Great classics lined up for H&H's year opener at Buxton


There's a tempting catalogue of reasonably priced and interesting classics lined up for H&H's first outing of the year, at Buxton on 26 February.

Lots that caught our eye included an AC 3000ME (£12-14,000) with great history. The recently recommissioned classic is an ex-Thames Ditton demonstrator and was run for a while by Andrew Hurlock.

There's a good number of Mercedes in the sale, including a smattering of Youngtimers, but two in particular appealed to us.

The first is a 1966 250SE Coupé estimated at £23-28k. The Paul Bracq-styled 2.5-litre straight six is one of fewer than 300 that left the factory with right-hand drive and looks to have been very well cared for over the years.

Equally eye-catching, however, is a 1975 L306D motor caravan. This early diesel motorhome is really just a lorry/van cab attached to a lightweight Eriba Triton caravan, but at £9-11,000 it is an interesting alternative to a price-sparing VW campervan.

Guaranteed to generate a lot of interest is the sole-surviving (of two built) fixed-head 1952 Jowett Jupiter Abbott Coupé. The car, which caused quite a stir at the NEC in November, is expected to make £20-25,000.

Offering a lot of class for the money (£45-55k) is one of Noel Macklin's Railtons. This 1937 Eight Fairmile III drophead wears bodywork by Coachcraft.

Finally, there are two interesting Alvises going under the hammer. The first is a restoration project 1961 TD21 repatriated from Malta, which is broadly complete and carries an estimate of £5-6,000.

The other is the sleek 1959 TD21 Graber (£30-35k) that was held over from H&H's Chateau Impney auction.

See full lot list here.

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