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Little Classics News: 20 August 2014

Best of British Classics at Barons Auction

1967 Lotus Elan +2S

The real diversity of Britain’s motoring heritage can be seen in the entries for Barons’ annual British Heritage Sale at Sandown Park on 2nd September.

From regal limousines and sleek sports cars to smart classic saloon cars and that quintessential British 4x4, the Land Rover, there is something for everyone.

The beautiful 1967 Lotus Elan +2S (top) has had just two former keepers and has been in the vendor’s ownership for 30 years. It has not been used for the past 10 years but is ready to take to the road with a new owner and presents an opportunity to acquire a really superb example (£27,500-£31,000).

1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII

The 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII (above) is very handsome and, having covered just 4,000 miles since undergoing a ground-up restoration that was completed in 2006, it is offered exceptional condition (£42,000-£48,000).

Barons always attracts a good number of Jaguars and this sale is no exception. Sporting ‘big cats’ lined up for Sandown Park include a 1954 XK120 FHC (below), 1958 XK 150 DHC and 1972 E-type S3 FHC. All are from the Cheeseman Collection, with David Cheeseman having owned the E-type from new.

1954 XK120 FHC

Jaguar and Daimler saloon cars are hugely collectable, and there is plenty for collectors to choose from at Barons, including one particular lot which played a major part in ‘spreading the word’ about the marque. J198 TAC, the 1992 4.0 Daimler Sovereign, is said to be the sister to the experimental prototype XJ40 estate car (J199 TAC). J198 TAC was originally registered to Jaguar Cars at Browns Lane, Coventry, and was used for press demonstrations and advertisements. It later appeared in the television series ‘The Bill’ before being barn stored. Now in need of some re-commissioning, it carries an estimate of £900-£1,500.

1992 4.0 Daimler Sovereign

Rolls-Royce is, of course, renowned worldwide for its fine limousines and stately saloons. But the 1933 20/25 Sports Saloon is a reminder that Rolls-Royces can also be rather lively. This particular example, with James Young Coachwork, was originally owned by a Mr William Wright of Ludham Hall, Norfolk, and subsequent owners included the Dominican Council of St. Dominic’s Priory, London, who acquired the motor car in 1954 (£37,500-£45,000).

1933 20/25 Rolls Royce Sports Saloon

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