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Little Classics News: 21 April 2014

The Latest Classic Car Offerings from H&H Auctions

Having filled up with Easter eggs and hot cross buns and unable to leave the sofa, the internet called. After a little browsing we couldn’t help but share a few classic car treasures coming up for auctions at the latest H&H Auction to be held 24th April at The Imperial War Museum, Duxford.

1951 Vincent Black Shadow

1951 Vincent Black ShadowEstimate: £65,000 - £75,000

Fancy a legend of the classic motorcycle world? Maybe a little machine famous for being the fastest production motorcycle in the world for years. This example was first registered in 1951, but not sold until 1952. Described as in very good, original condition throughout it is offered with original buff log book, a parts list, rider’s handbook, instruction book and various other classic bits. These classic bikes continue to command high prices, but you can also be sure they will continue to go up in value.

1938 DKW SS 250 Split Single

1938 DKW SS 250 Split SingleEstimate: £100,000 - £120,000

DKW, once the world’s largest motorcycle manufacturer produced some real beauties during its time. This fabulous and very rare bike, is one of only six built. It was last purchased in 1997 for restoration. The frame was either damaged or had been modified and was rebuilt around the bottom tube to restore it to original specification. Although the majority of the major components were present and in good condition a number of new components were made to return the machine to running order, including a replacement supercharger piston, rotary inlet valve, pistons and new crankshaft.

Circa 1901 Belle 6/8hp Tonneau

Circa 1901 Belle 6/8hp TonneauEstimate: £16,000 - £20,000

A true classic rarity recently uncovered and thought to be the sole surviving example of E J Coles' Belle Tonneau. Catalogued in Georgano's Complete Encyclopaedia of Motor Cars as being in production between 1901 and 1903, their manufacture, according to The Automotor Journal of February 14th 1903, took place in Switzerland. This extraordinary barn-find is accompanied by a photocopy of an original sales brochure together with assorted copy period magazine articles. Any downsides? Well, eer… it doesn’t have an engine… or gearbox. Happy bidding!

1964 Lotus Elan GTS

1964 Lotus Elan GTSEstimate: £80,000 - £100,000

Fancy owning a racing classic to get out on the track and have some fun this summer? This very competitive Elan was shown at the 1964 Racing Car Show. Originally set for the road it was then converted for light racing and began picking up trophies, including two class wins at the Spa 6 Hours. Fitted with an 80 litre fuel tank and Tillett FIA spec seat, the car is road registered and equipped for rally events.

1963 Ford Lotus Cortina

1963 Ford Lotus CortinaEstimate: £50,000 - £60,000

Cortinas don’t get any cooler than when they sport that all important green stripe and Lotus badge. This particular example featured on the front cover of Classic Ford magazine's October 2008 issue as `Lotus Obsession! The UK's best Lotus Cortina: It's the rebuild of the year!' In other words it’s pretty damn good. An early 1963 model, `702 RPJ' had become a dilapidated ex-racer by the time it was found by a Cortina expert over ten years ago. The following extensive restoration created something very special. From bonnet badge to rear lights, this is a true lesson in how a pre-Airflow Lotus Cortina should be restored. Go on, you know you want to.


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