With the spring sunshine finally seeping through, the many sports cars on offer at Buxton on April 17/18 will doubtless attract plenty of interest.
Bidders can choose from: a ‘Frogeye’ Sprite or ‘Big’ Healey 100; a Triumph Stag; a selection of MGB Roadsters and an MGA; several E-Type Jaguars and XJSs, plus both an XK120 and an XK150; a pair of Triumph TR6s; a Lotus Esprit Turbo; both an Aston Martin DB6 and a 1972 Vantage; a TVR S2; an AC3000; a couple of Porsche 911s and a brace of 928s; a Ferrari 400i and even one of the rare Opel GTs. The Jensen CV8 is reputedly one of the best in the world. With estimates ranging from £2,500 to £38,000 there is indeed something for all tastes and pockets!
The 1924 Lea Francis F-Type Two-Seat Tourer (£16,000-18,000) is said to be the third oldest example of the marque still in existence, while the 1926 Swift Two-Seater with Dickey is a rare beast indeed. The pretty little 1929 Austin Seven Top Hat Saloon carries its original fabric body and registration number (£4,000-5,000), while the 1937 Triumph Vitesse 14/60 is one of only three known to the pre-1940 Owners’ Club (£9,000-11,000). The 1949 MG TC has covered less than 5,000 miles in the last 12 years (£10,000-12,000) while the 1938 Vauxhall 14/6 saloon has been dry stored for 50 over years and is believed to have covered just 6,000 miles from new (£2,000-3,000)!
The 1952 Daimler DB18 Sports Special Drophead Coupe with bodywork by Barker has been the subject of much restoration (£14,000-16,000), as has the very elegant 1934 Alvis Speed 20 SC Tourer (£36,000-40,000).
Elegance and Oddballs
The 1970 Rolls-Royce Mulliner Park Ward Two-Door has covered just 30,000 miles (£20,000-25,000), the 1989 Bentley Eight a mere 15,000 miles (£15,000-17,000), while the 1993 Mercedes-Benz 300SL has yet to exceed 13,810 miles – an almost new car for £16,000-18,000!
Bright yellow and endowed with a Downton-tuned engine, the 1961 Mini Pickup is in the Guinness Book of Records for once driving to Moscow on one tank of fuel (£5,000-7,000)
Original drawings on offer include Gurney Nutting artwork for the 1932 Bluebird World Land Speed Record breaker, signed by Malcolm Campbell himself (£500-1,000).
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