Coys at Lord's Cricket Ground 3rd March 2008 - Preview
Holding its second 2008 UK sale and at a totally new venue, Coys has assembled over 50 cars for its Lord’s auction. One of the highlights of the 'middle order' is this 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT carrying an estimate of £65,000 - 75,000.
Ferrari Dinos have been one of the best appreciating classic cars in recent years. This example, a 1972 car with a recorded mileage of 32,765 miles, is finished in the perfect red with black leather combination and is estimated realistically, given today’s less certain economic conditions.
If you can’t quite run to a Dino, there’s always the ‘No Reserve’ 1996 Ferrari 456 estimated at £28,000 - 30,000 – it’s got a couple of extra seats too – as well as the 1998 Ferrari 355 F1 Spider for £35,000 - 45,000.
1961 Aston Martin DB4 Series III - £90,000 - 110,000
1956 Jaguar XKSS 'Recreation' - £100,000 - 120,000
The Italian company’s arch-rival, Aston Martin, is represented by three six-cylinder cars. There’s a Bordeaux Red with black leather interior 1961 DB4 Series III for £90,000 - 110,000, a Midnight Blue automatic 1968 DB6 (£58,000 - 68,000), and a 1964 DB5 – finished in ‘James Bond’ Silver Birch - at £130,000 - 160,000.
The Jaguar XJ220 was an extravagantly designed and specified car when launched in 1991. Ultimately carrying a price tag of £403,000, its Le Mans racing record (driven by a youthful D.Coulthard, no less) record-breaking speed at Nardo (212.3mph in standard trim) and space-age looks made it the British equivalent of an F40 or 959.
Depreciation has not been kind to the XJ220 but it does mean that examples can be bought for a fraction of their original price. The 1993 Monza Red example Coys will sell at Lord’s is estimated at £120,000 - 150,000, having covered just 156 miles from new. Surely one of the lowest mileage '220s in existence?
1962 Lotus Elite S2 Coupe - £28,000 - 35,000
1967 Ford Mustang GT 390 Fastback - £18,000 - 25,000
Coys has ‘mixed the bowling up’ by generating a varied catalogue, so the 1962 Lotus Elite S2 Coupe (£28,000 - 35,000) rubs shoulders with a 1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible for £24,000 - 30,000, while pre-War enthusiasts will like the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent Faux Cabriolet by Brewster & Co. (£70,000 - 90,000).
Other cars of note include the 1956 Jaguar XKSS ‘Recreation’ for £100,000 - 120,000, and a tidy-looking 1964 Jaguar E-type S1 Roadster sensibly estimated at £28,000 - 34,000.
1964 Jaguar E-type S1 Roadster - £28,000 - 34,000
1997 Bentley Azure - £60,000 - 70,000
2005 Vanwall GPR V12 - ex-Top Gear - £40,000 - 50,000
1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Sprint Speciale - £20,000 - 25,000
Finally, Coys has a tradition of attracting some ‘fun’, ex-film or TV entries and the Lord’s sale is no exception. Included in this category are a couple of Discovery Channel ‘chops’, as well as a pair of two-foot-power devices from a ‘page right out of his-to-ree’ in the form of Fred Flintstone's Sports Car and Barney Rubble's Family Car, each estimated at £8,000 - 13,000. Dated as ‘1994 BC’ production, they were born in an age when having ‘a gay old time’ did not carry quite the meaning it does today. Yabba dabba doo.
Prior to the motor cars, Coys will be selling nearly 100 lots of automobilia and a good selection of sporting guns, including a Pair of James Purdey and Sons 12-Bore Sidelocks, estimated to fetch £25,000-30,000.
The Coys Lord's Sale will be held at:
Lord‘s Cricket Ground
St John's Wood
London NW8 8QN
Monday 3rd March 2008 at 3.30pm
Admission by catalogue only - admits two to auction.
To see the complete lotlisting of the COYS sale please click HERE, HERE to see all entries on the Coys website or HERE to see the cars on 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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