Friday 18 March 2016




Ex diplomatic car, just taken off diplomatic plates. Chrome bumper model. Dark metallic grey coachwork - unmarked, chrome - unmarked, light grey leather - unmarked, walnut trim - unmarked,  grey carpets throughout with fitted lamb's wool rugs in the rear - unmarked, grey headlining - unmarked, face forward occassional seats& sliding division. 4.2 litre twin overhead cam Jaguar engine, automatic, PAS, air conditioning, electric windows, teloscopic steering wheel, central locking, front and rear period radios, tinted glass, fitted phone in rear arm rest, original tool roll, spare tyre - unused.
This car has covered under 10,000 miles from new and is the nearest thing you could purchase to buying a brand new 1984 Daimler DS. 
Original sales invoice provided with the car showing the Prince of Qatar's and Qatar embassy's original ownership.
There is not a rattle, bump or squeck when driving the car. When did you last see one for sale.
Chassis Number: SADDWATL3AC200549 


Wednesday 16 March 2016


Richard Thorne Classic Cars -

The Courtyard Garage, James Lane, Grazeley Green, Reading RG7 1NB
Tel: +44 (0)118 983 1200, Fax: +44 (0)118 983 1414


 Chassis number 4379 is a right hand drive and finished in British Racing Green with black trim originally supplied to the USA and is one of the 19 “Babydoll” replicas supplied to Lew Spencer’s dealership in Los Angeles.
Spencer was a highly successful race driver in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. All his racing Morgans cars were nicknamed “Babydoll” after a well known film of the period. His success created a significant demand for new Morgan Plus 4’s to the same specification which included aluminium body and wings, a first for production Morgans and predating the Lawrence tuned Plus-4 Supersports.
Our example was restored in the USA some years ago and remains in very good cosmetic order but sadly at that time the original Moss gearbox, torque tube, prop shaft and axle were replaced by non-standard components believed to be Triumph TR4 sourced. In its current format the car would not be eligible for historic completion events, however the required items are available by separate negotiation.
This makes for a very interesting project at just a £20,000 staring price or just enjoy it for what it is. We would be happy to advise and assist whichever route you choose.

Tuesday 15 March 2016



The Real Car Co
The Real Car Co Ltd, Coed y Parc, Bethesda, Gwynedd, LL57 4YS
Tel: +44 (0)1248 602649, Fax: +44 (0)1248 600994, Parts: +44 (0)1248 605200


Delivered new to Australia, this car was discovered near Sydney in 1962 and shipped to California, where it was restored in the late 1980s. In 1998, it was sold to the UK. Although the body carries plates showing Cann & Co, London, a company apparently associated with Minerva, it is believed the coachwork is actually by Phizackerley Coachworks of Sydney, which of course ties in nicely with the car's original delivery destination. It seems however, that the rear portion of the body was re-made as part of the restoration. This has been very nicely carried out, and the whole car is in lovely condition and running well.

  • Chassis No. 17117
  • Reg No. SV7412
  • Price £45,000

Thursday 10 March 2016

1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC Charlesworth Saloon - Robin Lawton


1935 Alvis Speed 20 SC Charlesworth Saloon


Introduced in 1932, The Alvis Speed 20 was to earn an enviable reputation for its performance and high quality. The final version, designated ‘SC’, appeared in 1935 and benefited from an enlarged engine, displacing 2.8 litres. Further improvements included a syncromesh transmission and independent front suspension. The model was eventually superseded by the Speed 25 in 1937, by which time some 1165 examples of the earlier car had been produced.
A variety of coachwork styles were available and without doubt, the Charlesworth saloon was among the most handsome.

This fine example was first registered in Buxton, Derbyshire, in February 1935. Between 1979 – 1986, the car was the subject of  a total ‘body-off’ restoration to a very high standard – the work being fully documented and substantiated by photographs and many invoices in the extensice file of paperwork supplied.

Since the restoration was completed, only around 12,000 miles have been covered and the car has been meticulously maintained and continually improved. Recent work has included  replacement engine mountings, new clutch, driveshaft couplings, new rear springs, carburettor, brake and steering overhauls, wheels rebuilt, new stainless steel exhaust system and much more.

A correct ‘matching numbers’ car, with known history since new, it is sure to delight the most discerning enthusiast. With ample power and the ability to hold its own in modern traffic, this is an ideal motor car for longer distance touring and events.  It  is featured on page 180 of Kenneth Day’s book ‘Alvis – The Story Of The Red Triangle’

For more information please call me on 07710-364945 or 01420-474919.

We are located south of the Hindhead Tunnel (A3) between Petersfield and Alton.  

Viewing strictly by prior appointment please.

Delivery can be arranged at very competitive rates.

© 2015 Robin Lawton

Wednesday 9 March 2016



1977 FERRARI 512 BB

The Ferrari 512 BB (also known as the ‘BB512’) was launched in 1976 as more of an update to the Berlinetta Boxer, rather than a new model. Its name didn’t follow Ferrari convention, instead borrowing the format used for the Dino and GT4 at the time, referring to ‘5 litre, 12 cylinder’, rather than the individual cylinder capacity.
The torquier 5.0-litre Ferrari flat-12 made the ‘new’ Boxer more responsive and flexible. A revised gearbox was a significant improvement over the 365 BB, and many of the latter were subsequently upgraded in period to use this transmission. Ferrari also reduced the pressure in the shift mechanism itself, making gear changes in the 512 BB slicker than in its predecessor.
On the outside, the exterior styling changes were minimal but noticeable. Wider rear arches accommodated the fatter nine-inch tyres, there was a more pronounced kink in the join between cabin and rear clip, and the Ferrari’s nose was revised with a shallow spoiler to reduce lift at very high speeds.
Another telling feature of the 512 BB is the pair of NACA ducts in the lower panels ahead of the rear wheels - these were added to funnel air to the engine bay. At the rear, the three tail lights on each side were swapped to two pairs of larger items; with precisely the same reduction in the number of tail pipes for the exhaust.
The reaction from the motoring press to the Ferrari 512 BB was that all of the smaller changes added up to a substantial improvement over the 365 BB. As Mel Nichols put it in his single-model book on the Berlinetta Boxer: ‘This was a Boxer with more charm as well as more fight, more poise as well as more spirit’.
This Ferrari 512 BB was ordered in early 1977, specified with Nero 20-B-50 paintwork, Beige (code VM 3234) leather and Corda carpets. A copy of the order receipt from Ferrari S.p.A. accompanies the car and confirms this original combination.
The Berlinetta Boxer’s first owner was a Malaysian businessman who lived in London at the time. He kept the car for just two months before selling it to renowned Ferrari collector - and current Chairman of the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain - Mr Nigel Chiltern-Hunt. While in his ownership, the Boxer was registered as ‘BB 25’ and was featured in Mel Nichols’ Berlinetta Boxer book that shows this registration plate.
Two years later, the 512 BB was sold on again, this time to a doctor in Surrey. At the time of the car’s first MOT test in 1980 - for which the certificate remains in the history file - the odometer read just 4586 miles. In 1982, this 512 BB became one of only two targa conversions by Emilio Garcia’s Autokraft business - and the only example in right-hand drive. Within the last year, it has been painstakingly reverted back to the original Berlinetta body style.
In 2007 the car was sold on to its fourth keeper - a prominent British businessman and cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He continued to spend whatever was required on this wonderful Boxer, driving it over some 2000 miles before selling it on to the fifth keeper in October 2011. Most recently, the car has received a full engine-out service and cambelt replacement at Foskers.
The documented history of this Ferrari 512 BB is simply outstanding. Within the substantial file of paperwork are service invoices, MOT certificates and sales records for virtually every year of the car’s life. The third keeper owned the car from late 1979 until early 2007, and he spared absolutely no expense in the maintenance of this wonderful Boxer. The 512 BB was used frequently, but only ever covered between 500 and 1000 miles each year. The total mileage is therefore remarkably low, and the odometer now reads just 26000.
This is a truly beautiful 512 Berlinetta Boxer that has magnificent provenance. It is presented in its original and arresting factory colour combination and is accompanied by a complete and continuous ownership and mileage record from new. The interior is entirely original, save for the superb new carpets throughout.
The Berlinetta Boxers are thrilling Ferraris to drive, not to mention exceptionally rare cars in right-hand drive. Furthermore, these flat-12s are appreciating every month, so from an investment point of view the 512 BB is fantastic choice.
For more information about this Ferrari 512 BB for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.


For sales enquiries, contact Tony Glynn
Telephone: 01474 874555
Mobile: 07921 430430

Monday 7 March 2016

1946 JAGUAR MARK FOUR 31/2 LITRE - Mathewsons


Roxby Garage (Sales / Museum / Auction), Pickering Road, Thornton Le-Dale, Pickering, 
North Yorks, YO187LH
e-mail: Telephone: 01751 474455



Sensing that war was imminent, William Lyons phased out car production at his SS Cars Ltd factory and focused on helping out the war effort. He continued to produce sidecars and trailers for the British armed forces and carried out repair work on RAF bombers.
These military contracts helped keep his company afloat during the war, and once the hostilities ended, they were ready to get back to producing motor cars, and with a name change, Jaguar Cars Ltd. was created.

Prewar sales for the S.S. products had been low especially in the United States. However, with a nation ravaged by war, Lyons had to press for this export market. Taking advantage of the strong U.S. economy and a new interest in elegant, well-made British automobiles (especially from returning Gi's), Jaguar quickly set up a dealer network across the Atlantic.

Jaguars cars were in fact so popular that one of the first 16 sold overseas went to actor Clark Gable.

The Jaguar Mark IV, in fact pronounced mark four, was built by Jaguar from 1945 to 1949. It was a relaunch of a pre-Second World War model made by SS Cars Ltd from 1936.

The 3½ Litre model we have on offer here was manufactured in1946, being essentially the same body and chassis as the 2½ Litre but the larger 125 bhpengine giving far better performance.
The rear axle ratio was also changed to 4.25:1 as opposed to the 4.5:1 on the 2½ Litre models.
Purchased by the last owner in 1998 'FNP' remains in good order. The chrome work is generally very good together with the mellowed interior. Interior door panels and carpets are also very good.
'As new' headcloth, working rear blind and lovely instrument dash display.
The car in general carries an older mellowed patina expected of an older restored motor car.
Within the vehicles large history folder is contained a number of interesting articles.
To include....
Period 'Buff Logbook' dated circa 1960's
Number of Autocar articles detailing the Jaguar 3 ½ model.
1948 Autocar road test on the 3 ½
1946 Jaguar 3 ½ Instruction manual.
Large selection of photographs showing the car at various events over the last 20 years.
If only the feeling achieved when you drive such a majestic car could be bottled!
This iconic looking motor car is currently on display in our museum


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Friday 4 March 2016


Ghost Motor Works Ltd
Exclusively Rolls-Royce and Bentley
Landway Farm Basted Lane Claygate Cross Kent TN15 8PY England
Telephone  01732 886002   Fax 01732 887466


Left Hand Drive

Chassis number DRG32485 was ordered by Rolls Royce of Beverly Hills on the 14.06.77 and was delivered on the 15th August 1978. After 18 years in California the Corniche returned to the UK in 1996.  In 1999 the car was sold and shipped to the Isle of Man to its new owner who has owned the car ever since.  The car retains its original Porcelain White coachwork. The interior, trimmed in Persian Blue hide with mountain Blue carpets and matching lamb’s wool over rugs. The interior retains its original audio set-up with Blaupunkt radio cassette. Presented in exceptional condition throughout DRG32485 is offered with a very comprehensive history file. The file includes a handwritten owner’s log book giving details of all the services in the USA from March 1982 at 18,000 miles to August 1996 at 68,000 miles. Also included are masses of invoices from UK Rolls Royce specialists and main agents such as Bentley Pangbourne. In total this car has had over £50,000 spent since its return to the UK. This includes two comprehensive mechanical overhauls undertaken by Mead of Birmingham costing over £20,000. The file also accommodates copies of the Rolls Royce build records, detailing the specification and manufacturing of this vehicle and the original owner’s handbook.  Having covered just 94000 miles from new this wonderful example remains in 1st class condition both mechanically and  cosmetically by virtue of a no expense spared service history and very careful ownership. 

Thursday 3 March 2016


Sir Gary Davis Mobile: 07785 500990
Tel: 01202 709407 Fax: 01202 709810

1995 ROVER MINI SIDEWALK 1275cc S Saloon 

Finished in charcoal grey metallic with an eye catching blue/red tartan cloth interior which is a feature of the Sidewalk Ltd Ed.This wonderful and rare Limited edition Mini Sidewalk was first to supplied to Miss Poole in Aug95 and the last keeper was Mr Lane of Glos. during which time the vehicle covered a mere 39000 miles, backed up by the service history and all previous MoT certificates. Although Cat C - the car has been fully checked, drives extremely well and is in very good condition throughout.The vehicle has a 1275 Cooper S engine with OHV point fuel injection, all independent suspension, rack and pinion steering, servo assisted brakes, polished aluminium and grey 8 spoke minilite 12 alloy wheels with low profile tyres, special in car entertainment system, full width parcel shelf, anti-dazzle rear view mirror, reclining front seats, 3 spoke soft feel steering wheel with unique badge, blue tartan seats, comprehensive anti-corrosion treatment, laminated windscreen, locking fuel cap, black wheel arch extension and sill finishing, unique decor treatment, unique bonnet badge, heated rear window, , red coloured seatbelts, head restraints, door mirrors, colour coded front bumper and unique chrome body styling.The history folder contains the current V5 and MoT certificate, service history, previous MoTs since 1998, MoT related paperwork, old road fund licences, original Mini sales catalogue, HPi report, electrical documentation, Owners handbook, Rover European directory leaflet, Mini in-car entertainment booklet, correspondence, original Rover mini Sidewalk document holder, windscreen scraper, 2 x CDs and a Mini Haynes repair manual. 

Panorama Bay Motor Company
36 Panorama Road
BH13 7RD

Tel: 01202 709407
Fax: 01202 709810
Mobile: 07785 500990 
Email: Panorama Bay

Opening Hours
Mon - Fri: 9:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: By appointment only