The H&H Classics Sale at The Pavilion Gardens Buxton today offers some interesting and enticing cars, from a motor legend’s personal Lotus; to a much loved one owner from new Aston Martin V8; a Jaguar project for the winter; and one of the last Brough Superior cars produced.
The Lotus sportscar (above) coming to sale with H&H Classics is the very one Andretti received from Colin Chapman during the season that the American great achieved his first Grand Prix Victory. It is estimated to sell for £10,000 to £12,000.
Gifted to Mario Andretti during 1976, the same season that saw him score his maiden F1 victory and two years before he became F1 World Champion, chassis 76030100C was finished in Red with Cream leather. Andretti is known for his pithy quotes, for example: “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.”
The best example we have encountered. If you have ever wanted to invest in an Aston Martin this 1999 V8 Coupe from a private collection would be a very shrewd choice, being just one of 101 ever made and with only c.29,000 miles on the clock. The value of this car could well accelerate as fast as the car itself.
The final evolution of the hand-built, normally aspirated V8 Aston Martin line, this car is increasingly collectable. It has only ever been entrusted to Aston Martin Works Service for maintenance (with fifteen stamps).
This truly historic car is chassis number 100, reputed to be the last Brough car manufactured.
The Brough name is better known for motorcycles than cars, as the company produced over 3,000 two-wheelers between 1919 and 1940. Dubbed the `Rolls-Royce of Motorcycles', they were prestige machines that attracted a discerning clientele, and among the many famous Brough owners were George Bernard Shaw and T E Lawrence (`Lawrence of Arabia') who had no less than eight and, of course, famously lost his life on one.
The firm's car production was minuscule by comparison and limited to circa eighty-five examples, but they echoed their two-wheeled cousins in terms of quality. Three models were designed but only two made it into series production - the 4-Litre straight-eight manufactured in 1935/36 and the ensuing 3.5-Litre straight six which produced 107bhp giving 0-60 in 12 seconds and a top speed of 90mph. Most Broughs sported striking Drophead Coupe bodies, which were produced by W C Atcherley of Birmingham.
This highly desirable UK-supplied 3.8 MkII offered in ‘barn find’ condition following recent unearthing close to London.
It is understood to have had one owner from new and was placed into dry storage in 1991. It has a recorded mileage of just 34,866 miles, which is reputed genuine. It was supplied new by Henlys of London.
For many, the definitive Jaguar sports saloon, the MkII was introduced in October 1959. A peerless blend of elegance and muscularity, its sleek lines clothed an evolution of the Coventry marque's first monocoque design.
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