Spring Classics

An Important Auction of Fine Historic Automobiles

Auction details


Royal Horticultural Society,
Lindley Hall, Vincent Square
Westminster, London,

Date 12 Apr 2017
Time 7:00 PM

Tuesday 11th April from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale

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

Spring Classics 2017 RESULTS

LOT 301

1953 Lambretta 125 FD

Although an FA model was shown in the first brochures, this model was actually put into production, certainly some were made for evaluation purposes, but the first model...

LOT 302

1968 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 303

1987 Fergus Ulster 2-Seater Sport

One of Seven special-build cars Inspired by the Aston Martin Ulster

Only thirty ‘Ulsters’ were built by the factory. They were the most successful of the Aston Martin factory racers with the highest place at Le Mans being 3rd

LOT 305

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500

One owner and only 81 miles from new

The Mercedes-Benz R129 SL roadsters were produced from 1989 through 2002. The R129 replaced the R107 in 1989 and was in its turn replaced by the R230 SL-Class...

LOT 306

1955 MG TF 1500

The TF is one of those unusual cars which became popular almost from its introduction and almost seamlessly moved into ‘classic’ status; its elegant lines retain echoes of...

LOT 307

1971 Volkswagen Campervan

Known officially as the Volkswagen Type 2 and depending on body type, either as a Transporter, Kombi or Microbus, this VW was also known informally as the Bus...

LOT 309

1995 Ferrari 355 Berlinetta

28,000 miles from new

“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 310

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 312

1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S 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 313

1989 AC Cobra MK IV

7,500 miles from new

Rightly regarded as one of the all-time great classic sports cars, the muscular, fire-breathing Cobra succeeded in capturing the hearts of enthusiasts like few of its contemporaries. Only...

LOT 314

1978 Ferrari 308 GTB

Ex Doug Blain - Right Hand Drive

Ferrari introduced the 308 GTB at the Paris Motor Show in 1975 featuring a dramatic Pininfarina designed body and a mid-mounted four cam V8 with quadruple Weber twin...

LOT 315

1972 Aston Martin DBS

Original Right Hand Drive

Introduced in 1967, the new DBS was the successor to the DB6 – it represented a new, very modern look for Aston Martin. Styled in-house by William ‘Bill’...

LOT 316

1920 Sigma 1.5 Liter Tourer

Very Original Example

Ask any averagely well-informed car connoisseur to name the country producing the world’s highest volume of cars in 1910, and I’d bet you a pint of the best...

LOT 317

1983 Renault 5 Alpine Turbo

2 private owners from new

The Renault 5 Alpine was the original hot-hatch. Launched in 1976, it pre-dated the VW Golf GTI. In the UK, the car was sold as the Renault 5...

LOT 320

1968 Jaguar MK II 3.8 “Coombs” Evocation

Under 1,000 miles Since Comprehensive Restoration

This wonderful Mark II was delivered new on 15th March 1968, originally offered with the 3.4 litre version of the classic straight six Jaguar twin-cam motor. With the...

LOT 321

1968 Ford Mustang 302 Convertible

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 322

1970 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 4.2 Roadster

One of the greatest post-war sports cars, Jaguar’s E-Type made immediate headlines on its launch in March 1961. A direct descendent of the C and D-Type models that...

LOT 323

1967 Aston Martin DB6

Delivered New to Director of the “Doctor” Film Series Ralph Thomas - Four Decades in Single Ownership

The culmination of Aston Martin’s long-running line of ‘DB’ six-cylinder sports saloons and thus considered by many to be the last ‘real’ Aston, the DB6 had been introduced...

LOT 324

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Original UK Right Hand Drive - Extensive history file

Jaguar XK120 caused an absolute sensation when it was launched at the 1948 Motor Show. In the post-war era of rationing, general austerity and hardship it came as...

LOT 326

1991 BMW Z1

Formerly Owned by Bernard Sumner of New Order

The chassis was specially designed for the Z1 and features a number of innovative features: removable body panels; continuously zinc welded seams; a composite undertray; as well as...

LOT 327

1993 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6

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

LOT 328

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Recent Cosmetic Restoration

In the Spring of 1963, Mercedes-Benz debuted an all-new roadster to replace the 190SL and 300SL- The 230SL. The 230SL ‘Pagoda’ was a stunning Paul Bracq designed two-seat...

LOT 329

1961 BMW Isetta 300

Original Right Hand Drive

One of the more successful designs of the cabin scooter’s heyday was the BMW Isetta, a model the German firm manufactured under license from its Italian originator, Iso...

LOT 330

1973 Aston Martin V8

66,000 Miles From New

Although always intended to house the new Tadek Marek-designed V8, the DBS first appeared with the 4.0-litre six of the concurrently produced DB6. Styled in-house by Bill Towns,...

LOT 331

1977 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super Nuova

With Recent £10,000+ Restoration and Upgrades

The Giulia was produced in 12 different versions over its 15 years of production. The final version was released in 1974 as the Nuova Super (1300 and 1600)....

LOT 332

1961 Suffolk SS100 Jaguar

In 1936, only five years after beginning production, SS startled the motoring public with the Jaguar 21³2 litre saloon, the company’s first car to feature  overhead valves....

LOT 333

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL – or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz – was a completely new...

LOT 334

1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III Coupe

Offered With No Reserve

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 335

1991 Daimler Double-Six

37,000 Miles From New

The Chairman of Jaguar at the time “Lofty” England declared that the new V12 luxury saloon was to be baptized the Daimler Double Six, and so it came...

LOT 336

1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe SE

Matching Numbers Example - One Owner and 19,000 From New

It was at the 1948 London Motor Show that Jaguar virtually threw the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120. Here was a car with incredible...

LOT 337

2007 Bentley Continental GTC

8,500 miles from new

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003 the Bentley Continental GT differed significantly from the previous Continental R & T models in terms of its concept: although...

LOT 338

1978 Ferrari 308 GTS

Although the much-loved Ferrari Dino 246 GT was replaced in 1973 by the all new Dino 308 GT4 – Ferrari’s first ever V8 engined production model – its...

LOT 339

1963 Lincoln Continental Limousine Cabriolet

Coachwork by Hess and Eisenhardt (USA) - Ex ‘Musée automobile des voitures de chefs d’État’

In 1961, after the election of the 35th President of the United States, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the White House commissioned a new presidential limousine from the Ford Motor...

LOT 341

1961 Daimler SP250 ‘Dart’ B-Spec

One Previous Owner

Finished in special order Jaguar Old English white with contrasting blue interior, this stunningly original B-Spec Dart was purchased by its current vendor in 1993 and has had...

LOT 342

1991 Lamborghini LM02

One of 241 Produced

One of the most exciting and exclusive off-road vehicles ever conceived, the Lamborghini LM002 resulted from the marriage of the Countach QV supercar’s 5.2-liter V-12 to a functionally...

LOT 343

1969 Ford Mustang Mach I

The Ford Mustang Mach 1 is a performance-oriented option package of the Ford Mustang, originally introduced by Ford in August 1968 as a package for the 1969 model...

LOT 344

1990 Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Cosworth

Rare Manual Version

This high-performance model was known as the 190E 2.3-16, and debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 1983, after its reputation had already been established.

Three cars,...

LOT 345

1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Two-Door Saloon

Coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd – One family owner from new

‘The size and grandeur of the car… deceive one about the performance which would do justice to many a car of more sporting pretensions. The finish, both in...

LOT 346

1961 Daimler Dart SP250

An unusual departure for a firm more noted for its stately limousines, the SP250 sports car was Daimler’s final fling before its acquisition by Jaguar. Aimed at the...

LOT 347

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 348

1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster

2,600 Hour Restoration

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 349

1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi – Coachwork by Scaglietti

Design by Pininfarina - Full Ferrari Service History from new

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 350

1980 Teal Type 35 Bugatti

At the Pack Horse Inn, Affetside, Alan Hunter showed his two friends Ian Foster and Tony Rogers a brochure of a Volkswagen, rear engined  fibreglass replica of a...

LOT 351

1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP Open Tourer by Smith & Waddington

The Rolls-Royce Twenty, introduced in 1922, was a major move for the Company, since it represented the first new model since the great Silver Ghost went into production...

LOT 352

1995 Porsche 993 Turbo

32,000 miles, UK-delivered from new

The 993 is the company’s internal name for the version of the Porsche 911 model manufactured and sold between late 1993 and early 1998, replacing the 964. Its...

LOT 354

1971 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Rare manual gearbox. Over £50,000 in recent work

Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1963, the 230SL – or W113 as the model range was internally labeled at Mercedes-Benz – was a completely new...

LOT 355

2003 Ferrari 360 F1 Coupé

Only 37,000 km from new

Just about the only item carried over from the F355 was its glorious V8 engine, enlarged from 3.5 to 3.6 litres for the 360. Equipped with four overhead...

LOT 356

1980 Teal Type 44 Bugatti

The French car manufacturer Bugatti started car production in 1909 in Molsheim in the Alsace region of France by the Italian born Ettore Bugatti. His cars were a...

LOT 357

1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Cabriolet

One owner from new

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

LOT 359

1975 Porsche 2.7 RS MFI – Converted to 3.3 Turbo Specification

The Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 MFI Coupe was introduced in 1974 on the new G-Series chassis that was built to appease ever stricter US regulations for crash worthiness....

LOT 360

1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster

2,500 miles from new. Original Right Hand Drive

Testing the E-Type Series III back in 1972, Road & Track magazine reckoned the new V12 power unit, ‘a sheer delight, by itself almost worth the price of...

LOT 361

1989 BMW 635 CSi

The E24 6 series was produced from 1976-1989 and was the replacement for the CS and CSL E9 coupes. Like the E9 coupes, the early bodies of the...

LOT 362

1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

Porsche revived the Carrera name – previously used for the competition orientated versions of the preceding 356 model – for its luxuriously equipped, top-of-the-range 911 in 1973, applying...

LOT 363

1999 Maserati Quattroporte

The Quattroporte was a four-door, five-seater saloon with a steel unibody construction. The overall layout remained unchanged from the Biturbos from which the car descended: longitudinal front engine,...

LOT 364

1999 Jaguar XKR 4.0 Supercharged 2dr

Offered at NO RESERVE

The XK8 was launched in 1996 to replace the XJ-S. Two body styles were produced - a coupé and a convertible. The car was the first in the...