Drab to fab: 100 'affordable' European classics up for auction
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ne hundred rare and low-mileage British and European cars from the Jaguar Land Rover Classic collection are being sold at auction - and all are being sold without reserve, meaning that there’s a great chance to bag a bargain.
As well as the 100 cars, the Brightwells auction on March 21 includes a significant collection of pedal cars, Dinky and Corgi toys, as well as a Jaguar-engined boat and remote-control aircraft such as Spitfires and Lancasters.
Obscure estate cars include a 1960 Vauxhall Velox by Martin Walter, Victors from 1964 and 1972, a Rover P6 3500, two low-mileage Citroen CX Familiales, a low-mileage Polski Fiat 125P and three Ford Zodiac estate conversions by Abbot.
Classic campers are also well represented, with two Bedfords, two Austin J2 Paralanians, two Morris Ital-based Sun-Tors and a Mk1 Transit.
It’s not just British metal though, with a selection of Mercedes-Benz classics, including a 1993 320CE with a manual gearbox and only 18,000 miles on the clock.
A wonderful pre-war “barn-find” Peugeot 203 and a 403 Commerciale will also be offered.
A Reliant Scimitar GTE prototype with Ferguson four-wheel drive is one of a kind, and for those with more performance in mind, a 2300 HS Vauxhall Chevette or MG Metro and Maestro Turbos perfectly live up to the “affordable classics” billing.
As part of the project to refine its collection, Jaguar Land Rover is also providing an additional 40 vehicles which will be loaned to Starter Motor, a registered UK charity which aims to inspire a new generation of enthusiasts to maintain, restore and drive classic cars.
Matthew Parkin, head of Brightwells Classic Cars, said: “Focussing solely on non-Jaguar Land Rover products, the diversity of the lots on offer is extraordinary, offering everything from a Riva-style Speedboat to the unique Scimitar Ferguson prototype – all at no reserve. It is going to be a lot of fun.”
The sale will take place at Brightwells’ usual venue, Bicester Heritage, a business campus dedicated to historic motoring based at the UK’s best-preserved Second World War RAF bomber station.
- Telegraph UK