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Sunday 29 March 2015

1976 BMW 1502 - Wednesday 13th May 2015 at noon Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE

 Wednesday 13th May 2015 at noon 
Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE
  BMW 1502 Saloon 
1976 BMW 1502
Estimate £1,800 - £2,500
Description BMW 1502 Saloon
Registration KCB 459P
Year 1976
Colour Colorado Orange
Engine size 1,573 cc
Chassis No. 810049
Engine No. 3810049
BMW launched its ‘Neue Klasse’ (‘New Class’) range of compact saloons and coupes in 1962 and it is no exaggeration to say that they were the cars that saved the company.
Up to that point BMW had been best known for making beautifully engineered but incredibly complex and expensive machines that no-one outside Germany could either afford or understand. With its crisp, modernist styling, brilliant chassis dynamics and superb engineering, the Neue Klasse changed all that at a stroke and established BMW as a truly international brand.
Although it was the pocket rocket 2-litre 2002 that everyone raved about, the smaller 1602 and 1502 were arguably better cars, being better balanced and cheaper to own and run. An economy version of the 2002, the 1502 was launched in 1975 with a low compression 1.6-litre engine producing 74bhp which, allied to a 4-speed gearbox and a light 980kg kerb weight, gave it a top speed of 96mph and a 0-60 time of 14 seconds.
With exemplary handling and reliability, it was the car that many young motoring enthusiasts aspired to and proved such a success that it stayed in production until 1977, running parallel with its successor, the 3 Series, for two years after production of the other 02 models had ceased.
This February 1976 car was last on the road in 1996 and has been in storage since. The vendor acquired the car about a year ago and was planning to treat it to a full restoration, partially dismantling the car to get the process underway. However a change of plans and too many other projects means that he has now decided to let it go to someone with more time to devote to the task.
He believes that it should be a fairly straightforward restoration as the shell is remarkably sound with no obvious rot or signs of accident damage and it still retains its original engine and 4-speed manual gearbox. The indicated mileage of 107,053 is believed genuine and is backed up by a good history file and various old MOTs. Supplied with a set of keys and a V5C it should keep someone happily occupied over the next few months and will make a handsome and stylish classic once completed.
With only 34 examples of the 1502 still UK registered according to DVLA figures, this is now a very rare model and deserves to be saved for future generations to appreciate.

Saturday 28 March 2015


28-29th MARCH 2015
Registration: JOW 456L
Chassis Number: LD21803BW
Engine Number: LF20HEBW
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 2997cc
Year of Manufacture: 1973
No Reserve
Like the Triumph 2000 it was developed from, the Stag was styled by Italian maestro Giovanni Michelotti and featured the monocoque construction, independent suspension, disc/drum brakes, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and driveline of that Saloon. The power plant, though, was an all-new OHC, V8 of 2995cc capacity fed by a pair of Stromberg carburettors. The newcomer received a warm reception at the time of launch in 1970.
This car from 1973 has received extensive restoration work in the past and shows little or no rust. There are a handful of finishing jobs requiring attention to make sure that the car runs and drives expertly but these are not considered to be exhaustive as the car was in semi-regular use up until 18 months ago when it was laid up following the passing of its then owner. It has previously been the subject of a Category C insurance claim in 2004 which the insurer chose not to repair. Clearly, since the car has been used in the years between then and now the repairs have been undertaken and the car presents today as a solid and worthy car for final fettling.  It even boasts a stainless steel exhaust as of just two years ago.  The car has travelled just 100 miles since the last MOT in 2013 and shows just 15,000miles on the odometer but we cannot warrant this claim since we regret no history has been uncovered for the vehicle from its previous long-term owner. There is however a V5C present and this confirms the correct engine accompanies this car, and the registration JOW 456L remains.

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Friday 27 March 2015

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d 'Adenauer' Limousine BONHAMS 28/03/15

 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300d 'Adenauer' Limousine
Chassis no. 189.010-A8500918 Engine no. 189.981-8500204
Formerly used by Todor Zhivkov, First Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party
This imposing Mercedes-Benz 300d limousine was formerly used by Todor Zhivkov, General Secretary of the Bulgarian Communist Party and later also Bulgaria's Prime Minister. Appointed in 1954, Zhivkov ruled Bulgaria until his resignation in 1989, his 35 years at the top making him the longest-serving leader of any Eastern Bloc nation and one of the longest-ruling non-royal leaders ever.

One of Mercedes-Benz's first all-new designs of the post-war era, the 300 saloon debuted in 1951 and would succeed in re-establishing the Stuttgart firm in the front rank of prestige motor manufacturers, marking as it did a return to the marque's tradition of building high-performance luxury automobiles of the finest quality.

The 300's cross-braced, oval-tube chassis featured independent suspension all round, four-wheel drum brakes, hypoid bevel final drive, dynamically balanced wheels and remote electrical control of the rear suspension ride height. Initially developing 115bhp, the 3.0-litre, overhead-camshaft, six-cylinder engine – also used in the 300 SL sports car - gained the latter's fuel injection in the restyled 300d of 1957. Other improvements included larger brakes (servo-assisted from 1954), optional power steering (on the 300d) and the adoption of three-speed automatic transmission as standard on the latter.

Custom built by Mercedes-Benz's most experienced craftsmen, the 300 was luxuriously appointed and trimmed with materials of the highest quality. Fast and elegant, it was one of very few contemporary vehicles capable of carrying six passengers in comfort at sustained high speeds.

It was the car of choice among West German government officials, and throughout Europe and the USA was widely favoured by businessmen, financiers and politicians. Indeed, 'Adenauer' became the 300 saloon/limousine's unofficial model name, after German Chancellor Dr Konrad Adenauer, its most famous customer. One of the world's most exclusive cars, the 300 sedan cost $6,980 in the USA, making it more expensive than any contemporary Cadillac, including the limited-edition Fleetwood models. Between 1957 and 1962 when production ceased, Mercedes-Benz made 3,077 300d saloons, this car being one of 1,165 that left the factory in 1958.

Ordered specially for Todor Zhivkov and reputedly his favourite vehicle, this 300d went to Russia after the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989 and was securely stored by the KGB (Soviet secret service) in Moscow. Subsequently it was bought by a Russian collector and former KGB member. The car is finished in black with beige leather upholstery, while other noteworthy features include a Becker radio, mechanical clock, wood-veneer interior embellishment and spare wheel/luggage carrier. Partially restored in 2014 by marque specialist Günther Jelinek of Nürnberg, the Adenauer is described by the vendor as in generally excellent cosmetic and mechanical condition. Accompanying documentation consists of restoration invoices, Classic Data appraisal, technical inspection, Russian registration papers and is full EU duties paid. 

Thursday 26 March 2015

1970 FIAT 500 CARROZZERIA VIGNALE GAMINE - Silverstone Auctions 28-03-15


Chassis Number: 110F1833574
Engine Number: 110F 000 1941218
Year of Manufacture: 1970
No Reserve

The Gamine was a small two seat roadster produced by Carozzeria Vignale from 1967 to 1971 based on the Fiat 500 platform using the 2-cylinder air cooled engine from the 500 Sport. Car importer Frixos Demetriou even secured the rights to sell Vignale products in the UK. He bought 200 cars and they were even manufactured in right hand drive form. The Gamine two-seater was well received, becoming trendy with the Chelsea set - even night-club owner Peter Stringfellow had one!
This beautiful little Gamine was sold new in sunny Pescara, Italy in 1970 and was used in Italy until 19th May 1971. It was then sold to a German collection and resided with them from 1971 until 2012, when it was purchased by the current owner. According to the vendor, the car has not been altered or restored since new and is in completely original condition. All of the original documents from the last owner can be found in the history file, including the bill of sale in 1971 to the German collection and old pictures. There is German documentation supplied with the car and a German equivalent of an MoT.
This pretty little car has been maintained in a temperature controlled environment and used only in fine weather conditions. It has been regularly maintained and is finished in Yellow with red interior. Offered without reserve this Gamine represents a superb opportunity for any collector!
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Wednesday 25 March 2015

1931 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 PS Mannheim 370 S - Bonhams, Stuttgart Sale 28-03-15

28th MARCH 2015
Single family ownership since 1978,1931 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 PS Mannheim 370 S Roadster  Chassis no. U 83903 Engine no. U 83903
 1931 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 PS Mannheim 370 S
Chassis no. U 83903
Engine no. U 83903
Following the merger of Daimler and Benz in June 1926, Hans Nibel, creator of the legendary 200 horsepower 'Blitzen Benz', took over sole responsibility as Technical Director on 1st January 1929, having shared the post with Ferdinand Porsche since the two companies' amalgamation.
Although the firm's large supercharged models attracted the headlines, the 'bread-and-butter' Stuttgart was of far greater commercial importance, and it was Porsche's perceived failure to get it right that contributed to his resignation in 1928. Revised by Nibel after Porsche's departure, the Stuttgart in its many forms would go on to become the backbone of Mercedes-Benz production and a huge success. Nibel also improved another of Porsche's designs, the mid/upper range Mercedes-Benz 300, which had been introduced at the 1926 Berlin Motor Show. Massive and lumbering, the 300 was extensively revised by Nibel, emerging smaller, lighter and with more attractive styling. Given the name 'Mannheim', this new model was built as the 350 (3.5-litre, 14/70PS), the 370 (3.7-litre, 15/75PS) and the 370 S (3,7 Liter, 15/75 hp) as well as the 370 K (3.7 litre, 15/75 hp short wheel base)

A well-engineered car, the Mannheim nevertheless represented the last of the old technology rather than the first of the new. A six-cylinder, seven-bearing sidevalve engine provided the power, while the channel-section chassis featured live axles, semi-elliptical springs and cable brakes. The gearbox was a three-speed unit with floor change; the radiator was flat-fronted and the steel wheels were of the artillery type. Top speed of the 370 model was in the region of 100km/h (62mph). Featuring coachwork by Sindelfingen, the Mannheim was manufactured in a wide variety of forms including saloons, cabriolets and a roadster. Total production of the Mannheim had amounted to 1,896 cars when the model was superseded in 1933, only 195 of which were 370 S models like that offered here.
Only produced as a roadster or cabriolet, the 370/380 S represents the Mannheim in its ultimate form, boasting a shortened chassis, twin-carburettor engine, overdrive gearbox, pointed radiator and wire wheels. Top speed of these models was in the region of 130km/h (80mph). This particular example was first owned by Union Automobil GmbH in Berlin and then by an architect in Stuttgart. Its third owner was a cinema manager and its the fourth a film producer in Bavaria. The current owners discovered the Mannheim in the mid-1960s. They had just finished restoring another 370 S and were told about this car, which was stored in a garage next to a film studio. (The number plates from their first 370 S are currently on this one). After some 13 years of trying they finally managed to buy it in 1978.

A 'frame off' restoration was commenced in 1985 in the course of which a new fuel tank was made in stainless steel, the lighting and interior leather restored, and the woodwork and electrics renewed. Otherwise the car remains outstandingly original, its rust-free body having required no welding (see photographic record on file). One particularly noteworthy feature is this car's shallow windscreen, which is 11cm shorter than those of other cars in this series, and contributes to its sporting appearance. The restoration was finished in 2000, since when the car has been driven only some 300-500 kilometres, remaining on display in the vendors' garage at other times. Originally black but strikingly refinished in two-tone white/red with red leather interior, '83903' represents a wonderful opportunity to acquire one of these rare Mannheim sports cars. 

Tuesday 24 March 2015

1998 ROVER MINI COOPER SPORT LIMITED - Silverstone Auctions 28/03/15

  The Restoration Show Sale
NEC, Birmingham
28th March 2015
 Registration: R550 YEC
Chassis Number: SAXXNNAZRWD151958

Engine Number: 12A2LK70361106

Number of cylinders: 4

CC: 1275

Year of Manufacture: 1998

Estimate (£): 8,000 - 10,000
The most successful small car of all time is perhaps the most fitting and accurate summary of the Mini. Produced between 1959 and 2000 there were over 5 million Minis manufactured in total, testament to Sir Alexander Issigonis's outstanding design.
This car was built in 1998 as a Cooper Sport Limited and registered initially as a display car to a dealer in Germany. The 1275cc engine was the top of the range at the time and the car remained unsold until being imported back to the UK in 1999.
Offered with just 3 owners from new, the history file shows lots of invoices from Mini specialists and confirmation of a Superchip upgrade and a twin tank conversion. The original handbooks and service book confirm the mileage of just 17,300 and the car is said to drive exceptionally well.

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Monday 23 March 2015

1994 FERRARI 348 SPIDER - SILVERSTONE 28th March NEC Birmingham

28th MARCH 2015

Registration: P380PLM
Chassis Number: ZFFUA43C000099581
Engine Number: 37145
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3405cc
Year of Manufacture: 1994
Estimate (£): 50,000 - 55,000

Introduced in 1989 as a replacement for the 328, the 348 production line ran until 1995, when the 355 was introduced. Late in 1993, after 3 years of production, the 348 was revised with enhanced styling changes and a power lift from 300 to 320BHP from its 3.4 litre V8. At the same time the suspension geometry was revised, which was considered to vastly improve both the handling and ride quality of the car, particularly when coupled with the factory enhanced chassis rigidity. At the same time Ferrari introduced a brand new Spider version.
This car is one of only 75 Spiders that were made in right-hand drive for the UK market. It was delivered in August 1994 and immediately shipped to Singapore and then Malaysia. Approximately 3 years later the car was brought back to the UK and registered on 1st January 1998. The car is reading a mere 19,116 miles and this mileage is supported by 9 stamps in the service book and 13 MoT test certificates. Servicing has been carried out exclusively by Mortimer Houghton Turner and Bob Houghton from 1999 at 4,337 miles. The last major cambelt service was carried out at 18,723 miles in October 2013 by Bob Houghton.
Supplied with a decent history file, current MoT until September 2015 and all books and tools, this 348 Spider is presented in the superb colour combination of Rosso Corsa with Nero leather interior. This beautiful car will be supplied with a full condition report by respected Ferrari specialists Terry Keys at Silverstone prior to the auction. 348 prices have been steadily climbing in recent years and this example is the best we have seen for many years. 

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Saturday 21 March 2015

1989 Mini Rose 'Leopard' Saloon - BONHAMS 21/03

21st MARCH 2015
  Formerly the property of Mohammed Al-Fayed,1989 Mini Rose 'Leopard' Saloon  Chassis no. SAXXL2S1020412804 Engine no. 99HD800109228 
1989 Mini Rose 'Leopard' Saloon
Registration no. F845 PYV Chassis no. SAXXL2S1020412804 Engine no. 99HD800109228
 'F845 PYV' is a classic Mini with a difference, boasting a distinguished history and a unique 'leopard skin' livery. The car is a limited edition Mini Rose, 500 of which were made in 1989, previously forming part of the collection of Mohammed Al-Fayed. It was purchased by the current vendor from Barrow Green Court, the Al-Fayeds' country estate in Oxted, Surrey in August 2012. The extensive history file contains many headed service sheets from the workshops there. The two previous owners are Al-Fayed companies: Bocardo SA and Hyde Park Residence Ltd. The vendor's purchase invoice is from AIT Services, another Al-Fayed company.

The Mini was painted in its leopard skin livery at the Barrow Green Court workshop in 1999 for one of Mr Al-Fayed's daughters. After that, she barely drove it, and it was stored and maintained as part of the Al-Fayed collection. The recorded mileage is a little over 59,000.

The engine is an entirely standard 998cc unit. Today, the car runs on gloss black Cooper alloy wheels and has a Cooper tailpipe, while inside there is a rev counter and a cigarette lighter, both fitted during the Al-Fayed ownership. The 'skull' gear knob is believed to be a preference of Mr Al-Fayed's daughter. The interior is unmarked and retains its original radio/cassette player, which still operates. A small leather-rimmed Mountney steering wheel is fitted currently (original included in sale).

In the vendor's ownership the Mini has been looked after by marque specialists Mini Motorsport Centre in Shoreham-by-Sea and Sussex Road & Race in Littlehampton. The mechanics at both of these garages previously worked with John Cooper. Always kept under cover, the car runs on year-old Falken tyres and is said to start 'on the button' every time. It is under-sealed, and the body cavities have been treated with Waxoyl.

The 'Leopard Mini' attracts attention wherever it goes. At the car's first show, 'Minis in the Park' in 2012, it won 'Most Bonkers Mini' and was the centre of attention on the Brighton Mini Club stand at the Mini London to Brighton Run in 2014. It has also appeared in 'Mini Magazine'.

Part of a long tradition of bespoke Minis produced for celebrity owners, the car is offered with the aforementioned history file, sundry bills, MoT to 20th June 2015 and V5C registration document.

Friday 20 March 2015


  Silverstone Auctions Restoration and Classic Car Sale 
Registration: JPR 171V
Chassis Number: 8T03T128294
Engine Number: 653778
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 33000
Year of Manufacture: 1968
Estimate (£): 14,000 - 16,000

The Ford Mustang was conceived in the full knowledge that in the mid-'60s the biggest population bubble in history was now coming of age in America, ‘baby boomers' would rule the '60s and there was little or no reason to think they wanted to drive cars that were anything like the ones their parents owned.
The iconic Ford Mustang therefore created a storm when it hit the streets and it still does to this day. Ford wanted to make the Mustang affordable and therefore it needed to share much of its engineering with an existing Ford product. They decided to base the Mustang on the smallest US Ford at the time, the Falcon.
The Mustang was initially offered as either a ‘notchback' coupé or convertible. It shared its front double-wishbone/coil spring and leaf spring rear suspension with the Falcon. Compared to the Falcon the cockpit sat further back on the chassis, resulting in a longer front end and shorter rear end design and both its roof and bonnet were also lower in comparison. It's with those proportions and detailed with such iconic touches as the galloping horse in the grille, the cut away side detailing and the rear lights divided into three sections, that the Mustang became a car that people were instantly passionate about.
This 6 cylinder example was built in 1968 at the Metuchen, New Jersey Plant. The car was imported to the UK in 1980 and has remained here since. It appears to be in generally original condition and well maintained thoughout it's life.
Owned by our vendor since 2011, the car in his ownership has continued to be well maintained with the recent fitment of new Koni Shock absorbers and a brake system refurbishment in 2012.
Presented in good usable condition, the car is prime for being enjoyed on sunny days (as our vendor has), or equally would be an excellent restoration project for someone.
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Thursday 19 March 2015


  Silverstone Auctions Restoration and Classic Car Sale 
Registration: TBA
Chassis Number: 9112111276
Engine Number: 6122987
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 2400cc
Year of Manufacture: 1972
Estimate (£): 40,000 - 45,000

In the early seventies, Porsche were in a "rich vein" of competition success.  It`s not surprising that the 2.4 litre 911 variants of that time are considered a reflection of that engineering prowess. Race input had resulted in revised suspension pick-up points and Koni dampers enhancing the 911.  Power from the 2.4 fuel injected unit resulted in a wonderful free revving engine. The larger capacity engine gave the 911 that much more drivability in the lower rev range. The 915 5-speed gearbox completed the package. Steve McQueen helped to immortalise the 911 'S' in a "reflective moment" at the Sarthe in the film "Le Mans".
This 1972 Porsche 911 2.4 T is finished in its original colour combination of Light Yellow with black interior and features Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection, as seen on the E,S and RS models from the same era. The certificate of authenticity confirms that the engine is the original and states the car was sold with US equipment of light metallic wheels, stabilisers, comfort equipment, tinted glass and Dunlop tyres. Supplied with the original service book and handbook, this 911 Targa was brought over to the UK last year and has all EU taxes paid. Offered with a fresh MoT certificate, this car represents classic 911 ownership for half the price of a brand new Targa model.

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Wednesday 18 March 2015


  Silverstone Auctions Restoration Sale 

Registration: MBF 132H
Chassis Number: 84503335
Engine Number: 84015064
Number of cylinders: 8
CC: 3500
Year of Manufacture: 1969
No Reserve

First registered in 1969 this Rover P5B Coupe was sold to it's second of, we believe, four registered keepers in 1971 and he made the unusual decision to mount a one off hand built Caravanette frame onto the chassis of the P5. The conversion was obviously a success as he enjoyed many years of touring in the West Country and extensively on the Continent.
Sadly, however, having purchased the vehicle in 1996 the current owner quickly established that the caravanette structure had succumbed to the rigours of corrosion and wood worm and needed to be rebuilt. The framework, ceiling and most of the cladding was replaced and resprayed and it seemed an ideal time to modernise the interior and kitchen area. The wiring was also brought up to date enabling the lighting to be run from a 12 volt or 240 volt external feed with all the appropriate cut outs etc.
Having owned the vehicle for 19 years the interior has been redecorated a couple of times and as recently as last year was treated to new wallpaper, fittings and bed cover.
The Rover P5 is a well respected classic and the vendor believes this to be the only one fitted with a hand built body in this style and it certainly attracts interest wherever it is seen.
Included in the sale are certificates and rally plates from 1999 London to Brighton Classics, a David Bache award plate from the Rover P5 Owners Club in 2001 and a large framed photo collection showing the original construction of the caravan body.
Potential purchasers are advised to inspect the condition of the frame and supporting structures to establish how much refurbishment may be required.
This vehicle is offered for sale with No Reserve and has a current MOT Certificate expiring on 21/10/2015.Once refurbished and decorated in your own style, this vehicle represents an ideal opportunity to enjoy many years of classic holidays and weekend breaks. Viewing recommended
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Tuesday 17 March 2015

1989 JAGUAR XJS 5.3 V12 CONVERTIBLE - DVCA 19-03-15




Registration Number: F363 UGM
Chassis Number: SAJJNADW3DB159197
Engine Number: 8S066047SA
Transmission: Automatic
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 12 October 2015
Mileage: 72700
Guide Price: £7000 - 9000

Lot No: 295
The Jaguar XJS was produced from 1975 until 1996 and was initially intended as a replacement for the E Type.  For many, the V12 is the superior engine; ample power coupled with good design result in these motor cars offering many miles of pleasurable and effortless motoring.
Described as very good in virtually all departments, this well-cared for example was the subject of an older photographic body restoration and is still difficult to fault. The Jaguar has been in the current ownership for twelve years and has clearly been maintained to a high standard, with only a minimal mileage covered each year. In the last few years, major work has included a rear axle overhaul, the replacement of both front brake calipers and the rectification of a steering rack oil leak. The power hood and the smart complimentary blue leather upholstery are in very nice order. F363 UGM sits on 6 ½ J cross spoke Jaguar alloy wheels.
This superlative Jaguar is supplied with the original tool kit and handbooks; the history file contains the aforementioned photographs, numerous invoices, old MOT test certificates, a V5 document and the V5C registration certificate.

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