Saturday 29 November 2014



Vehicle Details

Model: Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano F1 Colour: Rosso Corsa Interior: Crema hide with red stitching Mileage: 21,200 Miles
Transmission: F1 semi-auto Year: 2008 Price: £98,000.00

Additional Information / Service History

Ferrari's 599 GTB is the successor to the Ferrari 575M - but it is much more than just a more powerful and faster grand touring car.
The 599 GTB's engine is derived from the 6.0-litre V12 in the Enzo, producing 612bhp in this guise. Power is delivered through the company's 'F1 SuperFast' automated manual transmission - at the time, the quickest-shifting gearbox Ferrari had ever made.
Ferrari's technological tour de force for the 599 includes magnetically-controlled adaptive dampers and sophisticated 'F1-Trac' stability control. Writing in 2012, motoring journalist Andrew Frankel said of the GTB: 'Replacing the 575M, the 599 didn’t so much improve upon its predecessor’s performance as establish it at an entirely new level.'
This Ferrari 599 GTB has covered 21000 miles from new, and is presented in excellent condition. It is finished in red (Rosso Corsa) with cream (Crema) hide, red stitching and black carpets. Its history file records the full main dealer service history and complete MOT record from new.
The interior specification includes heated and electrically-adjustable, carbonfibre-backed sports seats, carbonfibre Driver's Zone and yellow rev counter. The equipment list features heated front and rear screens, dual-zone climate control, Bose surround sound system and GPS satellite navigation.
We can think of no other GT car with such accomplished all-round ability, and such breathtaking performance that it puts many newer supercars to shame.
The Ferrari 599 GTB is a tremendous grand tourer, and we strongly recommend a test drive of this example to experience its breadth of capabilities.
For more information, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales manager Tony Glynn on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.

Friday 28 November 2014



Leyland Mini 95L Pick-up  image 



  • 71,235 Mileage:
  • 77 Top Speed:
  • 1981 Year:
  • 22 0 - 60:
  • August 15 MOT Expiry:
  • 39 BHP:
  • Expired Tax Expiry:
  • 4 Speed Manual Transmission:
  • White Exterior Colour:
  • 998cc Engine Capacity:
  • Black Houndstooth Cloth Interior Colour:
  • Inline 4 Engine Configuration:


The British Leyland Pick-up was 11ft in length and was built on the longer Mini Van platform, with an open-top rear cargo area and a fold-down tailgate. As with the Van, the Pick-up had stamped metal slots for airflow into the engine compartment, as opposed to the chrome grille used on the saloons.

The Pick-up was a fairy basic machine, although the factory brochure described a "fully equipped Mini Pick-up is also available, which includes a recirculatory heater." However, a passenger-side sun visor, laminated windscreen, tilt tubes and cover were only available at extra cost. An upgraded 998cc engine also became available at an extra cost boasting a whopping 39hp, as opposed to the standard 33hp of the 848cc unit.

Like the van, the Pick-up was renamed as the Mini 95 in 1978 with a total of 58,179 models being built.


Sun visors, Seat belts, Removable rear cover, Sliding windows, Ash tray, Electric heater, Windscreen washer, Rear fog light, Fitted carpet, Leather steering wheel.


Finished in white, this Leyland Pick-up is a very usable example. It was restored by a Mini enthusiast several years ago and benefitted from multiple new parts and many new panels as a result.

The car is solid, and overall the paintwork is good however in places it has begun to suffer from light corrosion. On close inspection there are a few cracks and chips where surface rust has started to appear, predominantly in typical areas such as the scuttle panel. A perfectionist may consider painting the vehicle.

The chrome bright work is in excellent order, retaining its factory-fresh mirror shine. Similarly, all the lenses on the vehicle are crystal clear with no signs of any cracking or moisture. All the rubbers and seals around the car also present in good order.


This example features the upgraded ‘L' specification interior, featuring the more firm, comfortable seating trimmed in black and white houndstooth cloth, a fitted carpet with sound proofing, as well as a passenger sun visor with ticket pocket.

The central instrument cluster features both a temperature and oil gauge and, like the switchgear, has stood the test of time. The leather steering wheel is a nice aftermarket addition but the original is included and remains in good order. The seat fabric and carpet appear ‘as new' however if pernickety, one might wish to re-trim the dash and address the light corrosion below the passenger window.


Underneath the bonnet everything is in order. The engine is the optional 998cc upgrade, and was removed and reconditioned during the car's restoration. It would certainly not take much to return the engine bay to its former glory once again.


The ten inch pressed steel wheels are finished off with chrome hubcaps and are shod in a brand new set of tyres. Looking underneath the car, the brake hubs and their various components appear in good order.

HISTORY FILE This Pick-up was first registered on 17th March 1981 and since then has covered just 71,235 miles. An extensive range of photographs detailing the Mini's restoration is included with the car, and features many before and after shots.

Showroom and Sales:
Unit 3, Old Park Iron Works
Main Road
GU35 9LY

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Thursday 27 November 2014


In Association with
  Of The New Forest
We are proud to introduce our latest dealer to our Classic of the Day dealer pool, a well respected dealer in the Classic world with over 40 years experience of supplying quality vehicles from top marques from around the world. I remember when I was in my early teens waiting for my monthly fix  of Classics from Motor Sport magazine, the first pages I would read were the classifieds thinking just one day that could be mine but 40 years on I'm still waiting.


 1935 Talbot AX65 bodied by Darracq. Commonly and previously known as the Talbot 14/45. Being a top quality British car with its advanced mechanics thought by many to be better than the Rolls-Royce 20/25, having as much room inside as the Rolls-Royce 20/25 and on today’s market for some £10,000 less than one would pay for a 20/25 offers great value for money and excellent Vintage motoring  This fantastic, powerful,  spacious, 4 door family saloon, being a local car to us and known by us has a superb body and mechanics and a beautiful totally original tan leather interior. With its highly advanced pre select gearbox she is finished in Masons Black and Ivory. Side mounted spare. Wire wheels. Full size sunroof. All original period fittings. Many bills history and original documents handbooks etc. An absolute must at. £27,950

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Wednesday 26 November 2014

1937 Ford Model 78 “Woody” Station Wagon - Coys Auction 02-12-14

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1937 Ford Model 78 “Woody” Station Wagon
  Estimate: £55,000 - £60,000
Registration Number: German Registered
Chassis Number: 18F3763718

The 'Woody' station wagon, with its characteristically half-timbered body ranks alongside the pickup truck or today's people carrier as quintessentially American. The style originated in the 1930s, its popularity peaking immediately after WWII, though the style has been periodically revived by manufacturers on both sides of the Atlantic. Towards the end of the 1950s the Woody became the vehicle of choice among California surfers, who appreciated its ability to carry several passengers and their boards.
Surfer pop bands, The Beach Boys and Jan & Dean both referred to them in hit singles, thereby enshrining the Woody's cult status. It has also featured in countless Hollywood movies. Sadly, after active service in World War II having been requisitioned, most were cut down or scrapped when the body timbers rotted, and the relatively few that survive today are both highly prized and increasing in value.
This lovely, highly sought after right hand drive example of this Pre-War V8 Woody has resided in a significant German collection for the last 12 years. In terms of its condition, both woodwork and deep black coachwork can only be described as beautifully restored, indeed commensurate with a car that has graced such a significant private collection.
The motor car has been restored both in Germany and USA, and comes complete with supporting invoices, bills and receipts for all the work.
Registered in Germany in 2002, chassis 763718 is currently offered with German road title paperwork and EU taxes paid. This is one of the finest examples of a Woody Coys has seen. A true piece of Americana, which encapsulates a bygone era.
For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.


Tue 2nd December 2014 at 3:00pm


Monday 1st December from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale


The Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

Tuesday 25 November 2014


British ClassicsWeek
in Association with
 We take a final look today at a lot due to come under the hammer at tomorrows Brightwells Sale at Easters Court, Leominster.
Lot number 165
Estimate £40,000 - £45,000
Description Bristol Blenheim 3
Registration X54 DYB
Year 2000
Colour Silver
Engine size 5,900 cc
Chassis No. TTBL399315929
Engine No. ONK5.9L 21591628AB364
The Bristol car movement has always had a maverick streak running through it, this being an essential part of the marque's appeal.
The company's long term owner, Tony Crook, looked at the world from an entirley different angle to most car company proprietors, openly making the purchase of his products as difficult as possible to sort the wheat from the chaff. His policy of "no riff-raff" was certainly different, as was his refusal to lend any cars to journalists, who he clearly held in some contempt!
He always kept his production levels very close to his chest – indeed when asked during a press launch how many cars he actually produced, he haughtily replied “I will never make more than 150 in one year” - an evasive riposte to say the least, as "fewer than a handful" was probably closer to the truth!
With such low volumes of production, the model life-cycle was measured in decades rather than years. The first V8 Chrysler-engined Bristol was the 407 which arrived in 1961. Its alloy, hand-made body was built onto a separate chassis and the suspension (independent at the front) used a live rear axle. This basic model ensured the marque’s survival through the Eighties and beyond, remarkably forming the basis of all subsequent models (Britannia, Brigand and Blenheim) before Bristol went into administration in 2011.
In final form it had gained multi-point fuel injection, a four-speed auto gearbox and yet another revised interior. Beautifully finished and very civilised, it needed to be at the price-tag, this example coming with its original bill of sale from 2000 totaling over £127,000!
A car built by individuals for individuals, this two-owner example was ordered new by Robert d’Aubigny who was living in Monaco. He ran a company called Exegesis, a business which was to become notorious for running cult-like seminars on self-improvement.
Ordered in Silver with Cashmere leather upholstery, a heated windscreen added £1,227 to the bill, which also included a lower axle ratio, twin fillers, special a/c outlets on the dash, extra wood fillets (£3,000), concealed cubby holes alongside the rear seats (£2,796) and a £2,800 radio navigation system – thankfully Bristol threw in a lockable veneered cover to the spare space below the radio area free of charge - which was nice.
In 2004 it came into the ownership of the vendor, its second keeper from new. The file of documentation includes detailed correspondence with Bristol Cars regarding service and repair work. Nine old MOTs show that when purchased, it had covered a little over 20,000 miles, the odometer now indicating a total of 46,641 miles. It is MOTd until October 2015 and retains its original hand book.
Although a little awkward looking to some, Bristols have always retained an intensely loyal following, which has included amongst others the erudite motoring writer LJK Setright and the maverick pop star Noel Gallagher. This well cared-for, late model is only on offer due to ill health and is looking for a new ndividualist to become only its third custodian. But remember - "no riff raff"!

Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles


Easters Court, Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0DE


 The following information is available on the website of the UK Bristol Owners Club

more detais of the club can be found at the bottom of the page


Production: 2000 - 2009
In due course the Blenheim was further extensively modified and in its turn the front was heavily modified. The Blenheim 3 was introduced on 1999-11-10. Like its predecessor, it is available in various states of tune, to customer requirement.



The new body blends modern elements with traditional Bristol style to give a sleek, rounded silhouette that will look distinguished in any company. The smooth new shape so confers aerodynamic benefits that will be appreciated on long continental journeys or in poor weather conditions at home.


Bristol have always been famous for cossetting and supporting their occupants in a way that is unparalleled. To this end, Blenheim 3 introduces new "armchair" style seats which are tall and deeply contoured to hold you securely and with unrivalled comfort over any distance.
Softly wrapping over these exceptional seats is a new soft, silky and flawless leather specially selected and processed in batches for Bristol Cars. Such quality cannot be found in any rival. Rear passengers can now enjoy concealed lockable storage compartments with veneered fold-out drinks trays or the "Town Limousine" interior which allows a special slimline front passenger seat to be folded forward when not in use affording effortless entry to the rear seats and almost unlimited leg-room.


There is much new for the driving enthusiast to savour. New, clearer instrumentation is matched to improved fascia lighting based on recent scientific research. Optional automatic headlamp illumination and an electronic reversing aid system is available.


A restyled centre console with short, precise transmission selector communicates with automatic transmission.


Under the bonnet the new TS3 series engine confers a considerable uplift to the Blenheim's already brilliant performance. Changes include a higher compression ration, improved new engine management system to ensure that available torque is increased throughout the engine's rev-range giving outstanding performance, engine response and fuel efficiency. Smooth and whisper quiet around town, Blenheim 3 can summon a super car type surge any time the mood takes you.
Enhanced high speed control is assured by a more precise steering linkageand a 28% increase in suspension roll stiffness.


The latest tyre developments are incorporated as standard while larger wheels and lower profile tyres are available as options for the first time.


A special handling package is available as an option for the first time, and is available for those who see high speed driving as their primary intent and this uses a new patented variable rate damper, allowing firm high speed control without spoiling the car's low speed ride. While retaining all Bristol's traditional virtues, Blenheim 3 S sets delightful new standards of performance, luxury and style.


The Blenheim 3G offers another option - to have the vehicle supplied ready converted to run on liquid petroleum gas or LPG, whilst retaining the facility to revert to Petroleum Spirit should the need occour. This can have significant savings to the high milage user, though a certain amount of space is required for the LPG tanks and there is a handling penalty when fully loaded due to the disposition of additional weight when both types of tank are fully charged.

Further enquiries may be directed to the head office and showrooms:
Bristol Cars Ltd
368/370, Kensington High Street, London, W14 8NL.
Tel: 020 7603 5556
In 1996, the UK Motor Industry celebrated 100 years... Bristol Cars celebrated 50 years.

UK Bristol Owners Club 


Monday 24 November 2014


British Car Week
in Association with
  Brightwells next auction kicks of at noon on Wednesday 26th November, and they have consigned a varied collection of Classic Cars & Motorcycles that should suit everyones' taste & budget, from resto to concours

Lot number 61
Estimate £1,800 - £2,200
Description Triumph Dolomite 1300
Registration REA 17R
Year 1976
Colour Beige
Engine size 1,296 cc
Chassis No. WH 3947DL
In 1976 a replacement for the Toledo arrived in the form of the Dolomite 1300. The new Dolomite model was really a blend of old Toledo features (the single headlamp front end) mixed in with Dolomite ingredients such as the plusher interior trim and a longer, larger boot.
New equipment also included improved suspension, a larger petrol tank and wider wheels. It used the well tried 1,296cc engine that had been used in the Herald and Spitfire which was already well known for its relatively high power output and excellent reliability.
The Dolomite 1300 was launched with such luxuries as reclining front seats, cigar lighter, fasten seat belts warning light, driver’s door mirror, twin reversing lamps and dipping mirror all fitted as standard - although it is amazing today to think that any of these items warranted highlighting in the brochures of the time! Triumph also fitted lashings of wood veneer and with its pleated seats the whole interior looked very attractive. The Dolomite range was a huge success that inspired great loyalty in its customers and remained in production until 1980.
This well turned-out car shows just 52,600 miles on the clock which the vendor believes to be correct. Sadly just two MOTs are on file so this figure cannot be verified, although the clean condition of the vehicle would certainly add credence to this belief. The floorpan is in excellent condition and we are informed that everything works as it should. It starts well and has had a new fuel pump fitted recently while the previous owner stated that it had also had a new clutch fitted in recent times.
Although fitted with the smallest engine in the range, the willing unit performs well and is surprisingly economical. It is MOTd until July 2015, its modest size making it easy to use and reminding one of just how bloated cars have become in recent years.

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Easters Court

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Not above vehicle


Are you sitting comfortably? The Toledo was a 1300cc rear-wheel drive car that used the front-wheel-drive 1500’s body with a shorter nose and tail, but was launched at the same time. These rear-drive underpinning were used in the 1500’s replacement, the 1500TC, in 1973. That got the 1500’s full-length body. Both were renamed Dolomite in 1976, when you could have either 1300 or 1500 engines and rectangular headlamps, or, for driveway one-upmanship, the 1500HL with twin headlamps, more gauges and a better standard of trim. A cheap starter classic.





in-line four


Independent, coil springs
Beam axle, coil springs
front-engine RWD
rack and pinion
metal monocoque
Four-speed manual



Sunday 23 November 2014


British Car Week
In association with Brightwells Auctions
 Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe 
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe
Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe
Lot number 100
Estimate £50,000 - £55,000
Description Aston Martin V12 Vanquish Coupe
Registration YH51 CPA
Year 2001
Colour White
Engine size 5,935 cc
Chassis No. SCFAC13321B500062
Engine No. AM3/00113
The last car to be handbuilt at Aston’s spiritual home in Newport Pagnell before moving to a mass production facility in Gaydon, the 2001 V12 Vanquish had ‘classic’ written all over it from the outset.
Designed by Ian Callum, its lines were reminiscent of the DB7 but its curves were deeper, its haunches sharper, its wide mouth more sultry below the animal stare of its headlight eyes. Its construction contained the DNA of endurance racing cars; a body tub made of heat-cured, bonded aluminium, braced by a central tunnel of carbon fibre, forming a shell of exceptional rigidity.
The suspension followed the latest high performance doctrine in materials and layout with aluminium double wishbones, coil springs, mono-tube dampers and anti-roll bars front and rear. Ventilated disc brakes clenched by four-piston callipers brought the big GT to a halt, while ABS and traction control managed the rubber on the road when conditions worsened. Even so, ride quality didn’t lose out; track car handling being matched by near saloon car ride.
Central to the Vanquish’s purpose was an engine capable of fending off the top European supercars; Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche. For its new car, Aston designed a V12, the 48-valve 6-litre unit developing 460bhp at 6,800rpm, with 400lb/ft of torque readily available in the engine’s mid rev range.
Racing technology infused the driver’s control of the car; 'drive by wire' throttle control and an electro-hydraulic change mechanism in the six-speed manual gearbox – a 'first' for a production car. In the cabin, the gearshift was controlled by F1-style paddles and could be operated in either of two modes - fully manual and computer-controlled automatic - with a 'sport' setting available on both. In the hands of a good driver, the Vanquish was capable of hitting 60mph in 4.5 seconds and carrying on to a top speed of 180mph.
Like the DB5 before, the smouldering GT was considered worthy of 007 in the film ‘Die Another Day’. And like James Bond, its impeccably tailored exterior oozed sophistication while leaving one in no doubt of the latent violence within.
Supplied new by HWM Aston Martin of Surrey in October 2001, this Vanquish has covered less than 28,000 miles to date with an excellent main dealer service history comprising 10 stamps to date, the last at HR Owen, Cheltenham, just a few hundred miles ago. Packed full of expensive extras (sat nav, premium audio system, integrated phone system, heated seats, Tracker, 2+2 seating etc), it cost over £170,000 new.
Originally silver, in 2008 it was treated to a £12,000 professional respray in white after an aggrieved spouse reputedly threw paint stripper over it! This led to a Cat D insurance claim but the car has since been inspected by Autolign where an ex-Aston Martin engineer declared that all the bonding agents are original and undamaged and the car has never suffered any structural damage, this inspection rendering it clear on the HPI register.
 In magnificent condition throughout and driving as a Vanquish should, it has an MOT until October 2015 and comes with all its original manuals, the original AM battery conditioner still in its original box, the aforementioned Autolign certificate and service history plus many supporting invoices.
With only 1,492 V12 Vanquish coupes (and 1,086 Vanquish S models) made in total before it was replaced by the Gaydon-built DBS in 2007, this is a sure fire classic of the future and prices have already begun to rise...


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Easters Court

Tel: 01568 611166
Fax: 01568 611802

Saturday 22 November 2014


British Classics Week
in Association with Brightwells Auctions

Singer Gazelle MkIV 

Singer Gazelle MkIV
Singer Gazelle MkIV
Lot number 60
Estimate No reserve
Description Singer Gazelle MkIV
Registration GFH 436D
Year 1966
Colour Blue
Engine size 1,725 cc
Chassis No. B706000971HS0
Engine No. B706000971HSO
In 1956, Singer was taken over by the Rootes Group and the Gazelle was the first Singer to be produced following its acquisition, being badge-engineered version of the more mainstream Hillman Minx.
Both cars were built with the so-called 'Audax' body which incorporated significant input from the American-based Loewy Design Organisation (Raymond Loewy riding high on the acclaim he had garnered for his ground-breaking work for Studebaker). The Gazelle was distinguishable by its restyled nose, based around a traditional Singer grille. Under the bonnet, it also boasted Singer’s overhead cam engine with a single Solex carburettor.
In line with the prevailing ‘built-in obsolescence’ marketing strategy, the car kept getting small upgrades, each with a new designation, to let you keep one step ahead of the Joneses (provided your wallet could take it) and to ensure that there was always a better model to strive for.
So, pay attention now:
In September 1958 the car became the III, receiving better seats, enhanced at the front by a folding central arm rest. A new ‘duo-tone’ paint scheme was made available at the same time.
The IIIA of 1959 gained small tail fins and a larger windscreen. The engine was upgraded to twin Solex carburettors, distinguishing it from the Minx and lifting output to 60bhp. Home market cars got a floor gear change and as well as overdrive. Smith's Easidrive automatic transmission also became an option.
The 1960 IIIB received a new back axle featuring a hypoid bevel in place of the former model's spiral bevel.
In July 1961 the IIIc received a larger 1592cc engine was fitted, yielding 53bhp.
The IV was the last and rarest of the 'Audax' Gazelles. The engine was all new with a five bearing crankshaft and a capacity of 1725cc. Initially it developed 65bhp, but this was later reduced to 59bhp. Production finally came to an end in 1967.
Got that? Good, we’ll test you later.
This very late production 1725cc Gazelle IV is finished in blue with grey vinyl seats. Pleasingly, the car retains its original bill of sale from 23rd February 1967 when it was sold by Oscar Chess Ltd of Swansea to Mr Lloyd-Jones. Acquired by the Stondon Motor Museum in 1994, it has had only three owners in all and the recorded mileage of 32,845 is thought by the museum to be correct. Other paperwork consists of a handful of old MOT certificates and a V5 registration document.
Altogether a sought after variant of a handsome English sporting saloon with few owners and low miles.
Now, in what year did Smith's Easidrive transmission become an option? No cheating at the back!
AMENDMENT: This is a MkIV not a MkVI as stated in the heading in the printed catalogue.

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Easters Court

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Fax: 01568 611802

1955-1967 SINGER Gazelle


With the Rootes Group now in control of Singer, the marque was set to become another exercise in badge engineering, pitched between Hillman and Humber in the pecking order. However, in the new Gazelle of 1956 – a plusher version of the Hillman Minx – Singer’s 1497cc OHC engine was used at first, but was replaced in 1958 by Rootes’ own OHV unit. Saloons, estates (rare and worth 25% more) and convertibles (pay double for those) were all available. Rootes updated the Gazelle almost every year until production ended in 1967, by then it had a 1725cc engine and less curves.





in-line four


Independent, coil spring
Live axle, semi-elliptic leaf spring
front-engine RWD
rack and pinion
metal monocoque
Four-speed manual



Specs supplied by: CLASSIC & PERFORMANCE CAR

Friday 21 November 2014


British Classics Week
in association with
  Something a little different today as we continue our look at Brightwells sale on Wednesday 26th November. Light commercials now seem to be getting the following they deserve with a dedicated magazine in Classic Van & Pick-Up and the inaugural Summer show held at Gaydon;s Heritage Motor Centre earlier this year.
Morris Commercial Postal Van 
Lot number 156
Estimate No reserve
Description Morris Commercial Postal Van
Registration DGU 610
Year 1937
Colour Yellow
Engine size 1,622 cc
Chassis No. 957L2/86403
Engine No. CO449275
The General Post Office had a long-standing relationship with Morris, dating back to at least 1929 when the Royal Mail ordered a series of Morris Minor 5cwt vans.
Conceived during the course of 1929, the prototype 5 cwt van originally sported the 'Snubnose' radiator as found on the 1929 season 78 cubic feet capacity Morris Light Van. However when production commenced in September 1929, all 5 cwt vehicles were fitted with the Minor car radiator and short bonnet.
The van was powered by the 8hp OHC engine while its running gear was also identical to that on the Minor car range. During the course of the 1931 season the SV (Side Valve) Minor was introduced to sell alongside the OHC vehicles. An SV van was included in this range and was launched with little or no fanfare in April 1931.
The SV vans were rendered more spartan for GPO use with a three lamp Lucas lighting set in place of the five lamp set of the OHC vehicle, while the brightwork was also replaced by utilitarian black paint. The SV van continued virtually unchanged through 1932 and ‘33, retaining the scuttle fuel tank although regaining the chrome on its radiator and screen surrounds. In 1933 the van also gained Magna-type wheels.
Rather belatedly, the most significant orders for the vehicle came in 1932. The GPO placed an initial order for 12 vans for their Royal Mail division which was followed by further orders from their Post Office Telephones arm. Over the course of the next eight years Morris Motors were to supply many hundreds of 5cwt vans to the GPO.
In the last three years of production, the GPO purchased just over a thousand of these vans. When production ended, the GPO wanted to retain the trademark body style, so Morris produced a hybrid van for the GPO using the new Morris Eight chassis and running gear and the Minor Van bodywork. The 5cwt Van retained the older square-style radiator until the end of production.
This 1937 Morris Commercial Postal Van was acquired by the Stondon Motor Museum in 2003 from persons who had owned it since 1985. In very original condition, it retains its Godins of London coachwork and looks most striking in yellow with black wheel arches and a black fabric roof.
The van is supplied with an original Morris Commercial Post Office Manual, a V5 registration document, and 14 old MOT certificates dating back to 1968. Maintained in running order, this van has not been used on the road for some time and will doubtless require recommissioning before attempting any mail deliveries in future.

Resplendent in Yellow & Black Livery

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Fax: 01568 611802

Thursday 20 November 2014


British Classics Week
Austin Allegro Equipe
Lot number 32
Estimate £2,500 - £3,500
Description Austin Allegro Equipe
Registration CVE 131V
Year 1980
Colour Silver
Engine size 1,748 cc
Chassis No. AJ2DJN-3025451B
Engine No. 17H678TH-7155
Launched as a replacement for the successful 1100/1300 range, the Austin Allegro first appeared in 1973 and got something of a lukewarm reception, being compared unfavourably with its well-liked predecessor.
Stylistically, it went against the sharp-edged styling cues that were becoming fashionable (largely led by Italian designer Giorgetto Giugiaro), and featured rounded panel work. The original styling proposal, by Harris Mann, had the same sleek, wedge-like shape of the Princess, but because BL management wanted to install the bulky E-Series engine and the heating system from the Marina, the bodyshell necessarily took on a more bulbous profile.
In fact BL took a perverse pride in its unfashionable shape, thinking that they could emulate Citroen by combining advanced technology with styling that bucked mainstream trends to create long-lasting 'timeless' models. The two-box saloon bodyshell was suspended using the new Hydragas suspension system (derived from the previous Hydrolastic system used on the 1100/1300) which endowed the Allegro with an impeccable ride.
Road tests were not unkind but the lacklustre styling, combined with constant press coverage of industrial strife at BL, meant the car only got to seventh in the list of best-selling cars in Britain, a poor performance compared to the 1100/1300 range. Production ended in 1983 with the launch of the Maestro.
First registered in March 1980, this particular car is the rarest Allegro of all, an Equipe model which was introduced in July 1979 and was only available to special order. A two-door version of the 1750HL, it was boldly painted in bright silver with day-glo orange ‘Starsky and Hutch’ stripes and sporty alloy wheels.
Proving the point that the Allegro does have its fans, this Equipe was fully restored by the vendor in 2010-2011 at a cost of over £10,000, the whole process fully documented on over 100 photos plus many invoices in the history file.
The body was professionally stripped to bare metal and painstakingly treated with many layers of primer/undercoat/stonechip/topcoat and wax oiled wherever possible. Determined to use original parts at all costs, the vendor went to extremes to source the right bits. The stripes are original 1979 3M products, not copies, and were the last originals around; the petrol tank came from Belgium which is where the car was originally built; the brake callipers came from an old Leyland garage in Scotland – the list goes on and on.
The car has only covered 60,000 miles to date, backed up by a large history file from new, and had been in storage for 15 years before the vendor acquired it. It has been valued by the Allegro International Club at £12,000 with a copy of the valuation and a corresponding insurance certificate on file. It has just flown through its MOT with no advisories, the two MOT testers being so astounded by its condition that they took photos underneath.
Despite being derided for many years, the Allegro is now seen as something of an icon and has a growing band of admirers. The ultra-rare Equipe model, of which only eight are still road registered in the UK, is particularly prized as a slice of classic 70s retro.
Almost certainly the finest example extant, this little beauty could well prove a canny buy at the modest guide price suggested and is being offered here at a fraction of the costs lavished upon it. If nothing else, the vendor deserves some 
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The Allegro stood as the foremost icon of all that was wrong with Britain’s car industry in the 1970s. Strange looks, lack of quality, reliability issues and that infamous rectangular ‘Quartic’ steering wheel meant that what good touches it did have (a wide choice of engines from 1-litre through to 1750cc, compliant Hydragas suspension, five gears and a distinctive character) were overlooked. 1975’s estate version looked like a shrunken hearse, which didn’t help matters. However, Allegros have cult appeal nowadays.





in-line four


Independent, Hydragas
Independent, Hydragas
front-engine FWD
rack and pinion
metal monocoque
Five-speed manual