Sunday 29 November 2015

2012 MCCLAREN MP4-12C - BONHAMS 06/12/15



6th DECEMBER 2015

2012 McLaren MP4-12C Coupé


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2012 McLaren MP4-12C Coupé

*Delivered new via McLaren Jeddah
*200mph-plus performance
*Full McLaren service history
*McLaren Extended Warranty


  • Having astonished the world with its debut supercar of 1992 - the iconic, Le Mans-winning F1 - McLaren re-established itself at the head of the exclusive '200mph' club with the MP4-12C. Publicly unveiled in September 2009, the mid-engined MP4-12C commenced manufacture at McLaren's new state-of-the-art factory at Woking in mid-2011, just after production of the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren model had ceased. Its stylist was Frank Stephenson, who had been recruited from Alfa Romeo Centro Stilefollowing spells with Ferrari and FIAT.

    Like its F1 and SLR predecessors, the MP4-12C used a carbon-fibre 'MonoCell' body tub, albeit one that now took considerably less time to produce thanks to advances in composites manufacturing technology. This time the occupants' two seats were arranged conventionally side by side, unlike the F1's unusual three-abreast layout, which placed the driver in the centre, though the use of dihedral doors maintained a familial link with the F1.

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz respectively had supplied engines for the F1 and SLR, but for the MP4-12C, McLaren decided to develop its own. The rights to an Indy Car V8 racing engine were acquired from Tom Walkinshaw Racing, and with assistance of Ricardo this was transformed into a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged unit suitable for a road car. Manufactured by Ricardo at its Shoreham-by-Sea factory, the M838T engine produced 592bhp initially (more following upgrades) with 80% of its maximum torque available as low as 2,000 revs. Power was transmitted via a dual-clutch 'seamless shift' seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox - technology developed in Formula 1 - that permitted pre-selection of the next gear. Another Formula 1 spin-off was the 'brake steer' technology, which applies the inside rear wheel's brake during hard cornering to counter the effects of understeer.

    All modern supercars are designed with racetrack performance as a priority, but with the MP4-12C McLaren pulled off the difficult trick of endowing it with a ride quality approaching that of an luxury saloon. AsAutocar observed: 'The 12C's suspension is remarkable for its ability to absorb bumps and maintain an eerie freedom from pitch and roll, regardless of whether you're on a motorway or a mountain pass. To reach the outer limits of the McLaren 12C's ability you'll need a circuit.' And a circuit would certainly be needed to exploit its manufacturer's claimed top speed of 207mph (333km/h), though it is worth mentioning that Sport Automagazine achieved an indicated 346km/h (215mph) in 'their' car...

    The original coupé was followed by the inevitable spider convertible, various higher-specification limited edition versions and a GT3 category racer before production ceased at the end of 2013, by which time the car's name had been shorted to just '12C'.

    In 2012 the McLaren MP4-12C was voted 'Best Supercar' and overall 'Car of the Year' at the Middle East Motor Awards so it is not surprising that many found delighted owners in that part of the world, the example offered here being one such. Left-hand drive chassis number '465' was delivered new via McLaren Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

    Finished in Graphite Grey, its specification includes the sport exhaust; Alcantara and Carbon Black interior with carbon fibre upgrade; electrically adjustable and heated seat; parking sensors; tyre pressure monitoring; lithium-ion battery charger; fire extinguisher; car cover; ashtray; and branded floor mat set. In addition, this car also has the optional upgrades of carbon ceramic brakes; carbon fibre splitter and diffuser; lightweight forged wheels; Stealth Pack (gunmetal finish to the exhaust and air brake); and the important IRIS upgrade to the infotainment system. Possessing full McLaren service history, this MP4-12C has covered circa 15,000 kilometres from new and comes with a Dubai title document and its manufacturer's extended warranty valid until 2nd March 2017. It should be noted that the car will require Single Vehicle Type Approval to be registered in the UK.


  • We are pleased to report this car now has an MOT certificate, valid until 16/11/2016

Saturday 28 November 2015






The Rolls-Royce Camargue is a two-door saloon manufactured and marketed by Rolls-Royce Motors from 1975-1986. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post-war production Rolls Royce not designed in-house.With bodywork manufactured in London by Rolls Royce’s coachbuilding division Mulliner Park Ward, the Camargue reached a production of 530 units over 11 model years. At launch, the Camargue was the Rolls-Royce’s flagship and the most expensive production car in the world. The Camargue shared its platform with the Rolls-Royce Corniche and Silver Shadow.It was powered by the same 6.75 L V8 engine as the Silver Shadow, although the Camargue was slightly more powerful.This wonderful example in Cream with piped Cream interior upholstery was supplied new by Jack Barclay in London and spent some time in Japan in a private collection and then in the USA in another private collection. The car was purchased in 1996 and re-imported to the UK, the vehicle was subsequently stored in an undercover warehouse until sold to the present owner.This example also has the extremely rare optional extra of full leather head-lining which cost as much as a new Mini back in 1975! The present owner had a new Air Condition system installed, new carburetors, new alternator and had it re sprayed in 2014. This is a truly wonderful, iconic,  Italian styled luxury coupe of the heady days of the 1980s when money had a different meaning and ostentatiousness was very much in vogue! Sublime motoring with head turning appeal – not to be missed.


Thursday 26 November 2015


Ill health has meant that i have not posted as many Classics as I would normally, as a result I would like to thank all our dealers etc for their support and look forward to getting back to normal.


The Starion is considered to be one of the originators of the modern Japanese turbocharged performance sportscars of the era and certainly the first to use electronic fuel injection. Over the production run of the Starion, nearly every year brought changes with increased engine power as well as larger body sizes and more complexity in the vehicle. The introduction of the 'widebody' also split the car into two distinct ranges; one of which was a non-intercooled lower horsepower car using the narrow body style and a high-performance intercooled widebody. Many came with a limited slip differential and anti-lock brakes as standard features. Horsepower varied between 150-197hp depending mostly upon the turbocharger that was fitted, the presence of an intercooler and whether the eight-valve or 12-valve head was used.
Originally registered on 24th May 1989, this Starion has only covered 79,000 miles from new. The fastidious vendor has improved this 'widebody' example under his stewardship, including recent refurbishment of the wheels at a cost of £600. Our inspection confirmed this to be a Mitsubishi of the highest quality with no rattles or squeaks; the white coachwork is virtually unmarked as is the black leather trim. Supplied with a V5 registration document confirming the registration number of C5 RPS is staying with the vehicle and a current MoT test certificate valid until 18th March 2016, this Starion EX Turbo is a very good example of an increasingly rare and desirable 80's (very) hot hatch. 

Friday 20 November 2015


True Greats




This 406 is a unique Bristol in that it’s fitted with the Armstrong Siddeley Star Sapphire engine. In the late 1950s The Bristol Aeroplane Company and the Hawker Siddeley Group had agreed to co-ordinate their activities in order to win a contract from the government to build the Olympus aero engine. The combination of their engine divisions, Bristol Aero Engines and Armstrong Siddeley Motors, resulted in Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd. This company, and later on Rolls-Royce Aero Engines eventually developed the Pegasus engine which was seen some twenty years later in the Harrier ‘jump jet’.
Bristol Cars Ltd became a subsidiary of Bristol Siddeley. The new board expressed interest in increasing the number of Bristol cars produced, and the Siddeley engines could have proved useful to reach their targets. With Siddeley three and four litre V8 engines in the pipeline they decided that the natural starting point was the three litre straight six: the Star Sapphire. It was a large engine, which resulted in the front part of the 406 bulkhead being removed in order to squeeze it in to the engine compartment, and was mated to the automatic three speed DG Borg Warner ‘box with gear changes controlled from the steering column. The automatic gearbox marks this car out as a first of a new breed for Bristol and as such it’s an intriguing machine.
The car never went in to production and by early 1960 the new board considered scaling down the production of Bristol Cars. Sir George White, who was not on the board of Bristol Siddeley Engines Ltd., bought Bristol for the sum of £145,000, becoming the sole proprietor. By late 1960 he had sold a forty percent share to Tony Crook who by then had become the largest distributer of Bristol cars. The rest, as they say, is history.
The car comes complete with various trim items with the interior finished in grey and the body in pale green which have the look of being original. The chassis and transmission are described as being in good order.
This 406 development car represents a poignant part of the Bristol Cars Ltd story, and is unique and features in Christopher Balfour’s book Bristol Cars: A Very British Story. Owning a factory development car is a rare treat for collectors of any marque with this Bristol requiring restoration and as a collectors’ item is, undoubtedly, a very rare machine and is offered at No Reserve.


Wednesday 18 November 2015



Tall Trees Stotfold Farm Co Durham SR7 0NE
Tel: 0191 567 5879

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Our beautiful 1966 VW Split Screen Camper Van began life as an 11 window 'Splittie' equipped with Dormobile roof and Westfalia camper interior. The van was purchased by its previous owner in 2010 and over the next 3 years the Volkswagen was thoroughly restored and upgraded. Stripped to bare metal and repaired as necessary, the body received 4 coats of paint prior to lacquering whilst the underside was both painted and waxoyled. Other improvements included the adoption of a 'Bay Window' ball-joint front axle assembly, allowing for a lower ride height (2" lowering without compromise to the steering or suspension geometry) and front disc brakes. More modern extras were added including touch screen CD/Radio with Satellite navigation and reversing camera system, rewired to 12V electrics and further mechanical features were improved, notably the inclusion of a fully uprated Type 4 2.0 Engine with stainless steel exhaust system, twin Weber caburettors, Empi heads with 40mm inlet valves etc. and a slicker changing VW Beetle 1303S four speed manual gearbox. This Splittie has so much information and all bills from the restoration included. There is simply too much to type up, for a further inspection of the VW and her history, please do not hesitate to contact us

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Thursday 12 November 2015

2007 PORSCHE 911 (997) GT3 RS - MAXTED-PAGE


2007 PORSCHE 911 (997) GT3 RS

RHD - 22,500 miles
Chassis #WP0ZZZ99Z7S791280
The 2006-2009 Porsche 997 GT3 RS (Generation I) was powered by a rev-happy, 3.6-liter engine, developing 305 kW (415hp) at 7,600 rpm. Maximum engine speed was increased to 8,400 rpm and thanks to its close-ratio 6-speed manual gearbox with single-mass flywheel and lower vehicle weight than the GT3, the engine spun up even faster and propelled the GT3 RS from standstill to 62 mph (100 kph) in 4.2 seconds. A speed of 124mph could be reached in 13.3 seconds and top speed was 193 mph (310 kmh).

At just 1375kgs, weight saving was achieved by the use of an adjustable carbon fibre rear wing, a plastic engine cover, and a lightweight, Perspex rear window. The RS bodyshell is also 44 mm wider at the rear, which improved directional stability and cornering grip. In addition to all the new technology featured, the paint scheme and body panels were all designed specially for the RS and the majority were finished in Orange or Viper Green, mixed specially for this limited production model of 1,909 units worldwide.

RHD Chassis # WP0ZZZ99Z7S791280
Supplied new on 19/03/07 via Porsche Centre Tonbridge and complete with a fully documented 22,500 miles - Official Porsche Centre service history. 

Finished in special order in Black with Orange - GT3 RS decals and 19” Alloy Wheels, plus additional factory specification as follows;

Sport Chrono Pack Plus
GT Carbon Bucket Seats
Scroth Racing (drivers) Harness
Fire Extinguisher – (unused and boxed)
Roll Cage
Top Tinted Windscreen
Floor Mats
Xenon headlamps
PASM Porsche Active Suspension Management
Porsche Vehicle Tracking System (VTS)

Maintenance Record:
06/04/091069 milesPorsche Centre Tonbridge
26/04/115888 milesPorsche Centre Tonbridge
12/04/1317954 milesPorsche Centre Byfleet
13/04/1520456 milesPorsche Centre Reading

Porsche warranty - Valid until August 2016

We are delighted to offer for sale this stunning and immaculately kept example, of one of the last, great Metzger-designed engine / manual transmission - GT3 RS’s. Since 2007, this exceptional right hand drive, UK example, has had just three keepers and has been maintained exclusively by Porsche Service Centres. The car has also had a recent 111-point check; followed by a major service and comes with the balance of a full Porsche warranty - valid until August 2016, which is transferable and renewable for the next owner.

The last owner has completed 13,000 miles since 2012, all of which were on the road and not track, hence the exceptional presentation and condition of this car.
Price £POA

Wednesday 11 November 2015

1941 FORDSON E83W - 1172cc - Morris Leslie Auctions

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1941 FORDSON E83W - 1172cc

Chassis number C259027. Engine number C778416 - Fordson E83W 10 cwt light commercials where built between 1938 and 1957. The E83W was aimed at the small haulage, trade and merchant market, The E83W was powered by the 1172 cc Ford 10 hp side-valve engine, with a 3 speed gearbox, and was heavily geared down in the rear axle. This made the Fordson much slower than the saloons, with an effective top speed of not much over 40 mph. The E83W was a simple and slow but sturdy and lovable little commercial, which continued to serve well into the 1960s. Interestingly it is recorded that an E83W pickup was used by the President of Uruguay, Tabare vazquez during his ascension parade on March 1st 2015. This example has been restored into a Military vehicle by the previous owner, possibily the vendor states due to the fact it was used by the Danish Government between 1941 and 1946.