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Sports car stars come to auction

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A FINE Jaguar XK140 Roadster of 1956 vintage has been consigned to Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ winter sale.

This good, usable example of Jaguar’s iconic XK range was re-imported from America to England in 1989 by Eric Verdon-Roe, the then publisher of the Classic and Sports Car magazine.

During the 1990s, a vast amount of improvement work was carried out on the car. The engine was rebuilt to ‘C’ specification and attention was paid to the electrics and the braking, cooling and steering systems. The interior was reupholstered (which became a feature in Classic and Sports Car) and the bodywork repainted.

The Jaguar has remained in the same ownership and for the last 15 years. It has been maintained to an excellent specialist standard and has been a frequent visitor to historic meetings in Britain and abroad, such as Goodwood, Silverstone Classic, Le Mans and Belgium’s Jabbeke.

Also in DVCA’s sale will be a superb 1960 Mercedes 190SL. Over the past 16 years, this fine sports car has been the subject of a bare-shell, nut and bolt restoration. The completed 190SL, with grey livery, a red hardtop and new hood and red interior, will provide its new owner with many years of elegant and pleasurable driving.

Both cars will be offered on December 8 at DVCA’s venue of the Gartell Light Railway, Yenston, near Templecombe, Somerset. For full information, telephone Brian Chant on 01963 363353 or visit www.dvca.co.uk

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