Coys at Blenheim Palace 14th July 2007 - Preview

Quintessentially British, the wonderful baroque palace at Woodstock just outside Oxford will play host to Coys’ next sale. Jaguar is the featured marque, and one of the top lots is this 1964 Jaguar E-type Competition, a wonderful-looking ‘Lightweight clone’ estimated at £75,000 - 90,000.

This car is one of several E-types that include two Series III V12 Roadsters; a 1973 car for £19,000-24,000, and a 1971 for £19,000 - 25,000, as well as a Black/biscuit interior 1966 Series I 4.2 Roadster for £46,000 - 52,000. Of the older models, the 1947-type Jaguar SS100 Recreation, £60,000-70,000, is a faithful homage to many people’s idea of a perfect pre-War sports car. There’s also a 1950 Jaguar Mk V Saloon at £18,000 - 25,000, a car from the immediate post-conflict era when the Coventry company had just introduced the ground-breaking XK120 and was busy producing cars for shipment to the USA under the then government’s ‘export or die’ programme.

Speaking of XKs, a Jaguar sale wouldn’t be worth the name without a liberal sprinkling of Jaguar’s staple 1950s’ sports car. There are no XK120s, however the ex-Gary Moore (rock guitarist) 1958 Jaguar XK150SE DHC £38,000 - 45,000 looks nice in the classic colour combination of red/black leather.

1976 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible - £22,000 - 26,000

1979 Aston Martin V8 Volante - £35,000 - 45,000

Finally, on the ‘you’re not likely to meet another one of these’ front, there’s the 1985 Jaguar XJS rebodied as the 'Tiger Car Special' for £15,000 - 20,000. This is a car specially built in the Discovery Channel’s ‘The Garage London’ series where individual cars are created from regular vehicles. The fully road-legal Jaguar was displayed at last month’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

1985 Jaguar XJS 'Tiger Car Special' - £15,000 - 20,000

1996 Ferrari 456GT - £28,000 - 32,000

Of the other cars, Coys are continuing a tradition for auctioning one-off film and TV vehicles by selling the famous 1969 Pink Panther Car. ‘Refer Department’ for the price on this one. Of decidedly more traditional values, there are several pre-War cars in the sale from Rolls-Royce, including the 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer and 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon; both lots being ‘Refer Department’.

Values of the iconic ‘Batmobile’ BMW 3.0CSL have risen recently, and Coys have a 1973 model in Polaris Silver estimated at £48,000 - 58,000. Ferrari’s immortal GTO has spawned many quality ‘recreations’ over the years, the 1964 Ferrari 330 GT-based car in the sale, at £110,000 - 135,000, is priced at some 5% of what the original cars are worth and looks nice in its ‘Swedish’ blue and yellow colours scheme.

There are also a couple of road cars from Maranello worthy of attention, the 1990 Ferrari Testarossa at £30,000 - 36,000, and a Black/black manual 1996 Ferrari 456GT for £28,000 - 32,000.

1936 Lagonda LG45 Drophead Coupe - £120,000 - 135,000

1958 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupe - £38,000 - 45,000

Prior to the car sales Coys will be selling some 200 lots of automobilia and several sporting guns, the first sale by the company’s newly-formed specialist department under expert Patrick Keen.

1947-type Jaguar SS100 Recreation - £60,000 - 70,000

1952-type Proteus C-Type - £30,000 - 36,000

The Blenheim Palace sale will be held at:

Blenheim Palace
Oxfordshire OX20 1PX
Saturday 14th July 2007
Collectors' Items and Automobilia at at 12.00
Motor Cars 14.30

Admission by catalogue only - admits two to auction.

To see the complete lotlisting of the COYS sale please click HERE, or CLICK HERE to see all entries on the Coys website, and HERE to see all the entries in the Classic Driver car database.

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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