Coys 'Fine Motor Cars & The Jaguar Legend' Auction 24th June 2006 - Preview

Coys will be back at Blenheim again later this month for a special auction to feature a selection of sporting motor cars including some 20 Jaguars. A colourful interloper into the quintessentially English summer setting is this 1970 Porsche 914/6 Group 4 Race Car, estimated at £42,000-50,000.

Prepared by one-time main distributor for Porsche throughout France, Sonauto, the 914/6 in the auction was one of just 3360 six-cylinder 914s produced between 1970 and 1972 and had been raced and rallied extensively in the early ‘70s. Sonauto of course produced the class-winning 914/6 at the 1970 Le Mans race that amazingly finished 6th overall and this car was built by the same team. A nice entry for some continental fast tours like the Tour Auto or Tour d’Espana

1965 Ford Mustang - £17,000-20,000

1967 Aston Martin DB6 - £50,000-60,000

The main meat of the auction is Jaguar, and some 20 cars have been entered. One of the most interesting entries in our view would be the 1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupe - The former property of Noel Cunningham-Reid, estimated at £24,000-29,000. Noel Cunningham-Reid was a 1950s racing driver who had significant success as an Aston Martin works driver, winning the Nürburgring 1000 Kms in 1957 with Tony Brooks in a DBR1. The car is attractively finished in a two-tone metallic paint scheme and has seen a variety of performance improvements to make it, in the words of the catalogue, ‘hold its own with modern traffic or an E-Type around Goodwood’.

1962 Jaguar E-Type Low Drag Coupe Recreation - £58,000-70,000

1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupe - The former property of Noel Cunningham-Reid - £24,000-29,000

There’s also a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster for £36,500-42,000, a 1957 Jaguar XK150 Fixedhead Coupe 3.4 Litre Manual + O/d at £25,000-30,000, and a 1959 Jaguar XK150 SE DHC for £30,000-35,000. If E-Types are your scene than Coys have a superb 1962 Series 1 3.8 Roadster for £70,000-75,000, and like six-cylinder DB Astons and Ferrari Daytonas these cars are very much on the move at the moment. Coys also have two E-Types with competition credentials, a 1962 Low Drag Coupe Recreation at £58,000-70,000 and a ‘Cunningham look’ 1962 S1 3.8 Fixedhead Coupé with a lot of work done on it by all the right people for £40,000-50,000. The latter also carries the catalogue description that ‘it was specifically designed by the last owner to be the ideal E Type to drive in rallies with his wife or in which to let her do the shopping’. Now that’s equal opportunity for you.

1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 - £70,000-75,000

1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster - £36,500-42,000

The pre-war cars are predominantly products from Rolls-Royce and Bentley, we particularly like the 1938 Bentley 4 ¼ Brougham Semi Razor Edge Saloon By Freestone & Webb at £37,000-45,000 a nice gentleman’s carriage, while the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 3 Position Drophead Coupé, £125,000-140,000, is a completely knock-out car that has undergone a £100,000 restoration some 15 years ago.

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 3 Position Drophead Coupe - £125,000-140,000

1926 Delage D6-DM Saloon by Gurney Nutting - £45,000-55,000

And finally, for all those shrinking violets out there, how about the ex-Rod Stewart 1991 Lamborghini Diablo at £38,000-45,000? Originally fitted out by Alpine to demonstrate their in-car hi-fi (still fitted), the big red car soon found itself in Rod Stewart’s extensive garage - some guys clearly do have all the luck...

1991 Lamborghini Diablo - Ex-Rod Stewart - £38,000-45,000

2004 Superformance Shelby Daytona Le Mans Coupe - £60,000-80,000

1954 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 - £18,000-22,000

1954 Bentley R-Type Fastback Coupe by Abbott - £58,000-70,000

The Sale will take place at Blenheim Palace on Saturday 24th June 2006 at 13.00.

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

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Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Coys

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