This was spotted by one of my customers, sadly not all my Jaguars have survived to be classics!

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2011 BMW X6  Petrol  41,000 miles
1989 Jaguar Sovereign  37,000 miles
2004 Audi A4 Cabriolet  81,000 miles
1991 Rolls Royce Silver Spirit  12,000 miles from new

 

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MG TD Midget 1952 £26,500
From the mid 1930’s the ‘T’ Series was a stylish little open tourer offering their lucky owners the best of recreational motoring with practicality. Often finished in brighter colours, they stood out against the black and grey saloons as they roared past with the driver’s hair blowing in the wind. When production picked up again after the war, the re- modelled TD lost little, if any of that charm, though coil sprung front end, rack and pinion steering and a wider track transformed the driving experience.
Having been in America, this car was re- imported in 1990 by JD Classics who stripped and repainted the vehicle, re- chromed it, sympathetically brought the upholstery up to ‘as new’ so it could be entered for shows and concours. A client spotted the car and offered to purchase it from JD for £23,000- possibly a record sum for such a model at the time. Nevertheless JD Classics subsequently wrote to their customer asking for first refusal to buy it back for the full price- the letter is still with the history. He declined and went on to enjoy the car owning it until last year. Although the client lived in Belgium the MG was stored professionally in the UK with Italia-Autosport and has been used for just a couple of journeys per year. However, the stack of bills with it show that it received an annual check-up, service and rectification of any required jobs.
At the time of the JD Classics acquisition, the car recorded 27,000 miles and has covered around 2,000 more since. Having examined the underside, panel fit etc and considering the absolutely tight and rattle-free manner in which it handles, this TD has never been anything but a cherished example from its early life, and obviously low mileage. Finished in an attractive pillar-box red with lovely Tan Upholstery and matching weather gear, this car is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner.

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Honda FRV 1.8i VTEC 2009 £7,500
A revised last generation model which adopted the 'Civic' engine configuration in the petrol version, this is a 5 speed automatic. The car was registered new as a Honda dealer demonstrator which was sold after 6 weeks to the first
and only private owner. Servicing has remained exclusively with the supplying Honda agent and the mileage is 39,000 since new which is pretty low for a compact MPV.  Despite the considerable loading capacity within this vehicle,
and being a proper six-seater, it has only had light, private use with the prime motivation for ownership being the comfort and seating position suiting the lady driver who has only disposed of this Honda having given up driving.
Finished in Alabaster Silver metallic with the Tan full leather option and all in stunning condition with recently refurbished alloy wheels 

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Jaguar XK8 4.0 2002 RESERVED
It is hard to imagine this model not following the footsteps of previous Jaguar sports cars and becoming a serious collectors’ item in the future. Priced have just started to harden from ridiculous lows a couple of years ago, so that process may be underway. Indeed the inspired E Type frontal aspect is instantly recognisable as pure Jaguar and is likely to be more and more admired as time goes by. Taken back in part exchange, we supplied this car to a client (of 27 years standing) 9 years ago, who has just taken delivery of her 4th Jaguar sports car from us. It benefitted from new premium brand tyres and reconditioned gearbox in the recent past and has been maintained by a well known Jaguar specialist who we also know and deal with. Prior to that, it had complete main dealer history. Finished in Talisman Silver with Cream Hide and ‘classic’ wood finishes, the car presents extremely well having been brought back to show condition. The distinctive ‘XK’ registration number would seem coincidental having been issued to the car new.

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Jaguar XK 4.2 Coupe 2006 RESERVED
First of the revolutionary Callum design which is already a modern classic in its own right. We purchased this directly from the second owner, and having just clicked over 40,000 miles it has an excellent main dealer service record from new. Following the last service, there were no faults noticed on the health check but a couple of advisories which the owner subsequently instructed Jaguar to rectify, so the car comes with a reassuringly clean bill of health. Finished in Liquid Silver with Warm Charcoal hide, this is a stunning example.

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Jaguar X Type 2.0 V6 ‘S’ 2005 £6, 995
These are beautifully appointed, and refreshingly uncomplicated- an ideal daily driver or one to polish up and cherish. This is a time-warp example being registered to just one owner since new and having covered only 15,000 miles. Despite such sparing use it has been returned to the main dealer every year and serviced- the book has almost run out of spaces for stamps! Interestingly, 30% of its total mileage was covered last year so the future owner has the reassurance that the cobwebs are blown through, and could therefore put it to more use with confidence. The car is lovely underneath- the engine bay like new. Finished in immaculate Carnival Red Metallic with pristine Cream Upholstery, this is a fantastic buy.

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Jaguar S Type 3.4 1966 RESERVED
We first supplied this car 34 years ago to the Ex-President of The Jaguar Drivers’ Club and it went to win concours awards. In 1992, it was used on the front cover of Classic and Sportscar and a feature within. The car has been fastidiously kept over the years with both an engine rebuild (for precautionary purposes) and a back to metal repaint carried out some years ago (through ourselves) but with around 20,000 miles covered since and fastidious garaging, it remains in show condition. The largely original interior is exceptional, the brightwork excellent. Over the past 6 years, some continental touring has been covered driving to The South of France and around 2,000 miles in Sweden- it is one of the tightest, most responsive classic Jaguars we have driven. In 2015 the car was surveyed by renowned ex- Coombes marque afficionado Ken Bell and his report is with the history file. The mileage is 77,000 from new. It is manual with overdrive- being a 1966 it benefits from the later synchromesh gearbox, but is pre- quality cutbacks which came the following year. Finished in Sherwood Green with Suede Green Hide, this S -Type is one of the very best out there and it looks stunning in this period colour scheme.

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Jaguar XJ8 4.2 SE 2003 RESERVED
This is a rare specification, and all the more sought after for it: Being a 4.2 litre (non-supercharged), it cruises beautifully, yet produces similar MPG to the more plentiful 3 litres. As a standard wheel-base, it goes extremely well. It is ULEZ exempt and slots in to the cheaper road tax bracket. We supplied this car to the 3rd  owner 4 years ago delivering to Wales ‘sight-unseen’ and it remains in fantastic condition in all respects- a  truly exceptional specimen which has covered 61,000 miles. It has been exclusively main dealer maintained (14 stamps) and a major service performed by Stratstone within the last 1,000 miles, and their approved ‘health-check’ is entirely clear. For many years prior, the servicing was with Creamer- the small, select Kensington main dealer used by The Royal Household who also supplied it- this Jaguar has wanted for nothing. Finished in Zircon Blue with Sand Hide, there many refinements being an ‘SE’ and one in this condition would be difficult to find again.

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Daimler Super Eight 2005 £17, 995
Once Jaguar had acquired the Daimler Motor Company in 1960, the name became synonymous with the most prestigious and well finished version of Jaguar’s flagship saloon, and as time progressed the difference between Jaguar and Daimler finishes became more pronounced. So the final shape to carry the Daimler name (the X350-358 range) is the ultimate. Specifications are a world apart, and owing to a huge premium price new, Daimlers are now very rare. This particular example has a very well stamped service history and covered 65,000 miles from new. Added to  picnic tables, electric privacy blind, wool- over-rugs, ruched hide with piping and ‘D’ logos set in to the head-rests, veneers with gold inlay etc, this has the split rear seat so it is even more sumptuous. Mechanically, they are essentially XJR supercharged, but with comfort suspension- it is hard to imagine a superior motorway car, and in town or on country roads they are surprisingly manoeuvrable and a joy to drive. Finished in Indigo Blue with Cream Leather, we first purchased this car back in 2013 from a main dealer and sold it to a regular customer.  A modern classic in the making and very useable indeed.

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Bentley Arnage R 2004 RESERVED
This is a very rare version, and all the more appealing by its combination of sought after credentials. The car is a Mulliner specification- bespoke as they were, but typically commanding a £10,000 premium for features such as chrome grille, rear picnic tables, pillar lights, umbrellas, cross-branded door rails and Bentley motifs to the upholstery which this car has. Just 56 cars were produced (LHD/RHD combined) in the ‘run-out’ of the original Arnage design which is ‘the one to have’ benefiting from the later, more durable head gasket arrangement whilst retaining the stately and classic front headlight configuration which surrendered to less attractive modernisation later that year. The ‘R’ suffix denotes the luxury package which is more in keeping to uphold the Mulliner image with comfort suspension, yet it whooshes along with Garrett T3 turbochargers which were introduced for this variant. This particular example, the 11th from last is a show piece with the very rare electric sunroof option. The second owner (from 2007) sold privately to the third 4 years ago and straight away the car was uplifted from its already outstanding condition to virtual concours. The Silver Tempest coachwork is immaculate, and even the underside was meticulously cleaned down prior to the anti-corrosion treatments being re-applied. There are even some ‘extra extras’ such as both full spare and space-saver and bespoke, tailored wool carpets to protect the factory originals. Maintained by a well-known specialist with supporting history and stamps from day 1, the mileage is 64,000- this car drives and rides as it should. The sumptuous Cream Mulliner specified upholstery is testament to a very cherished example, and all bright work and trim is immaculate.

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Mercedes Benz E500 AMG 2003 RESERVED
This completely cherished car was purchased by the second owner in 2004 and servicing has remained with the dealer from where it was acquired. Extras include but are not limited to AMG kit and exhaust, wood-rim steering wheel, rear folding seat, satellite navigation, parktronic front and rear. The car also has the very desirable ‘panoramic’ smoked glass sunroof with inner temperature sensors - perfect for hot weather motoring. The mileage is 123,000 since new, and yet it could easily pass for one third of that mileage. Even engine ancillaries, interior detailing and body trim just looks pristine. Finished with unmarked Platinum Blue bodywork and Grey Hide interior. Attracting the cheaper road tax, this is an awful lot of car.

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Jaguar XJS 4.0 Celebration Convertible 1995 RESERVED
Once a Jaguar sports car comes of age to attract enthusiasts and collectors, the appeal just grows and values tend to widen for the most sought after derivatives. The very last of line ‘Celebration’ especially in its convertible form is already a prized commodity and this one of the very finest- a car we know well having previously supplied it. The car is so good, that Guy Salmon were retailing it from their flagship Thames Ditton showroom in 2013- we coordinated a deal to one of our clients at the time, and have just re-acquired it. Complete with a strong service history stamped and a file of supporting bills, the total mileage to date is just 14,000 since new. Finished in one of Jaguar’s most pleasant colour schemes- Carnival Red with Cream Hide piped Coffee and Black Mohair power hood, this has all the tick-box features: superior quality monogram Auto lux hide, wood-rim wheel, flat-face diamond cut  alloy wheels, latest badging and the XJ16 engine which is of concours presentation standard. A wonderful and effortless drive.

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Mercedes Benz 300SL 1989 RESERVED
A passer-by spotted this car brand new in a dealer showroom as the 107 models were ceasing production so he spontaneously purchased it for his wife, and they treasured it for 30 years until finally selling to us directly, so this SL has never been on the open market. It comes with the original purchase order and a very complete history- the mileage being 48,000 from new. The specification is desirable with air conditioning, cruise control, factory hard-top, tinted top screen, back seats and leather upholstery. Although a convertible, the car has been used as a hard-top coupe, so the hood was never raised and remains supple and un-faded. Finished in Signal Red with Mushroom Hide, a full repaint was recently carried out  via a reputed Mercedes specialist due to fading panels while both the underside and scuttle areas have been  assessed to confirm this is a very good example. A thorough mechanical test and report has also been carried out by Mercedes and comes with the car.  The original flat-face alloys have been refurbished. It drives beautifully and all bright work is superb. Of the SL 107 shape cars surviving, this one ticks all the important boxes and is well priced for the mileage and pedigree.

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Mercedes Benz C180 Classic 2004 £3,750
We were pleased to take this wonderfully kept example in part exchange from the first and only lady owner against a later Mercedes model.  Barely ‘run in’  for a Benz at 73,000 miles, a fastidiously kept file comes with it commencing with the original purchase order and charting the history  throughout the car’s life right up to the most recent servicing bill and MOT. The service book is also diligently stamped.  This car drives little different to how it would have when delivered, and its Travertine coachwork is cherished. Bright work, Champagne Leather and all interior trim looks and smells factory fresh- the boot area and engine bay pristine.- Being a later W203 it  benefits from the factory’s tightening on quality control which marred the earlier examples, so this would make an ideal daily driver or modern classic to show.

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Mercedes Benz SEC 500 1983 RESERVED
‘As an SEC should be’- The actual car chosen and featured by Classic and Sportscar magazine in their buyer guide for this model (see attached article)
With known history since brand new, the original owner ordered this car from Surrey main dealer Woking Motors under the guidance of a personal friend, Tony Montalbano, a former factory trained main dealership technician who had since founded his own Mercedes Benz servicing and restoration outlet TM Motors; which to this day operates with an exemplary reputation. Even before expiration of the factory warranty, TM were entrusted to maintain the car, until eventually (around 1988)   the car was disposed of by the first owner to his friend. Ever since, this Mercedes has been used, maintained fastidiously through TM Motors and enjoyed by Tony Montalbano personally- it survives 35 years on with 166,000 miles covered still looking and driving little different to the day it left Stuttgart.  Benefiting from the perfect environment in which to service and preserve this vehicle, it is a credit to the owner and upholds the manufacturer’s reputation with the C126 as an almost indestructible model,  correctly treated. As testament to this, the car was loaned to Mercedes Benz World who retained it for some time for some years in their museum of historic vehicles as a prime example of their flagship ‘S’ Class as a world beating luxury sports coupe. Finished in Thistle Green with Tan Hide, this has all the associated luxuries including air conditioning, electric sunroof , cruise control etc, -plus  few sensible mods such as Mk 2 braking upgrade, Lorinser front splitter and uprated springs.

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