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1996 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Celebration Main dealer history, 69,000 miles
1991 Daimler Double Six HE  35,000 miles with full history (UK)


 

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Jaguar XJ8 3.2 Executive 2001 £ 11, 995|
Such fabulous looking XJ’s with classically curvaceous lines, and the last of line before the model grew in size. This magnificent Seafrost example was aquired by the last owner from the original purchaser, a work colleague when it was just a few months old, so the history is utterly verifiable with just 16,000 miles covered from new. Additionally this has a fantastically complete main Jaguar dealer service record stamped every year bar two and a pile of supporting invoices, so unrepeatable provenance. With attractively specified alloy wheels, this car also has the optional upgrade with extra woodwork, so it works beautifully with the Ivory Hide and is a most attractive car in cherished condition. We were offered, and purchased from the family- first time marketed since brand new.

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Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1A 1975 £ 22, 500
The most attractive ‘flared arch’ Shadow-  last with chrome bumpers, and compliant suspension (from ’74), so it handles well. Cars with the reassurance of outstanding service history are rare and relatively undervalued, and there is no better example than this. From the original order copy from Jack Barclay, there is a huge file of invoices right through – main dealer and specialist which demonstrate how this car has been cosseted. For example, when the car changed hands in 2008, an astonishing £26,000 was then lavished in ‘one go’ with a well-respected RR specialist. We sold the car on four years ago to a regular client and it was, at that time prepared for him under our direction by Frank Dale. The mileage is 55,000 since new with excellent bodywork, extremely smart Seychelles Blue paintwork and a gorgeous St James Hide original interior which still looks and smells absolutely right.

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Daimler Double Six Vanden-Plas 1974 RESERVED
For the first 18 years, this Daimler was leading an under stressed existence with its first owner in Jersey. Then in 1992 it was stored away by the second owner, a shrewd investor with an eye for the future alongside sixty other budding classics. The car was not left idle though, receiving an occasional run and MOT renewals every few years. Eventually it was bequeathed to his brother who sold it on to us in 2013 with just 15,000 miles covered since new. Then an extensive re- commissioning of mechanical, electrical and perishable items took place with around £10,000 being spent and 2,000 miles has since been covered bringing the total to 17,000. The model itself is rare and special being the flagship XJ with superior finishes carried out pre-delivery by coachbuilders Vanden- Plas such as chromium side flashes, vinyl roof finishers, firmer and individual soft hide seating, deep pile carpeting and reading lamps. This car also has air conditioning. Finished in one of the most elegant colour combinations reserved for Vanden Plas models, this is Morello Cherry with Chamois Hide. It must rank amongst one of the finest survivors, and could be a great investment with the XJ celebrating 50 years during 2018.

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Jaguar XJS V12 1996 RESERVED
In its ultimate 6 litre form, this is an extremely scarce commodity being the run out model which preceded the XK8.  An XJS with the plushest upholstery and in the most refined specification, the cars are defined by features such as diamond cut multi-spoke alloy wheels and soft grain ruched hide with piping. This particular car has been known and handled by us since the first local owner parted with it, and main dealer servicing has continued for subsequent owners under our guidance. The mileage is astoundingly low- now just 11,000 from new which is surely unrepeatable. In addition to the file of maintenance bills, the original owner thoughtfully prepared a letter of reassurance before parting with it in 2009 which is included in the history file “ The above vehicle was presented to me when new, in July 1996. The vehicle has been punctiliously maintained since then by Stratstone Jaguar, Broughtons of Surrey and Pangbourne, has sustained no accident damage whatsoever and the mileage of 8,035 is entirely correct” Used little, but regularly throughout its life as the paperwork demonstrates, this is a beautiful example and a Jaguar sports car collectors’ dream which looks stunning in Jet Black with Ivory soft grain Hide.

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Mercedes Benz CL63 AMG £24, 750
A true ‘Jeckell and Hyde’ sports coupe which can deliver a thrilling ride from 525bhp and 0-60 in 4.6 seconds, and yet be equally satisfied cruising around town with its sumptuously appointed cabin offering a relaxing and luxurious drive. Such quality and engineering excellence cost in excess of £100,000 so CL63’s were a specialised purchase, and there are never more than a small few on the market these days- the low mileage and non-abused ones are rapidly disappearing. In a timelessly classic Merc colour combination, this Iridium Silver Metallic car has covered 45,000 miles from new with stamped main dealer history, and an up to date 2018 service carried out at Mercedes Benz World, Brooklands. With impeccably cared for Black Hide, AMG mats and optional Cherrywood satin veneers , the cabin is pleasantly airy with an electric sunroof. A stunning looker, a stunning performer and a top class example.

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Jaguar XF 3.0 Luxury 2010 RESERVED
Should an XF be marketed amongst rarities when there are over 2,000 examples currently for sale on the internet? But when diesels are excluded accounting for 93% of the cars on offer, this petrol V6 is stands out: With low mileage of 33,000 being considered against price, there are fewer than five XF’s which come anyway close to comparison with this particularly fine example. Purchased by the last family from a Jaguar main dealer in 2014, it was serviced and health- checked recently by HA Fox in York. We purchased directly from the last owner. Finished in Frost Blue with Warm Charcoal Hide and traditional veneer finishes, this is an extremely striking, contemporary colour scheme. The condition of this sports saloon is lovely and really great value.

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BMW Z3 1.9 2001 RESERVED
Ideal as a characterful daily user or one to be cherished as a modern, occasional use classic, the quality, prestige, relative rarity and attractive retro-styling makes this Z3 at cut above other sub-2 litre sports cars. With meticulous ownership, this later model has a comprehensive main dealer service record with a supporting file of invoices and other sundry paperwork- it has covered just 31,000 miles since new. Finished in Pearl Blue with Black Leather, and comes complete with the attractive and valuable hard- top. This is a pristine example.

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Rover P5B Coupe 1967 RESERVED
First of the most sought after 3.5 litre models which successfully matched the smooth, strong ex- Buick V8 to the hugely respected P5 model, and these cars famously found favour with Royalty, government and the business elite. As an early example, this is extremely rare to be pre- 1968 Leyland merger; thus being built under British Motor Holdings and therefore benefitting from their superior quality finishes. Being a Coupe, this is the most sought after with its colour contrasting lower roof line and sculptured rear seating. There is a documented history supporting that the second owner kept this car from one year old until the early 1990’s, and it has been cosseted as an enthusiasts’ pride and joy ever since. The mileage is 47,000 miles since new and the immaculate condition in all respects is commensurate with a cherished, low mileage, very original and unmolested example which has expertly been prepared to show condition. For the past 12 years this Rover has had very little use, so we have undertaken the necessary programme of works to return it to more regular use. Finished in Arden Green with a Silver Birch roof and Buckskin Hide, this is one of the most favoured combinations. Once a common sight, but becoming increasingly rare as restoration costs greatly exceed values, there is a diminishing supply of these highly regarded models.

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MGBGT V8 1974  RESERVED
Uncompromised handling with the lighter V8 and fastest of the breed, this rare derivative is arguably the most sought after GT- an icon of the 60’s and 70’s. The provenance and condition of this particular car would seem unrepeatable as the one that time forgot. It was a surprise gift from employer to employee from brand new, but with little use for the car, it spend most of the first 35 years dry stored and allegedly protected in blankets. When the owner died, it was returned to the benefactor as an unexpected inheritance, but then sold on at auction where its existence first became publicly known. With just 9,000 miles on the clock and aspects of originality which simply do not survive with use, it caused a stir. Factory chalk markings in the boot are still present, while the delicate original Black stretch-fabric seat coverings are like new. The engine compartment bears testament to a perfect storage environment as do pristine non-pitted instrument clusters. Only because of some less than perfect ‘BL’ paint issues, the MG has since been bare- metal repainted in original Harvest Gold, though the care and sympathetic approach taken to maintain the most correct finish and reassembly of bright work trim with kid gloves is a credit to the coachworks. With 1,000 miles recently covered bringing the total to 10,000, this is a true one-off and ‘best of the best’.

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Jaguar XK8 4.2 S 2005 £ 17, 750
Previously supplied by us to the last owner, these late examples of the classic shape are getting rare with low mileage and proper main dealer provenance. Indeed the service book with this car is stamped by Jaguar annually with accompanying health check reports and invoice copies still present in the file, so the mileage of 37,000 since new is well substantiated. Finished in Midnight Black with Charcoal hide and birds’ eye maple veneers, this XK8 looks the part. One of Jaguar Cars own vehicles initially, there is a high specification including CATS, Brembo brakes, 20” Detroit BBS wheels, satellite navigation, ASL, premium sound, heated seats, screens etc. Additionally there is an Adamesh sports exhaust. With cherished ownership, it is an immaculate example.

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Jaguar 420 1967 RESERVED
Known to us for any years, this was purchased by a client of ours in Jersey and eventually traded in. We have sold it on twice since. Prior history is amazingly comprehensive dating from the 1960’s, and during the 1980’s when these models were often neglected, this car was a well-known Jaguar Club concours car with certificates and awards still included in the voluminous file of paperwork which also supports the mileage of 28,000. The most comfortable of Jaguar’s extensive range of mid- sized saloons of the 60’s, this 420 has some lovely period options such as chrome wire wheels, winding radio ariel and very rare rear safety belts with the authentic buckles. Finished in Honey Beige with Red Leather, this car presents as well as ever and in recent times has been subject to fine detailing of its engine compartment.

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Jaguar XKR 4.2 S Coupe 2005 £ 22, 500
Jaguar’s final development of the classic rounded shape, these run- out cars were produced for approximately 18 months and seem destined to follow on in kudos from ‘last of’ preceding Jaguar sports cars. They are most attractive with a discreet rear spoiler, leather steering wheel, red brake callipers, wing guards, mesh grille, unique badging etc. As a super- charged ‘R’, this is the ultimate. With just two owners since new, the previous purchased this car in 2006 as a weekend use vehicle so with just 35,000 to its credit and a well stamped servicing record, this XKR presents beautifully in Pacific Blue and a proper sports interior looks the part in Charcoal Hide with Piano Black veneers and brushed aluminium embellishers. The BBS 20” Montreal wheels have been completely refurbished including barrels, spokes and replacement chrome trim rings. Still a potential daily user or a budding classic, this must be one of the lowest mileage cars around and it is presented in great condition with the benefit of a major gearbox and adaptions service carried just out by Jaguar and their health- check . The distinctive, ageless number plate is included.

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Triumph TR8 Convertible 1980 RESERVED
With a cutting-edge style that has journeyed from futuristic to cool-classic and fitment of the V8 which spawned from an American design, the TR8 was well received on the far side of the Atlantic where it became BL’s target market. This particular car looks barely sat in, and with just 4,000 miles which is understood to be correct it was sourced from America and returned to its birth land to form part of a stunning car collection of pristine British sports cars. On top as well as underneath, everything bears out its claim as one of the most perfectly preserved of its type and this is an amazing discovery. Finished in Platinum Silver with Navy Check and Black folding hood.

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Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible 1993 RESERVED
For the enthusiast with a passion to own the very best Jaguar sports cars, this is a worthy addition to a collection defined by the highest criteria for provenance, originality and condition. Supplied new to the first and only owner, we were offered and purchased this car directly from the family. With extremely sparing use, (though started, MOT’d and driven occasionally), the mileage is incredibly low- just 6,000 (six thousand miles from new). Ideally stored between journeys, and allegedly never used in wet weather or the winter months, this is an entirely fresh example borne out, for example by under bonnet ancillaries, nuts and screws still looking like new and components such as exhaust which bely their age. Tread plates are still covered in their factory cellophane wrapping. Seven services have been carried out with the supplying main dealer and following 300 miles use within the last week to blow away cobwebs, we have entrusted our local Jaguar main dealer to health- check and service this car again to keep the pedigree absolutely right. The distinctive and valuable registration number JIB 150 has been with the car since new, and is included in the sale. One of the run out ‘facelift’ retaining the elegant and timeless chrome bumper finishers, and lattice wheels which, despite never being refurbished remain untarnished.  Finished in Flamenco with Doeskin Hide, this is a museum piece and unrepeatable.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 1990 RESERVED
Truly a time capsule, this attractively specified Mk 2 has covered a mere 23,000 miles since brand new with a dealer and specialist service history boasting 23 stamps and a huge folder of supporting paperwork. Last serviced by VW Caffyns, the vehicle was appraised by them indicating no faults whatsoever- indeed this Golf handles as it did in 1990. Complete with factory sunroof, power steering, original sound system and trip computer, the colour scheme is true to period in Calypso Green with Grey check- cloth.  With no tell-tale signs of age, this showroom fresh GTI is utterly straight and immaculate.

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Mercedes Benz  E240 Avantgarde 2000 £6, 250
Harking back to the design classics as it was fashionable for luxury manufacturers to do in the late 1990’s, this generation of E Class will become sought in years to come being remindful of the ‘fin-tail’ generation with their bulbous and characterful frontal styling. Supplied new to the first and only owner by Alan Day Ltd as the original order and sales invoice state, the full main dealer maintenance switched to Mercedes Benz World when they opened in 2006, and the history file includes all invoices and a stamped service record up to 31,000 miles in 2014, when the car was stored for three years. We purchased directly from the family and have both prepared and detailed the vehicle to showroom condition as befits the car’s low mileage and provenance. Finished in Brilliant Silver Metallic with Grey Fabric.

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Jaguar XJ8 Executive 4.0 2000 £11, 750
There can be few cars consistently maintained to this high standard. Despite an exceptionally low mileage of 24,000, this Jaguar has been faithfully returned to the main dealer every year for a service and pre- MOT Jaguar VHC. Consequently, there has never been a mechanical advisory logged on the MOT history, let alone a fail. The service book is stamped right through and previous bills back to the original bill of sale are in a file. New Pirelli tyres have covered just a few hundred miles. We supplied this car previously to the second owner, a knowledgeable, life-long motoring enthusiast who had an array of exotic classics over the decades, and we have just re- acquired it from the Estate following his sad passing. It is finished in the ever popular Pacific Blue with Sand Hide upholstery. Being relatively rare as a standard wheel base 4 litre, this is a fine cruising car in tip- top condition throughout and a unique opportunity to acquire such a fastidiously kept example of this fondly regarded modern classic.

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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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Jaguar Sovereign 2.7 TDI 2006 RESERVED
With one lady owner until this year, the history record with this car speaks volumes- returned every year within the week to Grange for servicing, the original supplying main dealer. This car drives the way it should and this matched in appearance. Earlier this year, the five Custom wheels were refurbished, bumpers repainted to eliminate small grazes and specialist paint-less dent removal was all organized via a top quality Bentley main dealer coachworks, so this is truly immaculate Jaguar.  Being January 2006 registered, this falls within the three month window which benefits from cheaper road tax, yet escaping the dearer London congestion charge. Finished in Quartz Silver Grey with Cream soft grain Leather, both ruched and piped to indicate top of the range, this is a stunning, high specification example.

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Jaguar XJ8 3.2 Executive 2000 £ 8, 995
Briefly a Jaguar demonstrator before being sold it to the first and only private owner, this fastidiously kept, local example has covered just 35,000 miles since new with an excellent supporting history file. With all the expected refinements and luxurious touches, the car is driving beautifully with both interior and exterior in immaculate order, and we acquired it directly from the family so can verify the provenance. Finished in Pacific Blue coachwork with Ivory Hide and ‘classic’ veneers.

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Bentley Continental GT 2005  RESERVED
With jaw dropping presence, this is a Bentley of sporting, manageable proportions which provides the utmost in luxury and comfort. The model’s popularity means there is a choice on offer, but very few tick all the correct boxes. Purchased last year from Harwoods, the service book boasts 12 stamps which are exclusively main dealer and support the present mileage of 51,000 since new. Finished in a tasteful combination of Silver Tempest with Magnolia Hide, the bodywork, interior, brightwork and trim has been pampered as befitting one of the few remaining with a proper Bentley pedigree. Having clearly been maintained on a cost no object basis, this can provide its next owner with an uncompromised driving experience while being competitively priced.

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Mercedes Benz 220 Cabriolet 1995 RESERVED
Fans of the 124 series appreciate the hardiness of this range with Mercedes Benz quality living up to its reputation.  Described as ‘indestructible’ by The Telegraph’s Honest John,  the handsome ‘cabriolet’ is rarest and most appealing as a classic. Two years ago this car was taken out of semi-retirement and returned to daily use, which it took in its stride, and there is a decent main dealer and marque specialist stamped service record from day one to 2017 and accompanying maintenance receipts for the more recent work. With 105,000 miles under its belt, this car feels barely run- in, and it drives tightly. Finished in Tourmaline Metallic Green with Black-  the desirable option of leather upholstery with smart matching mohair electric hood. Originally a UK car, but having been used and registered in Ireland since 2005, this particular car has the advantage of being  tax paid and open for registration in either country; thus widening its marketability and ongoing desirability considerably. With lovely bodywork, interior, newly refurbished wheels and new head lining, this Mercedes looks as well as it drives.

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Ford Mustang 260 V8 1965  RESERVED
An absolute must for the aficionado, this extremely early V8 was very highly specified, so it has numerous rare as hens’ teeth period options such as rally pack, power steering, studio sonic sound, rear arm rests, wire wheels, power brakes, cruise- o- matatic, deluxe red steering wheel etc . With verifiable history ownership back to day one, this car looks to have never suffered neglect, and in the years before being exported from USA in 2005, it reputedly won around 50 high- level awards including Antique Automobile Club of America and Motor Club of America. Both engine and transmission were stripped and rebuilt in 2003 with many ancillaries bearing the proper Ford numbered parts which bears testimony to uncompromised, correct procedures.  The car has continued to be cherished, and finally suffering slightly age-jaded paintwork, was stripped and repainted to an exceptional standard four years ago in original Rangoon Red. With 70,000 miles declared as genuine, lovely panels, an exquisite and highly original Red and Black interior with its original customer- handover pack still present, this automobile definitely stands out, even in a crowd of Mustangs.

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