Fine Motor Cars offered at the Mercedes-Benz World auction, Brooklands on Saturday 25th November
A selection of fine automobiles that were offered for sale by auction at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands on Saturday 25th November.
For any auction requirements - John will discuss these with you and to arrange a no obligation valuation. The auction location at Brooklands is well situated by road, rail and air links with many buyers being attracted from all over Europe and further afield. We are also able to facilitate telephone, internet bidding and commission bids so that our clients are able to purchase from around the world whatever they are doing or wherever they are.
See page 2 for more cars for that were included in the November sale at Mercedes-Benz World - Brooklands:
SOLD - 1972 BMW 3.0 CSL
Registration Number: SDE 30
Chassis Number: 2285131
Engine Number: 2285131
Odometer Reading: 77,625
Estimate: £95,000 - £125,000
SOLD - £136,640
The European Touring Car Championship of the early 1970’s encouraged performance manufacturers to build some rare and exciting homologation specials, notably Ford with their Escort and Capri derivatives and BMW with their CSL (Coupe Sport Leicht). The BMW 3.0 CSL was indeed light – having thinner steel panels, an aluminium bonnet, boot and doors combined with a reduced trim that in total saved a valuable 300lbs in weight. The power was derived from an enlarged 3003cc straight six engine, this increase in capacity enabled entry into the over three litre racing categories. Whilst providing around 200bhp and with the reduced weight, the CSL was soon proving itself as one of the most sought after sports cars of the era.
We are delighted to offer one of the 500 CSL’s that were sold to the UK market. This righthand drive example is one of those original few that belonged to a regional director of the BMW Car Club in the 1980s. The CSL was then purchased by North Oxford Garage, a leading BMW dealer, whereby it underwent a partial restoration using only genuine BMW parts. This is supported by accompanying invoices within the history file and totaled in the region of £28,000. The CSL remained in their collection until April 2012 when it was acquired by a retired BMW director. Since that acquisition in 2012, it has been lovingly cared for with great attention being paid to the BMW’s detail. For example, the interior woodwork has been repaired and re-veneered and the trim sympathetically repaired in areas using the correct materials, as well as many others, resulting with this CSL being one of the best available.
Presented in the original colour of Polaris Silver with contrasting black original Scheel seats, this example is hard to fault in any area and, we think you will agree, looks stunning. The Blaupunkt radio and the rare trim items, often missing on these models, are present. On the road, this BMW belies her 45 years and, according to our tester, is a flying machine with a tight chassis and braking system to match, all making high speed cruising effortless. The old MoT test certificates and service information support the mileage and we are advised that this CSL will arrive at the sale with an MoT test certificate, valid until August 2018, the afore mentioned history file, handbook and service books as well as a fresh mechanics service.
With these lightweight homologation specials being extremely sought after and prices reflecting this, the advice will always be, buy the best. We believe this is one of those special motorcars, in the right condition and perhaps, one you have always promised yourself?
SOLD - 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal
Registration Number: XJB 990L
Chassis Number: AR 1428380
Engine Number: AR 00564*S0420
Odometer Reading: 59,854km
Estimate: £40,000 - £48,000
· Matching numbers example with excellent history
· Maintained regardless of cost
· Extensive history file and two sets of keys
We are delighted to offer a fine example of a 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal. To consider the purchase of one of these 1970s supercars, it would be wise to buy the very best you can and with that in mind, we believe, this is one of the very best presented to you today. According to the Alfa Romeo archives, this was manufactured on 30th March, 1973 and sold in Rimini, Italy on 15th May, 1973 with the body colour of AR601 (orange) with black cloth interior. In April 2006, it had the honour of being awarded the highly regarded ASI (Automotoclub Storico Italiano) certification, which only the finest and most correct examples are awarded. In 2008, the car was discovered, purchased and imported into the UK by James Wheeler of Black and White Garage. James Wheeler is a well-respected aficionado of the marque and had spent considerable time sourcing an example that was not only excellent but also un-abused.
After its arrival and registration in the UK, several improvements were carried out to enhance the experience and reliability, these include; a complete overhaul of the suspension with the fitment of new bushes and an Alfaholics handling kit, an Alfaholics stainless-steel sports exhaust system (excluding manifolds), an Alfaholics aluminium billet steering box and rebuilt steering idler and the fitment of Ferodo DS2500 brake pads. In March 2012, Wes Ingram in Washington, USA, a leading expert in the field, rebuilt the SPICA fuel injection pump and injectors, the pump being calibrated and bench tested. In addition, in October 2013, Montreal expert, Robert Thompson of High Performance Restorations, carried out a thorough engine tune and health check. In November 2013, the vendor purchased the Montreal from Black and White Garage and, has since, maintained the car to the highest level without consideration to cost. In this time works have included new Michelin XWX tyres, Alfaholics upgraded brakes, annual servicing and a service of the factory fitted air conditioning system with modern coolant amongst many other items recorded within the most extensive history file. This Alfa Romeo Montreal has been featured in several articles and in particular, Auto Italia. We strongly recommend that you view the history file and note the invoices of works, old MoT test certificates, an Alfa Romeo Owner’s Club valuation of £60,000 plus, dated October 2014, a copy of the original Italian registration document, two owners’ instruction books, one in Italian and the other in English, various article and correspondences, a fresh MoT test certificate and a record of the most recent service carried out in October 2017.
The concept of this model was first seen at the 1967 Montreal Expo but it was not until two years later, and adopting the 1967 Expo’s hosting city name, that Bertone’s elegant coupé first saw production. With a de-tuned Tipo 33 V8 race engine, the Montreal certainly combined a futuristic design with high performance. Even today, the Montreal may cause a drawing of breath when first viewed.
Presented in very good order throughout and in particular, this is an excellent driving example which may be attributed as a result of the fastidious owners carrying out the enormous amount of work and expenditure with the aim of achieving a V8 Supercar that drives and handles as fabulously as it looks. That goal has most certainly been achieved resulting with this Alfa Romeo Montreal surely being one of the finest driving examples in existence.
SOLD - 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster
Registration Number: 312 JGW
Chassis Number: S661082
Engine Number: W871783
Odometer Reading: TBA
Estimate: £90,000 - £120,000
SOLD - £101,920
We are pleased to present this Jaguar XK120 Roadster finished in the colours of Old English White with contrasting dark red leather and sitting upon a set of chrome wire wheels. According to John Elmgreen, the Australian Jaguar XK historian, “this XK120 was sold new through a company named Lewis & Peat whose main operations, as far as the Jaguar marque was concerned, seem to have been in Nigeria. However, this Jaguar with chassis number, 661082, was delivered directly from the works to a Mr Taylor as the first owner, having been registered in Coventry. It was later registered with its current number 312 JGW.” As this Jaguar is noted upon the UK registration document as being first registered in March 1958, we may deduct that the car may have spent some time abroad during its early life before being repatriated in 1958 and assigned its current registration number. Later, the XK was owned by the well known, Chairman of the BARC (British Automobile Racing Club), Michael Groves, who owned the Jaguar for some years and would often be seen in it, spectating at BARC events. Under his stewardship, it underwent extensive restoration works in the mid-1990s and included a bare-metal strip and restoration.
All the bills and photographs of this restoration are recorded within the large history file that accompanies the car. Later, 312 JGW was entered into The Hurlingham Club Concours d’Elegance under the ownership of Tarek Mahoud and, in 2012, it was acquired by John Goldsmith, nephew of Michael Groves. Today, the car currently resides within the same family.
On inspection, this Jaguar XK120 Roadster presents very well, its coachwork is straight and clean whilst the undersides are also in very good order. Open the bonnet and note that the handsome 3.4 litre XK unit is very clean. Step into the rich red interior and look down the long bonnet and you may see why these motorcars were such a sensation on their introduction at the 1948 London Motor Show. Start the engine and you will notice how smooth the straight six engine runs whilst the Moss gearbox selects gears easily and smoothly. The Jaguar is offered with the afore mentioned history file, a factory service manual, various spare parts, complete weather equipment, including the tonneau covers and an indoor dust cover.
All too often, freshly restored motorcars, although very bright and shiny, loose their soul in the process. However, we are delighted to offer this lovely Jaguar XK120 that has been loved and well maintained whilst having proved its reliability on many trips both within the UK and abroad. We think you will agree that not only is this attractive Jaguar in very good condition throughout, but also that it's heart and soul are fully intact.
SOLD - 1972 Fiat Abarth 595 EsseEsse Recreation
Registration Number: YOD 599K
Chassis Number: 300011
Engine Number: Not Known
Odometer Reading: 511km
Estimate: £10,000 - £14,000
SOLD - £10,640
· Rebuilt and tuned 650cc engine
· Abarth detailing and equipment
The Italian performance and racing car company was founded by Austrian-Italian Carlo Abarth and Italian Armando Scagliarini in Turin in 1949. Abarth adopted his Scorpio birth sign as the company logo; they were later known for producing various tuning kits for road vehicles, mainly for Fiat. Mechanically, the Abarth 595 was a vastly improved car over the standard Fiat 500 with special pistons, valves, a high-lift camshaft and large downdraft Solex or Weber carburetors. The power output increased from 22bhp at 4400rpm to 32bhp at 6000rpm. The suspension was stiffened and lowered and the coachwork adorned with Abarth badges inside and out. Today, genuine Abarth motorcars and performance parts are sought after by collectors worldwide.
This lovely Fiat started life as a standard 500 in 1972, however, prior to import into the UK, the little car was modified into an Abarth 595 EsseEsse style recreation and incorporated many similar features of the original cars. Since being UK registered on 1st February 2016, further enhancements and Abarth detailing have been carried out by the well-respected replica specialists, Total Headturners, and include an extensive rebuild of the Fiat 126 650cc power unit; full details of these works and, in particular, the engine works are filed.
This example is in excellent condition and is presented in the classic Abarth colours of white with red Abarth decals and badges. The following detailing includes, an Abarth open engine cover conversion, heat wrapped sports exhaust, a single downdraft Weber carburettor, Abarth engine sump, cam cover, wood rimmed steering wheel and gear knob. The interior is trimmed in black with red diamond stitched headlining and is complemented by the Veglia odometer, rev. counter and Abarth auxiliary gauges. We are advised that this lovely example will arrive at the sale with an MoT test certificate, valid until October 2018, its UK registration document and associated file and invoices for works and parts. We believe that this 595 is presented with a realistic estimate and is one of the better examples on offer today.
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How to Buy and Sell at Auction Seminars - Thurday & Friday Auction Viewing Days during sales throughout 2017
Why attend the 'How to Buy and sell at auction' seminars.
Whether you are new to the classic car scene or an old hand, buying and selling at auction may be a daunting prospect, especially if you have never experienced the process before. Even the most experienced will have unanswered questions. Don’t worry, are team here at Historics are here to help. John Williams, who has delivered classic car courses and seminars for over 10 years and Fabian Hine, one of the most experienced auctioneers in the business will be delivering two seminars at to be held at 1.00pm during each of our viewing days on the Thursday & Friday. Armed with the knowledge, we aim to make the auction experience an enjoyable and successful one for buyers and sellers alike.
For buyers, you will be taken through all aspects of the auction process that will include; registration, bidding methods, provisional bidding (what this means), payments and collection (if you are successful). For sellers, the process you will go through to get you car to auction and useful tips on preparation, one of the most important and often most neglected aspects that often result in many good classic cars failing to sell. Your time with us will end with a question and answer session. One thing that John Williams and Fabian Hine has learnt most over the years is that, there are no stupid questions and many so called experienced auction attendees, including dealers, are surprised at what they learn.
A catalogue admits two people.
Entrance to all Historics at Brooklands classic and sports car auctions are by catalogue only, each catalogue will admit two people for both the viewing and auction day but will also admit you to either the Ascot Racecourse sale, Brooklands Motor Museum or Mercedes-Benz World (for whichever location said auction is held at).
John Williams Classic Cars in conjunction with Historics at Brooklands
WHAT I DO:I source classic motor vehicles for auction whereby, with my experience and knowledge, a higher level of price expectation is often achieved for the vendor.
I also provide courses that introduce prospective dealers, buyers and auction buyers and sellers, to the classic car market.
WHO I WORK WITH: John Williams Classic Cars have, since 2011, worked with the Historics at Brooklands auction house, providing cars to this market sector helping many customers achieve a higher level result than may be attained selling privately.
WHAT MAKES JOHN WILLIAMS IN CONJUNCTION WITH HISTORICS AT BROOKLANDS DIFFERENT: I have wealth of knowledge and experience of owning, restoring and selling classic cars since 1974 and with mine and Historics at Brooklands worldwide database, together, we offer your motor car to potential buyers where others cannot.
WHAT OTHERS SAY ABOUT JOHN WILLIAMS:
"As a young person I was extremely nervous about buying my first classic car. I had always thought Alfa Romeos were beautiful but I knew absolutely nothing about them. Dealing with John made the entirety of finding, negotiating and then becoming an owner of an Alfa incredibly easy and actually a rather joyful experience, taking all of the stress and hassle out of the process. When I come to buying my next classic car John will definitely be the first person I call." - William Butler - Alfa Romeo GTAm Evocation - August 2016.
"When we wished to sell part of our small collection of cars to fund further purchases we approached John to help us market them through Historics’ auctions. From our initial meeting at the Alexandra Palace Classic car show to the day of the sale at Brooklands John looked after us and our cars with the utmost professionalism and integrity. We listened to and took all his advice especially his specific suggestions about selling the right cars at no reserve. To say that we were delighted with the final auction results is an understatement! We would not hesitate to contact John again if we were selling or indeed buying classic motor cars." - Andrew and Sarah Martin Land Rover, MGB Roadster & Lotus Elite 504
"I have been very happy with the way you have dealt with the sale of my much loved Spider! I will not hesitate to recommend you to anyone I know who wished to sell their classic motor car.” - Michael Bennett - Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider - June 2015.
"It is important that I write and thank you for your help and understanding with regards to the sale of my Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Tourismo." As you know, it was the first time I have submitted a car to auction, and your attention to detail and presentation of the car was superb, inspiring confidence, which made the day much easier for me. Everything you said you would do, you did. I could not ask for more.
David Phillips on the sale of his 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo - November 2015.
HOW IT WORKS: I offer you a professional, inexpensive and effective route to market; to discuss the sale of your classic car or motor cycle, please call me. I will then explore with you our forthcoming auctions, arrange appointments and discuss photography. A complimentary catalogue will then be sent to you, which allows you and one other entry to the sale.
If you are new to the classic car market, I can also offer you introductory courses on, How to Buy and Sell a Classic Car, How to become a Classic Car Dealer and How to Buy and Sell at Auction.
Submitting your classic car to auction is straightforward and I will do most of the work for you, however, there are three important aspects to bear in mind:
1. The Reserve is simply the lowest figure that you are prepared to accept for your item on the day of the sale. This figure is confidential and therefore not available to potential purchasers. It is, however, subject to commission, if sold. (No sale - no commission or any hidden fees). By way of advice, a higher Reserve may dissuade potential customers from bidding, whereas a lower Reserve is far more likely to generate interest.
It is always far easier to encourage people to continue to bid than it is to get them going in the first instance.
2. The Commission Rate is subject to VAT and is simply a percentage that is deducted from the final hammer price.
3. The Historics Commission Rate is - 10%+VAT (Automobilia - 15%+VAT)
(Please note VAT is chargeable at the current rate of 20%).
All lots are subject to an Entry Fee; this covers administrative, publication, photography and marketing aspects associated with catalogue production and event management.
The Historics Entry Fee for motorcars is £230+VAT
*Important note: The entry fee for motorcars and motorcycles also includes professional photography (location may incur a small cost of travel expenses for the photographer).
Motorcycle Entry Fee: £175+VAT
Automobilia Entry Fee: £0
If your lot is sold successfully, remittance will be forwarded to you within 14 days (subject to received funds).
All sale proceeds will be paid into a 'segregated trust account' managed by Coutts & Co. This account does not form part of our company's assets and is therefore secure for the seller and buyer.
Importantly, your classic car is not released to the buyer until Historics have received full and cleared funds.
READY TO TALK? Please call me on either 01380 812862 or 07967 203007. I may be emailed at email@example.com .
Picture above- John Williams at the start of the 2014 Kop Hill in his Triumph Spitfire GT6R Le Mans.