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70 classic cars to go under the hammer

INTERNATIONAL auctioneers Coys return to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London with a 70-classic and sports car auction on Wednesday April 12.

The auction features a selection of Jaguars and Aston Martins, including a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 delivered new to the Director of the “Doctor” film Series Ralph Thomas (£160,000- £200,000), a 1973 Aston Martin V8 with 66,000 miles from new (£75,000 – £90,000) and a 1972 Aston Martin DBS (£90,000 – £110,000).

The Aston Martin DB6 (pictured above) was sold in May 1967 to Ralph Thomas of Pinewood studios. Ralph was known for directing the Doctor series of films and other classics including The 39 Steps (1959) and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979). This matching numbers DB6 runs, drives and needs only little time and care to bring it back to its former glory.

The Jaguar selection include a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster subject of a 2,600hs restoration (£190,000 – £225,000), an original right-hand drive 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster with only 2,500 miles from new (£170,000 – £225,000) and a matching numbers 1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe SE (£90,000 – £110,000).

One of the highlights of the auction is a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 (pictured below), which was stored in a central London garage, but the owner lost the keys, and never used it again. Twenty-one years later the car shows only 80 miles on the clock and could fetch £55,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “This is a car with a fantastic story. Purchased as a birthday present and driven only 80 miles. Had the owner not lost the keys and used it regularly, we estimate it would now be worth between £5,000 and £7,000, but the fact that it has kept such a low mileage and has not been driven in more than 20 years makes it worth between £45,000 and £55,000.”

Other cars on offer include a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP by Smith & Waddington (£45,000 – £55,000), one of only 241 produced 1991 Lamborghini LM02 (£140,000 – £180,000), a 1989 AC Cobra MK IV with only 7,500 miles from new (£120,000 – £150,000), 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 (£130,000 – £160,000) and a 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi with coachwork by Scaglietti, design by Pininfarina and complete Ferrari service history (£60,000 – £70,000).

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