29th Nov, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

 
  Lot 139
 

2002 Noble M12 GTO
No Reserve

Sold for £30,375

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: VA02 UUD
Chassis No: SA9M12R1M2C113052
MOT: September 2024

  • Only 43,500 miles from new
  • Current ownership since 2011
  • Well maintained and improved while in the vendor's custodianship with thousands spent
  • Supplied with a large history file with the original service book, Noble luggage, and two keys

Noble Automotive Ltd. was founded in 1999 by British entrepreneur, car designer and engineer Lee Noble and, using his experience from his time spent at Ascari, he quickly established his company's commitment to designing and manufacturing high-performance sports cars with a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Lee Noble sold the company in August 2006 to Peter Dyson and later moved on in 2008 to work on other ventures, however, as well as being a knowledgeable collector of exotic cars and a successful business entrepreneur, Dyson was an M12 owner and a huge admirer of both Noble Automotive and the M12's attributes.

The M12 was produced in four versions (GTO 2.5, GTO-3 3.0, GTO-3R 3.0, with the M400 being the ultimate variant), all being powered by a sympathetically tuned (forge decompressed rods, cylinder block modifications with cylinder bore oil spray jets, crankshaft balancing, and turbo oil feeds built into the heads, along with ST 220 camshafts, coil top plugs, and a new MBE engine management system) twin-turbocharged Ford Duratec V6 engine. The basic structure consists of a steel tub with a full steel roll-cage and G.R.P composite clamshell body parts. These cars are extremely lightweight and stiff, with the ability to perform very well on both road and track, and offer surprisingly good ride quality and lots of confidence-inspiring feedback.

At launch, the M12 had 310bhp with the help of its pair of Garrett T25 turbos, giving a top speed of 165mph and a 0-60mph time of 4.1 seconds. With its quasi-racer feel, being heightened by the very visible Alcantara-trimmed roll-cage and no-nonsense instruments, this really is a driver's car. There was no ABS, no traction control, and no ESP, just real engineering integrity and a brilliant design and the M12 was able to compete dynamically with the best junior supercars of the day.

Manufactured in 2002, the M12 GTO offered was supplied new by Mole Valley Motor Group (AC, TVR & Noble) being first registered on the 18th of July that year. Fitted with the 2.5-litre variant of the V6 engine, ‘VA02 UUD’ is finished in the colour scheme of Titanium Silver metallic paintwork with Black interior upholstery. Offered for sale having covered some 43,500 miles from new (at the time of consignment), the Noble entered the vendor’s custodianship in 2011 (when it was on c.25,000 miles) and has seen plentiful use, including employment with the Sporting Bears raising money for children’s charities.

Well-maintained before the vendor’s ownership, he has continued the high-maintenance standard with extensive works including tunnel cooling work and Jetstream exhaust manifolds (2013); Protech adjustable coil-over shock absorbers and a top end overhaul (2015); new Link ECU from WGT Auto Developments (2016); all hoses replaced, new alternator, extensive rewiring, and attention to the air-conditioning (2017); brake refresh and rear ball joints (2022); and suspension improvement (2023), with much of the work completed during the vendor’s ownership undertaken by the well-regarded Martin Cheetham Race and Supercar Specialists, with approximately £7,500 worth of expenditure there in 2022 and 2023 alone.

Offered with a large history file that contains the original owner’s handbook and service book, the service book displays thirteen entries (including PDI) completed by a variety of Noble and Lotus main agents and performance and motorsport specialists, with the most recently completed by Martin Cheetham in September 2022 at 43,480 miles, with very minimal mileage covered since. The history file further includes a large quantity of previous MOTs and tax discs, numerous previous invoices for work completed from both the current and previous ownerships, original sales literature, and a current V5C document.

Further accompanied by the original five bags of Noble luggage, a fitted car cover, wheel spanner and bag, the pair of original shorter pylons for the rear wing, a screwdriver for the clam fixings, the battery conditioner, and two sets of keys. This increasingly desirable track-derived sports car now provides the opportunity for exciting and entertaining road use or exhilarating track day excursions. Whichever you choose, having an M12 in the stable must surely be a box ticked for any serious petrolhead.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
paul.cheetham@handh.co.uk
07538 667452

 

Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 29th Nov, 2023

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