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Classic Motor Cars Birthday Party attracts thousands


More than two thousand people, one hundred jaguars and dozens of other classic cars turned up to celebrate Classic Motor cars 25th anniversary party in Bridgnorth Shropshire on Saturday.


‘We expected a few hundred to turn up but members of the public and cars just kept on coming throughout the day. We were totally blown away by the support not only from the Jaguar and classic car world   but also from the local community who came with their families to celebrate’ Said Nigel Woodward, Managing Director of Classic Motor Cars.


Guest of honour at the event was Jaguar legend and chief test driver for more than 50 years, Norman Dewis, who had just celebrated his 98th birthday who added: “I have watched CMC since its inception and seen it grow into one of the worlds top restoration companies. The Chairman of the company, Peter Neumark who set it up and the staff have done a fantastic job.”


The company was founded in 1993 and over the ensuing years has built a global reputation for restoring cars to world-class standards. It is the only company to have won restoration of the year twice.


CMC has been responsible for restoring some of the most important Jaguar cars of all time and many of them were featured in a circular display of 25 cars outside the company’s headquarters to mark the birthday.


They included the oldest and most famous E-Type in existence, 9600 HP which was one of Jaguar’s prototypes, used as the launch car at the Geneva Motor show.

D-Type OKV1 which finished second at Le Mans in 1954, E-Type 1 VHP the first right hand drive production fixed head coupe, the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight E-Type which CMC spent over 7,000 hours bringing back to life and many more including the Daily Mail E-type chassis number 4 and the centrepiece, the Pininfarina XK 120 – A one of a kind Jaguar XK120 SE Roadster that in 1954 was coach built by the Italian Styling house Pininfarina.


A number of artists were on hand showing their work, including Curd Achim Deich displaying massive Jaguar artworks in the company’s showroom,

while Rene De Goede was painting an oil of 1 VHP outside and 22 year old Lucy Smith who recently graduated from Loughborough University was showing her motoring art in the CMC Market Place.


Another artist Louise griffin, wife of the companies’ production director Tim Griffin produced a special piece of artwork that was used as a poster for the event, which was sold to raise money for charities supported by Norman Dewis, and as the label for  CMC Series 1 4.2 a special golden ale  brewed by local brewery Hobsons for the event.


The Marches Academy was open to visitors, there was a toy and automobilia fair inside the workshops, a classic car concourse that was won by Mr Harry Medcalf with his fantastic Aston Martin DB5 Saloon, a massive Scalextric track provided by local engineering company Grainger and Worrall, a classic car club display area and much more.


CMC also used the day to launch their new-to-the-classic-market ceramic nano technology coating range in collaboration with the products manufacturers Alpha Nano. “This is an important new application of this innovative technology and offers tremendous benefits to the classic car owner in their quest to preserve and protect their precious investment” said Nigel Woodward.


Chairman of the Company Peter neumark said: “Little did I think when I set up the company 25 years ago that it would grow to the size that it has now and would have the stature of a world class business with numerous awards. The Business is now an employee owned trust and I am immensely proud of the staff, of all they have done and continue to do.


Nigel Woodward added: “The response to the event has been phenomenal and we are now considering holding a similar event every year.”





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Second Prestigious Award to Classic Motor Cars within a month!


Bridgnorth’s Classic Motor Cars travelled to the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend of 12-15th July and added a sparkling Class Win at the Cartier Style et Luxe to their Octane “Company of the last 15 years” commendation.


The unique and superbly restored Pinninfarina styled 1954 Jaguar XK 120 was shown as part of the traditional competition to decide the most elegant of machinery, staged on the Cartier Lawn within the shadow of Goodwood House, for the 22ndtime this year.


Fighting off stiff competition in the special bodied Jaguar Class the Pininfarina was adjudged a clear and popular winner.


Speaking on behalf of CMC, Chairman Peter Neumark said: “To spend the weekend at Goodwood Festival once again and to be awarded Best in Class was a great honour.  Coupled with this we were able to re-introduce Peter Sutcliffe, who is now aged 81 to the Lindner Nocker E Type coupe, which he took up the hill having previously driven it at Goodwood in 1964!”


Peter added: “At that time he had his own Lightweight E-type. He was quicker in practice and was invited by Peter Lindner for his opinion on his Lindner. He gave it in forthright style, ‘It handled dreadfully’. Although, I am pleased to say that he now thinks it drivers superbly!”


“With July not yet half over and two fantastic achievements for CMC. And With the 25th Anniversary celebrations coming up on 18th August, 2018 is shaping up as a true Watershed year for Classic Motor Cars.”








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Classic Motor cars announces birthday party and everyone is invited

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Classic Motor cars announces birthday party and everyone is invited


Restorer of the year opens its doors to celebrate 25 years and invites all classic car owners to bring their cars.


Classic Motor Cars in Bridgnorth is to open its doors to celebrate 25 years of classic car restoration and invites classic car owners from Across the UK to join its birthday party


The company, which opened for business in 1993 to restore classic Jaguars has since, restored hundreds of classics from numerous marques, is planning a huge celebration on Saturday August 18th at their restoration HQ in Bridgnorth. Thehighlight will be a classic car concours, which is open to everyone.


“Over the years we have worked on all sorts of cars from full restorations to simple upgrades. We started with Jaguar’s and got a worldwide reputation for stunning nut and bolt restorations and then moved on to other marque’s which have included everything from Aston Martin’s to modern Japanese classics” said Nigel Woodward managing Director

He added: “To reflect this we are inviting anyone with a classic car who wishes to come to our party to bring their classic car, take part in our concours and be part of the party.


“ You don’t have to own a nut and bolt restoration just a classic car, which is your pride and joy. You can put it on display and it will be judged for what it is and the amount of time you have taken to keep taken to keep it on the road.”


Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:


  • Best overall car,
  • My pride and joy,
  • Best of British
  • Best America Auto
  • Best Continental
  • Best Jaguar
  • Best Modern Classic


The restoration workshops will be open and tours will be run throughout the day so that visitors can see how classic cars are restored.


Apprentices will be on hand to explain how they are the vanguard of keeping traditional skills alive and are working with the Marches Academy that CMC is a proud partner of and which is situated a short distance away. The Academy will also be open to show how the car restorers of the future are being trained.



CMC apprentices will be showing a 1955 Lancia Auerlia B20 which they have been working on along with one owned by local businessman David Sankey.


There will be a wide selection of Historic cars on display, along with an Auto Jumble, motoring book sales, toy sales and much more including live music, various food outlets and activities for children, as well as some special competitions. The company is also linking with local charities Arrive Alive and Rupert’s Revenge so that they can benefit


“We want this to be a great day out for the whole family,” said Nigel, “ and show the great work that is being carried out by our staff which has received worldwide recognition.”

He added: If you want to bring your classic it’s free of charge you just need to send us some basic details.


Also if you are someone who sells auto memorabilia, model cars or toys, motoring books, art or motoring antiques and want to attend then email Lucy Smallman:

We are looking for interesting vendors to take part and would love to hear from you. There will be no charge for a pitch.


The elegant and distinctive Bentley Continental S3 777 KYI began its working life as 777 HYP, when it was registered at Norwich City Council on 1 May 1963. Factory records date BC112XA to the first (A) batch of 87 Continental S3s produced between September 1962 and July 1963, making it one of the very first of only 312 such Continentals built across series A-E, and was delivered to E. Miller.
This very special Bentley coupé is known to have had three previous owners by June 1976, having been imported into the Republic of Ireland and acquired its new identity in March 1971 – as carefully documented on the car’s fascinating buff logbook. It was registered to its final owner, a well-known Irish legal figure, in January 1984, and is still remembered as having been a familiar sight on the roads around Dublin.
The car was retired in the early 1990s in expectation of future restoration, and is presented in barn-find condition as a genuine automotive time capsule just as it was on its last day of service – along with all available photos and documents from its heyday.
It stands ready for restoration by a new generation of loving owners: a rare and exclusive example of a true golden-age classic, and an extraordinary opportunity for one who wishes to re-establish a Park Ward Bentley into the condition it deserves.

50 classic cars worth millions are going under the hammer at Coys London auction


International auctioneers Coys are back in town with 50 classic and sports cars worth millions going under the hammer at their long-established Spring Classics auction on April 24th at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Our Spring Classics auction has for decades been a prelude to motoring season which is now very much upon us. This year we have a stunning selection 50 fine historic and classic motor cars looking for a new owner, ranging from three original-bodied pre-war Rolls Royces through to a genuine barn find 1960s Bentley S3 Continental Coupe by Mulliner.”

The barn find 1963 Bentley Continental Mulliner Park Ward S3 is one of the highlights of the auction and, although it is being offered at no reserve, it could fetch £40,000 on the hammer.

The car was retired in the early 1990s in expectation of a future restoration, which never happened, and has turned into a genuine time capsule. It remains in original factory specification and comes with a comprehensive history file, including a letter confirming the original build information, original buff log book and tool kit as well as bills and receipts of maintenance work.

The Rolls-Royce trio features a 1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost by Barker (£60,000 – £80,000), a 1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30 Sports Saloon by Thrupp and Maberly (£25,000 – £30,000) and a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon by Hooper (£20,000 – £25,000). These cars represent a thriving era for the Rolls-Royce marque, when it started to become a symbol of prestige, reliability and quality.

The also catalogue boasts a number of classic Jaguars including an original right hand drive 1963 E-Type Series I 3.8 Litre Roadster (£100,000 – £130,000), a highly original 1962 E-Type Series 1 ‘Flatfloor’ Roadster (£120,000 – £150,000), a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupe (£90,000 – £110,000) and a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster perfect for continental touring in the summer (£90,000 – £110,000).

Other highlights include a Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Evocation by Anton ‘Tony’ Ostermeier (£200,000 – £250,000), a 1983 Ferrari 512 BBI (£220,000 – £280,000), a 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible Custom “Cad Attack” by Greg Westbury (£30,000 – £50,000), a 1955 Austin Healey 100/M (£100,000 – £125,000) and a 1938 Lancia Aprilia Monoposto (£35,000 – £45,000).

Address:         The Royal Horticultural Society, Lawrence Hall, Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PE
Date & time:   7:00pm on 24 Apr 2018
Viewing:         Monday 23rd April from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of auction

Classic Motor Cars offers bespoke classic car finance through JBR Capital


World-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) are now offering bespoke personal finance for classic car purchases and restorations through JBR Capital.

The new offering combines the exacting service standards of two-time restoration of the year winner CMC with finance options from the UK’s only independent finance provider dedicated solely to high end vehicle finance.

Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars, said: “Besides their charm or nostalgic appeal, classic cars can offer excellent potential as investments. With the tailored finance solutions provided by JBR Capital, enthusiasts can now turn their dream into reality. Owning a classic has never been easier.”

Darren Selig, Executive Chairman at JBR Capital, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Classic Motor Cars, opening up a range of finance options to prospective and current owners of classic cars.”

The available restoration finance options include staged payments and early settlement options to suit almost everybody, equity release against existing vehicles therefore releasing funds that would otherwise be tied up and refinancing for customers who have existing finance agreements.

For classic car purchases, the finance options include equity release, credit line finance allowing buyers to move very quickly and seal the deal, hire purchase allowing individuals to pay for their car in monthly instalments, lease purchase which is similar to the hire purchase but with a balloon payment at the end of the fixed term and refinancing.




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David Barzilay – T: +44 (0) 7860 322 333 | M: +44 (0) 207 544 8980 | E: 
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Classic Motor Cars (CMC) were founded in 1993 and have over the ensuing years built an international reputation for classic car restoration to world-class standards, to the extent that they are the only company to have won the Restoration of the Year Award twice, in 2011 and 2017.
Staffed by a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians, CMC operate from modern 60,000 sq. ft. purpose built premises based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, in the United Kingdom, where some 50 to 60 cars can be found in the workshops every month, ranging from classic Jaguars to Aston Martins, Bentleys, Bugattis, Ferraris, Lancias and more, including modern prestige marques.
They offer a comprehensive service for classic car owners, including general servicing, upgrades, accident repairs, repaints, parts, full restorations, storage, transport, car sales and even bespoke car design.CMC are also closely involved with the Marches Centre of Manufacturing and Technology, where they are training the next generation of classic car specialists, with young people currently learning their trades in trimming, auto electrics, bodywork, paintwork and general mechanics.


Important Notice and Disclaimer
Classic Motor Cars Limited (Company number 02827121) (“CMC”) is not a credit broker or agent of, or for, JBR Capital Limited (Company number 07520989) (“JBR”).  CMC does not sell or provide finance, financial products or financial advice or services.  CMC is happy to recommend JBR as a potential third-party organisation to fund a purchase and/or restoration.  CMC is not a partner of JBR, nor does it own or otherwise influence the activities of JBR.  CMC does not receive any commission from JBR for any business our customers or others it may place with them, and CMC does not receive or obtain any other financial gain should an individual choose to fund their purchase and/or restoration through JBR.
There are other methods of finance and/or finance offers and/or finance companies or brokers available to fund a purchase and/or restoration.  The decision as to whether to use JBR’s services is down to the individual customer, and CMC accepts no liability for any loss or expense or other claim they may have as a result of using or not using JBR’s services.




Classic Motor Cars wins Restoration of the Year award for epic 6,725-hour restoration


The classic car restoration specialists are the only company to have won this prestigious award twice


The epic 6,725-hour restoration of the one-off Pininfarina bodied 1954 Jaguar XK120 SE by world-class specialists Classic Motor Cars (CMC) won the Restoration of the Year award at the Octane Awards, presented on Thursday 16th November in London.

This is the second time that CMC takes home the Restoration of the Year accolade; having done so previously in 2011 with the restoration of the Lindner-Nocker Lightweight, a legendary Jaguar that many thought to be beyond repair. The restorers are the only company to have won this award twice.

Nigel Woodward, Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars, said: “CMC are tremendously grateful to the judging panel for their recognition of skill and craftsmanship of our team of specialists who created this restoration. We are also blown away to have won this award for the second time.”

The awards are considered the most prestigious in the industry, recognising the elite in the international historic motoring world, and include a judging panel of industry experts and personalities such as five-time Le Mans Winner Derek Bell, collector and Pink Floyd Drummer Nick Mason, collector and TV Host Jay Leno, and the editors of Octane, Evo, Auto Express and Automobile, amongst others.

This XK120 features unique bodywork by famed Italian design house Pininfarina. It was first delivered to Automotive Hall of Fame inductee Max Hoffman in 1954, an Austrian-born, New York-based importer of luxury European automobiles into the United States, who inspired the production and refinement of several vehicles. It is believed that Hoffman inspired Pininfarina to reinterpret the shapes of the XK and then unveiled it at the 1955 Geneva Motor Show.

CMC purchased Chassis No. S675360 in 2015 from a German gentleman who had bought it in the USA in 1978 with the intention of restoring it but never got round to it. An epic 6,725-hour journey began.

During the forensic inspection it was found that Pininfarina had used the original XK body as the basis, also that a previous owner had painted the exterior in Burgundy, covered the seats with tan leather and changed various other aspects.

CMC’s specialists faced many challenges. Some of the original parts were impossible to find such as bumpers and chrome work, so CMC remade them by hand from photographs. The technicians also had to scan the front and rear end of the car in order to make mock ups of the lights, which were then scanned and reproduced. Smaller missing items were also produced in-house.

The rear window was missing and 3D scanning technology was used to scan the window aperture and make a new rear screen from the scan data.

There were no signs of the original paint colour, but when the front screen was removed, a small section of original paint was discovered and used as a colour match by CMC’s paint specialist.

The interior trim door cards were missing, along with the carpets and the original trim colour. A small sample of original leather was discovered when stripping the car down, which was colour matched and the original leather type and colour was used to recreate the original Ochre tan. The shape and pattern of the door cards were recreated by looking at similar Pininfarina designed cars from the period.

Chassis S675360 was one of the most challenging restorations ever undertaken by CMC, who managed to restore every aspect of it, from the unique body and structure through to paint, trim and mechanical elements, whilst saving as much of the original car as possible. It was unveiled at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it won the runner up award in the O-2 Postwar Closed class.

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Classic Motor Cars was founded in 1993 and has over the ensuing years built an international reputation for car restoration world-class standards. Staffed by a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians, they operate from modern 36,000 sq. ft. premises, offering everything from a full nut and bolt restoration to servicing, storage, cars and parts sales, and even bespoke car design.
Some 50 to 60 cars can be found in the workshops every month including Jaguars, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Bugattis and Lancias, amongst others. CMC is especially proud of its apprenticeship schemes with young people learning their trades in trimming, auto electrics, bodywork, paintwork and general mechanical skills.


Nigel Woodward_Managing Director_Classic Motor Cars (CMC)CMC's Nigel Woodward (right) & Peter Neumark (left) (Ph Wouter Melissen)


New Managing Director at Classic Motor Cars


Nigel Woodward has been appointed Managing Director at world-renowned classic car restorers Classic Motor Cars (CMC) based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

Nigel has an impressive track record in the classic car industry being instrumental in the creation and development of Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover’s heritage divisions.

“This is an important appointment that will put CMC on the next leg of its journey,” said Peter Neumark, Chairman of the Employee Ownership Trust that runs CMC. “We are delighted that Nigel has decided to join us and take the company forward. He brings a wealth of experience and expertise to CMC.”

Nigel has a 30-year career in the prestige sector of the motoring industry and has gained a reputation for developing and taking businesses forward.

He is best known for having developed the Heritage Operations at Aston Martin Works Service, which he took over in 2010 and turned from a comparatively minor part of the Works total offering to its largest single department. During that time he developed a “flying spanner” service to cater for overseas customers and also ship cars to the facility from around the world.

He started his motoring career as a BMW service technician with Stratstone and worked his way rapidly to service manager. He was then headhunted to join Aston Martin Lagonda at their factory service division, Aston Martin Works, where he went on to successively control both the current vehicle service department and body, paint and panel shop facilities, before taking over the Heritage Operations.

More recently, at Jaguar Land Rover Classic, he was involved in the lay-out and build of the 144,000 sq. ft. premises and upon completion, amalgamating the Browns Lane, Solihull and Warwick classic operations in to one business, JLR Classic Works. Additionally, he took over the maintenance team responsible for the company’s “collection” of over 500 classic vehicles of all makes.

Nigel said: “For me this is the culmination of a career in the classic and specialist car industry and a dream come true. Following on from my years spent running Aston Martin’s heritage operation at Newport Pagnell and more recently playing a role in helping set up Jaguar Land Rover’s Classic Works facility, this is a natural progression.

“The opportunity to bring my experience to bare on a truly world class business like CMC is a true privilege and a challenge that I have been looking forward to immensely.”

For further information about Classic Motor Cars, please contact:
Julian Menendez – T: +44 (0) 7838 547 531 | M: +44 (0) 207 544 8831 | E: Motor Cars Ltd of Bridgnorth | World-class restorers of classic cars
Classic Motor Cars was founded in 1993 and has over the ensuing years built an international reputation for car restoration world-class standards. Staffed by a highly experienced team of engineers and technicians, they operate from modern 60,000 sq. ft. premises, offering everything from a full nut and bolt restoration to servicing, storage, cars and parts sales, and even bespoke car design.
Some 50 to 60 cars can be found in the workshops every month including Jaguars, Aston Martins, Bentleys, Bugattis and Lancias, amongst others. CMC is especially proud of its apprenticeship schemes with young people learning their trades in trimming, auto electrics, bodywork, paintwork and general mechanical skills.

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Classic Grand Touring announces action-packed calendar of events for 2016

Classic Grand Touring, the specialist motor racing tour operators, have announced their 2016 calendar with a variety of exciting new and traditional tours to the finest historic races and classic events worldwide.Thomas Brimblecombe, Managing Director of Classic Grand Touring, said: “This will be our sixth season specialising in motor racing tours – and we could not be more excited.

“We have planned a series of tours to sensational new locations and events as well as the old favourites, so book early to avoid any disappointment.”

The variety of motoring trips planned for 2016 features the return to the calendar of Monaco Historic and Le Mans Classic as well as the favourites such as Retromobile, Grand Prix de Pau Historique, Mille Miglia and the Circuit des Remparts at Angoulême.

New tours with plenty of promise are the Vernasca Silver Flag in Italy and Chantilly Arts et Elegance Concours in France.

Thomas added: “As well as being a full member of the Association of Bonded Travel Organisers Trust (ABTOT) since 2012, we are delighted to announce that we have been accepted as members of the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), meaning you can travel in total confidence.

“Our team is ever expanding to ensure excellent booking service, so do get in touch to talk through some of the exciting tours we’re offering this year.”

Classic Grand Touring 2016 Tours

3 – 5 February                                   Retromobile

8 – 11 & 11 – 14 February                 Ice Driving

28 April – 3 May                                Classic Days, Magny-Cours

10 – 18 May                                      Monaco Historic Driving tour

12 – 16 May                                      Monaco Historic flight tour

13 – 15 May                                      Spa Classic

14 – 25 May                                      Mille Miglia

24 – 31 May                                      Grand Prix de Pau Historique

31 May – 6 June                               Vintage Cognac

2 – 5 June                                         Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, Dijon

14 – 20 June                                     Vernasca Silver Flag

7 – 11 July                                         Le Mans Classic

30 August – 5 September                 Chantilly Arts & Elegance

14 – 19 September                           Angoulême, Circuit des Remparts

All tours:

Note to editors:
Thomas Brimblecome, Managing Director of Classic Grand Touring, will be at the Classic Motor Show 2015 at the NEC in Birmingham this weekend from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th, Hall 1, Stand 220.

For more information, please contact:
Thomas Brimblecome – T: +44 1483 281 282 | M: +44 7795 160 204 | E:
Julian Menendez – T: +44 207 544 8831 | M: +44 7838 547 531 | E:

About Classic Grand Touring
Classic Grand Touring is a properly bonded and insured Tour Operator in accordance with the Package Travel regulations. We offer both bespoke and pre-arranged driving tours to the finest motoring events around the world. Our proven track record of designing and operating original and imaginative motoring tours and events enables us to be confident about providing the very best available experience, whenever you travel with us.


Kimi Raikkonen’s championship car and Seasick Steve’s old camper van are to be put under the hammer alongside a star studded line up of classic cars

Formula One star Kimi Raikkonen’s 2000 Tatuus Formula Renault will be auctioned at no reserve by international auctioneers Coys on Saturday 10th January at the Autosport International racing car show.

The Tatuus Formula Renault was manufactured in 2000 and bought by Manor Motorsport that year, who contested the British Formula Renault Championship with former Formula One World Champion Kimi Raikkonen as their driver. Kimi won seven out of ten events in the Formula Renault UK, winning the Championship in this car in 2000.

The car was then driven by Leighton Walker, who retired in 2001, and was rebuilt in 2005 by Manor Motorsport with its original engine, gearbox and monocoque. It is offered at no reserve.

Also featuring in the auction will be a 1967 Volkswagen Splitscreen Camper, previously belonging to ex-American Blues artist Seasick Steve. This camper is in excellent condition, refinements have been made to the mechanical side of the vehicle by world-renowned VW Splitscreen experts, who increased the high-speed gearing and uprated the engine to a 1598cc flat-four with twin-carbs. The interior features varnished wooden cabinets, leather seating and a fold away double bed and table.

Coys auction will see a number of Grand Prix, competition, touring and rally cars going under the hammer, including a 1998 Ex-Works Honda British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). The car, built and ran for Honda by Pro-drive, was driven in the BTCC by Peter Kox during the 1998 season on behalf of the works Honda Sport team. It is estimated at £80,000 to £100,000.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at Coys, said: “Coys Autosport auction is a unique opportunity for buyers and motor racing enthusiasts to purchase a piece of British motor racing history, with important cars on offer such as Kimi’s first championship winning car or Peter Kox’s Honda.”
The auction will also offer a series of cars that rarely come up for sale on the open market, including a Ford Sierra Cosworth  and a 1970 Lancia Fulvia 1.6 HF Rallye Fanalone.

The Cosworth is number 479 out of 500 produced and is finished in the rarest colour of moonstone blue. The car is totally immaculate and near impossible to point fault at after undergoing a full restoration. Moonstone blue RS500’s are rarely offered for sale especially in such good condition, which makes this a very rare chance to buy a quickly appreciating and unique car. It is estimated at £45,000 to £55,000.

The Fanalone is the ultimate HF road version of the Fulvia. One of only 1,200 made, this fine example is presented in the rare colour combination of Rosso San Siro, finished with the customary black bonnet and wing tops. It boasts original Group 3 Fanalone arches, aluminium doors and front and rear hoods.
This car has been prepared to compete as an endurance rally car and has raced in many rallies including Monte Carlo, Trial to the Nile, 1000 Millas de los Pirineos and the Tour de España. It is estimated at £35,000 to £40,000.

Chris said: “There will also be seven motor cars present from the hit television production ‘For the Love of Cars’ for a live auction, featuring car fanatic Philip Glenister and internationally renowned car designer Ant Anstead.”

Other entries include a 1985 Austin Mini Mayfair, with only 3,241 miles from new, offered at no reserve and a 1952 MG TD Mk II, one owner from new, estimated at £20,000 to £30,000.

Coys to Auction 100 American and European Classic Cars at No Reserve

One of the largest collections of Cadillacs ever to be put under the hammer will be appearing alongside a prominent collection of American and European classic cars at Maastricht on 10th January with no reserve.

The sale at Les Grandes Marques, Interclassics and Topmobiel show in Maastricht, The Netherlands, is one of a kind, featuring 100 American and European classics, 35 of which are Cadillacs.  The cars featured are coming from the Stasys Brundza Collection, one of Eastern Europe’s most significant private collections to be offered for sale.

An early 1904 Cadillac B 4S will be featuring at the auction, this model was only in production for over a year and its sturdy single cylinder engine was inherited from its predecessors, but the wheelbase was slightly increased to give more space and greater stability.  This beautiful two seater example is finished in Burgundy and is in pleasing cosmetic condition, equipped with artillery wheels and a pair of brass headlamps. This model is estimated at €60,000 – €75,000.

Chris Routledge, Managing Partner of Coys, said: “Once again we’re delighted to be chosen to handle another significant classic car collection.  In December alone we handled the Muller collection from Switzerland and the Fink family from Bayern Munich’s collection in London, but now to have the Brundza collection is a further achievement.

“We have over 100 classic cars and motor bikes available, and yet again, the interest and response in our upcoming auction has been excellent”.

Also featuring is a 1959 Cadillac Sedan De Ville Flat Top, including a 6.4 litre V8 engine, clocking only 51,286 miles.  Finished in Princess Green with a preserved beige interior, this is a stunning example, presenting a great chance to purchase a classic Cadillac from the 1958 range at no reserve.  This example is estimated at €30,000 – €40,000.

Another prominent Cadillac in the collection is a 1959 Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75, estimated at €20,000 – €25,000.  The range of models that this Cadillac comes from is renowned for their exaggerated tailfins and “bullet” rear lights, creating a sensation on their introduction, being one of the most celebrated and collectable of all post-war models.


Over 200 classic cars celebrate Lancia at famous hill climb event in Italy


The 19th Silver Flag hill climb, organised by the Club Piacentino Auto d’Epoca (C.P.A.E.), saw over 200 classic cars from around Europe take over the streets of Vernasca in Piacenza, Italy, for a weekend of classic motoring in celebration of Lancia.

For this year’s event, which took place on June 20th, 21st and 22nd, the organisers chose Lancia as the main theme, honouring one of the world’s most famous Italian brands.

Organiser Claudio Casali said: “After extensively researching and looking for cars from across Europe, we were able to source sixty Lancias to be in the paddock of Castel’Arquato for the 19th running of Vernasca Silver Flag. Most of the racing models built by the Chivasso House were present, including the Lambda, Delta and Delta S4 Evolution, as well as some other very special cars such as the Flavia Zagato prototype, the Fulvia HF Barchetta F & M, the never used ECV and the rare Lancia 037 hybrid. It was a fantastic event!”

The Official Lancia Collection brought four iconic cars, including the D50, D25, Stratos Alitalia and the former Montecarlo winner Fulvia HF. The Lancia D50 Formula One car was featured at the start of the morning on the Saturday, when the crowd of motoring enthusiasts were presented with the powerful and amazing roar of the engine designed by Vittorio Jano, which sounded exactly “as it did in the good old days”.

Some important figures in the history of Lancia were present to honour the Italian brand, including one of the greatest rally drivers in the marque’s history, Sandro Munari, the “Dragon”, who drove a Lancia Stratos GR 4.  Also present was engineer Tonti, who played a key role in the creation of the legendary “Reparto Corse”. He was accompanied by fellow engineer Limone, the designer and developer of the 037 which was the last ‘normal’ car to win a World Rally Championship.

The Lancias were placed in front of the paddock entrance, putting on an amazing display for the many fans that arrived at Castell’ Arquato. The cars were joined by many other marques, including Abarth with the Sport 2000 and 3000, Porsche, Lola, McLaren and Lotus. The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo brought a Giulietta SS, former Scuderia Centro Sud car, and the Berlinetta 2000 Sportiva.

For the first time, the Matra Museum took part in Silver Flag in its beautiful blue livery. The cars included were the former F3 Jean Pierre Jossaud car, the F1 MS11 V12 and the Jacky Ickx F2, which was the car he drove during the 1967 German F1 GP in Nurburgring. The cars were presented in front of the vintage lorry that was used to transport them around Europe in the late 60s.

Another source of pride for the organizers was the presence of Henri Pescarolo, the “Legend of Le Mans”. Henri was very kind and helpful to all those wanting an autograph or simply just a handshake.

The event ran smoothly and saw some iconic cars speed up the famous hill climb with intervals of 30 seconds between each vehicle. The Touring Cars started and were followed by the Gran Turismo, then 1950’s sports cars, 1960’s prototypes, formula cars and finally the pre-war cars.

Claudio Casali said: “The last car to leave was actually the first Lancia produced. Thanks to the famous Milanese collector Corrado Lo Presto.  Spectators were able to see the perfectly restored first Lancia ever built, which was named Alpha by Vincenzo Lancia”.

Two more climbs were scheduled for Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning. Guests also enjoyed dinner on Friday at the archaeological Site of the Roman city of Velleia, before the famous and traditional gala dinner on Saturday at the square of Castell’Arquato, a true jewel of medieval architecture.

At the end of the last climb, participants and enthusiasts gathered in Vernasca for the prize giving ceremony, the awards for the winners of the “Concours of Restoration and Conservation” were given by the Organising Committee.

Three more prizes were given by the main sponsors. International auctioneers Coys awarded the “Spirit of Motoring” trophy to the Lancia Stratos Gr 4 of Alberto Pisciotta from Palermo. The prize was given in accordance with the public’s general consensus, who had to vote for the more ‘exciting’ car.  Federico Buratti’s Lancia F&M won the TAG Heuer “Best Car in History of Hill Climb Races” award. The Motul “Best in Show” for post war cars was awarded to the Matra MS 11 12 cylinder of Henri Pescarolo.


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