Crazy customs to sell at Historics


Star – for the C&SC team at least – of a raft of bizarre customs consigned for the next Historics at Brooklands sale is the amazing six-engined Snakepit.

Measuring a vast 23ft long and powered by a sextet of Ford V8 engines giving an alleged 2000bhp, the bizarre creation took four years to build despite being brought to life by the A team of customisers – George Barris, Harry Bradley, Joe Bailon and Jay Ohrberg.

Offered as a non-runner, it will be sold with no reserve, though the sale house reckons $100,000 wouldn't be far off its value when it is sorted.

Another wacky Barris custom going under the hammer at the same sale – at Mercedes-Benz World on 18 February – is the Bugaloos Buggy, made famous in the early 1970s by the children’s TV show of the same name.

Sold at a Cars of the Stars auction at the Sheraton-Universal Hotel in 1983, the car turned up in France over 20 years later and has since been sympathetically restored.

It is fully street legal and has an estimate of £12-15,000.

The third weirdie is Bob Reisner's 600bhp Bunk Bed. Another non-runner, it also has a guide price of  £12-15,000.

All of which makes the usually outrageous Hanns Trippel-designed Amphicar look rather tame.

One of just 99 right-hand-drive examples built and just 20 believed to still exist, the 1965 Amphicar was previously owned by the French born restaurateur Didier Milinaire and caused a stir when it motored down the Thames during the Henley Regatta. Price? £13-17,000.

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