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We will be displaying cars for sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show from Friday 10 November - Sunday 12 November 17. 
Cars can be reserved prior to the event.
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1995 Mercedes Benz E220 Cabriolet, Full History
1993 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Convertible  One Owner, 6,000 miles

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Jaguar XJS V12 HE Cabriolet 1986 RESERVED
A hardening of values is underway, though the cars still seem good value, This super low mileage  cabriolet differs from the coupe which had already been running for a decade. The advantages of the ‘cab’ are clear because they offer both refined, fully enclosed driving with their ‘targa’ style panels in place, and the joy of a convertible when removed. With or without the roof, this XJS model looks and feels exotic . The experience could only be let down by buying a tired example, and this is not one of those. The same gentleman owned this car from new- initially his personal company car, it was semi-retired for pleasure motoring from 1995. We purchased the car directly from the owner and it comes with a huge file of service history going back to day one; thus confirming the mileage of 35,000 since new. This car has never been damaged or restored inside or out as verified by the owner in writing, so the provenance is reassuring. The two important factory recalls from the 1980’s were also carried out. Rarest of the breed and with huge advantages, these Cabriolets appear inexpensive against an SL, for example and this has to be one of the best. Even the colour combination is lovely in Claret with Magnolia.

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Volkswagen Golf GTI 1990 £ 14, 750
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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Daimler Coupe 4.2 1976 £ 27, 995
The name XJ has been synonymous with Jaguar’s flagship saloon for forty nine years, though the sensational ‘pillarless’  XJ Coupe model was produced for just three years in the mid 1970’s- an era synonymous with elegant, two-door luxury four-seaters. Sparingly used, this low ownership Daimler was sold on by its first lady owner to an acquaintance in the 1990’s, and he used it sparingly as the MOT history verifies. It was then laid up for three years recording 26,000 miles. In 2012, the car was sold through the trade to a specialist restorer and a verified £60,000 was spent on a body and mechanical nut and bolt ‘cost no object’ restoration including a complete strip and re-paint and all trim painstakingly renewed to the original specification. All chromework, rubbers etc were renewed, mechanics and even the electrics rebuilt. Apart from fitting true to period Kent Alloy wheels, there was no attempt to deviate from originality as the Heritage Certificate verifies. Indeed, the car stirred considerable interest on a devoted stand at the 2013 NEC Classic Motor Show as a ‘restoration in progress’ and returned in 2014 as the finished product with components looking factory fresh on top and underneath. Having settled in over 2,000 miles driving since, we have taken this vehicle in part exchange, reviewed the restoration and detailed the car once again to show presentation. Finished as it left Coventry in the special order combination of Pale Primrose with Black Velour trim and vinyl roof, this could almost be mistaken for an XJ Coupe which has been hibernating away since Black Forest Gateaux was all the rage.

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Jaguar Sovereign 4.2 2008 £ 9, 995
 Produced for less than two years, and split between a variety of models, an X358 with the right pedigree and in a sought after specification is difficult to come by. As a standard wheel base petrol car with plush Sovereign upholstery and a host of luxuries, this is truly desirable. Having taken this car in part exchange from a long standing client (who has driven Jaguars for over 40 years), he suggested the following description for his prized former car “the elderly fussy owner has bought another one which says it all about these fine cars.” With 79,000 miles covered, this Jaguar has a complete history- all main dealer with stamped service record and a file of bill copies plus sundry paperwork including the recent service and ‘health check’ with a couple of advisories which have since been attended to by Jaguar. Finished in Emerald Fire with Dove Grey ‘ruched’ Hide and smart piping- the wheels have been reconditioned and in all other respects the car presents beautifully.

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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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Mercedes Benz C320 Avantgarde 2001 £ 1, 995
Attractively finished in Ultraviolet with Dove Grey Hide, this car has been in the hands of the original family (father and daughter) since new and has covered 70,000 miles. Complete with stamped service record and all handbooks, the car drives and presents very well.

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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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Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk 2 1991 RESERVED
Being in regular use for much of its time with a titled Lady owner, this remained an exceptionally sound and genuine vehicle which was then stored for some years. It was then purchased by an enthusiast who stripped and rebuilt this GTI to showroom condition for the pleasure of doing so, and he devoted some 1,000 hours to the project. It was stripped to its sound metal including the engine compartment and repainted by the coachworks we use. Meanwhile the engine was also rebuilt by a reputed VW specialist, ‘The Engine Shop’ and has since been fully run- in;  there is some outstanding warranty. The history file is enormous with both early, original documentation and recent parts bills. The standard of perfection to the finest detail and the authenticity of finish is astonishing- this is one of those cars which needs to be seen to be believed. VW’s rare Votex styling package, 15” BBS wheels, ‘Bee Sting’ Ariel, golf ball gear knob, black arch and sill trims, Hella fog lights and power steering. The car has never been shown, and is unquestionably a high-level concours contender. Finished in Alpine White with classic  Ultraviolet trim.

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Jaguar X Type Estate 2.5 SE 2007 £ 6, 995
One of the rarer, and much more sought after petrol all-wheel drive with the more luxurious ‘classic’ upholstery. Finished in Artic Blue with Cashmere Hide, the service record is second to none with 11 stamps (and supporting invoices). Just 54,000 miles has been covered since new. In near to pristine order, we sold this car last summer to a family from Australia for European touring, and 7,000 miles has been covered faultlessly.

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Jaguar XJ6 4.2 1983 RESERVED
First of a later generation of Series Three with superior quality control as Jaguar prepared for privatisation, noticeable features include the extra wood work, wider seat pleating and revised cooling system. This particular example has been known to us for many years and we supplied it to the last owner four years ago with warranted, supported mileage of just 14,000. Since then the car relocated to Belgium and has been driven extensively including two trips to Austria and the mileage is now 29,000 from new. Finished in Rhodium Silver with Navy Blue Hide,  the car looks smart on pepperpot wheels and is desirable with air conditioning. In all respects, this car is in outstanding condition, the interior particularly is the nicest we have seen for some time.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.0 V6 SE 2004 Reserved
In the hands of one lady owner for all but 10 months of its life, this well documented, low mileage X350 has a most unusually high specification including heated front seats, electric rear privacy blind, navigation, front and rear cup holders, wood-rim steering wheel and 19” custom alloy wheels and mesh grille. Finished in Midnight Black with Sand Classic Hide and Burr-Walnut Veneers, this is a really smart looking machine. With just 40,000 miles covered from new, this would be difficult to repeat.

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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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Jaguar X Type 2.5 Estate 2005 RESERVED
Very attractive as a ‘sport’ in Anthracite with Ebony Hide and ‘piano black’ veneers. A sought after model in automatic with AWD, this car boasts a very complete stamped service record with the supplying Jaguar main dealer annually for the first owner (until 2015), then with the specialist supplying dealer for the second. We purchased directly from the owner and the mileage is genuine at 41,000 since new. This X Type has obviously been treated with care throughout its time with near immaculate presentation inside and out. A popular choice for their practicality with compact dimensions, low mileage, high specification petrol examples such as this are superb value, and supplies will inevitably dry up as Jaguar did not produce a superseding compact model.

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