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Brian May’s Jowett Javelin for auction

BARONS is amassing an impressive selection of high-end classic and collectable cars for its Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection sale at Sandown Park on July 18.

One unusual lot is a gold 1952 Jowett Javelin (above) – but one with a fascinating story. It was bought in 1982 by legendary guitarist Brian May of Queen fame, as a gift for his father Harold.  Since Harold May passed away the car has sat in dry storage and Brian May has now asked that the car be auctioned for charity.

Complete with personalised registration number ‘HWM 57’, it is offered at £3,000-£6,000, providing an opportunity to acquire a very special British car with a substantial history with British rock ‘royalty’ and to support a good cause.

One eye-catching entry is the gloriously streamlined 1964 Jensen CV8 (below), estimated at £43,000-£45,000.  Originally owned by the philanthropist Robert Hitchens and his family for almost 40 years, this car was judged to be the best CV8 at the 2017 Jensen Club international meeting.

The 1961 Austin-Healey BN7 is a well-preserved example of one of the rarest of all the ‘Big Healeys’ produced; just 355 examples were manufactured.  The specification of this particular model is even rarer in that it has a triple carburetor engine, which was only used for a year of the production run.  Estimate: £65,000-£85,000.

E-type Jaguars have an enormous following, and Barons has two fine Series 2 FHC versions in the Sandown Park line-up.  The 1969 car was shipped new to the USA, where it was recently restored at a cost of over $164,000. It drives and handles as it would when new, and comes complete with a comprehensive history file dating back to 1969 (£65,000-£85,000).  The 1970 FHC has recently been the subject of a significant amount of work, including a bare metal re-spray, new wiring and full engine rebuild. Estimate: £30,000-£45,000.

Another stunning Jaguar comes in the form of the 1959 XK150S, which has been in the same ownership for 50 years.  Fewer than 200 of this 3.4S FHC XK150S were produced, making it even more appealing to collectors.  Estimate: £50,000-£65,000.

The Ford Capri is a hugely popular car and examples in excellent condition – particularly those representing special editions – are even more popular. You can’t get much more special than a 1975 black and gold genuine JPS Capri, and the example in Barons’ sale has been restored to concours condition with fantastic attention to detail.  Estimate: £15,000-£20,000.

The rare and handsome 1938 Lagonda LG6 has a memorable chassis number – 12345.  It featured in Autocar magazine’s Used Car Test Report in December 1952 and spent 30 years in the United States from 1966-96.  In recent years it has been the subject of much work and is a beautiful example of a magnificent British car.  Estimate:  £80,000-£95,000.

Toyota’s Land Cruiser is another model which has legions of fans. Barons is offering a Capri blue, 1969 FJ40 Land Cruiser which has recently undergone a complete frame-off restoration and is now ready and waiting to be put to work and shown off by its new owner.  Estimate: £18,000-£22,000.

 

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