A 1952 Jowett Javelin bought in 1982 by legendary Queen guitarist Brian May for his father Harold could be yours for less than the price of a new hatchback when it crosses the block at Barons’ 18 July sale.
Following the death of May’s father, the Jowett remained in dry storage and will now be sold with all proceeds going to charity. It is expected to sell for between £3000-6000, including the personalised registration number ‘HWM 57’ and a substantial history file.
Another eye-catching British classic to be auctioned is a 1964 Jensen CV8, which is expected to fetch £43,000-45,000. Originally owed by the philanthropist Robert Hitchens and his family, the car scooped an award at the 2017 Jensen Club international meeting.
Also set to draw plenty of admirers is a 1961 Austin-Healey BN7, the rarest of the big Healeys made more so by being fitted with triple carbs from the factory. It is estimated at £65,000-85,000.
A brace of Series 2 FHC Jaguar E-types are estimated at £65,000-85,000 and £30,000-45,000. The more expensive 1969 car was exported to the USA when new and has recently undergone works totalling more than $164,000. A 1970 example has also undergone plenty of recent renovations, including a bare metal respray, new wiring and a full engine rebuild.
A John Player Special-liveried Ford Capri offers a slightly more modern twist on the Grand Tourer theme. The 1975 example has been restored to concours condition and is expected to sell for between £15,000-20,000.
Also a model enjoying renewed interest is Toyota’s Land Cruiser. A 1969 FJ40 finished in Capri Blue looks like good value at £18,000-22,000, considering its recent frame-off restoration. The car was imported from Australia two years ago before undergoing a colour change from orange to blue, and recently completed a trip to the Spa Classic.