Coys at Blenheim Palace 5th July 2008 - Preview

Coys has assembled a bumper 81-car entry for its forthcoming summer sale. Included in the catalogue is this 1972 Maserati Ghibli 4.7 Coupé, one of a handful of rhd cars and estimated at £40,000 - 45,000.

The Maserati is one of three ‘Trident’ cars at Blenheim, the others being a 1964 Maserati 3500 GTi Sebring for £22,000 - 26,000, and a 1964 Maserati Mistral by Frua for £18,000 - 24,000. Arch-rivals from ‘over the road’ in the Modena area, Ferrari, also have four entries, the highlight of which must be the 1972 Ferrari 246 GT Dino. Estimated at £85,000 - 95,000, the car is described as 'without doubt one of the nicest of the original 488 [Dinos] imported to Britain.'

1989 De Tomaso Pantera GTS 5 - £40,000 - 50,000

1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet C - Refer Department

Italian entries apart, Coys has a broad cross-section of collectable motor cars on offer that also features a separate ‘Jaguar Legend’ section. In the latter are several examples of E-type, including a 1974 Jaguar E-Type SIII ‘Commemorative Edition’, one of the last 50 cars to be built. It’s estimated at £70,000 - 90,000, and for those with smaller pockets there’s also a 1970 Jaguar E-type Series II Roadster, reasonably priced at £18,000 - 22,000.

Aston Martin enthusiasts will like the two DB5s on offer (a 1965 red car for £115,000 - 145,000, and a Silver Birch 1964 example at £140,000 - 160,000), while, as always, Coys has some quality pre-War entries from Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

The latter marque provides two of the most interesting cars in the sale. The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Dual Cowl Super Sports Phaeton ‘Experimental’ (Refer Department) is a magnificent machine in the ‘Maharajah’ style, while the 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Pall Mall Tourer (£80,000 - 95,000, pictured above) is a sporting Rolls in the tradition of the Silver Ghost.

We like the 1937 Bentley 41/4 Litre All Weather Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly (£100,000 - 130,000), too.

1959 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster £260,000 - 280,000

1974 Jaguar E-type SIII V12 Commemorative Edition - £70,000 - 90,000

There is, of course, a 1930s ‘Kompressor’ Mercedes in the sale, in the form of the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet C. It’s a ‘Refer Department’ for price car, rare in rhd and imposing, to say the least.

Coys has become something of a specialist in TV and film cars, so enthusiasts for Batman (Yamaha DS5 'The Batbike & Sidecar', £7,000 - 10,000, and the 1979 Lincoln Continental 'The Batmobile', £80,000 - 90,000) will have something to spend their money on. There’s also a 2381BC ‘The Bedrock Buggy’ resplendent in faux-rock finish for £1,000 - 3,000. Not sure about the NCAP figures on that one…

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang - Refer Department

1994 Bentley Continental R - £38,000 - 45,000

1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 - £55,000 - 65,000

1964 Maserati 3500 GTi Sebring - £22,000 - 26,000

Finally, it’s not Scottsdale or Monterey, but the Coys auction team has some interesting US muscle at attractive prices. How about the Sublime Green 1970 Dodge Challenger 383 R/T for £18,000 - 22,000, or the 1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T at £10,000 - 12,000?

Before the motor cars, Coys will sell several sporting guns, shooting accessories and automobilia.

The Coys Blenheim Palace Auction to include the Jaguar Legend Sale

Blenheim Palace

Saturday 5th July 2008

Sporting Guns: 12.30pm Collectors' Items to follow
Motor Cars: 3.00pm

Admission by catalogue only - admits two.

To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE, or CLICK HERE to see all entries on the Coys website.

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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