Blenheim Palace

Fine Motor Cars and The Jaguar Legend

Auction details


Blenheim Palace
Blenheim Park,
OX20 1PP

Date 15 Jul 2017
Time 1:00 PM

Friday 14th July from 12.00pm to 6.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale

Location Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, UK
Admission Admission by Catalogue (Admits Two)
Collection Terms Terms & Conditions of Business

Blenheim Palace 2017 RESULTS

LOT 101

1935 Fiat Balilla 508 Van

The first genuine Italian subcompact automobile, the Fiat 508 holds an important place in the country’s automotive history. Developed by a “who’s who” of the country’s best engineers,...

LOT 102

1974 Lancia Fulvia 1300 S Coupè

The Lancia Fulvia does not need much introduction for the motorsport interested person. Also known as the tipo 818 it was Lancia´s competition car of choice during the...

LOT 103

1931 Alvis 12/60 Beetleback

In 1931 the 12/50 had been joined by an even sportier partner – the 12/60hp. Introduced in 1931, the 12/60 came with a raised compression ratio and twin...

LOT 104

1996 Ferrari 355 Spider

Rare Manual Gearbox

‘Complex, sophisticated, and very fast, it is the quantum leap that has enabled the Ferrari V8 to run in proud parallel with the 456GT and 550 Maranello,’ enthused...

LOT 105

1976 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.0      

Chassis No 60

Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be built before F.I.A approval for international racing was granted, led to the creation of ‘Project 930’ –...

LOT 106

1997 Bentley Brooklands

27,000 miles from new

The Bentley Brooklands was introduced in 1992 as a replacement for the Bentley Mulsanne and Bentley Eight models. It was intended as a slightly cheaper alternative to the...

LOT 107

1989 Ferrari Testarossa

Ferrari’s flagship model of the 1980s, the Testarossa, revived a famous name from the Italian manufacturer’s past when it arrived in 1984. A car of abnormal design and...

LOT 108

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster

The Mercedes 300SL Gullwing coupe  was unquestionably among the most remarkable designs of the post WWII era,  but its extraordinary complexity and correspondingly phenomenal price both...

LOT 110

1988 Bentley Continental Convertible

The incomparable Bentley Continental sports saloon has been synonymous with effortless high speed cruising in the grand manner since its introduction on the R-Type chassis in 1952. This...

LOT 111

1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi

Ferrari’s line of highly successful V8-engined road cars began with the 308 GT4 of 1973. Badged as a ‘Di-no’, the all-new 308 GT4 2+2 superseded the preceding Dino...

LOT 112

1994 Audi Cabriolet

Formerly the Personal Conveyance of Diana, Princess of Wales

Known as one of most influential female figures of this century, the late Diana, Princess of Wales was born ‘The Honourable Diana Frances Spencer’ on the 1st July...

LOT 113

c.1967 Lotus Elan S3 Drophead Coupé

With the introduction of the improved S3 model in September 1965, the Elan became available as a fixed-head coupé for the first time, having previously been sold only...

LOT 114

1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider Veloce

Coachwork by Pininfarina

A modern classic by Pininfarina, the simple-yet-elegant “Kamm tail” Spider bodywork premiered on the 1970 Spider Veloce would prove enduringly popular, lasting into the 1990s. The Spider’s mechanics...

LOT 115

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560SL

One owner until 2015

When Mercedes redesigned its famed SL in 1971, there was a lot of equity behind it – after all, when the incomparable 300SL Coupe and Roadster were built...

LOT 116

1956 Austin Healey BN2 ‘100M Spec’

As Featured In “The Car’s The Star” Documentary

Automotive developer and racer Donald Healey, looking to reach a broader sports car market, developed this iconic British sports car in 1953 using a 4-cylinder Austin A90 engine....

LOT 118

1974 Aston Martin V8 Saloon

Aston Martin had always planned that the DBS of 1967 would be powered by the company’s new V8 engine, first seen in 5-litre form in the works Lola-Aston...

LOT 120

1950 Austin A90 Atlantic Convertible

Former property of King Farouk of Egypt

Designed in 1947, built in and released in 1948, the A90 convertible was conceived to earn dollars, and the Austin Motor Co. had it sights set firmly on...

LOT 120A

1963 Innocenti 1100S Spider

Innocenti was an Italian machinery works originally established by Ferdinando Innocenti in 1920. After World War II, the company was famous for many years for Lambretta scooters and...

LOT 121

1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Sport Cabriolet

Porsche developed a reputation early on for their surprising performance from their small displacement rear-engine sports and racing cars. These ‘giant killers’ could outperform cars with much higher...

LOT 122

1987 Ferrari Mondial

The final Mondial evolution was 1989’s Mondial t (Coupe and Cabriolet). It was a substantially changed model, “spearhead of a new generation of V8 Ferraris”, according to Road...

LOT 122A

2005 Aston Martin Vanquish S

Rare Manual Gearbox

Developed from the 1998 Project Vantage concept car, the V12 Vanquish entered production in 2001. The Vanquish marked a large step in the company’s engineering featuring a bonded...

LOT 123

1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

Rare Right Hand Drive Example

‘Most important was the double overhead cam engine. Like Rolls-Royce, no horsepower figure was quoted, but surely it was at least 320. More important was its massive amount...

LOT 124

1989 Porsche 911 Speedster

Rare Right Hand Drive Example

In 1989 Porsche reintroduced one of their most iconic body styles – the Speedster. This uncompromising variant hadn’t been offered since 1959, a time when 356s were rolling...

LOT 125

1962 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe by Park Ward

‘The Bentley S2, with its sister Rolls-Royce models, gives high-speed travel in silence and luxury, while the driver and passengers enjoy the sense of well being that only...

LOT 126

1972 Porsche 911 2.4 E

Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped...

LOT 127

1958 Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile

Founded in 1899 by Eduardo Bianchi, the Bianchi Company made vehicles for 56 years. These included full-size cars, tanks, and trucks with Mercedes engines. But the factory was...

LOT 128

1990 Porsche 944 S2 3.0 Litre

Announced in 1981, the 944 was the third of Porsche’s new family of front-engined sports cars. A close relative of the 924 original, the 944 was constructed along...

LOT 129

1960 Jaguar Mark 2 3.4

Although the Mk I was a great success, selling four times as many as the larger Jaguar saloons, Jaguar boss William Lyons was not content. He knew it...

LOT 130

1990 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible

One registered owner and 45,000 miles from new

1990 Jaguar XJ-S Convertible

LOT 131

1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

UK delivered from new

Whilst the concept of the Jaguar E Type was without doubt one of the finest pieces of automotive design ever to be put into general production, one of...

LOT 133

1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series III Roadster

One consequence of the E-Type’s long process of development had been a gradual increase in weight, but a good measure of the concomitant loss of performance was restored...

LOT 133A

1963 Jaguar Mark 10

When production for the Jaguar MK IX finally came to an end, Jaguar introduced the new code named ‘Zenith’ MK 10. Originally produced for the American market the...

LOT 134

1971 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster             

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch at the Geneva Show in March 1961. Here was a sleek and beautiful...

LOT 135

1968 Daimler 250 V8

Jaguar’s principal motive in purchasing Coventry neighbours Daimler had been the acquisition of much needed production capacity without the expense of constructing on a distant ‘green field’ site....

LOT 135A

1990 Jaguar XJS Convertible

The XJ-S had been under development since 1968 and as a 2+2 fixed head coupe was intended as a replacement for the now legendary E-type. From the beginning...

LOT 136

1954 Jaguar Mk. VII Special by William Turball Slack

The car shown here started life as a Jaguar Mk. VII and was purchased by an eccentric farmer who would use it as a vehicle for ferrying livestock...

LOT 137

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster

The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd. between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of good looks, high...

LOT 138

Jaguar XK180 Concept Evocation

In 1999 Jaguar presented a new concept car at the Paris Motor Show to commemorate their 50th anniversary. It was designed to be a modern homage to the...

LOT 139

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster

The Jaguar E-Type (a.k.a. Jaguar XK-E) is a British sports car, which was manufactured by Jaguar Cars Ltd. between 1961 and 1975. Its combination of good looks, high...

LOT 140

1953 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Original Right Hand Drive - Single Ownership for 60 Years

The Jaguar XK120 made its debut in 1948 and quickly built its reputation as a success in the world of motor racing and rallying, picking up a victory...

LOT 141

1968 Jaguar E Type Series 1 Roadster 4.2

Original Right Hand Drive

On its 1961 Geneva Show debut the E-Type caused a sensation. With all the promise of its looks confirmed by independent road test results, that not only recorded...

LOT 142

1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster

With one family from new

Introduced in 3.8-litre form in 1961, the E-Type caused a sensation when it appeared, with instantly classic lines and 150mph top speed. The newcomer’s design owed much to...

LOT 143

1975 ISO Lele Sport

One of 11 Right Hand Drive cars produced

As a prototype, the Iso Rivolta Lele debuted at the 1969 New York International Auto Show. It was a 2+2 configuration that filled the gap between the two...

LOT 143A

1964 Crayford Mini Sprint

Crayford Engineering (more commonly known simply as Crayford) was an automobile coachbuilder based in Westerham, Kent, and formed in 1962 by Jeffrey Smith (engineer and designer) and David...

LOT 144

1952 Bentley MK VI Special

“In a very short time, however, it was easily seen that the pressed steel Bentley bodies were as elegantly proportioned, as highly finished and as comfortably furnished as...

LOT 145

1963 Fiat 500 D Jolly by Ghia

Single family ownership until 2017

As 1960s jet-setters partied down at sandy beaches all over the world, they were most often seen not in their Ferraris or Maserati’s but behind the wheel of...

LOT 146

1965 Ford Mustang GT 289 V8

‘The Mustang can be tailored to be anything from a gentle in-town ladies’ car to an impressive 130mph highway performer. Undoubtedly its almost infinitely variable personality is one...

LOT 147

1938 Bentley 4¼ Litre MR Overdrive

H.J. Mulliner ‘High Vision’ Saloon with Unique Perspex Roof - 1938 Earls Court Show Car

By the end of the 1930’s the ‘Derby’ Bentley, introduced towards the beginning of that decade following the firm’s take-over by Rolls-Royce, had undergone a number of significant...

LOT 148

1972 Rolls Royce Corniche

Recalling the firm’s glamorous Grandes Routières of pre-war days such as the Phantom II Continental, the coachbuilt variants of the new Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow and T-Series Bentley were...

LOT 149

1971 Lotus Elan S4

The original Elan 1500 was introduced in 1962 as a roadster. After a very short production run of just 22 cars the engine was enlarged and the car...

LOT 150

1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Cabriolet

A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to...

LOT 151

1951 Bentley Mark VI – Syd Lawrence “SL01” Special

Few cars lend themselves so well to the creation of modified and fast special tourers as the Bentley Mark VI, and no exponent of such modification is more...

LOT 152

1978 Ferrari Dino 308GT4 Race car

Recent Bills of £30,000

Introduced at the 1973 Paris Motor Show, the Dino 308 GT4 was a significant departure for Ferrari in several ways. It was the first production car from Modena...

LOT 153

1969 Porsche 911 Targa

A ‘modern classic’ if ever there was one, Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356 that had secured the fledgling company’s reputation as producer of some...

LOT 154A

1999 AC Superblower

AC has thirty six years association with the Superblower and its illustrious predecessor, the Cobra – one of the best known models in the lexicon of classic sports...

LOT 154

1963 Bentley S3 Standard Steel Saloon

The last Bentley to be built on a separate chassis, in 1962, saw the introduction of the Bentley S3 factory bodied standard steel saloon and at first glance...

LOT 155

1986 Porsche 911 Turbo

Beginning in the early 1970s, Porsche had demonstrated the worth of an exhaust-driven turbine for developing tremendous power for a given engine displacement, astounding the racing community with...

LOT 156

1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2

The 330 GT 2+2 was launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1964 as an intended replacement for the successful 250 GTE. It was powered by the...

LOT 156A

1978 Mercedes-Benz 450SLC

Single ownership for 35 years – less than 50,000 miles

The Mercedes-Benz R107 and C107 were produced by Mercedes-Benz from 1971 through 1989, being the second longest single series ever produced by the automaker, after the G-Class. They were...

LOT 157

1953 Land Rover Series 1 80”

The Land Rover entered production in 1948 with what was later termed the Series I. This was launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show. It was originally designed for...

LOT 158

1926 Bugatti Type 37 – Two Owners Since 1940

Period Competition History at Brooklands and Shelsley Walsh - One of Three Type 37s Supplied to Bugatti Agent Malcolm Campbell In 1926

At the end of the 1925 season the CSI (Commission Sportive Internationale) introduced a new formula intended to slow down the then current generation of 2-litre Grand Prix...

LOT 159

1991 Porsche 964 Turbo

With £250,000 conversion by CTR Developments

The Porsche 964 is the company’s internal name for the Porsche 911 manufactured and sold between 1989 and 1994. Designed by Benjamin Dimson in 1986, it featured significant...

LOT 160

1989 BMW Z1

14 Years in Current Ownership

The first BMW Z1 (Z standing for Zunkuft, German for future) was shown at the 1987 Frankfurt Motor show. Initial demand was so strong that 5,000 orders were...

LOT 161

1968 Ford Mustang

‘The Mustang can be tailored to be anything from a gentle in-town ladies’ car to an impressive 130mph highway performer. Undoubtedly its almost infinitely variable personality is one...

LOT 162

1993 Mini ERA Turbo Sports Saloon

21,000 Miles from New

The ERA Mini Turbo is a modified Mini city car that was produced by Engineering Research & Application Ltd. under the ERA brand name from 1989 to 1991...

LOT 163

1965 Alfa Romeo Guilia GTC

Right Hand Drive

After world war ll Alfa Romeo were able to return to manufacturing Italian automobiles, however a new model was not launched until 1950. The new design being the...

LOT 164A

1969 Ford Escort MK1 – Race/Rally Prepared

The Ford Escort Mk I was introduced in 1967 and was a commercial success in many parts of Western Europe. However, in the UK it was the best-selling...

LOT 164

1973 Triumph Stag

One owner for 38 years

Stylish, fast and practical, the Stag began life as a Triumph 2000-based styling exercise by Italian carrossier Giovanni Michelotti. A 2+2 convertible, Michelotti’s design featured a quad-lamp grille...

LOT 165

1982 Porsche 911 3.3 Turbo

$50,000 Recent Mechanical Overhaul

Much of the Porsche 911’s development had resulted from the factory’s racing program. It was the period Group 4 homologation rules, which required 400 road cars to be...

LOT 166

1956 Fiat Multipla 600 1st series

As Italy’s population took to the road again after the Second World War, there was a growing demand for practical yet affordable transport. The Fiat 600 was already...

LOT 167

1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV

Launched in 1963, the first of Alfa Romeo’s Bertone-styled coupés – the 1.6-litre Giulia Sprint GT – featured classically stylish four-seater coachwork designed by Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, though...

LOT 168

1922 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Tourer

The directors were obviously as impressed with the car as the public were when they first saw it displayed... the company’s future, based upon Royce’s intuitive design genius...

LOT 169

1968 Triumph TR5

Triumph’s TR Series began with the unveiling of a prototype (the TR1) at the 1952 London Motorshow. The TR2 was launched the following year, and so began an...

LOT 170

1984 Mercedes Benz 380SL

The Mercedes-Benz SL  range of models have been in production for over sixty years metamorphosing from the Le Mans winning W194 of 1952 to the technologically advanced, aluminium...

LOT 171

1975 Bentley T1

The Bentley T1 was a Bentley badged version of the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, differing from it’s Rolls Royce counterpart by it’s more rounded front grill, and Bentley motif...

LOT 172

2006 Lamborghini Gallardo

Lamborghini’s new and restyled mid-engine model made its debut at the 2003 Geneva Auto Show. Inspired by a lengthy wing investigation process by Fabrizio Giugiaro of ItalDesign Giugiaro...

LOT 173

1950 Bentley Mk VI Convertible coachwork by Park Ward

The policy of rationalisation begun in the late 1930s continued at Rolls-Royce after the war with the introduction of standard bodywork on the Mark VI Bentley. Rolls-Royce’s first...

LOT 174

1971 Porsche 911T Targa

Porsche’s long-running 911 arrived in 1964, replacing the 356. The latter’s rear-engined layout was retained, but the 911 switched to unitary construction for the body shell and dropped...

LOT 175

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

For those insufficiently wealthy to afford its hyper-expensive, race-bred sports car - the 300SL - Mercedes-Benz offered the less exotic but no less refined 190SL. Announced in 1954...

LOT 176

1973 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000

Right Hand Drive

Alfa Romeo produced the 105/115 series coupés between 1963 and 1977. They were successors to the Giulietta Sprint coupé and shared the same shortened floorplan as the Giulia...