Another classic car auction, another barn-find, this time in the form of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type. It’s the star lot at the H&H Classics sale, which takes place at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, on the 12th October 2016. Read on to discover more about the E-Type and 30 of our favourite lots.
Jaguar E-Type: £35,000 – £45,000
It’s amazing to think that, even today, cars like this are waiting to be discovered in barns and garages up and down the land. This 1964 Jaguar E-Type has been left unused since the 1970s and is offered from a deceased estate. H&H Classics has put a pre-auction estimate of up to £45,000 for this sorry looking Jag, but it will cost considerably more than that to restore it to its former glory.
Jaguar XK150 SE: £135,000 – £165,000
You could buy a ‘barn-find’ E-Type and restore it, or you could spend a similar amount on this gorgeous Jaguar XK150. Damian Jones of H&H said: “It is the nicest example we have encountered and uprated with a four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox.” It has covered around 200 miles since being restored by XK Engineering.
Enfield 8000: no reserve
And now for something completely different. You might remember Jonny Smith setting a new record for the fastest road-legal EV car in the world. He was at the wheel of a heavily modified Enfield 8000, pumping out some 800hp. If you fancy your chances of following in the tyre smoke of ‘Carpervert’, this 1975 electric car could be for you. A total of 120 were built and this one was purchased new by the Electricity Council.
Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster: £110,000 – £130,000
Fancy an unregistered E-Type Roadster? This 1962 car was delivered new in New York and remained in the same ownership until 1989. Recently, it returned home to the UK, at which point a restoration to a “high standard” was completed. According to H&H, a UK registration document can now be sourced, meaning the winning bidder will be the first UK owner.
Mercedes-Benz 250 SL: £30,000 – £40,000
Pound for pound, this might be one of the best cars on sale in the H&H auction. This 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL was sold new in Germany, but recently imported from Japan. Being right-hand drive would suggest an original owner in the armed forces, while a hardtop and third rear seat means it almost practical. Pretty car.
Porsche 911 Turbo: £50,000 – £60,000
There are many 911s on offer at the Duxford auction, but this is arguably the most appealing. It was delivered new in California and has covered just 42,104 miles since 1989. The combination of a 3.3-litre flat-six engine and a four-speed manual gearbox make this Baltic Blue 930 Turbo a tantalising prospect.
Jensen Interceptor: £75,000 – £90,000
This 1974 Jensen Interceptor is being auctioned to “make way for the impending arrival of an Aston Martin”. Well, if you’re going to sell an icon of the 1970s, you need to ensure you’re replacing it with something good. Being a convertible means you can enjoy the glorious soundtrack of the V8 engine rumbling away beneath that long bonnet.
Ferrari Mondial 8: £24,000 – £28,000
Proof that it’s still possible to buy a Ferrari for the price of a top-spec Ford Mondeo, this 1983 Mondial 8 is so appealing. At its launch in 1980, the Mondial 8 was criticised for its styling, weight and lacklustre performance, but time has been kind to the eight-cylinder Fezza. In fact, the restrained styling is central to its appeal.
Austin-Healey 3000: £45,000 – £55,00
One of Britain’s most iconic sports cars, the Austin-Healey 3000 arrived in 1959 and remained on sale for nearly a decade. According to H&H, this very car was used in a full page advertisement in ‘The Motor’ magazine, October 1963. Yours for a pre-auction estimate upwards of £45,000.
Iso Lele Sport: £28,000 – £32,000
While the likes of the E-Type and 911 are an all-too familiar sight on the auction circuit, the Iso Lele is incredibly rare. According to the Iso and Bizzarrini Owners’ Club, this is one of 12 right-hand drive Sport models and features styling by Marcello Gandini and power from a Ford 5.7-litre V8 engine. Where do we sign?
Bentley S3 Continental Mulliner Park Wark: £140,000 – £160,000
The S3 Continental was sold to coachbuilt special order only, with Mulliner Park Ward responsible for creating this majestic beast. The styling was handled by freelance stylist Vilhelm Koren, who used a straight-through wing line and cut-back wheelarches, pioneered on the S2 Continental. Its 6.2-litre V8 engine is able to propel the big Bentley to a top speed of 120mph.
Ferrari F355: £45,000 – £55,000
Jeremy Clarkson enjoyed reviewing the Ferrari F355 so much, he went ahead and ordered one from the factory. This particular example was sold new in Japan and arrived in the UK in April 2015. It’s fitted with a F1 transmission and – according to H&H – offers “wind in the hair 180mph motoring!” Well, Clarkson did have big hair, back in the day.
Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II: £60,000 – £70,000
Earlier this year a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II sold for a record £292,500 at an auction in Stoneleigh. OK, it may have had a mere 1,723 miles on the clock, but the final price was still double the pre-auction estimate. This example isn’t expected to fetch anything like that price, but £60,000 – £70,000 is a punchy estimate for a 45,000-mile car.
Ferrari Mondial T: £40,000 – £50,000
By the time the T arrived in 1989, the Mondial had developed into a car more befitting the Ferrari badge. The V8 engine was now mounted longitudinally, the electronic injection was changed and the capacity boosted from 3.2 to 3.4-litre. The T stood for transverse gearbox, which echoed the layout of Ferrari’s F1 cars.
Citroen 2CV Fourgonette: £9,000 – £11,000
If you’re about to start a business called ‘Gibraltar Confectionery’, this 2CV Fourgonette is for you. It was sold new in Spain back in 1972, but was purchased by Mr Shacaluga of Gibraltar to promote his confectionery business. Note the Citroen GS wheel trims and bespoke stainless steel bumpers.
Lotus GS Europa Twin Cam: £15,000 – £18,000
This is a Lotus Europa with a difference. It’s the result of a collaboration between a Bristol-based Lotus dealer and William Towns, and given the approval of Colin Chapman. The Lotus Europa might have been a product of the 1960s, but the GS Europa was as 1970s as flares and Showaddywaddy.
Aston Martin 1.5 Litre: £110,000 – £150,000
This Aston Martin 1.5 Litre International Short Chassis Tourer stems from a period in time when people actually used their supercars. Within a year of registration, this 1930 car returned to Aston Martin for an engine overhaul, having covered some 18,000 miles. Nicely run-in, then?
Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet: £55,000 – £65,000
As if to make our point about cars being used, this 1991 Porsche 911 Carrera 4 Cabriolet has travelled just 25,000 miles in its entire life. According to the auctioneers, it represents “the perfect acquisition in readiness for summer 2017.” Assuming you can wait that long…
Ferrari 308 GTS QV: £45,000 – £55,000
First came the 308 GTB in 1975, which was followed by the GTS in 1977. Fuel injection arrived in 1980, but the resultant loss of power led to the debut of the four valves per cylinder QV in 1982. This auction car is the best of the breed and has covered just 24,000 miles since 1984.
MG N-Type Magnette: £70,000 – £80,000
This MG N-Type Magnette was delivered new to renowned MG driver Ken Crawford, who bought it with racing in mind. Note the apple green interior.
Porsche 911 S: £50,000 – £60,000
There are many Porsche 911 models on offer at the Imperial War Museum sale, but this is our favourite. Introduced in 1966, the 911 S featured a more powerful version of the air-cooled flat-six engine and only 35 were supplied to the UK. It’s listed as a “stalled project in need of completion”, meaning the successful bidder will be able to put their own stamp on this 60s racer.
Ferrari 250 GTO Evocation: £26,000 – £30,000
This is your chance to own a Ferrari 250 GTO for a fraction of the price. Underneath this Evocation you’ll find a 1990 Porsche 944 S2, although it is listed by the DVLA as a Ferrari 250 Replica. If you want the real thing you might need to add a few extra noughts to the pre-auction estimate.
Ford Thunderbird: £12,000 – £15,000
This or a new Ford Fiesta? It’s a 1958 Ford Thunderbird powered by a 5.7-litre V8 engine and treated to a number of cosmetic improvements. Having spent the majority of its life in California and Spain, you can rest easy knowing it should be structurally sound. It’s hard to buy more presence for £15,000.
Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Tourer: £250,000 – £300,000
Whisky galore! In 1924, this Bentley 3/4.5 Litre was delivered new to Archibald J Ballantine of the famous whisky distillery. Its whereabouts between 1932 and 1998 was unknown, until the car was rediscovered. It was then exported to Australia, but returned to the UK in 2015.
Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport: £50,000 – £60,000
This 1989 911 Carrera 3.2 Sport boasts the Sport Equipment Package, shortened gear lever, air conditioning, Velvet Red leather upholstery, graduated top tinted windscreen, ultrasonic alarm and heated front seats. It also features its original Blaupunkt radio cassette player. Time to dig out your Now 16 cassette?
Aston Martin DB7 V12 GTA: £50,000 – £60,000
This is reportedly one of four GTAs finished in Metallic Green and it has covered just 23,227 miles since new in 2003. It’s powered by a 6.0-litre V12 engine and offers a limited top speed of 165mph.
Pulse Grand Cruising Recreational Vehicle: £15,000 – £20,000
Chocks away – here’s your chance to own a Red Arrows for the road (of sorts). It’s a 1986 Pulse ‘Jet Fighter’ style Autocycle, one of 360 built between 1984 and 1990. It’s a direct development of the Litestar, which was marketed as ‘The Vehicle of Tomorrow: 100mpg and 140mph’. Eat your heart out, plug-in hybrid.
Mercedes-Benz 220 SEB Coupe: £30,000 – £35,000
So much class for £35,000. This 1965 Mercedes-Benz 220 SEB Coupe is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine and gearbox sourced from an SEC, having been modified by Andrew Brodie Engineering. A previous owner claimed it would cruise at 100mph at just 3,000rpm. Hashtag cruising.
Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport: £95,000 – £115,000
In 2001, this Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport cost £131,710. Fifteen years on, we wouldn’t be surprised to see it fetch more than at auction, not least because it’s a one-owner car with just 55,000 miles on the clock. It was also treated to a number of desirable optional extras, including bucket seats, carbon pack and special paint. The sales invoice ran to two pages.
Mercedes-Benz 170 S Cabriolet B: £100,000 – £120,000
We conclude this auction preview with a 1951 Mercedes-Benz 170 S Cabriolet B. Remember, the H&H Classics sale takes place at the Imperial War Museum on the 12th October 2016.