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Little Classics Features: 23 February 2014

Classic Restoration: Pick Your Next Classic Car Project at Auction

Classic Car restoration ProjectsAs the floods start to recede across the UK and the frosts and clouds slowly become less frequent we start to dream of the upcoming day or two of summer and the inevitable large sums of money we can spend saving classic cars for those days of fun.

With this in mind we thought we would see what little restoration gems are lurking in some of the upcoming auctions to see if we can tempt you to clear out that garage, make some room and save a piece of automotive history.

1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports Saloon

Classic Car Project: 1935 Bentley 3.5 Litre Sports SaloonIt may look a little sorry for itself, but this beautiful classic Bentley still holds its original engine and also makes life a little easier with a renewed wooden body support frame. Nevertheless, this classic car project is not for the fainthearted having been purchased at auction last year as a project but never started.

  • Offered by H&H Auctions
  • The Pavilion Gardens – 26 February 2014
  • Estimate: £15,000 - £17,000

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville

Classic Car Project: 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de VilleWith Sedanca de Ville coachwork by H J Mulliner the late owner acquired the Rolls-Royce in 1985 when an ambitious refurbishment was started including the (non-original) engine, which was sent to John Reynolds for rebuilding, costing over £13,500. The engine is healthy, but still the wrong side of the bonnet, leaving a challenging, but ultimately rewarding classic car restoration project.

  • Offered by a Bonhams
  • Oxford - 8 March 2014
  • Estimate: £15,000 - £20,000

1953 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1

1953 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1A relatively straightforward restoration, this 1953 Austin Healey 100/4 BN1 has been in dry storage since 1978. This lovely classic is almost complete with the exception of the nearside rear wing which is missing. The engine is free and new door skins and 'B' posts are supplied with the car. This 100/4 has its original blue seats, original hood and side screens and is supplied with a new V5C registration document. A rare opportunity to acquire a very original 100/4 ideal for classic car racing or shows.

1968 Triumph TR5 PI

Classic Car project: Triumph TR5 PIThis lovely TriumphTR5 PI is an everyday useable classic emerging from long-term barn storage. The engine turns freely and the car rolls but is in need of full restoration. All four wings are GRP from previous work, along with a change of colour at some point from the originally white with black trim. A great project for getting a superb classic car back on the road.


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