26th Jul, 2023 13:00

Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire

  Lot 93

1972 Bugatti Type 37 Evocation by Dri-sleeve

Sold for £26,438

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: VRA 201K
Chassis No: EB572W
MOT: June 2024

  • Only 8,143 miles from new (at time of consignment)
  • In the vendor's possession since 1998 with only one former keeper
  • Offered with a history file including the original sales invoice
  • Correctly registered as a Dri-sleeve on the V5C document

At the top of many a wish list, the Type 35/37 is arguably the most significant Bugatti ever made. A bewitching blend of artistry and engineering that has entranced generations of enthusiasts since its 1924 French GP debut, the model has also inspired various imitations, one such being the examples from Dri-Sleeve Car Company Ltd. Founded in 1969 by mechanical engineers Ryder Slone, Boris Willison, and Peter Jackson, the name was derived from the fact that each car was supplied new with a sleeve for the right arm! Using a specially designed welded steel ladder frame of suitably narrow proportions, strength being added by means of a built-up steel structure behind the engine and around the scuttle area. Front suspension is taken from a Volkswagen Beetle with telescopic dampers by suitably vintage friction type dampers, with a Ford Cortina rear axle used. Power is provided by a Ford Cortina 1600 GT engine allied to a Ford four-speed manual transmission.

Supplied by the sole distributor J. A. Else & Son of Condor, Derbyshire, ‘VRA 201K’ cost £1,979 new. This example is finished traditionally in Blue with complementary Brown interior upholstery and is accompanied by a fitted tonneau cover. The evocation is nicely detailed with numerous louvers and scoops, leather bonnet straps, a side-mounted spare wheel, a metal-rim steering wheel, an external handbrake, period Smiths-style dials, Brooklands aero screens, and racing stickers. Retained by the first owner until his passing in 1998, the Type 37 evocation was regularly used by him including being driven to the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1978. Following the vendor's acquisition, it was used sparingly and spent approximately the previous twenty years in dry storage.

Recently unearthed from storage, the Dri-sleeve has been fully recommissioned by Merlin Classic Cars with renewed starting equipment including dynamo and battery, an overhaul of the brakes, new fuel lines and flushed tank, clutch refurbishment, attention to the wiring, servicing, and a new fan belt. Supplied with an MOT certificate with no advisories until June 2024, the Bugatti evocation is now ready for use, and started readily and ran well during our photography session. Offered with a large history file that contains the original sales invoices, build images, numerous older MOT certificates and tax discs, technical data, other sundry paperwork, and current V5C document, in which it is correctly registered as a Dri-sleeve.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


Auction: Pavilion Gardens | Buxton, Derbyshire, 26th Jul, 2023

An auction of classic, collector and performance motorcars to be held in the beautiful surrounds of the Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Derbyshire.  



Bidding will take place live at the venue, online via our website, by telephone and commission. 

Parking at the venue is available and entry into the auction is free for auction attendees with a catalogue, available at the door. 

To enquire about entering your classic or performance car into the auction please call our sales office on 01925 210035, email sales@HandH.co.uk or click the Get A Valuation button. All our professional valuations are complimentary and without obligation.

To take part in the auction please click 'Register to Bid | Sign In' at the top of the page



Tuesday 25th July 2023 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 26th July 2023 from 9am

View all lots in this sale

All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

You can collect your new pride and joy from our venue until 1pm the day following the sale or our partners are on hand to help arrange safe transportation:


Do you have an item to sell?

If so, contact one of our friendly specialists for your free valuation by completing the form below and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.

If you prefer to speak to humans, don't hesitate to call our office on +44 (0)1925 210035

Contact Us Today!



Drag and drop .jpg images here to upload, or click here to select images.

Century of motoring history represented at H&H auction
World’s biggest production pick-up truck roars to auction
Mercedes-Benz 500SL delivered new to Sir Stirling Moss heads to auction
Cars from the 1910s to the 2010s head to auction for Buxton sale
H&H’s motorcycle sales off to a flying start in 2024 with market-leading 88 percent sales rate
Goon, Goon, Gone: Unique Peter Sellers 1960 Bentley heads to auction
Eclectic 150-plus classic car auction helps round out H&H’s milestone 30th year celebrations
One of the UK’s best driving Aston Martin DB5s heads to auction
Mid-century sports car icons race to Buxton auction
Former front cover ‘star’ heads to auction
Classic British motorcycles shine as 230 lots head to the National Motorcycle Museum auction
Racing legend Patsy Burt's Jaguar XK120 speeds to Buxton auction
22-strong single owner classic motorcycle collection heads to auction
Norton's racing heritage set to ignite the auction stage
Rare Frazer-Nash BMW with rich racing history to be auctioned
“The Rolls-Royce” of the motorcycle world, heads to      auction
Martini inspired Porsche 911 ‘RSR’ Tribute to head under the hammer
Rare ‘Car on Two Wheels’ heads to auction for the first time in 30 years
More than 100 classics sold in H&H’s 30th anniversary sale
Stunning classics worth more than £9 million offered in 30th anniversary auction
Rare Aston Martin DB1 heads to anniversary auction from long-term ownership
Rare Bentleys to star in 30th celebration auction
H&H Classics 30th Anniversary Auction
H&H unveils details of its 30th anniversary celebrations
Classic car owners handed ULEZ lifeline
H&H Classics auction Hurricane X-75 Prototype to National Motorcycle Museum
Vintage and modern classics lead the way at latest H&H sale
H&H offers exceptional range of vehicles spanning 11 individual decades
Pavilion Gardens. Wednesday 26th July 2023
A whimsical blast from the past: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang recreation heads to auction
From Italy with love: auction showcasing the essence of Italian design and sprezzatura
250 Motorcycles & Vintage Scooters Set To Go Under The Hammer!
March of the Mods: Lambretta owned by Paul Weller heads to auction
Lawbreakers to law enforcers: historic scooters with infamous connections up for sale
Jaguar SS100 among £2¼  million worth of classics sold at the Imperial War Museum
British classics to shine at H&H Classics’ sale
Historic Guinness Collection heads to auction
Browse The Catalogue Now! 135 Classic & Performance Cars To Go Under The Hammer.
Robbie Savage’s Ferrari F430 to be sold at H&H Classics
RAC Rally winning ‘Jaguar’ to be sold at auction
Former MP’s Bentley and Facel Vega ‘garage find’ among £1.3m worth of classics hammered away by H&H
Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Auction Preview Video
Genuine ‘matching numbers’ 1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback among 89 strong classic car auction
Rare Facel Vega ‘garage find’ heads to auction
Indian 4 and Lambretta DL200
Golden opportunity to acquire famous limited edition Italjet scooter
H&H Classics commences landmark year with sale of 121 cars
‘Brand new’ Porsche 911 heading to auction after 21 years