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Monday, 29 June 2015

1962 MORRIS MINOR 1000 5cwt PICK-UP - DVCA THURSDAY 9th JULY 2015 ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE

COMING TO AUCTION
THURSDAY 9th JULY 2015
ATHELHAMPTON HOUSE Near Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 7LG
Catalogue Price £12 (admits two). By post £15

 

1962 MORRIS MINOR 1000 5cwt PICK-UP

Make: Morris
Model: Minor 1000 5cwt Pick-Up
Year: 1962
Registration Number: DBP 162B
Chassis Number: OES1/144091
Transmission: Manual
Steering: Right Hand Drive
MOT Test Expiry: 1 July 2016
Mileage: 66500
Guide Price: £6000 - 7000



From 1956 until 1971, the Morris Minor was produced in large numbers both in saloon, convertible, estate car and commercially as a van or pickup truck. With simple mechanics comprising a four cylinder engine and a four speed gearbox, maintenance was easy and petrol consumption at around 40 mpg meant this was indeed a cheap car to run. With an accessible spares back up and the superb Morris Minor Owners’ Club for support, the Minor is as popular today as it was in its heyday, offering practical transportation for every day motoring.
Should a potential new custodian for this Minor 1000 Pick-Up require a concours truck, then this example probably will not suit; however, as a reliable, economical work-horse, then DBP 162B should certainly fit the bill. The solid, dependable all-steel Pick-Up has been used by its current owner for trips to the tip with garden rubbish, as well as transport for a vintage motorcycle. The versatile Minor has clearly been well-maintained, and with reliability in mind, the original chassis has been plated and welded, the exhaust system is stainless steel and the vehicle is fitted with an unleaded cylinder head and the recent addition of radial ply tyres. For safety, the Truck is equipped with inertia reel seatbelts.
The Morris is supplied with a carpet set (to replace the existing rubber mats), together with a history file containing a handbook, invoices, MOT test certificates, the V5 document and the V5C registration certificate.

  
 1962 Morris Minor 1000 5cwt Pick-Up   1962 Morris Minor 1000 5cwt Pick-Up 
1962 Morris Minor 1000 5cwt Pick-Up  1962 Morris Minor 1000 5cwt Pick-Up 
 
  
Dorset Vintage & Classic Auctions Station Road , Stalbridge , Dorset, DT10 2RH
Tel: +44 (0) 1963 363353
Fax: +44 (0) 1963 363626
Email: brc@dvca.co.uk
 

Saturday, 27 June 2015

1974 Renault Estafette 'Gordini' Campervan - Coys Auction 11/07/15

COMING TO AUCTION
FROM

Blenheim Palace 

Each time we receive a catalogue from Coys we can never decide on what we should feature as our choice of vehicle in their upcoming sale. Our stats tell us that most of the our choices are on equal par, but on the odd occassion something different whets the appetite, so today we are going with this, let us know what you think.

116 - 1974 Renault Estafette 'Gordini' Campervan 

1974 RENAULT ESTAFETTE 'GORDINI' CAMPERVAN
Estimate: £3,500 - £5,000
Registration Number: XGU 728M
Chassis Number: R1236/8902219
Originally the Estafette was available in only four colours from the factory: grey, blue, yellow or orange. The Estafette delivered on all its promises, with its low floor and wide rear opening; the high-roofed versions were especially popular with companies having to load bulky items – the 0.8cu metre increase in capacity does allowed a man to stand inside. It was also very popular in camper form as a worthy competitor to its ubiquitous VW counterpart.
Today's version has a celebrated history. Originally manufactured in 1974 as a van and later converted into a camper, it was bought especially to be converted to pre-1966 appearance as the tender unit to the Rae Davis Racing Renault 8 Gordini entry in the 2011 St Mary's Trophy race at the famed Goodwood Revival meeting. With such a high-profile team – starring Le Mans star driver Nicolas Minassian and Goodwood favourite Rae Davis – the RDR ensemble's aim was naturally to be among the best presented teams at Goodwood.
The little Estafette was subjected to a thorough and professional makeover in the style of the famous Gordini team support vehicles of the 1960s. The attention to detail was superb in its execution and, almost needless to say, the RDR team won the coveted 'Best Presented Team' prize, awarded personally by Lord March, at the 2011 Goodwood Revival – high praise indeed.
More recently this little van has been taken to many historic race events with a father and son team and always attracts alot of attention in the paddock. Supplied with a V5 document and current MoT certificate valid until June next year, this charming and most useable Gallic Camper is ready to go!
For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.

Friday, 26 June 2015

1981 ROVER 3500 SD1 VANDEN PLAS - Coys 11/06/15

COMING TO AUCTION
FROM

BLENHEIM PALACE SALE
11th JULY 2015

102 - 1981 Rover 3500 SD1 Vanden Plas 

1981 ROVER 3500 SD1 VANDEN PLAS

Estimate: £8,000 - £12,000
Registration Number: SRJ 730X
Chassis Number: RRMWV3BA161420
Examples such as this 1981 Vanden Plas come so rarely to market. The original owner paid £13,000 and, being a Vanden Plas, the car came loaded with the full spectrum of the Rover option lists: central locking; electric sunroof; cruise control; alloy wheels; extra chrome trim and more. Finished in Pharaoh Gold, the owner's wife disliked leather and thus the interior was trimmed in a special order grey velour. Disappointed with the part exchange values offered by main dealers at the time, in 1981 and having covered just 13,000 miles, the owner drained the fluids and put it up on blocks, where it remained, sheathed in a protective cover, until the end of last year.
Jack Grover of Car and Classic Magazine did a road test on this particular SD1 in February 2014, and his comments offer apt testament: “This is, effectively, an 11-month old Rover SD 1. This means that this is in many ways not a road test of a classic, but of a brand new car.“Opening the door the immediate impression is how new everything feels and smells. There is none of the dusty odours of a well-worn car interior, just the lingering whiff of fresh plastic and glue. The seats and carpets still feel crisp and the acres of chocolate brown soft touch plastic are unfaded... “Given the Rover's wide-ranging design I was wondering what sort of driving character it would have – sporty or luxurious? The answer is an amazing blend of the two. The quality of the ride is probably the best I have experienced on a classic car. In terms of bump absorption and smoothness it's on a par with a hydro-pneumatic Citro├źn, but it totally lacks the wallow and float that is a characteristic of such cars.
“I feel very fortunate to drive it as it provides such a perfect way to see the SD1 at its best, a world-beating piece of automotive design.” This unique SD1 is offered with UK V5 registration papers and an MoT valid until June 2016.
For further information or to arrange a viewing, please contact our sales department.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

1966 MERCEDES 250 S SALOON - Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale 26/06/15

COMING TO AUCTION
FROM

FRIDAY 26th JUNE
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED SALE
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT, GOODWOOD


The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086 

THE PROPERTY OF BILL WYMAN
1966 MERCEDES 250 S SALOON
Registration no. KYM 585D  Chassis no. 10801222013267  Engine no. 10892022005086
£20,000 - 25,000
€28,000 - 35,000

 The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086The property of Bill Wyman,1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon  Chassis no. 10801222013267 Engine no. 10892022005086
The property of Bill Wyman
1966 Mercedes 250 S Saloon
Registration no. KYM 585D
Chassis no. 10801222013267
Engine no. 10892022005086

*Right-hand drive, UK-delivered example
*Classic 'stacked headlamp' model *Celebrity owner
*Recent complete rebuild

FOOTNOTES

  • First shown at Frankfurt in 1965, the 'S' Class Mercedes-Benz range was outwardly distinguishable from preceding models by a new, sleeker bodyshell with lower roof and waist lines and increased glass area. All models featured similar all-independent suspension, as well as four-wheel disc brakes and power-assisted steering. Although developed from the 220's 2.2-litre unit, the new 2.5- litre engine of the 250 S incorporated numerous improvements, including a seven-bearing crankshaft, and produced 130bhp at 5,400rpm, good enough for a top speed of 112mph.

    Founder member of the Rolling Stones, Bill Wyman purchased this classic 'stacked headlamp' Mercedes-Benz 250 S saloon from a garage in Anerley Hill, South London. The first of many he would own, the Mercedes cost him £3,853 and was delivered on Monday 22nd August 1966. 'This was the first Mercedes with curved black windows,' Bill revealed. 'Everyone was getting black windows – Mick (Jagger) and, I think, Brian (Jones) did in their Minis. Mercedes had never done it, so I had to contribute to the research on how to make them. It cost me about £350.'

    Mercedes-Benz though, had rejected Bill's order for black windows, so a company in West London removed the 250's windows – they were curved not flat – took a mould from them and commissioned Pilkington to make special glass to fit. 'Then of course I got stopped all the time, Bill recalls. 'Though the police usually just wanted to see who was in it.'

    From 1966 to 1969 Bill used this car to travel around London and to Olympic Studios in Barnes where the Rolling Stones were recordingBeggars Banquet, featuring the iconic track Sympathy for the Devil, and Let It Bleed featuring Gimme Shelter and You Can't Always Get What You Want. Says Bill: 'When we weren't in the studio or touring I drove round England with my camera, taking photographs.'

    On Wednesday 11th November 1970, Bill traded in 'KYM 585D' for part exchange (£1,600) and bought a new Mercedes-Benz 250 CE Coupé ('FRT 9J') from Barnard's in Stowmarket, Suffolk for £4,195. Fortunately for Bill, his beloved Mercedes-Benz 250 S did not move very far and on Wednesday 6th November 1991 he was able to buy it back from a lady in Bury St Edmunds for £1,000. 'At first she would not accept my offer so I had my estate manager go to the bank and take out £1,000 in £1 notes,' Bill recalls. 'He presented the offer again in person saying "take it or leave it". She took it.'

    Unfortunately the black windows were either missing by now or cracked, and the car was in poor condition. In 1997 Bill commissioned Tony Davey to completely rebuild 'KYM 585D' at a cost of almost £20,000, though the original tinted windows are no longer in place. (Tony Davey is the man that rebuilt Roger Moore's The Saint car and dozens of other classics dating from the 1930s to the present day). Since the restoration's completion the Mercedes has been stored as part of Bill's private collection. Described as in generally excellent condition, this iconic piece of rock music memorabilia is offered with MoT to February 2016 and a V5 registration document.
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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES V CONVERTIBLE - Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale 26/06/15

COMING TO AUCTION
AT

GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED SALE
FRIDAY 26th JUNE 
GOODWOOD CIRCUIT, CHICHESTER


1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/1176 

1963 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES V CONVERTIBLE
Registration no. DRS 809A - Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R - Engine no. 370/1176

1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/11761963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Convertible  Chassis no. DB4C/1068/R Engine no. 370/1176
*One of only 70 DB4 convertibles made
*Restored by Desmond J Smail
*Vantage-specification engine
*Air conditioning and other upgrades

FOOTNOTES

  • 'The Aston Martin DB4 was perhaps the finest compromise which the David Brown-owned company ever achieved between exceptionally high-quality, exceptionally high-performance, exceptionally lavish finishing and yet properly contained overall size and weight – a great British product, benefiting from the styling input of Touring of Milan...' –Motors, 1965.

    Classically proportioned and instantly recognisable from the moment of its introduction in 1958, the Touring-styled Aston Martin DB4 established a look that would survive, with only minor revisions, until 1970. Moreover, it was the first Aston Martin to carry CarrozzeriaTouring's 'Superleggera' bodywork, in which light alloy panels were fixed to a framework of light-gauge steel tubes welded to a platform chassis. Although styled by Touring, the DB4's gorgeous fastback coachwork was built under license at Newport Pagnell by Aston Martin, which employed some of the finest panel beaters in the industry. The result was a car whose sleek lines were described as 'unmistakably Italian and yet... equally unmistakably Aston Martin'.

    Designed by Tadek Marek and already proven in racing, the DB4's new twin-cam six-cylinder engine displaced 3,670cc while the gearbox was a new David Brown four-speed all-synchromesh unit. An immensely strong platform-type chassis, designed by Harold Beach, replaced the preceding DB2/4's multi-tubular spaceframe, the latter being considered incompatible with Touring's Superleggera body construction. The DB2/4's trailing-link independent front suspension gave way to unequal-length wishbones while at the rear the DB4 sported a live axle located by a Watts linkage instead of its predecessor's Panhard rod. Boasting disc brakes all round and with 240bhp on tap, the DB4 was the first production car capable of accelerating from a standing start to 100mph and back to rest again in under 30 seconds. At a time when few family saloons were capable of exceeding 70mph and took an age to get there, this staggering performance made the DB4 just about the fastest thing on the road, easily the equal of its Italian rivals. The DB4 was available only as a closed sports saloon until September 1961 when the convertible version was unveiled at that year's Motor Show. Priced at £4,449, it was £250 more expensive than the saloon and arguably prettier. Passenger space was little changed, though there was more headroom than the saloon could offer.

    Manufactured between October 1958 and June 1963, the DB4 developed through no fewer than five series. However, it should be made clear that the cars were not thus designated by the factory, this nomenclature having been suggested subsequently by the Aston Martin Owners Club to aid identification as the model evolved. The first cars had already undergone a number of improvements, including the fitting of heavy-duty bumpers after the first 50 had been made, before the 2nd series arrived in January 1960. A front-hinged bonnet, bigger brake callipers and an enlarged sump were the major changes made on the Series II, while the 3rd series featured separate rear lights, two bonnet stays and a host of improvements to the interior fittings. The 4th series was readily distinguishable by its new grille, with seven vertical bars, shallower bonnet intake and recessed rear lights, while the final (5th) series manufactured between September 1962 and June 1963 was built on a 3½" longer wheelbase (allowing for increased leg room and a larger boot) and gained 15" wheels, an electric radiator fan and the DB4GT-type instrument panel. Including Vantage and convertible models, approximately 1,100 DB4s were produced between 1958 and 1963.

    Chassis number '1168/R' was sold new via Aston Martin agents Brooklands in July 1963 to Mr Dino Accini of Holland Road, London and originally was finished in Fiesta Red with fawn Connolly hide interior trim. It was maintained by the factory at Newport Pagnell until 1970 by which time it had passed into the ownership of a Dr Richardson of Wellington, Somerset and subsequently to a Mr J H Vernon from Edgbaston in Birmingham. At some point after 1970 the car was left to decay until the early 1990s. It was then purchased from Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd by Mr David Ciclitira, who commissioned renowned marque specialist Desmond J Smail to completely restore the car.

    Carried out between November 1993 and August 1996, the rebuild included full chassis and body rebuild by marque specialist Bodylines, a full re-spray by the marque specialist Spraytech, in Winchester Blue and an engine rebuild, as well as fitting air conditioning and a new convertible hood. This beautiful Aston then remained in Mr Ciclitira's ownership until 2013, being lovingly cared for by Desmond J Smail. Since restoration the engine has been upgraded to Vantage specification (in December 2000) while in June 2013 the gearbox was overhauled; the rear axle rebuilt to incorporate a Powr-Lok limited-slip differential, RS Williams dampers installed; and new tyres fitted at a cost in excess of £27,000. Additional upgrades include a discreet modern radio, fire extinguishing system, negative-earth electrics, alloy wheel rims, electric windows, central locking and an alarm. A stunning example of one of the final, 5th series, '1168/R' comes complete with a rare original factory hard top, a good history file, V5C registration document, MoT to August 2015 and detailed restoration records.

    Combining Aston Martin's traditional virtues of style and performance with the joys of open-air motoring, the DB4 Convertible is most sought after and highly prized today. With the exception of the Zagato, the DB4 Convertible is the rarest Aston Martin road car of the David Brown era with a total of only 70 built, six less than the legendary DB4 GT.

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