H&H at Cheltenham Racecourse 21st Feb 2006 - Preview
H&H promise ‘an auction where there is something for everyone’ at their first 2006 sale, at a new venue too. The 70 motor car entries range from ‘Barn Finds’ and projects via a significant number of highly desirable historic racing cars including this Ford GT 40.
Chassis GT40P - 1089 was the last sanctioned production Ford GT 40, built up by expert Bryan Wingfield on behalf of the Willment family (the ‘other’ JW in JW Automotive with John Wyer) in the early 1990s. You can’t do better than read H&H’s exhaustive catalogue description for the full story on this particular car, but suffice it to say that it has an Historic Technical Passport issued by the FIA/MSA and shares the same technical specification as the definitive 1968 and 1969 Le Mans cars - chassis 1075 and 1076. It carries an estimate of £280.000 - 320.000 plus VAT.
Also wearing the evocative red with white stripes colour scheme of the Willment team is the famous 1963 AC Cobra '39 PH' at £700.000 - 800.000. Le Mans Class Winner that year (7th overall as an AC works entry painted light metallic green), and second in the GT class at the 1964 Goodwood TT driven by ‘Gentleman’ Jack Sears, the car has claims to be - Shelby American works roadsters apart - the most famous Cobra roadster in the world. Sears drove the wheels off the car in ’64 taking on GP drivers like Stewart and Hill (often in prototype Ferraris) as well as regulars of the British sprint race scene such as Salmon, Salvadori and Piper. A wonderful car and perfect for Goodwood, the Tour Auto and Le Mans Classic.
1967 McLaren M1C Sports Prototype
1983 Emka Aston Martin
1971 McLaren M6 B GT Recreation
Other two-seater competition machinery includes the EMKA Aston Le Mans car in its final Dow Corning livery, being sold as a team together with a recreation of the same car in its original Hawaiian Tropic livery, plus spares (£180.000 - 200.000); the 1935 ex-Doreen Evans Brooklands single-seat R-Type MG (£130.000 - 150.000); a 1967 McLaren M1 C Sport Prototype Spyder with full FIA papers (£90.000 - 100.000) and a well-known 1986 Group C Prototype Tiga (£70 000 - 80 000). And Terry-Thomas enthusiasts will remember the 1950s film ‘School for Scoundrels’, one of the starring cars is now a famous competition Healey 100/6, a 1958 car, ex-Ted Worswick it’s estimated at £40.000 - 50.000.
1965 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe original Lotus Prototype and Press car
1962 Aston Martin DB4
1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5 litre
On the road car front - with hints of competition possibilities - one of the leading entries is the 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5 litre. With less than 1,000 miles since restoration, the car is estimated at £100.000 - 110.000 and carries its original registration number (DUV 71) as well as an extensive history file. There’s also a couple of nice Aston Martin road cars, a 1958 DB2 2/4 Mk III at £30.000 - 34.000, and a 1962 DB4 at £70.000 - 90.000, the latter believed to have covered just 15,300 miles since new. You know we like the two-door versions of the Rolls-Royce/Bentley family, and H&H have two such, a 1984 Corniche Convertible at £26.000 - 28.000, and a rather splendid 1982 Corniche at £27.000 - 30.000, elegantly finished in Navy with Light Brown hide.
Moving up to date, the LHD 1997 Honda NSX looks attractive at £15.000 - 25.000, while the 1978 Lotus Esprit Chassis Number 001, World Champion Car, may well have been a car given to Mario Andretti in celebration of his World Championship that year, and has been the subject of meticulous restoration to bring it into tip top condition. £18.000 - 20.000 is the price of a late-70s time machine.
Let’s finish where we came in - competition cars but this time single-seaters. One of the headlining cars is a fully-restored ex Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1971 Matra MS 120B, complete with new period engine (£270,000-320,000), and there’s also an ex-Nigel Mansell 1981 Lotus 87B along with a host of spares and body moulds (£250,000-275,000) and the only 1968 Brabham BT31 - ex-Jack Brabham (£90,000-110,000). And don’t forget the sale also carries cars from the estate of the late Gerry Marshall, one of the British motor racing legends of the last 40 years.
Prior to the Motor Car sale there is an extensive collection of Automobilia including the the private collection of the late, multiple Works driver, David Siegle-Morris. Perhaps best known for his achievements at the wheel of the ‘Big’ Healeys, his archives will be of great interest to any enthusiast for that golden period of rallying.
Please click HERE to see a full lotlist for the 21st February Sale.
All the motor car lots in this sale can also be viewed in colour, with full catalogue descriptions on the Classic Driver Car Database. Please click HERE to see the latest motor cars.
The Sale will be held at the The Centaur Building, Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucs.
2pm to 7pm on 20th and from 9am on 21st
Automobilia Sale - 10.30am on 21st
Car Sale - 4pm on 21st
Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - H&H