That Jaguar's XJS has become a 'bona fide' classic is beyond doubt. Launched in 1975, its twenty one year production life was a testimony to the excellence of its basic design. Its excellent ride and handling balance was justly praised by the contemporary motoring press. The XJS's superlative 5.3 litre developed some 295bhp in later fuel injected form and when allied to automatic transmission gave authoritative 150mph performance. The car was re-engineered in 1991 with the rear side windows enlarged and a new four litre engine. The rear section benefitted from the new 'facelift' rear lights with the front as before, a series 1½ if you will. This example is described as in good order throughout and comes complete with an MoT test certificate valid until the end of 2017. The alloy wheels have been refurbished and re-shod with the correct tyres and it is reported to drive well. Sadly, the car is only being sold due to loss of storage. Much history and paperwork accompanies J240 NFP including the original wallet, 21 MoT test certificates, a stamped service book and, offered at no reserve, it represents enormous value for money.
The Diablo, or 'devil' in Spanish, was built between 1990 and 2001; it was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed in excess of 200mph. Its power came from a 5.7 litre, 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492hp and 428 lb/ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 62mph in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202mph. It was rear wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. In 1995, this model had a safety car role in Formula 1, most notably at the Canadian Grand Prix where, fortunately, it did not need to be officially deployed. Using a Pontiac Bonneville as the donor car, this Lamborghini Diablo Evocation is remarkably well built using many original Lamborghini parts including seats, lights and parts of the dashboard. The Pontiac 3.8 litre, V6 engine is coupled with an automatic transmission thus alleviating notoriously heavy clutch. With prices for the Lamborghini Diablo on the rise, mainly because it is seen as the last true Lamborghini, a niche market has been created for those who covet the raging bull's aggressive loo
Design of the 8-Series began in 1984 with the final design phase and production development in 1986. It debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show in early September 1989 and was designed to move beyond the market of the original 6-Series. The 8 Series however had substantially improved performance as well as a far higher purchase price. Over 1.5 billion Deutsche Marks were spent on development; BMW used CAD tools, still unusual at the time, to design the car's all-new body. Combined with wind tunnel testing, the resulting car had a drag coefficient of 0.29 and offered the first V12 engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox on a road car. It was also one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic 'drive-by-wire' throttle. Presented in very good metallic blue paintwork and a contrasting grey leather interior, this 850ci comes with a host of extras such as air conditioning, ABS and heated seats; it still looks like a modern sporting coupé. Having been cherished throughout its life, which can be ascertained from countless BMW and specialist stamps in the service booklet with the last less than 500 miles ago, this example is in lovely condition. The history file contains receipts,
The Reliant Robin was a small three-wheeled car manufactured by the Reliant Motor Company in Tamworth. It was produced in several versions over the course of 30 years and is the second most popular fibreglass car in history. The Robin was first manufactured in October 1973 as a direct replacement for the Reliant Regal, these models feature a 750cc engine, but in 1975, the car gained a number of improvements including an engine boost to 850cc. The Robin was well received in the 1970s because of good design executed by Ogle Design, (who had previously designed the Bond Bug, and Scimitar) and affordable price. In 1989, Reliant revived the Robin name, producing a new and totally revamped Robin featuring a new fibreglass body featuring a hatchback, with later an estate and van joining the range. Later on in production, the Robin received new, 12 inch wheels, improved brakes and an improved interior with new dials and interior trim. Reliant also started offering an unleaded engine (shown by having a green rocker cover) Purchased originally by the vendor to rekindle memories of youth for his boss, this Reliant was in a sad state when it was located in Wales. He then set about getting the
The Volkswagen T25 Syncro is a fabulous piece of Volkswagen history and a truly capable off-road vehicle. First produced in 1985, the VW Syncro was a solid 4X4 addition to the Volkswagen range. The initial prototypes were designed to take part in the grueling African rallies taking place in the 1970's and proved themselves worthy of the task when used as support vehicles during the Paris-Dakar rally. The Transporter Syncro was equipped with the brilliant four-wheel drive system jointly created by VW and the Austrian company renowned for its developments in the four-wheel drive arena, Steyr-Daimler-Puch. Proven vehicles, such as the small Haflinger, the 4x4 or 6x6 Pinzgauer and the Mercedes G-Wagon made VW sure of the fact SDP would be the best partner for their 4x4 Transporter project. Rather than the relatively weak Golf turbo-diesel unit which was fitted as standard, producing only around 70bhp, this Syncro is fitted with a 2.3 litre, 20v, five-cylinder Audi 90 Quattro engine from the same era as the Syncro was built. While the standard spec is 170bhp, this engine has been modified above that with modern injectors, a chipped ECU and an earlier, more powerful 7A exhaust manifold f
Manufactured between 1989 and 1996, the V8-powered Shamal supercar was the ultimate expression of Maserati's long-running Bi-turbo family. Maserati's mainstream model throughout the 1980s and the first series production road car to employ a twin turbo-charged engine, the Bi-turbo saloon debuted in 1982. Intended to challenge BMW and Mercedes-Benz in the luxury sporting saloon market, the unitary-construction Bi-turbo featured all-independent suspension, disc brakes all round and an interior boasting sumptuous leather upholstery and plentiful wood veneer trim. Designed by the Maserati Design Centre in collaboration with ex-Bertone stylist Marcello Gandini, a man with an enviable selection of the world's most desirable cars to his credit, the Shamal was powered by a compact 3,217cc, 32-valve, V8 engine producing 325bhp, good enough for a top speed within a whisker of 170mph. To fully utilise all this power within a relatively small, rear-wheel drive package, Maserati turned to class-leading technology in the form of electronically controlled, driver-adjustable active suspension, developed in conjunction with Koni. This is a genuine righthand drive example Shamal, one of only 36 manuf
The Lancia Delta was first shown in Frankfurt Motor Show in 1979. The Delta is best known for its World Rally Championship career in the late 1980s and early 1990s, when it dominated. The first Evoluzione cars were built at the end of 1991 and through 1992. These were to be the final homologation cars for the Lancia Rally Team; the Catalytic Evoluzione II was never rallied by the factory. In order to improve the handling, the Evoluzione had a wider track front and rear than earlier Deltas. In order to enclose this track in the bodywork, the wide arches were extended even further and in the process also became more rounded. The front strut top mounts were also raised in height in the quest for more grip: this then necessitated a front strut brace to control the forces thus generated. External changes included: new grilles in the front bumper to improve the air intake for engine compartment; a redesigned bonnet with new lateral air slats to further assist under bonnet ventilation; an adjustable roof spoiler above the tailgate to assist in competition; new five-bolt wheels derived from the rally cars; and finally, the rear of the car was changed with only one exhaust pipe now showing.
The Diablo, or 'devil' in Spanish, was built between 1990 and 2001; it was the first Lamborghini capable of attaining a top speed in excess of 200mph. Its power came from a 5.7 litre, 48-valve version of the existing Lamborghini V12 featuring dual overhead cams and computer-controlled multi-point fuel injection, producing a maximum output of 492hp and 428 lb/ft of torque. The vehicle could reach 62mph in about 4.5 seconds, with a top speed of 202mph. It was rear wheel drive and the engine was mid-mounted to aid its weight balance. In 1995, this model had a safety car role in Formula 1, most notably at the Canadian Grand Prix where, fortunately, it did not need to be officially deployed. With prices for the Lamborghini Diablo on the rise, mainly because it is seen as the last true Lamborghini, a niche market has been created for those who covet the raging bull's aggressive looks and Italian flair without breaking the bank. This near exact recreation based on a Pontiac Bonneville is remarkably well built using many original Lamborghini parts including seats, lights and parts of the dashboard. The Pontiac 3.8 litre, V6 engine is coupled with an automatic transmission consequently alle
Once in a while, an interesting motor car becomes available to the market. This Alfa Romeo 1600 S4 Spider is one such motor car. First registered in Italy in 1992, this S4 Spider arrived onto the UK shores in early 2016. What makes this Alfa Romeo interesting is not only its excellent coachwork and interior trim but also that it is fitted with a BRC Europa 2, dual fuel LPG conversion, fitted in 2014, making this a most economical open top sports car. The bright yellow coachwork is complimented by a set of attractive after-market alloy wheels that feature Alfa Romeo badged centres; the original steel wheels and covers being included in the sale. The soft top folds down and erects quickly and easily when required. Whilst touring with the hood down, the hood is stowed under a well fitting hood bag that enhances the overall look of the car. On a recent test, this Alfa Romeo started easily and drove well, either on the un-leaded fuel or on the LPG option. The gearbox selected the ratios smoothly without any baulking that can inflict the marque. Twin carburettors supply the fuel to the 1600cc power unit whilst disc brakes all around ensure good and confident braking. The engine bay is cl
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