The cars the Star


Racing Cars, Rock and Roll Stars, and the Car Delivered New to a Family of Teddy Bears


COYS latest classic car auction on Saturday October 19th will  feature cars from the world of TV, Rock and Roll and Politics.


The auction will be held at Syon Park, Chiswick, London which has long been associated with the classic car with auctions and concours d’elegances being held in the grounds of this stately home on the banks of the River Thames.


Starting at at 2PM, it will feature a fabulous selection of established classics and modern, soon to be collectible cars.


Feature cars include a 1984 Lotus Esprit S3, which is a star of numerous television programs including BBC Antiques Roadshow, where it was featured alongside actress Claire Sweeney, a Jaguar XJ12C, the same type of car driven by secret agent legend John Steed in The New Avengers, a Maserati purchased new by Rocket Man Sir Elton John, a LaFayette saloon delivered new to part of the Roosevelt family – as in US President Teddy Roosevelt, the world’s first teddy bear and inventor of the phrase, and a McLaren MP4, one of the rarest cars in the auction as only a handful of these cars were delivered new to the UK.


Other features include a stunning Ferrari 246 GT Dino, and the Austin-Healey racing car of the US racing legend Lester Seasongood, its amazing racing history in America hidden for years and only recently discovered, as well as the second to last Aston Martin ever built by the company under the swashbuckling stewardship of Victor  Gauntlet before it was purchased by Ford…. The last true Aston?


Over 60 of the highest quality classics will be offered at the sale at Syon Park, with many private owners looking now to sell to take advantage of the weak value of Sterling by selling their car to a hungry international marketplace.


Coys auction specialist Charlie Howarth says “A great British classic car auction, set against the backdrop of one of Britain’s stately homes and parks is a fabulous combination, and we are delighted to be back at Syon Park. The classic car market has been adjusting to the current times and climate, with sensible private owners with sensible market reserves being the ones walking away with a deal at the moment, and this is definitely the shape of things to come.”


Howarth continues “with the new price regime rapidly falling into place, this will invigorate what has been a bloated and complacent marketplace, and as an auction house we are excited about that. We have some great cars with great stories in a great location to sell on Saturday 19th, and with complimentary entry to this beautiful parkland scene and ample catering facilities, we are looking forward to a full house.”




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1) 1924 LaFayette Model 134 Coupe

Owned from new until 2001 by the first owners

-The Glovers (Roosevelt)

The finest example in existence

Estimate: £35,000 -£40,000




2) 1955 Austin-Healey 100/M

The Lester Seasongood and James Lawrence

Sports Car Clubof America entrant

Estimate: £45,000-£60,000




3) The Penultimate Aston Martin Ever Built During the Gauntlet Era

1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Estimate: 120,000-140,000












The Estate of A Gentleman Collector


An amazing single owner European collection of over 200 classic and collector cars is to be brought to market by COYS the International Car Auction Company


It represents a lifetime achievement, and contains numerous exciting and interesting vehicles, all entirely new to the market.


The collection of low mileage, delivery mileage, and one-owner vehicles – will all be sold at No Reserve.


Marques include BMW, Lancia, Alfa Romeo. Mercedes. Volkswagen. Chevrolet. Jaguar. Rover. Daimler. Fiat. Bentley. Austin. Citroen. Jensen. And many more –


The collection will premier at COYS Techno Classica auction this Saturday, 13th April, with an initial offering of 24 fine European sports and touring cars.


This is another Aladdin’s cave for the collector, the rest of which will be sold at COYS auctions throughout 2019


Managing Director Chris Routledge said: “ Once again we have shown that we can find great car collections and bring them to the International market and this is no exception as buyers will find as we sell the collection at our auctions this spring in this our 100thanniversary year.


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Cars with connections to royalty, government, sport and show business go under the hammer

Royalty, government, sport and show business personalities’ cars will feature in a “100 Car Spectacular” auction by international car auctioneers COYS at the London Classic Car Show next week.

Auctioneer Chris Routledge Managing Director at COYS said: “We have a spectacular auction which will be part of the London Classic Car Show at the Excel Centre in London next week and to have amazing cars associated with royalty, government, sport and show business is the icing on the cake.”

He added: “The classic car market has reached a new and encouragingly sensisible level. Sales volumes are increasing as a result of sensibly priced cars being offered to the market at a price to sell. There is increasing optimism despite the uncertainty over Brexit.”

A 1995 Lotus Elan M100 S2 which was accepted on behalf of the Prince’s Trust by HRH Prince Charles could fetch up to £20,000.  The car was produced to celebrate the 50,000th car to come out of the Lotus factory since 1948. It was signed by a number of employees from the Lotus factory and then donated to The Prince’s Trust with the help of former Lotus driver Britt Ekland. Estimate: £17,000- £20,000.

Routledge added, “This royal blue car is an important piece of Lotus history and has a strong royal connection. It is a great opportunity to acquire such a significant car.”

A 1967 Vanden Plas Princess R has an excellent motoring and political history. It was used by the former Prime Minister Harold Wilson. The car was supplied in Black livery with Gold coachlines. It is supplied with a good history file and new MOT. Estimate: 15,000- £20,000.

Another star studded car listed for the auction is a 2007 Range Rover Sport owned by David Beckham. The was designed and upgraded at a cost of £100,000 by the experts at Khan Design. It has a thunderous 4.2-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine and a highly unique interior. Estimate: £30,000- £35,000.

A Mark IV Mini 1000 which was purchased new by Bob Willis for his wife Cilla Black is also going under the hammer. The Mini was treated to an extensive upgrade by Wood & Pickett of Abbey Road which included solid black paintwork, extended wheel arches, complete Margrave leather interior and walnut dashboard. It has been recently restored and is in excellent condition. Estimate: £30,000- £40,000.


Other  cars listed for the auction include:

1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ – Estimate: Refer Department

A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V – Estimate: £400,000- £450,000

A 2005 Porsche Carrera GT- Estimate: £650,000- £750,000


The auction takes place over two days at the show


Part 1 on Saturday 16th February at 2pm (Lots 101 to 159)

Part 2 Sunday 17th February at 2pm (Lots 201 to 241)



























Legendary Maserati goes under the hammer

The legendary 1959 Maserati Tipo 60/61 ‘Birdcage’ which was prepared for racing by Alfred Momo is to be sold by international car auctioneers Coys at theirScholoss Dyck auction in Germany on the 4th of August.

This historic Maserati is a light and powerful sports racer produced in 1959-1960 that exhibits superb aerodynamics. It acquired its nickname ‘Birdcage’ because of the exceptional design engineered by Giulio Alfieri. It has an intricate tubular frame and chassis made up of approximately 200 small diameters, chrome-molybdenum steel tubes of varying lengths and thicknesses welded together with a unique Italian process.

In 2010 the car was submitted to the MSA, and gained its Historic Technical Passport/FIA class: TSRC4 documents, allowing it to be raced in many different venues throughout the world which could even include Classic Le Mans, Goodwood Revival, and Motor Racing Legends Stirling Moss Trophy at various circuits globally.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys said, “This car offers a collector a chance to own a unique race car. It is going to be sold with a large amount of documentation, photographs, full rebuild invoices from Steve Hart Racing and confirmation of the cars original components used directly from Momo.”

Another one of Giulio Alffieri’s epic design on sale is a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTiSuperleggera by Touring. The car is finished in arguably the best colour combination for a 3500 – gunmetal grey over red this wonderful example of the marque is also reported to be in excellent mechanical order. Its estimate is€178,875.

The 1921 Wolseley 200-Mile Record Car Evocation was built by one of Britain’s biggest motorcar manufacturer at the outbreak of World War One, Wolseley. This car was acquired by Stephen Battye for his impressive Yorkshire Car Museum during 2003, it was carefully stripped and reassembled after a period of dry storage. It is now on sale and estimates €35,000- €42,000.

Also going under the hammer is one of only 576 made in the Magna line; a 1933 MG L-Type Magna Tourer. It was first registered in Germany in 1986. This Magna had only three previous owners in Germany; in 1999 the engine was overhauled for 7,700 DM. This fantastic MG Magna subsequently went on to win the historic Klausen mountain race. It estimates €60,000- €80,000.

Other cars on sale:

1977 Maserati Bora 4.9 – An excellent restored and desirable 4.9 specification car, mechanically rebuilt, just serviced and in excellent all-round condition. Estimate: €140,000- €180,000.

2003 Porsche 996 GT3 CUP – This GT3 was produced and delivered as a proper GT3 CUP car and campaigned in 23 races in Europe, as shown in its DMSB –Wagenpass. The engine was rebuilt 500 kms ago as was the gearbox. Its total mileage is less than 14,000 kms. Estimate: €60,000- €70,000.




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Coys the International Auction House is to hold the biggest ever auction of classic cars in Africa in less than a month’s time

The auction will see over a hundred classic cars and motorcycles going under the hammer, many of them coming direct from private collections across southern Africa.

The auction will be held at the Steyn City Golf Course complex, one of the most luxurious facilities of its type in South Africa, in a stunning location in the environs of one of the Cape’s leading cities, Johannesburg on the 10th and 11th of August.

The auction which has developed as part of one of the Southern Hemisphere’s great new historic motor car weekendsConcours South Africa. This event, now in its 3rd year and growing exponentially, attracts more than 100 cars from all over Southern Africa.

Chris Routledge COYS Managing Director said: “Coys has a long association with Africa going back decades and have been genetically associated with all of the great events over the last two decades, all of which we have supported to the hilt. I have worked in Africa now for many, many years developing close associations with historic South African car culture; it is in my bones and in my veins. I am so excited that we are doing this and that the time is now.”

Coys lead auctioneer Nick Wells said: “I have been working on this event closely with the organisers of Concours SA and from what was initially a commercial event of modest aspirations we have now created an event for the African classic car market of global relevance of which we are justly proud. I am very much looking forward to taking this sale – the first of its type in Africa and creating History.”

The Concourse and auction are being supported by a number of sponsors as well as COYS and Rory Byrne, the much vaunted designer for Ferrari of the Michael Schumacher World Championship winning cars, will be joining the guests at theheadline event which underlines the huge motor sporting heritage which is contained within South Africa.

Cars of note in the auction include a 1962 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Veloce RHD. This masterpiece of an engine was conceived under the management of Alfas chief engineer Orazio Satta Puliga. It is a high performance Veloce version with its hotter camshafts, bigger valves and twin double choke Webers quickly became a favorite subject of the many small independent engine tuners “preparatori” in Italy. This particular vehicle has a black interior and a red exterior. It underwent a high-quality restoration a number of years ago and has been lightly used since.

Some of the other cars in the auction are:

  • 1969 Ferrari 365GT 2+2, Red, (1/52 RHD produced)
  • 1966 Ford Cortina Mk1 (Race Car)
  • 1981 Porsche 924 Carrera GT, only 406 produced, rare
  • 1971 Porsche 911T Original, unrestored
  • 1950 Jaguar XK120, (rare Roadster, oldest XK in SA, original
  • 1954 Triumph TR2
  • 1968 Ford Shelby 500 GT (original, unrestored, 2 owner car)
  • 1955 Austin Healey 100 BN1
  • 1973 Renault Alpine 1600S




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COYS enhance festival weekend again

Over the celebrated Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend of 12th – 15th July this year international auction market leaders COYS will once again stage their “FOS” Sale. A regular feature of events surrounding Goodwood, the Coys auction atFontwell House follows hot on the heels of their sale at Blenheim Palace which included the celebrated Cavallino Hoard, which was, in turn, was a globally acclaimed success.

With a relaxed festival atmosphere carried over from the action-packed events just down the road together with a high-level catering, Coys offer a fantastic selection of historic collectors and investment quality motor cars for sale as a fabulous alternative activity to The Festival.

Fontwell House, a classically styled Palladian mansion, steeped in character and tradition, with its immaculate, untouched, scenic gardens provide a beautiful venue to serve as stunning back drop for this glamourous Thoroughbred and Classic Car Auction.
With over 60 cars already consigned, this promises to be another Coys Classic with something for every taste and budget.

Some of the early entries include a 1967 Specification 330 P4. There were only four Ferrari P4-engined cars were ever made: one P3/4 and three 330 P4’s. This exceptional car has a hand-crafted and bespoke built P4. The engine was rebuilt by Marque specialists Ferrari Engineering, who work on many Ferraris of this era. The interior was also made as close to the original P4 as possible, and features Rosso Leather seats, Sabelt race harness and Ferrari clocks, also complete is a foot well fire extinguisher and plumbed in system in the engine bay. The car has only four previous owners and said to have covered less than 1,000 miles. The estimate is £130,000- £150,000.

A 1921 Wolseley 200- mile specification record car is also on sale. The car was inspired by John end’s recreation of ‘Moth’. An original 1921 Wolseley 111 Ten rolling chassis was used as the basis and ably assisted by John End. The two-seater’s exquisite polished aluminium bodywork from period photographs were reproduced by master craftsman Phil Kneller. The car estimates £35,000 – £42,000 and comes with V5C registration document.

On sale, is a lovely original 1975 Jensen Interceptor Convertible with right hand drive. It was delivered new to world-renowned broadcaster and journalist Mr. David Dimbleby, finished in Wine Red with a tan leather interior. The current vendor acquired the car in the late 1980’s following restoration works by Jensen specialist Cropredy Bridge Garage of Banbury. It shows a mere 49,000 miles from new and estimates at £50,000- £60,000.

A 1997 Lamborghini Diablo Coupe was offered from a private collection and has been recently serviced by marquee specialists and is ready for a new custodian. The Diablo has more power and a lower drag coefficient than the Countach, it easily eclipsed its forebear, exceeding 200mph on test. More importantly, its acceleration and top speed figures were marginally better than those of the Ferrari F40. The Diablo though, was not a limited-edition model like the latter but a series production car with a luxuriously appointed interior reflecting its designers’ intention to produce a civilised GranTurismo as suited to city streets and motorways as the racetrack. The estimate is £100,000 – £130,000.

A 1952 MG TD is also going under the hammer. The metal work of the car was all stripped back and repainted in the original Old English White and the chassis was primed and painted accordingly. The bright work was re-chromed and the engine and running gear was renovated.  The estimate is £22,000 – £25,000.




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Cars and spare parts worth millions at Blenheim Palace Auction
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th June sees international collector car auctions specialists Coys return to Blenheim Palace for the 2018 edition of their world renowned auction, combining this year not only the traditional “Jaguar Legend, which has become a must-attend event in the international historic motoring calendar, but also staging the much debated “CavalinoHoard” sale.

With a summer garden party atmosphere and high-level catering set against the backdrop of Blenheim Palace, Coys offer a fantastic selection of historic collectors and investment quality motor cars. The well-established Blenheim Palace Concoursd’Elegance, adjacent to the auction, displays a broad selection of some of the finest and most important classic motor cars in Britain.

With a packed car sale on Saturday sure to attract much interest, focus has already turned to Friday’s Auction – a unique collection of Ferrari, Maserati and Abarth parts which have been hidden from view for many decades and are all being sold at No Reserve. This is the first instalment of the Coys auction disposal of this fascinating and unique collection.

A unique collection of Ferrari, Maserati and Abarth parts which have been hidden from view for many decades are all being sold at No Reserve by international car auctioneers Coys at their Blenheim palace auction in just over a weeks’ time. This is the first instalment of the Coys auction disposal of this fascinating and unique collection.


Cars of note in Saturday’s sale include a 1988 Porsche 959 comfort. It is long viewed as the ultimate road car development of the 911 model, this 959 is a German market example. The car is finished in Metallic Silver with a dark grey leather interior. It is a stunning example of the most advanced super car of the 1980s and estimates £750,000.


The JAT 41 is a delightful 1959 Lotus Elite which is also on sale. From the year the Elite really came to prominence, with Jim Clark and Sir John Whitmore sharing one at Le Mans, this car has an impressive history; is matching numbers and comes with fully six boxes of documents, invoices, receipts and books. Designing this Elite, Colin Chapman demonstrated that his skills as a racing car designer and constructor could just as easily be applied to production road cars. It estimates £60,000- £70,000.


The 7th of eleven cars produced by AC cars, the 1998 AC Cobra 427 Mark III is up for sale. It is finished in period Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon stripes, this fabulous example has had just two owners from new, has covered a mere 3,000 miles, and is offered with a detailed history file including original build data, magazine features, older HTP papers and records of period race history. It is an unrepeatable opportunity for the true Cobra enthusiast. It estimates £190,000- £ 230,000.

A 1954 Allard P2 Safari is one of only two believed survivors from ten built, this car again has a wonderful provenance and offers a genuinely unique opportunity. The P2 has enjoyed an older ‘chassis up’ restoration by the Tamar Valley Motoring Centre, the engine and gearbox being rebuilt by Wally Wheatley of Nordian Garages, considered at the time to be an authority on ‘flat head’ Ford engines, while the woodwork was painstakingly restored by a highly talented retired schoolmaster. The car is on sale and estimates at £40,000-£45,000.


Almost hiding within the plethora of sumptuous Jaguar factory models is the Mk VII Special “Wee Beastie” which was previously owned by the star, Mr. Jools Holland. This particular special combines 1930s looks with the 1950s thrill of an XK engine and manual gearbox. Its classic 1930s looks combined with a proven Jaguar engine and drivetrain, this is in many ways the ideal fun summer classic. The car estimates at £40,000- £45,000.


A truly individual, the 1962 Daimler Ferret armoured car is also up for sale. Equipped with a robust Jaguar 4.2 litre engine and all-wheel drive, this example has 30 years’ service with the British Army. It has a torquey Rolls-Royce 4.2 litre motor, four-wheel-drive and a pre-selector gearbox, the engine will be a hoot to drive – down roads, over hedges and fields and through streams and rivers. It estimates at £8,000- £12,000

The treasure trove of parts from the Cavalino Hoard includes many valuable spares and items from the great Italian marques such as Ferrari, Maserati and Abarth, including parts for rarer models such as the 250 SWB, 250 GTO, 275, Competition Daytona, F40 and 512LM, along with Maserati 250F and various other Italian competition cars.

Amazingly, many of the parts are still in their original wooden packing cases dating from the 1960s, or in their original boxes wrapped in oiled paper.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director at the firm said: “Something of this scale and with the importance and rarity of the cars they are related to is unprecedented. We are looking at least £1 million pounds worth of spares, probably more and I have never seen anything like it.”

He added: “It’s an Aladdin’s cave which is going to excite people all over the world. There are wire wheels in their original wooden boxes, carburetors in their original oiled wrapping paper, exhaust pipes, radiator grills, dashboards; the list just goes on and on. It will take us several days to catalogue the parts and once we have done that we will issue a full list of the spares.



Range Rovers set world records at Coys Techno Classica Essen auction


International auctioneers Coys have set new world records for two Range Rovers, originally commissioned for King Juan Carlos of Spain, at their Essen Techno Classica sale in Germany on Saturday 24th March.

The 1977 Range Rover by Alcom Devices sold for €78,750 and the 1973 Range Rover Cabriolet went for €78,750 as well, proving the trend that early Range Rovers are becoming increasingly popular.

Given the political climate of the time, the 1977 Range Rover was ordered from Alcom Devices in London and boasted, amongst other features, special armour, 10mm bulletproof glass all round and a James Bond-like communication system for the King, which made it possible to track him in cars, yachts, helicopters or anywhere else.

The 1973 model was used by Juan Carlos in the early 1970’s before his crowning as King of Spain. The interior was trimmed in sumptuous leather, with very comfortable front and rear leather seats, and the dashboard was transformed in the usual Wood & Pickett fashion. The exterior was fitted an “H” shaped grille of horizontal bars, which gave the front end a more stream-lined appearance, and Wolfrace wheels.

A 1972 Lamborghini Jamara Series I also set a European record by selling under the hammer for €182,250.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “With 3,000 attendees, our long standing association with Essen Techno Classica has once again provided excellent and world record breaking results with a broad selection of quality cars for buyers and very healthy prices for realised sellers. We are delighted with the success and look forward to returning next year.”

Amongst the highlights of the sale was a 1928 Bugatti T 44 Fiacre By Gangloff, which sold well over its estimate for €618,750. This car is a very rare survivor of only a handful remaining models, which was once owned by the well-known collector and author of many Bugatti books, Mr Uwe Hucke, in the mid 1960`s. He kept Chassis No. 441141 until 1977 when he sold it to Mr. Helmut Schellenberg, the famous 1930’s Bugatti racing driver.

Other top results include a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT sold for €292,500, a 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C for €142,875, a 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster for €146,000 and a 1957 AC Ace Bristol Competition Roadster for €264,375.

Coys upcoming auctions are Spring Classics on 24th April in central London, followed by Legende et Passion in Monaco on 11th May, coinciding with the historic Grand Prix.




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Excitement builds for Coys’ upcoming two and four wheel auctions in London


  • High-octane weekend with simultaneous shows taking place under one roof at London’s ExCeL
  • Classic and sports car auction to be held at Historic Motorsport International in association with the London Classic Car Show on Saturday17th February
  • Motorcycle auction to be held at MCN Carole Nash London International Motorcycle Show also on Saturday17th February


International auctioneers Coys are holding two auctions for two and four wheel collectors on Saturday 17th February at London’s ExCeL, where the city celebrates all forms of motoring and motorsport.

Now in its second year running, Coys auction at Historic Motorsport International will feature a number of historic competition and sports cars, including a 2005 Corvette by Riggins Engineering. The car was campaigned in many international championships, including the Pironi Championship and the V de V Championship, where it had many competitive seasons as well as a podium finishes.

It is fitted with a 7 litre injected Chevrolet V-8 engine, a Ford 9′ quick change rear end and 5-speed gearbox, making it one of the most competitive examples available and a GT lap record holder at Paul Ricard with Nigel Greensall at the wheel. It is estimated at £80,000 to £100,000.

Also on offer is a special 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi, one of the most capable and exciting cars of the era. This model is the last right hand drive to be registered on UK roads and was delivered on 1st August 1984. It is estimated at £225,000 to £295,000.

Other important classic and sports cars on offer include a 1987 BMW E30 M3 (£40,000 – £45,000), a 1988 Lamborghini Countach 5000 QV (£250,000 – £350,000), an original right hand drive 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe with aluminium dashboard (£70,000 – £90,000), one of three 1959 MG Milano (£30,000 – £40,000) and a 2009 Holden Lumina (£25,000 – £30,000).

On the two-wheeled front, Coys’ auction is recognised as the only quality classic motorcycle sale to be held in the Capital and takes place also on Saturday 17th at the MCN Carole Nash London International Motorcycle Show.

The sale features a selection of stunning, rare and unique motorcycles, including a 2009 Triumph Bonneville Bud Ekins Desert Scrambler Special, formerly the property of Brad Pitt. This Triumph was commissioned as a special edition model and one of only 3 made to celebrate the life of Bud Ekins, the stunt double and best friend of Steve McQueen, who passed away in 2008.

It was built by Brad Holstein on behalf of Triumph and given to Brad Pitt as a gift reportedly from the Ocean’s Eleven producer Jerry Weintraub with the petrol cap engraved with his birthday message. In good all-round condition, the bike retains its registration plates and is estimated at £20,000 – £30,000.

Other motorcycles on offer include the 26th out of the 50 produced 2016 Norton Domiracer (£35,000 -£45,000), an original UK delivered 1996 Honda RVF750R/RC45 (£25,000 – £30,000), a 1938 Ariel Square Four (£12,000 – £17,000), a 1976 Laverda 3C (£13,000 – £16,000) and a 1930 Rudge Ulster to Grand Prix Specification (£12,000 – £16,000).



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The motorcycle auction starts at 14:00hs and the classic and sports car auction starts at 15:00hs. Both auctions take place on Saturday 17th February.For further information about Coys, please contact: 
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Berlin calling: Over 55 cars set to go under the hammer at Coys inaugural auction at MOTORWORLD Classics

Over 55 classic and sports cars are going under the hammer at Coys inaugural auction at MOTORWORLD Classics in Berlin on October 7th.The annually held exhibition attracts an exciting mix of classic cars, young-timers, connoisseur-cars, motorbikes and curiosities to the historical surroundings of the Berlin ExpoCenter and has been growing year on year with more than 26,000 trade and public visitors in 2016.

The auction offers a broad selection of classic, sports and collectors’ motor cars, including a matching numbers 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (estimated at €420,000 – €480,000), a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 B Cabriolet (€110,000 – €125,000), a 1989 Porsche 930 Turbo Cabriolet (refer department), a 1964 ISO Rivolta IR300 (€60,000 – €70,000) and one of the only ten 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 delivered to Belgium (€180,000 – €210,000).

German marques feature heavily and include a matching numbers and recently restored 1964 Porsche 356C Coupe (€70,000 – €90,000), a 1997 Porsche 993 Carrera 4S with rare factory X51 3.8L engine upgrade (refer department), a 2011 Porsche 997 GT3 RS (€150,000 – €170,000), a 1989 BMW M635 CSI (€40,000 – €50,000), a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL (€90,000 – €100,000) and a 1963 Volkswagen T1 bus (€40,000 – €45,000).

Chris Routledge, CEO of international auctioneers Coys, said: “We are really excited about this ground-breaking new auction in Germany’s enigmatic capital. Over the years Coys has become one of the leading international classic car auction brands in Germany with established auctions at Essen, Nurburgring and Schloss Dyck and this new sale further strengthens our position in one of Europe’s largest classic car markets.”

Other important cars on offer include a 1972 Maserati Indy 4.7 (€65,000 – €80,000), a 2006 Ferrari 575 M – F1 Superamerica with one owner from new and rare GTC handling pack (€300,000 – €350,000), a matching numbers 1980 Ferrari 512 BB in the desirable carburettor version (€250,000-€300,000), a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 fixed head coupe, which was the subject of a €100,000 restoration (€130,000-€160,000).

Location          Messe Berlin, Messedamm 22, 14055 Berlin, Germany
Date                 07 Oct 2017
Auction time    15:00hs
Viewing           Thursday 5th October from 10.00hs to 19.00hs
Friday 6th October from 10.00hs to 19.00hs
Saturday 7th October from 10.00am

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Cars driven by former F1 team-mates take the podium at Coys Fontwell House auction 


1958 Austin A35 driven by F1 legend David Couthard and 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG driven by F1 double world champion Mika Hakkinen will be put under the hammer by international auctioneers Coys at their ‘Thoroughbred & Vintage’ auction at Fonwell House on September 7th, just a few miles up the road from the action at the internationally famous Goodwood Revival meeting. 


Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “The Coulthard-Hakkinen partnership was synonymous of McLaren racing in the late 1990s and early 2000s, and now these two cars driven by them will share the spotlight at Coys auction. This is a rare opportunity to own cars with genuine provenance and a special piece of motorsport history attached to it. 


The history of the Austin A35 is unique and special, being the first A35 driven by David Coulthard in the St. Marys Trophy at the Goodwood Revival 2016. It was also driven at the Silverstone Classic Celebrity Challenge this year by world champion boxer Carl Froch. Aside from its celebrity drivers, the car has featured regularly on the HRDC podium in both single and two-driver races over the last two years.  


The A35 was built for the current vendor by specialist Mike Curtis in 2016 for entry into the HRDC Academy racing series using a 1958 donor vehicle. It was built to HRDC Academy regulations and has all the correct optional additions that make it highly competitive and easy to drive. It is estimated at £30,000 to £40,000 and even comes with the historic race suit worn and signed by David Coulthard.  


The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG was driven by Formula One champion Mika Hakkinen after he retired from competitive motorsport in 2007. The car was first registered in April of 2008 by MercedesBenz Greenoaks and was fitted with every optional extra imaginable. It has been signed by Mika himself and is estimated at £36,000 to £42,000. 


The high-octane auction also features a number of sports and racing legends, including “Piggy”, the famous 1950 XK120 aluminium alloy competition roadster (£200,000 to £250,000), a thunderous 1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 Group C racing car (refer department), a 1963 Lotus 23B eligible for the Masters Historic Race Series (£50,000 – £60,000) and a 1973 Trojan T101 F5000 (90,000 – £110,000). 


The very rare, early XK120 competition roadster is one of only 184 left-hand-drive aluminium alloy-bodied roadsters and was delivered new to Charles Hornburg in Los Angeles, USA. He was the first importer of Jaguar automobiles to the United States and a competition specialist responsible for the sale of some of the very important racing Jaguars in the 1950s, including lightweight XK120s, C-Types and D-Types. 


The car was raced in America for a number of years until it returned to the UK in 1972/3 where it continued a successful racing life under the reigns of John Harper. It became known as ‘Piggy’ from its UK number plate. Piggy is e


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International auctioneers Coys return to Fontwell House during Britain’s greatest classic motoring week with a high-octane auction of classic, sports and racing legends on September 7th.Located in the heart of the Sussex Downs, just a few miles up the road from the action at the world-class Goodwood Revival meeting, the ‘Thoroughbred & Vintage’ auction already features some impressive entries, including “Piggy”, the famous 1950 XK120 Alloy Competition Roadster, a thunderous 1989 Sauber Mercedes C9 Group C racing car and a matching numbers 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster.

The very rare, early XK120 Alloy Competition Roadster is one of only 184 left-hand- drive alloy-bodied roadsters and was delivered new to Charles Hornburg in Los Angeles, USA. He was the first importer of Jaguar automobiles to the United States and a competition specialist responsible for the sale of some of the very important racing Jaguars in the 1950s, including lightweight XK120s, C-Types and D-Types.

The car was raced in America for a number of years until it returned to the UK in 1972/3 where it continued a successful racing life under the reigns of John Harper. It became known as ‘Piggy’ from its UK number plate.

Piggy is eligible for the world’s most exciting classic racing events such as Silverstone, Le Mans, Goodwood and Nurburgring, amongst others, and is estimated at £200,000 to £250,000.

From the Sauber Mercedes Museum collection, the sale also features a 1989 Sauber-Mercedes C9 Group C. These high performance racers were developed by Sauber as a constructor and Mercedes-Benz as an engine builder for the World Sportscar Championship, replacing the previous Sauber C8. With its M117 C9 engine, a modern electronic system and FIA papers, it is ready for competitive motorsport.

The 1960 Mercedes 300 SL Roadster is appropriately finished in DB180 silver with red leather interior, one of the most popular colour combinations, and comes with a very detailed and complete history file. The clock shows only 71.000km, partly due to it being parked in a garage for nearly 30 years between 1973 and 2001. Mercedes Classic Center carried out a mechanic restoration in 2001/2, and since then it has been reliably driven and enjoyed.

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Coys to hold classic car and memorabilia auction for charity in South Africa

International auctioneers Coys will hold an inaugural classic car and memorabilia auction for charity at the Concours South Africa 2017 on August 5th.

South Africa’s only multi-marque concours, held for the first time in 2016, runs over four days starting on August 3rd at the luxury resort Sun City, only 187 km from Johannesburg,  and brings together the finest classic, luxury and sports vehicles from around the country.

The auction will help raise funds for those with disabilities and specifically the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA), a non-profit organisation that represents Quadriplegics and Paraplegics in the country.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Coys have a long-standing association with the classic car world in South Africa and have for many years worked closely with the Franschhoek Motor Museum, which boasts one of the world’s finest historic motor car collections, to foster and develop the historic car movement in the country.”

He added: “We are delighted to be working alongside the Franschhoek Motor Museum and Concours South Africa to hold a classic car and memorabilia auction in honour of some great South African charities.”


Audi Cabriolet used by Diana to be auctioned by Coys at Blenheim Palace

The auction also features a 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with only two owners since 1940 and the Jaguar Legend collection

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A 1994 Audi Cabriolet driven by Diana, Princes of Wales is going under the hammer at Coys auction at Blenheim Palace this Saturday, 15th July.

The Audi is tipped to make between £35,000 and £40,000, having been driven by one of the most influential female figures of this century. It was loaned to her for her personal use by Dovercourt Audi of St Johns Wood and comes up for sale just a few days after another Audi, also used by her, went under the hammer.

The car remains registered as L541 GJD and has been out of the public eye in storage for many years. The current vendor purchased it in 2004 and used it as an everyday family car until 2009 then placed it in storage, once the full importance of the vehicle became apparent. The car has been captured in numerous press images showing the Princess stepping in and out of the Audi with the number plate clearly visible.

The auction is set against the backdrop of the historic Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill and World Heritage site, and offers a fantastic selection of classic and sports cars, including a 1926 Bugatti Type 37 with only two owners since 1940 and period competition history at Brooklands and Shelsley Walsh.

The car, estimated £400,000 to £600,000, is one of three Type 37s supplied in 1926 to Bugatti agent and world speed record holder Malcolm Campbell. He sold the Bugatti to W. B. Scott (Bummer to his friends), who raced it at Brooklands. The car changed hands a few times over the coming years before being purchased by R. MacLeod-Carey in 1934, who invested in several modifications to improve performance. In 1940, he sold the car to Mr. Dudley Gahagan, who owned it for a somewhat incredible 57 years before bequeathing the car to the current vendor in 1997.

Gahagan was well established in the classic car world, being involved in the early days of the Vintage Sports-Car Club and running the classic restoration business Rees Brothers of Aldershot in Hampshire for many years. He campaigned his beloved Type 37 at numerous hill climbs, time and speed trials, including the Prescott Hill Climb, Goodwood, Brighton Speed Trials, and the then newly created Silverstone track on over 20 occasions from 1949 through to 1992.

The Type 37 enjoyed a well-earned comprehensive restoration from 2002 to 2008, and since has been used sparingly. It is also still offered with its original chassis, gearbox, and both front and rear axles.

The sale will also feature a 1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible, formerly owned by King Farouk of Egypt (£32,000 – £42,000), a  1956 Austin Healey BN2 ‘100M Spec’ featured In “The Car’s The Star” documentary (£65,000 – £80,000), a 1938 Bentley 4¼ Litre MR Overdrive (H.J. Mulliner ‘High Vision’ Saloon with Unique Perspex Roof) premiered at the 1938 Earl’s Court Motor Show (£90,000 – £110,000) and a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 (£180,000 – £200,000).

A selection of fine classic Jaguars will also be offered as part of the Jaguar Legend collection, a well-established yearly feature of Coys Blenheim Palace auction, including a 1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster with one family from new (£160,000 – £200,000), an original right hand drive 1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster 4.2 (£90,000 – £110,000) and a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (£100,000 – £120,000), amongst others.

Other important collectors’ cars on offer include a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward (£190,000 – £230,000), a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster (£65,000 – £85,000), a 1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Tourer (£200,000 – £240,000), a rare right hand drive 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster (£120,000 – £140,000), a 1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia GTC (£85,000 – £95,000) and a 1935 Fiat Balilla 508 Van (£25,000 – £30,000).

In addition, Coys will host their traditional and prestigious summer Concours d’Elegance curated by Chief Judge and historic motor racing authority Julius Thurgood with a broad selection of some of the finest and most important classic motor cars in Britain, which are available to view and admire.

Location:           Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP
Date:                 13:00hs, 15th July 2017
Viewing:             Friday 14th July from 12.00hs to 18.00hs
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Pre-production Ferrari 575MM goes under the hammer at Coys auction at Fontwell House


More than 55 classic and sports cars, including a pre-production Ferrari 575MM, will be going under the hammer at Coys auction in the elegant gardens of Fontwell House, just a few miles away from the action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, on Thursday 29th June.

The 575MM is likely to be the earliest of the ‘pre-production’ cars made by Ferrari with chassis number 123761. Despite being built in June of 2002, the factory kept it in storage after using it for marketing and promotional purposes before finally registering it in 2006. It was then sold as a ‘new’ car in 2008 to a VIP client direct from the factory.

With less than 13,000km on the odometer, full history file and original manuals, this Ferrari is estimated at £150,000 to £200,000.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Coys are delighted to return to Fontwell House for a now-regular feature in our busy auction calendar. Just miles away from the action at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, enthusiasts and collectors will find at Fontwell House a fabulous selection of classic, sports and racing cars, including this pre-production Ferrari 575MM which represents a piece of Ferrari history and would be a valuable addition to any collection.”

The auction features a selection of Ferraris including a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (£560,000-£650,000), a 2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale (£160,000 – £180,000), a 1998 Ferrari F355 (£60,000 – £70,000) and a 2003 Ferrari 575M ‘Fiorano Edition’ (£135,000 – £145,000), amongst others.

On the barn-find front, Coys has unearthed a 1965 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe, which was purchased new by Moustafa Ammar, an Egyptian Diplomat. He purchased the car new in Geneva when he was posted from London to the Egyptian Embassy in Switzerland and used it comprehensively, driving around Europe and even taking the long journey back to Egypt on occasion (petrol receipts found in the car confirm this).

When Moustafa returned to the Egyptian Embassy in London in 1971, he brought the car back with him and it was given the registration ELB 125J. He used the car regularly until 1989 and was then put into a dry garage, where it remained dormant for some 28 years. The E-Type is offered with a comprehensive history file, including the original bill of sale and warranty, and is estimated at £60,000 to £80,000.

Other important classic and sports cars on offer include a 1970 Austin Mini Cooper S ex-Liverpool Police car (£30,000 – £40,000), a 2004 McLaren Mercedes Benz SLR (£200,000 – £250,000), a 1954 Sunbeam Alpine Special official works demonstrator and journalist car (£38,000 – £50,000), a 2016 Jaguar F-Type Project 7 with only 103 miles from new (£180,000 – £200,000) and a 2011 Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 (£250,000 – £300,000).

Location:    Fontwell House, Fontwell Park, Goodwood, Sussex, BN18 0SX
Auction:     18:00hs, 29 June 2017
Viewing:     Wednesday 28th June from 12.00hs to 18.00hs
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Coys next auction after Fontwell will be Blenheim Palace on July 15th , featuring a 1926 Bugatti Type 37 worth £600,000. More details and catalogue to be announced soon.

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First prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4 heads multi-million pound Coys London auction


The first prototype Ferrari 275 GTB/4, estimated at £2,000,000 to £2,500,000, will go under the hammer at Coys’ London auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls in Westminster on May 18th.

This most significant Ferrari was the first 275 GTB/4 produced in 1966 and was used to unveil this legendary model to the world on the Ferrari stand at the Paris Motor show that year.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “The 4-cam has always been considered the most beautiful 12-cylinder car from Maranello, and it is with some excitement that we are bringing the factory prototype, Chassis No 1 and 1966 Paris Motor Show car to the market.”

On its public debut in the French capital, the 275 was greeted with universal praise both on the road and for its styling, heralding a successful period for Ferrari. This model was then taken to the United States by the next owner, a Mr. Gordon Walker of Northbrook, Illinois, and remained in his ownership until 1983 when it was offered by Ferrari South USA.

In the late eighties it resided in the Swiss collection of Albert Obrist who put together, arguably the most comprehensive and renowned collection of Ferraris in the world. Obrist chose this car because he believed that it was the most seminal of 275s given its background.

A few years later the car changed hands to become part of another world-renowned car collection, this time in England, and remained stored until the early 2000’s with other priceless automobiles. In 2004, Coys sold it at its Monaco auction to the current vendor, who used it sparingly for a variety of events.

As Jean Pierre Beltoise, a racing driver and journalist for l’Auto Journal wrote when he tested the car in 1967: “It is, first and foremost, a serious and comfortable gran turismo, but it retains the lineage of a race car in the response of the engine and the quality of the handling. The 275 GTB/4 is one of the greatest automobiles created in our times.”

The Ferrari 275 GTB/4 4-cam will be joined by a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT Cabriolet with coachwork by Pininfarina (estimated at £1,000,000 – £1,500,000), a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC (£480,000 – 525,000) and a 1963 Maserati 3500 GT (£150,000 – 175,000).

Alongside these Italian touring greats, there is also a broad selection of interesting and eclectic vehicles, ranging from a 1989 BMW Z1 (£32,000-37,000), which are hugely popular in the marketplace today, to an iconic 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 (£30,000-40,000), the eccentric gullwing-door creation of namesake John DeLorean so affectionately associated with Hollywood films, with around 9,000 miles from new.

Date: 18th May 2017
Venue: Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE
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Mercedes-Benz SL500 whose owner lost the keys and never drove again sells for world record price of £56,640


London, 12 April 2017 – A 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500 whose owner drove only 80 miles before losing the keys and never using it again has just been sold at auction by international auctioneers Coys for the record price of £56,640 (including premium).

Purchased from Normand of Mayfair as a birthday present for its sole lady owner, it was driven just 80 miles before being stored in an underground garage in Knightsbridge. The owner lost the keys and never drove it again. Twenty-one years later it was found and sold by Coys at their Spring Classics auction at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “This is a fantastic price bearing in mind that a normal version of this car, with reasonable mileage, would probably be worth 20% of what this SL500 made today. An exciting sale and a new world record!”

The Mercedes-Benz SL500 R129 roadsters were produced from 1989 through 2002, featuring many innovative details for the time, such as electronically controlled damping and a hidden, automatically extending roll-over bar, electric windows and mirrors.

This is one of the more powerful and sought after M119 engined cars and also boasts a number of optional factory extras, including heated front seats, 6 CD multi-changer, upgraded radio and wood-leather steering wheel. The car has just recently been subject of a light re-commission and is supplied with books, manuals and an MOT certificate until March 2018.



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70 classic cars to go under the hammer at Coys Spring Classics auction


International auctioneers Coys return to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London with a 70-classic and sports car auction on Wednesday 12th April.

The auction, now being held in the larger of the Royal Horticultural Halls, features a selection of Jaguars and Aston Martins, including a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 delivered new to the Director of the “Doctor” film Series Ralph Thomas (£160,000- £200,000), a 1973 Aston Martin V8 with 66,000 miles from new (£75,000 – £90,000) and a 1972 Aston Martin DBS (£90,000 – £110,000).

The Aston Martin DB6 was sold in May 1967 to none other than Ralph Thomas of Pinewood studios. Ralph was known for directing the Doctor series of films including Doctor in the House (1954), Doctor at Sea (1955), and other timeless classics including The 39 Steps (1959) and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979). Discovered by Coys specialists, this matching numbers DB6 runs, drives and needs only little time and care to bring it back to its former glory.

The Jaguar selection include a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster subject of a 2,600hs restoration (£190,000 – £225,000), an original right hand drive 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster with only 2,500 miles from new (£170,000 – £225,000) and a matching numbers  1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe SE (£90,000 – £110,000).

One of the highlights of the auction is a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500, which was stored in a central London garage in Knightsbridge, but the owner lost the keys, and never used it again. Twenty-one years later the car shows only 80 miles on the clock and could fetch £55,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “This is a car with a fantastic story! Purchased as a birthday present and driven only 80 miles before the owner lost the keys and never drove it again. Had the owner not lost the keys and used it regularly, we estimate it would now be worth between £5,000 and £7,000, but the fact that it has kept such a low mileage and has not been driven in more than twenty years makes it worth between £45,000 and £55,000.”

Other cars on offer include a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP by Smith & Waddington (£45,000 – £55,000), one of only 241 produced 1991 Lamborghini LM02 (£140,000 – £180,000), a 1989 AC Cobra MK IV with only 7,500 miles from new (£120,000 – £150,000), 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 (£130,000 – £160,000) and a 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi with coachwork by Scaglietti, design by Pininfarina and complete Ferrari service history (£60,000 – £70,000).

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Coys returns to Essen Techno Classica with multi-million Euro classic and sports car auction


International auctioneers Coys return to Techno Classica Essen with multi-million classic and sports car auction on April 8th in the Gruga Halle at the Messe Essen, Germany.

The 120-car auction features a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing, one of the first 200 produced and estimated between €950,000 and €1,100,000, a 1987 Porsche 959 Speedster with only 8,000km from new (€1,200,000 – €1,500,000), a 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC (€550,000 – €600,000), a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster (€700,000 – €800,000) and a 1988 Porsche 959 Komfort (€850,000 – €950,000).

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “To honour Coys proud long-term association with Techno Classica Essen, we have put together a super-auction of high quality classic and sports cars with significant entries from both the pre and post-war periods. This multi-million Euro offering features amazing classics and further strengthens Coys position as the leading international auction brand in Germany.”

The early 300 SL Gullwing was a special order for Max Hoffman, the legendary US dealer and importer, and was the subject of a comprehensive restoration that began in 2013 that brought the car to the special order scheme. It is one the finest examples that Coys have seen in 30 years of trading the most iconic of post-war sports cars.

The 959 on offer was supplied new to the World Sports Car Champion and Porsche Works driver Jurgen Lassig in 1987. It was subsequently sold by Auto Becker at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show for the staggering sum of u$s 3 million to an American collector. The car has covered just over 8,000km from new and offers the best of both worlds as it can be driven in full speedster form or for more practical open top motoring an electric convertible top can be utilised.

The BMW 328 is something for the true enthusiast. The car was delivered new to the German racing driver Walter Schlüter in racing configuration with a long-range fuel tank, and after some initial competition use Schlüter laid it up during the war. It changed hands various times, including an English Officer serving in post-war Germany, until purchased by the current vendor almost half a century ago. The car has been constantly serviced and repaired when necessary and, though never restored, it retains a wonderful patina and is mechanically in excellent condition.

The auction also features a 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera (€200,000 – €250,000), a 1967 Jaguar D-Type Evocation with German historic road papers (€25,000 – €35,000), a 1968 Maserati Ghibli Spyder (€280,000 – €320,000), a 1969 Ford 429 Mustang (€200,000 – €230,000) and a 1963 Citroen DS Cabriolet by Chapron (€170,000 – €190,000).

Other important collectors’ cars on offer include a 1941 BMW 327 Coupe (€150,000 – €170,000), a 1978 Chevrolet Corvette C3, a real “timewarp” example with only 23 miles from new (no reserve), a 1990 Mercedes Benz 190 E 2.5-16 Evolution II (€190,000 – €220,000), a 2004 Mclaren Mercedes Benz SLR (€300,000 – €350,000) and a 1983 Ferrari BB 512i (€240,000 – €280,000).

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Auction: Saturday 8th April at 13:00hs
Location: Grugga Halle, Messe Essen, Norbertstraße 2, 45131 Essen, Germany
Viewing: Wednesday 5th April from 14:00hs to 20:00hs
Thursday 6th April from 9:00hs to 18.00hs
Friday 7th April from 9:00hs to 19:00hs
Saturday 8th April from 9:00hs
Admission: Admission by Catalogue (admits two)

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International auctioneers Coys return to their birthplace with an auction of 70 fine historic automobiles at The Olympia Historic Automobile Fair & Auction, a new ultra-luxury and lifestyle event in the elegant Olympia London, on 18th February 2017.

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “Coys was founded in Queens Gate Mews in South Kensington in 1919 and it is with great emotion that we return to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the town of our birth, for this auction with a sensational collection of some of the finest historic, classic and racing cars.”

The auction features some of the most beautiful Ferraris ever produced, including a 1968 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta (estimated at £450,000 – £500,000), a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT with only 35,000 miles on the clock (£280,000 – £300,000), a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTB once owned by the founding editor of Car magazine Doug Blain (£65,000 – £75,000) and a 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1 (£200,000 – £240,000).

A 1936 Lagonda LG45 ‘Razor Edge’ Saloon by Freestone & Webb with a fascinating history is returning to Olympia 81 years after its debut at the Olympia Motor Show in 1936. The car was ordered in 1936 by London agents Kevill Davies & March of Berkeley Square and delivered to Freestone & Webb on 2nd September. Freestone & Webb then fitted it with the then popular Razor Edge body and featured it at their stand at the Olympia Motor Show in October that year. The car had an interesting life from then on; it was purchased by a private owner and shipped to New York in 1937, then sold and shipped shortly after the Second World War to Mr. Sia, a Shanghai based businessman.

By 1949 the political seas were turning; with China rapidly becoming a communist state, as a businessman Sia was branded a capitalist and class enemy. The Lagonda was seized and placed into storage until a Mr. Eric Barret bought it via the Hafong Motor Company for 25,350 Yen. Mr. Barret travelled extensively from the early 1950s, living in Hong Kong, Japan, the UK, New Zealand and Australia, before finally returned back to the UK in 1985. Each time the Lagonda faithfully followed its owner by boat, until returning home to the UK after its 40-year voyage. (For estimate refer to Coys).

The auction features a 1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (£90,000 – £110,000), a 1955 MG TF 1500 (£22,000 – £28,000), 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III by Park Ward formerly from the Collection of Sir James Cayzer (£115,000 – £125,000), a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental Coupe (£220,000 – £250,000), a 1951 Bentley Mark VI – Syd Lawrence “SL01” Special (£90,000 – £110,000) and one of only two surviving 1957 BMW 503 Coupe (£120,000 – £140,000).

A 2013 Vauxhall Astra like no other will be auctioned to raise funds for BEN, the Automotive Industry Charity. The car was driven in the BBC Top Gear’s “Star in a Reasonably Priced Car” in the last season of the Clarkson-Hammond-May era. In this segment, presenter Jeremy Clarkson interviewed a celebrity and then showed a clip of their attempt to drive round the Top Gear track. Their times were then put onto a leader board. The Astra has covered less than 3,000 miles from new at the hands of over 20 famous actors, singers and comedians, including AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Hugh Jackman, Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch and comedian Jimmy Carr, amongst others (see full leader board and lap times here). The car will be sold at No Reserve to the highest bidder.

Other important cars going under the hammer include a rare right hand drive 1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL (£100,000-£120,000), a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Fixed Head Coupe (£90,000 – £110,000), a 1967 Mercedes 250SL (£30,000 – £40,000), a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 230 Saloon – Genuine rare RHD (£130,000-£160,000), a 1974 Jensen Interceptor Convertible – 26,000 miles from new (£40,000- £50,000) and a 1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe (no reserve)

Alongside the auction, the Fair will be packed with inspiring features, providing visitors with a wealth of information and guidance on the world of historic automobiles. From concours restoration to provenance, whether you’re thinking of buying with the aim to enter the exciting world of classic racing, or interested to know how to maximise your investment, heed advice from those in the know within workshops from industry experts and specialists.

In addition, guests can enjoy exquisite watch displays, discover unique travel experiences and indulge in fine food and drink within the Champagne Lounge, the Whisky Masterclass and the Exceptional Culinary Experience.

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Auction:   13:00hs on 18 February 2017
Location:  Olympia Exhibition Centre, Hammersmith Rd, London W14 8UX, UK
Viewing:     Friday 17th January from 3.00pm to 6.00pm
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Start your engines! Coys announce new high-octane auction at Historic Motorsport International show

International auctioneers Coys will be putting 25 historic racers under the hammer at their new high-octane auction at Historic Motorsport International show on Saturday 25th February in London’s ExCeL.

Historic Motorsport International is held alongside the London Classic Car Show, a must attend event in the classic car calendar, and is devoted to all aspects of historic racing and rallying. It gathers under one roof virtually everyone involved in historic motorsport, including drivers, owners, collectors, dealers, preparers, engineers, promoters, venues, enthusiasts, the media, historic racing and rallying organisers, and more.

The auction will feature a selection of pure breed historic racers, including 15 competition-ready race and rally cars, five road-going racing cars and five sporting road-going classics.  Going under the hammer there will be a Porsche 356 with period competition history, an ex-Le Mans Ferrari and a pair of fantastic Super V8 Holdens coming all the way from Australia.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “We’ve long had a deep association with historic motorsport since the earliest days of the Coys Historic Festival at Silverstone and to be a founding partner of Historic Motorsport International in our capital city is a very exciting opportunity. We are working alongside some of the finest and most respected names in historic racing and look forward to this experience.”

Ian France, Show Director of Historic Motorsport International, said: “Held alongside another motoring exhibition from Brand Events, Historic Motorsport International is an exciting new event championing and celebrating historic motorsport. It’s the must attend event for everyone involved in historic motorsport and we are delighted to be working in partnership with Coys to deliver a specialist auction of historic racers.”

Viewing will be open to all visitors on Thursday and Friday (23 and 24 February) but access to the auction itself – which is due to start at 3pm on Saturday, 25 February – will be restricted to registered attendees who have purchased the official auction catalogue, either in advance or at Historic Motorsport International.

The auction catalogue will soon be available online at

1965 Iso Rivolta IR 340_COYS Autosport 2017

1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Second Series_COYS Interclassics Maastricht

Coys set for double header with major auctions at Autosport and Interclassics on January 14th


International auctioneers Coys are off to a busy start of the New Year with 100 classic and sports cars going under the hammer at two simultaneous auctions on Saturday 14th January at Autosport International in Birmingham and Interclassics in the Netherlands.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “We are welcoming the new year with two simultaneous international auctions, offering some of the most desirable classic, sports, racing and rallying cars available on the market. The double header shows the international reach of the company and we hope to achieve outstanding results at both events.”

Coys return to the NEC in Birmingham, UK, for their long standing and well established auction at the Autosport International show, the world’s greatest motorsport and related industry event.

Over 50 cars will be auctioned, featuring a selection of grand prix, competition, touring and rally vehicles, including a 1996 Porsche 993 Cup (estimated at £120,000 to £220,000), a 1964 Marcos 1800 GT ex-Roger Ealand multi-Championship winning car (£40,000-£50,000) and an ex-works 1998 Honda Accord raced in the British Touring Car Championship by Peter Kox (£50,000-£70,000).

One of the hidden gems of this auction is an original unrestored matching numbers 1965 Iso Rivolta IR 340. This luxurious coupe was conceived by Renzo Rivolta, then chairman of Iso Automotoveicoli S.p.A. of Bresso, and his colleague the former Ferrari engineer Giotto Bizzarrini. It was known for its powerful engine, high quality of construction and elegant style, fitted with a 5.4 litre V8 engine. The car runs and drives but is in need of a restoration to bring it back to its former glory. It is estimated at £26,000 to £35,000.

Other important lots include a 1974 Ferrari 246 GT Dino (£250,000-£280,000), a 1948 Bentley Mk VI in the style of 4 ½ Litre Tourer (£110,000-£140,000), a 1971 Range Rover Suffix A (£18,000-£22,000) and a 1960 Facel Vega HK500 (£90,000-£130,000) and a Mille Miglia eligible 1953 Lancia Aurelia B22 Saloon ex-Giovani Bracco (£10,000-£15,000).

On the same day as Autosport International, the international auction house will be putting 50 cars under the hammer at Interclassics in the charming medieval town of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The city is famous for hosting the world’s most renowned fine art and antiques fair. Interclassics is rapidly becoming one of the most highly regarded boutique classic car shows in Europe, along with Auto Moto d’Epoca in Padova and Retromobile in Paris, and is one of the main destinations for the European connoisseur.

The auction features a matching numbers 1952 Lancia Aurelia B20 GT Series 2 with coachwork by Pininfarina (€140,000- €180,000), a 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1 (€200,000-€220,000), a 1953 Austin Healey BN1 project car (€25,000-€30,000), a 1963 Citroen DS Cabriolet by Chapron (€200,000-€240,000) and a 1979 Ford Capri 3.0 RS (€35,000-€40,000).

Other important lots include a 1978 Porsche 911 3.0 SC ‘Rijkspolitie’ high speed pursuit vehicle (€85,000-€110,000), a 1956 Austin Healey 100M BN2 Le Mans (€180,000-€220,000), a 1972 BMW 3.0 CSi (€35,000-€40,000) and a 2000 BMW Z8 (€170,000-€190,000).

To see the complete catalogue for each auction, please visit:

For further information about Coys, please contact:
David Barzilay – T: +44 (0) 7860 322 333 | M: +44 (0) 207 544 8980 |Other upcoming auctions in early 2017:
  • Coys at Olympia | Saturday 18th February, Olympia, London
  • Coys at London Motorcycle Show | Saturday 18th February, ExCeL, London
  • Coys at Historic Motorsport International | Saturday, 25th February, ExCeL, London.



Boxing legend Henry Cooper’s Ferrari to go under the ’Ammer at Coys auction in London

  • Henry Cooper’s 1973 Ferrari 365 GT visits South London pub where he lived and trained before famous fight with Muhammed Ali
  • The Ferrari comes with pair of gloves signed by him and could fetch £70,000
  • Model statue of Henry Cooper to be auctioned to raise funds for the London Ex-Boxers Association
  • Over 40 classic and sports cars on sale at Coys auction

International auctioneers Coys are putting under the hammer a Ferrari owned by British boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper OBE along with over 40 classic and sports cars at their yearly True Greats auction on 5thDecember at the Royal Horticultural Society in London.


The 1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 was owned in the early 1980s by Henry Cooper, famous for the power of his left hook, “Enry’s ‘Ammer“, and his knockdown of a young Muhammad Ali on 18th June 1963.


Coys took the car to the Fellowship Inn on the Bellingham estate in South London, where local boy Cooper lived and trained before the fight with Ali, and caught the attention of locals who turned out to see it, take pictures and share stories about the boxer.


Enry later became friends with The Greatest, who admitted he was hit so hard that fight that “his ancestors in Africa felt it.” Following his retirement from the sport, he continued his career as a television and radio personality and to date remains the only boxer to be awarded a knighthood.


Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “He loved his cars, was a great motorsport enthusiast and at one point even did some club racing alongside his great friend Graham Hill. Known as Enry’s Ferrari by various marque specialists, the provenance of this car makes it a sound investment and could be the ideal Christmas treat for discerning collectors.”


The Fellowship Inn, now in semi-derelict condition, is set for a £4m restoration with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to bring it back to its former glory.


Councillor for Lewisham Alan Hall said: “The project will secure the future of the community pub while creating more than 70 jobs and lots of training and volunteering opportunities. Henry Cooper is a Bellingham local legend, it was great to see the car back in the area where he grew up and the interest it created amongst locals – hope it’s a knock out sale!”


The Councillor brought a model of a statue of Sir Henry Cooper that the Members of the London Ex-Boxers Association are planning to erect in Bellingham in 2017 in recognition not only for what he achieved in boxing but for the great contribution he made to many charities and more important as an example to young people. Coys will auction the model statue to raise funds for the London Ex-Boxers Association. The reserve is £1,000 – dig deep, it’s for charity!


The car is one of only 55 right hand drive examples produced. Under the bonnet, Ferrari squeezed in their 4.4 litreV12 unit producing 400 bhp at 7,000rpm, making it, at the time, the world’s most potent full four-seater. Despite its 1,450kilos, the car sprinted from 0 to 60 mph in just 5.4 seconds and was capable of a top speed of 165 mph. The V5 shows Henry Cooper as the keeper, listing his home address in Hendon, North London. It is estimated at £55,000 to £70,000.


The auction also features a number of highly sought after Ferraris including a 1979 512 Berlinetta Boxer (estimated at £200,000 to £250,000), a 1968 330GTC Berlinetta (£550,000-£600,000), a 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder (£500,000-£600,000), an original right hand drive 1974 246 GT – E series (£270,000-£300,000), a 2005 430 (£65,000-£75,000) and a 2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello ex- Maranello press car at no reserve.


Also on offer is a rare 1969 Porsche 911 S/T raced by Kent Frohde in the Swedish racing series in the early 1970s. The car was manufactured as a normal S by the factory and duly sent to the Werks Porsche Competition Department who converted it into S/T Specification straight from the production line. It was sold to Frohde on 22th September 1971 and the engine – an original 2 Litre – was tuned to 242bhp. According to Frohde, this was the strongest 2 litre engine that Porsche had tuned at the time. This is one of the most sought after 911s in the world and surely worthy of a place in any Porsche museum or at any significant worldwide motoring event. It is estimated at £700,000 to £900,000.


Other heavyweights being auctioned include one of only eight right hand drive 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Manual (£240,000-£280,000), a 1976 Alpine 1600 SC – Original Dieppe Built Model (£75,000-£90,000), a 1926 Bentley 3 litre Short Chassis Sports Tourer (£360,000-£390,000), a fully restored 1951 Land Rover Series 1 80” (£30,000-£40,000) and a 2016 Jaguar C-Type Evocation (£45,000-£55,000).


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Coys – True Greats

Date: 05 Dec 2016, 19:00hs

Address: Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE

Viewing: Sunday 4th December from 10.00hs to 18.00hs
Auction day from 10.00hs to start of sale

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Ex-Rod Stewart Lamborghini Miura sells for £909,000 at Coys auction
Ex-Adam Clayton Maserati Ghibli sells for world-record price of £303,000

A 1971 Lamborghini Miura first owned by rock legend Sir Rod Stewart was sold at auction for £909,000 by international auctioneers Coys at their first Classic & Sports Car Show sale at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The Miura took centre stage on Saturday 29th October and became the most valuable car to sell at the auction. This P400S model had been the subject of a £100,000 restoration and upgrade to SV specification.

A 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS, once owned by none other than U2 drummer Adam Clayton, set a new world-record for a Ghibli sold at auction when it went for £303,000. This car was one of only eight right-hand drive examples.

Another headline lot sold was the first registered Range Rover, which went for £93,000. This 1970 Range Rover was the 26th model manufactured, it is believed to be the first car that Land Rover registered to themselves on 27th may 1970 and was one of the first of the batch of 20 press launch cars.

Other important lots sold included an original right hand drive 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT E Series, with coachwork by Scaglietti and design by Pininfarina, which went for £374,000 and a 1977 Ferrari 512 BB that featured at the 1977 London Motor Show, which went for £225,000.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “In combination with the very high quality features, displays and the amazing live parades on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including original Grand Prix cars on the streets of London, the Coys auction was a very powerful addition to what was a dramatically improved Classic & Sports Car Show.

“The auction was exceptional and clearly shows that the historic motor car market is strong and alive with a world-record price for a Maserati Ghibli, a fabulous result for a 246 Dino and a very encouraging price achieved for the Rod Stewart Miura.”

Entries are invited for Coys next auction is ‘True Greats’ on December 5th in London at The Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square Westminster, London SW1P 2PE.


Coys complete first ever classic car sale on social media
and largest known transaction on Apple Pay


  • Coys sell 1964 Aston Martin DB5 for £825,000 via social media platform Vero with Apple Pay
  • The sale is the largest known in-app purchase ever
  • It is the first time a historic car has been sold directly on social media


A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 became the first ever classic car sale completed via social media when it was sold for £825,000 by international auctioneers Coys on the next-generation platform Vero. The sale also marked the largest known transaction made via Apple Pay.

The car is one of the highly sought-after right hand drive silver birch models with red leather trim. It has undergone a full restoration – including engine rebuild, suspension and gearbox overhaul following 20 years in dry storage, during which time it was not used.

Coys had announced earlier in the month at the Mondial de L’Automobile – Paris Motor Show, which remains the most visited automobile show in the world with 1,066,439 visitors, that customers would be able to purchase a selection of historic cars via Vero, including the iconic DB5 which featured in their exhibition area at the international biennial event.

The buyer, who wished to remain anonymous, bought the DB5 with Apple Pay directly from the Coys profile on Vero ( after seeing it at the show.

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “The proud new owner saw the DB5 at the Paris Motor Show, he was overjoyed to see the car of his dreams and didn’t want to lose it… he was keen to quickly get in front of the queue, so a few days later he hit the ‘Buy Now’ button on Vero to guarantee the purchase, leaving two other collectors disappointed in his wake.”

He added: “This is an exciting achievement for COYS digital presence, which signals a new era for classic car sales. The ‘Buy Now’ feature on Vero will give informed and savvy collectors a crucial head start in a highly competitive market place. Collectors worldwide fight fiercely amongst themselves to obtain the best machines and we certainly feel that Coys presence on Vero will give our clients that essential edge.”

Ayman Hariri, Co-founder and CEO of Vero, said: “Classic cars set the pulse racing like few other things. We’re delighted that Coys have chosen Vero as the platform to express their love of classic cars. Coys remind us of the influence classic cars have on us through movies such as the Italian Job, Ronin, and of course, Bullitt. With Vero’s unique Buy-Now feature, Coys is offering collectors a new way to purchase the cars they’ve always dreamed of owning.”

Other historic cars currently listed and available for instant purchase on Coys’ Vero profile include a £400,000 Ferrari Dino 246 once owned by Peter Grant (manager of the legendary band Led Zeppelin), an £800,000 Ferrari Daytona and a £295,000 Bentley Continental S2.



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Paris, France – 29 September 2016. At the Paris Motor Show today the international auctioneers Coys announced that customers will be able to purchase a selection of rare historic cars via next-generation social network Vero.

The international auctioneers have recently joined Vero – a social platform that enables people new ways of discovering more from friends, trusted brands and artists in an advertising-free environment.

In addition to sharing content that won’t be available anywhere else, Coys will showcase four notable historic cars – including an Aston Martin DB5, a Ferrari 246 Dino GTS once owned by Peter Grant (manager of the legendary band Led Zeppelin), a Ferrari Daytona and a Bentley Continental S2 – all of which will be available for instant purchase directly from Coys’ Vero profile using the app’s innovative ‘Buy Now’ feature.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Coys is the world’s oldest historic car specialist and auctioneers, and we have always embraced innovation. Now anyone with the app, whether visiting the Paris Motor Show or at home, will be able to instantly buy the car they always dreamed of on their phone.”

Ayman Hariri, co-founder and CEO of Vero, said: “Connecting people with their passions and interests is at the heart of Vero, and motoring enthusiasts are more passionate than most. We are delighted to be partnering with Coys to offer collectors a new way to purchase historic cars and for fans to get closer to the showroom.”

The international auction house is holding a major sale in association with their French auction partners Coutau-Bégarie.

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Stairway to Fontwell: 1973 Ferrari Dino owned by Led Zeppelin’s Manager visits the band’s old record label location in Chelsea before going under the hammer

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  • A 1973 Ferrari 246 Dino GTS first owned by Led Zeppelin’s Manager Peter Grant could sell for £400,000 at COYS auction at Fontwell House on September 8th
  • A week before the auction COYS drove the Dino to 484 Kings Road in Chelsea, London, once the headquarters of Swan Song Records, the band’s record label
  • The Dino will be auctioned alongside 60 classic and sports cars by COYS at Fontwell House in the heart of the Sussex Downs, during Britan’s greates motoring week
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This very special right hand drive Ferrari Dino 246 GTS was delivered new in 1973 to Peter Grant, manager of the legendary rock group Led Zeppelin.

The then list price was £6,620.39 plus delivery charges, number plates and road tax. Additionally, the car was optioned with non-standard non-metallic paint at £63.16 and leather upholstery at £210.93. Today the car is estimated at £350,000 to £400,000.

The Dino will be auctioned at Coys ‘Thoroughbreds and Vintage at Fontwell’ auction in the elegant gardens of Fontwell House, behind the traditional horse racing course, and only a few miles up the road from the action at the Goodwood Revival meeting.

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “London is filled with mythical places reminding us of the city’s rock n’ roll and music legacy. Swan Song Records was Led Zeppelin’s own record label, overseen by Peter Grantand used by the band to promote its own products as well as sign new upcoming artists. It’s not hard to imagine Peter Grant driving the Dino around Chelsea and parking it outside the studio back in the day before meeting with the band.”

He added: “The GTS has all the intrinsic qualities of the Dino 246, but offers in addition the extraordinary sensation of hearing the machinery come to life all around one. That is why it is not just a car with a sporting appearance; it is an authentic sports car through and through and, combined with its wonderful provenance and history would certainly grace any collection.”

Sixty other classic and sports cars will be going under the hammer, including a 2010 Lamborghini Reventon Roadster estimated at £900,000 to, 1,000,000, a 1975 Iso Lele Sport estimated at £58,000 to £65,000 and a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 Mark 1 estimated at £160,000 to £190,000.

Chris Routledge said: “Early September is very much the British equivalent of events taking place on the Monterey peninsula in August with a world-class concours, international auctions and fantastic historic racing at Goodwood; all running throughout the week and all held within the South East of England.”

He added: “We have a fabulous selection of classic, sports and racing cars going under the hammer at Fontwell House, including an extremely rare Lamborghini Reventon, one of only 15 ever built, and the Led Zeppelin Dino – a true rock n’ roll icon, along with 60 other fabulous classics.”

One of the features of the sale is the Ex-Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen, Ex-BMC Works 1966 Mini Cooper S, which competed at the 1966 Alpine, RAC Rally, 1967 Swedish Rally, 1968 Circuit of Ireland and Scottish Rally. It is estimated at £100,000 to £150,000.

Other important lots include a 1968 Aston Martin DBS Vantage (£80,000 to £90,000), a 1961 Lotus Elite Series II (£58,000 to £68,000), a 1959 Jaguar 3.4l XK150 with only 39,900 miles from new (£60,000 to £70,000), a 1937 Fiat Topolino (£16,000 to £20,000), a 1936 Cord 810 Westchester (£35,000 to £40,000) and a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Semi-Lightweight Competition Roadster, which is the current FIA HTP Winner of the Battle of Britain Trophy, Silverstone Classic 2015 (£200,000 – £220,000).

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Over 80 cars go under the hammer at COYS Schloss Dyck auction in Germany this weekend
 Royalty, rarities, award winning cars and more

International auctioneers COYS present a spectacular line up for their inaugural auction at Schloss Dyck, in Germany, with over 80 classic and sports cars going under the hammer this Saturday 6th August.

The new international auction in COYS calendar, to be held at what is now Germany’s most glamorous and well-respected historic motoring event, features a number of highly sought after collectors cars, including a 1972 Ferrari Daytona with only 500kms since a comprehensive restoration, a 1954 Porsche 356 Pre A Cabriolet once owned by the Swedish Royal Family and a 1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sprint – Le Mans Berlinetta, which won Best in Show at SPA Italia 2015.

Chris Routledge, CEO of COYS, said: “Classic Days at Schloss Dyck has become one of the most important events in the German historic motoring calendar. As one of the leading international auction brands in Germany, we have a very exciting range of vehicles on offer which is already generating from collectors from all four corners of the world.”

The 1971 Ferrari Daytona was the subject of a substantial “nut and bolt” restoration between 2009 and 2014, covering every aspect of the car from the chassis up. Only the interior was deemed to be in excellent condition, and so was left to retain its wonderful patina. With approximately only 500 kilometres since restoration, this incredible example really is the best of the breed. It is estimated at €700,000 to €800,000.

The stunning 356 Cabriolet was delivered new to the Swedish Royal family in 1954 and was meticulously looked after until it was acquired by a Spanish car collector. Before changing hands, the engine was upgraded to the favourable 1600 Porsche engine. It was then sold to a German dealership in Stuttgart and underwent complete restoration. Today the car is in excellent condition. The cabriolet specification is without a doubt the most sought after variation of the 356 series, making it not only a joy to drive but also a solid investment. Estimated at €320,000 to €350,000.

The Alfa Romeo 6C was one of only a handful of cars produced during 1942 to 1945 due to the obvious production constraints of wartime Italy. Production records indicate that this was in fact car No. 3 of the Tipo Supersport 6C 2500 models. The current touring style Le Mans Berlinetta coachwork was fitted during the early post-war years, and is inspired by the beautiful 1938 Le Mans touring Berlinetta, which competed in the 24hr classic before the outbreak of the war. it is a true exotic vehicle from the era of thoroughbred sports cars and one which would grace any collection. Estimated at €580,000 to €680,000.

One of the rarities going under the hammer is a 1959 Messerschmitt KR 200 Cabin Scooter, which was the result of the company being banned in the post-war from producing aircrafts. Messerschmitt had turned its resources to producing other commodities and produced this sought-after, fun micro car, estimated at €33,000 to €38,000.

The auction will also feature a 1934 Aston Martin 1 1/2 Litre Long Chassis Tourer (€190,000 – €220,000), a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Limousine (€70,000 – €100,000), a 1963 Maserati 3500 GT Sebring Series II (€200,000 – €230,000) and a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 S Cabriolet A (€110,000 – €130,000).

Other important lots include a 2006 Porsche Carrera GT (€550,000 – €625,000), a 1927 Lagonda 2.0 Litre High Chassis Tourer (€95,000 – €115,000), a 1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 – one of 275 4.9 litre cars, Maserati Classiche (€170,000 – €200,000), 1956 Alfa Romeo 1900C SS (€250,000 – €275,000).

Classic Days at Schloss Dyck
Address:          Schloss Dyck, 41363 Jüchen, Germany
Auction:          Saturday 6h August at 2:30pm
Viewing:          Thursday 4th August from 12.00am to 6.00pm
Friday 5th August from 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday 6th August from 9.00am to the start of the auction

Full catalogue available at

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12th July 2016, London



Brand new calendar of auctions in 2016-2017 also including: Schloss Dyck, Mondial de l’Automobile, Coys at Alexandra Palace and Coys at Olympia

Entries are invited


International auctioneers Coys are delighted to announce an exciting new auction to be held on Thursday 8th September 2016 in the heart of the Sussex Downs within the historic grounds of Fontwell House, just a few furlongs from the world-class Goodwood Revival meeting.

The first week of September is set to be one of the most important weeks in the British classic motoring calendar, with a significant international Concours of Elegance at Windsor Castle, major auctions in London and Sussex, and what is considered the world’s greatest historic race meeting taking place at Goodwood on September 9-10-11.

Only a few miles up the road from the action at Goodwood, the Coys ‘Thoroughbreds and Vintage at Fontwell’ auction will take place in the elegant gardens of Fontwell House, behind the traditional horse racing course.

Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys, said: “Early September is very much the British equivalent of events taking place on the Monterey peninsula in August with a world-class concours, international auctions and fantastic historic racing at Goodwood; all running throughout the week and all held within the South East of England.

“We are delighted to announce this auction in the heart of Sussex and to be in the same orbit as other auction houses around these exciting series of events.”

The ‘Thoroughbreds and Vintage at Fontwell’ sale is the latest addition to Coys calendar of exciting new auctions in 2016-2017, including: Schloss Dyck in Germany (August 6th), Mondial de l’Automobile in Paris (October 8th), Coys at Alexandra Palace in London as exclusive auction partners of the Classic & Sports Car Show (October 29th) and Coys at Olympia in London (February 18th).

All interested parties are invited to contact Coys to ensure they can take part in these series of auctions.






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