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Plenty of iconic British marques on offer at SWVA’s first sale of 2015

Some landmark British models are on offer at the first South West Vehicle Auctions’ sale of 2015. Among the tempting classics at the 30 January sale are two E-types, a Mini Cooper, a range of MGs and a TVR Grantura.

The first model produced by Peter Wheeler’s Blackpool-based company, the Grantura has a fibreglass body moulded onto a tubular steel chassis. This kept its weight down to around 700kg, helping it sprint to 60mph in around 10 seconds and on past 100mph.

The series II model on offer is fitted with a 1622cc MG A engine and a Sprint lightweight bonnet with extra louvres made by former TVR racer Tony Claydon. With an estimate of £17,500-£18,500 it’s an affordable and unusual way to gain entry historic events such as the Le Mans classic.

Another tempting Brit is a 1969 Mini Cooper Mk2 that retains its original engine, body and hydrolastic suspension. Restored in 1985, it’s estimated at £8000-£9000.

A recently restored MG A Coupe in Brooklands Racing Green, showing 35,000 miles, is also up for grabs. At £16,000-£18,000 it’s a more affordable, and more practical, prospect than a MG A Roadster.

Alternatively if you want a really cheap classic, there’s a two-owner 1962 P4 Rover 80 that’s been stored since 1975. Offered without reserve, it’s a total restoration project.

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By Claire Evans

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