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« Respuesta #1500 en: 27 Febrero 2019, 14:47:13 »
CCA OFFERS FOR AUCTION THE BEST OF BRITISH CARS AT PRACTICAL CLASSICS CLASSIC CAR AND RESTORATION SHOW

The Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale on the 23rd and 24th March, at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show will feature a variety of British classics to go under the hammer.

A number of Land Rovers will be up for auction with a 1951 Series 1 leading the charge. Land Rovers have become such an iconic vehicle in British motoring history, rarely changing in design until now with the imminent launch of the new Defender. Series 1 Land Rovers are always in hot demand and CCA have this lovely 1951 edition in traditional green with a Land Rover Heritage certificate. With a low estimate of £12,000 this looks to be a great offering.

Carrying on the British theme, a really splendid 1968 Jenson Interceptor Mk1 is being offered. This is an automatic version with the Chrysler 6.3 V8 fitted and only 84,000 miles. The car has had some of the bodywork refreshed in 1992 with new panels and floorpan. It comes with an extensive history file and the original bill of sale. With Jenson prices having been depressed the last few years, there now appears to be a resurgence, according to specialists Cropredy Bridge. Could this be the time to own an appreciating asset?

With the summer months coming shortly, now could be the time to indulge in some true comfort, a 1985 Rolls Royce Corniche to float around the UK lanes or even take to Europe as this car is left hand drive. It grew up in New York before being imported to the UK in 2014 where it is now registered with 70,050 miles on the clock. The car had been in storage for the last couple of years but has since been re-commissioned for sale. This car is one of several Rolls Royces being offered.

If you fancy something a bit more sportier, CCA have a 1999 Aston Martin DB7 Coupe. This car was supplied new in the UK before it was exported to Canada and then returned to the UK two years ago. It has a very low indicated mileage of 25,122 miles and has been fastidiously maintained. Finished in British Racing Green with green piped parchment leather interior, this is a fabulous example to own.

With further lots from other British manufacturers, Lotus, Jaguar, Bentley, TVR, Rover and Triumph, there will be plenty to bid for depending on your budget.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented “I am looking forward to a fantastic event, we have a great level of cars with some true British classics. With prices for Jensen showing movement, Aston Martins and Bentley always offering great interest, the sale is looking very promising.”

 

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« Respuesta #1501 en: 28 Febrero 2019, 16:02:48 »
SALON PRIVÉ & BENTLEY DRIVERS CLUB TO CELEBRATE 100 YEARS OF BENTLEY MOTORS IN SPECTACULAR STYLE AT BLENHEIM PALACE

Salon Privé (5th to 8th September) will this year dedicate two days (Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September) to celebrating the centenary of one of Britain’s most revered and prestigious motor car marques; Bentley Motors, founded in 1919 by the gifted engineer W.O. Bentley. The two-day celebration of 100 years of Bentley Motors at Salon Privé will consist of Bentley Masters on Saturday and Bentley Drivers Club Concours d’Elegance alongside Salon Privé Classic & Supercar on Sunday.

On Saturday 7th September, the third running of the Masters Series at Salon Privé will be devoted to Bentley Motors, marking the 100th anniversary of this iconic British automotive marque. Although there will be a competitive element to the day, first and foremost it will be a celebration with an enviable display of 50 Bentleys from the earliest through to the very latest models. Together, they will bring to life the story of how the marque evolved to become one of the most admired luxury vehicle makers in the world today.

These 50 Bentley Masters motor cars will be judged on the Saturday by a panel carefully selected for their knowledge and expertise of the Bentley marque, combined with those who have a passion and life-long interest in these special cars. Salon Privé takes a relaxed and celebratory approach to the judging, rather than the close scrutiny of a traditional Concours event. Trophies will be awarded during the day, with the much-coveted Owners’ Choice presented at the Saturday evening Gala Dinner within the sumptuous surroundings of Blenheim Palace.

Salon Privé’s Co-Founder and Sales Director, David Bagley commented: “It’s a real honour for us to have been selected as the host event for Bentley’s Centenary this year and we are planning a spectacular weekend of celebrations at Blenheim Palace. On Saturday 7th September on the South Lawn, we present Bentley Masters at Salon Privé with an eye-watering display of 50 of the rarest and most exceptional models from around the world - already, entries have been received from France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, South Africa and The Netherlands. Then, on Sunday 8thSeptember, Bentley Drivers Club join us for their annual Concours d’Elegance and together, we will attempt to gather a record 1,001 Bentley together at one event. Stretching across the North Lawns, it will be the ultimate tribute for this iconic British marque.”

On Sunday 8th September, the Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) Concours d'Elegance will merge with the newly launched Salon Privé Classic & Supercar and with an expected record gathering of no less than 1,001 Bentleys from across the globe taking centre stage, it will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed!

Lucky owners of exceptional Bentley models are invited and encouraged to consider entering their motor cars for both days of Salon Privé’s Bentley centenary celebration weekend. Models already submitted for entry to the whole weekend include a noteworthy 1929 Speed Six Gurney Nutting Weymann Saloon, one of just 182 Speed Six models built, a 1938 Sports Saloon by Park Ward and a 1950 Mk VI Drophead Foursome Coupeby E.D.Abbott, one of just 16 ever built.

Sunday 8th September will see the largest ever annual Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) Concours d’Elegance taking place as an integral part of the Salon Privé Classic & Supercar event at Blenheim Palace, with 18 prestigious trophies to be awarded, including Concours, Patina and the Inter-Regional Team Challenge awards. A special exhibition of significant Bentley cars from every decade will showcase 100 years of the marque; this will include the earliest surviving Bentley, EXP2, and a number of fascinating cars such as a striking-looking Continental GT Zagato, one of only nine made, and a unique Continental GT S Convertible ‘art car’ boldly decorated by the creative brush of celebrated artist Sir Peter Blake.

Bentley Drivers Club Chairman Ron Warmington said: “Our Concours d’Elegance will be a unique occasion and we would be delighted to mark Bentley Motors’ centenary by setting a new world record for the largest ever gathering of Bentleys in one place. Do come along – we guarantee you’ll have a wonderful day.”

EDITORS’ NOTES:

Now in its 14th year, Salon Privé is a must-attend event for any car enthusiast or aficionado. Having been invited into the Peninsula Classics Best of the BestAward, the event is now recognised as one of the top 8 events in the world alongside Pebble Beach, Villa d’este and Amelia Island. It is an automotive Garden Party held within the grounds of ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’, Blenheim Palace and firmly established as the UK’s most exclusive automotive Garden Party.

Salon Privé showcases a globally-recognised Concours, and a one-marque celebration within the same event; firstly, the ‘Chubb Insurance Concours d’Elégance’ on Thursday 5th September comprising 50 eclectic historic cars, followed by ‘Bentley Masters by Chubb Insurance, Pirelli & Lockton Private Clients’ celebrating the marque’s 100th Anniversary on Saturday 7th September. Boodles Ladies’ Day, which is a highlight on the social calendar sits between the two on Friday 6th September.

The newly formed Salon Privé Classic & Supercar will now become the finale day for the public on Sunday 8th September. Visitors on the Public Day will have the option of purchasing a North Lawn ticket for £21.00, or a combined North & South Lawn Enclosure ticket for £36.00. The upgraded South Lawn Enclosure ticket includes full access to the supercar manufacturers, classic car restorers and luxury brands exhibiting within Salon Privé. On top of this, the North Lawn ticket includes a GT Tour display, the Supercar Club Paddock with 500 supercars, plus access to the Bentley Drivers Club Concours d’Elegance with its judging classes, exhibition cars and stands from a range of invited trades.

For media information, please contact Gema Bernaldo de Quirós – gemab@salonpriveconcours.com

 

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« Respuesta #1502 en: 28 Febrero 2019, 16:03:09 »
WORLD’S MOST SIGNIFICANT JAGUAR COLLECTION FOR SALE WITH PENDINE

Some of the world’s rarest and most historically significant Jaguar cars are to be offered for sale on the open market for the first time ever by Pendine Historic Cars, the UK-based specialists in historic cars for road and track.

The ‘Jaguar Sports Car Collection’ currently belongs to one of the world’s foremost collectors of sporting Jaguars and contains 12 of the most collectible and valuable Jaguars in existence. Among the collection is the first ever Jaguar sports car prototype, the first ever E-Type to be seen in public and the famous ‘lost C-Type’.

Offered for sale individually, the collection presents Jaguar and classic car aficionados with a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire an exquisite piece of Jaguar history, each in concours condition and restored by the finest marque specialists.

“This is without a doubt one of the most impressive and important collections of Jaguars in the world,” comments James Mitchell, founder, Pendine Historic Cars. “Each car in the collection represents a key milestone through the marque’s early history. Not only have some of these incredible cars played important roles in automotive cultural history, but they are also among the best examples in the world.”

The ‘Jaguar Sports Car Collection’ is the automotive life work of notable collector, Dr Christian Jenny. Since falling in love with the marque in the early 1970s, Christian has been dedicated to building a collection of Jaguar sports cars that spans the most definitive period of the company’s development. So significant is the collection, a hardback book titled ‘The Jaguar Sports Car Collection; A Personal Endeavour’, which tells the story of each individual car, was published in 2014.

The 1935 Jaguar S.S. 90 Prototype for sale is the first ever Jaguar sports car made and the car that would launch Sir William Lyons’ and Jaguar’s successful motor sport campaign at the very beginning of the marque’s sporting history.

The 1961 Jaguar E-Type in the collection is the first E-Type ever seen in public when it was unveiled to the press and VIP guests at the Geneva Motor Show. As one of the very first hand built, pre-production prototype examples of the model which changed Jaguar’s history forever, this is considered one of the most important non-competition Jaguars in the world.

A hugely significant historic race car in the collection is the 1952 Jaguar C-Type, known as the ‘lost C-Type’ after it became the only one of the 53 examples unaccounted for between the late sixties until 1997. Today it is regarded as one of the greatest ever sports racing cars of the 1950s.

Also in the collection is the first ever production 1935 S.S. 90 to leave the factory, a 1937 S.S. 100 2.2 litre, 1938 S.S. 100 3.5 litre, 1950 XK120 Alloy, 1950 XK120 Roadster, 1955 XK140 Roadster, 1960 XK150 3.8S Roadster, 1961 E-Type and a 1972 V12 Roadster. Each car in the collection, currently located in Switzerland, has been meticulously maintained and stored in a dedicated subterranean garage.

Interested parties should contact James Mitchell at Pendine Historic Cars directly at james@pendine.com or on +44 1869 357126, with sale prices available on request only.

To see the full ‘Jaguar Sports Car Collection’ for sale on the Pendine Historic Cars website, please visit https://www.pendine.com/jaguar-collection/.

 

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Re:Noticias varias de clásicos/históricos [en inglés]
« Respuesta #1503 en: 28 Febrero 2019, 16:07:44 »
CAPRI’S GOLD STANDARD AT THIS SUMMER’S SPARKLING CLASSIC

Ford Capri owners are being offered a fabulous opportunity to be part of the much-loved fastback’s 50th birthday party at this summer’s Silverstone Classic (26-28 July).

Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1969, and marketed by Ford as ‘The Car You Always Promised Yourself’, close to two million Capris were produced before the model’s demise at the end of 1986.

A dazzling classic touring car race has already been announced to salute the stylish coupé’s golden jubilee, together with a special trophy presented by Gordon Spice, the world’s most successful Capri racer in period.

Now comes confirmation of an exclusive anniversary track parade and display – plus a special Capri Celebration Package – to encourage all owners to join in the festivities.

This attractively priced offer provides owners with a pair of adult tickets (for Sunday or the full three-day weekend) plus a special vehicle pass giving access to a dedicated Capri Celebration display area.

Also included is a place in the commemorative Capri Celebration track parade taking place on the full Grand Prix circuit at lunchtime on Sunday. This will be fronted by the final Capri to roll off the production line in Cologne – a limited edition 280 ‘Brooklands’ model owned by Ford’s heritage workshop.

This package has been introduced to enable owners who may not be members of those car clubs already attending the world’s biggest historic motor racing festival, to share in the extensive 50th birthday revelries.

“Five years ago we paid tribute to the Ford Mustang when it turned 50, now we are honouring its equally-iconic European sibling, the Capri,” explained Nick Wigley, Silverstone Classic CEO.

“For many of us the Capri was always the affordable coupé, so it’s no surprise that they are becoming more and more treasured by classic car enthusiasts. We want to foster and fuel that passion by encouraging as many Capri fans as possible to share in the 50th birthday celebrations at the Classic.” 

Owners not wanting to miss the party can select the Capri Celebration Package from the ticket options available on the official silverstoneclassic.com website.

As well as honouring the Capri in style, this year’s Silverstone Classic is also marking Bentley’s centenary and 60 years of the evergreen Mini among its many other celebrations.

Furthermore, the packed 21-race track programme features evocative retro showdowns for prized Formula 1, Formula 2 and Formula 3 single-seaters for the very first time plus the inaugural round of the exciting new Aston Martin Heritage Racing Festival Series.

Full details of all tickets (which must be purchased in advance) – as well as hospitality packages and weekend festival camping – can be found on the official www.silverstoneclassic.com website.   

 

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« Respuesta #1504 en: 04 Marzo 2019, 08:39:04 »
‘TIME-WARP’ PEUGEOT GETS BIDDERS BATTLING AND BARONS LINES UP A PRE-PRODUCTION JAGUAR FOR APRIL

Barons’ 2019 sale calendar got off to a strong start with a 70% sale rate achieved at its Classic Winter Warmer Sale at Sandown Park on February 26. 48 of 69 cars on offer found new homes and bidding was brisk, not least for the ‘time-warp’ Peugeot 309 GTi. With just 131 warranted miles on the clock, this absolutely original, showroom-condition, one-owner machine was hotly fought-over before the hammer fell to the successful bidder, with the ‘Pug’ achieving well over top estimate at £14,520 - or £110 for each mile the car has covered in its lifetime.

Tim Gascoigne, Barons’ Auction Manager, was delighted with the day: "We're very happy with how the first sale of 2019 went. We sold 70% of the cars on offer, which is a great result in the current market. The £14,520 achieved for the Peugeot 309 GTi must be a record price for the model, and there were lots of other strong results, including £30,360 for the 1951 Jaguar Mk V, £18,260 for the Ginetta G33N, and £20,130 for the 1964 Morris Mini Cooper."

Rare ‘garden find’ pre-production Jaguar for April

Barons is now inviting entries for its Spring Classic Sale, taking place at Sandown Park on April 30. Early entries include a fantastic restoration project for a Jaguar enthusiast. The 1973 XJ Series 2 pre-production coupé, chassis number 2, was built as a left hand drive machine but converted by the Browns Lane factory to RHD and registered by them in 1974, after which it was used by Jaguar’s then Chief Engineer Jim Randle as his company car.

The XJ was subsequently owned by Thoroughbred and Classic Cars and featured many times in that publication during the 1980s. It was recently found languishing in a garden and is in need of full restoration. It will be offered at no reserve.

For more information, or to consign a vehicle to the sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com.

RESULTS, BARONS AT SANDOWN PARK, FEBRUARY 26 2019

Year
   

Make
   

Model
   

Sold @ Inc

1951
   

Jaguar
   

MKV
   

£30,360.00

1964
   

Morris
   

Mini Cooper
   

£20,130.00

1992
   

Ginetta
   

G33N
   

£18,260.00

2006
   

BMW
   

M3 Convertible
   

£17,600.00

1989
   

Mercedes
   

G Wagen 280 GE SWB
   

£16,665.00

2008
   

Hummer
   

H3 Luxury RHD
   

£16,500.00

2003
   

Bentley
   

Arnage R
   

£15,950.00

1966
   

Jaguar
   

3.8 S-Type
   

£15,125.00

1988
   

Lotus
   

Esprit Turbo X180
   

£14,850.00

1991
   

Peugeot
   

309 GTi
   

£14,520.00

1960
   

Morris
   

Mini Minor De-Lux
   

£13,860.00

1960
   

Austin Healy
   

Sprite
   

£11,880.00

1973
   

Volvo
   

P1800 ES
   

£11,000.00

1986
   

Jaguar
   

XJS V12 Coupe
   

£9,460.00

1981
   

Range Rover
   

Classic 2 Door
   

£9,350.00

1976
   

Lincoln
   

Continental MKIV
   

£9,350.00

2000
   

Porsche
   

911
   

£9,350.00

2004
   

Mercedes
   

350SL Convertible
   

£9,240.00

1989
   

Bentley
   

Turbo R
   

£8,470.00

1973
   

BMW
   

2002 Bauer Convertible
   

£8,470.00

1974
   

Volkswagen
   

Karmann Ghia Convertible
   

£7,920.00

1975
   

MG
   

BGT
   

£7,370.00

1979
   

Datsun
   

280 ZX
   

£6,380.00

1986
   

Volkswagen
   

Golf 1600 GL Convertible
   

£6,380.00

1991
   

Peugeot
   

205 GTi 1.9
   

£6,160.00

1973
   

Triumph
   

Stag
   

£6,160.00

1999
   

Mercedes
   

320SL
   

£5,500.00

1999
   

Daimler
   

V8 LWB
   

£5,390.00

2002
   

BMW
   

E39 530 SE Saloon
   

£5,390.00

1972
   

Range Rover
   

Classic 4 Door
   

£5,280.00

2010
   

Mercedes
   

S350 Blue Efficviency LWB Cdi Limo
   

£5,280.00

1979
   

Austin Morris
   

Mini 1100 Special Convertible
   

£5,060.00

2003
   

Volkswagen
   

Passat 4.0
   

£4,400.00

2005
   

Mercedes
   

500CL Coupe
   

£4,290.00

2004
   

BMW
   

E46 330 M Sport Coupe
   

£3,960.00

2005
   

BMW
   

E46 318 2.0 M Sport Convertible
   

£3,740.00

2005
   

BMW
   

E46 325 Sport Auto
   

£3,520.00

1971
   

Reliant
   

Scimitar SE5
   

£3,300.00

1999
   

BMW
   

E36 328 Sport Pack Convertible
   

£3,190.00

2000
   

Mercedes
   

SLK 230 Kompressor Convertible
   

£2,750.00

2001
   

Volvo
   

V40 1.8 Estate
   

£2,750.00

1989
   

Bentley
   

Turbo R
   

£2,200.00

1997
   

Volkswagen
   

Golf MK4 1600 GL
   

£2,035.00

2005
   

Saab
   

9-3 2.8T Aero Station Wagon
   

£1,760.00

2000
   

Rover
   

75 Club Saloon
   

£1,400.00

2002
   

Land Rover
   

Discovery TD5 GS
   

£1,350.00

2001
   

MG
   

F
   

£1,125.00

2002
   

Mercedes
   

CLK 200 Avantgarde
   

£800.00

 

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« Respuesta #1505 en: 05 Marzo 2019, 08:35:50 »
DAVID BROWN AUTOMOTIVE EXHIBITS AT GENEVA INTERNATIONAL MOTOR SHOW WITH RECORD NUMBER OF CARS ON DISPLAY

David Brown Automotive is exhibiting for the third year in a row at the Geneva International Motor Show with more cars on display than ever before. An innovative selection of new accessories and specification options are shown on David Brown Automotive’s two flagship models, Speedback GT and Mini Remastered, with five ultra-bespoke cars available to see at the motor show. The new configurations celebrate the best of traditional handcraftsmanship with modern functionality and luxury in the auto industry, as David Brown Automotive strikes a chord with customers as an exclusive manufacturer of ultra-bespoke, handcrafted cars.

On the David Brown Automotive show stand in Geneva (Hall 2, Stand 2142), a trio of iconic Mini Remastered cars are on display that have been specified to show off the qualities of the all-new options list. This ultra-bespoke options and accessories list has been developed in partnership with a number of high-end UK brands, including Avon Tyres, PFD Skis, Viners and Fulton, for the most luxurious application. David Brown Automotive’s 250m2 show stand in Geneva features five cars in total, more than any previous year, with the three Mini Remastered models joined by two Speedback GTs.

One Mini Remastered car is kitted out in ‘Dark Necessities’ finish, black with gold flake and also a gold roof coachline. This colour scheme is complemented by an all-black interior to continue its rock ‘n’ roll feel.

Another Mini Remastered is built around a beach theme, with a Webasto® panoramic sun roof, marine-grade waterproof leather mixed with Kvadrat® premium fabric on the interior, and a two-tone, three-layer exterior that includes a matte finish around the glass pillars.

The third Mini Remastered portrays an alpine and ski theme with bespoke mountain-scape graphics, handcrafted bonnet straps, British sheepskin wool mats and an impressive handcrafted, bespoke picnic set. Setting the car apart, a bespoke mirror-polished stainless steel and teak roof rack features with handmade skis, specially selected by David Brown Automotive and handcrafted by British-based company, PFD.

These three Mini Remastered cars on display show just what can be possible as configuration options from David Brown Automotive. The rock ‘n’ roll-themed car, beach-inspired option and alpine set can all be ordered as they are in Geneva – or customers can start from scratch and configure various options in, making use of the options list to make a car that is truly unique and personalised. The first Mini Remastered orders began to be delivered in late 2018 and the first customers to receive their cars have come from customers all over the world, from Hong Kong to London, and Sofia to Tokyo.

The bespoke picnic set has also been launched as part of the new accessories range from David Brown Automotive, boasting bespoke enamel crockery, engraved flasks, silver-plated salt and pepper shakers, bottle stopper, bottle opener and cutlery from British-brand, Viners, engraved bottle stopped and hand-stitched saddle leather featuring an exquisite hand-braided stitch around its periphery.

The two Speedback GTs on the stand in Geneva feature innovative use of leather in the interior, such as chevron-impressed Nubuck and a combination of other special finishes, alongside a built-in picnic set that is incorporated into the iconic picnic seat that extends out of each Speedback GT’s tailgate and houses a pair of engraved, hand-trimmed leather flasks, bespoke Whisky bottle holder and British wool picnic blanket.

David Brown Automotive has been working with Avon Tyres to develop a set of specially made, custom-branded tyres for the wire wheel option of the Speedback GT. These tyres will feature an improved and adapted sidewall to best suit the wire wheel option and will be on show for the first time during the Geneva show. Arnold & Son, a British-Swiss watchmaker, has also been working with David Brown Automotive to create another bespoke option for Speedback GT customers. Initial sketches of the automotive-inspired watch design will be on display, alongside representatives from the watch brand with a small selection of their premium products to give a flavour of the new Speedback GT timepiece which is due to be launched later in the year.

David Brown, Company Founder and CEO, said: “We have spent a lot of time carefully identifying and designing the best new accessories and specification options for Mini Remastered and Speedback GT. Each new addition to our offering reflects our capabilities in creating truly bespoke vehicles, as well as the ultra-luxury feel that our customers expect and love about our cars. The extension of the Mini Remastered options, in particular, will ensure that the car appeals not just to enthusiasts but to a wider group of people who love the iconic look and feel of a classic Mini but want all of the added luxury and technology Mini Remastered offers.”

The Speedback GT model was first launched as a prototype in 2014 as the company’s first product that realised David’s vision for a classically-inspired Grand Tourer. The car brings modern refinement and technology, alongside bespoke handcraftsmanship to a design that recalls the golden era of British automotive manufacturing. The success of Speedback GT led to David Brown Automotive to expand its product range and Mini Remastered saw it reimagining one of the world’s most successful cars for the 21st century.

First launched in 2017, with production having started in mid-2018, Mini Remastered takes on board modern technology and luxury handcraftsmanship to revive one of the all-time-great motoring designs.

www.davidbrownautomotive.com

 

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« Respuesta #1506 en: 05 Marzo 2019, 15:49:17 »
STUNNING FIAT DINO COUPE TO STAR AT CCA AUCTION ON 23RD AND 24TH MARCH

A stunning and wonderfully presented Fiat Dino Coupe is to be one of the star lots at the forthcoming Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale on the 23rd and 24th March, at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show.

As the catalogue closed, over 190 lots are being offered for sale with an intriguing variety of cars from a multitude of manufacturers and with some very special editions you will not want to miss out.

Leading the sale is the Fiat Dino 2.4 Coupe in passion red metallic and a stunning tan interior. This car underwent bodywork restoration in mid 2000s and the engine and gearbox by specialists DK Engineering costing £30,000 all photographed and documented. This car is extremely well presented with a 2.4 litre engine recording an indicated 34,344km (21,465m). This car is being offered with an estimate of £50,000 - £60,000.

The DeLorean was made famous not only by featuring in the blockbuster film Back To The Future but also for the controversy surrounding the marques founder, John DeLorean. CCA have for sale two cars, the first is a 31,500 mile example which was imported in 1990 and then professionally converted to right hand drive. This is a well restored car with a superb interior and has been with the current owner for the last 25 years. It is being offered with an estimate of £27,00 to £32,000.

The second DeLorean being offered is unusual in that it is presented in black, originally it was black over silver. This car was imported by its one owner 4 years ago and is a left hand drive example with 33,000 miles shown on the clock. The seats of this car have been recovered and has the original carpets. The car comes with some documented history and an estimate of £20,000 - £25,000.

Amongst all the cars being offered are two immaculately presented show cars. A 1958 VW Beetle which has won many show awards and had a lot of love lavished on it by the current owner over the last 5 years. The has been restored to the highest level with both bodywork and interior by well know specialists. With an estimate of £14,000 to £18,000 this could be your chance to own a real classic.

The second show car offered is a 1985 Opel Manta 400 Tribute. This car once started off as a basic C model in need of a bit of attention. It was decided to strip and prepare the car to the highest standard using the correct body kits and paint colour. This car is part of a private collection where it has been fastidiously maintained in heated storage for the last 10 years. If you fancy a road legal tribute to the good old days of Group B rallying then this car could be for you, estimated at £20,000 to £25,000.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented “We are delighted to have such a wide variety of cars for auction at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show. From stunning show cars to real luxury from Rolls Royce and Aston Martin. One of the stand out cars has to be the rare Fiat Dino Coupe, if you cannot afford a Ferrari this could be the next best thing. We also have a spectacular array of hot hatches and a wide variety of Jaguars from across the range. I am really looking forward to seeing what these cars will fetch in a few weeks time.”

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

2019 Forthcoming Auctions
23rd & 24th March – Practical Classics and Restoration Show Sale, NEC, Birmingham
25th May – CCA May Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

 

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« Respuesta #1507 en: 06 Marzo 2019, 12:42:36 »
NEW AWARDS FOR BEAULIEU FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND HOT ROD & CUSTOM DRIVE-IN DAY

Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day event-goers will compete for new trophies at Beaulieu’s Father’s Day event on Sunday June 16th as new show ambassador Andy Saunders presents his first award and heats are held for Classic Motor Show finalists.

Held in association with the Solent Renegades club, the action-packed show will feature 500 hot rods, customised vehicles and American classics, paired with Simply VW on Saturday June 15th for a retro motoring weekend against the backdrop of live music, dancing and a two-day Vintage Village in the grounds of the National Motor Museum.

Car customiser Andy Saunders will arrive in style at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day in his freshly re-engineered 1937 Cord 812 Westchester Tentanus, to meet show-goers and answer their questions. For the first time, this giant of the custom car world will be judging and presenting his very own Andy Saunders award for the most eye-catching modified car of the show.

From stripped-down hot rods, off-the-wall custom creations, low-riding cruisers and American pre-1980 classics to bikes with mega-engines and wacky trikes, the vibrant line-up will please petrol heads of all ages. There will be prizes for the best custom, hot rod, American car, bike/scooter and the coveted Best in Show award.

New for 2019, Classic American magazine will also be holding the heats for its Car of the Year competition. Show participants with qualifying unmodified American cars of any era will be invited to compete, with a trophy for the owner of the most impressive machine and automatic entry into the finals at the NEC’s Classic Motor Show in November.

Across the weekend, get into the vintage groove with live music, dancing and a vibrant two-day Vintage Village by Bows & Braces. Shop for nostalgic collectables, records, jewellery, luggage, kitchenware and retro clothing from the 1920s - ’80s, then chill out with retro refreshments in a bigger than ever Vintage Tea Tent.

Dress up in vintage finery to win a prize for the best dressed VW on Saturday or individual, family or group on Sunday. You can even get the perfect retro updo at Paula’s Vintage Parlour, which will create a range of glamorous styles from the 1920s - ’60s.

Take to the dance floor with Jitterbug Jive as Bournemouth Lindy Hop Club puts event-goers through their paces with dance demonstrations over the weekend. On Sunday, enjoy toe-tapping music by Bad Detectives, Spitfire Sisters and the roaming Mariachi el Mexicano band.

Getting the retro weekend off to a great start, Simply VW on Saturday 15th will be a chilled-out affair, celebrating Volkswagen cars and vans of every era. 2018 saw a record 537 Volkswagens cruise into the grounds of the Beaulieu attraction, including camper vans, Karmann Ghias, Beetles, beach buggies, Golfs, Polos, Passats and Sciroccos – and this year’s show is set to follow in its tyre-tracks.

Why not make a weekend of it and enjoy both shows with free camping on the Saturday for participants displaying an eligible vehicle at Hot Rod & Custom Drive-In Day. Or camping is available at £10 for all Simply VW participants who would like to stay for the next day’s show.

If you own a relevant vehicle and would like to take part in either show, email details of your car or bike for consideration to events@beaulieu.co.uk or call 01590 614614. Camping must be booked in advance.

Event tickets can be bought in advance online and include admission to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction, including the National Motor Museum with its new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 50 years exhibition, World of Top Gear, On Screen Cars, 13th century Beaulieu Abbey, the Montagu ancestral home of Palace House and its gardens and grounds. For tickets and more information see www.beaulieu.co.uk/events.

Find us on Twitter @Beaulieu_Hants, on Facebook at /nationalmotormuseum or on Instagram @national_motor_museum and join the conversation with #hotrodday and #vintagevillage.

 

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« Respuesta #1508 en: 11 Marzo 2019, 08:13:13 »
CONTINENTAL CARS TO CAUSE COMMOTION AT FORTHCOMING CCA AUCTION

German engineering and Italian glamour will grace the forthcoming Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale on the 23rd and 24th March, at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show.

Amongst the cars offered are the cult classic Audi Quattros, Italian glamour from Alfa Romeo with the Giulia Sprint GT Veloce and the classic and beautifully style Mercedes Pagoda plus a super rare Porsche Carrera 2 Cabriolet.

For those that remember Ashes to Ashes, the Audi Quattro was made famous by Philip Glenister and the phrase “Fire up the Quattro” which led to a cult following and in rallying is where they really made their mark claiming many wins in famous hands. So, when a really fabulous example becomes available people tend to get quite excited. CCA have this “out of the box” 1986 time warp example, which for the first 30 years had just two owners. The car is finished in solid white with an unmarked black interior and graced the front cover of Classic and Sports Car in October 2016. The car has covered 76,500 miles and still has the original Whitehouse Audi stickers and dealer plates with an estimate of £30,000 to £35,000. If white isn’t your colour, there is a second Audi in Tornado Red in the same sale for £25,000 to £30,000.

A bit of Italian glamour will grace the auction with a lovely little Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GT Veloce from 1967. This car has had just five owners and was subject to a full restoration between 2007 and 2010 and comes with photographic evidence of the restoration. The paintwork was treated to a light refresh in 2018 and has been recently serviced so is ready to go to a new home with an estimate of £20,000 to £25,000.

One of the stand out Porsches in the sale is a 1992 edition of the 911 (964) Carrera 2 Cabriolet. This is a fine looking car and is 1 of only 24 that came to the UK in right hand drive and in wide body form. The car is in wonderful condition throughout and has recently been serviced. Estimated at £42,000 to £47,000 and with summer just round the corner this could be the car to enjoy.

CCA have two Mercedes “Pagodas” in the sale and the 1967 250 SL is a fabulously presented car in cherry red. This is a left hand drive version which was imported into the UK in 2015 and has since undergone restoration with a full body respray, new chrome, interior, engine and other mechanicals. The car has been with the owner for the last four years and comes with a matching hard top and a new tan soft top. A beautiful car estimated at £50,000 to £60,000. If red isn’t your colour, then a silver 230 SL Pagoda is being offered in left hand drive and in a very presentable condition.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented “We are very privileged to have some really stand out cars for our auction at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show. The Audis have a strong following so should do well, the Alfa is a lovely car and will give the new owner lots of enjoyment, the Porsche is very rare and both the Mercedes appear to be fine looking cars. These are only a small selection of 190 cars we have for sale, there is something for everyone in all our auctions whatever your budget.”

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

2019 Forthcoming Auctions
23rd & 24th March – Practical Classics and Restoration Show Sale, NEC, Birmingham
25th May – CCA May Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

 

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« Respuesta #1509 en: 11 Marzo 2019, 14:29:56 »
MGLIVE! LOSES SILVERSTONE VENUE & DATE

The MG Car Club are sorry to announce that due to Silverstone Circuits Limited’s decision to carry out essential track maintenance during June 2019, MGLive! has lost its venue and dates.

Silverstone has been the home of MGLive! since its inception as the MG Car Club’s annual national meeting, meaning the loss of the opportunity to host the event at Silverstone has hit the Club very hard sentimentally.

The MG Car Club are now exploring options to move the event to a new location and date, with further announcements to be made on this in due course once arrangements are in place.

All ticket holders will be contacted in due course, once the Club have confirmed the arrangements around the event with what options will be available.

Tickets have been removed from sale, and will go back on sale once alternative arrangements have been made.

Adam Sloman, General Manager of MG Car Club commented “We are incredibly sorry to be sharing such devastating news and everyone at the Club is so distraught that we are no longer able to hold MGLive! at Silverstone this year, due to this Force Majeure situation.

It is such a shame, as we have experienced record sales versus previous years with so many members and classic car enthusiasts purchasing tickets well in advance. We are so deeply sorry to all of those ticket holders and enthusiasts who have supported the Club and event to date.

We are absolutely making every effort to find an alternative option for MGLive! in 2019, we do not want to add to the decline of classic motoring shows or events we’ve already seen recently, and we are not going to be beaten by this.

We are working very hard to find a solution for a venue that can hold our unique race & entertainment event, and hope to make a further announcement soon confirming the arrangements going forwards.

Once we have those arrangements in place, we will be in touch with all our current ticket holders outlining the options that will be available to them.

We’d like to thank the classic car community in advance for their support and understanding. ”

Stuart Pringle, Managing Director of Silverstone Circuits Limited added “Silverstone Circuits Limited is extremely sorry for the cancellation of the MGLive! event in June. This is due to essential track maintenance. We will work with the Club to find a suitable alternative date later in the year that accommodates MGCC Members aspirations for their racing.”

 

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« Respuesta #1510 en: 12 Marzo 2019, 14:40:03 »
CALL OF THE WILD AS JAGUARS GATHER AT CCA AUCTION

Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale on the 23rd and 24th March, at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show will see a large variety of Jaguars being offered for sale, from modern luxury to classic style.

The auction will see over fifteen Jaguars with some wonderful examples of the XJS, 340, XJ8 and the classic E- Type being offered.

Leading the charge is a 1970 E-type Series 2 roadster in silver, with an incredible low mileage of just 26,100 miles, which is believed to be correct according to a respected marque expert. This car is a left hand drive model, which is unrestored and largely original and presented in sparkling condition winning the Concours d’Elegance at the Jaguar Club North America. The car is accompanied by its heritage certificate, history file and concours trophies. The estimate for this car is £50,000 to £60,000.

The Jaguar Mark2 was made famous by the TV series Inspector Morse and CCA have for auction a lovely Mark 2 Jaguar 340, one of the last editions of this model. This is a 1968 3.4 and has been in the same ownership for the last 24 years. The car was subject to a bare metal strip and repainted in Connaught green and fully retrimmed in 1990 with a green short pile wilton carpet and magnolia and green piped seats. In 2015 – 2017 the car was treated to a full mechanical and electrical restoration, including the engine, by JLR Classic. This car has been maintained to a high standard and been kept in dry storage for the last few years. This is a great stylish British classic to own and is estimated at £15,00 to £18,000.

If you fancy something more modern and elegant, how about this one owner from new 1999 Jaguar XJ8. A fabulous investment here for a prospecting collector, as this car has only 12,300 miles on the clock and come with an extensive history file. Presented in cardinal red, with a light mushroom leather interior and accompanied by a selection of Jaguar branded clothing and images of its production, this is one elegant and stylish Jaguar for an estimate of £8,000 to £10,000.

The Jaguar XJS was marketed as a luxury grand tourer and CCA have this lovely 1990 5.3 V12 convertible in signal red with magnolia hide interior to get you purring. This particular car has been impeccably maintained and comes with an extensive history file and a Jaguar Heritage certificate. Last service by Jaguar Classics in March 2018 and benefitting from some subtle upgrades, this XJS is completely unrestored and has just 34,620 miles from new and now being offered for an estimate of £16,000 to £20,000.

If you are a Jaguar enthusiast and looking for your next investment or addition to your collection, then Classic Car Auctions might just have your next purchase.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented “I am very pleased with the selection of Jaguars we have for our sale next week. E-Types are always a popular car to sell and we get to see them in a variety of conditions which makes them available for a wider group of potential purchasers. This Series 2 is a great example. We are also very lucky to have a number of low mileage examples of more modern Jaguars which may go on to be future classics. Lots to choose from if you are a Jaguar enthusiast.”

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

2019 Forthcoming Auctions
23rd & 24th March – Practical Classics and Restoration Show Sale, NEC, Birmingham
25th May – CCA May Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

 

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« Respuesta #1511 en: 13 Marzo 2019, 08:09:09 »
BUGATTI BABY REBORN: A 110TH SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PRESENT

500 limited-edition junior Bugatti cars built to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary

Molsheim / Geneva, 11 March 2019.The car that brought Automobiles Ettore Bugatti to fame in the 1920s, the Bugatti Type 35, is generally acknowledged as the most successful racing car of all time. During its long career it won around 2,000 professional and amateur races, averaging more than fourteen per week at its peak. In 1926 Ettore and his son Jean decided to build a half-scale Type 35 for Ettore’s youngest son, Roland, on the occasion of his fourth birthday. Now, on the occasion of the company’s 110th birthday, Bugatti and Junior Classics are reviving the idea of the Bugatti ‘Baby’, presenting the first 3D-printed design model on the Bugatti stand at Geneva International Motorshow.

What Ettore and Jean had intended as a one-off car, became an official Bugatti vehicle. The feedback from customers visiting Molsheim had been so positive that it went into production and was sold between 1927 and 1936. The Bugatti ‘Baby’ was born. Cherished by Bugatti enthusiasts worldwide, today no collection is complete without a Baby. However, with only around 500 ever made, they have been the preserve of the lucky few. Until now.

The Bugatti Baby for a new generation

To celebrate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary, we are introducing the smallest member of the Bugatti family: the Baby II. A contemporary tribute to Ettore’s masterpiece, the Baby II will be a strictly limited run, just like the original: only 500 cars will be built. Unlike the original, which was only suitable for the youngest drivers, the Baby II is a three-quarters-size replica of the Bugatti Type 35 so it can be driven by both adults and children. The Baby II will allow automobile enthusiasts from across generations to share the love of driving and of the classic marque of Bugatti.

Launching almost a century after its predecessor, the Baby II has been created using the latest technology, but with the utmost respect for Bugatti’s automotive heritage. Hand-built, the car was designed with the aid of a precise digital scan of an original Type 35, built for the 1924 French Grand Prix in Lyon.

Digital technology for an analogue masterpiece

Just like the original Baby, the Baby II has a rear-wheel-drive battery-powered electric powertrain. Unlike its predecessor, the Baby II features removable lithium-ion battery packs, a limited slip differential and even regenerative braking. The junior car will come with two selectable power modes for drivers of different statures: a 1kW ‘child mode’ with the top speed limited to 20 km/h, and a 4kW ‘adult mode’ with the top speed limited to 45 km/h. In addition, for those enthusiasts who crave even more pace, an optional ‘Speed Key’ upgrade is available (just like the Speed Key for its big brother, the Chiron!), which allows power of up to 10kW and disengages the speed limiter.

The cockpit of the Baby II features Bugatti’s signature turned aluminium dashboard, a leather seat, a scale recreation of the Type 35’s distinctive four-spoke steering wheel and custom Bugatti instruments. The exterior of the car is painted in traditional French Racing Blue, although buyers will be able to order in a range of alternative colours. The signature eight-spoke aluminium alloy wheels are scale replicas of Ettore Bugatti’s ground-breaking 1924 design, and house modern brakes on each wheel. Finally, powerful headlights (not shown on Geneva Motor Show images) light the way ahead for drivers young and old, whether you’re exploring new landscapes or lapping the local karting track.

Despite being the smallest member of the Bugatti family, the Baby II has a lot in common with its bigger brothers. Proudly displayed on the nose of the car is Bugatti’s famous ‘Macaron’ badge, made of 50g of solid silver, just like the Chiron. Each car comes with a limited-edition numbered plaque and cars ordered in 2019 will also incorporate a badge to commemorate Bugatti’s 110th anniversary.

Prices start at 30,000 euros (plus taxes and delivery) and production starts in autumn / fall 2019. Join the exclusive club of Baby owners and help write the next chapter in the prestigious history of Bugatti.

Reservations for build slots open at 9am, 11th March 2019 via: contact@bugattibaby.com

Please note, final specifications to be confirmed before production commences

 

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« Respuesta #1512 en: 13 Marzo 2019, 08:09:40 »
FUNDRAISING ROUND BRITAIN COASTAL DRIVE TO RUN FOR FOURTH SUCCESSIVE YEAR

The Round Britain Coastal Drive, created in 2016 as a one-off event to raise funds for the charity Prostate Cancer UK, is to run again in 2019 for the fourth successive year. The aim this year is to raise £45,000, in support of the shocking statistic that one man dies every 45 minutes as a result of prostate cancer.

The Round Britain Coastal Drive is open this year to all XK-badged and XK-engined Jaguars.

This year’s 3,400-mile drive around the circumference of the British mainland will feature some new start and finish locations. The event will be flagged-away from the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, on Monday 16 September and will conclude on Thursday 3 October at Lyndhurst in the New Forest National Park.

Most participants choose to drive one or several of the event’s 18 daily stages, but some “all-rounders” opt to drive the entire route. Renowned Jaguar parts specialists, SNG Barratt Group will be supporting the event once again, with a van full of spare parts. Technicians will provide assistance on all 18 stages, including CBR Motor Bodies of Walsall, the respected specialists in classic restoration, body work and repairs. Participants will also be assisted throughout by event hosts from the XK Club and ambassadors from Prostate Cancer UK.

Philip Porter, author, publisher, architect of the Round Britain Coastal Drive and co-founder of the International Jaguar XK Club, said: “We are appealing to owners of XK-badged and XK-engined Jaguars, in the UK and further afield, to join us in some or all of the Road Britain Coastal Drive. This is an enormously enjoyable way of driving your classic car, seeing fantastic scenery, socialising with like-minded enthusiasts, and raising money for a great cause.”

Gabriella Bailey, Interim Director of Fundraising at Prostate Cancer UK, said: “The Round Britain Coastal Drive events are fantastic and have so far raised over £200,000 for Prostate Cancer UK, which is a tremendous amount. We are thrilled that Philip and his wife Julie have organised this event for the fourth year in a row, this time with XK-engined Jaguars.

“We are also so grateful that any funds raised through our partnership with the Jaguar XK Club this year, will be match-funded, pound for pound, by an anonymous partner. This generous offer will go towards supporting our Specialist Nurse services, the UK’s only telephone, email and Live Chat support specific to prostate cancer, at Prostate Cancer UK.

“Our Specialist Nurses are here for anyone living with or concerned about prostate cancer or prostate problems.

There are over 400,000 men living with the disease in the UK, which means this service will continue to act as a lifeline for so many. By doubling the value, we are doubling the difference to the lives of men and their loved ones.”

Anyone interested in taking part can find more information on the event website, https://www.roundbritaincoastaldrive.co.uk/xk-club-round-britain-coastal-drive.html, or by phoning the International XK Club on 01584 781588. Membership of the XK Club brings many attractive benefits and costs little more than a tank of fuel.

Launch Event:

On: Wednesday 1 May 2019

Time: 6.30 – 8.30pm

At: Hexagon Classics, North London 82-92 Great North Road, London N2 0NL

Join past and present participants of the Round Britain Coastal Drive and Prostate Cancer UK Ambassadors for a special presentation

RSVP by Wednesday 24 April to rebecca@eventspr.co.uk Tel: 01452 260063/07749 852481

Round Britain Coastal Drive 2019 - Stage start and finish locations

Stage
   

September / October
      
   

Start
      
   

Finish

1
   

Monday 16th
        

National Motor Museum,

Beaulieu
        

Dunchideock, Exeter, Devon

2
   

Tuesday 17th
        

Dunchideock
        

St. Ives, Cornwall

3
   

Wednesday 18th
        

St. Ives
        

Bridgwater, Somerset

4
   

Thursday 19th
        

Bridgwater
        

Tenby, Pembrokeshire

5
   

Friday 20th
        

Tenby
        

Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

6
   

Saturday 21st
        

Blaenau Ffestiniog
        

Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

7
   

Sunday 22nd
        

Lytham St Annes
        

Workington, Cumbria

8
   

Monday 23rd
        

Workington
        

Ayr, Ayrshire

9
   

Tuesday 24th
        

Ayr
        

Plockton, Ross and Cromarty

10
   

Wednesday 25th
        

Plockton
        

Kinlochbervie, Sutherland

11
   

Thursday 26th
        

Kinlochbervie
        

Inverness, Inverness-shire

12
   

Friday 27th
        

Inverness
        

Montrose, Angus

13
   

Saturday 28th
        

Montrose
        

Berwick-upon-Tweed, N’brland

14
   

Sunday 29th
        

Berwick-upon-Tweed
        

Tickton, East Riding of Yorkshire

15
   

Monday 30th
        

Tickton
        

Cromer, Norfolk

16
   

Tuesday 1st
        

Cromer
        

Orsett, Essex

17
   

Wednesday 2nd
        

Orsett
        

Hastings, East Sussex

18
   

Thursday 3rd
        

Hastings
        

Forest Lodge Hotel,

Lyndhurst, Hampshire

 

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« Respuesta #1513 en: 13 Marzo 2019, 08:10:03 »
TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES: THE STORY OF BENTLEY’S INNOVATIVE FOUNDER

As Bentley marks its Centenary year, the Crewe-based luxury car maker celebrates the life of the innovative British engineer whose drive and ingenuity started it all.

Walter Owen Bentley – or W.O. as he is fondly known – was born in 1888 in London, when horse and carriage was still the most common form of transport. Growing up in a busy household of 11, and despite an undistinguished school career, W.O. used enthusiasm and innovation to succeed. After an apprenticeship on the railways and then in motor racing, the young engineer joined the armed forces, designing the highly regarded BR1 and BR2 rotary engines for military aircraft, including the renowned Sopwith Camel. 

A couple of years later, in 1919, W.O. created a company that would become synonymous with the finest hand-built British motor cars and which, even today, is still the most sought-after luxury car brand in the world.

A Pioneering Spirit
W.O. Bentley was just 16-years-old when he left school and started as an apprentice on the Great Northern Railway. It cost his father the not inconsiderable sum of £75 to enrol his steam-obsessed son as a Premium Apprentice in Doncaster, in the north of England.

He earned 25 pence a week for five years training on the job – although it was 18 months before W.O. finally got to work on the steam engines he loved. Later in his life, W.O. recalled: ‘The underside of a car after a few thousand miles is as hygienic as an operating theatre, compared with a locomotive in for overhaul!’.

Realising it would be years before he would climb up the pecking order, towards the end of his apprenticeship W.O. decided to explore a new area of transport. With great foresight, he turned his attention away from steam to the rapidly improving internal combustion engine.

Bentley Rotary One (BR1)
W.O. was so enthused with the combustion engine he began racing motorcycles at events around the country, including the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy. He went into business with one of his brothers importing French cars, before secretly creating a new alloy of aluminium and copper that would be used to make lighter weight pistons for his own racing car.

His innovative early years in the automotive industry didn’t come without interruption. Commissioned into the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) during World War One, W.O. patriotically passed on his lightweight piston idea, which created a more powerful and reliable version of the RNAS’s existing aircraft engine.

Impressed with his efforts, W.O.’s superiors then allowed him to set about designing a new rotary aircraft engine from scratch. He was afforded every available facility to experiment, instructing engineers at the Humber plant in Coventry, England. The engine was a great success and was soon in mass production for the War effort.

That unit became the favourite engine for mounting in the naval version of the famous fighter-scout aircraft, the Sopwith Camel. The single-seater bi-plane flew into the history books and is one of the best-known aircraft of the 20th century.

The engine was initially known as the Admiralty 1 but later it was decided to honour the name of the founder. The Bentley Rotary 1 subsequently became the BR1 – a fitting tribute to W.O.’s inventiveness.

W.O. went on to develop a more powerful 230bhp version called the BR2, a nine-cylinder unit which was fitted to aircraft in great numbers in 1918. The engine was still in use when the War ended and continued to be used in many parts of the world for several years to follow. It was the most powerful rotary engine in military service.

The founding years of Bentley
Having demonstrated a natural ability as an innovative engineer, W.O. took his first steps into the automotive world when the War was over, using his skill to create a car bearing his own name.

When hostilities ended, he was presented with a Commission of Awards To Inventors grant of £8,000 for his vital contribution to the War effort, as well as an MBE (Most Excellent Order of the British Empire).

In 1919 W.O. used that capital to fulfil a dream and create his own car company. W.O. built the brand on the guiding principle of creating ‘a fast car, a good car: the best in its class’, a goal he would achieve time and time again.

The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner
The Mulsanne W.O. Edition by Mulliner pays homage to the founding father of the company and incorporates a genuine piece of Bentley history in every car.

Inside each of the 100 limited edition Mulsannes, a slice of the original crankshaft taken from W.O. Bentley’s personal 8 Litre car – the last model he designed for Bentley Motors back in 1930 – is displayed.

Bentley’s Centenary – 100 Years of Extraordinary
July 10, 2019 marks Bentley’s 100th year - an extraordinary milestone achieved by only a few companies. To celebrate the occasion, a year-long series of special activities has been planned, with celebrations at events around the world.

These will showcase Bentley’s motoring evolution over the last 100 years, highlighting its global success today and the exciting future ahead – all thanks to one man’s determination and drive for innovation.

 

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« Respuesta #1514 en: 14 Marzo 2019, 15:08:52 »
FABULOUS FAST FORDS TO FEATURE AT FORTHCOMING CCA AUCTION

Classic Car Auctions (CCA) sale on the 23rd and 24th March have a number of very special classic fast Fords for auction at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration show being held at the NEC, Birmingham.

Ford was known for making some very fast hot hatches and have for auction three stand out examples, a 1977 Escort RS2000 X-Pack, a 1983 Escort RS1600i, a 1984 Fiesta XR2 and if you like some American muscle a super rare 1968 Mustang CS GTS.

The real stand out car has to be this completely genuine, unmodified and original 1977 Ford Escort RS2000 X- Pack. The car has been in the same family for 30 years and is fresh out of dry storage and now looking for a new home. This car was used as the original Tricentrol publicity car and displays nearly all of the X-pack performance options. The car comes with a massive history file, but will require some light recommissioning before going out on the open road. Estimate £30,000 to £38,000.

The ‘80s were well known for car manufacturers producing hot hatches to suit a variety of budgets, and it got very competitive. Ford hotted up a lot of their range and the Escort came in a variety of guises, including this RS1600i which has had a full nut and bolt restoration to mostly the original specification. Only 2,500 of these cars were produced for the UK market and it is thought that only 95 are still on the road, making this car a very special collectable. With 79,100 miles on the clock and fresh MOT from a Ford main dealer this car is estimated at £20,000 to £25,000.

Continuing Ford’s theme of hotting up their models the Fiesta also got the treatment and this car is amazing. This 1984 Fiesta XR2 was supplied by the Ford “Employee Scheme” back in the 1980s by a friend of the current owner’s family. It was then used for only two years, by one lady, before it was put into storage in 1986. The car has covered just 23,670 miles and has been garaged throughout its life. It comes with extensive history and is a real rarity, making it one for a serious Ford collector. Estimated at £14,000 to £18,000 this could be a great investment.

As well a making hot hatches, Ford also made muscle cars, possibly the ultimate is the Ford Mustang. This 1968 model is a very rare edition, being a CS GTS, of which only 3,867 were made. The car comes with extensive history, the original bill of sale and over fifty years of receipts, as well as a photographic record of restoration in the early 2000s. This is an extremely rare edition, finished in lime gold metallic, with four previous owners and 105,430 miles on the clock. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000.

Gary Dunne from CCA commented “We are known for selling fast Fords and again we have a terrific selection to choose from. The Escort RS1600 is going to be one to watch as we sold a similar car last year which went for a record price of £46,000 including fees. The X-Pack is also very special and it will be interesting to see what it achieves. I do love the Fiesta XR2, a great story and very well preserved. The Mustang is a great looking car and this particular one is extremely rare, so one for the collector.”

If you are a Ford fan, the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show will be the place to be, with at least twelve different specifications of Fords available in the sale.

2019 Forthcoming Auctions
23rd & 24th March – Practical Classics and Restoration Show Sale, NEC, Birmingham
25th May – CCA May Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre