British classics crowd Chateau Impney sale


More than 40 British classic cars will cross the block at H&H Auctions' Chateau Impney sale in Worcestershire on 3 December, with the likes of Austin, Morris, Jaguar and Rover dominating proceedings.

Though strong in number, the British contingent is beaten to the top billing by a 1972 Ferrari 365GTC/4 that is expected to achieve between £190-210,000. The matching-numbers car comes with 12 months' MoT.

A 1927 Bentley 3 Litre is next in line with a pre-sale estimate of £140-180,000. It has been with its current owner since 1968, the most recent in a line of traceable owners back to 1927. Far from being a museum piece, the Bentley has been used for a number of classic tours to, among other places, the Scottish Highlands and Le Mans.

A 1936 Talbot BG110 Speed Tourer completes the top three big-money lots, with an estimate of £100-120,000. It is quite a rarity, being one of just 14 Vanden Plas-bodied examples. The pewter car has had only four owners from new, and in that time has retained much of its originality due to never having undergone a full restoration.

By comparison, a 1931 Lagonda 2 Litre Low Chassis Speed Tourer (main image)  is a bargain. The ex-Lord Berkeley car could sell for as little as £65,000, despite being restored between 2003-2006 at a cost of more than £97,000.

Sporting a tempting estimate of £35-45,000 is a 1953 Jaguar XK120 fhb that has been extensively modified for competition. Traditionalists will have to see beyond the gold paintwork, but there's plenty beneath the lightweight body to recommend it. It's 3.8-litre (rather than 3.4) engine has been fitted with high-lift camshafts and triple Weber carburettors, while the suspension has also been uprated. 

Just £10,000 more could be enough to bag a 1965 Jaguar E-type 4.2 Coupé. The unusual black-on-black colour scheme makes a pleasant change from the more popular brighter colours and gives the Jaguar real menace. 

A well-kept TVR Taimar Turbo SE could be yours for just £15-18,000. The 3-litre car should pack a considerable punch.

A 1959 Austin-Healey Frogeye Sprite needs a considerable amount of work to bring it up to roadworthy condition, but the lack of reserve should be enough to tempt the brave into bidding. 

Slightly more practical is a 1966 Austin Mini Moke, which is expected to sell for between £14-18,000. 

Just a few grand more could be enough to buy a 1952 MG YB with competition history. The car once belonged to Autosport magazine founder Gregor Grant and competed in the 1953 and 1954 Monte Carlo Rallies, as well as finishing third in class in the Daily Express Trophy Race at Silverstone on 9 May 1953. It retains its buff logbook and rally badges, and is estimated at £15-18,000. 

Click here to see a full list of classic cars for sale at the Chateau Impney auction.



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