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Lot # 901 (Sale Order: 1 of 47)
This special and unique British sports car was built by the highly respected Evanta Motor Company and is the brainchild of 'For the Love of Cars' classic car enthusiast, Ant Anstead. The Evanta 'DB Barchetta' (Italian for "little boat") is a two-seater, open-top Sports Car, inspired by the design language of those classic 1950's Italian sports-racing cars (Ferraris, Maserati, Lancia, Abarth, and OSCA) so familiar from the Mille Miglia and the Targa Florio. The Barchetta journey started out as a concept in 2012 and evolved naturally, based on customer feedback and daily in-house development. The "DB" (Double Bubble) Barchetta is the next phase of that development. The conversation that started the "DB" re-styling revolved around the necessity to provide roll-over protection for the European market, and how to cloak the additional chassis structure and provide the necessary strength, whilst staying true to the 1950's styling ethos that is the basis for the car. The solution was to create two aesthetically-pleasing bulges behind the occupants heads reminiscent of the race cars that graced the period and named after a distinctive styling cue associated with the delicious offerings from the legendary House of Zagato. During the evolution, numerous modifications were made to the interior as well as introducing a number of mechanical and technical upgrades. Built on a bespoke tubular chassis and using a combination of GRP and Kevlar to create a one-piece body shell, the car is powered by the potent Chrysler 6.2L LS3 V8 producing an impressive 470BHP in a car weighing 1050kg. Features include a 5-speed manual gearbox, fully adjustable suspension, power steering, bias adjustable disc brakes all round, full stainless 16" wire wheels, bespoke cooling and fuel systems, modern ECU power, plus leather and Alcantara trim. This left-hand drive and seriously cool British sports car is UK Registered, has only completed five miles since being finished and is ready to go. Offered at No Reserve, this is truly an unrepeatable opportunity to experience the comforts of a well-engineered modern car inspired by the beauty and sheer desirability of those glorious, swoopy sports-racers of the late fifties. Buyers should be aware that VAT will be due on the final hammer price. NB.The 'Evanta Motor Company' is now in administration and the company is under the direction of the joint administrators who are acting as agents of the company and without any personal liabilities. The car is sold "strictly as seen". However, Ant Anstead has confirmed that his new company, 'DOWSETTS CLASSIC CAR COMPANY LIMITED' will, by agreement, warranty the 'Double Bubble' car for 12 months for general items (chassis, suspension etc.) Any engine/gearbox warranty will be transferred from the relevant supplier (if such transfer is permitted). Basically, it is his intention to look after the new customer.
Lot # 902 (Sale Order: 2 of 47)
The Capri 280 'Brooklands' was the run-out model of the legendary Ford coupé and featured a limited slip differential, full leather Recaro interior and 15-inch versions of the seven spoke 13-inch wheels fitted to the superseded Capri Injection Special. Ford originally intended to make 500 turbo-charged vehicles (by Turbo Technics) complete with gold alloy wheels but a change of production planning meant a name change to Capri 280 (commonly known as Brooklands after the colour of Green in which they were all painted), as the cars were simply the last models ran down the production line. A total of 1,038 Capri 280s were built. 'Turbo Technics' was founded in 1981 by Geoff Kershaw, a former Garrett Ai-Research engineer who had worked on turbocharging Saab 99s and 900s. Turbo Technics turned their attentions to the Capris soon after. The advent of the definitive V6-engined 2.8i model in 1981 proved a superb platform for turbocharging and whilst standard cars offered 160 bhp, the Turbo Technics' conversions ranged from 200 bhp through to 280bhp. The tie-up with the Blue Oval paid dividends, with Ford being so impressed that they agreed to offer Turbo Technics-tweaked Capris through its dealerships, making them semi-official. Turbo Technics went on to modify other marques, and unlike many specialist tuners, they are still in business today continuing to offer their famous upgrades for the Capri, identical to those produced in the 80s and 90s. This 280 Brooklands was first registered in the UK on 5th August 1987 and is showing 5 former keepers from new. The car has recently been looked after by respected Ford engine specialist Ric Wood and he has carried out a fresh service. This included an oil change and replacement of perishable components. The car has covered a total mileage of over 50,000 and had a speedo change at circa 10,000 miles. This is believed to have been carried out by Turbo Technics when they converted the car. Offered without reserve, we encourage bidders to contact the office prior to the auction for further details. The Capri Brooklands has become an icon of the 1980s era and this example, with added boost, is ready for a new home.
Lot # 903 (Sale Order: 3 of 47)
The introduction of the MG Metro Turbo at the 1982 Birmingham Motor Show was the first hint that the company viewed the little Metro as anything other than a 'bread and butter' city car, and it would have taken a lot of foresight to envision the competition successes that were but a few years away. The new model benefited from some input from Lotus Engineering Race Technology (nitrided steel crank and sodium-cooled exhaust valves) and the introduction of a Garret T3 Turbocharger persuaded the middle-aged 'A' Series to release a class leading 93bhp. The Garrett turbocharger was probably the single key factor that allowed the Metro Turbo to be developed into the 230bhp crowd-pleasing, flame-belching and crackling racer that was to become synonymous with British Touring Cars in the mid-eighties. Other positive features included powerful servo assisted brakes using four-pot calipers, ventilated discs up front, and stiffer suspension. The 'MG Turbo' also sported a new body kit utilising a front spoiler and four wheel arch extensions that neatly balanced the MG Metro rear spoiler and this, together with the use of Turbo-specific larger 13" alloy wheels and low-profile tyres, enhanced the car's looks considerably. Offered here is a remarkably original MG Metro Turbo with just 7,317 miles covered from new and represents a wonderful opportunity for an MG collector. It was ordered new by its first owner Mr. H.W Lamont, who kept it for thirty years, and was a special factory order that included colour-coded bodywork, mainly to the lower half, a look that obviously impressed somebody as it subsequently became standard on the MKII in early 1985. The factory also painted the wiper arms, mirrors, and grille. Lex Mead, the supplying dealer, were so impressed that they persuaded Mr. Lamont to delay collecting the car and the Turbo remained displayed in their showroom for quite some time attracting much admiration and, we would guess, a few orders. Remaining in fabulous condition, the car was awarded first prize in a couple of car-club Concours d'Elegance events in 2000 and 2001 before being professionally stored. Its equally proud second owner continued to cherish the car for another two years. The history file is absolutely complete including full service details with all the MOT Certificates substantiating the indicated 7,317 miles. It's complete with all documentation and even its original unused wheels and tyres as the owner wanted to ensure its total originality. The original Dunlops are as new with the little mould flashes still sticking out. The condition of this MG Metro Turbo can only be described as "show-stopping" and it's a fascinating part of British Leyland history and, with hindsight, probably played the pivotal role in 'morphing' the Metro from a 1.1litre shopping car into Leyland's most successful competition car ever.
Lot # 904 (Sale Order: 4 of 47)
At its introduction in 1982, the Sierra's revolutionary new shape proved a touch more divisive than Ford had anticipated and some serious marketing became a priority, so it was the obvious choice to become the platform for Ford's new competition aspirations in conjunction with Cosworth. It fitted the brief well as it was rear wheel drive, had good aerodynamics, albeit being prone to lift at high speeds and was available as a three-door. The new body kit and rear spoiler would sort out the lift issues but, more importantly, Ford still needed to build 5,000 units for homologation, somewhat worrying when the company's initial approach to the dealer network came back with an estimate that suggested they could sell around 1,500 units! The eventual sales record is, of course, history. Ford went on to sell 5,545 three-door cars including the RS500, of which only 500 were built, and the Cosworth engine also found its way into nearly 30,000 Ford Sierra Saloons (Cosworth 3dr, Sapphire 2wd, and 4wd). The Sierra Cosworth comfortably exceeded Ford's best expectations and it went on to become one of the most successful Touring Car racers of all time, winning races all over the world. We are delighted to present an original, matching numbers, Ford Sierra RS Cosworth finished in the rare and desirable colour of Moonstone Blue. First registered on 26th February 1987, the car was purchased from a Ford Main Dealer by its last owner in October 1988, when it was just 20 months old, at which point the records indicated that it had been enjoyed by two previous owners. It appears to have been used as normal everyday transport until the mid-nineties, when it was taken off the road and stored in the owner's garage, where it was to remain unused for more than 20 years, making only an occasional appearance for an MOT. The recorded mileage of 42,780 miles is known by our vendor to be accurate, however, since all service documentation has been lost, the mileage cannot be officially verified. The car has been MOT'd every year since 2012 but has not been used. Prior to receiving its latest MOT in January 2017, the car underwent a full brake overhaul including new discs and pads front and rear and reconditioned callipers front and rear. The relevant invoices for this work are in the car's history file along with the Registration Documents, V5's and SORN's etc. This is a well-presented, completely standard and apparently unmolested example of these desirable eighties sporting saloons and is eminently usable with a sensible mileage that doesn't mean you have to worry about putting a few more on, and an appearance that suggests that it has been cossetted all its life. A cracking 'Cossie'. Please Note : This car had an engine change under warranty by Ford in 1988.
Lot # 905 (Sale Order: 5 of 47)
Ashley Laminates were manufacturers of body shells and chassis for various specials from 1955 to 1962 and offered a range of bonnets and hardtops for other mass-produced sports cars, including the Austin-Healey Sprite and Jaguar E-Type. The 'Ashley GT' conversion came as a complete package and became popular amongst owners of Sprites and Midgets transforming the little convertibles into small 'Grand Tourers'. At some stage, this 1965 MG Midget was converted with a Williams and Pritchard pattern nose and finished in dark green. The car found its way to Ireland but returned to the UK having been modified with a 1275cc engine. In 2010, it was upgraded to a 'fast road' specification and was fitted with a new Ashley MkIII GT hardtop with Kamm tail and internal boot cover, (supplied by Ashley distributors), new aluminium doors, a new windscreen, Ashley stainless steel grille, and correct front and rear Ashley badges. The car was fully repainted in Jaguar British Racing Green two-pack paint, giving it a beautiful finish. A fast-road spec 1340cc Rae Davis Racing built 'A-series' engine hides under the bonnet fuelled through twin-choke 45 DCOE Webers. The cooling system was comprehensively renewed with new a radiator, oil cooler and all new pipes and hoses, and the gearbox was overhauled with a 3:7 differential being fitted giving better cruising speeds at lower RPM. The front brakes were renewed, whilst the rears were overhauled with new seals, and the car now sits on wire wheels with 3-eared knock-offs. In the cabin, new Speedwell-style bucket seats were fitted along with all new carpets and trim panels, a wood rim steering wheel, alloy gear knob, period cigar lighter and even a map reading light. Supplied with a UK V5c, the car will have a fresh MOT prior to the sale and is now looking in fine condition. With Ashley GTs now appearing at lots of historic motorsport events, this lovely little car is the perfect candidate for touring or may even provide a route into hill climbing or sprints.
Lot # 906 (Sale Order: 6 of 47)
Following the international success of the 924, a more powerful Porsche-designed all-alloy, 2.5-litre inline-four, producing 163 bhp, was introduced in 1982 for the 944. Porsche engineers were able to produce a very smooth running four-cylinder engine by utilising two counter-rotating balance shafts running at twice engine speed. These carry eccentric weights which produce inertial forces that balance out the unbalanced secondary forces, making a four-cylinder engine feel as smooth as a six. Cosmetically, the bodywork was revised with wider wheel arches (similar to that of the 924 Carrera GT), a fresh interior and upgrades to the braking and suspension systems. With greater visual presence and the performance to match, better handling, stopping power and more creature comforts, the 944 was a major step forward. A turbo version of the 944 was always on the cards, and it boosted the 2.5-litre engine by nearly 60bhp, whilst both the clutch and gearbox were uprated to suit. The chassis was beefed up and thicker anti-roll bars and four-pot brake callipers were fitted. A smooth nose panel and a larger rear spoiler distinguished it from its lesser siblings. For 1988, a Turbo SE was offered with 250bhp thanks to a larger turbocharger, the transmission was again upgraded, and a limited slip diff was fitted along with uprated brakes and Koni dampers. From 1989-1991 the 'SE' specification was adopted for the standard 944 Turbo making it somewhat of a sleeping giant. The car presented here is something very special. It is one of the best 944 examples we have seen and it is a privilege to represent it. Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield painstakingly restored this 944 Turbo for its inclusion in the 2014 'Porsche Classic Restoration Competition'. The basis for this restoration was an original UK right-hand drive 1991, 944 Turbo, which had been well-known to the Porsche Centre for the previous 11 years, having been regularly serviced by them. The car was the perfect candidate, with the Porsche Centre mechanics knowing this genuine car boasted an excellent engine and gearbox, being accompanied by an original and fully stamped-up service book and an impressive history file including a wealth of invoices. The team removed the motor and transmission and set about a full re-commissioning and servicing process, replacing parts where needed including all the suspension's perishables (springs, dampers and bushes), as well as the engine mounts. The receipts for the replacements parts alone total circa £12,500, without the labour at Porsche rates!. This ambitious restoration saw the Porsche Centre team focus on the mechanical components, whilst the rolling shell was entrusted to nearby Porsche-approved prestige body-shop, Shorade. While Shorade worked their magic on the 944 Turbo's bodywork - including a 400-hour painting process in the iconic Porsche hue of Guards Red - Castle Vale-based Bespoke Leathering revamped the car's leather upholstery, door-cards, headlining and carpets. All this work culminating in an award presented by Dr Wolfgang Porsche at the 2014 Porsche Festival at Brand Hatch. The car comes with all its receipts, a complete Porsche book-pack, a Porsche Certificate of Authenticity and a specially printed, hardcover, photo catalogue documenting the Porsche restoration process from start to finish. This is a rare opportunity to purchase one of only a few cars that have ever been restored by an official Porsche Centre. This car offers the best-of-both-worlds, coming with a documented service history whilst also having been completely refreshed at the hands of experts. The 944, the 968 and even the 928 are seeing their values rise in the wake of the '911 explosion'. Front-engined Porsches are having the renaissance they richly deserve, and this exceptional example, whilst being competitively guided, opens the door into a very exclusive club of Porsche ownership. Now ready to be enjoyed by a new owner, this is one not to be missed and has the potential to be a shrewd investment.
Lot # 907 (Sale Order: 7 of 47)
The Bentley Turbo R Long Wheelbase offered here, chassis 59608, was built in late 1996 and delivered to Leeds dealer, Appleyard Ribbon on the 30th November. The exterior of the car was initially finished in beautiful Sherwood Green with twin Magnolia trim lines, colours which it retains to this day. The interior was finished in Magnolia with Spruce piping and Burr Walnut wood and is in a beautiful condition, a true testament to the sub-60,000 miles covered by this car. The car was invoiced to Appleyard Ribbon on 29th November for £126,251.87 and since arriving in our vendor's ownership he has obtained copies of the original build sheet records confirming the car to match its original specification.Below is a list of the cars service history, as noted in the Service Schedule & Record Book, and the Bentley Internet Communications System: 30/04/1997 - 1516 miles - Appleyard Ribbon - 1,000 miles service09/12/1997 - 5468 miles - P & A Wood - 7,500 miles service29/11/1999 - 10068 miles - Bentley Hadley Green - 15,000 miles service09/03/2000 - 10649 miles - Straight Eight24/05/2000 - 11137 miles - Straight Eight - 42 month service14/02/2002 - 15532 miles - Bentley Norwich - 48 month service09/07/2007 - 24714 miles - Bentley Norwich - 60 month service28/05/2012 - 26249 miles - Bentley Norwich - Oil and Filter change23/11/2013 - 30318 miles - Hanwells of London - 72 month service02/09/2014 - 41875 miles - Hanwells of London - 78 month service16/08/2016 - 56678 miles - Hanwells of London - 84 month service01/09/2016 - Phantom Motor Cars - Four new tyres30/09/2016 - Denyer Classic Cars - Fit new front brake pads as supplied by Flying Spares As can be seen from the above list, the car has been well maintained and the recent service along with replacement of four tyres and front brake pads has only enhanced the car's appeal. The UK V5 notes there have been five previous owners including Green Concept Management who acquired the car from Masahiko Kawaguchi on the 2nd June 2012 with a previous owner noted as being Colin Griffin from Kings Lynn. Today, this timeless LWB Bentley Turbo R is presented in great condition having covered less than 500 miles since being serviced. The car is accompanied by its tools, owner's manual and a service schedule record book, along with a fresh MOT issued on 5th September 2016.
Lot # 908 (Sale Order: 8 of 47)
Introduced in 2005, the 'V8 Vantage' is the cornerstone of the Vantage family. Its proportions are timelessly beautiful, styled to seduce, the simple yet potent Vantage design is instantly recognisable. A clean, sculptural form and perfectly executed details combine to create a car with presence, compelling visual tension and timeless beauty. A pure-bred sports car combining agility, athleticism and potency. Powered by a lightweight 4.3ltr V8 engine, the V8 Vantage adheres to a simple philosophy of effortless and exploitable performance. The 4.3 engine produces 380bhp at peak power, maximum torque of 409Nm and, when combined with a lightweight agile chassis, this produces a surprisingly quick but usable sportscar. Hand-assembled at Aston Martin's purpose-built engine facility, the V8 engine is tuned to deliver the broadest possible spread of performance. Special attention was paid to the way the engine breathes, performing to its maximum all through the rev range. This beautiful Aston Martin V8 Vantage was first delivered in November 2005 and is finished in the fantastic colour combination of Jet Black Metalflake with Oxblood leather and is fitted with the, all important, six-speed manual gearbox. Showing just 25,000 miles, supported by 12 stamps in the service book, the car has obviously been well looked after with its most recent service being in August 2016, carried out by Aston Service London. Presented with a good history file containing the Owner's book pack and Manuals, and a number of maintenance invoices, this high specification Aston is fitted with sat-nav, cruise control, and parking sensors, and represents serious value for money. It's an Aston, the V8 sounds like nothing else, the colour combination is really stylish, it offers just the 'best' driving experience, and it's not expensive. No contest!
Lot # 909 (Sale Order: 9 of 47)
The Ferrari 348 series marked a radical departure in the way Maranello constructed its cars, replacing as they did a chassis of traditional steel tubes with a much stiffer monocoque structure with a tubular rear subframe. Suspension remained independent front and rear with wishbones, springs, telescopic shocks, anti-roll bars, and revised geometry. The ventilated disc brakes were much larger than those of its predecessor, the Ferrari 328, and used anti-lock technology. A midship-mounted V8 returned, but it was larger and more powerful displacing 3405cc, mounted longitudinally and mated to a transverse gearbox. The displacement accounted for the new car's Ferrari 348 designation. The suffix TB came from the transverse gearbox and closed 'Berlinetta' body style. A higher compression ratio and updated fuel injection helped generate 300 horsepower, 30-40 more than the Ferrari 328, whilst a dry-sump oiling system gave the new Ferrari a lower centre of gravity.The 348 was the last design under the supervision of legendary chief stylist Leonardo Fioravanti, and a lot of the styling cues came from the Testarossa, particularly the side strakes, however, its forms were softer than those of the 328 but still curvaceous and with a longer wheelbase and wider track the interior had a bit more space. This beautiful left-hand drive 348TB was supplied new to Idropi S.P.A of Verona, Italy on 1st February 1990 and is one of 60 pre-production cars that were released to Ferrari dealers. The differences being that the battery is located in the rear of the car, not the front, the prancing horse is painted black as opposed to silver, and the underside of the bonnet is finished in red, whereas production cars were black. Finished in Rosso with a Tan interior, the car was infrequently used, reflected in its incredibly low mileage. During its life, the previous owner was a member of the prestigious 'Automotoclub Storico Italiano', a well-respected car club in Italy. In September 2014, when the mileage was recorded at 2,490km, the car was sent to Toni Auto of Maranello for a service. Our vendor purchased the car in 2015 and immediately sent the car to the aforementioned specialist for a full recommission of the engine. At this time, the engine was removed in its entirety, dismantled, machined and cleaned before being reassembled and put back in the car. Photographs of this work and the €8,000 invoice are contained within the history file. 'Ferrari Classiche' has been prepared by Toni Auto of Maranello at a cost of 2,580 Euro as shown by the invoice and certificate in the history file. This superb 348TB is supplied with a complete set of official Ferrari luggage, tools & jack and a full leather book pack containing all the relevant literature. Presented in exceptional condition, this car is a rare opportunity to own a 2,500km from new 348TB - a model that is now getting the attention that it richly deserves. This car ticks all the boxes and wouldn't look out of place in any car collection.
Lot # 910 (Sale Order: 10 of 47)
A car-starved Britain, still trundling around in perpendicular, pre-war hangover motors glimpsed the future in October 1948 with the launch of the Jaguar XK120 at the Earls Court Motor Show. Production commenced in 1949 in Coventry, and the XK's swoopy shape and stylish occupants would become a common sight on British roads over the next fifteen years with the car's international appeal and competition successes triggering the beginning of a hugely positive period for the company. The XK150 appeared in May 1957, replacing the 140, and was the final incarnation of the XK series being initially available in Fixed Head Coupé (FHC) and Drophead Coupé (DHC) versions with the svelte Roadster (OTS-Open Two-Seat) following in 1958. A more refined and capable machine than its predecessors, the 150 was noticeably different from its earlier siblings with a significantly higher scuttle and door line, whilst the radiator grille reverted to the thinner slats of the XK120 but was altogether wider. Larger wraparound bumpers were fitted, a curved windscreen replaced the divided one on the XK120 and 140, and powerful, servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes all round were a welcome addition. However, the 150 retained much of the mechanical layout of the XK140, sharing the same 3.4-litre DOHC Jaguar straight-six until, in 1960, Jaguar increased the engine size to 3.8 litres providing the later cars with a class-leading 220 bhp. The car presented here is a 1960 XK150 3.8 SE DHC and is a fully matching numbers example (supported by inspection, corresponding paperwork and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate). It was destined for the US market and was naturally left-hand drive and specified with an automatic gearbox. The records tell us that it was manufactured on the 11th of April 1960 and was dispatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on the 29th of that month. The car's first owner was a Mr. R.J. Hamville of Wisconsin, whilst a petrol receipt discovered in the car shows it was in Hyattsville, Maryland in 1961. By 1973, a US Certificate of Title shows that a Mr. D. Weir of Midlothian, Virginia was the proud possessor of this lovely Jaguar. It was repatriated to the UK by a Mr. M.Brown in October 1988 and subsequently sold to our Jaguar-enthusiast vendor in November 1988. He and his brother, a qualified automotive engineer, set about fully restoring the car over the following 25 years. This fastidious process utilised the skills of numerous marque specialists, including a ground-up body restoration by M&C Wilkinson Ltd. The quality of the work is simply excellent, retaining as many original parts as possible and all major components were fully rebuilt and recommissioned. It was then superbly finished in a deep Indigo Blue with a delightful Cream interior. There is a photographic record of the whole process confirming the brothers' very high standards and attention to detail. The brakes have been upgraded and the fitting of a more modern Jaguar XJ automatic gearbox makes this classic particularly easy to drive. Importantly, the original automatic gearbox will be supplied with the car in the interests of preserving matching numbers status, and this would be relatively straightforward to refurbish and reinstate. 'Better-than-new' is an expression we rarely use, but it would certainly apply to this XK150 and pleasingly, it drives and performs as well as you'd expect. This extensive restoration was completed in 2013, with our vendor having used the car sparingly since, covering only a few hundred miles. Having always wanted to use his practical and project management skills with classic Jaguars, he fully appreciates what this particular car offers, and whilst he has greatly enjoyed owning it and being part of its story, a new project beckons. '720 YUU' is a very special car. It offers a new owner the very best-of-both-worlds - a 3.8 XK150 with matching-numbers and continuity of ownership and history - with a level of restoration and improvement that is hugely reassuring and confidence-inspiring. This car is ready to be fully enjoyed and appreciated.
Lot # 911 (Sale Order: 11 of 47)
In 1951, the short wheelbase Alfa Romeo 1900C (c for corto-short) was introduced and was joined by the 1900TI, with a more powerful 100 bhp engine, bigger valves, a higher compression ratio and twin carburettors. Two years later the 1900 Super and 1900 TI Super with a 1975 cc engine were introduced. The TI Super had two twin-choke carburettors and produced around 115 bhp which was fed through a 4-speed manual on basic versions and 5-speed manual in the Super Sprint. All versions had drum brakes, independent front suspension, and a live rear axle. Iginio Alessio, General Manager of Alfa Romeo at the time, was concerned for the viability of the independent Italian coachbuilding industry as the arrival of the unibody chassis design was threatening to put the 'Carrozzerie' out of business. Consequently, Alfa gave official contracts to Touring to build the sporty 1900 Sprint Coupé and to Pininfarina to build an elegant four-seat Cabriolet and Coupé. The availability of a suitable chassis led many other coachbuilders to build versions of the 1900. Carrozzeria Zagato built a small series of coupés with the unofficial designation of 1900 SSZ, designed for racing with an aerodynamic lightweight aluminium body, and Zagato's trademark double-bubble roof. This very pretty Alfa Romeo 1900 Barchetta was built recently as an 'homage' to the legendary, tubular framed, Alfa Romeo specials created by numerous Italian coachbuilders such as Ghia, Touring, Boano, Bertone and Zagato in the 1950s. Finished to a very high standard and elegantly wrapped in aluminium, this gorgeous Alfa Barchetta is running on Weber carburettors and sounds fantastic! The car has been registered in the UK and is documented on the V5C as a '1953 Alfa Romeo 1900'. Recently serviced, the engine is Alfa Romeo's classic four-cylinder, twin-camshaft unit derived from the 60's Spider model. These are truly superb compact engines that have plenty of kick. This operatic engine coupled with the lightweight build makes for an undeniably rapid driving experience. With its 5-speed gearbox and ballerina-like sense of poise, it's most at home on twisty Targa Florio style roads. This is an unmissable opportunity to acquire a unique car, itself a celebration of the essence of Italian creativity in metal. Offered at a realistic estimate when you consider the cost of more mass-produced contemporary aluminum replicas and coachbuilt cars of the era, this example is an eminently affordable work of art.
Lot # 912 (Sale Order: 12 of 47)
By the time Ford dispensed (at least temporarily) with the Thunderbird moniker in 2005, the model had progressed through no less than 11 generations, the combined production total of which was in excess of 4.4 million. The first generation cars hit the streets in October 1954 and, while it was created in direct response to Chevrolet's Corvette, Ford's emphasis was more on comfort than overt sportiness and is widely recognised as creating a new niche market 'the personal luxury car'. Though sleeker than most of its Ford siblings, it shared many of their components and the 292ci (4.8-litre) V8 engine was borrowed from the company's Mercury division. By the time the fourth generation appeared in 1964, the T-Bird was an altogether larger proposition, with four rather than two seats and power from a 6.4-litre V8 of either 300bhp or 330bhp, mated to a three-speed automatic gearbox, and the styling was more in line with the trends at the time, almost a 'Space Race' car with styling cues taken from the space programme. The seat supports are mounted inboard, giving the appearance that the seats are hovering. The dashboard instruments are round like 'Sputnik' satellites, the wipers and heating are controlled using T-shaped levers mounted on the dashboard, and in the overhead console, there are buttons to control the flashers and warning lights for the seatbelts. Even the steering wheel moves to one side to enable easy entry and exit of the vehicle. The best feature of the '66 model is the sequential rear indicators where the rear turn signal consists of three bulbs that flash in turn, very similar to the new range of Audis, however, Ford had developed this technology 50 years ago! This beautiful Thunderbird was manufactured in Lorain, Ohio in 1966 and is fitted with the 390ci, 315HP V8, and three-speed 'Cruise-O-Matic'. Finished in Brittany Blue with contrasting White Pearl Vinyl interior, this delightful piece of sixties Americana is certainly imposing. The vendor states that the car is in 'beautiful condition' and the photographs certainly suggest so. We understand that everything works and even the fuel gauge and rear sequential indicators behave themselves. The car was purchased from a dealer in Florida who had eventually persuaded a local collector to part with it after a number of years in his collection. Included in the sale are a set of new OEM front seat covers. The vendor has also fitted a modern Holley carburettor with electric choke and 'Petronix' electronic ignition to ensure the big, sixties V8 bursts into life every time. (The original carb is included in the sale). The vendor tells us that this dramatic head-turner is ready for the 2017 show season and to be enjoyed by its new owner. Original Thunderbirds in this condition are a rare find.
Lot # 913 (Sale Order: 13 of 47)
The Jaguar XJCoupé was based on the short wheelbase version of the XJ and offered in 4.2 and 5.3-litre engine sizes. In 1977 just 1,776 Jaguar XJ12 4.2 Coupés and 329 5.3 V12s were built by the factory making these coupés quite rare today. First registered in August 1977, this original UK right-hand drive, XJ Coupé was purchased by our vendor in 2015 from its previous owner who had enjoyed the car for 11 years. His intention was to totally restore this unusual Jaguar and he had a clear idea of how he wanted it to look when it was finished. The process took almost two years and was only just completed prior to our auction. Originally a 4.2 litre, 6-cylinder example, this XJ had been converted to a V12 with four SU carburettors at some point in the past, which our vendor believes may have been about 20 years ago. The restoration began with a total 100% strip back to a bare shell. Not a single bolt or piece of trim remained on the car (as can be seen from our photographs) and the shell was repaired where necessary and primed and rubbed down and primed again until it was ready to start taking the first of a dozen coats of paint. It was then finished in a lovely shade of Tyrolean Green. All the external chrome work has been re-plated to complement the new coat of paint. The car was then built up in the only way you can, by running brake pipes, the wiring loom, and fitting all the components that attach to the bulkhead first, and generally assembling the whole car as it would have been done at Jaguar. The running gear, suspension, steering and brake systems were dismantled and reconditioned or replaced with new items where necessary. Similarly the V12 engine and gearbox have been partly dismantled checked and reconditioned and rebuilt as required. Naturally the interior has been completely reinstated and the splendid net result can only be fully appreciated by sitting in it. A three-spoke wood rim wheel, a new 'Everflex' roof and chrome, 60-spoke, wire wheels complete the presentation of this unique V12 Jaguar XJ. The odometer currently reads a shade under 65,000 miles (not warranted) and this stunning Jaguar is accompanied by a partial history file documenting some of its past life, along with lots of invoices relating to the restoration. Another project forces our vendor to offer this car for sale at a fraction of its cost to him, and having seen little use since its completion. The XJC is fast becoming one of Jaguars most collectable saloons. With Silverstone Auctions having sold restored V12 examples for record sums in 2016, this example represents an excellent choice for any classic car enthusiast who is in the market for something a little different.
Lot # 914 (Sale Order: 14 of 47)
In 1989, the second series of the 944 was introduced, powered by a 210 bhp normally aspirated, double-overhead-cam, 16-valve, 3.0-litre version of the 944S engine, which was the largest four-cylinder engine in production at the time. The 944 S2 also benefited from a revised transmission and the gearing was tweaked to better suit the torque and peak power characteristics of the 3.0 L M44/41 powerplant. The S2 had the same rounded nose and rear valance found on the 944 Turbo model and this was the first example of the use of an integrated front bumper, where the bumper and bonnet profiles would merge smoothly, a design feature that was adopted widely on production cars from the mid-nineties. In February 1991, Porsche released the 944 Turbo Cabriolet, which combined the Turbo S's 250 bhp engine with the cabriolet body built by the ASC-American Sunroof Company at Weinsberg in Germany. Porsche initially announced that 600 would be made, but ultimately 625 were built, 100 of which were right-hand drive for the UK, Japanese, Australian and South African markets. Offered here is a UK-supplied right-hand drive 944 Turbo Cabriolet supplied new by Evans Halshaw of Warwick on 31st October 1991. Finished in the ever popular Porsche colour combination of Guards Red with a black leather interior and black carpets throughout, this car is in superb condition and has covered 72,590 miles. The original service book shows the following: Date Specialist Mileage 3.7.92 Evans Halshaw 2,070 2.12.92 Evans Halshaw 6,801 6.4.93 Evans Halshaw 11,215 8.10.93 Evans Halshaw 19,771 21.1.94 Evans Halshaw 24,148 2.11.94 Chariots St Albans 36,608 7.8.95 H.R. Owen 40,848 7.12.95 Ray Northway 44,976 23.4.96 Ray Northway 49,480 27.6.97 Northway Porsche 55,464 25.4.09 - 71,109 Supplied with the original book pack containing driver's manuals and the service book, the history file includes invoices for service work and other sundry items. This very rare 944 turbo cabriolet is MOT tested until 24th November '17 and presents the next owner with the opportunity to acquire a rather special Porsche in very good condition. Get in quick before these front-engined Porsche catch up with their 911 siblings!
Lot # 915 (Sale Order: 15 of 47)
Developed in 1990, the B12 was an Alpina tuned version of the E31 8-Series BMW. Using the 5.0-litre V12 found in the 850i, the B12 was tuned to a healthy 350 hp and hit 60 mph in 6.8 seconds. This incredibly rare B12 5.0 was sold new in the UK through Sytner Nottingham and is one of just five right-hand drive B12 5.0 Alpinas ever produced, from a total production run of only 97 examples. Having covered just 39,000 miles from new, and with an extensive BMW main dealer service history, it has been owned and cherished by a true Alpina enthusiast. A letter from BMW is provided in the history file, which states this very car was the 2nd most expensive B12 5.0 ever sold. Finished in Mauritius Blue with Light Grey leather covering the sports seats, other factory options included ASC+ traction control and electronic damper control. One of the many impressive aspects of this B12 5.0 is its history file. There is a complete MoT history, along with 11 stamps in the service book, all from BMW main dealers. The last service was carried out by Sytner, Nottingham and included in the sale is approximately one month left on a BMW warranty. This Alpina is very well known to the BMW Car Club and has recently been featured in magazine articles. In fact, it was featured just last year in Classic Cars Magazine under the title of 'undercover supercar' by Sam Dawson who wrote; "I am reluctant to return it to the dealer because it is not often you encounter such an uncanny all-rounder." This extremely collectable vehicle represents a very exciting opportunity to own one of the very rarest of all BMW models. We welcome all pre-sale inspections and encourage prospective bidders to contact the office for further information. Picture Credit: Laurens Parsons and Classic Cars Magazine
Lot # 916 (Sale Order: 16 of 47)
"The Murciélago embodies the pure, unadulterated values of our brand. It is truly extreme, uncompromising and unmistakably Italian." - the words of Stephan Winkelmann, President and CEO of Automobili Lamborghini, in a speech in 2010 outlining the company's future plans and celebrating the end of production of the Murciélago. The car may have been 'unmistakably Italian' but its name is unmistakably Spanish (Castillian for Bat), and is a continuation of Lamborghini's tradition of naming its cars after legendary figures from the world of bullfighting, 'Murciélago' being the name of a particularly brave animal, who, in 1879, refused to succumb during a long and bloody encounter and displayed such spirit and passion that his life was spared. Introduced in 2001, and in production through a couple of variants until 2010, the Murciélago is an all-wheel drive, mid-engined, supercar that sits less than four feet tall and sports dramatic 'scissor doors'. The power output of the early cars was around 570bhp, delivered through a six-speed manual gearbox with an integral differential driving the rear wheels and a viscous coupling centre differential providing power to the front. The very low-drag bodywork is constructed from carbon fibre, steel and aluminium and the suspension is conventional independent double wishbone. The ultimate development of the Murciélago appeared at the 2009 Geneva Show in the form of the LP 670-4 Super Veloce and was the spiritual successor to the raw and outrageous Diablo SV of 1995. Considerably lighter (200lb.) than its predecessor and with 663bhp available at 8,000 rpm, the 670 redefines the 'super' in supercar with performance quite a long way the other side of impressive. 0-60 in 2.8 seconds and 0-120 in 7.4 with 15" carbon-ceramic discs and pin-sharp steering result in one very focussed motor car. The original production plan of the ultimate Murciélago was limited to 350 cars however, only 186 LP 670-4s were produced before the factory had to make room for the new Aventador production line making these cars very rare. This right-hand drive SV example has covered 14,000 kms from new and was originally delivered to Singapore. Last year the car was imported to the UK from there, the VAT was paid, and it was then put through an IVA test in order to be UK registered. Following that, Lamborghini Birmingham helped the vendor through the registration process and have prepared all the paperwork needed to UK register the car. We are informed that all that needs to be done in order to register the car is to simply fill out the new owner details and send them off to the DVLA. Whilst at Lamborghini Birmingham getting the registration documents sorted, they also serviced the car in August of last year and there are documents in the history file supporting this. There are also invoices present from Eurosports Auto Pte Ltd in Singapore from the period between 2010 and 2015. Finished in the striking combination of Arancio Leonis with an Alcantara interior, this car has a high specification including: 18inch split five spoke black painted alloy wheels, carbon ceramic front and rear brakes, orange brake calipers, Alcantara Nero Perseus interior, three spoke Alcantara steering wheel, contrast stitching, carbon fibre veneer, rear view camera, iPod interface with USB, Bluetooth system, Kenwood Stereo, sports seats, carbon fibre door inserts, carbon fibre 'Murcielago' engraved treadplates. If you are in the market for the best Murciélago you can find, then you really need to consider this exceptional vehicle, especially at this very competitive guide price.
Lot # 917 (Sale Order: 17 of 47)
The 3.5-litre version of the 280SE typifies the resurgence of larger-engined Mercedes-Benz models that began in the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the progressive easing of fiscal constraints, which had dissuaded customers from buying cars with large capacity engines, encouraged the German manufacturer to offer bigger, more potent power units. Thus, the ultra-luxurious 280SE Coupé/Cabriolet and 300SEL saloon were the models chosen by Mercedes-Benz to launch its magnificent new 3.5-litre V8 engine in 1969. An over-square design featuring a cast-iron block and aluminium alloy cylinder heads, each equipped with a single overhead camshaft, this all-new, state-of-the-art power unit produced 200bhp courtesy of Bosch electronic fuel injection and transistorised ignition. Thus equipped, the Coupé/Cabriolet was good for 125mph with 60mph whispering by in 9.5 seconds, a substantial improvement on the six-cylinder version's figures. Although the equivalent SEL saloon used the 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1959 on the 220SE and, as befitted top-of-the-range luxury models came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, power windows and stereo radio as standard. Significantly, the 280SE 3.5 was to be the final model to feature this long-established and much-admired body style, and today these last-of-the-line classics are highly sought after by discerning Mercedes-Benz collectors. But it's not just their rarity that makes them so desirable since they also represent some of the quickest Mercedes of that era. The 280SE 3.5 was a cheaper alternative, and a less obviously opulent, contemporary of the Rolls-Royce Corniche Coupé. The most prestigious of the 280SE Coupé and Cabriolet variants is the 3.5 litre V8 model made for just two years from 1969 to 1971, the majority of these in left-hand drive. This delightful 1971 example, was, according to a copy of the Mercedes-Benz data card, destined for the UK and was finished in a very sophisticated shade (DB 180) of Metallic Silver, the colour it wears today, with a sumptuous black leather interior (241). The car has benefitted from some restoration work, mainly to the under-body by the previous owner, television actor and noted Mercedes enthusiast, Gary Mavers from 2014. New floors were installed to allay the common 280SE rust problem and new brakes, suspension and carpeting were fitted at the same time with receipts on file to the value of around £4,000. The underneath now looks very impressive. Our vendor has continued to care for this car and has spent some £2,600 on the interior including the fitting of a period radio, a discreet auxiliary connection for MP3 music playback, four speakers, and new carpets were fitted in the boot as recently as January 2017. The leather interior, wood and chrome fittings are in superb period condition, with beautiful patina, in fact, the whole car is excellent. JYY 95J is supplied to auction with an MOT until May 2017, showing an odometer reading a shade over 46,500 miles. To conclude, the 280SE Coupé has a discreet opulence and the smooth 3.5 V8 engine, mated to the creamy automatic Mercedes gearbox, enables powerful but peaceful progress. The rear wraparound screen is redolent of a bygone era and in coupé form, the 280SE offers a significant saving compared to its cabriolet sister. (A best of breed example in right-hand drive was sold by Silverstone Auctions recently for £249,750.) Emanating style with a capital 'S', these smooth big coupés would be comfortable in St.Tropez, St. Moritz, St. John's Wood, and even St.Evenage.
Lot # 918 (Sale Order: 18 of 47)
Launched in 1967, the Pontiac Firebird was Chevrolet's answer to the Ford Mustang and the distinctive 'Coke bottle' styling was seen by many as a cleaner, sharper and a bit more modern than the Mustang. In 1969, a 'Trans Am' performance and appearance package was offered named after the nationwide Trans Am race series. In February 1970 the second generation Firebird was launched and was offered with a 6.6 litre RAM Air engine that produced up to 370 HP. Chevrolet had managed keen product placement of the Firebird with a Green Firebird appearing in the movie "MQ" Starring John Wayne. This was the first of many appearances by the Firebird in movies leading right up to its iconic role in the Hal Needham Movie series, "Smokey and the Bandit" which sent sales of Firebirds into the Stratosphere and secured it as one of the most iconic movie cars of all time. This well-restored, left-hand drive, 1975 Pontiac Trans Am is fitted with the 6.6 litre 400 CuI V8 and automatic transmission. The car is arrractively finished in the rare colour of Honduras Maroon with contrasting black vinyl interior and was imported by our Vendor in 2016 to join his private collection. As you might expect from a restored car it" starts, runs and drives as it should" and "turns heads wherever you drive". Firebird Trans Am's are now becoming highly collectible with 'Smokey and the Bandit' replicas now regularly commanding £50k plus. This is an absolutely classic 70's 'Muscle car' offered at a sensible reserve.
Lot # 919 (Sale Order: 19 of 47)
The Arnage was Bentley's top of the range between 1998 and 2009 and utilised the famous 6.75 litre V8 throughout the model's life although the car was developed and improved when the Series 2 was introduced in 2002. Known as either the Arnage 'R' or 'T', the Series 2 was refined in all areas, including the engine which now featured Bosch Motronic engine management and 2 small 'Garret T3' Turbochargers replacing the previous single large T4. The 'R' was the more luxurious car with a softer ride and a more restrained interior and the 'T' was altogether more performance focussed with stiffer suspension, engine-turned aluminium dashboard and split-rim alloy wheels with very low profile tyres. This particular Bentley Arnage R was supplied new on 1st January 2005 by Broughtons Bentley to its first owner. Presented in arguably one of the best colour combinations of Moonbeam Silver with Cotswold leather and secondary Nordic Hide, the traditionally elegant cabin is finished with Burr Walnut veneers. Other interior luxuries include DVD screens in the rear headrests and factory optioned Arnage T-style seats with diamond quilted leather and the unmistakable Bentley Emblems. Service History: 02/02/2005 Broughtons Bentley Service 983 miles 15/12/2005 Harwoods Bentley Service 5,606 miles 26/02/2007 Harwoods Bentley Service 6591 miles 23/04/2008 Jack Barclay Bentley Service 10,130 miles 29/04/2009 Broughtons Bentley Service 11,589 miles 15/08/2009 Broughtons Bentley Service 11,798 miles 07/10/2009 * Broughtons Bentley (see below) 12,300 miles 21/01/2011** Broughtons Bentley (see below) 13,625 miles 14/05/2014 Broughtons Bentley Service 16,645 miles 19/09/2015*** Stewart Walker Bentley Service 17,557 miles * New Battery fitted ** Power steering Solenoid fitted. New factory 19' alloy wheels and tyres fitted *** Service (new disc and brake pads) This stunning example will be fully serviced prior to the auction by marque specialist Steward Walker Bentley which will include the issue of a new MOT Certificate. The cherished plate is being retained by the vendor and is currently being transferred ahead of the sale. Having covered a mere 17,800 miles from new in the hands of its two previous owners, this stunning Arnage R represents superb value and is now ready to let someone else enjoy that special Bentley feeling.
Lot # 920 (Sale Order: 20 of 47)
As BMW sales climbed throughout the 1960s across Europe, their attention started to focus on Motorsport and their desire to create "The Ultimate Driving Machine". The first model to reflect this was the '2002', introduced in 1968 and their high-performance version, the '2002 Tii', quickly followed in 1970 with a more powerful engine giving 120bhp, a 5-speed gearbox and uprated suspension and brakes. The chassis is that of the two-carburetor '2002 Ti' uprated with stiffer springs, front and rear anti-roll bars, larger front disc brakes, and wider wheels. In the driveline, the 'Tii' has a slightly closer ratio 4-speed gearbox, a stronger clutch, and a longer axle ratio to increase top speed. This early 2002 Tii, superbly finished in Inka Orange, is an original right-hand drive, round tail light, non-sunroof example, possibly the rarest and most desirable iteration of the naturally aspirated 2002s. A very well sorted example, our vendor, a serial 2002 owner did, in fact, own this car several years previously and when the opportunity arose to buy it back he couldn't have been more pleased, however, other projects mean that the car is once again available. Little is known of the car's early life, however, looking through the recent history file we can see that under previous ownership the car benefited from much expenditure in 2014/2015. 'Jaymic' of Norwich, well-known 2002 specialists, were tasked with servicing the car and having a good look round. They carried out an oil service and replaced a number of components in exchange for £1,400. Further invoices indicate that a new water pump and a new radiator were fitted, and the distributor was changed for a correct one. In the file are also detailed receipts for brake refurbishment including new brake hoses and the brake fluid reservoir. The interior also received its fair share of attention with over £1,000 spent on correctly re-trimming the seats in the original basket-weave style with the addition of new matching basket-weave mats. The presentation of the engine bay is remarkable, the paintwork gleams, the chrome work and detailing are superb, and as you can see from the photographs, this is a really attractive 2002Tii with only a little, localised paint blistering taking away from the whole effect. Our vendor has used and enjoyed this car greatly, favouring it over the 2002Tiis and 2002 Turbos he's owned in the past. These little 'Beemers' are true driver's cars with excellent performance, handling and iconic styling and this super example represents an opportunity to purchase one of the most desirable and rare specifications available.
Lot # 921 (Sale Order: 21 of 47)
A single-seater Bentley racing car that captured the imagination and hearts of the Great British public during the 1930s, has had a temporary export bar placed on it, to provide the last chance to raise the £5,149,800 needed to keep it in the UK.' (Surrey Advertiser) That car, known affectionately as the 'Bentley Blower', was originally designed, owned and raced by Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin, and was Britain's fastest racing car at the time. Birkin was one of the most effusive figures in British motor racing who enjoyed a superstar status comparable to that of some modern-day Formula 1 drivers. His 'Bentley Boy' high-society image was combined with fearless driving talent and for a generation of British racing enthusiasts, 'Tiger Tim's' moustachioed, becapped and goggled figure, with his polka-dot scarf fluttering in the slipstream, personified an English ideal. Made primarily of steel, aluminium and wood, the 'Blower' was one of the first supercharged Bentleys. In the early 1930s, Birkin and the 'Single-Seater' were the darlings of Brooklands, widely regarded as the heart of the pre-war motor racing scene in the UK, and the car still holds the record for the fastest of all production-based racers at that track. Following the tragic death of Birkin in 1933, the 'Single-Seater' was converted into a two-seat roadster, however, a subsequent owner, 'Rusty' Russ-Turner reunited the original body and chassis 25 years later, returning the car to Birkin's Brooklands configuration and securing its long-term preservation in pre-war form. A boyhood Birkin fan and Bentley enthusiast, Russ-Turner had been a long-term admirer of the car. He recalled: "I had never lost my fascination for that car and one day I was at the Bentley Drivers' Club, Hendon driving tests when a fellow member mentioned rumours that the Birkin single-seater was going to be sold to America. I went to see John Morley who said that nobody in England seemed to want it. In fact, they all seemed afraid of it. So after long negotiations, we came to an agreement, and in the summer of 1964 I collected it from his garage at Colnbrook, west of London, and drove it home to Leatherhead. It carried the two-seat body but Morley had also sold me the original track body as part of the deal. When I climbed behind that wheel it was the realisation of a dream. Ha! I was wearing a white silk shirt, and by the time I got home I was soaked in oil from head to foot!" Sadly, 'Rusty' Russ-Turner suffered a fatal heart attack at Silverstone whilst racing the car but will always be remembered as a visionary with Bentley in his DNA. Which brings us to this wonderful Bentley Special for sale here. One of Rusty Turner's dream projects in the late 1960s was to convert pre-war Bentley saloons into two-seater 'Sports Racers' and this is one of three built by the talented Tony Fabian from Shoreham. It was based on a 1939 Bentley, 4 1/4 Litre, Park Ward saloon (Chassis No. B88MR) which had originally been supplied by Jack Barclay to 'education expert' W.H.S Chance on the 20th January 1939. The Bentley subsequently became the property of a Mr Campbell in Berkshire and, in turn, he accepted £475 from Philip Gowing in 1959 when the car had covered 47,300 miles. 'Rusty' Turner got his hands on the car in 1968 and commenced the conversion to a Sports Racer. The overdrive Derby chassis was shortened and fitted with an attractive two-seater sports body, and the engine was modified to accept a belt-driven, Wade low-pressure supercharger running at 3psi. This charismatic Bentley has had a long and interesting history since then. It was owned and raced by Victor Gauntlett (Aston Martin) and in his capable hands was credited with the Silverstone Club lap record for Derby Bentleys. Subsequent owners include David Steel, Stanley Mann and Dr Denham before being acquired by our vendor in 2007. Finished in BRG with green upholstery, CUY 837 has been enjoyed and well-maintained by our vendor over the years and appears excellent mechanically. It's generally in very good condition all round with the patina of decades of use and affection. It's not immaculate, but then you wouldn't want it to be. It's enormously quick, intuitive and tactile, sounds tremendous, and emotes pre-war Bentley from every pore. CUY features in a couple of books "The 1938/1939 Overdrive Cars" by Mervyn Frankel and Ian Strang and "Bentley Specials and Special Bentleys" by Ray Roberts. This fabulous Bentley is not a replication but is the creation of, and a direct link to, the man who rescued the World's most famous Bentley, raced it, and ultimately passed away in it. He designed this car to incorporate all the qualities he liked most in sporting Bentleys. It won't appeal to everyone, but if it does, then don't miss this opportunity.
Lot # 922 (Sale Order: 22 of 47)
In 1996, Ferrari introduced the 550 Maranello in a bid to revive their fabled line of grand tourers, and the 550 quickly proved to be an overwhelming success. Six years later, in 2002, they introduced the 575M Maranello, which debuted a number of updates designed to make an incredible car even more potent. Increasing the displacement of the V-12 by 250 cubic centimeters, to 5,748cc resulted in a healthy increase in power and torque, giving the 575M a top speed of 202 mph. The front end was slightly revised with newer headlights, a modified air intake and front spoiler, and the weight distribution was improved to 50/50. Buyers also had the opportunity to outfit their new car with an F1-style gearbox, which proved to be a very popular option. To help rein in the increased performance, the 575M was also fitted with larger brake discs. Inside, the interior was modernized and refreshed with an updated dashboard, trim, and steering wheel, amongst other minor improvements. We are delighted to offer this left-hand drive 575M for public sale. Sold new to its first and only private owner in 2005 by Ferrari SPA Torino, this simply stunning V12 beast has remarkably covered just 3,299 kms since leaving Maranello in its striking Rosso Corsa finish with a deep red interior. Our vendor takes enormous pride in his cars and this example is no exception to the rule. 3,000 kms ticked by during the first 18 months of its life and the car was then taken straight to the Ferrari SPA Torino on 7th December 2007 for its first service. After that, this vehicle was stored for the next 8 years, under its original cover, and was then bought out for the next main dealer service in June 2015 when the odometer was reading just 3,295kms. Around 3,500 euros was spent at this particular service and the original service book, along with accompanying photos taken during the service, details the level of love and attention this desirable Ferrari has enjoyed. This vehicle needs to be seen to be fully appreciated, and you could be forgiven if you thought it left the showroom yesterday. All its original tool kit and literature are present along with the EU registration papers and NOVA. This is truly a very special car and fitted with the F1 transmission, this 575M would be a worthy addition to any collection as a future collectible or thrilling weekend driver. Ferrari V12 motoring at its finest.
Lot # 923 (Sale Order: 23 of 47)
This stunning DB3S recreation was completed by Bill Monk (WAM) in 2015. It has covered approximately 280 miles since it was ready for the road and is the last of only eleven of these wonderful celebrations of the DB3S by Bill Monk and the only one to recreate the style of the later DB3S 'Works' cars. Powered by a 3.5-litre straight six BMW engine, with triple Weber 40 DCOE twin-choke, side-draught carburetors it has been fully set up on a rolling road by Janspeed of Salisbury. Output was recorded at a very healthy 230 bhp at the wheels with output sheets on file. Bill Monk previously owned two original Aston Martin DB3S', chassis number 10, an ex-Le Mans car, and chassis number 120, one of only 3 DB3S coupés ever build. Inspired by his ownership of these legendary motor cars, Bill decided to produce DB3S recreations under the name WAM (William Anthony Monk) using a mould taken from one of the original cars and his extensive experience of restoring and working on Aston Martins. Finished in Aston Martin Racing Green with knock-off wire wheels, chrome spinners, and polished stainless steel side exhaust pipes, this DB3S recreation sounds as good as it looks, with equally impressive performance. The BMW 5-series engine was specifically chosen, as opposed to a Jaguar straight-six engine, as the BMW unit provides very similar power to the original DB3S engine, sounds very similar, and the exhaust exits on the correct side, unlike the straight-six Jaguar engine. The majority of the running gear is Jaguar. This includes the front suspension (double wishbones and uprights with aftermarket coil spring damper units), the rear suspension (Jaguar lower wishbones, driveshafts, and uprights) and with Jaguar servo-assisted disc brakes fitted at all corners. Exceptional attention to detail has been given to the interior, including a period correct dashboard and steering wheel, along with period style seats in green leather and matching green carpet. Complete with half and full tonneau covers, spare wheel, and tool set. Since being set up on the rolling road, the DB3S has covered only a few miles with recent outings including a test drive by a previous owner of the original DB3S chassis number 11, who was incredibly impressed by Bill Monk's work and a high-speed parade around Silverstone circuit at the VSCC Spring Start meeting. This superb recreation will offer its new owner the chance to enjoy and experience the sights and sounds of the legendary DB3S for a fraction of the cost of the genuine article.
Lot # 924 (Sale Order: 24 of 47)
Some cars need no introduction and the Jaguar E-Type is no exception. The Series II Jaguar E-Types that were produced from 1969 to 1971 can be identified by their open headlights, no longer with glass covers, a wrap-around rear bumper with the tail lights now underneath, and the front indicators were larger and similarly repositioned below the slightly heavier front bumpers. The cooling was much improved helped by the enlarged 'mouth'. Series II cars also feature twin electric fans and uprated brakes. The engine is easily identified visually by the change from smooth polished cam covers to a ribbed appearance and for US-spec cars, twin Stromberg carburetors were used. The interior and dashboard were also redesigned, with flick switches being substituted by rocker switches to meet U.S regulations. This particular 1970 Jaguar E-type Series II Fixed Head Coupé is finished in Regency Red with a Black leather interior and a manual gearbox and was supplied new to its first owner, Phyliss and Charles Butler on 12th September 1970, in Encinitas, California. He kept the car until 29th October 1974 then it was sold to a F.W. Steinberger, who kept the car until his death in 2014. Mr Steinberger was President and Chief Concours Judge of the Jaguar Club of North America for many years, cementing his enthusiasm for the marque further. In 1997 Mr Steinberger felt that car would benefit from some attention, and being a concours judge no expense was spared in terms of parts or workmanship on a thorough restoration. The car was entrusted to Jaguar marque specialist 'More Than Just Cars' of Upland, California to carry out the work, which is recorded photographically in the history file. The glass, brightwork, rubbers and interior were all removed, so that the car could be stripped back to bare metal, before being etch primed and refinished in its original colour of Regency Red. At the same time, all the chrome was replated and window rubbers renewed. The interior was treated to a retrim which included new seat foam, door panels, carpets, dash top pad and a new headlining. A smaller steering wheel was also fitted to alleviate the acrobatics usually associated with getting in and out of an E-Type! The car was also used in many promotional videos and at events, the last being the premiere in Las Vegas of the movie The Mechanic, where the car was driven onto the red carpet by Jason Statham! Imported to the UK in 2014 and then purchased by our vendor, the car was professionally converted to right-hand drive in 2015 by respected E-type specialists, Lanes Cars. Whilst this work was undertaken, other jobs were attended to, including; fitting a new engine frame, new front suspension, attending to dents on the underside, a brand new wiring loom, and new Dunlop tyres. The engine was serviced at this time also including fresh fluids. Bills for more than £14,000 for this work are included in the history file. This car is supplied with a Jaguar Heritage certificate, a UK V5c, an MOT until October '17, its owner's operating manual and warranty booklets in their original Jaguar pouch. With Jaguar E-type prices seemingly continue to soar, this three-owner Series II fixed head coupé is in fine condition and represents superb value in today's market.
Lot # 925 (Sale Order: 25 of 47)
Manufactured in 1964 but registered in 1965, this purposeful Lotus Cortina Mk.I is a well-known car in Cortina circles. It's an early 'A' frame model that was later converted to leaf springs when used for 'Group 2' Historic Rallying by the French Ecurie Ten Rally Team circa 1990. This car was owned in the late 1980s by Richard Hudson-Evans, known to most in the classic car industry as an auction commentator and regular contributor to all things motoring through 'Classic Cars For Sale' and other media, and featured regularly and affectionately in his jottings at that time. GRO 28C was the subject of a restoration program in 2008/09 and consequently, the bodywork presents exceptionally well, as does the paint, the engine bay and underside of the car which is corrosion free. The 105bhp, 1,558cc engine sparks to life on the first turn of the key and once you've mastered the on/off nature of the clutch it's actually a pleasant car to drive, and more docile than you might expect... until you turn the wick up that is! The interior trim is in classic Black and in largely good order all-round save for some scratches on the centre console near the gearbox gaiter that would benefit from being addressed. Likewise, the paint finish on the bonnet and boot lid needs a little tlc. In gleaming Ermine White and Sherwood Green and sitting squarely on silver Minilites, this classic sixties sporting saloon is as desirable now as the day it was new, and with the value of these amazing cars continuing to rise, this super example makes a lot of sense.