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Little Classics News: 3 April 2015

Nearly 200 Classic Cars & Bikes Confirmed for H&H Duxford Sale

Aston Martin DB6 Mk 2

One of H&H Classics’ most popular venues, the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, will once again provide an impressive backdrop to a varied catalogue of classic cars and motorcycles to be offered at its forthcoming 15 April sale.

Leading the pack will be the 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mk 2 (top), a car in wonderful condition. This classic Grand Tourer benefits from a recent bare-metal respray and significant mechanical work, and is estimated at £200,000-240,000.

Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite

With interest in the sale already running at high levels after news of the early consignment of the ex-Ian Walker, 1960 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite (above) (£80,000-100,000), it’s sure to be standing room only among the retired warbirds of the Imperial War Museum’s world-class collection of military aircraft.

Joining the DB6 and the Sprite will be another 88 classics representing a broad selection of must-haves for today’s collectors’ market, from manufacturers like Porsche and Ferrari.

1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto

Forever associated with the film The Graduate, a 1967 Alfa Romeo 1600 Duetto (above), similarly finished in red, in rare right-hand drive Spider form, is estimated at £19,000-23,000. Other much-loved classic cars include the £50,000-60,000, 1970 Mercedes-Benz 600 and a Latin classic made famous in The Italian Job, a 1969 Fiat Dino 2400 Coupé. This one is in lustrous metallic red and estimated at £50,000-60,000.

The H&H team have also assembled a broad selection of pre-War cars, with stand-out entries including the sporting, bare-metal 1932 Riley 9 Gamecock (£32,500-37,500)and the 1935 Alvis Silver Eagle / Speed 25 Special, a real post-vintage thoroughbred for £35,000-45,000.

1959 Daimler Ferret MK 2/3

Finally, with it becoming ever harder to find a parking place in today’s crowded city centres, H&H offers help in the form of Lot 53, the 1959 Daimler Ferret MK 2/3 (above). In charge of this armoured car, the successful bidder will be assured of long-term parking anywhere, the Ferret’s (deactivated) Browning 0.30 calibre machine gun saying more than any ‘back in 5 mins’ note ever could.

Moving onto classic motorcycles, a 1952 Vincent Black Shadow Series C (below) will lead the pack of two-wheeled classic desirables. Famously, the Black Shadow was an even quicker version of the Vincent Rapide, then the ‘world's fastest production motorcycle’.

1952 Vincent Black Shadow Series C

The 150mph speedometer hinted at prodigious performance from the Black Shadow’s 1000cc, blueprinted v-twin: in 1950 the hand built, all-black machine was capable of an easy 125mph. H&H’s 1952 example has ‘matching numbers’ and is in highly original condition – bar 19in alloy rims – just requiring recommissioning to put it back on the road. It’s estimated at £ 55,000-60,000.

1933 Velocette KTT MK4

98 other classic bikes on offer include a 1933 Velocette KTT MK4 (above) (£13,000-15,000, a verified ex-works machine), a 1962 Norton Manx 30M (£28,000-33,000, with factory frame) and the 1969 Linto 500cc Grand Prix racer (below).

The name ‘Linto’ was a contraction of designer Lino Tonti’s names. Tonti is best known for the design of the Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. After a promising debut for his GP machine in 1968, Tonti decided to build a run of 15 for 1969, all bearing a potent 64bhp ‘twin’ of his own design. Discovered in Argentina in totally original condition, and coming out of a Japanese museum, the ’bike is one of the 15 and offers collectors a unique opportunity to acquire a rare piece of racing machinery. Estimate: £90,000-110,000.

1969 Linto 500cc Grand Prix racer

For those looking for more up-to-date two-wheeled Grand Prix technology, there’s Darren Dixon’s 1988 British Championship-winning 1988 Suzuki RG500 MK14 estimated at £30,000-35,000, while lovers of nostalgia will appreciate H&H’s ‘teenager special’ 1977 Yamaha FS1-E, the immortal ‘fizzie’, modestly estimated at £2,500-3,500.

You can discover more about this classic car and motorcycle auction at www.classic-auctions.com or contact H&H Classics Ltd on +44 (0) 1925 210035. Email: info@handh.co.uk.



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