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Little Classics News: 23 August 2014

Historics Ready for Biggest Classic Car Auction

1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda

With a record 161 classic car consignments spanning 50 marques and 91 years, Historics at Brooklands opens its auction doors on Saturday, 30th August to the largest and most varied offering in its history.

The classic car auction specialist strives to appeal to the broadest community of enthusiasts, and its late summer sale at Brooklands Museum, Surrey is a thrilling mix of fine classic cars and more besides, appealing to all tastes and suited to all pockets.

1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT

At the upper end of the classic car list sits Pininfarina’s evocative 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT (above) (£190,000-£220,000), presented in magnificent condition and appealingly, in right-hand drive.

Pininfarina also exercised his design skills on the 2+2 Ferrari 330GT, a resplendent 1966 Series II example of which comes to sale at Historics, again in right-hand drive and with little more than 43,000 miles under its belt (£160,000-£180,000).

1953 OSCA MT4

The performance theme is also magnificently reflected through a brace of Italian sports cars with vibrant competition pedigrees. The superb example of the 1953 OSCA MT4 (above) sports racing car on offer (£150,000-£175,000) competed on the Mille Miglia that year and after six decades of fascinating racing history, remains familiar in the UK and Europe.

Its superb competition pedigree is replicated by that of a delightful road-registered 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20GT Competition (£150,000-£180,000), with a successful outing on the Monte Carlo Rally in its impressive credentials, and freshly returned from the 2014 Mille Miglia.

1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet

A matching-numbers right-hand drive 1962 Porsche 356B Cabriolet (above) (£90,000-£98,000) owned at one time by a member of the Porsche family is most certainly a headline car, maintained regardless of cost and extremely rare, with only some 200 RHD Cabriolets built throughout the model’s run.

Ten years its junior, a superbly-restored 1952 Porsche 356 Pre A Coupé is equally significant and sought-after at £105,000-£115,000, whilst a cardre of four impeccable 911s from 1972-1974 vintage is also certain to excite air-cooled enthusiasts, led by an immaculate, rare RHD 1972 2.4 litre 911S Coupé (£100,000-£110,000).

No less than 24 Mercedes-Benz models come under the Historics hammer, ranging from contemporary cars to an exquisitely-maintained 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL Pagoda (top) (£55,000-£65,000). Its quality is hard to match after a five year nut and bolt restoration.

1950 Bedford OB bus

Commercial pride of place at this auction goes to a magnificent 1950 Bedford OB bus (above) (£70,000-£90,000) which, thanks to the enterprising owner and 3,000 man hours, is presented as a charming blend of classic style and modern-day practicality. Its credentials as a luxury motorhome are without peer. Under the elegant bronze and yellow skin, which has been entirely re-panelled, lies a 2006 Iveco chassis, HDi engine - with just 23,000 miles on the clock - and running gear, 120 litre LPG tank, together with air suspension and appropriate modern-day stopping power.

1949 Chevrolet 3100

USA car aficionados are catered for by an eclectic mix of American muscle, including two superb 1949 pick-ups, a Chevrolet 3100 (above) (£12,000-£15,000) and Ford F1 (£11,000-£14,000), whilst a meticulously prepared 1970 Ford Mustang Mach 1 Cobrajet (£25,000-£30,000) and 1956 Chevrolet Corvette C1 (£39,000-£44,000) will both attract the gaze of avid collectors.

1964 Daimler Scout LRV Ferret

For those with a taste for the seriously unusual, Historics also offers a fully-authenticated ex-British Army 1964 Daimler Scout LRV Ferret (above) (£9,500-£12,500). With limited passenger and storage space, it could prove challenging for family holidays but is ideal for a twosome on the weekend social run.

For full details of the sale visit www.historics.co.uk or call 01753 639170



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