One of the “sleepers” of the classic car market for decades, the Fiat Dino Spyder has finally been recognised as the Italian gem that it is. This is borne out by it being one of the most value- appreciating classic cars of recent times, according to market indexes and specialist publications. It was conceived during a snapshot in history in the mid-1960’s when Fiat and Enzo Ferrari were examining forming a relationship for mutual benefit, and little did either of them know that that relationship would ensure Ferrari's survival into the 21st. Century. At first shunned for not being a “proper” Ferrari due to its V6, not more acknowledged V12 engine, even Enzo Ferrari badged his cars as just “Dinos” initially. This was insurance against the market railing against what could be at face value perceived as an inferior car to his normal fare. Fortunately the press and public thought differently, and the Ferrari Dino made its way into folklore as a visual and driving delight. The Dino was Ferrari’s first venture into (by their standards) large-scale production, which meant that their foundry could not cope with making the little V6 as well as their more esoteric stablemates. Enter the Fiat side of the equation; Fiat had the production capacity and infrastructure, so why didn’t Fiat use the beautiful little V6 for a “Halo” car of their own? Thus the Fiat Dino was spawned... Using a comparatively conventional classical front engine/rear wheel drive configuration, Fiat used Bertone for the coupe, and Pininfarina for the Spyder. So why has the Spyder not shone more brightly before? One argument could be that it has been overshadowed by its Ferrari cousin, and because of that, it’s not managed to find its own true place or identity. Another could be that the styling was not initially lauded, but time has been kind to it in this respect and the shape is now a 1960’s beauty. Whatever the reason, the car’s advantages are now right in the zone for many enthusiasts’ dreams. These include:- - That true jewel of an engine - Open-top driving with that lovely engine noise as a soundtrack - +2 rear seats so four people can enjoy the ride - Glamorous Pininfarina styling - 5-speed gearbox for high-speed cruising - Large boot to carry luggage or a big picnic! This particular car is a very early example, being the 288th, built like all Fiat Dinos, it is LHD and has lived in California for many years. It has been the subject of a large amount of just-completed work including the following:- -Full documented and photographed engine rebuild, including replacing many internals with uprated items, inc. oil pump, etc. -Electronic ignition incorporated in distributor -Substantial replacement of floor and structural sections to ensure full bodyshell integrity. -New mohair soft-top and carpets -Reconditioned starter motor and electrics -New stainless steel “sports” exhaust -Refurbished wheels Ready to enjoy, this car, a rare sight on UK roads (none were officially imported) will bring many smiles per mile!
This stunning example of a very desirable Jaguar benefitted from a full body-off restoration in the mid 2000s, including the installation of a fully rebuilt 3.8 engine, refurbished suspension and brakes, a complete rewire, retrim and repaint in bright red. This lovely factory RHD car has been kept in Spain in recent years and the restoration work has stood the test of time. In particular the (fully rustproofed) chassis is in excellent condition and the paintwork, chromework and interior remains very smart. Complete with a heritage certificate, detailed history file, workshop and spare parts manuals. A great driving example with a remarkably smooth Moss gearbox and strong engine.
Although the S version of the Miura came out in 1969, it was not radically different from the original P400. Bob Wallace, Lamborghini's development test driver wanted to explore more of the huge performance potential of the Miura, and built his own test bed car which ended up being brutally fast. This 'Jota' was so cutting-edge that only a small number of the improvements incorporated in it made their way in to the later Miura SV. The Jota was destroyed in 1972 in a crash being driven by someone whose abilities fell far behind the car's. Five production SV's were partially 'Jota-ised' but this was mainly cosmetic. We are delighted to be able to offer this stunning Jota evocation again. It is based on a Miura S which was supplied new into Japan, and has spent most of its life there. Its last Japanese owner set out to produce a car whose closeness to the original Jota specification was much more than skin deep, and there is a comprehensive photo record and bills on file for over £365,000. This work included producing a set of bespoke hand formed aluminium bodywork with exposed rivets and fitting a specially modified SV engine, as well as a simply stunning ground up restoration. The build quality far exceeds anything produced by the factory in period. Please contact us for details of the extensive specification, which is too lengthy to list here. We have taken this work a significant stage further, resulting in a show-stopping Miura which bears the closest inspection from even the most accomplished automotive engineer. However we would be able to convert the car back to S specification should this be preferred, and with Miura prices rising so rapidly this would be cost effective for its new owner. This is almost certainly the most visually striking Miura, and the most exhilarating to drive, currently available anywhere. It also sounds superb - please click button opposite!
A simply amazing Daytona... This example has covered a mere 8,500 miles from new. The original matching-numbers engine has been fully maintained by Daytona specialists over the years. Due to the fact that it is still essentially a factory-fresh Ferrari-built but run in motor, it unleashes its power with the particular ease that made the Daytona the legend it is. Driving this example, it is easy to believe it was the fastest production car on the planet for many years. The car has never been neglected and had to be “brought back” to pristine condition as many cars have; it has remained a prize possession continually during its 46-year life. It has been the subject of considerable recent work to keep it amongst the best presented and driving imaginable. This includes a colour change back to Blu Dino Metallizato (it’s original colour when new) and interior re-trim to exacting standards using the correct Connolly hides, both carried out by ourselves four years ago. Electric power steering was fitted at the same time. Mechanical works recently carried out include full suspension restoration, new clutch and servicing by marque specialists. Fitted with optional Boranni wheels, however, the original wheels are also included. Only 121 Spyders were produced by the factory, leading to a number of specialists offering conversions to coupe owners. Chassis number 15951 was converted in 1978 by Richard Straman Coachworks in California. Richard Straman was renowned for the exceptional quality and accuracy of his work, and this example was completed to exacting standards. The overall excellence of the metalwork on the body was evidenced when we repainted the car in 2013 (photos on file). Our MD, Iain Tyrrell has inspected a number of Spyder conversions over the years for clients, and this is by far the best executed example he has seen. A stunning car that is ready to enjoy.
The XK120C’s astonishing 1951 debut and 1953 victories at Le Mans 24-Hour Race established Jaguar’s first purpose-built racing sports car as one of the all-time greats paving the way for the D-Type. These multiple Le Mans wins in the 1950s, as well as numerous victories in the other great classic endurance events, have ensured a continuing healthy demand for replicas of Jaguar’s rare and exotic works sports-racers. This car is offered for sale having been commissioned to respected C & D type builder Jim Marland, who constructed this exacting replica some 10 years ago for the previous owner. Its multi-tubular spaceframe chassis is clothed in aluminium alloy coachwork recreating the style of the original factory cars. The 3.8-litre engine is C-Type specification but fitted with 9.8-1 compression Cosworth pistons on a polished and nitrated crankshaft under polished gas flowed E type head. Without question one of the most desirable C-Type replicas around, with a 1956 date of registration on V5C document.
This low mileage 412 has extensive service history and drives exceptionally well. One of only 306 RHD cars produced. Stunning in Grigio metallic with Sabbia hide interior ...
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.
A complete design change for Mercedes-Benz, the 230SL followed the 190SL successes introduced in 1963 at Geneva, Technical Director Prof. Fritz Nallinger focused on increased power and safety quoting “It was our aim to create a very safe and fast sports car with high performance, which despite its sports characteristics, provides a very high degree of traveling comfort” The 230SL is the first sports car from Mercedes to feature a rigid passenger cell, designing crumple zones and impact absorption onto the new shortened S class chassis. The rounding of the corners and new roof lines brought the nickname “Pagoda” at launch. Our 230SL has an extensive history as one owner enjoyed it for over 37years, 25 of those in storage until his retirement. In 2010 it benefitted from mechanical and bodywork refurbishment and has covered only 1,200 miles since. Works detailed include engine rebuild, gearbox and rear axle overhaul, renewing brake lines, calipers and drums, then unleaded conversion included full sonic fuel tank clean and new fuel lines. All these works are finished with a stainless exhaust system to enhance the driving pleasure. Body and trim were then restored by recognised coach and trim works. Although delivered to its first 1966 owner in blue, it was repainted red in 1972 by its second longstanding owner red to match his wifes car colour and has faithfully remained this colour throughout the restoration. The car remains in pristine order throughout, including the underside.
The LP400 Periscopio is the most desirable Countach, with only 150 cars produced. This lovely example has travelled only 58,000 kilometres (less than 35,000 miles) from new, and is a factory RHD which was delivered new to Australia. The car has a fascinating history. By arrangement with the Australian importers the first owners collected it directly from the Lamborghini factory, and proceeded to go on a grand tour of Europe. Two weeks later, the car returned to the factory for a routine service with 3,449 kilometres on the odometer! Its first owners continued to enjoy the car in Europe and the UK for several months, and after a service in June 1978 in the UK, with 16,276 kilometres showing on its odometer, the car was shipped to Australia, where it would live for the next 36 years. Shortly after returning to Australia, the car was converted to LP400S specification, but this was immediately reversed by the current owner when he purchased the car in September 2005, apart from the upgraded rear suspension. The car was repainted in its correct shade of Rosso, but retains what is believed to be its original Nero interior. The engine was rebuilt almost twenty years ago. The original rear suspension is still with the car, should refitting it be desired in the future for 100% originality. Today, the car presents and drives magnificently, and it must be one of the finest surviving examples of an early Countach. Piloting this missile on the right road is just as breathtaking and visceral as it ever was, and it's still very much in a full state of readiness. It was recently driven at high speeds round Goodwood for a prime-time TV programme. Complete with its tool roll and an extensive history file, including owner's manual, original warranty card, and delivery documents.