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The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 -D1 - Cars

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The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th July 2019 in The Wing building at Silverstone circuit, NN12 8TN. Automobilia and watches begin at 11am, Cars at 14:00

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2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge

2012 Ferrari 458 Challenge

Lot # 1 (Sale Order: 1 of 69)      

 
  • 4.5-litre V8 with 570bhp and a 7-speed, dual-clutch paddleshift 
  • A properly prepared, competitive car. Race winner in GT Cup and Britcar during 2017
  • Maintained by the UK's leading 'Ferrari Challenge' specialist
  • Driven at Goodwood Festival of Speed
  • Fitted with an 'FF Corse' GTC Aero Kit. VBOX Lite in-car video system with OLED
Born as a racing car manufacturer that made road cars to pay the bills, Ferrari has never forgotten its illustrious sporting heritage. Today, alongside Formula One, the firm produces an unrivalled range of racing cars for customer motorsport one of which is the 458 Challenge. These cars were built to contest one-make Ferrari Challenge competitions - which the firm has run since 1993 and currently organises in Europe, the US and in Asia - the 458 Challenge was introduced in 2011.
 
The 458 Italia was a game changer for Ferrari, its jaw-dropping lines and eye-watering performance had petrol heads hooked at first glance, and coming shortly after the launch of the road car, the '458 Challenge' was debuted at the Ferrari Annual Dealer Meeting on 14th July 2010. Ferrari claimed their newest Ferrari Challenge racer lapped the Fiorano test track in 1:16.5, which was two seconds faster than its F430 Challenge predecessor and only 0.2 seconds slower than the Ferrari FXX.
 
Based on the 458 Italia, the Challenge uses the same 562bhp 4.5-litre V8 engine, which is left unaltered and in the same state of tune. It's matched to the road car's seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, although here the ratios have been altered to deliver better torque at lower revs. However, whilst the engine and gearbox are carried over from the road-legal 458, don't be fooled into thinking the Challenge isn't a proper racer.
 
The most obvious visual clue to its intent is the large rear wing that debuted on the 2014 Evoluzione model and, as in the example here, has been retrofitted to earlier cars. In conjunction with under-body aerodynamics and a new front splitter, it helps generate lots of downforce, and the Challenge's wider front grille helps with cooling. Sitting 50mm lower than the road car, the Challenge's stiffer springs and single-rate dampers give the suspension a much firmer set-up, while centre-nut competition wheels are matched to Pirelli slick racing tyres.
 
Opening the feather-light composite door is a giveaway to the Challenge's focus on weight saving via the use of carbon panels and polycarbonate side-windows, although, thanks to the addition of racing kit like the roll-over cage, competition fuel tank and quick-lift air jacks, the Challenge is actually only 10kg lighter than the road car. Designed for gentleman drivers rather than professional racers, the Challenge retains ABS and traction control and from behind the wheel, the familiar 458 driver-focused dash is unaltered. The racing steering wheel features a three-stage 'manettino' controller that offers two track-optimised traction control calibrations and a fully-off setting.
 
This particular example was beautifully prepared by the factory to full European Challenge specification and, from new, was subsequently run and prepared by Ferrari Challenge specialists FF Corse, achieving race wins in both Britcar and GT Cup. This particular car benefits from a number of upgrades above a standard 458 Challenge car, notably an FF Corse "Aero pack" which includes the multi-adjustable rear wing from the post-2014 regulation change along with a carbon fibre front splitter. It has been fitted with a VBOX Lite in-car video recording system with OLED. Recent works include a new CCP clutch pack at 29,700 Kms, rebuilt oil pump and oil service, a new battery, and a new starter motor. It recently benefitted from a high-quality re-spray which was then protected by Armorfend stone-protection film. The driver's seat belts are in-date until 2021 with the extinguisher valid until January 2020 and the car is supplied with two sets of wheels and tyres.
 
The 458 Challenge is a hugely competent design and, given the options of electronically controlling the car's responses, it will react well to drivers of limited experience who will quickly develop the talents required to handle 560bhp and 1350kg, and thanks to retaining an adjustable steering column and sliding seat, it's easy for drivers of any size to get comfortable. However, after a bit of practice and a few races, any reasonable driver should be able to return this car to being competitive, particularly if run by one of the acknowledged 'Challenge' specialists or, alternatively, it could simply be the most incredible 'Track-Day' car. Just a thought.

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1

Lot # 2 (Sale Order: 2 of 69)      

 

  • An original A-frame car built in May 1965. Its first owner was Mr Joe N Dyer of Los Altos, California
  • He appears to have kept the car until 1981/82, then registered to John Lynch of Millbrae California
  • Commenced an 8-stage refurbishment in 2013 by VDM Restorations Rangiora, South Island, New Zealand
  • This process was documented and invoiced ($11,000NZ) with the focus on retaining originality
  • Very encouraging recent inspection by marque specialist Andy Middlehurst with a 'glowing' report
  • This is a rare Dagenham-built, pre-airflow car that has remained substantially original
  • Prior to the sale, will have an oil/ filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd and road tested

 

 

The Lotus Cortina came into being because of Ford's decision to step up their motorsport involvement in the early 1960s. Their Head of UK Public Relations, Walter Hayes, spoke to Colin Chapman, asking him to come up with a competitive saloon, using the Cortina as a base, that could be produced in sufficient numbers to satisfy the mandatory 'Group 2' homologation requirements, and with which the Blue Oval could beat all comers. The solution was to take Ford's bullet-proof 1500 Kent engine, fit it with a twin-cam cylinder head, pop it into a stiffened Cortina shell, sort out the suspension and brakes and paint a green stripe down the side. The cars would be built by Lotus at its plant in Cheshunt and marketed through their dealer network as the Ford Cortina Lotus. 

 

This early Lotus Cortina has recently (June 2019) been inspected by acknowledged marque specialist, Andy Middlehurst, and the full report will be supplied with the car. He confirms that this is a Dagenham built very early 'Airflow' car that has some of the features of the 'pre-airflow' cars. The report is very encouraging so it's probably better to list a few of the relevant points.

 

  • The car is fitted with A-bracket rear suspension which is all original apart from the shocks
  • No anti-tramp brackets confirming it was an A-bracket car
  • The car has all steel panels. The boot hump is correct and original
  • Correct quarter bumpers and late rear bumper. Front wings plenished as per production
  • Chassis plate and Lotus production plate are both original
  • Front seats, door trims, rear seat, steering wheel, instruments and gear knob all correct for 1965
  • Correct early engine, original carbs, airbox and servo

The report lists one or two minor items that have been replaced over the years and mentions that the green stripe is not the right shade (should be Sherwood Green) but concludes "Car drives well, could benefit from a tune but the gearbox, engine, brakes and steering are all in good condition."

#59206 is an original A-frame car built in May 1965 and delivered to its first owner Mr Joe N Dyer of Los Altos California by C J Motors the “Authorized English Ford Line Dealer” of Berkeley California. It's unusual to think of a Californian order a little, 4-cylinder, British sporting sedan but he was a bit of an enthusiast judging from the wonderful history file which contains many US registration cards,  the original Dealers Service Policy, and written mileage and fuel logs during Mr Dyer’s ownership. The Registration Cards would suggest that he kept the car until 1981/82 and then it was registered to John Lynch of Millbrae, California.

Little more can be told from the history file from 1982 until the car 59206 appears in Rangiora, South Island, New Zealand in 2013. A company called VDM Restorations Ltd embarked on an eight-stage sympathetic refurbishment as detailed by the invoices in the file totalling nearly NZ$11,000 and, judging by Andy Middlehurst's report, carried out an excellent restoration whilst successfully maintaining most of the car's originality.

 

This is a well-travelled car with a fascinating history and a recent detailed inspection showing that it is substantially original and in remarkably good order. Prior to the sale, the car will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 'Pagoda'

1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL 'Pagoda'

Lot # 3 (Sale Order: 3 of 69)      

 

  • Rare, four-speed manual, right-hand drive 2.3-litre 'Pagoda' fully restored in 2009
  • 2 owners until 1983 and in the care of our vendor ever since (36 years)
  • Full, bare-metal restoration in 2009 with documentation in the extensive history file
  • Delightfully presented in 'Coffee and Cream' (Havana Brown over Light Ivory)
  • Well-patinated Tan leather interior. Would benefit from further detailing
  • Smart little 'Pagoda' ready to use or take to the next level 

The second generation of the SL series began with the 230 of 1963. Designed by Paul Bracq, its wonderfully crisp styling clothed a monocoque chassis equipped with all-round independent suspension, power assisted disc/drum brakes, recirculating ball steering and a 2306cc straight-six engine producing 150bhp and 145 lbs-ft of torque mated to either a four-speed manual or automatic transmission. The car was an international hit for Mercedes-Benz throughout the 1960s and has remained hugely popular amongst film stars, musicians and enthusiasts ever since.

The 230 SL Pagoda we have on offer here has been fully restored but, pleasingly, retains the honesty, character and charm of an original early car. It's a UK, right-hand drive car finished in Light Ivory with a hard top in Havana Brown, a colour combination frequently referred to as 'Coffee and Cream'. In common with its predecessor, the 190SL, the Pagoda was envisioned as a bit of a 'boulevard car' and by far the majority were fitted with an automatic gearbox, however, this example was supplied with the four-speed manual box, now regarded as being considerably more desirable. The car was first registered on the 1st of April 1966 and was enjoyed by its first owner until 1976, when it was looked after for 7 years until 1983 by its second custodian, prior to being part of the family who have looked after it ever since.

During the late eighties, the car embarked on a bit of a rolling restoration, being initially dismantled prior to the chassis and bodywork undergoing a thorough restoration and the details of this are to be found in the history file. Later the seats and panels were recovered in Tan leather and the rest of the interior was refreshed and new carpets fitted. We understand that restoration was finally completed in 2009. Throughout the long process, our vendor made a conscious effort to maintain the cars original feel, and the only modifications were to the cylinder head to enable the use of lead-free fuel, and the fitting of a Selka 1M 3.22 Immobiliser, a sensible precaution.

The car's history file is very good, going all the way back to the original owner with various invoices, receipts, service stamps and restoration records. On test, this well-preserved little Mercedes appears to drive very well, as you might expect from such a well looked after, low ownership example. The chrome is excellent, and the interior is lovely with an excellent dashboard and gently patinated seats. The whole car has an aura of having been sensitively refreshed rather than over-restored which makes it that much more attractive.

Rarely do Pagodas, UK-supplied in right-hand drive with such low ownership and lots of history, come to market making this, surely, an opportunity not to be missed.


    1997 Bentley Continental R

    1997 Bentley Continental R

    Lot # 4 (Sale Order: 4 of 69)      

     

     

    • A really lovely example of the two-door Continental, the ultimate Grand Tourer
    • 385 bhp and an incredible 750 Nm of Torque available from just 2000 rpm
    • Superbly finished in Ascot Green with a delightful Saddle Tan interior
    • Excellent specification including fully veneered waist rails, Chestnut console and Walnut dashboard
    • Comprehensive service history corroborating the indicated mileage of 71,150
    • Offered as a No Reserve lot by our realistic private vendor. An exceptional opportunity 

     

     

    The two-door version of the Bentley Continental was produced from 1991 to 2003 and at the time of its launch, was the most expensive production car in the world. It was the ultimate Grand Tourer - sleek, seductive and fast.

    It used the engine from the Bentley Turbo R with certain updates designed by the legendary company, Cosworth Racing Engines, who confirmed that power was up to 385 BHP with and an incredible 750 Nm of Torque available from just 2000 RPM. This meant a car that weighed over two tonnes could accelerate from 0 - 60mph in just six seconds, remarkable.

    This car is both a UK supplied and matching numbers example that is coming from private ownership of a true Bentley enthusiast. Finished in the traditional colour for a Bentley of Ascot Green but with an unusual shade of tan leather upholstery (known officially as Saddle) specified from new.

    The non-standard features, as confirmed by the original factory specification in the accompanying history file, include fully veneered waist rails, a chestnut console and walnut dashboard, colour-keyed door mirrors, electric rear blind, reversing aid made audible and visible, an Ascot Green steering wheel rim, painted headlamp surrounds, Bentley wing vents and extended runners to the passenger seat.

    Today it benefits from a comprehensive service history which confirms the mileage of 71,150 as correct.

    Offered as a No Reserve lot by our realistic private vendor, this car is an excellent example and should definitely not be overlooked or confused with similar cars of average condition and provenance.

    An exceptional opportunity for the serious collector/enthusiast.

    2006 Maserati GranSport V8

    2006 Maserati GranSport V8

    Lot # 5 (Sale Order: 5 of 69)      

     

     

    • One owner from new and a warranted 25,432 miles
    • Superbly presented in Grigio Alfieri with silver 'Trofeo' wheels and red calipers
    • 4244cc V8. 400bhp, 333lbs/ft of torque. 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds and 180mph
    • Classic Maserati interior in Nero with Midnight Blue dial faces and the famous clock
    • Immaculate engine bay. Recently serviced. Full service history
    • Supplied with a UK V5c, its Maserati Bookpack, and a fresh MOT

     

     

    Launched at the 2004 Geneva Motorshow, the GranSport was a sportier version of its predecessor, the Maserati Coupe. It featured the same delectably sonorous 4244cc V8 engine, however, a new exhaust system, improved intake manifolds, and bigger valves squeezed an extra 10bhp to bring it up to a nice, even 400bhp supported by 333lbs/ft of torque. 0-62mph occupied around 4.9 seconds and the revised aerodynamics enabled a top speed of 180mph. The six-speed paddle shift system ('Cambiocorsa') was also upgraded and recalibrated resulting in faster, crisper changes and the suspension was lowered by 10mm and the geometry tweaked. Chrome mesh grilles were added to the front and rear bumpers and 19" 'Trofeo' wheels gave the car a much more purposeful look. The interior benefitted from sports seats, a slimmer centre console, carbon fibre details and a new steering wheel. All these improvements came together to create the car the Maserati Coupe always should have been but never quite achieved. 

    This particular example is a 2006 Maserati GranSport V8 delivered through H.R.Owen, London to its first and only owner and is finished in Grigio Alfieri with a Nero leather interior. The original service book accompanies the car and shows three main dealer services at 4,137 miles, 13,280 miles, and 18,417 miles. Most recently, the car has been the recipient of another service at a Ferrari main dealer and it will arrive at the sale with a fresh MOT.

    Supplied with a UK V5c and its bookpack, this single-owner car has covered a mere 25,432 miles and has to be one of the best of its type currently available on the market.

    1989 Porsche 911 Carrera SSE Targa

    1989 Porsche 911 Carrera SSE Targa

    Lot # 6 (Sale Order: 6 of 69)      

     

     

    • Sparkling 'Option M491 Turbo-look' with only one owner and 30,000 miles
    • In superb condition with excellent panel gaps and almost flawless paintwork 
    • Black leather interior in excellent original condition
    • Comprehensive owner's file containing the full service history from new

     

    Possibly the ultimate version of the 3.2 Carrera was the 'Option M491 Turbo-look' or 'Supersport' as it later became known in the UK. Initially, Option M491 was only available on a Coupe and had to be ordered through the "Special Wishes" programme, but this was later extended to include the Targa and Cabriolet in 1985, before becoming an official model available from dealers in 1986. From 1987 onwards, these dramatic versions were known as SSE (Supersport Equipment), and the cars in this final three year run up until 1989 were fitted with the more user-friendly G50 Getrag gearbox. 

     

    M491 was a popular option offering the "macho" good looks of the Turbo without the mechanical complexities. However, it was not cheap adding over £10,000 to the cost of a standard variant by the end of the model's life in 1989, possibly explaining the relatively small build numbers. The SSE spec also included a limited slip differential, the stiffer suspension and superior braking from the 930 Turbo, a wrap around deep chin-spoiler, the famous "tea -tray" rear spoiler and wider Fuchs wheels. The rarity of Supersport models is undeniable, especially in right-hand drive and official figures are hard to come by, however, a respected source quotes that just 651 C16 (UK-supplied) M491 cars (including all Coupes, Targas and Cabriolets) were manufactured between 1984 and 1989. 

     

    The Guards Red example offered here is one of just 220 C16 (UK specification), right-hand drive, Supersport Targas produced. It has been enjoyed by just one owner from new and is in remarkable condition inside and out. It was purchased in 1989 by the current owner directly from Swinford Motors in the Midlands and has an indicated 30,000 miles from new. The car remains in superb condition with excellent panel gaps, almost flawless paintwork, a smart black leather interior and a very tidy engine bay. The service record accompanying this car can be regarded as substantial, being backed up with paper invoices from new. Within the owner's file are some old MOT certificates, the original book packs, and a spare set of keys.

     

    In summary, this is a superb example of these collectable classics, whose looks and performance inspired a generation, and considering the extremely low mileage, single ownership, and complete service record, is on offer at a very realistic guide.

    1991 Bentley Continental Convertible III

    1991 Bentley Continental Convertible III

    Lot # 7 (Sale Order: 7 of 69)      

     

     

    • Superbly presented Series III supplied new by Jack Barclay in 1991
    • Absolutely delightful combination of Royal Blue over blue-piped Magnolia hide
    • Excellent electric hood in matching Blue mohair with a blue-piped magnolia fitted cover
    • Just over 39,000 miles from new confirmed by the comprehensive service history
    • Offered with an MOT (January 2020), spare keys, full and original book pack set and service schedule
    • Just 574 Bentley variants were produced compared to 4,458 Rolls-Royce Corniche convertibles

     

     

    The Bentley continental and Rolls-Royce Corniche convertibles were built in Crewe both utilising the 6750cc traditional Rolls-Royce alloy engine, and GM auto gearbox found in their saloon variant, known as the Silver Shadow.

    The Series I Bentley and Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible versions of the Shadow and T1 models first appeared in 1967, and production continued up until the first major face-lift in 1988 to the Corniche II with ABS and airbags now standard, and subsequently the Series III at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show when new alloy wheels, a revised interior, colour-coded bumpers, a more advanced suspension, and MK-Motronic fuel injection were introduced. The final version, the Series IV, arrived in 1992.

    This particular Continental Series III has the benefits of the Rolls-Royce Corniche III upgrades and is a UK car supplied through Jack Barclay when new. The full and comprehensive service history confirms the current indicated mileage of just over 39,000 miles.

    It is finished in arguably the best colour combination of Royal Blue with Magnolia hide, piped blue, and a blue electric soft top. It sits well, drives superbly and looks very smart in the metal. Between 1967 and 1995 just 574 Bentley convertibles were ever made, compared to 4,548 Corniche convertibles, making this car a rare and special opportunity underpinned both by its condition and provenance.

    Coming from a private Bentley collector and connoisseur of note, it is offered with an MOT until January 2020, spare keys, and both the full and original book pack and service schedule.

     

    1995 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG (R129)

    1995 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG (R129)

    Lot # 8 (Sale Order: 8 of 69)      

     

     

    • This UK-supplied, SL60 AMG was undoubtedly the flagship of the R129 range
    • Finished in the unusual SL60 colour of Imperial Red with Mushroom leather
    • 1 of 49 RHD cars and, at 14,000 miles, possibly the lowest mileage SL60 available
    • Part of a private collection since 2016 and remains in exceptional condition
    • Another 'Best of Breed' example and a rare opportunity

     

     

    Launched in 1989, the R129-series continued the SL dynasty from Mercedes-Benz, a ‘Sport Lightweight' family which began in 1954 with the legendary 300SL Roadster and ‘Gullwing', and has survived into its 6th generation with the current R231-series.

    Traditionally the most sporting model of the MB line-up, the SL was the preserve of the rich and famous when new. From the hypnotic dance of the electric hood mechanism to the roll bar that automatically flipped up if the car sensed an accident, the SL oozed sophistication with all the latest technology such as adaptive suspension with active damping, airbags, traction control, air con and a superb new five-link rear suspension all as standard.

    The Mercedes-Benz SL60 was the short-number production AMG variant SL deemed, at the time, to be the flagship of the range. Its enormously powerful and ultra-smooth 6-litre V8 engine delivered ferocious performance which could be enjoyed from the luxury cabin for which Mercedes-Benz is renowned. This example is particularly special being, possibly, the lowest mileage SL60 on the market, and one of just 49 right-hand drive cars produced.

    Our car was delivered new to Sir Christopher Evans, OBE, the respected Welsh biotechnology entrepreneur who was sufficiently successful to be able to indulge himself in the finer things in life, one of which was his cossetted SL60. During his ownership from 1995 to just 3 years ago, his SL carried the registration ‘CR 1S' and such is the condition of this car today, it was clearly lovingly cared for. It was purchased from our auction at Salon Prive in 2016 and has resided since then as part of a private collection.

    With just 14,000 miles recorded from new, the condition of this car is exceptional, appearing to be almost showroom fresh. It has been enjoyed by one owner after Sir Christopher and has been serviced three times during its warranted 14,000 miles. Offered in the unusual SL60 colour of Imperial Red with Mushroom leather interior, the car appears faultless as the pictures plainly evidence.

    Costing more than £105,000 when new and delivering close to 410 bhp with an (unlimited) top speed of more than 185mph, this is a remarkable piece of engineering excellence. To blend such incredible performance with predictable handling and a sumptuous, electronics-packed, leather-bound cabin is a feat that was only achieved by Mercedes-Benz in the nineties. Now revered as a bona fide ‘future classic', the evidence of the appeal of the very 'best of breed', low-mileage cars is unmistakable, and accordingly, we believe this car represents serious value at today's guide price. A rare opportunity.

     

    Service History:

    • 24/07/2002 - 8,000 mile service at M-B Cheltenham @ 8,778 miles
    • 25/09/2006 - 12,000 mile service M-B Cheltenham @ 10,384 miles
    • 01/11/2007 - 18,000 mile service M-B Cheltenham @ 10,697 miles
    • 30/04/2009 - 24,000 mile service M-B Cheltenham at 10,798 miles
    • 24/06/2015 - Recommission, service and bill of health by SL Shop, Redditch @ 11,257 miles


    MOTs:

    • 20/07/2006 @ 10,346 miles
    • 13/07/2007 @ 10,492 miles
    • 02/10/2008 @ 10,758 miles
    • 24/06/2015 @ 11,257 miles
    • 18/08/2016 @ 13447 miles
    • 30/04/2019 @ 13,458 miles

     

     

    1960 AC Aceca

    1960 AC Aceca

    Lot # 9 (Sale Order: 9 of 69)      

     

    • #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 is below:

     

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

    In conclusion, this AC Aceca seems to tick all the boxes in terms of usability and rarity and S

    1998 Dare Ginetta 2.0 G4

    1998 Dare Ginetta 2.0 G4

    Lot # 10 (Sale Order: 10 of 69)      

     

    • The G4 offered here is DARE-built and a comparatively rare convertible
    • Effectively a competition car but equally at home on the road. Hard and soft tops
    • 'Clamshell' bodywork and Silver/Mallard Green paintwork in very good condition
    • 2-litre Zetec on throttle bodies producing 225bhp. Type 9, 5-speed, semi-helical, close-ratio box
    • Bespoke Brembo/DARE front four-pot callipers. Brake bias adjuster. Uprated adjustable dampers
    • A well-prepared, fast road/race Ginetta that would be competitive in a number of championships 

     

     

    Ginetta began in Suffolk in the 1950s when a young Ivor Walklett joined his three older brothers to work in the family's agricultural and structural engineering business and it wasn't long before his enthusiasm for cars led him to create a special based on a pre-war Wolseley Hornet. The Walklett's car-making business became known as Ginetta, and that first, corner of the barn special, subsequently became known as the G1. A few years later, Ginetta really hit their stride with the G4, which became available as a kit at the beginning of the 1960s. Intended to be both a bare-bones road-going sports car and competitive racer, the G4 featured a tube-frame chassis with double wishbones, coil springs and dampers up front along with a live axle with upper trailing arms, coil springs and dampers at the rear. The old adage "If it looks right, it is right" certainly applied to the astonishingly pretty little Ginetta and, fitted initially with the unburstable 1-litre Ford 105E Anglia engine and subsequently with a Lotus Twin-Cam, the G4 captured the imagination of the competition set and was raced with widespread success as far afield as the USA and Canada. On short circuits, it proved the match of Divas, Marcos and the nimble Lotus Elans and in the hands of the late Chris Meek would become famous for the 'David and Goliath' battles with much more powerful Jaguars and the occasional Ferrari.  Following the Walklett brothers' sale of the original Ginetta company, Dare (UK) Ltd of Great Wigborough managed to negotiate a license to produce the Ginetta G4 and G12 and the well-respected Essex company are still in business today fabricating complete shells and an extensive list of parts.

    The G4 offered here is indeed a DARE built car and is a comparatively rare convertible. Dating from 1998 it was first registered on the 12th of August of that year and was purchased by our vendor in 2006 making him the cars fourth owner. It's effectively a competition car but is equally at home on the road and benefits from both hard and soft tops. The front bodywork is a 'clamshell' race-type and we understand the bodywork is good with no crazing or cracks just a few minor paint imperfections due to wear and tear. The car is always garaged and covered and, whilst with our vendor, has only been used on the road in the dry. The chassis and body were rebuilt in 2010 by Cottage Classics and there is a full photographic record of this. At the same time, the 2-litre Zetec was rebuilt by Dunnell at a cost of £7,000 and there is a full build sheet with the car. Always serviced annually regardless of mileage and has just been serviced with new engine oil, filter and new diff and gearbox oil.

    The car had a short race season one year with the 750MC. No damage. Still has ignition cut out but no extinguisher.

    Specification:

    • 2-litre Zetec on throttle bodies producing 225bhp 
    • Dry sump with catch tank and Titan oil pump kit
    • Alloy 'Radtec' radiator. 4-1 exhaust into BTB noise-compliant stainless box  
    • Pre-SVA so no cat
    • October 2016 new Omex 600 ECU and loom by Northampton Motorsport 
    • Ford Type 9 Gearbox semi-helical 5-speed close ratio
    • Rear IRS Sierra LSD with uprated driveshafts  
    • Uprated adjustable dampers
    • Bespoke Brembo/DARE front four-pot callipers. Brake bias adjuster
    • Alloy and suede wheel. Black and green vinyl upholstery
    • Pre-SVA so has period instruments and toggle switches  
    • DARE chrome rollover bars 
    • Brand new R888 tyres on painted Minilites (205 rear/ 185 fronts)

    DARE has built a reputation for the quality of their Ginettas and this little G4 certainly looks the part, apparently drawing attention wherever it goes. It wouldn't take much to prepare it, once again, for circuit use and it can be supplied with an unused spare set of Minilite wheels from DARE, with new wet/road tyres at additional cost. It's currently on SORN and will come with 12 months MOT.

    This is a super o

    1953 Mercedes-Benz 300b Cabriolet 'D'

    1953 Mercedes-Benz 300b Cabriolet 'D'

    Lot # 11 (Sale Order: 11 of 69)      

     

    • 1953 300b Cabriolet 'D' built in right-hand drive and finished in Gloss Black with a red leather interior
    • Delivered to London, it was one of only seven Mercedes-Benz finished in right-hand drive during 1953/1954
    • At 24,700 DM it was one of the most expensive, if not the most expensive car in the world at the time
    • Purchased by its current owner in early 2014 as a restoration project from a restorer in the Midlands  
    • Stripped to bare metal and painstakingly repainted over the course of six months, the car presents beautifully today
    • Engine, gearbox and suspension were fully rebuilt with parts sourced from marque specialists Neimoller of Mannheim
    • The interior, glass and interior brightwork were entrusted to a former Bentley craftsman
    • Complete authenticity was paramount to the restoration effort and subsequently the car was selected by Mercedes-Benz UK to go on display at their Brooklands headquarters for eight months

     

     

    More expensive than the 300SL sports car and almost double the price of the contemporary top-of-the-range Cadillac, the Mercedes-Benz 300b was one of the world's most exclusive automobiles. It is also historically significant as one of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era, debuting at the Frankfurt Auto Show in 1951. The 300's arrival re-established Mercedes-Benz in the front rank of prestige car manufacturers, marking as it did a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.

    Although Mercedes-Benz would adopt unitary chassis/body construction for its lower and mid-priced cars as the 1950s progressed, the retention of a traditional separate frame for the 300 enabled a wide variety of coach built body types to be offered. The 300's cross-braced, oval-tube chassis followed the lines of the 170S and 220, with independent suspension all round and four-wheel drum brakes, but incorporated the added refinements of a hypoid bevel final drive, dynamically balanced wheels, and remote electrical control of the rear suspension ride height.

    Initially developing 115bhp, the 3-litre, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine - used in fuel-injected form in the 300SL sports car - was boosted in power for the succeeding 300b and 300c models, finally gaining fuel injection in the restyled 300d of 1957. 

    Custom built by Mercedes-Benz's most experienced craftsmen, the 300 was luxuriously appointed and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. Fast and elegant, it was one of the very few contemporary vehicles capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at sustained high speeds. The 300 was the car of choice amongst West German government officials, and throughout Europe and the USA, it was widely favoured by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, 'Adenauer' became the 300's unofficial model name, after German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, its most high-profile customer. The conservatively styled 300 Saloon was soon joined by the 300S (Super), a model which succeeded in recapturing all the elegance of the pre-war 540K. Introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1951, the 300S was built in two-seater coupé, cabriolet and roadster forms on a shortened 300 saloon chassis. The roadster was the more sporty of the three, featuring a relatively simple hood that was almost totally concealed when folded down, whilst the cabriolet was more luxurious. Indeed with its lined hood erected the cabriolet was every bit as quiet and comfortable as the fixed-head Coupé. Unlike some of its spartanly furnished contemporaries, the 300b boasted a lavishly equipped interior featuring supple leather upholstery, beautiful burr walnut trim, chromium-plated dashboard instrumentation and precision-made switch gear.

    This absolutely fabulous 300b Cabriolet D was built in late 1953 and its build sheet shows that it was right-hand drive, finished in Gloss Black with a red leather interior and was to be delivered to London. There may seem nothing remarkable about that until you consider that it was only nine years since the end of the war, the embargo on German cars had only just been lifted, and at 24,700 DM it was probably the most expensive car in the world at the time. It must have taken a certain disregard for sensibilities to drive a plutocratic German Cabriolet around the war ravaged streets of London which is probably why, during 1953/1954, only seven Mercedes were built in right-hand drive.

    The story moves forward to 2013 when our vendor agreed to purchase OXP 2 in a stripped down state from a restoration company in the Midlands who were ostensibly restoring the car. However, over the following 12 months, very little appeared to be done, and the standards weren't right, but the bills remained substantial. Our vendor took the decision to remove the car to his own premises and sta

    1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D (W189) Phaeton

    1960 Mercedes-Benz 300D (W189) Phaeton

    Lot # 12 (Sale Order: 12 of 69)      

     

    • A left-hand drive 300D delivered to Florida in 1960 and imported into the UK in 1989
    • Some light restoration work in the early nineties. In a private collection prior to our vendor acquiring her in 2016
    • Delightfully finished in Tunis Beige over Glazing Maroon with a unique Sahne leather interior also piped in maroon
    • Matching numbers. Fitted from new with power steering, a central lubrication system, and an AM/FM Becker radio
    • 88,000 miles from new, verified by many old MOTs. V5c and an MOT valid until January 2020

    Daimler-Benz AG emerged from the smoking rubble of World War II in somewhat precarious health, with production plants that had been pretty comprehensively levelled by Allied bombing. Far from being a broken nation, the resilience of the workforce was remarkable and Mercedes-Benz resumed car production in 1946, albeit with the prewar 170V, a modest middle-class car that had been their best-seller in the 1930s. However, in less than six years, the company was sufficiently confident to return to the luxury market when the Mercedes 300 was introduced at the 1951 Frankfurt Motor Show and for the duration of the Fifties, Mercedes-Benz prestige line-up was based on the 300 range, at the heart of which was essentially the same superb 2996cc overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine found in the legendary 300SL 'Gullwing'. 

    The 300 Saloon was aimed squarely at Captains of Industry and Heads of State - indeed, the model was nicknamed 'Adenauer' after Konrad Adenauer, the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. In office from 1949 to 1963, he employed six custom convertible, hardtop, and landaulet versions during his tenure. Inside, the 300 was beautifully executed in polished wood, with deep bucket seats trimmed in either cloth or leather and a division was available as an option for those who preferred to be chauffeur driven. Improvements came with the 300B of 1954 in the form of twin Solex carburettors, along with servo-assisted brakes and minor styling changes while the 300C model of September 1955 saw the option of a Borg-Warner three-speed automatic for the American market. Introduced in August 1957, the 300d was the linear successor to the 300c, with a longer wheelbase, fuel injection, and unique hardtop configuration transforming it into a pillarless 'Phaeton'. An additional four-inches of wheelbase provided greater rear legroom, equaling that of the long wheelbase Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud. Removable rear quarter lights allowed an unobstructed view in and out from the front vent window all the way to the back, much valued in the model's popular role as a 'parade car'. Employing a slightly detuned version of the 300 SL sports cars Bosch fuel injected engine, the 300d produced 180 hp at 5500 rpm. Automatic transmission was standard and power brakes, power steering, and Artic-Kar air-conditioning were added as options.

    This, wonderfully finished, 300D was delivered to North America in 1960, where its first proud owner was a lawyer in Tampa, Florida. It remained there until 1989 when it was shipped over to the UK and underwent some restoration work in the early nineties before spending some time in a private collection prior to being purchased by its current owner in 2016. Today, the car presents beautifully and does have real 'presence'. The  Tunis Beige over Glazing Maroon paintwork is clean and properly detailed with high gloss and quality finishing over the expansive surfaces with just a little evidence of paint touch up on the lower front arches. Although there are a few minor flaws, the car is remarkably preserved and in excellent overall condition. Panel fit is representative of the precision factory assembly as are the tight body to wing bead lines and door chrome trim. The stout doors hinge smoothly open and shut very well, retaining very good panel gaps and crisp latching. The bonnet and boot lid also exhibit proper fit and closure with consistent gaps. The chrome throughout is in very good condition, clean, bright reflections, though some areas show light hazing on the bumpers. All lenses, lighting, and glass are in excellent condition including the windscreen. The steel wheels are covered with beautifully polished stainless wheel covers, painted to match the factory paintwork.

    The interior is a remarkable example of Mercedes-Benz quality showing handsome leather finishes and retains a fine original patina. The factory optional AM/FM Becker radio remains installed in the dash but currently is not working. The engine compartment is in very good condition overall and properly presented with correct parts, correct power steering, fuel-injection, and proper factory components, with attention to hard lines, hoses, and

    2004 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4 S

    2004 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4 S

    Lot # 13 (Sale Order: 13 of 69)      

     

    • A superb example of the 'Turbo-look', four-wheel drive, Carrera 4S in Arctic Silver
    • Spent the first 12 years of its life in sunny Jersey, and main dealer maintained there
    • Only 9,000 miles from new, corroborated by the service history and older MOTs
    • Supplied with the Porsche bookpack, handbooks, and stamped service records

    When Porsche introduced the 996 in 1998, it heralded a big departure from the timeless 911 concept, for not only was it radically different to its predecessor but, for the first time, a Porsche 911 was water cooled. Stringent emissions/noise regulations, a higher expectation for refinement and a high-performance, 4-valves per cylinder engine made the switch necessary. Other major changes included a completely new platform topped with a sleeker body, a more raked windscreen, and a redesigned interior. The new car was far more practical too, with more space for touring, a roomier cabin and a structure that was 45% stiffer, yet despite all of this, the 996 was 50kg lighter than the outgoing model. 

    In response to customer demand, the four-wheel drive Carrera 4S was introduced in 2003 fitted as standard with many options including a wider body with turbo-style wheels, lowered suspension, and a sports exhaust coupled to the 3.6-litre engine which developed 320bhp @6600rpm and 273lb/ft torque. Aided by the inclusion of 'Variocam plus' which improved power delivery through the range, the car was capable of 0-60 in under 5 seconds and a top speed of over 175mph.

    This particular car is a C-16, UK-spec C4S and was supplied new in July 2004 through the main Porsche agent in Jersey where it was to reside for the next 12 years. Regularly maintained by the Porsche main agent, as shown by the official Porsche bookpack and handbooks, the car was seldom used and has today covered just over 9,000 miles from new, as confirmed by both the service history and older MOT Certificates in the history file.

    The curvaceous looks borrowed from the Turbo, combined with the enhanced brakes, lowered suspension and sophisticated four-wheel drive system resulted in the C4S becoming hugely desirable and this rare manual gearbox example, superbly finished in Arctic Silver, is eminently collectable particularly at this tiny mileage.  It also offers its next owner the luxury of modern technology such as airbags, ABS, door-bars, and sat-nav etc. as well as a driving experience that is true and typical Porsche - exciting and exhilarating.

    Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    1999 BMW Z3M Roadster (E36/7)

    1999 BMW Z3M Roadster (E36/7)

    Lot # 14 (Sale Order: 14 of 69)      

     

    • A UK-supplied car that was collected from the distributor Patrick Smets, BMW Belgium on 18th May 1999
    • Finished from new in Arctic Silver with a dramatic Imola Red and Black Nappa leather interior
    • First registered in the UK on 1st June 1999 to Mr J Graves who kept the car until January 2017
    • In a private collection ever since. The current mileage is 14,060
    • 13 BMW main dealer service stamps, most recent at 13,898. MOT valid until May 2020
    • Absolutely delightful example. Be hard to find a better one

     

    Launched in 1998 and only in production for five years, the Z3M Roadster was developed by BMW's M-Sports division who installed the magnificent 321bhp, 3.2-litre straight-six engine from the contemporary E36 M3 Coupe, along with that car's beefed up suspension, brakes and five-speed manual gearbox. The package was topped off with massive alloy wheels, quad exhausts, and a more aggressive front spoiler and side skirts. There were also interior upgrades with additional gauges in the centre console, 'M-Sport' gear knob, various chrome bits throughout the cockpit, and leather sport seats as standard equipment. The result was a proper sports car that could scorch to 60mph in 5.2 seconds on its way to a top speed limited to 155mph. Only 15,375 were built in total but of these only 3,557 were to full power European spec (American cars only had 240bhp) and only 997 were RHD.

     

    This is a really lovely example of an S-50 Z3M Roadster and was UK-specified from new in right-hand drive, finished in Arctic Silver, with an M-Sport interior including S50 bucket seats in Imola Red and Black Nappa leather. Additional options chosen from new include, a limited-slip diff, air-conditioning, heated sports seats, a passenger airbag, and an M-Sport leather steering wheel. It was delivered from the factory to distributor, Patrick Smets BMW Belgium on 18th May 1999 and collected from there by its first owner, Mr J Graves, who was working there at the time. He brought the car home with him to the UK immediately and it was first registered on 1st June 1999. He obviously loved it as he kept the car until January 2017. This lucky little BMW moved from one fastidious owner to another and has resided in a rather special private collection ever since.

     

    The mileage indicated on the car's MOT Certificate (May 2019) is 14,060 which is fully supported by the 13 BMW main dealer service stamps (12 of which were Batemans). The most recent service was in May 2016 with the odometer showing 13,898, illustrating how little the Z3 has been used recently. The comprehensive owner's file contains all the aforementioned MOTs, the stamped service record, original COC, and the build spec. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

     

    In splendid condition all round, we imagine that it would be difficult to find a better example of these spritely little German roadsters.

    1991 BMW E30 M3 2.5 Competition

    1991 BMW E30 M3 2.5 Competition

    Lot # 15 (Sale Order: 15 of 69)      

     

    • Bodyshell built five years ago from an original 1991 E30 M3 to a very high standard. Strengthened and seam-welded
    • Full custom-made roll cage with front and rear turret pick-ups including differential and rear beam
    • 2.5-litre engine rebuilt by Lester Owen. Just five hours light use. Group 'A' Gearbox, 4:1 Diff by JC Racing
    • Suitable for circuit racing or rallying, a beautifully put together package with no corners cut
    The legendary E30 M3 needs no introduction, and in Classic rallying or Historic touring car racing, these are proven cars that remain competitive and continue to deliver results, not to mention being a superb driving experience. This example has been painstakingly prepared to the very highest standards four/five years ago by Mark Astill, Bob Shields and Graham Tathams, and has an extensive specification which includes;

     

    Shell

    • Bodyshell built to ‘Prodrive Rally M3' specification. Fully seam welded and strengthened
    • Carbon bonnet. Carbon boot. Lightweight front wings
    • Custom cage using front & rear turrets, differential, and rear beam pick up points. Overhead cross roll bar
    • Side exhaust shell prep. Rally quick-jack pick ups
    • DTM style wing mirrors. All windows and screen are glass
    • Finished in Alpina Group 'A'/ DTM livery

    Suspension

    • Fully rose-jointed. 'Cornering Force' Group 'A' front legs with Prodrive front hubs
    • Group 'A' front control-arms. Strengthened rear beam axle carrier
    • Strengthened rear trailing arms, all Group 'A' specification
    • 'Cornering Force' adjustable blade anti-roll bars, front & rear
    Engine/wiring
    • Motorsport wiring loom with intercom. DTA ECU
    • Full Lester Owen engine rebuild with receipts 2018, circa 285hp 
    • 'Motorsport' carbon Group 'A' air intake with carbon cold-air front intake duct
    • VIBRA-TECHNICS engine mounts. Large baffled sump. Larger alternator pully
    • Bespoke stainless exhaust with DTM style rear silencer
    Gearbox
    • Group 'A' dog-box, long first gear with AP racing clutch (5 hours use)
    • 4.1 diff by JC Racing with Z3M rear back-finned cooling cover
    • DTM gear linkage and gear knob

    Brakes
    • Front Brembo 4-pot. BMW discs 330mm. Pagid pads
    • Rear TAROX 6, BF 4-pot on TAROX discs. Pagid pads
    • Full stainless braided brake lines with all stainless steel fittings (elbows and unions)
    • Front to rear bias system
    Interior
    • Flock dash with DTM 6-dial centre console
    • Front & rear M3 door cards
    • Fully plumbed-in fire extinguisher (needs service), FEV on-circuit test system 
    • 5-point harness (belts in date). Lightweight battery with jack points
    Wheels
    • 5-stud, 3-piece AGS lightweight DTM-style wheels with one track day use fitted with Kumhos
    In summary, with a cost-to-build far exceeding our suggested guide price, we believe this E30 M3 competition car represents superb value and, with very little time or cost, could be eligible for many events including club racing, rallying, sprint racing or hill climbs, making it a very versatile package indeed. 

    1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (C107)

    1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (C107)

    Lot # 16 (Sale Order: 16 of 69)      

     

    • Dating from 1980, an original UK-suppled car from Mercedes-Benz in Brentford
    • Its first owner was Colonel W.R.A. Fetherstonhaugh
    • Just 33,000 miles supported by the early service history and further documentation
    • Professionally looked after as part of a private collection since 2011
    • A very fine and highly collectable example of a rare and original 450 SLC

     

    The Mercedes Benz SLC, built for a decade until October 1981, was the car the classic market overlooked until it was almost too late. While the R107 SL roadster, on which the SLC was based, has been collectable ever since its production ceased, and hence survives in substantial numbers, the C107 coded coupe became forgotten and unloved once the striking 126-Series coupe arrived to replace it. A total of 62,888 SLCs were manufactured, hardly an inconsequential number, yet they are rarely seen, most having been sent to the scrapheap. Perhaps people felt the SLC, 360mm longer in wheelbase and length than the SL, and with awkward rear window trims (there to disguise the fact that the rear windows could not be fully lowered), lacked the SL's graceful lines. Values stayed low, but things are now changing as it has become apparent just how scarce these big pillarless coupes have become, collectors are having second thoughts and prices are rising. 

    This UK-supplied 450 SLC was the top of the Mercedes-Benz range back in 1980 when supplied to Colonel W.R.A. Fetherstonhaugh. The service history suggests it was originally owned by Mercedes-Benz UK who, in those days, were based in Brentford, Middlesex and it may well have been their official press car or demonstrator, prior to being purchased by Colonel Fetherstonhaugh, who was its first private owner.

    Bought by our private UK collector and added to his collection in 2011 it has been professionally stored ever since. The mileage today is exceptionally low at just 33,000 and this is supported by the early service history and further documentation in the accompanying owner's file. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    This is a very fine and highly collectable example of a rare and original 450 SLC.

    1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 (BT7)

    1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk1 (BT7)

    Lot # 17 (Sale Order: 17 of 69)      

     

    • Dating from April 1960, North American Export car with its Heritage Certificate. Now RHD
    • UK restoration commenced in 2015. Body and chassis fully stripped, shot blasted and powder coated
    • Purchased by our vendor in 2016, converted to 'fast-road' spec and the restoration completed
    • The lightweight bodywork is mainly aluminium, in A1 condition and very well finished in BRG
    • Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion. Triple 45DCOE Webers 
    • Extensive mechanical specification. 220bhp on the rolling road at Aldon Automotive 

     

    The Austin Healey 3000 has become one of the best-known British classic cars of the 1950s and 1960s following spectacular success in international rallying and circuit racing. A development of the Austin Healey 100-6, itself born of the four-cylinder 100, the 3000 was launched in March 1959 and was a significant improvement on the earlier cars featuring front disc brakes, wire wheels as standard and a more powerful (124bhp) 2,912cc BMC C-Series engine, ensuring a top speed of approximately 120mph. There was also a choice of two seater (BN7) or 2+2 (BT7) body styles. The new 3000 was an instant success on the road, on the track and on the rally stage and has enjoyed a large club following ever since. 

    According to the accompanying BMI Heritage Certificate, this Austin-Healey 3000 (#BT7-L/8591) was assembled between the 1st and 4th April 1960 and dispatched to Los Angeles, California on April the 8th. It was built with left-hand drive, finished in Ivory White with black trim and "factory-fitted" with Disc wheels, Roadspeed tyres, Laminated windscreen, Adjustable steering column, MPH Speedo, a Heater and Overdrive.It was purchased by our vendor in 2015 as a stalled restoration project, the previous owner had stripped the car and gone as far as having the chassis shot blasted and powder coated, before deciding that the project was a bit too much for him.

    The restoration has now been completed by our vendor who has spent tens of thousands of pounds during the process of turning the BT7 into one of the smartest 'Fast road' Healeys we have ever seen. Now superbly finished in British Racing Green, the body is mainly aluminium with the original Healey shrouds having been restored using traditional panel beating methods, an aluminium bonnet is fitted, as is an aluminium boot lid. The doors are aluminium skinned over the original steel frames and the wings are original.

    The car's specification is extensive but includes;

    • Dennis Welch aluminium cylinder head with roller rocker conversion
    • Dennis Welch intake manifold holding triple 45DCOE Weber carburettors
    • DWR2 300 degree camshaft, tubular exhaust manifold with a competition silencer
    • High torque starter motor, canister oil filter conversion, Mallory distributor with Lumination ignition
    • Alternator conversion, large-capacity water pump, bespoke aluminium radiator, electric fan
    • Racing red key isolation switch mounted under the dash. Powervamp racing battery
    • Straight cut/close ratio gearbox, manual overdrive, competition clutch, lightened flywheel
    • Torque biasing limited slip differential, high deflection drive shafts
    • Aluminium fuel tank, high-capacity fuel pump Willans seat harnesses, fire extinguisher, roll bar
    • Restored black leather bucket seats, new black carpets, fully retrimmed 
    • Wire wheels shot blasted, painted, and fitted with five new Michelin XAS 180 HR 15
    • All new chrome work, competition racing grille, hard top in Old English White

    On a recent visit to Aldon Automotive's rolling road, we understand that after setting up, the engine displayed an output of a remarkable 220bhp. During September 2017 the car was fully inspected by an Austin-Healey specialist for insurance valuation purposes and they concluded that the "Body, interior and Engine were in A1 condition" and placed the 'total loss value' at £70,000.

    This lovely 'Big Healey' is now right-hand drive and is accompanied by its Heritage Certificate, insurance valuation, some photographs of the restoration, and will have a fresh MOT in time for the sale.

     

    1964.5 Ford Mustang Convertible

    1964.5 Ford Mustang Convertible

    Lot # 18 (Sale Order: 18 of 69)      

     

    • Dating from July 1964 and imported into the UK in 2014
    • Finished in Poppy Red over Wimbledon White with a matching roof
    • Bright red Mustang, rumbling V8 and the top down. The classic 'US of A' experience
    • Supplied with an MOT and a UK V5c

     

     

    The Ford Mustang was conceived in the full knowledge that in the mid-'60s, the biggest population bubble in history was now coming of age in America, 'baby boomers' would rule the 1960s and there was little or no reason to think they wanted to drive cars that were anything like the ones their parents owned.

    Lee Iacocca, Ford's then General Manager, commissioned his design team to come up with a two-seat roadster that would compete with popular European cars as well as Chevrolet's Corvette Sting Ray. A design team headed by Iacocca's assistant manager and engineer, Donald Frey, was formed and the new project was entitled "T-5". After some consideration, it was agreed that a crossbreed roadster and Ford Falcon would be more suitable to modern demands considering that the Thunderbird, which was Ford's most recent two-seater car, did not fare very well at all with sales way below expectations. The T-5 team were given a new design commission and Lee Iacocca gave much credit to the efforts of stylist David Ash for making the renamed "Mustang" the most incredible success.

    In early 1964, production was being ramped up for the launch of, confusingly, the '1965 Ford Mustang' which was the title the car enjoyed in all its marketing and advertising. As if the excitement and the potential order numbers from dealers increasing exponentially was not enough, the new design was honoured by being named the 'Pace Car' for the imminent 'Indy 500' and Ford stepped up production even further to meet the anticipated demand. A special convertible version fitted with the 289cid V8 was adapted as the "Pacer" and it was finished in Wimbledon White with a Guardsman Blue stripe on the bonnet and boot. Not being a company known for missing opportunities, Ford also made 230 extra 'pace car replicas' available in convertible and hardtop form. The "64 and a 1/2" convertibles (as they became known) were fitted with the 289cid V8, and the hardtops came with the slightly less powerful 260 V8. Thirty-five convertibles were sold to dealerships and 195 hardtops were given out in dealer competitions. Towards the end of 1964, Ford made some changes to the 1965 model-year Mustang and these cars are now known as "late '65" cars with earlier vehicles (built between March 1964 and 17th August 1964) widely referred to as "early 1965 or 1964 1/2 Mustangs". This all may seem a bit trivial, however, amongst enthusiasts and collectors it's the purity of the early cars that makes them the most desirable and they do tend to command a premium.

    Offered here is indeed one of those early cars and we can tell from the body and chassis plates that it was two-door convertible built on the 9th of July 1964 at Ford's Dearborn, Michigan plant, finished in Poppy Red with a White Vinyl interior with black trim. It was fitted with a 4.3-litre (260ci) V8, three-speed transmission, and a 3.00/1 axle ratio and standard differential. When completed it was despatched to Distribution Centre No.22 in Charlotte, North Carolina and onwards to its first owner. This lovely Mustang was imported to the UK in 2014 and has been enjoyed by our vendor as part of his collection. The V5c and the HPI Certificate clearly state that the engine is 4.7-litres (289ci) and we are currently trying to establish whether the larger engine was optioned from new, fitted later, or whether the import documentation was incorrect. Either way, this is a superb example of the rare 1964.5 Convertible in a classic colour scheme and has patently been well looked after. It will benefit from a fresh MOT just prior to the sale.

    1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi Sportline

    1992 Volkswagen Golf GTi Sportline

    Lot # 19 (Sale Order: 19 of 69)      

     

    • Delivered on the 3rd April 1992 to its first owner who kept the car until August 2007
    • Purchased by its second owner in late 2007.
    • Its condition and low mileage attracted it to the owner of a private collection in 2017
    • The current mileage of 20,876 is supported by MOTs and Service Records
    • Supplied with the original hand book and service book along with UK and NI Test Certificates
    • Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected 

     

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

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

    The Golf GTi Sportline was a run-out model of the legendary Mk1 GTi Convertible, enhancing the appeal of the car with Flash Red, Black, or Jasmine Yellow paint, Recaro seats finished in black and red, and black BBS 'RA' wheels. With its sub-10 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 108mph, the Sportline was clearly no ordinary Golf convertible. Only 449 were built and it's thought that less than 200 remain, making it an attractive proposition for collectors.

    Finished in Flash Red, this Sportline GTi was delivered on the 3rd April 1992 by Castles of Dover Street Ltd. in Leicester to a Mr A Islam who kept the car until August 2007. The service book indicates that he took the car to Spain for a period as it was serviced by the VW main dealer in Marbella until September 2000 when the recorded mileage was 9,436. It was purchased by its second owner, a Mr A McCullough of Co. Down in August 2007.  He continued to enjoy the car with limited use until 2017 and the DVA Test Certificates in the file document the low mileage.

    In 2017, the Golf found a home in a private collection of exceptional vehicles but is now being offered for sale. The history file contains the original handbook and service book along with UK MOTs and Northern Ireland Test Certificates. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    The Golf GTi will probably remain in fashion for ever and this rare iteration is worthy of a place in any collection and is sure to become increasingly sought-after.

    1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

    1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

    Lot # 20 (Sale Order: 20 of 69)      

     

    • Europe's first turbocharged production car. 170bhp/240Nm of torque and 0-60 in 6.9 seconds
    • Just 1,672 cars produced in total with around 500 thought to remain, very few UK cars with known history
    • Delivered new to BMW dealer Hammer in Monchengladbach, West Germany on August 30th 1974 in Polaris Metallic
    • The car spent approximately 20 years in Spain before being registered in the UK in April 2015
    • Sent to Lloyd Colne BMW in Lancashire to be repainted and a complete engine rebuild
    • Just over 7,000 miles indicated and has resided in a private collection since 2016
    • Prior to the sale, it will have an oil/ filter service, fluids, freshly MOT'd, road tested, and inspected 

     

    The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor-show and was Europe's first turbocharged production car. With an output of 170bhp and 240Nm of torque, it was the fastest BMW yet produced, pinching that mantle from the superb 2002 Tii. Only produced in late 1973 and 1974, there were just 1,672 built, all in left-hand drive and sadly, very few survive today. Replaced in 1975 by the ubiquitous '3' series, it was the last model to be introduced by BMW whilst they were still regarded as a specialist low volume niche manufacturer.

    The 2002 Turbo is easily distinguished from any other 2002 by its body-colour front spoiler, black rubber rear spoiler, riveted wheel arch extensions, and most cars were further fitted with Motorsport stripes on the front spoiler and sides. However, underneath the surface there are more subtle changes. The front chassis rails are heavier, the floor areas around the rear suspension mounting points are thicker, the quarter panels are cut out for the flares, the outer rear wheel housings are larger, the boot floor is different to accommodate a larger spare tire and special 70-litre fuel tank, and the nose panel is unique. The original style of Motorsport stripes featured the word "turbo" in reverse on the front spoiler, designed so that drivers could see the word clearly in their rear-view mirror as the Turbo was quickly approaching. However, the German government considered this to be too aggressive and BMW was quickly pressured into changing to a different style without any kind of turbo script on the front spoiler. 

    This 1974 Turbo was originally delivered to BMW dealer Hammer in Monchengladbach, West Germany on August 30th 1974 in Polaris Metallic, paint code 060 and there is a confirmation email to this effect from BMW Classic. Further documentation in the history file would suggest that the car spent approximately 20 years in Spain before being registered in the UK in April 2015. At this point it was sent to Lloyd Colne BMW in Lancashire to be repainted and a complete engine decoke and rebuild including a new clutch assembly, in exchange for a little short of £10,000. The odometer currently reads 7,001 miles which is believed accurate but can't be fully warranted as the instrument reads in MPH and it would probably have been fitted with a KPH speedometer from new. Certainly there is an inspection document in Spanish in the file dated September 2014 and documenting 4,222km. It's a bit academic, really, as the condition of the car is incredible.

    Since 2016 the little Turbo has resided in a large private collection and prior to the sale, it will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    The history file contains, original sales brochures, a complete book pack, Spanish registration documents, and old MOTs. This is a really lovely example of an iconic model and worthy of any collection.

    1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

    1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

    Lot # 21 (Sale Order: 21 of 69)      

     

    • Europe's first turbocharged production car. 170bhp/240Nm of torque and 0-60 in 6.9 seconds
    • UK-supplied in left-hand drive by A.R Sewell & Sons of Dunmow, Essex and still wearing its original number
    • 57,583 miles in the hands of its three owners, the last since 2011
    • The KKK turbocharger was upgraded in 1983 to a Terry Drury Racing version and is currently fitted with an IHI Turbo      
    • Presented in fine order in Chamonix White with BMW-Motorsport colours, Black sports seats, Turbo alloys
    • Just 1,672 cars produced in total with around 500 thought to remain, very few UK cars with known history

    The 2002 Turbo was launched at the 1973 Frankfurt Motor-show and was Europe's first turbocharged production car. With an output of 170bhp and 240Nm of torque, it was the fastest BMW yet produced, pinching that mantle from the superb 2002 Tii. Only produced in late 1973 and 1974, there were just 1,672 built, all in left-hand drive and sadly, very few survive today. Replaced in 1975 by the ubiquitous '3' series, it was the last model to be introduced by BMW whilst they were still regarded as a specialist low volume niche manufacturer.

    The 2002 Turbo is easily distinguished from any other 2002 by its body-colour front spoiler, black rubber rear spoiler, riveted wheel arch extensions, and most cars were further fitted with Motorsport stripes on the front spoiler and sides. However, underneath the surface there are more subtle changes. The front chassis rails are heavier, the floor areas around the rear suspension mounting points are thicker, the quarter panels are cut out for the flares, the outer rear wheel housings are larger, the boot floor is different to accommodate a larger spare tire and special 70-litre fuel tank, and the nose panel is unique. The original style of Motorsport stripes featured the word "turbo" in reverse on the front spoiler, designed so that drivers could see the word clearly in their rear-view mirror as the Turbo was quickly approaching. However, the German government considered this to be too aggressive and BMW was quickly pressured into changing to a different style without any kind of turbo script on the front spoiler. 

    This lovely 2002 Turbo was first registered on 3rd May 1974 and supplied new to its first owner by A.R Sewell & Sons of Dunmow Essex finished in Chamonix White with BMW-Motorsport colours. Our private vendor has enjoyed the ownership of this car for eight years and is the 3rd of the car's three owners. The Turbo's history is well documented with receipts for service work and maintenance from Alpina Automotive Ltd, L & C Auto Sevices Tunbridge Wells, and M.L.G Motors Limited London to name but a few. It would appear that in 1983, the first owner decided to upgrade the notoriously 'laggy' KKK turbo and replace it with a superior version marketed by Terry Drury Racing in Essex, however, it's now fitted with a relatively modern IHI turbo. We understand that the Getrag four-speed box is still crisp, the car sits on its original 'Turbo'alloys, performs well, starts on-the-button, and is always very well received at classic car events.

    With a very short production run, classic good looks, exciting performance, and a wide market in left-hand drive, these 2002 Turbos are simply a must-have for any serious car collector or BMW enthusiast.  This is a rare opportunity to acquire a highly collectable and significant car from BMW's past and could turn out to be a rather shrewd purchase.

    1965 Studebaker Lark Daytona 500*

    1965 Studebaker Lark Daytona 500*

    Lot # 22 (Sale Order: 22 of 69)      

     

    • Highly developed and extremely competitive car that is both beautifully prepared and expertly engineered
    • Built with no expense spared, originally by Fortec Motorsport, and more recently by historic saloon specialists, Richard Moore Racing
    • Top spec Peter Knight freshly prepared and fully FIA-compliant Chevrolet V8 producing circa 430BHP at 7,000 rpm
    • Invited and competed at Goodwood 5 times over the last decade gaining regular top finishes 
    • Eligible for, and welcome in, the 2019 Masters Series, 2019 HRDC Historic Touring Cars, Bernie's V8s and HSCC Touring Cars
    • The only racing Lark Daytona 500 in Europe and its rarity will ensure invitations to all the greatest saloon car races in the world

    The Studebaker Lark was produced between 1959 and 1966 in various guises as Studebaker's mainstream production saloon and manufactured in both Canada and Australia. The Lark Daytona was the third generation of the Lark model and only produced between 1964 and 1966 with a unique separate chassis and body construction. It was offered with various engine options including the small block Chevrolet V8 which was introduced in 1965, for both the American and Australian market only. The car was used successfully in competition in Australia, specifically at Bathurst where it gained a podium finish. During the final year of production, a limited edition 'Lark Daytona 500' model was also produced as a pace car for the famous Daytona 500 race in America.

    This car is the only racing Lark Daytona 500 in Europe and has therefore secured invitations to some of the most high profile historic saloon races in the world, including both Goodwood Members Meeting support races as well as the main Goodwood Revival.

    It has been built on a no expense spared basis, originally by renowned single seater experts Fortec Motorsport and more recently by historic saloon specialists, Richard Moore Racing. The car runs with a top specification Peter Knight freshly prepared and fully FIA compliant Chevrolet V8 which gives circa 430bhp. The car runs to a minimum agreed weight of 1,200 Kgs in the Masters Series and is also rev-limited to 7,000 rpm.

    The car is extremely competitive and has recently circulated Donington Park in early 1 minute 23, Goodwood in 1 min 30.3 and Spa in 3 minutes dead.

    It's offered with a host of comprehensive spares including 12 wheels and tyres, 2 limited-slip differentials, spare body panels for front wings, doors, bonnet and boot (including moulds where appropriate) and many further assorted components.

    It has been invited and competed at Goodwood 5 times over the last decade gaining regular top finishes in the Pierpoint Cup, the Jack Sears Trophy, and the St. Mary's Trophy. In fact, at the 2018 Revival, it qualified third overall and finished second overall in the St. Mary's Trophy celebrity race, just behind eventual winner, Ash Sutton, after a race-long epic battle.

    It is welcome in the 2019 Masters series, as well as the 2019 HRDC Historic Touring Cars, Bernie's V8s, and HSCC Touring Cars. It is also "highly likely" to receive another invitation to the various prestigious races at Goodwood when their period of racing is for 1960's saloons. (letter from Goodwood on file)

    Offered at No Reserve, this is a highly developed and extremely competitive car that is both beautifully prepared and expertly engineered. Its rarity will ensure difficult to obtain invitations and allow a competitive entry into all the greatest saloon races across the world. Truly stunning and a reluctant sale by long-term owner, Silverstone Auctions MD - Nick Whale, who is making way for another exciting new project. Please call him in the office for further details and also future Goodwood specific details.

     

    1956 Land Rover Series I 86''

    1956 Land Rover Series I 86''

    Lot # 23 (Sale Order: 23 of 69)      

     

    • Home-market, RHD 86'' Series I built in late 1955, starts on-the-button and said to drive well
    • Offered for peace of mind with a current MOT showing no advisories, serviced and ready for work
    • Recent expenditure of around £7,500 including a new wiring loom and mechanical attention
    • A good example, some history, Heritage Certificate, enjoy as is or fully restore this iconic British classic

     

    When Maurice Wilks, Rover's chief designer, came up with a plan to produce a light agricultural utility vehicle in 1947 he would have no idea that his design would become an icon and launch a whole new industry sector. The original Land Rover was presented in Sage Green with a canvas roof and revolutionised rural transport. As an engineering marvel it can still outstrip its modern counterparts, and the Series I rightly belongs in the Motoring Hall of Fame. Hugely successful globally, improvements were made throughout the long lifespan of the Landie. In 1950, the lights were moved from a position behind the grille to protrude through the mesh and in 1952 a larger 2.0-litre petrol engine replaced the original 1.6-litre. The wheelbase was extended to 86 inches in 1955 to give the vehicle more stability and greater load capacity. The strong, reliable 2.0-litre petrol engine was standard until 1957 when, with the introduction of the Series II, a diesel engine was offered as an alternative.

    According to the Heritage Certificate that accompanies this Series I, this right-hand drive home-market example was built in November 1955 and supplied new by Vincent Greenhous Limited, of Shrewsbury. Today 'PVS 518' presents rather well, starts on-the-button and is said to be in good condition. Our vendor purchased this early example with the intention of occasional use whilst slowly restoring it to Concours condition. Unfortunately, after losing his storage facility, the reluctant decision was made to move the Land Rover on, offering a great opportunity for someone with a bit more space. Although not required by law, our vendor obtained an MOT Certificate for peace of mind indicating that, at the time of the test, this vehicle was structurally sound and safe to use on British highways. Invoices within the history folder also indicate recent attention to the engine (which is a factory rebuild unit), a new wiring loom, and a replacement axle amounting to some £7,500. The Series I Land Rover is a remarkable British classic with a 'back to basics' charm, easy to work on, cheap to maintain and good fun to drive on the road or across the fields. Offered without reserve, recently serviced, a current MOT, reported to be reliable and drive well, what's not to like.

    1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SE (W116)

    1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SE (W116)

    Lot # 24 (Sale Order: 24 of 69)      

     

    • Just three former keepers and 32,382 miles from new
    • Finished in Byzantine Gold Metallic
    • Only 2,234 miles between 1990 and 2014. In a private collection since 2012
    • Supplied with the original bookpack, service records, and the original build card from Mercedes
    • A beautifully preserved piece of seventies Mercedes history in a time warp condition
    • Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected

     

    The Mercedes-Benz W116 was the first model range to be officially called the S-Class with the letter S signifying Special. It was also the first Mercedes saloon to feature a new updated corporate styling theme which would run up until the mid 90s. This 1973 350SE is powered by the M116 3. 5L V8 which was first seen in the 300SEL 3. 5 in 1969 and has been enjoyed by just three former keepers covering 32,382 miles. Originally supplied in Byzantine Gold Metallic to Mr R.T. Walding of Churchdown in Gloucester by Central Motors Gloucester and from the history file it appears to have been looked after by them and County Garage (Cheltenham) in its early days. Judging by the service records and MOT Certificates in the file, this wonderful luxury saloon covered nearly all of its mileage the first 17 years of its life as by 1990 the odometer was indicating 30,123. Since that time and over the following  24 years it covered just 2,234 miles according to the 2014 MOT Certificate which shows 32,357 miles. It has been part of a significant private collection since 2012. Supplied with the car is the original bookpack including the service book, and the original build card from Mercedes. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    A beautifully preserved piece of seventies Mercedes history in a time warp condition.

    1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) 3.5 Saloon

    1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) 3.5 Saloon

    Lot # 25 (Sale Order: 25 of 69)      

     

    • Matching-numbers, totally original, UK-supplied Saloon that has covered just 12,150 miles from new
    • Factory options included a limited slip differential, tinted glass, a heated rear screen, and seat belts
    • Documented bare-metal restoration. Superbly finished in its original Pine Green Metallic with Bamboo upholstery
    • Supplied with the original handpack, service books, spare keys and correspondence confirming the mileage
    • Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

     

    The late '60s and early '70s were a defining era for Mercedes-Benz when its subtle Paul Bracq-influenced designs were finding a new generation of well-heeled buyers. To fulfil demand, Mercedes-Benz decided on a new V-8 engine aimed at the critical US market whilst meeting new stringent emissions requirements. As such, in 1970, the M116 engine was added to the W111 model range as an option over its six-cylinder rival for those who desired more ample performance. Hand-built, the 280 SE Coupé was praised by contemporary car magazines for its quietness, refined performance, and handling, particularly at high speed.

    This, amazingly low mileage, beautifully restored, and very rare UK 1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE 3.5 (W108) Saloon has been in an eclectic private collection since 2008. Present in the history file are pictures of the car's comprehensive bare-metal restoration, as well as many invoices and period documents, including the original invoice for the car when new from Charles Sidney Ltd of Bradford to the car's one owner (other than our vendor) a Mr Walter Wymer of Wakefield, West Yorkshire. The invoice confirms that the car cost him £5,112 on 2nd November 1972, including factory options of a limited slip differential, tinted glass all round, a heated rear screen, and seat belts!

    It was supplied, as it is today, in Pine Green Metallic (DB862) with Bamboo MB-tex upholstery (167) and is a matching-numbers, totally original car that has covered just 12,150 miles from new. The history file also has the original handpack, service books and spare keys as well as detailed correspondence between the late original owner and our vendor confirming the mileage as correct. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

    An amazing discovery and a fantastic collector's car for the future.

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