True Greats

An Important Auction of Fine Historic Motor Cars

Auction details


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

Date 05 Dec 2016
Time 7:00PM

Sunday 4th December from 10.00am to 6.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale

Location Westminster, London, UK
Admission Admission by catalogue only (admits two) - Available on the door
Collection Terms Terms & Conditions of Business

True Greats 2016 RESULTS

LOT 100

Limited edition model statue of Sir Henry Cooper

To raise funds for the London Ex-Boxers Association

British boxing icon Sir Henry Cooper OBE was famous for the power of his left hook, “Enry’s ‘Ammer“, and his knockdown of a young Muhammad Ali on 18th June...

LOT 101

1967 Fiat 500 F

One Owner from new

The basic 500’s austerity was not well received, however, prompting the introduction of a revised and better equipped version endowed with refinements such as hubcaps, wind-down windows, upholstered...

LOT 102

1976 Alfa Romeo 1600 Junior

Launched in 1963, the Giulia Sprint GT featured classically stylish four-seater coachwork designed by Bertone’s Giorgetto Giugiaro, though this was now manufactured at Alfa’s new factory at Arese....

LOT 103

1999 Ferrari F355 F1 Spyder

‘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 Car...

LOT 104

1971 Morgan Plus 8

One owner from new

Searching for new engines in the 1960s, Morgan concluded a deal with Rover for supply of its all-aluminium 3.5-litre V8, thus creating a car that combined Vintage-era charm...

LOT 105

The Russell Palmer 1979 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer

Ferrari Classiche Certification

The Ferrari Berlinetta Boxer was produced between 1973 and 1984 using a mid-mounted Flat-12 engine, replacing the front engined layout Daytona. It was designed by Leonardo Fioravanti and...

LOT 106

1979 Porsche 911 SC Targa

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 107

1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello

With the introduction of the 550 Maranello in 1997, Ferrari returned to its tradition of building front-engined V12 sports cars, resurrecting a line that had remained dormant since...

LOT 108

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

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 109

The Frohde 1969 Porsche 911 S/T

In 1970 new rules allowed the wheel arches of the 911 to be extended (flared) a further 2 inches from standard to accommodate wider wheels. The engine capacity...

LOT 110

1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe

One owner for over 50 years

“For 1955, Jaguar present a range of models incorporating not only added refinements, but mechanical advances directly derived from their many outstanding successes in international competitive events. All the...

LOT 111

1962 Bentley S2 Continental Coupe

The advent of the Bentley Continental with modern styling made the contemporary R-Type look distinctly dated. Something beyond a facelift was required. The resulting S-Type was launched in...

LOT 112

1996 Porsche 993 Targa

The external design of the Porsche 993, penned by Englishman Toni Hatter, retained the basic bodyshell architecture of the 964 and other earlier 911 models, but with revised...

LOT 113

1976 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2

‘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 114

1970 Porsche 911 E 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 115

1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster

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 116

1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.9 SS Manual

One of Only 8 Right Hand Drive cars ever built

Maserati needs no introduction. Already a legendary racing marque before the war, the company turned to the limited production of sports cars for...

LOT 117

1976 Alpine 1600 SC – Original Dieppe Built Model

Like other road-going Alpines, the 1961 A110 used many Renault parts – including engines. But while the preceding A108 was designed around Dauphine components, the A110 was updated...

LOT 118

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder

The first cars to bear the name of Enzo Ferrari appeared only 50 years ago, but in that time they have built a...

LOT 119

1959 Chevrolet Corvette C1

After World War II, GIs returning after serving overseas in the years were bringing home MGs, Jaguars, Alfa Romeos and the like. In 1951, Nash Motors began selling...

LOT 120

1962 Rolls-Royce II Drophead Coupé Adaptation by H.J. Mulliner

Facing increasing competition from faster rivals and with development of its ageing six-cylinder engine nearing its end, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. The V8...

LOT 121

1926 Bentley 3 litre Short Chassis Sports Tourer

With characteristic humility W.O. was constantly amazed by the enthusiasm of later generations for the products of Bentley Motors Limited, and it is...

LOT 122

1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII Phase II

Launched at the New York Motor Show in March 1959, the Austin-Healey 3000 retained the muscular good looks of its 100/6 predecessor while providing a useful increase in...

LOT 123

1967 Mercedes-Benz 230SL

Christened ‘pagoda top’ after their distinctive cabin shape, these SL models were amongst the best-loved sports-tourers of their day and continue to be highly sought after by collectors.

LOT 124

1977 Ferrari 308 GTB

Officially introduced at the Paris Salon in October 1975, the 308 GTB’s styling was created by Pininfarina. The stunning two seat coachwork was all new, but incorporated all...

LOT 125

2000 Ferrari 550 Maranello

Original Right Hand Drive Ex Maranello Press Car.

LOT 126

1968 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta

2 owners from new, recent £270,000 restoration

‘At the top - at the absolute top - in the automotive enthusiasts’ hierarchy of the cars of the world, there is only...

LOT 127

2016 Jaguar C-Type Evocation

The C-Type was successful in racing, most notably at the Le Mans 24 hours race, which it won twice; the war won in 1951, its first attempt. The...

LOT 128

1967 Porsche 911S – one owner from new

“Fanciers of the marque yearned for the good old days when they used to wischen their Speed-sters through turns, tails all hung out, arms sawing away like mad...

LOT 128A

1964 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C2

Back in 1953, Chevrolet’s launch of a two-seater sports car was a radical departure for a marque hitherto associated almost exclusively with sensible family transport. Based on the...

LOT 129

1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe

The bleak years after 1945 were, not surprisingly, an era when great sports cars were somewhat thin on the ground. A shining exception was the mighty Jaguar XK...

LOT 130

1951 Bentley Mark VI Drophead Sedanca by Abbott

E.D. Abbott Ltd. was a British coachbuilding company based in Farnham, Surrey. Edward Dixon Abbott had been employed in the design department of the Wolseley car company and...

LOT 130A

1973 ISO Fidia – 1 of only 16 RHD cars produced

Manufacturers of the Isetta bubble car, Iso joined the ranks of supercar constructors in 1962 with the launch of the Giotto Bizzarrini-designed Rivolta coupé at the Turin Motor...

LOT 131

1973 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 – 1 of 55 RHD cars produced

Previously owned by boxing legend Sir Henry Cooper OBE

In 1972, at the Paris Auto Salon, Ferrari unveiled an all-new series to the world. It was a fast, svelte and elegant 2+2 powered by the classic V12...

LOT 132

1958 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Stylistically evocative of the mighty 300SL, but with a slightly less complex drive train, the 190SL remains among the most desirable roadsters of its era. The prototype was...

LOT 133

1930 Rolls Royce 20/25 Hooper Sports Saloon

Over the past eight decades the 20/25HP Rolls-Royce has earned an enviable reputation of being among the most dependable, satisfying and highest-quality pre-war models of all. Produced from...

LOT 134

2005 Ferrari 430

Successor to the Ferrari 360, the F430 was debuted at the 2004 Paris Motor Show and produced up until 2009. Designed by Pininfarina, under the guidance of Frank...

LOT 135

1934 Bentley 3 ½ Litre Vanden Plas Type Tourer

The Bentleys produced in tandem with Rolls-Royce in the 1930s are commonly referred to as a “Derby,” since they were built in the shared Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motors...

LOT 135A

1951 Land Rover Series 1 80”

Fully restored this year

This vehicle has been the personal project of a garage owner with nearly 30 years’ experience. This Series 1 Land Rover was chosen as a restoration project from...

LOT 136

1974 Ferrari 246 GT – E series.

Original Right Hand Drive - Ferrari Classiche Certification

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

LOT 137

1959 MGA “Twin Cam”

For the debut of its new MGA in 1955, MG wisely chose that year’s Le Mans 24 Hour race. After a succession of open-wheeled models there were fears...

LOT 138

1974 Lamborghini Urraco

In accordance with their practice of naming their cars after Fighting Bulls, it was fitting that this new, junior, V8 Lamborghini was named ‘Urraco’ which translates as ‘little...

LOT 139

1980 Rolls-Royce Camargue

Before the introduction of the Silver Shadow in October 1965, Rolls-Royce motor cars had traditionally employed a separate chassis, which allowed a variety of coachwork designs. The brief...

LOT 140

1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL

Original Right Hand Drive

LOT 141

1956 MG A 1500 Roadster

‘Throughout its history, the policy of the MG company has been to compete with cars developed from their standard production models, and the 1955 Le Mans car, designated...

LOT 142

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...