After the Second World War, the 1919-founded Alvis Motor Company specialised in sports saloons, traditionally styled and coachbuilt, with the Grey Lady model being capable of over 100mph. In 1955 however, Graber styled, what was considered to be, a stunningly attractive two-door, pillarless coupé based upon a Grey Lady chassis which could comfortably transport four people with speeds up to 110mph. Although the Swiss firm did body several chassis from Coventry, their design was reproduced by celebrated English coachbuilders, Park Ward, who produced both fixedhead and drophead versions. With a Rolls-Royce standard of finish, the new Alvis quickly magnetised an up-market following which included Prince Philip and Group Captain Sir Douglas Bader CBE, DSO, DFC. There is little doubt that it is the exquisite coachbuilt sweeping lines and compelling motive force that have attracted clientele the world over ever since. We are delighted to offer this Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupé bodied by Park Ward that was first registered to a Mrs. J. T. Waddilove, Purley, Surrey on 12 th November 1964. The motor car was ordered direct from the 1964 Motor Show; the supplying dealer being Jack Barclay Limited
The Corvette Stingray had grown to be America's most popular sports car since its debut in 1953 but it was time for a change for the 1963-1967 models. Even the most superlative design grows whiskers after a decade and Chevrolet chief, Bill Mitchell, and stylist, Larry Shinoda, faced a tough task; to improve a living legend. Not only did they succeed but their creation turned into a modern classic and they created the most collectible Corvette of them all, sending sales soaring to record levels. Seeds were planted by the Stingray Special racer and experimental XP-720 which displayed a smooth fastback profile and split back window. These and other styling details pivoting hidden headlights, doors cut into the roof, a swage line dip all wound up in the production Sting Ray. The four headlights aligned with the pointy front end when shut, rotating open when needed. Imported from the USA, all appropriate taxes and duty have been paid and the relevant documents can be found in the history file. It has then undergone a process of renovation including full body, drive and braking system restoration. The interior is in good original condition sporting original upholstery. The chassis was al
The Austin-Healey 3000 was built from 1959 to 1967 and is the best known of the 'big' Healey models. The car's bodywork was made by Jensen Motors and the vehicles were assembled at the BMC Abingdon works. The 3000 was a successful car which won its class in many European rallies during its heyday and also ran at Le Mans during that period. As such, it is still used in competition by enthusiasts today. The 3000 Mk. III was launched in October 1963 and remained in production until the end of 1967 when production of Austin-Healeys ceased. Classified as the BJ8, the new model was the most powerful and luxurious of the big Healeys with a walnut veneer dash, wind-up windows and a 150bhp engine. Improvements to the engine included a revised camshaft, valve springs and twin SU 2" HD8 carburettors together with a redesigned exhaust system and servo-assisted brakes. First registered on 1st May 1964 to its first and only keeper, Bernard Ringwelski of 52 Totton Road, Thornton Heath, it is believed he was a World War II veteran then a watches and clock restorer after the war. This is a UK delivered, genuine righthand drive car and one of only 1,390 phase I's built with approximately 80-90% of p
Launched in 1962, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and its Bentley S3 equivalent employed the 6.2 litre aluminium-alloy V8 engine first introduced in the Silver Cloud II although with larger carburettors, new distributor and raised compression ratio. It also came with a four-speed GM derived automatic gearbox as standard equipment. Most obvious among many changes from the preceding models were the adoption of four headlamp lighting, the absence of sidelights from the wing tops and a slightly lower radiator shell. Inside, there was improved accommodation with separate front seats and increased room for rear passengers. Notable as the last mainstream Rolls-Royce to employ a separate chassis, the Silver Cloud III remained in production until superseded by the unitary-construction Silver Shadow in late 1965. The Cloud represented a supremely elegant design and is often regarded as the last true Rolls-Royce. This example has been imported from the USA to Europe and has had all appropriate taxes and duty paid; the documents for which can be found within the history file. The car itself has been restored, in particular the body, using white pearl paint, and braking system which required a
To many, its designer Alec Issigonis included, the notion that the Mini might have a future as anything other than basic transport was anathema, and the idea of a high-performance version was laughable. One man though, saw it quite differently. Racing car manufacturer John Cooper already knew quite a bit about tuning BMC's A-Series engine - he was running the company's Formula Junior effort at the time - and a test drive in a prototype Mini convinced him of the car's competition potential. The result, launched in September 1961, was the Mini Cooper, a car that offered a size/price/performance package that was nothing short of miraculous. The Mini Cooper soon established its credentials as a rally and race winner, and the stage was set for even faster versions. The first of these - the 1,071cc Mini Cooper 'S' of 1963 - took engine development a stage further and provided the basis for the 971 'S' and 1275 'S' of 1964. The car we offer is an original example of the short-lived and rare 1,071cc Cooper S, built between April 1963 and the end of August 1964. 'YEE 522' was first built on 16th January 1964 and dispatched on the 27th January to Roland C. Bellamy Ltd of Grimsby. Still weari
The Triumph TR4 was built by Standard Triumph Motor Company and introduced in 1961. Code named 'Zest' during development, the car was based on the chassis and drivetrain of the previous TR sports cars but with a modern Michelotti styled body. A total of 40,253 cars were built; the TR4 proved very successful and continued the rugged image that the previous TR's had enjoyed. The TR4 body style did away with the cutaway door design of the previous TR's to allow for wind-down windows and the angular rear allowed a boot with considerable capacity for a sports car. Advanced features included the first use of adjustable fascia ventilation in a production car and the option of a unique hard-top that consisted of a fixed glass rear window with an integral rollbar and a detachable, steel centre panel (aluminium for the first 500 units). This was the first such roof system on a production car and preceded by five years the Porsche 911/912 Targa, which has since become a generic name for this style of top. On the TR4 the rigid roof panel was replaceable with an easily folded and stowed vinyl insert and supporting frame called a 'Surrey Top'. First registered on 29th May, 1964, this charming TR
- In single family ownership from 1964 - 2005 - Matching chassis and engine numbers, factory-fitted limited slip differential and heated rear screen - Extensively improved by renowned marque specialist Post Vintage Engineering - Refinished in its original livery of Sierra Blue with Fawn leather upholstery - Sympathetically upgraded with power assisted steering, air-conditioning and sat-nav Being an Aston Martin concessionaire in the early 1960s was no cake walk. As well as a marked reluctance to help its dealers with warranty claims, the cash-strapped manufacturer also pursued a decidedly evolutionary product strategy. Introduced in 1963, the DB5 may have boasted such niceties as an alternator, tinted glass, four exhaust silencers, electric windows and more efficient Girling disc brakes but sharing the exact same sheetmetal as the outgoing DB4 Series 5 Vantage must have caused certain customers to look askance at its _4,125 list price (a twenty percent increase). Although some of the extra expense was down to the newcomer featuring an enlarged 3995cc version of the marque's proven Tadek Marek-designed DOHC straight-six engine (up from 3670cc). Nevertheless, one can imagine the impa
Mayfair 020 7125 1400 | Maldon 01621 879579 1965 Aston Martin DB5 'Ogle' Saloon to Vantage Specification RHD There can be few British sports cars that are as iconic as the Aston Martin DB5. While all variants are consistently in high demand due to their looks, performance, history and investment potential, those cars with unique historical features are particularly sought after. The example offered here is one such car having been originally used by Ogle Design Ltd as a design prototype to demonstrate to the factory how the interior of the forthcoming DB6 could look. Modifications included a completely new layout of the dashboard and glove compartment, addition of a new centre console, central opening armrest (which was hinged at the rear), chrome plated ashtray, simpler V-patterned seat design, redesigned interior door panels (with a new interior door release handle) and completely new trim panels to the rear parcel shelf. Many of these modifications were subsequently adopted on the DB6 with the seating design being one of the most noticeable features. In addition to its fascinating history this car has also recently benefited from a no expense spared 3000 hours body off restorati
This matching numbers UK RHD DB5 is in superb condition throughout, and has benefited from extensive expenditure in recent years. It is a great driving car which has appeared at concours events and shows. Fresh from a body and chassis restoration at an Aston specialist, this lovely example is now attractively finished in Georgian Silver rather than its original colour of Platinum (white). Complete with its original logbook, a copy of the factory build sheet, a very rare original Instruction Book and a Heritage Certificate. The history file also includes extensive ownership and maintenance records, including photographs. Originally supplied in the UK, the car later spent some time in Milan where it was initially repainted red, before being reconditioned, repainted and displayed as part of a James Bond tour of Italy. In 2012 the DB5 was imported back to UK and in 2013 had a full engine rebuild and bare metal respray in Georgian Silver. Further works followed at Aston specialists and most recently the car has had extensive chassis restoration. Following this work this lovely Aston appeared at the 2013 Regent Motor Show London and the AMOC Concours at Hampton Court Palace in 2014.
This beautiful car comes with a copy of the original purchase form. It is matching-numbers, and the only alteration in specification from new concerns the colour scheme, originally California Sage, which was changed to Silver Birch prior to the preceding owner's acquisition of the car in 1971. It has the later- DB5 spec upgraded ZF 5-speed gearbox which of course it was supplied with from new. The car was maintained by Ian Mason in the 1970's prior to being laid-up (bills on file). There is a note on file, written in 2005 by the previous owner, Peter Hammerson, which states: 'from 1977 the car was laid-up in a private garage following which it has been undergoing extensive and lengthy restoration.' The latter was carried out by Arthur Birchall & Co of Norfolk between 1987 and 2006, during which period the car benefitted from a body-off, chassis-upwards rebuild while the engine was converted to take unleaded fuel (bills on file). Between 2008 and 2010, the DB5 was looked after by Astin Martin Works. The car then resided in Norway as part of a private collection. It is a lovely example and has covered a believed-genuine 70,000 miles from new (1,000 since restoration) and is in absolutely superb condition. The car is offered with a large history file including workshop manual. It also includes an original and almost irreplaceable Instruction Handbook. The original matching-numbers engine was converted to a 4.2 litre specification in Cheshire Classic Cars' workshop using Cosworth Pistons in 2015. This is photographically recorded. A simply exceptional DB5.
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