For Sale - 1963 Triumph Spitfire GT6R Le Mans Recreation
Registration Number: ADU 5A
Chassis Number: FC9061
Engine Number: KC80756HE
Odometer Reading: 37,895
Estimate: £25,000 - £32,000
Triumph ran three racing Spitfires during the 1964 and 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours race and considered entering a six-cylinder Spitfire for the 1966 event under the F.I.A. Appendix J category after Porsche, in the same class, were found to be attaining 160 mph. The six-cylinder Spitfire was to be called the GT6R and was to run with either fuel injection or with triple carburettors. 175 bhp was confidently expected to give an estimated top speed of 160 mph, however, the 1966 proposed regulations meant that the car would have to run in the prototype category where it would certainly have been un-competitive. With this and financial strains upon Triumph, the competitions programme at Triumph was run down and the project was abandoned. Fast-forward to 1989 and Graham Pearce wanted to reproduce a lightweight car in the spirit of the racing Spitfires and the GT6R of the 1960s. The concept was to produce a bonnet and strong, semi monocoque moulded body tub with an integral steel frame for strength that would easily replace the existing body and bonnets of the Triumph Spitfire and GT6. In doing so, T6 Panel Craft was born with only 20 cars being produced by Graham, before he retired.
This extraordinary recreation of that Le Mans six-cylinder car was constructed on a 1963 Triumph Spitfire chassis using all composite T6 Fabrications bodywork and includes a fabulous specification. Its registration number echoes the period competition Spitfires who wore the ADU number plates. The car is fitted with a 2.0 litre straight six Triumph engine with a Peter Burgess head, Le Mans oil filter, a Type 9 close ratio five speed gearbox and a Quaife limited slip differential. Fuel is delivered via an electric pump feeding the triple 40 DCOE Dell’Orto carburettors. Exhaust extraction is by means of a tubular extractor manifold through a full stainless steel system. A 123 distributor provides the sparks and an aluminium radiator and oil cooler provide the cooling. Stopping power is delivered via the Lockheed four pot callipers and ventilated discs at the front with GT6 drums at the rear. The brake system has an adjustable biased twin circuit, as per the original prototype. The front suspension has the Lotus trunnionless set up with aluminium hubs whilst at the rear, CV drive shafts and an aluminium lower wishbone conversion stop the infamous Spitfire rear wheel tuck under. Gaz adjustable shock absorbers are fitted on all four corners. The interior is fitted with a half roll cage and F.I.A. four point harnesses with bucket seats. The instrument panel has several gauges to keep the driver well informed and a Moto-Lita leather/aluminium steering wheel provides directional control. An aluminium period replica fuel tank sits behind the seats and is fed via a large, quick release Le Mans style fuel filler. On the road the car is stunning to drive with the powerful six-cylinder engine delivering power low down, but it is not until the revs reach 4,000 rpm that this fabulous car takes on another life. With the CV jointed driveshafts and lower wishbones, handling is exceptional and corners can be taken with the utmost confidence.
ADU 5A is UK registered as a 1963 Triumph Spitfire Sports with its 2000cc engine capacity also recorded upon the V5 UK registration document. The car has been a regular presence at many events including the Brooklands Double Twelve, Kop Hill and Goodwood Member’s Meetings. ADU 5A also attended the 2014 and 2016 Le Mans Classic during which the car was driven by Claude Dubois, then aged 84. Claude drove the car in a very spirited way belying his age. He commented how lively the car was and how much it reminded him of his drive in the ‘Works’ Triumph Spitfire at Le Mans in 1965; he even signed the driver’s side roof. Valued at £70,000 for insurance purposes, ADU 5A is offered with a very attractive estimate and certainly reflects the spirit of the 1960’s Triumph racing cars and represents a fabulous tribute to a bygone age of Le Mans motor racing.
Please note: The driving experience of this Le Mans car is such that cannot be conveyed by words alone, therefore demonstrations are being offered prior to the sale. Please contact Historics for details.
For Sale - 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
Registration Number: FND456F
Chassis Number: 11304410000639
Engine Number: 13098810000275
Odometer Reading: 68688
Estimate: £90,000 - £120,000
•Pagoda Hardtop included
We are delighted to offer this exceptional Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda, first registered on 5th February 1968 and presented with silver coachwork and contrasting black leather trim. It is worth noting that it is fitted with the rare and sought after manual gearbox. The car has been subject to extensive works with one of the UK’s leading Mercedes-Benz SL including an engine rebuild, suspension and brakes overhaul, a re-trim, including a new hood and a coachwork strip, repair and paint. These works total in excess of £50,000 (not including engine build) and are recorded within the accompanying history file. Interested parties should note that the engine is still in its running-in period and will require further running-in and oil changes as specified within the file.
On inspection, this Mercedes-Benz looks stunning. Slide into those big, comfortable leather seats and view the wonderfully designed dashboard that includes an original Becker radio. On a recent test drive, it was noted how well the engine pulled and how taught the SL felt. Also accompanying this Mercedes-Benz is the Pagoda hardtop, a spare set of keys, a Mercedes-Benz UK Limited, Homologation Department dating letter, a UK V5C registration document and, we are advised, the car will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
If you are seeking a top condition classic Mercedes-Benz, then look no further than this fabulous SL presented to you today.
For Sale - 1962 Triumph TR4 Works Recreation
Registration Number: 415 VC
Chassis Number: CT6008-O
Engine Number: CT6035E
Odometer Reading: 20315
Estimate: £36,000 - £42,000
•Prepared to the highest standards
•Works aluminium hardtop
•Retains its original Coventry registration number
We are delighted to offer this Powder Blue 1962 Triumph TR4 that has been meticulously restored and prepared for fast road and competition use. The car was restored to concours condition during the early 1990’s, culminating in a headline feature in the July 1995 edition of ‘Classic & Sportscar’ magazine. In the intervening period, 415 VC changed ownership and was subject to an intensive schedule of improvements by a well-respected marque specialist in Nottinghamshire, to echo the spirit of the Triumph Works Rally cars. The modifications and upgrades, of which there were many, included the following; strengthened chassis frame, engine rebuilt to provide a reliable and tractable output of 150BHP, twin Weber carburettors and uprated fuel delivery system, uprated steering and suspension systems, full competition exhaust system, Revington TR leather competition seat assemblies with full harnesses, uprated braking system, with balance bar and rear brake disc conversion, uprated cooling system with Kenlowe cooling fan and aluminium radiator, heated front windscreen, uprated electrical system, with alternator and period “Cibiť” driving lamps. More recently, 415 VC has received further attention by the well-respected marque specialist, Manvers Triumph, which involved the installation of correct front wing side vents and grilles, oil catch tank, a bulkhead air scoop, competition tow-hook set, a custom-fitted Safety Devices rear roll cage and a set of genuine Minilite road wheels.
Significantly, as with any TR4 of this age, its specifications are extremely important and it is worth noting that 415 VC retains its original Coventry issued number plate, early domed glass instruments, overdrive gearbox and has the rare and sought after aluminium hard/surrey top with the central portion being removable (later versions were made in steel). On inspection, the coachwork displays very well with unusually faultless door gaps; almost impossible to obtain to this standard. The undersides reflect the condition of the car throughout and are well protected with Morris Ankor Wax preservative. The interior is excellent and boasts, a Mota-Lita steering wheel and the original enamelled dashboard. On a recent test, this TR4 drove very well; of particular note is how well the overdrive, operational on 2nd, 3rd and 4th gears, operated smoothly both during selection and de-selection. A large file accompanies this TR4 and includes the aforementioned magazine article, invoices, photographs of works carried out and a UK V5 registration document. We are informed that 415 VC will also arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
This is a genuine UK, righthand drive TR4 which offers an excellent opportunity to acquire a finely prepared example of the marque that reflects those ‘Works’ Triumphs, and is capable of immediate use, both in road and competition form.
For Sale - 1955 MG A Mk. I 1500 Roadster
Registration Number: 298 BHA
Chassis Number: HDD13/10849
Engine Number: BP15GB/922
Odometer Reading: TBC
Estimate: £18,000 - £22,000
•A very original example
•Mille Miglia eligible
We are delighted to offer this lovely matching numbers MGA which is one of only 210 UK righthand drive examples produced during 1955; the car was registered later on 23 March 1956. The current owners, only selling now due to health issues, acquired the MG almost twenty years ago in October 1998 and the original September 1998 Autotrader advert resides within the history file. Remarkably, this MGA remains largely unrestored; most examples seen today have undergone restoration. It may be deduced from the second D annotation within the chassis number that a colour change took place some time in its early life; the D denoting Mineral Blue. Although the paintwork will not win prizes and the interior and engine bay are a little scruffy, this MG sits very well and appears very straight with excellent panel gaps. Little is known of this MG prior to 1978 but since then it has recorded four owners in total. MoT test exempt, this MG will arrive at the sale having undergone works to the brakes ensure their correct operation. The history file that accompanies the MG includes the UK V5C registration document, the afore mentioned advert, an MG Owner’s Club valuation letter (also confirming its matching numbers), three years of Tulip style tours navigation booklets and details of works carried out to maintain the running condition of this special MG.
We think you will agree that this MGA has a certain charm about it and, of particular interest is that this MG may qualify for the Mille Miglia Retrospective as it falls under the Sap - Racing Sports Cars (Open-air body racing sports car special group with price limit) (1956), entry criteria. Early MGAs in this condition are few and far between, especially early UK examples. We wonder how long it will be before we see another; if ever.
For Sale - 1954 Chevrolet Corvette C1
Registration Number: 467UYU
Chassis Number: E54S003647
Engine Number: 0781471F54YG
Odometer Reading: 34401
Estimate: £75,000 - £85,000
We are delighted to offer this stunning 1954 Corvette finished in the classic combination of Polo White with Al Knoch Sportsman Red interior. This Corvette, model designation 2934, is fitted with the correct specification of the ‘Blue Flame’ engine with three single-barrel Carter side-draft carburettors attached to an effortless ‘Powerglide’ automatic transmission. The chassis/VIN number E54S004574 may be broken down to identify the following; the E denoting that this is an early 6-cylinder engined Corvette, 54 denoting 1954 as the year of manufacture, the S denoting the final assembly plant at St. Louis and the final numbers, 003647, denoting the production number. On inspection, the coachwork finish, chrome and interior are all museum quality and the car comes complete with original spare wheel and jack with side screens. The original Blue Flame 6 engine runs very well and includes the often missing, correct ignition shielding. The interior is equally stunning and includes the Wonderer radio as well as all the correct gauges, all in working order. In addition, this Corvette has recently been fitted with wide whitewall tyres whilst the wheels still retain their lovely original hub caps. The Corvette will arrive at the sale complete with its UK V5C registration document and a fresh MoT test certificate.
Imagine for a moment how this fabulously designed post-war dream impacted upon a middle America that was looking towards modern prosperity after emerging from recent World War. Period advertising called it the “first of the dream cars to come true” and we may only wonder what that may have felt like in 1954; but fortunately for us we can still experience a prime example of that post-war dream today.
For Sale - 1971 Triumph Miglia Speedster
Registration Number: ABC 287K
Chassis Number: GE82495CV
Engine Number: MM24503HE
Odometer Reading: 51,569
Estimate: £10,000 - £12,000
The Miglia Speedster is a Triumph based special with classic lines reminiscent of many 1950's sports cars; with particular similarity to the Maserati A6 GCS manufactured between 1953 and 1955. The car could be purchased in component form or factory assembled with the choice of being built upon the Triumph Herald, Vitesse or Spitfire; all cars which have the benefit of parts and specialists being in plentiful supply.
This particular Speedster on offer has been built to a very high standard and has been significantly modified from its standard form. The exterior differs in that it now wears twin fins with headrests, instead of the usual single fin for the driver, thus adding safety and comfort for the passenger also. In addition, stainless steel dummy vents adorn the front lower wing sections behind the front wheels (apparently from a speed boat) and the engine bay, with its aluminium work evident, is well detailed. The bright red coachwork, sporting an aluminium grill and wrap around fly screen, is complemented by a set of 15inch knock on wire wheels whilst the interior is trimmed in red with black carpet. The dashboard is aluminium and the bucket seats are trimmed in red vinyl; for ease of entry and exit, a detachable steering wheel is fitted. Mechanically, the Speedster is powered by a 2500cc Triumph 2500 TC engine which, we have been informed, has been rebuilt and is accessed by removing the detachable lightweight bonnet. Fuel is fed via triple Weber carburettors whilst the engine is mated to a Triumph manual overdrive gearbox. A Jigsaw Racing Services 3:89 Big Diff is fitted whilst the suspension is uprated with polyurethane bushes all around. The resulting product looks stunning, but not only that; on a recent road test, the Speedster performed admirably and kept pace with modern traffic with ease. The Miglia Speedster is correctly registered as a Triumph Miglia Speed with the 2500cc engine annotated upon the UK V5 registration document and, we are informed, will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate. This Miglia Speedster certainly provides you with an historic motoring experience and in a sports car that is sure to turn heads wherever you venture.
For Sale - 1996 Porsche 911/993 Targa Tiptronic S
Registration Number: 429 GTT
Chassis Number: WP0ZZZ99ZVS380378
Engine Number: 63V50959
Odometer Reading: 52,000
Estimate: £28,000 - £32,000
Purchased on 27th July 1999, this Porsche 911 has been in the ownership of the fourth registered keeper for almost twenty years and is only being offered for sale by the gentleman’s family, due to his declining health. Presented in Zenith Blue metallic with contrasting grey leather, this attractive 911 benefits from the large opening Targa roof that retracts beneath the rear window and a Tiptronic gearbox. On a recent test drive in appalling weather conditions, our tester informs us that the Porsche started and ran very well and noted that the engine was very smooth with no leaks from the roof, despite the torrential rain experienced during the test.
Unfortunately, we have been informed by the vendor’s family that the service records have been misplaced; however, everything possible will be done to try and recover these records. Wishing the car to be presented in the best possible condition for the new owner to enjoy, the family have also told us that the Porsche will arrive at the sale with a fresh service and MoT. Offered with a realistic estimate, we feel that this is an ideal entry into Porsche ownership especially given the mileage (unwarranted at this time) and having come out of long-term ownership.
The cars will be offered at available to view on both of our viewing days, Thursday 1st March (10.00am - 8.00pm) and Friday 2nd March (10.00am – 5.00pm) prior to the sale and also on the morning of the sale.
If you wish to bid on any of the motor cars offered in our sale, you will have to register to bid; you may do this in several ways. Please visit http://historics.co.uk/buying/how-to-buy.aspx for details.
Our buyer’s premium is 10% plus VAT – please note, there is an extra 1% charge for online bidding and we do offer telephone bidding also; the link above will show you this.
Of course you may attend the sale in person and register to bid on the day of the sale or on either of the viewing days.
If you have any questions, then please feel free to contact me directly on UK +44 7967 203007 or on this email at anytime.
See page two for more cars that are included in the March sale at Ascot Racecourse:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
Picture above- John Williams at the start of the 2014 Kop Hill in his Triumph Spitfire GT6R Le Mans.