H&H Auctions holds its annual sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, next week (14 October). The sale is headlined by a pair of astonishing classic Ferraris, a 1960 250GT SWB and a 1967 275 GTB/4.
Both are from the collection of the late Richard Colton, and are being sold as a legacy to the RNLI, with the proceeds going towards the purchase of at least one lifeboat.
But they are just the headliners in a widely varied catalogue, including plenty of other iconic cars. Some of which we’ve highlighted in the gallery of our top picks from the sale.
1943 Sherman M4A1 Grizzly – Legendary American WWII tank, which proved vital to ending the war. This one was reputedly used for training during the war, then passed to the Portuguese army. In remarkably good condition, though needs minor recommissioning. Who doesn’t want a tank? Est: £150,000 – £200,000
1966 Ford Mustang custom – Controversially modified example of ultra-rare Amsterdam-built Mustang. Essentially brand new, with 302ci V8 engine. Styling changes not to everyone’s taste, but it’s different. Est: £20,000 – £24,000
1971 Aston Martin ‘Sotheby Special’ by Ogle – Built to promote a new cigarette brand, this is the 1st of 3 Sotheby Specials built on DBS chassis to a design by Ogle. Wedgey body made from fibreglass with Perspex glazing. No less than 22 brake lights that became brighter the harder the car braked. Needs full, very expensive, restoration after decades in barns; mostly complete, at least. Aston itself well up for the project, apparently. Est: £100,000 – £120,000
1976 Jaguar XJ12C – Children of the 70s will instantly recognise this as John Steed’s steed in ITV show ‘The New Avengers’. It was originally a development car before being sent to Broadspeed to be fitted with the same bodykit as the works touring car racers, then found it’s way onto TV. By all accounts, Patrick Macnee, who played Steed, hated driving it because the steering was too heavy. It’s now rather dilapidated after years in dry storage, but bidding will be fierce, no doubt going well beyond the estimate. Est: £10,000 – £12,000
1981 Ferrari 400i – The V12 400 series cars of the 80s are much maligned these days, for reasons we’ve never quite understood. It’s handsome inside and out, is a proper 4-seater and a very fine GT. Perhaps that’s the problem: these really aren’t sports cars. But it does have a huge 4.8-litre engine under the bonnet. This one has a genuine 60k miles and an auto ‘box. Few cheaper ways to buy a V12 Ferrari. Bills still heavy, though. Est: £18,000 – £19,000
1986 Ford RS200 – The RS200 has a chequered motorsport history, arriving too late to have much impact in Group B rallying but going to have immense success in rallycross. Whatever, it’s an astonishing car and astonishingly rare in road-going trim. This one is in near-enough perfect condition, having had a lot of money spent. 350bhp power upgrade, too. We’d sell organs for it. Est: £130,000 – £150,000
1986 Maserati Quattroporte III – Hardly the prettiest 4-door Masser, but the boxy styling has a certain retro appeal. Fabulously luxurious and fast, powered by a 4.9 V8. This LHD example was bought by a Swiss diplomat and is in near-perfect condition, despite the generous mileage, having had lots of money spent recently. Est: £30,000 – £35,000
1997 Subaru Impreza WRC97 – For many, the ultimate Impreza rally car, ushering in the 2-door, wide-arch body. This is chassis 001, first used as a test and development mule at Prodrive before going on to have a long a successful rallying career. Restored by Prodrive back to original condition in ’09. As new and ready to rally, if the buyer is brave enough. Est: £175,000 – £200,000
1998 Lotus Esprit V8 – Proper supercar performance doesn’t get much cheaper. 3.5 twin-turbo V8 makes 350bhp, enough for 0-60mph in 4.7secs and 175mph. Pin-sharp handling, too. Rubbish gearbox and iffy quality, but styling makes up for everything. This one was made a Cat-D write-off in 2007 due to parts supply problems, rather than the severity of the damage. Now fixed and in very good nick. Est: £18,000 – £22,000
2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label – Early Arnages are incredible value right now. Red Label models had Bentley’s 6.75 turbo V8, making around 350bhp. Effortless performance, decent handling and peerless luxury. This one has lowish mileage and is apparently in very good condition. Est: £18,000 – £21,000
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