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RACE RETRO SALE 2020 - Day 2 -Classic Cars

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RACE RETRO SALE 2020 - Day 2 -Classic Cars

by Silverstone Auctions
Sat, Feb  22, 2020  1:30 PM   EUR (GMT)
Silverstone Auctions will be returning to Race Retro for the ninth consecutive year, bringing a fine selection of competition and classic cars to market.
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1965 Porsche 911 SWB 2.0 1965 Porsche 911 SWB 2.0

1965 Porsche 911 SWB 2.0

Lot #401 (Sale Order 401 of 70)

This car is now offered at no reserve

  • Ultra rare '300' chassis numbers were the first few 911s off the line in March 1965

  • #300723 dates from mid-March 1965 and was built in left-hand drive destined for California

  • Excitingly offered at No Reserve

  • According to its Porsche COA, it was finished in Signal Red (6407) with Black Leatherette and Peptia inlays, Webasto heater and Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio

  • Imported by our vendor from the USA around 30 years ago and UK registered SPY 271C

  • Used regularly up until three years ago when it was put into dry storage as part of our vendor's collection

  • Although running well prior to retirement, should be considered a light restoration or recommissioning project

  • Sensibly guided opportunity to own a very desirable, really early 911 in its purest form

We can glean from its Porsche COA that #300723 rolled off the line in mid-March 1965 resplendent in a coat of Signal Red (6407) with a smart interior in black leatherette with Peptia cloth inlays. It was fitted from new with a Webasto petrol heater (P1018) and a Blaupunkt Frankfurt radio before being despatched to California where its first owner would have parted with around $6,500. Until its arrival on these shores around 30 years ago little is known of this little Porsche's adventures in the US but certainly, since then, it has remained in the care of its current owner in North Yorkshire. For most of those years, it was his daily driver but for the last few it's been kept cosy in his heated garage amongst the rest of his collection. 

Just prior to its retirement in mid-2017, the 911 was subject to a fair amount of work. From the relevant invoice, we can see that there was some corrosion on the right-hand side and the door pillar and sill were cut out and replaced. A new sill was fabricated, the floor pan repaired and the door apertures were then prepared and repainted. The invoice indicates some 66 hours labour on this job. At the same time, the car was serviced with fresh fluids, filters and gaskets, clearances checked, brakes adjusted and the driver's door window mechanism rebuilt and had some minor electrical work. The labour content was 16.5 hours and the combined bill was £7,388. The indicated mileage at the time was 76,042 meaning that the Porsche has only covered 193 miles since the work was carried out (atoc).

Despite the above, we think the car needs to be considered as a recommissioning or possibly a restoration project. It sits well and generally looks quite smart although in need of some detailing. The car hadn't run for three years and there was evidence of a small oil leak when we collected it so the decision was taken not to start it and that aspect will need some consideration. In addition to all the regular owner's documentation, there is a copy of a magazine article featuring SPY 271C and indeed that attractive registration will remain with the car.

It is incredibly rare to find a first-year SWB 911 so unmolested and free of updates and modifications, making this example ideal to be gently returned to the purity of form that wowed the citizens of Stuggart as it rolled out of the factory in early 1965. Alternatively, if that's not on your agenda, there are a number of suitable (pre-1966) motor racing championships for which the car is eligible including events at Goodwood and Monaco and particularly the Peter Auto SWB 2.0-litre Cup for which SPY 271C would be perfect.

 

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1970 Volkswagen Beetle 1300 1970 Volkswagen Beetle 1300

1970 Volkswagen Beetle 1300

Lot #402 (Sale Order 402 of 70)

  • Charismatic little flat-screen, metal dash, MacPherson strut, 44bhp Beetle 

  • UK-supplied finished in Clementine Orange with charcoal and black interior

  • Purchased by Peter Hawkes in 1971 and remained with him and his family ever since

  • Garaged for the majority of this time explaining the brightness of the paintwork

  • Original service book, owners manual and radio handbook, with service invoices back to 1974

  • Wouldn't take much to bring it up to the next level

This brightly coloured, Type 2 1300 Beetle dates from 1970 and was UK-supplied in right-hand drive and it's finished in what was called Clementine. It was purchased new in 1971 by Peter Hawkes after he was made redundant from his job at Whitbreads in Tottenham. He had the option of moving out of London and relocating but, being a true Londoner, he decided to take the redundancy money, find another job and buy a Beetle, which is exactly what he did. Then along came "Bessie the Beetle", the first and only new car that he ever owned.

Bessie has remained in the family, sons and daughters and grandsons, ever since and incredibly appears never to have been scraped, molested or dented in all that time. We understand that for the majority of this period the car was garaged which would explain the brightness of the paintwork. According to his daughter Joyce, the car was religiously serviced, initially by the VW dealer and later by a local garage and certainly gives the appearance of being well maintained.

In these days of complex electronics, there is something really comforting about a shiny metal dashboard with a few black knobs dotted about, seats that look like they have been borrowed from a school bus and an engine out the back somewhere that has sounded the same every day for the last 50 years. 

The paintwork retains a decent depth of shine, the shut lines are factory standard, the functional interior is clean and tidy and the little Beetle looks totally lovable. It's supplied with its original service book, the owners manual, the radio handbook and a big pile of service invoices going back to 1974.

Properly looked after, 'Bessie the Beetle' could be a member of your family for the next 50 years.

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1981 Volkswagen Mk 1 Golf GTi 1600 1981 Volkswagen Mk 1 Golf GTi 1600

1981 Volkswagen Mk 1 Golf GTi 1600

Lot #403 (Sale Order 403 of 70)

  • Delivered to Mart Road Garage in Minehead and first registered on 01/10/1981

  • Finished in Diamond Silver with original charcoal and silver duo-tone upholstery

  • Remarkably unmolested with no damage to the door cards or rear parcel shelf

  • Just over 42,000 miles corroborated by the original stamped service book

  • Good history file including original Owners Manual, old MOTs and service records

  • Recently serviced with a fresh cambelt and new MOT. This is a super opportunity

Now in its seventh generation, the Golf GTi remains the hot hatch by which all rivals are judged. The inaugural version was made available to a delighted German public in June 1976 and, whilst it wasn't until July 1979 that right-hand-drive models landed on British shores, a special order of 22 left-hand-drive cars was imported by Volkswagen the year before in order to give already eager UK enthusiasts a sneaky peek at this new and exciting genre of performance car. The ploy worked perfectly as the car's unique combination of handling, performance, packaging and affordability was an instant hit. Suddenly, there was the perfect solution for the enthusiast who'd forsaken his sports car to transport a young family - the GTi was what you might call a 'cake and eat it' car. Models have a habit of growing over the years and todays Golf is, in fact, larger than the original Golf. Though naturally not as quick as the current offering, the first generation GTi is actually more nimble and immense fun to drive - no wonder then that collectors have long since latched on to these ground-breaking little saloons and tidy Mk 1s are becoming rarer.

On offer here we do, indeed, have one of those tidy Mk 1s and, pleasingly, it's in a remarkable, cared for, original condition. It's a UK, right-hand drive car and dates from late 1981 making it a 1600 (1588cc). The 1800 GTi, which replaced it the following year, had 110bhp which was only 1.6bhp more than the smaller car but offered a bit more torque, however, it's the original 1600 that has that extra cachét. It's finished in Diamond Silver with a duo-tone interior and is in lovely condition having never been troubled by the addition of speakers or sound systems requiring lumps cut out of the upholstery.

It has covered just over 42,000 miles (atoc) corroborated by the original stamped service book, still retains the supplying dealer number plates and rear window sticker and is supplied with a good history file including the original Owners Manual, old MOTs and service records. It has recently been serviced with a fresh cambelt and a new MOT.

Anyone who ever spent some time whizzing around in a Mk 1 GTi will remember just how much fun they could be and this smart, low-mileage, well-cared-for example seems like an unmissable opportunity.

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1979 Ford Escort RS2000 (Four-door) 1979 Ford Escort RS2000 (Four-door)

1979 Ford Escort RS2000 (Four-door)

Lot #404 (Sale Order 404 of 70)

  • The Australian RS2000 was built for two years only (1979/1980) at the Homebush plant in Sydney

  • Around 880 4-door cars were built with less than a dozen believed to be in the UK

  • Immaculate in Signal Yellow with a fully retrimmed interior using original fabrics

  • Refurbed original RS alloy wheels and new Pirellis. Unleaded head conversion

  • These cars have some unique features including a larger fuel tank, strengthened shells etc

  • Letter of Authenticity from the RS Owners Club confirming its pedigree

  • 64,364 miles (atoc). Fresh MOT with No Advisories. UK V5c. Very sensibly guided

The Mk II Escort RS2000 story in Australia starts back in 1976 when Ford imported a batch of 25 German-built RS2000s, 25 being the important number to satisfy the Aussie touring car homologation rules of the day, giving Ford a ticket into the two-litre class of local touring car racing where guys like Bob Holden, a former Bathurst winner, went on to compete with other two-litre contenders such as Toyota Celicas and Dolomite Sprints. The German cars were snapped up by race teams, and since only 25 of these ultra-competitive cars were imported and with Bathurst heritage and the sort of exposure that racing brings, they were naturally sought after and developed a bit of a cult following.

Ford naturally reacted to this and, with an existing plant in Sydney already churning out Mk IIs, it seemed logical to produce the RS2000 locally. However, a number of complications and procrastinations, including the fact that the much-revered ‘RS’ moniker in Europe is a commonly used insult in Oz, meant that it was almost three years later that RS2000s began rolling out of the Homebush factory. Uniquely, in Australia, the RS2000 was available with four doors and 880 of these were made in comparison to 1,500 two-door cars. So, whilst people in Australia did slightly favour the 2-door version, it's clear that locals didn't directly feel that sports versions necessarily had to have only two doors. Probably, the fact that some of the fastest locally produced muscle cars were four-doors was a factor as well as the whole notion of a four-door not being sporty wasn't as entrenched in the mindset of Australian enthusiasts as it was over here.

However the Australian cars were not mechanically identical to their European cousins lacking the radius arms, alloy sump/bell housing etc. and the 2.0-litre single overhead camshaft Pinto engine. But they were effectively a standard 2-litre Mk II with the distinctive droop-snoot front end, RS alloys, all-black interior and RS graphics. Mind you, with 94bhp and a torquey delivery, a relatively close-ratio four-speed gearbox and a weighbridge ticket of about 950kg, the Mk II RS2000 was remarkably quick for a 4-cylinder car and it was really only rotary-engined Mazdas that could stay with a two-litre Escort.

This lovely, four-door, example dates from 1979 beginning life at Ford’s Homebush plant near Sydney and, according to the Letter of Authenticity from the RS Owners Club, is a genuine RS2000. It’s one of probably less than a dozen four-door cars to have returned to its spiritual home and having spent most of its life in a very favourable climate, has never required major bodywork and appears to be in lovely condition. The Signal Yellow paintwork retains a deep shine, the black window surrounds are in good shape, the engine bay is showroom standard. The RS alloys have been refurbished and fitted with fresh Pirellis and it has had a five-speed gearbox fitted. The interior, however, has been fully refurbished and sports the correct RS instruments and steering wheel and the black leather Fishnet Recaros are European-specification as opposed to the more basic Scheel ones fitted from new. It has also been converted to run on lead-free petrol and has just sailed through an MOT with no advisories.

This is a very rare fast Ford, a worthy addition to any collection and would certainly be a conversation starter at RS Owners meets where very few people would have seen another one.

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1994 Porsche 968 Sport 1994 Porsche 968 Sport

1994 Porsche 968 Sport

Lot #405 (Sale Order 405 of 70)

  • A UK-supplied, right-hand drive 968 Sport – 21,800 miles (atoc) miles with just three owners

  • Porsche Certificate of Authenticity confirms that it was delivered in black with black leatherette interior, Recaro seats and the optional 968 Club Sport luxury package

  • The previous owner acquired the car in 1999, used until 2008 when mileage was 19,869 and stored until 2017 when it was purchased by our vendor

  • Impressive history with OPC stamps. Full book pack, original sales brochure, two keys, original load cover and sports badge

  • Serviced at Porsche Centre Reading in April 2019 with little mileage since, find another!

Widely regarded as one of the finest handling front-engined, rear-wheel-drive cars ever made, the Porsche 968 was the ultimate development of the long-lived 924/944 transaxle range. For the real hardcore driving enthusiast, it was also offered in stripped out Club Sport specification, with no air conditioning, sunroof, electric windows, airbags, rear seats, and no sound-proofing either. Revised track-focused suspension, Recaro seats, 17” alloys, and a close-ratio 6-speed gearbox were standard, along with a lusty 3.0-litre, 16v, 240bhp, four-pot engine with VarioCam timing. Only 1,617 were made, however, in 1994 for the UK market only, a further 306 slightly different versions were produced and these were simply entitled Sport. 

The Sport was produced on the same production line as the Club Sport and has very similar chassis and suspension. The key difference between the CS and the Sport is that the Sport has a bigger wiring loom and battery to cope with the extra electrics that have been put in, electric windows, tailgate release, central locking etc. It also has the occasional rear seats, unlike the CS, and it has the comfort front seats. 

Dating from late 1994, this lovely Porsche is indeed one of the 306, UK-supplied, right-hand drive 968 Sports. Finished in black with a black leatherette interior it has only covered 21,800 miles (atoc) from new as the previous owner acquired the car in 1999, used it until 2008 (19,869 miles) and stored it until 2017 when it was purchased by our vendor. He tells us that "The car is in excellent condition with all original panels and no accident damage. Wheels are perfect with good tyres. Interior is excellent with the original Blaupunkt cassette player."

It's supplied with its book pack, service records (main dealer stamps only), Porsche COA, original sales brochure, V5c and old MOTs etc. It was most recently serviced at Porsche Reading in April 2019 and the MOT is valid until 19/04/2020.

This a really lovely 968 and we don't know where you could find another one at this mileage.

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1986 Audi Quattro 10V 1986 Audi Quattro 10V

1986 Audi Quattro 10V

Lot #406 (Sale Order 406 of 70)

  • The Quattro experience. An intoxicating combination of turbo power and four-wheel drive

  • One of the very few UK-cars finished in Oceanic Blue Metallic

  • Just over 90,000 miles, previous Concours history and in lovely condition

  • Offered from a significant private collection and patently well cared for

  • Hugely innovative in period and consequently now very collectable

Audi's Quattro is a legend that re-wrote the form book in International Rallying, as well as causing rival manufacturers to rethink their offerings and was, quite literally, a trailblazer. The story began with Audi chassis engineer Jorg Bensinger, who spent a Finnish winter testing the Volkswagen Iltis - a four-wheel-drive West German military and forest service vehicle - and found it could outperform all other machines on snow, whatever their type or power output. He put the idea of a four-wheel-drive version of the Audi 80 Coupe to the company's hierarchy and, well, you know the rest. The resulting model was launched to great excitement at the 1980 Geneva Salon and then released to European customers later the same year powered, initially by the WR, 2144cc in-line, five-cylinder, 10-valve SOHC unit with turbocharger and intercooler. Whilst the engineering is pure-Teutonic, the styling was overseen by Yorkshireman Martin Smith who was tasked with turning the elegant but mundane Coupe into the distinctive, flared-arched Quattro charger. This was the first time the mass car market had been introduced to the intoxicating combination of turbo power and four-wheel drive, and the results were spectacular. The road-going Quattro was clearly a success for Audi, with nearly 11,500 cars produced, but it was as a world-beating rally car that the model really gained its fearsome reputation. Throughout the early 1980s until the end of the Group B era, Quattro variants won 23 WRC rallies at the hands of rally legends Michèle Mouton, Hannu Mikkola, Walter Rӧrhl and Stig Blomqvist including two world championships and twice championship runners up.

This, UK-supplied, right-hand drive Quattro, is finished in stunning Oceanic Blue Metallic and is, we believe, one of the very few UK cars finished in this striking colour. This rare car has clearly been looked after by its seven owners and indeed the current owner enjoys a significant private collection with all his cars fastidiously cared for. In previous ownership, we understand this Quattro has some Concours history and remains in a similar condition today, which is particularly impressive considering the car has covered over 90,000 miles (atoc). This is, therefore, a very useable example and when combined with its superb condition and very rare colour, will make the next owner of this example a very lucky person indeed. Silverstone Auctions encourage any inspection of this highly desirable 1980's icon.

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1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary

Lot #407 (Sale Order 407 of 70)

  • Introduced to celebrate Lamborghini's 25 years as a car maker

  • 5167cc V12, 449bhp, 0-60 mph in 4.7 seconds with a top speed of 183mph (295km/h)

  • A3 DUU is one of very few UK-supplied, right-hand drive Anniversary cars

  • With our vendor from new. Long-term storage from 1995 to 2017. 6,390km

  • Completely recommissioned in June 2017. Brake overhaul, carburettors and fuel lines (£17,600)

  • Widely regarded as the best driving of all Countach variants 

Designing a successor to the delicious Lamborghini Miura was something of a challenge for Marcello Gandini, however, with the arrival of the Countach in 1971, he demonstrated to the world that his ability to create automotive drama was alive and well. In fact, the word Countach is Piedmontese slang for something that visually shocks and has no direct translation but 'wow' is probably the most polite.

The first Countach appeared at the Geneva Show in 1971. Big, bright and brash like the rest of the seventies, the Countach was to remain in production, through various iterations for 16 years. With hindsight, it's clear that the car's flying wedge design, with a sloping snout that appeared to descend directly from the windscreen, and innovative scissor doors, became a template for every supercar that followed. The original, beautifully clean profile was gradually bedecked with 'wings and things' as fashions changed over the years and frequent small mechanical changes were often the result of customer input in their capacity as unwitting development engineers. However, by the time Lamborghini was 25 years old and the Countach Anniversary was introduced in 1988, the majority of these teething troubles were in the past.

The Anniversary was effectively a new Countach, mechanically very similar to the 5000QV but sporting much-changed styling courtesy of Horatio Pagani. The rear air boxes were restyled and enlarged, while the vents behind them were changed so that they ran front-to-back instead of side-to-side. In addition, a new air dam and side skirting, both with air intakes, were fitted, and the taillights restyled to be narrower, with body-coloured panels replacing the upper and lower parts of the previous larger lights. These styling changes were striking on the 17-year-old design and had the added benefit of improving the engine's cooling, a problem with which the powerful Countach had always struggled. The Countach also featured 345/35R15 tyres, the widest available on a production car at the time. The factory only anticipated a limited demand but the sheer talent of this mature development meant that it actually became the most prolific Countach ever with 67 being finished in right-hand drive.

Offered here is an Anniversary Countach with a complete timeline and only one owner from new. The story begins with our vendor, a lifetime Lamborghini fan, ordering the Countach in UK right-hand drive specification from London dealer Portland, visiting the factory during the build in early 1990 and having a dialogue with all the Lamborghini notaries. He was the proud owner of one of the earliest ever Countach, a 1975 LP400 Periscopio which was finished in Arancio and was in the enviable position of being able to book-end the many years of Countach production. He was keen to have his new Anniversary model finished in the same Arancio Miura colour scheme but the management were initially reluctant as they no longer listed that colour. However, with a little bit of persuasion from no less than Sig Balboni, they eventually conceded. A fair bit of time was spent making sure that the new car's hue matched our vendor's 1975 LP400.

Since collection, it has been used lightly, covering only 6,390 km from new, and consequently must represent one the best examples of the original ‘poster car’ available today. It was moved into long term storage in 1995 and was completely recommissioned in June 2017 including a full brake overhaul, carburettors and fuel lines. The invoice from Colin Clarke Engineering amounted to a not inconsiderable £17,600 and this Countach 25A is now back on the road and ready to be enjoyed by only its second owner. The registration A3 DUU will remain with the car and it's supplied with the original document pack, the purchase and registration paperwork, service and recommissioning invoices, both keys, a set of Lamborghini driving gloves and a bespoke Portman car cover.

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1961 MG MGA 1600 Mk 1 Coupe 1961 MG MGA 1600 Mk 1 Coupe

1961 MG MGA 1600 Mk 1 Coupe

Lot #408 (Sale Order 408 of 70)

Car has an MOT until 14th January 2021

  • A genuine barn-find in 2012, discovered and bought by an MG enthusiast

  • Recently completed full restoration by Panel Craft of Paignton, costing just over £10,000

  • Period-correct 1588cc engine sourced and fully rebuilt, along with the gearbox and clutch, by marque specialists Moto-Build Racing

  • Original logbook, numerous invoices and the endearing registration 145 COV

  • A fantastic British classic, arguably as pretty as its Roadster sibling and great fun to drive

When the MGA arrived in 1955, it must have come as quite a shock to MG aficionados who had become accustomed to the pre-war look of the company's sports cars. It was a complete departure in styling and its beautiful streamlined body was right up to the minute in terms of appearance. It was powered by a new engine; MG had decided that the old XPAG unit had had its day and so introduced a much more modern B Series engine that had made its debut in the recently announced Magnette saloon. The 'A' was officially launched at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1955. Only 5,869 cars were sold on the home market, giving the MGA the highest export percentage of any British car and the much-loved model was replaced by the MGB in May 1962.

In May 1959 the standard cars received an updated engine, now at 1588cc producing 79.5bhp. At the front disc brakes were fitted, but drums remained in the rear.

The car presented here is 1961 Mk 1 MGA 1600 Coupe, and is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive example fresh from a full nut and bolt, bare-metal exacting restoration. Presented in its original Chariot Red, with a red interior, it was purchased by an MG enthusiast in 2012 with a view to restoring it. A move overseas meant the project stalled, but not before he sourced a period-correct 1588cc engine, having this, the gearbox and clutch, fully rebuilt by marque specialists Moto-Build Racing Ltd. in Surrey. The car retains some refreshing patina in places, having an original interior and many period features in keeping with its charm and sheer usability as a fun classic car. The project was recently completed and the car is ready to use and enjoy. With accompanying invoices, some history and its original green logbook, there is much to recommend this car.

Seriously pretty and quintessentially British, MGAs offer real driving pleasure on the open road and make great entries into local rallies and club events.

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1973 Porsche 911E 2.4 Targa (MFI) 1973 Porsche 911E 2.4 Targa (MFI)

1973 Porsche 911E 2.4 Targa (MFI)

Lot #409 (Sale Order 409 of 70)

  • First registered in August 1973 and one of only 59 UK-supplied, right-hand drive, E-Series 911E Targas

  • Fitted with the 165bhp, 2.4-litre flat-six, with the later K-Jetronic CIS fuel injection

  • Factory optioned with a steel Targa top, 911 S air dam and a five-speed gearbox

  • The subject of a total rebuild from 2010 - 2012 including a full engine rebuild

  • Now superbly finished in Mercedes Silver over a new black interior

  • Correspondence from the Porsche Club GB Early 911 Register confirming matching numbers

  • Right-hand drive, E Targas from 1973 are incredibly rare making this example eminently collectable

One of only 59 UK-supplied, right-hand drive, 911E Targas from 1973, 321SXV was initially registered as NMR 720M on the 20th of August to its first owner in Wiltshire. Originally finished in Gold/Bronze, the car morphed into black circa 1986 and was finally changed in 2012 to the classic shade of Mercedes Silver it wears today. It was factory optioned with a five-speed gearbox, the front air dam from the S and a steel Targa roof. Within the history file, there is some correspondence from the Porsche Club GB Early 911 Register confirming that this appears to be a matching numbers example although not certificated as such.  

Its current custodian has owned this beauty for some 20 years (within his company initially and then privately) and it was used as his daily driver for years. In 2010, it was decided to return the little Porsche to its former glory and PCT Porsche Services in Coventry were called upon to fully rebuild the car.

The engine was taken out and sent to Motor Meister in Downey, California to be rebuilt. They were (at the time) well-respected engine builders and the invoices returned with the engine are very detailed and professional. Whilst the engine was away, PCT carried on with the rebuild at a pace dictated by our vendor. The gearbox had been rebuilt previously (documented) so this was left as it was and a new clutch installed. Over the following two years, the car was comprehensively refurbished including the whole interior and the Fuchs alloys were refinished to the original specification. Replacement door cards have been difficult to find so slightly later examples have been fitted, however, the originals are still available with the car. The only item still outstanding is the luggage compartment carpet set which will need putting in.

The car was returned to our vendor in 2012 and has been enjoyed as and when time allows, however, it's being used less and less and consequently is being offered to the market for the first time in 20 years. This is a rare car and would grace any collection.

Within the history file in addition to the Porsche Club GB correspondence and the thick pile of invoices from the US engine build and PCT restoration, there is a DVLA list of previous owners, some old MOTs and the usual ownership documents.

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1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato 1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato

1992 Lancia Hyena Zagato

Lot #410 (Sale Order 410 of 70)

  • Zagato-developed Coupe based on the chassis, power unit and drive train from the Integrale HF Evoluzione II

  • 1,995 cc inline 4-cylinder, 16v, 250bhp engine, Garrett turbocharger, 5-speed manual, ABS and 4WD

  • Unique Zagato double-bubble, aluminium bodywork. Bespoke Carbon interior. 120kg lighter than an Integrale

  • Conceived by Dutchman Paul V.J Koot. Very limited production. This is number nine of 24

  • Only three keepers (two registered owners) and 9,500km from new. Left-hand drive. Recently arrived from Germany

  • Last serviced by Paul Koot, October 2018 at 8,800km

  • Homologation papers, service invoices, original sales brochure and magazine road test

Developed from a humble but sharp-suited five-door hatchback, the Lancia Delta spawned several performance derivatives and with the adoption of four-wheel drive and turbocharging, the Delta became a very accomplished competition car dominating the World Rally Championships in the late 1980's. With distinctively flared arches to accommodate the ever-increasing track, the Evoluzione began production in 1991 to meet with homologation requirements laid down by the FIA. The engine, although technically the same as the earlier 16V cars, was remapped to give 210bhp at 5750rpm in order to compensate for the slight increase in weight and larger frontal area. These developments were aimed at improving the handling potential of the car and it worked, with the new Integrale being considerably quicker over rally stages on both asphalt and gravel. 

In production for many years, the Delta HF Integrale was highly regarded, commercially successful and even today is recognised as one of Lancia's landmark cars, however, as is the way of these things, there is always somebody who feels they could have done a better job. One such was a well-funded classic car builder and collector by the name of Paul V.J Koot. Although totally enamoured with his Integrale Evo, the Dutchman decided that the somewhat cubic little hatchback would be infinitely more desirable as a Coupe and produced a series of sketches illustrating his vision. He approached legendary coach builders Zagato with his concept which retained the chassis, power unit, drive train and dynamic abilities of the Evo clothed with a pretty, wheel-at-each-corner Coupe. They were enthusiastic and accepted the challenge and the first prototype, incorporating a number of traditional Zagato styling cues including the 'double-bubble' roof, was unveiled in 1992.

The new car, now christened Hyena was well received and the decision was soon made to put it into limited production, but when Fiat heard of this they made their feelings very clear. They refused to have any involvement in the project at all, declining to supply Zagato with bare chassis to build their new creation.

But Koot was undeterred. Instead of having the chassis supplied by Fiat (Lancia), Koot went out and privately purchased fully finished HF Integrales by himself, had them stripped to a bare shell, before sending them to Zagato in Milan to have the newly developed bodies built for final assembly. To Zagato’s credit, the bodywork was completely handmade from aluminium and the interior featured a new dashboard, console and door skins made from carbon fibre. This use of lightweight materials meant that the new Hyena weighed in at an impressive 120kg lighter than an Integrale. They also squeezed a bit more power from the engine, increasing output to 250hp (184 kW) — achieving 100km/h in 5.4 seconds.

Originally a run of 75 Hyenas was planned, but only 24 were ever completed between 1992 and 1993, possibly as a result of a price tag of 140,000 Swiss Francs,  as much as a brand new Porsche 911 Carrera at the time.

The car on offer here today is Number 9/24 and is based on a 1993 Integrale HF Evoluzione II although it was first registered on 15/09/92 presumably to avoid the forthcoming catalytic convertor requirements. It's finished in a special order green metallic with a mainly black interior lifted with light tan leather seating. Its first owner lived in Luxembourg and kept the car until March 2005 at which point it had covered some 6,000km. The 1,000km inspection was carried out by Paul Koot. The car's second owner was a Mr Jef van Hoot in Holland who was a Lancia collector and rally driver and he added a further 2,800km over the next 13 years. He also sent the car back to Paul Koot in

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1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom

1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom

Lot #411 (Sale Order 411 of 70)

  • Hugely original and unrestored, with just one (titled) owner from new

  • Just 64,450 miles indicated and in a commensurate condition. Drives superbly

  • Recently recommissioned with a new timing belt, brakes and clutch assembly

  • Accompanied by a large history file and its original book-pack

  • In 1978, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snoot front end and air dam, plus a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, SOHC, Pinto engine, offering 0-60mph in just 8.5 seconds and a top speed of 108mph 

Unlike the Mk1 Escort, which was designed by Ford of Great Britain, the Mk2 was a much more sophisticated design jointly developed with Ford of Germany. Based on a standard Mk2 two-door saloon shell, the RS2000 used the familiar 2-litre, four-cylinder, SOHC, Pinto engine mounted longitudinally in the bay driving the rear wheels. A single twin-venturi 32/36 DGAV Weber carburettor was fitted with the option of a Group 1 dual Weber 40 DCNF or IDF set up. The front suspension used independent MacPherson struts with an anti-roll bar and at the rear, traditional leaf springs with telescopic dampers were utilised. Front-mounted discs and rear drums were used, and four-spoke alloy wheels came as standard. Its biggest distinguishing feature was the droop snoot polyurethane nose housing four headlamps which gave it a rather aggressive look. The new car was capable of 110mph with 0-60mph taking 8.9 seconds, not too shabby in 1976, and which combined with the car’s distinctive looks and that shiny RS badge, set Ford’s showroom doors swinging.

In September 1978, Ford introduced the RS2000 ‘Custom’ which came fitted with ‘Fishnet’ Recaro seats, full door cards, clock and pod, centre console, 6Jx13" alloys, boot carpet, remote driver’s door mirror and a black panel around the rear lights. In 1980, an RS2000 Custom was an extremely aspirational purchase, with the distinctive polyurethane droop snoot front end and air dam, distinguishing it from any other Escort.

The car presented here is a 1978 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom in extraordinary unrestored condition.  The car was known to and admired by our vendor for many years, before eventually becoming its second owner in 2016. Apparently, it had front wing repeater lamps fitted from new as the original owner used to drive to France occasionally. It was professionally rustproofed from new by Vehicle Rust Proofing Ltd. of Aldershot (guarantee card present). Mostly left ‘as is’, it has always been well maintained, professionally stored, with very minimum paintwork and just refurbished alloy wheels, new Pirelli tyres and some recent recommissioning.

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1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 OTS 1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 OTS

1973 Jaguar E-Type S3 V12 OTS

Lot #412 (Sale Order 412 of 70)

  • UK-supplied, right-hand drive, matching numbers and presenting in fine order

  • Subject to a thorough ground-up restoration in 1998, documented with images

  • Finished in Azure Blue with Magnolia leather and a French Navy Blue mohair hood

  • Indicating 3,700 miles, at the time of cataloguing, offered with a detailed history file

  • Sensibly upgraded with wire wheels, 5-speed gearbox and modern anti-theft tracker

First registered on 29/08/1973, this home-market Series 3, V12 Jaguar E-Type had been specified from new as an open two-seater with a manual gearbox, Azure Blue paintwork and a tan interior. The car was delivered to and first registered by Howells Garages in Newport to its first private owner just one month later in the same year. DVLA records within the history folder document the car's ownership history from new.

In 1998, after ten years in his care, a previous owner decided to completely restore the car and a signed letter within the file suggests that the cost at that time amounted to over £70,000. Also contained within the file are quotes, invoices and a collection of photographs recording the ground-up restoration from bare metal up to the finished car. The history folder also contains documents detailing the car's continuous upkeep and maintenance including an invoice from CMC, the highly regarded Jaguar specialist, for a thorough cosmetic and mechanical refresh including a 5-speed gearbox upgrade dated 2007.

Our vendor, a knowledgeable classic car collector and enthusiast, purchased JAG 976 in September 2014 and during his ownership, it's been enjoyed occasionally, dry stored and always maintained correctly. Most recently the car visited a specialist for a major service, complete refurbishment of the carburettors, electronic ignition update and, as a preventative measure, the underside of the car was protected with clear Waxoyl. Consequently, this lovely Jaguar continues to perform well and shouldn’t require anything other than periodic routine maintenance for the foreseeable future. Pleasingly, it's accompanied by a substantial owner's file including the Jaguar Heritage Certificate, images of restoration, a detailed account of the CMC mechanical refresh, old MOTs, DVLA records, the current V5c and new MOT.

The final iteration of the E-Type was infinitely more approachable than its elder siblings and offered a comfortable cockpit, stress-free engine, compliant ride, and refined good manners. This example presents in fine order and we can't think of a better way of enjoying country roads on a sunny afternoon.

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1960 Porsche 356B 'Super 90' Roadster 1960 Porsche 356B 'Super 90' Roadster

1960 Porsche 356B 'Super 90' Roadster

Lot #413 (Sale Order 413 of 70)

  • A left-hand drive 356B imported from the US and now UK-registered

  • Recently fully restored in the UK with the engine completely rebuilt by a marque specialists

  • Superbly finished in silver with grey leather seats and Wilton carpets, re-chromed bumpers and trim and a new German mohair hood

  • A letter within the history file from Porsche conforms VIN 88423 is a genuine 356 Super 90 Roadster

  • Offered with a current MOT, V5c and the history file containing detailed restoration invoices

  • Porsche letter of origin confirms this 356B retains numbers matching 'Super 90' engine

The 356 is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, 2-door sports car available in hardtop, Coupe and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.

The 356B was produced from 1960 to 1963 and saw body changes that included a curved bonnet lid, more rounded wings compared to that of the 356A and new front and rear sheet metal. To comply with US-Federal requirements, the front and rear bumpers were raised and over-riders added. Other key changes were raised headlamps, larger door handles, upgraded brakes and some improvements to the cabin including a new deep-dish steering wheel and deeper front seats.  It was offered in coupe, roadster, and cabriolet styles, the cabriolets being quite luxurious vehicles compared to roadsters on offer from other manufacturers of the era as they were equipped with standard leather seats, a thickly padded folding top and other creature comforts. All these variants could be ordered with a choice of three compact and efficient, air-cooled OHV engines: the 60-horsepower Normal, the 75-horsepower Super, and, like the example offered here, the very potent Type 616/7 ‘Super 90’, so named for its peak horsepower at 5,500 rpm.

The Super 90 gained its muscle from a higher-lift camshaft, a 9.1 compression ratio and a pair of larger 40-millimetre Solex PII down-draft carburettors. Engine lubrication was upgraded for better longevity, and a stronger Hausermann clutch package was adopted. With this more powerful engine and a kerb weight of less than 900 kilograms, Super 90s were claimed by the factory to be capable of a 185km/h top speed whilst returning 27 mpg. Large finned-aluminium drum brakes provided more than adequate stopping power.

After importing this 1960 Porsche 356B Super 90 Roadster from the US, the decision was taken to set about a full ground-up, nut and bolt restoration. A specialist body shop stripped the bodywork back to bare metal renewing panels where necessary, however, pleasingly, many of the original panels were good enough to only require remedial attention. Carefully prepared and finished in a number of coats of classic Porsche silver, attention was then turned to the fixtures and fittings. All chrome work was refinished, the interior completely re-trimmed and a new German mohair hood fitted. The dashboard panel and instruments were also overhauled and a new wiring loom fitted. All mechanical work was entrusted to a marque specialist and invoices within the file document a thorough mechanical overhaul including a complete rebuild of the original numbers matching Super 90 engine.

Today, this truly charming 356B Super 90 Roadster presents and performs extremely well. The extensive restoration is supported by detailed invoices and receipts for parts and labour. Fully restored, with basic mechanicals, this little Porsche should only require routine maintenance in the foreseeable future allowing its new owner the opportunity to enjoy the 356 experience in its purest form.

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1989 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible 1989 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible

1989 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible

Lot #414 (Sale Order 414 of 70)

  • Delivered new on 03/02/1989 and finished in Solent Blue with cream leather

  • The first owner, prior to our vendor, was around-the-world yachtsman Serge Paris

  • With so much time away at sea, the car was little used and was sold to our vendor in 2014

  • Now showing a shade under 24,960 miles (atoc) the car has been diligently maintained

  • Offered to auction with original book packs, service books and V5c showing two owners

Conceived as a comfortable and long-legged Grand Routier, rather than an out-and-out sports car like the preceding E-Type, the XJ-S made use of the Jaguar XJ6/XJ12 saloon platform and running gear. Shorter in the wheelbase than its saloon siblings, the XJ-S debuted as a V12-powered Coupe, with six-cylinder and soft-top versions following in the 1980's. The introduction of the six-cylinder model in 1983 coincided with that of the Targa-style cabriolet - the first open Jaguar since the E-Type's discontinuation - but it was not until 1988 that a full convertible became available.

Jaguar's first response to demands for an open-top XJ-S was somewhat conservative in engineering terms. The XJ-S had not been designed with an open version in mind, so the Targa-style arrangement was adopted, which retained a substantial roll hoop in the interests of maintaining rigidity in the absence of a fixed roof. Essentially an exercise in niche marketing to test public reaction, the Cabriolet's production was entrusted to outside specialist contractors, with bodyshells being transported back and forth across the Midlands before returning to the Brown's Lane factory prior to final dispatch. Following the Cabriolet's deletion, both the Coupe and conventional Convertible models lasted until the end of XJ-S production in 1996.

This smart example was delivered new on 03/02/1989 finished in Solent Blue with Cream leather. The first of just two owners was around-the-world yachtsman Serge Paris and, whilst in his ownership, was maintained by Jason Mann who previously worked for H A Fox Jaguar in Guildford. Mr Paris spent many years away at sea, which explains this car's relatively low mileage, and this is confirmed by a letter on file. Our vendor, now in his 80th year, has used the car sparingly since its purchase in 2014, covering less than a thousand miles, but diligently maintained and correctly stored the XJ. It's offered today from a substantial Jaguar collection complete with the original handbook, service book, V5c document and a fresh MOT.

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1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo (S2) 1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo (S2)

1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo (S2)

Lot #415 (Sale Order 415 of 70)

  • /The Series 2 Escort RS Turbo (1986 - 1990) was a much more civilised driving prospect

  • 1600cc, fuel-injected CVH engine now fitted with a water-cooled Garret T3 turbo

  • Revised engine management, improved gearbox, larger clutch and a limited-slip differential 

  • Residing with our vendor since 2001 and mainly mothballed with limited usage

  • Fully recommissioned this year including cambelt, all fluids and a brake overhaul

  • Comprehensive history and the MOT is valid until 31/07/2020

Based on the success of the previous model, the S2 Escort RS Turbo (produced between 1986-1990) was more suited to the road, whereas the earlier car was a bit of a homologation special. Many new features were adopted for the Series 2 including utilising the 1600cc fuel-injected CVH engine taken from the S1 Turbo but now fitted with the Garret T3 turbo (water-cooled, unlike the S1), revised engine management settings, lower overall gearing, an improved gearbox and limited-slip differential, a larger clutch and improved KE-Jetronic unit and inter-cooler. Suspension and chassis changes included stiffer front and rear springs, uprated anti-roll bars, mechanical ABS and larger brakes. The S2 produced an impressive 132bhp at 5750 rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft produced at 2750 rpm, offering ample performance with a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds. Although on paper these figures were a tad down on the Series 1, the new car was considerably easier to drive quickly and, effectively, was a faster car. 

H308 EGS was first registered on the 20/09/1990 and is finished in Solid Black with a stylish grey cloth Recaro interior which remains virtually unmarked. Having had just three previous keepers, the current custodian has enjoyed this little bobby-dazzler since 2001 when it was given to him by his wife as a Birthday present! Since that time the car has had little usage and basically been mothballed until last year when it was treated to a thorough recommissioning with fresh fluids, brakes overhauled, cambelt replaced etc. It has just been fully detailed in readiness for the sale and now looks even better than it does in the photographs.

These cars are rarely found in a totally standard, unmolested condition and having covered just over 29,000 miles (atoc) this Series 2 RS Turbo appears very sensibly guided representing great value for money. Don’t miss a great opportunity to have this Fast Ford added to your collection.

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1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I

1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I

Lot #416 (Sale Order 416 of 70)

  • One of only 44 UK-supplied, right-hand drive, manual gearbox cars

  • 300bhp, 3,967cc, SOHC V-12 with three Weber carburettors, four-speed manual transmission

  • Independent front suspension with coil springs, live axle rear with semi-elliptical leaf springs

  • Finished in Grigio Argento over Pelle Nera Franzi leather with Silver Borranis

  • Restored in the late seventies and carefully maintained ever since

  • Recent full engine rebuild and further attention (£25,000 in 2018/2019)

  • A well-travelled Ferrari accompanied by a fascinating history file

The Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 made its debut at the Brussels Salon in January 1964, proceeding its earlier 250 2+2 GTE and 330 America cousins. The Series I, as it later became known, was much more than a re-engined 250, it was a bolder, more distinctive incarnation in both looks and performance. Pininfarina was once again entrusted with the styling, and their vision of Ferrari's evolution drew muse from the cars' predecessors, yet included some daring design elements. A sharper nose and tail, a wide grille, and the espousal of a characteristic quad headlight arrangement, all of which reflected the tastes of Ferrari's most important export market, the USA. Although some criticised its styling, the Series I four-headlight 330 GT has become truly evocative of 1960's fashion, lauded both for its individuality and Pininfarina's purity of design. The fantastic Gioacchino Colombo designed, high-output, V-12 engine was fitted to all 300 GT series and produced an impressive 300bhp, adorned with triple Weber carburettors, this combination taking the vehicle from 0-100km in an astounding 6.3 seconds, making it the fastest road-going Ferrari at the time.

We are pleased to offer this right-hand-drive Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 which was ordered on 15/03/1965 through Maranello Concessionaires Ltd, by Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer R.S. Mead Ltd. of Maidenhead. It was finished in Grigio Argento over a Pelle Nera Franzi leather interior and was optioned with wire wheels and power-operated windows. The finish must have been special and extra-deep as four kilos of extra paint were charged for, as depicted by copies of the Bill of Sale and early correspondence.

It would appear that a Mr D. Sleeman took ownership of the car for a short period during 1966 before putting it up for sale with Maranello Concessionaires, who took a Ferrari 250 GT 2+2 in part-exchange and subsequently sold the car to a Mr R. Edbrooke of Orpington in Kent. A letter in the file, dated 04/04/1967, from Mr Edbrooke to Maranello confirms the order of a quantity of Rosso paint as, despite the fact that the car was only two years old, he felt it essential to repaint it Rosso as it was the colour of his previous Ferrari. Well cared for during the 1970's, the car was maintained by John Wortley of Sevenoaks, Kent, whilst also receiving a full bodywork overhaul which included; replacement sills, floor panels and a full bare-metal respray, again in red. In 1981, an American gentleman, Mr A. Gilas purchased the car and it was exported to his residence in New Jersey. There are numerous invoices included in the file for its time in the States before it was purchased by a Mr T. Hoffritz in the early 2000's and crossed the Atlantic once again, this time to Germany. There are various bills in the file from marque specialist S & T Manfred Irber of Munich during this period of ownership. Chassis #6875 was eventually repatriated back to UK shores in 2007 through respected classic car dealer Martin Chisholm, who placed it with one of his customers, a Mr Spencer-Percival. Upon delivery, the car was sent to Peter Chambers Automotive Ltd, where it benefitted from considerable attention generating an invoice for approximately £10,000. 

Our vendor is selling the car after a few years of ownership having just completed a full top and bottom end engine rebuild. Whilst the engine was out the oil pick up pipes were replaced as was the clutch, new fuel lines were fitted and the brakes were overhauled. The work, totalling about £25,000 since 2018, was carried out by The Ferrari Centre in Kent and more recently MD Allen Classic Ferrari Specialists.

The car is reluctantly being offered for sale and is accompanied by an interesting owner's file and its UK V5c relating to the very apt registration 330 AUE that will stay with the car. One of only 44 UK, right-hand-drive Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I examples, this beautiful

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1962 Porsche 356B T6 Super Coupe 1962 Porsche 356B T6 Super Coupe

1962 Porsche 356B T6 Super Coupe

Lot #417 (Sale Order 417 of 70)

shortly before delivering the car to the auction venue the clutch cable snapped and the vendor didn’t have time to source and fit a new one. He will do this post-auction at his own cost and then facilitate delivery of the car to the buyers UK home

  • A very attractive, left-hand drive, 356B T6 US-delivered car originally supplied in 'Super' specification

  • Subsequently fitted with a Harry 'The Maestro' Pellow built standard engine

  • Drives and performs exceedingly well, very solid and genuine

  • Used by a Porsche enthusiast for a tour around the US West Coast before exporting to the UK

  • T6-body features include the fuel filler on the front right wing, twin engine-lid grilles and an enlarged rear window

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The 356 model is acknowledged as Porsche's first production car and was a lightweight and nimble handling rear-engined, rear-wheel-drive, two-door sports car available in hardtop, Coupe, and open configurations. Design innovations continued during the years of manufacture, contributing to its motorsports success and popularity.

In model year 1960, the 356A was replaced by the completely redesigned 356B (T5). Visual differences include the front bumper which was positioned a little higher as were the headlights. The horn grilles were flatter and featured two chrome-plated slats and the number plate lights were integrated into the higher-positioned rear bumper while the reversing light was mounted below the bumper.

For model year 1962 (T6), the 356B was fitted with a significantly wider front lid and a tank cap in the front right wing. Two vertical ventilation grilles were integrated into the enlarged bonnet. The 1962 line (T6 production) was very different in that the new T6 notchback Coupe body did not start life as a cabriolet, but with its own production design, in essence, part cabriolet rear end, part T6 Coupe windshield frame, and a unique hardtop. Both years of these models have taken the name ‘Karmann notchback’.

The car presented here is a very attractive, left-hand drive 1962 Porsche 356B T6, US-delivered and originally supplied in S specification, but subsequently fitted with a standard engine that, according to paperwork in the history file, was rebuilt by the legendary Porsche mechanic Harry ‘The Maestro’ Pellow who wrote books on the subject and dedicated 20 years to improving 356 engines, including working on Jerry Seinfeld’s example.

The car was bought and used by a UK-based enthusiast for a tour around the US West Coast before he returned home bringing the little Porsche with him. In fine mechanical and structural fettle, it drives and performs exceedingly well, appearing very solid and wholly genuine. Currently having some recommissioning work carried out, the car will be serviced and UK-registered prior to our sale.

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1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Chassis #003 1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Chassis #003

1987 Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth Chassis #003

Lot #418 (Sale Order 418 of 70)

  • A very significant Ford car - D114 VEV chassis #003, one of just four prototype RS500s

  • Ratified by the RS500 registrar, associated paperwork and inspections

  • Owned by Ford initially and used in the development process for Turbo/intercooler testing

  • A fully verifiable 69,000 miles supported by MOTs/paperwork etc

  • Chassis #003 retains its original shell, having had new wings fitted by Ford in period

  • Fitted in period with the engine from Steve Soper's road-going RS500 (#010), tuned by Eggenberger Motorsport

  • Recent service/overhaul by specialists Graham Goode

  • Accompanied by boxed as-new fog-lights that were supplied with RS500s and now fitted with an OEM standard exhaust (see images)

The original Ford Sierra RS Cosworth was the first Ford to wear the Cosworth badge and was presented to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1985. It was introduced as a means of homologating the Sierra for 'Group A' Touring Car racing, with a requirement that 5,000 cars were built and sold. Launched for sale in July 1986 and based on the three-door Sierra body-shell, it was designed by Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering (SVE) and was powered by a Cosworth-designed 2.0-litre turbo engine of now-legendary repute. At this time, the Sierra Cosworth was a new kind of performance car - a ‘blue-collar hero’ able to humble true sports cars!

In total 5,545 cars were produced - of which 500 were sent to Aston Martin Tickford for conversion to the Sierra RS500 Cosworth. If the RS Cosworth was a homologation car, the RS500 was an evolution special. Once Ford had built the requisite 5,000 RS Cosworths, Group A rules allowed an upgraded evolution model to be launched. This could carry changes focused on improving its racing potential, provided Ford sold 10% of the original number as road cars, hence the 500. The RS500 was announced in July 1987 and had a mechanically uprated Cosworth engine (more similar to the one to be used in competition), with power boosted to 224bhp, upgraded brakes, modified bodywork and the cachet of being hand-assembled - the RS500 really is the ultimate 1980's Fast Ford! Indeed, during the model’s 30th anniversary year in 2017, the RS500 was named the ‘Ultimate Cosworth’ by one of the UK’s biggest one-make car shows.

The car presented here is where the legend started. This is a very important Ford Sierra RS500 Cosworth, 1 of only 4 prototype cars used for developing the model, build #003. All 4 examples were white and followed sequential registration numbers, all being registered at The Ford Motor Company, Brentwood on the same day before going to Bedworth, the home of Tickford. #003 was used to homologate the Turbo/intercooler/engine enhancements and is the example shown in the FISA documentation.

These test cars were supposedly never destined to survive past the development phase, but they did, with varying degrees of integrity and mystery. They were tested thoroughly by Tickford and often had various components swapped and upgraded etc. Interestingly, after ‘using’ various test engines, our understanding is, that #003 ultimately came to be fitted with the engine from build #010, an early example road-car that Steve Soper was given by Ford and which he subsequently returned in 1987. This particular engine had been specially tuned by Eggenberger Motorsport and was deemed bullet-proof by RS500 experts. #003 has had numerous visits to Ford specialists Graham Goode and a recent service/overhaul/inspection confirmed the engine’s link to Eggenberger Motorsport, with GG38610 (the number associated with #010 according to Tickford records) being stamped on the cylinder block.

Originally owned by the Ford Motor Company (as per the original V5 document), it was retained by them in storage until 1989 before being sold. In June 1989, #003 was offered for sale through Hensley Ford in Walsall and bought by a Mr Baurbour. It was later sold again in 1993 to a Mr Hanson of Scunthorpe (at 47,000 miles), who used it up to 56,000 miles. Subsequently, it was purchased in early 1995 by Darren Barber, one of the most knowledgeable RS500 experts in the UK and a long-standing RS Owners’ Club member. He kept and maintained it fastidiously for 17 years and during his research into the car's history with help from former Tickford employees, it is understood, that during the development testing, #003 suffered offside front damage, b

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1986 Ford RS200 1986 Ford RS200

1986 Ford RS200

Lot #419 (Sale Order 419 of 70)

  • There are probably less than half a dozen worldwide with this nominal mileage of 1,195 (atoc)

  • Powered by an 1,803cc, turbocharged, Ford-Cosworth 'BDT' producing 250bhp in road trim

  • Finished in Diamond White. Upgraded interior with red seats and leather steering wheel

  • Late-production car road car (184/200) confirmed as being factory-built

  • Finally registered in 1993 when L20 ORS (L200 RS) became available

  • A report by RS200 aficionado, Justin Smith, will be available prior to the sale

  • The Ford RS200 represents a truly classic era of modern rallying and this road-going version is in fantastic condition with incredibly low mileage. What an opportunity

Ford had been working on a turbocharged machine that could compete with the new breed of Group B Rally cars like the Audi Sport Quattro, Peugeot 205 T16, the Lancia Delta, and their remarkable 037. Unusually for Ford, the solution proved elusive and, with the Escort RS 1700T failing miserably, they were forced to return to the drawing board and start all over again. The result was the RS200. However, Ford had now become ‘late starters' and was effectively three years behind. The car was styled by Ghia and, unusually, the bodywork was entrusted to a company who knew a fair bit about building fibreglass cars.... Reliant. The chassis engineering was looked after by F1 gurus Tony Southgate and John Wheeler. Ford bosses demanded that it must have four-wheel drive and it was built around a space frame chassis, Kevlar bodywork, and a potent mid-mounted engine courtesy of well-proven race engine builder Brian Hart. Add to this an innovative front-mounted gearbox for better weight distribution and balance plus a variable torque split differential from Ferguson and you had a real beast of a car. The result was spectacular. At the peak of its powers in the hands of star drivers like Stig Blomqvist the larger 2.1 litre Evo engine was claimed to be pushing out around 650bhp, it was rumoured that even 700/800bhp was used. It looked like Ford finally had the package to win and things were looking promising after Kalle Grundell came home 3rd in the Swedish Rally of 1986. However, the fickle finger of fate was soon to be pointed at Group B. Tragedy struck on the opening stage of the Portuguese Rally when Joaquim Santos lost control of his RS200 and sadly three people died with many others injured. Marc Surer also crashed his RS200 in the Hessen Rally killing his co-driver. This was the beginning of the end for 'Group B' Rallying and the final nail in the coffin was hammered in when Henri Toivonen and his co-driver Sergio Cresto lost their lives on the Tour de Corse when their Lancia Delta left the road. This really was the end of Group B, and it was also the end of an era for the fastest, most dangerous, most spectacular period in modern rallying. As a result, after just one year in competition, it was all over for the RS200 so it never got to show off its full potential, however, it did prove that it had enormous promise with many of the cars being spectacularly successful in Rallycross particularly in the hands of Norwegian Martin Schanche.

FIA Homologation Rules for Group B required the construction of at least 200 road-legal vehicles and Ford complied with this building 200 units. It seems that six were classified as 'prototypes', so only 194 actually left the factory 46 of which were dismantled for spares, whilst just 90 of the cars built were converted and sold as road cars.

The RS200 offered here is number 184/196 and has only covered 1,195 miles from new (atoc). It was originally supplied to Ronald Hodgson, a dealer principal who kept it in his showroom unused and unregistered until 1993. An appropriate registration number became available and, obviously the temptation became too much, so the car was put on the road and used sparingly putting a thousand or so miles on it. Since then it has been owned by two collectors and correctly stored as part of two very significant collections.

Recently it has been authenticated by Justin Smith, the respected RS200 aficionado who eulogised positively and confirmed that it was a factory-built car and, prior to the auction, his report will be available to interested buyers. On inspection, the overall condition is commensurate with the mileage, the engine and all visible components look delivery fresh and the interior appears unmarked

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1991 BMW Z1 1991 BMW Z1

1991 BMW Z1

Lot #420 (Sale Order 420 of 70)

  • A lovely, UK-supplied, left-hand drive example of these innovative little roadsters

  • First registered on 12/08/1991, three registered owners and 11,200 miles from new

  • Finished in Urgrun Green Metallic with Lemon Nubuck leather and Biscuit cloth

  • Moved to Germany in May 2018. Full German TUEV in May 2019

  • Original Z1 Radio replaced. New tyres (500 miles), rear-axle rebush, full service with belts

  • Supplied with both sets of keys, documents, invoices, MOT and TUEV reports

  • Expensive when new and rare today. Distinctive looks and cool doors guarantee continued popularity

Of all the BMW Z cars, the Zukunft tag is arguably most fittingly applied to the Z1, a car that even now, thirty years after it first went on sale, looks fresh and modern. The Z1 used a skeletal frame on which the body panels were mounted, making it incredibly stiff, banishing scuttle shake and giving the car superb handling. The body panels were made of plastic, mounted on a substructure of hot-dipped galvanised pressed steel and the seams were continuously zinc welded, adding 25 per cent to body stiffness. The side panels and doors were made from General Electric's Xenoy injection-cast thermoplastic, the bonnet and boot lid were glass-reinforced plastic and the whole body was painted in a special flexible lacquer.

State of the art thinking was evident in every aspect of the car's design. Those magnificent doors were operated by toothed belts which lowered both the window and door at the touch of a button. The Z1 used the innovative Z-axle suspension set-up at the rear and also featured some clever aerodynamics, the front of the car was designed to create a high-pressure zone ahead of the wheels to induce downforce whilst the aerofoil-shaped rear silencer helped to decrease turbulence and lift. The engine is one of BMW's finest in the form of the M20B25 unit taken from the E30 325i. The Z1 is special in every sense of the word, it's special to look at, to sit in and to drive and importantly, as the years have passed, people have clearly started to appreciate it as prices have soared. This is a marvellous little car with almost universal appeal and is, without a doubt, one of BMW's finest moments of the past thirty years.

This super little Z1 is finished in a very attractive blue/green metallic know as Urgrun with a contrasting light yellow leather interior with cloth panels in light biscuit colour. UK-supplied in left-hand drive, it was first registered on 12/08/1991 to a Mr Ray of St Albans and he was to keep it until June 1995 when it had covered 3,443 miles. The car moved north to bonny Scotland at that point in the care of a Mr Kelly from Edinburgh before returning south once again in April 1999 with an indicated mileage of 6,330. The BMW's third registered owner was a Mr Hayhow from Hitchin who cared for the car for 19 years only covering a little over 3,000 miles during that period. In May 2018, the Z1 returned to its homeland and was looked after by a knowledgeable collector from Potsdam who re-installed the original Z1 radio, fitted four new tyres (500 miles), recommissioned the rear axle and ensured the car was fully serviced with fresh belts. It was granted a full German TUEV in May 2019 and has covered only a few miles since.

It's supplied with both sets of keys, documents, invoices, MOT and TUEV reports. Expensive when new and very rare in the UK today, the Z1's distinctive looks and cool doors will ensure its continued popularity.

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1969 Jaguar D-Type Replica 1969 Jaguar D-Type Replica

1969 Jaguar D-Type Replica

Lot #421 (Sale Order 421 of 70)

  • Superbly finished D-Type 'Long Nose' replica based on a Realm kit expertly re-engineered to very high standards

  • Indicating less than 400 miles use (atoc) with invoices supporting a full engine rebuild in 2014

  • Over £60,000 in receipts from 2010 to date, recording a fully documented build with no expense spared

  • Offered with a V5c (registered as a 1969 Jaguar historic vehicle). Ready to be enjoyed

  • This superb re-creation respectfully and elegantly pays homage to one of the greatest British sports cars of all time  

Realm Engineering of Honeybourne in Worcestershire has built up a fine reputation over almost four decades for its RAM recreations. In particular, their Jaguar D-Types have benefitted from chassis design input by Reynard Racing resulting in greater strength and ultimately better road-holding. After a three-hour stint behind the wheel of a Realm D-Type, Sir Jack Brabham commented: "That's a damn sight better than the original!"

Offered here we have a very handsome Realm Engineering-sourced, D-Type Long Nose replica, registered as a 1969 Jaguar and finished to an incredibly high standard. Documents within the history folder indicate that a previous owner purchased this D-Type replica as a part-complete project in 2010. Not long after his purchase, the part complete car was delivered to a local Jaguar specialist to be stripped down and fully rebuilt. Eyewateringly-large invoices hide away within the car's history folder telling the story of a thorough breakdown and rebuild using, where necessary, many new parts. The complete Sage Green and Apple Green leather interior, carpets and D-Type Dunlop-style wheels were sourced from Realm Engineering and a well-designed stainless steel inlet manifold and exhaust system were also fitted. With most mechanical aspects complete, the car was then sent to a specialist body shop where the bodywork panels were assessed, re-manufactured where necessary and refinished to, what can only be described as, a remarkable standard. Shortly after the project appeared to be near completion, the decision was made to have the engine professionally rebuilt again with detailed invoices on file and, in fact, a quick tally up of the invoices from between 2010 and 2015 suggest a spend of over £64,000!

Today, this wonderful D-Type replica presents extremely well and is finished with admirable attention to detail in every area. The history folder is replete with detailed invoices outlining works completed, old MOTs and the current V5c (historic vehicle). This super Jaguar re-creation respectfully and elegantly pays homage to one of the greatest British sports cars of all time.  

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1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E (W124) 1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E (W124)

1991 Mercedes-Benz 500E (W124)

Lot #422 (Sale Order 422 of 70)

  • One of just 29 UK-supplied examples, first registered on the 28/03/1991

  • Supplied through Bradshaw & Webb, now Mercedes-Benz Chelsea, who have serviced it from new

  • First registered to a member of the Vardinogiannis shipping dynasty and subsequently to her daughter

  • Detailed history file that includes all the book packs, service book and maintenance invoices

  • Meticulously maintained and recently serviced in September 2018 by Mercedes-Benz Chelsea at 35,415 miles

  • The ultimate German 'Q-car'. Having lived a cossetted life in Belgravia it is on the open market for the first time

The ultimate 'wolf in sheep's clothing' of the 1990's, the 500E saloon was built to rival the BMW M5 and was created in close cooperation with Porsche. With its engineering department fully occupied with the development of the new S-Class, Mercedes-Benz commissioned Porsche in 1989 to redesign the W124 chassis to enable the 5.0L V8 from the SL to be shoehorned in, along with the necessary changes to the suspension system and drivetrain. The new stealth saloon offered no visible clues on the outside except for very slightly flared wheel arches, wider tyres and discreet side skirts. 60mph arrived in just five seconds and 100mph in just over 14 seconds, remarkable for a car with such stately presence. It was only available as a hand-built, four-door saloon in left-hand drive and the low production numbers rendered it an instant classic. 

It is believed only twenty-nine orders were placed by British buyers for the 500E, and this example was supplied by Bradshaw & Webb, now Mercedes-Benz Chelsea, to a member of the Vardinogiannis shipping family on the 28/03/1991. The car resided at Upper Grosvenor Street, Belgravia before subsequently being registered to her daughter at their Chester Square address. 

The mileage of 35,500 (atoc) is fully corroborated by the following service intervals in the book:

Pre-delivery Inspection - Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 07/05/1991 954  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 10/01/1992 3,989  Service - Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 28/01/1993 12,952  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 21/03/1994 16,998  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 12/04/1994 17,829  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 03/11/1994 23,839  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 24/03/1997 26,732   Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 08/06/1998 27,651  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 30/03/1999 28,619  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 19/02/2001 29,999  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 26/09/2003 32,070  Service -  Eaton Square Group, Belgravia 15/02/2007 33,888  Service -  Eaton Square Group, Belgravia 10/02/2011 34,684  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 21/02/2014 35,024  Service -  Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea 22/09/2018 35,415

There is a documented engine replacement by Mercedes-Benz, Chelsea on 24/03/1993 at 13,907 miles.  

Purchased by our vendor from Silverstone Auctions a couple of years ago and forming part of his significant private collection, it has been lightly used during that period.

One of the finest examples on the market with exceptional provenance, the incredibly detailed history file has reams of Mercedes-Benz invoices, previous MOTs, and all of the book packs. If you are in the market for an 'Executive Express' that is hugely quick but totally refined, this is the car for you. 

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1983 Lamborghini Jalpa 1983 Lamborghini Jalpa

1983 Lamborghini Jalpa

Lot #423 (Sale Order 423 of 70)

  • Fitted with a 255bhp, quad-cam, 3.5-litre V8 engine. Styled by Bertone 

  • One of only three examples to leave the factory in the rare colour of Grigio Argento

  • Imported into the US by Lamborghini North America in 1984 as a Euro-specification car

  • Returned to Europe in early 2017 by a Lamborghini collector in Gibraltar. Some restoration, engine and gearbox checks/servicing and a full respray

  • www.Jalpa.ch shows regular servicing in the US and current mileage of just 22,300 km

  • Good history, the original manual and brochure, three key sets, the original spare wheel and an almost complete tool kit

The Jalpa was Lamborghini’s last throw of the Urraco dice. The Silhouette had been out of production for two years, but another attack on the Ferrari 308 was sanctioned. The Jalpa was usefully quicker thanks to its enlarged (by Alfieri) 3.5-litre quad-cam V8, with fuel flow controlled by four Weber 42 DCNF twin-barrel downdraught carburettors. Plus, with styling conceived and executed by Bertone, the Jalpa was unashamedly designed to go head-to-head with Ferrari’s 308 in the battle for V8 Italian sports car supremacy.

Though conceived as the junior Lamborghini of the 1980's, the Lamborghini Jalpa has been noted as being much easier to drive than the Countach, especially in heavy traffic and at slow speeds. With maximum power at 255bhp and a top speed of around 155mph, it’s hard for anyone to call this sports car junior. During its nine-year production run, it sold 200 in its most successful year, making it Lamborghini’s best-selling V8.

The car presented here is a 1983 Lamborghini Jalpa, originally destined for the Italian market, and was one of only three examples to leave the factory in the rare colour of Grigio Argento. Being a relatively early production car, one of the first 50 examples, it has the desirable Silhouette rear taillights and a front oil radiator. In 1984, the car was imported into the US by Lamborghini North America and painted red at the request of a Washington-based customer, remaining this colour ever since. Fortunately, as an early car, US emissions modifications did not have to be met and the engine was not revised with the unsightly large air-filter boxes and changes to the exhaust etc. that reduced power. Therefore, it has remained a European-spec car since production, ensuring a useful 255bhp at 7,000 rpm, and has never been modified. The car returned to Europe in early 2017 with a Lamborghini collector who lived in Gibraltar and who commissioned work on it, which included some restoration works, engine and gearbox checks and a full respray.

The car was bought by our vendor, a true Italian sports car enthusiast, in July 2018, after having owned some similarly special Italian machinery over the years. He searched the world for the best Jalpa he could find, eventually finding this car with classic car specialists Toro Classics in Spain, who confirmed its matching-numbers status, then with just over 19,000 km. Having obviously been diligently owned and cared for all its life, our fastidious vendor was able to trace the car, its servicing history (back to 2003) and its mileage via www.Jalpa.ch (the Jalpa register in Switzerland), showing regular servicing alongside mileage increments in the US. Such was our vendor’s connection to the car, its provenance and condition, he flew specially to the US to meet the previous owner and collect the original spare wheel for the car! Having now covered just 22,300 km (atoc) and having had a full service with Italian car specialists Shiltech of Loughborough on the 03/07/2019 at 21,246 km, this is a very fit and healthy Jalpa.

Accompanied by its original manual and brochure, three key sets, servicing invoices from 2007 and an almost complete tool kit, this really is a fantastic example of a rare and appreciating 1980's Lamborghini.

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2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster

Lot #424 (Sale Order 424 of 70)

the car’s first owner was Mercedes-Benz (the norm for SLS models), before being sold to its first private owner and then to our vendor

  • An exceptional UK/right-hand drive example with just 3,997 miles (atoc) and full Mercedes-Benz service history

  • From a private vendor, in as new condition with just two diligent owners from new

  • Normally-aspirated 6.2-litre AMG V8 with 563bhp matched to a 7-speed, double-clutch AMG Speedshift gearbox, giving a 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds and a top speed of 197mph

  • Impressive specification including a carbon centre-console, carbon wing mirrors, Command Navigation, AMG Active Body Control, AMG Performance steering wheel, 10-spoke Diamond-cut AMG alloys, Alcantara roof liner, 'Airscarf' neck-level heating

  • Remarkably torsionally stiff with a bodyshell that weighs a mere 2kg more than that of the Coupe with an identical drivetrain and lightweight carbon driveshafts

  • A supremely refined and capable open-top supercar with the added benefit of being engulfed in the rousing soundtrack of one of the best V8 engines ever produced by AMG

The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster is the open-top version of one of the most sought-after supercars of the last ten years. It’s low, sleek and sufficiently dramatic to stop pedestrians in their tracks, but can it possibly compete with the SLS Coupe in the way in which it drives?

With no exaggeration, reviewers of the Roadster were quick to say that it's an even more convincing proposition to drive than the Coupe. The level of grip is remarkable and it stops with great conviction, but where the soft-top really presses its case is in the more subtle areas of its handling repertoire, many of which are a nudge ahead of its fixed-roof sibling. The engineering changes Mercedes made to counter the loss of rigidity caused by the absence of a fixed roof provide the SLS Roadster with an even more fluid feel to its handling. Pushed hard, it feels better balanced and, with its overzealous traction control turned off, it's nothing short of sublime. The SLS Roadster possesses better body control and greater levels of feedback than the Coupé, and if there is any lack of rigidity it is never obvious. AMG claims that minimal strengthening to the chassis was required to compensate for the lack of a roof, as the car was designed as a Roadster from the start. Tweaks include thicker aluminium for the sills, a reinforcing cross-member under the dash and another brace positioned behind the seats. The end result is a level of torsional stiffness that’s almost identical to that of the SLS Coupe.

It’s not lacking in performance, either. Boasting the same 6.2-litre V8 as the Coupe, the Roadster produces 563bhp and 479lb.ft of torque generating an official 0-62mph time of 3.8 seconds, while top speed is put at a bouffant-rearranging, 197mph. And without a roof to filter out its soundtrack, there are tiny nuances in the exhaust note evident in the Roadster that you just don’t notice with the Coupe, whether it be entertaining pops and crackles on a trailing throttle or the NASCAR-grade growl on a wide-open throttle.

But perhaps the Roadster’s most persuasive sales attribute is its striking appearance, which is nothing short of spectacular. The retro-inspired exterior, credited to British-born Mercedes designer Mark Featherstone, lends itself well to the open-top treatment, giving the roadster a satisfyingly low-slung look that sets it apart from its fixed-roof twin. AMG has also introduced optional electronically adjustable dampers on the Roadster, with three settings, Comfort, Sport and Sport +.

The car presented here is a 2011 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster in simply ‘as new’ condition. The original owner was a friend of our vendor and when the Mercedes was offered for sale, knowing the car and its fastidious ownership, he jumped at the chance to buy it. As good as you’d expect, with just 3,997 miles (at the time of cataloguing) from new, an enviable spec and a full-service history with Mercedes-Benz.

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***REGRETFULLY WITHDRAWN***1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe (Type 36) ***REGRETFULLY WITHDRAWN***1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe (Type 36)

***REGRETFULLY WITHDRAWN***1968 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe (Type 36)

Lot #425 (Sale Order 425 of 70)

***REGRETFULLY WITHDRAWN***
  • Only three owners and remarkably less than 20,000 miles

  • Smartly finished in French Blue with a classic black interior

  • Mechanically recommissioned in 2002 after 30 years in storage

  • Further refreshed in 2015 prior to our vendor's purchase

  • This little Lotus has many more years of enjoyment to offer

The Series 3 Fixed Head Coupe arrived in 1965 and, in line with Lotus' intention to move upmarket and justify an increase in prices, fit and finish had been improved over the earlier Elans and the Coupe sported a considerably smarter dashboard. The new S3 further benefited from revised windows with frames to reduce cabin noise and of course, the windows were now electrically operated. Powerful, light in weight and endowed with exceptional handling, the Elan proved an immense commercial success for Lotus, slightly fewer than 9,000 being produced by the time production ceased in 1973.

This S3 was purchased new by a Mr David Penney of Dorking as a kit from Lotus agent, Gemini Cars, and built by the engineers at Walker Racing. After circa 19,850 miles had been covered, the car was placed in heated storage, remaining there for 30-or-so years before being re-commissioned around 2002. The tyres, brakes, shock absorbers, exhaust system and suspension donuts were replaced at this time. Mr Penney subsequently sold the Elan in 2005 through the Bonhams Beaulieu auction where it was acquired by its second owner and added to his large collection of British cars. Prior to that sale, it had benefitted from a light refresh including the carburettors, brake calipers, master cylinder, clutch reservoir, flexible hoses, and front suspension bushes. Some ten years later in 2015, the Elan was acquired by our vendor and once again appears to have been used lightly, now with an indicated mileage of 19,934 (atoc). Later knock-on drilled wheels and a metal-sprayed exhaust system are the only listed modifications from factory specification.  It remains smartly finished in Lotus French Blue with a black interior and bronze carpets and is supplied with its purchase invoice, and all bills for subsequent work, the owners handbook, and a very short list of owners.

Quite rightly, the Lotus Elan is today regarded as one of the finest British sports cars of all time and the S3 Coupe is arguably the most beautiful of all the early Elans. It seems to us that this little Lotus has been asleep too long and is now ready for the next chapter in its life.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R

Lot #426 (Sale Order 426 of 70)

  • The world's fastest production motorcycle – 306bhp, rising to 321bhp with ram-air effect 

  • Powered by a supercharged 998cc in-line four-cylinder. A world-first in production bikes

  • 300bhp and slick tyres mean that the H2R is track focussed and not road-legal

  • One of only 27 UK examples from 2015. Offered originally at £41,000

  • Just two owners and delivery miles only. Unused and, effectively, brand new

  • An amazing machine. Accompanied by supplying dealers and manufacturer's correspondence

Kawasaki made motorcycle history back in 2015 with the launch of the outstanding Ninja H2R.  It's a track-focused sports bike powered by a liquid-cooled 998 cc inline-four engine with a supercharger, producing 305.8 bhp at 14,000 rpm and maximum torque at 12,500 rpm. When enhanced by the 15 bhp from ram-air, that's around 320bhp - roughly the same as a 30-seater school bus.

The bike's specification includes Steel trellis frame with single-sided swingarm, dual 330 mm discs up front with Brembo M50 four-piston calipers, 250 mm disc at the rear with Brembo two-piston caliper, non-switchable ABS and adjustable engine braking, adjustable 43 mm KYB AOS-II fork, adjustable KYB shock, 9-level traction control, cruise control, 4->1 exhaust system, Ohlins steering damper, quick-shifter, full LED lighting and a 6-speed gearbox.

Each bike is built and inspected by a single technician in the Akashi factory in Japan and according to the official Kawasaki website, the H2R comes with a vehicle acknowledgement document. So, for your £41,000 list price what else did you get and what information is relayed?

  • Front and rear paddock stands and front and rear tyre warmers (don't even think about cold tyres) 

  • The H2R should only be run on Bridgestone Racing Battlax V01F with specific compounds

  • Instructions on how to store the vehicle off the ground 

  • Service inspections are required every 15 hours of engine operation above 8,000rpm

  • A 120dB exhaust, oh, and no kind of warranty

Despite these apparent drawbacks, the UK allocation sold out pretty quickly, one of them going to the owner of the example offered here, which was purchased from Seastar Superbikes in August 2015. Presented in unused, effectively brand new condition, this awesome machine comes with supplying dealers and manufacturer's correspondence relating to its purchase.

The last word goes to Bike magazine - "Know this: the new H2R isn't a game-changer. It's way more than that. This is a life-changer. There isn't another production vehicle on the planet that gets anywhere near the relentless power, head-splitting noise, and bloody-hell-fire-sweet-lord-help-me-now performance of Kawasaki's utterly mental H2R"

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2003 Aston Martin Vanquish 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish

2003 Aston Martin Vanquish

Lot #427 (Sale Order 427 of 70)

  • Dramatic Callum-penned bodywork with the debut of the bonded aluminium platform

  • Fitted with a 6-litre V12 producing 460bhp and 400lb.ft

  • UK-supplied, right-hand drive with only 7,500 miles from new (atoc)

  • Finished in special-order Cannadi Fucile with a Pacific Blue interior

  • The cherished registration number 3 ABN is generously included in the sale

  • One of the best examples available and will reward any inspection

Unveiled at the 2001 Geneva Motor Show, the Ian Callum-designed Vanquish was an instant sales success and the fact that it was James Bond's transport of choice only added to the appeal. Featuring a 6.0-litre V12 generating nearly 450bhp mated to a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox, the car sat proudly at the top of Aston's range throughout its seven years of production. Aston Martin's position as the ultimate makers of British sports cars continues, bolstered by the muscular Vanquish, and when sprinkled with a little magic from the James Bond 'Die Another Day' connection, the image was complete. 

This UK-supplied, right-hand drive Aston Martin Vanquish has covered just 7,500 miles from new (at the time of cataloguing) in the hands of its three owners. It’s finished in the stunning special-order colour of Cannadi Fucile, complemented by a Pacific Blue interior and has been part of our vendor’s significant private collection since 2008. During his ownership, the Vanquish has been kept in a professional de-humidified storage facility and presents very nicely indeed in the metal. The owner informs us he will arrange for the car to be freshly serviced and MOTd in time for the sale at Race Retro.

This is a fabulous example, fresh to market after 12 years of caring private ownership and its owner is generously including the private plate 3 ABN in the sale. This striking Vanquish will ensure that you stand out from the crowd in a contemporary classic and we thoroughly recommend coming to the 2020 Race Retro auction to see this V12 GT car in the metal for yourself.  

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1965/1998 Superformance AC Cobra SC Mk III 1965/1998 Superformance AC Cobra SC Mk III

1965/1998 Superformance AC Cobra SC Mk III

Lot #428 (Sale Order 428 of 70)

  • Built around 1998 by Superformance of California under direct licence from Carroll Shelby

  • Correct 400bhp Ford 'Windsor' 351 cubic inch engine, Tremec 5-speed manual box, a BTR Dana LSD

  • Ohlins dampers, Wilwood vented discs, Halibrand wheels, Smiths instruments. Drives superbly

  • Recommissioned by Le Mans Coupes Ltd., Crawley in 2009 at 9,850 miles. Current mileage 12,500 (atoc)

  • Fabulous in Guardsman Blue and Wimbledon White. Great registration ASP 1C (recently valued at £7,500)

  • Very special car, known history and provenance, an AC chassis number and realistically guided

It all started in 1961 when Texan Carroll Shelby wrote to AC Cars to ask them to build him a car modified to accept an American V8 engine. The rest, as they say, is history.

This particular car was built in or around 1998 by Superformance of Irvine, California under direct licence from Carroll Shelby as a continuation of his famed AC Cobras of the 1960's and, importantly, has an AC Chassis Number. The specification is extremely high and should not be confused with the plethora of similar-looking replicas. For example, the chassis is a heavy-duty, tig-welded, steel ladder-frame in 2" x 4" rectangular section with built-in crumple zones and a stainless steel roll-over bar. The correct Ford 'Windsor' 351 ci engine (over 400bhp) is mated to a Tremec 5-speed manual gearbox and power is distributed to the rear wheels through a BTR Dana LSD. The car has the original shifter gearchange, original handbrake, original Halibrand wheels/tyres and original Smiths instruments. The suspension is fully independent front and rear utilising the very best Ohlin dampers, it sits on Wilwood vented discs, all brake lines are braided, and even the 17-gallon fuel tank is stainless steel with a Monza filler cap. Finished in the smart period colour combination of Guardsman Blue with twin Wimbledon White stripes, this left-hand-drive car was acquired by its previous owner from Clive Sutton Cars of London in 2009. He then appointed the current Superformance importer, Le Mans Coupes Ltd., to collect the car and recommission it at a cost of some £6,277. He collected the Cobra from them with 9,850 miles recorded and it had covered just over 12,500 miles when purchased by our vendor in 2018.

The V5c states the original date of registration of the car as 1965 and the valuable registration number ASP 1C (recently valued at £7,500) pleasingly accompanies the car as does a comprehensive history file and the car's original leather presentation leather wallet containing the original owners manual. Having formed part of our vendor's collection, it has hardly been used recently and the time has come to let someone else have fun with this immaculate Superformance Cobra. This is a very special car with a clear history and is very realistically guided today.  

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1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4

1954 Aston Martin DB2/4

Lot #429 (Sale Order 429 of 70)

  • A lovely 1954, right-hand drive, DB2/4 with great history and current FIVA papers

  • Owned in the 1980's by Philip Gould, a founding member of the 80's pop band, Level 42

  • Over £30,000 spent during our vendor's ownership with marque experts, Nic Mee and Moto Technique

  • FIVA papers offering entry to the Mille Miglia recently secured and these may be transferable

  • Really lovely condition. Success in the 2016 Aston Martin Concours d'Elegance

  • With a fascinating history, this is Classic Aston ownership at its very best

The Aston Martin DB2/4 was launched from Feltham in October 1953 and was offered as a sporting 2+2 hatchback or an open drophead Coupe. Although similar to the DB2 it replaced, changes included a smaller fuel tank, rear suspension upgrade, wraparound windscreen, larger bumpers, and re-positioned headlights. A number of special bodied cars were also produced by Italian coachbuilders Carrozzeria Allemano, Bertone and Vignale who were commissioned at special request by private clients. David Brown had purchased the Lagonda company a few years earlier, primarily to obtain the W.O.Bentley designed, double overhead camshaft straight-six, which he wanted as a replacement for the ageing Claude Hill four-cylinder unit. He knew success in motorsport would benefit sales, and used the 2.6-litre, six-cylinder unit to power the works DB2s which were campaigned at Le Mans and across Europe throughout the early 1950's.

The DB2/4 engine (VB6J) was initially tuned to 125bhp, propelling the car to 120mph and 0-60mph in 11.2 seconds. However, in the summer of 1954, the capacity was increased from 2,580cc to 2,992cc, which raised power to 140bhp at 5,000rpm and reduced the 0-60mph time to ten seconds dead. Autocar described the DB2/4 in October 1953 as: "an expensive car designed to cater for the connoisseur of sports cars who is not limited by financial considerations.... a car of rare quality, unusual performance, exceptional road-worthiness and unrivalled versatility" - a description that, I suspect, Aston Martin would be proud to have applied to any of their current models.

LML 687 was first registered on the 26/05/1954, originally finished in Sea Green with a black leather interior and we understand that this DB2/4 spent much of its early life in Sussex, before being bought by a Mr Tidy in 1970, who kept the car until the early 1980's. Further detail within the cars substantial history file shows that Mr Tidy commissioned a significant restoration during his ownership and within the file, there are items of correspondence between Mr Tidy and various suppliers.

By the late 1980's, the Aston passed via a London dealer into the ownership of Philip Gould, a founding member and drummer of the 1980's pop band Level 42. Sometime later, well-respected restorer Andrew Thorogood was tasked with rebuilding the Aston’s engine and at the same time the wiring loom was replaced and the brakes and suspension were reconditioned. Inevitably, there was other minor work carried out to return LML 687 to health and we believe the account for all this came to around £17,000.

Mr Gould kept his Aston for almost ten years before passing custodianship to its next owner in 1997, and he, in turn, looked after the car for the following 20 years. He clearly cherished it hugely during this period and we can see from the owner’s file that between 2008 and 2015 the bodywork was substantially restored and a fresh coat of British Racing Green applied. The lovely patina of the interior was such that, on advice from specialists and fellow Aston owners, it was decided to leave as is rather than replace. The engine was rebuilt by leading Aston Martin specialist Davron, the carburettors were rebuilt, as were the front suspension and steering assembly. The brakes were relined and fitted with Alfin drums and, as a nod to practicality, an alloy radiator and electric fan were fitted. A custom-made twin stainless steel exhaust was also fitted. The results of all this work were so impressive that the car was awarded ‘Third in Class’ at the 2016 Aston Martin Concours d’Elegance at Duxford. Later that year it was decided to sell the DB2/4 after 20 years of ownership and our vendor purchased OOX 209 to add to his significant private collection.

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1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1) 1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1)

1954 Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1)

Lot #430 (Sale Order 430 of 70)

  • Delivered new in right-hand drive to Australia and repatriated to the UK in 2013

  • BN1 100/69 was finished in Healey Blue and sold to S.Todhunter on 25/11/1954 to be registered as ASL-158

  • Matching numbers (219137) and original colour. Heritage Certificate on file

  • Recent top-end rebuild with unleaded valves. Carbs and brakes fully overhauled

  • Gently patinated across all finishes, matching blue hood, side screens and tonneau cover

  • Good history file with the Heritage Certificate, current V5c, assorted invoices and receipts

This rather lovely and very early, right-hand drive, Austin-Healey 100/4 (BN1-219137) was dispatched from the Austin factory in Longbridge in September of 1954, finished in Ice Blue with a blue interior and matching blue hood, and destined for Australia. It was received there by Larke Hoskins Motors who were the NSW distributor for Austin-Healeys and allocated their Serial No 344 prior to being transported to John Crouch Motors in Flinders Street, Sydney where it arrived on November the 24th.  The very next day its eager first owner, a Mr S Todhunter, collected his gleaming Healey and registered it ASL-158. This is a spectacularly good looking car now so imagine how proud Sam Todhunter would have felt 65 years ago as he rasped his way around the streets of central Sydney on a warm afternoon.

Repatriated in 2013 by our vendor, a highly knowledgeable classic car collector, who hand-picked this car to ship back to the UK due to its excellent condition. Residing for almost 60 years in the warm dry climate of Australia the chassis was noted to be extremely well preserved.

Today this example remains in its original colour combination of Ice Blue paintwork with a blue interior and pleasingly is still partnered by its original engine. Overall the car presents with a wonderful even patination across all finishes, not at all tired or worn out, just well kept and really presentable, something, of course, that is always lost in a fully restored example. Reported to run and drive very well, this 100/4 has recently benefitted from a top-end rebuild with an unleaded valve upgrade and an overhaul of the carburettors and braking system. It's offered with wet weather equipment and its history file containing the Heritage Certificate supporting matching numbers, the current V5c and other assorted invoices and receipts.

Tricky to find in such beautiful condition, this quintessentially British classic is full of character and will always be highly sought after by both collectors and enthusiasts alike.

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1993 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton 1993 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

1993 Vauxhall Lotus Carlton

Lot #431 (Sale Order 431 of 70)

  • UK-supplied, one of just 284 right-hand drive cars built, excellent and unmodified

  • Showing only 47,817 miles (atoc) supported by a well-documented history file

  • Superb Imperial Green Pearlescent paintwork with an unmarked Anthracite leather interior

  • Well-balanced rear-drive chassis with 377bhp and a top speed of 176mph

  • Offered at a realistic guide price, examples this good rarely come to market

The legendary Lotus Carlton is the kind of car that comes along once in a generation. At a time when really fast four-door saloons were the preserve of BMW and Mercedes, this Vauxhall (Opel) derived super-saloon arrived on the scene demolishing the opposition. Oddly, it wasn't its huge performance or masculine good looks that created the most fuss, but the fact that the Daily Mail was so outraged by its stated top speed of 176mph, that it declared it too fast for British roads. Of course, the Lotus Carlton - or Type 104 to Lotus aficionados - was nothing of the sort, and although it shared its major components with a mainstream executive car, its level of development across every aspect of automotive dynamics had resulted in a truly special performance car. It was powered by a twin-turbo version of the venerable straight-six used in the range-topping Senator, which developed a remarkable 377bhp. To achieve that figure, Lotus had put a lot of work into the 3.6-litre power unit, uprating and strengthening the bottom end, porting the 24-valve cylinder head (from the Carlton GSI), and fitting forged slipper pistons made by Mahle atop new Lotus-designed connecting rods tied to a counterweighted, forged steel crankshaft. The gearbox was the same six-speeder used in the Corvette ZR-1, the only transmission in GM's parts bin, capable of handling the car's monster torque. AP Group-C derived brakes - four-pot calipers with 330mm ventilated discs at the front and two-pot at the rear - sat behind specially developed Goodyear tyres.

First registered in March 1993, number 816 is a UK-supplied right-hand drive Lotus Carlton and today, 27 years later, still presents incredibly well. Indicating only 47,817 miles at the time of cataloguing, the Imperial Green Pearlescent paintwork is excellent as is the virtually unmarked Anthracite leather interior. Offered from long-term ownership, our vendor, a classic and performance car enthusiast, has over the years maintained his pride-and-joy to the very highest standards. Offered with the original and highly sought after Ian Adcock book, documented history file, current V5c, old MOTs and a fresh MOT ready for the sale.

These low production number Carltons are highly collectable, good examples rarely come to market and with (even by today's standards) blistering performance they represent a usable modern classic with legendary status. Offered at a realistic guide, this is a rare opportunity to join the rather exclusive club of Lotus Carlton owners.

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1964 Aston Martin DB5 1964 Aston Martin DB5

1964 Aston Martin DB5

Lot #432 (Sale Order 432 of 70)

  • One of the most iconic and coveted of all British sports cars

  • A matching-numbers, UK-supplied, manual gearbox car in exquisite condition  

  • Meticulously and methodically restored over a number of years with input from marque specialists Post Vintage Engineers, with JMB Services rebuilding the engine to unleaded 4.2-litre specification, producing a very healthy 316.3 lb.ft torque; upgraded with a Harvey Bailey shock absorber/suspension kit

  • Finished today in iconic Silver Birch coachwork and fully re-trimmed in Burgundy (3171) Connolly hide with Red Wilton carpet

  • The overall presentation of the car is as near as one could find to a new DB5, having covered less than ten miles since restoration, it really is fit for any Concours event

  • Accompanied by extensive documentation, it must be one of the very best DB5 examples available anywhere today in the market

  • On offer from a private collection of fastidiously maintained and correctly stored classics

  • An exceptional example from Aston's finest hour and not to be missed

Not merely the best-known model produced by Aston Martin, the DB5 saloon (as the factory called it for tax purposes) is generally regarded as one of the most famous cars ever built by any marque. Introduced at the 1963 Earls Court Motor Show, the DB5 was an obvious extension of the DB4, featuring similar Touring-designed coachwork and an enlarged 4-litre update of Tadek Marek’s race-engineered aluminium engine.

With 170 improvements over the preceding model, the DB5 was undoubtedly a superior driver’s car, and the company landed one of history’s most famous marketing coups when the DB5 was chosen as superspy James Bond’s transport for the 1965 film Goldfinger. With a modest production of 1,021 examples built through 1965, the DB5 has evolved into the marque’s most timeless classic, appealing to dedicated enthusiasts and casual observers alike.

The car presented here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive, matching-numbers 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and is in simply exquisite condition, and one of the best examples of its type we have ever offered for sale.

The car was delivered new on the 03/06/1964 through agent Charles Sidney Ltd. to the first owner Messrs. H.B. Westle Ltd. of Leeds finished in Platinum with Blue Connolly hide and registered 999 JUM. According to the buff logbook on file, subsequent owners included Mr Richard Spurge of Bedford in 1972, Mr Graham Heath also of Bedford in 1973, a certain Mr Mark Hales of Bedford in 1974 and later Mr Raymond Boyles. Little is known of the car after this, but we understand it was later sold to Germany and passed through the hands of Aston Martin stalwart Desmond Smail before being acquired by Mr Nigel Parry of York in 2002.

Over the next ten years or so, Mr Parry took it upon himself to oversee the thorough and exacting resurrection of this prestigious car, commissioning specialists to carry out a complete ‘body-off’ restoration, with many images in the history file showing the extent of the work done and lengths gone to to ensure all corrosion was removed. Extensive body and chassis restoration were completed, which included the fabrication of front and rear body skins, new door skins, removal and replacement of inner and outer sills, replacement trailing arm mounts and jacking points, chassis outriggers etc. All this work was done alongside sourcing numerous OEM parts and components from marque specialists, including Post Vintage Engineers, themselves renowned AM restorers - who actually knew this car well and some of its history - and then helped conclude the work to finally finish the project, eventually offering the car for sale on behalf of the owner.

In addition, the suspension and braking system were completely rebuilt and upgraded with a Harvey Bailey shock absorber/suspension kit and the car fully re-trimmed in Burgundy (3171) Connolly hide with Red Wilton carpet, all finished to a very high standard.

At the crescendo of the project, in 2012, Mr Parry further instructed engine specialists JMB Services to rebuild the engine to unleaded 4.2-litre specification, costing almost £20,000, but producing a very healthy 316.3 lb/ft torque at 4165rpm and making the car very pleasant to drive.

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1998 Bentley Turbo RT LWB 1998 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

1998 Bentley Turbo RT LWB

Lot #433 (Sale Order 433 of 70)

Reviewing the file prior to the sale the vendor noted the MOT had expired. This was therefore renewed on Saturday 15th Feb 2020, the RT unsurprisingly passing with no advisories, and confirming just 400 miles since the last test

  • UK-supplied, right-hand drive, 47,000 miles (atoc), and only two former keepers

  • Finished in Dark Sapphire with 'thick over thin' Sandstone fine lines

  • Sandstone hide, and Portland Stone Wilton over mats

  • Well documented maintenance record with recent attention from a well-regarded marque specialist

  • The last, rarest, most expensive and most powerful of the Turbo R line

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

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

This lovely, long-wheelbase example was delivered new in the UK, supplied by Jack Barclay Ltd and first registered on 11/01/1999. It was tastefully specified with Dark Sapphire paintwork, Sandstone Hide seating, thick-over-thin Sandstone coach-lines and of course matching Portland Stone Wilton over-mats. Our vendor's father purchased this car to add to his collection as the best example he could find of the final model manufactured whilst the Bentley company was still under UK ownership, and since then it has been cared for with no expense spared, and maintained by specialists regarded as the best in the business. Today, this imposing machine presents very well with the paintwork retaining a deep gloss and the interior showing very little wear to speak of. The car fires into life with the first turn of the key and our vendor informs us that, with the extra comfort afforded by the longer cabin, there is no better way to travel the 350 miles round trip from their residence to Goodwood. On offer with a substantial history folder containing invoices, MOTs and handbooks, a Bentley trickle-charger, and a bespoke car cover.

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Reviewing the file prior to the sale the vendor noted the MOT had expired. This was therefore renewed on Saturday 15th Feb 2020, the RT unsurprisingly passing with no advisories, and confirming just 400 miles since the last test.

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2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 GT R-Tronic Quattro Coupe 2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 GT R-Tronic Quattro Coupe

2011 Audi R8 5.2 FSI V10 GT R-Tronic Quattro Coupe

Lot #434 (Sale Order 434 of 70)

  • The GT is a limited-edition variant of the V10 Audi R8 Coupe, only 333 examples built (33 UK cars)

  • 552bhp at 8,000rpm (up from 518bhp). Top speed of 199mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds

  • Lightweight seats, carbon body panels, thinner glass, a thinner exhaust, a magnesium engine subframe and shaved carpets make the GT 100kg lighter than its R8 V10 brethren

  • GT-specific; Alcantara, carbon rear wing, carbon winglets, big tailpipes and bespoke 19-inch wheels

  • Fitted with the Race Pack (£6,640). Half roll-cage, full harness belts, fire extinguisher and battery cut-out switches, just 12,800 miles and full service history

Genuine mid-engined exotics don't tend to wear German badges. Yes, there have been a few such anomalies down the years, but they rarely received the acclaim of their Italian counterparts. Here's the car that broke the mould, the Audi R8. Here was proof that you could buy a car with the charisma and presence of a Lamborghini and the engineering of, well, of an Audi and in V10 guise it has the performance to match. The Audi R8, based on the Audi Le Mans Quattro concept car (designed by Frank Lamberty and Julian Hoenig), first appeared at the 2003 International Geneva Motor Show. The R8 road car was officially launched at the Paris Auto Show on 30th September 2006. Initial models included the R8 4.2 FSI Coupe (with a V8 engine) and R8 5.2 FSI Coupe (with a V10 engine). At the time, 6-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Jacky Ickx described the R8 as "the best handling road car today".

The car presented here is a 2011 Audi R8 GT, a limited-edition variant of the V10 R8 coupé. Only 333 examples were ever built, with just 33 allocated to the UK at a (basic) launch price of £142,585, and all were sold prior to release. Think of the GT as a Superleggera version of the R8, a car to take on the likes of GT3 RS and M3 GTS. Power is up to 552bhp at 8000rpm (up from 518bhp) all through electronic wizardry, giving a top speed of 199mph and a 0-62mph time of 3.6 seconds. The only gearbox available for the GT is the R-Tronic automated manual. Audi says this is because it wanted to finesse only one gearbox for the 333 cars and the R-Tronic, globally, is more popular.

Unique GT features include new manual seats (which alone save 31.5kg), carbon body panels, thinner glass, a thinner exhaust, a magnesium engine subframe, and shaved carpets, all strive to make the GT 100kg lighter than its R8 V10 brethren - 1525kgs isn’t bad for a V10-engined supercar with four-wheel drive! The GT wears passive springs and dampers that lower the body by 10mm over the standard car; camber rates are upped, and the steering is even quicker, all to boost agility, with carbon-ceramic brakes and a limited-slip rear differential as standard. Other GT-specific additions include the use of Alcantara, a carbon rear wing, carbon winglets, two very big tailpipes, and bespoke 19-inch wheels.

This particular car has the additional Race Pack, costing an extra £6,640, which includes a half roll-cage, full harness belts, fire extinguisher and battery cut-out switches. With just two former keepers, a full and up-to-date servicing schedule with Audi, and coming from a private vendor, this really is a great example and believed to be one of just two GT models fitted with the Race Pack.

A very special R8, yet it remains a usable everyday car with sat-nav and air-con; don’t miss it!

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2014 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner* 2014 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner*

2014 Bentley Flying Spur Mulliner*

Lot #435 (Sale Order 435 of 70)

  • Purchased by its first owner in July 2014 and enjoyed for 7,100 miles

  • Powered by a 6.0-litre W12 producing 625bhp/800N.m., 0-62 in 3.8 seconds and 207mph 

  • 8-speed automatic gearbox with Quickshift, Block Shifting and a wheel-mounted paddle shift 

  • Superbly finished in Silverlake Blue with Linen Hide and virtually unmarked throughout

  • Full Mulliner drivers specification and incredibly well optioned

  • Full service history, four new tyres and only 8,800 miles

Sharing its platform with the Continental GT, the second generation Bentley Flying Spur made its debut at the Geneva Show in March 2013. The 6.0-litre W12 engine now produced some 625bhp and an astonishing 800Nm of torque fed through an 8-speed automatic gearbox with Quickshift, Block Shifting and a wheel-mounted paddle shift. This all contributed towards a top speed in excess of 200mph for the first time in the model's history. A more driver-focused Mulliner version was also offered and the car received praise for its combination of exceptional handling for its size, combined with amazing performance and outstanding ride quality.

This car was sold new in July 2014 at a cost of £173,200 to its first owner who owned the car until early in 2019 and covered just 7,100 miles from new. The service history indicates that it has been serviced every year by a Bentley main agent, including 2019, when it was also fitted with four new tyres.

Finished in Silverlake Blue with Linen Hide, it is built to full Mulliner Drivers specification and also includes further factory options of 21” five-spoke polished wheels, comfort spec, steering column gear selection, storage case to centre console, electric glass tilt and slide sunroof, electrically adjustable rear seats with massage, single fine-line stripe in beige, contrast stitching to the over-mats and interior leather upholstery, deep pile over-mats front and rear, dual-tone three-spoke hide trimmed steering wheel, first aid kit and warning triangle, veneered picnic tables in the rear with vanity mirrors, Bentley battery charger, digital TV tuner, Mulliner rear-seat entertainment, rear view camera, remote control garage opener and a space-saving wheel.

Purchased by Silverstone Auctions Managing Director because of its outstanding condition and mileage early in 2019, the car has today covered just 8,800 miles in total (atoc). Having been kept indoors from new, it is naturally in outstanding order throughout and is offered at a very competitive guide price for a 'best of breed' example. Simply delightful and ready to use and enjoy.

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2015 Volkswagen XL1 2015 Volkswagen XL1

2015 Volkswagen XL1

Lot #436 (Sale Order 436 of 70)

  •  Made from carbon fibre reinforced polymer and weighs just 795kg

  •  Two-seat, limited production. 800cc diesel-powered, plug-in hybrid

  •  Super-aerodynamic. Only needs 8bhp to achieve a steady 62mph and 313mpg

  •  One of only 200 built worldwide, one owner and less than 80 miles from new

  •  Left-hand drive. Finished in Oryx White Pearl with black cloth and red-centre Alcantara interior

  •  VAT qualifying vehicle

Revealed at the Qatar Motor Show in 2011, the VW XL1 not only looks amazingly futuristic but also features a whole raft of pioneering construction and drivetrain technology. Power comes from a meagre 800cc TDi two-cylinder, common-rail diesel engine which develops just 48bhp. It's linked to an electric motor producing a further 27bhp, resulting in a far more respectable 75bhp when working together. Bearing in mind the kerb weight is just 795kg, that's adequate to scoot it along quite nicely, we presume, as you click your way through the 7-speed DSG gearbox. It will happily run on the electric motor alone with zero emissions and, in this mode, has a range of 50km (31 miles) which should be more than enough to get you to your local supermarket for the weekly shop.

The XL1's suitably streamlined body is equally innovative. It's made from Volkswagen's patented carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) which is constructed using a process called resin transfer moulding (RTM). Elsewhere, magnesium wheels, ceramic brake discs and the use of aluminium for the dampers, steering and brake callipers help shave off that all-important weight. In fact, just 23.2% of the car is made out of either steel or iron. Meanwhile, friction optimised wheel bearings and driveshafts, as well as special low-rolling-resistance Michelin tyres, contribute to the low energy consumption and this technologically advanced masterpiece became a reality at VW's Osnabrück factory.

Fundamentally, the XL1 is a two-seater with gullwing doors and shrouded rear wheels being the key design features helping to keep the drag coefficient to a minimum. That's not to mention the natty use of small cameras (e-mirrors) instead of traditional wing mirrors to tell the driver what's going on outside. Remember Audi being boastful of its ground-breaking 100 model's 0.30 drag coefficient back in the early 1980s? Well, the VW XL1 virtually halves that with its figure of 0.186, making it the world's most aerodynamic road-going production car to date.

Having covered just 72 miles, at the time of cataloguing, the example we have on offer is, you could say, in ‘as new’ condition, and has been serviced regularly regardless of mileage. The Oryx White Pearl paintwork is flawless as are the red-centred, black Alcantara seats and ceramic black interior finishes. Single ownership from new, the car will be offered with a fresh MOT, all books, manuals, service history and charging station. A super addition to any car collection or you can enjoy turning heads whilst achieving 300+MPG on the commute to work.

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1993 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione 1993 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione

1993 Ferrari 348 GT Competizione

Lot #437 (Sale Order 437 of 70)

  • Number 11 of only 50 individually numbered 348 GT Competizione homologation specials produced

  • Weight reduction of some 190 kg with comprehensive use of unique carbon fibre panels

  • Numerous unique performance enhancements complying with homologation requirements

  • Scarcer than any other Ferrari homologation special, including F40, F50 and 288 GTO

  • Presented in excellent order having been subject to a three-year restoration programme

The Ferrari 348 GTC (‘Competizione’) is the rarest modern Ferrari road model with a factory production run of 50 cars, of which only 8 were delivered in right-hand drive. Although this homologation special is the progenitor of all the subsequent lightweight V8 models (360 Challenge Stradale, 430 Scuderia, 458 Speciale), it is far more exclusive in terms of numbers and is one of the Homologation cars in the F40, F50 and 288 GTO set.

Weight reduction was the key to the performance of this ultimate 348 variant. Seats are F40 type Kevlar/carbon fibre racing buckets, doors, sills, front and rear bumpers are also composite and the wheels are unique 18” split-rim Speedline items, hiding the 15-inch F40 ventilated Brembo discs. Inside, the interior was stripped, the upholstery was replaced by lightweight fabric and the rear window replaced by Lexan. The total weight saving is often quoted as a remarkable 190kg over a standard 348. Complementing the improved power to weight ratio are more focused adjustable springs & dampers enabling a revised suspension set up and a rod–connected gearshift.

"The 348 GT Competizione car is so much more than just a car that has gone through a weight reduction program. Driving one proved how all these incremental changes had totally moved the game on from the base 348 in terms of dynamics and performance. The 348 GT Competizione drives like an old school, full of feel, Italian supercar. It is superb."

There were no changes to the 3.4-litre V8 so the GTC has the same 320bhp power output and in terms of straight-line speed it doesn't differ much from the regular 348.  However, the engine was always the best thing about the car and in the 200kg-lighter GTC, it spins up sweetly and loves to rev with that eagerness at the top end that is so utterly addictive. The crisp, directly connected gear change is much more satisfying and adds to the enjoyment of going up and down the box. 

Cosmetic enhancements include the engraved, numbered-plaque steering wheel, external recessed Scuderia wing-shields and the evocative Competizione script on the engine cover.

#11/50 is in excellent condition having undergone a comprehensive, three-year, engine out, glass out, photo-documented restoration. It was re-bushed, the suspension components powder-coated, fresh cam belts fitted, and most nuts, bolts, clips and fixings replaced. All the lightweight panels were retained and the original colour combination of Rosso Corsa with a black interior and red seats was retained. It has covered a total of 23,000 km (14,500 miles) since first delivery. Invoices totalling a substantial amount for this extensive restoration are in the history file alongside the photographic record and the normal ownership documents.

This is a very rare Ferrari, more scarce than any other Ferrari homologation special, including the F40, F50 and 288 GTO and, additionally, its sheer agility, huge grip and intuitive steering response make the car a delight to drive. We welcome any inspection of this remarkable Competizione.

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2006 Maserati GranSport V8 2006 Maserati GranSport V8

2006 Maserati GranSport V8

Lot #438 (Sale Order 438 of 70)

  • One owner from new and a warranted 25,432 miles indicated (atoc)

  • 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 that famous clock

  • Immaculate engine bay. Recently serviced. Full service history

  • Supplied with a UK V5c, its Maserati book pack and a current MOT

Launched at the 2004 Geneva Motorshow, the GranSport was a more focused 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 neat, 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 was also upgraded and re-calibrated 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 benefited from sports seats, a slimmer centre console, carbon fibre details and a new steering wheel.

Becoming increasingly tricky to find with low use, this particular 2006 Maserati GranSport V8 was delivered through H.R.Owen, London to its first and only owner. Very tastefully specified and finished in Grigio Alfieri (metallic grey) with a Nero (black) 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 current MOT. Supplied with a UK V5c and its book pack, this single-owner car has covered a mere 25,432 miles at the time of cataloguing and has to be one of the best of its type currently available on the market.

A high performance, luxurious ‘Grand Tourer’ tastefully presented, sensibly guided, in fine order and serviced up-to-date. All that is left is to enjoy the note of that V8 on route to wherever.

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1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback 347 CID 1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback 347 CID

1967 Ford Mustang GT Fastback 347 CID

Lot #439 (Sale Order 439 of 70)

The accelerator pedal linkage has loosened and is impeding revving of the engine, this will be rectified at vendor's expense post auction

  • A desirable GT Fastback subject of a recent full, chassis-off, restoration

  • Built and re-engineered by renowned specialists Livernois Motorsports of Michigan

  • Fitted with a high-performance 5,680cc Ford 347 CID V8 crated engine and a C6 auto gearbox

  • Brembo brakes, AirPod adjustable suspension technology, power steering, air conditioning, high-spec audio system

  • Little use since restoration, now UK-registered and ready to rumble!

The original Mustang was exactly the right car at the right time and consequently this ‘sports car for the masses’ sold a million in less than two years. The secret of the Mustang's success was a broad appeal that extended beyond the target market thanks to a great value-for-money package combining sporty looks, decent economy and brisk performance. Available as a Notchback Coupe, Convertible or, from 1965, as Fastback Coupe and the array of trim and engine options meant that there was a ‘Stang' to satisfy everyone. The fastback Coupe is an effortlessly cool shape and is the Mustang profile that people default to in their mind’s eye. Mustangs could be ordered in specifications ranging from six-cylinder economy to V8-powered luxury, whilst customers could choose from an extensive range of factory options with the result that seldom are two Mustangs identical. A natural progression from customers using the options list to create something totally bespoke was for automotive tuners and customisers to go even further and offer a huge range of further enhancements to make your individual Mustang even more individual.

This sparkling silver 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback is no ordinary example. Starting life as a much sought-after GT Fastback, it has benefitted from the most thorough professional restoration/enhancement program carried out just 2,000 miles ago in the US by specialists 'Livernois Motorsports' of Michigan who, in the past, have been entrusted to prepare a car for Paul Teutul Sr. of Orange County Choppers, a man whose insistence on perfection is legendary.

It's fitted with a mighty 347 Ci, ‘crated’ (rebuilt/enhanced/tested by specialists) V8 engine, which is at the heart of this impressive machine. To keep everything in balance are Brembo brakes, AirPod adjustable suspension, power steering and a full geometry reset, all carried out to an extremely high standard. In terms of creature comforts, it's fitted with air conditioning and a very expensive and impressive ICE system, totally in keeping with such a statement car. This is not one for the shy and retiring and represents a lot of car (and fun!) for what will be a very tempting guide.

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1965 Jaguar E-Type SI 4.2 OTS 1965 Jaguar E-Type SI 4.2 OTS

1965 Jaguar E-Type SI 4.2 OTS

Lot #440 (Sale Order 440 of 70)

  • A Series 1, 4.2 E-Type OTS re-engineered by Eagle E-Types with numerous upgrades

  • Superbly presented in a deep shade of Sapphire Blue with unmarked grey leather

  • Minimal use since rebuild and superbly maintained, in-house by Eagle from 2001-2015

  • Detailed maintenance and service records are on file along with its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, handbook, current V5c, old MOT certificates and its current MOT

  • A delightful car sensibly upgraded by a company renowned globally for their expertise and unparalleled attention to detail

This 1965 Series I 4.2 open-two-seater E-Type was originally delivered in left-hand drive to Jaguar cars, New York, USA. It was repatriated in the 1990's and subsequently completely restored and refinished by XK Engineering. A photographic account of the initial restoration can be discovered within the history folder. Literally just after the initial restoration was completed, this E-Type was supplied to a customer through Eagle in November 1999.

One of the advantages of purchasing an E-Type from Eagle’s showrooms is the exclusive access to the options offered when a full Eagle E-Type restoration is commissioned from them at a later date, so the decision was made to update this E-Type with a large selection of upgrades from Eagle’s extensive range, to include both Sport and SuperSport options to brakes, suspension, cooling and electrical systems. Some further options were also added in 2003.

The car's owner lived in Hong Kong, keeping the Jaguar in the UK to use when he was over here and, as this became less frequent, Eagle sold the car to its next owner in October 2005. He was to keep it for the following nine years and was so smitten by Eagle’s work that he commissioned a full Eagle E-Type and sold this car as his new Eagle was nearing completion.

Our vendor purchased this example in 2014 directly from Eagle who had taken the opportunity prior to the sale to refresh the engine as part of their pre-sale preparations, especially as Eagle had touched neither the body nor the drivetrain and running gear.

Encapsulating the best of both worlds, this remarkable car retains the classic, meltingly beautiful looks of the early E-Type Roadsters with enhanced performance matching that of most modern sports cars, improved driveability, and the confidence-inspiring reliability that results from intelligent engineering, diligently applied. 

Years of research and development including many man-hours of labour have been invested into this beautiful classic Jaguar, allowing its owner a thrilling and safe driving experience blending modern technology with classic engineering. Offered with the aforementioned detailed history folder, its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, E-Type handbook, Eagle service record, current V5c, old MOT Certificates, and the car's current MOT.

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1974 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk I 1974 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk I

1974 Ford Escort RS2000 Mk I

Lot #441 (Sale Order 441 of 70)

  • This is a genuine RS2000 first registered on 08/04/1974

  • Offered from the stable of rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jason Kay

  • Well restored with a host of sensible upgrades

  • Recently rebuilt 2.1 Pinto with alloy sump, Webers, phase-3 fast-road cam and a ported head

  • 43,246 miles indicated (atoc), mechanically excellent and superbly presented

The Escort RS2000 was the last car to be introduced to Ford's 'Advanced Vehicle' range in June of 1973 and dovetailed nicely with its performance almost comparable to the more complex RS1600, but with the reliability and ease of maintenance of the Mexico. The car used the same Type 49 bodyshell as the Mexico and RS1600, however, there was a new engine in use at Ford, the 2-litre overhead cam, 100bhp, 'Pinto' design, which seemed, on paper, ideal for the RS. Ford then had the major problem of persuading the, less than slender, Pinto engine to fit into the engine bay, which was something it had never been designed to do. The only way of achieving this was by discarding the engine-driven cooling fan and replacing it with a thermostatically controlled Kenlowe unit. The most appropriate gearbox was the German 'E-box', which was totally different to the one fitted to the RS1600, and the final drive was 3.54:1. The car was launched in England on 11/11/1973 priced at £1,586.

Offered from the amazing and varied stable of rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jason Kay, this car was initially registered on 08/04/1974, and is an original Escort RS2000 supplied with a host of paperwork together with a V5c registration document and a current MOT test certificate.  Finished in the instantly recognisable colours of Diamond White with blue stripes, this Escort has benefited from restoration and a host of upgrades including a strengthened bodyshell with a roll cage, jacking points for jack stands and steel bubble arches.  Work includes a recently rebuilt 2.1 Pinto engine with alloy sump, Weber carburettors, Newland phase-three fast-road camshaft, ported cylinder head and a heat-wrapped, four branch exhaust manifold. Said to produce 165bhp, the car has a five-speed quick shift gearbox and quick steering rack.  Further spec includes Cobra bucket seats with four-point Sabelt harnesses, front discs, anti-roll bar and anti-dive conversion, and a rear brake disc conversion using Sierra Cosworth brake calipers. More recently in January 2020, the car was fitted with new 4 link bushes and rose joints, as well as a rolling road set-up with carburettor tuning.

With an indicated 43,246 miles at the time of cataloguing, superbly presented, and the cachet of celebrity ownership, this little RS is offered turn-key and ready to go. In the mid-seventies, this would have been the car to be seen in and, in 2020, we think it has returned to that status.

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1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Convertible 1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Convertible

1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS Convertible

Lot #442 (Sale Order 442 of 70)

  • The 1968 RS version of the manual Camaro SS convertible is among the rarest of examples

  • 5.4-litre (396ci) V8 engine coupled to a Hurst Shifter manual transmission

  • Sourced directly from the US in 2015 to join our vendor’s extensive UK-based collection

  • The RS version of the SS featured distinctive options such as retractable headlight covers

  • UK-registered on the 29/09/2015, the car is ready for less than subtle summer motoring

Chevrolet may have been caught off guard by Ford’s all-new Mustang in 1964, but by 1967 it had its own highly successful pony car in the Camaro. Inspired by the Super Nova show car displayed at the 1964 New York Auto Show, the Camaro featured the clean flowing lines and rounded contours that characterised Chevrolet designs of the mid-60s. The Camaro was in fact one of the purest designs ever issued by Chevrolet, embodying everything designer Bill Mitchell believed should constitute a proper sporting automobile; a clean attractive shape uncluttered by details, a high-performance drivetrain, bucket seats with a floor-mounted shifter and seating for four.

That Chevrolet would offer a Super Sport package for the Camaro was a foregone conclusion, as was the availability of big-block power. When the SS396 debuted in late 1966, its performance was hampered by the mono-leaf rear springs carried over from the Chevrolet Nova, but that was solved in 1968 with the introduction of multi-leaf rear springs and staggered shocks that transferred all the Camaro’s power to the ground. The RS was an appearance package with special grille treatment that included hidden and different headlamps from the standard Camaros, special RS badging and special chrome and blackout trim all adding some extra style to go along with the extra power of the SS.

Our vendor, a collector of American motoring icons from the 1930's through to the 1960's, purchased this left-hand-drive example directly in the United States, initially for his Bahama-based collection. The car was twice invited to the Boca Raton Concours, but with UK-based business interests taking up his time, the offers were regretfully declined. UK-registered in 2015 the car has been enjoyed in dry weather only, with top-down spins along the boulevards of Poole and Sandbanks adding a few miles to the odometer that now shows, at the time of cataloguing, some 59,800 miles.

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1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1 1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1

1960 Chevrolet Corvette C1

Lot #443 (Sale Order 443 of 70)

Contrary to previous listings this car will require UK registration by the buyer subject to a valid MOT.

  • Built in 1960, sourced directly in the United States in 2015 with UK registration pending

  • Finished in Ermine White with matching hardtop, white soft top and red interior

  • Described as in show condition. Two-time winner of Cherry’s Jubilee Event, Monterey

  • Fitted with a 383ci NASCAR stroker engine mated to a Jerico 4-speed transmission

  • Wildwood discs, Carrera coil-over shocks and ceramic coated headers

  • A stunning and truly unique show-winning car from a carefully curated collection

In the early 1950's, a team of GM engineers, headed up by Harley Earl, went to work trying to create a car that had the appeal to compete with European sports cars. The resulting creation, dubbed the Corvette 'Dream Car', debuted at the GM Motorama Show held at the stylish Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. At the conclusion of Motorama's US tour, GM stated that over four million people had seen the car with the majority expressing a desire to get behind the wheel of the new Corvette. The first true American sports car was born.

Intended as competition for the T-Series MG, the Corvette cost way above the target figure, ending up in Jaguar XK120 territory but with decidedly less performance. Sales were sluggish initially and the model came close to being axed, surviving thanks to Chevrolet's need to compete with Ford's Thunderbird. A V8 engine for 1955 and a radical restyle for 1956 consolidated the Corvette's position in the market, the model going on to become the world's best-selling and longest-lived sports car.

This lovely Corvette was built in 1960 and sourced directly in the United States in 2015 with UK registration pending with the DVLA. It is finished in Ermine White with a matching hardtop, white soft top and red interior. It's described as being in “show condition” and is a two-time winner of Cherry’s Jubilee Event, Monterey. We believe the mileage of some 14,000 miles at the time of cataloguing may be due to “zeroing” of the odometer at the time of the restoration. Some would argue the car is a resto-mod with the fitment of the 383 NASCAR stroker engine which is mated to a Jerico 4-speed transmission. It is also fitted with Wildwood discs, Carrera adjustable coil-over shocks and ceramic coated headers.

Beautifully presented and totally evocative of the early Sixties, this is a stunning and truly unique show-winning car from a carefully curated collection.

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1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Roadster 1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Roadster

1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Roadster

Lot #444 (Sale Order 444 of 70)

  • Dispatched from Browns Lane in 1957 to Jaguar Cars New York, returning 60 years later

  • A left-hand drive Special Equipment with matching numbers as confirmed by Jaguar

  • Total, ground-up restoration in the UK including a complete engine rebuild

  • Superbly finished in Ice Blue Metallic over Harbour Grey leather and Charcoal carpets

  • The engine bay is a work of art. Chrome wire wheels and chrome luggage rack

  • The owner's file contains a period XK140 spares catalogue, current UK V5c, old MOT certificates, copies from the Jaguar archives and detailed restoration invoices

Jaguar Cars launched the XK140 at the London Motor Show in October 1954 with a raft of improvements over its predecessor, the landmark XK 120. The styling was enhanced by a revised grille and larger bumpers along with new rear lights, which now incorporated the indicators. The handling was improved by rack and pinion steering and telescopic dampers and the interior space was enlarged to allow the addition of occasional rear seats.

The power unit remained Jaguar's well-tried, 3.4-litre, twin-cam six, which now produced 190bhp in standard trim thanks to higher-lift camshafts and revised porting. To ensure reliability, steel bearing caps replaced the previous cast-iron type. A close-ratio gearbox enabled better use to be made of the increased performance whilst a Laycock de Normanville overdrive became an option for the first time. Special Equipment (SE) XK140s came with wire wheels and Lucas fog lamps and could be ordered with an engine developing 210bhp courtesy of the 'C'-type cylinder head. 

Dispatched from Browns Lane in January 1957, this left-hand-drive XK140 Roadster equipped to ‘SE’ specification was delivered new to Jaguar Cars New York. Some 60 years later, the XK made the return journey and upon arrival in the UK, the decision was made to set about a complete, ground-up, restoration. Pleasingly, its original engine remained in place and this was sent to a Jaguar specialist to be stripped, inspected and fully rebuilt, and a detailed invoice within the history folder shows a cost including ancillaries of over £16,000. In the meantime, the bodywork was taken back to bare metal and completely refinished in a beautiful shade of light metallic blue. All mechanical components were either restored or replaced and the full rolling chassis prepared to be reunited with the rebuilt engine. The interior was beautifully re-trimmed in grey leather and new carpets fitted.

This sparkling XK now presents in showroom condition and is described as running and driving very well as you might expect. It's accompanied by the owner's file which contains a period XK140 spares catalogue, current V5c, old MOT Certificates, copies from the Jaguar archives and detailed restoration invoices.

Offered at a very sensible guide (the cost of restoration alone exceeds the lower estimate) this is an opportunity to own a very stylish, sought after and collectable Jaguar from a point in time when the world was very different. All that is left to do is to brim the tank, fill the picnic basket and set off on a beautiful sunny afternoon.

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1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

Lot #445 (Sale Order 445 of 70)

  • A beautifully presented left-hand drive 190SL originally delivered to the dry state of California

  • A thorough inspection and subsequent remedial works carried out by marque specialist, John Haynes in June 2019

  • Complete new brake system, fuel and ignition systems renewed including correct Solex carbs

  • Accompanied by a desirable hard top in matching Silver Grey Metallic

  • Drives and performs exceedingly well reflecting recent expenditure of circa £30,000

This beautiful Silver Grey, left-hand drive manual 190SL was manufactured in 1960, and originally delivered to the dry state of California. At some point, date unknown, it returned to Europe providing further joy and pleasure to its new custodian who resided in sunny Cyprus. During late 2014, the Mercedes arrived in the UK ready for the next chapter of its life, and a thorough restoration was commissioned. The work was entrusted to Classic & Iconic Cars Ltd who were requested to conduct an appraisal of the amount of work required and instructed to complete the work which they did at significant cost. Cosmetically the body was completely stripped, prepared, and carefully repainted in the beautiful classic silver grey finish it now wears. The engine was removed and subjected to an extensive rebuild using new pistons, bearings, valves and guides, and was professionally balanced before reassembly. Whilst the engine was away, attention was focused on the brakes, suspension, and a new exhaust system and new tyres were fitted. It was also decided to fit Weber 40DCOE carburettors to provide smoother running and turn-key performance. Subsequently, once the car was reassembled, it was sent to be professionally set up on a rolling road. 

The car was offered by Silverstone Auctions and purchased by our vendor in May 2018 and, although initially very pleased, he felt that he wished to take it a bit further and sent it to marque specialist John Haynes to be assessed and refreshed. The brake system was completely overhauled with new wheel cylinders, shoes, pipes, hoses, fluid, cables, drums skimmed, handbrake etc. The fuel system was also overhauled – new fuel tank, correct Solex 44PHH carburettors fitted, manifold, fuel pump, air filter housing & intake tubes etc. The ignition benefitted from a new distributor, coil, HT leads, and spark plugs. The account for this work was dated June 2019 and amounted to £28,514 (copy invoice in file).

The SL still looks spectacular with its gleaming Silver Grey coachwork set off by the exceptional red leather interior, and that classic SL dashboard with its cream Bakelite steering wheel but now benefits from that confidence-inspiring mechanical refresh. Viewing of the history file is recommended where copies of receipts and invoices are available displaying the full extent of work completed along with the car's accompanying V5c and MOT Certificate. If you are seriously seeking “the right”  190SL, please take the time to appreciate 606 UYR, and you might find that this immaculate, well-travelled little Mercedes is exactly what you had in mind.

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1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina

Lot #446 (Sale Order 446 of 70)

  • Very rare. Just 154 Vetroresina (Italian for fibreglass) examples left the factory in RHD destined for the UK

  • These early 308s are much sought-after being lighter in weight and equipped with carburettors and dry-sump lubrication 

  • RHD/UK-supplied, originally in rare Blu Dino Metallizzato, body number 84, matching numbers

  • Coming from a private vendor and 20-years diligent ownership

  • Meticulous mechanical upkeep since new, including a complete engine rebuild at 53,000 miles and a total ground-up photographic restoration in 2001

  • Extensive history, numerous folders of invoices totalling approx. £70,000, all MOTs verifying mileage, full maintenance records from day one, complete original book-pack, build sheets and tool roll

  • An extremely healthy 308 that drives and performs quite superbly; recently fully cambelt serviced

Introduced at the Paris Salon in 1975, the stunningly beautiful 308 GTB - Ferrari's second V8-engined road car - marked a welcome return to Pininfarina styling following the Bertone-designed Dino 308 GT4. Badged as a 'proper' Ferrari rather than a Dino, the newcomer had changed little mechanically apart from a reduction in wheelbase, whilst retaining its predecessor's underpinnings and transversely mounted quad-cam 3.0-litre V8 engine, which now featured dry-sump lubrication. In road tune, this superbly engineered power unit produced 255bhp, an output good enough to propel the aerodynamically efficient 308 to a top speed of 150mph (240km/h). Produced initially with glass-fibre (Vetroresina) bodywork - the first time this material had been used for a production Ferrari - the Scaglietti-built 308 GTB used steel after April 1977. The change brought with it a considerable weight penalty (around 80kg) and consequent reduction in performance, as well as increased susceptibility to corrosion. Naturally, anyone wanting to race a 308 GTB started out with the Vetroresina version if they could.

The car presented here is a 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB Vetroresina, a right-hand drive/UK-supplied matching numbers car, one of just 154 examples that left the factory in this configuration destined for the UK (only 712 Vetroresina 308 GTB coupés in total were ever produced).

This car must be one of the most well maintained and best driving examples out there, with full maintenance records from day one. It was also the recipient of a total ground-up photographic restoration in 2001. The car has been used as intended, but diligently maintained, serviced and restored even when not required, with numerous accompanying folders of invoices totalling approx. £70,000. The engine was refreshed at 40,000 miles, a complete engine rebuild carried out at 53,000 miles (with camshaft upgrade) and again refreshed at 70,000 miles, with hardened valves and seats installed in 2009, all by renowned Ferrari specialists. It has also benefitted from new springs and dampers, its original air conditioning upgraded with modern internals, a new flywheel, clutch, clutch shaft, shaft gear and associated bearings all replaced in the last 1,000 miles. It has just had a full cam-belt service, a distributor rebuild and a rolling road tune-up, and now displays a fully verifiable 94,000 miles (atoc).

Our private vendor has enjoyed his Vetroresina for 20 years and has lavished much time and money on keeping it at its best but feels now the time has come to say goodbye. Retaining irreplaceable original items including two sets of keys, its complete book-pack, tool-roll, magnetic maintenance light and build sheets, this really is the complete classic Ferrari package.

 

 

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2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service' 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'

Lot #447 (Sale Order 447 of 70)

  • One of just 50 limited edition 2019 DBS Superleggeras produced by Aston Martin

  • The model marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of On Her Majesty's Secret Service

  • Finished in Olive Green, the same colour as James Bond's original 1969 Aston Martin DBS

  • Brand new with delivery mileage of just 45 miles. Never been driven by the owner

  • 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 engine that propels the car from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds

  • The Aston Martin manufacturer's warranties naturally transfer to the new owner 

  • An unmissable opportunity to purchase a modern supercar respectfully paying its dues to the James Bond legacy

In 1969, the world was introduced to a new James Bond and in the opening credits of ‘On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’, with the character’s face in shadow, it is the Olive Green Aston Martin DBS that takes centre stage. Replacing Sean Connery was no mean feat and the film’s producers might have given George Lazenby a Walther PPK and a dinner jacket but it is the Aston Martin that provides the continuity of 007’s new transition. With the famous theme song blaring and twin exhausts burbling the DBS took the corners of the Estoril coast road like the grand tourer it truly is.  

Roger Moore might have driven the odd Lotus but James Bond belongs in an Aston. In April 2020, the new Bond film ‘No Time to Die’ will be released and has no fewer than four Astons in it, two modern models, the rebuilt DB5 and, most notably, a welcome return to the screen of the V8 Vantage Coupe, last seen falling foul of its self-destruct button in ‘The Living Daylights’. 

The long partnership between Aston Martin Lagonda and the James Bond franchise has ensured that, not only is Britain’s motoring heritage promoted around the world on the big screen, but also the cutting-edge design and engineering of modern examples such as the Vanquish, DBS and the one-off DB10.  

As a company proud of its heritage and long associations, it was announced in May 2019 that a limited run of just 50 DBS Superleggera 'On Her Majesty’s Secret Service' special editions will be produced to mark the 50-year anniversary of the release of the film. This is no mere homage but a fully up to date re-working, a marvel of design and engineering. The rakish body with its sculpted flanks is naturally finished in Olive Green, which provides an intriguing mix of understatement, style and menace, much like Mr Bond himself.  

The car boasts a 5.2-litre, twin-turbo V12 engine that is set low and as far back in the chassis as possible to optimise the centre-of-gravity and weight distribution and this remarkable power unit will propel it from 0 to 62mph in a brisk 3.4 seconds and on to a top speed of 211mph. Detailed tuning of the V12 together with an exhaust strategy with active valves and quad tailpipes ensures that the car has a commanding and powerful sound, particularly in the more aggressive dynamic modes, whilst retaining a level of refinement and civility that compliments its role as the consummate Super GT. 

Details include a carbon fibre splitter, aero blade, unique diamond-turned and forged wheels and a bespoke metal grille featuring six bright horizontal vanes, to replicate the distinctive front of the original 1969 DBS. The exterior paint surface is enhanced by body-coloured cant rails and roof, commemorative “OHMSS” side-strakes and unique touches throughout. The interior is trimmed in pure black leather, accented by grey-blend Alcantara, as in the original 1969 DBS. The cockpit is accented in red, inspired by the red-trimmed glovebox in the original car, which held 007’s telescopic-sight rifle. 

In May 2019, our vendor, an international businessman and Aston enthusiast bought the car as a planned retirement gift to himself. Nevertheless, at 81 he has not retired and neither has he driven the car, in his own words “Once I drove the car, I know that I wouldn’t want to part with it. The new owner will have a car that is absolutely brand new”. The car was first registered on the 18/12/2019, 50 years to the day since the release of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service".

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1993 Honda NSX 1993 Honda NSX

1993 Honda NSX

Lot #448 (Sale Order 448 of 70)

  • First delivered to Japan in right-hand drive with the five-speed manual transmission

  • This desirable NA1 first series was registered in the UK on 14/11/2003

  • Subsequently owned by Le Mans 24-Hour veteran Simon Phillips and by our vendor since 2014

  • The odometer reading shows a mileage equivalent of some 93,000 miles (atoc)

  • Offered with a comprehensive history file, two keys and cherished D16 NSX registration

The star-studded history of the NSX needs no further explanation, with memories of Senna and later of Gran Turismo digital dominance firmly in the hearts and minds of all petrolheads. Today, a correctly specified car in the right condition continues to offer a very special driving experience. This particular example is a desirable first series NA1 car, finished in Formula Red coachwork with a black roof and black leather interior. Delivered new to Japan and specified with 5-speed manual transmission rather than the buzz-kill automatic unit, this right-hand drive example was imported to the UK in November 2003 and was subsequently owned by Le Mans 24-Hour Veteran and BRDC member Simon Phillips.

Owned by our vendor since 2014, this NSX has benefited from the ideal combination of regular maintenance and use. The cambelt, brake discs and pads were replaced in 2015 at some 80,000 miles and new front brake calipers have since been fitted alongside new Bilstein front dampers. Last serviced in 2018, the car has been correctly stored since. Subtle BOSE door speakers and modern head unit now adorn the interior, which presents as well as the rest of the car.

Now showing just over 93,000 miles (or 151,000km) from new at the time of cataloguing, this NSX is a truly usable modern classic with near-mythical dynamics and illustrious history – and a sports exhaust system, too. Offered to auction with a comprehensive history file, book packs, tool kit, two keys and the cherished D16 NSX registration.

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1987 Porsche 928 S4 by Strosek 1987 Porsche 928 S4 by Strosek

1987 Porsche 928 S4 by Strosek

Lot #449 (Sale Order 449 of 70)

  • Built in Stuttgart in 1987 and fitted with very rare upgrades by Strosek Auto Design

  • The Strosek Version 1 featured 17″ OZ Futura wheels and a sports exhaust

  • Delightfully finished in Cassis Red Metallic with a Magenta leather and cloth interior

  • Previously registered in Monaco and the requisite NOVA application is in process (atoc)

  • The odometer reading shows some 170,000km or 105,000 miles (atoc)

  • Delightful 1980s design enhanced by stylish upgrades from a noted designer

The 928 was launched to a fanfare and surprised many by being named European Car of the Year. Porsche's intended replacement for the 911 had an all-alloy V8 which was attached to a rear-mounted gearbox, and the galvanised body had aluminium doors and bonnet, plus body-coloured plastic bumpers, all pretty radical for its time.

It was around 1984 when Vittorio Strosek unveiled his vision for Porsche 928. This modified 928 was Strosek’s first project for his own company, Strosek Auto Design although he had worked in this field before contributing design details for EVEX (Porsche) and Willy König from Koenig-Specials.

Vittorio’s choice of the Porsche 928 was due to the fact that most tuners focused on the Porsche 911/930 and left the 928 for what it was, which was odd because in the 1980s the 928 was actually Porsche’s top model. The initial Strosek program for the Porsche 928 consisted of a series of spoilers, bumpers and other cosmetics divided into three stages, Versions l, ll and lll. 'Version l' retained the normal width of the 928 but did have heavily modified bumpers, spoilers and a large rear wing.

This automatic example was built in 1987 and is fitted with a ‘Version l’ Strosek kit featuring 17″ OZ Futura wheels and a glorious sounding Strosek sports exhaust system. Latterly registered in Monaco, a NOVA application is in process, and the odometer shows some 170,000km (105,000 miles) at the time of cataloguing. Offered with a document folder including book pack, numerous invoices and related documents in both French and German. It's distinctively finished in Cassis Red Metallic (80D) with an immaculate Magenta leather and cloth interior and all that's missing is a pinstripe Armani suit and Soft Cell synth-pop on the stereo.

 

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1988 Ford Capri 2.8i Special - 15,000 miles 1988 Ford Capri 2.8i Special - 15,000 miles

1988 Ford Capri 2.8i Special - 15,000 miles

Lot #450 (Sale Order 450 of 70)

  • Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering Group was entrusted with developing the Capri 2.8i making its debut at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show

  • Externally the car could be distinguished by the 7-spoke RS wheels and colour-coded grille and headlamp surrounds

  • A fully verifiable 15,000 miles, in remarkable original and unmolested condition, coming from a very knowledgeable Ford enthusiast

  • 2.8-litre V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection, five-speed gearbox, limited-slip differential (1984 onwards), ventilated front discs, lowered suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, gas-filled shock absorbers, Recaro half-leather seats and wide-rim alloys fitted with Goodyear 205/60VR NCT tyres

  • The best example of its type we have ever offered, with original paint and Waxolyed from new

Towards the end of its life, the Ford Capri enjoyed an upswing in interest as more buyers realised that perhaps a front-wheel hot hatch simply wasn't for them, and a V6-engined, rear-wheel-drive sporting hatchback might very well do the job.

Ford's Special Vehicle Engineering group was entrusted with developing the ‘Capri 2.8 Injection’ that made its debut at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show. Based at the Research and Engineering centre in Essex, SVE decided to adopt the 2.8-litre V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection - the first regular model since the RS2600 to use fuel injection - plus lowered suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, gas-filled shock absorbers, and wide-rim alloy wheels fitted with Goodyear's 205/60VR NCT tyres.

The specification also included a five-speed gearbox, a limited-slip differential (1984 onwards) and ventilated disc brakes for the front wheels. All this translates into a car that goes with ‘wonderful eagerness', the Autocar test team enthused after rocketing from 0-60 mph to just 7.9 seconds. The Capri 2.8 Injection breathed new life into the range and kept the car in production two - three years longer than Ford had planned.

In 1984, the 2.8 injection model was the subject of a substantial upgrade and was known as the Capri Injection Special. This development used Recaro half leather seats and included a limited-slip differential. Externally the car could easily be distinguished by the seven-spoke RS wheels and its colour-coded grille and headlamp surround. Packed with performance and character, it paved the way for the superb Capri 280.

The car presented here is a 1988 Ford Capri Injection Special and what an example it is. The current owner is an avid Ford collector and considered an esteemed authority on the marque. He informs us that this car is in quite remarkable original and unmolested condition, and one of the best examples of its type he has seen, with original paint, having been Waxolyed from new.

It's a UK-market car and lived originally in Northern Ireland from 1988 until 1999, covering just 15,000 miles in this time, before being bought by a Ford collector in Southern Ireland in 1999. It formed a part his collection, being maintained/stored professionally but not used, until 2019. It was sold again in this year and has received some sympathetic and expert recommissioning. It is currently awaiting UK-registration (which we hope will be completed by the time of the auction)

 One of the best available, with just 15,000 miles, and a must for the Ford collector.

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1993 Porsche 928 S4 1993 Porsche 928 S4

1993 Porsche 928 S4

Lot #451 (Sale Order 451 of 70)

  • UK-supplied on the 05/02/1993 by AFN Porsche in Cobalt Blue with Linen leather interior

  • 5.0-litre, all-alloy V8 engine and 4-speed automatic are designed for smooth GT motoring

  • Original service book stamped by official Porsche centres and Porsche specialists

  • Sheaves of service invoices, previous MOT Certificates and its original handbook

  • Just under 77,200 miles indicated (atoc). MOT valid until December 2020 with no advisories

  • A delightful example, lightly used and in a fabulous colour combination

Porsche's intended replacement for the 911 had an all-alloy V8 attached to a rear-mounted gearbox, the galvanised body had aluminium doors and bonnet, and the body-coloured bumpers were plastic, all pretty radical for its time. The 928 was launched to a fanfare and surprised many by being named European Car of the Year, an award that traditionally went to worthy but dull family hatchbacks.

Critics immediately recognised the advances that the 928 had made over the 911, and the car was universally praised as one of the greatest GT cars of all time. It handled, it was quick, it looked fantastic and it was comfortable. With the 928, Porsche created a serious long-distance grand touring car that could also tackle twisting B-roads with ease, thanks to super-direct steering, 50/50 weight distribution, and a clever Weissach rear axle that kept the car firmly planted. 

Consequently, we are delighted to offer this rare C16-UK supplied 928 Series 4 originally supplied by AFN Porsche of Guildford and first registered on 05/02/1993. It is superbly finished in Cobalt Blue with a contrasting Linen leather interior, a very rare specification for a Series 4 in 1993, we believe. The 928 sits beautifully with excellent lines and its 16-inch alloy wheels are shod with a set of matching Toyo Proxes T1-R rubber that has covered less than two hundred miles.

Moving inside, the light leather interior shows very little signs of wear, retaining a soft supple and spongy texture and the deep pile over-mats are beautifully presented with a fresh feel. The service records include both Official Porsche Centres and Porsche specialist stamps and included in the history file are a sheaf of previous service invoices, previous MOT Certificates, the original service book and the original handbook. The tool kit remains intact in the luggage compartment and is in good condition and the car is offered to auction with an MOT valid until December 2020 without advisories, in line with the car’s recent MOT history.

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1997 Aston Martin DB7 i6 Volante - Manual 1997 Aston Martin DB7 i6 Volante - Manual

1997 Aston Martin DB7 i6 Volante - Manual

Lot #452 (Sale Order 452 of 70)

  • First registered on 22/08/1997, supplied by Stratstone London in Solway Grey

  • One of just 150 manual gearbox cars out of just 879 DB7 i6 Volantes

  • Rare black leather interior complements the Burr Walnut trim

  • Showing some 49,700 miles (atoc) with both main dealer and specialist services

  • Excellent service history, two sets of keys and the original owner's book pack

Designed by Ian Callum at the same time as he designed the coupé, the Volante looks elegant both hood up or down and underneath the sleek and perfectly proportioned lines of this nineties thoroughbred, lies additional strengthening to offset the lack of the roof. Another invisible change to the Volante was softer suspension settings, more suited to the touring image but also to compensate for the inevitable reduction in rigidity compared to the coupe. Less well known was that the second generation, Series 2 coupé also adopted the softer Volante suspension, an indication that the DB7 was settling into a Grand Touring role as harder, more focussed models were on the way.

As one might expect, the roof is fully tailored and electrically operated once the catches have been manually released with the handbrake up. The classic, 'Gentleman's Club' ambience is achieved by the use of sumptuous Connolly hide, restrained amounts of Burr Walnut veneer and deep pile Wilton carpets. Only 150 Volantes were fitted with a manual transmission out of a total DB7 i6 Volante production of 879 before the model was replaced by the DB7 V12 Vantage Volante.

First registered on 22/08/1997, this lovely example was supplied by Stratstone, London in Solway Grey coachwork with a black leather interior, black mohair roof and with a manual gearbox. The excellent service history is made up of a veritable Who’s Who of Aston Main dealer agents and specialists and there are invoices for recent replacement tyres and a brake service. The car has been enjoyed by just four former keepers covering some 49,700 miles at the time of cataloguing and is accompanied by the owner's book pack, an excellent service history and both sets of keys.

Quite a rare car and as DB7s gently slip into the 'Classic Aston' category, could well be a valid addition to an Aston collection, or alternatively, you could just put the top down and use it.

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2011 Tesla Roadster 2011 Tesla Roadster

2011 Tesla Roadster

Lot #453 (Sale Order 453 of 70)

  • UK-supplied, special order, right-hand drive believed to be the last customer ordered car

  • Revered for incredible performance with 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds and excellent range

  • Marking the very beginning of a new era of sports cars and extremely well received by the motoring press

  • Presenting beautifully in French Navy Blue paintwork with a tan leather interior

  • Offered with a well-documented service record most recently July 2019, current V5c and MOT valid to October 2020

In production from 2008 to 2012 with around 2,500 units completed and sold, the Tesla Roadster was the very first road-legal sports car to make use of lithium-ion battery cells and the first production all-electric car to travel more than 200 miles per charge. Initial development was based around a Lotus Elise and they incorporated their electric technologies into a rolling chassis built from the Lotus production line. This innovative car was featured on the cover of Time magazine in December of 2006 as the recipient of the magazine's 'Best Inventions 2006 - Transportation Invention award'.

Boasting performance figures of 0-62 in just 3.9 seconds, excellent range and a charge time from empty at around four hours, this groundbreaking sports car would be extremely well received by the motoring press and signifies a point in time where the automotive industry really started shifting its focus from fossil fuel to electric technologies.

In July 2010, Tesla introduced the updated Roadster 2.5. New features included a revised front fascia with diffusing vents, a new rear diffuser reflecting the future of Tesla design, forged wheels available in both silver and black, seats with improved comfort and an optional 7" touchscreen display with a back-up camera.

This beautiful 2011 Tesla Roadster 2.5 is believed to be the final UK-supplied, right-hand drive car delivered.  It was built to order finished in a distinctive shade of French Navy Blue with a unique tan leather interior. The car is offered showing 37,800 miles with a well-documented service record and the most recent Tesla service and inspection dated July 2019. Also found in the history folder is a current MOT valid until October 2020, old MOTs, the current V5c and its handbooks.

This is a great opportunity to own a low production, interesting sports car with incredible performance. Representing the very beginning of a new era of the sports car, these early examples are becoming increasingly collectable and sought after.

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2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT 2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

2013 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT

Lot #454 (Sale Order 454 of 70)

  • First registered on the 18th April 2013 as one of, we believe, nine UK-supplied cars

  • The SLS evolved into the GT with higher trim levels and more power

  • The 6.3-litre V8 propels the gull-winged supercar to 62mph in 3.7 seconds

  • Finished in the rare colour of Sepang Brown with an Artico Black leather interior

  • Full main dealer service history, the most recent in October 2018

  • The car presents extremely well with an odometer reading of just under 18,000 miles (atoc)

The SLS AMG was designed to be a modern, retro-look edition of the legendary 1950s 300SL Gullwing. Designed by Mark Fetherston, the new Mercedes-Benz supercar adapted the feature of wing doors that swing upwards with the help of gas struts - just like the doors of the original Gullwing.

Dubbed the SLS, for Sport Leicht Super, the car was developed by Mercedes-Benz and their in-house tuning and high-performance outfit, AMG. Built as an extreme high-performance, front-engined, two-seat luxury grand tourer, the SLS soon graced the covers of the motoring press upon its unveiling at the 2009 Frankfurt Auto Show. Available in both Gullwing Coupe and soft-top Roadster versions, they offered sensational supercar performance with the typical Mercedes hallmarks of luxury and high build quality.

The finest evolution of the SLS AMG - the SLS AMG GT - was unveiled at the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show. Available in Coupe and Roadster form, only 350 of these end-of-the run SLS AMG GT standard cars were produced. It is believed only nine Coupes were supplied to the UK and this example, in Sepang Brown with Artico black leather interior, was first registered on the 18/04/2013 to the first of four registered keepers.

The car was purchased by our vendor, a regular client of Silverstone Auctions, on the 16/06/2017 and joined his extensive collection. Used sparingly, with the current odometer showing just under 18,000 miles at the time of cataloguing, the car has been maintained regardless of use and has a comprehensive main dealer service history, with the most recent in October 2018.

The SLS GT is arguably one of the only supercars of recent years that offers blistering performance, a stunning soundtrack and supreme comfort wrapped in understated coachwork. Its exotic rivals may offer a more dramatic entrance but it is this car that will continue to command respectful nods for years to come.

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1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Last Edition 1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Last Edition

1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Last Edition

Lot #455 (Sale Order 455 of 70)

  • One of 300 Last Edition cars, the last Beetles to roll off the production line in 1978

  • Offered from single ownership, just 21,166 miles (atoc), correctly dry-stored, a real survivor

  • Jubilee Silver metallic paintwork, excellent Marine Blue velour trim. Time-warp condition

  • Retaining its limited-edition plaque (135/300) supported by a letter from Volkswagen

  • Possible unrepeatable opportunity. A VW motoring icon presented in showroom condition

The Volkswagen Beetle enjoyed staggering success for many years, and in 1972 became the best-selling car to date, with total production worldwide exceeding 15 million vehicles. However, by that time, the Beetle was starting to seem dated compared with much of the modern competition, and sales were flagging. In an attempt to maintain interest, Volkswagen produced numerous special edition models during the final years of European production. These included the Jeans Beetle, City Beetle, Sun Bug and Marathon Beetle, to name just a few.

Despite these efforts, the Beetle was now effectively past its ‘sell-by-date' with sales continuing to decline and the last European-built car left the production line in Emden, Germany on the 19/01/1978, immediately taking early retirement in the Wolfsburg Auto Museum. In 1978, to mark the occasion, the final run of 300 German-manufactured, right-hand drive Beetles were all finished in the very special Jubilee Silver, a colour unique to this batch and never used on any other model year. They were all fitted with a 1200cc engine (the most famous of all), blue-corded velour trim, a flat windscreen (as a nod to the past), heated rear window, fresh air blower and a handbrake dash light. Finally, a dashboard-mounted plaque stated the vehicle's number in the sequence. Unfortunately, these seem to have been supplied to Volkswagen dealers separately from the cars, and quite a number of LEBs never received the plaques intended for them.

The example we have on offer was purchased new by our vendor in February 1980 and has been enjoyed over the years, only covering 21,166 miles at the time of cataloguing. Dry stored correctly from new, this car presents in showroom condition. The original service book is present within the history folder along with old MOTs and other supporting documents. It will be at our sale freshly serviced and, although not required by law, with a new MOT.

This is a rare opportunity to own one of the last VW-built, right-hand drive Beetles. With sensible mileage and simple mechanicals, we can’t think of a better car to keep, show and enjoy, a true icon that will have a place in the hearts of many motoring enthusiasts for many years to come.

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1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint 1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint

1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint

Lot #456 (Sale Order 456 of 70)

  • First registered on the 26/01/1965 as one of just 596 right-hand drive examples

  • Exceptional provenance with previous ownership including an Alfa Romeo Club Secretary

  • Recently resprayed in accordance with Alfa Romeo Museum Archives, retaining the original interior

  • Offered from a private collection of 35 cars where its welfare was carefully managed

  • Fitted with Weber carburettors in 2010, recently adjusted and set-up by DK Engineering 

  • Alfa Romeos from the mid-sixties remain seriously cool and probably will do forever

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Fewer than 7,000 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprints were manufactured between 1962 and 1966, and only 596 of these were built in right-hand-drive. According to the Alfa Romeo Museum Archives, the right-hand drive 2600 Sprint offered here was manufactured on 05/06/1964 finished in light grey with a dark red leather interior. It was invoiced by the factory to Alfa Romeo London on 10/09/1964 and first registered in England on 26/01/1965 as AUB 300C, the registration it still bears today.

Changes of ownership for this 50-year old car have been relatively few with the first occurring in 1972 with the car now sporting Maroon paintwork and then, in 1983, after the owner passed away, his widow became the sole-keeper until 1984. In 1989, a Doctor and Alfa Romeo Club Secretary from Norfolk became the Alfa's proud keeper and he was to commission its restoration in the early 2000s. Two further owners were to care for this car until it was acquired by the previous vendor in 2012 who sold it through Silverstone Auctions in 2014, joining our vendor’s eclectic collection of some 35 cars. 

The 2600 Sprint engine is a 2,584cc straight-six, twin-cam unit which the factory reported as delivering 145bhp when new with the standard triple Solex carburettor set up. Fitted with Weber carburettors in 2010 they have been recently adjusted and tuned by DK Engineering. The bodywork and paint are in very good condition having been recently resprayed in the period-correct Alfa Romeo heritage grey. Showing just 95,000 miles at the time of cataloguing, the interior is wonderfully original and in great condition with the enormous seats being extremely comfortable for long journeys.

This 2600 Sprint is a good looking car and it wouldn't take much to bring it to the next level. Alfas from the Sixties are just so special, so Italian, so Gina Lollobrigida and everyone should own one at least once.

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1973 Aston Martin AM Vantage 1973 Aston Martin AM Vantage

1973 Aston Martin AM Vantage

Lot #457 (Sale Order 457 of 70)

  • Bought new by our vendor’s father on 01/08/1973, it has remained in the family since

  • One of just 68 right-hand drive examples of the 6-cylinder engined AM Vantage

  • Used sparingly, this matching numbers car has covered just 20,600 miles (atoc)

  • Since inheriting the car in 2016, our vendor has spent over £48,000 on recommissioning

  • Particular attention was paid to the running gear, electrics, engine and body

  • Full, glass-out, respray in Royal Claret Metallic finished with twin gold pinstripes as original

  • Offered to auction with the original book pack, warranty certificate and service voucher booklet

After Sir David Brown's departure, DBS production continued under new owners Company Developments, the car being re-styled with a two-headlamp front end but mechanically remaining much as before. The 4-litre, six-cylinder model was re-named Vantage, a departure from accepted practice, as the term had hitherto been used to denote the high-performance engine option. With independent front suspension, a De Dion rear axle, power-assisted rack and pinion steering, four-wheel disc brakes and propelled by the Tadek Marek designed 4.0-ltr, 6-cylinder engine it was a capable and refined 'Grand Tourer' that was reputedly capable of over 140mph.  A mere 70 of these six-cylinder Vantages were produced between May 1972 and July 1973 with all but two in right-hand drive. 

This very special automatic AM Vantage was registered on the 01/08/1973 having been bought by our vendor’s late father. The original warranty card and completed pre-sale checklist for the car is undated and has a Mr Berry listed as the customer, and we can only surmise this was a cancelled order, and the supplying dealer was Frank Lazenby Ltd. of Leicester. According to HPI records, there have only been two registered keepers, our vendor’s father and our vendor when he inherited it.

Delivered in Royal Claret Metallic with a black leather interior, it was maintained by Aston Martin main dealers Reg Vardy Specialist Cars. Interestingly there is a letter within the history file from Sir Peter Vardy, dated 27/03/1979, valuing the car at £9,000! With a successful business and a young family, the car was consequently used sparingly and a Reg Vardy service receipt from 1989 states the mileage at 18,282 miles. Now showing, at the time of cataloguing, an odometer reading of 20,593 miles, our vendor has provided a signed statement confirming the low mileage, having known the car all of his life.

After inheriting the Aston in 2016, marque specialists Aston Workshop of Durham were retained to carry out a programme of recommissioning works, whilst sympathetically retaining the patina and originality of the interior of this matching numbers car. The list of works is extensive and include cylinder head overhaul and conversion to unleaded petrol, fitting of new harness carriers, outer sills and jacking points. The front suspension was overhauled as were the brakes and the electrics were attended to with an upgraded alternator, starter, electronic ignition, and negative earth conversion. The glass-out respray in Royal Claret is complemented by twin gold pinstripes as per the original specification, and new seals and fixings were used in the re-fitting process. Completed in 2017, the total amounts to some £48,000 and the Aston has covered less than 1,000 miles since. Copy schedules of works can be provided via email prior to the sale.

As one of the rarest production Aston Martins ever and offered from single-family ownership with such low miles, this car is an unrepeatable opportunity and is accompanied by a history file that includes the original book pack, warranty certificate, service voucher booklet and both historical receipts and current invoices.

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1990 Porsche 928 GT Manual 1990 Porsche 928 GT Manual

1990 Porsche 928 GT Manual

Lot #458 (Sale Order 458 of 70)

  • Supplied on 20/12/1990 by French Porsche agent, Jean Egretaud SA of Pessac, Bordeaux

  • Fitted with the desirable 5-speed dog-leg manual gearbox and finished in Slate Grey

  • Offered with original handbooks and service books. NOVA application pending (atoc)

  • The odometer reading shows some 104,000km (atoc) with a comprehensive history file

  • Recent expenditure by Porsche specialists DMA of Nanterre and Virages of Courbevoie

  • A delightful example of these competent Grand Tourers with black leather interior and sunroof

Critics immediately recognised the advances inherent in the 928 over the 911, and the car was universally praised as one of the greatest 'GT' cars of all time.  It handled, it was quick, it looked fantastic and it was comfortable. With the 928, Porsche created a serious long-distance grand-touring car that could also tackle twisting B-roads with ease, thanks to super-direct steering, 50/50 weight distribution and a clever Weissach rear axle that kept the car firmly planted.  Many road testers found that their nerve ran out long before the 928's grip. 

Porsche continuously developed their range-topper throughout its production life, culminating with the launch of the S4 in 1987, which differed slightly from the earlier Series cars with its smoothed-off front and rear bumpers, larger rear spoiler, more interior equipment and a 5-litre version of the V8 engine developing 316bhp. 1989 saw further development with the launch of the GT model, featuring a more powerful 5.0-litre V8 capable of a creamy 326bhp, but more importantly, the introduction of a 5-speed manual gearbox for those who wanted a more sporty driving experience.

This 928 GT is one of the desirable 5 speed ‘dog-leg’ manual gearbox variants, finished in Slate Grey metallic coachwork with Black leather interior, electric sunroof and electric windows. Offered in excellent condition with original handbooks and service books, this French delivered example has covered 104,000 km from new. Supplied with a comprehensive service history with recent expenditure by Porsche specialists DMA of Nanterre and Virages Automobiles of Courbevoie, the NOVA process has begun. The option codes for the car include the following CO5 – France, 418- Side protection mouldings, 474- Sports shock absorbers, 650- Sun-moon-roof, 935- Draped leather rear seats and 980- Draped leather front seats.

With a history file that includes the most recent invoices, in French naturally, and original book packs this delightful car has an understated elegance not often found in GT cars of the period.

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1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2 1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2

1985 Renault 5 Turbo 2

Lot #459 (Sale Order 459 of 70)

  • 1.4-litre, mid-mounted, four-cylinder with Bosch K-Jetronic MFI and a Garrett T3 turbocharger

  • Finished in Pearl White with Biscuit cloth, bronze carpets and period Gotti wheels (originals with the car)

  • Upgrades include the factory 185bhp option plus a stainless steel Heim joint shift linkage, remote oil filter with stainless steel lines and AN fittings, stainless steel brake lines and a second cooling fan

  • Purchased from Quail Lodge in 2010 and sent to marque expert John Price in the UK

  • Fully serviced and inspected here before being shipped to Greece

  • Returned to the UK in 2014 and now UK-registered, 60,862 km (37,572 miles) (atoc). Current MOT

 

Offered here is a fine example of Renault's pocket rocket Turbo 2 that's been part of the private collection of the principal of a well-respected race/rally car preparer.  It's a left-hand drive car that has spent much of its life in the States and in the history file, there is an appraisal form dated April 2002 showing 48,792 km. The car was purchased from Quail Lodge in 2010 by a Greek businessman who shipped it to the UK in order that Renault 5 Turbo guru, John Price, could fettle the car prior to it being sent to his home in Greece. Whilst in John's care, the car was fully serviced and fitted with a new fuel pump, plug leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, rear shocks, radiator fans, and turbo and intercooler hoses. The odometer indicated 57,610km at this point and it was noted that the car was a factory 185bhp version and upgrades from new included a stainless steel Heim joint shift linkage, remote oil filter with stainless steel lines and AN fittings, stainless steel brake lines and a second cooling fan.

Overall the little Renault appears in excellent condition and is finished in Pearl White with Biscuit cloth, bronze carpets and polished Gotti wheels (originals with the car). The Turbo 2 returned to the UK in 2014 and was purchased by our vendor. At the time of cataloguing the odometer was showing 60,867km and we understand it has recently been serviced and new front dampers fitted. It will be supplied with a current MOT and the Renault handbooks.

The Renault 5 Turbo 2 remains an evergreen favourite with the enthusiast and collector and was a car that helped define the eighties. Its Motorsport heritage firmly puts it in the legendary territory and, as an investment, has continued to move in the right direction.

 

 

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1979 MGB GT Sebring Evocation 1979 MGB GT Sebring Evocation

1979 MGB GT Sebring Evocation

Lot #460 (Sale Order 460 of 70)

  • MGB GT built 15 years ago as an homage to the original Abingdon Works MGC GTS Sebring racecars from 1967

  • Still looks fabulous in Metallic Royal Blue with a white stripe, Sebring arches and deep-dish Minilites

  • Fitted with a 220 bhp, 3.9-litre fuel-injected Rover V8 built by specialists RPI Engineering 

  • 5-speed LT77 Rover SD1 gearbox, 3.07:1 diff, 285mm vented discs with 4-pot calipers

  • Spax adjustable hydraulic shocks all round. Lowered suspension with anti-tramp axle mounts

  • Extensive history file - photos of the restoration. Details of every nut/bolt/component involved 

  • The car has featured in various magazines over the years and copies are included

  • Recent oil change/new distributor cap/leads/fuel pump and steering rack/track rod ends 

For those of us “of a certain age,” who got hooked on cars in the early ‘60s, MGBs were good cars, dependable, competent and accessible but they lacked the joyous impracticality of a TR3, the bulldog hairiness of the Big Healeys, or the exotic delicacy of the Alfas and Porsches of the era. For those of us who wanted a hormone rush in our cars, the MGB left us asking, “Where’s the excitement?” BMC must have realized this deficiency, and during the middle to late sixties, MGBs and MGCs in a variety of guises left Abingdon heading for international motorsport success all over the world. The handsome and distinctive MGC GTS prepared for Sebring is still regarded as one of the most desirable creations to ever emerge from the BMC Competitions Department and the MGB offered here has been created as a tribute to these famous cars. 

TCK 527T started out its life as a 1979 MGB GT and went through its transformation around 2005. There are lots of photographs of the build along with a huge history file all contained in four A4 Volumes. The car has been magazine featured over the years and has travelled some 22500 miles since its inception.

The 3.9-litre V8 was built by RPI Engineering and is fitted with a Piper 270 fast-road cam, a lightened flywheel along with a 14 CUX fuel injection system and a TVR Tornado chip. We understand power output is around 220bhp and this is fed through a 5-speed LT77 gearbox from an SD1 and the diff is fitted with a 3.07:1 final drive. The engine breathes through tubular exhaust manifolds and a stainless big-bore RV8 system. The discs are 285mm vented with 4-pot calipers and the car sits on deep-dish Minilites. The suspension is lowered and fitted with, Spax adjustable shocks and anti-tramp axle mounts. The full spec is far too long to list here but full details will be available at our Documents Desk.

The conversion was carried out around 15 years ago but the car still looks impressive finished in a delightful shade of Lapis Blue with the obligatory white stripe. The interior is prepared for motorsport and, as always, any safety equipment should be checked for legality and currency. The car has recently benefitted from an oil change along with a new distributor cap, HT leads, a TVR high-flow fuel pump and a brand new steering rack with track rod ends. 

This is not a replica, it's a fast road, occasional sprint, rally, hill-climb car that has been created in the spirit of those legendary Sebring GTS racers from the sixties. Sensibly guided, it could be a lot of fun.

 

 

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2010 Aston Martin DBS V12 Volante 2010 Aston Martin DBS V12 Volante

2010 Aston Martin DBS V12 Volante

Lot #461 (Sale Order 461 of 70)

  • Launched in 2007, Aston's production flagship was a potent super-GT with a real edge

  • Improved breathing and higher compression lifted the output of the 5.9-litre V12 to a formidable 510bhp

  • Finished in gleaming Storm Black. Optioned with the Touchtronic 2 transmission

  • Supplied to our vendor by official Aston Martin dealer, October 2017. Less than 2,000 miles since

  • 22,000 miles (atoc) supported by the service history. Most recent service at 21,104 miles

  • Complete with the original maintenance schedule, Owner's handbook,  service invoices etc.

In terms of its styling, the DBS was clearly a development of the DB9 but with the additions of a carbon fibre front splitter and carbon fibre rear diffuser among aerodynamic tweaks. The aluminium chassis is known as the 'VH Generation 2' platform, 'VH' referring to its vertical and horizontal adaptability and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques were employed in making the aluminium/composite body, which was robotically assembled using a combination of self-piercing rivets and adhesive.It was powered by a development of the 5.9-litre, 48-valve, V12 engine found in other Aston Martin models, producing 510bhp initially, an output sufficient to propel the aerodynamic Coupe to a top speed of 190mph with 60mph attainable from a standing start in just 4.3 seconds. The aluminium engine was mounted as far back as possible in the chassis, whilst the transmission/final drive was combined in a rear transaxle, resulting in 85% of the car's mass being sited between the axles offering a perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution, with commensurate benefits to handling, roadholding, and controllability. The majority of cars were ordered with the six-speed Touchtronic 2 paddle-shift semi-automatic and, with the arrival of the fabric-roofed Volante in 2009, the DBS settled comfortably into its role as a Super-GT with a sporting edge.

This delightful example is one of only 32 UK DBS finished in Storm Black. It's fitted with a Touchtronic 2 paddle-shift and was specified from new with Obsidian Black (20M) leather with contrasting Red (N3497) stitching to ‘environment one’ and ‘outer’ seat panels, a Piano Black centre console, bright grille and bonnet meshes and a Bang & Olufsen Hi-Fi with BlueTooth. It was originally registered RX10 ENR but now wears XX07 DBS and has been generously treated to Williams Ceramic paint and upholstery protection.

In addition to the Owner's Handbook and service invoices (most recent at 21,104 miles) etc., it's supplied with the original Aston Martin factory build sheet – rarely supplied or retained with the car's history.

A well maintained and hugely desirable example of Aston's ballistic convertible.

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1968 Ford Mustang Convertible - Right-Hand Drive 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible - Right-Hand Drive

1968 Ford Mustang Convertible - Right-Hand Drive

Lot #462 (Sale Order 462 of 70)

  • Believed to have been converted to right-hand drive in period by a Ford main dealer

  • UK-registered on the 01/09/1968 as XLM 2G, which it still wears

  • Finished in Acapulco Blue and fitted with the 4-barrel V8 engine/automatic gearbox

  • Known ownership from new and consigned from a substantial private collection

  • Recently refreshed and on period wheels with a believed genuine 87,000 miles (atoc)

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The 1968 model differed from earlier Mustangs externally with a revised grille and side marker lights, which had now become a legal requirement, whilst a slew of new engines set it apart mechanically. The two-barrel carburettor 302 developed 220 horsepower while the four-barrel equipped version managed over 230. This 1968 Ford Mustang Convertible is an exceptionally rare, right-hand drive example that is believed to have been converted in period by a Ford main dealership. The car was manufactured in the Edison plant in Metuchen, New Jersey for export, and came off the production line finished in Acapulco Blue, with the more desirable 4-barrel V8 engine, bucket seats and C4 automatic transmission. The UK V5c document shows the car as being first registered in the UK on the 01/09/1968 to a Mr William Flockhart of Edinburgh with the distinctive registration XLM 2G, which is still displayed on the car today. 

In 1981 the Mustang was sold to its second owner, a Mr Martin Hartshorn of Ealing and subsequently to a Mr Matthew Bracey of Bristol in 1982. Its fourth owner, a Mr Anthony Kear, purchased the vehicle in 1983 and it remained with him until 2009, when it was sold to Mr Timothy Skett of Honiton. The previous registered keeper acquired the car in 2010 and consigned it to our 2015 Silverstone Classic Sale, where it was bought by our vendor, the car joining his eclectic collection. The impressive history file shows bills and receipts for recent mechanical expenditure and a large number of MOT Certificates dating back to 1985. The odometer currently indicates 87,000 miles (at the time of cataloguing) and this is believed to be genuine from new. 

The Acapulco Blue paintwork is presented in very good order and retains an excellent shine and similarly, the black interior looks well cared for and unmolested. Dominated by the chrome Edelbrock air filter, the engine bay presents nicely and the whole car gives the impression of having been cherished. Imported new in right-hand drive and retaining its original registration number makes this sparkling Mustang rather rare.

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2012 Ferrari FF 2012 Ferrari FF

2012 Ferrari FF

Lot #463 (Sale Order 463 of 70)

  • UK-supplied in right-hand drive. Finished in Nero Daytona with Rosso, quilted leather sports seats

  • Showing just 37,800 miles (atoc) supported by a full Ferrari service history

  • 6.3-litre V-12 producing 651bhp; 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds and 208mph

  • Heated memory seats, front and rear parking cameras, Sat Nav and carbon steering wheel

  • Seating four adults with excellent luggage space, a high-performance GT revered for both performance and practicality

Making its world debut at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, the Ferrari FF (an acronym of Ferrari Four, signifying its seat and driven-wheel count) was a shooting brake-style, four-seater offering buyers a first: a full-size Grand Tourer with a 651bhp V12 engine and four-wheel drive.

The car was designed by Pininfarina under the direction of Ferrari’s own chief designer, Flavio Manzoni. Maranello had previously dabbled with four driven wheels in the 1987 408 Integrale concept, but the V12-engined FF is the first Ferrari to make series production with such a system.

This all-wheel-drive system, patented 4RM, is said to weigh 50 per cent less than a conventional setup, helping maintain close-to-ideal weight distribution (47/53 front/rear). It works in tandem with the car’s numerous electronic dynamic control systems, adjusting torque distribution between the four wheels depending on conditions and terrain. The FF also boasts a magnetorheological damping system and carbon-ceramic Brembo brakes.

Powering all four wheels for the first time is a naturally-aspirated, 6.3-litre, V12 direct-injection engine (a descendant of the V12 that featured in the Enzo) with 651bhp (at a howling 8000rpm) and 504lb ft of torque. These figures are enough to hustle the 1790kg FF (dry weight) from 0-62mph in a claimed 3.7 seconds, whilst the top speed is a distinctly supercar-esque 208mph.

The car presented here is a UK-supplied, right-hand drive 2012 Ferrari FF, in a superb colour combination with a well-considered specification. Indicating just 37,800 miles at the time of cataloguing and supported by a full and documented Ferrari service history most recently added to with a full inspection and annual service in December 2019.

The specification includes Sat Nav with Bluetooth phone prep, USB, AUX, rear entertainment, electric memory quilted red leather sports seats, front and rear parking camera with sensors, Scuderia Ferrari wing shields, privacy glass, auto lights and wipers, air conditioning, climate control and electric folding mirrors.

On offer at an appealing and sensible guide, this huge spec, practical Ferrari would make a superb high-performance daily driver.

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1961 Lotus Seven 1961 Lotus Seven

1961 Lotus Seven

Lot #464 (Sale Order 464 of 70)

  • Very well prepared 1961, Seven developed and raced successfully in hill-climbs and sprints

  • 1500cc Smirthwaite steel engine, competition gearbox, modified suspension, uprated brakes

  • Fully road legal, enjoying recent success in MAC-organised road-rally events

  • A well-known and well-regarded car. Featured in Paul Robinshaw's history of the model

  • Well maintained by a hugely knowledgeable team, on the button and ready for more fun

The Lotus Seven is a small, simple, lightweight two-seater open-top sports car produced by Lotus Cars (initially called Lotus Engineering) between 1957 and 1972. It was designed by Lotus founder Colin Chapman and has been considered the embodiment of the Lotus philosophy of performance through low weight and simplicity. The original Seven was designed in 1952 as a potential Riley engined Formula Two car for the 52/53 season but the project was later abandoned. However, after the Lotus Eleven entered limited production in 1957, the Seven was resurrected in the form that we all came to know and love. The Lotus Seven S2 followed in 1960 and was supplemented by the Lotus Super Seven S2 from 1961. The Super Seven initially used the larger Cosworth modified 1340cc Ford Classic engine and later examples were fitted with 1498cc or 1599cc engines.

This charming ex-Mike Steele Seven has an interesting history and is very well known within the Midlands Automobile Club. Used and developed over the years for sprints and hill climbs, more recently the car has been enjoyed successfully in various road-rally events organised by the MAC.

Today the car presents very well indeed in classic Lotus colours and has clearly been looked after by previous owners. Fully road-legal yet boasting a 1500cc Smirthwaite steel engine, competition gearbox, modified suspension and uprated brakes, this Seven can be used just as a fast road car or possibly once again for competition use subject of course to safety updates relevant to the event.

60 years on nothing has changed. You drive the little Seven to the event, stack the tonneau, jack, petrol can, toolbox and sandwich box under a tree, fiddle with the tyre pressures, replace your flat cap with a crash helmet, hurtle up the hill a couple of times, reverse the whole process, back on with the cap and drive home wondering whether using third for the left-hander instead of second might be worth half a second. Magic.

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1985 BMW Alpina B9 3.5 1985 BMW Alpina B9 3.5

1985 BMW Alpina B9 3.5

Lot #465 (Sale Order 465 of 70)

  • Left-hand drive, showing just 98,000km (atoc), high specification and extremely well preserved

  • Individual Alpina Blau metallic, LSD, air-conditioning, DSC, auxiliary heating, sunroof, onboard computer

  • Final model year B9 with later style Recaro sports seats and 300km/h speedometer, all in excellent condition

  • Alpina delivery confirmation and a copy of the original bill of sale from 1985 (cost 76,119DM including over 11,000DM of extras) 

Alpina Burkard Bovensiepen GmbH & Co. KG or simply 'Alpina' - the official BMW tuning partner - has had a long and celebrated association with the Munich carmaker, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2015. Credited with re-engineering some very special cars over the years, Alpina's approach is often to refine and build on the latent driving and styling characteristics of a standard car, adding a certain Alpina 'magic' that only they can bestow. Their reputation and following are very strong, appealing to discerning buyers who want a special, rare and characterful car. Such are their credentials, that Alpina was recognised by the German Ministry of Transport in 1983 as an 'Automobile Manufacturer' in its own right.

According to the copy of the Alpina delivery confirmation certificate accompanying this example, this 1985, E28-based, B9 Alpina was built in March 1985 and was production number 536. Also accompanying the car is a copy of the original Bill of Sale showing its full initial specification including 'Individual' Alpina Blau metallic paint, LSD, air-conditioning, dynamic stability control, auxiliary heating, a sunshine-roof and onboard computer at a total cost of 76,119 DM. As the final model year of this Alpina B9, the Recaro sports seats trimmed in Alpina colours are the later style along with the 300km/h speedo unique to this final batch.

After 35 years, the example we have on offer still presents beautifully and is described as driving extremely well. Our vendor, a BMW enthusiast, imported and registered the car in the UK prior to sending it to a specialist for a full inspection and major service where, pleasingly, it was discovered that the underside is remarkably well preserved and mechanically the car is excellent. Accompanying this Alpina are the aforementioned Alpina documents, current V5c, import documents, various invoices, old MOTs and its current MOT.

A superb, interesting modern classic car with a very strong international following. Sure to be the talking point of any classic car show you attend.

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1963 Galaxie 500 NASCAR Homage 1963 Galaxie 500 NASCAR Homage

1963 Galaxie 500 NASCAR Homage

Lot #466 (Sale Order 466 of 70)

  • Based on a Galaxie 500 road car, imported from Arizona and now UK-registered

  • In Corinthian White and Peacock Blue with period-correct Holman Moody graphics  

  • Liveried to replicate the Fred Lorenzen, LaFayette #28 legendary Daytona 500 winner

  • Fully UK road-legal but virtually a full race specification with a 6.5-litre (390ci) V8 fuelled through a 650CFM Holley

  • Recently fitted with new shock absorbers and a dual-exit Flowmaster Stainless exhaust

  • A real head-turner and just a bit of fun really, well actually, quite a lot of fun

A predecessor to the muscle car era, the Galaxie was Ford’s full-size competitor. Although it out powered the similar Chevy Impala at first, it never sold as well due to its uninspired styling, poor aerodynamics, and excess weight. Ford kept trying though and continued to install larger and larger engines, reaching a pinnacle with the most powerful engine Detroit ever made, the 427 Hemi. Producing 657bhp, this engine was installed in only a few examples as it was almost impossible to drive on the road and was later banned by NASCAR, promoting Ford to stop production. For the 1963 manufacturing year, Ford replaced the top end motor in the Galaxie range with a 427 cubic inch power unit to enable them to build a homologated full-race car that took advantage of the new NHRA and Nascar 7.0-litre maximum engine size rules. The engine was rated at 425bhp with two four-barrel Holley Carburetors and this combination meant that the Galaxies of this year through to 1965 dominated the Nascar circuits.

BPR 753A is a Galaxie 500 road car imported from Arizona and rebuilt as an homage to the LaFayette Ford race-winning Daytona 500 car, campaigned by Fred Lorenzen back in 1964/5. The car has been carefully decalled to replicate the Fred Lorenzen car and carries the number 28 as 'Fast Freddie' always carried number 28. Many big names raced these cars including Dan Gurney, Richard Petty, A J Foyt and in the UK, Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jack Sears. It's powered by a 6.5-litre (390ci) V8 fitted with an Edlebrock performer intake manifold, Edlebrock alloy big valve heads with roller rockers, a Holley 650CFM double pumper, 3-speed manual gearbox, new shockers and a dual exit Flowmaster stainless exhaust. A very desirable Tremec 5-speed manual box is supplied with the car and would make a super upgrade.

This left-hand drive, road legal, NASCAR tribute car looks awesome and has huge presence. If its sheer physical size doesn't frighten children and horses then flicking the cockpit switch that bypasses the silencers and allows the big V8 to bark through open exhausts will probably do the job. Finished in Corinthian White and Peacock Blue with period-correct Holman Moody graphics, the car appears to be in very good condition and well put together. This is one huge slice of American history that is sure to get you noticed as you rattle all the windows down your local High Street.

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1965 Ford Thames Van (400E) 1965 Ford Thames Van (400E)

1965 Ford Thames Van (400E)

Lot #467 (Sale Order 467 of 70)

  • Late production 15cwt Thames fitted with the Zephyr 4 engine and 4-speed box

  • Lovingly restored by an ex-Ford employee and described as running and driving very well with very little use since

  • Delightfully finished in classic Lotus Cars colours from the sixties

  • Purchased by our vendor to be a period-correct tow truck for his 1960 Lotus 19 Monte Carlo

  • Pure nostalgia but nevertheless an excellent support vehicle for historic motorsport

This delightful example of small-commercial restoration depicts one of the medium-capacity Thames vans deployed by the emergent Lotus company to carry car kits, engines, gearbox, axles etc during the 1960s. Lotus had used two types of Thames van, one powered by the Ford Zephyr 4 engine intended to deliver Lotus Elan and Elite kits to customers by towed-trailer while the alternative, for racing team use, was equipped with a 2½-litre Ford Zephyr 6-cylinder engine necessary to tow at sustained high-speed on European motorways, and to punch the vehicle and its load "over the Alps". 

This handsome little Ford Thames Light Van (400E) was purchased and restored by a former Ford employee and it is clear to see that this ground-up restoration became something of a labour of love. Our vendor, at the time, owned the Lotus 19 Monte Carlo Chassis ‘953’ you will see on offer on Friday the 22nd in the competition car sale. The opportunity arose to purchase this lovely British Racing Green van and once acquired, he immediately added period signwriting (Lotus Cars Cheshunt, Hertfordshire) in Lotus Yellow with the intention of using the van as a period-correct, tow vehicle for his Sixties racing car.

Our vendor informs us that the opportunity to ‘roll-up’ at an event with the full period rig didn’t present itself and the little van has only really been used at a few shows and events. With light use only, this is a great opportunity to purchase a lovingly restored, Lotus-signwritten, 1960s Van that would certainly evoke many memories and spark conversation at any classic motor show you wish to attend.

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1972 Lotus Elan Sprint FHC 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint FHC

1972 Lotus Elan Sprint FHC

Lot #468 (Sale Order 468 of 70)

  • Superbly restored, matching number, late-production genuine Sprint

  • Striking in the rarely seen Sprint livery of Tawny Metallic over Cirrus White

  • The 1558cc twin cam has been overhauled and balanced. Unleaded head

  • Fitted with an alternator and deep core radiator otherwise factory original

  • Comprehensive service history from new and MOTs from 1976

  • Original handbook, numerous invoices, old tax discs and photographs

The 1971 Elan Sprint was essentially based on the Series 4 Elan bodyshell and was primarily designed to rekindle demand and improve the performance of the nine-year-old sports car. Conceived by Lotus Sales Director, Graham Arnold, the Sprint's most notable feature was the horizontally-split two-tone paintwork echoing the livery of the Gold Leaf Team Lotus Formula 1 cars. Meanwhile providing the 'go, to match the show' a new big-valve cylinder head with high-lift cams and a raised compression ratio, the work of Engineering Director Tony Rudd, provided a 25% increase in power to 126bhp. The drivetrain was suitably toughened and braced and the front callipers were redesigned to cope with the increased performance.

The car presented here is a genuine home-market FHC Sprint model that was first registered in 1972 and is particularly striking in the more rarely seen Sprint livery of Tawny Metallic over Cirrus White. Supplied new by Lotus dealer J A Else & Son, it's one of the last registered Elan Sprints and has been confirmed by Lotus as the 59th from last Sprint ever built. It's simply beautiful with correct matching numbers and has been lovingly and meticulously restored which included a new genuine galvanised Lotus chassis. The bodywork was taken back to the gel coat and great attention was given to achieving perfect panel alignment, particularly the doors, before it was superbly repainted in its original colours. In 2015, the engine was overhauled and balanced and the cylinder head was converted to run on unleaded petrol. With a few notable exceptions such as an upgrade to an alternator and a deep core radiator, the Elan retains its factory originality and is possibly one of the finest examples on the market today.  It's supplied with a fantastic service history dating back to the Elan’s first free service back in September 1973 when the car had done 564 miles and there are 30 older MOT Certificates including the very first one from March 1976. The comprehensive history file contains the original handbook, numerous invoices, old tax discs and photographs.

There is no doubt that DRA 571L has received more than its share of care and attention and continues to look crisp and fresh. We understand that it's as agile and eager as a Sprint should be and imagine that Mr Chapman, whose signature is etched into the steering wheel, would be proud that his inspired creation is as desirable now as the day it rolled out of Hethel all those years ago.

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1967 Matchless G15CS 1967 Matchless G15CS

1967 Matchless G15CS

Lot #469 (Sale Order 469 of 70)

  • A UK bike dating from 1967. Dating certificate listing dealer information is with the bike

  • Totally rebuilt by a well-respected race car engineer known to Silverstone

  • 750cc Norton P11 engine, twin carbs, Norton hubs and Roadholder forks

  • Really well presented in Candy Apple Red with high-level pipes and a Bates US racing seat

  • Lots of history and a photo file of the rebuild

Following the handful of G15s built for export only in 1962 and fitted with AMC's own 750cc engine, the concept was revived in the middle of the decade using the Norton Atlas engine in the existing G12CSR frame. By this time Norton production had been shifted to AMC's Plumstead factory, and in a further move towards product rationalisation, the new G15 roadster was fitted with Norton hubs and Roadholder forks. CSR sports roadsters and trail-styled CS models followed soon after, and these Norton-powered models were the only AMC twins left in production by the end of 1966. Manufacture ceased the following year and today these relatively rare AMC/Norton hybrids are becoming increasingly collectable.

The ‘street scrambler’ styling of the CS model aimed directly at the American market meant examples are not often seen here in Europe and coupled with the fact that they were only produced for three years makes them a rare bike indeed.

This smart example dates from 1967 and by the time of the sale our vendor anticipates finding the Dealer Certificate which will date it accurately. It has been totally rebuilt by ex-Lola race engineer, John Bright, with his customary attention to detail. Most of these bikes ended up in the States so it's fitting that he has chosen to finish it in a very American shade of Candy Apple Red with high-level pipes and a Bates US racing seat.

 Presented in first-class condition, this is a really fine example of what is a great alternative 60s British classic. The performance and handling alone make them a joy to ride and, in this case, all the hard work has been done.

 

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