These are the gems which caught our eye at the forthcoming Silverstone Auctions sale at the Birmingham NEC this Friday;
1959 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 75′
Our entries are in for next year’s Milano-Taranto event a classic Motorbike Millie Miglia style event. This 1959 Moto Guzzi Cardellino 75 would be eligible, although perhaps a bit light on horse power for this event! Estimated from £1700
1968 LR Roadster D-Type by Realm
This D-Type is a recreation by Realm Engineering of Honeybourne in Worcestershire. In particular their Jaguar D-types, which benefitted from considerable design input by Reynard Racing into the chassis, resulting in greater strength and ultimately better road-holding. After a three-hour stint behind the wheel of a Realm D-Type, Sir Jack Brabham commented: “That’s a damn sight better than the original!” Richard Noble has one of his own, and Sir Stirling Moss OBE said: “You guys have done an excellent job here, you should be proud.”
This Long-Nose example has covered just over 5,000 miles, finished in ‘Ecurie Ecosse’ Scottish Racing Blue and wears twin white nose stripes similar to the 1956 works D-Type (XKD 603) driven to second place at Le Mans in 1957 by Ron Flockhart and John Lawrence. More importantly it has had a recent engine overhaul by CKL Developments’ in Hastings, who rebuilt the 4.5-litre Ron Beatty/ Forward Engineering 300/330bhp engine earlier this year.
Supplied with a 1968 identity on its UK V5C, and estimated to fetch from £45,000 – tempted?
1960 Austin Healey 3000 ‘MK1’
Celebrity cars seem all the rage these days and this one was previously owned by ‘Drangons Den’ star Theo Paphitis, a Mk1 in ‘Works’ Spec, includes triple SU Carbs, 185bhp. A great tourer or road rallying or turn it into a really great racer! Estimated from £40,0000.
1963 Austin Healey 3000 – MKII BJ7
You won’t miss this Austin Healey 3000 if you are heading up to the NEC Classic, because it’s YELLOW – who did that? Come on – who did that? – Own up, it is horrible. On the plus side it seems to have affected the price, as this BN7 is only going for £34,000 at this weekend’s auction – although even that price may be a bit heavy. Sorry. We know a good paint-shop!
Other cars in the line-up include
Eric Morecambe’s famous Jensen Interceptor, this is the car in which he had his first heart attack in 1968 and was rescued by passer-by Walter Butterworth who jumped behind the wheel to drive him to hospital. Now carefully restored to Concours condition, the Jensen is expected to sell for £90,000 – £100,000.
The Jensen will be joined by the infamous Only Fools & Horses Reliant three-wheeler driven by Del Boy Trotter, resplendent in its tiger-print interior and iconic Trotter’s Independent Traders decals. The Reliant is being auctioned without reserve. (No surprise!)
Ford fans will love a clutch of rare and low-mileage models including a 1980 MkII Escort RS2000 with only 900 miles on the clock, a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux registering just 837 miles, and a 2011 Ford Focus RS that’s done just 18 miles since new. The RS2000 is estimated at £80,000 – £90,000, the Escort Cosworth lux at £85,000 – £95,000, and the Focus RS at £38,000 – £44,000.
The low-mileage Fords are joined by the car that first put the word ‘fast’ in front of Ford – a 1972 Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 in near perfect, original condition with matching chassis and engine numbers and estimated at £70,000 – £80,000.
The potential show-stealer, is a superbly preserved 1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 with just 6,000 miles on the clock. With an estimate of £100,000 – £115,000 the Sierra is a potential auction record breaker.
Finally, if you are the fast Supercar types then look for the 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30. One of only 12 right-hand drive examples and just 150 ever built, the Fly Yellow Diablo has an estimate of £280,000 – £320,000.
Porsches also have a huge presence headlined by a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 R-Gruppe with an estimate of £90,000 – £110,000. A modified 911T built to specifications defined by R-Gruppe, the most exclusive Porsche club in the world, to emulate the famed Renn Sport RS, the Tangerine Orange Porsche was created to be the ultimate driving machine of the era.
The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the UK’s biggest classic car show and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 10th – 12th November. The Silverstone Auctions sale opens for viewing on 10th November, with the cars and motorbikes auction starting at 2pm each day on 11th – 12th November.
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