Chateau Impney may sound like a grand old country house set in luxuriant French countryside, but it is, in fact, a hotel in rather less glamorous-sounding Droitwich.
Still, it looks like a very nice hotel and serves as venue for H and H’s last classic car sale of the year on 9 December. There are plenty of temptingly affordable lots on offer that could be the ideal pre-Christmas present to yourself.
Click through the gallery below to see Only Motors’ top picks from the catalogue.
1965 Alfa Romeo 2600 Sprint Coupe – Very handsome and a consumate GT. This one is a rare RHD car in a great colour that spent much of its life in the USA. Very original; might need some recommissioning. Unsold
1969 Fiat 125S Samantha Coupe by Vignale – Based on Fiat’s mid-size sports saloon, just 100 of these very pretty coupes were built. This is one of 27 RHD cars and is in show-winning condition. A fine mini-GT. Unsold
1971 Morris 1300GT – You could argue this was a proto-hot hatch. Essentially a big Mini with tenacious handling and power from a hearty, twin-carb 1.3 engine. Bags of character, too. This is a very rare survivor in good condition. Sold for £3,360
1976 Ford Mustang II Mach 1 – Though popular at the time, the Mustang II was an egregiously terrible car based on the notoriously explosive Pinto. This one is rare UK RHD car that looks presentable if deeply ugly. 5.0 V8 makes c.150bhp. So bad it’d be quite a laugh. Unsold
1980 Datsun 280ZX – The worst Nissan ‘Z-cars’, but still a desirable period piece. Very much a cruiser rather than a sports car and it fits that remit well, with smooth and refined 2.8 straight-6. This is a rare 2-seat, manual ‘box UK car in nice condition. Sold for: £,164
1983 Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia – We love an 80s barge and they don’t get much better than this. Hugely popular and very good with it. Only real problem was rust. This rare carb engine example has somehow survived in slightly tatty but original condition. Deserves to be saved. Sold for £750
1983 MG Maestro 1600 – These were fairly terrible, thanks to an extremely rough, underpowered engine and temperamental talking dashboard. This one, though, is in concours condition and shows 31k miles. Even so, the estimate seems wildly optimistic. We suspect the vendor is testing the water. Unsold
1985 Porsche 911 Turbo Targa by bb – One of 2 such cars built by German customiser bb. Based on standard Turbo Coupe and remodelled in steel, with 928-esque front and 959-alike rear. Interior features high-end Blaupunkt stereo and full digital dashboard. A real throwback that’s barely been used. Sold for £42,560
1988 Ford Serra Sapphire RS Cosworth – Not as glamorous as its 3-door predecessor, but in many ways the better car. More powerful, more practical and just as good to drive. This one is completely original and in very good nick. Unsold
1991 Volkswagen Golf Country Chrom Edition – Decades before crossovers became A Thing, there was this. Features Synchro 4WD, 21cm more ground clearance, bullbars, sidesteps, external spare wheel and underbody protection. Chrom Edition lives up to its name. Possibly only 2 in the UK. Unsold
1992 TVR 400SE – Very late TVR ‘wedge’, powered by 275bhp, 4.0 Rover V8. Very fast and handling not too scary. But the main draw is the epic noise. This one has had a full restoration. Unsold
1998 Spectre R42 – ‘A what?’ you’re probably asking. It was conceived as a latter-day Ford GT40 by a maker of GT40 replicas. Built around a Group C-style monocoque chassis with power from a 350bhp, 4.6 Ford V8. Developed by Derek Bell and drove really well. Made a huge loss, so only 23 built. This is the last one. Sold for: £26,320
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By Only Motors