Coys in London - 28th February 2006 - Preview
Coys first London sale of 2006 brings together nearly 50 entries under the collective title ‘Continental Sporting Motor Cars’. None fits this description better than the 1963 Porsche 356 Carrera 2 (4 cam), estimated at £60,000 - 75,000.
One of just twelve RHD cars built, the car carries the famous ‘Carrera’ name (from the German company’s early successes on the Mexican Carrera PanAmericana road race of the 1950s) and in its 1966cc guise was the last production competition car from Stuttgart until the 911 came along in 1964. This car has benefited from a new engine in the mid-80s and a complete repaint in 2001. The British number plate ‘330 EVE’ is included in the sale and worth some money in its own right.
We don’t need much of an excuse to highlight a Lamborghini, and the auction has two on offer, both LHD. The 1991 Lamborghini LM002, at £50,000 - 60,000, is an ex-Oman car with just 17,700 kms from new – and also has the significance of featuring on Jeremy Clarkson’s Christmas Video. The 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 is estimated at £110,000 - 120,000, and is nicely finished in French Blue with a tan interior. Imported from the US in 1987, it’s reputed to have covered just 2,000 miles in the last 20 years!
Other Italian exotica includes two Ferrari 400is (1983 at £8,000 - 10,000, and 1980 at £6,000-8,000), a 1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal (£7,000 - 9,000), and a 1973 Ferrari 246 GT Dino (£42,000 - 52,000). And don’t forget one of our favourites, the 1959 Abarth 750 Record Monza by Zagato at £20,000 - 25,000, an original Factory RHD car eligible for many of the most prestigious motoring events.
Coys always include a respectable number of pre-war cars and this auction is no exception. The matching number 1936 Lagonda LG45, at £90,000 - 110,000, is a car re-bodied between 1982 – 1992 in the style of the Rapide, while the other Lagonda, a 1933 16/80 Open Tourer, at £40,000 - 50,000, appears an excellent example of a two-litre car, the result of a full body-off rebuild. There’s also a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 at £18,000 - 20,000.
Other cars of note come from British Gentleman’s Motor Car manufacturers bar none: Aston Martin and Bristol. There are two Astons entered, 1996 Virage Volante at £39,000 - 44,000, and a 1997 Virage Coupé at £28,000 - 32,000, while the 1954 Bristol 404 (£26,000 - 32,000), is probably one of the most sporting models of the marque, and this example has seen some historic rally action in Holland in recent years. The 404 carries the distinction of being the shortest and lightest Bristol ever produced. An attractive car.
To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE or CLICK HERE to see all entries on the Coys website.
The sale is being held at The Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition Hall, Westminster, London. Collectors' Items and Automobilia commence at 5.00pm, the Motor Cars at 7.00pm.
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Text - Steve Wakefield
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