Aston Martin to Mini: Brit classics up for auction next month

British classics Silverstone auctions NEC

A range of British cars will be crossing the block at the Classic Motor Show in Birmingham in November.

Highlights of the Silverstone Auctions sale include an Aston Martin DB5 and a delivery-mileage Mini. Here’s a look at the classic Brits you could buy.

1965 Aston Martin DB5

The jewel is in the crown is a 1965 Aston Martin DB5. Never mind the secret agent connotations, this is a bona fide classic in its own right. And not all DB5s have to be silver, as this gorgeous California Sage example proves.

It wasn’t always that colour, though: it was delivered new in Sera Blue with blue leather, but underwent a nut-and-bolt restoration in 2008, completed in 2011. In its first life, it covered more than 20,000 miles in four years after delivery. With some upgrades in the name of usability, the DB5 is estimated to sell for between £600,000 and £700,000.

1949 Land Rover Series I

British classics Silverstone auctions NEC

Another classic British icon is the original Land Rover. Being a 1949 model with the lights behind the grille, this is the classic Series I to have. Amazingly, the car has just two registered keepers since delivery late in 1949, and only 17,000 miles on the clock.

Having undergone a comprehensive restoration, it’s pretty much in as-new condition, if not better. Expect to pay between £38,000 and £44,000 for the privilege of ownership, plus associated charges and VAT.

1962 Jaguar E-Type S1 3.8 roadster

British classics Silverstone auctions NEC

The Jaguar E-Type available at the NEC classic show is one of the first, and best, of the breed. It’s a 1962 3.8 Series 1 Roadster in Carmen Red. The current owner picked it up in 1987 and put it through a ground-up restoration with a highly reputable specialist.

The car benefits from a host of upgrades from later E-Types, including a stronger clutch and servo-assisted brakes. It’s estimated to sell for between £90,000 and £110,000. 

1989 Rover Mini 30 LE

British classics Silverstone auctions NEC

This latter-day Rover Mini 30 LE has a trick up its sleeve: in its 30 years, it’s covered just 24 miles. The Cherry Red car is one of 2,000 of this special edition produced, and comes with its original £6,095 bill of sale.

It’ll cost a bit more than that today: reckon on between £15,000 and £18,000.

1960 Jaguar MKII 2.4

British classics Silverstone auctions NEC

Of course the DB5, Land Rover, E-Type and Mini are the ‘big four’ Brits, but there are some other home-grown classic treats at the NEC, too.

This 1960 Jaguar MkII 2.4 isn’t quite the bank robber’s getaway car of choice (that was the 3.8), but it looks the part. It’s in unrestored, near-original condition, too.

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