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1968 Lotus Elan S3 SE DHC

OUTSTANDING RESTORATION

1968 Lotus Elan S3 SE Drop Head Coupe

1970 Lotus Elan S4 SE Fixed Head Coupe 
‘GT’ Specification 

The Lotus Elan requires no introduction, a hugely coveted motorcar and one that appears to be a must have for many collectors.

And for good reason, everything about these little cars is ‘just right’, everything. From the lithe and nimble character of all controls, to its beautifully simple yet totally effective design. 

With originality being the focus here for this offering, this 1968 Series 3 special equipment drop head coupe retains so many of its ‘as built’ features. 

Lotus introduced the Special Equipment cars with the following, ‘Based on experience gained from the racing Elan and the Rally prototype this car retains the tractability and comfort of the touring models but provides even greater performance and roadholding’. 

The SE was offered in both drop head coupe and fixed head coupe guise, and to many is a real sweet spot in the range. 

ATW 41F is a very fine example indeed and one which has been lavished with care and attention from the right people who quite obviously all had the same focus, originality. 

The  ‘Classic Certificate of Vehicle Provenance’ and covering letter from the factory held on file confirm this to be a ‘matching numbers’ Series 3 Elan Drop Head Coupe supplied with the Special Equipment package to the London Sports Car Centre under Invoice Number EK 54510 on 20th March 1968.

Highlights of the restoration and maintenance record:

1983 – Further engine work

1989 – Full body restoration and repaint back to ‘Lotus Blue’

1996 – New bonnet and dashboard

2004 – Rebuilt radiator and new stainless steel exhaust manifolds

2012 – New rear springs and discs

2012 – Extensive recommissioning work totalling over £3,200

2016 – Further recommissioning and evaluation work carried out at a cost of over £1,000

Hand written maintenance logs covering the period 1978 to 1989

And it is in more recent years where many all important big jobs have been carried out (and thankfully for the next owner, pots of money has been spent). For example a total mechanical overhaul including engine rebuild, bodywork stripped and re-sprayed, while they were there the door shuts which could never be called perfect on these cars were sorted which is a rather painstaking process. The list goes on and this car ought to be seen to be appreciated. 

Everything that has been done to this car ensures originality is retained where possible whilst being bang up to date and in superb order mechanically, cosmetically and structurally. 

A wonderful, extremely well sorted and highly original factory SE which is very much ready to enjoy. 

 

Asking Price: £48,950

Odometer Reading: 70854
Chassis Number: S830960
Engine: 3400
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Blue
Interior: Black Leather

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1994 Bentley Continental R

STUNNING EXAMPLE

1994 BENTLEY CONTINENTAL R

1994 Bentley Continental R

The most expensive production car in the world at the time of its launch, the Continental R remained in production through 2002, with a total of 1,236 examples built. As a marvellous combination of performance and luxury, the model helped catapult Bentley back into the sporting consciousness, while marking the company’s welcome and lasting return to market relevance.

Benefitting from single ownership plus one from new, this beautifully maintained Continental R was delivered in January 1994 to the respected London dealer H.R. Owen, as documented by its service booklet. The Bentley was purchased new by the consignor’s family, and though it was later reregistered under a different company name, the car remained in the family’s care for its entire 27-year life.

Finished in the striking and wonderfully sinister colour combination of Mason’s Black over Black Hide and carpets, with subtle red pinstripe to the exterior and the seats piped in red.

Regularly serviced by top-shelf dealers such as H.R. Owen and Jack Barclay Ltd., the Bentley in more recent years has been tended by the respected craftsmen at The Chelsea Workshop, including a June 2021 bout of maintenance that included a Schedule 2 service. Boasting overwhelming originality, the Continental R displays 39,128 miles, demonstrating a history of careful maintenance and sparing use. It would make a superb addition to any collection, particularly ideal for Bentley aficionados or collectors of flagship luxury coupes.

Asking Price: £44,950

Odometer Reading: 39128
Registration Number: L99 LLL
Chassis Number: S830960
Engine: 3400
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Black
Interior: Black Leather

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1965 JAGUAR E TYPE 4.2 FHC

IMMACULATE EXAMPLE

1965 JAGUAR E TYPE 4.2 FHC

1965 Jaguar E Type 4.2 FHC 

Once you have decided to own an E Type you quickly get past the ‘3.8 versus 4.2’ debate, and if you have taken the extra step of driving both many opt for the 4.2, when Jaguar’s own improvements including the full synchromesh gearbox and improved brakes and cooling become immediately evident. 

Though USA imports appear the same after they have been converted to Right Hand Drive, they will always carry a certain stigma and never hold the same value or demand that exists for a genuine car built for the home market. 

Such home market 4.2 examples range in price from a restoration project to a ‘reborn’ version from Jaguar Heritage, of course with many varieties in between.  

After a budget has been set, choosing a colour dominates the next decision point, with Blue, Silver and Green the most sought after. Once into the search process the focus shifts to a cars history, the level of care and maintenance it has received, and its condition. So what can one expect from an example such as ‘MVG 590C’?

It begins with a well-documented history file, always a good sign of careful ownership. Fifty eight invoices from Jaguar specialists such as SNG Barratt and David Manners provide confidence that the car has been well cared for, as do the twenty five past MOT certificates, with the current one issued without advisories and expiring in 2024. And if you don’t wish to read through each of the fifty eight invoices there is a painstakingly handwritten set of notes by an enthusiastic owner detailing each step of the servicing and maintenance history.

Driving changed much in the fifty eight years since ‘MVG 590C’ was built, so enthusiastic owners improved the car with a stainless steel exhaust, an electric fan, and larger brake calipers from Jaguar’s own Series 2 car. And in this particular case, as well as its chrome wire wheels the owner indulged the car with an additional set of outside-laced competition wheels shod with Blockley radial tyres.

Asking Price: £89,950

Odometer Reading: ??????
Registration: MVG 590C
Chassis Number: 1E 20880
Engine Number: 7E6628
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Silver
Interior: Black Leather

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1970 Lotus Elan S4 ‘GT’

SPECTACULAR RESTORATION

1970 Lotus Elan S4 'GT'

1970 Lotus Elan S4 SE Fixed Head Coupe 
‘GT’ Specification 

The word ‘restored’ often finds itself plonked in the title of many classic motorcars, it is from my experience at least a term with varying outcomes. 

In the case of this Elan S4 SE, the word ‘restored’ doesn’t quite do justice to the end result of what has been a painstaking, clever, beautifully executed and thought-out rebuild that took place between 2017 and 2019.

Supplied new to Mr R Bowes on 1st August 1970 this stunning example has covered an indicated 74,470 miles, just over 4000 miles since its restoration. Finished in Wedgwood Blue with black upholstery and carpets this car is in exceptional order throughout (as you may have already imagined). 

Full details on specification will be provided below, however a summary of works carried out reads as follows;

  • Tony Thompson 26R chassis 
  • Full engine rebuild to include forged pistons, high lift cams, larger valves, balanced crank, gas flowed, rebuild and expertly tuned Stromberg carburettors (more fitting to a car prepared for long distance use than the Weber alternative, with almost no power loss in the case of this car). 
  • Five speed gearbox 
  • Total strip down, re-gel coated and painted
  • Re upholstered throughout 
  • Taller diff for touring purposes 
  • Big bore stainless steel exhaust system
  • Adjustable front and rear dampers
  • TTR driveshafts 
  • Grooved disc brakes, uprated calipers and master cylinder with steel braided hoses 
  • Uprated radiator and radiator ducting
  • Electric Fan
  • Fully re-wired 
  • High torque starter motor
  • Lightweight alternator 
  • Dynomat sound insulation throughout the car

The fit and finish from shut lines and paint finish to interior trim are exceptional. But where this car really shines is on the road, the balance and poise expected from an Elan is present but quickly found to have been exaggerated by the work carried out to this particular car. The addition of the five speed box mated to the carefully prepared and tuned engine is genius, it allows this Elan to do what many can’t, which is comfortably tour. 

All works are documented within two sizeable folders, with invoices on file from respected Lotus marque experts such as Paul Matty Sports Cars dating back to the 1970’s. 

A recent feature in Classic & Sports Car magazine cements everything said above. 

A rare and special thing is a car which is even better than the sum of its parts, this is undoubtedly one of those cars.  

Technical Specification of VTY 777J:

Chassis

  • Tony Thompson 26R chassis 2-pack painted RAL 7040 to match engine
  • Spyder tubular wishbones front and rear
  • Front upper ball joints
  • Trunnions
  • Front adjustable dampers with adjustable spring seats (Tony Thompson)
  • Rear adjustable dampers (Koni)
  • Rear hub carriers with adjustable spring seats
  • Spyder tubular anti roll bar with Poly bushes
  • Reconditioned steering rack with solid mounts
  • Track rod ends
  • Wheel bearings front and rear

Brakes

  • Grooved discs F&
  • Calipers F&R
  • Servo
  • 13/16″ master cylinder with remote reservoir
  • Black stainless steel braided flexible pipes
  • All other brake lines conifer
  • Stainless steel handbrake links
  • Handbrake cable

Engine

  • Forged pistons
  • All bearings and seals
  • Water pump and housing
    Oil pump (standard pressure)
  • Steel flywheel
  • HD clutch
  • Crank balanced
  • Front sprocket, cam chain, guide sprocket and rubber guide
  • Valves (bigger inlet), guides, springs, seats, bearings
  • Ports flowed
  • 123 programmable distributor

Drivetrain

  • 5 speed gearbox with 2.9 first gear
  • Diff bearings and seals
  • Diff carrier housing
  • Sprint diff mount reinforcing bracket
  • Diff mounting and reaction rod bushes
  • Propshaft UJs
  • Rotofles couplings
  • 5-1/2×13″ Minilite wheels
  • CNC modified Kelsport aluminium spinners with 3dD printed centre caps

Cooling and Heating

  • Coolex Fatboy prated radiator with electric fan
  • Radiator ducting and sealing improved (the car will happily sit in hot summer traffic without a problem)
  • Heater core, motor and resistor in reconditioned housing
  • Heater valve
  • All hoses etc

Fuel system

  • Stromberg carburetors reconditioned by Burlen
  • K&N filter on custom aluminium duct
  • Aluminium fuel tank
  • Facet Posiflow fuel pump with impact cutoff switch
  • Filter King filter/regulator

Electrical

  • Complete rewire with 16 fuses
  • Denso lightweight alternator
  • Odyssey battery with custom aluminium bracket
  • High torque starter motor
  • Horns
  • LED bulbs

Bodywork

  • Strip to gelcoat
  • Repair all gelcoat cracks
  • Recessed aluminium fuel filler
  • Wheelarches flared 8mm
  • Smooth under bonnet finish
  • Passenger and boot floors stiffened
  • Panel gaps and alignment corrected
  • Screen rubbers and all aperture seals
  • All chrome renewed or replaced
  • Door windows: nylon pulleys and stainless steel cables replaced, all flock gliders and sill seals replaced 

Interior

  • Dashboard re-veneered matt teak
  • Dash switches refinished
  • Parcel shelf and bulkhead
  • Headliner and upper rear quarter panels in black perforated vinyl
  • Retrimmed seats, centre armrest and door card centres
  • Seat frames powder coated
  • Carpets
  • Interior lights
  • Inertia reel seatbelts
  • Momo Prototipo steering wheel with custom 3D printed centre boss to mimic original horn push
  • Vinyl trimmed boot liner panels with Dzus fasteners

Exhaust

  • Big bore stainless steel manifold
  • Custom stainless steel centre section with flex joint and 60mm resonator
  • Stainless steel twin box silencers with additional bracket and modified tails
Asking Price: £47,950

Odometer Reading: 70854
Chassis Number: S830960
Engine: 3400
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Blue
Interior: Black Leather

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1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 SE Roadster

SPECTACULAR RESTORATION

1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 SE Roadster

1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 SE Roadster

Registration Number: 658UYT

Chassis number S830960 was manufactured on 14th July 1958. A left-hand-drive 3.4 SE OTS finished in Cream with black interior and red piping on the seats, fitted with engine number V4743-8, which it retains to this day.

Dispatched from the Browns Lane factory on 28th July and bound like so many before it, for Jaguar Cars New York. 

The XK 150’s first owner was Charles Counts, and from at least 1965 onwards it’s thought to have lived in Pennsylvania until being imported back across the Atlantic in 2013. Upon arrival in the UK, it was treated to an extensive chassis-up, body-off restoration from 2014-2016. 

Southern Axle Services rebuilt the rear axle, the interior came courtesy of Aldridge Trimming, and a new wiring loom was installed. All chrome work was also refinished, a stainless-steel exhaust added, and new MWS International 60-spoke chrome wire wheels were fitted.

Further work was then carried out in 2020-2021, including a full engine rebuild, a new hood, the extensive application of cavity wax, and the fitment of a battery isolation switch in the glovebox. This XK 150 is resplendent in its red livery, while the interior retains the original colour scheme of black with red piping. It comes with an extensive history file that details its restoration and recent work, and also includes a Heritage Certificate.

The XK 150 is perhaps the most usable of all the legendary XK range, offering style and performance in a surprisingly practical package. This matching-numbers 3.4 OTS provides plenty of open-top entertainment to the accompaniment of that refined six-cylinder exhaust note, and is ready to be enjoyed by its next custodian.

Asking Price: POA

Odometer Reading: ?????
Chassis Number: S830960
Engine: 3400
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Red
Interior: Black Leather / Red Piping

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1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam ‘John Player Special’

JOHN PLAYER SPECIAL

1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam

1973 Lotus Europa Twin Cam ‘John Player Special’

The Series I Europa first seen in 1966 were fitted with a modified Renault 16 1,470cc 82bhp engine and a four-speed gearbox. By 1971 this had given way to a 126bhp Lotus/Ford Twin Cam 1,558cc unit that was good for 0–60 in 7.0 seconds with a top speed of 125mph. In 1972 a Big Valve Special came out that could hit 60mph in just 6.6 seconds yet still return 25-30mpg economy, the most desirable of these cars being painted in black and gold John Player Special livery in a nod to the sponsors of the Lotus F1 cars.

Supplied new by Bell & Colvill Ltd GPK727N is number 206 of the 250 aforementioned John Player Special liveried cars, and the first Lotus road car to wear the team colours. 

Following an extensive and very well executed restoration this example is offered for sale in truly exceptional order throughout. 

Having been re-gel coated, re-sprayed in original colours, re-upholstered and treated to a host of mechanical work this is now one of the finest examples on offer, and certainly the best we’ve seen. 

Accompanied by a large and comprehensive history file containing service records from 1976 on, factory service booklets, Lotus Certificate of provenance, photographic evidence of the restoration, owners manuals and period sales brochures, past MOT certificates dating back to 1984 and more. 

Asking Price: £39,950

Odometer Reading: 70854
Regstration Number: GPK727N
Chassis Number: S830960
Engine: 3400
Gearbox: Manual
Steering position: Left-hand drive
Colour: Black
Interior: Black Leather