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1957 MG Magnette ZB. Advisory free MOT. A good solid example with room for improvement if desired.

1957 MG Magnette ZB. Advisory free MOT. A good solid example with room for improvement if desired.

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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.

 

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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

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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.

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1990 VW Golf GTI 16V. Stunning unrestored example. Original owner for over 27 years. A collectors dream.

1990 VW Golf GTI 16V. Stunning unrestored example. Original owner for over 27 years. A collectors dream.

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Debuting in 1984, the second generation replaced the original after a 10 year production run. Styled in-house the car was both larger and heavier than its predecessor. The 8V GTI model was available from launch and the 16V followed a little more than 2 years later. In 1989, both GTI models received the ‘big bumper’ treatment and power steering became standard on the 16V model.

In 1992, the second generation Golf was replaced by the MK3 and the 16V model was absent until 1995.

Delivered new in October 1990 by St. Martins Garage in Guernsey, Channel Islands to its first owner, a mature 60 year old gentleman who kept the car for 27 years before retiring from driving and selling the car to a Jersey based car collector.  

The GTI was specified in Atlas Grey and features the BBS Estoril Alloy wheels which were fitted in place of the RA design for a limited time due to a factory shortage of the RA wheel. The day after taking delivery the car was shipped to and registered in Jersey where it remained for 33 years.

The history of the car is impressive to say the least, the original invoice sits in the file and details such as photocopies of cheques paid for routine maintenance are evident. Clearly the car has been loved from day one, the underside is quite remarkable with the absence of surface corrosion from the underside including all suspension components, testimony to the Jersey roads being salt free during the harsher winter months and garaged all its life.

The car has just recently passed its first UK MOT without any advisories and we have fully serviced including replacing the fuel pump housing with a custom made alloy component.  

Finding another example with such provenance would be an almost impossible task and the car is now ready to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.

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1983 Honda Civic 5G 1.3. An outstanding one owner example of a super rare MK2 manual model.

1983 Honda Civic 5G 1.3. An outstanding one owner example of a super rare MK2 manual model.

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The original Honda Civic was launched over 50 years ago and is one of the best-selling cars worldwide, with over 27 million variants sold.

The second-generation Civic was introduced in 1979, being larger and more angular than its predecessor with increased engine power. Fuel economy was vastly improved with the new CVCC designed engines introducing learn-burn swirl technology. Three transmission options were offered, a 4 speed manual on base models, 5 speed and a semi-automatic, referred to as the Hondamatic.   

Delivered new by The Honda Car Centre, Bexhill-on-Sea in August 1983, to its first and only owner, finished in Avignon Blue Metallic with Blue interior trim. The car was maintained by the supplying dealer and afterwards by a Honda Technician who retired from the dealership but retained a relationship with the owner and a good understanding of the car. 

The car is so utterly original and corrosion free, having been undersealed from new. An absolute pleasure to drive and still feels tight with no squeaks or rattles.

We have conducted a cambelt change, replaced the exhaust system and radiator and the current MOT which is advisory free is valid until 25th May, 2024.

An unrepeatable example, being one of only six cars remaining in the UK and a great addition to any JDM collection. 

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1971 Triumph Spitfire MK4 1300, Last owner for 29 years and subject to a comprehensive rebuild.

1971 Triumph Spitfire MK4 1300, Last owner for 29 years and subject to a comprehensive rebuild.

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In November 1970, Triumph introduced the Mark IV Spitfire which was a major revision of the MK3. The bodywork was redesigned by Giovanni Michelotti and among the changes the weld line on the top of the front wings was eliminated along with the chrome finisher strips that covered them. A restyle of the rear end bought the styling in line with its stablemates, the Triumph Stag and the restyled Triumph 2000.

The instrumentation was moved from the centre of the dashboard to being directly in front of the driver. Many features that had previously been optional extras became standard fittings on the MKIV Spitfires. Additionally, the gearbox finally got synchromesh for first gear too. 

In December 1974, the MKIV was replaced with the Spitfire 1500, dropping the MKIV designation. 

This unique Spitfire was bought by its last owner in September 1994 and used as his daily driver for a few years then subsequently parked in his garage. Whilst his business flourished and being a huge car enthusiast he added many other cars to his stable and the Spitfire remained unused but certainly not forgotten. In 2003, a decision was made to treat the Spitfire to a complete nut and bolt restoration, changing the original white coachwork to Sapphire Blue and various performance upgrades including fitting a Dolomite 1300HC engine with a Kent Fast Road Cam, competition gearbox with overdrive, competition clutch and lightened flywheel. Cooling upgraded, fitting an enlarged GT6 radiator. The suspension renewed including the fitment of Spax adjustable coilovers, brakes improved with braided lines. The interior was completely overhauled including new seat covers, dash top, carpets and door cards, a mohair hood completed the improvements. In total, over £17000 was spent to create this special car with barely 1200 miles being covered since the rebuild.

An extensive history file is supplied with the car and whilst being MOT exempt, we will conduct a new MOT. It is both Tax and ULEZ exempt.  

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1961 Facel Vega HK500. Highly original car ready for straightforward restoration or preservation.

1961 Facel Vega HK500. Highly original car ready for straightforward restoration or preservation.

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The Facel Vega marque was born in 1954, the brainchild of French industrialist and designer Jean Daninos. Launched in 1958 the HK500 was the most powerful Facel yet, initially fitted with a 5.9-litre Chrysler V8 that was shortly superseded by the larger 6.3-litre unit producing a huge 360bhp and 425 lbs-ft of torque.

Styled by Daninos, engineered by Jacques Brasseur and with a chassis developed by Lance Macklin of HWM racing fame, the HK500 went as well as it looked with a fit and finish that was second to none. Rust-resistant stainless steel was used for brightwork, while a lavish passenger cabin was trimmed in the finest leathers with a fabulous aircraft-like dashboard constructed in stainless steel and hand finished in a wood grain effect.

The advertising slogan for the Facel Vega HK500 summed it up succinctly, “For the Few Who Own the Finest”. The few included Pablo Picasso, Ringo Starr (MK11) Tony Curtis, Ava Gardner, Joan Fontaine and Maurice Trintignant. 

Tested by Motor magazine, the car topped out at 145mph, hit 60mph in 8.4 seconds and ran the quarter mile in 16.3 seconds. Stirling Moss spurned air travel in favour of driving his HK500 from race to race. Costing more than a Mercedes Gullwing and three times as rare, the HK500 exuded opulent exclusivity from every stunningly handsome angle.

This highly original and unrestored example was produced in 1961, and subsequently shipped to its first owner in New York. Originally finished in Ivory White with Red leather interior. The car was kept in the US until 1990 when acquired by a British enthusiast from a dealer in Massachusetts. Prior to the point of sale the HK500 had been repainted in Silver. A pre-sale report dated 1990 is held in the vehicle file.

It has resided in the UK for almost 33 years, the first UK owner keeping the car for 25 years, in which time a total mileage of only 970 miles being covered.

The car will need mechanically recommissioning and was last run in 2017. The paintwork is tired and the rear lower quarter panels will require some minor fabrication. Structurally, the car is in great shape with no welding having been conducted or being required to the underside or chassis. All bright-work is complete and generally in very good shape.

The red leather interior is totally complete, although showing signs of wear, commensurate with age. The woven wicker rear speaker grilles are unspoilt. The interior bright-work, gauges and very cool mid 70’s Pioneer 8-Track are all in excellent order. There are some cracks to the steering wheel rim which could be easily repaired if desired and the cigar lighter is missing.

The original tool kit is complete asides one spare bulb and the factory jack remains in place too.

With just under 75,000 miles recorded, this stylish Grand Routier should prove to be a straightforward restoration or preservation project for the discerning collector.

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1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Last owner for 22 years. An exceptional and highly original example of a REV1 T-Bar

1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Last owner for 22 years. An exceptional and highly original example of a REV1 T-Bar

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Supplied new in May 1991 by Fox’s (Badgers Mount) Toyota in Sevenoaks, Kent to its first owner. Ordered in Super Red and serviced by Fox’s and Motorline Toyota in Tunbridge Wells during the ten years that followed.

In 2001 the car was sold to its second and last owner, a friend and work colleague. The mileage at this time being 34,775 miles, confirmed by a comprehensive AA Inspection report contained in the vehicle history file.

The car was bought specifically for occasional summer use and always safely garaged, the integral garage having carpeted walls to protect the doors from being marked. Consequently, there are none to report! The pictures say it all.

The interior is a special place, the trim and seats being in exceptional condition, especially when you consider the car is almost 32 years old. The Targa Top shades are in place along with their original storage bags, all being in exceptional condition. The dealer’s livery is all intact, consisting of number plates, rear window sticker, tax disc holder and logo on the rear boot lid.

The MOT history is impressive, and it’s assuring to see a car with its original sills in such great condition, testimony to how well the car has been cared for, stored, and sparingly used in dry conditions only.

We have listed the pre VOSA MOT history below:

01/06/94 20654 miles

04/08/95 21134 miles

01/10/96 21252 miles

18/08/98 21267 miles

26/08/99 22979 miles

24/08/00 28692 miles

04/08/01 34600 miles

26/09/02 38061 miles

17/10/03 39579 miles

04/12/04 40184 miles

We have just completed a service, replaced the spark plugs with Denso Iridium items and replaced the front brake discs and pads.

Early examples of the first version (REV1) of the MR2 MK2 in this condition are now very hard to find and the car would sit very nicely in a serious car collection.

 

Looking to sell your Classic? Our commission sales – Sale or Return option is a great way to utilise our services and achieve the best possible price for your vehicle without the pitfalls of selling privately.

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1988 Honda CRX 1.6i 16V. Highly presentable and original example, very well cared for in its 35 years.

1988 Honda CRX 1.6i 16V. Highly presentable and original example, very well cared for in its 35 years.

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The CRX made its UK Market debut in 1984 and adopted the Civic MK3 drivetrain. Four years later and in line with the Civic MK4, the CRX was completely redesigned, the wheelbase increasing by 102mm, overall length by 81mm and an additional 51mm in width, all of which offering greater passenger comfort and increased luggage capacity over its predecessor. The suspension was completely redesigned offering vastly improved handling too.

From 1986 to 1991, Honda was hugely dominant in Formula One, winning every constructor’s title during this time with Maclaren and Williams. On the strength of their F1 success, Honda UK initiated the CRX Challenge in 1988, a move to attract the attention of younger buyers.

The program ran for 5 seasons, the cars being sold to competitors directly from Honda UK. To keep costs down and racing close, the only modifications to the standard car were the addition of Spax dampers and stiffer coil springs. The tyres were also controlled, Yokohama being the supplier of the racing compound tyres.

Delivered new on 4th October 1988 by Balmer Lawn Honda Brockenhurst to it first owner who kept the car for almost 10 years.

During the following 25 years the car was in the custardy of 4 further enthusiast owners who have kept the car completely standard and taken care to maintain correctly.

The complete book pack is present, including a stamped service booklet, Honda extended warranty documentation, instruction manuals for the car and standard National Panasonic radio cassette. All MOT’s dated from 1997 have been kept, further verifying the mileage.

We have conducted a service, replaced the near side CV joint and rear speakers. The car will come with a new MOT before delivery.

Looking to sell your Classic? Our commission sales – Sale or Return option is a great way to utilise our services and achieve the best possible price for your vehicle without the pitfalls of selling privately.

If you would like to discuss further, please get in touch and speak to Andrew.

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2000 Range Rover 4.6 Vogue SE, long term ownership with an impressive 42,090 miles from new.

2000 Range Rover 4.6 Vogue SE, long term ownership with an impressive 42,090 miles from new.

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In September 1994, Land Rover launched its second-generation Range Rover, succeeding the original model after a production run of 24 years. 

Project Pegasus or P38A as it was known in the early stages of design was named after the office building, housing the development team at Solihull – ‘P38A’ The development program commenced in 1988 with a budget of £300 million being set two years later. Three new engines were offered from launch, two V8 petrol units, a 4.0 and 4.6 which were both Rover derived, and a 2.5 Diesel supplied by BMW.

V767EGK was supplied new by Park Lane Land Rover in February 2000 to its first owner, finished in Java Black with Lightstone Leather and contrasting piping, options included a half wood/leather steering wheel, rubber over mats and a Tracker device, the total invoice value amounting to £53,341.91

It was kept by the first owner for over 18 years, covering a modest 38,500 miles, during which time, routinely maintained by Land Rover and an entrusted local Garage in Chelsea, there is a vast history file to support all aspects of servicing and maintenance. It is worth noting that during this time, the car was not used off road, leading a somewhat sheltered life, garaged in London.

Since 2018, the car has had a further 2 owners, both of which have continued to maintain the car diligently, a service has just been conducted along with four new Avon tyres and the alloy’s refreshed.

The car is in exceptionally good condition with an interior that belies its age, its ready to be enjoyed by its new owner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1977 Toyota FJ40. One owner for 43 years, original factory invoice. Possibly the best example available

1977 Toyota FJ40. One owner for 43 years, original factory invoice. Possibly the best example available

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A simply stunning example of Toyota’s iconic FJ40 Land Cruiser Hard Top featuring the venerable 2F 6-cylinder 4.2 engine and the highly sought-after addition of power steering. The Factory invoice is included in the file, confirming the original matching numbers status, addressed to its original owner who kept the FJ for 43 years. The FJ has spent its entire life garaged in Indonesia.

In 2020 a full nut and bolt restoration was undertaken by a well-seasoned Land Cruiser restorer and a complete body-off, no stone unturned rebuild which has been conducted to an exceptionally high standard. The same can be said for all mechanical elements and running gear. Thousands of man hours being spent in the process ensuring it being correct in every way. Finished in resplendent Nebula Green – its original colour from new.

The interior is sublime, refinished in Tan Nappa with custom door cards, drinks holder and a Marshall Bluetooth speaker, both subtly neat and convenient modifications.

Overall, we are very confident this FJ will stand up to the highest level of scrutiny and would make a wonderful addition to any serious car collection.

All import taxes have been paid and we are in the process of UK registering. Whilst being MOT exempt, an MOT will be conducted for complete peace of mind.