True Greats 2017

An Important Auction of Fine Historic Automobiles

Auction details


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

Date 05 Dec 2017
Time 7:00 PM

Monday 4th December from 12.00pm to 6.00pm
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 101

1935 Austin Ruby 7

Property of A Gentleman - From a Private Collection

For years in the 1920s and 1930s the tiny Austin Seven was a best-selling little car. It set every standard of small packaging, it seemed cheeky, simple, and...

LOT 102

1987 Caterham Super 7 HPC-BDR

Previously owned by Rowan Atkinson - One of 62 produced

The Caterham 7 is a super-lightweight sports car produced by Caterham Cars in the United Kingdom. It is based on the Lotus Seven, a lightweight sports car sold...

LOT 103

1991 Porsche 964 Targa

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 104

1964 Jaguar XK120 Roadster Evocation

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 105

2008 Ferrari F430

Rare Right Hand Drive Manual example

Manufactured from 2004 until 2009, the Ferrari F430 was the successor to the enormously successful 360M. According to its creators, the F430 was at least 70 % new...

LOT 106A

1967 Mini Moke

The Mini Moke was designed by Sir Alec Issigonis at the same time as the Mini saloon and used an identical engine, transmission and suspension parts. Although the pre-production...

LOT 106

1973 Triumph TR6

Rare Factory Hardtop

The Triumph TR6 was the best-selling Triumph in history when production ended in 1976, but was later surpassed by the TR7. More than 94,000 TR6s were built, ninety...

LOT 107

1955 Bentley Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper

1956 Earls Court Motor Show Car - 1 of 4 examples produced by Hooper

The Hooper bodied Series 1 was a sensation at the 1956 Earls Court Motor Show, with Autocar describing it “attractive” with a “superlative finish”. They were impressed by...

LOT 108

1966 Jaguar C Type by Proteus

Desirable Early Example

Jaguar built only 54 C-Types and it is worth noting that the first three Formula 1 World Champions - Guiseppe Farina, Alberto Ascari and Juan-Manuel Fangio - all...

LOT 109

1970 Porsche 911S Coupe

The first of many high-performance versions of the newly introduced 911 arrived in 1966 with the introduction of the 911S. Easily distinguishable by its stylish Fuchs five-spoke alloy...

LOT 110

1991 Alfa Romeo SZ

Reviving its tradition of building special-bodied Alfa Romeos, including the original SZ (Sprint Zagato) competition coupé of the late 1950s, Carrozzeria Zagato unveiled its outrageous new SZ at...

LOT 111

1949 Mercedes Benz 170V Cabriolet Saloon

A landmark model for the Stuttgart-based manufacturer, the four-cylinder, 1.7-litre 170 V was introduced in 1936 and formed the mainstay of Mercedes-Benz production in the immediate post-war years....

LOT 112A

1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III Roadster

Previous owner for 35 years with bills for £40,000 - UK delivered, manual gearbox

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 the...

LOT 113

1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II

Coachwork by Hooper and Co.

In the 1930s, Rolls-Royce set new standards with its Phantom series. It was achieved not by making great technical breakthroughs, but by using the very best of proven...

LOT 114

2000 Aston-Martin DB7 Vantage Left Hand Drive

Only 30,000km - Desirable Manual example - One owner for 10 years

Aston Martin introduced the long-awaited Vantage version of their successful DB7 in 1999. Sporting a Cosworth designed, 5.9 litre V12 producing a creamy 420bhp, the car was super-quick...

LOT 115

1987 Porsche 911 3.2 Cabriolet

Desirable G50 Gearbox - Rare Right Hand Drive

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 116

1961 Ferrari 250 GTE

Coachwork by Pininfarina - Matching Numbers example with less than 40,000km from new

Intended to extend Ferrari’s appeal to a sector of the market already contested by rivals Aston Martin and Maserati, the 250GTE 2+2 arrived in the summer of 1960....

LOT 117

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL

Rare Right Hand Drive

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 118

1963 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon

Well known period race competitor (73 GYL) in the hands of John Goldsmith - Matching numbers with upgraded 4.2 litre engine

To many observers the Aston Martin DB5 is the epitome of the company’s models during the David Brown era, boasting both beauty and refined high performance. It is...

LOT 119

1997 Bentley Continental T

Introduced in June 1996, the Continental T was a short-wheelbase version of the Continental R, some 4” (100mm) being taken out of the chassis aft of the doors....

LOT 120

1966 Alfa Romeo GTC

Rare Right Hand Drive example

File Images

After World War II, Alfa Romeo were able to return to manufacturing Italian automobiles, however a new model was not launched until 1950. The new design being...

LOT 121

C.1936 Fiat Topolino

The Property of a Gentlemen - From a private collection

If they dished out Oscars for cuteness, the adorable Topolino would surely be head of the queue. A masterpiece of minimalist engineering, it was the brainchild of Fiat...

LOT 122

1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Litre

“The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world’s fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically,  docile and comfortable… we do not know of...

LOT 123

1952 Lancia Aurelia B52 “Rosa d’Oro”

One of three examples built

Lancia followed pre-war tradition by supplying a limited number of rolling chassis to renowned coachbuilders such as Ghia and Vignale, but it was mainly Pinin Farina that clothed...

LOT 124

1973 Maserati Bora

Rare Right Hand Drive UK Delivered Car - Less than 30,000 miles from new

Introduced at the Geneva Motor Show in March of 1971, Maserati’s new Bora, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro, was intended to be a mid-engined grand tourer. While mid-engined cars...

LOT 125

1990 Lamborghini Countach Anniversary

One owner for 25 years - Under 400 miles from new

Few would deny that Lamborghini’s Countach is the quintessential supercar of its era. It was built by a talented and passionate team of designers and engineers with the...

LOT 126

1964 Mercedes-Benz 230SL to 280SL Specification

Previously owned by the Getty Family

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 127

1973 Pontiac Trans AM

Early 455 7.5 Litre engine - Single headlight European delivered car

The Pontiac Firebird was introduced in February, 1967, 5 months after its Chevrolet Camaro corporate twin was introduced. The Firebird, along with the Camaro, was GM’s answer to...

LOT 128

1973 Ferrari 246GT Dino

Right Hand Drive - Delivered new to Lord Aitken, 3rd Baron Beaverbrook

This classic and nowadays much sought-after Ferrari was named after Enzo Ferrari’s son Alfredino, who died in 1956, aged 24. Enzo Ferrari credits his son with the inspiration...

LOT 129

1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1.5 Roadster

Single Ownership for Three Decades - Matching numbers - Original Right Hand Drive

Apart from the engine and transmission, Jaguar’s E-Type was all new. Introduced at Geneva in March 1961, it combined a multi-tube front chassis with a monocoque centre section....

LOT 130

1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A

Introduced at the 1936 Paris Motor Show, the Friedrich Geiger designed car was a development to the 500K, itself a development of the SSK. Available as a two-seater...

LOT 131

1968 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe

The Series 1 was introduced, initially for export only, in March 1961. The domestic market launch came four months later in July 1961. The cars at this time...

LOT 132

1965 Porsche 356 Coupe

Rare factory headrest - Matching Numbers

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 133

1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1

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 134

1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante

UK Delivered

Considered by many to be the last ‘real’ Aston Martin, the DB6 was launched in 1965, updating the DB5. Although Royal patronage of the marque undoubtedly helped DB6...

LOT 135

1955 Austin Healey 100 M specification

Ex-Sorn Castle Collection

These were cars that an upper middle-class owner could drive to work and rally or race on the weekends. But they weren’t cheap. Next came the Nash-Healey sports...

LOT 135A

2001 Ferrari 360 Spider F1

Right Hand Drive example, Less than 20,000 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; two...

LOT 136

1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster

Matching numbers

When the XK140 was announced in 1954 it was essentially a Mk II version. It retained the excellent dynamics of the XK120 and its superb level of appointment...

LOT 137

1985 Toleman TG185

Ex-Teo Fabi/ European Grand Prix (Brands Hatch) - 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Driven by Lorina Mclaughlin

In the 1970s, businessmen and motorsport fan Ted Toleman began his involvement in various car racing formula in the UK.  Toleman’s entry to Formula One was announced in...

LOT 139

1964 Jaguar Series 1 3.8 Litre

Original UK delivered Right Hand Drive

Jaguar would make a habit of shocking the automotive world. Sometimes the impact of its cars reached beyond the showrooms and exposition halls to rock popular culture, yet...

LOT 140A

1931 Bentley 8-Litre Tourer

Matching numbers example - Featured in Michael Hay’s “Bentley - The Vintage Years”

'Motoring in its very highest form,' eulogised The Autocar in December 1930, having recorded a top speed of 101.12mph in W O Bentley's own saloon-bodied 8-Litre over the half-mile. 



LOT 140

1960 Daimler Dart SP250

As featured on the cover of Brian Long’s guide to the Daimler SP250/Dart

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 141

2005 Mercedes CLK DTM

1 of only 40 Right Hand Drive examples produced worldwide - 2 owners and only 7,400 miles from new

“There are AMG Benzes, really quite special AMG Benzes, and pretty damn amazing, spectacular and rare AMG Benzes. And the last of these is what you are looking...

LOT 142

1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe

Original Right Hand Drive

“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...

LOT 143

1983 Ferrari 512BBi

Having reasserted itself at the top of the supercar hierarchy with the first ‘Boxer’ – the 365GTB/4 BB – Ferrari went one better with its successor, the 512BB....

LOT 144

1990 Aston Martin Virage

Ex-Hunter Green V8 Commemorative Collection - Less than 14,000 miles from new

Introduced at the Birmingham Motor Show in 1988, the Virage was joined by the high-performance Vantage in 1993, and the name of the standard car was changed to...

LOT 145

1967 Porsche 912 Targa

Rare soft window example

912 Soft Window Targa production commenced in 1967 and were initially equipped with transparent plastic rear windows openable with a zipper.  Later designated ‘Version I’ by the factory,...

LOT 146

1954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Original UK Right Hand Drive

The 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...

LOT 147

2005 Mercedes McLaren SLR

1,945KM from new

The heart of any car is its engine, and that of the SLR McLaren is truly outstanding. Produced at Mercedes-Benz’s AMG performance division, it is a 5.5-litre, 24-valve,...

LOT 148

1984 Ferrari 308 GTS QV

October 1975 saw the debut at the Paris Motor Show of the most successful shape ever to wear the Cavallino Rampante emblem, the Ferrari 308. The 3-litre, four-cam...

LOT 149

2008 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 KR

600 miles from new

The Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR was revealed at the 2007 New York International Motor Show, and released in the spring of 2008 to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of...

LOT 150

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...