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European Classics

Published on 24 Apr 2019, 14:00
  • A pair of superb and timeless BMW CSis
  • A trio of classically styled Mercedes from the ‘60s and ‘70s
  • Super rare GT2 Clubsport and Grand Tourer from Porsche and Ferrari

Stunning and rare European Classics are being offered at the Silverstone Auction on the 11th May at Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire.
A pair of superb BMW CSi, a trio of mid 1960s and early 1970s Mercedes, a very rare early 2001 Porsche 911 GT2 Clubsport and a splendid 1998 Ferrari 550 Maranello are just some of the exotic that will be looking for new homes.

The first of the two BMWs is the 1975 3.0 CSi (E9) Coupe number 43 of 207 right hand drive cars built during the final two years of production. The current vendor had the car restored by Classic Legends with a full mechanical overhaul and a bare metal respray in Turkish Blue and a retrimmed and restored interior. The final bill was a little over £22,000. This is now a superb example and very sensibly guided at £40,000 to £45,000 and may well turn out to be a wise investment.

Our second BMW 3.0 CSi is a left hand drive version first registered in 1973 and delivered to a Berlin dealership. Later in its lifetime it underwent a respray in its original colour, Atlantic Blue and some light restoration before it became part of a private collection until now where it is being offered for sale with just under 84,000km on the clock. A timeless classic estimated at £40,000 to £46,000.

The Mercedes of the 60s and 70s had such a classic appearance and the first of our trio is the 1964 220 SEb fixed head Coupe. A UK supplied car in September 1964 and currently with its sixth owner, was subjected to a comprehensive restoration between 2009 and 2011 and resprayed in its original colour scheme of Burgundy with a contrasting black roof. The current vendor has owned the car since 2013 forming part of his small collection of classic cars and now offered at £27,000 to £30,000.

The second of our Mercedes is the 1965 600 SWB originally delivered new to Australia. It was first registered in the UK in 2008 to the first of its two UK registered keepers. This car has been meticulously maintained with over £30,000 of bills, impeccable maintenance records and a recent service from model specialist Wolfgang Wills of Germany. Believed to be 1 of only 273 right hand drive cars produced, this is an exquisite car and offered by television actor and Mercedes enthusiast Gary Mavers at £75,000 to £85,000. This is fast becoming a collectable classic.

The third of our Mercedes is the 1971 280SE 3.5 V8 Coupe presented in Silver with Black leather interior, formerly owned by television actor and Mercedes enthusiast Gary Mavers who carried out some restoration work. Further work was carried out in 2017 with the car now in excellent condition and just over 46,500 miles this is a discreet and powerful coupe estimated at £60,000 to £70,000.

In 2001 Porsche launched their most extreme version of the 911 (996), the GT2, with only 129 coming to the UK and of those just 17 were Clubsports. This is one super rare 2001 car aimed for both the racetrack and for the road.  It comes with an impressive history file detailing all the options chosen for the car and its previous owners. The car has completed just 1,000 miles in the last three years with a total of 56,738 miles during its lifetime. This car is so special and now offered by the current vendor from his private collection of special cars at £90,000 to £110,00.

Of the Ferraris offered in the sale, this 1998 550 Maranello is a fine example of a V12 European Grand Tourer. Supplied new to a director of Newcastle United Football Club in August 1998, this car has clearly been well cared for over the years, as it come with a complete service record and wealth of invoices from main agents and marque specialists. This is a lovely example of the last of these hand built Ferraris and offered at £90,000 to £100,000 an opportunity not to be missed.

Arwel Richards, Auction Manager for the Heythrop sale commented "This is a fabulous selection of some of the spectacular cars being offered at our forthcoming sale on the 11th May.”

“This is the first time we have held an auction at the stunning Heythrop house, a glorious location to display these fine cars at their best.”

“Alongside these European exoticas, we also have a large selection of British cars in our marque specific sale later in the day.”

The Heythrop and British Marques sale is a one day sale with viewing of the lots on Friday 10th May from 09:00 until 17:00 and on the morning of Saturday 11th May 2019.

The auction will take place on the 11th May starting with the Automobilia at 10:30 followed by the Heythrop Classic Car sale at 12:30 and finally the British Marques at 14:00.