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

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2010 Jaguar XK 5.0 Portfolio Coupe  16,000 miles
1995 Jaguar XJS Celebration Convertible  15,000 miles

 

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Jaguar XF 3.0 V6  Luxury 2009 £ 14, 995
Only around 20% of XF’s are petrol such as this example which is the most remarkable we have seen having covered just 5,000 (five thousand) miles since new. Despite such exceptionally light use, the supplying main dealer has serviced this car 8 times and waxoiled it at the owner’s request twice. It was sold on to the father of an acquaintance two years ago, who has covered 2,000 miles of its total. The condition of this car is as near to perfection as one would expect and it is fine looking in Indigo Blue with Champagne Hide, especially with the option of traditional polished wood veneers. Possibly the lowest mileage survivor of the pre- facelift original Callum design combined with rare and now sought after V6 specification and an impeccable servicing record must surely make this car a unique purchasing opportunity.

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Mercedes Benz 300SL 1989 £39, 995
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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Jaguar Sovereign 4.2 1985 £15, 750
First time on the market since new, we purchased this car directly from the estate of the original owner locally at the house it was first delivered to. This amazingly original example with just 32,000 miles covered has a wonderful file charting its history from original correspondence selecting the colour and specification specifying the customer’s exact wishes to servicing history throughout always using proper garages. We first saw it in the dry, integral double garage where it spent most of its life which explains minimal corrosion. The specification is very desirable with electric seats, ‘pepperpot’ alloy wheels, air conditioning (recently overhauled and converted to latest gas), on-board ‘period’ computer, wool over-rugs, electric mirrors, tool kit and electric sunroof. The colour combination of Racing Green Metallic with Doeskin Hide is sought after. Still presenting and driving as it did three decades ago, this is a rare example to enjoy.

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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. This car was re- imported in 1990 and rebuilt for a client by renowned JD Classics. It is important to note that in those times, the very best ‘rust free’ donor cars  were out there for the picking- no need to tackle a rusty barn-find. JD were so pleased with the result they offered in writing to re- purchase this car from their client for ‘money back’. He declined and went on to enjoy owning it until last year. Although living in Belgium the MG was stored professionally in the UK and the used it for just a couple of journeys per year when visiting. However, the stack of bills with it show that despite under 2,000 miles covered since the rebuild, it received an annual check-up, service and rectification of any required jobs. Finished in an attractive pillar-box red with lovely Tan Upholstery and matching weather gear, this car drives beautifully and is ready to be enjoyed by its next owner

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Daimler V8250 1968 RESERVED
A car we know extremely well as it was purchased new by family friends and it came in to our possession in 2000 shortly after the owner passed away. A complete repaint was carried out on this very solid vehicle through ourselves mainly due to usual, expected panel fading and light abrasions. The remainder of this excellent, low mileage car was detailed to show standard which is how it presents to this day. We sold the car to an extremely active member of the owners’ club and it was a familiar sight at shows until 2015 when we re-acquired it and sold  on to the third owner. Over the past four years there has been very little use, though MOT and short journeys have been maintained and under-cover storage was in a fine, dry environment. We drove the car back to base, some 170 miles from Devon and it motored beautifully on the lanes and motorway without any concerns. The mileage from new is 61,000 and this Daimler is finished in Navy Blue with Grey Hide- one of the most favoured colour combinations. The original service book is stamped right through , and there is a file of subsequent invoices. Fitted with the later type Borg Warner automatic and original power steering, this is one of the most useable of the classic ‘Mk 2’ derivatives.

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Jaguar XK8 4.0 Coupe 1997 RESERVED
Earliest and purest design of the ‘modern E Type’ budding classic. This particular car has had two private owners, and we purchased it directly from the first twelve years ago, selling on to the second who has just traded back with us for a later shape replacement.  Servicing and maintenance has been exclusively main dealer- Stratstone initially, and HA Fox who carried out the recommended blow-by test and upgraded to third generation timing chains and tensioners under our direction. Due to unexpected failure of the automatic gearbox whilst on holiday, the unit was replaced at 37,000 miles by Spirit Jaguar in Dublin. Marshall, Peterborough have maintained the vehicle for our fastidious client since 2007 and the service book (with accompanying bill copies) is stamped right through since 1997. Structurally, the underside of this XK8 is in very good shape having been wire-brushed, treated with some  re-metalling to one sill carried out to satisfy an early stage advisory by Jaguar. Paintwork and interior trim is in immaculate order. Finished in Ice Blue with 18” Alloy wheels and smart Cream hide interior contrasting ‘classic’ veneers, the modest mileage totals 64,000 from new. With significant, uncompromised attention to maintenance and factory quality replacement parts throughout, this presents a rare opportunity to sample an original XK8 still looking and driving the way it should.

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Bentley Continental GT 2004 RESERVED
Such a beautifully proportioned luxury touring coupe, the crisp lines of earlier models are arguably the prettiest. It pays to secure a low mileage example as the premium over average GT.’s seems disproportionately small.  Certainly the touch, look, aroma and handling of this one hasn’t faded from the day it was born being in the hands of the same family all along with exceptionally little use. Dividing its time between Regents Park and The French Riviera, the car has been reserved for ‘special occasions’ often travelling little more than a few hundred miles per year, though from 2016-18  the usage increased which if anything has helpfully blown away some cobwebs. We purchased the vehicle  from the family and both a service and check-over has just been carried out through us with Frank Dale and Stepsons. With a total mileage of just 10,000 from new and ten services stamped (most with the supplying dealer Jack Barclay), this is an elegant, useable Bentley finished in Moonbeam Silver with Portland Hide with smartly contrasting Navy Hide top roll trimmed.

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Bentley Turbo RT 1997 RESERVED
This 1998 model year example was reputedly the 4th from last RT manufactured of the 252 produced and it has a noticeably enhanced specification which was completed prior to delivery by Rolls Royce Motors approved coachbuilder Mulliner Park Ward for the following bespoke features: Full  burr walnut steering wheel, cup holders to the cushion box, upgraded audio system with mission speakers and amps, and a retro-turned aluminium ‘Le Mans’ dashboard and centre console as seen occasionally on Continental R, but believed unique on this model. Built in period Motorola telephones front and back, Mulliner wing vents installed post-production. The RT is most prized within the range delivering an enhanced 400bhp from its 6.75 litre V8 engine. This car looks exceptionally glamorous in Black contrasting full St James Hide upholstery extending to the top roll and roof lining and it would attract admiring glances even amongst a gathering of other Bentleys. The car was distributed by HR Owen, South Kensington to the first owner in neighbouring Chelsea where it was stored securely when not in use. In 2000, the car was purchased via personal introduction to the second owner in the same neighbourhood who has continued storing it at the facility ever since. Being mainly used for out of town touring, the mileage of this RT is just 26,000 since new. There is a substantial history file present which shows that  despite small mileage, the fastidious owner returned the car to Jack Barclay and then reputed specialists every three years for a comprehensive assessment and remedy of outstanding issues. This rare car is ‘known’ to us for almost 20 years, and purchased directly from the family. We have had an up to date assessment carried out by marque experts Frank Dale & Stepsons and the vehicle is being mechanically prepared by them.  In addition to the service history, we have obtained the construction notes and pre-delivery test reports from the factory, and being one of the final cars produced during the Vickers Rolls Royce chapter this low mileage, uniquely specified Bentley is a future collectors’ item. First time offered on the open market ever.

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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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Rolls Royce Silver Spirit 2 1990 RESERVED
Values have nudged up in recent years as the crisp lines of the Spirit are becoming admired, and cared for examples have suddenly become rarer. The second generation benefits from  automatic ride control, fuel injection and ABS providing a fine balance of contemporary driving features without compromising the design. This special order car continued to be maintained by the factory for some years for the fastidious first owner, and his observations are recorded on work-sheets in the history file- the car once being returned to Rolls Royce for rectification of a scratched carpet fastener!  Finished in Dark Oyster with Beige Hide piped in Walnut to match carpets, leather top-roll, steering wheel and lambs’ wool over-rugs. Chrome rear quarter badges and gold inlay to the woodwork are lovely features. The mileage is just 34,000 from new, with an excellent history file from factory, main dealer and reputed specialists. Doors close beautifully, the interior is  supple and still smells factory-right. We sold this car to the previous owner who has prepared cars in his collection for top level concours for over 30 years. Although he purchased the Spirt from us as a weekend ‘high days and holidays driver’ without intention of entering for show, the owner could not resist spending countless hours detailing the car, so it returns to us in even better condition and truly pristine!.

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Daimler Sovereign 1968 RESERVED
Mechanically identical to Jaguar’s 420, this was the most luxurious, refined and costly option in the extensive range of mid-size models produced at Coventry in the 60’s. With the later Borg Warner automatic and power steering which was largely unchanged in character throughout production of the subsequent XJ range, these models provide the sweet spot of genuine 1960’s styling without the heaviness associated with many cars of its era. Ahead of their day, this model also benefits from reclining seats and advanced heating and ventilation. This car is quite superb and we have known it since the 1980s when it surfaced to the market as a mint, very low mileage example which had escaped the neglectful treatment most suffered in the 70’s. Since then subsequent enthusiast owners have cosseted the car, and whilst the upholstery is still astoundingly lovely, original and correct, a very high quality re-paint was carried out some years ago only due to fading of the over-polished original coats. It has delightful period features such as chrome wire wheels and full length webasto sunroof which enhances and adds fun to the driving experience on the days the car is most likely to be enjoyed. A remotely operated, modern stereo is discreetly hidden under the seat.  The car has previous concours awards to its credit, and could easily gain further accolades with little more than minor titivation. The paperwork file is lovely, much of it from new. Finished in Sable with Cinnamon Hide- colours with both period and contemporary appeal. The mileage is 63,000 since new- 9,000 of which has been travelled by the last owner we supplied the car to six years ago, so it is mechanically well sorted.

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Jaguar XJR (X350) 2004 RESERVED
This is not the average example, being clearly cherished throughout its time with a substantial service record stamped through with numerous bills. Within the last 18 months there has been a program of renewals on a preventative basis, so it drives like new. Indeed, t
he last owner was a serious Jaguar enthusiast who retired professionally from a Senior Executive position at Jaguar Cars Ltd. There he was responsible for the Brand Management and  marketing launch of the ‘X350’ and also the aluminium XK sports car, making him very familiar with the care and maintenance of this era of XJ. Also some years ago, this client bought a 1960’s Daimler from us which he personally prepared to JDC ‘Champion of Champions’ level, so this XJR could hardly have come from a better home. Purchased as a retirement ‘souvenir keeper’, ‘BJ54 JVA’ was ironically one of Jaguar’s own fleet originally, and the last owner had no intention of parting with it until spotting a car on our web site he could not resist!. With 83,000 miles since new, the upholstery of this car looks to have covered half that- veneers and carpets appear to have never seen the light of day. Our client had whatever stone chips, minor abrasions etc. expertly dealt with, and having worked alongside these cars when brand new, he strived for a first class finish. Finished in Platinum Silver with Cream Hide, the car blends modern driveability with tradition and is great value.

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Jaguar XJ6 3.0 SE 2004 RESERVED
We purchased this directly from the family of the first owner four years ago and sold it on to the second, from whom we have just re-acquired it in part exchange. What sets this apart from the norm is the superb, uncompromised servicing and maintenance which has been exclusively main dealer since new with 14 stamped services and a file full of original Jaguar dealer invoices. Mileage has just clicked over 52,000 from new. The condition of this car is excellent in all respects, and it looks very smart in Savoy Grey with Cream Hide and lovely darker veneers.

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Mercedes Benz SEC 500 1983 £16, 995
‘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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Vauxhall Corsa 1.6 Turbo VXR 2010 RESERVED
As taken in part exchange against our GTI directly from its enthusiast previous  owner, a former Mercedes Benz factory trained engineer who was clearly knowledgeable and sympathetic to the importance of correct maintenance. Indeed, this car drives faultlessly and tight with a diligently stamped service record from proper garages and 67,000 miles covered since new. This is a manual, petrol version distinctively finished in Arden Blue with Grey fleck Recaro seats and trim. This will delight the aficionado-with sought after specification to include, TRC front spoiler, Maxtron design side skirts, rear gloss black diffuser, tear spoiler extension, back box delete, Fox racing wheels, VXR mud flaps and boost gauge. And the condition of this particular example is wonderful.

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Jaguar E Type V12 1973 RESERVED
A car known to us for some years, the previous owner having purchased it 23 years ago. In the 1980’s , this Jaguar was subject to a meticulous rebuild including engine overhaul by Forward Engineering.  The bodywork was stripped, prepared and reassembled and interior totally re-trimmed. There is an extensive photograph album recording the work and file of supporting invoices. As a relatively young car which was still in regular use, it was clearly a labour of love. When the car passed to our client in 1996, it remained in lovely condition, and detailing was further improved to prepare for show- the car has received concours and pride of ownership trophies within Jaguar club circles. Eight years ago, a superb strip and repaint with some re-chroming was carried out only due to overly enthusiastic polishing over three decades since the rebuild while the interior remains superb and cherished. A voluminous history file includes annual mechanical servicing and maintenance- the owner has never lost interest in driving this car which has averaged 1,500 miles use per annum. Finished in Fern Grey with Moss Green Hide and looking well on chrome wire wheels-registration number not included. 

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