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NEC Classic Motor Sale 2018 - Cars - DAY 1

Saturday, November 10, 2018  |  2:00 PM EUR (GMT)
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The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale takes place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th November 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham.

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1989 Jaguar XJS

1989 Jaguar XJS

Lot # 301 (Sale Order: 1 of 67)      

A really smart V12 with three owners and only 10,700 miles from newSuperb coachwork in Black with a red and white pinstripeClassic Jaguar Red Leather interior appears unmarked. Very tidy engine bay.Brakes fully overhauled and fitted with new springs and dampers within the last 300 milesEstimated sensibly considering the low mileage and excellent conditionXJS' of this quality are developing real 'legs' in the current market This 1989 Jaguar XJS V12 was a cherished purchase from the outset and was first registered on 23rd January 1989, remaining with its original owner for 20 years until July 2009. Remarkably offered for sale with just 10,700 miles from new, the car still wears its original Dutton Forshaw number plates and matching Dutton Forshaw rear window sticker and tax disc holder. There is some history on file, certainly enough to authenticate the mileage, with MoTs during the first owners custodianship dated 2001 at just 6,300 miles, 2004 with 7,721, and 2005 with 8,124, probably its most intensive period of use (following which the car was on SORN Certificates for some time a number of which are on file) until its next MOT in 2009 showing a mere 27 more miles added at 8,151. Subsequent MoTs in the file and available online confirm that a further 2,600 miles were added in the last 9 years. In 2009, F395 LTY spent 6 months with its second owner, an XJS aficionado, before becoming part of a private car collection where its life of occasional use has been continued. Just 1,000 miles have been added since 2011 bringing the total to 10,700 in all. The original Bill of Sale and order paperwork are on file and this remarkable Jaguar even comes with the original sales brochure in which the first owner had marked his preferred options. The original owner's handbook, wallet and radio/cassette manual remain with the car. The car presents today in truly exceptional condition having escaped the dreaded rusting and corrosion that so often lets these cars down. The interior is as magnificent and unspoiled as the exterior and the colour combination of Gloss Black with a Bordeaux interior is a delight.A recent comprehensive service by Clarke's Jaguar (leading XJS specialists) was completed in September 2016. The work included replacing the rear shock absorbers and springs + radius arms, new front springs, drop-link bushes and bars, a full service with all oils and fluids replaced, and the underside was cleaned and protected with Waxoyl treatment to finish. The car is 'on the button', drives exactly as it should with a pleasingly quiet engine, and will undoubtedly bring much pleasure to its next keeper. Click here for more information

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1995 Ford Escort Cosworth RS

1995 Ford Escort Cosworth RS

Lot # 302 (Sale Order: 2 of 67)      

Personal car of the Escort RS designer, Stephen Harper, for 23 yearsOnly one owner since. Totally original, lots of 1995 detail and 80,965 milesFinished in Dark Aubergine with a rare Red and Grey Hex Velour Cloth interiorComprehensive history file and Ford Owner's Pack with all the original paperworkUnique 'Presentation Board'. A compilation of Stephen's Design Sketches and photos from the original development and styling phaseThe successful bidder will have the opportunity to meet Stephen Harper and discuss the design storyN3 SJH is the personal car, owned from new by the designer of the 'Escort Cosworth', Stephen Harper, and was purchased brand new by him from 'Brooklyn Ford' in Redditch on 25th August 1995. The car is currently owned by a Ford enthusiast who acquired the car from Stephen Harper via Auto Sales Torbay, where Jason Dale ( RS Owners Club ) acted on Stephen's behalf to sell the car.The car's specification is as follows; Escort RS Cosworth Lux, 2.0-litre, 16-Valve YBT engine featuring Garrett T25 Hybrid Turbocharger. - finished in Dark Aubergine with a Red and Grey Hex Velour Cloth ( rather rare ). 4-Wheel Drive - Original Specification 'Pirelli' 225 45 ZR 16 Asymmetric Tyres ( specially developed for the Escort Cosworth ) - 5-Speed manual Gearbox - Electric Tilt & Slide Sunroof - Heated 'Quickclear' Screen - Heated and electric wing mirrors - ABS Electronic Anti-lock Braking, with Ventilated Discs front & rear and hydraulic assistance. - Current Mileage 80,965.The car has been maintained at 'Brooklyn Ford', to 'Original Standard Ford Specification', for the vast majority of its life, with Stephen returning to the original dealership to maintain the car. The last service at 'Brooklyn Ford' is recorded at 78,933 miles. The car was serviced by Cosworth Specialist Auto Dynamix prior to our vendor's purchase in 2015. ( Belts, oil etc ) The original specification 'Pirelli' 225 45 ZR 16 Asymmetric Tyres are present and all carry very good tread, with Stephen having sourced, possibly one of the final sets available, just before selling the car in 2015. The 'History File' and 'Full Ford Owners Manual Pack' contain every piece of information originally issued with the Cosworth and even the 'Brooklyn Ford' paper wallet for the 3 sets of keys is still present – a very rare item in itself. In addition, – together with the 'Ford Privilege Club' Order Form, the file also contains the original 'Purchase Invoice', 'Sales Receipt', and the DVLA 'Cherished Numbers Invoice / Receipt' for N3 SJH. The original Ford exhaust is still doing its job, the 'Brooklyn Ford' Dealership Plates, Main Dealer Sticker, and Tax disc holder are still in place as is the original stereo with all codes and paperwork in the history file.The car's interior is in lovely condition with the rather rare 'Red & Grey Hex Velour Cloth' appearing unmarked and the carpets are superb, helped by the existence of 'Ford Original Carpet Floor Mats' – including the 'Brooklyn Ford Contract Carpet Floor Mats' supplied with the car. Stephen Harper's dream as a 15-year-old boy whilst reading Autocar was to become a car designer, a dream that, pleasingly, came true. Having graduated from The Royal College of Art in Automotive Design, Stephen started at Austin Morris in 1974 as a Technical Apprentice following his father and great uncle at the firm. After the apprenticeship, he became involved in a number of projects over the years and has developed designs for Ford, Volvo, Rolls Royce, MG, Aston Martin amongst others. His involvement in the Escort RS Cosworth began whilst he was working for MGA Developments in Coventry, during 1989. Having worked with Ford on previous designs ( the Escort Van, Galaxy/VW Sharan and Mondeo projects ), he was invited to meet Stuart Turner, Rod Mansfield, and John Wheeler, together with Peter Horbury, Ron Saunders and MGA MD Mike Gibbs, to be briefed on the new CE14 Escort based project, code-named "ACE-14", an all-new rally car, based on a modified Sierra Cosworth floorpan. Ford's Motorsport Division, needed a car to replace the, recently banned, Group B RS200 and to follow on from the early rallying successes of the Sierra RS Cosworth. MGA named the project in-house 'Feral' – the domesticated cat gone wild, which truly summed up the spirit of the car! Stephen's initial sketches were based around the requirements of Ford SVE with manufacturing partners, Karmann. Stephen's designs incorporated plenty of air intakes and outlets, along with substantial bonnet air vents to meet John Wheeler's need for huge cooling intake capacity whilst the car was 100mph sideways on the dusty Acropolis Rally. He then developed the design of the Escort RS Cosworth together with Ford SVE, MGA, Karmann, and the Ford Stylin Click here for more information

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1998 BMW E36 M3 Evolution Hartge 3.5

1998 BMW E36 M3 Evolution Hartge 3.5

Lot # 303 (Sale Order: 3 of 67)      

Just 62,000 miles, very high-spec E36 M3 Evo with a manual box and factory Hartge conversionRare in the UK, the Hartge conversion includes a 3.5-litre engine, tuned suspension and sports exhaustArguably the most desirable colour scheme of Estoril Blue and Grey Nappa LeatherIn virtually flawless condition, a unique M3 Evo with prices of the second generation cars only going one wayIn 1992, BMW introduced their new M3 at the Paris Motor Show. Based on the E36 platform, the second incarnation of the M3 was a different animal to the 1980's E30 original, with a straight-six in place of the fizzy four, modern styling and a more refined demeanour. At this time, the Motorsport Division's new take on the iconic M3 was to utilise the standard M50TU engine (used in other E36s and earlier E34s), however, there were numerous upgrades over the standard M50 including individual throttle plates for each cylinder, continuously variable 'Vanos' valve timing, lightweight pistons, graphite-coated connecting rods, larger inlet valves, and re-designed equal length exhaust manifolds.The resultant 24-valve, S50B30 engine had a capacity of 2990cc and produced 282bhp, an output approaching 100bhp/litre, pretty impressive. The torque curve is not dissimilar to Ayers Rock, in that it is high and flat - and the dual mass flywheel contributes to the engine's ability to rev to nearly 7,300rpm. In 1996, the M3 was developed further with an increase in capacity to 3,152cc becoming known as the (M3) Evolution. The model was also remembered for its road holding and all-round ability and was awarded "Best-Handling Car" by Car and Driver magazine in 1997.The example we have on offer is a face-lift Evolution built in December 1997 and first registered in February 1998. Having been specified from new with an impressive list of options including; metallic Estoril Blue paint, Grey Nappa leather, rear spoiler, top-tint screen, Power front and rear windows, Sunshine roof, Armrest, Business radio, Park distance control and auto-air-conditioning. Another option ticked when ordering this example was to have the car delivered directly to the Hartge workshop for some further improvements, for the added cost of £16,000. The Hartge package included a 3.5 engine conversion taking power output from 320 to 350bhp, tuned suspension, sports exhaust, 17'' Hartge alloy wheels, bespoke interior components, and exterior decals. Becoming increasingly popular and difficult to source in excellent condition, this E36 M3 offers a very rare opportunity to own an example that is showing just 62,000 miles and has the added benefit of a conversion from new by a highly regarded team of engineers whose name is synonymous with the BMW Motorsport racing teams of the 80s and 90s. Having formed part of a collection, this car has been subject to a light recommissioning including a replacement Vanos unit by 'Mr Vanos', a full inspection service, and recent MoT. The car presents in immaculate condition inside and out and performed without fault on test. To be sold with the V5 showing just 3 previous owners, original book packs, order forms from BMW and Hartge, old MoT Certificates, and various other receipts and invoices. This is a true drivers car, and with E36 M3 values steadily on the increase this may turn out to be a serious investment, but will certainly turn out to be serious fun. Click here for more information

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2008 Porsche 911 (997) Carrera 4S Coupe Gen 2

2008 Porsche 911 (997) Carrera 4S Coupe Gen 2

Lot # 304 (Sale Order: 4 of 67)      

The Generation 2 C4s was introduced in 2008 with 3.8-litres and four-wheel drive from the 997 TurboClassically finished in Guards Red with a Black Leather interior and fitted with the 6-speed manual gearboxFrom the private collection of a fastidious enthusiast who has owned it for seven yearsThe option box was well and truly ticked when ordered from new (see our Website)Total mileage today is now 45,000 and a service is due soon, although the MoT is valid until April 2019A normally-aspirated engine, manual gearbox and four-wheel drive-the perfect 911 experience The 911 has been with us for well over 50 years now and still represents the pinnacle of performance driving on the road. The 997 model, particularly the Generation II cars, continue to command respect and a strong following as one of the best versions to drive, particularly when fitted with the manual 6-speed gearbox.Offered here directly from an enthusiastic private vendor, who is only the second owner, is a Porsche 911 (997 Gen II) 4S with the manual 6-speed gearbox finished in traditional Guards Red with a black leather interior. Acquired by him from Porsche Centre Silverstone in July 2011 with a mileage at the time of 16,772, the car has since been well looked after and maintained at main Porsche dealerships. The total mileage today is now 45,000 and the car drives well but is approaching a service, although the MoT is valid until April 2019.In addition to the standard specification the following options were factory fitted:19inch Sport Design Wheels, Adaptive Sports seats, Automatic dimming interior mirror and exterior mirrors with integrated rain sensor, Bose surround sound, carbon interior package, door entry guards in stainless steel, extended navigation system, floor mats, heated seats, cruise control, Homelink, instrument dials in Carrera White, limited slip rear differential lock, park assist, Porsche crest on head restraints, rear centre console in leather, rear wiper, seat belts in red, sports seat backrests in leather, telephone module, 3 spoke multi-function wheel, Universal audio interface, voice control, wheel centre set and a windscreen with grey top tint!In this price range, the car looks superb value for money. It is, after all, one of the last of the normally aspirated engines which, when combined with the manual gearbox and four-wheel drive, offer that classic 911 driving experience. Click here for more information

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1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Roadster

Lot # 305 (Sale Order: 5 of 67)      

UK-supplied, right-hand drive car in Opalescent Silver Blue with a dark blue interiorOrdered from Ritches Ltd of Glasgow on 13/02/1963. Original order form with the carReturned to the UK in 1983. Current owner for 18 yearsWith its Jaguar Book Pack, Sales and Service Handbook, Buff Log Book, and the original Tool KitSupplied with a history file containing 27 previous MoTs and some invoices dating back to 1977Restored roughly 12 years ago, now displaying some blistering on the paintwork Attractively guided to allow for cosmetic improvements. '388 XKE' will remain with the car It is difficult to imagine the impact that the Jaguar E-type had when it was launched back in 1961. When the average saloon had a top speed of 70 mph and most were desperately dull, the E-type was an instant sensation, pre-empting computer-aided design. The eminent aerodynamicist, Malcolm Sayer, uniquely applied complex mathematical formulae to create the E-Type's stunning shape. Ironically, he hated being called a stylist, yet he designed what is arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever seen. Today's manufacturers build hundreds of prototypes when developing a new car but Jaguar built only a handful of cars prior to launch and the story of the E-type is now legendary around the globe.388 XKE is finished in Opalescent Silver Blue metallic with a Dark Blue leather interior and matching Dark Blue convertible hood and was first registered in February 1963 (as FSW 414) to a Mrs.Margaret Martin of Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway. According to the original Log Book, it had a further two owners to leaving the country for foreign parts just after 1974. We are led to believe the car returned to the UK during December 1983 and has since been enjoyed by five owners with the current custodian having that pleasure for the past 18 years. The car comes with its original Jaguar Handbook Folder containing the Operators, Maintenance and Service Handbooks and a Jaguar Sales and Service Handbook along with the original order form from Ritches Ltd of Glasgow ( 13/02/1963 ) Also in the pack is the original Buff Logbook detailing the first owners prior to going abroad.This Jaguar comes with a history file dating back to the 70s with a total of 27 older MoT Certificates and quite a few bills for completed works, both mechanical and bodywork over the years. The car had a bare metal respray approximately 12 years ago, along with a new hood, and an interior refurb at the same time although, unfortunately, there is no evidence in writing of these works. However, today 388 XKE clearly needs some attention to the body and paint as there is evidence of blistering, however, it still looks pretty smart and this is clearly an ongoing usable project. With this in mind, the Jaguar has been attractively guided, making this a great opportunity, for a reasonable outlay, to get behind the wheel of one of these desirable Series 1 Roadsters. Click here for more information

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2002 Vauxhall VX220

2002 Vauxhall VX220

Lot # 306 (Sale Order: 6 of 67)      

2.2-litre Targa finished in Brilliant Silver with Dark Red Leather. HardtopFirst registered 4/10/2002. One owner from new and only 7,948 miles. Full Vauxhall main dealer service history. 8 services in less than 8,000 milesAll original Hand and Service books. DVLA MoT History, along with Spare KeysThis must be the Lowest Mileage One Owner Example of this Marque on offer in the market todayDeveloped in conjunction with Lotus and actually built at the Lotus factory in Norfolk, the VX220 was by far the most exciting sportscar that Vauxhall had ever produced. Very similar to the superb Lotus Elise, the VX220 had an aluminium chassis tub and lightweight GRP bodywork which gave it an all-up weight of just 930kg. Power came from Vauxhall's smooth and punchy 16-valve 2.2-litre Ecotec engine which developed 145bhp and 150lb/ft of torque. It could launch the car to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds with a top speed of 140mph. Unanimously hailed by the motoring press as one of the all-time great drivers' cars, it was also voted Top Gear's 'Car of the Year' in 2003.This sparkling little VX220 2.2-litre Targa was first registered on 4/10/2002 and has only covered 7,948 miles from new with its one and only owner. It has a full Vauxhall Main Dealer service history and despite its limited mileage, has been serviced eight times. It is finished in Brilliant Silver with Red leather and Charcoal suede sports seats and is supplied with the original factory removable Targa panel and soft top. The car is accompanied by its original Handbooks, its MoT History, and two sets of keys. Prices for these focussed little cars bottomed a few years ago and now they are very much on the climb. An active forum supports owners and specialists have begun to remanufacture unobtainable parts, all clear signs that the VX220 has reached classic status. This must be one of the lowest mileage, one owner cars on the market and would be perfect for a Vauxhall collector or VX enthusiast. Click here for more information

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2008 Bentley Brooklands Coupe

2008 Bentley Brooklands Coupe

Lot # 307 (Sale Order: 7 of 67)      

First registered on 25th September 2008. £275,000 when new. 23,881 miles to dateFinished in Moonbeam Silver with quilted Cotswold Cream leather piped in French Navy BlueBurr Oak Veneers, Ultrasonic parking with reverse camera, Satellite navigation, and 20-inch wheelsImpeccable main dealer service history, both sets of keys, original handbooks, three bespoke umbrellasOne of the last "real" Bentleys ever made and undoubtedly a potential investment opportunity Unveiled at the 2007 Geneva Auto Show, and built between 2008 - 2010, Bentley launched the second version of the 'Brooklands' as a high-performance coupé limited to just 550 cars worldwide, with the majority of these supplied to the USA, the Middle and the Far East. The model was a fixed-head version of the popular Azure and featured a two-door, four-seat pillarless coupé body. Continuing Bentley's long-standing tradition, the model employed their renowned coach-building techniques and craftsmanship skills, particularly in the cabin. Power came from a 6.75-litre twin-turbocharged, V8 engine capable of producing 530 bhp, making this not only a beautiful car, but one with performance to match. Just 50 cars were supplied through the UK Bentley network and this car was one of just two supplied new by Bentley Birmingham for a cost of £275,000 at the time.This particular Bentley Brooklands was first registered on 25th September 2008 finished in classic Moonbeam Silver with quilted Cotswold Cream leather piped in French Navy Blue. The car was specifically ordered with options including Burr Oak Veneers, Ultrasonic parking with reverse camera, Satellite navigation, and 20-inch wheels.The impeccable main dealer service history of the car is as follows: DateSpecialistMileage22.9.08Bentley Birmingham (PDI)443.12.08Bentley Birmingham31128.9.09Bentley Birmingham1,25130.9.10Bentley Birmingham1,52310.10.11Bentley Jack Barclay4,27412.10.12Bentley Jack Barclay7,65516.9.13Bentley Jack Barclay10,15126.9.14Bentley Jack Barclay15,07916.9.15Bentley Jack Barclay19,77526.11.16Bentley Birmingham22,41708.11.17Bentley Birmingham23,409 Acquired by Silverstone Auctions Managing Director, Nick Whale, several years ago, the car has been very well maintained and lightly used as part of his private collection. It's supplied with both sets of keys, all the original handbooks, three umbrellas-no less, an extensive main dealer history, and a recent set of new tyres. This car represents a rare opportunity to own a limited production model which was showing just 23,881 miles on the odometer at the time of cataloguing. This distinctive and luxurious Bentley Brooklands Coupé is in fine condition and is ready to give someone else that special Bentley 'sense of occasion' and pleasure of ownership and, as one of the last "real" Bentleys ever made, is a potential investment opportunity. Click here for more information

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1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo - 3,882 miles

1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo - 3,882 miles

Lot # 308 (Sale Order: 8 of 67)      

A true 'time-warp' example - with an incredible 3,882 milesAs original as you'd expect and in the best colour Potent CVH 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a Garrett T2 turbocharger 132bhp with a top speed of 133 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 secondsThe Fiesta RS Turbo was the high-performance model in the Ford Fiesta Mk3 range and was introduced as a three-door version only, in April 1990 with production continuing until 1992.Theoretically, it was only available from specially appointed Ford RS dealers, which was a bit of a marketing ploy. Powered by a potent CVH 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine with a Garrett T2 turbocharger, it was blindingly quick, developing 132bhp with a top speed of 133 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.9 seconds. The transmission was lifted from an Escort RS Turbo and the suspension was developed to cope with the higher cornering speeds. Visually, there was a set of 14'' RS alloy wheels, a body kit, green rather than blue stripe mouldings, colour-coded rear spoiler and door pillars, opening rear quarter windows, green tinted glass and RS bonnet louvres. Anti-lock brakes and a 'Quickclear' heated front windscreen were options at extra cost.Inside the car, the differences included Raven coloured Recaro seats trimmed in Benetton/Ascot, a grey leather trimmed gear knob, and a three-spoke steering wheel with the RS Turbo logo embossed on the centre cap. The car was also fitted with a sunroof, electric windows, and central locking.The car presented here then, is something very special indeed. It is a completely standard 1991 Ford Fiesta RS Turbo, having covered just 3,882 verifiable miles.This car was bought new by a Mr Lee Robert Hannah on the 8th August 1991 and was used only sparingly, covering just 3,500 miles before, in 1995, it was SORN'd and taken off the road for safe-keeping. Lee also owned a 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2 (Lot: 311 in this auction), which he and his father both shared and cherished over the years. Both being Ford enthusiasts, their cars were always extremely very looked after. Very sadly, Lee passed away leaving both cars to his father, transferring ownership prior to his passing, with his father now showing as the 2nd keeper (on this Fiesta).Subsequently, Mr Hannah left the cars in storage until July 2017, when he then sent both to his local Ford garage to be fully serviced (including new timing belts etc.). Since then, this immaculate Fiesta has covered a further 6 miles only. The car is in simply outstanding condition, the interior can only be described 'as new', whilst it is totally original under the bonnet, with its original Ford exhaust system and Fiesta RS Turbo-specific square tailpipe still present. Likewise, the underside of the car is totally as it left the factory, with all markings still in place, including all the factory Waxoyl; the word 'Turbo' on the fuel tank is also clearly visible. The original tyres have been replaced due to their age, otherwise, the car remains exactly as it was. Unsurprisingly, the car is accompanied by spare keys, all its Ford booklets and manuals, plus all receipts and invoices for everything ever done to it. The original purchase receipt and finance proposal are also present. This really is a 'one-off' car with probably the lowest mileage of any Fiesta RS Turbo anywhere.This is a real opportunity to buy a remarkable example of a rare 'Fast Ford'. Very seldom do completely unmolested RS cars with so few miles and a confirmable history come to the market. With classic Ford prices for exceptional cars only going one way, this Fiesta RS could be a shrewd purchase. Click here for more information

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1986 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE 'Flat Nose'

1986 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE 'Flat Nose'

Lot # 309 (Sale Order: 9 of 67)      

One of only 18 UK, right-hand drive (C16) cars in 1986. Well spec'd from new In 'The Patrick Collection' for the first few years, 5 owners in total. Indicated mileage is 33,791Strikingly finished in Minerva Blue Metallic with an Ivory and Blue interior and matching Fuchs alloysStamped service book, comprehensive history file, appropriate registration C16 TSE, fresh MoT In late 1973, in contrast to most car manufacturers who were struggling with the fallout from the oil crisis, Porsche was on a high. Having accrued a wealth of experience of turbocharging air-cooled engines from their racing programme, it seemed to make perfect sense for Porsche to utilise that knowledge by applying it to their famous rear-engined sports car, and consequently, at the 1973 Paris motor show, they unveiled a prototype turbocharged 911, the Type 930.By attaching a KKK turbocharger to its 3.0 air-cooled flat-six engine (that could trace its origins back to the 911 RSR), the 930 was the most powerful production Porsche thus far and, suddenly, the 911 was a supercar. The production-ready 911 Turbo was shown at the Paris show in autumn 1974, and not surprisingly in an era when turbocharging was seen as rather exotic, captivated the world's motoring press. Rightly, it was billed as a supremely fast and luxurious flagship model, combining ballistic performance and head-turning looks with air conditioning, electric windows and other creature comforts. The car's power and performance were celebrated (and kept on the ground) by an enormous 'whale-tail' spoiler and a wider track that needed those bulging wheel arches to keep it decent. Anyone who followed the 'World Championship of Makes' (essentially an international championship for long-distance Sports Car racing), will remember their surprise at the shape of the new 935 when it first appeared at Mugello in March 1976. Subsequently, these 'Flat Nose' 935s and 936s (in Group 6) were to prove very competitive in the hands of Ickx, Mass and Stommelen and during the next two seasons managed four victories in eight World Championship races and a triumph at Le Mans in each year. However, Porsche began to worry that all these high-profile victories by the works Flat Nose cars – most famously the 'Moby Dick' 935 - might alienate the vast number of private clients who were investing their own money in conventionally shaped competition 911s, hence decided to restrict their efforts for 1978 to an entry at Le Mans. However, the distinctive look of these Le Mans cars struck a chord in the minds of their road car customers. This demand was initially catered for by 'Kremer Racing' who offered a conversion but subsequently this service was taken up by the factory's own Customer Department to special order (Sunderwunschen) from 1981, only becoming a factory option in 1986. Officially titled 911 Turbo SE Flachbau, the model was over twice as expensive as a standard 930 Turbo when new and featured the dramatic, 935-style, sloping front end in steel with cooling vents and 'pop-up' headlights, extra cooling intakes at the rear, an uprated engine of 330bhp (from 300), a dual-exit exhaust, and a limited slip differential, The interior was more luxurious with pockets under both sides of the dashboard, heated front seats, a sunroof, a unique centre console, steering wheel, and a gear lever knob with gold crests. The term 'Flachbau" literally translates as 'Low build' however in the UK they have become known as Flatnose, Slantnose or SE cars.This stunning Porsche is a genuine 1986 (C16) UK car and was finished in Minerva Blue Metallic with an Ivory and Blue leather interior before being delivered to Monarch Porsche of Birmingham. It's one of only 18 Flat Nose cars imported into the UK that year, all of which were coupes.When ordered by Monarch for their customer the following options were chosenC16. UK specification RHD. 058. Recoil bumpers. 139. Heated passenger seat.220. Limited slip differential 40%.261. Heated and adjustable passenger door mirror. 330. Blaupunkt Toronto stereo. 340. Heated driver's seat. 383 and 387. Sports seats with electric height adjustment.The car comes with its original hand and stamped service books, a comprehensive history file, the appropriate registration number C16 TSE, and a fresh MoT. The current indicated mileage is 33,791.The cars first owner was Alexander Patrick of Patrick Motors who, after a short period of use, placed it into the, fondly remembered, Patrick Collection in Birmingham. The Porsche was subsequently enjoyed by a further three owners before becoming the property of our vendor, who has also used it lightly before placing it in storage where it has been relaxing for the last five years.A fabulous example of one of these very rare Flachbau Porsches. Click here for more information

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1999 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

1999 Aston Martin V8 Coupe

Lot # 310 (Sale Order: 10 of 67)      

Last of the hand built, Ford tenure Aston's 5.3-litre V8,349bhp,369lb/ft, 0-60 in 5.9secs and 170mphSuperbly presented in Buckingham Green with Magnolia hide piped in GreenFirst registered to Aston Martin and sold to its only owner after three monthsTop Drawer service history with 14 stamps from Aston Martin Works. 28,500 miles Works 'Safety Check at 18,452 miles. A full set of invoices detailing attentionVery rare car. Number 48 of only 101 Coupés built Under Ford Motor Groups tenure in the early nineties, Aston Martin launched the V8 Coupé at the 1992 British International Motor Show and such was the transformation that it only bore a passing resemblance to the Virage. The new car's styling was comprehensively updated to create a far more aggressive appearance, every panel, with the exception of door skins and roof, being different to that of the Virage. Revised cylinder heads, camshafts and pistons were also added along with twin Eaton Superchargers giving the new car an impressive 550bhp. Significant improvements to chassis and braking systems, larger wheels and tyres, and a completely new interior with Connolly hides and Burr Walnut fascias rounded off the new car. With the demise of the Virage in 1995, and for those customers who liked the look of the new Vantage but didn't want the brutal power of the twin supercharged V550, Aston Martin began to offer the 'V8 Coupe' which was launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 1996. This model shared the same chassis and body as the Vantage V550, with minor revisions to wheel arches and grille, and had basically the same interior. It also shared the same enhanced 5.3-litre V8 in fuel injected form, but without the twin superchargers, mated to a 4-speed Chrysler 'TorqueFlite' automatic gearbox resulting in a more relaxed uncomplicated car but still an Aston Martin with 350 bhp and a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds!Production of the V8 Coupe ran until 1999 by which time only 101 examples had been built, one of the last truly hand-built Astons before the factory geared up for Vanquish production.This lovely example is finished in Buckingham Green with matching carpets and piping on the Magnolia leather seating. Number 48 of just 101, it was first registered in September 1999 to Aston Martin themselves before being sold a few months later to its one and only keeper who has diligently returned it for servicing on every single occasion to the factory where it was built. A one hundred per cent service record at the Newport Pagnell Works is the automotive equivalent of a Coutts chequebook and it doesn't get much better. There are 14 service stamps in the book from the first at 494 miles on 25/05/2000 to the most recent at 28,335 miles on 27/09/2016 and the car was subject to a Works Safety Check at 18,452 miles. The current indicated mileage is around 28,500 and the car's Ownership File contains detailed invoices relating to its attention at the factory. As you might expect, given its low mileage and history of care, this rare Aston is in superb condition both cosmetically and mechanically. The V8 Coupe was the 'last of the breed' before the arrival of the new era DB7 Vantage V12 and the Vanquish, and as such will always remain desirable and collectable, looking particularly appealing at today's guide and half the price of a V550. Click here for more information

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1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2

1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo S2

Lot # 311 (Sale Order: 11 of 67)      

Coming from a true Ford enthusiastA lovely example in very genuine condition with original paintwork and just 37,342 milesThe 'Series 2' Escort RS Turbo (1986-1990) was a much more civilised driving prospect1600cc, fuel-injected CVH engine now fitted with the water-cooled Garret T3 turbo and revised engine managementImproved gearbox, larger clutch and a limited-slip differential Based on the success of the previous model (subsequently known as the Series 1), the later Series 2 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 Series 1 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 Series 2 car produced an impressive 132bhp at 5750 rpm, with maximum torque of 133 lb/ft produced at 2750 rpm, giving it ample performance with a top speed of 125 mph and a 0-60mph time of 8.3 seconds.The car presented here is a 1989 Ford Escort RS Turbo (Series 2). It was purchased new through the Ford dealership 'Quicks' of Old Trafford, by a Mr Lee Robert Hannah on the 30th March 1989. The car was used by Lee and his father, and in its early years, the V5C records a change of ownership between father to son, on two occasions. Both Ford enthusiasts looked after the car very well and maintained it via 'Quicks', who ensured it was Waxoyl'd from new. The history file shows the car's first MoT was carried out at 10,378 miles in July 1992, and it was regularly used until 2005, including family holidays to France (as shown by the old Polaroid pictures in the history file). At this point, the mileage had reached 37,303, and it is around this time that the car was SORN'd and placed into storage. Then, in 2017, this car (along with its sister car, a Fiesta RS Turbo, Lot: 308 in this auction) were taken to the local Ford dealership to be recommissioned and fully serviced (including timing belts etc.). Since then the car has covered just 18 miles more. Both cars were cherished by the family, which is why Lee's father kept them both for so long after his son's untimely passing. This particular Escort RS Turbo is somewhat unusual, in that it has the '88-spec bumpers and rear spoiler, but the '90-spec Interior; a few of these cars are known to exist, referred to as a 'changeover car', built during the period whilst Ford was revising the specification of the Escort RS Turbo.This is an immaculate example of the now revered Escort RS Turbo S2 with a fully documented history. It has been cherished all its life and is surely one for the enthusiast-collector. Click here for more information

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1964 Bentley S3 Continental by Mulliner Park Ward 'Chinese Eye'

1964 Bentley S3 Continental by Mulliner Park Ward 'Chinese Eye'

Lot # 312 (Sale Order: 12 of 67)      

Supplied new to Sydney, Australia in 1964. Repatriated to the UK in 2015In an attractive shade of Caribbean Blue Metallic with original St. James red leather and Burr Walnut We understand that the car has covered 118,000 miles however there is (currently) no service historyFitted with a full-length sunroof and air-conditioning. Recently serviced at a Bentley specialistThe Continental S3 was favoured by celebrities and royalty alike, and was the epitome of 'Cool' in 1964 Bentley's magnificent Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. With the arrival of the final (S-Type) generation of six-cylinder cars in 1955, the Continental lost a little of its individuality but none of its exclusivity and this trend continued after the arrival of the V8-engined S2 in 1959. Although the S2 appeared externally unchanged, its performance was considerably enhanced by the new 6,230cc V8 engine. Power-assisted steering was now standard and there was no longer the option of a manual gearbox, Rolls-Royce's own four-speed automatic being the sole offering. The Bentley Continental was, of course, exclusively a coachbuilt automobile. The firms of H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young all offered bodies on the Continental S2 chassis. By far the most striking of these S2 Continentals were those bodied by Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward, and this design by Norwegian Vilhelm Koren, with its influential continuous front-to-rear wing line, would continue on the S3 Continental. Quad headlamps were the S3's major styling innovation, and on the H J Mulliner, Park Ward-bodied Continental they were contained in slanting nacelles, giving rise to this model's 'Chinese Eye' sobriquet. Headlamps aside, the most significant change was to the S3's engine, which boasted an increased compression ratio and larger carburettors, modifications that raised peak power by some 7%. Of the 312 S3 Continentals built between 1962 and 1966, a considerable number were supplied to prominent sportsmen and contemporary celebrities including Jayne Mansfield, Fanny Craddock, Sir John Mills and Harry Belafonte as they were "the car to be seen in" and pleasingly the Continental still retains that cachet.This lovely example dates from 1964 and is finished in an attractive shade of Caribbean Blue Metallic with original St. James red leather upholstery and Burr Walnut fascia and door cappings. It was supplied new by Mcdermott & Co. Bentley agents in Sydney, Australia where it has spent most of its life. It's A really beautiful example that has been maintained without regard to expense and, as a result, it drives in complete silence feels taut and smooth. Having been in sunny antipodean climes for decades, we understand that it is corrosion free and in excellent order underneath. We are advised that this pretty Continental has covered a total of 118,000 miles from new, however, although the car was repatriated to the UK in 2015, repeated attempts to trace its service history have failed (at this stage) so, we would advise potential buyers to form an opinion based on a close inspection, which is probably the best way with any classic, really.The car is fitted with a full-length Webasto sunroof and air conditioning, both of which were much appreciated when our vendor took the Continental on an extended trip to the Le Mans Classic in July of this year, during which it 'never missed a beat'. It was recently treated to a Bentley specialist service and will be given a, 'confidence-inspiring' once over before the auction.We can't help feeling that the World was a better place in 1964 when this bespoke Bentley rolled out the doors of HJ Mulliner, however, I imagine that a trip down through central France in this wonderful Continental on a sunny day with the Webasto rolled all the way back, would do a fair bit to restore anyone's faith in human nature. Click here for more information

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1969 Jensen Interceptor Mkl 6.3-litre

1969 Jensen Interceptor Mkl 6.3-litre

Lot # 313 (Sale Order: 13 of 67)      

A desirable late Mkl model with sought-after Italian dashboard. Restored some years agoVery genuine. Just three former keepers; the previous owner for 20 years Recently painted in the correct colour, whilst retaining a charming patina Well-known to the Owners Club; large history file Mklll wheels fitted to accommodate uprated Coopercraft front brakesFirst shown in London at the October 1966 Earls Court Motor Show, the Jensen Interceptor Mkl had a model life of just three years, before being superseded in October 1969 by the Interceptor MkII. Only 1,024 examples of the original car were built, with 923 being right-hand drive automatics, and just 30 or so are believed to survive today.Jensen started as a coachbuilding firm in the early 1930s, and after a period of putting their distinctive bodies on other manufacturers products, the company started producing their own sports cars. Oddly enough, for a company experienced in both design and coachwork, the Interceptor was actually designed by Carrozzeria Touring in Italy and built by Vignale, with the all-steel bodyshell arriving in the Midlands to then be paired with the inimitable 6.3-litre Chrysler V8 and automatic transmission. The Interceptor has rightly become one of the classic GT cars, favoured by Royalty and Rock Stars alike, and known to be smooth, quiet, very refined and easy to drive. When new it cost substantially more than an Aston Martin and was double the price of an E-Type Jaguar......The car presented here is a 1969 Jensen Interceptor Mark l 6.3, making it a late-production example of the original cars, and was first registered in January 1969. The car is in lovely genuine condition and is very solid, having been known to the owners' club for several years. Our vendor, who works in the exacting aviation industry, searched high and low for the soundest example he could find. Not content with its former paintwork, he had it expertly repainted in the correct hue of Old English White (whilst also having some parts re-chromed). It suits the car's lines perfectly, contrasting nicely with the very original black interior, which is gently patinated and still retains a characteristic smell of quality leather.The odometer currently indicates a mileage of 71,000 and, looking at the historical information in the owner's file and the car's overall condition, this would seem wholly credible (but is not verified). The car runs and drives very well, with good oil pressure and the addition of twin electric fans and a reserve electric fuel pump alleviates two of the model's known weaknesses. The car was purchased with the bigger (and better-looking) Mklll wheels fitted, which accommodate uprated 'Coopercraft' brakes. The Jensen has recently been serviced by the local specialists who have been looking after its mechanical needs for some time. A reconditioned gearbox was fitted just 1,000 miles ago, and that continues to work well A striking blend of Anglo-Italian with an Americana heart, the Interceptor Mkl certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Our diligent private vendor is a real classic car enthusiast, who's move abroad necessitates this car now being offered for sale. A rare opportunity today and viewing is thoroughly recommended. Click here for more information

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1955 Jaguar XK140 FHC

1955 Jaguar XK140 FHC

Lot # 314 (Sale Order: 14 of 67)      


• Original, UK-supplied, right-hand drive 140, first registered in Liverpool
• Superbly restored around 5 years ago. Further recommissioning recently including conversion to wire wheels
• At some point, it has been fitted with a more powerful 3.8-litre engine from an XK150
• Fresh MOT, V5c, lots of invoices, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate
• Sporting the appropriate registration number '140 FLF' this is a really lovely classic 140
The ever-popular Jaguar XK140 was introduced in October 1954 and remained in production until 1957. Rather than being an uncompromised sports car, the 140 was a much more comfortable and capable long distance machine than its predecessor the XK120. Upgrades included more interior space, improved brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel, and telescopic shock absorbers and the styling was enhanced with a revised grille and larger bumpers along with new rear lights, which now incorporated the indicators. Available in Coupé, Drop Head Coupé or Roadster styles, the car was an immediate hit! Road going versions were powered by the Jaguar XK 3.4 litre engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, raising the specified power by 10bhp to 190bhp at 5500rpm, as standard.
This particular XK140 is an original, right-hand drive, Fixed Head Coupé manufactured in 1955 and is one of only 842 right-hand drive, home market cars. It was first registered on June 11th, 1955 by Litherland Motors of Liverpool and sold to a Mr Thomas Melling of Southport finished in the classic combination of Old English White with contrasting red leather trim and red carpets. Around five years ago, prior to our vendor's purchase, the Jaguar was subject to an extensive overhaul and, body-off, respray by a leading marque specialist. According to the accompanying paperwork the work carried out included;
Bodywork; doors, bonnet and boot lid re-fitted to produce excellent shut lines. Entire body fully prepared, primed and painted, including door shuts, engine bay and wheels. Brightwork polished and replaced where necessary. Body cavities wax injected and new body sealing rubbers fitted all around. Mechanicals; brakes serviced, gearbox rebuilt, oil & filters changed. Engine bay wiring fully overhauled. Cylinder block, head and radiator cleaned and painted. Cam covers and carburettor dash pots polished. Interior; Seats 're-Connollised' and the carpets cleaned. The account for this apparently totalled some £12,000.
It should be noted that at some stage in the car's history a stronger, more powerful 3.8-litre engine from the later XK150 has been fitted.
The expenditure has continued during our vendor's ownership and the car has been fitted with new stub-axles enabling the fitting of a set of chrome wire wheels, an engine tune and carb set-up and has covered only 4000 since competion of the work. The car remains in excellent condition and is sold with a fresh MOT Certificate, its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, and the desirable registration number - '140 FLF'.
This is a really lovely XK140, one of the nicest we have seen.
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1979 Ford Capri 3000S

1979 Ford Capri 3000S

Lot # 315 (Sale Order: 15 of 67)      

Strong 3.0 Essex engine - fully rebuilt just 1,200 miles ago £10,000 restoration - based on a very solid original shellOriginal registration, only 4 former keepers, rare non-sunroof modelIn the era-defining colour of Signal Orange; the performance bargain of the 1970sSubtle performance upgrades; drives superbly As exciting as the Capri Mkll was rational, the Mklll (1978-1986) was one of the industry's most effective facelifts with a distinctly modern shape, and its improved aerodynamics naturally resulted in better performance and economy. Quad headlights, wrap-around bumpers and a plethora of TV star associations restored the Capri's 'mojo'. At launch, the existing engine and transmission combinations of the Capri Mkll were carried over. Only two 3.0-litre versions of the Mklll were available, the 3000S (Sport) and the luxury Ghia. The 3000S is now generally regarded amongst enthusiasts as the most desirable. The character of the car stems from its cast-iron V6 engine. This is the legendary British-built, 2994cc 'Essex' version (not the 2.8-litre German V6 which was adopted by the Granada range), putting out 138bhp and a healthy 174 lb/ft of torque at 3,000 rpm. It's such a basic, solid but effective design, described by a motoring journalist of the time: ''I have visions of this engine having been created by a Dagenham blacksmith beating it out on an anvil, with its character akin to a shire horse: totally un-temperamental, uncannily flexible and effortlessly powerful.'' This mighty engine and better aerodynamic efficiency meant the hard-charging Mklll 3000S now combined a 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds with a 122 mph top speed. Heady stuff indeed.The car presented here is a 1979 Ford Capri Mklll 3000S in a totally restored condition. This particular car, a rarer non-sunroof model and wearing its original registration number, has had just four previous keepers, the first of which was a manager at a Ford Dealership. Its closeted life meant it was a prime candidate for an extensive £10,000 restoration, with the restorer stating the shell was one of the best he'd ever started with. The inner wings and floor-pans are all believed to be original. The car benefited from a complete bare-shell renewal just two years ago and is now finished in 'Signal Orange' – a suitably extrovert colour for the 'less than shy' 3000S. A thorough approach to the job saw the underside blasted, etch-primed, 2k primed, painted with U-POL Raptor tinted signal orange, then finished with a good coat of 2k Ford Signal Orange. The engine was professionally rebuilt by Paul Finch of 'Finch Motorsport' in Northampton just 1,200 miles ago, fitted with a new Weber DGAS carburettor and a V34 rally camshaft, and is said to run and drive superbly. The restoration work also created an opportunity to fit a 2.8 special rear end, single leaves, an LSD, 2.8 special front struts, new control arms, and a full manifold-to-tip stainless steel Janspeed exhaust system. There are new 4-spoke RS wheels with R888R tyres, original and properly fitted Ford small logo flaps, plus original clips and fixtures etc. The Recaro seats and 'Carla' check cloth are in immaculate condition with original fishnets fitted, and no holes in the parcel shelf or door-cards. Everything is said to work as it should, even the clock. Our vendor describes the car as 'wanting for nothing', with an MoT valid until June 2019, hence he keeps it in a protective 'Carcoon'. If you've always wanted a special Capri – the 3000S is considered to be one of the stand-out models – then this example is the car for you. Don't miss it! Click here for more information

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1978 Ford Escort MkII Mexico

1978 Ford Escort MkII Mexico

Lot # 316 (Sale Order: 16 of 67)      

All the attributes and charisma of its legendary predecessor Only 2,500 MkII Mexicos were built making them very scarce3-year restoration using genuine Ford parts. Original matching numbers 1600 cc Pinto professionally rebuiltSuperbly finished in Diamond White. Interior entrusted to marque-specialists, Aldridge TrimWe never use the expression "As new", but if we did, it would certainly apply here It was the Escort that really put Ford on the rallying map, proving capable of winning World Championship events from 1968, when the Twin Cam model was the works' frontline rally car, right through to 1981 when Ari Vatanen became World Rally Champion driving an Escort RS. In 1970 the Ford Twin Cam engine was replaced by a Cosworth BDA 16-valve unit to create the definitive Escort rally car - the RS1600 - though the engine was, in fact, homologated at 1,601cc to enable future enlargement up to the 2-litre class capacity limit. The first full 2.0-litre engines were homologated in 1972 and in works trim produced 235-240bhp. In this form, the Escort RS1600 proved good enough to win the RAC Rally three times on the trot between 1972 and 1974, as well as a host of other World Championship events. There was also a closely related 'spin-off' variant: the overhead-valve Kent-engined Mexico, which was intended to cater for those that wanted the RS1600's style but had no need for its stupendous performance.When the Escort was re-launched as the MkII in 1975, Ford were keen not to lose any momentum on the sportier versions of the standard saloon and almost immediately made a 'Mexico' version available. Produced in Saarlouis, West Germany, the Escort MKII Mexico was produced between 1975 - 1978 replacing its MkI namesake. Only around 2,500 were manufactured and the specification was similar to the earlier car with a 1600cc engine, this time utilising the overhead-cam Pinto unit. It featured an aluminium sump, engine mounts, alternator bracket, and a cast iron manifold. The gearbox was the 4-speed Type-B unit mated to the 'English' type rear axle. Suspension was the ubiquitous McPherson strut set up with Sachs Dampers and rear leaf springs. MkII Mexicos' were fitted with either 5.5 x 13-inch steel wheels or alloy four spoke 6J x 13-inch. Standard OE fit tyres were Pirelli CN36s. The car's performance was excellent and, together with great handling, made the Escort the car to beat in the World Rally Championship and the flat front Escort the most recognisable rally car of the era.Offered here is an authentically restored MkII Mexico in Ford's traditional motorsport colour of Diamond White with a black interior (the only option) still sporting its Birmingham registration and probably supplied by Bristol Street Motors, the RS Dealer during that period. When the car was discovered, it was in very good original condition, ideal for restoration and the process began about three years ago Genuine Ford parts were used throughout the comprehensive rebuild of the shell. The original matching numbers 1600 cc Pinto was rebuilt making use of the well-established skills of the Coventry Boring and Metalling company, and the interior was again entrusted to marque-specialists, Aldridge Trim.Very much in the spirit of its predecessor, the second-generation Mexico proved popular on the road and amongst club rally drivers, however with so few produced, they are now becoming scarce. This well-restored example is a must for an enthusiast or collector alike, Click here for more information

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1979 Maserati Merak 2000GT

1979 Maserati Merak 2000GT

Lot # 317 (Sale Order: 17 of 67)      

1970's Supercar with razor-sharp styling, mid-mounted engine and pop-up headlampsDelivered new to Modena, Italy, two private owners from the same family and just 79,390 kmOriginal, unrestored and extremely well preserved, offered with Bill of Sale and Maserati handbooksOne of just 213 2000GTs produced mainly for the Italian market, one of the most striking car designs of the 70'sDescribed as running and driving very well, a rare Italian GT that should feature in every classic car collection By the beginning of the Seventies, every 'supercar' manufacturer needed a mid-engine design, and Maserati was no exception, so they employed the services of 'Designer of the Decade', Giorgetto Giugiaro. His creative pen was put to good use and the resultant Bora, and subsequent Merak were launched to much international acclaim. By 1975 Maserati had shrugged off the restraints of ownership by Citroën and was revitalised with De Tomaso as a partner.In November 1977 at the Turin Auto Show, Maserati launched the Merak 2000 GT, basically a Merak with a smaller two-litre powerplant. It was built almost exclusively for the Italian market, where a newly introduced law strongly penalised cars with an engine capacity over 2000 cc. Maserati's competitors already offered similar two-litre models, specifically the Urraco P200 and Dino 208 GT4. The Merak 2000 GT featured a 1,999 cc engine generating 168 hp at 7000 rpm, obtained by de-stroking and de-boring the V6.First registered in Modena, Italy on 31st January 1979, this example would remain in the same town as the manufacturing plant and in the same family for 38 years. Purchased new by the father then passed on to his son, this example has been clearly cherished and mainly dry stored away from the elements in the family garage. Our vendor describes the car as very original and overall corrosion free. This example retains its original windscreen and the body shows no sign of collision damage. Open the door to the cabin area and the Blue velour sports seats appear to be in excellent order as is the dash and instrumentation. The car is said to start and run very well, however, will require some new tyres if it is to be used frequently. The Merak is to be sold with original Italian documents, Handbooks and maintenance manuals, and a NOVA Certificate is currently being applied for and will accompany the car prior to UK registration.This is an opportunity to own a rare 2-litre version of a late 70's supercar, with a mid-mounted engine and pop-up headlamps that is fondly remembered for decent performance and excellent handling. An example that has yet to be 'got at' and as a result offers the option to enjoy 'as is', or maybe restore to 'Concours' standards. Click here for more information

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1973 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico

1973 Ford Escort Mk1 Mexico

Lot # 318 (Sale Order: 18 of 67)      

The successful marriage of the Twin Cam bodyshell with the 1600cc Kent 'crossflow' engine and 2000E gearboxFull nut & bolt restoration including bare metal respray by Ford guru Tony Collins at 'Classic Car Restorations' in CanterburyComing from a Ford enthusiast's small private collection and well-known to the AVO ClubOriginal/genuine Type-49 shell superbly finished in Daytona YellowThe Ford Escort Mexico was introduced in November 1970 and was so named because of the Ford Motor Company's success in the World Cup Rally, when Hanna had driven the winning car, and Escorts prepared by Boreham dominated the results sheet with 1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th and 8th respectively. This rally started in London on 19th April 1970 and finished some 16,000 miles later in Mexico. Originally Ford intended to use Escorts with the Twin Cam or BDA engine, but after reconnaissance work, it was decided that high speeds and high power were less important than reliability and ease of servicing, and therefore the 1598cc 'Kent' pushrod engine was used in the Escort shell. This engine is one of the strongest Ford ever made. It seems likely that Ford already had plans to produce a high-performance Escort to fit in the range between the 1300GT and the Twin Cam/RS1600, and their victory in Mexico provided an ideal platform to launch such a model. The engineers at the newly formed AVO (Advanced Vehicles Operations) quickly developed the 'Mexico', marrying the stronger Type 49 body-shell (as used in the more expensive Twin Cam and RS1600), which aided the car's sporty, rear-wheel-drive character, with the reliable and responsive Kent 'crossflow' engine and 2000E gearbox. So, effectively, the Mexico was basically a re-engined Twin Cam/RS1600 and the model was built from 1970 to 1974 at the AVO plant. Over the years there were some tiny detail changes and the 'Mexico' badge is only found on the wings of cars with pin-stripes, or no stripes at all, whereas on the cars with stripes all the way down the sides and across the roof, a '1600GT' badge is displayed on the front wings. All cars have the Mexico badge on the boot lid. The battery was located in the boot until September 1972, then moved to the engine compartment. The Mexico was the most successful and numerous of the 'Rally Sport Escorts,' and was an instant sales hit, with buyers loving its wide-wheeled stance, bold graphics, and rally-inspired DNA. 10,352 examples were built according to the figures from Ford, although in reality, the real figure is likely lower. It had a number of advantages on the road, in that it had decent performance, was easy to maintain, relatively easy to insure, and above all, it was great fun to drive, something which is still true today. There is a real sense of occasion as you settle down behind the wheel, and a sharp throttle response, precise controls, and raspy engine note only add to the drama.The Ford Escort Mexico presented here was first registered on the 23rd February 1973. The car is a real survivor, retaining its original shell, and was still being used regularly up until 2014. When our Ford-fanatic vendor acquired the car he decided that it was the ideal candidate for a complete restoration. The work was entrusted to Tony Collins of 'Classic Car Restorations' in Kent and, after many hours of specialist work, the car was transformed into one of the best Mk1 Escorts we have ever offered. The bodywork and mechanicals have been given the best possible treatment, whilst the interior has also benefitted from expert attention from 'Kent Car Upholstery'. The engine was fully re-built and tuned by specialists 'Bailey & Liddle' of Faversham (including an A2 cam, steel rocker posts, an HD oil pump, unleaded valves etc.). The restoration was lengthy and exacting and was completed only recently. The car is now simply superb, having not been used since the work was finished, and looks fabulous in its original colour of Daytona Yellow, a very fetching hue for a Mk1. A lack of storage space and not enough time to enjoy this great car have dictated that our vendor - who has owned numerous classic Fast Fords over the years - has decided to sell it, hoping a similar devotee will get to drive and show it properly, which it richly deserves. Nobody can have failed to notice the swell of interest in Classic Fords, particularly the quick ones, and it doesn't look like abating any time soon. This Mexico must surely be one of the best examples available, it's absolutely ready to go and would be an asset to any enthusiast of these era-defining, characterful, sporting Fords. Click here for more information

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1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 S

1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 S

Lot # 319 (Sale Order: 19 of 67)      

UK-supplied on the 1st November 1977 with factory 'S' specification engineTremec 6-speed manual gearbox fitted during the extensive mechanical overhaulInvoices from Chris Shenton Engineering and CMC totalling some £70,000 from 2013 to 2015Recent service at 108,128 miles and a refreshed interior by Oselli at a cost of £5,500 in OctoberSuperb history file showing service records from 1979, old MoTs and the substantial invoicesKnown ownership from new, with maintenance bills recorded for each owner Introduced in 1973, the 'Series 3' employed a quartet of Weber 42 DCNF carburettors instead of the previous Bosch mechanical fuel injection, the change bringing with it increased torque and necessitating a larger bonnet bulge. Although not quoted, the power output of the standard car was around 300bhp and even in automatic transmission form, the V8 could reach 100mph in around 15 seconds and better 145mph flat-out. Summarising its 1973 road test of a V8 automatic, Autocar magazine revealed that the new version of the V8 Aston engine with four Weber carburettors and automatic transmission had proved nearly as quick as its manual-transmission fuel-injected predecessor and fractionally more economical, concluding that it was: "A well-equipped car with magnificent stride for long journeys."Later Series 3 cars were fitted with 'S' specification engines, as was this car when it was first registered to a Robin Hamilton on the 1st November 1977, keeping it for under a year before selling it to John Ward. Mr Ward was to keep the car until 1993 with regular servicing and maintenance by Aston specialists Four Ashes Garage of Stratford-upon-Avon. On the 1st May 1995, the car was purchased by a Mr Cavanagh and three years later Adam Van Straten, a leading London lawyer took over ownership until 2005 whereupon a Mr Adam Blaker bought it, servicing it at cost of £2,163 at Newlands Motors in 2007. A year later a Mr Riyad Hehio bought the car maintaining it a cost of some £9,617 in the two years he owned it. The car then caught the attention of Lord Burnett, who purchased it for £25,500 on the 8th August 2010. Lord Burnett sold the car in 2011 to a Simon Instance who serviced the car at Simon Furlonger on the 2nd August 2011 at a cost of £944.On the 11th June 2013, when it was purchased by Peter Ainsley that the car got the restoration and mechanical overhaul that it was, no doubt, due. Some work was undertaken by Chris Shenton but the majority was by Classic Motor Cars, otherwise known as Aston specialists CMC of Wolverhampton. The total cost of these works carried out between 2013 and 2015 was to amount to over £70,000. This included structural works to the sills, jacking points and outriggers, an engine rebuild, fitting of a Tremec 6-speed gearbox, and a bare metal respray. Our vendor took the car as part exchange against his own V8 Volante in September this year and has spent some £5,500 at marque specialists Oselli on new carpets, an engine tune, and a service.Presented to auction with an incredibly detailed leather-bound history file that includes twenty-one past MoT Certificates, old tax discs, previous ownership details, reams and reams of past invoices, and the largely immaterial mileage of some 108,000 miles. Click here for more information

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1987 Ford Fiesta XR2 - 19,000 miles

1987 Ford Fiesta XR2 - 19,000 miles

Lot # 320 (Sale Order: 20 of 67)      

Powered by Ford's punchy 96bhp 1.6-litre CVH engine - in a car weighing just 839kgs!Distinctive full body-kit, rally-style spotlights, improved suspension, ventilated front discs, uprated exhaust, and classic 'pepper pot' alloysA fully verifiable 19,000 miles, backed-up by previous MoT Certificates, a stamped service booklet, and a thorough history fileAll original panels, glass, alloys and interior; never welded as Waxolyed from new; recent recommissioning work and a cam-belt service Coming from the collection of one of the UK's most knowledgeable Ford enthusiastsFord has always had a certain panache when it comes to building everyday heroes for the humble petrol-head. The Escort, Capri, Sierra, and Fiesta were all at some point in their lifespan transformed from mundane runabouts into blue-collar road rockets capable of the sort of performance normally reserved for more expensive machinery.In the late 1980s, the Mkll Fiesta XR2 sold for about £8,500, which is around £20,000 in today's money. Ford invested buyers' hard-earned cash on goodies such as a full body-kit (with rally car style spotlights at the front), a 5-speed gearbox, improved suspension, ventilated front disc brakes, an uprated exhaust, a larger 40-litre fuel tank, the now iconic 'pepper pot' alloy-wheels and, of course, more power. The Mkl XR2 was lumbered with an 84bhp 1.6-litre engine, yet the Mkll benefited from a punchier 96bhp 1.6-litre CVH unit borrowed from the Escort XR3. 96bhp in a car weighing just 839kg was not to be sniffed at – especially in the 1980s. Accelerating from 0-60mph takes about 10 seconds, whilst the top speed is 110 mph, which may be modest by today's standards, but with enough power, low weight, minimal sound insulation and a low-to-the-ground feel, the Mkll XR2 feels as sporty as it looks. The car presented here is a 1987 Ford Fiesta (Mkll) XR2 which has covered a wholly verifiable 19,000 miles from new. This mileage is supported by accompanying MoT Certificates, an original service book (with early Ford stamps) and a thorough history file. All original manuals, supplying-dealer number-plates and a rear window sticker are all still present and correct. In striking Diamond White, this example is a real survivor in term of condition and originality. Being a 1987 model, it benefits from the later lean-burn CVH engine, featuring a revised cylinder head and carburettor, without any loss of power. The car is offered from a small private collection belonging to a prominent UK Ford collector and aficionado. He informs us that all the panels, glass, alloys and interior components are original. The car still has its original Ford exhaust fitted, whilst the original Pirelli P6 tyres have just been replaced (due to age and some cracking) but the spare alloy wheel retains its original tyre. Likewise, the interior is in simply remarkable condition and the carpet has benefited from always having genuine Ford waffle over-mats fitted, so is in exceptional condition. Our vendor understands the car never to have been welded, as it benefited from being Waxolyed from new and likewise, the engine bay is very original and in great condition, being wholly commensurate with the mileage. The vendor has just completed some re-commissioning work (including some new suspension components and a brake overhaul) due to the car covering so few miles over the last 10 years, plus a recent service with cam-belt change. The Mkll XR2 is fast becoming a very rare model, with this special little car being certainly one of the best out there. It is described, by someone who really knows, as being very close to Concours condition. If 'showing' a Fast Ford at a club or motoring event is your desire, then there isn't a better or more cost-effective way than with this car. Get the trophy cabinet ready! Click here for more information

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1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth (Big Turbo)

1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth (Big Turbo)

Lot # 321 (Sale Order: 21 of 67)      

A much-admired example from a private Ford collectionAmazing originality and conditionFord Club Concours Gold Cup winnerJust 28,000 milesThe Ford Escort RS Cosworth proved that it was possible to follow its legendary 1980's Sierra namesake. Just like the Lancia Integrale and Subaru Impreza, this was a Group-A 'rally car for the road' - pure and simple. It was actually underpinned by a shortened version of the Sierra Cosworth RS Cosworth's platform and powered by the same 2.0-litre turbocharged longitudinally mounted Cosworth-developed engine driving all four wheels. The car was designed and engineered in Boreham, being styled by noted designer Stephen Harper, and ended up being assembled by Karmann in Germany. The potential of the Escort was seen in its first event, the 1993 Monte Carlo Rally, where Delecour and Biasion came 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Escort continued to be very competitive throughout the '93 and '94 season but it was a 'one-off' guest drive by Tommi Makinen that provided the win on the 1994 '1000 Lakes' Rally. Importantly, and true to Ford's grassroots philosophy, the Escort Cosworth provided a platform for National Rallying and Club enthusiasts throughout the world to enjoy 'off-the-shelf' competitive support.The car presented here is a 1993 Ford Escort Cosworth and is a 'big-turbo' model, thus one of the first 2,500 homologation cars ('homologation specials'), which are considered to be more desirable by the Fast Ford purists. If you know your Fast Fords, then this car needs no introduction! It was the 'cover-car' on the 'Essential Buyer Guide RS Cosworth Sierra & Escort', whilst also featuring in Dan Williamson's 'Factory Original Ford RS Cosworths' and in many other Ford magazines, it being a multiple Gold Cup and 'RS Owners' Concours winner.In 2008 it was purchased by Mark Barber, a very well-known Concours expert and judge on the show scene. The car has only been used for Concours events since, travelling just a few miles on the road. With its leather trim and striking red paintwork, it is a simply stunning example. Being such a 'star', it now travels mainly in a closed transporter to and from shows. Its maintenance has still been kept up-to-date though, even though very few miles have been covered. The car is immaculate in every aspect, right down to the period-correct Pirelli tyres and genuine one-piece exhaust system. Deservedly, it has amassed over 150 trophies in a 10-year period. This surely must be one of the best Escort Cosworths out there – if not the best. It really needs to be seen to be fully appreciated; cars like this rarely come to the open market. If you want the best, this is it. Don't miss it! Click here for more information

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1934 3.5-litre Derby Bentley 'Bologna'

1934 3.5-litre Derby Bentley 'Bologna'

Lot # 322 (Sale Order: 22 of 67)      

A personal project by the respected coachbuilder Ian Pitney of Pitney RestorationsConceived as an homage to the metalworking skills of the Carrozzeria in Modena and BolognaBased on a 1934 3.5-litre Bentley with a sound chassis and excellent mechanicsHandcrafted details and period features abound. Classic styling cues from the twenties and thirtiesBrand new tailored hood and weather equipmentSuperbly crafted, beautifully finished, and real presence. A work of art. It's a sobering thought. Had Rolls-Royce not purchased its financially troubled competitor Bentley in 1931, the world would have been denied the Continental, Turbo R, Mulsanne and countless other legendary models subsequently graced with the 'Flying B'. Of particular loss to many, would have been the coachbuilt Derby Bentleys manufactured between 1933 and 1939. The chassis was derived from an experimental supercharged 2.75-litre Rolls-Royce (codenamed Peregrine) that never saw the light of day, and power came from a redesigned and tuned version of the company's 20/25 engine, initially of 3.5-litres (3669cc). Fed by a pair of SU carburettors, it drove through a four-speed manual gearbox, the suspension was by semi-elliptic springs all-round, and retardation by servo-assisted drums. The newcomer was introduced to the public in the appropriate surroundings of Ascot during August 1933, and production of these 3.5-litre cars continued into 1937; by which time 1,191 examples had been produced. The last year's allocation was manufactured alongside the incoming 4.25-litre (4257cc) version that would ultimately supersede the 3.5-litre cars.The Derby Bentley was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile with body styles being the preserve of the customer, and a number of illustrious firms including Park Ward, Barker, Vanden Plas, Thrupp & Maberly, Gurney Nutting, H.J. Mulliner, Hooper, James Young and Arthur Mulliner were keen to clothe these fine cars. In the event, nearly fifty per cent were finished as stylish saloons by Park Ward and these were frequently dubbed 'The Silent Sports Car', a slogan which was used by Rolls-Royce in their advertising for many years to come. However, the remainder were coachbuilt in any number of shapes and sizes, mostly with sporting aspirations almost certainly influenced by the 'Bentley Boys'.Beloved of the press and contemporary newsreels, the Bentley Boys were a group of British motoring enthusiasts that included Woolf Barnato, Sir Henry "Tim" Birkin, steeplechaser George Duller, aviator Glen Kidston, automotive journalist S.C.H. "Sammy" Davis, and Dr Dudley Benjafield. Many were independently wealthy and often had a military background and their colourful lifestyles and motor racing exploits kept them in the news for many years during the late Twenties and early Thirties. The one thing they had in common was a passion for big, open-top Bentleys, keeping the marque's reputation for high performance alive.The one-off, 1934, 3.5-litre Derby Bentley "Bologna" on offer here was built with that era in mind and was created by Father and Son professional coachbuilders, Pitney Restorations. Started by Ian Pitney's father in 1973 and followed by Ian in 2002, Pitney Restorations have been creating one-off aluminium panels for pre and post-war motor cars using time-honoured techniques, traditional tools and skilfull craftsmen for many years. The perfect curves and swooping lines seen on the world's most expensive cars start life in workshops such as these.Forming, and lovingly shaping, 'swoopy' aluminium panels for all of the top pre-war European marques, Ian was confident in his own abilities, but had, for quite a while, been thinking about building something for himself, a very special one-off that, as well as scratching his creative itch, would serve as a 'shop window' for the team's metal working and fabrication skills. It would have to be big and dramatic, superbly crafted, beautifully finished, and with sufficient 'presence' to impress the 'Bentley Boys' should they still have been around. A Derby Bentley chassis would be an ideal starting point and the body would have a long bonnet, two seats and a bit of a Brooklands racer feel. Ian was an enthusiast for the work of the dozens of small Carrozzeria in the Modena / Bologna area during the thirties so there would be lots of styling cues from there with a bit of Alfa Romeo, Delage and Figoni et Falaschi thrown in. How exciting.Fortunately, a 1934 3.5-litre Bentley with a sound chassis and excellent mechanics but an uninspiring saloon body became available and was to become the starting point for the project. Once the body had been removed, the chassis prepared and sealed, and the engine ancillaries (carburettors etc) cleaned, it was time to commence the creative process.The Click here for more information

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1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus Sll - 7,998 miles

1983 Talbot Sunbeam Lotus Sll - 7,998 miles

Lot # 323 (Sale Order: 23 of 67)      

Bought by our vendor in 1988 with just over 7,000 miles; lovingly owned and stored Fully verifiable 7,998 miles; serviced regularly by a specialist (including belts); last serviced August '18One of its only journeys was to the Lotus Factory - where it won 1st prize in a Club Team Lotus Concours event!A remarkable survivor and a car for the true collector - it will not disappoint. The Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus was one of the most exciting hot-hatches to emerge from the 1970s. Chrysler commissioned Lotus to produce an effective entrant for international Group 4 rallying - to beat the dominant Ford Escort RSs at their own game. Lotus took a 1.6 GLS shell and installed a 2.2-litre ('Type 911' and closely related to the Type 912 found in the S2 and S3 Esprits) version of their 16-valve four-cylinder engine and a 5-speed ZF gearbox. The new Sunbeam-Lotus certainly looked the part - initially offered only in Black and Silver, with Marchal spotlights and tailored 'double four-spoke' cast-alloy wheels. Launched in 1979, the high-compression 2174cc twin-cam engine breathed through two twin-choke Dell'Orto carburettors, developed 150bhp (but was easily tuneable to well over 200bhp for rally use), and delivered excellent performance, being rear-wheel drive and weighing only 960kgs, giving a 0-60mph time of just 6.6 seconds. Lotus wasn't just an engine supplier, it was also involved in designing the suspension and exhaust system.As soon as it qualified for inclusion in international rally competition, the Sunbeam-Lotus proved extremely effective, finishing 1st, 3rd and 4th at the 1980 Lombard-RAC rally, Britain's round of the World Rally Championship. In 1981, the Sunbeam Lotus brought the entire manufacturer's championship to Talbot. For the Series 2 cars in 1981, a big 'T' was placed in the middle of the grille, the engine was mildly tweaked, the fuel tank and headlights were enlarged, and the wing mirrors were changed. By 1982, Moonstone Blue was the only available colour. Only 1,184 right-hand-drive examples of the Sunbeam-Lotus were ever built approximately half the total number. However, today you'd be lucky to find 80 of these special cars according to the owners' club. The car presented here is a 1983 Talbot Sunbeam-Lotus (Series 2) and is a very special example indeed, being in remarkably original and unused condition, with just 7,998 (fully verifiable) miles covered. It is offered from a true enthusiast and has survived in an 'as new' time-wrap state. It was bought by our vendor in 1988, just 5 years after leaving the showroom, with just over 7,000 miles. This particular car wears an evocative 'DAC' registration number which is synonymous with the final few examples produced. These were to be sold by ASOC Honorary Member Leon Gibbs at his Arbury dealership and were registered from DAC 2Y to DAC 150Y.The car was delivered to its original owner, a Mr Baird, on the 1st February 1983 and was regularly serviced three times at dealership 'C. & R. Bird' of Herefordshire from 1984 to 1988 (at 5,000 miles). During this time, it was sold to a Mr Peart, who's wife disliked driving the car, so after just four months of ownership, it was sold to our vendor on the 14th August 1988. He wanted the best example he could buy and intended to keep it that way. Hence, he assured the car was professionally stored, driven rarely, and has never seen any rain. He had the car serviced on the 16th May 1989 at 7,328 miles by Lotus specialists 'DayTune' of Cambridge, then again on the 24th May 1999 at 7,944 miles by Gerald Turner of 'GST Performance' and then again by 'GST Performance' at 7,995 miles on the 20th August 2018 (costing £1,800). On each occasion, our vendor insisted on a cam-belt replacement.He has only ever really used the car twice, firstly to go to Castle Combe for a Lotus Club meeting and secondly, in 1989, to attend a Club Team Lotus Concours Show at the Lotus Factory at Hethel, where Hazel Chapman presented our vendor with a glass decanter for the car winning 1st in class – the Concours label still adorns its windscreen. The car is as special as you'd expect, being in the sort of condition which is wholly commensurate with the mileage and history. Unsurprisingly, this truly exceptional car comes with its original and complete book-pack and a comprehensive history file, including numerous invoices for servicing, which support the mileage. This is perhaps a unique opportunity to acquire the best Talbot Sunbeam Lotus you will ever find. Click here for more information

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1989 BMW E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Edition

1989 BMW E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Edition

Lot # 324 (Sale Order: 24 of 67)      

Property of pop legend and Jamiroquai frontman - Jay KayOwned by him for a decade and very well maintained. Less than 18,000 miles from newA 'Johnny Cecotto' Limited Edition, with 215bhp, factory Evo II spoilers and thinner glass etcAll finished in the same shade of Nogaro Silver, black centred wheels, unique trim, and with appropriate badging Extremely rare with just 505 versions ever built worldwide so highly collectable and sought after The BMW M3 was introduced in 1986 as an "Homologation Special" to allow BMW to compete Internationally in Touring Car races and International rallies around the globe.It was designed on the drawing board exclusively with competition in mind and was the first BMW built with the sole aim of winning races. Its global success made BMW a highly credible entrant in races throughout the world and undoubtedly directly contributed to BMW becoming a global brand, recognised for engineering excellence and driver-focused cars.Only ever available in left-hand drive form, the E30 M3 was refined during its 7-year production life with numerous variants allowing more and more specific components to be homologated and subsequently able to appear on their race and rally cars. One of these variants was a strictly limited edition M3 known as the "Johnny Cecotto", launched in 1989, which celebrated his (and the BMW M3's) victory in the 1988 European Touring Car Championship.Externally all were finished in the same darker version of Nogaro Silver with larger black centred wheels and a unique trim with appropriate badging on the dashboard. In addition to their bespoke colour and trim, various other performance parts were added and the engine upgraded to 215 BHP. Just 505 versions were ever built worldwide.This, therefore, is a particularly rare example of a Johnny Cecotto edition and has covered just under 18,000 miles from new in total, with a full and comprehensive service and MoT history. Bought by Jay Kay around ten years ago, the car has been one of his 'pride and joy', long-term members of his private collection, having occasional use, but always stored in a temperature controlled professional environment.Imported in 1995 to the UK with just 7,000 km on the clock by Munich Legends, the speedo was professionally changed for a UK MPH clock which now shows just over 13,000 miles and naturally this change was fully documented. All prior MoTs are present in a comprehensive history file which includes details of the car's most recent major service and further attention in September 2017. This is a very rare and special car, in outstanding condition, and with exceptional provenance, that is ready to drive and enjoy today with an MoT until August 2019 and all its manuals and service history present. Click here for more information

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1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R107)

1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL (R107)

Lot # 325 (Sale Order: 25 of 67)      

Approaching its 30th-birthday this smart 300SL still turns headsDelightfully finished in Thistle Green Metallic with a matching interior and factory hardtopThe 3-litre, six-cylinder car was the lightest and most nimble of the range in periodMain-dealer maintained for the first 20 years with specialist attention subsequentlyGood service history with regular servicing, the most recent being in May 2018.With detailed history, celebrity provenance, and only 54,000 miles, this may well be a very sensible investment The Mercedes-Benz SL range from the 1980s was known as the R107 Series and was undoubtedly the ultimate, California-sunshine, top-down symbol of the era. Various engine options were offered but the most desirable was always the smaller 280, 6-cylinder version (which at the end of the decade became the 300) so inevitably it was always the rarest and most sought after.This particular late model 300SL is a UK car from new and is offered directly from rock legend and Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay, with only 54,000 miles recorded. He obviously loves this car (and was very reluctant to part with it) as he has owned it for over eight years and says it drives extremely well and smoothly.Supplied new by Drake and Fletcher of Maidstone in June of 1989, the car is finished in Thistle Green metallic with matching upholstery and is accompanied by a factory original hard top in excellent condition. It was main-dealer maintained for the first 20 years of its life and specialist maintained since with regular servicing, the most recent being in May 2018.Today this stylish classic Mercedes cabriolet offers excellent value for money and is a wonderful entry into classic Mercedes-Benz SL ownership with a car that has superb provenance and good maintenance history, which will help it maintain, or possibly even increase in value, over the long run.Meanwhile, it's a hoot to drive and enjoy with the top up or down! Click here for more information

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