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Jaguar XJ6 4.2 Coupe 1977 RESERVED
Most collectable of XJ’s, the ‘Pillar-less Coupe’ is extremely difficult to source in excellent condition. We first purchased this car in the early 1990’s (at around 33,000 miles) and repainted it due to faded original panels finding it a remarkably solid and un-molested example. At our purchaser’s request, the vehicle was also re-trimmed in new leather (at a time when the ‘as-original’ hides could be obtained). It became an award winning NEC show car in 1993 judged by Quentin Wilson at Top Gear. The next year we re-purchased the Coupe and sold it to a local Doctor who owned it for the next 20 years until we re-purchased again in 2014. Then we sold the car to a local enthusiast JEC member who has cherished and shown the vehicle regularly, but it is now for sale again due to an imminent house move. Having been cosseted since we first handled this car 25 years ago, and with a current mileage of 64,000 since new, this survives as a stunning, wonderfully preserved XJ Coupe in every department with only the slightest  patina since the work was carried out 25 years ago providing a nice feel of originality . Finished in Squadron Blue with Navy Blue Hide and the rare, desirable chrome pressed wheels.

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Jaguar XJS 4.0 Celebration 1995 £33, 750
As a last of line Jaguar sports car, the solid rise in interest in these models has been long predicted and yet there still appears room to grow for these Celebration models. The smoother AJ16 engine not only delivers superior performance, but is a move refined, visually attractive unit and Celebrations are instantly distinguished by additional wood finishes and soft, Jaguar leaper monogrammed ‘Autolux’ hide. This particular car has attractive seat piping. Unusually, this Celebration has the rarer optional (US spec) diamond cut spoked alloy wheels. Smartly finished in Jade Green with Parchment Hide, the mileage and preservation of this example is astonishing- just 15,000 miles has been covered from new. In pristine order, and sparingly used in recent years we are re-commissioning air conditioning to R12 and carrying out replacement of perishables for the car to continue being enjoyed in top condition.

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Jaguar XJS V12 6.0 1996 RESERVED
Exceptional rarity with these last of line XJS models, the smooth V12 6 Litre engine is rarer still, and this example has covered an unrepeatable 12,000 miles since new. A car known to us first hand, we handled it since the original owner part exchanged it against a Bentley in 2009. It is main dealer maintained since new, and we have continued servicing  through the Jaguar network throughout the subsequent ownership. Most recently HA Fox carried out a health-check and service earlier this year. Finished in Black with Cream ‘ruched’ Hide, this is an unusual opportunity.

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Jaguar XJR 4.2 2008 £ 19, 995
Rare as hens’ teeth with low mileage , this is the highly sought after supercharged Jaguar in its final form before the line moved away from the traditional XJ image which goes back 50 years. So this is perhaps the ultimate XJ where old meets new and luxury meets performance. This late X358 has been known to us for some years and ongoing maintenance has been fastidious. There is  a file of bills accompanying a faultless servicing record with a stamp every year since new.. Wheels have been refurbished and tyres recently replaced. Purchased by the last owner from Lancaster in Amersham this car was originally one of Jaguar’s own fleet, and its total mileage is 51,000 since new. Strikingly finished in Liquid Silver with Deep Charcoal Hide and Dove Grey stitching to match the headlining. This sports saloon looks stunning with optional wood veneers and some interesting touches such as electric privacy blind, rear entertainment  including analogue TV (tomorrow’s must-have ‘period’ accessory!) and lambs’ wool rugs.

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AF Spider 1971 £ 26, 500
A joint venture between Colin Crabbe “Antique Automobiles” who was running a Formula 1 racing team at the time and designer Alexander ‘Sandy’ Fraser. The Spider  was constructed to order in hardwood with mahogany faced marine ply and aluminium (though later cars were fibreglass). Mechanically, the cars were largely Mini based, and this particular car has the power of an Oselli tuned twin carburettor 1275cc engine. Driven 0-60 in under 6 seconds, the AF was quicker than a Porsche 911. It was apparently put through its paces by legendary Ronnie Peterson, lead driver of Crabbe’s F1 racing team. Sandy Fraser was a  Morgan enthusiast which clearly influenced the Spider’s retro appearance, and motoring journals were  very impressed with the Spider in 1971. Motor devoted a three page road test to the AF while Autocar concluded “the most stable and delightful 3 wheeler we have ever driven.” And despite its extreme rarity, AF is acknowledged in Georgano’s Encyclopaedia of Motor Manufacturers.  Of around 7 produced, and a subsequent 5 ‘Grand Prix’ post Crabbe’s involvement, this must be the supreme example being a unique long wheel base prototype, the featured press car and then retained by Colin Crabbe for 39 years. In 2009 this AF was an invited guest at Mini 50th celebration at Goodwood when Sandy Fraser was reunited with it, and Rowan Atkinson took a spin along the track. Colin Crabbe  parted with the Spider in 2010 to a retired (Vulcan) Flight Lieutenant at 5,000 miles, and 2,000 more have been covered since. Following our purchase directly from this owner, the perfectly sound wooden body has been carefully prepared and rejuvenated with 8 coats of marine varnish by notable Starcraft and Riva restorer Terry Dann, who built the iconic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang wooden ‘boat tail’ for the original 1968 film. Whilst being very careful not to over-restore this unique vehicle , the partially exposed engine compartment and ancillaries have been detailed, the custom made boot rack and wheels have been shot blasted and painted. The charming perambulator hood frame has been restored, the fabric  still original and the aluminium bonnet polished. This Spider should appeal to either a Mini or Microcar collector, and with hints of a Gipsy Moth and Slipper Launch about it, this could equally tempt a vintage plane or boat enthusiast. The voluminous history file includes the AF Spider original sales brochure, the original Autocar and Motor features plus other press articles of the period mainly featuring this actual car. The original green log book accompanies the current V5C, there is a 1970’s photograph of the car in Aberdeenshire and Goodwood (2009), and several within a signed hard back copy of  “Thrill of the chase” Colin Crabbe’s autobiography. There are numerous service bills, nice letters from both Sandy Fraser and Colin Crabbe to the second owner, old  MOT’s etc.

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Jaguar XK 4.2 Coupe 2006 £ 21,500
There is a stunning pedigree with this exceptionally smart XK Coupe which has been with the original lady owner since new. Having covered a genuine 16,000 miles  in total, the car has been serviced 8 times  by Charles Hurst the original supplying Jaguar dealership, and comes freshly serviced again by main dealer HA Fox who will also health- check it on our behalf. In addition to the stamped service record, there is a folder with other maintenance invoices from Jaguar, so the history is verifiable. Complete with brand new front matching rear premium brand tyres with refurbished 18” alloys, this car can only be described as pristine as befits the incredible low mileage solely with its original owner. Finished in Midnight Black with Black Hide and Aluminium dash, this is a cool head turner, and with a distinctive and valuable ‘dateless’ number plate (on the car since new), this is a car which could easily pass for being half its age and twice its value.

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Jaguar X Type 2.5 SE AWD Estate 2004 £ 7, 995
With ‘all-wheel drive’ and petrol specification, these are a refined and good looking option for a practical, compact Jaguar. Low mileage examples are increasingly thin on the ground, and there is a following for these luxury cars. We purchased this one owner example directly from the family and it has covered just 29,000 miles with documented history. Presented to an immaculate standard, this Jaguar is finished in Topaz Metallic with Cashmere Hide. Following a couple of years with little use, we have had the car re-commissioned with new discs, front suspension bushes, sump gasket, serviced etc so it is ready to be used and enjoyed.

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Daimler Double Six HE 1990 £ 16, 750
Final phase of the beloved Series 3, the last direct descendant of the original classic XJ which celebrates 50 years since its launch. In its time, these run-out models were produced alongside the more modern (and cheaper) XJ40, so they were only sold in small numbers to purchasers who savoured both the traditional, original styling with specification upgrades and the exquisite V12 engine. Most were exported, and a UK specification car such as this is extremely rare, with just a handful of low mileage cars existing. This ’91 model year Double Six has covered just 38,000 miles since new and boasts a fastidiously kept service history. The book was filled with service stamps by 2009, and there is huge file with invoices and maintenance records bang up to date. The previous owner, to whom we supplied this car requested the replacement of many significant mechanical and perishable items on a precautionary basis so the car could be run ‘for best’ alongside his everyday XJ (owned for 35 years). Finished in Regency Red with Magnolia Hide, this is a fine machine.

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Daimler Super V8 2002 £6, 750
Supplied new to a large bank in Scotland, this very unusual and highly specified super-charged V8 was then sold on through RA Creamer to the second owner from whom we acquired it in 2007. Our purchaser, a long term client has owned it for 11 years, maintaining through HA Fox and latterly a known specialist servicing dealer- the service book is full up. The car has received much attention underneath and is recently waxoiled . The mileage has just turned 100,000 and this Daimler both looks and drives very  well. Being a rare, very late production X308, it has the steel- liners and later timing chains. This will suit an owner who will enjoy the distinctiveness of this super-charged V8 which is both striking and possibly unique in Anthracite Black metallic with Charcoal ‘ruched’ Hide and tinted glass which is smoked to the rear. With glistening chrome window surrounds, mirror backings, light surrounds, fluted grilles to front and rear contrasting the deep lustre of its coachwork, this is an awesome looking machine.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.0 V6 SE 2005  RESERVED LEFT HAND DRIVE 
Registered new in France, this car has been with the last owner since 2007, relocating with it to Switzerland and then UK from2012 when it was registered here. A comprehensive service history with stamped book and invoices has been maintained- usually main dealer, and the present mileage is 70,000 (112,000 km). In the hands of an enthusiast, this is a beautifully kept example which we have now detailed to show condition. Extremely striking in Black with Tan Hide upholstery and full ‘classic’ veneers, this is a very attractive purchase for use or re-registration within Europe due to the pound/Euro exchange, and we can willingly accept Euro payment and possible delivery. Left hand headlamps included with the car.

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Bentley 4.6 Mk 6 1952 £ 49, 995
This astoundingly genuine Bentley remained in the hands of the original family until 2010 and came with an abundance of old paperwork including the original factory order, purchase invoice and correspondence, buff- log book and period photograph copies featuring the car at holiday destinations dating from the 1950’s. Used little but often over the decades, the present mileage is 62,000 from new, and when the family parted with the car, it was completely unmolested, thereby providing the next and last owner the ideal basis to rejuvenate it under our guidance to a near- immaculate standard whilst being mindful not to ‘over- restore’ the vehicle. The faded, original paint was stripped to metal and repainted very well. Some re- chroming was necessary and new door rubbers were painstakingly fitted so the doors still push shut correctly. The interior is beautiful, with woodwork, headlining, carpets and door panels and carpets all original. The leather presented a quandary due to its excellent and supple condition apart from two front sections which were damaged, but years of perseverance were rewarded by the miraculous discovery of an original old- stock Connolly hide in the same colour which has now been expertly trimmed to replace these panels, and it blends with the original beautifully. With the rare and most sought after ‘big bore’ engine and synchromesh gearbox, this car drives with the tightness of a low mileage car which has never suffered neglect. The boot area and under- bonnet area (with original tools and inspection lamps present) is all superb and ready to show. Even the original ‘Gothic’ peak number plates have been dismantled and re-polished with great care. As well as the standard radiator ‘flying B’ mascot, this Bentley comes with a rare Union Jack flag and mast in miniature which was a fashionable accessory for the 1953 Coronation celebration. The ultimate sports saloon in its time, and one which boasts a commanding turn of speed mid- range, this still holds title as the most compact production Bentley so it is a very practical and easily stored classic with huge presence. Finished in Black with Tan Leather .

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