Coys 'The Spirit of Motoring' Ascot September 30th 2006 - Preview

Held at the home of the Derby, Coys' next sale has a 60+ motor car entry that includes some real ‘thoroughbreds’ from Ferrari, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin and Jaguar.

The most expensive entry is the 1929 Bentley 4 ½ Litre Le Mans Tourer at £230,000-250,000, the quintessential British sports car of the 1930s. There’s also a 1924 Rolls-Royce Piccadilly Roadster at ‘Refer Dept.’ for price, as British as the Bentley but catering for the luxury, rather than sporting, market.

Potential competitors would be advised to look at the 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, estimated at £50,000-60,000. This is a car catalogued as having genuine period competition history, when in the hands of its (then) American owner, Gregory Teaby, who campaigned it to second place in the Pebble Beach race in 1954. He also competed in the Santa Barbara road race in 1953, Golden Gate Park road races in '54 and '55, Buchanan Field road races in 1955, the SCCA Sacramento road races 1955 and 56 and the Stockton road races in 1955-56. The car still bears plaques in the interior with these results.

1963 Jaguar E Type Lightweight Specification Competition Roadster - £70,000 - 85,000

LHD 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster - £50,000 - 60,000

Finished in BRG with a green interior, the car has its original engine and is fitted with C-type cylinder head and 2" SU carburettors. Sitting on Borrani wire wheels, it also sports a louvered bonnet, Monza filler cap and a Nardi steering wheel. It is also believed to have been the former property of the film star Clarke Gable.

We can never pass a Rolls-Royce Corniche Continental Coupé over and Coys' 1978 example, at £18,000-20,000, is nicely finished in metallic midnight blue with a cream coachline and a cream Connolly hide interior. There’s also a couple of Aston Martins, a 1974 V8 for £14,500-16,500, and a 1967 DB6 for £35,000-40,000.

1975 De Tomaso Pantera GT4 - £27,000 - 32,000

1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL - £18,000 - 24,000

Enthusiasts for Italian exotica will like the 1975 De Tomaso Pantera GT4 (conversion from a GTS) at £27,000-32,000, as well as the 1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 (one of three Ferraris in the sale) at £42,000-49,000. The subject of a bare metal respray and re-trim by Terry Hoyle in 1990, requested by its then current owner Lord Brocket, the car has covered just 15,000 miles from new and looks nice in its black coachwork/tan interior colour scheme.

Of the pre-war cars the two Delage look stylish, the 1935 Delage D6/65 Drophead Coupé at £63,000-70,000, having come out of a private Belgian collection and comes complete with a 'Jockey on a horse' mascot, still riding high on the radiator.

How appropriate for the sale location.

1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 - £42,000 - 49,000

1935 Delage D6/65 Drophead Coupe - £63,000 - 70,000

Prior to the motor car sale Coys will be offering a selection of automobilia including several glass petrol pump 'globes' and several 1/12 scale collectors' model cars.

The Sale will be held at:

Ascot Racecourse
Berkshire, SL5 7JX

Viewing 29th September 10.00 am - 6.00 pm and on the day of the auction.
Automobilia and Collector's Items at 1.00 pm on Saturday 30th September.
Motor Cars at 3.00 pm Saturday 30th September.

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

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237 - 241 Lower Mortlake Road
London TW9 2LL

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Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Coys

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