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Friends of MotorMartin, the Classic Car Auction (CCA) have shared information with #MotorMartinClassics regarding their latest sale on the 23rd and 24th March at the Practical Classics Restoration Show. And that’s not all as the sale is set to feature four classic Minis marking special moments in the marques 60th anniversary year.

According to Classic Car Auction, the Mini is celebrating not only its 60th anniversary but also 50 years of its star role in the famous film, The Italian Job.

CCA have confirmed that they are offering for auction, four fabulous editions amongst a range of these super little cars from this wonderful British marque. A one owner 1963 Mini, a Mr Bean replica, a low mileage “Italian Job” Limited Edition and a Rover Mini Cooper Sport all looking for a new home.

The 1963 Austin Mini 850 in bright red with only 47,000 miles is being offered with extensive history. This is a wonderfully presented one owner car which is sure to provide lots of fun for its next owner. In the late 80s it had a full body restoration and glass out respray and has been stored in a heated garage. It comes with a Heritage certificate and the Buff log book.

For fans of the bumbling Mr Bean, a replica of the car made famous in the hit TV series is now being offered. This car was treated to a bare metal restoration project by Practical Classics magazine and assembled live at the 2017 Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show. It is now looking for a new home, after being with the current owner for the last three years. A fabulous little car with some modern tweaks and upgrades. Will provide lots of fun.

The Italian Job, one of the finest movies of all time and made famous with the iconic car chase involving three Minis led to a limited edition version of the little car. Offered for sale is a 1992 low mileage limited edition, one of 250 produced in white with black stripes and is in immaculate condition, regularly serviced and maintained to a very high standard.

Production of the Mini was nearing its end in 2000 and one of the final versions to leave the plant was a Red Rover Mini Cooper Sport. CCA have for auction a similar model with just 30,700 miles on the clock. This Mini Cooper Sport has silver detailing to compliment the Solar Red bodywork.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented to MotorMartin that “With this iconic car’s birthday being celebrated this year, we have no doubt that these Minis, and some other very special ones that we expect to offer, will cause a real stir in the market. True Everyman Classics, most of us have enjoyed the thrill of driving one at some point in our lives, and they just bring a natural smile to most people’s faces.”

A full list of the lots being offered can be viewed here View Lot List.

Best get saving up then.

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Right then people, heads up as some quite superb celebrity cars from the world of show business, extraordinary low mileage fast Fords and a rare Lamborghini Diablo supercar are all part of an incredible line-up of 125 classic cars coming up for auction with friends of MotorMartin, Silverstone Auctions, at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on 11th – 12th November.

Silverstone Auctions have shared with MotorMartin that Eric Morecambe’s famous Jensen Interceptor will undoubtedly be the headline act during the two day sale. This is the car in which he had his first heart attack in 1968 and was rescued by passer-by Walter Butterworth who jumped behind the wheel to drive him to hospital. Now carefully restored to Concours condition, the Jensen is expected to sell for £90,000 – £100,000.

The Jensen will be joined by the infamous Only Fools & Horses Reliant three-wheeler driven by Del Boy Trotter, resplendent in its tiger-print interior and iconic Trotter’s Independent Traders decals. The Reliant is being auctioned without reserve.

Ford fans will of course be joining those of us up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers in drooling over a remarkable clutch of rare and low-mileage models including a 1980 MkII Escort RS2000 with only 900 miles on the clock, a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux registering just 837 miles, and a 2011 Ford Focus RS that’s done just 18 miles since new. The RS2000 is estimated at £80,000 – £90,000, the Escort Cosworth lux at £85,000 – £95,000, and the Focus RS at £38,000 – £44,000.

The low-mileage Fords are joined by the car that first put the word ‘fast’ in front of Ford – a 1972 Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 in near perfect, original condition with matching chassis and engine numbers and estimated at £70,000 – £80,000.

The potential show-stealer, Silverstone Auctions say, is a superbly preserved 1988 Ford Sierra Cosworth RS500 with just 6,000 miles on the clock. With an estimate of £100,000 – £115,000 the Sierra is a potential auction record breaker.

Also rumoured to be a potential record breaker is a right-hand drive, 16,000 mile 1990 Audi RR Quattro Turbo 20v with an estimate of £65,000 – £75,000. Like the Sierra RS500, the Audi Quattro has a strong and enthusiastic following due in part to its motor sport heritage, in this case as the road version of the car that transformed rallying in the eighties.

Joining the low-mileage Fords are two MGBs which have hardly ever been driven. Both offered with no reserve, the 1980 MGB GT has never been registered, and the MGB LE Roadster has only delivery miles on the clock. Both cars have been carefully stored to preserve them in ‘as new’ condition.

Best of breed supercars are a speciality at Silverstone Auctions and the Classic Motor Show will feature a number of rare and powerful machines including a 1996 Lamborghini Diablo SE30. One of only 12 right-hand drive examples and just 150 ever built, the Fly Yellow Diablo has an estimate of £280,000 – £320,000.

Porsches also have a huge presence headlined by a 1973 Porsche 911 2.7 R-Gruppe with an estimate of £90,000 – £110,000. A modified 911T built to specifications defined by R-Gruppe, the most exclusive Porsche club in the world, to emulate the famed Renn Sport RS, the Tangerine Orange Porsche was created to be the ultimate driving machine of the era.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show is the UK’s biggest classic car show and takes place at the NEC, Birmingham on 10th – 12th November. The Silverstone Auctions sale opens for viewing on 10th November, with the cars and motorbikes auction starting at 2pm each day on 11th – 12th November, MotorMartin recommends you get along if you can. It’ll be superb.

For more information on the sale and to view the lots, please visit: https://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2017/view_lots/pn/all

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We’re all big fans of Mike Brewer here at MotorMartin Towers having watched his shows for quite some years way back to Deals on Wheels back in the day. There’s a lot of interest therefore in how the new team of Mike and Ant will work when Wheeler Dealers returns to our screen in the new year. 

News then that the stars of Wheeler Dealers will show two cars that are 100 years apart in age and technology at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery was certainly well received. TV stalwart Mike Brewer will be bringing his recently recommissioned 1917 Ford Model T to the show, while his new co-host and mechanic Ant Anstead will showcase his 2017 electric powered GT sports car. 

Mike first encountered the Ford Model T in Oregon where he was attracted by the fact that it was a ‘two-owner running car with an original patina’. “The moment I saw it, I smiled. It’s just that type of car. But its too beautiful to be an ornament. It needs to be on the road where it belongs.”

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that his aim was to have it made more driver friendly for daily use with new tyres, a battery conversion, and re-spoked wheels. The T has been worked on by Rally Preparation Services of Witney with the expert assistance of Ohio’s Snyders Antique Auto Parts, the world’s leading Ford Model A and T parts supplier.

While Mike’s car is ready for at least another century’s worth of steady and sedate motoring, car designer Ant favours slightly more in the way of performance in a new coupe that captures the ethos of Graham Hill moustaches and smart blazers. And rightly so in MotorMartin’s opinion.

“The GT’s look blends an Aston front, a Ferrari rear and a Lotus middle,” shared Ant with Motor recently. “The chassis and the ultra-elegant coachwork are custom-made but under the bonnet, it has a fully electric motor!”

This bespoke grand tourer is the creation of the Hertfordshire based company Dowsett Classic Cars, which was founded by Ant, and combines the ethos of the finest coupes of the 1950s and 1960s, with modern engineering. 

Both cars can be seen on the Discovery Live Stage, with both cars driven onto the stage along with cars from both of the hosts’ TV careers. Mike and Ant will also welcome special guests including fellow petrolheads Drew Pritchard, Jimmy De Ville and car designer Frank Stephenson.

The new series of Wheeler Dealers will air on the Discovery Channel from 1st January 2018 and MotorMartin will most definitely be watching.

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, MotorMartin recommends you visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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As regular readers will know there are a fair few classic car fans up here on the top floor of MotorMartin Towers with a surprising number of staff also supporting those marques served poorly by history (and reliability!) The following news, shared by the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, was very well received then as one such badge is surely now deserved of recognition?

The name of Vanden Plas is one of the oldest in motoring history and the Owners’ Club is delighted to be showcasing five of its key models at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery – including one of British Leyland’s rarest prototypes.

The undoubted main attraction of the VPOC stand in Hall 4 will be the famous one-off ‘Landcrab’ prototype. In 1971 a Wolseley 18/85 was transformed into an elegant four-window saloon but the project was sadly cancelled by the management of British Leyland. Fortunately, it escaped being scrapped, the fate of so many project cars, and it went on to serve as a factory runabout before living in semi-retirement for many years. The Vanden Plas 1800 now resides in Scotland and will be starring at Birmingham’s NEC from 10-12 November.

It’s been explained to MotorMartin that the club’s oldest car on show is a Richmond Red Austin A105, one of just 500 Westminster saloons that in 1958 and 1959 were sent to the Kingsbury Works to receive a decadently luxurious new interior. The result was a car to compete with Rover and Jaguar and the club is very proud to be displaying one of only three known surviving models. 

By 1960 Vanden Plas was a BMC marque in its own right and the handsome Pininfarina-styled 3 Litre Princess Mk 1. It would have been the perfect car for a businessman to power steer himself along the M1.

For enthusiasts of 1970s classics, there will be a 1978 1500 saloon that has been in the same family since it was nearly new – a fascinating and still-controversial blend of a traditional walnut and leather-trimmed cabin and very distinctive radiator grille with the Austin Allegro’s body.

The youngest vehicle is a wonderful legacy of the junior-yuppie era in the form of a 1989 Rover 216 that has less than 10,000 miles on the clock.

No aficionado of British classics should miss the opportunity to appreciate such an exclusive collection of fine cars – including one that so nearly ‘might have been.’

The Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, returns to Birmingham’s NEC from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November. For more information as well as all the ticket prices and booking details, MotorMartin can certainly recommend you visit www.necclassicmotorshow.com.

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There’s just something with classic cars and motorbikes that stirs the soul in a way that more modern vehicles just fail to do, despite their technological superiority. Maybe it’s that desire to recreate a time or experience from our youth that is the driving factor, that pull of nostalgia, those sepia tinted roads of the past, mixed with endless journeys upon traffic free ribbons of tarmac during those endless summer days and nights 

What’s pleasing to MotorMartin is that the maunufatcturers are now getting more and more involved with this wave of nostalgia sweeping through motoring fans around the globe, bringing their own recent classics into the mix as they research the models with which they made their name, even going as far as restoring models that hold a particular significance. And it’s restoration of a rare model, which caught the interest over at MotorMartin Towers, which has turned into a labour of love for Vauxhall’s Heritage team and saw the light of day for the first time at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held recently at the NEC.

A centre-piece of Vauxhall’s multi-themed stand this year, the gleaming Monza Red Viva GT will take pride of place in the area, celebrating 50 years since the Viva HB model was launched. The ten car stand also features displays based around Vauxhall’s vast export history, and 85 years since the birth of Bedford, its commercial vehicle division. There really is only one place to head for if you love your classic Vauxhall motoring.

Vauxhall have confirmed to MotorMartin that the Viva was restored on and off over a two-year period by Andy Boddy and Terry Forder (with assistance from their apprentice, Chris Smith) the 1970 Mark 1 ½ GT is believed to have been registered by Vauxhall as one of its company cars back in the day (its ‘YXD’ suffix makes this likely) and was purchased by Vauxhall from the partner of its late owner, Steve Walton, in June 2014.

Remarkably, the GT had just one other owner before Steve bought the car, making its history relatively easy to plot. Originally painted Sebring Silver, the team opted for a more vibrant hue and settled on Monza Red, which would have been available when the car was new. But before painting, the surprisingly sound body was stripped and acid-dipped at Enviro Strip in Tamworth, after which it was returned to Luton for some sheet metal work.

Since many HB panels, especially around the chassis, inner wing areas and in the boot floor, are difficult to source, specialist Keith May was brought in to painstakingly craft new metalwork from scratch, helped by the Heritage Centre’s apprentice, Chris Smith.

After a final visit to Enviro Strip for a further acid dip and etch priming, the body was prepared for paint, including long-blocking the shell. It was then sent to BASF’s training facility in Milton Keynes where the team there spent over 60 hours applying the primer and final colour coats, using R-M refinishing products. Such was the VH team’s attention to detail, that they tasked BASF – Vauxhall Heritage’s regular supplier – with applying the Viva GT’s Tasman Orange stripes; but these weren’t mere graphics, they were actually painted on.

In the meantime, MotorMartin has been told, back at the Heritage Centre, the GT’s 2.0-litre engine was being overhauled by Andy and the team, ready to be reunited with the rest of the car. The race was then on to have the GT ready in time for the show.

‘We’re now on the finishing straight with this restoration,’ shared Andy with MotorMartin, just before the Viva was completed. ‘It’s been a real labour of love for the team over the last couple of years, and sometimes quite a challenge when we have 70 other vehicles in the collection to maintain, too. But we’re confident that on Friday, November 11th – the first day of the show – the car will be ready to take pride of place on our stand.’ And MotorMartin’s glad to report that the Heritage team completed their superb Vauxhall Viva on time.

A great result based on the hard work and dedication of the Vauxhall Heritage team. Well done Vauxhall, MotorMartin can’t wait to see what’s up next for restoration.

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