1959 Jaguar XK 150S Roadster

Jaguar people may argue, but I believe the 150’s appeal lies in the “creature comforts” our traveling companions often demand

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Jaguar’s series of XK sports cars established the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of good-looking, fast automobiles sold at a reasonable price. The 1949 launch of the XK 120 caused a sensation and, at the time, its 120 mph top speed established it as the fastest standard production car available. Read More

1960 Jaguar Mk II 3.8 Saloon

Concours restorations can exceed six figures; if you’re very lucky, you might get half of that back when you sell

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“Grace, pace and space” was the Jaguar slogan in the 1960s, and no model epitomized this more than the mid-sized Mk II sedan, which was affordable, elegant and quick. In its ultimate form as the Mk II 3.8, it was termed the “gentleman’s express” and the car of choice for Read More

1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III

I truly believe there is no price guide for something that has few peers with regard to originality

The car offered here is a DB4 Series III Aston Martin, which differs from the previous two series due to a better oil cooling system, including a bigger sump. The car condition is as exceptional as its history. On September 30, 1958, its future and sole owner, Mr. Claude Rouzaud, was invited by David Read More

1929 Bentley 4½-Liter Tourer by Vanden Plas

I’d put this price down to the mystique of an auction and congratulate the owner on courage worthy of a Bentley Boy

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Walter Owen Bentley’s automotive efforts were directed from the outset toward sporting motor cars, and the initial 4-cylinder, 3-liter models proved lively until burdened with saloon bodies. Bentley’s solution was to double displacement and horsepower to 6½ liters, but disappointing sales figures and steep production costs threatened the Read More

1904 Rolls-Royce 10 hp Two-Seater

Such luxury was the equivalent of today’s private jet, a powerful symbol of its owner’s status and forward thinking

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The Midland Hotel, Manchester, was the site of a significant meeting in automotive history on May 4, 1904, when the Hon. Charles Rolls arrived by train with his business associate Henry Edmunds, to meet Frederick Henry Royce.

Both parties knew each other by repute and their partnership was to be one Read More

1970 Lotus Elan Plus 2 Coupe

Most pretty British sports cars of the 1960s and ’70s have appreciated
beyond the means of entry-level collectors

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The original Lotus Elan was introduced in 1962 as a roadster, although an optional hard top was offered in 1963 and a coupe version in 1965. It was the first Lotus road car to use the now-famous steel backbone chassis with a fiberglass body. The Elan was technologically advanced, with a Read More

1934 Lagonda 4½-Liter M45 Tourer

The body on this car is “reputedly new old stock from the factory” and mounted in the early 1950s. It’s handsome and correct, but still a rebody

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If the best British workmanship and the finest materials appeal to you, and if character, sweet running, and a maximum speed. are qualities that attract you, there is no need to look further; you will find them in this British car.”

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1954 Austin-Healey 100 Roadster

A 1954 BN1 fitted with the Le Mans kit from new is even rarer than the
“factory” 100M model of 1955

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Following the Austin-Healey 100’s sensational debut at the 1952 Motor Show, the Works entered two mildly modified cars in the 1953 Le Mans 24-Hour race. They finished in 12th and 14th places, a praiseworthy achievement for what were recognizably production sports cars.

Accordingly, the name “Le Mans” was Read More

1931 Bentley 4½ Liter Supercharged Boattail

It never won a major race and proved almost sale-proof, but the macho Blower Bentley is Britain’s ultimate vintage sports car

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Though only 50 production Blower Bentleys were built, experts estimate that 43 still exist. Of that number, few if any are as untouched as this car. Indeed, no less a vintage Bentley authority than Clare Hay has written about SM3916: “[It is] in such original order that the felt Read More

1937 Jaguar SS 100 2 1/2-Liter Roadster

Once favored by impecunious young Spitfire pilots and cads about town, the SS 100 is now a blue chip collectible with price to match

Founded in Blackpool by William Walmsley, the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926, its first major success being an attractive sports saloon on the Austin Seven chassis. The design was the work of Walmsley’s partner, William Lyons.

Ten years later, in Read More