20/07/2004 H&H at Buxton 27/28th July 2004 Preview
Over 90 cars are entered for H&H’s forthcoming July Sale. As usual the mix is very much centred on traditional British sporting and classic cars with the inclusion of more modern prestige machinery such as this 1985 Audi Sport Quattro, reasonably estimated at £28,000 - 32,000.
A homologation special built by Audi to continue its success with the original regular-wheelbase car, 214 SWB Sport Quattros were built between February 1984 and January 1986; 164 being roadgoing cars like the example here. The bodies were built for Audi by Baur in Stuttgart, having roof, wings and bumpers in Kevlar, and bonnet and bootlid from glassfibre. All were left hand drive. The car had reduced rear legroom, a longer nose (to accommodate the turbo’s intercooler) and a more vertical windscreen - sourced from the humble Audi 80 - to reduce glare for the drivers. Producing a solid 300bhp the four wheel drive car was capable of 0 - 62mph in 4.5secs and a maximum speed of 155mph. Supercar figures and allied to German build quality, an attractive alternative to a Lancia Integrale or Metro 6R4.
Closely related of course was Ford’s RS 200, another rallying supercar of the ‘80s. When Gp. B cars were banned in 1986, the remaining production was sold off as road cars and H&H has a c.1992 example, estimated at £40,000 - 45,000 (+ VAT on this lot alone in the auction).
More staple fare, but no less interesting, is the big selection of classic British cars on offer. No less than 14 Jaguars are present, ranging from a 1951 Jaguar XK120 Roadster at £22,000 - 25,000, to a 1992 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupé at £6,000 - 7,000. The latter, Kingfisher Blue, car looking rather attractive in the model’s later styling makeover and comes with a host of options including cruise control, heated and electric ‘memory’ seats, and air-conditioning. Of the earlier cars the ‘Flat-floor’ 1961 E-Type 3.8 Roadster is estimated at £23000 - 25000, while three V12 E-Type Coupés are in the sale at prices ranging from £10,000 - 16,000.
Bristol’s always seem to offer a lot of bespoke car for the money and there are three cars in the sale - a 1959 406, £10,000 - 12,000, a 1972 411 Series 3, £13,000 - 15,000, and a 1950 401 for £12,000 - 14,000. For those requiring even more traditional luxury there is also a choice of Rolls-Royce motor cars. Silver Shadows are enjoying something of a resurgence now - the downside being the dire colours often specified by buyers in the 1970s. The era of avocado bathroom suites, brown suits and green velvet kipper ties unfortunately had its effect on cars, and while Ferraris will always be Red and Astons (mainly) Green or Blue, the purchasers of Crewe’s finest in this period were often self-made men who wanted the latest that money could buy. The result now is that Brown, Gold, Kingfisher Blue and White cars are plentiful; the more discrete colours are not. So pick of the ‘Shadows next week would have to be the Silver Mink/Red hide 1975 car at £8,000 - 10,000. There is a White 1974 car at £2,000 - 3,000 as an alternative.
1992 Jaguar XJS V12 Coupé
1975 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
1982 Porsche 956 'Showcar'
Most expensive lot is the 1948 Frazer Nash High Speed, at £165,000 - 185,000. The forerunner of the ‘Le Mans Replica’ this car is described as having extensive period competition history including Goodwood and the Mille Miglia. Other competition-type machinery includes a very nice 1975 Renault Alpine A110 at £13,000 - 15,000 and a 1982 Porsche 956 ‘Rothmans’ for £12,000 - 15,000. Surely the bargain of the century I hear you say? No, sadly it’s not a real car but a ‘showcar’ designed for exhibitions, shops or car showrooms. Great value for the man with a ‘den’ who’s looking for a new toy.
On Tuesday 27th July, H&H will be auctioning nearly 300 items of Automobilia at the same venue.