If it’s the speed you are after but you also want a classic to enjoy, H&H Classics have two iconic cars to choose from on August 19th, one from Germany and one from Japan in their next Live Auction Online.
The German entry is this 1983 Audi Quattro 10v. A rare UK-supplied, analogue dashboard model, it is estimated to sell for £35,000 – £40,000.
Supplied new by Massingbred Ltd of Harrogate to Peter Djal Ltd and resident in Northern Ireland for two decades, ‘A58 JYG’ was entrusted to MC Autos of Stockport, near Manchester during August 2018 for a thorough service / recommissioning.
As well as attention to its suspension and brakes, the Coupe was treated to a new ignition amp, second hand ‘dizzy’ unit, reconditioned metering head and five new injectors etc. Returning to MC Autos two months later, the Audi benefited from a new timing belt and auxiliary belts not to mention repairs to its original and notably well-preserved Brown and Green cloth upholstery, new bulbs and fresh Toyo Proxes 225/50R15 tyres. The work cost over £4,200 and was completed a few hundred miles ago. More recently the Quattro’s cosmetic appearance has been enhanced via sundry detail paintwork/graphics, refurbished alloys and new carpets (all of which is estimated to have cost an additional £4,000).
Starting readily upon inspection, the rally-bred icon is accompanied by its original stamped service book, MOTs back to 1987, service invoices back to 1988 and a fresh MOT certificate.
Introduced at the March 1980 Geneva Motor Show, the Audi Quattro Turbo was destined to revolutionise the faces of both international rallying and high-speed motoring. Based around a two-door monocoque bodyshell equipped with all-round independent suspension, four-wheel disc brakes and rack and pinion steering, its permanent all-wheel-drive system was famously derived from that of the VW Iltis utility vehicle. Powered by a turbocharged five-cylinder engine, the model’s speed, poise and agility netted Audi two drivers’ (1982, 1984) and two constructors’ titles (1983, 1984) in the World Rally Championship. Progressively enhanced during an eleven-year production life, the Quattro Turbo merited its own dedicated production line in Hall N2 of Audi’s Ingolstadt plant (each hand-built car undergoing a gruelling multi-point inspection before being signed off). Phased-in during October 1982, the first right-hand drive cars boasted a ‘WR’ code DOHC 2144cc powerplant that developed some 200bhp and 210lbft of torque. Sporting single-lens Cibie headlamps, they were reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and 137mph. Rarer and more expensive than subsequent rally champions such as the Lancia Delta Integrale and Subaru Impreza WRX, just 11,452 examples of the original (or ‘Ur’) Quattro Turbo were made.
The Japanese classic speed machine is this elegant 1991 Nissan 300 ZX Twin Turbo with just 34,000 miles which are estimated to sell for £26,000 to £30,000.
The best Z32 we have encountered, ‘H354 UKW’ has had just one registered keeper and covered a mere 34,500 miles from new. The accompanying vehicle order form shows that supplying dealer, D.C. Cook of Worksop, took a 1988 Porsche 944 Lux in part exchange against the Nissan’s £26,500 list price. Fitted with a quad tailpipe sports exhaust very early on, the 300 ZX is otherwise thought to be to standard specification throughout. Pleasingly retaining its original titanium ignition key, the 2+2-seater also comes with its factory tools and Targa roof panel stowage covers.
As a garage owner, the registered keeper performed most of the maintenance work on ‘H354 UKW’ himself. Though, he did entrust Nissan dealer Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Grimsby with changing the cambelt circa 1,500 miles ago. More recent invoices on file from 2011 reveal that the Z32 has also benefited from a fresh clutch and flywheel plus replacement Brembo disc brakes (x4). Kept garaged and babied throughout its life, a handwritten note on a bill from when the 300ZX was a few months’ old is telling: ‘my father scratched left-hand front wing (p.s. I feel sick!)’. According to howmanyleft.co.uk, there are just 109 1991 Nissan 300ZX Turbos currently known to the DVLA. We would be surprised if any were as well preserved as ‘H354 UKW’
Introduced in 1989, the Z32 version of Nissan’s 300 ZX sportscar was among the first production machines to be designed with the assistance of a Cray-2 supercomputer. Altogether faster and more capable than its Z31 predecessor, the newcomer was equipped with all-round independent suspension, power-assisted rack and pinion steering and vented disc brakes. Powered by a 2960cc DOHC V6 engine with variable valve timing in either normally aspirated or turbocharged guises, the Z32 could also be had with a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The range-topping twin-turbo model was credited with developing 276bhp and 274lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 5.6 seconds and 155mph, it also boasted dual-mode adjustable suspension and four-wheel steering. Praised by the contemporary motoring press for its supercar-baiting performance and handling, the force-fed Nissan appeared in Car and Driver magazine’s ‘Ten Best’ list for seven years straight and was listed by GQ magazine as one of the most stylish cars of the last fifty years in 2010. Although in production for eleven years (1989-2000), the Z32 was only officially imported to Great Britain from 1990-1994. As such, it is now easier to find a Japanese import than the UK supplied example. Long a favourite with the tuning fraternity, the number of unmodified 300ZXs has similarly dwindled in recent years.
If one man represents the best of Britain during this global pandemic it is Captain Tom Moore who stole the nation’s heart by walking 100 laps around his garden before his 100th birthday to raise money for the NHS, achieving a total of £32m by the time he had finished.
Captain Tom pledged to complete the 2.5km (1.6 miles), the 100-lap garden challenge at his home in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire by his 100th birthday on 30 April. He was knighted for his efforts.
Now an ITV documentary has been filmed about Sir Tom’s love of motorcycles. It was produced by North One and was broadcast on ITV 1, yesterday August 13th.
For the film shoot, Mark Bryan of H&H Classics provided a 1920’s Royal Enfield Model 200, supplied by Hitchcocks Motorcycles in Solihull. It was one of the first bikes that Sir Tom restored after discovering it as a barn-find, and which he rode around in his garden as a very young man.
Mark comments: “It was an absolute honour to be able to help out, even in such a small way. Sir Tom’s infectious enthusiasm and knowledge of motorcycling is quite amazing”
Two other motorbikes featured in the documentary, an Excelsior Manxman and a Scott two speed. Both are bikes Sir Tom remembers fondly from his youth.
He was described as being: “a beacon of light through the fog of coronavirus”, and for his shining example, Captain Tom Moore was awarded a knighthood.
Fundraising for ‘NHS Charities Together’, the then 99-year-old said he was doing it “for the sake of the nurses and the NHS”. Born in Keighley, Yorkshire, and a veteran of World War Two, Captain Tom Moore was inspired to help the NHS after receiving treatment for skin cancer and a broken hip after a fall in 2018.
The money he raised by his sponsored walk round his garden is being used to help comfort and care for NHS workers through these turbulent times. After completing his 100 laps, he had a message for the British public in the midst of the pandemic. “To all those people who are finding it difficult at the moment… the sun will shine on you again, and the clouds will go away.”
1915 Hupmobile Owned by Irish Family for 105 years
Not many cars can claim to have been owned by just one family for 105 years like this stunning 1915 Hupmobile Model HA Tourer for sale with H&H Classics on August 19th in an Auction Online sale.
Currently located in Londonderry it has been owned from new by the MacFlynn family from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland.
The car comes with its original sales invoice and is offered with all its early history.
Damian Jones, Head of Sales for H&H Classics says of the car: “This is a rare opportunity.”
This remarkable 1915 Hupmobile Model HA was first registered with on the 20th of April 1915. After seeing a listing in a June edition of the Irish Times in 1914 “The Hup” was later ordered by Mr MacFlynn a Spirit Merchant from Magherafelt, Northern Ireland. It was ordered in early 1915 through The Dublin Motor Company via McStay and Colgan, an Automobile Engineering Company in Belfast, with an optional Westinghouse Electric Starter, Westinghouse Dynamo, Five Electric Lamps and 815×105 Dunlop Tyres (Including Spare).
The Hupmobile itself was imported from the USA to London and was then shipped to Dublin in May 1915 where it was then duly delivered to Mr MacFlynn who would become the second owner of a Motorcar in Magherafelt.
This Hupmobile was in regular and daily use by him and his family from delivery until approximately 1936 when it was eventually decommissioned and was placed in one of sheds only to be seen occasionally by family members as they explored the shed. In 1966 the Hupmobile was passed on to William’s Son Charles, who in the late 1970s, pulled it out of the shed and began a partial/light restoration. After this, Charles used the Hupmobile regularly to attend local Vintage Rallies and Car Shows between 1980 and 2000.
In 2000 the Hupmobile was eventually passed onto its current Owner, Mr L MacFlynn who is the late Charles MacFlynn’s Nephew and the late William James MacFlynn’s Grandson.
Now a third-generation custodian of OI 3389, the Hupmobile was used locally until 2009/2010 when it was then put back into storage – then in 2016 they set about beginning the full restoration of the Hupmobile which consisted of a full overhaul of the complete car to bring it back to its former glory as it was in 1915 which took roughly two years and was completed in 2018 to an extremely high standard. The coachwork and overall condition of this Hupmobile is in excellent order and the car still retains its matching numbers as it was when it was new – it is also accompanied by a folder full of paperwork showcasing its history.
Unfortunately, post restoration – the car has not received the use that it deserves, and it is with a heavy heart that the MacFlynn family have decided collectively that it is time for this 105-year old 3rd generation family owned Model HA to be passed onto a new custodian who can give “The Hup” the spotlight it really deserves.
Henry Ford paid the ‘Hupp’ 20 the ultimate compliment. “I recall looking at Bobby Hupp’s roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money.”
Hupmobiles were built from 1909 through 1939 by the Hupp Motor Car Company. The prototype was developed in 1908 and had its first successful run on November 8 with investors aboard for champagne at the Tuller Hotel a few blocks away. The company was incorporated in November of that year. The first Hupmobile model, the Hupp 20, was introduced at the 1909 Detroit Automobile Show. It was an instant success.
1951 LAGONDA 2.6 LITRE SALOON SINGLE FAMILY OWNED BARNFIND
Found in Lincolnshire, this 1951 Lagonda 2.6 Litre Saloon sleeping beauty, is going to make someone a fantastic restoration project. H&H Classics estimate that it will sell for £8,000 – £10,000.
The Lagonda is described by Damian Jones of H&H Classics as “A seemingly complete, original and unmolested barn find that has been in the present family ownership since the 1950s. It was laid up in 1961 due to a carburettor fault and has been unused since.”
“The chassis is reportedly “sound”. Sadly the logbook has been mislaid but may be found by the time of the auction. This is an exciting restoration project or special builder’s dream!”
This charming 1937 Fiat 500 Topolino or ‘Little Mouse’ consigned by David Mitchell, a 92-year-old classic car enthusiast from Lewes, East Sussex sold for £19,550, three times its estimate, at the latest H&H Classics sale on July 22.
The little car is just like the one which featured strongly in that superb 1953 film ‘Roman Holiday’ with Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck. It was estimated to sell for £5,000 to £7,000 but after some fierce bidding made £19,550.
“The sight of a six foot plus Gregory Peck endeavouring to get into the back of a Topolino was a great sequence,” says John Markey of H&H Classics.
In the film, Audrey Hepburn is a bored and sheltered princess who escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman, Gregory Peck in Rome. The little Fiat adds greatly to the charm of this story.
The Topolino was one of the smallest cars in the world at the time of its production. Launched in 1936, three models were produced until 1955. It was equipped with a 569cc four-cylinder, side-valve, water-cooled engine mounted in front of the front axle, later an overhead valve motor.
Owners frequently squeezed four or five people into the nominal two-seater car, and in later models, the chassis was extended at the rear to allow for more robust semi-elliptic springs. With horsepower of about 13 bhp, its top speed was around 53 mph (85 km/h), and it could achieve about 47.1 mpg. Nearly 520,000 were sold.
1965 Alvis TE21 Drophead Coupe sold for £51,750.
This superb car is one of only 18 automatic examples known to have survived worldwide. It sold for £51,750.
It was illustrated in Kenneth Day’s definitive work ‘Alvis, The Story of the Red Triangle’ and in ‘The Complete Encyclopaedia of Sports Cars Classic Era’ by Rob de la Rive Box.
It had had new sills, rear springs, leather upholstery, hood bag fitted by the previous owner who also had the car rolling road tuned and given halogen headlights.
It came from a collection of four cars owned by Louis Gendebien In Belgium, a cousin of Olivier Gendebien who drove for Ferrari in the late fifties early sixties and was brilliant in Sports Ferrari’s.
Former British race driver, John Markey of H&H Classics, who sourced the four car consignment from Belgium said: “By happy coincidence when Olivier won Le Mans in 1958 I was standing over his pit at La Sarthe.”
“His cousin, Louis whose collection this was has written a book about his illustrious cousin. His decision to sell through H&H Classics is once more an indication of the international appeal of H&H Classics.”
1991 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 sold for £24,150
This Peugeot 205 GTi 1.6 is the most original and best-preserved 1.6 GTi H&H Classics have encountered. It sold for £24,150.
Supplied new by Dixon Motor Holdings Ltd of Morecambe to Mr Waterhouse on 2nd January 1991, this exceptionally original 205 1.6 GTi has covered just 49,800 miles. Self-evidently cherished over the past twenty-nine years, with paperwork on file to substantiate the mileage, it comes with an assortment of MOT certificates (dating back to 1994 at 14,569 miles) and stamps in its original service book up to 48,587 miles. Entrusted to Colehill Garage of Wimborne in more recent years, accompanying bills from them describe ‘H142 XEC’ as ‘probably the best 205 GTi 1.6 in Dorset’ and encompass one issued on 2nd July 2015 for £2,359.72.