Coys’ 2009 Blenheim sale catalogue includes several high-quality entries such as this 1965 Lamborghini 350 GT. Interestingly, the car’s first owner was none other than Colonel Ronnie Hoare of Maranello Concessionaires - the British Ferrari importer at the time... It's a 'Refer Dept.' car, so you will have to call the Coys auction team for the price.
The Blenheim sale will commence with some 70 lots of general Automobilia before a special, new-for-Blenheim theme titled 'The James Bond Collection' goes under the hammer. Included in this are 121 items to appeal to Bond enthusiasts both die-hard and casual. Following Bond, and his assorted posters, games and press packs, the action shifts from Walther PPK to James Prudey & Sons 12-Bore Sidelocks, when Sporting Guns take centre-stage.
2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé - No Reserve
1964 Aston Martin DB5 - £130,000 - £160,000
The motor cars, of course, will be of most interest to Classic Driver readers, and Coys has assembled a good selection for its July 18th sale. It's subtitled 'The Jaguar Legend', and the catalogue includes a broad cross-section of the Coventry manufacturer's cars, with special emphasis on some desirable XKs.
Cars such as the 'barn find' 1950 Jaguar XK120 Competition Roadster 'OLH3', a car raced in period by RAF Battle of Britain pilot Benjamin Harvey Bowring and featured many C-type parts. Refer Department for price, please.
1960 Jaguar XK150 S Open Tourer - £100,000 - £120,000
Ther are two other 120 Roadsters, both LHD: a white 1951 example for £45,000 - £52,000 and a green 1952 at £58,000 - £65.000. I always have a soft spot for steel-wheel, XK Fixed Head Coupés and Lot 608, a 1956 Jaguar XK140 FHC in Old English White (£35,000 - £40,000) nicely fits the bill. Finally, on the 50s XK front, there's a quite superb 1960 Jaguar XK150 S Open Tourer; a race car in restored condition appropriately estimated at £100,000 - £120,000.
1934 Aston Martin 1.5 Litre Tourer - £90,000 - £110,000
1961 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8L Fixed Head Coupé - £45,000 - £65,000
From an E-type perspective, prospective purchasers can choose from four cars, ranging from a good-value 1968 S1.5 Fixed Head Coupé for £18,000 - £25,000, to a very early (18th car off the production line) 1961 Series 1 3.8 Fixed Head Coupé at £45,000 - £65,000, and a 1964 Series I 3.8 'Lightweight' - with FIA papers - for £110,000 - £140,000.
Jaguars apart, what else is in the catalogue? Rival marque on and off track Aston Martin is represented by several cars, including two DB5s (a 1964 for £130,000 - £160,000 and a '65 in 'Bond' silver at £150,000 - £175,000), a couple of classic V8s, a Virage and a nice 1934 1.5 Litre Tourer for £90,000 - £110,000.
In addition to the Lamborghini, Italian car enthusiasts will be interested in the black/cream 1978 Ferrari 512 BB (£60,000 - £80,000) and the ex-Lord Brockett 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale, a racing GT with FIA papers for £28,000 - £38,000.
Alliteration apart, Bentley and Blenheim go very well together and the catalogue includes a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label, £140,000 - £170,000, and three S-series Continentals, including a rather fine grey/red 1956 S1 fastback for £110,000 - £130,000.
1963 Morris Mini Cooper by Radford - ex-Peter Sellers - £35,000 - £40,000
1978 Ferrari 512BB - £60,000 - £80,000
1964 Jaguar E-type Series I 3.8 Lightweight - FIA papers - £110,000 - £140,000
Finally, do have a look at the LHD 1963 Morris Mini Cooper by Radford. It's not just any Radford Mini, it was in several scenes of the Shot in the Dark Pink Panther film and is also believed to have been used by arch-car-enthusiast Peter Sellers as a daily runaround. I'm not terribly keen on the movie, but I do like these little cars and am a big fan of Sellers' style and his car-collecting taste. Estimate: £35,000 - £40,000.
The Coys Fine Motorcars & The Jaguar Legend Auction