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First-ever right-hand-drive Austin Healey up for auction

THE first right-hand-drive Austin Healey in existence is to be sold by international auctioneers Coys at their True Greats sale in London on December 3. This is the 16th of 20 pre-production Austin Healey 100s, hand-built at Cape Works before production started at the Longbridge factory. This Healey was delivered to Betty Haig in 1953, … Continue reading

Classic VW stolen

POLICE in Bournemouth are appealing for witnesses and anyone with information to come forward after the theft of a classic Volkswagen in the Moordown area. The vehicle was stolen from a garage on Clifford Road. The offenders forced entry to steal the dark red 1968 Volkswagen Karman Ghia Coupe belonging to a 67-year-old local man. … Continue reading

One of the oldest Mercedes-Benz to be sold

ONE of the oldest Mercedes-Benz cars in the world, a 1905 Simplex 28/32 HPs Phaeton, is to be auctioned by Coys at their True Greats sale on December 3. It is one of the oldest surviving examples of the marque in the world that is still complete and roadworthy, and was for many years in … Continue reading

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Classic Motor Show celebrates 30th year with a record crowd

ANOTHER year older and another record broken. The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show celebrated its 30th birthday in style as 65,000 motoring enthusiasts gathered at Birmingham’s NEC over the three-day classic event. From its humble beginnings of two halls and around 70 clubs in 1984, the 2013 Show offered 11 halls with 269 motoring clubs … Continue reading

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Pre-war rarities come to auction

A PRIVATE collection of three rare pre-war cars from a collector in Orpington, Kent, are among the highlights of Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ winter sale, which will be held on Thursday December 5 at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester, Dorset. The collection comprises two motors with coachwork by Martin Walter: a 1934 Daimler 15 Rye … Continue reading

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Rare 1911 Vulcan comes to auction

THE occasional house clear-out is lamentable but unavoidable for most self-respecting classic car buffs, but it takes on a new perspective in the case of an avid collector, who resisted the pressure to do so for 28 years, after his house became his garage.   In 1985, he parked his 1911 Vulcan two-seat tourer in the … Continue reading

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