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.
-Bespoke built by Mercedes for the Turin Motor Show of 1956 -Highly desirable options list including Rudge Wheels -Matching Numbers -Original factory paint colour stunning DB180 Silver -Fitted Luggage -Superb driver This car was specially made by Mercedes-Benz as a “Standwagen”, or Motor Show Display car to represent the best of Mercedes-Benz on their stand at the 1956 Turin show. It is well-known that Mercedes put particular extra effort into making these cars absolutely perfect in presentation, but also covetable in specification. Hence this car has had the following very expensive options from new:- -Rudge wheels -Beautiful Specially hand-made Nardi steering wheel, with cast-in folding hub to gain access to the Gullwing seat -Short “Sports” Gearlever -Metallic Silver paint The Rudge wheels are a very important feature. They were an extremely expensive option when the car was new, adding an extra- large percentage alone to the price. These are such a coveted option, they still add 10% to the value of a Gullwing today. Lots of Gullwings have had modern replica Rudge wheels fitted now; they are retro-fit, but add next to nothing to the value. Also, the car was finished in DB180 Silver from new for the show, because Mercedes knew it was the best colour, highlighting the Mille- Miglia and GP winning “Silver Arrows” cars. It also comes with a handbook and toolkit, fitted leather luggage, and even the original 300SL tyre pressure gauge! The car was subject to a bare-metal restoration in the U.S. some years ago, but still presents and drives beautifully. It will require some minor chassis work prior to delivery, but this is included in the purchase price. A car that continues to stun and stop people in their tracks over sixty years on. The car is EU taxes paid and UK registered.
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.
This Series 2 DB4 retains all of its particular- to- series body features, including the early ‘Art Deco’ rear lights, grille and bonnet scoop. It’s all a matter of taste, but these fittings do make the early DB4s purer for many collectors than the later cars. The engine is the original ‘matching numbers’ unit, but the cylinder head has been considerably upgraded some years ago to unleash a notable amount of the extra power potential that these units have in reserve. This includes special camshafts and porting, and a triple SU carb set-up. Not only is the engine straining at the leash when blipped from idle, but the performance on the open road is far more satisfying than a standard DB4. This lovely example was delivered on 26th November 1960 for the use of Mr John Bowthorpe, bearing the distinctive registration plate JB 720. Originally finished in Pale Primrose with black Connolly hide, the car has subsequently received a high quality colour change to a very attractive shade of deep red. Following two further owners in the UK and warranty work recorded until 1968 it was later purchased by the President of the Italian Section of the Aston Martin Owners Club, Massimo Meli. During his ownership in 1999 the publication Ruote Classiche used the car as a cover car in a 10page article. In 2011 it was brought back to the UK and was able to once again maintain the original ‘James Bond’ registration initials as delivered back in 1960. This new owner used the car at UK AMOC events over the years and had Aston Specialists check the car annually, only travelling a few hundred miles each year. With only 1,110 DB4s manufactured across all 5 series and prices of DB4s going skywards, we are delighted to offer this most useable Series 2. With options to drive or improve, this great driving Aston certainly represents investment with prices of restored cars now in excess of £500k.
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.
This stunning matching numbers DB6 Volante was sold new via H R Owen to Town and Commercial Developments Ltd of London W1, originally finished in Olive with Champagne Connolly hide interior and is now attractively presented in California Sage. The car comes with a very detailed history file, including concours results, MOTs and invoices, highlights of which include: •matching numbers •original factory manual gearbox •an appearance in the ITV series, 'The Ruth Rendell Mysteries' •featuring in Neil F Murray's book 'On Aston Martin' •full engine rebuild by Ian Moss (at approximately 88,000 miles) •new hood made by an ex-Aston Martin coach trimmer •full bare-metal re-spray in California Sage, carried out in 2005 •at the same time the suspension and brakes were overhauled, the car converted from right to left hand drive, five new wire wheels fitted and a high torque starter motor added In 2005, the car was sold to an owner in Belgium where the speedometer was changed from mph to kmh and has been serviced regularly since then. In its current LHD form, it drives beautifully. We can of course re-convert it to its original RHD configuration for a nominal cost, if this is preferred.
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.