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First production Lotus Elite for auction

THE very first production Lotus Elite, bought new by jazz legend Chris Barber, and recently restored for Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars, will be auctioned by Silverstone Auctions at the Silverstone Classic Sale on July 30. The first Elite produced as a proper production vehicle rather than a pre-production prototype, this 1958 Lotus … Continue reading

Churchill’s Daimler to go under the hammer

  COYS return to the magnificent surroundings of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and one of England’s greatest palaces, with a sensational line-up of over 140 cars being offered at auction on Saturday (July 2). In addition, Coys will host their traditional and prestigious summer Concours d’Elegance of rare and unusual motor cars. … Continue reading

Ultimate Porsche 924 GTR racer out of hiding

AN amazing and totally original, one-owner Porsche 924 GTR, hidden in Japan for 30 years, and with 109 kilometres from new, will headline Silverstone Auctions’ Competition Car sale on July 28 at the Silverstone Classic. Not just any Porsche 924, this ‘ultimate’ version, a 1981 Carrera GTR, has an incredible story to tell and is … Continue reading

Sporting classics draw the crowds

CROWD-pleasing favourites including Triumph Heralds, Minis, MGBs and Austin-Healeys featured among the 260 cars at Beaulieu’s Simply Classics & Sports Car rally. Celebrating the colourful world of classic motoring, the event welcomed pre-1990 classics and sports cars as they joined the display. From pre-war saloons to modern day roadsters, there was something for every motoring … Continue reading

E-Type stars at record CCA sale

  HUNDREDS of bidders at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre helped Classic Car Auctions (CCA) achieve an 80% sales rate and total sales of more than £1.4 million. Headlining the results was a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I Fixedhead Coupe ‘barn find’ which sold for £66,000 including premium. With no fewer than 12 phone bidders fighting … Continue reading

Hot Rod & Custom show at Beaulieu

AN exciting display of 700 customised cars and bikes created a vibrant Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day against the backdrop of live music and vintage fashions at Beaulieu. More than 6,000 visitors enjoyed the lively show, which attracted an extra 150 vehicles above last year’s event as well as an expanded Vintage Village created … Continue reading

Austin 7 owner to celebrate 50th year at Beaulieu

THE 54th National Austin 7 Rally takes place at Beaulieu on Sunday July 3 and holds one of the longest unbroken runs for a one-marque club using the same venue for its annual event. For one enthusiast the event will mark a particularly significant milestone. Bertie Fowler (pictured), who bought his first Austin 7 in … Continue reading

TR3A proves a top attraction

  THE marquee was packed for Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ historic vehicle sale, at Athelhampton House, near Dorchester. Enthusiasts from the UK and abroad were drawn to an array of cars, motorcycles and automobilia. The list was headed by a 1959 Triumph TR3A, in its current ownership for 45 years and with competition history, … Continue reading

Rare Lotus to go under the hammer

A 1992 Lotus Esprit Turbo SE ‘High Wing’, one of just two original factory press cars, will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) on Saturday June 18, at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa. In the year that Lotus celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Esprit, this car is the perfect opportunity to acquire … Continue reading

E-Type barn finds ready for resurrection

TWO early Jaguar E-type barn finds, both ideal candidates for restoration projects, will be auctioned by Classic Car Auctions (CCA) on Saturday June 18 at the Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa. The first is a 1963 E-Type 3.8 Series I Fixedhead Coupe (pictured). Clearly a well-loved car, the first owner kept it for 30 years … Continue reading