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01380 812862 or 07967 203007 to discuss your requirements 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.
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For Sale - 1973 Alfa Romeo Giulia 2000 GT Veloce
Registration Number: GCD 391N
Chassis Number: AR 2412580
Engine Number: AR 00512/71868
Odometer Reading: 37300 miles
Estimate: £28,000 - £34,000
· Previously an Owner’s Club concours contender
· A UK Righthand drive example
· Large history file and in excellent order throughout
We are delighted to offer, what is in our opinion, a rather special and well known Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce. A letter from Marco Fazio, Centro Documentazione Alfa Romeo, residing within the large history file, confirms that this 2000 GT Veloce was manufactured on 4th June, 1973 and sold to Alfa Romeo UK, London on 5th June, 1973. Offered with the coachwork finished in the correct Alfa Romeo Hawthorn White (Biancospino) with a contrasting anthracite leather cloth interior, the Alfa Romeo displays excellent panel gaps throughout, an important indicator as to the structural integrity of this motorcar. A large history file contains old MoT test certificates, various correspondences, invoices, DVLA SORN records and includes a service book with records up until 1977. There is also a statement at the rear of the service book stating that the Alfa Romeo had the faulty odometer replaced at 38,300 miles on 1st October 1979. With the odometer now reading 37,300 miles and records within the history file, we may suggest the true mileage is 75,600 miles at the time of writing. The interior is in good order and, of particular note, are the carpets that are the original factory supplied ribbed items and are no longer available. Mechanically, an Alfaholics suspension handling kit is fitted and includes Bilstein shock absorbers and an invoice for a Dell’Orto service kit indicates overhauled carburettors. On a recent test drive, the GT Veloce drove very well with no bangs rattles or squeaks, in fact, our tester, an Alfa Romeo enthusiast and collector himself, stated that it drives as a new car. A UK V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate, valid until September 2017 with no advisories, accompany the Alfa Romeo along with a spare set of keys.
At a time when righthand drive examples are predominately arriving into the UK from South Africa, it is refreshing to find, not only a UK market-supplied righthand drive Alfa Romeo built with the Italian featured interiors but also one that is in such fine order throughout. We feel that with this quality in a 105 Series Giulia Coupé, it can truly be enjoyed as designed and will become remarkable value.
For Sale - 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV Saloon (3.5 Litre)
Registration Number: GVC 321
Chassis Number: 612197
Engine Number: 52273
Odometer Reading: 63,750
• First registered to Jaguar Cars Ltd (Arthur Whittaker)
• Lovely leather and walnut interior (originally ordered in with pigskin leather)
• Wonderful and complete tool kit
• Large history file plus the often missing cigarette lighter present
We are delighted to offer this, matching numbers, 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV 3.5 Litre Saloon that, not only is presented in excellent order throughout, but also was first registered to one of Jaguar’s most important employees, therefore, it sits as a significant motor car in Jaguar’s history. Within the large history file, resides the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Production Record Certificate, confirming that this Jaguar was manufactured on 22nd December 1948 and dispatched on 14th January 1949. The first recorded owner was Jaguar Cars Ltd (Arthur Whittaker); Mr Arthur Whittaker being at that time, the Deputy Chairman of Jaguar Cars Ltd. Whittaker, a former apprentice at the Imperial Garage, Blackpool, joined Swallow Sidecars as a salesman when he was just 17 years of age (Swallow Side Cars being the first company that William Lyons started with William Walmsley before it became SS Cars Ltd. and later Jaguar Cars ltd.) He eventually became the chief assistant to William Lyons and proved to be more outstanding in business than in sales and stayed with Jaguar for some 50 years becoming one of Jaguar’s mainstay businessmen and a director on the board. At the time that this fine Mk. IV was produced, it is likely that the car was ordered with some special features. What we do know is that it left the factory with its coachwork in black and its specially ordered pigskin leather interior. It was also registered with a Coventry (VC) number plate. An extensive restoration of GVC 321 began in 1982 by Mr. David Priest who paid meticulous attention to every detail as may be seen by the drawings, within the history file, that were created to enable parts to be re-manufactured to the original specifications. Sadly, ill health resulted in the restoration being completed by the marque specialists, David Davenport, some 22 years later.
Today, the Jaguar may be described as in near concourse condition; the restoration having kept the car as close as possible to the original specifications. The coachwork presents very well and is complemented by the extensive chrome trim and fittings. A sunroof operates and, we are informed, does not leak in inclement weather conditions. Mechanically, the Jaguar operates as it should, the engine starting and running smoothly. However, a sensible addition is a discreetly installed Kenlow fan to add extra protection to the cooling system if required. An original styled battery provides the electrics whilst the car sits upon a nearly new set of Blockley tyres. On the inside, the leather interior is beautifully soft and subtle, all having been replaced during restoration apart from the rear seat back that still retains the original pigskin covering. The extensive burr walnut wood dashboard and trimmings are all in excellent condition. The rare cigarette lighter is present but the highlight of this Jaguar must be its complete and impeccable tool kit stored within the boot; it is one of the best we have seen. The previously mentioned history file is extensive and includes a genuine Jaguar service manual and instruction book, a Continuation, old style, green log book, drawings, photographs during restoration and a hand written notebook recording works carried out by the current owner who purchased it in June 2009. Most recent works include a new starter motor solenoid, lubricated grease points, oils and filter checked and brakes inspected. This UK registered Jaguar Mk. IV, although MoT exempt, has a current MoT test certificate valid until September 2017.
Taking into consideration the condition and history of this Jaguar, we believe it to be one of the finest in existence, a bold statement perhaps, but one that stands scrutiny upon inspection.
For Sale - 1994 Mercedes-Benz S500 'Biggie Smalls Gangster Rapper' by Paul Karslake FRSA
Registration Number: M25 LYR
Chassis Number: WDB1400512A209622
Engine Number: Not Known
Odometer Reading: 100,000
Estimate: No Reserve
The Artist: Even before he won his first County Art Prize at the age of eight, Paul Karslake was immersed into the Art World. Paul’s father, Mike, was a renowned architectural model maker. From Mike, Paul was taught business ethics, form and perspective – attributes so lacking in many of today’s working artists. Paul travelled to the United States in the late 1970s for what he imagined would be a three week holiday; he ended up staying four years! Soon after arriving in America, Paul was working for Los Angeles Art Studios, CBS Television and Disney, with whom, years later, he was to work on the Euro Disney Project. In 1990, the Wiggins Group Plc. commissioned Paul to produce a 650 ft. long artwork hoarding for their South Quay site in London Docklands for which he was awarded The Evening Standard Environmental Award. In the same year, he was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.). Under the guidance of Derek Johns, ex-Director of Sotheby’s and Old Master dealer in St. James’s, Paul decided to further strengthen his ties with the Fine Art market. In 1995, he undertook a commission for some very large still life paintings for the restaurant that became Gordon Ramsay’s 'Petrus', in St James’s, London. He followed this in 1998 with a solo exhibition at Derek Johns Ltd., in Duke Street, SW1. Paul’s depth of talent is further exemplified when viewing his work on other mediums, including design and artwork for the Virgin F1 racing cars and monumental scale commissions on commercial aircraft, coaches and even the Radio 1 roadshow trucks. His paintings of iconic and popular figures, from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp, Sir Michael Caine and Grace Kelly are hanging in the homes of the famous and infamous and form part of many corporate and private collections in the UK and beyond. Paul is passionate about sharing and explaining his skills and takes an active part in supporting children wishing to do work experience, also tutoring at schools and demonstrating at Art Groups.
Apart from being a working artist, Paul has always been a life long “petrol head” and has a collection of vintage Lambrettas. In 2012 he bought a Bentley Mulsanne S and covered it in artwork depicting the British Empire to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee; later selling the car at one of our auctions within Mercedes-Benz World.
The Car: This 1994 S500 is in good order; in fact, on a recent test drive, the car drove extremely well. Equipment includes a sunroof, sport mode automatic transmission, aftermarket 19" alloy wheels, grey leather, reversing aerials, front and rear passenger compartment adjustable seats and heating and switchable traction control. Of course, being an S-Class, it has the self-closing doors and double glazed windows making for a very quiet passenger compartment. This UK registered S500 has had a recent set of tyres fitted all around and will have had a service and a fresh MoT test certificate by the time of the sale.
This imposing motor car; or should we call it a work of art, represents an opportunity to own something unique from an award-winning contemporary artist of whom it could certainly never be said he was lacking in inspiration or self-doubt; indeed his next automotive art subject is already planned. Considering the values that Paul’s work commands in the art galleries, this is the perfect chance to acquire an exclusive masterpiece; especially given that it is offered without reserve.
The Art: Christopher George Latore Wallace (May 21, 1972 – March 9, 1997), better known by his stage names The Notorious B.I.G., Biggie, or Biggie Smalls was an American rapper. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest and most influential of all time. On March 9, 1997, an unknown assailant killed Wallace in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles. His double-disc album, Life After Death, was released 16 days later, rose to no. 1 on the U.S. album charts and was certified Diamond in 2000; one of the few hip-hop albums to receive this certification. So how did the artwork on this Mercedes-Benz come about? Paul quotes, “I was playing a gig with my band and I saw this car looking forlorn in a corner of a car park. My son said that’s the sort of car the gangster rappers used in America in the 1990s. The subject matter seemed perfect so I researched the subject and decided that Biggie Smalls and his rival Tupac were ideal. I managed to buy the car and started the work.”
You are advised to take the time to study this fantastic piece of art closely. There are so many details to marvel at but features include Biggie Smalls depicted on the bonnet with Tupac on the boot lid. The black and white image of Tupac is of almost photographic quality. Dollar Bills embellish both sides whilst the stars and stripes flow over the roof. 18-carat gold leaf and Sterling Silver has been used to decorate various areas and Swarovski Crystals are set into the alloy wheels. The bullet holes are painted with such a deft touch that you want to feel them. Hand airbrushed with brush detailing, this piece of work is truly outstanding.
For Sale - 1951 JP Mk. Ib 500
Registration Number: Not Applicable
Chassis Number: 131
Engine Number: Not Known
Odometer Reading: Not Applicable
Estimate: £20,000 - £24,000
In recent times, and encouraged by the introduction of the Goodwood Revival, the 500cc Formula 3 has flourished with many new and young drivers discovering the joy and excitement of this relatively low cost sector of motor sport. From the early post war days, many marques were born; the most well known being the Cooper 500s and Kiefts; however, owning and running a lesser known car has its benefits and may certainly attract an invitation to Goodwood due to their individuality.
We are delighted to offer this 1951 JP Mk. Ib. 500 designed by Joe Potts, a Scottish Engineer, and Willie Rogerson. The car was similar to the Cooper 500 Mk. IV but with a more advanced chassis with longitudinal tubes; a design not adopted by Cooper until much later. It features an all aluminium coachwork over the original-designed Joe Potts steel chassis. The suspension is of the classic front and rear transverse leaf design with adjustable Protech shock absorbers on each corner. In 1957 (please see black and white picture of 131 in 1957 at the Bo’ness Speed Hill Climb) chassis designation 131 was fitted with a different style of bodywork with a four cylinder engine; however, in 2009-10, Vernon Williamson built the car as you see it today which is very much how number 131 would have started life in 1951. A JAP 4B power unit, fuelled by a Dell’Orto GP race carburettor, was rebuilt by the much respected Jan Nycz in 2011 and is mated to a Norton AMC four-speed gearbox, an option preferred by many for its smoother gear selection. A set of Dunlop R5 racing tyres are fitted and safety features include a new set of RSA harnesses and a plumbed-in fire extinguisher system. Number 131 has been campaigned by the vendor since 2011 in various hill climb and sprint events and has the advantage of being complete with a number of spares worth several thousand pounds. These include a complete JAP engine, a rebuilt Norton Dollshead gearbox, new clutch plates, two spare wheels and Dunlop racing tyres, a Shackleton Racing built power starter, a set of Talon primary drive sprockets enabling a choice of ratios whether hill climbing or sprinting and, most importantly, a period, refurbished, Don Parker Trailer with winch, ensuring easy transport to and from events and, due to its size, is easily parked, even in a single garage. Further items included are engine valves, an Amal concentric carburettor, a set of carburettor jets and spark plugs. Interestingly, the ignition switch is the navigation light switch from a Supermarine Spitfire. Currently, JP 500 number 131 is set up for the track and comes with a history file complete with event photographs from 1957, a history of J.P. cars by Vernon Williamson and Douglas Turner (which includes this 500), 500 Owners’ Association VIF registration and MSA log book.
One of very few JP 500 racing cars on the current racing circuit, number 131 provides a remarkably adaptable package, capable of not only providing the flexibility for various circuits, but is also great fun and surely a contender for invitation to the premiere events such as the Goodwood Revival.
For Sale - 1958 Jaguar Mk. I Saloon (2.4 Litre, manual/overdrive)
Registration Number: 875 UYT
Chassis Number: S913017
Engine Number: BC7676-7
Odometer Reading: 102,699
Estimate: £14,000 - £18,000
• A UK built righthand drive Jaguar
• Manual overdrive gearbox
• A prettier and more rare Mk. I
We are delighted to offer this 1958 Jaguar 2.4 litre Saloon that, in today’s market, is a rare sight indeed. A well detailed history file includes the original sales invoice and details of the five owners the Jaguar has had whilst residing in South Africa. The second owner, acquiring the Jaguar in 1966, a Mrs. Margretta Cousins who bequeathed the Jaguar (and a gun), on her passing in 1997, to her son Michael Cousins. The 4th owner, having acquired the Jaguar in 2006, changed the colour from Mist Grey to Old English White. On the 20th November 2014, John Ryall sold the car to a Mr Chris Cutler who became the 5th owner in 55 years. Mr Ryall celebrates the purchase of his new Jaguar almost immediately, by purchasing a new set of tyres (including spare). Then in May 2015, re-commissioning works were undertaken. Items such as the brakes, clutch master cylinder, propshaft, water pump, suspension bushes, new seals and washers, electric fuel pump, differential oil, full service and numerous little jobs were completed. With the odometer now reading 101,350 miles, Mr Cutler hit the road and 250 miles later, tired of wrestling with the heavy steering, opted to have a discreet electric power steering system fitted. Thinking he’d reached motoring nirvana, Mr Ryall enjoyed a full four blissful months before his classic Jaguar ‘failed to proceed’. The car was recovered and delivered to Steve Marsh Classic Autos to have the cylinder head reconditioned, a knock from the left front cured and some door locks replaced. On a recent test, it was noticed just how smooth the 2.4 litre engine actually is. Able to up with modern traffic, the overdrive gearbox is of particular benefit and the fact that she’s now knocking on the door of 59 years of age just adds to the occasion.
Today, 875 UYT presents well. The attractive Old English White coachwork is in good order and the contrasting red leather interior is also good whilst displaying areas of patina with sections of the front seats having been replaced with new leather panels. The history file confirms that this is a UK registered Jaguar with no previously recorded UK owners and with all the relevant UK import duties having been paid; also included is an original Jaguar Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook and an MoT test certificate valid until October 2017. With the Mk. I Saloon now becoming quite scarce, we feel that this Jaguar is offered with a very tempting estimate, especially given today’s market.
How to Buy and Sell at Auction Seminars - The Brooklands Museum & Mercedes-Benz World 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 Thursday & Friday at Brooklands. 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 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.