Lewis Hamilton’s dad is selling this amazing collection of classic cars

Anthony Hamilton is best known for being the father and former manager of Lewis. It turns out he owns a cool collection of cars

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    Silverstone Auctions online sale

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    Anthony Hamilton. Father and former manager of a six-time Formula One World Champion. Car collector. A fan of triumph – and of Triumph. Of the 18 cars being offered at the forthcoming Silverstone Auctions online sale, a third wear a Triumph badge, while a further two are based on a TR2. This is a summary of the cars from Anthony Hamilton’s personal collection, which will be auctioned on 1 August 2020.

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  • Triumph TR8

    Triumph TR8 – £35,000 to £40,000

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    Our cover star is a bit special. The Triumph TR8 is a rare car. The vast majority were left-hand-drive examples, destined for the lucrative North American market. The usual British Leyland shenanigans and mismanagement meant that a UK launch never happened, but that didn’t stop a few from escaping out of the back door. This is one such example: one of just 14 right-hand-drive cars, with just 124 miles on the clock. The Pharaoh Gold paint and tan/plaid interior is very of its time, but you’d be too scared to use it.

  • Triumph Italia 2000 GT

    Triumph Italia 2000 GT – £120,000 to £140,000

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    It was a match made in heaven. A meeting of minds. The brawn of one of the world’s preeminent sports car manufacturers, plus the beauty of Italian design and coachbuilding. The fact that the Triumph Italia looks like a fun-size Maserati 3500 GT should come as no surprise – both were designed by Giovanni Michelotti and built in Italy. Anthony Hamilton purchased this 1960 example from Germany in 2018. It’s number 157 of just 300 built. Note the pre-auction estimate – Triumph Italia prices have been on the up for a while.

  • MGA Twin Cam

    MGA Twin Cam – £55,000 to £65,000

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    According to Silverstone Auctions, this ‘could be the best MGA Twin Cam in the UK if not the world’. A strong claim, but if the photos are anything to go by, one that’s entirely justified. The Twin Cam version of the MGA is the one to have. It offers the performance to go with its undoubted style, but finding one is tricky. Just 2,111 Twin Cam models were sold – far fewer than the 101,000 single-cam versions. Hamilton’s car was restored when it returned to the UK from North America in 2014.

  • Triumph TR5

    Triumph TR5 – £80,000 to £90,000

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    This is one to file under ‘we had no idea these had gotten so expensive’. Or words to that effect. In fairness, this isn’t just any Triumph TR5. It’s a former Autoglym concours champion. A car that’s used as a benchmark for judges. A TR5 that has been described as ‘the best in the world’. Originally finished in green, the car was restored using Wedgewood Blue, while the interior has been retrimmed in the correct Powder Blue material. We’re surprised Anthony Hamilton is letting this one go. Try finding another one this good, etc.

  • Triumph Stag

    Triumph Stag – £25,000 to £30,000

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    For a third of the price of the TR5, you could own this Triumph Stag. Originally delivered to Leyland dealer Newbury Motors on 21 April 1977, it was first registered on 3 June. Factory options included a hardtop, alloy wheels, Sundym windscreen, overdrive, inertia-reel safety belts and headrests. ‘The market for Stags of this quality has been warming for some time,’ says Silverstone Auctions.

  • Triumph TR3A

    Triumph TR3A – £35,000 to £40,000

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    Speaking about the sale, Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions managing director, said: “We are very honoured to be representing Anthony Hamilton and offering 18 cars from his personal collection. This is an incredible selection of cars, the selection of British cars is quite extraordinary as to the level at which they are presented.” This ex-California Triumph TR3A is a former Autoglym Gold Champion, having been restored with the intention of creating the ultimate concours-winning car.

  • Triumph TR3A

    Triumph TR3A – £25,000 to £28,000

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    This is another ex-California car, having returned to the UK in the mid-90s. Originally finished in Pearl White, it was treated to a bare metal respray in Signal Red. The interior was retrimmed in red-piped black, while the engine bay was fully detailed. A small piece of trivia: the Triumph TR3 was the first British car to be fitted with disc brakes.

  • Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren

    Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren – £175,000 to £200,000

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    It seems fitting that Anthony Hamilton’s collection includes a car with a McLaren badge. The Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren was unveiled in 2003. Mercedes-Benz called it a blend of ‘yesterday, today and tomorrow’ – a reference to the SLR racing cars of the 1950s and the contemporary Silver Arrows F1 team. A pair of gullwing doors added some street theatre, along with a nod to iconic Mercedes models of old. Hamilton’s car was built in 2006 and has covered just 10,990 miles.

  • Ford GT

    Ford GT – £250,000 to £280,000

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    The most remarkable thing about this 2006 Ford GT is that it’s unregistered. Assembled in Michigan in January 2005, it left the factory bound for a Ford dealer in New Hampshire. From there it was shipped to Madrid, where it remained until 2014, when it was imported into the UK. It has just 43 miles on the clock. It is, to all intents and purposes, a brand new Ford GT. Fresh out of the box. Yours for around a quarter of a million pounds.           

  • Chevrolet Corvette C1

    Chevrolet Corvette C1 – £75,000 to £90,000

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    Anthony Hamilton has an eclectic taste in cars. Although his collection is dominated by British sports cars, he made room for this 1957 Chevrolet Corvette C1. The car was restored in 1966 and is, according to Silverstone Auctions, ‘one of the most exacting and best restorations’ it has ever seen. It’s cool in a way that only a Corvette C1 can be.

  • Wood and Pickett Radford Mini Cooper S

    Wood and Pickett Radford Mini Cooper S – £45,000 to £55,000

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    There was a time when a Wood & Picket or Radford Mini were the cars to be seen in. Spot one in London and you could almost guarantee that a celebrity was behind the wheel. The converters were great rivals, but this 1971 example is the work of both houses. It started life as a Mini de Ville GT, before Wood & Pickett finished it as a ‘Margrave’ Mini. It cost £3,487.50 in 1971. That’s the equivalent of around £50,000 in 2020. Blimey.

  • Morris Mini Cooper S

    Morris Mini Cooper S – £30,000 to £35,000

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    This Mini Cooper S was built to Australian-spec and shipped ‘down under’ when new. It features the correct Australian market details, such as wind-up windows with quarter lights, flared wheel arches, twin fuel tanks, stainless steel overriders, 10-inch steel wheels and slightly different badging. The restoration took place in the UK.

  • Morris Mini Traveller De Luxe

    Morris Mini Traveller De Luxe – £20,000 to £24,000

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    Lewis Hamilton might be Formula One royalty, but this Morris Mini Traveller has an actual royal connection. The first owner was Lord Mountbatten, the first Earl Mounbatten of Burma. The history includes a letter from St James Palace and the Prince of Wales’ private secretary replying to a subsequent owner, advising that the Prince would not be interested in acquiring his uncle’s old Mini. It is thought that the car was restored to ‘collector’s quality’ in the 1990s.

  • Alvis TD21 Series 1 Drophead Coupe

    Alvis TD21 Series 1 Drophead Coupe – £40,000 to £45,000

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    This Alvis T21 Series 1 Drophead Coupe was first registered in Jersey in 1959. Although it covered very few miles early on in its life, by 1998 it was in need of a ground-up restoration costing around £30,000. A rolling programme of maintenance kept the car in good working order before it became part of Anthony Hamilton’s collection.

  • Swallow Doretti Roadster

    Swallow Doretti Roadster – £55,000 to £65,000

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    Anthony Hamilton owns not one, but two Swallow Doretti roadsters. Despite the Italian-sounding name, the pretty car was built in Walsall by an offshoot of Jaguar specialising in aircraft maintenance and motorcycle sidecars. It was based on the Triumph TR2 and was designed to appeal to the U.S. market. Production ceased in 1955 after just 276 cars had been completed. More than half of the total production went for export, with California a particularly popular destination.

  • Swallow Doretti

    Swallow Doretti – £55,000 to £65,000

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    When it was tested by Autocar in 1954, the Swallow Doretti was praised for its ‘very lively performance’ and ‘very little roll on corners’. However, the car lacked refinement and space. The road test concluded: ‘It is a trim little car with pleasing lines, and the general finish indicates that it is a well-made, workmanlike job’.

  • Austin-Healey 100-6

    Austin-Healey 100-6 – £30,000 to £35,000

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    Introduced in 1956 to replace the Austin-Healey 100, the 100/6 was powered by a straight-six engine from the Austin Westminster. This delivered more power (and a suitable soundtrack), but the engine added weight, so the performance gains were negligible. Anthony Hamilton’s car is finished in British Racing Green and was originally destined for the North American market.

  • Wolseley Hornet

    Wolseley Hornet – £35,000 to £40,000

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    We conclude this look at Anthony Hamilton’s collection with this rare March-bodied Wolseley Hornet – one of seven built. The Silverstone Auctions live online auction will take place on Friday 31 July and Saturday 1 August. You can watch and participate online, on the telephone or via a commission bid.