1996 Renault Clio Williams 3 - Best the 90s hot hatch; perhaps the best ever. Raucous 150bhp 2.0 engine and terrier-like handling. This one looks very usable, having had a lot of work, inc. some sensible mods, done. Sold for £3,800
Brightwells always puts together an eclectic selection cars and frequently digs up some real oddities, too. Its upcoming sale on 25 November is no different.
As ever, Only Motors has trawled the catalogue to find the cars we think you should invest your money in. At least, that’s how we justify spending a couple of hours looking at old cars. It’s good, old fashioned consumer journalism we’re doing here. Honest!
1974 Fiat 130 Coupe – Possibly the best-looking big car of the 70s, designed and built by Pininfarina. Powered by smooth and sonorous 3.2 V6. Not that quick but a commensurate tourer. This one has low miles but needs a bit of tidying. Orange velvet interior seals it for us. Sold for: £10,800
1968 Ford Zephyr 6 4WD police car – Very cool anyway, but this is a rare and special thing. One of 22 prototypes built for the police with 3.0 V6 and Ferguson 4WD and ABS brakes. Performed well in testing but rendered obsolete by the Range Rover, launched in ’70. Only 2 left. This one has very low miles and has been fully restored. Not sold
1988 Jaguar XJ6 3.6 – Nothing particularly interesting about a late-80s, mid-range XJ. Sure it’s a fine car, with good handling and a power engine. It’s still quick, too. But it’s hardly rare. This one is different, though, as it could be the best example there is after an £11k restoartion by specialist CMC. Sold for: £1,700
2014 Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 McLaren motorhome – The ultimate go-anywhere vehicle? Interior like a luxury flat and strong rough road ability. 190bhp and auto ‘box. Ideal for towing the race/rally car, or travelling around the globe. Sold for: £58,000
1985 MG Metro – Remember when these were everywhere? Rare as these days, especially early facelift cars like this. Perky performance and entertaining handling. This one is in very good condition with low miles. Sold for: £4,000
1981 Peugeot 504 2.0 GL – Possibly the best car Peugeot ever made. Roomy, good handling and built like a nuclear bunker. This very nice Australian-built car was recently driven the 18.5k miles from Oz to the UK, and seems none the worse for it. Covered in messages of good will collected on the way. Sold for: £4,800
1983 Range Rover ‘Harrods’ – One of a number built for and sold through Harrods, built by Wood & Pickett. Fitted with aircon, high-end stereo, phone, TV and betamax player; trimmed in Connolly leather. And there’s those, err, distinctive body mods. This is a very rare UK car with low miles and in near-perfect condition. Not sold
1996 Renault Clio Williams 3 – Best the 90s hot hatch; perhaps the best ever. Raucous 150bhp 2.0 engine and terrier-like handling. This one looks very usable, having had a lot of work, inc. some sensible mods, done. Sold for £3,800
1978 Vauxhall Chevette 1.3 LH – Another car that used to be everything but is now ultra-rare. A favourite of driving schools and old ladies. This one only shows 15k miles on the clock, is in excellent condition and looks rather sweet in baby blue. Sold for: £2,000
1981 VW Golf 1.6 GTi – The car that started it all and a bona fide legend. This one was originally bought in Germany by a member of the British Armed Forces, hence RHD. Recent repaint and engine rebuild. A lovely example. Sold for: £5,800