Cooper's rear-engined racing cars were powered by JAP motorcycle engines and dominated the 500cc Formula 3 scene in the 1950s. Charles and John Cooper's post-war racing car was based on a crashed Fiat Topolino with the single cylinder JAP engine positioned behind the driver offering good weight distribution. Cooper's innovative design was well received and offered a number of future racing drivers' their first taste of success, including Sir Stirling Moss. It wasn't long before Coopers were the car to beat and orders flooded in. The JAP engine was a reliable and trusted unit however, over the course of the next few years, Coopers improved a number of aspects of their cars by using a tubular chassis, rack and pinion steering and transverse leaf spring independent suspension. This Cooper Mk. VIII Formula 3 was originally sold to Bob Gerard, famous for racing Rileys in the 1930s. In 1948, he finished 3 rd in the British Grand Prix in a ERA. Bob Gerard continued having success at national level and he sold this Cooper to Henry Taylor in 1955. Henry Taylor won the Autosport and JAP trophies in this Cooper Mk. VIII. The car changed hands a number of times and eventually was purchased by
This charming righthand drive A50 Cambridge from 1956 was resident of IADS Malaysian Airbase (Integrated Air Defence System) until spotted by RAF serviceman, Flight Sergeant Stephen Pollitt, who was also based in Malaysia and saved the car for Britain. It was repatriated home in 2000 from the airbase where this car is understood to have lived a charmed life ferrying pilots and servicemen to their aircraft and, in doing so, accumulated just 5,000 miles from new. Whilst we regret it's impossible to warrant this figure, it is plausible that the condition of the car is commensurate with this mileage. The Butterscotch upholstery is in largely good order, the door cards still have plastic shrouding over them and the whole car has a very genuine feel about it, clearly having been cherished. The engine barks to life at first attempt and runs sweetly. The column shift gear selector engages gears accurately and propels the car with ease, though we have to confess you will not be setting any land speed records with this car. Accompanying our A50 Cambridge is a host of very official looking Malaysian documents and paperwork, as well as its UK V5C registration certificate.
Supplied in chassis form to Vignale and bodied in an elegant fast-back design, this ultra-rare Aston Martin was originally ordered for His Majesty the King of Belgium. Currently undergoing a full ground up restoration at Aston Workshop, this project represents a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to acquire one of the rarest and most collectable Aston Martin cars ever made. Interest in classic Vignale bodied cars has dramatically increased recently, with Ferrari examples achieving phenomenal prices at auction. This car is understood to be the only classic Aston Martin ever bodied by Vignale, and as such it is of significant historical importance, both to Aston Martin & Vignale. The car was delivered to Vignale as a DB2/4 chassis only on 28th September 1954. It was then completed in a one-off distinctive fast-back design, with a large opening rear hatch. This stunning Grand Tourer was then delivered on 10th March 1955. It was fitted with the latter, three litre engine and the 1.73:1 ratio. A totally unique & significant Aston Martin from the 50's with fantastic styling, guaranteed to please the most discerning collector and sure to become one of the most sought after Astons of all tim
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Coupe s/n LML 551, Engine No. VB6J/120 Black with Beige Leather Interior The story of Aston Martin is steeped in racing, performance, and personal fortitude. Thrust up against the formidable challenge of other British stalwarts, Aston Martin had to deliver not only performance and elegance, but also had to offer something more – a unique sensor delight unlike anything else on the market. Much like many pre-war car companies, it was difficult to compete without offering something new. Such daring and flair ensued when David Brown took the helm, preparing to go head to head with Jaguar. Brown immediately arranged for the purchase of Lagonda, specifically for the use of their sophisticated 2.6 liter twin cam inline-6 designed by none other than W.O. Bentley. First offered as the DB2, Aston Martin quickly realized that it was becoming more important to accommodate the family needs of motoring enthusiasts. The DB2/4 Saloon emerged with two rear jump seats, more rear luggage space (primarily due to the drop down rear seats), and of course the distinctive rear “hatch”. All this, including chassis upgrades, made the new model DB2/4 Saloon capable of carrying luggage
Year: 1954 Colour: Blue Haze metallic Trim: Blue, piped in grey Configuration: RHD Transmission: Manual
--Moonbeam Grey with Red interior and Black carpets, 4-speed manual, original LHD Vantage, fully restored to fast road specification, comprehensive history, Mille Miglia eligible. This DB 2/4 Vantage was constructed at the Aston Martin works in Feltham on 30th September 1953, finished in Moonbeam Grey with red leather interior and to LHD export specification. The engine was built to 3.0 liter ‘Vantage’ specification, denoted by its ‘VB6E’ engine number, the same engine it retains to this day. It was delivered on 20th November 1953 to its first owner, Monsieur Durot of Anvers, France, equipped with heavy duty shock absorbers and km/h speedometer. It is understood the DB 2/4 remained in Europe until 2005 when it was sold to Mr. Schuebrien of West Linn, Oregon. Mr. Schuebrien commissioned an extensive restoration to fast road specification which included a full rebuild of the engine, full re-paint and re-trim of the interior. The original interior was removed from the car and carefully stored and bucket seats trimmed in red hounds tooth cloth were fitted in keeping with the fast road specification of the car. In 2007, the car was acquired by Mr. Luca Maciucescu, a resident of Santa Fe
When Jaguar resumed car production in 1945, it dropped its pre-war sportscar line to concentrate on saloon manufacture. But at the 1948 Motor Show, the firm astonished the public by announcing a new two-seater roadster; the XK120, with the name reflecting its top speed. It heralded the arrival of Jaguar's famous 3.4-litre twin overhead camshaft XK engine, intended for the Mk. VII saloon, then two years away. The car was in instant demand which caught Jaguar a little by surprise. The open two-seater model was joined by a fixedhead coupé version in 1951 and a drophead coupé followed in 1953. The 120 lasted until 1954 before making way for its XK140 successor. It was to prove the most popular of the series with 12,061 examples built; of these, only 295 were righthand drive drophead coupés like the car offered here. This genuine UK registered Jaguar XK120 was originally supplied by Henley's in Manchester on 17 th August 1954 and has been owned by the current vendor for the last 27 years. After regular use under his stewardship, he took the car off the road in 2001 and has had her dry stored ever since. The original colour was suede green and at some stage she was painted red; in 1987 a
Successor to the R-Type, the Bentley S1 was introduced in 1955 with a whole new chassis; the car's wheelbase had been extended 3" to 123", and the luggage compartment was expanded. The S1 had softer suspension than the R-Type, with electrically-controlled rear shock absorbers. Brakes had been improved, and the steering was lighter, even more so after 1957 with optional power assisted steering. This model marked the final integration of Bentley with Rolls-Royce - the standard saloons were now entirely alike, but for grills and badging. The engine was Rolls' 4887cc F-head six, in its final configuration before the introduction of V8 power in 1959. Manual gearboxes were supplied only to special order. With the introduction of the aluminium 6230cc V8 engine in 1959, the S1 Bentley became the S2, and the corresponding Rolls-Royce was renamed Silver Cloud II. The British Magazine, the Motor reported a top speed of 103 mph and 0-60 acceleration of 13.1 seconds from a short-wheelbase S1 in 1957. This 1956 Bentley S1 was first supplied to Mac Dowall Equipment Co. Ltd. of Romford Essex. In January 1964, the next own owner was Frederick Meekins based in London SW7. By the mid 1970's, the car
The '500' racing began in 1946 as a way for 'impecunious enthusiasts' to go motor racing using 500cc motorbike engines instead of the larger capacity engines that prevailed prior to the war. The idea caught on and was adopted as a new Formula 3 in 1950. Well-known names raced in 500s including Stirling Moss, Ken Tyrrell, Jim Russell, Les Leston, Peter Collins, Don Parker and Bernie Ecclestone and all drived at famous locations like Shelsley Walsh, Mallory Park and Silverstone. Brian J Rowsell built the BJR 500 in 1956 to race in Formula 3. It was powered by a JAP single cylinder 500cc engine and featured a relatively sophisticated tubular chassis, wishbone and coil suspension at the front and a swing axle at the rear. Brian competed regularly in it from 1956 through to 1960. Known results include: 1956 Crystal Palace - Redex Trophy, 14th in heat 1956 Brands Hatch - 9th in heat 1958 Brands Hatch - 5th in junior race 1958 Crystal Palace - Redex Trophy, 18th 1958 Brands Hatch - Lewis Evans Trophy, 5th in heat 1959 Brands Hatch - World Sports Trophy, 4th in heat 1959 Brands Hatch - 8th in heat 1960Brands Hatch - Lewis-Evans Trophy, DNF It was then raced by J.K. Harvey (Brands Hatch 27t
This 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 LHD Drophead comes finished in a wonderful light blue metallic, believed to be a close match to this car's originally applied Haze Blue. It looks exceptional. The chromed wire wheels are fitted with Vredestein tires, and a set of period fog lights are mounted up front. Inside, a complement of beautiful Smith gauges adorn the dashboard, while the interior is tastefully trimmed in red, just as when this car left the factory in 1955. A wood-rimmed steering wheel is fitted, as is a lovely period radio. The trunk is equipped with leather straps to hold down loose items, and a period suitcase is in place for weekend trips. Offered with a copy of the original, factory built record, a jack, tools and owner's manual, this rare and exclusive Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe impresses immensely. For only $565,000 1955 Aston Martin DB2/4 Drophead Coupe Coachwork by Mulliners Chassis no. LML/829 Engine no. VB6J/384 2,922cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine 2 SU Carburetors 140bhp at 5,000rpm 4-Speed Manual Transmission Front Independent Suspension Live Rear Axle 4-Wheel Drum Brakes *Rare, factory left hand drive Drophead Coupe *Factory fitted with the later 3-liter Van
The Austin Healey 100 was built from 1953 until 1956 and developed by Donald Healey to be produced in-house by Healey's small car company in Warwick. Healey built a single Hundred for the 1952 London Motor Show and the design impressed Leonard Lord, Managing Director of Austin, so much, that a deal was struck with Healey to build it at Austin's Longbridge factory and renamed the Austin-Healey 100. The name came from Donald Healey who selected it due to the car's ability to reach 100mph, as opposed to the Austin-Healey 3000, duly named for its 3,000cc engine. Production Austin-Healey 100s were finished at Austin's Longbridge plant. The 100 was the first of three models later called the Big Healey's to distinguish them from the much smaller Austin-Healey Sprite. The first series 'BN1' were equipped with the same 90bhp engines and manual gearbox as the A90 although the transmission was modified to be a three-speed unit with overdrive on second and top. With only 6% of these early Healey's sold in the UK, their scarcity alone has made them hugely collectable, this combined with their competition potential in many of the worlds classic rallies makes for a desirable sportscar in any coll
The Jaguar XK120 was manufactured between 1948 and 1954 and was Jaguar's first sports car since the SS100 which ceased production in 1940. The XK120 was launched in roadster form at the 1948 London Motor Show as a show car for the new Jaguar XK engine. It caused a sensation, thus persuading Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put the car into production. The '120' in its name referred to its 120mph top speed which made the XK120 the world's fastest standard production car at the time of its launch. It was available in two open versions; first as the roadster, then also as a Drophead coupé from 1953 and also as a closed, or 'Fixedhead' coupé from 1951. With an alloy cylinder head and twin side-draft SU carburettors, the double overhead-cam 3.4 litre straight six XK engine was comparatively advanced for a mass-produced unit of the time. With a standard compression ratio of 8:1 it developed 160bhp. This same basic design of the XK engine, later modified into 3.8 litre and 4.2 litre versions, survived into the late 1980s. All XK120s had independent torsion bar front suspension; semi-elliptic leaf springs at the rear, re-circulating ball steering, telescopically adjustable s
For 1957, Lister redesigned the original car around a Jaguar D-Type inline-six with an aerodynamic aluminium body; it was tested by racing journalist John Bolster, performing a 0-100mph run in 11.2 seconds. Driver Archie Scott Brown won the 1957 British Empire Trophy in the new Lister-Jaguar. Refined again in 1958, the Lister-Jaguar entered international competitions. Lister also developed another single-seater car based on the Lister-Jaguar, for use in the unique Race of Two Worlds at Monza. Cars from this era are affectionately known as the 'Lister Knobbly' cars, due to their curved bodywork. Although, not an original 'Knobbly' Lister-Jaguar, this is an extremely faithful and precise recreation, similar in ethos to the Cameron Miller Maserati 250Fs or the more recently replicated Guido Rosani/Jim Stokes Lancia-Ferrari D50s. One of three of its type built in the mid-1980s by New Zealander Ray Larsen, who is a world renowned coach builder and engineer, famous for building successful racing Jaguars. This car was copied directly from a genuine Lister 'Knobbly' using a host of period Jaguar components sourced from the 'matching numbers' donor car. As such, its two main longitudinal ch
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