1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage - Estimate £150,000 - £180,000
Among the H&H Classics offerings at Buxton on December 8th are a historic rally class-winning 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage and a concours award-winning 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Swept Tail Sports Saloon, while alongside them is a 1970 Jensen FF II project which was the world’s first production car to feature such modern staples as anti-lock brakes and four-wheel drive.The 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Estimate £150,000 - £180,000 is among the last twenty DB2 cars to be built. It was supplied new by Brooklands of Bond St, London to Ian Scott Duffus Esq.
Treated to an extensive, chassis up restoration from 1985-1996 it is finished in its original colour of Black with Red leather upholstery. Subject to circa £100,000 worth of improvement and development work during the current nine year ownership, its engine was reworked by renowned Feltham Aston specialist Four Ashes to develop over 160bhp.
It has subtly enhanced suspension, brakes and cooling plus electric power steering. A former class winner on the Three Castles and Scottish Malts events, it is potentially Mille Miglia eligible.
Believed to be unique this Swept Tail design by the renowned coachbuilder Barker was supplied new to Capt J.F.C. Kruse and bought by the then-Marquis de Portago (father of Alfonso de Portago) in 1933.
It has been the subject of a painstaking two and a half year restoration to exacting standards completed in 2011.
It was awarded 'Best in Class' and 'Best in Show' at the 2012 RREC Annual Rally, 'Best in Show' at the 2013 NEC Classic Motor Show and 'Best in Show' at the 2018 RREC North of England Rally. Known as 'Arabella' and finished in her original and distinctive colour scheme of Green over Cream, she is among the most glamorous 20/25s ever made.
1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Swept Tail Sports Saloon
1970 Jensen FF II - One of just 107 FF IIs manufactured Estimate £25,000 - £30,000
One of just 327 Jensen FF (Ferguson Formula) cars produced and only 107 FF II manufactured this is a UK-supplied example
It has been in its current ownership since 2002 as a restoration project before being stripped and stored. Previous ownership was for approximately twenty years.
The Jensen FF is a four-wheel-drive grand tourer produced between 1966 and 1971. It was the first non-all-terrain production car equipped with four-wheel drive preceding the renowned and successful Audi Quattro and Subaru’s of many years later and featured an anti-lock braking system, the Dunlop Maxaret mechanical system, used hitherto only on aircraft, trucks, and racing cars. The letters FF stand for Ferguson Formula after Ferguson Research Limited who invented the car's system. Similar-looking to the rear-wheel-drive Jensen Interceptor but five inches longer and mechanically very different, it is distinguishable from the Interceptor by a few styling cues; the most obvious being the twin (rather than single) diagonal air vents on the front wing just rear of the wheel-arches.