Sunday 31 August 2014


Good morning, we hope we find you all well and the sunny weather has returned to your area as we move into September.
Our "Classic ofthe Day" has been chosen from the stock-list of Thornfalcon Classics, who are holding their annual gathering today at THE PARKLANDS, HENLADE, nr.TAUNTON, SOMERSET. 
Very rare @CV Charleston in yellow and black in superb condition and fitted with a galvanise chassis and a 650cc visa motor (it flies)! This gives it very good performance. The "Egg Caravan" is finished in the same colour scheme, and all fittings are 2CV, it sleeps two with the alfresco kitchen at the rear. What a fantastic combination. £6750

General Specs (2CV6)



N/A secs


Flat 2


Independent, leading arm, coil spring
Independent, trailing arm, coil spring
front-engine FWD
rack and pinion
chassis and seperate body
Four-speed manual



Location: Thornfalcon Classics, Stoke Hill, Henlade, Taunton, Somerset TA3 5NB
Telephone: 01823 444500 Email:


Saturday 30 August 2014


A final look at a classic from today's Historics Auction at Brooklands Museum.
You can't deny  the colour on our choice today is eye catching if nothing else. So here is a little sporty number in a pretty green dress.


 In 1969, Zagato produced the exquisitely styled GT 1300 Junior Z that was of a completely new design to anything that had preceded it. By fitting the standard production Alfa Romeo 1290 cc twin cam engine and five speed gearbox into the body, built upon a Zagato space-frame, constructed for lightness and strength, the Junior Z not only looked good but also performed well with a top speed of 109mph being achieved. The individualistic design meant a high price resulting in only 1500 units being manufactured.

We are delighted to offer a wonderful and rare example of the Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato that has been in long term ownership since 1988. On purchase, the Junior Zagato was used for about one year and then stored until recently, whereupon a full nut and bolt restoration was undertaken and has just been completed. A large history file that covers the current ownership records all correspondence and invoices and as the owner is very particular an ethos of a 'no expense spared policy' this has resulted in the exceptional motor car you see today. Not only does it look attractive but it operates exactly as designed, with the advantage of the larger 2.0litre Alfa Romeo engine that produces much more torque than the original unit; it is important to note that the rarity value of this Zagato far outweighs the fact that the engine has been upgraded. The Alfa Romeo AR 241 verde coloured coachwork is in exceptional condition and follows into the finely detailed engine bay. A look on the undersides confirms the quality of this car, with that also in exceptional condition. The interior has been re-trimmed with tan leather seats and new carpets. The electrically operated hatch has had the motor overhauled and operates easily and quickly. The car starts easily and displays no evidence of smoking, hardly surprising given the rebuild. Maintenance is relatively easy and cost effective as there are several UK specialists catering for the Alfa Romeo models of this period.

The Junior Zagato is UK registered and is accompanied by an MoT test certificate valid until May 2015 and an historic road fund licence, enabling the lucky new owner to drive away from the sale. With period coach built motor cars becoming more and more sought after, what better way to enter such ownership than with this beautifully styled Italian motor car which is available at a very reasonable estimate.

General Specs





in-line four


front-engine RWD
metal monocoque
Five-speed manual




With its home at the Brooklands Museum, Britain's most evocative motoring arena, Historics auction house is now firmly established for the sale and purchase of the finest historic, classic and sports cars and motoring memorabilia.

Source: Historics @ Brooklands

Friday 29 August 2014


The weekend is upon us & there is still a myriad of classic shows up & down the country, you can check out these by visiting and go to Events Guide.
For today's Classic of the Day we visit Beaulieu Garage where we began this series


Beaulieu Garage Ltd - 1953 Jaguar XK 120 Roadstar

Engine: 6 cyl. 2.3 litre Gearbox: 4 speed manual.
History: Originally driven from the Abingdon factory as a rolling chassis to Charlesworth Bodies in Coventry to be fitted with this 4 seat - 4 door tourer body. It then went into service with the Lancashire Police Force where it remained until 1948.This is an extremely rare MG. Of the 90 SA tourers that were built there are only 18 survivors. Of those 18 only 7 have this body type and of those only 5 are roadworthy. Not only is this roadworthy but it is in fabulous condition having had a first class and well documented restoration some years ago. This must be one of the finest 4 seater tourer’s available today and at half the price of a Derby Bentley great value for money.
Price £85,000 serious offers considered 



N/A secs
N/A lb/ft


in-line six


front-engine RWD
chassis and seperate body
Four-speed manual



SOURCE: Photo & Text - Beaulieu Garage
Specs: Observer Cars

Thursday 28 August 2014


With promise of a return to warm weather in September, we look forward to to the Beaulieu International Autojumble and especially Bonhams Auction, where we find our Classic of the Day.
It's some Germanic charm that tempts us today and if the promised sunny weather returns a may tempt quite a few bids.
Chassis no. 111.023-10-085213 Engine no. 1290-1002005072
1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Cabriolet  Chassis no. 111.023-10-085213 Engine no. 1290-1002005072 
  • First shown at Frankfurt in 1965, the new S-Class Mercedes-Benz range was outwardly distinguishable from preceding models by a sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waistlines, and increased glass area. All models featured similar all-independent suspension, as well as four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering. However, although the saloon used this 'New Generation' bodyshell, the Coupé and Cabriolet kept the timelessly elegant coachwork that had debuted back in 1960 on the 220SEb. The latter had moved Mercedes-Benz's styling into the modern era; longer than their predecessors, these elegant cars featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, enlarged rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps, all of which were carried over to the 250SE Coupé and Cabriolet. As befitted top-of-the-range luxury models, the duo came equipped with automatic transmission, air conditioning, electric windows and stereo radio as standard.

    The 250SE employed a fuel-injected version of Mercedes-Benz's new, overhead-camshaft, seven-bearing 'six' displacing 2,496cc and developing 150bhp at 5,600rpm. There was a choice of four-speed manual or automatic transmissions, while the rear suspension featured Mercedes-Benz's hydro-pneumatic compensating spring. Thus equipped, the 250SE was good for 120mph, with 60mph reachable in 12 seconds, a substantial improvement on the superseded 220SE's figures. When the 280SE 3.5 ceased production in 1971, its passing marked the end of this long-established body style. Today all examples of these classic Coupés and Cabriolets are highly sought after.

    This left-hand drive 250SE has the four-speed manual gearbox preferred by enthusiast owners because of their lower intermediate ratios, which make for crisper acceleration and a more exciting drive. Restored over the last five years and currently registered in Cyprus, the car comes with sundry bills for maintenance and servicing by a Mercedes-Benz specialist in Limasol for the period 2011 to 2014. Components replaced during this period include the rear springs, power steering seals, ignition coil, fuel pump, cylinder head gasket, exhaust valve seals, radiator and the brake master cylinder in addition to routine service parts: filters, spark plugs, ignition points, etc. In addition, we are advised that the car has been repainted and under-sealed; the convertible hood renewed; the interior re-trimmed with Mercedes-Benz leather to original specification; and numerous other miscellaneous repairs carried out, though there are no bills available for these works. The provision of air conditioning (removable if required) and a new radio/CD player (original available) are the only notified deviations from factory specification. It should be noted that 100,000 kilometres should be added to the current odometer reading of approximately 9,000 kilometres to arrive at the correct total. Finished in Canary White with turquoise leather interior, this recently restored 250SE is described as in generally very good condition and offered with Cypriot registration papers, Cypriot roadworthiness certificate (expires May 2015) and the aforementioned bills.

Beaulieu, National Motor Museum
6 Sep 2014 14:00 BST 


Wednesday 27 August 2014


As the days are counting down to this years Goodwood Revival we have something of a sporty theme for our "Classic of the Day" 
Our dealer is
 And our stocklist choice is a

1960 Austi Healey Speedwell GT 

1960 Austi Healey Speedwell GT

585MY was built at John Sprinzel's Speedwell factory for Keith Grant and began its racing career in 1963. Over the next 5 years Grant along with Grahame White competed in the car in prestigious events all over Europe including the Guards Trophy at Brands Hatch, the ADAC 1000km at the Nurburgring and the Mugello GP.
When the car's circuit racing career came to and end in 1968 it was purchased by Tim Baker and that year took him to 1st place in the BTRDA Autocross Championship. The car eventually disappeared from the racing scene but in 1997 was found stored away still in the condition that it last raced, its discovery being featured in Classic & Sportscar at the time.
'A' Series specialist Rae Davis was commissioned to restore the car to its original specification and it subsequently went on to feature in events all over Europe once more including Spa, Monza and several appearances at the Goodwood Revival. Obviously the car has current FIA papers and is one of only a handful of original Speedwell GT's still in existence.

Find out more

For more information about this vehicle, please telephone:
+44 (0)1565 830 423 or e-mail:
Brian Classic & Co are located in rural Cheshire, UK. 20 mins from Manchester Airport, and 2 hours mainline from London.
A Little History about Speedwell
 by John Sprinzel
December 22, 1996
Speedwell Performance Conversions began in early 1957 with the regular lunch meetings of three car enthusiasts in the Madeleine Coffee Shop in North London. George Hulbert, Len Adams and I used to chat about all things motorsport over the dish of the day, and though I was the only one who actually competed in races and rallies, George – who ran a Morgan – was a very talented engineer, and provided a lot of help with my Austin A35’s engine modifications. Len, who read all the enthusiast’s magazines, ran the local BMC dealership’s workshops, and this is where most of the normal work was done on my vehicle, generally by a huge West Indian mechanic named Reg Venner. Reg could lift an A type engine out all on his own, and after all these years I still consider him to have been my most thorough and reliable mechanic. We entered competitions under the name “Team Speedwell” which was not only the local telephone exchange – in the days before numbers took over – but also the trade name of the decal printing business where I worked. The logo – which Tom Colby uses today – was my design for the printing works long before I took it along for the tuning business.
At the famous Goodwood circuit, I managed to win a hotly contested production car race at the beginning of the season, and as the TV commentator had a few minutes of “dead time” between two events, he chose to sit me up on the pit counter in jeans and checkered shirt (no one really bothered with overalls in those early and amateurish days) and interviewed me on the amazing speed and roadholding of this small and unorthodox “racer”. He mentioned the word “Speedwell”  quite a few times, and when business (printing) opened the next day, I had several telephone calls asking how people could get their Austins to go as quickly as mine. One shouldn’t miss out on life’s opportunities when they do appear, so over lunch we decided to go into the tuning business – renting a two car lock up garage under my little Mews apartment, taking Reg on as chief – and only – mechanic, and turning my little kitchen into the office. The three of us worked part-time for the first few weeks, but the rush of business was such that we soon all went full-time. Not long afterwards, Graham Hill – who at the time was Colin Chapman’s engine manager at Lotus – came to see if we had any vacancies. He was determined to become a full-time race car driver, and as long as Chapman held him in such regard as an engines man, there was no way he would employ Graham to drive, so he became our first workshop foreman, and his assistant, Keith Duckworth, took over as Lotus engines boss, later to join Mike Costin in the renowned Cosworth Engineering Company. Three years later Graham bought me out to become Speedwell’s chairman – but that is another story…By that time we had become Britain’s top performance tuners, winning both the British Rally Championship and the British Saloon Car Championship as well as producing the Speedwell GT – that very attractive coupe bodied version of the Austin-Healey Sprite – which is still raced all over the world and with as much success as in those early days. The last time I competed with one of my cars a couple of years ago, I thought they performed faster, and held the road better, with the improvements in tires and lighter weight of modern carbon fibre bodywork, but the brakes didn’t seem nearly as good. I guess that the forty years has made me use them more than I used to, and while they were probably always a bit on the weak side, I guess that didn’t bother us when we were in our twenties!
While sadly I am the only one of the original quartet still around to tell the tale, it is good to see that the Speedwell name lives on in the capable hands of that modern-day enthusiast Tom Colby, and I suspect that the atmosphere of his shop and ours of the fifties would have been pretty much interchangeable.
SOURCE: Speedwell Engineering:



Tuesday 26 August 2014


Our choice of Classic of the Day comes from

Based in Chorleywood in Hertfordshire

 Porsche 916 at DK Engineering. A Superb Recreation

 By the late 1960s, both Volkswagen and Porsche were in need of new models; Porsche was looking for a replacement for their entry-level 912, and Volkswagen wanted a new range-topping sports coupe to replace the Karmann Ghia. At the time, the majority of Volkswagen's developmental work was handled by Porsche, part of a setup that dated back to Porsche's founding; Volkswagen needed to contract out one last project to Porsche to fulfil the contract, and decided to make this that project. Ferdinand Piëch, who was in charge of research and development at Porsche, was put in charge of the 914 project.
Originally intending to sell the vehicle with a flat four-cylinder engine as a Volkswagen and with a flat six-cylinder engine as a Porsche, Porsche decided during development that having Volkswagen and Porsche models sharing the same body would be risky for business in the American market, and convinced Volkswagen to allow them to sell both versions as Porsches in North America.
On March 1, 1968, the first 914 prototype was presented. However, development became complicated after the death of Volkswagen's chairman, Heinz Nordhoff, on April 12, 1968. His successor, Kurt Lotz, was not connected with the Porsche dynasty and the verbal agreement between Volkswagen and Porsche fell apart. The 914 was Motor Trend's Import Car of the Year for 1970. A 914/6 GT piloted by Frenchmen Claude Ballot-Lena and Guy Chasseuil won the GTS class and finished sixth overall at the 1970 24 Hours of Le Mans. Brian Redman used the 914/6 to scout the course in practice runs of the 1970 Targa Florio circuit. Planned for the 1972 model year, the Porsche 916 program was cancelled after eleven prototypes with aerodynamic front and rear bumpers and either the 2.4 engine from the 911S, or the 2.7 from the Carrera. They were also to have a fixed steel roof, wider wheels, double grilled engine lid, and flared fenders as styled from the 914-6 GT cars. Ventilated disc brakes were fitted to all four wheels, and also a "mid-engined" version of the then-new 915 transmission, giving a conventional shift pattern with 1 to 4 in an H and fifth out on a limb

This particular and unique 914 was upgraded to 916 inspired specification over a 12 year period between 1996 and 2008. This total rebuild included the purchase of a 1974 2.7 Carrera engine for fitment to the car, a new Carrera based 916 transmission, new Kevlar composite Bonnet, bootlid and bumpers, and a total bare shell restoration. This extensive work was carried out by a trusted and well-known Porsche specialist, originally for a customer, and then from 2002 the car was owned by and finished by Gantspeed. The approximate retail value of the work carried out is £100,000 and as a result the car is in outstanding condition. Today presented in Silver with black leather interior the car has had just one owner since the total rebuild.


DK Engineering,
Little Green Street Farm,
Green Street,

Telephone: +44 (0)1923 287 687
Facsimile: +44 (0)1923 286 274

All viewings are strictly by appointment only.

Please use the enquiry form shown on the right hand side of this page for email communication.

Opening Hours

Normal Opening hours 8.30am till 5.30pm (GMT) on weekdays & 10am till 12am (GMT) Saturdays.

Points of contact:

Jeremy Cottingham or James Cottingham

Phil Redpath

Restoration or Race Preparation
David Cottingham
 GENERAL SPECS  914 model




Flat 6


Independent, MacPherson struts, torsion bar
Independent, trailing wishbones, torsion bar
mid-engine RWD
rack and pinion
metal monocoque
Five-speed manual



Source: DK Engineering
Spec Details: Octane Magazine

Monday 25 August 2014


It's Me again, How did the Bank Holiday go for you? I was in Llandrindod Wells on Saturday for the Classic Car Show which was part of the annual Victorian Festival, what a great day and the weather stayed fine if only a bit cloudy.
However back to the task in hand and my Classic of the Day. Today we visit
Based in Bingley West Yorkshire, and today's choice is a

This extremely rare right-hand drive Mathis PY Two-Door Coupe offered vacated the company’s Strasbourg factory in 1936. 
It features a fawn fabric top over black bodywork, while the interior is trimmed in Red cord. It is powered by a 1231cc four-cylinder, side-valve engine fed by an up-draft carburetor. in recent years this charming two seater has formed part of a private collection with 2 different owners, during which time it has been extensively renovated. The brakes have been refurbished, the wiring attended to, the bright work restored
and a new battery and tyres fitted. The body has been resprayed and the interior re-upholstered and
equipped with new carpets. The engine is very good, manual transmission and electrical equipment to be “good”. The Mathis comes complete with interesting history and has a UK V5 registration form and is taxed for the road.
Price: £7,950 

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Sunday 24 August 2014


Our Classic of the Day caught my eye whilst flicking through the latest edition of Octane Magazine, and as a result we look at 
and our choice is
Registration: JAM 123E
Chassis: DB4/404/R

Aston Martin had all but withdrawn from racing by 1960, they had won Le Mans and the Constructor’s Championship in 1959 and felt perhaps that they could rest on their laurels. However the effect of their success on the track was out of all proportion to the cost of taking part and had an enormously beneficial effect on sales. Accordingly shortly after the launch of the DB4 GT it was decided to get back into racing but the competition was formidable and they needed a faster, lighter and more competitive car.

Initially Aston Martin approached Touring to see if they could come up with a new design but their preferred coachbuilder had its hands full with the high volume work it was already doing. However they introduced Aston Martin to the local firm of Zagato, a smaller company that could produce the specialist work required and in small numbers.

At Zagato the project was given to a 23 year junior designer fresh from University, Ercole Spada and he recalls he spent no more than a week on the main design and much of that polishing what he had produced in just a few days. Gianni Zagato wanted to add his trademark bulges over the driver’s and passenger’s heads but Spada maintained that the car should have a smooth but very low roof line. The front end in particular is as masterful as it is individual and yet retains the trade mark Aston Martin look. Two design features have characteristics markedly similar to the Ferrari 250 GT SWB, the tidy rear end treatment with minimal overhang and the aggressive shark’s grin mouth.

The ‘standard’ Touring bodied GT had a chassis that was 5 inches shorter than a DB4 and already weighed in 185 lbs lighter. The Zagato cars were built on the same GT chassis but lighter still. Everything possible was done to save body weight, lighter fittings, seats, the use of plexiglass, aluminium instead of brass, thinner gauge metal and the stripping down of the construction to the bare essentials, even the brake servo was left off. The body itself was minimalized with a low roof and wing line and was described by one writer of the day as being “as tight as a matador’s trousers”. Removing that bonnet properly endowed with bulges reveals the engine looking like its making a bid for freedom, but this is not the engine sitting high in the car, its the low frontal aspect Zagato achieved. As a result of the lower body weight the chassis could be fitted with lighter springs and floor pans. Even the steel panel below the fuel tank was replaced with aluminium.

Before the end of the project in 1963 twenty cars were built up by Zagato of which 13 were right hand drive and 7 left hand drive. It is fair to say that there were issues along the way with quality control and while the cars were much admired they were expensive and not easy to sell. In addition to these cars in the late eighties there were another four cars built up in a collaboration between the company, its chairman Victor Gauntlett and Richard Williams and these cars are known as ‘Sanction II’ cars.

Aston Martin continues today as one of the world’s most successful car brands and it is not surprising that the demand for these cars within the classic car movement has pushed their value into the millions, infrequently appearing on the market and beyond the reach of all but the wealthiest of enthusiasts.

This DB4 Zagato recreation was born out of the frustrated desire to own one of these great cars. Chassis DB4/404/R was a standard DB4 delivered to a Mr. G. Muter in September 1960. It led a full life with a number of owners and was a complete and running car when it was purchased in 1998 with a view to starting the rebuild. Marque expert Desmond Smail project managed the process with Bodylines of Olney handling the chassis and body.

Crosthwaite and Gardiner supplied an engine to GT spec with twin spark head and Webers. This was assembled by ex Aston Martin engine builder, Alan Shackell, an engineer with over 50 years’ experience and a man who worked on the original GT’s in period. This was mated to an original David Brown WR gearbox complete with Borg and Beck clutch and up-rated prop shaft. The rear axle was also rebuilt and fitted with limited slip differential.

All the suspension was rebuilt and uprated to correct spec and fitted with GT brake callipers.

The interior was trimmed by ex-Aston Martin specialist, Joe Dorrill who has 40 years’ experience with the company and was another man who worked on the cars in the period. Assisting him with the finishing was another ex-company man of similar standing, Paul Hodgkinson.

The project was finished in 2010 and had taken nearly three years to complete. The result is extraordinary, a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 restored to full GT Zagato specification and done with breath-taking dedication, attention to detail and craftsmanship. Since completion the car has had little use and accordingly still presents in impeccable condition and is offered with original registration documents and an extensive file covering all aspects of the project. 

Saturday 23 August 2014


OK the boss has let me loose with the catalogue for Historics Auctions next sale  on 30th August at Brooklands Museum. After his attempt yesterday with the Batman Boat I have tried to top it with an eye on Summer 2015 with the following


The Bedford OB introduced in 1939, with its wheelbase of over 14 feet, was designed to carry 26 to 29 passengers with its 27 horsepower engine. Although only 73 were built prior to World War II, it reappeared in a largely unchanged form at the end of the war, continuing in production until 1951. A total of 12,766 were produced making it one of the most popular buses of its type, ever.

Bedford co-developed with Duple, the 'Vista' coachwork for the OB fronted by a classic bullnose design. The ash framework was reinforced with steel and the floor made from hardwood with softwood tongue and groove boarding. Geared to reach speeds of at least 40mph, fast for its day, the OB was remembered by many for its characteristic gearbox whine.  There are known to be just 180 still in existence with just 70 in roadworthy condition.

The amazing transformation of this 1950 OB presented in bronze and contrasting yellow with ruby red leather interior is perhaps one of the finest examples of a bespoke luxury motor-home we have ever come across. From its modern running gear to the American walnut hand-crafted kitchen, Apple Mac computer and Bose sound system, we can safely say the 3000 plus professional man-hours taken to convert this classic bus to such a high standard has certainly not been wasted and would put any modern-day motor-home to shame.

A 6.5 ton, 2006 Iveco three litre HDi engine and running gear with rear air suspension have replaced the original setup, with the engine having covered just 23,000 miles under a full service history. A ten point roll cage and side crash safety bars have been fitted to offer more modern safety standards with all but the roof having been re-panelled. We are told that this bus will comfortably achieve 90mph (if permitted) and would cruise at 70mph while towing perhaps your classic car to Goodwood, Silverstone Classic or Kop Hill, thus making you the envy of the paddock.

The sleeping arrangements include a double bedroom with en-suite in the rear with an additional fold out double in the seating area, there is also a large retractable roof so that you can enjoy the fresh air or atmosphere when static and plenty of luxury features to ensure your stay is comfortable. With only 180 Bedford OB's in existence today with this being the only one in the world being converted to such a high specification, why would you opt for the modern alternative... or the stuffy hotel room. Indeed why not sell the house and spend the summer touring Europe's motoring festivals!

A more comprehensive list of extras include; 27" Apple Mac computer, Bose sound system, solar panels, two rear cameras, two 120a/h gel batteries, two battery conditioners, split charger generator, 240v electrics, 12v inverter, 120 litre LPG tank, 120 litre fresh water tank, 80 litre waste tank, 70 litre black tank, macerator electric lavatory, Alde full central heating system, Amtico flooring and Textura wall coverings.

Friday 22 August 2014


Well the weekend is here again & the sun is still shining here on the West Wales coast.
To get you in the mood for a weekend of classic vehicle shows around the country, we have chosen one of the great Grand Touers of the past in the shape of
Jensen Interceptor S with a bit of a twist. Our choice comes from the stock of Fender Broad Classic Cars

 This car was built in 2009/10 to a customers specific requirement. It is an Interceptor S which means an original Mk III Jensen Interceptor, stripped of exterior paint, all panelwork restored and repainted in Bentley Bourneville. 

The interior was fully restored with Bridge of Weir leather in red and new Smiths instruments, Moto Lita steering wheel, carpets and trim.
All exterior brightwork was refurbished and the car reassembled with a brand new GM powertrain comprising LS3 engine (430bhp), 4 speed electronic auto box, all ECU controlled and new wiring throughout the car.
The rear suspension was significantly modified & re-engineered with a bespoke built idependent rear setup (including limited slip differential) replacing the cart springs and live axle.
Front suspension was entirely rebuilt with upgraded rack, and modified geometry, all to improve ride, handling and responsiveness. Brakes are heavily modified with 330mm front rotors and AP 6 pot calipers with Jaguar sourced 280mm rear discs and calipers.
The exhaust system was custom built in 2.5" bore stainless steel and a 63 litre fuel tank was specially constructed to fit with the new rear suspension. Wheels are 17" x 7" based on the original 15" Jensen 5 spoke design and accomodate larger, modern tyres.
The overall effect is a period Interceptor Saloon, blended with modern powertrain and running gear that imbue impressive performance within the original Italian styling. Performance is low 4 secs for 0-60, top speed 165 mph but capable of returning a fuel consumption of up to 24mpg.

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Thursday 21 August 2014


Hi I'm Griff and Welcome to Classic Chatter's Classic of the Day.
For this Thursday we are going of at a somewhat unusual tangent and our choice is a bit off the wall.
So what have we got ? Well we revisit the catalogue of Historics next sale at Brooklands Museum on 30th August and have come up with the following


 The first appearance of the Batboat was in the 1966 Batman film, subsequently used in seasons two and three of the 1960s television series, the Batboat created by Glastron Industries was designed by Mel Whitley and Robert Hammond from a Glastron V-174. Whitley and Hammond added a red flashing beacon, glowing eyes, 'Bazooka' hatches, seats for both Batman and Robin at the front of the boat, twin wind screens, a center console, an outdrive jet cover and an aft deck cover with a glowing Bat-Signal on the tail fin. Although the boat was powered by a Mer-Cruiser L-6 stern drive, a water squirter and a jet nozzle were added to make the Batboat look like it was 'nuclear-powered'. When the Batman television show was eventually cancelled, Glastron used the two Batboats for promotions and after much touring, the boats were sold.

This 1966, Glastron Batboat came to England a few years ago from America and has been displayed at many events since.  Not only fully working and sea-worthy, this 17ft 10inch boat with a beam of 74 inches is in excellent condition throughout with all original running gear. The engine is as you would have found in the original film, a Mer-Cruiser Z-Leg and runs impeccably. Complete with red flashing light and Bat accessories, this is the ultimate machine for any collector.  This tribute to the original Batboat is by far one of the finest executed examples to be seen on these shores and certainly the best to be made available on the open market. Viewing will be busy and so we would strongly suggest all parties that are interested to make their arrangements with us at their earliest convenience

So if you're in the market for something a little off the wall 
you know where to go

Wednesday 20 August 2014


Our Classic of the Day on this still sunny Wednesday has been chosen from the stock of Clayton Classics based at Fletchworth Gate, Burnsall Road, Coventry, CV5 6SP.
Our choice is

MGB GT V8 which has been completely rebuilt to world class standards and finished in Nightfire Red.


  • New BL Heritage shell
  • 4.0L V8 engine with HE camshafts
  • Stainless steel exhaust system with RV8 style manifolds
  • RV8 5 speed gearbox
  • Frontline coil spring/parallel link/panhard rod rear suspension
  • Frontline front suspension and brakes with uprated anti-roll bar
  • Adjustable AVO shock absorbers
  • Jaguar ‘D’ type wheels with 195/65 Yokahama tyres
  • Burr walnut dashboard with magnolia faced instruments
  • New Sundym glass with heated rear screen
  • New leather seats and upholstery
  • New high quality carpets
  • Louvred bonnet
  • Twin cooling fans
  • Electric windows
  • Roof mounted aerial
  • Twin fuel pumps
  • Power steering
  • Air conditioning

General Specs: MG BGT V8 (1973-76)







Independent, upper and lower wishbones, coil springs, anti-roll bar, lever arm hydraulic dampers
live axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs, lever arm hydraulic dampers
front-engine RWD
rack and pinion
chassis and seperate body
4-speed manual with overdrive



Image & Description From Clayton Classics:
Specs Info : Octane Magazine:

Tuesday 19 August 2014


For our Tuesday Classic of the Day, we visit Cambridgeshire and West End Classics 

1955 SUNBEAM MK III  SPORTS 4 SEATER Convertible Showroom Condition 


 FOR SALE You have to take the wheel to experience the flight of speed and manoeuvrability that this exciting rally-bred sporty car can really offer. Outright winner of the 1955 Monte Carlo Rally and powered by a lusty 2267cc engine delivering 80b.h.p, with a top speed of around 100mph assured the car outstripped all the competition both here and overseas

The car was purchased new 12/2/1955 and was owned by a real die-hard Sunbeam enthusiast, it served as the family car for many years and was finally taken off the road when the current owner embarked on a total chassis up restoration. Work progressed very slowly with all mechanical components checked and refurbished where necessary using new parts acquired over many years. Sadly the owner died before the work was finished, and it was his son who entrusted the final stages of work to be completed by a professional restorer in 2006

Finished in what must be the best colour scheme of gunmetal grey with deep red all new leather upholstery and black mohair hood, the culmination of the restoration saw the body all painted to a very high standard most of the chrome has been re-plated, sporting a stainless steel exhaust system and radial tyres all round

Period and desirable upgrades have been applied to the car as were offered when it was new, these include overdrive gearbox, proper floor speed change, revolution counter, press-button radio, Sunbeam heater unit, elec aerial and bumper overrides. The car has now covered around 3500 trouble free miles both here and overseas and been awarded many 1st trophies at shows and rallies with a previous owner. Must be one of the very best of examples on the market truly outstanding and much-admired car, fantastic value, requiring no work and ready for immediate and enjoyable use. Owners handbook, Full years Mot, Debit/Credit/Cards/Taken (Delivery Service Available) 

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Monday 18 August 2014


Good Morning Classic fans, for our Classic of the Day this Monday morning we take a look at
something a bit bit different which is due to come under the hammer at Historics Summer Auction on August 30th at Brooklands Museum.
Historics at Brooklands

1983 FSM SYRENA 105L


Registration WRD 243Y
Chassis Number 524702
Engine Number 512093
Odometer reading 51,000 km
Estimate No Reserve
The Syrena was manufactured from 1957 to 1972 by the Fabryka Samochodów Osobowych (FSO) in Warsaw and from 1972 to 1983 by Fabryka Samochodów Małolitrażowych (FSM) in Bielsko-Biała, named after the Siren, a mermaid who, according to the legend protects the river Wisła and the Polish capital city, Warsaw. The plucky little town car, during its remarkably long production, underwent only minor modifications having been produced in various models the 100, 101, 102, 103, 104 and the most popular model the 105 with a 105L or 'Lux' model offering a gear lever and handbrake between the front seats.
This 1983 FSM Syrena 105L, finished in red and white in homage to the Polish flag, was featured in the television program 'Wheeler Dealers'. Presenter Mike Brewer purchased the car in Poland for zł7, 000 (£1,400) and drove it back to the show's UK workshop where it underwent repairs and upgrades by mechanic Edd China. Since that day, this delightful car has barely turned a wheel having been stored as part of a collection in a museum.
Some of the work detailed in Season 10, episode 10 of Wheeler Dealers includes a new steering box, brakes and alternator which replaced the original Dynamo system that was insufficient to charge the battery. This, along with the original tool kit and manuals, are all available with the motorcar. With just shy of 32,000 miles recorded and having been subject to such a detailed and documented restoration, this is offered at no reserve and with a valid MoT road test certificate until July 2015, this could be a perfect example of the iconic Polish motor car for you to drive home in but with just 35bhp, just not in a great hurry.

Source: Historics Auctioneers

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Sunday 17 August 2014


For our Sunday Classic of the Day we revisit Gavin McGuire Classics based in Tandridge in Surrey. Gavin's stock list has an eclectic mix of vehicles from Veteran to Classic and today we have chosen this little gem
 This very rare car was was clearly very expensive when it was new and if you look closely at the quality of design and construction as well as the trim and detailing you can see that nobody was going round the Talbot Lago works complaining that things should not be included because they were too expensive! It is powered by Lago's 120 bhp 2.7 litre four cylinder twin cam hemispherical combustion chamber engine which is mated to a Wilson preselector gearbox so it has got plenty of power and it has decent handling and brakes to match so it's ideally suited for comfortable long distance cruising. It has a comprehensive set of Jaeger instrumentation and some very period-looking controls all set in painted metal dashboard as you might expect from a French car of this period plus a sprung steering wheel which is a work of art in its own right! By the way I have a copy of an Automobile Magazine road test of this actual car which has more pictures as well as a brief history of its development - I can e-mail this to you if you are interested in learning more. This is a rare opportunity to buy into the Talbot Lago marque which should not be missed! '

Source: Gavin McGuire 
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Engine type naturally aspirated petrol
Engine manufacturer Talbot-Lago
Engine code
Cylinders Straight 6
Capacity 2.7 litre
2693 cc
(164.337 cu in)
Bore × Stroke 88 × 73.8 mm
3.46 × 2.91 in
Bore/stroke ratio 1.19

2 valves per cylinder
12 valves in total
maximum power output 110 PS (108 bhp) (81 kW)
at 4500 rpm
Specific output 40.1 bhp/litre
0.66 bhp/cu in
maximum torque 216 Nm (159 ft·lb) (22 kgm)
at 3000 rpm
Specific torque 80.21 Nm/litre
0.97 ft·lb/cu3
Engine construction
sump wet sumped
compression ratio 6.5:1
Fuel system 2 Solex 36 PBJC carburettors
Gearbox 4speed Wilson Preselect

The Talbot-Lago Baby is a sedan/saloon with 4 doors and a front mounted engine which transmits its power through the rear wheels.
Its 2.7 litre engine is a naturally aspirated, 6 cylinder unit that develops 108 bhp (110 PS/81 kW) of power at 4500 rpm, and maximum torque of 216 N·m (159 lb·ft/22 kgm) at 3000 rpm.
This power is transmitted to the wheels through a 4 speed Wilson Preselect gearbox.
Stated kerb weight is 1670 kg.

Source: Carfolio

Saturday 16 August 2014


When I was a child one of my favorite hobbies was building Airfix kits of planes and ships,but my all time favorite was a kit of a Bentley similar to our choice of Classic of the Day, It also transpires that the kit was bought after after I showed great interest in an exhibit at a local carnivalowned at the time by my fathers boss,and if memory serves me right was loaned to Pembroke Motor Museum when the museum was in Pembroke Dock.
Todays dealer is
You are looking at a Vintage Bentley that not only encompasses that enthusiasm, camaraderie, and tremendous spirit that has prevailed within the Bentley Driver’s Club from day one, but also one of the fastest Vintage Bentleys in the world.
The website tells the remarkable and outrageous story of this car, but in short it’s skimpier than a supermodel’s nightie and has a 0-60 time of 6 seconds. Superbly engineered and weighing in at 16.75 cwt a - little under half the weight of a standard 3 Litre Bentley -she is ideal for racing, sprinting or fast touring.
Huge, huge, huge Vintage Bentley fun, or as you whippersnappers in textland all seem to say OMG LOL. We just use the old fashioned expression which I can’t print here.
Come and talk Bentleys with us. 
Automobile A-Z of Cars ofthe1920's
3-litre. (1919-29) 1622 produced in various sports,tourer and enclosed styles. Chassis prices (1922)  £1050, (1928) £895,
S4 OHC 2996cc, four valves per cylinder, twin magneto ignition cone clutch, separate four speed gearbox with righthand change, spiral bevel axle, semi elliptic suspension. Initially two wheel brakes but four for 1924
Famous model with different colour radiator badge depending on type :
Red Label - Short Chassis Speed Model
Blue Label - Early Short then Long Chassis suitable for formal coachwork
Green Label - Denoting one of approximately eighteen 100mph types. 80mm bore and a very long 149mm stroke on an engine derived from 1914 GP ideas give great lugging ability and a low Treasury Rating of 15.9hp when in reality a minimum of 70bhp was developed. 
All cars had a five year guarantee. Examples won at L Mans in 1924 &1927
Nick Baldwin
1997 The Automobile A-Z of Cars of the 1920's
MBI Publishing
ISBN 978-1-906133-24-5