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Top 10 cars on offer at Historics’ late summer sale

Among the 120-plus classics on offer at Historics’ late summer sale are some seriously tempting top-end classic cars and plenty of desirable modern motors. Here’s the top 10:

1. 1965 Aston Martin DB5

The cover car for the late summer sale is a freshly restored Aston Martin DB5 with fully documented history and three owners from new. The comprehensive restoration took three years to complete and included nearly 220 hours rebuilding the engine and gearbox, along with a respray and retrim. The Aston has covered just 600 miles since work was completed, and is estimated to sell for £575,000-£625,000.

2. 1968 Austin 1800

This is a Land Crab with a difference – rather than the usual sedentary life at the hands of a retiree, it is one of four surviving works London to Sydney Marathon cars. Driven by a Royal Navy This highly-collectable survivor is anticipated to fetch £35,000-£40,000.

3. 1996 BMW E36 M3 Evolution coupe

A two-owner, full main dealer service history example of this fast-appreciating classic, this M3 has only covered 62,178 miles from new. It looks to be in superb condition; it’s tipped to sell for £8,000-£12,000.

4. 1957 Chevrolet Stageway Carry-All crew bus

What better way to take the tedium out of the school run? This 15-passenger crew bus was originally built for and used by the St Louis Cardinals Baseball Team, who won 11 World Championships over the years. It was imported to the UK in 2007, and around £24,000 was spent on a respray and conversion to a limousine, complete with bespoke bench seats, 24-inch TV and music system. It’s tipped to sell for £18,000-£23,000.

5. 1981 DeLorean DMC-12

The last DMC-12 offered by Historics at its June 2015 auction went for a whopping £56,100 (see details), so it’ll be fascinating to see how much this 6,900-mile example makes. A left-hand drive car, originally supplied to the USA, it was imported in 2000, and purchased by the vendor a year later. Although it has been used sparingly since, it is sold with a fresh MoT. Its estimate is £22,000-£27,000.

6. 1973 Iso Fidia

Unlike its Isetta bubble car predecessors, this four-door version of the Rivolta coupe was one of the fastest cars you could buy in the early 1970s. Its Ford 5.8 litre V8 could propel it past 60mph in just over seven seconds. It had celebrity appeal too – the second car produced was bought by John Lennon. This rare right-hand drive car has been owned by the same family since 1979 and is believed to have been stored since 1984. A major restoration project, it’s being offered at no reserve.  

7. 1962 Jaguar E-type roadster

The most desirable of the six E-types on offer in the summer sale, this car is a genuine right-hand drive roadster with its original 3.8-litre engine, original gearbox and bucket seats. It has been completely restored over the past two years, and is expected to sell for £140,000 to £160,000.

8. 1966 Morris Mini Cooper S

Owned by the vendor since 1978, this 1275cc Cooper S was garaged for many years as a ‘standby’ project, before being professionally restored in 2007. Improvements included upgraded SU carbs and air filters and a specialist engine tune. It is believed to have covered 43,000 miles from new. It’s estimated at £19,000-£24,000.

9. 1982 Range Rover Classic

This highly original Range Rover has covered less than 66,000 and has recently been recommissioned and serviced. It is believed to have originally been a factory demonstrator. With values of early two-door Range Rovers soaring, an early four-door could be a sound investment. It’s likely to fetch £8,000 to £12,000.

10. 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 3

A real rarity – this unrestored Silver Cloud had one owner from new until he passed away in 1980, and it has been carefully stored ever since. In May this year, after some minor recommissioning, it passed its MoT. It’s described as an honest example that needs some love. Expect it to be snapped up for £10,000-£14,000.

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By Claire Evans

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