Low-mileage V12 Jaguar E-type headlines an interesting mixture of cars ready for Historics' 29 November sale
Historics’ final sale of 2014 takes place at Mercedes-Benz World, on the banking of the legendary Brooklands circuit, and as usual features a varied mix of classic and high performance machinery. A total of 110 cars are expected to go under the hammer on 29 November.
As the market seems to very receptive to super low-mileage and original cars at the minute, the 9883-mile Jaguar E-type Series III V12 Roadster is sure to be a hit with the buyers. Expected to sell for £72,000-£78,000, the E-type covered 4500 of its miles in the first year, before it was sold to an E-type enthusiast. Despite this, the car remained largely unused in a garage until it was sold to the current owner in 2004. It has since covered just 500 miles, and has recently been fully recommissioned and treated to a full professional detailing session.
Continuing with the E-type theme, there’s also an outstanding 1970 Series 2 example at the sale. The concours-winning roadster was originally sold in the USA, before being re-imported and fully restored. Among the best Series 2 E-types in the UK, it’s expected to sell for £95,000-£110,000.
Two cars, both painted in an eye-catching shade of orange, instantly stand out in the sale too. First up is a 1974 DeTomaso Pantera. Originally a US-market car – as most of them were – it was imported to the UK back in 2011. It’s thought that the Ford V8-powered Italian supercar has covered less than 20,000 miles since it was new, and since being brought to the UK has had full rebuild. It’s estimated to sell for £48,000-£54,000.
The other stunning orange car is a 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 RS, with a mere 10,492 miles on the clock. Despite being tagged as a Cat C write-off early on in life, this 997 is in tip-top condition. It was repaired by Ramus Porsche, and has since been given a clean bill of health, along with an estimate of £55,000-£65,000. Rather interestingly, the GT3 has been fitted with a sequential gearbox, which is described as ‘user friendly’.
There is also a number of Mercedes offered at the auction with no reserve. From a very tidy-looking 1984 380SE, powerful 420SL right through to an exceptional 1992 190E. Even with just shy of 100K miles on the clock, the 190 still looks (and probably drives) like the day it was built.
One particularly interesting lot is the 1971 Trident Ventura, which has been upgraded to 289 Clipper specification. This baby Aston Martin DBS impersonator originally thought to have been the Ford V6-engined Ventura model, but after being found in a garage minus an engine and gearbox, it has been upgraded with the much more desirable 289 Ford V8 found in the Clipper. With an estimate of £20,000-£24,000, this TVR offshoot (read a more extensive Trident Clipper history here) offers an interesting ownership proposition.