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Quirky, famous, fun and a luxury Bentley pickup offered at Heythrop auction on 11th of May

Published on 3 May 2019, 15:41
  • Tony Curtis’ Excalibur SS, including a signed autobiography
  • Quirky Mini Cooper Sport owned by Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay
  • Extreme opposites, Bentley S1 Pickup and Honda S800

Silverstone Auctions sale at Heythrop Park on the 11th May will feature amongst its lots some quirky and famous cars from the world of motoring.

Leading the quirky and famous charge in the British Marques sale is the Mini Cooper Sport owned by Jay Kay of Jamiroquai, with the very unusual Bentley S1 Pickup and in the Heythrop sale is the Excalibur SS formerly owned by film star Tony Curtis with a Honda’s revvy little sportscar the S800.

The first sale of the day at Heythrop is the Classic Car sale which includes Tony Curtis’ 1965 Excalibur SS, the sixth edition built and bought brand new by the film actor. The car was then bought directly from Tony Curtis by philanthropist David S. Gilmore for the Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan where it was on display for forty-years. In 2008 the car was imported to the UK after being purchased by the current vendor for his collection. The car is presented in superb unrestored condition with just under 6,500 miles, with the current vendor covering just 200 miles whilst in his ownership. The car is offered at £65,000 to £75,000 with a file that contains all the provenance records, a signed copy of Tony Curtis’ autobiography in which he proudly lists his car collection, with the Excalibur namechecked.

Arwel Richards, Auction Manager for the Heythrop sale commented: "The Excalibur ticks every box; chassis number six, owned new by acting legend Tony Curtis, forty-years in a museum, low mileage and unrestored!"

"Excaliburs rarely come to market and the SS Series 1 is by far the rarest model, making it very desirable for the collector. We're anticipating strong interest from America and our international bidding platform naturally makes it easier for overseas bidders to get in involved."

In 1965 Honda produced the next generation of its rev-for-ever little sports car, the S800. This particular car is a 1967 right hand drive model which underwent a full body off restoration between 2014 and 2017 and the engine was overhauled by a former Rolls-Royce engineer. Looks to be in a smart condition and comes from careful ownership. The Honda is being offered at £15,000 to £20,000.

In the British Marques auction is the 2000 Mini Cooper Sport owned by Jamiroquai frontman, Jay Kay. Affectionately known as “Chuckles”, this is no ordinary Mini. It comes with Chesterfield upholstery, red velvet roof lining and curtains, a disco light and to top it all off a “mini bar” in the boot! With just under 16,000 miles this Mini will certainly help you stand out from the crowd and is offered at no reserve.

And for something even more quirky a 1956 Bentley S1 Pickup. Originally purchased new as a Bentley S1 Saloon, the car was sold and went to Australia where it underwent conversion into a utility vehicle and painted Banana Yellow. The car returned to the UK in 2012 and has since formed part of the current vendor’s private collection. It is not UK registered, but all taxes have been paid and what could be the poshest Ute is now offered at £25,000 to £30,000.

In the automobilia sale, there are 109 lots ranging from watches, pictures and even fuel pumps and traffic lights.

Following on with our famous, fun and quirky we have the multi-signed 60s helmet once owned by Roy Turner who had Andy Cap, the Daily Mirror comic strip, painted on it and then sought the autographs of John Surtees, Jackie Stewart, Mike Spence, Chris Amon, Bruce Mclaren, Tony Lanfranchi and Denny Hulme. Now for sale estimated at £800 to £1,200.

To celebrate an historical moment in hill climbing, a poster from Shelsley Walsh’s Classic Nostalgia in 2016, with autographs from race and rally legends Hans Stuck, Mike Broad, Russell Brookes, Jimmy McRae, Neil Wilson, Ian Grindrod and motorsport journalist Nigel Roebuck. Estimated at £200 to £400.

For the classic car restorer or enthusiast is the Wolseley 12-48 front grille, complete and in sound condition with cap and badge wiring, but in need of restoration for £100 to £150.

And now for the fun, the ultimate accessory for any man cave, your own set of traffic lights complete with remote control. Fully functioning and with wall mounting brackets, could be yours for £400 to £600.

The Heythrop and British Marques sale is a on.