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22nd January 2018 

Fine Motor Cars offered for sale at the Mercedes-Benz World auction, Brooklands on Saturday 25th November

A selection of fine automobiles offered for sale by auction at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands on Saturday 25th November.

For any auction requirements - John will discuss these with youando 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 1 for more cars that were included in the November sale at Mercedes-Benz World - Brooklands:

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1962 Austin Mini Cooper Mk1 997cc

WITHDRAWN - 1962 Austin Mini Cooper Mk. I (997cc)

Registration Number: TBA
Chassis Number: CA2S7237492
Engine Number: 9FSAH8696
Odometer Reading: 36,000
Estimate: 22,000 - 28,000


An early example of the marque
Matching numbers and righthand drive
Fabulous condition throughout

We are pleased to present an Austin Mini Cooper from the second year of manufacture of the Cooper model resulting in this particular example being a rare and sought after, early Mk. I.

This fabulous Mini Cooper is currently in its third ownership having been in the care of one family from new until 2014 and has a recorded 36,000 miles. Assembled and registered in South Africa in 1962, this has recently been repatriated back into the UK. This is a matching numbers Cooper with the Heritage Certificate supplied confirming that it still wears its correct exterior colour of Willow Green and corresponding interior trims. It even retains its original period Lucas spot lamps with the correct spot lenses that are unobtainable today. The 997cc engine has been rebuilt and includes an unleaded cylinder head conversion. Currently, an aftermarket Mountney steering wheel is fitted, the original being present and included in the sale. Also included is an original Austin Mini 'Colour Finishes' pamphlet and an owner’s manual. We are informed that the Cooper, has, at the time of writing, a NOVA certificate, all UK import duties paid with supporting documentation and will arrive at the sale with an MoT test certificate and UK registration.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1962 Austin Mini Cooper Mk1 997cc int

This Mini Cooper is in remarkably well-preserved condition and may be described as in near concours condition. The 997 Cooper Mk. I cars are extremely rare and are the Holy Grail of today’s Mini's movement. We believe, that on inspection, you will agree that this one of the finest examples to be available today.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1980 Fiat 126 Giannini Recreation 1

SOLD - 1980 Fiat 126 Giannini Recreation

Registration Number: MKW 176W
Chassis Number: ZFA126A0007820929
Engine Number: 8425382
Odometer Reading: 72,182km
Estimate: No reserve

SOLD - 4,256

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1980 Fiat 126 Giannini Recreation 2

The Giannini story began as far back as 1885, beginning as a garage and becoming part of Itala's service network. The Giannini brothers Attilio and Domenico later formed Giannini Automobili S.p.A. and, after 1945, began producing their own engines, the company becoming well known for their tuning abilities. In the 1970s, after the death of Domenico, new blood was brought into the company in the form of Volfango Polverelli, a lawyer whose aim was to help straighten out the company. Of note, is that they specialised in supplying tuning kits for Fiats such as the 126, Ritmo (Strada) and the Panda. The Giannini name may still be seen today on the latest Fiat 500s.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1980 Fiat 126 Giannini Recreation 3

The Fiat 126 Giannini Evocation presented today, began life as a low mileage and very clean Fiat 126. It subsequently underwent a Giannini evocation transformation in Italy that included a full refinish in Giannini colours, Giannini decals and badging. Further works included removal of the bumpers, an interior upgrade including the dashboard with additional gauges, a rebuilt engine with full Giannini detailing including rocker cover, filter, sump and upgraded exhaust system, lowered suspension and a set of alloy wheels with low profile tyres. Recently imported into the UK from Italy, this Giannini comes with a dating letter from Fiat, a NOVA certificate, a valid MoT test certificate and a UK registration and document.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1980 Fiat 126 Giannini Recreation 4

Offered without reserve, we feel that this pretty Fiat offers something somewhat different in the classic small car market place.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1972 Fiat 500L 1

SOLD - 1972 Fiat 500 Lusso

Registration Number: XHH 185H
Chassis Number: 110F 2441440
Engine Number: 110F 0002321417
Odometer Reading: 89,523km
Estimate: No reserve

SOLD - 8,288

Despite its diminutive size, the 500, first introduced in 1957 with its small 479cc, two-cylinder, air-cooled engine, proved to be an enormously practical and popular car throughout Europe, capturing the hearts and minds of the public. The 'L' or Lusso was manufactured between 1968 and 1972 and featured a much more up to date interior including a renewed dashboard that gave the 500 a more modern feel.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1972Fiat500L 2

This lovely example was once owned by an elderly Italian Gentleman who, before he passed away, gave the little Fiat to his son. He stored it in a barn in Northern Italy and there it lay until being discovered in 2015. When the car was pulled from the barn, it was found to be in remarkably sound and rust free condition apart from being covered in dust and having a few dents and scratches. There are photographs of this resurrection held within the history file.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1972Fiat500L 3

In 2016, it was restored to the condition you see today. As is typical of many Italian motorcars, there is little documentation of the works but, we are informed, that at the time, the engine, brakes and suspension (including kingpins) were overhauled as well as a full refinish in its original colour. As may be expected, the coachwork is very good and is complemented by a lovely tan interior. Recently imported into the UK, this Fiat 500 is offered with an MoT test certificate valid until July 2018 and with a UK registration and document.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1972 Fiat 500L 4

With this being the 60th anniversary of the little Fiat, what better way to celebrate than to have the opportunity to bid on such a pretty car.

Picture - as discovered in Northern Italy

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 1

SOLD - 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera

Registration Number: HGU 664J
Chassis Number: 120272166
Engine Number: 1200000480232
Odometer Reading: 89,209km
Estimate: No reserve

SOLD - 4,480

The Nuova 500 is a masterpiece of packaging; the rear-wheel drive, rear-engined layout leaving a remarkably uncluttered cabin with adequate room for four passengers, despite the diminutive length of just 9.7ft. At its introduction in 1957, the little Fiat was powered by a twin-cylinder engine of 479cc and just 13bhp but by the time of the later 500F the capacity had grown to 499cc and the output to 22bhp - sufficient for a maximum speed of around 60mph combined with a fuel consumption of over 50mpg. In 1967, Autobianchi commenced building the Giardiniera (estate) in Desio, Italy.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 2

This lovely Giardiniera car was discovered in a private collection in Northern Italy during August, 2016 and was subsequently imported to the UK in September 2016. On inspection, you may discover how very clean and tidy the Positano yellow coachwork is and, as with all Giardinieras, it features suicide doors.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 3

The condition of the interior and engine compartment matches the rest of this car, perhaps suggesting that the recorded 89,209km (55,431 miles) is original. The history folder contains a dating letter from Fiat confirming that this example was registered in Italy on 11th October, 1971, as well as, a NOVA certificate and a UK V5 registration document whilst we are informed that the 500 will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1971 Fiat 500 Giardiniera 4

With the Fiat 500 now in its 60th anniversary year, this example, offered without reserve, offers something a little different and practical and in such a small package.

See page 2 for more cars for sale and included in the November sale at Mercedes-Benz World - Brooklands:

Page 2 - For Sale & Wanted. 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Turismo by James Ypung


Your classic:

Alfa Romeo
Austin Healey

In fact, we want any classic - please call John Williams on 07967 203007 now.

Asked, "how do you achieve successful results in an already crowded auction market?"

John Williams replied; "presentation is everything as well as a sensible reserve being set. I turn down more cars than I accept primarily for two reasons; one, over estimated value and two, the condition against the expected return."

"A sensibly reserved car will always attract a lot of interest which translates into a higher than expected price being attained; just look at the result achieved for the Lancia Aurelia requiring a total restoration entered, at 'no reserve', achieved 29,120 and more recently a 1979 Maserati Khamsin with a low reserve achieved 123,800, delighting the vendor. This encourages low end bidding which translates into the serious money. Too high an estimate, then what tends to happen is prospective buyers are put off from bidding because they think that no way are they going to be able to buy it."

"John, are you happy with your results?"

"Of course I'm delighted, I'm especially pleased that the Daimler SP250 ex Met and Goodwood Course Car went to a well known and successfull ex racing driver. This means that the Goodwood connection should still carry on into many future years. In previous sales I have achieved over 80% sales rate but although I was quietly confident, this one exceeded all my expectations".

If you have a quality vintage, veteran or classic car you are considering selling then please contact John Williams for advice on how to obtain the best price for your motor car.