1990 BMW 730i A SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1990/G BMW 730i A SE E32: Finished in the rare and extremely attractive colour scheme of Luxor Metallic with Natural Leather.

This is one of those unusual colours that cannot be adequately described and needs to be seen in the metal to be appreciated. 4 years ago I sold an E30 Convertible in the very same colour scheme and I have had a fair few enthusiasts commenting on what a beautifully classy car that was, and this 7-series is no different.

Genuine low mileage of 82K with FBMWSH. In essence this car has 1 former keeper, it was owned by a professional Surrey gentleman from new, first as his company car, he was so fond of it that bought it to continue cherishing in his retirement. Sadly he passed away early last year and his widow found it too big for her and so happened to sell it to an AA technician she had called out to the car due to a flat battery, as she simply never drove it. A fellow car enthusiast, the AA chap has continued the high level of care and sold it to me as only he had an acquired a 1992 Honda Legend with only 17K, and he is first and foremost a Honda fanatic. It is all original, superb throughout and drives like a brand new car, it really does!

Being the 3.0 as opposed to the 3.5 it has optimum smoothness and excellent economy (I averaged 27mpg with the cruise set at 80mph).

It's fully loaded too: 4-speed automatic gearbox with Sports/Economy modes, climate control,electric seats, alloy wheels, cruise control, full leather upholstery, trip computer, electric lumbar supports, original BMW upgrade Pioneer sound system with CD autochanger, fire extinguisher, unused first aid kit, BMW alarm system, unmarked original BMW cream carpet over-mats etc.

Comes with original BMW owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book, other BMW booklets, a dossier of the service invoices and old MoT certificates, complete toolkit, glovebox torch, 4 sets of keys, original BMW alloy wheel locks, all factory underbonnet stickers and door jam decals are present and correct, and an original 1990 BMW 7-series sales brochure completes this car's impeccable provenance.

This is 5th E32 7-series and this one is another truly remarkable specimen. I am very taken with the colour scheme and the paintwork is fantastic, 100% factory applied paintwork with a superb and uniform lustre, think of what you might hope to find on a 5 year old car, it is stunning. The Natural leather interior is absolutely as new and I will assert is in showroom condition, there is no wear to the driver's seat bolster, leather, carpeting, walnut all as new.

Another E32 that is not to be missed, a genuine "timewarp" specimen, and for the most serious BMW enthusiast.

1992 Volvo 960 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1992/J Volvo 965 Turbo Intercooler Automatic: Exceptional Metallic Dark Grey paintwork with unmarked plush velour upholstery.

This is a rare model as Volvo only marketed this 960 variant in Mk1 guise so it had quite a short production run. Most people associate the 960 model with having either the 3.0 or smaller capacity 2.5 straight six 24V engine that was developed by Porsche, but in fact Volvo knew their loyal customers and believed that a proportion of customers would want the flagship specification 960 model but were not ostentatious enough to want the brand new and complex multivalve 6 cylinder engine or its (perceived) thirst and so for a while one could buy the 960 with the long-serving and bulletproof 2.3 four cylinder engine.

Being the flagship model the 960 was naturally fitted with the highest performance 4 cylinder engine available which is the B230FT fuel injected and high pressure turbo intercooler unit (rated at 165bhp with Lambda Sond catalytic convertor) coupled to an equally strong 4-speed automatic transmission (Aisin-Warner AW70).

Essentially this car enjoys the mechanical robustness and frugal nature of a 940 Turbo alongside the enhanced refinement and luxury of the flagship 960. The super smooth automatic transmission, extra sound deadening, extra door sealing, high quality velour seat upholstery, headlining and thicker carpeting, plus the extra brightwork and the much more attractive 960 dashboard make this car significantly more desirable than a humble 940.

This car was supplied new to a director of Volvo Concessionaires UK as his company vehicle before being bought by a Mr.Clayton of Basingstoke, at under one year old, who proceeded to keep it for the next 24 years until the present day. The service history is incredible, it has Full Volvo Main Dealer Service history to 130,000 miles in 2012 and then switched to independent Volvo specialist servicing thereafter.

The car has been maintained fastidiously and has wanted for nothing. In the last five years the car has received a complete genuine Volvo exhaust system, new genuine Volvo mass airflow meter, three years ago the turbocharger and associated pipework were replaced by the Volvo main agent at a cost of £1,250, then there were new premium Pirelli P1 tyres on all four wheels and this year the Volvo specialist carried out a full service and timing belt kit replacement.

A classic Volvo estate which has been more religiously serviced and had more money spent on its upkeep does not exist. The retired owner never intended having to sell his special Volvo and he always had in mind that he had paid £20,000 for it back in 1992, so to him, spending vast sums of money over the years on maintenance was justified. One cannot compare this beautiful and cossetted Volvo with a £500 Ebay smoker that has gone through a heap of owners and only had the absolute minimum spent on it each year to scrape through another MOT Test.

The graphite grey metallic paintwork is 100% factory applied, the car never been in an accident of even a supermarket scuffle, there is a pleasingly high lustre to the paint and the entire lack of scratches, chips or parking dings is utterly astounding.

Similarly the interior is in wonderful condition, no rips, no stains, no broken trim, no drooping headlining. The plush velour trim is lovely and warm to sit on and makes a welcome change from the usual 960 leather upholstery which at this age would be bound to be looking more worn and shabby than this immaculate high quality fabric employed in this special 960.

This 960 is in unbelievably pristine condition throughout, a true timewarp specimen and complemented by absolutely impeccable and unrepeatable provenance.

1990 Rover Metro 1.4 GS View Photo Dossier

1990/H Rover Metro 1.4 GS: Rare luxury flagship model of the original Rover Metro line up finished in the ultimate colour scheme of British Racing Green with opulent Stone Beige leather upholstery.

Factory original car, low mileage, low owners and FSH. This car cost close to £11,000 in 1990 which was a substantial sum indeed as one could buy two entry level 1.1C Metros for the price of one GS. While I would not give a 1.1c a moment's consideration however, a 1.4 GS is a special Metro - and this one of mine is the only one I have seen in the metal, and I am a life long Metro aficionado.

Rather than the later and more commonplace GSI Metro, this GS benefits from the faster and more charismatic 1.4 carburettor K-series engine with no catalytic convertor to stifle its oomph, the performance is superior to that of an MG Metro and the GS is more frugal, substantially more refined and so much more pleasurable to drive with its super slick Peugeot-derived 5-speed transmission - world's apart from the whining and recalcitrant in-sump 4-speed 'box from the Austin Metro.

The interior is the principle lure of the GS, leather upholstery, burr walnut dashboard and door cappings, deep cut-pile carpeting, electric windows, central locking, tinted glass, sunroof, rev counter, remote control wing mirrors, 4-speaker radio/cassette player and central cassette stowage console, variable intermittent wipe and rear wash wipe make this the most comprehensively equipped Metro of them all.

The last two keepers have owned this Metro for a decade each and it comes not only with a fully stamped up service book but a dossier of invoices, all its original booklets, an original Rover Metro sales brochure, separate Rover "Colours & Interior Trims" brochure and a selection of contemporary road tests when the "Metromorphosis" Rover Metro was revealed in 1990. The spare wheel and tyre have never been used and there is the full array of original tools and jacking kit. One key operates all door locks and there is a spare too. HPI clear with certificate.

I have had my specialist perform a major engine service including fitting a new timing belt and water pump, new HT leads, distributor cap and rotor arm, rocker cover gasket, Bosch battery. New front brake discs and pads, new rear brake drum linings and cylinders as well as new brake fluid. As the car is so rare I also had a brand new clutch kit fitted.

The car is a delight to drive and really is a spirited and zingy motor and having such a well executed luxury interior (Rover really did excel in producing beautiful interiors) makes the driving experience all the more pleasurable.

If you have only sampled the original A-series Austin Metros then you are in no place to judge the K-series Rover Metro which was a revelation. This is a modern, light-weight and very efficient engine and is robust and reliable and really can be run on a shoe string.

The Achilles heel of the Rover Metro is rear wheel arch corrosion, I have had the OSR wheel arch professionally replaced as it had been filled over the years and needed properly sorting. I have had £750 of professional bodywork rectification carried out as the car warranted it I felt and I now believe this to be the best surviving example of the super rare GS edition.

The car sports Rover-approved Dunlop SP30 tyres all round and the smart wheel trims are absolutely as new with no kerbing rash. I have thoroughly detailed the wheel wells and floor pan so the car is as near as dammit in show condition, it is incredibly smart and thoroughly resplendent in all aspects

As the price of really shabby MG Midgets and Triumph Spitfires and other crusty relics go up, the humble Metro is really catching on as a viable and more practical alternative to those wanting a beginner British classic, and this "best of breed" Rover Metro GS is an excellent buy. Prussian Blue and Granite Grey leather interior were also available but it is this Stone Beige interior that creates the biggest impact, looking so tasteful and classy and complementing the beautiful British Racing Green coachwork so magnificently, and naturally it is this beige cabin that features in the original Rover Metro brochure.

You will never chance upon another like this.