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Friday, 22 September 2017


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Over the past week, we have highlighted  a range of vehicles
from Saturdays Auction covering bikes, cars, vans buses
here are our final five picks

1994 MG RV8
Registration No M498 AGL
Chassis No SARRAWBMBMG000740
Engine No E-RA48A

The MG RV8 was a hugely important step in the 1990's rebirth of MG Cars after more than a decade of only producing saloons and hatchbacks. Since Abingdon's closure in 1980, MG had been reserved for the Metro, Maestro and Montego and, although these cars were worthy, what enthusiasts really wanted was a new MG roadster. In creating the RV8, Rover very cleverly used a combination of off-the-shelf parts, such as Range Rover's V8 engine and British Motor Heritage's MGB bodyshell. So, in this reincarnation of the MGB, the rubber bumper specification body was taken and modified to accept a new set of beautifully curvaceous outer panels. The 3.9-litre Range Rover EFI V8 engine developed 185bhp and gave the RV8 enough power to crack six seconds for the 0-60mph run. A five-speed LT77 gearbox, derived from the Rover SD1 was used along with a new Salisbury axle. Very significant modifications were made to the suspension and brakes to bring the car up to date.
The interior featured leather and burr elm facia and door cappings. Japan proved to be a successful market during the recession of the 1990's and, of the 1,983 units MG RV8's manufactured, 1,581 were sold out there, although many have subsequently come back home to the UK.
This is one such car; returning from Japan in 2016 after only covering 34,000km. Purchased with an intention of weekend drives and much fun with the RV8 Owners' Club, personal circumstances intervened and thus with fewer than 500 miles covered by the vendor sadly he is now forced to sell M492 AGL. Offered in Woodcote green with Stone Beige Leather interior and with optional air conditioning, the condition is commensurate of the low mileage.  This great example is presented with the original owner's book containing supplying details, V5 registration document and a new MoT test certificate. These RV8's were built to a high standard with a good specification and, being limited in numbers, means they contain all the right ingredients to become a future classic.




Registration No EUF 298L
Chassis No 2791156
Engine No 2791156

he BMW 2002 series is important in the history of BMW for several reasons; not the least of which being that it brought the company out of near bankruptcy in the 1960’s and put BMW on the map in the United States. It was the ancestral grandfather to the BMW 3 Series and was produced from 1968 to 1976. German BMW importer Max Hoffman is credited with the car's creation. He had suggested to BMW's engineering director that a 2.0-litre engine should be installed into the small two-door 1602 to improve performance and emissions. The engineering director argued that the larger motor would not fit, but Hoffman countered that it certainly would fit; if he refused to put the motor in, Hoffman would personally take a car with the new engine to George Meier, a famous motorcycle racer, for installation. Almost immediately this brought action - and the resulting 2002 (named after the new motor's displacement) was popular in its first year on sale.

This BMW 2002 is one of only 354 examples manufactured in right-hand drive format and only 260 of these were early ‘round rear tail-light’ examples of which this is one. Conversions on these outstanding vehicles were by coachbuilder Karosserie Baur in Stuttgart at a time when ‘wind in the hair’ motoring was rare. Baur retained a ‘T’ bar in the roof design helping dramatically to reduce any scuttle shake. With only four previous keepers this BMW has recently had a brake overhaul and has been re-shod on new tyres; a new battery and interior carpet have also been fitted. Supplied with a V5C registration document together with a MoT test certificate valid until 11th August 2018 (no advisories) plus original handbook, sales brochure and a collection of invoices, this BMW 2002 Cabriolet is ready to show or to be enjoyed with the roof down on the open road.



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Introduced in May 1962, the MGB was a relatively modern design and utilised a monocoque structure instead of the traditional 'body-on-frame' construction used on both the MGA, that it replaced, and the earlier MGT types. The lightweight design reduced manufacturing costs while adding to overall vehicle strength. Wind-up windows were standard and a comfortable driver's compartment offered plenty of legroom. The MGB's performance was considered brisk at the time of its introduction, with a 0-60mph time of just over 11 seconds aided by the relatively lightweight of the car. Handling was certainly one of the MGB's strong points.

Registered on the 2nd July 1974 this MGB is smartly presented in yellow and is displaying good panel gaps and is complemented by the excellent chrome work. The black trim complemented by beautiful burr walnut topped dash and door caps and invites you into the driving environment, a brand new hood, recently having been fitted, keeps the inclement weather at bay when required.

The 1798cc engine pulls unsurprisingly well and the gearbox was smooth in operation; the overdrive unit also functioning as it should, having had an engine rebuild in 1996 by Swattons Sports cars of Chippenham, Wiltshire this example has covered a mere 8,000 miles since and less than 300 miles in the last seven years. Originally very well restored in the early 90's, this UK, right hand drive roadster is a desirable, useable example and is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until May 2018 and complemented by a very comprehensive history file with countless invoices, parts books and a Haynes Manual. The MGB represents fabulous value in today's market and enjoys excellent club support, specialist services and parts backup, a motor car just awaiting a new owner to enjoy forthcoming summers.


Registration No YXG 642
Chassis No 2505710

Introduced in 1939, the Lancia Ardea featured a 903cc, V4 power plant with an alloy cylinder head and became the smallest production V4 with all examples manufactured in right-hand drive. Undoubtedly the Ardea’s most outstanding feature at the time of its introduction was this jewel of an engine – inspired by the great Vittorio Jano – producing 29 bhp at 4600 rpm, sufficient to enable the little car to reach 108 kph. More importantly, it sipped expensive petrol at the rate of 6-7 litres per 100 km, compared to 10 litres for the Aprilia. Always a performer out of all proportion to its size, the Ardea’s V4 engine used a central chain-driven overhead camshaft operating Lancia’s patented valve system, allowing hemispherical combustion chambers. Lighter and more nimble than even the lauded Aprilia, the little car steered and handled superbly. The noted motoring journalist Ronald ‘Steady’ Barker, said that even on a Monte-Carlo Rally retrospective, what the car lacked in straight-line power it more than traded for outstanding road holding.

Imported from Italy three years ago, this charming car was first registered to its first and only UK keeper in November 2014. With a UK V5 document, Italian log book from 2007 and an ACI (Automobile Club of Italy) plaque on the rear parcel shelf, this lovely second series Lancia Ardea boasts the split rear window, centrally mounted roof seam and with pillarless doors, oozes charm. Inside the dash is body coloured with a centrally mounted speedo and a contrasting grey cloth interior. With its zingy V4 engine it provides plenty of character and fun. This Ardea is presented in very good order. To aid safety on today's roads, front and rear indicators have been added, although the standard semaphore indicators are located on the upper C-pillars. With a modest estimate, it is difficult not to fall for the charms of this delightful little Italian masterpiece.


1965 PEEL 50
Registration No MHX 90C

he Peel P50 is a three-wheeled microcar originally manufactured from 1962 to 1965 by the Peel Engineering Company on the Isle of Man. It was listed in the 2010 Guinness World Records as the smallest production car ever made. It had no reverse gear, but a handle at the rear allows the very lightweight car to be physically manoeuvred when required. The P50 used a 49 cc DKW engine, which gave it a top speed of approximately 37 mph and was equipped with a three-speed manual transmission that had no reverse gear. Consequently, turning in a confined area could be achieved only by pushing, or lifting the car using the handle on the rear and physically pulling it around.

Designed as a city car, it was advertised in the 1960s as capable of seating "one adult and a shopping bag". The vehicle's only door was on its left side and equipment included a single windscreen wiper and one headlight. Standard colours were Daytona White, Dragon Red, and Dark Blue. The 1963 model retailed for £199 when new (about £1,400 in 2010, or US$2,200). The company produced 50 P50s and only 27 are known to still exist, one of which was sold for a record US$176,000 at a Sotheby's auction in March 2016. This model offered in red, may well hold the record for endurance having completed a 240 mile round trip to a microcar meeting in one day and having to navigate through London in the process. A great car for the collector and iconic in its innovative design.


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