Matching Numbers Bentley & Jaguar XJ220 Headline Buxton auction

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1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer

1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre Tourer

Beginning life as a Harrison-bodied Tourer, the 1928 Bentley 4.5 Litre on offer belonged to Clive Compston Russell Vick for some three decades. Honorary Legal Advisor to the Bentley Drivers Club, Mr Russell Vick campaigned the 4.5 Litre at a variety of events before selling it to the vendor during the mid 1980s. Extensively restored upon the latter’s retirement, the car pleasingly retains its original chassis, engine crankcase, D-type gearbox and registration number etc. Rebodied by James E. Pearce but retaining the Alfin brake drums from its racing days, the ‘matching numbers’ W.O. is estimated to fetch £400,000 – £470,000.

A significant part of Jaguar history, the XJ220 Prototype on offer was cited in several marque press releases as being responsible for two developmental milestones namely: ‘in September 1990 Prototype 002 achieved 186mph at the Bruntingthorpe circuit. The following month the same car successfully completed 24 hour durability tests at the Millbrook proving ground’. Personally inspected by HRH Princess Diana during the official opening of JaguarSport’s Bloxham facility in October 1992, the supercar was subsequently part of an aborted race programme. Recommissioned by J.D. Classics and the subject of a feature article in Classic & Sportscar magazine (July 2013), the historic Prototype is being offered for sale entirely without reserve.

AC Aceca

AC Aceca

Driven by D.G. Bennett on the 1958 RAC Rally, the handsome AC Aceca on offer has since been upgraded to 2.6 specification and boasts such period tuning goodies as an Aquaplane alloy inlet manifold and Ruddspeed rocker cover (Estimate: £55,000 – £65,000). Prepared by the Works for Hannu Mikkola to campaign on the 1969 French Alpine Rally and later used by Roger Clark for recce duties, the 1968 Ford Escort ‘Twin Cam’ on offer has been in the current ownership for forty-one years. Said to retain its original bodyshell, ‘XOO 354F’ also boasts a continuous history (£40,000 – £50,000).

Factory finished in Porsche Orange, the 1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Roadster (Estimate: £40,000 – £45,000) is a decided rarity as is the electric windows-equipped 1966 Jensen C-V8 MKIII (Estimate: £28,000 – £32,000). Post Vintage Thoroughbreds, the nicely restored 1933 Singer 1.5 Litre Sports Tourer (Estimate: £70,000 – £80,000) and 1933 Lagonda 16/80 Special Six Tourer (Estimate: £70,000 – £80,000) both hail from long-term ownership as does the 1957 Bentley S1 Continental H.J. Mulliner Flying Spur (Estimate: £70,000 – £90,000). The work of marque guru John Chatham, the 1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Works Rally Evocation is available for a fraction of what it would cost to replicate today (Estimate: £50,000 – £60,000).

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