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1965 HUMBER SCEPTRE. Mk1. 1592cc. OVERDRIVE. METALLIC BRONZE. £7995.

This rare Mk1 Humber Sceptre was first registered 1st May 1965 and has a  factory fitted over drive gearbox. It has spent all its life around the Cheshire area. 2 of its recent owners had the car from 1980 to 2018. 38 years with just 2 owners! It had a renovation in mid-90s and again refreshed in 2019 with a full respray. Interior is in very good condition with new carpets. Dash and instruments are excellent.  Good tyres and the correct period wheel trims. Starts and runs fine with a good  working over drive. The engine bay and boot are very clean. Good oil pressure.  Just had a new 3 piece clutch fitted and the brakes have had a rebuild. Very good underside. All locks secure. The history file contains a drivers hand book, 12 old MOTs, some old invoices, tax discs, renovation photos from the 90s and 2019. Road Tax and MOT exempt. Ready for the show season.

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1963 SUNBEAM HARRINGTON ALPINE SERIES 'C'. OVERDRIVE, RESTORED. £26,995.

This particular car was built on an overdrive-equipped 1962 Alpine and was first registered as 2903 PJ in March 1963, the original buff log book calling it a C Type Alpine Fixed Head Coupe. Optional extras included competition seats; Britax safety belts; Webasto sunroof; arm rests; knee pads; veneered dash panel; heater and demister; electric clock; eggcrate front grille plus various other items all listed in the original factory build sheet on file. They are also all still present on the car today except for the Carlotti steering wheel which was missing and has been substituted for a wood rim wheel with a Harrington centre boss. The car is sporting LeMans badges on the front wings which is incorrect for this model but they have been on the car for about 40 years so will remain. 2903 PJ was a personal plate and by 1986 it had the registration number RVG 60. In 1989 DVLA issued the car with ACC 356A. A retired Sunbeam specialist with over 25 years’ experience of the marque, acquired the car as an unfinished restoration in 2013. At this point the car had been of the road for 15 years. He spent the next six years subjecting it to a total nut-and-bolt rebuild with many invoices and photos to document the work carried out. This included a full engine and overdrive gearbox rebuild; bare shell repaint in the original Carnival Red; all new brakes; new chrome; full retrim including headlining and Webasto sunroof plus numerous other job. 

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1969 MGC ROADSTER. RECENTLY RESTORED. OSELLI ENGINE. OVERDRIVE. MINERAL BLUE. 73,000 MILES. £21,995
This 1969 MGC Roadster finished in Mineral Blue is a UK car and was first registered 4th December 1969. The mileage shows only 73,000 miles which is believed to be correct. It is road tax and MOT exempt. The car was kept off road for several years and has recently had an extensive restoration by a leading MG Specialist. The engine has been rebuilt by the famous engineering company Oselli and the car has been little used since then. It runs and drives beautifully with the 3 litre 6 cylinder engine showing good oil pressure, sounding fantastic and giving plenty of performance. The overdrive gearbox works very well and the brakes have a new servo fitted. The knock on wire wheels have been powder coated in a chrome effect finish. The interior is very tidy with the seats finished in black leather with white piping. The convertible top is in excellent condition and there is a full tonneau cover with the car. These cars are now now rare and hard to find in this condition and make a good investment.

1970 MERCEDES 250 SALOON. W114 SERIES. MBZ 114 NUMBER PLATE. ONLY 3 OWNERS. 72000 MILES. £14,995

This is a Mercedes 250 Saloon and it is a W114 series car. The car was first sold , supplied and registered to a Jersey businessman. He bought the car to England in 1979 and registered the car with the DVLA on 18th October 1979. He kept the car for many years before selling it to a well known classic car dealer in 1986 who in turn sold it to its second owner who had a collection of classic cars. The dealer looked after the car for the new owners for many years until 2020 when the car was bought back by the same dealer who again has sold the car on. This Mercedes is a late series 1 114 and has the 2500cc straight six engine and an automatic gearbox. It has recently had the correct  weber carb conversion and a German 1-2-3 ignition distributor, coil, leads and plugs fitted. It has had a recent service and the chassis has had a waxoil treatment. The recent history folders contains some receipts, The original Mercedes build slips,13 old MOT's showing just 4,700 miles in the last 14 years and 15 old tax discs. Only 3 owners from new and just 72,000 miles showing on the clock which is believed to be correct but not warranted. 4 new matching tyres just fitted.

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1961 AUSTIN A40 FARINA MK1. RED WITH BLACK ROOF. TAX AND MOT EXEMPT. DRIVES GREAT. £7495

This very tidy MK1 Farina was restored and owned by the former technical advisor of the A40 owners club. The restoration process was carried out around eight years ago. The A40 could be purchased driven and shown straight away by its new owner. The little Austin really draws attention around town. Externally the car looks great in red over black and the car has a nice Patina about it. The car is also good on the underside and waxoyled for protection. Under the engine bay the car has benefited from an engine rebuild with unleaded head and electronic ignition as well as the cars engine bay been detailed which is still very clean and tidy. Mechanically the cars 948cc engine pulls and runs well and the cars transmission is smooth with no rattles or whines and overall the car provides a good drive. The braking system works as it should. The cars interior is very tidy and has obviously been retrimmed during the restoration period with the seats recovered in black vinyl with red piping setting the cars colour scheme off nicely. There are red carpets in very good order. The car is serviced and ready to go. The mileage is showing at 77,000 although this can't be warranted. There is a history file with old receipts, MOT's etc and it seems the car has only covered 3,000 miles in the last 11 years. Just enough to keep it healthy.
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1968 MGB ROADSTER (GHN4). WIRE WHEELS. CHROME BUMPERS. OVERDRIVE. TAX & MOT EXEMPT. £11,995.
This lovely MGB Roadster has everything you can look for in a MGB. It has knock on wire wheels, overdrive gearbox, chrome bumpers, convertible stowaway hood and is Road Tax and MOT exempt. It was first registered 1st August 1968 and it has had only 5 owners and covered just 115,000 miles in the next 53 years. The car looks superb finished in Inca Yellow and fitted with the painted silver knock on wire wheels with a good set of tyres. The paint is very good and the chrome shines albeit with a bit of pitting. A pair of MG mudflaps are fitted to the rear. The interior is a nice place to be with an upgraded pair of seats (the passenger seat has a mark on the backrest), black carpets and a full compliment of dials to look at on the dashboard. The original steering wheel looks just right. The boot is carpeted throughout and houses the spare wheel and the packaway soft top. There are also the original tools and bag and a tonneau cover. The 1800cc 4 cylinder 'B' series engine runs well with good oil pressure and mated to the 4 speed plus overdrive gearbox provides ample power out on the open road. It has a stainless steel exhaust system. The engine bay is tidy with an alloy rocker cover fitted to the engine. Overall an MGB that has all the desirable features that can be used, shown and enjoyed by the next owner.

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1963 Sunbeam Alpine SIII Gran Tourismo GT. HARD/SOFT

TOPS. OVERDRIVE. HOLBAY ENGINE. £16,995.

This impressive Sunbeam Alpine Series 3 was first registered as 707 VTX in 1963. In 1989 it gained the reg XKR 232A but paperwork in the file suggests that the original number is available from DVLA if you fill in some forms. It is the rare and desirable series 3 which is the rarest of the Alpines. It has led an interesting existence from road car specification, to race and back to fast road specification. A rare hard top GT it also has a removable soft top. This example was first restored in 1989 for classic racing and hill climbs to an extremely good standard and has been an ongoing labour of love ever since. Most recently, it was purchased from a former track racer, who in his seven years ownership race prepared this alpine, attended and raced at meetings across Europe with a degree of success. In order to be competitive, a race prepared 1725cc Coltec/Holbay engine with twin 40 Webers and a E128 camshaft combined with a 4 speed Gearbox (with overdrive on 3rd & 4th) was prepared along with up rated suspension, brakes and steering. Since then the last owner returned the car to the road. Mechanically, the suspension brakes and steering have been checked and reset due to previous use on the track. The head has been re-skimmed and a new gasket set has been fitted. Finally, the tappets have been reset and the engine tuned. This Alpine is quick! A rolling road read out in the history file shows over 130 BHP due to the Coltec engine and Weber set up and takes the performance up in to the world of the Sunbeam Tiger V8 being 100llbs lighter than the Tiger. 
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1958 AUSTIN A35 FARINA COUNTRYMAN/VAN. TAX & MOT EXEMPT. GREAT LITTLE WAGON.  £6995

This Austin A35 was first registered 21st May 1958 which makes it now 63 years old. It is both Road Tax and MOT exempt. It has a AV5 chassis number which means it left the factory as a van but as often happened back then it was quickly converted to Countryman specification by fitting the rear windows, rear seats and headlining. This enabled the purchaser to avoid paying the purchase tax on cars as they had bought a van! Clever stuff!! The semaphore trafficators are still present and working but front and rear indicators have been added. It also has a clever lift up boot cover fitted. The rear seats can be folded flat to make it an estate/van and if you want to go all the way I have seen people put the van panels back in as the vans tend to be more expensive. The mineral Blue paintwork looks good with the satin Black roof. The mileage is currently showing 57,700 but this cant be warranted. The 948cc 4 cylinder petrol engine combined with the 4 speed gearbox propels the car down the road well and is a hoot to drive with smiles all round.



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1960 SUNBEAM RAPIER SERIES 3 CONVERTIBLE 69 AYM

VERY NICE EXAMPLE OF A VERY RARE CAR. £19,995.
A rare example of one of the Rootes groups most stylish four seat convertibles. Registered in September 1960, this fine example has had just four registered keepers from new, the second Cyril Brown for most of its life. Purchased by Cyril in 1962 the Rapier was kept garaged at his Shepperton home and used for weekend runs during the summer months which suggest its mileage of 48,000 is genuine. Cyril commissioned Bryan Witthington from Southampton a long time Rapier owners club member to undertake a bodywork refurbishment in the late 1980’s. This consisted of making good any corrosion to the front and rear wings at the same time a pair of new old stock factory sills were fitted. The all important inner front wings are rock solid as is the floor and underside cruciform bracing. The complete car was then re sprayed in its attractive original scheme of Moonstone over Powder Blue. Paintwork is almost flawless the odd little mark doing nothing to detract from its appearance and still looking incredibly fresh with a great shine. Likewise the brightwork is all in fine shape with no evidence of serious pitting to the chrome or corrosion to the all to rare lower cooling grills. The car has the benefit of overdrive fitted operating on third and top gear making cruising a pleasure. To the front is fitted a period badge bar and two auxiliary driving lamps again in period and reminiscent of the successful works team cars. The Rapier has just been fully serviced and sits on four excellent 15inch tyres making for a luxury ride. For the not so clement days 69 AYM sports a new dark blue mohair hood. 
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