A great selection of unusual classics, including the Dare DZ and TVR 3000M ‘Martin’ edition, will be offered by Brightwells on 13 May
As always, there are a number of slightly more unusual offerings at Brightwells’ upcoming auction on 13 May. Between the particularly interesting Daewoo Musiro Concept, and Soviet-era surface-to-air rocket motor, there are actually some interesting performance car curios to take note of too…
First up is the Dare DZ. It was the brainchild of the Walklett family – famed for building Ginettas until the company was sold in 1989 – who returned to the car-building fold with the Dare in 1998. In typical Ginetta fashion, the Dare used many parts from Ford, including a mid-mounted 130bhp 2.0-litre Ford Zetec engine. Just ten were produced, and this was the first – actually shown at the Birmingham motor show. With fewer than 30,000 miles on the clock, and three previous owners, this DZ should be in pretty good order and comes with an MoT until September.
It really does look like nothing else you’ll see on the road, and it has an interesting back-story. With an estimate of £12,500-£14,500, there are similar thrills out there for less money, but you can’t deny the Dare’s slightly strange appeal.
Another interesting car at the sale is the 1993 Maserati Ghibli. Arguably the ultimate incarnation of the 1980s Biturbo, with muscular wheel arches and luxuriously trimmed interior, the Ghibli has almost been left out of Maserati history. The car offered here has recently been serviced, and was originally a press demonstrator when it was new – appearing in various magazine tests. Okay, it’s not the ultra-desirable Cup model, but with an estimate of £6500-£8500 it certainly looks like an interesting proposition.
For a pure slice of 1970s colour schemes at their best though, you have to look at the TVR 3000M ‘Martin’ edition. Wearing Rover Tobacco Leaf Gold paint with a Mexico Brown side stripe and a brown vinyl roof, it looks to be in fantastic condition, and is expected to sell for £10,000-£12,000.