Friday 30 September 2016


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Red Row, Beamish, Durham, DH9 0RW

Tel: 01207 606 120        Email:
Viewing is strictly by appointment only,
 please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need any further info.

1934 LAGONDA M45

This beautiful Lagonda M45 has been the personal transport of our founder Bob Fountain since he purchased it as a barn find in 2004.

AUF 77 is a 4.5 litre M45 built in 1934 and one of only two drop head coupes to be clothed in the elegant Sedanca de Ville body, considered by many to be the most attractive 'special order' coachwork ever to adorn an M45 chassis. Constructed & delivered by special order from Lancefield Coachworks of London, AUF 77 is the original registration number.

Fully restored by Aston Workshop during 2006-07 in preparation for her biggest adventure, The Peking Paris Challenge, a photographic record of which can be found here:

It features a straight cut gearbox and special high performance, 'dyno optimised' engine with all steel bottom end and all the correct internals. All modifications were undertaken as required with no expense spared. The result is a timeless, classic Lagonda that can cruise effortlessly and cover huge daily mileage at modern traffic speed.

Bob and his co-driver Joseph de Georgi successfully completed the Peking Paris Challenge, finishing in 14th position and were awarded a Silver medal, beating many seasoned rally competitors in the process. 

Following the rally, the M45 was returned to the UK and completely overhauled to return her to pre-rally, “restored” condition, this included being fully re-painted.

Since then AUF 77 has been lovingly maintained and driven very occasionally in favourable weather conditions only.

A wonderful book was created by Aston Workshop to celebrate Lagonda the company, the history of this particular M45 and it’s involvement in the Peking Paris Challenge.

It has a huge, well documented history file including all original invoices and letters etc. The restoration was completed regardless of cost and a full breakdown of all work undertaken by Aston Workshop will form part of the history. This will be made available to interested parties at the time of viewing.


Since: 2010

Thursday 29 September 2016


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1979 FERRARI 308 GTS

The Ferrari 308 GTB was the successor to the Dino 308 GT4. Indeed, when the new Ferrari was first spotted testing in Italy, the ‘Prancing Horse’ magazine in the US called the 308 GTB ‘a very new Dino’. While the production car was Ferrari-badged from day one, it shared many of the Dino’s star qualities.
The engine, driveline, suspension, steering and brakes are shared with the 308 GT4, but to style the car, Ferrari returned to Pininfarina rather than work with Bertone again. The svelte lines penned by Leonardo Fioravanti at Pininfarina remain as stunning today as they were when first revealed in 1975.
In 1977, the Ferrari 308 GTS was introduced, which featured the added benefit of a black targa roof panel that could be easily removed and stowed in the cabin behind the seats.
This particular Ferrari 308 GTS is an original right-hand-drive example, first registered in the UK in June 1979. It is presented in red (Rosso Corsa) over beige (Sabbia) hide with Corda carpets, and still has its original and correct shallow front spoiler. The factory specification included air-conditioning and wide wheels.
The beautiful interior has outstanding patina with the all-original leather trim; its correct Philips Turnolock radio cassette player and even the emergency window crank handle still stowed behind the passenger seat. The 16-inch Ferrari wheels currently fitted offer a much broader choice of tyre, not to mention superior handling.
There is a lovely history file accompanying this Ferrari 308 GTS, including numerous old MOT certificates and invoices for works carried out. This Ferrari 308 GTS was first introduced to Foskers in 2008. We carried out various maintenance for its owner at the time, including a full carburettor rebuild, replacement water pump and cam overhaul with new seals and gaskets less than 2000 miles ago. The odometer has just ticked over 50000 miles from new
The Ferrari 308 GTS is a fantastic open-top sports car, and this example in particular is sure to put a huge smile on your face each time you get behind the wheel. Call us now to arrange an inspection and test drive of this wonderful classic Ferrari.
For more information about this Ferrari 308 GTS for sale in Kent, or to arrange an appointment, please contact our sales team on 01474 874555 or 07921 430430.


Since: 2010

Wednesday 28 September 2016


Tom Hartley Junior

1990 FERRARI F40

Tom Hartley Junior
We are excited to offer this very low-mileage F40. This example, chassis 087041, has only 1,560 miles and is the 77th of only 213 ever produced to U.S. specification. It is completely indistinguishable from new, with all factory markings still evident throughout.

The car has great provenance, being owned by some impressive classic car collectors on both the West and East Coasts, travelling as far as Hawaii. Today, it is still titled in America, residing on the sunny East Coast.

The F40 comes complete with the following items:
  • Handbooks
  • Original wallet
  • Workshop manual
  • Spare parts catalogue
  • Tool kit
  • Wheel nut
  • Tyre inflator
  • Car cover

It has also received its Ferrari "Red Book" Classiche certification binder, which confirms that the car is as it left the factory over 26 years ago.

If this F40 is of interest and you wish to discuss further, please feel free to get in touch.

Price:  £POA
call us on +44 (0)1283 761119
Barratt Mill, Shortheath, Moira, Swadlincote, Derbyshire, DE12 6BL
Tel: +44 (0)1283 761119  Email:


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This story is a little different from the usual. I suppose it all started when I used to see a Mercedes convertible parked in a beautiful drive way in an affluent area of Glasgow when I was growing up as a kid however It was more likely as an adult and my visits to the Essen techno classic car shows in Germany where I really got to see the beautiful cars in detail, that a love affair began.
Most people will tell you that I am an air-cooled Porsche guy, which is true however in the Spring of 2008, I received some life changing news….. I was going to be the father of twins. Panic started how do I get 2 kids + twin buggy + travel packs etc in the back of a pre 73,911 ?
After some serious thought (all of which I cannot share however one included fitting a tow bar to the 911 … seriously)

I decided this would be the perfect time for me to indulge in a Mercedes W111 Convertible, plenty of room for the kids inside in safety & comfort (no roll cage needed) a luggage area as big as most cars…… Perfect.
Now the buying, it had to be RHD, condition was everything, I had a wish list of preferred colour & spec, I wanted arm rests, head rests, ivory steering wheel, whitewall tyres, stacked headlights, etc I thought this would be easy and had no set budget. Now doing my homework & due diligence, I found out not many of these cars came to the UK & most that did slowly rotted away.
My choice was rather limited so I lowered my expectations and decided I would have to carry out some work on any car I purchased. At the time the inter web was still fairly new for classics & I trolled through magazines, joined the Mercedes owners club. Its September 2008 I have been all over the country, I have looked at 7 cars which had all been described as worthy. I spoke to Mercedes specialists during this time and inspected various cars inc Coupes at various stages of restoration to get a feel of costs & what was involved .
I got a tip off from a friend in Preston who was dealing with a dealer in Lytham St Annes, the dealer had a Mercedes 220 se convertible who had purchased it from the original owner 25 years previously it was his own personal car but had been unused for several years as he couldn’t get it to run properly, he may consider selling it ? I got his number and made arrangement to view the car.

It was almost what I wanted . It was the correct colour, it was a convertible, it had 1 previous owner, it was a genuine low mileage,with the original service book stamped up to 1979 showing 36031 miles, the condition of the body was superb and rust free however the hood was faded, the front seats needed recovered, dash lacquer on the wood was flaking, chrome needed re-chromed, tyres cracked and non runner however it was the most genuine convertible available to the market at that time & as far as I know since. I made the Purchase. My plan was to freshen it up & get it road worthy to use immediately, I managed to get it through an mot in October 2008 which give an idea of the general condition. The car was on display at the Mercedes club in April 2000 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the club (copy in the file and the car look splendid)

Well, the Kids arrived on March 2009 (boy and girl) I had to buy a discovery while the Mercedes was being made good.
Me and my OCD, wanted everything just right as I had imagined it, so I stripped the car to a shell. The only new panel required was the front crossmember panel, the car was full repainted in its original colour £15000.00 in body and paint, dash was redone by veneers in motion who do the Aston Martin factory work £2046.00, full retrim including hood by Aldridge £10500, re-chrome by Castle chrome £9600, Whitewall tyres £500, Stainless steel exhaust system, New old stock Ivory steering wheel £1200, new arm rest , head rests & parts etc, the totals over £50000.00, not inc labour.

The car is only just totally finished !!! As we are so busy with clients cars. My kids are now 7, they can now fit in the 911 without a tow bar being required. So someone will benefit from my 7 years of chasing the perfect Mercedes Convertible. The price is a cost covering exercise I am sure its worth more.
Visually it is a 280, like the 280 SL Pagoda is the (coveted car) but to most the 230 is the better car.

I have the original service book full stamped up until April 1979 showing 36031 miles, all the original hand books (see images) and a large A4 fold of history and invoices. We have mots going back to 1982 when the 2nd owner purchased the vehicle showing 49568 miles. We have the original sales brochure.

This Mercedes was supped new to Mr Leonard Edwards Ltd of 36 Great Marlborough Street,London on the 23rd of February 1966 and registered LEL 11 which it still retains & is transferable.
Mr Edwards sold the car to Mr Peter Standfield of Martonmere Autos Ltd, Peel corner, Preston new road, Blackpool, FY4 5JZ on the 16th of May 1983. Mr Standfeild had registered the car in the company name (Martonmere Auto Ltd) 16-05-1983. He then registered it in his own name on the 31-12-1996 Mr Peter Standfield, 44 Heyhouse Lane, Lytham St Annes, FY8 3RW
Since: 2010