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The Silverstone Classic Sale 2019 -D1 - Cars

Saturday, July 27, 2019  |  2:00 PM EUR (BST)
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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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1995 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG (R129)

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL60 AMG (R129)

Lot # 226 (Sale Order: 26 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • 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

  • One of 49 right-hand drive cars and, at 14,000 miles, possibly the lowest mileage SL60 available

  • Part of a private collection since 2016 and remains in exceptional condition

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

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1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 'Bianco Perlato'

1994 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 'Bianco Perlato'

Lot # 227 (Sale Order: 27 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Special edition 'Evoluzione 2 Bianco Perlato'. 1 of only 365

  • Imported to the UK quite early in its life on 19/05/1998

  • Good maintenance history with invoices from Walkers, Prestocar and Allitalia in Wrexham

  • Over £10,000 invested in the car between September 2014 and June 2016

  • Supplied with the original bookpack, service records, a host of invoices and older MOTs

  • The current MOT is valid until February 2020 and the odometer is reading 108,000km

First seen at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979, the Lancia Delta Integrale is best known for its domination of the World Rally Championship in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Constantly being developed, the first ‘Evoluzione' cars were built at the end of 1991 and carried on through 1992 and these 'Evo' models were to be the final homologation cars built for the Lancia Rally Team competing under the Martini Racing banner.

Arriving in June 1993, a further development of the HF Integrale naturally became known as the Evo II and featured an updated version of the 2-litre, 16-valve turbo engine producing a little more power (215bhp) and incorporated a three-way catalyst and a Lambda probe, with everything being organised by a new Marelli integrated engine control system. In addition to the mechanical changes, the Evo II received a cosmetic and functional facelift that included, new 16' light-alloy rims with 205/45 ZR 16 tyres, a body-colour roof moulding to underline the connection between the roof and the Solar control windows, an aluminium fuel cap, air-intake grilles on the front mudguards,and a red-painted cylinder head.

Based on both the Evo I and II, Lancia produced various limited editions and these cars were shared amongst its own dealer network. Naturally, with very low production numbers, they became sought after in period and even more so now. In particular demand was the Evoluzione 2 Bianco Perlato known affectionately amongst enthusiasts as 'La Perla'. Only 365 were built worldwide finished in a beautiful colour combination with White Pearl bodywork and a blue leather Recaro interior including the Momo steering wheel.

This delightful example dates from 1994 and was delivered new to Parma in Italy initially, but was imported to the UK quite early in its life on 19/05/1998. Since 2017 it has been part of a private collection and had little use but the car is supplied with an interesting history file indicating that it has been well maintained throughout, with invoices from all the right people; Walkers, Prestocar and most recently Allitalia in Wrexham.

Notably, between September 2014 and June 2016 the previous owner invested over £10,000 in the car with Allitalia. There is a wedge of detailed invoices in the file but, in brief, the work included a new turbo, timing belts, boost control pipes and new brakes. Some corrosion in the sills was attended to and the underside treated to a coat of Waxoyl. In 2015 the cylinder head was removed, after a compression loss in cylinder 4, and skimmed. Whilst the head was off, the engine bay was overhauled and tidied and any faltering components were replaced including a new custom made Alunox exhaust system. The history file also contains the original bookpack including the service records, a host of invoices, and some older MOTs.  The current MOT is valid until February 2020 and the odometer is reading 108,000km.

Anyone who has ever driven an Integrale knows how special they are and L203 SUB seems a very honest example with plenty of history and represents an excellent opportunity to experience the sense of invincibility engendered by these talented little Lancias. However, this Evo II is a little different, it's a 'Bianco Perlata', and instead of being covered in Martini or Repsol advertising, this Evo is wearing a party frock, kind of a 'Prom Queen' with a black-belt in Karate.

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

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1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (C107)

1980 Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC (C107)

Lot # 228 (Sale Order: 28 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Dating from 1980, an original UK-supplied 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.

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2004 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4S

2004 Porsche 911 (996) Carrera 4S

Lot # 229 (Sale Order: 29 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • 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. 

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1985 BMW 735i SE Auto (E23)

1985 BMW 735i SE Auto (E23)

Lot # 230 (Sale Order: 30 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Supplied by Wolverhampton Motor Services in June 1995 to Eric Roberts of Walsall finished in Reseda Green 

  • Specified with central locking, electric seats/windows, air conditioning, cruise control and window blinds

  • Remained with its first owner until 2014. Just 18,000 miles from new. Three former keepers

  • Cylinder head rebuild and full service in 2014 at 16,434 miles. Cosseted in a private collection since 2016

  • Ex-'Concours' contender and at 18,000 miles, it remains in remarkable condition

  • Will have an oil and filter change, fluid levels check, road test and MOT prior to being offered for sale  

The replacement for the 2500/2800/3.0-Series saloons arrived on the market in the middle of a downturn in sales for large cars but, despite a hostile commercial environment, the BMW 7-Series sold very well indeed, remaining in production from 1977 until 1986, and making huge gains over the earlier cars.

Some would say that the E23 7-Series was polished, yet less appealing than its predecessor, and in a classic sense that's undoubtedly true - but again, it was an important car in the development of the company. It bristled with up-to-the-second technology such as a check computer, climate control, ABS, driver's airbag and fuel injection in the top models, but some of the driving immediacy of the E3 was lost thanks to ballooning dimensions. Treated to a mid-life facelift in 1983 that standardised engine management and improved efficiency and driveability, but it still lacked warmth. Despite this, the 7-Series matured into an excellent luxury saloon with these later cars, as we have here, proving to be devastating all-rounders.

This remarkable car was supplied by BMW Dealer, Wolverhampton Motor Services, in June 1995 to a local Business Director, Eric Roberts of Montfort Road, Walsall finished in Reseda Green and specified with central locking, electrically operated seats and windows, air conditioning, cruise control, and window blinds. He continued to have it maintained by them for many years as shown in the original service book and it remained within the family, lightly used, until 2014 when purchased by another local family in Kidderminster. At this point, the services of Autobahn in Halesowen were engaged to carry out a full service and inspection, the result of which culminated in a cylinder head rebuild with new gaskets. According to the relevant invoice, the indicated mileage was 16,434 at this point.

In 2016, it was purchased as part of a private collection and the MOT of January that year documents the mileage at still just 17,950. A BMW Car Club Concours 'Masterclass' judging sheet can also be found within the history file with an impressive score of 766 out of 890 and, ironically, the car was judged down slightly in the Bonus Points section due to its low mileage!!.  Also in the file is a dealership 'point of sale' display, thought to be from 2016, which reads:

'B155 SHA was originally purchased in 1985 from these very premises previously trading as Wolverhampton Motor Services. Purchased as an executive directors car, it has remained in the ownership of a local family until recently when the current owner was no longer able to drive. It has covered just 17,800 miles from new and is totally original inside and out even down to the TRX tyres. It is completely rust free and has never had any paint or body work carried out during its 31 years.'

The accompanying owner's file contains the original bookpack, stamped service book, a selection of invoices and MOTs, and the original sales brochures and booklets.

The car will benefit from an oil and filter change, fluid levels check, road test and MOT prior to being offered for sale.

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1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SE (W116)

1973 Mercedes-Benz 350SE (W116)

Lot # 231 (Sale Order: 31 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • 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.

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1973 Citroen DS Super 5

1973 Citroen DS Super 5

Lot # 232 (Sale Order: 32 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Truly stunning, right-hand drive, DS presented in period white (Blanc Meije) with original Red Targa upholstery

  • Multiple Concours trophies since 1987 (over 200 awards). Pride of place in our vendors private collection since 2016

  • Featured prominently at the Paris Concours and Citroen World Championship. Appearances on Top Gear and Fifth Gear

  • The cars history fills a number of storage boxes, full photographic restoration folders and at least 150 magazine features

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

The Citroen DS was introduced by the French company in 1955 and produced in various derivatives over the next 20 years, becoming the company's most successful model with over 1.5 million sold by the end of production in 1975. The DS was designed by an Italian and became instantly recognisable for its aerodynamic and futuristic shape and innovative technology, including a hydropneumatic self-levelling suspension.

This truly stunning, right-hand drive DS is presented in period white (Blanc Meije) bodywork with original Red Targa upholstery. It has just two previous recorded keeper, the first being the CEO of the supplying Citroen dealership, and was originally registered with the number plate WRC 1. He kept the car until 1986.

This unrivalled European show winner has collected multiple Concours trophies since 1987 whilst in the custody of its second owner and possesses its own display cabinets that bulge with, in excess of, 200 awards. Crowned National Champion at both the Welsh Benson & Hedges Concours and Popular Classics Roadshow, the Citroen also achieved victories at the Scottish Benson & Hedges Concours, was an NEC Show-winner and a national Meguiars Concours display car. It featured prominently at the Paris Concours and Citroen World Championship, not to mention its television career with appearances on both Top Gear and Fifth Gear.

The car is known on the world Citroen circuit, having won Concours d'Elegance events in eight European countries and has even been offered a permanent place at the national Citroen Museum in France. Since purchase from our auction at Salon Prive in 2016, it has held pride of place in a large private collection and is now offered to be enjoyed by a new custodian.

Documentation supporting the car's history fills a number of storage boxes, full photographic restoration folders, and at least 150 magazine features will accompany the car. Words are not adequate to convey the condition of this important piece of motoring history, it simply must be seen to be believed.

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

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2008 Bentley Arnage 500T

2008 Bentley Arnage 500T

Lot # 233 (Sale Order: 33 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • The final incarnation of the long-lived Arnage with a mechanical refresh

  • 500bhp/738lb/ft. Top speed of 180mph and the 0-60 whoosh down to 5.2 seconds

  • 45,000 miles and in exceptional condition

  • Finished in Triple Black with a walnut dashboard

  • Fully maintained from new by Bentley main dealerships up until 2017 and by Hanwells of London currently

  • Most recently serviced in February 2019 at Hanwells at a cost of £4,000

  • Freshly MOT'd for the sale

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. Roll stiffness 57% greater than the Red Label and a structure that was 10% stiffer gave the, nearly three-ton, car immense poise and transformed this luxury cruiser into a mile-crunching supercar rival, propelling the driver to 60 miles per hour in just 5.5 seconds in consumate luxury. 

For the 2007 model year, the Garrett turbochargers were replaced with low-inertia Mitsubishi units, new camshafts and an all-new roller tappet system were fitted, and the engine capacity increased fractionally to 6761cc. Peak power was now up 11% to a fashionable 500bhp with torque up to 738lb/ft. enabling a top speed of 180mph and the 0-60 whoosh was now down to 5.2 seconds. The engine was mated to a revised version of the six-speed ZF automatic transmission found in the Continental range, however, with that amount of torque it probably didn't need six speeds, it didn't really need four, but the requirement was for a state-of-the-art gearbox with computer management, multiple modes and Tiptronic-style overrides, and that came with a minimum of six ratios. 

This rare, UK-supplied Arnage 500T is offered in exceptional condition for its 45,000 miles from new. Finished in triple black with a dark walnut dashboard this car, which was supplied new by Bentley Leicester in April 2008, has been fully maintained from new by Bentley main dealerships up until 2017 and by Hanwells of London up until the current day, with the last service taking place in February 2019 at Hanwells at a cost of £4,000. Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected. 

Often viewed as the last of the real Bentleys, this 500T is a best of breed car and must be seen to be fully appreciated.

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1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL (W126)

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEL (W126)

Lot # 234 (Sale Order: 34 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Top of the range W126 S-Class with 272-bhp from the 5.5-litre V8

  • UK-supplied in right-hand drive and moved to Japan for a number of years

  • Returned to the UK in 2009 with a warranted mileage of just 14,866 

  • Joined a private collection in 2011

  • Fully maintained, both in Japan and here. Current mileage just over 17,000  

For decades, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been something of an automotive yardstick for technology. These luxury saloons have always represented the very best of the German marque's forward-thinking design with many world firsts debuting on an S-Class. In its homeland, this model is referred to as the 'Sonderklasse,' or Special-Class in English, and the W126 generation was very special indeed.

Only the second generation of the car to officially carry the S-Class nameplate, the W126 succeeded the very popular W116. Launched in 1979 after six years in development, this was to be the car that would take Mercedes-Benz into the next decade and serve as the flagship for the three-pointed-star. Designers wanted the W126 to be the unquestionable champion in the areas of safety, technology, and efficiency and they managed to do that for over a decade. 

In 1990, the most expensive top of the W126 range was the 560 SEL, a veritable palace on wheels. It combined the super smooth 5.6-litre V8 and the long wheelbase of the SE range, meaning it competed directly with the Rolls-Royce Spirit of the day - both in terms of price and size.

This particular right-hand drive car, finished in Arctic White, was supplied in June 1990 and after a spell out in Japan returned to these shores in 2009 with a warranted mileage of just 14,866. It has been fully maintained, both in Japan and here, up until 2011 when it was purchased as part of a special and unique collection. Since then, the mileage has risen to just over 17,000 and therefore must be one of the lowest mileage 560 SELs in the world today. These cars are now regarded as having the best build quality of any period of Mercedes-Benz production and are tipped as having the best investment potential for the future, and consequently, this rare car represents an opportunity not to be missed! Prior to the sale, this vehicle will have an oil and filter service with fresh fluids and be MOT'd, road tested and inspected.     

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1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) 3.5 Saloon

1972 Mercedes-Benz 280SE (W108) 3.5 Saloon

Lot # 235 (Sale Order: 35 of 64)      

Registration number is VOY 279L not NHD 985L as stated in the catalogue

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • 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 1960's and early 1970's 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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1991 Ferrari Testarossa

1991 Ferrari Testarossa

Lot # 236 (Sale Order: 36 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • Dating from 1991 and classically finished in Rosso and Crema with Rosso carpets

  • The extensive accompanying paperwork suggests a genuine 15,180 miles from new

  • History file includes copy invoices, previous MOTs, SORN docs (2009-2013) and previous owner statement

  • Being prepared for sale by specialist Bob Houghton to include, belts, service, new clutch and MOT  

When Ferrari introduced the Testarossa in Paris in 1984, it was regarded as possibly the best car they had ever built but, whilst the design was spectacular, it was not considered to be as sensually beautiful as numerous GT Ferraris of the past. As a complete departure, Pininfarina had designed a modern, aerodynamic and efficient body shape, immediately recognisable by its very distinctive side 'strakes' unlike anything else seen in the post-war period. The name 'Testarossa', literally Redhead, became synonymous with Ferrari sports racing cars in the 1950's and 1960's and was resurrected at the launch of this new model at the Porte de Versailles in 1984.

Housing a 4.9-litre V12 engine producing 390bhp, the car was capable of a respectable 0-60 mph time of 4.7 seconds and a top speed of 196mph. Produced between 1984 and 1991, some 7,177 Testarossas were made in total. Once again, time showed Pininfarina's design to be durable, and throughout the eighties, the distinctive 'strakes' were echoed in other design disciplines from cars to kettles.

However, although the design may have seemed to be 'of the moment', the Testarossa proved itself to be a well-built car, and despite its 'Eiger-rivaling' list price, turned out to be Ferrari's most successful model ever. Today it's a design icon, symbolic of eighties culture, and despite a quieter year or two, its popularity is returning rapidly. It's not a surprise really since the Testarossa offers a rare package of serious performance, practicality, and reasonable comfort and although heavy at low speeds, its confidence-inspiring handling at high speed becomes almost addictive.

The paperwork accompanying this splendid 1991 Testarossa suggests a genuine 15,180 miles from new. When purchased by our vendor around six months ago, he was given some detailed history by the previous owner who had purchased the car in May 2013. Apparently, the owner previous to him, who had owned it for eight years, lost the Service Book during an office move. He ordered a replacement straight away and contacted both Greypaul and Dick Lovett in Cardiff who agreed to place retrospective stamps in the replacement book, however, he never got around to doing anything about it. I imagine that the records are still in the individual dealer's systems so it should still be possible to arrange this. The service information in the 'new' service book is as follows;

09/10/2003    10,60917/05/2005    11,93417/05/2007    13,94022/11/2010    14,43713/06/2013    14,598 

The current indicated mileage is 15,180 and, helpfully, there is a list of MOTs going back to 2002, SORN dates, a list of most of the previous keepers and some of the previous registration numbers. The Ferrari remains in the sort of fabulous condition you would expect from such a tiny mileage and is currently being prepared for sale by respected specialist Bob Houghton in Cheltenham to include, fresh Belts, a full service, a new Clutch, and an MOT.      

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1965 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1

1965 Ford Cortina Lotus Mk1

Lot # 237 (Sale Order: 37 of 64)      

Offered at No Reserve, from the Property of a Gentleman

  • 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 1981/1982, 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 ($11,000 NZ) 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 1960's. 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 “Authorised 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 1981/1982 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.

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2002 BMW Z3M Roadster S54

2002 BMW Z3M Roadster S54

Lot # 238 (Sale Order: 38 of 64)      

Quick little roadster rapidly gaining in popularity

  • One of just 73 RHD, UK-supplied cars housing the S54 M-power masterpiece from BMW, just 22,500 miles

  • Timeless, tasteful specification with Titanium Silver paint, black leather, navy hood and presenting very well

  • All original books, tools, keys, body-coloured hard top, service book with nine stamps and large history folder

  • On offer from a dedicated enthusiast owner, probably one of the very best examples likely to come to market

 

First registered on 26 March 2002, this example is one of the 73 UK-supplied, right-hand-drive Z3M Roadsters factory-fitted with the S54 engine (engine of the year 2001). It was tastefully specified with Titanium Silver paintwork, Black leather seats with Estoril Blue accents and a Navy Blue hood, a timeless combination that complements the lines of this attractive little sports car. The hardtop is finished in body colour and is in excellent condition. Showing just 22,500 miles this example has a complete documented maintenance record with 9 stamps in the book from either BMW main agents or independent BMW specialists. Further to the comprehensive maintenance record, our vendor has taken some preventative measures to address some of the potential issues reported with this model including a fully updated VANOS system, a big-end bearing update, and fitted a replacement genuine BMW clutch and dual-mass flywheel.

Accompanying this example, are the original books including the service records, a Harman Kardon Hi-Fi with sub-woofer and boot-mounted six-disc CD player, genuine BMW wind-deflector, BMW Rear Screen Protector with original pouch, correct boot-mounted 'M' tyre inflator, genuine BMW First Aid kit, and a complete tool kit.

Service record breakdown;

22/10/2001

BMW (GB) LTD Distribution.

Pre-delivery Check.

07/05/2002

BMW (GB) LTD Distribution.

Running-in Check.

Mileage. 989.

27/01/2005

Hexagon Highgate.

Approved Used Car Check and Oil Service.

Mileage. 7,750.

07/06/2008

Spires of Highgate.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 15,409.

05/06/10

Spires of Highgate.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 17,929.

09/06/2012

Spires of Highgate.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 19,607.

09/05/2014

BMW Independent Specialist.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 19,901.

23/07/16

BMW Independent Specialist.

Inspection 1 Service.

Mileage. 21,158.

12/05/2017

BMW Independent Specialist.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 21,740.

04/05/2019

BMW Independent Specialist.

Inspection 2 Service.

Mileage. 22,332.

In summary, this is without doubt one of the best examples likely to come onto the market, with potential issues addressed, known history, sensible mileage and lovely specification. The BMW Z3M in both Coupe and Roadster form are fast becoming highly collectable with a  loyal cult following, rightfully so as they offer fabulous performance and great looks. Popular sports cars in low production numbers generally follow one trend, so act now.

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1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus S2 - 7,998 miles

1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus S2 - 7,998 miles

Lot # 239 (Sale Order: 39 of 64)      

A stunningly original example, from 30 years of single ownership

  • Bought by our vendor in 1988 with just over 7,000 miles, lovingly owned and stored 

  • Fully verifiable 7,998 miles, serviced regularly by a specialist (including belts), last serviced August 2018

  • One of its only journeys was to the Lotus Factory - where it won 1st prize in a Club Team Lotus Concours event!

  • A remarkable survivor and a car for the true collector - it will not disappoint 

The Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus was one of the most exciting hot-hatches to emerge from the 1970s. Chrysler commissioned Lotus to produce an effective entrant for international Group 4 rallying - to beat the dominant Ford Escort RSs at their own game. Lotus took a 1.6 GLS shell and installed a 2.2-litre (‘Type 911’ and closely related to the Type 912 found in the S2 and S3 Esprits) version of their 16-valve four-cylinder engine and a 5-speed ZF gearbox. The new Sunbeam-Lotus certainly looked the part - initially offered only in Black and Silver, with Marchal spotlights and tailored 'double four-spoke' cast-alloy wheels.  

Launched in 1979, the high-compression 2174cc twin-cam engine breathed through two twin-choke Dell'Orto carburettors, developed 150bhp (but was easily tuneable to well over 200bhp for rally use), and delivered excellent performance, being rear-wheel drive and weighing only 960kgs, giving a 0-60mph time of just 6.6 seconds. Lotus wasn’t just an engine supplier, it was also involved in designing the suspension and exhaust system.

As soon as it qualified for inclusion in international rally competition, the Sunbeam-Lotus proved extremely effective, finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th at the 1980 Lombard-RAC rally, Britain's round of the World Rally Championship. In 1981, the Sunbeam Lotus brought the entire manufacturer's championship to Talbot. 

For the Series 2 cars in 1981, a big ‘T’ was placed in the middle of the grille, the engine was mildly tweaked, the fuel tank and headlights were enlarged, and the wing mirrors were changed. By 1982, Moonstone Blue was the only available colour.  Only 1,184 right-hand-drive examples of the Sunbeam-Lotus were ever built approximately half the total number. However, today you’d be lucky to find 80 of these special cars according to the owners’ club. 

The car presented here is a 1983 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus (Series 2) and is a very special example indeed, being in remarkably original and unused as-it-left-the-factory condition, with just 7,998 (fully verifiable) miles covered. It is offered from a true enthusiast and has survived in an ‘as new’ time-wrap state, still sitting on its original tyres. It was bought by our vendor in 1988, just 5 years after leaving the showroom, with just over 7,000 miles.  

This particular car wears an evocative 'DAC' registration number which is synonymous with the final few examples produced. These were to be sold by ASOC Honorary Member Leon Gibbs at his Arbury dealership and were registered from DAC 2Y to DAC 150Y. 

The car was delivered to its original owner, a Mr Brookes, on the 1st February 1983 and was regularly serviced three times at dealership ‘C. & R. Bird’ of Herefordshire from 1984 to 1988 (at 5,000 miles). During this time, it was sold to a Mr Peart, who’s wife disliked driving the car, so after just four months of ownership, it was sold to our vendor on the 14th August 1988. He wanted the best example he could buy and intended to keep it that way. Hence, he assured the car was professionally stored, driven rarely, and has never seen any rain. He had the car serviced on the 16th May 1989 at 7,328 miles by Lotus specialists ‘DayTune’ of Cambridge, then again on the 24th May 1999 at 7,944 miles by Gerald Turner of ‘GST Performance’ and then again by ‘GST Performance’ at 7,995 miles on the 20th August 2018 (costing £1,800). On each occasion, our vendor insisted on a cam-belt replacement.

He has only ever really used the car twice, firstly to go to Castle Combe for a Lotus Club meeting and secondly, in 1989, to attend a Club Team Lotus Concours Show at the Lotus Factory at Hethel, where Hazel Chapman presented our vendor with a glass decanter for the car winning 1st in class – the Concours label still adorns its windscreen!  

The car is as special as you’d expect, being in the sort of condition which is wholly commensurate with the mileage and history, and still wears its factory paint, even in the engine bay, plus a spare wheel & jack that have never been out! Unsurprisingly, this

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1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 Evolution (Type 8221)

1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 Evolution (Type 8221)

Lot # 240 (Sale Order: 40 of 64)      

Ultra-rare & highly revered 'Homologation' model

  • The rarest and ultimate road-going R5 Turbo model

  • Alloy-roofed 'Group B Maxi' homologation model, produced for compliance with a larger specific 180bhp 1437cc engine type (C7K-700) and other upgrades

  • Additional aero and geometry changes allowed the 8221 to compete against the Stratos, Audi Sport and Porsche 911 in Group B

  • Correct and matching chassis (F0010133) & engine (J000188) numbers for its type

  • Delivered new on the 22nd April 1985 to Montlhéry Renault Dealer in France; imported into the UK (NOVA'd & awaiting UK reg number) from France; new MOT

  • Just 87,000 kms (54,000 miles), newly rebuilt & serviced engine

  • Extensive inspection and report from UK R5 Turbo expert Olly Melliard

  • Considered one of the most affordable of the Group B Maxi cars and tipped as a very astute investment

Supposedly, the Renault 5 Turbo concept came about after a discussion between Jean Terramorsi and his assistant Henry Lherm in 1976, who were aiming to increase the popularity of the Renault 5 model by creating a competition version for inclusion in FIA Group 4.  In a bit of a brain-storming session, they came up with some slightly 'wild' ideas including an engine in the middle of the car, big wheels, and spectacular bodywork.

However, the 'Renault Sport' engineers quickly embraced this thinking and, utilising the R5 Alpine as the basis, scrapped the standard front-engine, front wheel drive layout in favour of a mid-engine, rear-drive setup. As the project progressed, Renault Sport decided that the concept should be reversed, in order to get approval from the naturally cautious company hierarchy, and produce a really sporting road car, which could then morph into a racing saloon. Designer Yves Legal set about drawing the almost cartoonish hyper-trophied design, whilst Serge Masset and Philippe Chasselut worked on the 160bhp 1397cc engine and the resulting R5 Turbo made its debut at the Paris Exhibition in 1980.

Renault’s new R5 Turbo ‘pocket-rocket’ sports hatch was born, an expensive-to-produce homologation special to allow participation in Group 4 racing and international rallies, and only 400 examples were produced, just enough to satisfy the homologation volume requirements. In 1981, Jean Ragnotti and his co-driver Jean-Marc Andrie won the Monte Carlo Rally outright for Renault, and the following year Ragnotti won the Tour de Corse.

By 1982, Renault were producing the R5 Turbo 2, a slightly more production-friendly version of their race-car-for-the-road and, in 1984, 'Group B' homologation was sought for the Renault 'Maxi 5 Turbo' to enable it to compete in the World Rally Championship. By the end of the year, Renault produced a batch of just 200 special Turbo 2 cars, without any customer orders, to allow the racing Maxi 5 Turbo to compete within a higher engine category and utilise wider tyres. These superior Turbo 2 cars, dubbed the ‘Type 8221’, received a specific 1437cc engine type (C7K-700) with mechanical upgrades (including an uprated turbocharger, crankshaft, cylinder head, cylinder head gasket and rocker adjustment bolt) which was good for a rumoured 180bhp, plus an aluminium roof, additional aero and geometry changes, all of which enabled it to be competitive against the Lancia Stratos, Audi Sport, and Porsche 911s in Group B. Jean Ragnotti and Pierre Thimonier celebrated the new car's maiden outing with a win in the Tour de Corse in 1985.

The ‘Type 8221’ is now highly-prized, and regarded as the ultimate road-going Renault Turbo 2, whilst also being numerically the rarest of all R5 Turbo models and the only version homologated for Group B.

The car presented here is a 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 Type 8221, car #133 of the 200. Importantly, due to the rarity, value and imitation potential of these specific models, this car’s type and authenticity can all be confirmed by the presence of numerous correct chassis plates, stampings and features. Further confidence and ratification come in the form of an inspection carried out by Olly Melliard, a leading UK-based R5 expert, who recently received the car at his workshops, and was able to provide a report regarding its type, condition and performance (this complete report will accompany the car at auction).  

Originally, it was delivered new on the 22nd April 1985 to the Renault Dealer in Montlhéry and is believed to have spent its life in and around the South of France. It was specifically sourced for our vendor from a French specialist and has now been imported into the UK (with all NOVA paper

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1985 MG Metro 6R4

1985 MG Metro 6R4

Lot # 241 (Sale Order: 41 of 64)      

34-years old, factory fresh, and only seven miles from new

  • Purchased from the factory in late 1986 and transported to the first owner's home

  • Sold as a 'kit' from the factory to avoid 'Type Approval'. Only 2 spoilers to attach (20 mins)

  • Just two owners from new, our vendor for 16 years

  • Only seven miles in total, two whilst running on stands.

  • 100% original. A popular exhibit at Donington Park Museum from 1996 to 2002

  • Almost certainly the only, seven-miles from new, Group 'B' Rally Car in the world  

In the mid-1980s, the 'Group B' race category of the World Rally Championship inspired the wildest, most powerful rally cars ever built. The MG Metro 6R4 was born out of this short-lived turbocharged era and Austin Rover's optimistic thirst for motorsport success after the TR7 V8 and TR8 rally cars had hung up their competitive boots. The entire project was the brainchild of Austin Rover Motor Sport Chief, John Davenport, who decided to follow Audi's lead with their revolutionary permanent 4WD transmission and once the green light was given, collaborated with the best engineering brains in the land. Amongst others, Patrick Head and John Piper from Williams F1 were brought onboard as not only were Williams the best F1 team at the time, but they were also sponsored by the company.

In December 1982, the finished prototype was delivered to Cowley for in-house development to begin. However, it wasn't until 1984 that the 6R4 was introduced to the press in order to quell increasing speculation surrounding the project. Beneath its skin, the puny A-Series engine/front-wheel-drive package was replaced by a David Wood-designed 3-litre, 90-degree V6 positioned behind the front seats and driving all four wheels. Twin-cam cylinder heads, modelled on those of Cosworth's Formula 1 DFV V8 engine, ensured the 6R4 was a true giant killer.

The car appeared in two guises. There was a so-called 'Clubman' model, a road-going version developing approximately 250 bhp, of which around 200 were made and sold to the public, and a further 20 were taken and built to International 'Group B' specifications. However, in 1986 'Group B' rallying was scrapped after a series of fatalities involving spectators and just as the inevitable teething problems were being ironed out and the car was becoming competitive, the 6R4 was denied any chance of glory on an international stage.

This MG Metro 6R4 is probably the only unregistered, brand new, 'Group B' rally car in the world. With the odometer reading just seven miles and having never seen the rain, it has been 'dry cleaned' for its entire life and has remained in its delivery state, coated in factory wax, as collected from Abingdon in 1986 (photo on file). It was purchased by its first owner directly from the Austin Rover Group Ltd on 5th December 1986 as a kit with a full set of assembly instructions (also in the file) and transported to his home in Oxfordshire. Austin Rover's idea was to build the car as a 'ready to rally' car without Type Approval meaning that the Metro 6R4 had to be sold as a 'kit' on which owners were obliged to carry out a minor degree of final assembly prior to it being 'ready to rally'.

It lived out the next few years on stands at the family home until May 1996 when the late owner's widow contacted Kevin Wheatcroft at the Donnington Museum and offered the Metro on long-term loan to the Museum as she felt that it was better appreciated by an enthusiastic audience than sat in her garage. An agreement was reached with the Trustees and on the 17th September 1996 the little MG began the trip up the motorway to its new home.

There it was to remain until it was purchased by our vendor in 2002 when the mileage was five miles. The additional two miles has come about as he has run-up the engine and drivetrain on stands during the seventeen years in his care. As well as the Assembly Manual, the history file contains all of the purchase contract correspondence, letters from the original owner to Donington, and a number of photographs.

Whilst it would be quite possible to prepare the Metro for National Rallies or Rallycross and it, presumably, would be quite competitive with the other 6R4s, the essence of this car is obviously that it is effectively, out-of-the-box, brand new. As with anything saleable and desirable, the fewer there are, the value tends to escalate exponentially and if, as we believe, this is the only seven-mile 'Group B' rally car in the world, then you can form your own conclusions as to its likely future value.

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1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal

1975 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Lot # 242 (Sale Order: 42 of 64)      

An absolutely World Class Montreal

•    One of 175 original right-hand drive cars. 69,000 miles from new•    Coming from long term ownership of 27 years•    Purchased by our vendor from the Patrick Collection in 1993  •    Complete portfolio of all docs/receipts from before and since purchase•    Fully restored and re-engineered. A labour of love•    Fabulously presented. A significant Concours car

In 1967, Alfa Romeo dipped its toe into the Supercar sector by launching the Montreal, named after the Montreal Expo where it made its debut.Initially fitted with Alfa's four-cylinder, twin cam engine, by the time the Montreal was launched, for a limited production run at the 1970 Geneva Motor Show, this had changed to an all-new V8 quad-cam competition-derived power unit with dry sump lubrication taken from the successful Type 33 sports racer and mated to a 5 speed ZF gearbox, an altogether more appropriate power plant for such an exotic machine. With a capacity of 2,593cc, the V8 featured twin overhead camshafts per bank and produced, via Alfa Romeo/Spica fuel injection and Bosch electronic ignition, 200bhp at 6,500rpm. This provided excellent performance with a top speed of 137mph and 0-60mph in just 7.6 seconds.Under the exotic Bertone designed 2+2 coupé coachwork, the Montreal incorporated many stylish features, such as the headlamp eyelids and the NACA duct on the bonnet. The floorpan was derived from a modified 1750 GTV chassis and sported independent coil sprung front suspension, live coil sprung rear axle, limited slip differential and ventilated discs. This resulted in excellent road holding and braking. In the stylish interior, the seats had built-in adjustable headrests and an unusual external feature was vacuum-operated headlamp stone guards.

From the fascinating history file that accompanies this lovely Alfa, we can glean that its original owner was Diane Raymonde Grant-Murray who kept it for less than a year before selling it on 15/09/1976 to Kenneth Harding Wilson who, during his ownership, painted it Red with acrylic paint and added a 1970's sunroof. He, in turn, parted with the Alfa on 24/01/1983 and it became part of the Patrick Motor Collection where it was to remain until July 1993 when it was purchased by our vendor. We imagine that when he first bought the smart red Alfa he had no idea that it was to be the start of a 27-year journey.Rather than a restoration, the Montreal appears to have been 'developed' over the years and, although there is a complete portfolio of documents and invoices with the car, it's difficult to establish a timeline. We do know that Rob Thompson returned the car from red to a Dark Metallic Green in 1995 and there are photographs of this. We also know that in 1996, our fastidious vendor, unable to source the correct windscreen rubbers, commissioned tooling in order to manufacture his own. From the car's entry form we learn that it has a full Harvey-Bailey handling kit, Wilwood small 4-pot front calipers (originals retained), 1'larger diameter road wheels (identical Campagnolo design) to suit improved tyre technology, poly-bushed all round, the engine runs re-profiled cams, Newman tappets, an improved water pump system/bearing and front chain guides, and a new steel stainless sports exhaust. A lot of this work was carried out by Alfa guru, Robert Thompson.

The fully restored interior includes subtle modifications to accommodate taller drivers ie the driver's seat is sprung with serpentine springs, the door handles modified and retrimmed, interior hand-made stainless parts (some machined from solid) replacing inferior plastic, and a Momo smaller diameter steering wheel (original retained).The Alfa enjoyed some success in 'Concours' and was 'Highly Commended' in 2004, 2005, 2006 before winning the AROC 'Concours d'Elegance' outright in 2008  (Featured in Top Gear TV footage and stills). 

Despite the above success, our vendor decided to repaint the car once again and during 2009/10 'Body Beautiful' did a lovely job in the original colour which looks like 'Verde Pino Metallica'. Almost 10 years later the paintwork is still in beautiful condition retaining a deep shine. This is no 'Trailer Queen' and has been enjoyed on two European Tours and recently took part in the 2018 Montreal Scotland Tour.

The Montreal is featured in “101 Great Marques” by Andrew Whyte and the original Peerage Books press transparencies are in the file alongside some from the Patrick Collection, dozens of photos of the various resprays and rebuilds, all the old log books, all docs and receipts from before and since

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1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

1974 BMW 2002 Turbo

Lot # 243 (Sale Order: 43 of 64)      

Who said beauty is just skin deep?

  • 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.

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1965 Ford Lotus Cortina - Ex-Sir John Whitmore.

1965 Ford Lotus Cortina - Ex-Sir John Whitmore.

Lot # 244 (Sale Order: 44 of 64)      

A very famous car with an immaculate timeline and provenance

  • The original 1965 European Touring Car Championship-winning Lotus Cortina

  • Prepared by Alan Mann Racing for Sir John Whitmore winning 8 out of 9 rounds

  • Retired at the end of 1965 and used by Ford for a promotional tour

  • Acquired by Sir John himself in 1967 and owned by him until 1995

  • Exceptional history file with results, Autosport articles and period photos of the defining original features

  • On the button with that indefinable feel of an original 1960s racer

Sir John Henry Douglas Whitmore, 2nd Baronet of Orsett Hall, Grays, Essex was a very well known and established racing driver of the sixties. Born into a land-owning family, Sir John first turned to motorsports in 1956 and, after a spell of rallying and sprinting, began circuit racing with a Lotus 6 in 1958. In 1959, Lotus supremo, Colin Chapman, offered him a drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans sharing a Lotus Elite with Jim Clark, resulting in a remarkable 2nd in class for the talented pairing. However, it's probably his association with the British Saloon Car Championship for which he will be best remembered. In his first year in the competition, 1961, Sir John won the Championship outright in his BMC Mini and, in 1963, almost repeated the feat in his Mini-Cooper (and latterly Cooper S) finishing a close second after a series of legendary 'David and Goliath' battles with Graham Hill in his Jaguar and Jack Sears, Jim Clark, Jack Brabham and Dan Gurney in their 7-litre Galaxies. In 1965 he won the European Touring Car Championship in a Lotus Cortina by finishing first in his class in 8 of the 9  ETCC rounds, an achievement that has never been repeated since. He returned to Le Mans in 1965 and 1966 aboard a 'works' Ford GT40 but had to retire from the race on both occasions with mechanical problems. Subsequently, he enjoyed much success as a member of Carroll Shelby's World Sportscar Championship-winning team. In 1966, at the height of his fame, Sir John retired from motorsports to pursue a career in the emerging science of Sports Psychology and is the author of the seminal work 'Coaching for Performance'. After many years away from motorsport, Sir John returned in 1987 and enjoyed many seasons of historic competition, including driving for the revived Alan Mann Racing Team, sharing cars with Alan himself at times. He finally hung up his crash helmet for the second time a few years ago and sadly passed away in April 2017.

Offered here is one of the most significant competition Lotus Cortinas of the sixties and the very car that guided Sir John Whitmore to the 1965 European Touring Championship crown.  Legendary preparer and race engineer, Alan Mann, was entrusted by the Ford Motor Company to help implement their ambitious 'Total Performance' program preparing race cars in numerous disciplines to emphatically put the brand on the motorsport map in the sixties. During 1964, his Lotus Cortinas dominated the 1964 European Touring Car Championship, trouncing the opposition at Brands Hatch, Zolder and the Mont Ventoux hill climb, only to have almost certain victory snatched away when the final round at Monza was controversially cancelled. The team's top driver with five wins, Sir John, had to be content with 2nd place overall behind Warwick Banks' Mini Cooper S.

For the 1965 season, Alan Mann Racing used his 1964 ETC race-winning car while the recently-revised rear suspension was homologated and at the second round of the championship, the now-registered KPU 392C won at Mont Ventoux. One week later, sharing KPU 392C with Jack Sears, they won overall at the Nurburgring 6-Hour race setting a new Touring Car lap record in the rain-affected meeting. This was followed by wins at Zolder and Innsbruck. Sir John finished second overall at Karslkoga and a following win at the Snetterton 500km meant the European Championship was certainly looking on the cards. A series finale class win and second overall at Zandvoort meant that the Championship was won and  Ford wasted no time letting the PR opportunities roll, diminishing rivals like BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Alfa Romeo to also-rans to the superfast combination of Sir John Whitmore and the Alan Mann Racing Lotus Cortinas. Ford Motorsport and Team Lotus both ran Lotus Cortinas at the same time for luminary formula one drivers of the day but Alan Mann still engineered fractionally quicker cars. 

The timeline and provenance of this most famous and historic of Lotus Cortinas are totally complete. When the 1965 season finished, the car was despatched on a promotional tour of the Ford dealer network and

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1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

1996 Ferrari F355 Spider

Lot # 245 (Sale Order: 45 of 64)      

Freshly cambelt serviced and now showing 26,000 km

  • Finished in Rosso Corsa and Nero with the desirable 6-speed manual gearbox

  • German delivered in left-hand drive and showing 26,000 km on the odometer

  • Offered with its original service book and NOVA reference number

  • Full cambelt service to be carried out by marque specialist, Keys Motorsport, prior to sale

The Ferrari F355 is now considered a modern classic, so beautiful, so well-engineered and so well received that it marked the beginning of the end of the old-guard ‘Ferraristi' philosophy that the only 'real' Ferraris were ones with 12-cylinder engines. The F355 Berlinetta burst onto the world stage in the Spring of 1994, with the Targa GTS and Spider following in 1995. The new car shared almost exactly the same dimensions as its predecessor, the 348, yet it was virtually a new car, as its flowing coachwork indicated. Many hours of wind tunnel testing influenced the harmonious shape which incorporated an F1-style flat bottom with channelled airflow generating enough downforce to offset any lift.

The F355's name is derived from its 3.5-litre V8 engine and five valves per cylinder - as denoted by the ‘Cinquevalvole' inscription on the rocker covers, and this longitudinally mounted power unit generates an impressive 374bhp at a spine-tingling 8250rpm. The con-rods are titanium alloy, the clutch is housed in magnesium alloy, and the Bilstein shock absorbers use electronic sensors to provide active damping. In 1994, the Ferrari F355 was a technological tour-de-force. Around Ferrari's 1.86 mile Fiorano test track, the F355 was two seconds a lap faster than the 12-cylinder, 512 TR and that level of performance, combined with its sensational shape, ensured its success on the world stage.

Offered here is a left-hand drive Ferrari F355 Spider first delivered and registered new in Germany in 1996. The German registration document is included in the history file. Finished in Rosso Corsa with Nero interior, this car is fitted with the desirable 6-speed manual gearbox and was specified with air conditioning. It now also sports a 'Tubi' exhaust system.

During the late 1990s, the car was imported into the UK and owned by a Ferrari specialist, from whom our vendor purchased the car, hence the MOT Certificates between 2000 to 2009. After this time our vendor moved to Spain, and the car was to follow. In 2014, it was the recipient of a full service by Ferrari Valencia totalling more than 7,000 EUROS. Most recently, the car has passed the Spanish ITV test (UK MOT equivalent) and this is valid until June 2020 in Spain. Prior to the sale and upon its arrival back to the UK, the car will go to marque specialists, Keys Motorsport, where it will have a full cambelt service.

Supplied with a NOVA reference number for the next owner to begin the registration process in order to obtain a UK V5c, it's also accompanied by its service book, an old UK V5c, old UK MOTs, its Spanish registration and ITV documents and invoices. At today’s sensible estimate and now showing 26,000km, this smart 355 offers great, entry-level, Ferrari ownership.

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1959 (2013) W.A.M Aston Martin DB3S Replica

1959 (2013) W.A.M Aston Martin DB3S Replica

Lot # 246 (Sale Order: 46 of 64)      

A superb replica of an iconic car

  • A W.A.M ‘Bill Monk’ replica of an Aston Martin DB3S

  • Fitted with a 3.5-litre BMW straight-six engine on Weber 40 DCOE twin-choke side-draught carburettors

  • Only covered 2,729 miles since being completed in 2015

  • Supplied with half & full tonneau covers – a fabulous replica of a legendary car

This stunning DB3S recreation was completed by Bill Monk (W.A.M) in 2015. It has covered approximately 2,729miles since it was ready for the road and is the last of only eleven of these wonderful celebrations of the DB3S by Bill Monk and the only one to recreate the style of the later DB3S 'Works' cars. Powered by a 3.5-litre straight six BMW engine, with triple Weber 40 DCOE twin-choke, side-draught carburettors it has been fully set up on a rolling road by Janspeed of Salisbury recording a very healthy 182bhp. Bill Monk previously owned two original Aston Martin DB3S', chassis number 10, an ex-Le Mans car, and chassis number 120, one of only 3 DB3S coupés ever build. Inspired by his ownership of these legendary motor cars, Bill decided to produce DB3S recreations under the name WAM (William Anthony Monk) using a mould taken from one of the original cars and his extensive experience of restoring and working on Aston Martins.

Finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with knock-off wire wheels, chrome spinners, and polished stainless steel side exhaust pipes, this DB3S recreation sounds as good as it looks, with equally impressive performance. The BMW 5-series engine was specifically chosen, as opposed to a Jaguar straight-six engine, as the BMW unit provides very similar power to the original DB3S engine, sounds very similar, and the exhaust exits on the correct side, unlike the straight-six Jaguar engine. The majority of the running gear is Jaguar. This includes the front suspension (double wishbones and uprights with aftermarket coil spring damper units), the rear suspension (Jaguar lower wishbones, driveshafts, and uprights) and with Jaguar servo-assisted disc brakes fitted at all corners. Exceptional attention to detail has been given to the interior, including a period correct style dashboard and steering wheel, along with period style seats in green leather and matching green carpet.

Our vendor has covered approximately 2,500 miles in his two years of ownership and he has sent the car to Aston Martin Dorset and marque specialists D.Wood Motorsport of Wimbourne for a service and sundry work. He has spent around £2,000, including the fitting of TRS 4-point harnesses to both passenger and driver’s seat, a map reading light, a Le Mans-style 'running' light to illuminate the number roundel, a GB badge on the rear, and a locking fuel cap.

Prior to our vendors ownership this car was test driven by a previous owner of the original DB3S chassis number 11, who was incredibly impressed by Bill Monk's work. Totally practical, with half and full tonneau covers and a spare wheel, this superb recreation will offer its new owner the chance to enjoy and experience the sights and sounds of the legendary DB3S for a fraction of the cost of the genuine article.  

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2006 McLaren-Mercedes SLR

2006 McLaren-Mercedes SLR

Lot # 247 (Sale Order: 47 of 64)      

One of the most stylish modern GT cars ever manufactured

  • 617 bhp, 5439cc, supercharged V8 - the ultimate 'Grand Tourer' with everyday usability

  • Introduced in 2003 and developed jointly with the McLaren Technology Centre

  • UK-supplied and only 16,500 miles from new. On offer from a significant private collection

  • Over £16,000 in care and attention only 1,000 miles ago at the SLR Centre in Brooklands

  • Supplied with a good history file and offered at a very realistic and sensible guide price

Manufactured between 2003 and 2010, their new supercar allowed Mercedes-Benz and its then Formula 1 partner, McLaren, to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production of high-performance sports cars and, just like its legendary 300 SLR predecessor of 1955, it incorporated technological developments that were ahead of their time. Yet the term 'supercar' does not do full justice to the SLR, which, its peerless performance notwithstanding, is a luxurious and finely engineered Gran Turismo in the best traditions of Mercedes-Benz. Rather than creating an all-out, no-compromise supercar, Mercedes-Benz and McLaren decided to take a slightly different route. Instead of placing the engine in behind the cabin, the car had a front-mid-engine layout, with the engine sitting behind the front wheels and just ahead of the cabin. This, near-perfect, weight distribution not only helped to improve the SLR's handling but also provided the car with a rather spacious cabin and a decent boot, not common in cars boasting such performance credentials. As it was supremely engineered and built to incredible standards at McLaren's facilities in Woking, it boasted a very high level of fit and finish, absolutely appropriate for any car wearing a Mercedes-Benz badge.

The heart of any car is its engine, and that of the SLR McLaren is truly outstanding. Produced at Mercedes-Benz's AMG Performance Division, it's a 5.5-litre, 24-valve, supercharged V8 producing 617bhp, making it one of the most powerful engines ever found in a series-produced road-going sports car. Impressive though this peak horsepower figure is, it's the torque produced by the Lysholm-type twin-screw supercharger that is its most remarkable feature. The torque curve is almost flat: there is already 440lb/ft by 1,500 rpm and well over 500lb/ft between 3,000 and 5,000 revs, and acceleration is equally phenomenal, with 0 to 60 mph taking just 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile only 11 seconds. Of course, a car with such impressive speed credentials also requires an equally impressive braking system. An automatic airbrake and Mercedes-Benz's Sensotronic 'brake by wire' system assist the massive carbon-ceramic disc brakes and help bring the SLR McLaren down from 120 mph to a stop in less than 240 feet.

This particular SLR has formed part of our vendor's significant private collection since July 2015 and certainly looks the part in its Crystal Black Metallic paintwork with a Red Nappa leather interior.  The odometer indicates that the car's four former keepers have only covered 16,500 miles since it was delivered new in 2006. In November 2015, our vendor took the SLR to the SLR centre at Brooklands and spent £16,000 at the time, when the odometer was showing 15,400 miles, so only 1,000 miles have been completed since this significant expenditure. Details of all of this work are on file along with a fully stamped service book from the previous five services at the SLR facility in Surrey. 

The cherished plate 'F13 SLR' is generously included in the sale along with the aforementioned history file and a fresh MOT will be issued prior to the auction. Offered at a very competitive and sensible guide price, when you compare it with asking prices elsewhere, this really is a fantastic opportunity to acquire a very special car that delivers in terms of both value and collectability.

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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

Lot # 248 (Sale Order: 48 of 64)      

A modern-classic 'Gullwing'; UK, RHD, only 690 miles

  • From a select private collection, UK-supplied, just 690 miles, full service history

  • Front-mid mounted, aluminium-alloy, dry-sumped, normally aspirated 6.2-litre V8

  • Structured and panelled entirely in aluminium, lightweight carbon-fibre driveshafts

  • 0-62mph in 3.8 secs, 197 mph/563bhp @ 6800rpm/479lb ft @ 4750rpm

  • Roof-hinged 'gullwing' doors pay homage to the iconic 300SL 

Jaguar E-Type fans will undoubtedly disagree but perhaps the most recognisable sports car of the 1950's was the classic Mercedes 300SL 'Gullwing'. With its dramatic doors, this was the ultimate supercar of its time whose very mention evokes memories of Grace Kelly and grainy black and white racing footage. It was the embodiment of half a century of Mercedes Motorsport pedigree and pleasingly, became the inspiration for a modern interpretation - the brand's equally desirable SLS AMG model, launched in 2010.

It's not just the gullwing doors that awaken reminiscences of the legendary 300 SL. The characteristic wide radiator grille with the large Mercedes-Benz star and the wing-like fin are also reminiscent of the face of that historic sports car. The three-dimensional, sculptured front with the low, v-shaped, front skirt with lateral indentations gives this new gullwing a powerful, almost aggressive stance on the road, a sort of 'don't mess with me' look. The car’s dominance is underscored by six large air intakes and the wide set, Bi-xenon vertical headlamps.

There's something utterly beguiling about a large capacity V8 and the one you'll find under the bonnet of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG is an absolute peach. It's a 6.2-litre unit and was the first V8 from the AMG stable to be designed from the ground up, with its initial application being in the E63 super-saloon. The engine was further developed for the SLS with a dry sump set-up and 120 unique parts and, in this guise, could muster a very healthy 563bhp. It's a simply superb engine and even when running on part throttle it rumbles and crackles like distant thunder and lightning. It's mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission complete with a 'Race Start' launch-control system enabling a claimed 0-62mph time of 3.8secs and a top speed of 197mph.

The SLS is one of those machines that had modern-classic written all over it from the moment it first saw the light of day and, whilst it was the first car to be fully designed by AMG in-house, it was sadly the last to be fitted with a naturally aspirated V8. However, it wasn't just a case of prodigious power and retro-inspired styling that made the SLS a modern icon as, when EVO magazine pitched it up against some pretty serious rivals, it won the motoring press over with its blend of all-round ability and everyday usability. Pitched head-to-head with Aston's V12 Vantage, Ferrari's 599 HGTE and the evergreen Porsche 911 Turbo 'S', the AMG's depth of talent won the day.

The car presented here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive 2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG in virtually 'as-new' condition, having covered just 690 miles. In striking AMG Le Mans Red paintwork, a colour that suits the car perfectly and was used by Mercedes for many of the press images of their new supercar, this formidable car is simply as good as you could hope for. It has patently been cossetted, regularly Mercedes-Benz main dealer serviced despite its minuscule mileage (most recently in November 2018 at 546 miles) and stored impeccably. Over the last nine years, it has been enjoyed by two fortunate owners, both successful older businessmen but real automotive enthusiasts too, where it has formed part of their respective collections. A change in circumstances means our vendor must now part with it and admits it will be sorely missed. This is a real opportunity to acquire a best-of-breed example of the type of supercar we may not see the likes of again from a major manufacturer.

Here it is then, the last-of-the-line, expensive to engineer as a design with a configuration and large capacity engine that, although mighty and supremely effective, are not deemed viable in today's automotive world, plus it has those doors! Those doors - they are hard not to fall for given the lineage and endow the SLS with a real sense of Mercedes magic.

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1991 Ferrari Mondial 3.4T

1991 Ferrari Mondial 3.4T

Lot # 249 (Sale Order: 49 of 64)      

An amazing example of these mid-engined, V8, four-seat Grand Tourers

  • Well appointed, comfortable, genuine 2+2 accommodation, still good for 140mph

  • Dating from 1991, this left-hand drive 3.4T has only covered some 42,500km

  • Fully restored as a showpiece to demonstrate the work of Scuderia Scaglietti of Chiswick

  • Finished in Rosso Scuderia with a bespoke multi-coloured interior. Tubi exhaust

Launched at the 1980 Geneva Auto Salon, the Mondial was the first Ferrari to depart from the company’s familiar three-digit naming scheme and its name was inspired by their famous Mondial sports-racers from the fifties. The Mondial saw Ferrari return to Pininfarina as its choice of styling house, and it was sold as a mid-sized coupé and, eventually, a cabriolet. Conceived as a 'more usable' model, offering the practicality of four seats with the performance of a mid-range Ferrari and hopefully attracting a slightly wider audience than their traditionally more focused two-seaters. The car was not built as a monocoque in a conventional way, but instead, the steel outer body was produced by the famous Italian coachbuilder Carrozzeria Scaglietti, just down the road in nearby Modena and clothed a lightweight steel box-section space frame.

The Mondial was the first Ferrari where the entire engine/gearbox/rear suspension assembly was mounted on a detachable steel sub-frame, making engine removal for a major rebuild or cylinder head removal much easier than it had been on earlier models.  Introduced in 1989, the Ferrari Mondial 3.4 T was the 'spearhead for a new generation of V8 Ferraris' and the final version of the Mondial. The 'T' was a reference to the new engine and transmission layout that now saw the engine mounted longitudinally with the gearbox transverse (forming a T), a characteristic of their Formula 1 '312T' which had just won the 1989 World Championship. This set-up would become the standard for all future mid-engined V8 Ferraris beginning with the 348 and continuing through to the 360.

This particular 1991 Mondial 3.4T, registration J117GEX, is a left-hand drive example that was restored as a showpiece to demonstrate the wonderful quality of work that Scuderia Scaglietti of Chiswick was capable of producing. Starting with a really sound car, they spent many months stripping the car back to bare metal and it is now superbly finished in Rosso Scuderia. The interior has been trimmed in a modern, multi-coloured theme, with inspiration from the current 'personalisation program' offered by Ferrari on their latest models. This, no-expense-spared, running restoration means that the new custodian will own a unique Ferrari with 2 + 2 versatility. The exhaust has been upgraded to a Tubi system and had the catalytic converter removed (not included) to improve the sound of the V8. The car has only covered some 42,500 km from new and was originally registered in Switzerland prior to being purchased by the current owner in April 2016.

 

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1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 FHC

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 FHC

Lot # 250 (Sale Order: 50 of 64)      

Fabulous Series 2 coupe, 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•    Restored in the late 1980s to original specification and still very smartly presented•    MOTs dating back to 1976. The V5c showing three former keepers. Matching numbers chassis & engine•    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 re-positioned 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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