Wednesday 30 July 2014


Our Car of The Day on this sunny July morning comes from



Description Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint Series 2. Ivory with Dark Sage Green hide. 1 of 854 1900C Super Sprints produced with the larger 1975cc engine. Full matching numbers and factory colour specification. Fully restored in Italy to factory specifications in 2004. Recent participation in various historic events including the International Oldtimer Meeting. Eligible for a variety of historic events including the Mille Miglia. An excellent powerful variant of these coachbuilt Alfa Romeos.

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Monday 28 July 2014


One of my childhood dreams was to own either a Rolls Royce, Bentley or a Miura, sadly i'm now 52 and the nearest I have got to that is driving a Rolls for weddings, funeral etc

Our choice of Classic today is avertised by The Real Car Co in North Wales.

The Real Car Co Ltd.

A particularly handsome design, and recent major restoration work, makes this a very appealing proposition, both financially and as a car to be proud of. Work has included comprehensive re-framing of the body, new wings, complete re-paint and re-trim, Re-wire, full engine overhaul, new clutch, new tyres, re-cored radiator, new brakes, new stainless steel exhaust system, new spring gaiters, etc, etc, the list goes on. Offered for far less than the cost of the work alone, and representing excellent value for money. 

Chassis No. GLG69.                   Reg No. CGX 605.                                          £42,500.

Snippets – Wallpaper Heir to an Air Vice Marshall. Ivan Couper Sanderson took delivery of GLG69 at Bottrells in Chalfont St Giles. In 1860 Ivan’s grandfather – Arthur Sanderson (1829/82) set up an agency importing luxurious French wallpapers which was the foundation of the wallpaper & textile firm Arthur Sanderson & Sons Ltd.  The next 20 years saw Arthur open his own factory & several retail outlets, after his death in 1882 Arthur’s sons John, Arthur Jnr & Harold took over the family firm & by the turn of the century the growth of the firm was such that their adverts in 1907 boasted the “Largest Wallpaper Showroom in the World.  Over the years Sandersons acquired various rival firms including Charles Knowles & Co & the William Morris archive of woodblock designs (Arts & Crafts). Sandersons designers included Christopher Dresser (1834/1904) best known for his silverwork & Charles Francis Annesley Voysey (1857/1941) an architect known for the simplicity of his designs.  In May 1918 Ivan Couper Sanderson joined Nr 210 Squadron & before being wounded in September 1918 he claimed 11 victories & was awarded the DFC.  After WWII Ivan joined his father & uncles in the running of the family firm & in 1924 Ivan took control of the Uxbridge factory until his retirement in 1965.  In May 1939 Ivan traded in GLG69 for a Derby-Bentley (B11MX), we are unsure who the intermediate owner was but by 1958 the ownership of GLG69 had been taken over by Group Capt E. M. T. Howell (1913/2008), having joined the RAF in 1933 he served in Egypt (1935/8) with 142 Sqd.  During WWII he was posted to Singapore in 1941, in 1943 after several months of living rough he was captured & held prisoner by the Japanese.  Upon his release in 1945 he returned to the UK where he remained with the RAF until 1967 having achieved the rank of Air Vice Marshall.  

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Sunday 27 July 2014


Good Morning, I hope the weather is fine and yoy are enjoying the summer weather.
We had an abundance of Classics to choose our Car of the Day, but have decided on this which is available from

1955 AUSTIN-HEALEY  100/4

RetroMarques Ltd is pleased to offer for sale on behalf of the owner this superbly presented 1955 LHD Austin Healey 100/4...

One look and it was immediately obvious that this Healey had been the subject of substantial investment but, although the condition of the car was very evident, with no accompanying history file one could not know for certain what had been carried out, when and by whom. Well, the good news is that we have now traced the previous owner in the USA and subsequently received the very comprehensive history file from him.
BMIHT Heritage Certificate confirmed production details:
Car/chassis no: BN1-L/223486
Engine no: 1B/223486
Build date: 6 June 1955
Destination: Austin Motor Company of America
Not one but 2 fully documented restoration files accompany the car, the first having taken place in 1992 and the more recent in 2003. Each has a thick sheaf of invoices detailing the work:
1992: Restoration by David Palmer at ‘David’s Place’ - fully documented and photographed 9-month restoration to “turn a pig’s ear into a silk purse” for the then owner Dr Paul Palmer, a dentist in Culver City. The rebuild was subsequently featured in a magazine article about Davids Place. A huge list of both new and refurbished parts, including 12v battery conversion (neg earth), CD/radio fit, discrete electric aerial, alarm and return to Colorado Red.
2003: Full mechanical restoration by ‘British Car Specialists’ (owned by the renowned Norman Nock – so-called ‘Dr Healey’) - fully documented/invoiced work including:
  • Full engine rebuild to unleaded spec, rear crankshaft oil seal conversion, lightened flywheel, steel crank and to internal M-spec (note that the full M-spec conversion was not finished as the carbs and carb air filter box were not fitted).
  • Conversion to BN2-spec 4-speed gearbox.
  • Rebuilt suspension, including shockers, splined hubs, poly-bushes.
  • Front/rear brake rebuild. • Carb strip and rebuild, new fuel pump, recon tank.
  • Hi-torque starter motor.
  • New tonneau cover (short style) and hood. • Instruments fully reconditioned.
  • New interior utilising faithful-to-original tar paper, jute padding and finished with top-quality Wilton Wool carpeting.
  • Sum total shown of $33,052.
To follow, a complete new interior (Heritage Upholstery) in Tan:

  • Leather seat kit including new seats, centre armrest.
  • Full armacord set for cockpit and boot, custom colour matched to interior.
  • Full panel kit.
  • Sum total of $3039.
Other items to note:

  • Chrome wire wheels – 72-spoke – with 185/70x15 radials all round.
  • Fitted trickle battery charger with ‘fly-lead’ into the rear-cockpit.
  • Static seat belts. • Jack, hammer in colour-matching bag.
  • Further invoicing for special-order side screens, side screen stowage bags, spare wheel cover, windscreen and maintenance/minor items and work through to 2012.
There is an independent, professional inspection/appraisal dated 2006 recording the condition of the car as mostly Grade 1, some 1/2 and noting “a low mileage (49,621) outstanding example… with investment over $50,000”.
Also accompanying the car:
Austin Healey Service Manual (2-of, one original and one reprint)
Austin Healey Guide to Historic Colours by Pikovnik (rare, out of print)
British Car Specialists Rare & Hard to Find Parts Catalog
This stunning Healey comes with the UK (also EU) tax-paid paperwork (NOVA), new BMIHT Heritage Certificate and a UK MoT test.  It is now registered with the DVLA and has its new number plates and, of course, a road tax disc too.
A beautiful, near-mint 100/4 with the lovely balanced handling of the earlier Big Healeys and feeling very ‘together’ on the road. Huge history file, potential to complete the upgrade to full 100M-spec with the carburettor conversion (please ask us for an estimate should this be of interest) and just the ‘ticket’ to many restorative events across Europe
For further details (extensive photos and information can be emailed on request) and/or to arrange a viewing and test-drive please call or email Mark to arrange a viewing and test drive or for further information: 07791 417256 or

Saturday 26 July 2014


Today our Car of the Day is something to bring back memories of the Swinging 60's, and is for sale at the recently formed Tom Hartley Jnr Classics.
With nearly 20 years of personal experience dealing at the very top of the market, Tom Hartley Jnr has built enviable client loyalty and a world-wide reputation upon his exceptional knowledge, impartial advice and commitment to quality in every aspect of his business.

Silver Birch with Black

                                                                         Mileage 12,952 miles
                                                                     Body Style 2-Door Coupe
                                                                 Transmission Manual
                                                            Engine Capacity 4200cc
                                                                                Fuel Petrol


Uprated To Full Vantage Specification, Original Engine, Competition History, Delivered New With Chrome Roadwheels, Heated Rear Screen and a Motorola Radio. This Car Has Been Subject to a Full Body Off Restoration Along With recent Concours Detailing. Spectacular Example!

1964 CLASSIC ASTON MARTIN DB5 Silver Birch with Black 

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Tom Hartley Jnr




Friday 25 July 2014


If you are in the market for a classic Ford check out this little beauty from Affordable Classics
Unique to the South African market, the 3.0 XLE was the top of the Cortina range over there. It is fitted with the 3.0 Essex V6 (hence the 'E') and automatic gearbox. This car is in a very original condition, even down to the paint, although I'm sure it has had some paintwork over the years. Panel fit is good all round and it still has the original wheels with the XLE hubcaps. The interior is immaculate and is the dark tan vinyl. Some modifications have been made to the suspension including springs and bushes to make the handling more secure. A very rare car, I have not seen another in the UK, and don't know even if there are any others! 
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Thursday 24 July 2014


Our classic of the day is available from Mathewsons
1938 Rover 12 'Sportsman 4'
The new 12 was launched in 1934 and was part of the new range introduced by the Wilks brothers. It had a new 1496 cc, four-cylinder engine producing 53 bhp. The chassis was also new but based on the one seen on the 1933 Speed Pilot and was "underslung" going under the rear axle. The four-speed transmission featured a freewheel mechanism. The suspension was conventional with rigid axles and half elliptic leaf springs all round. The early cars had a 112 in (2,845 mm) wheelbase but this was stretched by 3 in (76 mm) for 1935 with the extra space giving the rear passengers more leg room. A top speed of 70 mph and economy of 24 mpg was claimed in contemporary advertisements.
The bodies were traditionally built with steel panels fitted to a wooden frame. A six light Saloon (£278), four light Sports Saloon with small external boot (£298) and four-seat tourer (£288) bodies were available.
5775 of this version were made.
This car subsequently became known as the P1.
An updated version, as we have here, appeared in 1937 with mainly styling changes but the chassis was stiffened and Girling rod brakes replaced the hydraulic ones that had been fitted to earlier cars. There were no more tourers pre war but around 200 were made in 1947 and 1948  with bodies by Tickford. The 1938 models had fixed bonnet sides and for 1939 synchromesh on the top two ratios on the gearbox. Disc wheels became an option to wire wheels in 1939 and standard on post war models.
Our car, along with its smaller 10 hp and larger 14/16 hp brothers became known as the Rover P2.
Our 6' light example is superbly finished in pearl Grey with stunning dark tan leather upholstery.
 'As new'  headcloth and matching carpets, complemented with beautiful polished dashboard and door capping's, 
The chrome is perfect and the engine has received a comprehensive overhaul to include white metal plating & new pistons etc..
Within the cars history folder is an early green registration book containing owners details and numerous duty paid stamps from circa 1959 onwards. 
This folder also contains various MOT certificates to include a very early MOT test certificate dating back to 1966.  Only a handful of years after the introduction of the MOT 'Ten year test'
Out last week for this batch of photographs 'FGO' performed faultlessly. Keen engine pulling well, smooth gearbox, prices steering and quite transmission.
All in all a lovely example, previously supplied by ourselves and we are very pleased to off

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Wednesday 23 July 2014


For today's Classic of the Day something a little special from Hexagon Classics based in London

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB 4 Shooting Brake

Coachwork by Panther Westwinds
Chassis no. 15275

Built at a cost of approximately 4 new Ferrari Daytona models

Ferrari’s fabulous Daytona needs little introduction. Power came from a four-cam V-12 displacing 4,390cc and producing a healthy 352 horsepower at 7,500rpm, which was a lot of revs for a road car in 1969. Performance was nothing short of sensational, with a 0-60 time of 5.9 seconds, which was certainly aided by the hefty torque rating of 319 pound-feet at between 5,000 and 5,500rpm.
If the Daytona was no ordinary road car, this particular 365 GTB/4 is a truly extraordinary Daytona. According to Ferrari authority Marcel Massini, car number 15275 was the 805th Daytona Built. A standard Berlinetta, it was finished in Rosso Dino with a Nero leather interior. When completed, it was shipped to the United States and received by Chinetti-Garthwaite, which was the Philadelphia area dealer, located in Paoli, Pennsylvania.
This car's stunning original conception came about when in the early ‘70s, real estate developer Bob Gittleman strolled into Chinetti Motors asking for something a bit different — and Coco was only too happy to oblige. What could be more individual than a Ferrari Daytona estate? Industrial designer Gene Garfinkle has often been credited with designing this outrageous Dan Dare-style machine, much to Chinetti’s indignation: “Garfinkle did the rendering, he did not pen the car at all, it was completely my design.” With the drawings completed, Coco had to decide who would build it. “We were distributors for Panther Cars in those days,” he explains. “We’d been over there and it was a nice high quality shop. I said: ‘Why don’t we make the first Ferrari made in England?”
Two years later, the car was with Panther Westwinds in Surrey England. In addition to building its own historically-influenced vehicles, the firm was capable of very high quality coachwork conversions and interior trim. Working to a design by Luigi “Coco” Chinetti Jr. and freelance auto designer Gene Garfinkle, Panther Westwinds modified the Daytona into a striking shooting brake, which retained very little of the original exterior save the broad bonnet. Unlike traditional shooting brakes — which were certainly not built on Ferrari chassis — this Daytona estate avoided a traditional rear tailgate by using gullwing-style rear side windows for access to the cargo deck. The interior was also substantially new, with the instruments mounted centrally in the opulent wooden trimmed dashboard. Even the cargo load floor featured wooden decking.
Both Chinetti and Jankel are proud of the sleek aluminium-bodied two-seater. “It was a beautiful car,” Jankel recalls. “The front was a lot like the Daytona, but was completely restyled. As far as I remember, only the windscreen, A-pillars and doors were kept.”
Delivered to architect and builder Bob Gittleman in Florida, in the Winter of 1975/1976 it was featured on the cover of the Prancing Horse. Gittleman retained it for several years and advertised it for sale in 1980. A few years later, it was in the hands of Joe Marchetti, who was marketing the car for sale. The unusual Ferrari shooting brake passed through several hands, including those of fabled Texas oil man, car collector and race team owner John Mecum. In 1988 - the one-off Daytona was acquired by New Jersey Ferrari collector Bill Kontes. The car ultimately changed hands more than a decade later when it was sold to France.
In 2000 it was displayed at the Concours d’Elegance at Paleis Het Loo in Holland and a year later it appeared at the Cartier Style et Luxe Concours at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Showing fewer than 4,000 miles on its odometer and in concours throughout, this one-of-a-kind custom Ferrari is spectacular and unique in virtually every way.
Hexagon Classics acquired the car last year - and set about a comprehensive restoration of this unique coachbuilt Ferrari - employing the very same artisan who work built the car whilst working at Panther in period - ensuring 100% authenticity in the restoration of this car. Additionally the car has benefited from mechanical restoration by an offical Ferrari service agent - and the car today is in stunning - ready to show concours condition.
The car is shortly to be the subject of an extensive feature in Forza magazine - due to be published this summer.
This car presents a serious collector with an opportunity to own a unique coachbuilt Ferrari - 1 of 1 - and likely to be invited to events all over the world.

The car is available for immediate inspection in our Kensington showrooms.

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Tuesday 22 July 2014


Our Classic of the Day comes to you from the upcoming 
26th- 27th July
1999 Marcos Mantaray
Registration: V42 EAE
Chassis Number: SA9NMSXXWXCO50243
Engine Number: 47AO8107B
Number of cylinders: V8
CC: 3946
Year of Manufacture: 1999
Estimate (£): 16,000 - 20,000
Marcos was originally founded in 1959 by BRDC member and racer, Jem Marsh and engineer, Frank Costin. The latter had experience building wooden aeroplanes and he put this knowledge to good use in early Marcos cars with the extensive use of plywood as part of their chassis.
Various changes of ownership and physical location took place over the ensuing decades and various models came and went, all known for their combination of simplicity and high performance. In the late 1990's their mainstream product was the 'Mantis' which was offered with a potent Rover V8 engine, similar to the TVR's of the day. This model eventually 'morphed' in to the much improved and prettier 'Mantaray'.
This particular car is a Marcos Mantaray and is only of only 17 built in total and one of just 11 built with the 4.0 litre Rover V8 engine.
It has covered just 11,000 miles from new with just 2 owners and retains a UK V5 registration document and has just had a 12 MOT certificate granted, along with 2 new rear tyres fitted. Finished in the unusual colour of purple it has stood the test of time well ~ not least because it had the steel chassis galvanised when built, unlike some of the original cars. It starts well today and sounds eager to perform and offers an excellent driving position, particularly for the taller driver. With so few built (and even less surviving), its a rare and special car with an excellent provenance coming straight from a one time owner of the factory. A fun, still quick and smart convertible for the summer that is now highly collectable.

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Source: Silverstone Auction Ltd

Monday 21 July 2014


 Our car of the day brings some gallic charm in the shape of this 



  • 2.7 V6 Maserati engine
  • 58,000 miles
  • Desirable carburettor model
  • Excellent condition throughout

The Citroën DS was a revolutionary design that would change the landscape of the automotive world like no other car had before it, or since for that matter. How to replace such a car would always be a difficult act to follow, and it would fall to the SM to serve this tall order.
Talk of a high performance version/replacement of the DS began in 1961 with the inception of "Project S". Several concepts were made with designs becoming more and more complex and advanced. In 1968 Citroën bought Maserati and the acquisition gave them access to Maserati's fabulous 2.7 Litre V6 engine, which would go on to power the SM.
First revealed to the public at the Geneva Motor Show in 1970, its arrival brought many technological advances that have only recently spread to many mainstream manufacturers today. Suspension was always Citroën's strongest area, having revolutionised suspension design with the introduction of their Hydropneumatic set up. Developed during the Second World War and first seen on the Traction Avant 15H in 1954, it used oil and air as its main components and was one of the defining features of the DS, offering unrivalled comfort and control. This incredible system was developed further for the SM along with other groundbreaking designs, including variable assist power steering that offered drivers full assisted steering for the first time. Not only did this design allow for 1 turn lock to lock to make steering at parking speeds incredibly easy, but the steering was ingeniously engineered to reduce in sensitivity as speed increased, a common setup on modern cars, but unheard of in 1970!
This particular example is one of the more desirable carburettor examples, fitted with the fantastic 2.7 Litre V6. Although later cars were fitted with a fuel injection system, it proved to be problematic and added considerable weight. Showing just 94,000km (58,000 miles) from new, it presents beautifully with excellent paint and interior finish and no signs of any rust or rot in any areas. Mechanically the car is in wonderful condition and drives beautifully with the sophisticated steering and suspension systems working perfectly.
Designed in an era where technological advancement and sophistication came before cost, this iconic car offers one the chance to own and enjoy a significant piece of design and automotive history.

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Sunday 20 July 2014


So what has caught our eye for our classic of the day ?
Well how about this from the guys at 4 Star Classics

BMW E30 320i Convertible


  • MILEAGE 37,290
  • Top Speed:122mph
  • Year:1989
  • 0 - 60: 11secs
  • MOT Expiry:2015
  • BHP: 127
  • Tax Expiry: 2014 Expired
  • Transmission: 5 Speed Manual
  • Exterior Colour: Zinnoberrot
  • Engine Capacity: 1990cc
  • nterior Colour: Grey
  • Engine Configuration: Inline 6


    This BMW has only had one previous owner from new and had always been serviced by the same BMW dealer in the first owners care. The original bill of sale is included stating all the optional extras and the original purchase price of £19,230 back in 1989. Despite only covering 37,290 miles it has a total of 18 BMW main dealer stamps in the original service book and 2 specialist, all these stamps are backed up with the receipts detailing the work that was carried out at each service. The timing belt was changed in 2013. Along with the original service book all the other manuals are still with the history file. The car has had a documented clock change at 6125 in the first two years of its lifenfiguration: 

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Saturday 19 July 2014


Today's Classic of the day is advertised at
1938 Lagonda V12 Short Chassis Rapide
Without doubt one of the most refined and graceful pre-war cars made, the V12 Rapide was the last true masterpiece for both Lagonda and WO Bentley. In 1935, Lagonda's new chairman Alan Good declared his ambition to produce the world's most desirable cars with the introduction of the V12 engine, giving his engineering and design team just 2 years to achieve production. With WO Bentley on board as technical director, he assembled a highly talented team from his days at Bentley and Rolls-Royce to accomplish this. Bentley achieved Good's aims with his 4480 cc V12 producing 180 bhp at 5500 rpm and with enough torque to take any of the V12 models from 7 mph to well over 100 mph in top gear. Reports of the de Ville press demonstrator achieving 109 mph caused a MP to call for a ban on the sale of cars capable of achieving the magic ton.

Aside from the engine, the V12 was the first car completely designed under the direction of WO since he left Bentley with a new chassis incorporating independent front suspension and hydraulic brakes amongst numerous other innovative design features, all resulting in a car remarked upon for having fantastic ride and handling characteristics. WO always made his racing intentions clear from the beginning of his technical directorship so it was not surprising when a Lagonda V12 scored a podium finish at the 1939 Le Mans 24 hours.

Introduced in 1938, the V12 Rapide was the jewel in Lagonda's crown. Built on a 10' 4" short chassis with Lagonda's master designer Frank Feeley (of DB3S fame) penning the voluptuous lines of the bodywork, the result was a true world beater; even today few cars can emulate the combination of beauty, luxury and performance of a V12 Rapide. Marketed at a price of £1600 (nearly 3 times the average house price in Britain), 14 V12 Rapides were produced and all of these are known to exist today and nearly all of them are in very secure ownership.

Chassis 14071 was completed on 9th November 1938 and guaranteed on 18th February 1939. It was ordered through the Grosvenor Garage by Mr E. Boydell of Hale, Cheshire, who kept the Rapide until 1950. Clearly a man of superb taste, Boydell ordered his V12 in the sumptuous specification of black exterior with a grey hood, disc alloy wheels and a red leather interior finished with a black ebonised wood dash and polished pewter inlays. Various rare features were ordered for the car including a Phillips radio and a non-folding screen for a much cleaner look.

According to Lagonda service records, 14071 had completed 27425 miles by the end of 1950. After that date, the car was known to the Lagonda Club and had a string of British owners including Lagonda collector Herb Schofield during the 1970s. In 1998 it was exported to the USA by Albert Vorthius of Maryland who kept it for 15 years before entering the Craig Davies collection of Pebble Beach.

Today 14071 is presented in fine cosmetic and mechanical condition. Currently in two tone red with tan interior, 14071 is ready to be enjoyed on the road or as a highly rewarding restoration project back to its stunning original specification. 14071 is nicely original apart from an engine transplant to a Sanction 2 engine (V12/204) that the Lagonda service department completed in November 1946 (a very common procedure as the Sanction 1 engines suffered reliability issues). All major mechanical parts are correct with the matching number timing case and original twin SU carb setup (WO's favourite) still on the car.

A very rare opportunity to acquire the finest gentleman's express of the pre-war era.
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Friday 18 July 2014


Our Classic of the the day is this
1952 Citroen 2CV A Type

This is believed to be the oldest 2CV in the UK, indeed it was chosen to feature on the 2CV strand following restoration at the 2013 Classic Car Show.

The car was found in remarkably sound condition by a well known 2CV expert and collector as illustrated by photographs on file. A painstaking restoration was then undertaken the emphasis being on retaining as much originality as possible whilst and ensuring that every detail of the car is authentic and correct. Invoices on file illustrated with photographs details the comprehensive and meticulous standard of the work completed, indeed over £20,000 was spent.

The result is a fantastic early 2CV that retains a lovely detail patina and character, which is fundamentally fully sorted. The car really is delightful, the detail features such as the speedometer, rear view mirror and seats are truly lovely and unlike anything we have seen at Hairpin before!

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Thursday 17 July 2014


Jaguar XK140 FHC 1955 



This car was manufactured and first registered in 1955. Since purchasing the car, it has been the subject of a complete nut and bolt restoration which was completed in 2010 and built to Appendix ‘K’ Period E specification.
Most of the interior features have been kept as period, e.g. the Dashboard, Door Trim and the specially designed half-bucket Lightweight period racing seats in fluted green suede leather which gives this car a period appearance either for racing or on the open roads for Period Staged Rallies such as Tour Britannia et al. It received its FIA Historic Technical Passport on the 7th July 2010.
It is now a well-known car by many MSA and FIA Eligibility Scrutineers at the JEC, The Masters and Motor Racing Legends ‘Woodcote Trophy’.
This XK is an original right-hand-drive car, first shipped to Rhodesia and subsequently returned to the UK after some years.
It has been entered into the Aston Martin Owners Club and The Masters Races in 2010 where it achieved Class ‘A’ Wins for all of its races during that season and:
•    Won the Class ‘A’ FIA Appendix ‘K’ Class overall for 2010 with the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club.
Its recent history was that it completed the “Peking-to-Paris” Rally in 2000 and a season of racing in 2003 with the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club:
•    Winning Class ‘A’ (FIA Appendix ‘K’ specification cars).
The Le Mans 24 hour race in 1956 was where the only XK140 FHC raced for 21 hours and then was wrongly disqualified for returning to the Pits for fuel. At this point, it was running 11th in the race and was heading for a Top 10 finish. This makes this XK140 FHC ‘Qualifiable’ for the Le Mans Classic in 2014.
The Chassis Number of the Le Mans car above is S804241DN with Reg. No. PWT 846.
The Chassis Number of this car is S804245 DN with Reg. No. OEA 667.
Benefitting from its original 3.4 Litre engine up-rated for racing today by Peter Lander of Sigma Engineering to ‘Full Race’ specification. The engine has twin SU carburettors and retains its original 4 speed, 3 ‘Synchro’ Moss JL gearbox.
The car is fully road legal with MOT, Tax and Insurance.
The car is finished in Jaguar British Racing Green with burr walnut dashboard and door cappings, together with suede green period upholstery and door cards.
For racing, it benefits from a full Roll Cage for race safety but, as a newly restored car its dry weight is only 1278 Kgs which makes it a very light XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe.
In the last three years it has taken part in the following Events and Series:
•    The JEC Class ‘A’ FIA Appendix ‘K’ Championship in 2010 – WINNER.
•    In 2011, 2012 and 2013 the car has been raced in the Motor Racing Legends Royal Automobile Club’s ‘Woodcote Trophy’ with Trophies at Dijon and the Brands Hatch Festival in 2013
The car has also been co-driven in the ‘Woodcote Trophy’ series by Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Developments Ltd and Melvin Floyd co-Director of CKL Developments (Classic Jaguar Restorations).
Finally, the car comes with five Borrani-Style 16 inch wire wheels. They have aluminium rims, with stainless Curly Hubs and Spokes.
Hand made in the UK they cost £880 each. Therefore, £4400 of lightweight wires wheels are included in the sale.

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Wednesday 16 July 2014


Beaulieu Garage Ltd 


 Beaulieu Garage Ltd - 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadstar

 Engine: 4 cylinder 1,000cc
Gearbox: Manual 4 speed.

History: After the early English versions, Mini Moke production moved to Australia before finally transferring to Portugal, where the last genuine Mokes were built. Portuguese Mokes of this era were brought into line mechanically with Mini production of that time. Many people find that Portuguese Mokes offer all the fun of classic Moke motoring, but with a more modern touch.
This Moke has been well-maintained and has only 22000 recorded miles. Body, interior, hood and running gear are all in great condition

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Tuesday 15 July 2014

1907 DARRACQ 10/12hp


Dealer:  Gavin McGuire, Tandridge, Surrey 

Tel: 01892770310 or 07770 316482, E-mail:

1907 DARRACQ 10/12 hp
Early Darracqs have always impressed people with the way they perform. This lovely Veteran Car Club dated twin cylinder model is no exception and even stands up well against a few four cylinder Edwardians I have driven. 

The car has been totally dismantled and rebuilt by its owner who is a well known VCC member. As well as documenting the work done he took pictures of every stage of the process which are stored a CD. I will be happy to show you this when you come to see the car.
It now has an electric starter which, as well as making it easier to fire up the engine on a cold day, also makes it much more useable in traffic – stalling a hand-started 106 year old engine at the front of a queue of impatient modern car drivers is never a pleasant experience! It has also been fitted with an electric fuel pump so you don’t suffer from fuel starvation when climbing steep hills as you can with many cars with low set gravity-feed fuel tanks. 
Once it has warmed up the rebuilt engine sounds good and pulls very well. The gearbox which, on inspection was found to have some wear on the intermediate gears but is otherwise serviceable, works well. The ratios are nicely spaced so you can get up to fair quite a rate of knots in second before going into the relatively high top gear which gives a decent cruising speed. The steering is also good as are the brakes so you are able to enjoy the car’s performance.
The attractively styled swing seat tonneau coachwork, which is obviously of relatively recent construction, is sound and the upholstery is very smart. The paintwork is more workmanlike than concours but is presentable and at least you can use the car without worrying that people will leave their fingerprints all over it at either at shows or in the supermarket car park (and why should you not drive it to the supermarket – it is after all a motor car originally designed to be used as transport).  
All in all it is a very useable and attractive twin cylinder car which has been nicely restored and also fitted with a couple of discreet modern extras which make it just that bit more useable without detracting from how it drives. Darracq twins are often quite a bit smaller than other similar cars and you will find it performs very well as a result. Being a 1907 10 hp twin cylinder also lets it into the more specialist early Edwardian car events