Coys heads to Birmingham on 16 January for their opening sale of 2016 at the Autosport International Show. Top lots include; a 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (estimate £230,000 – 265,000), a 1998 Lamborghini Diablo SV, one of just 33 right-hand drive examples produced, and an 89,000-km Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 with a pre-sale estimate of £170,000 – 190,000.
Two Mercedes-Benz historic Touring Cars that have made regular appearances at Goodwood Revival meetings are set to go under the hammer; a 1958 ‘Ponton’ 220S and a 1964 300 SE ‘Fintail’, both estimated at £35,000 – 45,000. Developed and run by Richard Miles of Tipton Garage, the owner has shared drives of the cars at Goodwood with some of the legends of motorsport including Sir Jack Brabham, Richard Attwood, Brian Redman and Jochen Mass.
A strong collection of Rally cars on offer include; a 1982 Works Vauxhall Chevette HSR DTV ex-Russell Brookes, resplendent in its wonderfully evocative ‘Andrews – Heat For Hire’ livery (estimate £70,000 – 85,000); a 1977 Works Ford Escort Group 4 ex-Waldegard (estimate £90,000 – 110,000); and a 3,100-mile 1985 MG Metro 6R4 which was used by Rothmans as their show car is estimated at £85,000 – 95,000.
Anglia Car Auctions start their year on 23 January when over 200 lots are due to go across the block. Among the 12 BMWs on offer is a 1991 Z1, an original UK supplied car, showing a recorded mileage of 36,010. Owned by the vendor since 1999, the car comes complete with a stamped service book, the original BMW Z1 book pack and manual, and was recently fitted with four new tyres, new BMW exhaust and soft top (estimate £24,000 – 27,000). Elsewhere, a number of low mileage cars are also consigned, including a 2,361-mile 1987 Ford Capri 2.8i (estimate £20,000 – 25,000) and a 9,500-mile 1989 Jaguar Sovereign estimated at £7,500 – 10,000.
A 1954 Bristol 403 is one of the highlights at SWVA’s 29 January sale, with a pre-sale estimate of £35,000. Supplied new on 1 March 1954 by Anthony Crook to a Mr E H Brown, it was first registered 403 BMD. After passing through a couple of owners the car was exported to Ireland in 1993 where it is currently registered. The interior is described as being largely original and the bodywork was restored in the early ‘90s, at which point the colour was changed to its current shade of green. Believed to be one of around 282 Bristol 403s produced, the car comes with an original handbook, a copy of the workshop manual, starting handle and jack. SWVA confirm that a previous owner who has the original registration ‘403 BMD’ would be willing to offer it for sale to the new owner. He also has an old logbook and more information on the history of the car.