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1988 XR2. Sublime 100% original & unrestored example. Vast history file from new.

1988 XR2. Sublime 100% original & unrestored example. Vast history file from new.

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In late 1981 Ford launched the original XR2 which replaced the short lived Supersport model featuring the 1.3 Kent engine. The first generation XR2 featured a 1.6 engine developing 84BHP.

In August 1983 the Fiesta MK1 range was replaced by a more rounded Mk2 version. The same basic body shell was used but given a new smoother front end and re-styled tailgate. Ford chose to hold back the sporty model and launched the XR2 in June 1984 just two months before the B prefix in August.

The MK2 developed more power, utilising the 1.6 CVH engine from the XR3, developing 96BHP.

This delightful later example finished in Diamond white was first delivered and PDI’d by Bougourd Brothers LTD,  St. Peter’s Port Guernsey in 1988 and made its way back to the UK in 1989, being first registered by a Ford dealer 26th June, 1989.

It has clearly been cherished and garaged all its life by a number of Ford enthusiasts and kept completely standard and original, throughout. Even down to the small detail of the correct tailpipe which is something you rarely ever see these days. Void of any welding and sporting its original panels.

There is a vast history file, right down to the smallest of detail. The pre-VOSA MOT history is listed below and is complete, asides one year.

05/03/92      17523 miles

24/02/93      18755 miles

25/02/94      21453 miles

04/03/96      27471 miles

04/03/97      30433 miles

06/03/98      32941 miles

03/03/99      35078 miles

07/03/00      36420 miles

03/03/01      37013 miles

02/03/02      37489 miles

25/03/03      37982 miles

06/03/04      38362 miles

12/03/05      39249 miles

We are selling the car on behalf of a good friend and avid Ford collector who has made the decision to scale down his collection. The car will be supplied with a new Advisory free MOT, pre-delivery to its new owner.

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1954 Morris Minor Traveller. A very early, rare and simply beautiful example. Film work provenance.

1954 Morris Minor Traveller. A very early, rare and simply beautiful example. Film work provenance.

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The Morris Minor Traveller made its debut at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1953 with customer deliveries commencing early the following year. Based on the Minor 11 model utilising the 803CC overhead valve ‘A’ series engine adopted from the Austin A30, replacing the 918cc side-valve engine from the earlier MM series.

The car was characterised by its split screen configuration, ‘cheese-grater’ front grille and gold coloured dashboard with instrumentation behind the steering wheel. In October 1954, just twelve months after launch, the front grille was replaced, featuring horizontal bars and the dashboard redesigned, placing the instrumentation centrally.

This particular Traveller was first registered in Stockton on the 13th October 1954 and would be one of the very last ‘cheese grater’ models delivered. With a production run of just twelve months and only seven ’54 models existing today, this really is quite a rarity. We suspect that it was ordered as a Deluxe model, a £23 option featuring leather seat facings, Smiths heater, passenger sun visor and front bumper over riders.

During the first 50 years, the car was kept by four owners in total, the fifth owner keeping the car for almost fourteen years during which time it was assigned to occasional film work, most notably appearing in Miss Marple’s Sleeping Murder TV episode. In 2019, the last owner, a highly skilled Vintage Car restorer of over 40 years treated the car to a comprehensive restoration which took almost two years to complete.

Reassuringly, the complete Ash wood frame was replaced during the restoration and a new 1098cc engine fitted with lead-free compatibility and Duplex timing chain. The engine has barely covered 200 miles since replacement and is silky smooth, the ‘burping’ exhaust note is further exaggerated by the fitment of a stainless steel exhaust system. The semaphore indicators are functioning correctly and have been complimented by rear indicators more suited for modern day driving.  

There is an extensive parts list and ‘before and after’ A5 picture album with the car and a DVD featuring the Traveller in Sleeping Murder. For complete peace of mind we shall be conducting a new MOT prior to delivery.

The pictures paint a thousand words and to find another ’54 Traveller in this condition and price point would be a very difficult task.

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1985 Capri 2.8 Injection Special. Stunning original, unrestored example. A collectors dream.

1985 Capri 2.8 Injection Special. Stunning original, unrestored example. A collectors dream.

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VEHICLE OVERVIEW

Debuting at the 1981 Geneva Motor Show, the Capri 2.8 Injection was the creation of Ford’s Special Vehicle Engineering group (SVE) based in Dunton, Essex. They adopted the Cologne 2.8 litre V6 with Bosch K-Jetronic fuel injection engine, developing 158BHP, the car featured lowered suspension, thicker anti-roll bars, gas-filled shock absorbers, ventilated front discs and wide-rim alloy wheels fitted with Goodyear’s 205/60VR NCT tyres.

In 1984 the 2.8 Injection Special was introduced, external changes included: seven spoke RS design alloys, colour coded front grille and revised decals. Internally, the supportive Recaro seats were trimmed in half leather with ‘Strobe’ fabric inserts.

Mechanically, a limited slip differential was fitted and the 5 speed gearbox introduced on 1983 models fitted.  

This particular Capri was built at Ford’s Cologne plant in Germany in October 1984.  Its first owner, as stated on the original sales invoice purchased the car from Perry’s Ford in Benfleet, Essex on 20th December 1984. The owner decided to have the car stored until first registering August 1st 1985, taking advantage of the new ‘C’ registration letter.
 
A respected Ford supervisor at the Dagenham plant, it was the car he’d always promised himself, a Capri and the 2.8 Injection Special he eventually chose was finished in Lacquer Red, the official launch colour for that model. He cherished it and used it sparingly – by July 1988 the car had only covered 1875 miles according to his personal service record, which he completed fastidiously between 1988 and 2009. 
After sadly passing away in 2009 the car was kept safely garaged by the family, and a change of keeper was recorded with DVLA in June 2010 to that effect.
 
The family eventually made the decision to part with the beloved Capri in the summer of 2011, and placed a small ad in the internal Ford employee magazine to that effect.  The ad caught the eye of a British Ford director on international service assignment in Detroit, so he asked one of his knowledgeable UK-based colleagues to take a look at the car with a view to purchasing it for him. Subsequently, without hesitation the car was bought remotely and on July 8th 2011 the Capri moved to its new owner’s home in the UK. His wife, who was still resident in the UK, became its new keeper.  
 
The Capri still wears its original paint and interior, and any modest enhancements under the skin have been carried out to enhance the vehicle – including 4-pot front brake callipers and a stainless steel exhaust. A truly honest survivor and something of a well-kept secret.  It has had two doting family ownerships – both in Essex, and both with Ford employee provenance.  Unlike countless others, it has never attended rallies or been paraded at car shows, and always been kept under cover – largely out of sight. 
 
That the original owner cared for the car so diligently is obvious, both in its condition and the records he kept. That the current owner will miss owning the car is true, but he genuinely believes it is time for it to be appreciated, get more use and ‘be driven the way it needs to be driven’ by a like-minded collector looking for a beautifully presented and highly original example of the breed.       

 

 

 

 




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1974 Capri 3.0 Ghia Manual. An incredible example with only 18,030 miles covered in 49 years.

1974 Capri 3.0 Ghia Manual. An incredible example with only 18,030 miles covered in 49 years.

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The Capri MK11 made its UK debut in February 1974, succeeding the MK1 after a production run of 5 years. The 3 litre models were sold from launch in both GT and Ghia guise. Ford bought Ghia Design Studio in 1970 and both the MK11 Capri and MK1 Granada were subsequently the first UK models to offer the Ghia designation. The early Capri Ghia models featured Manual transmission with a cost option of Automatic.  

The early cars also featured a single steering column stalk switch, operating the indicators, main beam and horn functions, the wiper and light controls being mounted on the dashboard. Door mirrors were absent until later in 1975 along with the front wing mounted Ghia emblems.  A trained eye will also notice the dual colour Ronal 8 spoke alloys, later cars featuring silver wheels to save production costs.

WFK472N was delivered new on 16th September 1974 by Bristol Street Motors, Worcestershire to its first owner. Finished in Stardust metallic with Cloud Grey Rialto interior with the addition of dealer fitted wing mirrors. We understand that the car was quite an indulgence and the first new car that the owner had bought. Just over three years later, due to ill health, the Capri was sold to its second owner, a friend and neighbour in the village who had admired the car from the day it was delivered. A receipt for the sale dated 17th November 1977 has been safely kept with the vehicle documentation.  The mileage at this time, being less than 5,000 miles, shortly following its first MOT dated 26th September at 4,555 miles.

During the four years that followed a modest 13,322 miles was added, supported by all annual MOT certificates, the last being conducted at 17,877 miles by Bristol Street Motors, dated 27th October 1980. A subsequent change in personal circumstances and the addition of a more practical car consigning the Capri to the start of its long-term slumber. It was carefully garaged, and the last tax disc was purchased 6th March 1981.

For the 21 years that followed, the Capri was safely stored and cared for by the owner’s local garage mechanic, ensuring it was started and moved frequently, despite not being driven on the road. In 2002 a move to Devon left the owner with a dilemma, he had known the local mechanic for 3 decades during which time had taken such great care of the Capri. A decision was made to store the Capri with his mechanic in Worcestershire, where it continued to be looked after and stored safely.

In 2019, after the mechanic’s retirement the Capri was transported to Devon and delivered to Central Garage in Brixham. A relationship of trust had been built over time and the owner had purchased various cars from the garage during his time in Devon. They were tasked to recommission the Capri, to be enjoyed again after such a long time in slumber. In February 2020 the car was completed and an invoice outlining the scope of work sits in the vehicle file.

WFK472N now resides with us and is ready to embark on its next chapter. Finding another early MK11 Capri as original, with such low mileage and in this condition would be an impossible task. It’s hard to imagine that you are looking at a car that is almost half a century old. We stress that every panel is original and free from corrosion, as is the underside with no weld repairs and in remarkable condition. The car is registered as a Historic Vehicle and is tax and MOT exempt, additionally it is ULEZ exempt. A new MOT will be conducted prior to sale.

The car would sit perfectly in any serious car collection. More pictures are available on request.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1968 Toyota FJ40 Soft Top. Sympathetically restored with subtle modifications.

1968 Toyota FJ40 Soft Top. Sympathetically restored with subtle modifications.

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VEHICLE OVERVIEW

 

 The third-generation 40 Series Land Cruiser made its market debut in August 1960 and quickly gained a reputation for being one of the most practical and durable 4×4 utility vehicles of its time. It had a production run of 24 years and in petrol form utilised the venerable straight six F engine, available from launch in 3.9 litre displacement and 4.2 from 1975 until production ceased in 1984. The larger bore 2F engine removed one oil ring and forced the oil to travel through the oil filter before the engine. Both OHV engines were simplistic in design, developing high torque at low revs, helping to ensure reliability and longevity. 

This exceptional 1968 example has spent its entire life in Indonesia in the custardy of only three owners.

In 2012 a comprehensive body off and chassis restoration was conducted by the second owner who had kept the car for many years. The car was used sparingly for a further 10 years and upon retiring from driving was sold to an FJ enthusiast who treated the car to various mechanical enhancements, retaining the originality but improving the drive and comfort.

The original F 3.9 engine has been replaced with a later 2F 4.2 engine that was subject to a comprehensive rebuild including new pistons, rings and bearings. It is worth noting that spares for the 2F engine are more readily available and supported in the FJ network. All ancillary items have been carefully rebuilt or renewed and the original three speed manual transmission and 4×4 system retained along with a new clutch and clutch housing. The carburettor has been rebuilt and cooling system overhauled and the exhaust replaced.

Power steering has been fitted along with a front brake disc upgrade using OE Toyota callipers, vacuum assisted brake booster and OEM front wheel bearings. The rear drums are original specification with replacement shoes fitted. The suspension was treated to the desirable Old Man Emu 2.5” lift shock absorbers and upgraded leaf springs.

The interior has been treated to a complete re-trim in tan/orange Italian Nappa Leather consisting of all seat facings, grab handles, gear stick gaiters and sun visors. A Marshall Bluetooth speaker and drinks holder console has been installed and trimmed to contrast.

After approximately 1,000 kilometres of ‘running in’ use, the speedometer has been rebuilt, including upgraded LED lighting and reset, now indicating 125 kilometres.

In summary, this is a very special FJ that turns heads wherever it goes and will be a huge amount of fun to own. Much scarcer than a Series 1 or 2 Landrover and a great deal easier to drive. It can be used in any major UK city without the cost of ULEZ and is both MOT and Road Tax exempt. It’s also assuring to know that the restoration work was conducted over a decade ago and consequently held up beautifully.

 

Fully UK registered and a new MOT will be issued prior to delivery.

 

 

 

 

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1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Stunning example of an early REV1 and family owned for 29 years.

1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Stunning example of an early REV1 and family owned for 29 years.

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‘NEW MR2 ARRIVES, Cheaper than a Lotus Elan, Faster than a Mazda MX5 and as much fun as a Ferrari’

Harkening back over 33 years, this was the front page of the Autocar & Motor, dated 19th April, 1990. The magazine would have set you back £1.10 and the T-Bar version of the MR2 almost £17000. How times have changed.

This particular car was sold new in to its first owner on the 1st August 1991 by Ashley’s Toyota in Southport. Registered on the owner’s DVLA select plate J7WMW and finished in Super White 2 with Black Leather interior and optional dealer fitted mud-flaps and additional Toyota CD player, complementing the factory fitted radio cassette.

The car was a retirement treat, garaged and sparingly used in fair weather and maintained initially by Toyota and thereafter by a local mechanic. Some years later after ill health the car was passed on to the owner’s wife who kept the car until 2012 at which point the mileage being under 20,000 miles. Thereafter it was looked after by a family member who covered a mere 3,000 miles during the eight years that followed.

In 2020 the car was sold to a car enthusiast who kept the car regularly maintained, including replacing the cambelt and water pump and enjoyed a further 9,000 miles of careful dry use in the three years of ownership.

Today, this fabulous example has covered only 32,481 miles and has recently completed a 430 mile road trip, driving flawlessly and averaging an impressive 42MPG. It’s the best example we’ve driven and its condition is quite special.

As you will see from the MOT history the car has been properly maintained in its 32 years of ownership and is free from any of the corrosion issues that can affect the MK2 models, in particular the sills that are venerable. It still retains its supplying dealer livery, number plates, rear window sticker and key fobs. The glass T-Tops and rubber seals are perfect and include the original sunshades and sunshade storage bags. All the original books and book pack folder remain along with a Toyota Sports sales catalogue featuring the MR2 range.

This is an absolute dream for any JDM collector, either to be kept in careful storage or used in fair weather for many years to come.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1973 Mercedes 450SLC. A quite remarkable and unique example, once owned by Peter Sellers

1973 Mercedes 450SLC. A quite remarkable and unique example, once owned by Peter Sellers

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With over 60 films to his name as well as a solid position within the heart of the nation, Peter Sellers also has another side, his love of cars. Before he moved over to a mouth-watering selection of Ferraris, Sellers had more modest tastes, these included a number of Minis as well as one particular Mercedes-Benz 450 SLC.

This 1973 450 SLC finished in Astral Silver was originally registered to Blake Edwards, director of the highly acclaimed Pink Panther films, before it was passed on to Sellers. Edwards bought the car for his wife Julie Andrews and they would drive it between the UK and Spain where the couple had a holiday home. The car was repatriated to the UK in 1975 when Sellers took custody.

More recently, in 2016 the car underwent a complete five year nut and bolt mechanical and body restoration under the supervision of Ian Berg, himself a film producer and car enthusiast. It is well documented that he undertook the full restoration of Inspector Morse’s Jaguar MK2 and the Lynx Eventer, once owned by the Gucci family, Berg is no stranger to celebrity car reincarnations.

“I’m a film producer and authenticity is really important to me, to put it back in a condition that’s as new. As you look at that piece of history, if you then preserve that and bring it up to the standard where it’s going to survive, then you’re giving it a whole new life,” he quoted.

The engine was rebuilt, the electronics renewed and the suspension and brakes refurbished. “It will do 120mph on the autobahn. It’s like driving a modern car, but with all the style of a classic. These cars are very rare now, and I think that this is probably the best example in the world now”

Watley Classics is very proud to own and present such an amazing piece of history, the car has been in our custardy for two years and weather permitting gets used as often as possible. It’s a delight to drive and receives admiring comments wherever it goes. This really is a unique proposition for its next owner.

The car will be issued with a new MOT prior to conclusion of sale.

1973 Mercedes 450SLC. A quite remarkable and unique example, once owned by Peter Sellers

Key Facts

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1977 Vespa 150 Sprint Veloce. A delightful matching numbers example with a full restoration conducted in 2019.

1977 Vespa 150 Sprint Veloce. A delightful matching numbers example with a full restoration conducted in 2019.

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VEHICLE OVERVIEW

The scooter came in two different versions. The earlier models, called the Vespa Sprint, were made until 1974. Later models, called the Vespa Sprint Veloce, were manufactured from 1969 to 1979. The significant update with the Sprint Veloce was in the engine, the design being altered from the old two port design with the addition of a third transfer port on the top end.

This delightful scooter has spent its entire life in Indonesia and a full body and mechanical restoration was conducted in 2019 by its current owner. The paintwork is a stunning livery of Peacock Blue, the frame/body and engine are original and matching, supported by the original Indonesian registration documentation. The original engine was fully rebuilt, carburettor replaced along with ignition coil and a full overhaul of the braking system. We should also mention that the milometer reading was reset to zero at the time of the restoration and the scooter has travelled 841kms in fair-weather conditions since. 

We are selling the scooter on behalf of the owner who we have known for some time. 

The scooter has now been UK registered and will be supplied with number plates (not pictured) ready to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.

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1957 MG Magnette ZB. A most endearing example in great mechanical order. Original registration number.

1957 MG Magnette ZB. A most endearing example in great mechanical order. Original registration number.

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VEHICLE OVERVIEW

In 1953 the ZA Magnette was unveiled at the Earls Court Motor Show featuring a perky 60BHP 1.5 litre engine, stiff unitary construction, telescopic dampers and rack and pinion steering. In 1955, engine power was increased to 68BHP with the fitting of twin 1.5 SU carburettors. The revamped ZB followed in the autumn of 1956. In total over 40,000 variants were made between 1953 and 1958, when it was replaced by the Austin Cambridge-derived range.

SHO327 is being sold on behalf of a family member who’s father first bought the car in the 1960’s to tow the family caravan, there are original photographs taken at the time which have been kept in the vehicle file.

Originally finished in Steel Blue, the car has been repainted some time ago in the Varitone combination of Steel and Mineral Blue. Additionally, the interior has been treated to re-trimmed seats and a quality replacement set of contrasting carpets.

Mechanically, the car has had both engine and gearbox refurbishment in the last 10 years and subsequently starts on the button, performs eagerly and runs very smoothly through the gears. A stainless exhaust system has also been fitted.

In 2017 Classic Car Weekly featured the car in their Chasing Cars article and concluded that it was one of the best ZB’s they had sampled, it was on sale at this time through a Classic Car specialist in Lancashire. The original article has been kept in the vehicle file.

Despite the car being MOT exempt, an MOT is now valid until 23rd May 2025.

SHO327 is the original registration number issued in 1957 and remains with the car.

 

 

 

 

 

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1980 Rolls Royce Shadow II. Highly presentable and in great mechanical health with a large history file

1980 Rolls Royce Shadow II. Highly presentable and in great mechanical health with a large history file

Key Facts

VEHICLE OVERVIEW

The Silver Shadow II replaced its predecessor the Shadow I in 1977 after a production run of 12 years. There were several improvements, most notably rack and pinion steering and front suspension modifications, both improving handling markedly.

Externally, the bumpers were changed from chrome to alloy and rubber which appeared on the very last Shadows during 1976.

The Shadow II had a relatively short life with production ending in 1980 and being replaced by the Silver Spirit.

This particular Shadow II, a late example finished in Caribbean Blue with Beige Interior was first registered 1st August 1980 and delivered 6th August by Wadham Stringer in Southampton. The original invoice is held in the file, illustrating the purchase price of £36329.48, this included an internally adjustable passenger side door mirror and Whitewall tyres. Interestingly, 23 gallons of fuel was charged on the invoice at £1.15 per gallon – those were the days!

The history is comprehensive with 25 stamp entries in the original service book and in the last 7 years further evidence of nearly £12000 being spent on corrective maintenance. Needless to say the car is a joy to drive with true magic carpet handling. It was taken on a road trip in April to Essen and returned an average consumption of 18MPG, carrying four passengers and luggage. It didn’t skip a beat.

The underside is in great shape and the body work carries some patina but is in very presentable condition.

The car will be supplied with 12 months MOT upon sale, although now exempt. It’s registered as an Historic Vehicle and is tax and ULEZ exempt. The current registration mark RTS101 is not included in the sale.