Silverstone Auctions On The Horizon – Don’t Miss It

If you have a keen interest in classic cars and are thinking of either buying one for the first time or looking to add to your collection then you may wish to get along to the above auction that is to take place on the 27th and 28th of July 2019 at the Silverstone Classic event. You will need an auction catalogue and an event ticket to gain entry as it is a closed event. There is a wide selection of vehicles available, a number of which we mention below.

There is a 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S “Whizzo Williams” being offered for sale with an estimated price of £60,000 to £80,000. It was the first Mini Cooper S to win an international race and was owned by the late, legendary Barrie Williams.

Another vehicle that is being auctioned on behalf of the estate of Barrie Williams is a 1972 Lancia Fulvia HF 1600. This has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £35,000 and has recently been restored. It has 29,356 miles showing on the clock.

If you have a bigger bank balance then you may wish to take a look at a 1958 AC ACECA-Bristol. This has an estimated sale price of £110,000 to £130,000. It was the first ACECA to be manufactured with a Bristol D2 engine installed. It was not driven for over 47 years until Christmas Day 2014. It has won a number of events. It is said to be in wonderful condition.

If you have an even bigger pocket then why not cast your eyes over a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that has an estimated price of £850,000 to £1,000,000. Only 1,400 of these cars were built. Its bodywork is painted in fire engine red. It was first owned by Peter Warr who was Lotus Team manager.

A 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico is being offered for sale with an estimated price of £40,000 to £46,000. It is finished in Monza Blue. The engine was rebuilt in 2015 and it is said to have been beautifully restored.

Don’t forget you will no doubt need to insure your new purchase so why not give us a call and we will be glad to assist with a competitive classic car insurance quotation.

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Daimler Used By Queen Mother Being Auctioned

If you are a classic car enthusiast and are a “fan” of the Royal Family then you may be interested in a vintage vehicle that is shortly to be offered for sale at an H and H classic car auction on the 3rd July 2019. A 1947 Daimler DE27 Hooper Limousine that was originally built for Sir Bernard Docker who was the Group Chairman of Daimler is being auctioned with an estimated price of £8,000 to £10,000.

An interesting thing about this vehicle that is in need of restoration is that when the Queen Mother was in Edinburgh in 1950 it was utilized by her. Whether this will have an impact on how much the car could be sold for remains to be seen but we would not be surprised if it has some effect.

There are a number of other interesting classic vehicles being offered for sale at the auction including a 1933 Vauxhall DX 14/6 Stratford Tourer that has an estimated sale price of £15,500 to £17,500. Only four of these cars are believed to be in existence. This one is said to have taken part in the Dick Barton Special Agent TV series.

An even older car being auctioned is a 1928 Graham Paige 614 Sedan with an estimated sale price of £2,000 to £4,000. It is in need of some restoration and is said to have been found in a barn.

There is a lovely looking 1950 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Special available for interested purchasers with an estimated sale price of £10,000 to £12,000. This is an open-topped 2 seater sports car that, potentially, would be great to take out for a drive on a sunny summer’s afternoon.

A 1978 MG B GT sports car is available with an estimated sale price of £3,000 to £4,000. Apparently, it was fully serviced in 2018. The interior is said to be the original.

If you are considering buying a classic car or already own one then why not get in contact with us to obtain a competitively priced classic car insurance quotation without any obligation. We look forward to hearing from you.   

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Bonhams Launches New Type Of Auction

Bonhams is renowned for selling classic cars and other motorised vehicles for, in some cases, many millions of pounds. This can sometimes result in a lot of classic car enthusiasts being unable to afford buying such vehicles. However, the auction house has recently announced that it is to hold four Bonhams MPH auctions every year with the first one taking place on the 26th September 2019 in Bicester Heritage’s Hangar 113.  It will auction a mixture of classic, modern, popular and affordable vehicles.

This is potentially good news for more classic car owners as it will hopefully open up this market to more people who are not in the fortunate position to have many millions of pounds in the bank.

Whilst it is early days yet, the catalogue of vehicles that are expected to be available to buy at the above auction includes the likes of: –

How about a 1998 Renault Clio V6 that has an estimated sale price of £35,000 to £50,000. This looks striking in yellow and is no doubt a nippy vehicle no doubt getting you from 0 to 60mph in a few seconds.

If you are looking for something newer then why not take a look at a 2015 Renault Megane Trophy R. This sporty looking vehicle has an estimated sale price of £35,000 to £50,000.

If you are a fan of the Morgan that is built here in the UK in Malvern in Worcestershire then why not take a look at a 2017 Morgan Plus 4 that has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000. It is a beautiful looking pale blue open topped two seater that can be particularly enjoyed on a sunny summer’s afternoon.

Going back in time, how about a 1939 Ford V8 Roadster with lovely warm red coachwork. It is a great looking open topped car that can also be particularly enjoyed in the summer months. It will certainly catch the glances of a few passers by. It has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000.  

Even older, is a vintage 1917 Maxwell 25hp Tourer. This open topped vehicle has an estimated sale price of £20,000 to £30,000.

For those of you on a limited budget, you may wish to cast your eyes over a 1930 Ford Model A Saloon. This really does look the part and has an estimated sale price of £8,000 to £12,000.

Again, for those of you on a tighter budget, why not take a look at a 1980 Shay “Model A Roadster”. This has an asking price of between £8,000 to £10,000.

If you are interested in military vehicles then why not have a look at a 1968 Land Rover Series 2a 109 Pink Panther that has an estimated sale price of £65,000 to £75,000, a 1993 Land Rover 110 V8 SOV with an estimated sale price of £80,000 to £100,000 or a 1995 Land Rover 90 200 Tdi with an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000 to name but a few.

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Good Choice Of Classic Vehicles Being Auctioned

You may wish to take a look at the HandH.co.uk website that provides details of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford auction of classic vehicles on the 19th June 2019 as there are a number of interesting vehicles being offered for sale. Below we mention just a few of them to whet your appetite.

If you are a fan of the Jaguar E-Type then why not peruse a 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 2+2 that is being offered for sale with an estimate price of £30,000 to £35,000. Its bodywork appears to be of a deep red colour. It has done 92,000 miles. It is one of only 1,040 built making it quite rare.

If you have a slightly bigger budget then what about a 1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe that has an estimated price of £80,000 to £100,000. This sounds like it will be highly sought after as it holds the title Jaguar Drivers Club Champion of Champions, Best E-Type Winner 2018. It has only done 39,000 miles that we are sure you will agree is a very low mileage. Also, it has only had 3 previous owners. It is believed the vehicle was fully restored from 2014 to 2017. In its heyday it was capable of getting from 0 to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and had a top speed of almost 150mph.

What about a beautiful looking 1956 Austin-Healey 100 Modified to M Specification with an estimated sale price of £45,000 to £55,000. It had the same owner from 1979 to 2012. It is said to have been restored including a reconditioned 4 speed gearbox. It would be lovely to take for a spin on a warm Sunday afternoon with the roof down.

If you are a Mini enthusiast then you may wish to cast your eyes over a 1978 Leyland Mini 1275 GT that has an estimated sale price of £16,000 to £20,000. This car only has 34,000 miles on the clock making it very low mileage. It has also been subject to a thorough restoration.

You don’t see many Ford Cortina’s about these days despite being a popular model many years ago. Well, why not take a look at a white 1965 Ford Cortina 1500 GT that has an estimated sale price of £20,000 to £25,000. This vehicle has recently been brought over to the UK from South Africa.

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First Porsche To Be Auctioned

Porsche is renowned as a manufacturer of some of the most sought after sports cars in the world. They have been built for many years up to the present day and let us hope that this continues well into the future. Porsche sports cars are bought by the discerning owner and are renowned for their power and great, timeless looks.

Their cars have appeared in many well-known races achieving some success over the years. They will no doubt continue to do so.

So, when what is believed to be the first Porsche car ever built is going to be offered for sale at auction, it is highly likely that it will attract a great deal of interest from potential buyers.

Well, if you are an enthusiast of the Porsche you may wish to get along to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction that is to take place on the 15th to 17th August 2019 at which a 1939 Porsche Type 64 is being offered for sale. It is rumoured that it could fetch in the region of $20 million so you will no doubt need a sizeable bank balance.

It is believed to be the first Porsche ever built with this no doubt having some bearing upon why it is expected to fetch such a sizeable sum of money.

Of course, for any classic car enthusiasts here in the UK who have a particular interest in Porsche, it is a long trip to make but it may be an opportunity that one or more of you do not wish to miss out on.

If you are considering investing in a classic car then you may wish to get some professional advice about the vehicle. You may also wish to consider insuring such a vehicle. In that respect, why not get in touch with us and we will do all that we can to try to obtain a competitive classic car insurance quotation to insure a highly, sought after vehicle.  

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Q1 2019 Sees Small Reduction In Cost Of Car Insurance

Any drop in the cost of car insurance has got to be welcomed no matter how small the saving. So, readers will be pleased to hear that, according to the Confused.com Car Insurance Price Index, the average premium for fully comprehensive car insurance fell by £12 per annum from £774 per annum in the last quarter of 2018 to £762 per annum in the first quarter of 2019. Let us hope that those of you who have classic car insurance also benefit financially.

The age of the motorist is one of the factors that affects how much you pay for your cover. As a general rule, it is the young, inexperienced driver who pays the most for their car insurance. The above index revealed that, on average, an 18 year old paid the most for their cover at £2,018 per annum. That is an increase of £98 per annum when compared with the previous quarter.  A 17 year old paid an average of £1,905 per annum. A 34 year old pays an average of £647 per annum. A 66 year old pays the lowest amount at an average of £431 per annum. As you can see from the above figures there is a huge variance in premiums.

When it comes to the age of people owing classic cars, there are no doubt going to be more people in their 40s and 50s who buy a classic car than those in their late teens and early 20s who invest in such a vehicle.

The index revealed that 58% of motorists whose policy came up for renewal in the first quarter of 2019 decided to renew their cover with the same insurer. Presumably, some of those motorists did not bother to see if they could have got the cover cheaper elsewhere. That is a shame as research reveals that motorists who decide to move their cover to another provider at renewal were able to save an average of £81 per annum. We are sure you will agree that is a significant saving.

So, if your classic car insurance policy is coming up for renewal, why not check to see if you are able to arrange the same level of adequate cover with another provider for less money. One way of doing this is to use a specialist price comparison website that has an extensive panel of insurers. It is usually simple and quick to use such a website.    


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Interesting Barn Storage Classic Vehicle Collection Auction

Those of you who are classic car enthusiasts may be interested to read that in a few days time The Barn Find Collection auction of classic vehicles is to take place having been organised by John Pye Auctions. You can view the catalogue on the auctioneer’s website but we mention some of the vehicles below.

There has already been a public viewing on the 15th April with two further ones scheduled for Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22 April 2019 between 10am and 2pm at the auctioneer’s Marchington location in the Midlands. The auction concludes at mid-day on the 25th April 2019.

The vehicles in question have been kept in a barn around Tunbridge Wells.

There is a Dennis N Type Fire Engine being offered for sale with an estimated price of £30,000 to £40,000. It was built way back in 1914 and, needless to say, its bodywork is in red. Back in 1919, it was bought for £1,320 and was used by the Folkestone Fire Brigade. It has been subject to a restoration project. It was capable of releasing around 880 gallons of water in a minute.

How about a Leyland TSW 14T “Hippo” with tanker body that is available to bid for with an estimated price of £13,000 to £18,000. It was built around 1940. The red/black bodywork gives it a striking appearance. It has also been subject to a restoration project but that has not been fully completed with still some works to do. It is said to have 22,908 miles on the clock.  

A Dodge Pick Up Truck with a tipper body is being offered for sale with an estimated price of £4,000 to £8,000. It is believed to have been built between 1930 to 1932. Some restoration work has been completed but there is still more to do so it should make an interesting project for someone. It was purchased by the current owner in 2010 who brought it over from France.

It is lovely to see a white Morris Minor Traveller being offered for sale having been bought by its current owner in 1997. It was registered in August 1968 and has an estimated sale price of £1,500 to £3,000. It has a 1,096cc engine. It is in need of a significant amount of restoration work so should present a challenge to a classic car enthusiast who enjoys restoring such vehicles.

So, if you are interested in adding to your classic vehicle collection or buying one for the first time then why not get along and take a look.

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Classic Cars To Be Auctioned By Bonhams

Those of you who are considering buying a classic car may be interested to hear that the Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction of classic vehicles is to take place on the 7th April 2019. Below, we mention a number of the cars that are being offered for sale but you may wish to take a look on Bonhams website for a full list.

If you fancy owing a classic car that has previously been in the possession of a star then how about a 1974 Ferrari GT4 Berlinetta Boxer whose first owner was no less than Sir Elton John. This is an extremely rare car as it is one of just 58 that were manufactured for the market here in the UK. This particular vehicle has a very low mileage at 9,700 making it even more appealing. Its 4.4 litre engine produced 360bhp and it was capable of powering to a top speed of circa 175mph. The bodywork is in a lovely red and black and certainly catches the eye. In 2012 it had a major service. It has an estimated sale price of £250,000 to £300,000.

If you are looking for something a little more regal then why not take a look at a 1929 Bentley 4 and ½ litre Tourer. It has been in the same family ownership for an incredible 80 years which is rare these days. It is said to have been well maintained. This open-topped luxury classic car would certainly look the part on a lovely, sunny summer’s afternoon with the roof down. Only 662 cars were manufactured making it rather rare. This is being offered for sale at between £600,000 to £800,000.

If you are a fan of the Aston Martin then how about a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon to Vantage specification. This is quite a rare vehicle with only 1,021 being manufactured. It has had an awful lot of money spent on its restoration with invoices of £340,000 being available. Its bodywork is in Sierra Blue. It has a 4 litre engine producing 282bhp making it very powerful. It has 4 seats so can be used by a family who appreciate driving around in an iconic vehicle. It has an estimated sale price of £580,000 to £660,000.

A wonderful looking 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupe is being offered for sale at the above auction and will probably attract a lot of attention. It is one of only 200 that were manufactured. The bodywork is in a lovely red. It has a tan leather interior. It was capable of getting from 0 to 62mph in about 13 seconds and had a top speed of in the region of 112mph. It has an estimated sale price of £400,000 to £500,000.

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Good Selection Of Classic Cars At Forthcoming Auction

If you are interested in buying a classic car then you may wish to consider getting along to the H and H Classic Car Auction that is to take place at The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton on the 10th April 2019 as there is quite a choice of classic vehicles being offered for sale with quite a wide price range. Below, we highlight just a few of the vehicles that are being offered for sale but a full list can be seen on the handh.co.uk website.

How about a 1972 Volkswagen Type 2 Camper Van that has an estimated sale price of £8,000 to £12,000. The coachwork is in two colours – blue and white and it really does look impressive. It comes with an elevating roof to provide extra headroom. A great benefit is that it is 4 berths making it ideal for a family to take off on a much needed weekend break or perhaps a longer holiday. It has had repairs to the chassis and a reconditioned engine.

If you have got a bigger bank balance then you may wish to take a look at a 1965 Austin Healey 3000 MK111 that has an estimated sale price of £45,000 to £55,000. This also has a two tone colour scheme for the bodywork in red and cream. It has been restored. It was in the same ownership from 1972 to 2014. This is a lovely looking soft top sports car that you could enjoy taking out for a spin on a warm summer’s afternoon.

What about a 1953 Bentley R-Type H.J.Mulliner Sports Saloon that has an asking price of £24,000 to £28,000. It has blue leather seating and a lot of woodwork inside. It has a 4,566cc engine and was capable of reaching a top speed of more that 100 mph. This wonderful looking vintage sports saloon car is also very rare with not many being built.

If you enjoy off-road driving then you might like to take a look at a 1985 Land Rover Defender 90 TD1. This vehicle has an estimated sale price of £7,000 to £8,000. One of the nice things about this classic vehicle is that it has only done 79,000 miles that, for its age, is a reasonably low mileage. It also has a 200TDi engine.  

If you are interested in the Mini then why not take a look at a 1963 Austin Mini 850 Super De Luxe. This has no reserve price.  It has a mere 7,700 miles on the clock. It has had the same owner since way back in 1983. This is certainly a classic car that is worth taking a good look at.                                                      


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Classic Jaguar Sports Cars For Sale

If you have an interest in classic Jaguar sports cars then you may wish to take a look at the Jaguar Sports Car Collection that is being offered for sale through Pendine Historic Cars Ltd. The company is selling a collection of these cars on behalf of Dr Christian Jenny who has built up a collection spanning a number of years.

If you are interested in buying one then you may initially wish to take a look on the above company’s website although, at the time of writing this document, you will see that one of the cars has already been sold and another is under offer so presumably there is quite a lot of interest from classic car enthusiasts.

Below we highlight some of the Jaguars that are being offered for sale: –

1952 Jaguar C-Type 

This is in a beautiful red colour and has been restored. It was imported from the USA and has been raced by a number of drivers including a racing driver by the name of David Fogg and Jack Douglas who was Bob Hope’s scriptwriter. The car was restored by the well-known Terry Larson.

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Fixed Head Coupe

Apparently, this particular Jaguar was the first E-Type ever to be seen in public and when it came into the possession of Dr Jenny it was carefully restored. It has to be said that this classic sports car looks stunning. It is said to be one of the most important non-racing Jaguars that has become available for sale.

1937 SS Jaguar 100 2.5 litre

What a beautiful looking open topped sports car. It was originally owned by the silver medal winning Swiss Olympic bobsleigh team member by the name of Hans Aichele. When it came into the ownership of Dr Jenny it was restored by Terry Larsson. In 2004 it was a Pebble Beach award winner.

1950 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

This is a wonderful looking classic sports car. It has spent all its life in Switzerland. It took part in a motor hill climb race in 1955. It has been beautifully restored.

So, if you are interested in owning a classic Jaguar car, why not spend some time looking on the website mentioned earlier for more information about the above vehicles and the other ones also forming part of the collection. If you are looking for classic car insurance why not get in touch and we will be pleased to assist in obtaining a competitive quotation.


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