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1998 Honda Civic 1.4i Automatic. A very well-presented pre-facelift example with a great history.

1998 Honda Civic 1.4i Automatic. A very well-presented pre-facelift example with a great history.

Key Facts

VEHICLE OVERVIEW

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 sixth-generation Civic was introduced in 1995 and was produced until 2000. It was the last Civic model to feature the front double wishbone suspension set up.

This particular Civic is a pre-facelift model finished in Comet Blue and was delivered new by Crown Honda, Bushey Heath in May 1998.

Despite its very low mileage, the service history is highly comprehensive and the original handbook pack remains along with service book, owner’s manual and a full set of Honda keys. The cambelt, water pump PAS belt and auxiliary belt were replaced less than 1400 miles ago in March 2023.

The car drives exceptionally well with no rattles and the drive train is silky smooth, quite typical of a well maintained Honda. A great little starter classic or daily driver that’s economical and easy to maintain.

 

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1973 Mercedes 450SLC. Extensive restoration with fascinating film industry provenance.

1973 Mercedes 450SLC. Extensive restoration with fascinating film industry provenance.

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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 three 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.

 

 

 

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1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Last owner for 29 years. Exceptional & totally original, the very best on sale.

1991 MR2 GT T-Bar. Last owner for 29 years. Exceptional & totally original, the very best on sale.

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VEHICLE OVERVIEW

Supplied new in March 1991 by Sandhurst Toyota in Surrey to its first owner. Ordered in Super White 11 and serviced by Sandhurst every 3,400 miles for the four years that followed.

In 1995 the car was sold to its second and last owner by Toyota dealer Grosvenor Garage, Guildford, the mileage at this time being 30,300miles, supported by the original sales order and invoice.

The car was bought specifically for fair weather use and always safely garaged, the mileage covered in 29 years amounting to only 16,200 dry miles!

The original paintwork is exceptional, being its only coat applied at the factory, the underside is as good as a 3 year old car, very rare to find on a second generation MR2, let alone one of this vintage.The interior is a special place, the trim and seats being in exceptional condition. The Targa Top shades are in place along with their original storage bags, all being in perfect condition. The dealer’s livery is all intact, consisting of number both number plates and rear window sticker.

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.

A comprehensive check over has been carried out along with an in house service. An advisory free MOT, cambelt and water pump change will be conducted pre-delivery.

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 well in the very best JDM 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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1972 MG Midget. Meticulous no expense spared four year rebuild with many desirable upgrades.

1972 MG Midget. Meticulous no expense spared four year rebuild with many desirable upgrades.

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Delivered new on 4th October 1972 and finished in Glacier White with Blue interior. This delightful Round-arch Midget has in the last four years been subject to an extensive father and son rebuild. The scope of work being listed below.

Bodywork:

A total strip down to bare metal and professionally resprayed, new Heritage panels being fitted, including:

  • Both front wings
  • Battery tray.
  • Complete front nose cone.

Engine & transmission:

  • Full engine rebuild
  • Flat top pistons
  • Unleaded head conversion with new valves and guides
  • Mild Kent road camshaft
  • New oil pump and oil cooler
  • Rebuilt SU carburettors
  • New radiator and electric cooling fan.
  • Rebuilt gearbox including bearings and front seals
  • Clutch assembly including master and slave cyinders
  • Maniflow Sebring exhaust with sports tubular manifold

Running gear, suspension, brakes and wheels:

  • Front and rear suspension rebuilt
  • New wishbones
  • New bushes & kingpins
  • New Wheel bearings
  • New brake master cylinder including all brake pipes
  • New front callipers, discs and pads
  • New rear cylinders and shoes
  • Competition coil springs
  • Rear adjustable Spax shock absorbers
  • New Minilite centre lock wheels
  • New Continental tyres.

Electrics:

  • Electronic ignition
  • Complete Heritage loom
  • Custom loom built for both sets of Cibie spot lights
  • New alternator, replacing the original dynamo

As you can see, no expense has been spared during the process and the cost of labour and sum of parts far outweighs the advertised price. The Midget has just passed its MOT with no advisories to report and is ready to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner.

 

 

 

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2000 Honda Integra Type R. One family owner, serviced every 1,481 miles. Unrepeatable.

2000 Honda Integra Type R. One family owner, serviced every 1,481 miles. Unrepeatable.

Key Facts

VEHICLE OVERVIEW

The first generation Type R, codenamed DC2, was introduced in its home market in 1995 and was the second Type R product after the Honda NSX first got the treatment. The car immediately impressed and helped it become UK-bound only two years later. 

The UK were allocated 500 official units that were sold through Honda dealers up until 2001. It was the only Integra Type R model to be officially imported with its replacement, the DC5 being sold exclusively in Japan.

The hand built 1.8-litre four-cylinder is unruly, with a naturally aspirated 187bhp, adopting Honda’s VTEC variable valve timing capable of an 8700rpm redline. Weighing in at only 1125kg, the Type R adopted various weight saving features including a thinner windscreen, absence of sound deadening and light-weight alloy wheels

The car was widely applauded by motoring pundits, many of which heralding the car as the best handling front wheel drive car of all time, the absolute driver focus, taught chassis, steering weight, gear change and absence of torque and understeer helping to earn its crown.

Supplied new by Honda dealer Webbers of Basingstoke in March 2000, finished in Milano Red with black Dinamica Alcantara/Cloth interior. Additional dealer fitted options consisting of front fog lights and alloy drilled pedals. During the following 19 years the car was kept by its first owner who meticulously maintained the car every year during his ownership. There are ten Honda services up until 25,451 miles as listed below:

  • 06/09/00 2665 miles
  • 26/03/01 5105 miles
  • 10/09/01 7478 miles
  • 19/03/02 9330 miles
  • 13/03/03 12834 miles
  • 01/03/04 16885 miles
  • 16/03/05 19826 miles
  • 15/03/06 21903 miles
  • 15/03/07 23505 miles
  • 20/03/08 25451 miles

Thereafter, another eleven services were conducted by a local garage up until 32537 miles as listed below:

  • 13/03/09 26687 miles
  • 08/03/10 27722 miles
  • 10/03/11 28025 miles
  • 12/03/12 28537 miles
  • 15/03/13 29123 miles
  • 10/03/14 30051 miles
  • 12/03/15 30746 miles
  • 15/03/16 31286 miles
  • 14/03/17 31447 miles
  • 13/03/18 31770 miles
  • 20/03/19 32537 miles

In 2019, the car was sold to the owner’s son-in-law who bought the car to retain within the family’s ownership. Subsequently, the car was never used but stored correctly in a heated garage during his tenure. In the last twelve months, the owner has moved to the Channel Islands and feels that the car is now ready to go to a new home.

We have carefully gone through the car and serviced, replaced the cam-belt and water pump, conducted an A/C service, including a replacement condenser and replaced 4 tyres. A comprehensive clean of all suspension components along with the application of protective clear wax has been undertaken. A full MOT will be conducted prior to sale.

All documentation is current with the car, comprising of:

  • Original Bill of Sale
  • All service invoices
  • Full Honda book pack including Audio and Alarm manuals
  • 2 sets of original keys – the second set unused
  • Original Red key in its unopened package

Finding another example in this condition and provenance would not be an easy task and the car would make a great addition to any serious JDM collection.

 

 

 

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2014 Jaguar F Type 3.0V6 Coupe. Exceptional, unmolested and low mileage example. Cherished from new.

2014 Jaguar F Type 3.0V6 Coupe. Exceptional, unmolested and low mileage example. Cherished from new.

Key Facts

VEHICLE OVERVIEW

First registered 23rd July 2014 as a demonstrator by Perry’s Jaguar in Huddersfield.

The car has had three subsequent private owners with the current owner keeping the car for the last six years. A retirement present, cherished and fastidiously maintained. The last service in April 2024 consisting of drive belt replacement and differential oil change.

Finished in its original Polaris White factory paint with Jet/Ebony interior.
On top of the generous standard equipment the car is further enhanced with the following options.

Black exterior package featuring:

  • Gloss black side vents, front spoiler, bonnet louvres, grille and exterior trim surrounds. 

Interior featuring the trim pack, consisting of:

  • Ebony seats, stitching, fascia with Ebony stitching. 

Additional options:

  • Power folding auto dimming door mirrors
  • 20” cyclone alloys
  • Fixed Panoramic roof

This stunning, unmolested  F Type is reluctantly being sold due to a change in circumstances and is offered at a very competitive price compared to other examples, many of which having covered far higher mileages and with less specification.

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2010 BMW 530D SE Family owned from new. High specification and impeccable service history.

2010 BMW 530D SE Family owned from new. High specification and impeccable service history.

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Supplied new by Barons of Farnborough, finished in Cashmere Silver with Oyster leather.

Factory options chosen, consisting of:

  • Sports steering wheel
  • Reverse camera
  • Anthracite wood
  • Electric glass sunroof
  • Electric folding mirrors
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Adjustable lumbar support 
  • Heated front seats 
  • Headlamp wash
  • Head Up display 
  • DAB
  • Speed limit display 
  • Visibility package
  • Professional media package.

The car has been very well maintained with services conducted as follows:

Barons BMW

  • 13935 miles
  • 25819 miles
  • 36638 miles
  • 40876 miles
  • 44830 miles

Specialist garage

  • 46150 miles – major service including rear discs and pads.

The car drives flawlessly and is a special place to be sat in, especially on a long journey. Everything functions as it should and the car has a feel of a much younger car. Full owners book pack, maintenance invoices and 2 keys supplied.

We shall be conducting a service prior to delivery.

 

 

 

 

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1990 BMW 320i Convertible manual. Superbly original example with an impressive history file.

1990 BMW 320i Convertible manual. Superbly original example with an impressive history file.

Key Facts

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Debuting in 1982, the BMW E30 succeeded the E21 after a production run of eight years. The E30 introduced a four-door model, estate and full convertible variant during its 12-year life span and captured the appeal of a broad range of customers who wanted a sports orientated car and passenger car in one. The slogan “The Ultimate Driving Machine” was quite fitting for this second generation 3 series, offering crisp handling and driver focused ergonomics.

 This particular 320i Convertible was manufactured 22/6/90 and built to the following specification:

  • ABS
  • BMW factory Alarm
  • BMW 15” Light alloys wheels
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Rear Headrests
  • Sports Leather Steering Wheel
  • Thermal Insulated Green Tinted Glass.

Delivered to its first owner 1st August 1990 by B.D Amos BMW in Salisbury, Wiltshire. Finished in Alpine White 11 with Anthracite Uberkaro Check interior. Dealer fitted options included a rear boot spoiler, carpet mats and an Alpine Audio unit.

The car has a highly comprehensive service record and has clearly been loved all its life, the last owner of ten years, keeping the car garaged amongst a collection of various classic cars and used only in fair weather with occasional trips to local classic car shows.

It retains its original black fabric hood, still being tight albeit with some age related wear. The dashboard is completely original and void of any cracks and the instrumentation and general trim are in great condition.

We have recently conducted a comprehensive service including a cambelt and the car sports five green service lights. A new MOT will be issued, pre-delivery.

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1974 Escort Mexico. 3 owners. Extensive 7 year restoration program including some very special enhancements.

1974 Escort Mexico. 3 owners. Extensive 7 year restoration program including some very special enhancements.

Key Facts

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First registered in February 1974 and finished in Olympic Blue, the Mexico was kept by its original owner until 1981 and subsequently sold to its second owner who kept the car for over 27 years.

During the 1980’s and 90’s the Mexico competed in various Rally events, RAC certification record being kept.

In 2009, the current and third owner found the car through his Ford enthusiast contacts and began the restoration program which would take him seven years to complete. The ultimate goal being to create a very special car, combining all the best elements that he’d experienced through 3 generations of performance Escort ownership.

The specification in brief, consists as follows:

  • 2.1 Pinto engine with twin weber 45’s and electronic fuel pump
  • Type 9 5 speed gearbox
  • Alloy RS2000 sump
  • Alloy RS2000 bell housing
  • Front and rear disc brakes with remote servo
  • One-piece prop shaft
  • Rear Quaife LSD differential 3.54 ratio
  • Bilstein coil-over front suspension 
  • Rear Gaz shock absorbers
  • Poly bushes all round 
  • RS 1600i front seats

Consequently, it really is an exhilarating drive!

The car has recently passed its latest MOT with no advisories to report and ready to be enjoyed by its next fortunate owner. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1960 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ An outstanding example with only 2 former keepers. Flawless

1960 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ An outstanding example with only 2 former keepers. Flawless

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1960 Austin Healey ‘Frogeye’ An outstanding example with only 2 former keepers. Performance enhancements to Downton Engineering spec.

Delivered new by Streets of Cheltenham to its first owner on 30th January 1960, finished in Old English White with Bright Red leather and equipped with optional Rev Counter, Tonneau cover, Toughened windscreen and front bumper.

The car was kept until August 1962 and sold to its second owner who used the car regularly until 1976. Circumstances changed and the little Frogeye was parked up in the owner’s garage, unused for 36 years.

In 2012, the current owner purchased the car and subsequently spent six years ensuring it was rebuilt to an exceptional standard with subtle performance modifications and no expense being spared in the process. The pictures paint a thousand words.

A handmade bespoke weight-saving aluminium bonnet was fitted during the rebuild and cleverly front hinged, providing optimum access to the engine bay.

The original 948 cc unit was totally rebuilt under the supervision of Brian Slark, formerly of Downton Engineering and features a Cooper cylinder head, flat faced pistons and a Piper torque camshaft, power being increased from the standard 47BHP to almost 60BHP – in sympathy of the standard running gear.

Torque has been considerably improved, further enhancing the driving experience. Stopping has been further improved by the addition of front disc brakes.

For further convenience and comfort a heater and electric washers have been added. Side windows are included and remain in excellent condition, safely stored in their original bags. A new tonneau cover and soft top are also featured and are all stored on the rear shelf.

The history file is immense, without exaggeration, almost 5 inches thick and includes the original Buff Log Book and MOT’s dating back from 1965, an MOT refusal notice being issued in 1971 at a cost of £1.17 – how times have changed! A Heritage Certificate is also included.

In December 2019, the Frogeye was featured in the Automobile Magazine, titled, ‘Back on the Road’ written by Michael Ware, curator at Beaulieu, Hampshire.

We cannot stress highly enough how beautiful this special car is and will delight its fortunate new owner. A new MOT will be issued prior to delivery.