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Sultan’s cars in auction line-up

JUST in time for that highlight of the classic car world, Drive It Day, Barons has a fabulous line-up of cars for its sale at Sandown Park on Saturday April 22.

A 1964 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda (above), which has covered just 8,500 miles since 1988, comes complete with hard top, making it a most versatile machine (£75,000-£90,000).

The very original 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 convertible (below) has covered 50,000 miles from new and carries an estimate of £60,000-£75,000.

There are also two cars once owned by the Sultan of Brunei. Although many of the cars in his collection are supercars that achieve astonishing prices, Barons has two which offer a more affordable way to acquire a vehicle with such respected provenance.

The BMW 750i was bought direct from BMW Park Lane for the Sultan in 1997. The limousine version, it is fully loaded with every optional extra. It is a huge amount of car for the £3,500-£5,500 estimate.

The long wheelbase 1994 Daimler is believed to have been the Sultan’s personal car while in London and comes complete with the registration ‘L20 KPG’, which stands for ‘London 20 Kensington Palace Gardens’ (£4,000-£5,000).

A real head turner comes in the form of the 1961 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz Convertible. This glorious piece of American automotive history has sweeping fins and acres of chrome, is packed with factory extras and is presented in showroom condition (£30,000-£35,000).

The 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 SE Coupé is a magnificent car. It has a very rare specification, with sunroof, and has the original Becker Mexico radio (£25,000-£30,000).

The sale also features a brace of Porsche 912s: a 1966 example  (£29,000-£34,000) and one from1969 (£37,000-£45,000).

One immaculate and unusual lot is a bright red Mini Moke. This was delivered new to the Rhodesian Fire Service in 1965, and was hardly used. Subsequently totally restored, it is offered at £20,000-£25,000.

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