green with a black interior, the car sits on black wire wheels and the V12 exhausts through copper pipes that emerge from each side of the bonnet at waist height. BMY 6' is being sold together with: five 17-inch road wheels shod with Dunlop Fort...

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    2007 Aston Martin Vantage 4.3 V8 Roadster

    2007 Aston Martin Vantage 4.3 V8 Roadster

    Lot # 424 (Sale Order: 24 of 53)      

    A stunning V8 Vantage Roadster. Just 48,000 miles and regularly driven.

    A stunning V8 Vantage Roadster. Just 48,000 miles and regularly driven.

     

    • UK, right-hand drive car registered on 17/07/07. Four previous keepers
    • Finished in Quantum Silver with a dramatic Kestrel Tan interior
    • Onyx Black 19" alloys, matching brakes, Xenon headlights, Sportshift transmission
    • V8 4280cc, 32v - 380bhp - 302lb.ft, 0-60 in 4.9 secs and 175mph
    • Comprehensive service history with dealer stamps corroborating the indicated 48,000 miles
    • Recent attention and upgrades by Aston Martin Stratstone 

     

    Revealed at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show on Wednesday 29 November, Aston Martin Chairman and CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez said: "The V8 Vantage Roadster is a pure sports car, a car that heightens the senses and provides a dynamically thrilling driving experience". Perfectly proportioned, with a low purposeful stance, the Vantage Roadster is uncompromisingly modern yet also incorporates classic Aston Martin design cues. The elegant lines are fused with traditional craftsmanship and striking 21st-century style, with an interior hand-trimmed and finished in the finest quality genuine materials. The Vantage Roadster delivers exceptional performance with careful development and engineering ensuring that the Roadster equals the achievements of its Coupe sibling, with 0-100km/h (62mph) achieved in 5.0 seconds (0-60mph in 4.9 seconds) and a potential maximum speed of 280km/h (175mph).

    Supplied new by Harwoods Aston Martin in Chichester in 2007, this exciting original UK, RHD V8 Vantage Roadster was first registered on 17/07/07 and is stunningly finished in Quantum Silver with a dramatic Kestrel Tan interior and 19" Onyx Black alloy wheels. It was optioned from new with a sportshift automated manual transmission, Xenon (HID) headlamps, heated seats, passenger seat height adjustment, memory seats, battery conditioner, powerfold exterior mirrors, auto-dimming interior rearview mirror, integrated GSM telephone, a satellite navigation system, sports tyres, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

    Both sets of keys are with the car as are its original handbooks and stamped service book, along with receipts detailing regular maintenance and attention from the Aston Main main dealer network.

    27/10/07 – 724 miles      (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    17/03/09 – 1,247 miles    (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    08/02/10 – 11,782 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    07/02/11 – 16,500 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    15/03/12 – 20,348 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    02/05/13 – 24,242 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    01/07/14 – 28,581 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    16/07/15 – 34,039 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    06/04/16 – 38,444 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    16/03/17 – 42,306 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin)

    08/03/18 - 47,300 miles  (Harwoods Aston Martin) 

    Stratstone Aston Martin Western Avenue, London carried out a health check in September 2018 at 48,173 miles and it has recently been fitted with a brand new battery and upgraded windscreen wipers.

    These cars are Aston's answer to the Porsche 911 and are more compact and overtly sporting than the DB9. The 4.3-litre quad-cam V8 provides brisk performance and a distinctly extrovert soundtrack - best enjoyed in the Roadster - which is exactly what we have here.

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    1960 Jaguar XK150S 3.8

    1960 Jaguar XK150S 3.8

    Lot # 425 (Sale Order: 25 of 53)      

    A rare 150 'S' in Fast Road/Rally spec with a great history.

    A rare 150 'S' in Fast Road/Rally spec with a great history.

     

    • RBN 376 began life on 17/03/60 as a Fixed Head Coupe finished in Pearl Grey with a red interior
    • Fully restored in 1990/91 by Peter Thurston, Herne Bay and converted to a Drop Head Coupé (£58,000)
    • Sent to Twyford Moors in 2000 for a competition upgrade and modifications to Rally spec (£60,000)
    • Further upgraded in 2005/6 with a 'Sigma' competition engine and much more (£58,000)
    • Purchased by our vendor in 2008 and fastidiously maintained by Pearsons Engineering since
    • Striking, sporting XK with a massive spec and huge history file. Really rather special

     

    In classic car terms the word "original" is normally understood to mean that a car is, as close as possible, composed of exactly the same components that it was wearing when it left the factory. Over time, the word has softened to mean that if those components are replaced, they are replaced with items that match exactly, and the closer a shiny classic looks to the day it left the showroom, the more it is adjudged to be original.

    The dramatic Jaguar 3.8-litre XK150S on offer here is at the opposite end of the spectrum to the above definition and yet, in concept and execution, it is properly 'original'. With post-war Jaguar concentrating on the manufacture of large comfortable saloons, the production of a two-seater sports car did not appear a priority, but with their marketing department sensing the future lay in 'performance' with more of an emphasis on 'Pace' rather than 'Grace and Space', the XK120 duly appeared and Jaguar was only going in one direction. All over the world, road-going XK120s were stripped of their windscreens, the spare wheel removed, the tyres blown up, and "let's go racing". The essence of the XK is performance and competition, and they were never intended to become the comfort-driven, 'Boulevard' cars that somehow the XK150 morphed into. So, in our opinion, this seriously quick, stripped and focussed, bright red 150S is absolutely entitled to be called 'original'.

    According to the register, RBN 376 began life on 17/03/60 as a Fixed Head Coupe finished in Pearl Grey with a red interior before being despatched to Parkers in Bolton. Over the next 55 years, this remarkable car has been entrusted to a number of specialists and the history file is two feet deep so we are going to paraphrase where possible (this file will be available from our documents desk during the Sale).
    In 1990/91 the car spent some time at Peter Thurston, Classic Jaguar Specialists in Herne Bay for a full restoration and it may have been at this time that it was converted to a Drop Head Coupé. The invoice for circa £58,000 suggests that the work was substantial. Post-1991, the car was maintained by KJC Bell who's invoicing up until November 1999 totalled £22,000. The owner prior to our vendor bought the Jaguar at this point and sent it to Twyford Moors for a competition upgrade and modifications to Rally spec. They had the car up until August 2000 and charged around £60,000. The Jaguar was returned to Twyford in 2005/2006 for further upgrades and the fitting of a 'Sigma' competition engine and this time the bill was £58,000 (all of this is in the file).
    Our vendor purchased the 150 in August 2008 and it has since been maintained by Pearsons Engineering (Gary Pearson).

    Basic Specification and Modifications:

    Sigma competition engine (fast road/rally). Getrag 5-speed gearbox
    16x 6.5 D-Type wheels + 15" wires
    Alloy rad. Kenlowe fan. Competition oil cooler
    Alternator. Electronic ignition. Battery cutouts
    Upgraded rear and fog lights
    Power steering. Poly bushed + Spax all round. Geometry reset
    Comp pedal box. Split/adj brakes with 4-pot calipers
    Plumbed-in fire eater. Brantz rally meter. Upgraded heater
    Alpine sound system.  Sat nav. Fitted luggage and tonneau
    Front and rear tow hitches. Travelling spares.

    Obviously, there is quite a lot more but space does not permit.

    This is a striking, sporting XK and appears really well-prepared. If you enjoy motorsport and love classic Jaguars, you will not be able to walk by this amazing car. We welcome any inspection and please feel free to contact the office should you wish to view this cars interesting history in advance of the sale.

     

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