Wed, 7th Dec 2016 14:30

Chateau Impney

  Lot 6

1987 Desande Caprice

Sold for £23,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: D19 AAA
Chassis No: L156451T314395
Mot Expiry: March 2017

- Part of an extensive London-based private collection since 2002

- Chevrolet V8 engine, automatic transmission, power assisted steering, air-conditioning

- Reputedly 1 of just 250 made

Introduced at the Geneva Salon in 1980, the Desande Caprice was the brainchild of Belgian designer Danny G. Vandezande (hence Desande). Inspired by Mercedes-Benz's 500K / 540K Roadsters, the newcomer was based around a separate chassis equipped with independent front suspension, disc / drum brakes and power assisted steering. Featuring a choice of Ford or Chevrolet V8 engines allied to automatic transmission, the two-seater sported a wooden dashboard / door cappings, snug fitting hood, air-conditioning and leather upholstery. Bodied and trimmed by Grand Prix Metalcraft Ltd of London because Mr Vandezande opined that England was the only place where "the skills to build a classic car conforming to modern standards were sufficiently available", a limited production run of 250 cars was initially envisaged (though, how many Caprice Roadsters were actually built is unknown).

Offered for sale with clear title by order of the High Court, this particular example has formed part of an extensive London-based private collection since 6th June 2002. Finished in Red over White with Red leather upholstery and a Tan hood, an HPi check reveals that (a) the Desande has had four former keepers and (b) it is not recorded on their stolen, finance, security watch or insurance write off databases. Accompanying invoices show that over the past fourteen years 'D19 AAA' has been treated to a refurbished radiator, new gearbox / back axle gaskets and replacement shock absorbers (2002), new fuse boxes (2005), refurbished Holley carburettor (2012), fresh starter motor / alternator / torsion bar rubbers / engine mounts (2013) and a brake system overhaul (2013). Seemingly last serviced by The Chelsea Workshop at an unwarranted 8,247 miles in July 2013 (c.200 miles ago), this eye-catching, Chevy-powered retro pastiche Roadster will hopefully possess a fresh MOT certificate by the time of sale.

PLEASE NOTE: This lot possesses a MOT certificate valid until 14th March 2017.

PLEASE NOTE: This lot is accompanied by an older type V5C Registration Document (Blue)

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