Coys at Ascot, Sunday 23 May 2010 - Preview

From a set of Porsche 917 brake calipers to a 1985 Audi Sport Quattro SWB, Coys has an Ascot sale catalogue that should appeal to all.

And if these two entries seem a little on the exotic side, there are many more accessible cars such as two Ferrari 328 GTSs (a 1987 and a 1988, identically estimated at £28,000 - 32,000) and several ‘G-series’ Porsche 911s, offering collectors an iconic car for as little as £7000 - 9000.

The 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 (£50,000 - 65,000) is left-hand drive and well presented in a classy silver/black leather combination. This, a 'Refer Dept.' 1989 Ferrari F40 and the 328s are joined by something right up to date: a 2008 Ferrari Scuderia for £125,000 - 145,000. It wasn’t so long ago that these cars were THE machine to own, trading at well over list for many months.

Considering its almost Enzo-beating performance, a 430 ‘Scud’, at this price level, could be a good purchase. Plus, if the previous model 360 Challenge is anything to go by, it might well hold its value, too.

1985 Audi Sport Quattro SWB - £60,000 - 75,000

1964 Jaguar E-type Series 1 3.8-litre Roadster - £48,000 - 60,000

Also on the Italian front is a Classic Driver office favourite: the 1972 Lamborghini Espada II. Carrying an estimate of £15,000 - 20,000, and finished in eyeball-searing lime, this 1970s wonder is a sure-fire way of gaining attention - if that’s what you want, of course. There’s also a red 1975 Ferrari 246 GT Dino (£80,000 - 95,000) for the more traditional among you.

A significant proportion of the sale is dedicated to restoration projects; something to do in those long winter evenings. DIY-ers can choose between a couple of pre-War Armstrong Siddeleys, a pair of MG TDs and three 60s Jaguar saloons. Time to brush up on your MIG welding and valve grinding: the clocks go back in October, remember.

There shouldn’t be much work needed on the sale’s 1950 Allard K2 Roadster. Consigned by a machine tool manufacturer, it has recently taken part in several Italian road rallies and is catalogued as “fully sorted”. £65,000 - 75,000 is the estimate and, as interest grows in these cars on both sides of the Atlantic, it’s not an unreasonable one.

In a predominantly post-War sale, the 1927 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer by Hooper, formerly property of the Maharajah of Burdwan, stands out. Complete with a ‘tiger hunting spotlight’ and all the bells and whistles no self-respecting Nawab would be without, the two-tone tourer is estimated at £65,000 - 75,000 – a competitive price compared with the Zach Collection cars sold in Monaco only the other day.

1927 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer by Hooper, formerly property of the Maharajah of Burdwan - £65,000 - 75,000

Porsche 917 brake calipers - 'Refer Dept.'

Short-wheelbase Audi Sport Quattros are rare beasts in the UK. Coys will sell a white 1985 example for £60,000 - 75,000 at Ascot, the LHD car having covered just 85,000km from new. A true classic, without doubt.

Finishing off on a bit of fun, a couple of Volkswagen vans attract the eye. The 1965 Volkswagen Type II Panel Van ‘Magic Bus’ (£22,000 - 27,000) has been painted in tribute to the 1960s Mod group The Who, while wannabe surfers will like the delightfully patinated (yet catalogued as being “in good overall condition”) 1959 Volkswagen Samba 23-window minibus at £20,000 - 30,000.

1986 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera - £7000 - 9000

1965 Ford Mustang 289, FIA Papers - £50,000 - 60,000

1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupé - £100,000 - 125,000

1947 Jaguar Mk IV 3.5 Litre Saloon - £58,000 - 70,000

The Sunday 23 May sale will be held at Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, starting at 15:00. Admission by catalogue only - admits two.

To see the complete lotlist please click HERE.

You can also view all the auction cars in the Classic Driver car database HERE.

To find out more about Coys auctions and showroom sales, please read the Classic Driver Profile.

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Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Coys

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