The Spirit of Motoring

An Important Auction of Fine Historic Automobiles

Auction details


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

Date 17 Oct 2017
Time 7:00 PM

Monday 16th October from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale

Location The Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminister, London, UK
Admission Admission by Catalogue (Admits Two)
Collection Terms Terms & Conditions of Business

Lot List

LOT 301

1988 Renault Alpine GTA V6 Turbo

The Renault Alpine GTA was produced by the Renault-owned French manufacturer Alpine between 1986 and 1991. It was the first car launched by Alpine under Renault ownership (though...

LOT 302

1989 Alfa-Romeo Spider 2000

27,900 miles from new - with factory hard top

The Italian co-star Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft had in the 1967 film The Graduate, a sleek red Alfa Romeo ‘Duetto’ Spider, brought the great marque to the...

LOT 303

1971 Porsche 914

Porsche’s strong historical links with Volkswagen were re-affirmed in 1969 with the launch of the Porsche-designed 914, a mid-engined, Targa-top sports car to be assembled by Karmann of...

LOT 304A


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 305

1997 Jaguar XJ8

14,000 miles from new

As launched in 1994, the X300 range featured a choice of the 3.2-litre and 4-litre versions of the six cylinder engine, now in a modified form known as...

LOT 306

1999 Maserati 3200 GT

The Maserati 3200 GT was styled by Italdesign whose founder and head, Giorgetto Giugiaro, previously designed, amongst others, the Ghibli, Bora and Merak and so certainly had the...

LOT 307

1966 Porsche 912 Coupe

Put into production in July 1964, the 911 presaged the end of 356-production. It was July 1965 before the 911 made it to the US, and customers immediately...

LOT 308

1974 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 309

2005 Porsche 996 Turbo

Two owners and 40,000 miles from new - Special order ‘09991 - Exclusive Programme’ version

In 2000, Porsche introduced the 996 Turbo, equipped with four-wheel-drive and a 3.6-litre, twin turbocharged and intercooled flat-six producing 420bhp, making the car capable of 0-60mph in 4.2...

LOT 310

2009 Aston Martin DB9

Rare Manual Gearbox

The DB9 was the star of the 2003 Frankfurt Motor show where it was unveiled to the public for the very first time. The DB9 was powered by...

LOT 311

1961 Daimler Dart B-Spec

With Factory Hardtop

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 313

1990 Ferrari Mondial 3.4 T Cabriolet

One of 51 Right Hand Drive Cars

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 314

2006 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S

The 997 became the most commercially successful 911 to date, having sold 100,000 units of the first generation alone between its introduction in 2005 and July 2007. It...

LOT 315

2006 Bentley Continental GTC

Offered with Approved Bentley Warranty Until 2018

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 316

1959 Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite

Intended to make sports car motoring more affordable, the Donald Healey-designed Sprite entered production at MG’s Abingdon factory in March 1958. The new car was officially introduced a...

LOT 317

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 318

1967 Mercedes-Benz 250SL

Recent Documented Restoration

The Mercedes-Benz W113 roadsters, designed by Paul Bracq, were produced from 1963 through to 1971. They were known as the ‘pagoda roof’ SL. All models boast an inline...

LOT 319

1955 Austin Healey 100 M specification

Ex Sorn Castle Collection

Timing is everything and it’s something that British motor industry veteran Donald Healey knew a bit about. This was a man who had won the Monte Carlo Rally...

LOT 320

1973 Porsche 911 SC to RS Specification

It is easy to understand why the most desirable first-generation Porsche 911, the Carrera RS, is also the most satisfying. The RS was created to fill a void...

LOT 321

1997 Aston Martin DB7 Volante

Rare Left-Hand Drive Example

Introduced in 1993, the handsome new DB7 was Aston Martin’s first six-cylinder model since production of the DBS had finished in 1971. Designed by Ian Callum at the...

LOT 322

1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal

Penned by Marcello Gandini who created the iconic Miura just one year before, the Montreal concept featured innovative side gills and retractable slotted headlight shades on a classic,...

LOT 323

1965 Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1600 Spider

To Veloce Specification

Sporting elegant coachwork designed and built by Pininfarina, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider was a huge success and continued virtually unchanged in 1.6-litre Giulia guise when the latter...

LOT 324

1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT

Recent Expenditure of Over £80,000 - Desirable European Specification

It was the need for a production-based engine for the new Formula 2 that had prompted the introduction of a ‘junior’ Ferrari, the Dino 206 GT, at the...

LOT 325

1981 Delorean DMC-12

Rare Manual Gearbox

John Z Delorean’s superb track record as a General Motors Executive was beyond dispute, and it was in large part this reason which convinced the British Government to...

LOT 326

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

To Semi-Lightweight Roadster Specification

The elevation of the GT class to Manufacturers’ Championship status for 1963 prompted Jaguar to develop a small batch of very special lightweight cars to challenge Ferrari. The...

LOT 327

1934 Bentley 3.5 litre Drophead Coupe by James Young

Single ownership for the last quarter of a Century - One of only 16 3.5L Drophead Coupes built by James Young

Launched in 1933, the first of what would become known as the ‘Derby Bentleys’ continued the marque’s sporting associations but in a manner even more refined than before....

LOT 328

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 329

1994 MG R V8

In 1992, 12 years after the last MG sports car had rolled off the Abingdon production lines, Austin-Rover made the inspired decision to revive this most charismatic of...

LOT 330A

1996 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit

The Silver Spirit III and Silver Spur III, introduced in 1993, introduced improvements to the engine and some cosmetic updates. A new design of intake manifold and cylinder...

LOT 330

1989 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 331

1967 BMW 2000CS

The BMW “New Class” Series of cars were introduced in 1962. These compact, well built and fun to drive cars became a benchmark for this type of car...

LOT 332

1969 Mini Cooper S Mk II

Designed by Alex Issigonis in 1959, a new concept in car design was born.  With a monocoque shell, transversely mounted engine and front wheel drive, the new ‘Mini’,...

LOT 333

2009 Porsche 997 GT3 3.8 Generation II

16,000 Miles from New

‘Since its launch in 1999, the Porsche 911 GT3 has been the benchmark against which every other track-focused car has been rated. There are more powerful, more expensive...

LOT 334

1938 Bentley 4 1/4 Sportsman’s Coupe by De Villars

The 1938 Paris Motor Show Car - Desirable Overdrive Gearbox Model

A rare overdrive car with stunning foursome coachwork by famed French carosserier De Villars; one of 5 derby Bentley chassis built by them.

After bodying, the Bentley was...

LOT 335

2001 Honda NSX Targa

UK delivered with 11,000 miles recorded from new

The legendary Honda NSX (standing for New Sportscar Experimental) was developed by the Honda Motor Corporation between 1984 and its eventual launch in 1990, with major chassis and...

LOT 337

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Fixed-Head Coupe

Matching Numbers - Early Alloy dashboard example

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

LOT 338

1998 Ferrari F355

18,000 Miles From New

The Ferrari F355 is a modern classic, so beautiful, so well-engineered and so well received that it marked the beginning of the end of the old-guard ‘Ferraristi’ philosophy...

LOT 339

1962 Porsche 356B 1600S Cabriolet

The 356 series was without doubt the model which catapulted the Porsche marque into world-wide contention in the hotly-contested sports car market. It put into practice Dr Porsche’s...

LOT 340

2009 Bentley Continental GTC

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 341

1995 Porsche 993 Carrera 2 Coupe

One owner and 25,300 miles from new

Since its introduction it has undergone continuous development, though the basic concept has remained little changed. The engines were air-cooled until the introduction of the Type 996 in...

LOT 342

2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale

Ferrari’s most successful model since the 308, the F355 was always going to be a tough act to follow. Its successor needed to be groundbreaking and revolutionary; two...

LOT 343

1992 Daimler Double-Six

56,700 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 344

1989 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 345

1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

UK delivered from new - Single ownership from 1988 to 2017

In March 1963 the 230SL made its debut at the Geneva Show, replacing the much acclaimed 190SL and 300SL models. Like its 190SL predecessor, its mechanical elements were...

LOT 346

1951 Bentley Mark VI Special

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

LOT 347

1967 Porsche 911 Short Wheel Base

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 348

2004 Ferrari 360 Spider

One owner and 2,000 miles from new

Ferrari’s most successful model since the 308, the F355 was always going to be a tough act to follow. Its successor needed to be ground breaking and revolutionary;...

LOT 349

1969 Jaguar E-Type Series II Fixedhead Coupe

Launched in October 1964, the 4.2-litre version of Jaguar’s sensational E-Type brought with it a more user-friendly all-synchromesh gearbox and a superior Lockheed brake servo along with the...

LOT 350

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 351

1994 Bentley Turbo R

The Bentley Turbo R is a high-performance car which was produced from 1985 to 1999. The “R” stood for “Roadholding”, to set it apart from its predecessor. It...

LOT 352

1986 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Evocation

Evocation by Anton ‘Tony’ Ostermeier

Launched in 1954, the production 300 SL retained the spaceframe chassis and lightweight aluminium-alloy bodywork of the W194 racer while its mechanical underpinnings, like the latter’s, owed much...

LOT 353

2004 TVR Cerbera – Very Rare Mark III Final Edition

One of less than 10 known examples

The TVR Cerbera was manufactured between 1996 and 2003. The name is derived from ‘Cerberus’, the three-headed beast of Greek legend that guarded the entrance of Hades. The...

LOT 354

1991 Ferrari 348 TS

First seen in prototype form in 1987, the Ferrari 348 entered production in 1989, replacing the immensely successful 328GTB/GTS. Mid-engined like its predecessor, the 348 differed by mounting...

LOT 355

1929 Delage D6

The Delage company has to their credit many records including a world championship and more awards at the principal concour d’ elegance than any other car in the...

LOT 356

1999 AC Superblower

Number 9 of 18. 2000 miles from new

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 357

1934 Invicta 12/45 Open Tourer

In its all-too-short lifetime Invicta carved out an enviable reputation for building fine sporting motor cars, the bigger Meadows-engined models in particular offering class-leading performance and impeccable build...

LOT 358

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 359

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 360

1947 MG TC

The right-hand drive TC Midget appeared in 1946, and was almost identical in appearance to the pre-war Types TA and TB. These MGs had many endearing features, including...

LOT 361

2004 Mclaren Mercedes Benz SLR

1,945 km from new

Manufactured between 2003 and 2010, their new supercar allowed Mercedes-Benz and its then Formula 1 partner McLaren to showcase their collective experience in the development, construction and production...

LOT 362

1973 Jaguar E-Type V12 Series III Roadster

£100,000 restoration by English Cars of Distinction

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 363

1965 Porsche 356SC Coupe

Introduced in 1948, the Porsche Type 356 is acknowledged to be one of the world’s greatest sports cars. Over a 15-year production run, the handsome and durable 356...

LOT 364

1955 MG TF 1500

Although MGs had been available in the United States in the 1930s, the marque’s great popularity really began after World War II. The classic TC model, with its...

LOT 365

1948 Pontiac Silverstreak

Right-hand drive example

Like almost every other American motor manufacturer, Pontiac recommenced civilian production in 1946 with what were essentially 1942 models. Two ranges were offered, Torpedo and Streamliner, both of...

LOT 366

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 367

1991 Ford Sierra Cosworth

3 owners from new with full service history

At its introduction in 1982, the Sierra’s revolutionary new shape proved a touch more divisive than Ford had anticipated and some serious marketing became a priority, so it...

LOT 368

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 369

1987 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

The VW Golf is surely one of the most iconic ‘hot-hatches’ ever conceived. Its popularity has never diminished and a plethora of variants and styles have always been...