News has today arrived at MotorMartin Towers regarding the world’s oldest bloodstock auctioneers, who have confirmed to MotorMartin that they are to play host to some rather spectacular thoroughbreds of the four-wheeled variety on July 12th, at Barons’ Connoisseurs Classic Car Collection sale at Tattersalls at Newmarket.
The saleroom, as you would correctly assume, will resemble the ultimate private motoring museum, as magnificent machine after magnificent machine is paraded in all its glory and as a fan of beautiful classics, MotorMartin can’t wait.
Unbelievably, entries to this extra special sale include not one but two Bentley R Type Continental Fastbacks, with distinctive, sleek styling by H J Mulliner. It’s definitely worth noting that one of these extra special cars was the actual 1953 Geneva Show car. Featuring special factory equipment, including a kilometer speedometer and heavier front shock absorbers, it has an estimate of £1,000,000-£1,300,000. Its slightly younger auction ‘stablemate’ is the highly original 1954 example, which has been in one family ownership for 40 years and is used on a regular basis (£750,000-£1,000,000). Best get saving I think.
Even rarer than the R Type Continental Fastbacks, and a model, MotorMartin has been told, which is catching the eye of investors, is the Bentley S1 Continental Fastback. The 1957 Mulliner-bodied example of this powerful motor car on offer at Barons at Tattersalls has recently been refurbished but is still original in terms of upholstery etc., and offers great investment potential (£340,000-£390,000) and it looks just fantastic.
For the Jaguar fans out there, this 1962 Jaguar S1 E-type roadster will catch the eye as it is essentially brand new, fresh from restoration and with just 250 shakedown miles completed. It was shipped to New York in 1962, and is now finished its original opalescent gunmetal, with a burgundy mohair hood. Still in original LHD configuration, it’s about as close as you can get to an E-type straight off the 1962 Browns Lane production line (£230,000-£260,000).
Alongside the incredible E-type above is another essentially ‘new’ car in the sale is the 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud 3 convertible. Benefitting from a full nut and bolt restoration, this is virtually a brand new Rolls-Royce delivered fifty years late. An original Mulliner car was purchased and disassembled for use as a template, so the Silver Cloud 3 is an absolute millimeter-perfect copy of an original Mulliner car. Estimate: £235,000-£265,000.
Barons have recently shared with MotorMartin some fascinating information in respect to another of their extra special Bentleys that is to feature in the sale. The car in question is the very same that in 1955 was displayed by Jack Barclay on its Earls Court Motor Show stand, namely, a four-door Bentley S1 Sports Saloon. Subsequently, and at vast expense, that car was then converted into a beautiful, two-door convertible, with all-aluminium panel work. Now recently emerged from an extensive restoration, this superb motor car is presented in as-new condition, but still bearing original features such as its special order white steering wheel. Estimate: £235,000-£265,000. Seems like a bit of a bargain for a car with such a unique history.
And then we come to this amazing example of an early Aston Martin. This particular DB2/4 Mk 1 was sold new to Mr Grahame Bourne in 1954. He kept the car for 57 years, finally selling it when he was 91 years old. Its new owner then drove the car in the 2012 Mille Miglia. It is in beautifully original condition, reflecting the love and attention lavished upon it over more than half a century by Mr Bourne. Estimate £130,000-£150,000.
For more information please visit www.barons-auctions.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 08454 30 60 60 and MotorMartin certainly urges you to do so as there are many spectacular classics to spend your time with.
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