Shropshire Lad’s motorcycles, sidecars headed to auction

Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos
Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos

Bill Ward was an apprentice at Sentinel Works in Shrewsbury, England, when he, his wife and baby daughter rode his motorcycle and sidecar to visit relatives over the holidays in London.

“Bill says he preferred motorbike and sidecar combinations,” H&H Classics notes in a news release announcing the sale of Ward’s “Shropshire Lad” collection of motorcycle/sidecar combinations at its auction September 2 at Britain’s National Motorbike Museum. Continue reading

Queen’s Daimler draws a crowd at H&H auction

2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo
2001 Daimler Majestic was specially produced for Queen Elizabeth II | H&H Classics photo

Although a 1929 Bugatti Type 44 Vanvooren “saloon” produced the highest sales figure of H&H Classics’ auction at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, England, it was another vehicle on the docket that attracted three television crews to the sale.

The car that attracted so much interest was a 2001 Daimler Majestic 4.0 LWB that sold for £43,700, the equivalent of $57,500. Continue reading

Infamous Marples Mini headed to the auction block

Alfred Marples' had a very special Mini Cooper S for carrying golf clubs, wine | H&H Classics photos
Alfred Marples had a very special Mini Cooper S for carrying golf clubs, wine | H&H Classics photos24

Alfred Marples not only gave England its motorways — and, reportedly, double-yellow lines and traffic wardens — but also plenty about which to gossip in his years as Transport Minister.

He became so disliked that “Marples Must Go” signs were painted across motorway bridges. He finally left the country, though not because of his shenanigans, which reportedly included regular visits with prostitutes, but because of tax evasion.

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Driven only 1,733 miles, ‘69 E-type headed to auction

After 40 years undriven, this E-type is again road ready | H&H Classics photos
After 40 years undriven, this E-type is again road ready | H&H Classics photos

A one-owner 1969 Jaguar E-type 4.2 2+2 driven only 1,733 miles since purchase is headed to auction, and H&H Classics thinks it could be the lowest mileage E-type in the world.

The car is red with beige interior and was last registered for road use 40 years ago. Continue reading

Peter Ustinov’s Lagonda going to H&H auction

1954 Lagonda drophead coupe owned by Oscar-winning actor headed to auction | H&H Classics photos
1954 Lagonda drophead coupe owned by Oscar-winning actor headed to auction | H&H Classics photos

We’re not sure if actor Peter Ustinov was a “car guy,” or just someone who could afford to own what have become desirable collector vehicles. Regardless, another of his cars is headed to auction, this time his 1953 Lagonda 3-liter drophead coupe that is joining the docket for H&H Classics’ auction taking place July 26 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading

Record collector car auction price paid for a Subaru

1996 Subaru rally car Chassis 001 sells for $300,965 at auction | H&H Classics photos
1996 Subaru rally car Chassis 001 sells for $300,965 at auction | H&H Classics photos

H&H Classics claimed a world auction record price for a Subaru at its recent Motor Sport Hall of Fame auction at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in Surrey, England, where the Impreza WRC97 formerly raced by Colin McRae sold for £235,750 ($300,965).

Overall, the auction posted $2.234 million in sales, with several post-block deals pending. Continue reading

Barn-found vehicles score at H&H sale at motorcycle museum

1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos
1912 Buick Model 35C Tourer emerges from barn | H&H Classics photos

Highlighted by several barn-found vehicles, many from “time-capsule” collections, H&H Classics inaugural auction late last week at Britain’s National Motorcycle Museum produced sales of £872,000 ($983,590).

“Once in a while, doing what I do, you stumble across a collection which is pure magic,” Damian Jones, head of sales for H&H Classics, said of the Home Farm Collection in a news release. Continue reading

Six-pack of E-types — including barn find — in Hall of Fame sale

1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos
1962 Jaguar E-type coupe as it was discovered in a barn | H&H Classics photos

Britain’s Motor Sport magazine stages its Hall of Fame awards June 6 at the Royal Automobile Club Woodcote Park in Surrey, and H&H Classics will stage a collector car auction as part of the event. The auction will include six E-type Jaguars — perhaps England’s most iconic car.

Among those Jags will be a recent barn-found 1962 3.8 Coupe discovered after long-term storage in North Devonshire. Continue reading

Barn-found collection joins H&H Classics auction docket

Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

‘Time capsule.” That’s how H&H Classics is describing two car collections of primarily pre-war classics — one of them farm-found — consigned for the docket for its upcoming auction June 2 at the National Motorcycle Museum.

One collection — the Home Farm collection — includes 11 cars and 34 motorcycles, all found dust-covered in barns in Berkshire, U.K.

The other collection — the County Wexford collection — includes 14 cars, among them one of three 1939 Triumph Dolomite 14/60 drophead coups known to still survive. Continue reading

Rally car star on H&H Classics auction docket

Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos
Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 (chassis No. 001) that helped the automaker win its third consecutive World Rally manufacturers’ championship in 1997, will drive onto the block at H&H Classics Sports & GT cars auction, scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in England.

The sale is being conducted in conjunction with Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame program at the same location. Continue reading