RECENT SALES


1990 Mercedes-Benz 190 E View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 190E: Resplendent in Arctic White with unmarked cream cloth upholstery.

A timewarp local motor car with a genuine 57,000 miles from new, substantiated by a total service history, just 2 former keepers and current MB-technician owner for past 5 years. If you have been searching for a showroom condition 190E that drives absolutely like new, look no further.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic gearbox with sports/economy modes, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, electric tilt/slide sunroof, electric front windows, electric rear windows, front arm-rest, original upgrade Blaupunkt Melbourne SQR39 radio/cassette stereo, electric aerial, MB cream tailored carpet over-mats, MB tailored rubber over-mats, MB locking wheel bolts, rear badge delete.

The whole sense of "newness" that this cherished Mercedes imparts is most impressive, I am talking about absolutely spotless door-jambs, front and rear light lenses and reflectors that are as bright as they day they were manufactured, the chrome grill surround and Mercedes star truly being mirror finish and not showing any chips nor pitting whatsoever... The fact that the owner bought both the MB carpet over-mats and then the MB rubber mats to go over the top of them says a lot about the cossetted life this car has had from day one.

No further elaboration is necessary, my 190E is in absolutely outstanding condition throughout and will suit the most discerning MB enthusiast, you will not find better, would make for a superb entry into MB Owner's Club events.

£2,495 SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:
1) New OE Beru electric aerial _ DONE
2) New number plates DONE
3) Full service inc. new electric fuel pump DONE
4) New front tyres DONE
5) Thorough valet & Autoglym. DONE
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 260E [W124] View Photo Dossier

1991/J Mercedes-Benz 260E [W124]: Gleaming Signal Red with excellent cream cloth upholstery.

144,000 genuine miles with total service history, 3 former keepers, a local car that is in completely original condition throughout.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic gearbox with sports/economy modes, cruise control, headlamp wash/wipe system, electric tilt/slide sunroof, front arm-rest.

I have used this car everyday for a fortnight and covered over 400 miles and can report it is ultra reliable, a first time starter, it idles at a mere 550rpm which compounds how well this car has been maintained.

The car is not taxed but is MoT'd to September, and has covered less than a 1000 miles since it's last MoT test.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

 

1989 Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 745 Turbo Intercooler: Deep Blue Metallic with blue 1/2 leather/plush velour upholstery.

Superb and unique 1-owner from new example, the car has a low mileage and a FSH. Supplying Volvo main dealer history up to 60K and independent servicing thereafter. It's not very often I get a car whereby on the V5 document the number of former keepers is stated as "None" - - and I doubt there are any other 740 Turbos about with this provenance as they were a very expensive car when new and simply weren't bought by the traditional Volvo buyer profile who intended to keep them for a great many years, more often they were bought by wealthier, younger people who replaced their car every 2 years or so.

I bought this car from the original owner who purchased this car brand new back in 1989. This rugged Volvo has always been in constant use but over the past few years has been used less and less due to his wife's failing health and having switched to diesel in the shape of a new Jaguar X-type estate, reluctantly it was decided it was time to part with this faithful part of the family. The owner told me he had initially purchased a brand new 740 with the 2.3 carburettor engine and had found the performance to be woefully inadequate, a short telephone call to the Volvo salesman later and it was this 740 performance flagship model that he had been prescribed at £23,000 in the brand new colour for that model year, and my favourite shade - Deep Metallic Blue.

This represents a unique opportunity for the Volvo enthusiast specifically searching for a top of the range estate car with impeccable provenance and in outstanding condition throughout. Cast an eye over my job list and you'll see just how much has been spent on this car ensuring that it is the best example on sale today.

£1,650 SOLD to 1st viewer, from Orkney!

Job list:
1) New OE LUK clutch kit fitted. DONE
2) MoT - to June 2008 - required replacement rear calipers, new rear disks and pads. DONE
3) Full service: oil, oil filter, spark plugs, air filter, new Volvo oil trap box and cleaning of breathers, new distributor cap and rotor arm fitted, 2 new tyres - DONE.
4) New timing belt & tensioner - DONE.
5) Professional repaint of tailgate - DONE.
6) New electric aerial mast from US - DONE.
7) New late model red/clear rear tail-lights. DONE
8) New number plates - DONE
9) New front foglights - DONE
10) Thorough valet & Autoglym - DONE.

 

1988 Porsche 944 2.5 LUX View Photo Dossier

1988/F Porsche 944 LUX: Finished in THE iconic 1980s 944 colour scheme of Gleaming Guards Red with black 1/2 leather and pinstripe velour upholstery.

A cherished, original, eye-catching 944 in outstanding condition. This 944 has covered only 107,000 genuine miles substantiated with a FSH - which is Official Porsche Centre service history up to 70K and independent Porsche specialist maintenance thereafter.

Extra-Cost Equipment: Electric sunroof, spoiler-mounted front foglamps, Porsche tailored carpet over-mats. The car is also fitted with an alarm system which controls the central locking from a remote fob, and a high spec Kenwood CD player.

This has been the owner's pride and joy and it shows in both the car's appearance and the way in which it drives. In his tenure he has had the all-important timing belt and balancer belt major service carried out (at 99K), a brand new radiator fitted, PAS pump replacement, oil return pipe, sump gasket, oil pressure sender, thermostat, new exhaust from downpipe back, new battery etc.

This is one the very last 2.5 litre cars before the 2.7 was introduced. It sounds fantastic with that charismatic deep 944 exhaust burble, a sound which sounds far more meaty and sophisticated than one would expect from a mere 4-cylinder engine... also, as with all spot-on 944's thanks to the balancer shaft, the engine belies its 4 cylinders in having almost 6-cylinder smoothness.

A 944 LUX makes a perfect everyday sports car. It is a relaxed cruiser, very user-friendly and yet is far from dull as possesses something you don't find in modern cars - character! With the 5-speed sports manual gearbox and the battery slung out over the rear axle, you have near 50:50 weight distribution which made the 944 the best handling front-engined car in it's day - and it will still out handle more modern fare today.

SOLD to 1st viewer


 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 500 SE [W140] View Photo Dossier

1993/K Mercedes-Benz 500 SE [W140]: Finished in rare and beautiful Rosewood Metallic with Mushroom nappa leather upholstery.

One of the finest W140 S-Class Mercedes' with only 81,000 genuine miles, FSH, 2 former keepers and current elderly gentleman owner of past 10 years, who paid £42,500 for it from Charles Sydney Mercedes-Benz in 1997 which was also the original supplying MB main dealer.

The 500 SE is one of the rarest W140 variants as at this price when new (£68,000) a lot of buyers would have paid more for the LWB and the mighty 600 SEL V12 flagship or else chosen the entry level 6-cylinder models. The LWB versions are great if you plan to be chauffeured, but if you're at the helm, the SWB cars handle better and are the superior driver's cars, plus you've got more chance of being able to shut the door on your garage being a useful 5 inches shorter.

Standard Equipment: 4-speed automatic gearbox with sports/economy modes, cruise control, PAS, ABS, driver & passenger airbags, remote control central locking, double-glazing, rear parking antennae, front and rear illuminated vanity mirrors recessed in headlining, electric sunroof, electric windows, electric heated mirrors with automatic fold-in function, outside temperature gauge, headlamp wash/wipe system.

Extra-cost Equipment: Electric front seats, orthopaedic front seats, heated front seats, automatic climate control (fully functional!), 16-inch 8-hole forged polished alloy wheels, closing assist to doors and bootlid (fully functional!), original Blaupunkt Frankfurt RCM 82 radio/cassette headunit with CD autochanger.

I'll readily admit that I abhorred the W140 for an awfully long time as it was just so slab-sided and grotesque after the elegant W126 S-Class. However, as often happens, opinions mellow with time and familiarity - and all of a sudden I think the W140 looks cool now - mainly as all cars have got bigger so a W140 no longer appears as the over-sized, vulgar beast it once did.

Furthermore this attractive colour scheme does the shape so many favours, in the common black or dark blue colours, and especially if wearing chavvy 18-inch AMG replica alloys, a W140 still looks gangster-ish and flabby, but my car manages to look most elegant, striking and very up to date. Incidentally the Rosewood colour was only available from 1992-1994, so I doubt you'll ever see an identical 500 SE.

Even the most ardent W126 devotee (such as myself) could not fail to be impressed at the leaps and bounds of progress that the W140 cabin experience displays over the its predecessor. The magnificent front seats are the most comfortable and supportive I have sat in, the double-glazing and 90's rubber sealing technology ensure that the cabin utterly devoid of windnoise, gone is the suspension rumble - always a W126 criticism, and even hard acceleration the engine is never more than a very muted and distant expensive thrum. The interior fit, finish and appearance is a major improvement too - at last the S-Class had the cabin ambience and elegant sophistication to match the elevated price tag. By the 1990s most manufacturers' build quality had tailed off - not in this case, the W140 I feel represented MB's pinnacle in build quality, the detailing and finish are absolutely superb and it feels even more solid and indestructable than a W126. It handles superbly too, there's no vagueness, no wallowing, it shrinks around you like a performance car does and never feels remotely barge-like - a driver's S-Class!

The performance of this 32V V8 is not far off that of the might 600 and whilst it might not offer the sheer clout of the V12, the acceleration is still fantastic and gloriously refined, and yet economy is surprising for the performance on tap and the sheer weight and size of this vehicle, I averaged 25mpg with cruise set at 75mph.

Comes complete with original MB wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book, invoices, complete toolkit, original MB tailored over-mats, original Charles Sydney tax disc holder etc. The original top-spec Blaupunkt Frankfurt and CD Autochanger system (£1000+ dealer-fit sound system) is present and correct and fully functional. The original and excellent alloy wheels are shod with MB dealer fit Continental Super Contacts tyres on each corner, this is as original and cherished a W140 as you're going to find.

A truly impressive Mercedes in every sense, the very best build quality ever seen, this S-Class is an opulent limousine but also a driver's car and performance machine simultaneously, and offers tremendous value for money as a bonafide modern classic for sale at only 5% of what it cost its original owner back in 1993!

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Full specialist service and MoT - DONE
2) Specialist automatic gearbox service- DONE
3) Specialist a/c service DONE
4) New number plates DONE
5) Clear front indicator upgrade DONE
6) New front tyres - DONE
7) Professional bodywork to front wings and osr arch - DONE
7) Thorough valet & Autoglym - DONE
 

1989 BMW 635 CSI Highline View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 635 CSI A Highline [E24]: Absolutely stunning and quite rare colour scheme of Lachs Silver Metallic with Silver "Sports" soft leather interior.

Only 109,000 genuine miles, total service history, and current wealthy Surrey gentleman owner for past 8 years, a BMW Driver's Club member. Completely original and maintained regardless of cost.

An eye-catching car when new, 20 years on they are absolute head-turners as that purposeful "shark-nose" aggressive front looms in your rear view mirror - - you hardly see any 635's on the roads any more, and when you do, it's a special sight - especially when it's as smart and superior a specimen as mine.

Standard Highline Specification: 4-speed switchable automatic transmission with Sports mode, PAS, ABS, electric sunroof, e/windows x4, electric/memory seats, e/mirrors, central locking, rear head-restraints, air-conditioning, extended leather trim to include entire dashboard, door panels, headlining and sun visors, extra-wide BBS TRX 415mm forged alloy wheels, front fog-lamps, impact-absorbing bumper front & rear with spoilers, trip computer, rear blind, leather sports steering wheel.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, electric Recaro sports seats, top-of-the-range discreet Kenwood radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial and additional high quality BMW-installed Alpine speakers, tailored BMW carpet over-mats.

I have just had new tyres fitted to the front wheels, these deep dish original BBS alloy wheels set the car off perfectly and I feel a Highline doesn't look right on any alloy wheels other than these beautiful originals. Should the new keeper wish to use the car on a more regular basis the car will also come with a set of imperial 15-inch BMW BBS alloy wheels with tyres in order that the precious TRX tyres can be preserved!

I also had a service carried out by Gloucester BMW Specialists who I have been using for 5 years now - - their senior technician was very complimentary about it and was keen to point out what an honest and fine example it was... which was not news to me as having clocked up a fair few miles in it I knew it drove spot on, with none of the tappet clatter, camshaft wear, rear differential droning and less than perfect gear changes that you'd experience with typical examples.

My special 635 comes complete with original BMW owner's wallet with the fully stamped up service book, stereo manual, owner's manual, invoices, two sets of keys, glovebox torch, complete toolkit, unopened 1st aid kit... even the little torch light in the master key still works!

£5,750 SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1988 Porsche 928 S4 Auto View Photo Dossier

1988/F Porsche 928 S4 Automatic: Finished in exactly the colour scheme I would have specified had I had £60,000 to spend in 1988 - beautiful Baltic Blue Metallic with linen white full leather interior with deep blue piping and carpets.

Only 109,000 miles, total Official Porsche Centre and latterly Independent Porsche Specialist service history. Only 2 former keepers and current owner for the past 12 years who just had to purchase it after seeing it in the showroom of the prestigious Stratstones of Wilmslow exotic car dealer (where all the Liverpool and Manchester United players buy their toys!) all those years ago. This is a rare find indeed.

Options fitted: 139 Seat heating - left, 249 automatic transmission,
330 Blaupunkt Toronto SQR 46 10-speaker hi-fi system, 340 seat heating - right, 513 lumbar support - right seat, 567 windscreen graduated tint, 650 electric sunroof. Full linen leather interior, contrast piping, linen leather door card inserts. A Porsche immobiliser is also fitted.

Performance is tremendous from this teutonic flagship supercar. This is the fastest car I have had to date (previously my BMW M635 CSI) and yet it puts its power down in such an unruffled confidence-inspiring fashion, as with every 928 the road holding and handling are absolutely first rate yet the car is always comfortable and luxurious - making it a grand tourer par excellence...the S4 edges the performance quotient up a level over the S2. When you want you can put your foot to the floor and rocket the revs around the dial the car is astoundingly fast, but driving around town it is as docile and lazy as you'd want it to be, there are no annoying foibles which you'd suffer in an Italian 80s supercar, and for those who aren't up on 928's the soundtrack is simply glorious.

Comes complete with original owner's pack complete with all user manuals, fully stamped up service book, all invoices and old MoT's from 1995 to date, the car wears its "Stratstones Porsche" number plates front and rear, the car is HPI clear with certificate. The original luggage net and luggage blind are present and correct in the rear as well as a complete toolkit, also the emergency sunroof crank handle is still present, Porsche touch-up pen, there are two full sets of keys and most unusually the original "valet" spare key in its original Porsche embossed leather pouch. A 928 S4 sales brochure completes the impressive documentation pack.

The car had the all-important water pump and timing belt replacement major service at 95K. I will have a full service carried out by Autohaus Werkshoppe Independent Porsche Specialists prior to sale.

An original, fastidiously-maintained 928 S4, the most desirable colour scheme available, the very best provenance - - I challenge you to find another which has been in the same tenure for over a decade... the chap now drives a fantastic 911 GT3 but he was quick to assert that he'll miss his beloved 928 S4 more than any other car in his collection.

SOLD

 

1995 Volvo 850 T-5R Estate View Photo Dossier

1995/M Volvo 855 T5R: Gleaming Black with special black leather interior with amaretta suede inserts. If asked to think of the most memorable 1990s motoring masterpieces, just three immediately spring to my mind, the Renault Clio Williams, the VW Corrado VR6 and this car, the 850 T-5R...

141,000 genuine miles (I have seen T-5's with double this mileage still going strong!), current gentleman doctor owner of last 6 years. Full Volvo main dealer service history to 101K and independent specialist maintenance thereafter. The car is HPI clear with certificate.

Standard T-5 Equipment: 225 bhp 20V turbocharged powerplant, uprated 5-speed manual tranmission, PAS, ABS, e/windows, e/sunroof, air-conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels on low profile tyres, uprated sports suspension, front elipsoid spoiler-mounted foglamps, rear spoiler, central locking, tinted glass, electric heated seats, trip computer, Volvo integrated rear child booster seat.

T-5R Limited Equipment:

240 bhp 20V turbocharged powerplant with 30 second "over boost" facility, further uprated chassis including 10mm lower ride height and substantially stiffer coil springs.

17-inch "Titan" alloy wheels finished in graphite with Pirelli P Zero 205/45/ZR17 ultra low profile tyres. 280mm brake discs at front, 295mm discs at rear. Extra deep front spoiler, black and red rear "R" insignia badge.

SIPS side impact airbags, cruise control, seat position memories. Special black leather upholstery with amaretta suede inserts, leather & amaretta steering wheel, amaretta gear-gaitor boot, special black lacquered walnut fascia and gearknob, tailored Volvo overmats with "850" embroidered in yellow, remote control central locking and alarm system.

Extra-cost Equipment: Rear spoiler, Alpine 6-CD multichanger coupled to Volvo premium 8-speaker hi-fi system, Volvo mudflaps front & rear, Volvo rear luggage blind, full size 17-inch Titan alloy spare wheel. A complete Volvo 7-seater conversion is available for an extra £150 should the buyer require it.

It was remiss of me to get this far without mentioning just how mind-blowing the performance is in this mean machine, granted the top speed and 0-60 statistics are very impressive, but it's the 3rd gear 50-70mph figure of 3.8 seconds that truly astounds.

My car is all original and is one of the 200 initial limited batch which were only available in Black or Cream Yellow.

The car had a full service in May 2007, it is MoT'd to May 2008 and last week I had the timing belt and tensioner replaced which will be good for another 6 years/60K. Comes complete with stamped up service book and owner's manual in original Volvo wallet, Volvo jack, toolkit and warning triangle and an original Volvo T-5R sales brochure is included in the sale.

SOLD to 1st viewer

 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1989/F Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: Special order flagship pillarless S-Class coupé in the extremely rare colour combination of Gloss Black paintwork with graphite grey amaretta suede interior -- I have never seen another SEC, let alone the flagship 560 model in this scheme. I would conjecture that this is a unique SEC, especially when you appreciate that it is loaded with a host of expensive options on top of the 560's standard luxuries.

135,000 miles, full service history, 2 former keepers and current gentleman owner of last 10 years. I have every independent MB specialist invoice from 1997 to date and invoices supporting the early MB main dealer history too. HPI clear with certificate.

Standard 560 equipment: PAS, ABS, 4-speed automatic transmission with sports & economy modes, air-conditioning, electric memory seats, electric seatbelt butler arms, cruise control, self-levelling rear suspension, limited slip differential, electric sunroof, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, outside tempertature gauge, headlamp wash/wipe system.

Special order items: Gloss Black paintwork [code 040], very rare. Graphite amaretta suede upholstery with black carpeting, very rare.

Extra-cost options: Heated front seats, orthopaedic driver's seat function, orthopaedic passenger's seat function, driver's airbag, electric rear window blind, rear head-restraints, town & country horns.


SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1995 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 [R129] View Photo Dossier

1995/N Mercedes-Benz SL 320: Magnificent machine finished in flawless deep Azurite Blue Pearlescent with immaculate mushroom soft leather upholstery, excellent Mauritius Blue mohair soft top and unmarked factory hard top.

Only 77,000 miles, 2 former keepers and most significantly total service history from my local MB main dealer, Mercedes-Benz of Worcester, utterly factory original too. This car has been cherished and it shows.

If you are in the market for a Mercedes SL this is THE car for you -- this R129 shape is so much better value than the much-loved R107 70s/80s shape, it is better built, is safer, offers far more refinement and luxury, faster and yet more frugal and crucially does not suffer from rot like the "Pam Ewing" SL does.

If you have narrowed your search down to an R129, then you'll know the 3.2 24V engine is the most desirable engine offering exquisite refinement and smoothness, excellent performance and a very well balanced chassis (as opposed to the nose-heavy SL 600 V12) with more than respectable fuel economy and low servicing costs to make it a viable everyday mode of super sexy transport.

Finally this is without any doubt the very best colour scheme available. The gorgeous deep blue pearl paintwork has subtle purple hints in bright sunshine set off perfectly by the opulent cream leather and walnut interior and just makes this glamourous boulevard cruise ooze class from any angle hood up or hood down.

Of course with a Mercedes SL there is no winter weather trade off as the aluminium factory hardtop with heated glass rear window provides genuine fixed head coupé levels of draught exclusion and sealing from the elements for however many months of winter weather we have.

Equipment: 5-speed automatic transmission with sports & economy modes, fully electro-hydraulic operated soft top with one press operation (i.e. no catches to undo, no hood cover to release, pressing just 1 button does it all!), PAS, ABS, driver's airbag, remote central locking and MB alarm, fully electric sports seats, ellipsoid technology spoiler foglamps, headlamp wash/wipe, original 16-inch MB 8-hole alloy wheels, original hi-spec Blaupunkt Kingston DJ radio/cassette stereo with Blaupunkt 6-CD Autochanger in the boot.

Despite the popularity of this £65,000 model, it is extremely difficult to find one that ticks all the boxes -- all too often they have well over 100K on the clock (which naturally they can cover with ease), or have had a new owner each summer (why would you want a 10 year old SL with more than 6 owners on the clock?!) or they are finished in some of the dodgy 90s colours like Beryl (bright turquoise) or some cheap non-metallic shade... not this superb specimen however. It really is the very finest R129 SL you will chance upon and the discerning MB afficionado will appreciate that my example will be priced accordingly.

You'll note this car does without pimped up 18-inch AMG replica alloys or gaudy modern stereo equipment - it is all original throughout and that includes the paintwork too which is 100% original bar a top-notch repaint of the front bumper/spoiler. The the three plastic windows have just been renewed by the best hoods specialist in the area - so none of the typical opaque and scratched nastiness that abounds.

The original MB owner's wallet contains the owner's manual, fully stamped up service book, stereo manual etc. There are no less than 4 keys - 2 master keys with remote, one plain key and also the flat wallet key in its original un-opened case. A complete toolkit sits in the boot. An original MB SL sales brochure is also included in the sale. The original alloy wheels have excellent tyres, shod with premium brand Continentals at the rear and Pirelli P7's on the front.

Like with my 1993 W140 500 SE, these were the last of bank-vault quality MB motor cars before the accountants took over. One cannot fail to be impressed with the superb detailing, precision craftsmanship, the sheer solidity of the whole car - there's zero scuttle-shake when driving hood down even over uneven country lanes - and the tasteful luxury. The interior is most alluring with unmarked leather and deep pile cream carpets all of the very highest quality... it goes without saying that this superior specimen is devoid of the mustiness, stained carpets, ripped and worn leather bolsters and general neglect that sadly typifies average examples.

Viewing and driving is essential to appreciate how utterly outstanding this beautiful roadster is.

£10,995 Reserved. Deposit taken from 1st viewer.
 

1989 Volkswagen Mk2 Golf GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/F VW Golf GTI 8V: Finished in superb Helios Blue with grey/blue/yellow sports check trim - - the best colour for these '88-'90 small bumper "digifant" GTI's.

I have sold this car previously, to a very satisfied client as it is the best Golf GTI I have had, however a change of job meant the owner was just putting too many miles on this very special GTI. 2 years ago it had just 53,000 miles on the clock when I originally sold it - now it sports a still ultra-low and genuine 57,000 miles with 4 keepers from new and a FSH.

It doesn't disappoint as comes with the extra-cost options of power-assisted steering, VW "teardrop" alloy wheels and the original expensive Blaupunkt London stereo.

Quite simply it feels like driving a new GTI, so taut, communicative and responsive. I had the gearbox reconditioned first time around due to whining bearings, through lack of use, and then a new clutch fitted. When I later re-sold the car, it felt so much better as the owner had driven it everyday and really run the car back in as it were. All of a sudden the car was extremely responsive, the engine was smoother and quieter, and yet this new-found urgency did not see any of the tautness or precision being lost. It really shows that squirelling a car and not using it does a car no favours, which is why I am not so fussed by timewarp mileage cars usually and go for used but cherished examples.

However this car is so special. The interior is absolutely superb, and the exterior is similarly fantastic with wonderful shiny original paintwork, set off by the distinctive "teardrop" alloy wheels... but it's the way it drives that really impresses.

A unique and outstanding car, you will not find better. Forget those overpriced big bumper 16V cars at £4000+ -- this is a far nicer car and offers terrific value for money.

SOLD to 1st viewer - Scotland.
 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1989/F Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: "W126 model" 5.6 litre V8 (300bhp) flagship S-Class Pillarless Coupé. Gleaming Signal Red with cream soft leather trim. 12 months MoT to November 2009.

I have known this car for four years now having sold it twice previously, to very satisfied clients - 4 years ago with 126,000 on the clock with Full MB Main Dealer Service History, and then two years ago at 137K, it has been fastidiously maintained with independent MB specialists to date. Despite it being a mighty 5.6 litre car, both of my clients have used it as their main car which really stands a car in good stead, regular usage with proper servicing ensures the running gear is in absolutely tip-top condition. Recent expenditure include a set of brand new tyres all round of the correct 215/65/VR15 size, and brand new professionally fitted windscreen.

Huge standard specification: Air-conditioning, cruise control, electric seats with memory function, limited slip differential, self-levelling rear suspension, headlamp wash/wipe, electrically adjustable steering column, outside temperature gauge, ABS, PAS, e/sunroof,original 15-hole flatface light alloy wheels. Extra-cost options: Front seat heating, town & country horns.

Whilst Signal Red was probably the most popular colour in the MB R107 "SL" range, it is not a common SEC colour as most buyers when new opted for subtle metallic hues. Out of all the SECs I have owned, it is this car which has drawn the most admiring attention, it really is an eye-catching and striking colour scheme, making the car appear more sporting and compact I feel, the cream leather interior is airy, opulent and in fantastic condition.

SOLD
 

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Manual View Photo Dossier

1986/D Porsche 928 S2: Very classy looking car in unusual deep Metallic Moss Green with full grey/green leather trim. Rare 5-speed manual transmission to enable full appreciation of the 310bhp V8 powerplant, this special order vehicle also has the sunroof, sports seats and seat heating extra options. Being one of the final S2s it also benefits from the S4 running gear. 95,000 miles, “928” number plate. Comprehensive Porsche dealer/specialist history and completely original. £5995 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0: Lovely Smoke Silver Metallic with rare black Sportline check upholstery.

Only 114,000 genuine miles with FSH, full MB main dealer history up to 2001 and specialist maintenance thereafter, this fantastic baby Benz has been in the same caring family for the past 6 years and has never wanted for anything, such has been the commendable level of attention and money levelled at it.

Although 114K is a low mileage for the sturdy 190, in reality one could easily assume it has only covered half that mileage -- it possesses that sweetness, tautness and aura of solidity that only the best-maintained Mercedes' exhibit.

Standard Equipment:
PAS, central locking, electric mirror.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, Sportline black sports check cloth upholstery, electric front windows, electric rear windows, tinted glass, electric sunroof, front armrest, 15-hole flat-face MB alloy wheels, electric aerial, central cassette stowage drawers and extra wood trim around the heater dials and ash-tray.
Originally supplied as a demonstrator car for a Scottish MB main dealer, this car has a high specification and this came with a price tag to match, this car cost just over £20,000 back in 1991 - a huge sum for such a humble car.

Aside from the 2.3/2.5-16 Cosworth models and full Sportline 190 models, I have never seen the Sportline cloth upholstery in a standard 190 before - even though it was an optional extra from 1991-1993. It gives the car a much more sporting flavour and is far superior in both appearance and quality than the standard bland cloth fabric. The classy Smoke Silver colour has always been one of my favourites on the W126 S-Class Mercedes' and applied to the small W201 190 shape gives it an extra dimension of prestige and classic appeal.

This car comes complete with original owner's pack with stamped up service book, a subtstantial invoice dossier, unopened first aid kit, complete toolkit and an original 190 sales brochure. The car has in recent years been sympathetically enhanced with a discreet black high quality radio/cassette headunit operating a CD autochanger in the boot, and a Category 1 Toad alarm system which operates the central locking by remote control too.

Having just driven this car from Scotland I can say it ate up the miles with consummate ease. What struck me most was the smoothness and willingness of the engine, assuring me that it could cruise at 85mph forever and a day and the best and most imperceptable gearchanges I have come experienced in a 190 ever - - which shows that the owner's fastidious nature has paid off!

The bodywork and interior do not disappoint either, both being in outstanding and unspoilt condition all round, in fact inside and out this car is as near flawless as one could hope for and this car would make a superb first Mercedes for an enthusiast to take along to Mercedes-Benz Owner's Club events as it really is that special. Not to be missed.

£2,250 SOLD to 1st viewer - exported to Ireland
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: "W126 model" 5.6 litre V8 (300bhp) flagship S-Class Pillarless Coupé. Metallic Black with grey soft leather trim. 130K with Full MB Dealer and Independent MB Specialist Service History.

Huge standard specification: Air-conditioning, cruise control, electric seats with memory function, limited slip differential, self-levelling rear suspension, headlamp wash/wipe, electrically adjustable steering column, outside temperature gauge, ABS, PAS, e/sunroof. This model has a host of extra-cost options too: Front seat heating, town & country horns and period bespoke AMG options - 16-inch genuine AMG alloy wheels on Pirelli P6000 225/50/ZR16 tyres, AMG lowered & stiffened suspension. Full closure remote alarm/immobiliser system.

This car has been cherished and maintained to the highest standard, the current owner has just "upgraded" to a W140 SEC500, although he conceded that this 560 SEC is a much more handsome motor car. He spent considerable sums ensuring this car ran beautifully, including a big bill for all new fuel injectors recently. It is important to note that the AMG enhancements are correct period enhancements and not some tacked on modern bits which are out of keeping with the car. This 560 is the most driver-oriented SEC I have had, it is a particularly accelerative & powerful specimen, the steering is more direct & communicative, and the uprated suspension whilst allowing the car to tackle bends with more verve, does not detract from the ride comfort in the slightest.

The car comes complete with original MB wallet consisting of the owners handbook, stamped up service book and all associated booklets, there is also a large invoice dossier. Original toolkit, warning triangle, and original tailored Mercedes over-mats, a Pioneer radio/cassette unit with CD-Autochanger is fitted.

The car is in outstanding condition throughout, it is such an imposing and impressive SEC and would suit an avid Mercedes afficionado. Naturally, viewing is highly recommended, and please don't hesitate to contact me to arrange this, or to request a photo dossier or further details. Please inspect a few typical examples before coming to view my cars.

£7995 Just SOLD, to 1st viewer,
 

1988 BMW 525e LUX [E28] View Photo Dossier

1988/E BMW 525e LUX (e28): Zinnobar Red with Anthracite plush velour trim. One of the very last “square-rigger” 5-series, switchable 4-speed automatic transmission, e/w, e/mirrors, sunroof, front foglights, rear head-restraints. Only 94K and amazingly comes with FBMWSH (Godfrey Hall of Coventry BMW main dealer) up to 76K in 2002. Being the roll-out LUX model it is particularly well equipped, upgraded interior trim akin to that found in the 7-series, also leather 3-spoke BMW sports steering wheel and original extra-cost option upgraded Pioneer stereo. In truly excellent condition. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E-24 [W124] View Photo Dossier

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300E-24 [W124]: Great colour scheme of classy Smoke Silver Metallic perfectly complimented by a Brazil (deep chocolate colour) leather upholstery.

Only 2 former keepers, current owner of 5 years. 149,000 miles with total service history, which was by the supplying main MB dealer, Stirling of Worcester up to 1997, and serviced by an independent MB specialist thereafter - a better service record you will not find.

Supplied new in 1989 by my local MB dealer - this was one of the very first performance flagship W124 models with the all new multivalve engine, and was either a demonstrator car or a special order vehicle. The latter I would imagine as this car was first registered as "MHM 1" to a Mr. M.H. Miles esq of Chipping Camden - how much would that cherished number be worth today - £30,000?! It then wore "MJS 100" during its time with Mr. M.J. Sutch and finally "A9 MWG" during Mr. M.W. Gerrard's tenure. In terms of registration numbers at least this car has had a glittering history - and whilst the majority of W124's have become so cheap that servicing has been neglected, this car has always been maintained regardless of cost, which is why I didn't think twice about buying it despite what some people might consider a high mileage - not at all, this is a mere stripling by MB's standards!

Why did no one tell me how quick these 300E-24's were? These performance figures are straight from the original MB sales brochure and are quite believable, this car really flies - acceleration is a cross between the all-out hooligan antics of the 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth I owned, and the unruffled, smooth power-house performance of the 560 SEC... only this car couples it with fantastic fuel economy which the other two don't! So don't confuse this car with the standard cooking 300E, as this car is a docile and refined as you would want a Mercedes to be, but has real oomph when you put your foot down and lets the revs soar.

Extra-cost equipment: Metallic paintwork, soft leather upholstery, air-conditioning, electric driver's seat, e/sunroof, headlamp wash/wipe system, 15-hole flat-face MB alloy wheels, original Blaupunkt Cambridge radio/casette stereo with e/aerial, original MB tailored cord carpet over-mats, MB mudflaps front and rear.

Comes fully serviced and with a long MoT. The cherished number plate will stay with the car - a nice touch as onlookers will struggle to date this car as it look rather timeless and still possess a real air of prestige about it.

£1,695 Deposit taken

Job list:

1) Comprehensive professional bodywork rejuvenation - fitment of new front wings, repair bubbling on rear arches, paint bonnet and both vehicle sides - DONE.
2) New genuine MB bonnet release tongue, new MB electric aerial. DONE
3) Full service and inspection inc. new rocker cover gasket. DONE
4) New number plates - DONE
5) Fitment of new clear front indicators and repeators - updates the car significantly but subtley. DONE
6) Refurbishment of original MB alloy wheels - DONE.
7) Thorough valet - ENGINE/INTERIOR/EXTERIOR DONE
 

1988 Porsche 944 2.5 LUX View Photo Dossier

1988/E Porsche 944 Lux: 2.5 litre 163bhp. Metallic Maraschino Red with cream ½ leather upholstery. 110K with only 3 owners from new, the cambelt and tensioner were replaced 1200 miles ago. Period Alpine hi-fi and original teledial alloy wheels (professionally refurbished to as new standard) on new Dunlop Sports tyre. Invariably the interiors on 944s have become somewhat tatty, not in the case of this example however, it really belies its age and mileage. In superb, original condition throughout and in one of the best colour schemes. SOLD
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: Metallic Astral Silver with grey soft leather upholstery. 300 bhp flagship model with huge spec, electric/memory/heated seats, ABS, limited slip differential, self-levelling rear suspension, airbag, cruise, a/c, original Becker Mexico hi-fi and original 15-hole alloy wheels. 150,000 miles, full MB dealer and independent specialist service history. In original and pristine condition throughout. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1992 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1992/K Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: Metallic Smoke Silver with cream soft leather upholstery. 5.6 litre V8 300 bhp flagship model with huge spec, electric/memory/heated seats, ABS, limited slip differential, self-levelling rear suspension, anti-skid control, cruise, a/c, original 15-hole alloy wheels. 129,000 miles, full MB service history. An original and outstanding example of this imposing motor car, one of the very last produced, and in an attractive colour scheme.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: 300bhp 5.6 litre V8 flagship model, Metallic Bornite with cream soft leather. Full MB dealer and MB specialist service history. Electric memory/heated seats, cruise control, air-conditioning, limited slip differential, anti-skid control, ABS, outside temperature gauge, fire extinguisher. A cherished, original example of these beautiful classic pillarless coupés finished in an eye-catching & rare aubergine/grey colour. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1990/H Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: 300bhp 5.6 litre V8 flagship model, Pearl Grey with grey soft leather. Only 103,000 miles with FSH. Electric memory seats with extra options of seat heating & orthopaedic functions, cruise control, air-conditioning, limited slip differential, airbag, ABS, outside temperature gauge, top of the range Blaupunkt Canberra stereo. One of the finest, best equipped, and most original examples available in a modern and subtle colour scheme. £7,995 SOLD
 

1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 'Cosworth' View Photo Dossier

1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16: The original Cosworth-engineered BMW M3 rival. Metallic Smoke Silver with full black leather sports upholstery. 151K with full Mercedes main agent/specialist history, 5-speed “dogleg” manual, electric sunroof, electric windows, c/l, 15-hole alloy wheels In immaculate, original condition, this car is great fun to drive! By the time the slightly more powerful 2.5-16 version was introduced, Mercedes had taken over the production of the multivalve heads from Cosworth - those in the know will tell you that the original & untamed 2.3 version is the one to go for. SOLD
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL: 4.2 litre V8, Astral Silver Metallic with grey soft nappa leather. 115K with FSH & only 4 former keepers. Air-conditioning, outside temperature gauge, rear reading lamps and foot-rests, ABS, PAS. original Blaupunkt Oxford SQR39 radio/cassette stereo and original 15-hole flatface alloy wheels. Finished in a modern colour scheme making this a very attractive and imposing W126 S-Class limousine. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SEL: 4.2 litre V8 limousine, Smoke Silver Metallic with cream soft leather. 150K with full MB dealer & MB specialist service history. Electric seats, cruise control, air-conditioning, rear reading lamps and foot-rests, ABS, PAS. Original Blaupunkt Montreaux radio/cassette and 15-hole flatface alloy wheels. The 4.2 version of the trusty Mercedes V8 is particularly smooth and suits this LWB car perfectly, a very smart vehicle. £2,895 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 CE [W124] View Photo Dossier

1992/J Mercedes-Benz 300 CE: 3.0 litre straight six, W124 pillarless coupé. Rare Pearl Blue with cream soft leather. Only 105K with 1 former keeper from new, FSH. Extra-cost option leather upholstery, cruise control, remote alarm, original 8-hole alloy wheels, headlamp wash/wipe, electric sunroof, electric seatbelt presenters. A cherished coupé in a beautiful colour scheme. £4200 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC View Photo Dossier

1989/G Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC: Metallic Smoke Silver with cream soft leather upholstery. Many regard the 4.2 litre V8 as the smoothest of the Mercedes V8 engines, this 420 is unusual in having many optional extras to virtually mirror the spec of the 560 flagship model. Electric and heated front seats, position memories and orthopaedic options on driver’s seat, ABS, air-conditioning, outside temperature gauge, cruise control, headlamp wash/wipe, electrically adjustable steering column, original Blaupunkt stereo, original alloy wheels. 180,000 miles, only 2 previous owners, full MB dealer/independent specialist service history. A beautiful example of the rarest version of the C126 Mercedes pillarless coupés. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 420 SE View Photo Dossier

1990/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SE: 4.2 litre V8 saloon, Impala Metallic with cream soft leather. Low mileage (99K) with a full MB dealer service history. Only 1 former lady keeper and a retired gent has cherished this time-warp car for the last 10 years, always garaged so no fading/blooming of chromework. This was a special order car originally for the Asian market, but ultimately was sold new by Charles Sydney Mercedes of Bradford. It is finished in a rare and classy colour and benefits from a specification more akin to that found in a 560 SEL. Electric/memory/heated seats, headlamp wash-wipe, cruise control, lockable walnut central stowage unit, original top of the range Blaupunkt SQR49 hi-fi, tailored Mercedes over-mats. Quite simply you will not find a better W126 anywhere, it looks and drives like new. For the most discerning Mercedes enthusiast. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1988 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC View Photo Dossier

1988/F Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC: Pearl Grey with grey soft leather upholstery. 265bhp 5.0 litre V8 engine. Comprehensive specification including air-conditioning and the extra cost options of cruise control, position memories on both front seats and electric rear window blind. Low mileage, 101K with FSH and has had a careful elderly doctor owner for the past 4 years. In excellent, original condition, this example comes in an unusual and desirable colour scheme. SOLD to 1st viewer - exported to Australia.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC: Finished in superb Nautic Blue with an airy & opulent cream leather cabin. Cherished by its late elderly owner for the past 8 years, it has a low mileage and a Full MB main dealer service history.

Usual high level of standard appointments, PAS, ABS, e/sunroof, electric seatbelt presenter arms, central locking etc. plus extra-cost options of air-conditioning, 2-position memories on both driver & passenger front seats, heated front seats, outside temperature gauge. The air-conditioning is running on modern R134a gas and blows ice cold as it should.

The car is original throughout, correct & original 15-hole flatface alloy wheels, original MB tailored over-mats, 1st aid kit, complete tool kit etc. It even sports the original Blaupunkt London SQR39 radio/cassette head-unit in full working order.

The 420 is the rarest variant of the W126 pillarless coupé range, it is also discernably the smoothest and most frugal, it will achieve 25mpg+ cruising at 80mph on motorways. It may lack the outright oomph of the mighty 560, but the 420 has other virtues, mainly the smoothness of its engine, which many experts regard as the "optimised" engine of the range of that era. As it encourages a more sedate driving style over the 500 and 560, you gain in economy returned too as a result.

SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SEC (W126) Pillarless S-Class Coupé: Finished in the wonderfully elegant colour scheme of Smoke Silver with an airy and opulent cream soft "nappa" leather interior.

Only 2 former keepers and the current keeper has cherished this car for the past 10 years. Naturally it has a FSH, the majority of which is with an MB Main Dealer with some interim maintenance being carried out by an Independent MB Specialist. It really has been maintained regardless of cost - which is borne out in the way it drives -- superbly.

Standard lavish equipment levels plus extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, headlamp wash/wipe, soft leather upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, centre cassette storage box & top of the range original Blaupunkt Atlanta SQR49 radio/cassette hi-fi.

The car is original throughout, original MB tailored over-mats, unused first aid kit, tool kit etc. Comes complete with owner's pack including owner's manual, stamped up service book and a truly vast invoice dossier detailing all the work carried out on the car. Each meticulously prepared and hand-written service invoice is preceeded by a letter from the owner listing the "niggles" he has noted for each 6 month period between services. This car has the finest service record imaginable.

Whilst Smoke Silver can seem to date the W124 E-class models somewhat, due to the more liberal use of chrome on the W126 models, I feel Smoke Silver compliments the car's lines brilliantly, sitting well with the chromework and giving the car appear even more classy and prestigious.

The 420 is the rarest SEC variant, it is also the smoothest and most frugal, bank on 26mpg+ for a motorway cruise. It has more than ample power reserves being the post-'88 higher output 231bhp engine and with my considerable experience with all three V8 powerplants, is my model of choice.

To find a car of this exceptional finish and calibre elsewhere you would need to budget £10,000+.

SOLD to 1st viewer - Sourced specifically for Irish client.

Job list:

1) Mot (only failed on 2 rear bulbs, compounding what a superb specimen it is) and full service at Autohaus MB & Porsche Specialists of Coventry.
2) Extensive professional bodywork to remedy exterior imperfections, as I had a discerning buyer from the outset I was able to really lavish much money returning this car to its former glory. I sourced 2 new brand new front wings from my MB main dealer and had my coachwork specialist fit these (perfect fit as one would expect from genuine MB items) and he repainted every panel bar the roof, which resulted in an absolutely flawless finish.
3) Replace rear bootlid chrome trim.
4) Thorough valet.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W126 Saloon): Superb colour combination of Metallic Blue/Black with cream soft "nappa" leather upholstery.

Having had a fair few W126 V8s, I couldn't resist this "base" model S-Class with its 6-cylinder engine as it has such an unusually fine specification. Furthermore, it comes with a FSH, mostly MB main dealer, and latterly independent MB specialists, and has clearly been cherished it's entire life by its few owners.

Standard specification: Electric sunroof, power-assisted steering, ABS, electric windows, central locking, exterior temperature gauge, tinted glass.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paint, leather upholstery, 15-hole light alloy wheels, cruise control, headlamp wash/wipe system.

If you have a 560 SEC in your collection, you will find this 300 SE to be lacking in the oomph department, that said it is more spritely than I was expecting, and once up to cruising speed it is delightful. Of course its trump card over the V8s is its rather more respectable fuel economy. The gear changes are wonderfully smooth, the steering is nicely taut, and the engine emits an expensive-sounding rasp under hard acceleration without appearing harsh or strained.

This car looks so impressive in this colour, possessing real gravitas, still a favourite with middle Eastern ambassadors and diplomats. Forget those shabby council estate examples with their nasty velour interiors and rusting bumper chromes and come and view this immaculate example.

SOLD to 1st viewer, from N.Ireland.
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC W126 S-Class Pillarless Coupé. Stunning colour scheme of Metallic Blue/Black with cream soft "nappa" leather interior.

The current registered keeper bought this car from the prestigious "Bramleys" exotic car firm 5 years ago when it had only 63,000 on the clock. Since then he has more than doubled the mileage using it everyday for his commute, having it religiously serviced every 6000 miles, it has been 100% reliable in that time and will be sorely missed by him. It benefits from a FMBSH with a couple of the more recent interim services being carried out by an independent specialist as opposed to a MB main dealer, but it had a major service at an MB main dealer as recently as 2002. As it has been used as a daily driver it has been fastidiously maintained and I can sense from driving it that the engine & gearbox have definitely benefitted from regular and proper usage, rather than being lain dormant in a garage as lots of SECs do!

Superb specification: air-conditioning, cruise control, electric seats, electric sunroof, electric seatbelt presenters, ABS. Extra-cost options: Heated seats, 2-position memories on driver & passenger front seats, outside temperature gauge.

This fabulous car comes complete with original first aid kit, toolkit, tailored Mercedes overmats, owner's manual and stamped up service book.

Being a post-1988 model it has the higher output 265bhp 5.0 litre engine which only leaves it a smidgen behind the flagship 560 model in the performance stakes, whilst it is a slightly smoother and quieter unit than the power-house 560 engine. It looks fantastic, drives superbly and examples with this high level of maintenance are becoming more scarce.

The interior is as new, none of the usual wear on the driver's seat bolster, no screw holes from old mobile telephones, the walnut is perfect too. I have just had the air-conditioning professionally serviced and it blows ice cold as it should.

SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SE View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SE: Classic W126 S-Class finished in one of the most desirable colour schemes of deep Nautic Blue Metallic with cream soft leather upholstery.

Low number of keepers coupled with a low mileage of 86,000 miles, and although this car doesn't come with a FSH, it does have a partial service history and a DVLA print-out of all the owners and cherished plates this car has had from new. Having had over 25 W126's I can say with authority from its condition and the way it drives that the mileage is genuine. The driver's seat bolster is unworn and the engine and automatic gearbox are very smooth and refined, the steering is very taut too and free of that vagueness that sets in on high mileage Mercedes steering boxes.

All original too even down to the original Blaupunkt Atlanta SQR49 radio/cassette headunit (another touch that compounds this car's originality).

Standard Equipment:

Electric windows, PAS, ABS, central locking, tinted glass, electric sunroof, electric mirror, front foglights, electric steering column adjustment.

Extra-cost options: Air-conditioning, soft leather upholstery, metallic paintwork, 15-hole flatface alloy wheels, rear head-restraints, cruise control, heated front seats, headlamp wash/wipe, upgrade Blaupunkt Atlanta stereo system, MB mudflaps front and rear, cream MB tailored carpet over-mats. A Toad Category 1 alarm system which operates the central locking remotely has just been fitted too.

There is an invoice for a £1000 in recent years for a complete MB exhaust system and the car is shod with good tyres all around, brand new tyres on the front.

In recent years the car has had a top-notch respray, there is no evidence of this at all as the paintwork looks exactly like MB factory applied paint with no runs, orange peel or masking lines on the doorshuts- - BUT the paintwork is so flawless and has such a high lustre that there's no way this paint can be 16 years old, so an expensive repaint is the only conclusion... and if you can spend £1000 on an exhaust alone it follows that one wouldn't shy from shelling out a hill of money on the exterior. There is no rust bubbling through either, neither are there signs of repairs to the front wings ir rear arches - - the rear bulkhead is 100% rust free and are the door bottoms, rear arches and front wings -- which is rare for these cars.

Having driven this car back from Scotland last night I can reveal that this car travelled from Edinburgh to Stratford-on-Avon at a constant 85mph using just £40 of petrol, which converts into a fuel consumption of 28mpg+.

I have always advocated how spendid and underrated the 4.2 V8 engine is - - no it is not a power-house like the 5.6, but it is discernably the smoothest, most refined and most frugal of the V8 engines... and you could still give a Golf GTI a run for it's money in the acceleration stakes and easily out-run it for top speed - on the autobahn of course!

This car is a desirable late-model W126, has a great specification, it's low mileage and beautiful colour scheme means that it will be a great buy and lovely car for someone on a tighter budget.

As this car only comes with a partial history as opposed to a total service history - I will not be undertaking such a comprehensive exercise on this car as usual (I spent £2000+ on the exterior alone of my current 300 SE!)... it's a super car throughout and a worthy specimen. It is rust-free, has beautiful paintwork (the bonnet for instance is flawless), has very good bumper chromes and an unmarked and fabulous cream leather interior - but I will be leaving the minor detailing like re-gassing the air-conditioning, replacing the front bumper chrome which has a small nick in it, re-conditioning the alloy wheels etc. to the buyer to do at his/her leisure.

For this reason I feel this car is ideal for someone who is keen to use this imposing and regal S-Class on a daily basis as a depreciation-busting alternative to a blandbox company car. It is not so special or expensive that one would be loathe to use it on anything other than a dry sunny day -- but it is dent-free, amazingly rust-free and very smart throughout. Mechanically it is spot on - - no timing chain rattle, oil pressure rises straight to maximum on start up, perfect gearchanges, very sharp steering, comfortable ride and never creeps above 1/4 on the temperature gauge.

Not be missed and you simply could not buy more car in this great condition for this money!

SOLD 1st viewer.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 420 SE View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 420 SE (W126): Outstanding S-Class saloon in beautiful Almandine Red, perfectly complimented by the cream soft "nappa" leather interior. FMBSH from new - that is Mercedes Main Dealer service history right up to November 2005 and not merely independent MB specialist as frequently found as these cars pass their 7 or 8th birthdays - this car is special and one of the very very best.

Standard equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows, electric sunroof, 4-speed automatic with Sports/Economy modes, rear head-restraints.

Extra-cost options: Leather upholstery, MB light alloy wheels, headlamp wash/wipe, outside temperature gauge, cruise control, metallic paint, MB mudflaps front & rear. Correct period Blaupunkt radio/cassette hi-fi system.

This car has been cherished by the most fastidious of owners and has just had a complete genuine MB exhaust system at considerable cost, apart from this and a new idle-speed valve, it has needed nothing over and above routine maintenance - as one would hope for when buying a car that has been maintained regardless of cost from new. They don't make them like these "bank vault quality" S-Class's anymore, and no one could fail to be impressed by the immense build quality displayed by this specimen.

Comes complete with original owner's wallet, stamped up service book, all other booklets and the cruise control instruction tag that would have been attached the the cruise control stalk when the 1st owner took delivery of the car, complete toolkit etc. Substantial invoice dossier and an original 1990 MB S-Class sales brochure completes this car's documentation.

This car drives like new, a pleasure to be at the helm of. The 4.2 V8 is not only the smoothest variant compared to the 5.0 and 5.6 engines, it is also the most frugal by a considerable margin. Set the cruise at 70mph and you can expect to exceed 26mpg with ease, coupled with more than adequate performance.

The interior and exterior are absolutely top notch too and the modern Almandine colour sits well with the chromework and is far nicer than some of the earlier insipid shades often found on these 80s S-Class's. The photographs taken in the sun do not do the colour justice, it is a deep and lustrous raspberry red metallic in the metal.

I cannot stress enough what amazing mechanical fettle this 420 is in, you would need to spend double the money I am asking on a timewarp 60,000 mile car to find one with a comparably smooth and quiet engine, similarly the gearchanges are virtually imperceptable they are so smoothly executed.

SOLD to 1st viewer

Job list:

1) MoT and inspection booked 21/03/06
2) Service of automatic gearbox and inspection. DONE.
3) Professionally bodywork - - the ONLY rust bubble on this car's paintwork to be attended to is on the usual front wing location by the front indicators, bonnet respray as some chips present. DONE.
4) New front tyres. DONE
5) New number plates. DONE
6) Thorough valet.
 

1992 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE View Photo Dossier

1992/J Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W126): One of the very last of these timelessly elegant S-Class saloons. Finished in what is an extremely rare colour for the W126 series, Pearl Blue, which I believe would have only been available for the last 18 months of W126 production. It is a modern pearlescent paint which has a more sophisticated finish than simple metallics, indeed this car appears a lovely silvery-blue in normal light but exhibits beautiful hints of mauve in sunlight. The unmarked pale grey "nappa" leather interior compliments the paintwork perfectly.

Only 1 former keeper and current registered owner for the past 10 years, 134,000 miles and a total service history. MB main dealer to 70K and the same independent MB specialist has serviced the car for the past 10 years. Therefore it has never wanted for anything mechanically, which is compounded in the way it drives today - spot-on.

Usually I am not keen on these entry-level S-Classes as I adore the 4.2 litre V8 models, but I was taken by this car firstly due to its late model status and rare colour scheme, secondly by how spritely it felt for a 3.0 litre (some 300's can feel underpowered and lethargic), and finally by it's huge specification.

Standard equipment: E/windows, e/mirrors, PAS, ABS, central locking, leather steering wheel, walnut trim.

Extra-cost options: Special order pearlescent paintwork, leather upholstery, air-conditioning, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, 4-speed automatic transmission, headlamp wash/wipe, rear head-restraints. The car is also fitted with tailored MB carpet over-mats, a Clifford alarm system and the original dealer-fitted Pioneer radio/cassette stereo.

Hitherto I have tended to criticise people for searching out a 300 SE, as in reality they are not much more frugal nor cheaper to maintain than the V8 models, and usually you have to make do with a rather basic equipment level and slug-like performance - so I feel a penny-pinching approach is really at odds with buying a classic S-Class in the first place. However with ever-increasing petrol prices I have been more receptive to the 300 SE's virtues, and this one with it's great specification and surprisingly responsive engine, not to mention super smooth gearbox, and ice cold air-conditioning has truly won me over.

Comes complete with original owner's wallet, stamped up service book, and other associated leaflets, stereo manual, original unused toolkit and first aid kit, spare key set and unused "service" key in unopened plastic pouch.

If you are after a 300 SE, this stunning specimen definitely ticks all the boxes!

SOLD - Sourced specifically for Irish client.

Job list:

1) Specialist service. Booked in Autohause Independent MB/Porsche Specialists 30/05/06 DONE
2) Fit new number plates. DONE
3) New 205/65/VR15 tyres all round. DONE
4) Source new genuine MB front bumper centre chrome and o/s/f corner chrome - DONE
5) Professional bodywork to o/s/r wheel arch, fitment of bumper chromes.DONE
6) Thorough valet: Engine, wheels, interior, exterior.
7) MoT DONE just required OSF balljoint
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W126): A late model classic S-Class saloon finished in beautiful Pearl Blue with cream soft leather upholstery.

Just 1 former keeper and current owner for the past 12 years. My lowest mileage S-Class ever (and I have had 25!) with just 85,000 miles from new & FMBSH. Serviced by the supplying MB main dealer to 66K and with the two most recent services being carried out by Merc-Care Independent Mercedes Specialists of Leeds - - so this car has always been maintained to the very highest of standards.

With fluctuating petrol prices, I have seen an increased interest in the 3.0 litre S-Class models as obviously they don't get through the juice in the same way a 5.0 or 5.6 V8 would, and the 3.0 litre is a very smooth unit with respectable power & performance.

Like the 300 SE I sourced for an Irish client a few months back, this entry-level S-Class is finished in a rare & modern colour and has a whole stack of extra-cost options which hiked the purchase price up to £35,000 - - I have the original bill of sale to substantiate this too!

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, tinted glass, e/windows x 4, central locking, electric mirror, OTG, leather steering wheel, walnut trim.

Extra-cost options: Special order pearlescent paintwork, soft leather upholstery, cruise control, e/sunroof, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, heated front seats, electric driver's seat, 4-speed automatic transmission, headlamp wash/wipe, rear head-restraints, original upgrade Blaupunkt Pasadena radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial, original Motorola car telephone.

The car also sports its original dealer-fit Scorpion alarm system and cream tailored MB over-mats, MB mudflaps front & rear. Complete toolkit & unused first aid kit. A heavy duty genuine MB battery has been recently fitted and there are new Avon ZV1 tyres all round of the correct 205/65/VR15 size. Naturally the stamped up service book is present & correct along with a complete owner's wallet with all manuals and leaflets provided when new. The cherished number plate comes with the car.

You would search long and hard to find an original, late model S-Class with this low mileage, FMBSH, with such a high specification and in a gorgeous colour scheme.

As this is the most special W126 saloon I have stocked I have really pulled all the stops out on this motor car as a showcase for my talents. Brand new genuine MB front wings have been expertly fitted by my coachwork specialist, any bumper chromes needing replacement have been using brand new genuine MB items and finally the car has had an absolutely top-notch repaint to complete the mini-restoration. The finished paintwork is utterly flawless and as good if not better than when it left the factory, and of course there is a perfect colour match and uniform very high lustre all around. The vulnerable areas of the inside of the new front wings and the rear wheel arches have been re-rustproofed and then further Waxoyled to prevent future ugly bubbling. This didn't come cheap, but in my opinion has been worth it. Without wishing to spoil the ship for an 'apeth of tar, I have had the correct 15-hole MB alloy wheels professionally refurbished too - which set the car off perfectly.

Without doubt, this is the best W126 300SE on sale in Great Britain today, it has everything in its favour. It is a very low mileage example, it is a late model car - so less time to succumb to age and a better equipment level than on earlier cars, it is in a very desirable and modern colour scheme, it has the full leather trim, very low number of owners and that all-important FSH. Furthermore I have brought this car's condition onto an altogether different level than any other dealer in these modern classic Mercedes', thus having been subjected to a sympathetic mini-restoration with great attention to detail, this 300 SE is a splendid machine in showroom condition and suitable for a really devoted W126 connoisseur. If this was a 560 SEC it would be priced at £14,000.

£4,695 SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Full specialist service including precautionary headgasket replacement (its common for the headgasket to start weeping on these MB 6-cylinder engines at a certain age) a once-in-a-car's-lifetime job, and insurance against future issues for the new keeper. DONE
2) Comprehensive exterior refurbishment inc. fitment of brand new genuine MB front wings and rear bumper chromes as cosmetic corrosion has set in (again endemic of the W126 range) - professional paintwork to eradicate any exterior flaws. DONE
3) New number plates DONE
4) Fit new NSR window regulator DONE
5) Thorough valet: Exterior/Engine/Interior
6) Refurbishment of 15-hole alloy wheels. DONE
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

VW Golf MkII GTI 8V: Gleaming Helios Blue Metallic with grey/blue/yellow sports check upholstery. Outstanding small bumper "digifant" electronic fuel injection model, all original and well-maintained.

Low mileage of 103,000 miles with only 4 former lady keepers, total service history from new with a huge dossier invoice detailing all the work carried out on this vehicle over the past 20 years, truly maintained regardless of cost. Indeed the lady who took delivery of this high specification 8 valve GTI when brand new in 1988 kept the car for decade during which this eye-catching car wore the cherished number "9 FAY".

Standard GTI 8V equipment: 3-door bodyshell, MFA trip computer, sports seats, factory sunroof, 14-inch steel wheels, twin exhaust tailpipes, Panasonic radio/cassette stereo.

Extra-cost optional equipment: Power-assisted steering, 5-door bodyshell, central locking, metallic paintwork, tinted glass, electric windows, 14-inch BBS RZ alloy wheels (rare), front and rear mudflaps.

The car comes fully serviced, with 12 months MoT and had the cambelt and tensioner replaced last year only 1000 miles ago. My job list below demonstrates just how much effort I have put into the mini-restoration of this car. It has been worth it as this really is a special example of the classic and sought after Mk2 GTI - - this one just so happens to come with the rare and expensive PAS option and finished in the most desirable colour of Helios Blue Metallic.

The car is 100% original, with factory applied paintwork, the car still sports it's original silver/grey swage stripes and red piping. Inside the original Panasonic H05 radio/cassette player is present.

Car comes complete with original VAG owner's wallet containing the owner's manual, stamped up service book and other VAG booklets, a massive invoice dossier, 2 complete sets of keys, full jacking/toolkit, and an original 1988 VW Golf GTI sales brochure completes my car's impeccable provenance.

A fine GTI with the added practicality of 5-doors and PAS set off perfectly by the very smart BBS cross-spoke alloy wheels. Suitable for distinctive, fun and economical everyday use or certainly smart and special enough to save as a weekend toy. As always, please try to view a few typical examples before coming to inspect this lovely motor car.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) New bonnet fitted and professionally repainted (original chipped & bubbling on leading edge, together with some shallow dents, repaint of rear valance. DONE
2) Fit s/h VAG rear bumper - DONE
3) New OE Hella wing-mount radio aerial -DONE
4) Full service at Autohaus Indepent Porsche Centre and MoT - inc. new rear exhaust silencer, new brake pads front & rear, genuine VAG oil filter, fuel filter, new oil pressure switch, new steering rack gaitors. DONE
5) New number plates, new leather gear gaitor boot, new VW rear centre badge. DONE
6) New battery, new earthing straps, new distributor cap and rotor arm fitted at Auto Electrics. DONE.
7) Thorough valet & Autoglym. ENGINE/INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. DONE
8) New rear mudflaps. DONE

 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

88/F VW Golf GTI MkII 16V: 1.8 litre 139bhp. Monza Blue Metallic, with grey/blue sports cloth trim, 3-door. Only 97K, 3 previous owners and comes with 12 months MoT. Electric windows, central locking. Original 14-inch Montreal alloy wheels, standard apart from a very smart Mongoose stainless steel sports exhaust system with twin rectangular tailpipes, and the car sits on new sports lowering springs. Monza Blue is a rare colour and was exclusive to the 16V and only available between ’86-’88, usually found on D-plate cars with quarterlight window front doors, to find a Monza Blue on an F-reg is very rare indeed.
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/F VW Golf GTI MkII 8V: 1.8 litre 112bhp. Factory Black with umarked grey/red sports-check trim, 5-door. Only 97K with FVAGSH up to 1998 and MoTs thereafter to substantiate low mileage. Refreshingly original with Blaupunkt Verona SQR28 radio/cassette and original “Teardrop” alloy wheels which had just been refurbished and set this very smart GTI off perfectly. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1990/G VW Golf GTI 16V MkII: 139bhp 16V engine version in Gloss Black with rainbow sports trim. 3-door, big bumpers, BBS alloys, PAS, Blaupunkt stereo. This car is factory standard apart from a stainless steel sports exhaust sytem. 125K with FSH. Having been fastidiously maintained in the tenure of a careful lady owner for the last 2 years at considerable expense, this car looks and drives superbly. You would struggle to find a superior example of what is ostensibly the ultimate Golf GTI.

A collector's dream in fantastic and origianl condition. SOLD
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1988/F VW Golf GTI MkII 8V: Gleaming Tornado Red with grey/red sports trim. 5-door, PAS, central locking, VW "GT" alloys wheels, Sony stereo. 110K, only 2 former keepers and substantial service history from the current registered keeper of 6 years. Indeed he had the car professionally converted to power-steering using a Mk3 rack by Volkspeed of Derby, and the car is a delight to drive. Subtle enhancements include a professional big bumper conversion, a Supersprint stainless/steel sports exhaust system and a sunroof visor. A very well-maintained and smart example. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/F VW Golf GTI MkII 8V: 1.8 litre 112bhp. Immaculate Metallic Jade Green with unmarked grey/blue sports cloth trim. 119K with FSH & only 3 owners from new – FVAGSH to 80K and VW specialist thereafter – no-expense-spared maintenance. 5-door, alloy wheels, central locking, sunroof, Blaupunkt Verona SQR28 radio/cassette. A brilliant & original example that truly belies its age & mileage. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1988/F VW Golf MkII GTI 8V: Superb Metallic Atlas Grey paintwork with immaculate grey/red sports check cloth trim, sunroof, central locking, 5-door, original Panasonic radio/cassette, original carpet tailored VW over mats. Just one careful mature owner from new to 2002, having the car religiously serviced by its original supplying VAG main dealer - "Motorworld" up to 84K in 2002, then sold to the current registered keeper who has taken the mileage up to 118K in his 3 year tenure, maintaining the car personally. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1987 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1987/D Volkswagen MkII Golf GTI 16V: Finished in rare Monza Blue which was exclusive to the 16V models and ran from '86-'88.

I have overseen a mini-restoration of this car, £750 partial respray and now this car is in showroom condition. It comes with a FSH, has just been serviced, flew through the MoT and has had the all important cambelt & tensioner replacement in tha past 2 years.

Utterly original timewarp car down to the the correct 14-inch "Montreal" alloy wheels, original pre-digital-tuning Panasonic radio/cassette. Comes with all handbooks, stamped up service book and an original 1987 sales brochure. This is a true collector's car for the most discerning customer. These early 16V models are so rare nowadays withthe quarterlight door windows, 7 -slat front grill and the very smart seat fabric, I have always hankered after one, hence why I purchased this wonderful car and lavished much money and attention on it.

You will never find another that comes close to the pristine condition! SOLD to a very pleased Golf nut.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1991/J Volkswagen Golf GTI 16V MkII: 1st registered on 15.11.1991, this is one of the very last 16V MkII's produced, as such it has the special optional and attractive Metallic Schwarz Black paintwork and extra speakers in the front door pods. Power-assisted steering, 5-doors, big bumpers, original BBS 'RA' alloy wheels, central locking, electric front windows, front foglights. Remote control Cat I alarm/immobiliser operating the door locks.

The car has just been serviced and flew through the MoT, so has 12 months MoT. Average mileage backed up with a FSH, which is full VW main dealer stamped to 130K and VW specialist maintained thereafter, HPI clear with certificate. I know that the die-hard enthusiasts will poo-poo the car initially as it isn't the common 3-door version - - but I should point out that 5-door 16V's are rare as only were introduced in late 1990, furthermore as the 5-door cars tend to have been owned by family and professional folk and kept longer, and not thrashed by boy racer idiots, they are far better maintained than 3-door cars. Hence this car has an impeccable service history, a low number of keepers and is refreshingly original.

The high level of maintenance shows, from driving it you really feel you could shave the '1' from the milometer as it drives likes a 50k car, and I know as I have had a 53K timewarp GTI, (see recent sales). It is far and away the best Mk2 GTI I have experienced on the motorway, very relaxed and refined, taut and sure-footed with no windnoise or exhaust boominess at all. The paintwork is in exceptional condition with the only bubbling being a small patch on the front scuttle around the wiper blanking plug, and a few minor parking dints when scrutinising the flanks.

The interior is very smart with no burns, everything works - e/windows, MFA computer, etc. Of course there is a small bit of bolster wear on the driver's upright bolster (discreetly patched) but the lower bolster is very solid. This hardly detracts at all, and sitting in the car you do feel you are in a much lower mileage car. The engine is superb, smooth, quiet and responsive and the gearbox displays no slackness nor crunching. To some the mileage will count against it as they'd prefer a sub-100K example - which would probably have a sketchy history anyway so unable to be verified as genuine.

This car has been owned by a doctor for the past 3 years and used regularly - he informs me it has proved to be a fun, distinctive and reliable mode of transport - - and clearly this car has benefited from regular use and regular maintenance... low mileage cars that have been sat around can be more trouble than they are worth with glazed bores and seized brake calipers etc.

All in all, a great 16V for the discerning enthusiast, it is an eye-catching car too with the immaculate BBS alloys setting of the gorgeous black paintwork perfectly. Categorically, I will state that you won't find a better or more original late model 16V for less money! Viewing essential. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1991/H Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V: Very rare Pearlescent Royal Blue (very dark midnight blue colour) with silver-grey & red sports upholstery. Extra-cost options: 5-door bodyshell, special order paintwork, central locking, electric front windows, tinted glass & "Le Castellet" forged alloy wheels. It also has from the factory the Mk 3 style carpets, extra speakers in front door pods and Mk 3 style seat fabric. Apart from its very desirable specification, this GTI distinguishes itself by having had one careful lady owner (now in her 60's!) since 1994. SOLD - Sourced specifically for client.
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/G Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V 3-door: 1st registered on 12/12/1989, this is one of the last small bumper GTIs, it is finished in superb and distinctive Diamond Silver, and is factory standard throughout and is as original a GTI as you'll find. It has covered a low mileage for a GTI of this vintage, has a very good service history, FVAGSH to 65K, and is well-appointed for an 8V model. Standard Equipment: Factory steel sunroof, MFA trip computer, twin headlamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, sports seats, 5-speed gearbox. Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, tinted glass, central locking & polished VW "Teardrop" alloy wheels. As well as its low mileage, the other reason I bought this particular GTI was its originality. Incredibly it is still sporting the factory applied paintwork, which happily is in lovely condition with a high shine and virtually no corrosion. Furthermore all the original VAG stickers and badges are present and correct, the codes sticker tucked on the inside of the boot, on the underside of the bonnet, and becoming increasingly uncommon, it still has the original black swage stripes running down both vehicle sides and just below the tailgate. For the finishing touch the original Panasonic radio/cassette completes the picture sitting in an immaculate interior. For peace of mind I have had a new cambelt and waterpump fitted, and in the past 18 months has had a brand new clutch, both front and rear brake discs, both lower track arms, and a new battery fitted. The car will be sold serviced and with 12 months MoT. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/G VW Golf GTI MkII 8V: 1.8 litre 112bhp. Gleaming Tornado Red with charcoal/red sports cloth trim, 3-door. 154K with FSH & 6 months MoT. One of the last small bumper models, this car is particularly desirable as comes with extra-cost option of PAS, and also has period 14-inch BBS RZ alloy wheels & a Clarion radio/cassette. Drives well and is original throughout. I sourced this car for a very good friend in September 2004 when the car had 132K on the clock. Since then she has used this car daily including many weekend motorway jaunts to Leeds, always returning 37-41mpg, and now the clock is showing 154K. A new timing belt and roller were fitted before she took delivery and in her tenure a brand new LUK clutch has been fitted, distributor cap, ignition leads, 2 full services, electric radiator fan etc etc. She has loved having this modern classic GTI as her every day car and has always drawn favourable comments from onlookers being a girl driving a smart, red GTI, but she's booked a 1-way ticked to Australia, so the GTI must be sold. Such constant and heavy recent use has taken it's toll slightly on the exterior, it is not the smartest Mk2 I have sold, but it is straight and shines up well. However I feel the car drives better than ever thanks to proper maintenance and regular use, it feels smooth, responsive and very lively - and this is what is most important, not a few bodywork blemishes. It doesn't smoke nor use any oil, and the new clutch makes for a lovely gearchange. I wouldn't hesitate driving to Scotland and back in this car, and despite having over 150K it would make a more prudent purchase than many of the 100K GTIs that are around but which have been languishing in someone's garden unused and exposed to the elements. It is not a minter, but it does look good, drive very well and sound good too, and the power-steering makes such a difference. With some minor cosmetics or just left as is, this car can continue to be a fun and reliable runner for many more miles. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1988/F Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V: Finished in beautiful Helios Blue Metallic with unmarked sports check cloth trim Without further ado I should reveal that this car has ONE OWNER FROM NEW, which is quite something for car of this age and nature. The elderly owner reluctantly sold this car to me as ill health has unfortunately meant it is seldom driven nowadays, covering less than 200 miles in the past year. Happily I have reassured him that it will be returned to its former cosmetic glory and only sold on to a discerning GTI aficionado. It's lovely to think that he saw this Helios Blue GTI in his local VW dealer in Hinckley, Leicestershire sporting the then new F-prefix back in August 1988 and walked in and purchased it, which was quite a treat to him and his wife. Being a trained motor engineer, I would assert that it has been even more well-maintained than if it was VAG serviced. I have a log of all the oil changes and service work he has carried out. In fact, aside from new exhaust and brake consumables, and a temperature switch nothing has needed renewing. It has never broken down and is still on the factory installed clutch - which still is perfect - incredible. Not only is the 73K on the clock a very low mileage, but he has never driven his beloved GTI even remotely hard - ever! It feels as new as you could hope for, very taut and agile with no sloppiness in the gearchange or suspension. Even better is that the engine is wonderfully healthy and responsive, it feels fast -- some low mileage cars can feel lethargic and too tight, but this one sounds and drives spot on. Needless to say there is not a hint of tappet rattle when starting. Paintwork is 100% original, this car has never been pranged. Comes complete with original owner's pack, owner's manual. I have never bought a 1-owner car before and it's great to see on the V5 logbook under Number of Former Keepers: "NONE".

Standard GTI equipment: MFA trip computer, sunroof, twin headlamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, sports seats, sports steel wheels with 185/60HR14 tyres.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, upgrade Blaupunkt Melbourne SQR39 radio/cassette stereo.

The car comes with 12 months MoT, it only failed on a single item which was the o/s/f strut mount. I have just had a major service carried out on it including fitment of a new cambelt, rocker cover gasket and anti-freeze change.

This represents a unique opportunity for the most serious of GTI collectors. It won't be cheap but where else will you find a 1 owner, factory standard Helios Blue GTI, returned to as near showroom condition as you could hope for!? Practically a museum piece.

SOLD
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volkswagen Golf GTI MkII 8V: Finished in one of the best colours of this era, distinctive Helios Blue Metallic. It is a special order car sporting a full factory leather interior which is extremely rare, even more so in the stunning silver/grey colour as opposed to the usual black. I have come across so many GTI's but never another with factory leather in this colour. 90% of MkII's with leather interior I would conjecture have been leather trimmed at a later point in their life, and the quality and finish never matches that of the genuine factory leather. Indeed this car's interior is immaculate even at this mileage, and it really feels like a pre-cursor to the Mk3 VR6 Highlines as the carpets are pale grey as opposed to black, the entire door panels are leather trimmed together with the steering wheel, gearknob and handbrake grip. The car benefits from a FSH, which is FVAGSH to 1997, it passed from the first owner's to their daughter-in-law, and has always been very well maintained. It still drives superbly, I was very much surprised at how taut and precise the gearchange was, and how spot-on on the engine sounded and performed. Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, special order silver leather upholstery, 5-door bodyshell, original "Teardrop" alloy wheels, period upgrade radio/cassette stereo with full logic cassette deck. A beesting aerial and immobiliser are also fitted. Comes complete with owner's wallet with stamped up service book, complete jack/toolkit, and original VW tailored carpet over-mats. Even as a 3 owner, utterly original MkII GTI with FSH -- look on Ebay and see how tricky it is to find a MkII with service history yet alone a full service history nowadays -- this is quite a find, the fact that it is in the sought after Helios Blue Metallic colour and with the ultra rare silver leather trim, makes this motor car a real collector's item. £1,400 SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price - exported to Ireland.
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V Campaign View Photo Dossier

1988/ Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI Campaign: Rare "Campaign" Limited Edition which VW issued in 1988 to celebrate production of the 10 Millionth Golf. Finished in my favourite Helios Blue Metallic colour with the distinctive rainbow cloth trim. 10 years ago I was nagging my father to buy a Campaign GTI and scanned the Autotrader magazine every Friday to track one down - - he viewed a fair few under duress but all were disappointing except a Metallic Black 16V which sold before my Dad had got his act together... Thus I was astounded to find one in 2007 that was in more original and smarter condition than those we inspected a decade ago! The colour Helios Blue was first seen on the A-reg MkI GTI Campaign models back in 1983 - and a Helios Blue MkI Campaign nowadays is the Holy Grail of all things GTI and you pay through the nose for the privilege of owning a fine specimen - £5,000+. The MkII Campaign edition was the first MkII to be made available in the revived Helios Blue colour and was quickly made part of the regular GTI colour palette such was the demand. The other two Campaign exclusive colours were Schwarz Black Metallic and that much-lauded Oak Green Metallic shade - both these and the Campaign's striking rainbow interior trim were subsequently adopted on the late model big bumper 16V cars - - but it was this Campaign edition that started the trend along with some other detailing such as the smart Hella 1/2 tinted rear lights and the deletion of the normal grey or black swage stripe decals. The Campaign's most attractive feature were the beautiful Le Castellet alloy wheels which again came back later sported by the gorgeous 1991-93 GTI Rivage Cabriolets in 15-inch guise. This car is 100% original in every detail and was bought at 2 years old by a mature gentleman owner who cherished the car until 2003. The car has a total service history with invoices detailing work carried out. The engine is smooth, devoid of tappet chatter, and very responsive. The driving experience is enhanced further by a really fine gearbox with absolutely no play in the selector bushes, nor crunching into 2nd from cold... all MkII's are fun and rewarding to drive, even when a bit rough and sloppy in the engine/gearbox department, but this taut, fastidiously-maintained specimen is in a different league. Standard GTI 8V equipment: 3-door bodyshell, MFA trip computer, sports seats, factory sunroof, 14-inch steel wheels, twin exhaust tailpipes, Panasonic radio/cassette stereo. Campaign Equipment package: Metallic paintwork in one of 3 colours, 14-inch Le Castellet alloy wheels (more expensive forged as opposed to cast alloy, they have a shiny anodised finish rather than being painted, they do not corrode either), rainbow sports cloth trim, 1/2 tint tail lights, central locking, green tinted glass, Blaupunkt London radio/cassette stereo, Campaign owner's wallet. Mechanically the Campaign is identical to the standard GTI and were among the first 8V models with "Digifant" electronic fuel injection - which is my engine of choice. As a standard GTI with a low number of owners, FSH and low mileage this is an outstanding example - - as a Campaign limited edition in the smart Helios Blue this is GTI enthusiasts dream. It still sports the original fully working Blaupunkt London headunit and all the original manuals are contained in the special Campaign owner's wallet which is finished with smart rainbow stripes to match that of the interior with a "One in 10 Million" motif on the front cover. The Le Castellet alloy wheels are as near new in appearance as one could wish for and wear brand new expensive Continental Supercontact tyres on the front. Within 48 hours of owning this car I had clocked up over 500 miles including a very rewarding trip to my mother's on the south coast - how many 20 year old cars in this price bracket would one be confident doing this in?! As always I have driven this car as my daily driver - this one particularly frequently as I am so taken with it, 1500 miles covered in a under month and it is a real gem. My work on this car has been limited to having it fully serviced including a new distributor cap and rotor arm, my extravagence was buying a full set of GTI rainbow seats in order that my coachtrimmer could glean enough material from an unmarked rear seat to replace the bolster panels on this Campaign's driver seat which were showing the first signs of wear. As ever he achieved faultless results with the driver's seat now looking immaculate and unworn to match the rest of the interior. One of those cars that I am loathe to part with -- will I stumble across such a superb and original Campaign model again?! As MkII GTI's don't rust away like MkI's typically do, and with only a handful of genuine, unmolested MkII Campaigns surviving, I can only see this car appreciating... SOLD to existing Irish client.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI Cabriolet Rivage View Photo Dossier

1991/H Volkswagen Golf Mk 1 Golf GTI Convertible "Rivage" Limited Edition: One of only 500 last-of-the-line classic GTI soft-tops for the UK market. Special pearlescent paint finish, dark blue high quality mohair hood with matching cloth tonneau cover, power hood, special plush Rivage cloth upholstery, heated seats, electric windows, special "Le Castellet" forgeed alloy wheels, leather trimmed steering wheel. My Rivage is brilliantly original and in truly superb condition throughout and is a real find. It is utterly complete too, with a FSH and all booklets in the original VW owner's pack. I have just had a brand new German navy mohair roof professionally fitted by my coachtrimmer as the original 15 yr old hood was just starting to look tired. The car is transformed and the £650 expenditure well worth it. Price reflects this cars superior provenence and condition. SOLD
 

1992 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI Cabriolet Sportline View Photo Dossier

1992/K VW Golf GTI Convertible "Sportline" last of the line limited edition finished in gleaming Black with immaculate black/red Recaro sports interior. Brand new hood - power-operated, tinted windows, special dials with red needles, original black BBS RA alloy wheels. An eye-catching and superb example which is brilliant fun to drive and be seen driving, I should know as I have owned it for over a year as my personal modern classic! SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk1 GTI Cabriolet View Photo Dossier

1989/G Volkswagen Golf GTI Cabriolet: Finished in one of my favourite colours, Helios Blue Metallic with Atoll Blue hood, Dove Grey interior and the original colour-keyed alloy wheels. Firstly, the current registered keeper has owned this car for the past 9 years, which is almost unheard of as invariably convertables pass through a new owner with the onset of each summer, try and find a cabriolet of this vintage with fewer keepers! In fact it was his first car and he has cherished it accordingly, it has FVAGSH up to 91K in 2000 and latterly independent specialist history which is right up to date. There have been some big bills including a genuine VAG hood replacement 5 years ago and a new, complete cylinder head in 2003. Secondly the car is pleasantly original, even down to the original Blaupunkt Windsor SQR39 radio/cassette stereo, dealer-fit VW carpet over-mats and original Dove Grey tonneau hood cover. This car being a November 1989 car just missed out on the power-hood becoming standard, as such it makes do with a manual hood, which at 16 years old is a bonus as the power-hoods have the potential to go expensively wrong. However it does benefit from the extra-cost option of electric front windows, naturally working perfectly. These classic GTI cabriolets are the only 80's small soft-tops worth buying in my opinion, the Escort and Astra were so naff even when new, and yet a Golf GTI cabrio in as smart condition as this is still a class act - they do have a timeless quality to their lines. SOLD to 1st viewer. Exported to Ireland
 

1994 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1994/M VW Golf Mk3 GTI 8V 5-door: Finished in rare Satin Silver with black sports trim. Only 2 former keepers and has been in the current owner's tenure for 5 years, which has included three driving trips to Switzerland. This attractive colour makes the Mk3 shape look very up to date and suits the car perfectly. 103K with a FSH and HPI clear. Electric windows x 4, e/sunroof, e/mirrors, central locking, PAS, CD player. Sports suspension and stainless steel sports rear exhaust, sounds great unlike standard Mk3 GTIs. In excellent order all round, reliable and economical. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1996 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1996/N Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 16V: Diamond Black Pearl. 107,000 miles, only 1 former keeper and current registered keeper for past 8 years, FSH and every invoice from new, superbly maintained. Extra-cost options: 5-door body, pearl paintwork, electric glass sunroof, Volkswagen ultrasonic total closure alarm system. Will be sold with a full MoT and fully serviced. Would make an excellent, distinctive and yet frugal car for the GTI enthusiast or for his wife to haul the children about in. Utterly original and in outstanding condition throughout. SOLD
 

1996 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1996/N VW Gold Mk3 GTi 8V: Eye-catching in superb Flash Red. Only 1 former doctor keeper and FVAGSH. The mileage isn't the lowest around but this car has been maintained regardless of cost and this shows in the superb manner in which this GTI performs. Standard equipment: 3-door bodyshell, PAS< ABS, driver's airbag, VW remote alarm/immobilise - full closure & operating central locking, trip computer, original 15-inch "Longbeach" alloy wheels, e/windows, e/mirrors, sports seats, tinted glass. Comes with dealer-fitted headlamp protectors, rubber VW over-mats, all invoices from new, complete owner's pack and stamped up service book. You will not find one with superior provenance. In the right GTI colour and in wonderful condition throughout. Comes serviced and with 12 months MoT. SOLD
 

1995 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1995/M Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V 3-door: Finished in beautiful Dragon Green Pearl with absolutely unmarked sports cloth trim. OK so these Mk3's are hardly exclusive but this one sets itself apart from the others by virtue of having under 100K on the clock, just 1 former keeper, current careful owner of 5 years, naturally a total service history and 100% original. This GTI absolutely must be driven to be appreciated. As ever, please view a few typical examples, prepare to be disappointed, and then arrange to view my superior specimen. Just had a full service at Autohaus of Coventry Independent Porsche Service Centre and has 12 months MoT. SOLD
 

1998 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1998/R Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI: Eye-catching Flash Red with as new black sports cloth interior. Lady owner of past 3 years, below average mileage and FSH, FVWSH to 95K. HPI clear with certificate. This is one of the very last Mk3 GTI's, first registered in April 1998, and as such is a rare "roll-out" edition. "Roll-out" edition extra equipment: Air-conditioning, 16V 'beesting' aerial, BBS Solitude alloy wheels (hitherto exclusive to the Corrado Storm & Golf Colour Concept special editions), front foglights, smoked front indicators/foglights (as on GTI Anniversary edition), high level 3rd brake light. This example also sports VW tailored carpet over-mats, mud-flaps and a JVC CD player. Although Mk3 GTI's sold by the bucketload, the youngest are getting on for 10 years old now and I am finding it increasingly difficult to find cherished, original and worthy specimens. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1996 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V Anniversary View Photo Dossier

1996/P Volkswagen Golf Mk3 GTI 8V "Anniversary" Limited Edition: One of only 750 UK cars imported to celebrate the 21st birthday of the Golf GTI, which came with a whole host of special features. Finished in the best colour - Mystic Blue Pearlescent - a beautiful deep blue-purple shade, and complimented with the bold and distinctive red/black/silver check upholstery which was unique to the Anniversary edition. 114,000 genuine miles with FSH, FVAGSH up to 2003 and all invoices from new. Documented cambelt and tensioner change at Gilbert Lawton VAG dealer 25K ago. Utterly original throughout, every Anniversary feature is present and correct, the paintwork is original and even the original Sony CD/Tuner is fitted, original number plates front & rear. HPI clear with certificate. The exterior highlight of the Anniversary were the gorgeous BBS RX alloy wheels which at 16-inches in diameter were a first in the hot-hatch arena, set off perfectly with the smart red calipers behind them. A very special GTI which is a cut above the common or garden GTI, and rather more collectable I would assert too. There won't be many factory standard Anniversary GTIs left out there now their 10th year has passed, let alone with that all-important FSH. A dossier of VW main dealer invoices back and an original very rare GTI Anniversary sales brochure completes this car's document folder. Comes with full 12 months MoT and fully serviced. £2,495 SOLD to existing client - exported to Ireland.
 

1996 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6 Auto View Photo Dossier

1996/N Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6 Automatic: Finished in rare Storm Grey Metallic with high quality "Isola" black cloth trim. Only 1 former keeper and FSH, FVAGSH to 90K. Fastidiously maintained and utterly factory standard - NO modifications whatsoever - even has original Sony RDS radio/cassette player complete with carry case for removable faceplate. Extra-cost options: 5-door bodyshell, metallic paint, 4-speed automatic gearbox. You will not find better, please do not confuse with the usual tired and thrashed VR6s which abound. £2,695 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1995 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6 View Photo Dossier

1995/M Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6: Resplendent in deep Chilli Red Pearl Effect paintwork which is both classy and distinctive with luxurious black factory leather interior. 3-door, manual transmission, this VR6 has a particularly high level of equipment and to many really would be a dream find VR6. Only 85,000 genuine miles, just 2 former keepers from new, previous keeper for 8 years, total service history which is FVAGSH to 65K, and all factory standard. HPI clear with certificate. Extra-cost equipment: Pearlescent paintwork, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, automatic climate control air-conditioning, rear head-restraints, VW remote alarm system, VW mudflaps and carpet over-mats. One for the most discerning VR6 devotee. £2,995 Sourced specifically for existing Irish client. Job list: 1) Full service 2) New OSF ABS sensor 3) New genuine VAG side sill cover strips, BBS centre cap and aerial mast. 4) Thorough valet
 

1991 Volvo 240 GLT Estate Auto View Photo Dossier

1991/H Volvo 240 GLT Estate Automatic: One of the last classic 240 GLT models finished in Graphite Grey with black leather interior. Standard GLT specification: Electric windows x 4, power-assisted steering, ventilated disc brakes, uprated suspension, 15-inch alloy wheels, central locking, heated seats, leather upholstery, tinted glass. Plus extra-cost options of metallic paint and the 4-speed (including Overdrive) automatic gearbox. The car benefits from a FSH, has just 2 former keepers, was supplied new as a company car to the Saatchi & Saatchi advertising agency in London, and the current registered keeper has owned it since 1994, you'd struggle to find one with better provenance! This would make an excellent winter work-horse (yes I've neglected to mention Volvo's famous cavenous boot space) or a safe, distinctive and completely dependable family estate with many many years of use left in it... the autobox particularly suiting this car I feel. Don't bother with those tired and neglected old smokers on Ebay, this one will suit the discerning Volvo enthusiast. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Volvo 480 ES View Photo Dossier

1990/G Volvo 480 ES: Finished in Metallic Black . Usual 480 specification: PAS, tinted glass, central locking, 5-speed manual transmission, electric glass sunroof, e/windows, heated seats, computer, long range driving lamps, front foglights. Original Volvo alloy wheels and Volvo radio/cassette stereo. An acquired taste perhaps, but this funky sports coupé/estate has been in the same family from new, has a total service history and has covered a very low mileage, showing 53,000 genuine miles. Furthermore, most of the service history is by a Volvo main dealer in Shrewsbury, with the most recent main dealer service carried out in 2003 at 45K. Comes with all invoices from new, original purchase invoice and an original 1990 Volvo 480 sales brochure. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1986 Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1986/C Volvo 765 Turbo Intercooler Automatic: Finished in Metallic Gold with Black Leather trim. 149,000 miles with lots of service history and only 3 former keepers. Well equipped flagship model: Electric driver' seat, heated seats, PAS, e/sunroof, e/mirrors, e/windows x 4, central locking, tinted windows, alloy wheels, front foglights, self-levelling rear suspension, 4-speed automatic gearbox. This luxurious workhorse has proved to be very reliable, always starts first time and offers tremendous performance when needed. The paintwork is excellent, as is the interior. Certainly way above average for its year, a classy, reliable, fast and safe estate car. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 745 Turbo Intercooler: A beautiful, original and genuine low mileage classic Volvo high-performance estate finished in the best colour they made these "Turbobricks" in - Deep Blue Metallic with unmarked blue 1/2 leather interior with plush velour inserts. This one has the best provenance you will come across - full stop. It was the MD of Bells Volvo of Northampton's demonstrator car for 2 months before being sold to a fastidious gentleman who cherished this car between 1989-2003, the car sporting a Full Volvo Service History from the above-mentioned main dealer for that period. The current registered lady owner of 3 years has continued this high level of maintenance at Romar Independent Volvo Specialists of Bletchley. Every single invoice and MoT from new, the biggest invoice dossier I have ever seen! Standard equipment: 4-speed + Overdrive manual transmission, PAS, ABS, central locking, e/windows x 4, e/mirrors, e/sunroof, e/aerial, tinted glass, Volvo light alloy wheels, spoiler-mounted front foglights, Volvo radio/cassette stereo system. Fuel economy is around 25 mpg which is very reasonable for the size and weight of vehicle, not to mention the performance on tap. Utterly original, still sports original "Bells Volvo" number plates front & rear, not a speck of rust anywhere, original paintwork. Comprehensive letter from original owner attesting that the car has never been involved in an accident nor broken down. Arguably too smart to be used as a heavy-duty workhorse, this pristine 745 Turbo will suit the most discerning of Volvo enthusiasts, and I doubt you will find another anywhere near this good in a hurry - quite simply it ticks all the boxes. Not the cheapest but this one has half the typical mileage, total service history and is absolutely outstanding in every respect. £1650 SOLD Job list: 1) Service & MoT DONE 2) Source & n/s/f foglamp DONE 3) New number plates DONE 4) Professional bodywork. Fit brand new bonnet as existing one has four shallow dents repaint to match. DONE
 

1990 Volvo 740 GLT Estate Auto View Photo Dossier

1990/G Volvo 745 GLT Auto: My favourite colour, Deep Blue Metallic, with beige full leather interior. This outstanding Volvo further distinguishes itself as it had only 1 owner from new until 2005 and has a total service history. The 740 GLT Catalyser is a rare model, slotting between the GLE and the Turbo Intercooler, and it had a short production run. This car is even more unusual as it was a special order model for wealthy Surrey businessman who was also a discerning Volvo enthusiast... He specified the following extra-cost options: Full beige leather trim 4-speed automatic gearbox Electric driver's seat Hi-spec Volvo stereo with separate graphic equaliser Volvo dog guard Volvo rear luggage roller blind Volvo cargo space load liner Volvo mudflaps front & rear Volvo towbar with twin electrics Volvo beige tailored carpet over-mats This took the purchase price up to a hefty £22,500 in 1990 and one wonders why he wasn't steered towards a 760 GLE or 760 Turbo model at this elevated price. I have the original purchase invoice as well as every subsequent invoice from new, which makes for a substantial history dossier, original sales brochure and price list with his wish-list, queries scribbled down and options circled, plus he has cut out magazine articles from when the 740 GLT was launched. The car has a genuine low mileage and unbelievable amount of service history. The cambelt was changed 2 years ago at 92,000 miles. I very much doubt you would find another 740 GLT with the auto box and leather trim, could even be a unique specification car... As always, please do not confuse this with typical Volvo estates of this vintage, view a few average cars, prepare to be disappointed, and then arrange to see my specimen. Not the cheapest but definitely the best available. SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price.
 

1986 Volvo 760 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1986/C Volvo 765 Turbo Intercooler Automatic: Finished in Blue/Green Metallic with unmarked plush velour upholstery. Blue/Green was a new colour introduced for this model year and proved very popular at the time and remains both classy and distinctive today. The current (sadly deceased) registered keeper has owned this lovely Volvo since 1993, hence it is in excellent cosmetic condition and it drives beautifully. You simply would not believe that the car is 21 years old from driving it, it feels so taut, refined, smooth and with excellent performance on top. Remember the 760 Turbo was the first super-estate before Audi and BMW got in on the act, and when new the top-of-the-range 760 models were promoted as offering limousine levels or refinement, comfort and equipment coupled with Volvo's traditional virtues of safety, durability and superior build quality. So 20 years on, if you are after a solid, reliable and luxurious car with a nice turn of speed, fuel economy of 24 mpg+ and more load carrying capacity than you'll ever need, a 765 Turbo is a fine choice. Standard equipment: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed automatic tranmission with top gear acting as an overdrive (explaining why fuel economy is so good for car's size and weight), front foglights, alloy wheels, automatic climate control with air-conditioning, electric sunroof, electric windows x 4, electric heated mirrors, electric driver's seat, heated seats, tinted glass, self-levelling rear suspension, central locking, rear wash/wipe, headlamp wash/wipe system, luxurious plush velour seating, rear reading lamps. Only a few keepers from new, a low mileage with service history spanning the last 14 years, with bills for a new turbocharger, steering pump, exhaust system etc etc this car is in very fine mechanical fettle indeed. It has new front tyres and the front exhaust silencer is very recent too. These original 760 Turbos with their extended chrome trim, distinctive alloy wheels and that imposing bluff frontal styling really appeal to me, I wouldn't say they look dated, rather they possess a special mix of timelessness prestige and functional character. You simply don't comes across examples as smart and eye-catching as this any more. It has 12 months MoT and has been serviced. This is being sold as a proper modern classic, but if you wanted to use it as workhorse that is your choice, but it is in such lovely condition that it would make any excellent everyday luxurious family car. £995 SOLD to 1st viewer Job list: 1) MoT and full service - just required a new exhaust backbox and tailpipe, rear brake pads and a repair to a bad rear light earth - i.e. an extremely good MoT result for a 21 year old vehicle! 2) Professional repaint of tailgate due to aluminium bubbling you always find on these. DONE 3) Replace tail lights due to cracked/perished lenses - DONE. 4) New number plates. DONE 5) Thorough valet and Autoglym.. Exterior/Interior/Engine. DONE 6) Refurbishment of original alloy wheels. DONE. 7) Replace driver's front window regulator and motor - DONE 8) Replace both electric wing mirrors after being colour-coded to match - DONE
 

1990 Volvo 960 3.0 24V Estate View Photo Dossier

1990/H Volvo 965 24V Estate: Finished in distinctive Verdigris Metallic which was a brand new colour introduced that year, a very deep green pearl colour, with black leather upholstery. Only 3 keepers, previous lady owner of 7 years, current owner 2 years with an excellent service history, fully documented for the past decade. Although not the lowest mileage around, these engines can nonetheless take 300,000 miles in their stride, and this car has been well-maintained. In the last 50K there are invoices for replacement cambelt, headset, radiator, full exhaust system, brake master cylinder etc.

With the current owner it has had a brand new steering rack, radiator, a pair of track control arms, automatic transmission fluid service, a brand new breather box/oil trap, and the car has been subtley enhanced with new clear rear lenses, clear indicators and a rare sports "eggcrate" grill. The sporting quotient is augmented with rare optional extra 16-inch Volvo "Hydra" alloy wheels.

In 1990 this was the most expensive Volvo you could buy, and the equipment list reflects this - automatic climate control, cruise control, electric driver's seat, alloy wheels, e/sunroof, e/mirrors, PAS, ABS, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy/Winter modes, leather upholstery with leather-trimmed steering wheel and of course heated front seats.

The engine is quite something, as it should be as Porsche were involved with the design of this all-new multivalve engine, so much smoother than the Volvo 4-cylinders I am accustomed to, also the performance is most considerable for such a tank, and unlike earlier turbo models, power delivery is instant. When pulling away from junctions the car often surprises you and one is left thinking that a Volvo should not be able to pick up speed at this rate! Furthermore it is not the thirsty brute many would have you believe, easily achieving 24mpg plus - - and for the gloriously smooth engine, this is worth it.

12 months MoT and fully serviced. Definitely not the usual used and abused old workhorse/van. A very smart, fast, spacious and distinctive prestige estate car. A genuine Volvo towbar can be supplied with the car if required.
 

1994 Jaguar XJ12 6.0 Sovereign [XJ40] View Photo Dossier

1994/M Jaguar XJ12 Sovereign 6.0 V12: Beautiful Kingfisher Blue with Magnolia leather piped navy. Very rare flagship V12-engined XJ40 model saloon - only 1200 of these mighty £47,000 V12 Sovereigns were produced between '93-'94 so they are quite hard to source... especially with this provenance. Only 1 owner and Full Jaguar Main Dealer service history to 70,000 miles in 2003, with specialist history thereafter taking the car up to its present low mileage of 86K. Just serviced. Stamped up service book, all MoTs from new, and many service invoices including the original sales invoice and the original 1994 Jaguar sales brochure. Standard equipment: 10-way electrically adjustable front seats with lumbar support and 2-position memory on driver's seat, auto-dipping rearview mirror, remote central locking, electric windows/mirrors/aerial, climate control, cruise control, trip computer, ABS, PAS, Jaguar RDS radio/cassette stereo system, driver and passenger airbags. 8 x 16-inch 20-spoke light alloy wheels (shod with recent Dunlop SP Sport tyres all round)and Sports suspension, limited slip differential, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports & Normal modes. Headlamp pressure wash system, satin black front grille insert with gold Jaguar front badge, satin black window surrounds, pewter & red sports coachline. Leather seats, burr walnut with matchwood inlay fascia and door cappings with "V12" inscription on fascia panel, leather-trimmed centre console and door panels. Extra-options: Magnolia leather trim, navy contrast piping, foglamps integrated into front spoiler, Jaguar ultrasonic security system. Micatallic paintwork, charcoal dashboard and door top panels, front & rear mudflaps. It is widely asserted that in the 1980s when under the British Leyland umbrella, the Jaguar XJ40 designers purposely made the engine bay narrow to prevent BL bosses insisting on the installation of the Rover V8 engine at some point in the future, which also precluded the fitment of the V12 engine. In the 1990s, Jaguar had to thoroughly re-design the XJ40 body to accept the V12 engine and the new GM-sourced auto gearbox. They also re-designed the venerable 5.3 litre V12, turning it into this 6.0 litre application with a forged steel crankshaft, flat-top pistons and a twin catalyst system. By this time they had made major revisions to body rust-proofing and as such this late model XJ40 exhibits no corrosion thankfully. To be at the helm of a V12-powered Jaguar is something to behold, and this superb specimen doesn't disappoint, it is whisper quiet until the accelerator is buried, at which point the sound that emanates is unlike any 6-cylinder or V8 noise you'll have heard hitherto, a muted, purposeful and expensive rasp. There's no escaping the fact that a 6.0 litre car is going to be thirsty, but I averaged 22.6mpg with the cruise set to 75mph driving back from Leeds, and even running around in it I have been attaining 19.5mpg which I am very pleased with - considering you wouldn't even get 15mpg from a 3.5 V8 Range Rover. The Kingfisher Blue colour is deep and lustrous with the opulent magnolia interior complimenting it perfectly. The leather is in excellent condition, unmarked rear bench and passenger seat, there is some wear & cracking on driver's seat as on all Jaguars. The walnut trim is perfect. Every appointment works perfectly, cruise control, remote central locking and alarm, trip computer etc. and even the climate control air-conditioning blows ice cold as it should. This XJ12 starts first time every time, idles smoothly, almost imperceptible gearchanges, perfect oil pressure and absolutely no overheating woes at all. The only other points to mention are that there is some minor bubbling on the right side of the front centre bumper chrome and, again as with many many Jaguars, the bonnet exhibits some small imperfections - little flat spots from tree sap or birds dropping I think. The bootlid is flawless however. Forget those rusty XJS's and Series 3 XJ12's with their cracking leather and peeling veneers, this XJ40 with its sharp lines and modern rust-proofing methods has both modern/sleek and timeless/classic facets to its design and what other car with this specification could you buy for this money!? SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1993 Jaguar XJ6 3.2S Sport [XJ40] View Photo Dossier

1993/L Jaguar XJ6 3.2 Sport: Stunning Brooklands Green with Magnolia Leather Upholstery & Mulberry Carpets. 117K, FSH, with Jaguar Main Dealer service history to 80K and Independent Jaguar Specialist thereafter. These last of the line XJ40 Jaguars were so much better built than earlier cars, with the majority of design flaws ironed out, and indeed this beautiful specimens exhibits precious few signs of corrosion and is in excellent order throughout. This was Jaguar's attempt to appeal to the younger, more sporting market, and as such this Sport model features some desirable enhancements: 7 x 16-inch Sports alloy wheels finished in Champagne Silver, Sports suspension with uprated dampers and stiffer anti-roll bar. Colour-keyed grille insert, door mirrors, and rear bootlid infill panel. Integrated front fog-lamps in front spoiler, satin black window surrounds and special single and twin gold coach lines. Standard specification: Electric windows, manual seats with lumbar support & electric height adjustment, trip computer, driver's airbag, ABS, PAS, electric window, electric mirrors, central locking. Hand-stitched magnolia leather with mulberry contrasting stitching, rosewood-stained bird's eye maple veneer to dashboard, door capping and centre console. Jaguar radio/cassette RDS sound system. Extra-cost options: Climate control air-conditioning, electric sunroof, Jaguar CD autochanger, Jaguar Ultrasonic Security System, front and rear mudflaps. This car's engine is so smooth and quiet and the ride quality easily surpasses that of a flagship Mercedes S-Class, furthermore the fuel economy is very good indeed, and better than any BMW or Mercedes that I have experienced. Immaculate throughout, the timeless Brooklands Green colour and sporting specification makes this car appear more modern than the chrome-laden Jaguar Sovereigns, a distinctive luxury car offering staggeringly good value for money. 12 months MoT and received a full service less than 4000 miles ago. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1993 Jaguar XJ6 4.0 Sovereign [XJ40] View Photo Dossier

1993/L Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign 4.0: Resplendent in deep Morocco Red Pearlescent with original subtle gold pinstripe coachline complimented by a beautiful dark cream leather interior. An outstanding late model XJ40 with only 88,000 genuine miles, 3 former keepers and total service history.

This prestigious motor car has not fallen into the sorry state of neglect that befalls most old Jags, and as such is particularly eye-catching as one just doesn't see many immaculate XJ40s on the road nowadays and secondly it is in arguably the most attractive colour they made this model in.

Standard lavish Sovereign equipment: Air-conditioning, PAS, ABS, electric/memory seats, e/windows, e/mirrors, onboard computer, cruise control, central locking, 4-speed automatic gearbox with Sport mode, headlamp wash system, driver's airbag, rear window blinds, rear reading lights, alloy wheels, walnut veneer trim with matchwood inlays, wilton carpeting & connolly leather upholstery.

Extra-cost equipment: Front foglights, Jaguar "leaper" bonnet mascot, Jaguar tailored deep-pile over-mats, Jaguar ultrasonic alarm system, Jaguar side rubbing strips, Jaguar mudflaps front and rear. 8 x 16-inch "Chasseur" lattice alloy wheels and sports grill with colour-matched vanes give this car a more contemporary and sporting presence whilst on the inside charcoal dashboard and door top rails (as opposed to the usual cheap-looking beige) give the car a more low-slung and sporting feel.

This is my third late model XJ40 and the 1992-94 examples are superb cars whether a 3.2, a 4.0 or mighty 6.0 V12 - and I have now owned one of each!

It has just been serviced and has a full 12 months MoT. It starts on the button, the engine is fantastically smooth as are the gearchanges and there is absolutely no whine from the rear differential.

A seriously impressive and gloriously refined and classy motor car for a paltry outlay.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1986 Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC View Photo Dossier

1986/D Mercedes-Benz 560 SEC: Metallic Nautic Blue with cream hide. One of the first 560 flagship models.

My very first Mercedes which I owned for a year before I set up this business 5 years ago, driving this fabulous motor car to and from my mind-numbingly dull IT job was the only thing that kept me going. I did get some strange looks with people surprised to see a 22 year old at the helm of such a grand and pristine Mercedes. My first foray into Benz motoring had to be a 560 SEC or nothing, it had to be Nautic Blue Metallic with Cream leather -- dream car accomplished, and no regrets whatsoever!!!

Electric/memory seats, ABS, limited slip differential, self-levelling rear suspension, cruise, a/c, and original 15-hole alloy wheels. Extra cost options: airbag and orthopaedic front seat. 164,000 miles, 3 owners from new and full MB dealer service history. This car drives faultlessly and is finished in ostensibly the best colour scheme. SOLD.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 260E [W124] View Photo Dossier

1991 Mercedes-Benz 260E (W124): Finished in Metallic Astral Silver with cream cloth interior. Only 116,000 miles, 2 former keepers and a total service history, MB main dealer service history to 95K and independent MB specialist thereafter. SOLD
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 300E [W124] View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 300E (W124): Flawless Smoke Silver Metallic with immaculate cream cloth upholstery, a very classy colour scheme. Only 2 former keepers and total service history. The current owner bought the car in 1999 with 92,000 miles on the clock, it has been his pride and joy, always garaged, never brought out in the rain, and he has covered a mere 20,000 miles in his 7-year tenure. Comes with all invoices, fully stamped up service book, old MoTs, all owner's manuals, unused first aid kit, complete toolkit, original rubber MB over-mats. Original Blaupunkt Windsor radio/cassette player, immaculate 8-hole alloy wheels on Continental Super Contact tyres all round which are the same tyres an MB main dealer would fit when new. This is the finest 300E on sale in the UK today. SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price.
 

1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8 View Photo Dossier

1991/H Mercedes-Benz 190E 1.8 (W201): Finished in gleaming factory black with totally unmarked charcoal cloth upholstery. This car had a lot of options boxed ticked when ordered and the original purchase invoice shows this car's total price at £20,000 which was a hell of a lot of money for an entry level 190, you could have bought a new range-topping Golf 2.8 VR6 for this! Just 2 former keepers from new, a genuine low mileage of 77,000 miles and total service history. Extra-cost equipment: Factory black paintwork, ABS, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports & Economy modes, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, electric front windows, electric sunroof, central front arm-rest, rear head-restraints, outside temperature gauge, Zebrano wood fascia kit upgrade, sports factory rear spoiler (as on 2.5-16 Cosworth) upgrade & original Blaupunkt Cambridge SQM39 radio/cassette stereo. Naturally this pampered and factory original car comes complete with a fully stamped up service book, all original manuals and leaflets from new including the manual for the stereo, unused first aid kit and most convincingly, every invoice from new. SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price - Exported to Ireland.
 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 190 View Photo Dossier

1989/G Mercedes-Benz 190: Finished in unusual and very pretty pale ice green "Willow Green" metallic with unmarked cream cloth upholstery. This pristine baby Benz has only 1 lady owner from new and 95,000 genuine miles with FSH, which was FMBSH to very recently, local specialist thereafter. A cherished car which has been maintained regardless of cost and only sold reluctantly as it had become too big for the elderly lady keeper, who has bought one of those awful tiny Japanese or Korean bland-boxes to replace the Mercedes. Extra-cost options: 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, front arm-rest, metallic paint, 4-speed automatic gearbox, ABS, e/sunroof, electric front windows, rear head-restraints, tailored MB overmats, upgrade original Blaupunkt Cambridge radio/cassette, e/aerial. I would categorise this as a timewarp specimen and is suitable as a very reliable and economical daily car or as a weekend/summer car to show at Mercedes Owner's Club events. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1983 Porsche 928 S Auto View Photo Dossier

1983/A Porsche 928S: 300bhp 4.7 litre V8 flagship model - Automatic transmission. Pewter Metallic with chocolate 1/2 leather interior, air-conditioning, cruise control, electric seats. 118K with FSH, new cambelt/tensioners/pulleys & waterpump at 118K, has visited an Official Porsche Centre for a full service as recently as October 2003, vast invoice dossier. Excellent & original throughout, maintained regardless of cost. An expensive, classy yet understated looking machine that drives superbly. £3,750 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1984 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1984 Porsche 928 S2: 310bhp 4.7 litre V8. Guards Red with full black leather interior with red piping. 84,000 genuine miles with a comprehensive Porsche dealer/independent specialist service history. 4-speed automatic transmission, e/sunroof, 8-speaker Blaupunkt Bremen SQR46 hi-fi system, wide track option and also rare special order platinum anodised alloy wheels. Cherished number plate “KCZ 5666” included in sale. One of the very best available and completely original. £4,995 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1986/D Porsche 928 S2 Automatic: Finished in rare & striking Metallic Muscat Bronze with Chocolate & Cream full leather interior. Extra cost options: full chocolate leather interior with cream piping, cream centre seat panels and matching cream door inserts, leather covered dashboard and door panels - (five separate extra-cost options!), electric sunroof. 128,000 genuine miles with a FSH. Full MoT. Just had new radiator, reconditioned airflow meter, rear tyres and rear brake pads. A beautiful 928, and don't dismiss this 928 just because it is Muscat Bronze as it really is a classy & distinctive coffee/bronze colour indeed and the interesting chocolate & cream leather interior compliments it superbly... leave the bright colours for the 944s, as the 928 definitely looks its finest in these deep, sophisticated metallic shades. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1985 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1985/B Porsche 928 S2 Automatic: Finished in immaculate Prussian Blue Metallic with a special order interior - Papyrus (pale cream/parchment colour) full leather seats, navy blue piping to seats, navy carpets, dashboard and door panels, papyrus inserts on door panels - the leather seats, piping and door panel inserts were 3 seperate extra-cost options. Only covered 82,000 miles with a Full Porsche Dealer/Independent Specialist Service History, substantiated with a vast invoice dossier with all invoices from new including the original sales invoice at £37,000 which was an astronomical sum back in 1985 - supplied new to a London doctor who kept the car for 5 years. I have never had a Porsche which such a finely documented service history which furnishes this 928 with an outstanding provenance. The car also has the extra-cost options of an electric sunroof and the widened rear track in addition to the huge standard specification of this flagship Porsche: Air-conditioning, cruise control, "S4" style 8-way electrically adjustable seats, ABS, PAS, headlamp wash system, e/mirrors, e/windows, central locking, 16-inch forged light alloy wheels. A modern Thatcham Cat I alarm/immobiliser is fitted which operates the central locking. The all-important cambelts change was carried out 13K ago in 2001, and the car sits on brand new and expensive Pirelli Asymetric tyres all round. The Prussian Blue colour is one of my favourites with a lovely purple flip effect in the sunshine, and to find one with such a distinctive and smart interior is quite special. The glorious V8 engine and the 4-speed automatic gearbox are in superb fettle. Please view a few typical 928's before coming to see this stunning specimen. £5,995 SOLD to 1st viewer - exported to Ireland. Job list: 1) Full service at Autohaus of Coventry - Independent Porsche Service Centre - including replacement of torque tube coupling bearings as some noise is audible currently - - not an unusual affliction by any means on 928s. DONE 2) Repolishing of original forged alloys. DONE 3) New number plates DONE 4) Thorough valet - ENGINE, INTERIOR, EXTERIOR
 

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1986/D Porsche 928 S2 Automatic: Finished in my favourite colour "Garnet Red", a beautiful deep burgundy which suits this flagship Porsche very well indeed, being both classy and sporting and showing off its timeless lines to perfection. The interior has the full leather extra-cost option in subtle grey-beige with burgundy piping. First registered in November 1986, this is one of the very last 928 S2's and came from the factory with the enhanced 928 S4 "Brembo" brake calipers and discs and S4-style seats. Huge standard specification: E/windows, e/mirrors, ABS, PAS, air-conditioning, cruise control, central locking, electric seats. Plus the following extra-cost options: full leather trim, electric sunroof, 8-speaker hi-fi system running from an Alpine head unit, wide rear track. A Thatcham Category I Sigma alarm/immobiliser system is fitted with certificate. The original 16-inch forged light alloy wheels are shod with recent Goodyear Eagle F1 tyres all round. Not only does the car distinguish itself from the average 928 in having just 2 former keepers with the current registered keeper having owned this 928 since 1990 (there can't be many 928s to have been in the same tenure for 15 years!), but it also benefits from a FPSH, yes this car has never been serviced outside of an Official Porsche Centre, so mechanically this car is second to none. Try and find another 928 with FPSH, hardly surprising when you seldom get any change from £1000 for the privilege of having their official stamps in the service book! Recent work carried out at JCT600 Official Porsche Centre of Newcastle: AUG 04 @ 112K - 12K service, full wheel alignment, fit new handbrake shoes and cable, replace front tyres = £1,562. AUG 03 @ 111K - Annual service, replace front shock absorbers & coil springs = £1,672. DEC 02 @ 110K - Re-tension cambelt = £70. JAN 02 @ 108K - Replace cambelt & roller, nsf lower ball joint = £768. AUG 00 @ 106K - Annual service, ns track control rod and wheel alignment = £524. JUN 99 @ 104K - Annual service, replace DME relay, replace front brake discs/pads/sensors, remove front suspension &remove sump, replace sump gasket & rebuild. Replace rear wiper mechanism, remove heating system & free off seized heater valve and rebuild = £1,248. The list goes on and on... it has every invoice and MoT certificate from 1990 in a vast invoice dossier. This stunning 928 is refreshingly complete: original owner's wallet with all booklets including stamped up service record. Complete toolkit, compressor, original luggage net and luggage blind (frequently go astray!), sunroof crank handle, Porsche touch-up paint stick etc. Original dealer-fit Porsche tailored carpet over-mats. Tailor-made burgundy car cover sporting the Porsche crest. These cars are sensational to look at, equally sensational to drive, and offer tremendous value for money, what other supercar of this calibre, build quality and prestige can you buy for this money? The key to long-lasting ownership satisfaction is to buy a cherished example that has been fastidiously maintained. Look no further, this is it, for the most discerning enthusiast... Impeccable provenance, the best colour, full leather and in utterly outstanding, immaculate condition throughout. £5,995 SOLD Job list: 1) Lubrication Service and inspection at Autohaus Independent Porsche Specialists. Fit new air-flow meter (12mths/12,000 miles warranty). Fit pair of new bonnet and tailgate dampers. DONE 2) Renew autobox fluid & filter at Transtec transmission specialists. 3) New number plates DONE 4) Fit brand new genuine Porsche bonnet emblem. DONE 5) Re-polishing of original forged alloy wheels. DONE 6) Thorough valet - ENGINE - EXTERIOR - INTERIOR. DONE
 

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Automatic: Deep Garnet Red Metallic with burgundy full leather piped cream - a very classy and beautiful colour scheme. This is one of the last S2 models and as such is the one to go for as comes from the factory with the S4 "Brembo" brakes and 8-way electrically adjustable seats. 117,000 with FSH which is all Porsche main dealer and Independent Porsche technician maintenance. It had had the all important cambelt replacement carried out recently and I have invoice documentation for all work carried out in the past 10 years. It drives absolutely spot on, extremely healthy and smooth engine. Standard lavish equipment levels plus the extra-cost options of: Metallic paint, full leather interior, contrast piping, electric sunroof, wide rear track plus the rare option of heated front seats. Deep metallic paint shades definitely suit the 928's timeless shape the best and I am very fond of the Garnet Red shade which doesn't date the car at all. Comes complete with stamped up service book in original Porsche owner's wallet, an invoice dossier, and is very original - thus wears the correct 16-inch forged alloy wheels. The car still sports its rear luggage cover, luggage net and a complete toolkit. A joy to drive and to be seen driving, sounds awesome and offers a thoroughbred GT supercar driving experience. Staggering value for money. A private registration is included so the neighbours won't know how old your new toy really is! As always please view a few typical 928s before coming to view this superior specimen with excellent provenence. SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price.
 

1989 BMW 635 CSI Highline Motorsport View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 635 CSI Highline: Rare last of line “Motorsport” Limited Edition, Metallic Nogaro Silver, black leather e/memory Recaro sports seats. 5 owners, 135,000 miles - Full BMW dealer and BMW specialist history. Switchable 4-speed automatic transmission, limited slip differential, M-Tech Sports suspension, M-Tech Sports steering wheel, leather dash and headlining, a/c, factory de-chrome, rear sunblind, top tint windscreen, trip computer, factory BBS cross-spoke wide alloy wheels on new metric tyres, “635” number plate. It comes with an impressive invoice dossier documenting all maintenance work over the past 8 years, truly ,maintained regardless of cost. It has a fully stamped up service book and all booklets and manuals that came with the car when new. A complete toolkit and an original 1989 BMW 635CSI Highline sales brochure completes this car's remarkable provenance. Previously supplied by myself, I have known this car for the past 4 years and you will not find a superior specimen in this price bracket, the fact that it is the most desirable colour out of the 3 special Motorsport edition cars is a nice bonus. The car has just had an Inspection I service including an extra £100 expenditure on a new distributor cap and rotor arm. It comes with 12 months MoT. It has a £2000 Inspection II service 6,000 miles ago in 2004 at Cardiff BMW Specialists. SOLD.
 

1988 BMW 635 CSI Highline View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 635CSI Highline: Metallic Cirrus Blue with Natural leather interior (including dashboard and headlining). What sets this car apart is its striking originality - only 1 previous owner and it has been the current registered keeper's (a mature accountant) pride and joy since 1993. Full specification as befitting a car which cost £40,000 16 years ago. 4-speed switchable automatic gearbox with sports & economy modes, electric/memory seats, electric windows/sunroof/mirrors, ABS, PAS, wide BBS forged alloy wheels, headlamp wash/wipe, rear window blind, onboard computer, M-Tech rear spoiler, front foglights, top tint windscreen. In addition, this car has the extra-cost option of cruise control. For the true BMW connoisseur, this car comes furnished with original BMW tailored overmats, complete toolkit, unused first aid kit and the owner's wallet with all manuals, booklets, warranty information and most importantly - the stamped up service book. In his 12 year tenure he has always had it serviced by BMW dealers and latterly by an Indendent BMW Specialist - Autotech of Warwick. The car has 124K with a FSH. It is a local car, originally being supplied to a company director in Redditch before the current keeper, from Claverdon, purchased it from Alan Kerr BMW. The mechanics are extremely good and it is an excellent car to drive. It still looks lovely from a short distance, a very classy colour scheme, but close up, as with all these 6's, the front wings are exhibiting signs of bubbling, there is the odd minor dint and imperfection here and there too. I will have a full specialist Inspection II service carried out, source a new pair of the dreaded TRX tyres as in my eyes these Highlines must wear their original wide BBS wheels, and then oversee a professional restoration of the bodywork, which will include replacing both front wings to ensure a lasting finish, returning the car to its former glory. Don't miss this one, there can't be many 2 owner from new Highlines around! I am excited about this project as have been searching for the right Highline for 18 months now - please see in the "Recent Sales" link for results of a previous Highline project - a Nogaro Silver Highline Motorsport edition back in November 2003. SOLD to 1st viewer To be done: 1) Replace front wings, and comprehensive professional paintwork restoration of every panel except for the roof - DONE 2) Fit new front tyres and replace alloys with set with polished rim. DONE 3) Inspection II specialist service including renewal of gearbox and differential oil. Booked into Gloucester BMW Specialists. DONE, Engine, gearbox and running gear pronounced in particularly fine fettle. 4) Thorough valet: Exterior, interior- DONE (started carpets have shampood to as new, see pic), engine - DONE. 5) New number plates. DONE 6) Apply new, correct BMW pinstripe to vehicle flanks. DONE 7) Fit genuine new BMW wheel centre emblems. DONE 8) MoT - DONE. 9) Re-booked into Gloucester BMW on 04/08/05 to have rear axle bushes and rear pitman arm bushes replaced, new sunroof seal and new bonnet struts fitted, all genuine BMW parts! DONE 10) Fit new genuine BMW bonnet gas struts and new bonnet BMW emblem. DONE 11) Have new heel pad sewn onto original BMW driver's footwell mat by coachtrimmer. DONE
 

1985 BMW M6 View Photo Dossier

1985/C BMW M635 CSI: 286bhp 24V Motorsport-engineered supercar, one of less than 450 RHD cars imported to the UK between 1984-89. Zinnobar Red with black leather Recaro interior – the seats are the proper fully sports bolstered Recaro seats and not BMW’s Recaro-manufactured sports seats. 100,000 miles with a no-expense-spared full service history. Air-conditioning, original wide BBS alloy wheels. A thrilling driving experience coupled with surprising frugality. These cars can only appreciate in value, and well-maintained, original and low mileage examples like this one will be the most sought after. £6,995 SOLD - Exported to Australia.
 

1985 BMW 732i [E23] View Photo Dossier

1985/B BMW 732iA: Beautiful metallic burgundy paintwork with plush cream velour upholstery. Only 3 careful owners and every MoT certificate from new. Air-conditioning, e/sunroof, automatic transmission, sports steering wheel. Outstanding condition and must be one of the finest e23 BMWs available. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1985 BMW 735i A Executive [E23] View Photo Dossier

1985/C BMW 735iA Executive: Rare last of the line "Executive" edition which came in an exclusive range of colours, all with the very expensive and luxurious buffalo leather hide and extended real burr walnut trim. Stunning colour, very classy and all original too. EH 4-speed automatic transmission. e/seats, rear head-restraints, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, onboard computer, ABS, PAS, rear window blind, original optional extra BMW Sound System with Alpine radio/cassette head-unit. Original TRX forged light alloy wheels, rare BBS rear boot spoiler. Last owner kept the car for 6 years, 10 months MoT, sketchy service history, but drives well. Superb value for money and a very rare car nowadays. SOLD
 

1990 BMW 730i SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1990/G BMW 730i SE (E32): Stunning & timeless Sterling Silver Metallic with unmarked silver cloth upholstery. I have been searching for the right E32 for 5 years now, and failed until now. I had wanted a 735iSE or even a 750iL, but what a load of tatty and unloved rubbish there is out there... finally I have chanced upon a truly remarkable E32 and you will not find a better E32 anywhere. Specially ordered by an elderly local solicitor back in 1990 (who sadly passed away a few months ago), this was his third brand new 7-series, and after a 1982 E23 732i and a 1987 E32 735i SE, he was sufficiently clued up to specify his ideal 7-series. Preferring the sweetness of the 3.0 litre engine, (which is smoother and more pleasurable to drive in everyday use than the torquier 3.5 litre unit, and of course more frugal), he opted to have it mated to a 5-speed manual sports gearbox - he enjoyed his driving and wanted a proper driver's car. He chose cloth over leather feeling that hide was cold in winter and hot in summer. So we have a 730i manual, a very rare beast. To make things even more interesting, in addition he specified a limited slip differential and servotronic steering. Other equipment: Electric seats with optional extra electric driver & passenger lumbar support, automatic air-conditioning, cruise control, trip computer, headlamp wash system, e/sunroof, e/windows, e/mirrors, PAS, ABS, 15-inch cross-spoke light alloy wheels. Extra-cost upgrade Pioneer Sound System. I have every MoT and invoice from new, including the original purchase invoice. Naturally a fully stamped up service book, complete toolkit, working glovebox torch etc etc. This is certainly the newest feeling 1990 car to drive you will come across. SOLD for full asking price - Exported to Ireland.
 

1991 BMW 735i A SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1991/H BMW 735iA SE (E32): Amazing find!! Only 45,000 genuine miles and 1 gentleman owner from new, FBMWSH. Finished in rare and classy Glacier Blue Metallic with absolutely as new deep blue velour upholstery. This car is everything you could hope for and more, driving like a brand new vehicle. Settling behind the wheel is a real treat and transports you right back to 1991 - because of course they don't make them like this anymore. I still love the E32 design, it was so ahead of its time and still oozes refinement, sophistication and good taste today - in my opinion the E32 has finished wallowing in the doldrums as just another drugdealer's favourite obsolete 7-series and cherished examples will now start to hold the value. Especially as the new Bangle-designed 7-series is such an acquired taste. Astonishing value for money too, just think if this was a 635CSI with exactly the same engine and running gear I could command a price of £12,000+. This car has all the standard SE equipment, so: Automatic air-conditioning, PAS, ABS, cruise control, trip computer, electric seats with position memories, e/sunroof, headlamp wash system, front foglights, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, 4-speed automatic transmission with sports & economy modes, e/mirrors that dip automatically when reverse is selected etc etc. This stunning specimen also has the special order (no cost option) very high quality velour interior, it is plush and cosy and whereas leather even at this mileage would exhibit some scuffs and nicks, the entire interior is utterly unmarked and factory fresh. There is also the original upgrade Sony radio/cassette hi-fi system with additional integrated tweeters. The car sports original BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW tailored carpet over-mats, complete toolkit, unused spare wheel and the first aid kit is still in its cellophane wrapper, unopened and nestling beneath the passenger seat. The alloy wheels are as new and are shod with main-dealer supplied expensive Pirelli P6000 tyres all around. Sometimes these ultra-low mileage timewarp specimens are not all they are cracked up to be, they may have crazed paintwork, lifting lacquer on the walnut trim, generally feel lethargic to drive and may have seized brake calipers, corroded fuel and brake lines and seized rear differential bearings through lack of use would not be unheard of. However this beautiful 735 displays absolutely no faults or niggles whatsoever: it starts on the button, the engine is so smooth and sounds absolutely fantastic, ultra smooth gearchanges, very taut suspension and steering, excellent brakes, temperature remains exactly 1/2 way on gauge even when stuck in motorway jams... In short, if I re-iterate, just expect it to drive like a brand new car, then no further superlatives are required. For that BMW enthusiast for whom only the very best 1991 735i SE will do. £2,995 SOLD. Job list: 1) Full specialist Inspection II service. 1a) Professional bodywork to rectify minor dent in osf wing. DONE 2) MoT DONE 3) New front tyres DONE 4) New genuine BMW wheel centre emblems DONE 5) New no. plates 6) Specialist a/c inspection and service 7) Thorough valet & Autoglym: engine/exterior/interior. 8) New front shock absorbers and upper control arm bushes, DONE.
 

1987 BMW 528i A [E28] View Photo Dossier

1987/E BMW 528i: Last of the E28 “square rigger” 5 series, finished in Metallic Dolphin Grey (rare E28 colour) with cream velour trim. 5 owners, 168K with Full BMW dealer history to 144K, extremely well-maintained. De-chromed, e/w, e/sr, e/m, switchable automatic transmission, rear headrests, M-Tech sports steering wheel and front and rear spoilers, original TRX alloys on very good metric tyres. A lovely example. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1985 BMW 520i A [E28] View Photo Dossier

1986/C BMW 520i A [E28]: Stunning classic "sharknose" 5-series in THE colour scheme of the 1980s, beautiful Zinnobar Red, complimented by as new anthracite cloth upholstery. Incredibly this 22 year old vehicle had only one owner until last year, at which point it was bought by an AA technician. He was called out to the E28 by the elderly gentleman, again with a flat battery... having been ordered by his doctor that he was no longer fit to drive, he reluctantly asked the AA guy if he would be interested in finding a new keeper for it - the AA guy duly bought it for his wife. The car has been BMW main dealer serviced from new and garaged every night and it shows. It had a BMW cambelt replacement at 41K and last year the AA chap had the all-important and expensive rear axle bush replacement job performed. The car wears as new tyres all round of matching brand. As one would expect from a car of this ultra low mileage, the engine is super smooth and sounds superb, everything is so taut and precise, imparting that feeling of "newness" that I often find in my outstanding specimens. Extra-cost options: 4-speed automatic gearbox, 14-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, front foglights, rear 520i badge delete, tinted glass, original Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo (pre-digital tuning, all works fine though!), electric aerial. It flew through the MoT last week with no failure nor advisory notes - so comes with 12 months MoT, and I have had an Inspection II service carried out with the automatic transmission being serviced too. £1,995 SOLD to 1st viewer for full asking price.
 

1996 BMW 328i Touring [E36] View Photo Dossier

1996/P BMW 328i Touring (manual transmission): Finished in Samoa Blue Metallic with silver cloth interior. Only 90K with full BMW main dealer service history, and 3 former keepers. Just had main dealer service at 89K. Extra-cost options: Metallic paint, dual-zone digital climate control, electric sunroof, headlamp wash system, front arm-rest, full colour-coding of bumpers and side skirts, mud-flaps front & rear. A lovely colour, a high specification and impeccable provenance, this is the best E36 Touring you will chance upon. SOLD
 

1997 BMW 328i Coupé [E36] View Photo Dossier

1997/P BMW 328i Coupé: Metallic Samoa Blue with Violet Blue leather interior. This car comes with the 5-speed manual gearbox to enable full appreciation of the powerful 2.8 litre engine. Extra-cost options: Dual zone digital climate control, "Personal Line" full Violet Blue leather upholstery. Sports seats, M Sports suspension, Automatic Stability Control + Traction (ASC+T), front arm-rest, fully colour-coded bumpers & spoilers. The car has covered just 89,000 miles and has only 2 previous owners. It has a FSH, BMW main dealer and more recently switching to AutoTech BMW Specialists of Warwick. The Samoa Blue colour has subtle mauve hints in sunlight and this hue does enhance this coupé's beautiful lines, the special interior is equally beautiful. In outstanding and utterly original condition. If you are after a pristine, high specification E36 BMW and like me you think that BMWs look best like this one - factory standard and pleasantly devoid of cheap and tacky M3 spoilers and big wheels - you won't fail to be impressed by this 328i as the bodywork and interior are as near flawless as you could possibly desire and the engine is similarly superb. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1995 BMW 320i Touring [E36] View Photo Dossier

1995/M BMW 320i Touring: Gleaming Calypso Red Metallic with unmarked grey cloth upholstery. These classy and sporting E36 estate cars offer tremendous value for money and I cannot think of any rivals... a real driving machine that shrinks around you almost like a sportscar with the refined and sophisticated hum from the BMW straight six VANOS engine reminding you that this is no humdrum load-lugger. In this condition they still look like a prestigious vehicle and Germanic build quality ensures that 12 years on they are still a pleasure to own. Much smaller than a Volvo or Mercedes estate, (after all one doesn't often need to carry a sofa or four dogs around) and the Audi 80 Avant cannot compete either as being front wheel drive it just doesn't provide the driving involvement that this BMW serves up... Only 2 former keepers from new and current lady owner of the last 5 years, the cars comes with a total service history which was full BMW main dealer maintenance up to 2004. Recent expenditure includes new water pump, pulley, fan belt and tensioner, catalytic convertor and both lambda sensors. Whilst many enthusiasts bemoan the legendary build quality of the E30 predecessor, (by this time BMW and Mercedes were cutting weight and the cost of materials after their over-engineered 1980s vehicles to remain competitive in the 1990s), with the E36 having inferior quality seat fabric and an interior prone to the odd irksome squeak and rattle, but at over a decade old these issues are no worse I would say than when they left the showroom... the E36 comes into its own by virtue of its advanced drive-train. The 2.0 24V engine is fantastic and whilst sporting it feels that it has been designed for optimum smoothness leaving the 325i/328i to do the tarmac burning, it is also frugal. There is no noise at all from the rear differential (a common E30 malady) and the car still retains a taut, modern feel in the way it performs. Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, tinted glass, driver & passenger airbags, leather sports steering wheel and gearknob, 3 rear head-restraints, central locking, e/mirrors, e/windows, front foglights, BMW light alloy wheels, outside temperature gauge, 60/40 split folding rear seat, rear luggage cover and integral dog net guard. Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, rear e/windows, upgrade alloy wheel design, electric sunroof, PDC (Park Distance Control), front arm-rest, CD player. This car has just had an Inspection I service carried out and comes with 12 months MoT. As I feel the original amber indicator units date the car somewhat I have invested in a set of clear indicators for a subtle update and tinted the rear units red. There are not many E36 Tourings around as they were expensive brand new, and many have covered high mileages (which is a credit to the excellent engines), so this one sets itself apart by being finished in a desirable colour, having a sensible mileage and an impeccable service history. SOLD - sourced specifically for client.
 

1989 BMW 320i Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 320i Convertible (e30): Metallic Luxor Beige with full cream leather interior & brand new chocolate mohair hood. Well-equipped example with Recaro sports seats, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, front foglights, e/w x4, c/l, PAS, 5-speed manual gearbox. Only 86,000 miles with a comprehensive service history and old MoTs. This glamorous & classic convertible is finished in a rare & timeless colour scheme. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1990 BMW 320i Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1990/G BMW 320i Convertible E30: Head-turning classic 3-series soft-top finished in a very sporting & contemporary colour scheme. Blessed with a timeless elegance I find the factory E30 convertible (as opposed to the pram-like Baur Cabriolet)to be one of the most handsome and glamourous 4-seater open cars ever built, certainly superior to the E36 and E46 successors... A genuine low mileage and cherished car, with a low number of owners (often these soft-tops pass through a new owner each summer) and with a total service history, meaning this car has wanted for nothing mechanically. Lacking the outright oomph of the 325i, the 320i is nonetheless creamily smooth, sounds fantastic as only a BMW six can, and is perfectly suited to boulevard top-down cruising rather than traffic light tear-aways, and it also offers surprising frugality to boot. Standard Equipment: PAS, 5-speed manual transmission, Recaro sports seats, leather sports steering wheel, tinted glass, e/windows x 4, central locking, e/mirrors, BMW check control, twin exhaust tailpipes, ellipsoid technology headlamps, front foglights. Extra-Cost Options: Full black leather upholstery, factory dechrome, 15-inch BBS X-spoke alloy wheels, M-Tech boot spoiler, rear head-restraints, BMW deadlocking alarm system, upgrade Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial. This stunning machine has just been treated to a brand new black mohair hood replacement (a professional and high quality job at £800) so is thankfully 100% water-tight and has a crystal clear rear window, and should be good for another 15 years of service. If you're looking at other convertibles please bear in mind that if they are still on their original hoods, (or indeed if they have had a cheap replacement fitted), even if the hood is free from rips and cracks and looks perfectly presentable from the outside, they can still leak significantly at the seams, so a new hood should be budgeted for. I will state that this is without doubt one of the finest and most original remaining E30 convertibles. The interior is unmarked and the quality of materials employed and the fit and finish is superior to all the E36/E46 successors. The paintwork absolutely gleams, as the official name suggests, it really is Brilliant Red! Annoyingly my photographs always show red cars as being somewhat orangey, this is an illusion, in the metal it is intense red. The subtle metallic paintwork schemes and chrome bumper convertibles arguably look more classy, (as did my Luxor Beige 320iC) but this pristine red car appears far more modern, sporting and is one of the cars that you just cannot help sneaking a look back at once you've parked it and are walking away... It drives superbly and I adore the colour scheme with the eye-catching BBS wheels and seemingly little details like the dechrome finish bumpers and window trims, the sparkling twin chrome exhaust tailpipes, the brand new hood and rear head-restraints setting off the car perfectly. It has all the options I would have ticked if I was buying it new back in 1990. £3,995 Job list: 1) Professional bodywork to repaint bonnet and front wings due to minor chipping and one parking 'dint'. Remove and disassemble bumpers, repaint metals parts due to paint fade, and reassemble - DONE. 2) Fit genuine new bonnet badge, new front foglights, new BBS centre caps & number plates. DONE a huge improvement! 3) Full service. DONE 4) Thorough valet. DONE 5) MoT - DONE, sailed through.
 

1991 BMW 318i [E30] View Photo Dossier

1991/H BMW 318i E30: Finished in rare and classy Glacier Blue Metallic with absolutely unmarked charcoal cloth trim. I bought this car from an elderly local gentleman who after 9 years of ownership has had to swap to an automatic car. Extra-cost equipment: 4-door bodyshell, 14-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, electric front windows, manual sunroof, electric aerial, original Blaupunkt Verona radio/cassette stereo with upgrade Pioneer rear speakers, metallic paint, BMW mud-flaps front & rear, 1st aid kit, warning triangle. Supplied new by Alan Kerr BMW of Warwick the car was then serviced by Robert Stern BMW of Evesham up to 80K and in more recent years he switched to an independent BMW specialist - Dave Loudon of Evesham. Naturally the car has a fully stamped up service book and all original manuals, I also have every invoice since 1995. Comes complete with an original BMW 3-series sale brochure, unopened 1st aid kit, complete tool kit, BMW bulb kit, warning triangle, & BMW touch-up paint too. The original stereo works perfectly as does all the equipment. Super condition throughout amd not your run of the mill 318i and ideally suited to someone wanting a distinctive, eye-catching modern classic on a tighter budget. Perfectly suited for everyday use and will be 100% reliable and of course extremely good on fuel. SOLD to 1st enquirer - Ireland.
 

1990 BMW 316i A [E30] View Photo Dossier

1990/H BMW 316i Automatic 3-door (E30): Finished in immaculate Alpine White with Anthracite cloth interior. The original Blaupunkt Bristol radio/cassette stereo is still fitted and works as new, complete toolkit, unused spare wheel and jack. Also, the original "Dick Lovett BMW" number plates front and rear are present and correct. Incredibly it has covered only 37,500 genuine miles from new and has a Full BMW Main Dealer Service History. Of course I would have been more thrilled if it had been a 325i in Dolphin Grey, nonetheless this baby 316i is in amazing condition and having only had the equivalent of 3 years mileage, it drives absolutely as new. Just serviced and MoT'd. This car is in showroom condition, thanks to its lady owner taking great care of it and always storing it in a heated garage. It is a pleasure to drive too with a wonderfully sweet engine and gearbox. There is hardly a mark on the entire car and absolutely not a single sign of rust anywhere... Somehow the Alpine White colour really suits the simplicity of this car. A "timewarp" specimen in every sense. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1992 Audi 80 2.0 E View Photo Dossier

1992/J Audi 80 2.0E 8V: Finished in beautiful deep Cyclamen Red Pearl Effect which is the nicest colour I have seen on these smart saloons, complimented by an as new platinum cloth interior. Only 3 lady keepers from new and total service history and a low mileage, this is a cherished, time-warp vehicle. Initially a demonstrator car for 6 months at the Cloverleaf Cars Audi main dealer in Henley-on-Thames, it then had a lady owner from early 1993 to 2004 whereupon it passed onto its current lady keeper. It's testament to Audi that firstly this small prestige saloon still looks so modern and appealing today and secondly that there is not a bubble of rust or smudge of interior wear anywhere on this outstanding specimen. I am a big fan of the Audi Coupés of this era, and this Audi 80 shares the timeless elegance, understated class and immense build quality of its more glamourous sibling. Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, central locking, tinted glass, electric front windows. Extra-cost options: Pearlescent paintwork, electric sunroof, electric rear windows, front foglights, rear head-restraints, 7Jx15-inch 10-spoke Audi alloy wheels, Audi mudflaps. Bolstering its impeccable provenance, I have a dossier containing every invoice from new, the original 1992 Audi 80 sales brochure and complete owner's pack including the stamped up service book. The car had the cambelt & tensioner replaced last year, was last serviced in January 2007 and comes with a full 12 months MoT. £1,495 SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1994 Audi 2.6 E Coupé View Photo Dossier

1994/L Audi 2.6E Coupé (V6 150bhp, 5-speed manual): Finished in special order Pearlescent Byzance Purple with anthracite jacquard satin interior. This modern classic has been its current owner’s pride and joy for the past 5 years, it has covered 134K backed up with a Full Audi Main Dealer Service history. In superb and outstanding condition throughout. These coupés are still stylish and impressive-looking cars and are blessed with timeless lines, furthermore the build quality is beyond reproach. Quite simply, you will not find another with a superior maintenance record and I very much doubt you’ll find another in this striking Byzance colour. SOLD
 

1994 Audi 2.6 E Coupé View Photo Dossier

1994/L Audi 2.6 E Coupé Automatic: Finished in special order and rare Kingfisher Blue which is an absolutely eye-catching colour and suits this smart coupé perfectly. Every once in a while a particular car is designed that is an instant classic as soon as it it launched, and the Audi Coupé is one such car, possessing both timeless, elegant and imposing lines, forget the gimmicky Audi TT, this is indisputably a modern classic. A rare opportunity to buy an excellent Audi Coupé in the best colour they ever made them in! SOLD to 1st viewer - - exported to Ireland
 

1994 Audi 2.6 E Coupé View Photo Dossier

1994/L Audi 2.6 E Coupé: Gleaming Laser Red with anthracite sports cloth trim. An eye-catching colour scheme and this car looks both sporting and timelessly elegant - - the Audi Coupé was a design classic from the moment it was launched. Only 3 former keepers, a low mileage and with a total service history, this specimen immediately distinguishes itself from the usual fodder out there. These cars are so superbly built, the build quality is truly beyond reproach, and an E36 BMW 3-series or GM SAAB 900 simply do not come close in this respect, from the way the bank vault-like doors shut to the best quality dashboard you will clap eyes on - everything conveys a feeling of quality and durability. Comes with original owner's wallet containing owner's manual, fully stamped up service book, a large invoice dossier and an original 1994 Audi range sales brochure. Original master key and spare too. HPI clear with certificate. An immobiliser and JVC CD headunit are also fitted. These V6 Coupés offer so much car for the money. For a start you have a gorgeous & classy design, add the impeccable build quality, the smooth, refined and adequately potent engine, then think of the ability to carry 4 adults in complete comfort, also the large boot and finally factor in the typical Audi reliability which will mean low annual maintenance costs, I would conjecture virtually zero depreciation too - and you begin to run out of excuses not to have one! SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1987 Porsche 944 LUX "Studio" Edition View Photo Dossier

1987/E Porsche 944 2.5 Lux Studio: This is an extremely rare limited edition 944, only 30 were produced for the UK market in September 1987 to celebration the production of the 100,000th Porsche 944. This car was first registered at the Official Porsche Centre in Belfast on 30.09.1987 so must have been one of the very last imported. Indeed not only is this is the 1st one I have seen, but I have never seen one advertised, and happily the vendor was oblivious to this being a limited edition car - - most Porsche folk have heard of the 1987 Porsche 944 Turbo S "Silver Rose" limited edition with the burgundy studio check interior - - but only the most discerning 944 afficionados are clued up about the 944 Lux Studio. Standard 944 appointments: Electric windows, PAS, electric mirrors, tinted glass, retractible headlamps, central locking, remote rear hatch release. Plus special "Studio" equipment pack: Metallic Zermatt Silver paintwork (has a stunning Platinum effect to it in sunlight) with special grey/silver "Studio" cloth check upholstery. Electric sunroof, automatic heating control, split rear folding seat, special 928 style rear luggage cover with pockets for oddments rather than the usual 'roller' type cover, front driving lights in spoiler and upgraded 'teledial' alloy wheels 16-inch diameter (standard Lux models wear 15-inch alloy wheels). Thus this 944 is certainly a cut above the normal models. Furthermore it is backed up with a total service history, always Porsche main dealer or independent Porsche specialists, and has had only 5 careful owners from new. At 139,000 in November 2005 it had the all-important cambelt and tensioner replacement performed - the 3rd that is documented in this car's cossetted life! It is extremely and refreshingly original, all proper Porsche stickers present and correct, original Porsche owner's pack with owner's manual, service book all stamped up to date, and other associated leaflets. In the boot, unusually the special bag for the removable sunroof panel is present and under the boot carpet I was amazed to find the original box nestling in the spacesave spare wheel containing the original Porsche compressor and attachments... this is my 8th 80's Porsche and this is the 1st such item I have seen despite them all being issued with them from new. The engine is superb, starts 1st time, idles smoothly with that distinctive 944 engine note, extremely smooth with no tappett noises or smoke, similarly the gearbox and clutch action are taut, precise and smooth in operation. Granted this has less outright power than a modern hot Renault Clio, but the driving experience is brilliant and something to behold, they handle perfectly and impart a feeling that you are driving a finely honed high quality and rather special sports car - that no Japanese pretender, past or present, could replicate. Please view a few typical 944s of this vintage before coming to see my 944 which is in outstanding condition throughout and belies its age in every respect. £3,750 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Porsche 944 2.7 LUX View Photo Dossier

89/G Porsche 944 LUX: Stunning Guards Red with utterly unmarked black pinstripe velour interior. This is the rare and desirable 2.7 LUX (as opposed to 2.5) model which were only in production for 8 months in 1989, they are now particularly sought after amongst 944 afficionados as benefit from the easy-going and low running costs of the 8V motor with noticable improvements over the 1982-88 2.5 litre LUX. Whilst the extra 200cc only endows the car with an extra 2bhp, there is a discernable increase in torque in what was already an engine famed for its low to mid-range torque. Losing some of the 2.5's gruffness, the 2.7 feels immediately smoother, with more urgency about it and an Alfa Romeo like rasp as the revs spin up. 135K, only 3 former keepers and total service history - all Official Porsche Centre and Independent Porsche Specialists latterly. Current mature keeper past 4 years. The belts were last changed in 2003 and for peace of mind for the new owner, I will have my Independent Porsche Service Centre replace the belts prior to sale so there's no worry about future expenses being incurred. Take this into account if considering other 944s. Totally original - original 7 x 15-inch Porsche "teledial" cast alloy wheels, toolkit, all original manuals and stamped up service book, invoice dossier etc. 12 months MoT. This really is THE iconic 1980s Porsche colour scheme and the car is very eye-catching, sporting and does turn heads still 17 years on. Extra-cost options: Electric sunroof Automatic heating control Front spoiler mounted foglights Black pinstripe velour cloth upholstery Sports seats with electric height adjustment (very rare Lux option, not even standard on Turbo models, feature much more substantial bolsters and they are really body-hugging) Period stereo upgrade to Blaupunkt Canberra radio/cassette. Plus modern remote control alarm/immobiliser operating central locking. There are plenty of 944 LUX's out there, but not only is this a 2.7 LUX, it is also in superb condition throughout. You can get yourself in an average condition early 80s 944 for £2000 or less, but you get what you pay for, and such a car could not be compared with my pristine specimen which happily happens to have impeccable provenence too. A 944, especially in 8 valve LUX guise, is great value for money, it has the very best build quality, a fully galvanised bodyshell, will easily return 27-30 mpg, and should cost less than £200 a year in servicing bills. Furthermore they still look great with their muscular rear haunches, low & aggressive stance and cool retractible headlamps. This will be the best 944 you test-drive so please view a couple of typical 944s beforehand! SOLD to 1st viewer Job list: 1) Specialist service & inspection including replacement of timing and balancer belts and tensioners at Autohaus of Coventry. £350 DONE 2) Fit new 225/60/VR15 rear tyres. DONE 3) Professional paintwork to nose cone, headlamp covers, and sills to rectify stone chip damage. Booked in 12/06/06. 4) Thorough valet.
 

1989 Porsche 944 2.7 LUX View Photo Dossier

1989/F Porsche 944 2.7 LUX: Another rare 2.7 litre version of the popular 944 LUX model. Looks fantastic in factory black with very rare burgundy 1/2 leather interior with burgundy "studio" check cloth inserts. 114K, only 4 former keepers from new, total service history, all by Merlin of Nottingham Official Porsche Centre up to 98K in 2002, with 2 Independent Porsche Specialist services thereafter. Belts changed 20K ago. All original booklets, previous MoTs and invoice dossier. 12 months MoT. Current mature keeper past 3 years, totally original. Fabulous colour scheme appearing both classy, timeless and quite menacing. Extra-cost options: Electric sunroof Automatic heating control Burgundy special order interior Upgrade 16-inch 928-style Porsche forged alloy wheels on wider tyres (7x16-inch front/8x16-inch rear) Coloured Porsche crest wheel centre caps Porsche immobiliser Plus modern Thatcham Cat I immobiliser with certificate High spec Sony CD/tuner stereo. These 944s are such fantastic value for money. economical to run and yet still serve up plenty of driving thrills and still get admiring glances wherever they go. This wonderfully original example not only looks the part, but goes extremely well too, backed up with a faultless provenance. The car will come fully serviced and with all new belts & tensioners fitted by Autohaus of Coventry Independent Porsche Service Centre. The car has had the expected frontal stonechipping professionally recitified at my bodyshop. Belies its age and mileage in every way. Another pristine 944 for the most ardent Porsche fanatic. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Porsche 944 2.7 LUX View Photo Dossier

1989/F Porsche 944 2.7 LUX: Finished in rare Linen Silver Metallic with full linen leather upholstery (very rare for a LUX model to be specified with the full leather option as it was very expensive). Beautiful and classy colour scheme, this is my 3rd 2.7 LUX in stock this year and they are such great cars. Smooth, powerful and yet economical and very cheap to maintain. Naturally this car has a FSH, Official Porsche Centre for the first 6 years and independent Porsche Specialist maintenance thereafter. Recent belts change and the car will be fully serviced by Autohaus of Coventry prior to sale. tenure. In addition to the leather upholstery extra-cost option this car sports the additional options of: front foglights, electric sunroof, automatic heating control, upgrade Blaupunkt Canberra Radio/Cassette stereo. Original and outstanding throughout. Totally belies its age and mileage, there may be 944s purporting to have a lower mileage, but I very much doubt they will be in this fantastic condition nor come with such an impressive level of service history. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1984 Renault 5 "Flair" Limited Edition [MkI] View Photo Dossier

1984/A Renault 5 "Flair": Very rare limited edition based on the original Mark 1 shape Renault 5 TL. These along with the "Le Car 2" Renault 5's appeared as the original Renault 5 prepared to bow out to make way for its successor, the all new "Supercinq" of 1985. Less than 300 of these "Flair" editions were imported for the UK market, available in three colours only, Red, White and Blue. If one assumes there were 100 of each colour, then 22 years on, and given the original Renault 5's propensity to rust away, then I would conjecture there are only a handful of Flairs remaining and certainly none with such a low genuine mileage, in entirely original condition and in the best colour: Electric Blue Supergloss Metallic (485) - which was unique to the "Flair" and the high-performance Gordini models. Original "Flair" appointments: Rear roof spoiler, special alloy wheels, Momo Italian leather steering wheel, glass sunroof and the special colours with prominent tricolor side decals and badging. Owned by an elderly gentleman between 1988 and 2000, the car was always garaged and from 1993 was only taken out a few times a year, mainly to get a new MoT. In 2000 it was passed on to his daughter-in-law who for the past 6 years has only covered less than 2000 miles per annum travelling to babysit her grandchildren 3 miles away. In recent years it has benefitted from a new cylinder head, carburettor, clutch and starter motor and serviced every year too. It drives beautifully and has bags of character. Thanks to the 5-speed transmission 60mpg+ is said to be attainable at a constant 56mph. 12 months MoT. SOLD.
 

1983 Renault 5 Gordini Turbo [MkI] View Photo Dossier

1983/A Renault 5 Gordini Turbo: Very rare Mark 1 front-engined 5 Turbo, the predecessor of the 5 GT Turbo. Finished in original Metallic Silver with very funky red velour seats and carpeting. Standard Equipment: Electric windows, bronze tinted glass, turbo boost and oil pressure gauges, leather-trimmed sports steering wheel & gearknob, front fog-lights, light alloy wheels. Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, dealer-fit glass sunroof, rear roof spoiler, passenger wing mirror. Owned by myself for the past 9 years, albeit unused and stored in my barn since 1999. Would make a superb project for a Renault enthusiast as these cars are so scarce nowadays as they all rotted away, except for mine! With 65,000 genuine miles, low number of owners and a host of original features - e.g. still wearing the original "Carscope Renault Bromsgrove" number plates front and rear, and the original "Turbo" rear wing and rear window decals, all original badges, means it's a very good base for a sympathetic restoration. I paid a lot of money to a Gordini Specialist in 1998 to get it running right: Turbo Technics turbo, replacement Renix ignition module and TDC sensor, replacement carb, new turbo mount brackets, heater matrix, radiator mounts, rear discs, brake pads all round, reconditioned rear calipers, handbrake cables, auxilliary fuel tank straps, set pistons and tappets, new oil cooler, oil pipes, wastegate & actuator settings, comprehensive service and tune-up... It was always my intention to tackle this project myself, but being candid, I know that to return it to my standard of vehicle would cost far more than the car would ever be worth to me of anyone else... so very reluctantly, and with the imminent arrival of a 1987 5 GT Turbo Phase I, I shall sell my Gordini to someone out there who will lavish the money and attention the Gordini deserves. Over the years I have been buying up parts such as new front wings, rear arch panel, carb, ignition modules, a set of 4 175/50/HR13 tyres, intended to be used on the car. Not only is my Gordini honest and original, and sporting the rare and desirable red interior, but I have sourced some great and authentic extras, such as the extra-cost options: rear roof spoiler, passenger wing mirror (the Gordini Turbo had special wing mirrors shared with the mid-engined 5 Turbo 2), French heating vent bonnet scoop etc. My barn is dry and well ventilated and the Gordini is very solid and not in need of a welding torch, and despite being unused for such a spell, aside from needing new tyres fitted and I suspect more reconditioning of the rear brake calipers, I cannot see it requiring more work to get a new MoT. Many people remember the 5 Gordini Turbo, but when was the last time you saw one?? To a very good home only or I'll hang on to it for another 7 years! Sold to 1st viewer, a fellow Renault nut who plans to restore it ready to display at a Renault Show in France by July...
 

1987 Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase I View Photo Dossier

1987/D Renault 5 GT Turbo Phase I: Finished in rare and stunning Electric Blue Metallic with unmarked sports cloth upholstery.

12 months MoT and comes fully serviced. Recent turbocharger, 100% reliable with no overheating or hot-starting issues. This has been my everyday car for a year now and has been an absolute joy to drive and always got me to work in less time than my Porsche 928S2!!!

Fantastic condition, no rust, no missing trim. Superb original Phase I alloy wheels shod with 195/55/H13 Pirelli P600 tyres all round.

The original pocket rocket, the Phase I version is the fastest and rarest, and finished in Electric Blue which is the very best colour -- a rare opportunity.

SOLD to 1st viewer - Exported to Ireland.
 

1990 Renault 5 GT Turbo Raider View Photo Dossier

1990/G Renault 5 GT Turbo “Raider”: Last of line limited edition in Pearlescent Sports Blue. Unbelievably original, must be unique in having only one careful lady owner from new and 73,000 genuine miles, full MoT and all previous MoTs, new turbocharger with 24 months warranty, Pirelli P600s all round. Factory standard with no modifications. I have overseen a partial restoration which centred on the bodywork, and now can report that the car has been returned to showroom condition and is a very special pocket-rocket indeed. £3995 SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1990 Renault 5 GT Turbo Raider View Photo Dossier

1990/G Renault 5 GT Turbo Raider: Last of the line, limited edition finished in a beautiful dark blue pearlescent colour with special blue-fleck interior, and thus the most sought after of these super 80s pocket-rockets. This car is a real find! Take a look at my "Recent Sales" archive to see what my previous Raider project looked like once I had finished with it - showroom condition, this example will be just as good, and I can't believe my luck at finding a 2nd Raider with such stunning provenance. I saw it on a small local forecourt by chance driving back from viewing a Clio Williams and bought it there and then! Completely and utterly factory standard throughout, even down to the original special Philips radio/cassette player which was unique to the Raider edition and featured the then new RDS technology, and it works perfectly too. Original Renault tailored carpet over-mats, and naturally there is not a dump-valve, nor speaker holes in the rear parcel shelf, nor a 4-inch drainpipe type exhaust - or any other nasty aberration that the sad boy-racers usually inflict on these cars. If you have been searching for a genuine, unmolested, low-mileage GT Turbo, this is it, the fact that it is also the rare Raider edition should be the icing on the cake. The current elderly registered keeper has had the car since 1993, it has been his pride and joy, only used at weekends, always garaged, and regularly serviced at his brother's garage. It is a local car, and indeed he bought it from his cousin who bought the car from the original lady owner in 1991. It has a comprehensive service history and I will say categorically that this is the most honest and outstanding GT Turbo you will find anywhere. It has a recent exhaust system, genuine Renault, and new and correct 195/55/R13 tyres all round fitted to the original colour-coded Raider alloy wheels. The e/windows and central locking work perfectly, it has a Thatcham Cat II alarm and immobiliser fitted which operates the c/locking remotely. To pre-empt most "anorak" questions (I would ask them myself!) Yes it has the "Raider" slogan on the top of the rear screen, yes it still sports the special square blue fleck badges on both door b-pillars. Yes the interior is completely standard, no extra gauges, speaker holes or nasty gearknobs, in fact the gearknob still has the red gear gaitor pattern on it which usually wears off after a couple of years - amazing! The ONLY under bonnet modification is a little clever device which enables it to run on unleaded fuel without valve seat recession. Thankfully it is devoid of the sunroof option, a bonus as they alway leak and cause hassle. The turbocharger and wastegate were replaced 3 years ago at 64,000 miles. The engine is very smooth and quiet and the gearbox action taut and precise. Don't miss this one - strictly for the most perfectionist and particular Renault enthusiasts out there who appreciate this car's special condition. It will not be sold to anyone who I suspect will modify and trash it. £3,995 SOLD to 1st viewer. Job list: 1) Buy genuine brand new Renault front bumper spoiler as original is typically cracked on the lower lip. DONE 2) Professional bodywork restoration to all panels (excluding roof) which have suffered small scratches and dints over the years - - there is NO rust anywhere on this R5 - whilst the new bumper is fitted. Due back from bodyshop 29/07/05 3) Full service & inspection. DONE 4) New number plates 5) Re-polish outer rim of Raider alloys. 6) Thorough valet - ENGINE, EXTERIOR, INTERIOR. 7) New turbo actuator, overboost valve and knock sensor.
 

1985 Renault 11 Turbo Phase I View Photo Dossier

1985/B Renault 11 Turbo: One of the few early Phase I 11 Turbos imported. Metallic Silver with beige sports velour. 4 owners and only 72,000 miles from new. Completely standard and has never been raced or thrashed. E/w, c/l, headlamp washers, trip computer, original Blaupunkt stereo. Very good condition and rare. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 View Photo Dossier

95/M Renault Clio Williams 2: 2.0 litre 16v 150bhp. Pearlescent Williams Blue with ash velour sports interior. 94K with the most comprehensive, no-expense-spared, service history you'll find, FRSH to 65K and independent Renault specialist history thereafter, every invoice from new. Just had specialist gearbox rebuild at considerable expense, the trademark gold Speedline alloy wheels have been refurbished too. Desirable enhancements include a Magnex stainless steel sports exhaust system, Momo sports leather steering wheel and alloy gearknob, K&N induction kit, 10-CD autochanger. This example has been cherished from new and is in outstanding condition throughout and would suit a discerning Renault enthusiast. £3,750 SOLD
 

1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 View Photo Dossier

1995/M Renault Clio Williams 2: Pearlescent Sports Blue with charcoal/blue sports velour trim and the trademark gold Speedline alloy wheels. 84,000 miles, fastidiously maintained from new, comes with a FSH, every MoT certificate from new and only 3 former keepers. Utterly original with no modifications whatsoever. HPI clear, the car has been fully serviced and has a full MoT. The alloy wheels have been professionally refurbished to an impeccable standard and set this striking car off perfectly. Not many unmolested Williams’ are to be found nowadays, so a rare chance to acquire what is heralded as the best hot-hatchback ever made. £3,895 SOLD - Sourced specifically for client.
 

1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 View Photo Dossier

1995/M Renault Clio Williams 2: Pearlescent Sports Blue with the trademark gold Speedline alloy wheels. Only 1 lady owner from new, 94,000 genuine miles and Full Renault Service History, this mid-90's master-class of hothatches has never been serviced anywhere other than it's original supplying Renault Main Dealer. The all important cambelt and waterpump change were carried out last year at 91K. Needless to say, it is absolutely original & factory standard throughout, even has the original Philips radio/cassette stereo and the garment case under the parcel shelf which was unique to the Williams and Baccarra models, these frequently go astray. Even the original number plates are present and in smart condition. This car has been truly cherished, and I have only been allowed to buy this car as the owner was impressed by the work I do and reassured that I would ensure it was sold on only to a discerning enthusiast, so boyracers with visions of fancy air-filters and big bore exhausts need not enquire please... If you are tired of seeing scruffy examples - with sketchy history, of scabby rear arches and tatty interiors - which have obviously been thrashed and trashed, definitely keep tabs on the progress of this superb Williams. It has never been stolen and as it has been pampered it has never seen inside a spray booth - fantastic original paintwork all round. It comes with all invoices from new, all the handbooks including the stamped up service book. An original Renault Clio Williams 2 sales brochure is included in the sale. This is my 3rd Clio Williams so I'd like to think I could spot a great specimen. Indeed the best friend of the chap who bought my 1st Williams was so impressed with that one that he requested I sourced an original & outstanding example for himself, which I duly did (See "Recent Sales" link). They are members of the Clio Williams Register and I am still in contact with them as satisfied clients. So if you are after a truly remarkable Clio Williams you'd struggle to better this car. It has always been in regular use, which in my experience is preferable to one of those alledgedly super low-mileage Williams that occasionally crop up... under-used cars can be more hassle than you'd imagine! £3995 SOLD to 1st viewer Job list: 1) Professional refurbishment of alloy wheels to as new factory standard using correct Renault code for gold paint. DONE
 

1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 View Photo Dossier

1995/M Renault Clio Williams 2: Finished in superb Sports Blue with Ash Grey sports velour with the Williams Blue plush carpets, seatbelts and dials. This is my 4th Williams so by now I know exactly how a good one should drive, and this one is excellent in all respects... Only 79,000 genuine miles with a FSH, FRSH from the supplying main dealer up to 46K in 2000 with its first owner, specialist servicing thereafter. HPI clear and a dossier of invoices and 3 former keepers. In short it is as lovely and original a specimen that the enthusiast could wish to chance upon. Importantly it had the cambelt and water pump replaced at a Renault Specialist at 69K which was 18 months ago. The mid and rear exhaust sections have been replaced with genuine Renault parts this year, as have the front brake discs, front pads, rear pads and brake lines, also the clutch cable. It has been maintained regardless of cost and this reflected in the sweetness and smoothness of the engine... you'd be surprised just how refined and pleasant to drive the Clio Williams' are in factory, unmolested form. Please view a few typical shabby and abused examples before arranging to view this outstanding & pristine Williams 2. SOLD
 

1993 Renault Clio 16V Phase I View Photo Dossier

1992/K Renault Clio 1.8 16V Phase I: Finished in Etruscan red (763) with charcoal sports trim. 115,000 genuine miles with just 2 former keepers, long MoT and a comprehensive service history. The current registered keeper has owned the car for 5 years and covered just 15K in that time, there are bills for servicing and additionally in his tenure, bills for replacing the cambelt and clutch at 102K. This zingy little hot-hatch comes well equipped: Power-assisted steering, electric one-shot-down windows, electric tilt/slide sunroof with twin sunblinds, electric/heated mirrors, alloy wheels, remote central locking, volumetric alarm, original 4x6W Renault/Philips radio/cassette with column stalk controls. This car also has the extra-cost option of ABS. A very good and honest 16V. SOLD
 

1990 Peugeot 205 GTI Limited Edition View Photo Dossier

1990/H Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6: Limited edition in Pearlescent Sorrento Green with full leather sports trim. High spec model with PAS, electric windows, central locking, sunroof, 1.9 alloy wheels, Magnex s/s sports exhaust, Alpine sound system. 110,000 miles, full MoT and just had full service and cambelt change. A beautiful, classy and distinctive colour to have this thrilling hot-hatch finished in. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1986 MG Metro Turbo View Photo Dossier

1986/D MG Metro Turbo: Metallic Moonraker Blue over grey with grey & red sports upholstery, (quite a rare colour only available between 1985-87). Only 67,000 genuine miles and one lady owner since 1991, well-maintained, used regularly with lots of history and old MoTs. Central locking, tinted windows, sunroof, original alloys on correct Goodyear NCT tyres, original Philips radio/cassette, handbooks etc. In excellent & original order throughout, getting very scarce nowadays. £700 SOLD to 1st viewer. Featured in a October 2004 issue of Retro Cars magazine.
 

1992 Rover Metro GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1992/J Rover Metro GTI 16V: Finished in my favourite and one of the rarest colours - Storm Grey Metallic with unmarked sports "Lightening" cloth trim. Current well-heeled lady owner of 4 years and plenty of service history. Having used this for 3 months as my runabout, I can attest to its reliability. Very nippy, great fun and very economical. So much more refined than the old-style Metros, the twin cam K-series engine and 5-speed gearbox are a joy. Standard equipment: Central locking, tinted glass, front & rear colour-coded spoiler and side-skirts, cross-spoke alloy wheels, rev-counter, sports seats with lumbar support, deep pile carpeting, glass sunroof. Not many of these around and very much underrated. Fantastic condition, come with 12 months MoT, new cambelt and both rear radius arms having been renewed. SOLD
 

1989 SAAB 900 T16S Aero View Photo Dossier

1989/G SAAB 900 Turbo 16S Aero: Metallic Silver with full Aero bodyskirts & grey velour interior. 129K, FSH and only 2 former keepers from new. Fully serviced and with a full MoT. Heated seats, cruise control, original Pioneer hi-spec stereo, immaculate original 3-spoke alloy wheels on Pirelli P6000 tyres all round. These distinctive and potent modern classics have usually clocked up intergalactic miles and are looking rather shabby, not this one however, in truly pristine order throughout. SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1989 Bentley Turbo R View Photo Dossier

1989/F Bentley Turbo R: "Red Label" finished in superb Dark Oyster Grey Metallic complimented with a very classy grey-beige Connolly leather interior with walnut trim, pale beige Wilton carpets, and new grey-green lambswool over-rugs.

Specification: Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI), Anti-locking Brakes (ABS), Power-assisted Steering (PAS), limited slip differential, electric memory sports seating, electric windows, electric mirrors, split level air-conditioning, cruise control, central locking, Bentley light alloy wheels.

Only 2 former keepers from new, genuine low mileage of 79K backed up with a FSH. This car was supplied new by the most famous RR & Bentley dealership, "Jack Barclay of London", on 14th February 1989 wearing the cherished registration number "4PH", it was chauffeur driven. It has a full Bentley franchised dealer history to 50K and has been serviced by a RR-trained independent specialist thereafter.

In 1991 "Car" magazine pronounced the Turbo R to be "The Best Car in The World", having successfully triumphed over the then spanking new W140 Mercedes 600 SEL V12 48 valve (408bhp), ...the Jaguar XJ40 Sovereign and Lexus didn't even come close! In 2005 this Turbo R is still a magnificent beast and is an absolute joy to be at the helm of, seamless brute power when you put your foot down and serene cruising when you desire... in the driver's seat, at almost Range Rover seat height, you certainly feel that every journey is an occasion and look down smuggly at the humdrum saloons you effortlessly despatch...

In addition to its low mileage and excellent provenance, I selected this particular Turbo R as its finished in a smart & contemporary colour scheme - - I am not so keen on the common Balmoral and Brewster Greens - - the Dark Oyster Grey is a stunning colour and is complimented by a subtle red sports coach line to match the red label badging. Furthermore the interior is immaculate, the leather is all as new, as is the copious amount of walnut trim - no lifting of lacquer anywhere. The first thing one notices when climbing aboard this Bentley is the delicate and sweet aroma of the leather - - leather covers everything that isnt wooden, headlining, sun visors, dashboard, even the glovebox is leather lined!

The car drives superbly, as one would expect from a low mileage and fastidiously maintained specimen. Everything works perfectly including the air-conditioning system and cruise control.

It comes with its original complete toolkit, the original top of the range Blaupunkt Bamberg SQR05 hi-fi system, an original Motorola car-phone still nestles under the lid of the passenger arm-rest, and naturally the owner's wallet is present and correct with the stamped up service book and every manual and booklet that came with the car when new. An original 1989 Bentley sales brochure is included in the sale. A very expensive tailored "breathable" full car cover in grey with red Bentley badge and "Turbo R" motif is also available. The car has recently had a new set of 255/60/VR15 Avon Turbospeed tyres fitted, and the rear shock absorbers have been replaced too - - at considerable expense I might add.

I have just had an annual service carried out at Flying Spares of Market Bosworth who incidentally have maintained the car for the past 4 years. They inspected the car thoroughly and on their advice I had them replace the brake pads front and rear, strip down the handbrake mechanism and renew the handbrake pads and replace the two rear engine mounts. The bill came in at just under £1000, which is almost insignificant for a car which cost £112,000 17 years ago. Naturally no Bentley can be run on Mondeo money, but if you buy prudently you should need only budget £1000-£1500 per year for maintenance - - and it is definitely worth it, such is the pleasure one derives from driving such a bespoke and exclusive motor car.

A rare opportunity to acquire a stunning and cherished Turbo R in a beautiful colour scheme and utterly factory original. The service manager at Flying Spares asserted that if he was buying a Turbo R he would search for an 1989 model as it benefits from the EFI & ABS running gear with the 1989 cosmetic revisions of twin headlamps, body coloured bumpers, wing mirrors and front and rear sports valances but crucially does without the complex and costly "Active Ride" equipment introduced for the 1990 model year.

Forget those new £120,000 VW-Bentley Continentals, leave those to the footballers and buy a proper Bentley for a fraction of the price. A classic Turbo R will always be the most impressive and classy car when drawing up at a relative's wedding or a friend's summer party. Viewing, and driving (!) is essential. SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1996 Mercedes-Benz SL 320 [R129] View Photo Dossier

1996/N Mercedes-Benz SL 320: Beautiful Mercedes roadster finished in distinctive Green/Black Pearlescent with immaculate Mushroom soft leather upholstery, excellent black mohair soft-top and unmarked original factory hard top.

Only 69,000 genuine miles from new, FMBSH and substantial invoice dossier.

This is the facelift model benefitting from more streamlined bumpers and side mouldings, a 3rd brake light in the bootlid, new seat and door-panel contours, new steering wheel, clear indicators and all red rear light clusters.

Of course with a Mercedes SL there is no winter weather trade off as the aluminium factory hardtop with heated glass rear window provides genuine fixed head coupé levels of draught exclusion and sealing from the elements for however many months of winter weather we have.

Standard Equipment: 5-speed automatic transmission with sports & economy modes, fully electro-hydraulic operated soft top with one press operation (i.e. no catches to undo, no hood cover to release, pressing just 1 button does it all!), PAS, ABS, driver's airbag, passenger airbag, remote central locking and MB alarm & immobiliser, fully electric sports seats, ellipsoid technology spoiler foglamps, headlamp wash/wipe, electrically operated roll-bar (automatically pops up in microseconds should the car start to roll).

Further equipment: Automatic climate control with air-conditioning, cruise control, factory rear seats, 17-inch upgrade MB sports alloy wheels, pearlescent paintwork.

The R129 SL achieves that rare feat of looking equally attractive with the hood up or down, or with the hard-top installed. Indeed some assert it looks best with the hard top fitted, appearing as a sleek and sophisticated sports coupé with perfectly integrated lines.

Comes with original MB owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped service history book, invoice dossier, two keys, original toolkit and a Mercedes SL sales brochure completes the documentation.

In superb condition throughout. Please view a few typically tired and "lived-in" examples before coming to view this stunning machine.

SOLD
 

1983 Ford Escort Mk3 XR3i View Photo Dossier

1983/A Ford Escort Mk3 XR3i: Unbelievably original & outstanding XR3i finished in the rare and most sought after colour scheme of Caspian Blue Metallic with Shark Grey Crushed Velour and Monza fabric upholstery with royal blue piping.

What's going on? A Ford has crept onto my website - it's OK this is a special car to me as I'll outline later.

Timewarp specimen with only 2 former keepers, current enthusiast owner of 3 years, previous mature keeper of 20 years. Local car supplied new by the Brooklyn Garages of Malvern. Total service history from new with reams of invoices, old MoTs, and special handwritten owner's log detailing every expenditure from new. This car has been truly cherished, is wonderfully original, and drives beautifully.

My aunt bought one of the very first UK XR3i's brand new in 1983 on a Y-reg in black with all the options and finished off with a reflective red "XR3i" pose plate sitting between the tail lights with the rear number plate dropped below the rear bumper... she was a DCI in the West Midlands Constabulary and her taking me out in her new toy, driving faster than I'd ever experienced and despatching an XJS V12 with ease is one of my earliest memories and certainly was instrumental in me switching my interest from Britains' toy tractors to real motor cars. We had a very humble 1978 Renault 12 estate as our family car back then and the ultra modern, all new gleaming black XR3i totally blew me away. They have long since been a special favourite of mine hance I have always promised myself a Mk3 XR3i and after owning 30 Golf GTI's of varying types, I set about finding my XR3i in earnest...

Prior to buying this specimen, I had never actually seen an XR3i in this Caspian Blue colour, only a rare RS1600i over a decade ago, but I was determined that if I was to have one, it had to be in my favourite, but most elusive, shade. I am over the moon with my find as I never thought I would unearth one with such impeccable provenance, such amazing originality and in genuine "timewarp" condition... the fact that it is in my favourite colour and a locally supplied car were the icing on the cake.

So rather than some beat up, rusty, many owner restoration case that I thought I'd have to settle for, as my photographs attest, from the off this XR3i is I would state unique, and it is already immaculate enough to be proudly shown at Ford Owner's Club events. Having been undersealed with Waxoyl at less than 5 years old this car has never seen the welder's torch.

Standard XR3i Equipment (Price new in 1983 with alloy wheels £6,278.09): Halogen headlamps, heated rear screen with wash/wipe, sports seats, 5-speed gearbox, uprated suspension with gas shock absorbers, front and rear spoilers, rear wheelarch air deflectors, leather-trimmed 3-spoke sports steering wheel, dual tone horn, roof-mounted digital clock console.

Extra-Cost Options: Executive Pack - consisting of: push button MW/LW stereo cassette RST 21P, tilting/sliding screened glass sunroof and electrically operated aerial - £334.56, metallic paintwork £88.43, tinted glass £43.08, driving lamps £81.50, head restraint pads £23.53. Dealer-fitted mudflaps front & rear are also fitted, and the original Ford rubber over-mats have kept the thick pile carpets as new.

Having never been in the hands of a boy-racer this car is as sweet to drive as it is to look at. It even sports the original pre-digital tuning headunit. There's no wear whatsoever on the interior, no cracks on the dashboard and simply that "timewarp" expression sums up the car in every respect.

The 1983 Ford brochure describes the XR3i as having razor-sharp handling and this is no mere marketing man hype as contemporary road tests put the XR3i above the legendary Golf GTI MkI in terms of handling and road holding. Rapidly approaching it's 25th birthday, my XR3i truly captivates, possessed of go-kart handling, a great power-to-weight ratio, zingy exhaust rasp and such brio that you cannot fail to smile every time you turn the key as each journey is a fun event... and all this coupled with a claimed and believable 44mpg at 56mph.

All invoices from new, no modifications from factory specification, complete owner's pack with stamped up service book, owner's manual, XR3i supplement and all other booklets, original 1983 sales brochure, original stereo, all tools and jacking kit present and correct, spare wheel wearing Pirelli P600 tyre.

To compound what a seriously sound specimen this is I have just had it MoT'd and it only required a new CV boot and a wiper blade with no advisory notes - find another 25 year old Escort that would reward you with such a cheap as chips MoT!

SOLD Exported to Ireland

 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 190E: Beautiful Smoke Silver Metallic with unmarked cream cloth upholstery. Certainly one of the most attractive and classy colours to have, and suits the baby Benz 190E perfectly.

Only 1 former keeper from new, below average mileage and most importantly FMBSH from new with it's last service at Pentagon MB main dealer at 94,000 miles. Bought new by a well-heeled Hampshire lady from Cloverleaf MB main dealership in 1990, the current church deacon elderly owner then bought it in 1992 and has had it maintained regardless of cost right up to today. You will not find a sweeter driving or performing 190E - having had 3 superb 190E examples this year already I can state this with authority!

Even today 190E's are plentiful - which speaks volumes about their longevity and reliability - so rest assured that I only select the finest, most well-maintained and original specimens, and usually finished in the most attractive colour schemes. This 190E belies its age and mileage with ease and one could genuinely believe one was at the helm of a 5 year old 50,000 mile car. Correct in every detail down to the original optional-extra Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo and this is a particularly well-equipped 190E from the era when your brand new Mercedes-Benz didn't even come with a radio and aerial unless you digged deeper into your pocket.

Standard Equipment: PAS, central locking, electric mirror.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, ABS, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, electric front windows, electric rear windows, tinted glass, electric tilt/slide sunroof, front armrest, Blaupunkt Melbourne SQR26 radio/cassette stereo, electric aerial.

MB dealer fitted cord carpet overmats, MB mudflaps front & rear, and an MB/Scorpion alarm system operating the central locking by remote are also fitted.

Comes complete with original MB owner's pack containing the owner's manual, fully stamped up service book and other MB leaflets and booklets, subtantial invoice dossier dating back to 1992. Two sets of keys including two alarm fobs, unopened first aid kit, complete tool roll. An original 1990 MB 190E sales brochure completes this car's superb provenance.

SOLD to 1st viewer - exported to Ireland.

 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE View Photo Dossier

1990/H Mercedes-Benz 300 SE [W126]:Pearl Grey with grey soft leather upholstery.

Only 2 former keepers, below average mileage, current gentleman owner of 7 years, FMBSH with it's last service at Mercedes-Benz of Hitchin main dealership at 137K. All original, superb provenance and a well-equipped entry-level classic S-Class.

Extra-cost options: Pearlescent paintwork, leather upholstery, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, rear head-restraints, headlamp wash/wipe, Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo. The car is also fitted with tailored MB carpet over-mats and rear MB mudflaps.

With the new front wings fitted (THE W126 bubbling hotspot), the bodywork professionally resprayed bar the roof so there are no colour mismatches, stone chips or scuffs, just a lustrous, uniform, gleaming finish, and set off by excellent MB 8-hole alloy wheels -- this is an eye-catching and imposing classic S-Class saloon.

Excellent service history, extremely attractive colour scheme, the right engine, the right specification - - a really fine Mercedes S-Class.

SOLD to 1st viewer

 

1989 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1989/G Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI 8V: Excellent Jade Green Metallic paintwork with unmarked grey/blue/yellow sports check cloth upholstery. One of the very last small bumper models, and in my preferred guise which is the "digifant" 8V engine and the practical 5-door bodyshell.

102,000 genuine miles with a FSH and all original - HPI clear with certificate. The current owner has had it for 2.5 years, and in that time aside from servicing only 2 new front shock absorbers, alternator and a set of tyres were required in his tenure.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, 5-door bodyshell, tinted glass. Rare 14-inch forged "Le Castellet" Campaign edition alloy wheels, a Thatcham Cat II immobiliser with certificate, Sony radio/cassette stereo and rear mudflaps have been added retrospectively to enhance an already distinctive classic GTI.

I have used this car personally for 3 months and it has proved to be 100% reliable, great fun and very frugal - returning 35mpg with ease, it's also a particularly responsive example. There is no crunching from the gearbox, even when stone cold, nor any play and sloppiness in gear selection. As with the vast majority of GTI's the engine was tappetty from cold -- as the bodywork required so little rejuvenation I was able to push the boat out on the mechanical side and spend more than I would normally on a humble GTI. I had all brand new tappets fitted which has really improved the car. There is no hint of tappet chatter even from stone cold and the car sounds as refined and smooth on idle as it would have done when new! I have also had the all important timing belt and tensioner change carried out as a precautionary measure for the new keepers's peace of mind as well as other bits and bobs detailed below.

Direct and communicative non-PAS steering (how I prefer them), and the suspension and brakes are spot on too. It starts on the button, idles evenly, no smoking and performs as only a well-maintained GTI does.

The paintwork displays a uniform lustre with no paint mismatches and the presence of the long obsolete factory black swage strips along the flanks and beneath the tailgate point to an original, unmolested car. The VAG codes sticker in the boot and bar-code sticker on doorjamb are present and correct. The car sports recent tyres of matching brand all round. The original owner's wallet contains the owner's manual, stamped up service book and not only is there a large invoice dossier but each tax disc has been kept from new -- again compounding what a cherished car it is.

I should mention the colour too - Jade Green Metallic is one of the rarer colours, it suits the small bumper model perfectly and makes this car more eye-catching and classy than all the Tornado Red and Alpine White GTIs which abound from this era... the clearcoat lacquer which only the extra-cost option metallic finishes received, definitely seem more resilient to age and mileage than the standard gloss colours incidentally.

An excellent, reliable, fun and distinctive GTI for everyday motoring or smart enough to keep garaged for weekend only use.



 

1990 BMW 325i A Touring [E30] View Photo Dossier

1990/H BMW 325i A Touring: Fantastic late-model E30 prestige sports estate finished in gleaming Diamond Black with unmarked Anthracite cloth upholstery.

Current owner of 8 years who has taken the car from 35,000 to the 114,000 miles it is showing today. FSH, substantial invoice dossier, original and honest, HPI clear with certificate.

I have loved these Tourings ever since a rich friend's mum had one when new - BMW really did create a new niche when these compact, sporting and prestigious hold-alls were launched in 1988 when trendy yuppies could not get enough of the BMW E30, long before Audi got in on the act with the 80 Avant (which being front as opposed to rear-wheel drive could never claim to possess true sporting prowess) and Mercedes with their C-Class estate (which was and is an ugly dog for old men)...

In 5 years of running my business, up to now, I simply have not pinpointed one with the right credentials... they all seemed to have covered very high mileages, neglected and been used and abused as cheap work-horses.

Importantly, my Touring was bought by its current keeper as a super low mileage, lady-owner, full BMW main dealer history car in 1999 at considerable expense... thereafter it has been treated as such and cherished, had any jobs required carried out, and never regarded as a scruffy £500 Ebay smoker to just scrape through each MoT as the vast majority of surviving E30 Tourings are.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, metallic paintwork, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, rear head restraints, electric sunroof, BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW tailored cord overmats.

Reams of invoice from new, backing up how fastidiously maintained this Touring has been including one for a new head (crucially not a merely reconditioned one) which was fitted two years ago, this aside, only routine consummables have required replacing. The original owner's wallet is present and complete with owner's manual, service history book, two complete sets of keys and remote fobs, toolkit, touch-up paint and an original BMW E30 Touring sales brochure completes this car's superb provenance.

SOLD to 1st viewer

 

1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit View Photo Dossier

1980/W Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit: Beautiful Light Ocean Blue Metallic with deep blue Connolly leather upholstery, light grey Wilton carpets, sky blue lambswool over rugs and superb walnut fascia.

Only 69,000 miles with FSH and only 5 keepers from new. Recently serviced and long MoT, the cherished number plate is not included.

A wonderful example in the most attractive colour which has been cherished all of its life. One of the very first of the Silver Spirit models and originally supplied new to a company owner in Cardiff and wearing the registration "CLB 1" and setting its first lucky owner back more than one would have paid for a 4-bedroom detached house at the time... £49,629 to be precise which was an astronomical sum in 1980!

This grand motor car has been the current owner's pride and joy for the past 7 years, always garaged and only driven on sunny weekends. The car has been regularly serviced at a Middlesex RR specialists and he has lavished a small fortune on it keeping it in tip top condition. Only a few jobs were essential maintenance the rest was done out of love for this special car -- please do not confuse this Silver Spirit with the worn and shabby cars which abound, especially wedding cars, which only get the bare minimum of attention to scrape through each MoT and will be huge money pits to get back to anywhere near this condition.

Excerpts of invoices for the past 3 years in addition to routine servicing:

Refacing exhaust manifolds and fitting 8 new manifold gaskets = £1200
Removal of all woodwork, sent away for specialist polishing and re-lacquering = £1700
Connolising and new leather "horsehoes" to front seats = £900
New steering rack = £540
New genuine RR driver's wing mirror = £458
Strip and rebuild carburettors = £620
New Avon white wall tyres x 4 = £500
New ambient temperature sensor = £90
New rear suspension spheres, front shock absorbers and spring cups = £2000
Bodywork rejuvenation including hand painting of twin navy blue coachlines to original Crewe specification = £1500
Hidden modern Kenwood hi-fi with CD autochanger and headunit masked behind walnut flap = £750
A/C overhaul = £495
Removal of rear windscreen, fit new genuine RR screen seal, refit windscreen = £900

The engine jumps into life first turn of the key settling to a steady and smooth idle, just a very subdued deep bass burble from the engine at tickover that only under heavy throttle emits a raffish muscular V8 rasp to confirm that the vast engine is really there. The brake and hydraulic system warning lights extinguish in 45 seconds from stone cold (RR handbook states within 2 minutes) confirming that the pumps and pipework are all in particularly fine order as the owner has always had anything renewed as and when recommended by his RR expert technician.

Drives extremely well, encourages quite a sedate pace, one simply wafts along in a Rolls-Royce. Naturally it lacks the poise, grip and handling, not to mention the mindblowing performance, of a newer Bentley Turbo R, but this is by no means the ponderous and wallowy barge I was expecting. Acceleration is more than adequate and surprisingly brisk as the big engine may not be powerful in bhp terms for its displacement but it serves up absolute lashings of unstressed brute torque to propel 2 tonnes of opulent English craftsmanship forward.

The suspension and ride is a marvel and must surely have been the very best in the world in 1980, cossetting and always unruffled, a Mercedes 450 SEL would not have come close to matching this superb ride quality, only a Jaguar XJ12 perhaps would have had its measure and at a mere third of the price would not have had anywhere near the exclusivity or gravitas of the brand new Rolls-Royce.

Equipment: PAS, split level air-conditioning (ice cold), electric windows, electric mirrors, central locking, electric seats, electric aerial, original Bosch Frankfurt radio, cruise control, original Lucas front foglights with protective covers.

Comes with original RR owner's wallet with stamped up service book, owner's manual, and an impressive array of old MoT's tax discs and detailed invoices, two spare keys, toolkit. A 1980 RR Silver Spirit sales brochure, spare mineral oil canisters etc are also included.

A delight to drive, a delight to be driven in and this pristine motor car really does draw an awful lot of admiring glances when it passes, and amusingly other drivers always seem rather deferential to a Rolls-Royce driver, stopping to let you through in narrow streets, slowing to let you pull out at junctions... or is this just because they know that the last car you want to smash into and damage is a Rolls?!

SOLD - sourced specifically for existing client.
 

1995 Renault Clio Williams 2 View Photo Dossier

1995/M Renault Clio Williams 2: Eye-catching Sports Blue Pearlescent with unmarked ash velour upholstery with Williams blue carpeting and detailing, set off with the trademark gold Speedline alloy wheels.

Only 4 keepers, 84,000 genuine miles and full Renault "Reg Vardy" main agent service history. Vast invoice dossier detailing all work carried out on this special car including a brand new genuine Renault gearbox in 2003, which was 15,000 miles ago, 800 pounds for the box alone!

All original and correct and never been used an abused at the hands of a chav boyracer. Original Philips RDS radio/cassette, the owner's wallet is complete with stamped up service book, owner's manual and the rare "Williams" supplement manual, every MoT certificate from new, original Reg Vardy Renault number plates fitted front and rear compound what a sound, honest and unmolested Williams this is. Quite simply there are very, very few left in this original condition and with this superb provenance.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

 

1989 Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 745 Turbo Intercooler Automatic: Gleaming Dark Grey Metallic with excellent black 1/2 leather interior with plush velour inserts. The sporting and modern colour scheme give this angular estate an almost timeless look. Total service history from new and HPI clear.

As with all my Volvo estates, this isn't just any old, tired and neglected workhorse, rather a car that has been treated respectfully and maintained correctly. The registered elderly keeper has owned the car since 1995 when be paid £7000 for it and only sold his 740 Turbo to me as he has updated to a smart V70 model. He bought his 740 those 16 years ago as a high mileage, (114K on a 6 year old car) but immaculate and total Volvo main dealer history car, and thereafter he has put a mere 3,000 miles per year on his trusty Volvo. He has carried out routine maintenance himself, whilst the odd more involved repair has been carried out by an independent specialist.

It is four years since I wrote the original write up on this car, I now have had to adjust the mileage from 150K to 164K. The reason this car has spent 4 years in "Work in Progress" is that it has proved to be an indispensable car for me.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, central locking, electric sunroof, electric windows x 4, tinted glass, electric heated mirrors, heated front seats with height and lumbar support adjustment, factory dechrome finish, 5-spoke Volvo light alloy wheels, spoiler mounted front foglamps, special Turbo "eggcrate" front grill, 70:30 split rear seat with head-restraints, voltmeter and turbo boost gauges, the original Volvo radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial is present and correct.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed ZF automatic transmission with overdrive 4th gear, Volvo floor trays, Volvo mudflaps front and rear.

This is one of those rare instances where one gets something for nothing - because of the superior power to weight ratio, not only are these top-of-range turbocharged Volvos blessed with very good performance statistics, they also achieve better fuel economy than their lesser brethren as the turbocharger sees that the engine never labours and always has sufficient power and torque to pull away from junctions and speed up hills in an unstressed fashion.

This car drives beautifully with the turbocharger spinning up smoothly and progressively giving this large estate far more urge and also smoothness than the basic normally-aspirated engines. The automatic gearbox changes gear almost seamlessly and promptly, and kickdown works perfectly too, which really does see this big car picking up speed at an impressive rate. The car starts on the button, idles evenly and the temperature gauge always remains resolutely at the 1/2 way point as it should.

Unlike most of my previous Volvo estates, this car has never had a towbar fitted and as such has an uncut plastic skirt beneath the rear bumper - which you very seldom see!

SOLD to the 1st viewer - a Volvo enthusiast.






 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 View Photo Dossier

1993/K Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 Automatic: Superb Blue/Black Metallic paintwork with as new cream cloth upholstery - THE very best colour scheme.

One former keeper from new, a local doctor, only 90,000 genuine miles and total service history, FMBSH, and latterly switching to independent MB specialists, this car has been maintained fastidiously, never missed a service, in fact it has been "over-serviced" as the résumé of the service history below compounds. Current mature registered keeper of six years. HPI clear with certificate.

It has had new anti-roll bar bushes, new propshaft coupling, brake pads, and the important headgasket replacement major job was performed 5 or so years ago.

A very desirable late model car with the excellent and responsive 2.0 litre engine coupled to Mercedes' superb 4-speed automatic transmission, not only does my car distinguish itself by virtue of its impeccable provenence, but it is also a particularly well-equipped 190E and would have cost its first owner in excess of £22,000 fifteen years ago.

STANDARD EQUIPMENT: PAS, ABS, driver's airbag, catalytic convertor, central locking, tinted glass, twin exhaust tailpipes.

EXTRA COST OPTIONS: Metallic paintwork, electric front windows, electric rear windows, electric sunroof, 4-speed automatic gearbox, original upgrade Blaupunkt Verona radio/cassette stereo, electric aerial, extended dashboard centre console with walnut trim, rear head-restraints, front arm-rest, MB mudflaps front and rear, "Sportline" suspension and "Sportline" 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, locking wheel bolts.

£2,500 Commission sale, car located near Glasgow.
 

1990 BMW 325i A Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1990/H BMW 325i A Convertible: Diamond Black Metallic, black mohair hood and immaculate Anthracite Recaro sports check cloth upholstery.

Supplied new by Cotswold BMW of Cheltenham, this would have been a seriously expensive 3-series and at the time the only competition was from the quirky SAAB 900 T16S Convertible, but the Triumph-derived SAAB 2.0 4-cylinder engine despite its turbocharged potency could never compete with the world-class refinement of BMW's legendary straight six.

A superb example of this timeless 4-seater prestige convertible. The desirable colour scheme and factory dechrome make this 325i appear even more sporting, modern and distinctive.

Only 3 former keepers, current registered keeper of 6 years, low mileage at 111,000 and FSH. HPI clear with certificate. 12 months MoT.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, Recaro sports front seats, electric windows x 4, leather sports steering wheel, front foglights, electric mirrors, central locking, check control system, green tinted glass, top tint windscreen, twin exhaust tailpipes.

Extra-Cost Equipment: 4-speed switchable automatic gearbox, metallic paintwork, M-Tech rear spoiler, factory dechrome, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, rear head-restraints, rear BMW mudflaps, original expensive upgraded Blaupunkt Montreal radio/cassette stereo.

It's taken a long time for me to find an E30 convertible with the range-topping 170 bhp 2.5 litre engine that has the right provenance and is all honest and original - i.e. hasn't been lowered, fitted with ghastly aftermarket wheels and clear lights by some wannabe London gangsta rapper which frustratingly has been the fate of all too many 325iC's. Hitherto I have been more than happy with two outstanding 320i manual Convertibles I have had, but personally I think an automatic gearbox is perhaps best suited to this refined boulevard cruiser and for to this end the more powerful 2.5 unit is required.

The extra power over my previous 129bhp 2.0 versions is immediately apparent, the silky smooth changes from the automatic gearbox in normal driving does encourage a restrained pace however, but invoke kickdown and BMW's brilliant M20 straight six emits that delicious meaty burble turning the 325i from soft-top cruiser to hothatch eater...

Some may prefer the idea of a manual gearbox, but the convertible being 15-20% heavier than the saloon due to all the strengthening, and the obvious fact that being a roadster it won't have the handling prowess of the saloon due to its inferior rigidity, an automatic gearbox is the optimum choice, especially as the fantastic gearbox changes so imperceptably. That's not to say it is not a driver's car and fun cannot be had, on the contrary, a Sunday morning blast around the lanes in this will be most invigorating.

Rather like the lovely Golf MkI Cabriolets, I feel these classic 3-series roadsters look equally appealing with the hood raised or stowed.

As always, please do not compare my truly outstanding and proper specimen with all that EBay tat which abounds, please view a couple of cars, prepare to turn your nose up, before arranging to view and drive my 325iC.

SOLD - to Scottish client

Job list:

1) Replace typically corroded front foglight lenses with brand new Hella items - DONE
2) Replace rear centre console and ashtray - DONE
3) Professional bodywork to remove parking dents, nasty car phone aerial and old BMW deadlock/alarm thing on driver's door DONE
4) Engine service (Insp I) DONE and MoT. DONE
5) Gearbox service
6) Fit new badges and inscriptions all round. DONE
7) Fit new Hirschmann black electric aerial DONE
8) New number plates. DONE
 

1990 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1990/H Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI 16V: Rare and stunning Pearlescent Pearl Grey [paint code: LA7U] with unmarked rainbow sports cloth upholstery.

Locally owned, cherished and original specimen, first registered in November 1990 this is a desirable late model 16V. Only 2 former keepers from new, 135K with total service history, and incredibly all invoices from new including the original purchase invoice when this car was sold to its lady owner! HPI clear with certificate.

3-door, big bumpers, original BBS RA alloy wheels, PAS, electric windows, sunroof, central locking, tinted glass, front foglights, late model 16V front door speakers.

Forget the drab Oak Green colour that I will never understand what the fuss is about, this is THE colour to go for, classy, timeless, rare (colour only available from late 1990-91)sporting and subtle - set off with unmarked BBS alloy wheels, you will not find a smarter looking late model 16V. It's getting on for 3 years since I had my last big bumper 16V in stock, simply because the majority have been thrashed and trashed and fall far short of my criteria - this one ticks all the boxes and more and will suit the most discerning GTI fanatic...

It drives superbly, starts on the button and settling down immediately to a steady, purposeful sounding idle. This car although on a standard exhaust system sounds particularly sporting with a meaty rasp and burble to its exhaust note, reminding one that one is at the helm of an old school hothatch, but importantly, this soundtrack does not become intrusive at motorway cruising speeds. As with all my cars I have used this car for a fortnight as my daily driver and can report that there are no issues at all to report, no smoking, no overheating woes, taut and precise gearchanges with no whining or crunching from cold, progressive clutch, spot-on brakes, and direct and communicative steering with no play nor vagueness. You'll observe the car sits perfectly on its standard suspension set-up, there are no clunks or knocks either, whilst the 16V suspension is slightly uprated and lowered from the factory compared to the 8V, although always sporting and firm in feel, it is always compliant so that one could never assert that it is an uncomfortable car.

Comes complete with original VAG owner's wallet with its full compliment of owner's manual, stamped up service book, Blaupunkt stereo manual and other VAG booklets. An impressive and comprehensive invoice dossier details work carried out on this car throughout its lifetime (tellingly on a fastidiously maintained, non-boy-racered GTI only routine servicing and consummables figure - no engine rebuilds, replacement gearboxes, headgasket failures etc. to highlight on my GTI!)

As is often the case it's the "anorak" details that distinguish my cars from the typical tired and shabby heaps out there. There are two sets of keys including the original special 2-part "16V" key complete with it's cover on a thread, an original early 1990's immobiliser is fitted. The VAG codes sticker is present in the boot compartment indicating that the rear has not been involved in a shunt. Similarly the bar code sticker and tyre pressure decal is still present on the driver's door jamb. All underbonnet stickers are present, along with original VAG stamped front wings with the proper underseal beading at the top edge confirming that my car has never been in a frontal accident.

The interior is in timewarp condition, miraculously no rips or wear on the driver's seat bolster, no stains or cigarette burns, no missing trim, just a fantastically smart and superb cabin which utterly belies the car's age and mileage.

To many, the Golf Mk2 GTI 16V is the most admired and covetted hothatch of all time, and my immaculate specimen is one to be cherished and is sure to be an appreciating asset as each year these big bumper GTI 16V's in original and outstanding condition become more and more scarce. Truly a GTI 16V that's not to be missed as I know it will be an awfully long time before I stumble across a gem like this again.

SOLD to 1st serious viewer.

 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 View Photo Dossier

1993/L Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0: Smoke Silver Metallic with Cream Cloth upholstery.

Showroom condition "timewarp" example with only one (sadly deceased) gentleman owner from new, genuine 31,000 miles, FMBSH and local garage servicing in recent years. This 190 was his pride and joy, always garaged and seldom driven in the wet.

The paintwork is all factory original and flawless, incredible and with none of the scuffs and parking dents one typically finds on all cars of a certain age. Demonstrating how fastidious this gent was, he had £175 genuine MB nylon seat covers fitted from new, as such the actual seat fabric has never seen the light of day, so is truly factory fresh.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, driver's airbag, catalytic convertor, ABS, sunroof, electric front windows, 8-hole MB alloy wheels, central arm-rest, Becker Europa radio/cassette stereo, extended dashboard central console with walnut trim, MB over-mats, MB mudflaps front and rear, MB/Scorpion alarm system operating central locking by remote control.

If you want the nearest to brand new 190E in the UK, you've just chanced upon it.

SOLD
 

1994 BMW 730i A SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1994/L BMW 730i A SE E32: Finished in the very attractive colour scheme of Calypso Red Metallic with Light Silver leather upholstery.

Super specimen, with a genuine 63,000 miles, only 2 keepers and a total service history, full BMW main dealer service history up to 2001 and more recent servicing undertaken by Moseley Independent BMW Specialists. HPI clear with certificate.

It's a particularly well specified 730i too: PAS, ABS, 4-speed automatic gearbox with Sports/Economy modes, electric seats, full leather upholstery, trip computer, front foglights, headlamp and front foglight washer system, electric lumbar supports, original BMW Business Bavaria upgrade sound system, unused first aid kit, unmarked original BMW silver carpet over-mats.

As this is a late model car it comes with a more lavish interior than earlier examples with superb polished burr walnut trim which is also extended to the gear selector knob and ashtray console, a driver's airbag is fitted along with the extra-cost options of driver's seat position memory, automatic climate control, cruise control, servotronic steering, front and rear parking sensors (PDC), and rain-sensing windscreen wiper speed function.

Externally, this car is enhanced further by the extra-cost options of factory dechrome (the window surrounds and door rubbing strips are finished in satin black and the bumper tops are colour-coded rather than being chromed), 15-inch BBS cross-spoke alloy wheels and BMW mudflaps front and rear.

The low-mileage, impeccable provenance, original and late model status, great specification, condition, and colour combination all conspire to make this one of the finest E32's available - this being my 5th E32 I feel I can make such a bold statement!

SOLD to 1st viewer.


 

1988 Toyota MR2 Mk1 View Photo Dossier

1988/E Toyota MR2 Mk1: Finished in deep Mica Blue Pearlescent with dark blue sports velour upholstery.

Superb and cherished example of this 20 year old mid-engined sportscar classic. Only 3 former keepers, company director's car for the first 6 years, then 2 lady owners and current owner of 4 years, total service history which was full Toyota main dealer history to 103,000 miles in 2004 - you will not find another MR2 Mk1 with what is essentially a full Toyota Main Dealer Service History - HPI clear with certificate, all invoices, every MoT certificate and tax disc from new - - a truly remarkable history record.

This is not your typically tired and shabby multi-ownered MR2 with scruffy paintwork and crusty wheelarches - it's all very smart and completely original, and finished in the best colour as the icing on the cake.

It was quite telling that the motoring press universally heralded the MR2 Mk1 as the more balanced, sweeter handling and charismatic car when it was replaced by the flashier Mk2 in 1990 -- as with films, usually the first effort is best!

Although the power output is nothing special by today's standards, this is a light 2-seater sportscar with a healthy power-to-weight ratio, so the performance is immediate and sparkling... It is a driver's car and one of those cars one looks for an excuse to go out for a drive in.

This car is a real gem and will be a delightful modern-day classic car which will be fabulously cheap to run and maintain, superb fun to drive and ultra reliable making it perfectly viable as a daily driver.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1991/J Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI 8V: Distinctive and eye-catching Capri Green Pearlescent with unmarked silver/grey/green sports flock cloth upholstery.

An original and cherished local car which has resided with its professional owner in Worcester for the past 7 years, below average mileage and total service history. HPI clear with certificate.

Being a 1991 car it has the superior and snazzier "roll out" interior whereby the seats have the bolsters of the Mk3 models, the more luxurious Mk3 flock cloth fabric and as with the Mk3 the entire seat is upholstered in cloth and not with black vinyl backs and sides. The smart silver upholstery makes the cabin less claustrophobic than the earlier interiors.

These final Mk2's also benefitted from an extended paint palette, my example being finished in the particularly attractive and sought after shade of Capri Green which was exclusive to 1991 8V models - so is quite rare nowadays -- more modern a hue and far rarer than Oak Green.

Standard Equipment: PAS, sunroof, sports seats, MFA trip computer, big bumpers, front foglights, twin headlights, twin exhaust tailpipes.

Extra-cost Equipment: 5-door bodyshell, central locking, tinted glass, electric front windows, metallic paintwork, 14-inch VW "teardrop" alloy wheels, upgrade Blaupunkt Montreal radio/cassette stereo. Further enhancements include a Thatcham Category I alarm & immobiliser system which operates the central locking remotely, rare Fischer central console cassette stowage drawers, and original VAG tailored carpet overmats.

A real pleasure to drive - extremely smooth, refined and responsive engine that is just about run in, wonderfully slick and accurate gearbox, all feeling taut, precise and in fine mechanical fettle -- none of the raggedness one might expect and truly feeling like a car with half the mileage.

Another very special and outstanding Mk2 GTI, and as I am very taken with the colour sheme and great specification, a very desirable, distinctive and extremely practical modern-day classic that I guarantee will prove most rewarding to own.


SOLD to 1st viewer.


 

1996 Mercedes-Benz S320 View Photo Dossier

1996/P Mercedes-Benz S320 S-Class Saloon: Distinctive deep Tourmaline Green Pearlescent with unmarked Mushroom leather & burr walnut trim. An eye-catching and very imposing S-Class.

119,000 miles with total service history, current owner of past 5 years. HPI clear with certificate. 12 months MoT.

My S320 is laden with extra-cost options that would have seen its base price soar as the original owner kept ticking more and more options boxes - in fact the specification is more akin to that of an S500.

Standard S320 equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, double glazed side windows, tinted glass, PAS, ABS, driver and passenger airbags, central locking, electric "one-touch" windows, automatic climate control with air-conditioning, driver's adjustable seat lumbar support, electric "fold-in" wing mirrors, heated triple windscreen washer jets and heated screenwash reservoir, electrically adjustable steering column, automatically retractible rear head-restraints, headlamp wash/wipe system, 16-inch cast alloy wheels, MB immobiliser.

Extra-cost options fitted: 5-speed automatic transmission with Sports mode, pearlescent paintwork, soft "nappa" leather upholstery, close-assist to doors and bootlid, ASR (acceleration skid control), cruise control, heated front seats, passenger's seat lumbar control, walnut and leather steering wheel rim (standard on S600 V12 only), electric tilt/slide sunroof, illuminated fold-down vanity mirrors in rear compartment, 8-hole forged polished alloy wheels (standard on S600 V12 only), rear MB mudflaps, tailored MB cord carpet over-mats, original Blaupunkt Pasadena RDS radio/cassette headunit with matched Blaupunkt CD-autochanger in the boot, Mercedes remote control ultrasonic security system.

Car come complete with original owner's wallet containing the owner's manual, fully stamped up service book, all stereo manuals and other MB leaflets supplied when new, unused first aid kit, toolkit, MB touch-up paint stick kit, spare key and a 1996 Mercedes hardback S-Class brochure completes the documentation.

I have just had the air-conditioning serviced, which flagged up a leaking condensor, so £350 later for a brand new condensor and 2nd R134a gas recharged, the climate control is functioning perfectly and blowing super ice cold.

A beautiful and classy colour scheme, below average mileage, the right provenance and the acclaimed multivalve straight six engine coupled to a car with a host of expensive and desirable extra-cost options - a hell of a lot of car for a paltry outlay. You'd struggle to find an smarter nor better equipped S320 and the colour scheme needs seeing in the metal to be appreciated.

Please make yourself acquainted with a couple of typically shabby and neglected W140's before arranging to view my superb and flawless example which truly is in a league of its own - I get all the jobs done so the new owner can just enjoy and drive the car.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Professional bodywork and professional mopping. DONE
2) Engine service & MoT. DONE (only failed on a rear suspension bush and headlamp aim)
3)) Automatic gearbox service including replacement of the kickdown cable rubber bellows at my auto transmission specialists, common W140 glitch. DONE £220
4) Brand new genuine Bosch airflow meter - another common W140 malady. DONE - £250.
5) New front tyres DONE
6) New number plates DONE
7) Thorough valet & Autoglym.
 

1987 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 16V View Photo Dossier

1987/E Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI 16V: Diamond Silver Metallic with distinctive striped sports cloth upholstery.

This is an utterly original and desirable early model 16V, small bumpers and with the quarter light front windows, 7-slat grill and LHD wipers and the classic GTI Mk1 style steering wheel with four round horn buttons.... desirable as you simply don't see these D and E-plate 16Vs any more, and when you do it's a distinctive sight.

More so as Diamond Silver is a rare colour - most 16Vs were bought new as company cars, companies rarely stretched to shelling out extra for metallic paintwork, so black, red and white were pretty much the staple diet. Today silver is such a classy and timeless colour and very much lends itself to the Mk2's great lines and coordinates well with the red GTI detailing. I cannot remember the last time I saw a silver GTI 16V in fact before this one. This car is so much rarer and in my opinion more distinctive than the much talked about Oak Green big bumper 16V's.

If you chance upon one that has avoided the boyracer brigade you will find that these early cars were better rust-proofed than their big bumper siblings and this one substantiates my theory as there is no bubbling at all on the sills, wheel arches and not even a pin-prick of rust on the tailgate.

In fact at its UK launch in 1986 the Golf GTI 16V was significantly more expensive than the Escort RS Turbo and Fiat Strada Abarth which were its nearest competitors in the super hot hatch 120bhp+ bracket back then. It seems that VW quickly sought to reduce costs on later models so as to avoid hiking the price up even more. So one notes little details that mark this car out as being better built, such as the boot area being fully carpeted as opposed to the later spongey rubbish that lined the boot, the back of the rear seats is carpeted, this was soon replaced with a vinyl board, the interior door pulls have metal reinforcements, later ones were merely plastic etc.

The paintwork when I bought the car in was all original aside from the driver's door and the car sported its correct and full compliment of black textured side stripes in the swage line down the flanks and beneath the tailgate. Due to parking dints, a mismatched driver's door and to ensure a uniform, high gloss and pleasing result all around I have had all the panels professionaly resprayed bar the roof and tailgate. The bumpers, wheel arch trims, side mouldings, were all removed so that the job could be done properly. Now all re-fitted the car is transformed.

All badges are present and of course the VAG codes sticker in the boot, bar code on driver's door jamb and under bonnet decals are present too. Original VAG front wings and with the factory injected wax nicely oozing over the inner wings, door jambs and out of the tailgate all point to a most original specimen.

The engine is particularly fine, very quiet and refined and still feeling very tight - it clearly has not been thrashed, no crunching from the gearbox or slack selection issues either - firm and taut suspension - make this a real driver's car and the lack of PAS is definitely a boon in this no-frills hot-hatch.

Standard 16V Equipment: 3-door bodyshell, 14-inch VW "Montreal" alloy wheels, sports seats with height adjustment on driver's seat, tinted glass, central locking, electric windows, bee-sting aerial, twin headlamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, lowered and uprated suspension over the 8V model.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, Blaupunkt Windsor digital tune radio/cassette stereo, rare first aid kit, rare Fischer centre console cassette stowage drawers, VW corded carpet over-mats.

To back up my 16V's originality, I have every MoT certificate from new, substantial service history, all original books and manuals including the service book, two sets of keys. Amazingly it still wears it original VAG supplying main dealer number plates front and rear (new plates fitted, old but tatty plates retained in the boot) and sports the original dealer sticker in the rear screen - - compounding what a sound and honest example it is.

HPI clear with certificate. A full 12 months MoT, only failed on some minor items like split CV gaitor, headlamp aim.

The car had the headgasket replaced about two years ago by the mechanic owner, this is not an uncommon failing on the 16v's at a certain age and the job was done properly with the head pressure tested and skimmed. In my tenure I have had all the water hoses renewed as they had been compromised by oil in the coolant. I have had a brand new water pump and heater matrix fitted, new antifreeze, temperature sensor sender, coolant level sensor. Importantly I have had a precautionary cam belt and tensioner replacement carried out and a full engine service - oil flush, oil, oil filter, spark plugs and air filter. Finally two new Falken front tyres of the correct 185/60/VR14 size have been fitted, the rears are Avon ZV1's with plenty of tread.

I have spent a good deal of time and money on this 16V, but it has been worth it as it is such an honest, unmolested and sweet example. This is now a very rare car, especially with its provenance - - if this was a Mk1 GTI with every MoT from new and so original it would fetch over £5000. The early 16V's are on the cusp of being similarly sought after and I would challenge anyone to find such a good raw specimen in the first place and bring it back to my standard for less money! I don't care if this price is verging on big bumper 16V territory, because a decent one of those is now in the £3000 bracket. To put matters into perspective, on Ebay as I type, is a small bumper F-plate GTI 16V in Tornado Red with 51,000 miles in museum piece condition priced at £6,995... original Mk2 prices are bound to start creeping up considerably.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Professional full service including new timing belt & tensioner, new waterpump, all coolant hoses and antifreeze, distributor cap and rotor arm. DONE
2) New front tyres. DONE
3) Refurbish original alloy wheels. DONE
4) Source new front bumper - DONE, brand new genuine now obsolete GTI red stripe item!
5) New heater matrix. DONE
6) New number plates (originals will be retained). DONE
7) Professional bodywork to bonnet, both vehicle sides and front and rear valances. DONE
8) Driver's seat to coachtrimmer - DONE
9) Thorough valet and Autoglym. DONE
10) New number plates. DONE
11) New leather gearshift boot. DONE
12) MoT. DONE
 

1988 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE View Photo Dossier

1988/E Mercedes-Benz 300 SE (W126): Gleaming Blue/Black Metallic with superb light grey soft leather upholstery. A most attractive colour scheme, and with petrol prices being what they are, the entry level, but super smooth 3.0 litre straight six variant - which can achieve 28 mpg with ease - is the sensible choice I feel.

One local owner from new, low mileage for a 20 year old S-Class (averaging 6K pa), and total service history from the supplying MB main dealer (Edmonds of Stourbridge), so the best provenance one could wish for. HPI clear with certificate.

I sold a beautiful Volvo 745 GLT to the owner a few years ago, and had admired his S-Class at the time. Very sadly, he suddenly passed away, and his son contacted me as his mother would find the S-Class too large for her and they were looking for someone who would purchase it and ensure it was sold to someone would continue to cherish it.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, tinted glass, e/windows x 4, central locking, electric mirror, OTG, leather steering wheel, wood trim.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, soft leather upholstery, e/sunroof, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, 4-speed automatic transmission, rear head-restraints, original Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial. The car also sports its original dealer-fit Scorpion alarm system and grey tailored cord carpet MB over-mats, rear MB mudflaps. Complete toolkit & unused first aid kit.

This is my 27th W126 S-Class, and 6th 300 SE, and although all have been superb low owner examples, this is my first one owner from new S-Class!

Naturally it drives fantastically, starts on the button and settles to a smooth and utterly steady idle, the engine note being sweet and the quietest you will find, similarly the gearbox changes as promptly and smoothly as it would have when new, and the steering is precise and taut with no vagueness at all. One genuinely struggles to believe one is driving a 20 year old car, and it is rewarding to drive as a result reminding you just how over-engineered and special these classic S-Class' were.

A superb car, comes complete with fully stamped up service book and all original booklets, invoice dossier, 2 sets of keys plus the extra fold-away spare in its MB leather pouch. MoT to March 2009 and will be serviced prior to sale. A truly fine luxurious classic car and a rare opportunity to acquire a 1-owner from new specimen in the finest fettle that will continue to provide ultra reliable and pleasurable motoring for decades to come.

SOLD. Exported to Ireland.

Job list:

1) Lubrication service and inspection. DONE
2) Professional shotblasting and powder coating of alloy wheels. DONE
3) Coachtrimmer's repair - DONE
4) Professional bodywork to remedy chips on front wings and bonnet - DONE.
5) New number plates. DONE
6) Thorough valet & Autoglym ENGINE/INTERIOR/EXTERIOR. DONE.
7) Gearbox fluid & filter service at transmission specialists. DONE

 

1991 BMW 735i A SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1991/H BMW 735i A SE [E32]: Beautiful and rare deep Lazer Blue Pearl, opulent with contrasting light silver leather upholstery.

Lovely specimen, with a genuine low mileage of 89,000 miles (average 5K pa), only 3 keepers and a total service history, BMW main dealer history to 2002 and independent BMW specialists thereafter. HPI clear with certificate.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, 4-speed automatic gearbox with Sports/Economy modes, electric/memory seats, full leather upholstery and polished burr walnut trim, trip computer, front foglights, rear sunblind, headlamp and front foglight washer system, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, climate control with air-conditioning, cruise control.

Extra-cost Equipment: Upgrade Blaupunkt Bremen top-spec radio/cassette stereo, rear BMW mudflaps.

The car wears new tyres at each corner and of matching brand, and a brand new and expensive rear exhaust silencer has just been fitted.

The E32 7-series offers so much car for a measly outlay - not only are they refined, comfortable and luxurious long-distance cruisers, but they are fast, dynamic and responsive sports saloons too, so rewarding for the more sporting-oriented driver in a way a XJ6 or S-Class couldn't compete with, and of course the classic straight six emits that distinctive rich, subtle but sporting exhaust note, reminding one that there is a quite a powerplant beneath the bonnet... I don't see why people opt for a 5-series, as size is academic really once a certain size is reached - a 5-series is a big car - so I would always go for the 7-series - a better looking and more imposing car, a smoother-riding car, and packed with far more goodies too - with no trade off as a 735i won't cost any more to run than a 530i/535i.

Laser Blue is a superb colour and one of my favourites, particularly suited to the 7 series and E30 convertibles I feel, which just so happen to be my models of choice. I understand this colour was only available for a couple of years, so this is a rare E32 colour scheme. The light silver (almost white)leather interior, which is in lovely condition, makes the cabin far more airy and opulent than the darker colours and makes this car a more special car to sit in.

The car was supplied new in 1991 by Holland Park BMW of London to an address in Holland Park which is one of the most expensive areas in London - i.e. if you havent't got at least a couple of million to spend look elsewhere! So impressed were the well-heeled family with this 735 that they took it to their French residence on the French/Swiss border when another new BMW was bought in 1995 for the London home. In that time it was serviced by a BMW main dealer in the Annemasse, France.

Original and cherished E32's are becoming more scarce, and I believe more BMW enthusiasts are realising that they are a classier and more prudent purchase than the significantly more complex E38 successor, so please come and view my car before falling into the trap of buying a cheap and cheerful eBay 735i that is well past its best!

SOLD

Job List:

1) MoT, Engine service and check over, new Boge OE front shock absorbers fitted by Autotech BMW Specialists. DONE
2) Gearbox service at auto transmission specialists. DONE
3) New electric seat motor. DONE
4) New genuine BMW wheel centre decals - DONE.
5) New number plates. DONE.
6) Thorough valet & Autoglym - INTERIOR/ENGINE/EXTERIOR. DONE

 

1993 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 View Photo Dossier

1993/L Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.0 Manual: Timeless colour scheme of Brilliant Silver Metallic with unmarked silver-grey cloth trim. Being registered late in October 1993, this is one of the last of the popular and enduring 190 series. With two 190E's for sale at a swanky "MB Specialist" currently priced well in excess of £5000 (!!! - and judging from their spec they are Hong Kong imports and not even genuine UK models), these 190's models have become quite collectable.

Beautiful, cherished, low mileage and low owner, original car. 98,000 miles with total service history from new, current mature lady owner of past 9 years. The service history is full MB main dealer stamped to 2002 (which is very good for such a low value car) and independent servicing thereafter using only genuine MB parts. The lady's husband is a university professor and his approach to maintenance of this cherished car is as fastidious as one will ever find.

Standard Equipment: 5-speed manual transmission, PAS, central locking, electric passenger mirror, tinted glass.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, driver's airbag, catalytic convertor, ABS, sunroof, electric front windows, 15-hole MB alloy wheels, central arm-rest, rear head restraints, extended dashboard central console with walnut trim, MB over-mats, MB mudflaps front and rear, MB/Scorpion alarm system operating central locking by remote control.

This is a high spec car that distinguishes itself from the typically spartan 190E's by virtue of its classy metallic paintwork, rear head-restraints, mudflaps and smart alloy wheels setting it off nicely.

Brilliant Silver replaced Astral Silver in this year, it's a slightly more sophisticated finish with more of a pearlescent effect, thus only the last 1993 190's would have been available in this timeless shade. Unlike its dowdy C-Class successor, a 190E in immaculate condition and in an attractive colour scheme still cuts a dash today, it's simple lines have aged so well and its still a very handsome, compact prestige car.

The 5-speed manual transmission gives it a sportier, driver-oriented flavour to appeal to perhaps to the younger enthusiasts amongst you. Acceleration is noticeably brisker than in the automatic version and you should be rewarded with superior fuel economy too - 32mpg is not to be scoffed at.

At considerable expense (£400), I have just had a brand new headgasket fitted. At some point EVERY single 190 will suffer headgasket failure, it's endemic to both the 4 and 6 cylinder Mercedes engines, and I would rather get the job done professionally using the highest quality parts than sell the car to one of my discerning clients for him/her to be faced with large bill a year or so down the line. The beauty of these 190's is that when the headgasket does fail it's usually just the rear-most gasket link, so the car never overheats thus the head doesn't warp - so it really is just a case of stripping the engine, replacing the headgasket, flushing the coolant system a few times, adding new anti-freeze, changing the oil and filter and the job's done and the car will have another 10 years or 100,000 miles ahead of it.

Also, as I am very particular, I could detect a slight "insulated" vibration at 60-65mph, so I took the car to my local MB specialist who diagnosed a worn front propshaft coupling, so I have had this renewed (£175) which has completely eliminated this vibration.

As with all my cars, my ethos is to carefully select the most original, cherished, and well-maintained cars to begin with and only ever from private sellers (I never buy from auctions or from other traders. Then I drive the car as my own car for at least a fortnight to troubleshoot any issues, then to have my various specialists attend to any jobs identfied to an exacting standard. Finally I valet and fine detail each car to a very high standard. With everything sorted it's just a question of finding the right buyer who will appreciate the superior calibre of car I supply. Whilst my cars will always be considerably more expensive than the typical EBay fodder, my car's have not simply been bought in and put up for sale, rather each has undergone a sympathetic mini-restoration at whatever expense, so are in a league of their own, however unlike all the new wave of modern classic specialists that have cropped up since I have been established, my cars provide real value for money, I pride myself on offering the best cars at realistic prices.

The provenance for this beautiful baby Benz is something to behold, every MoT certificate since its first test was requiired in 1996, and the most comprehensive dossier of invoices, even when the car switched from MB main dealer servicing to a mixture of owner-servicing and independent local garages, still all the parts fitted were genuine MB parts with the MB invoices to substantiate this, there are literally reams of MB invoices, handwritten personal checklists and letters to the garage owners detailing what work is required. Original spare key, rare original flat "wallet" key too, complete owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book, Blaupunkt stereo manual etc, complete tool-roll, warning triangle, original over-mats and an original Mercedes 190E sales brochure completes the picture.

In short, you will not chance upon another 190E that has received such an admirable and cost-no-object approach to care and servicing - something which is borne out the moment you turn the key and this 190E purrs into life instantly - no reluctant starting or dodgy idling, just "as new" traditional MB over-engineered precision and "sweetness" from an engine in the finest fettle.

To confirm what amazing fettle this car is in, it has today sailed through the MoT (1st April 2009), not many 16 years old cars fly through without even a minor adjustment to headlamp aim or something, so this is a great result.

Outstanding and original condition, either put to use as a cherished daily car, or it is smart enough to squirrel away in your garage for high day and holiday usage.

SOLD to 1st viewer

Job list:

1) Professional replacement of headgasket and full service. DONE
2) Professional replacement of front propshaft coupling at MB specialists. DONE
3) New no. plates
4) Full valet & Autoglym. DONE
5) MoT. DONE
 

1988 Ford Granada Mk3 Scorpio View Photo Dossier

1988/F Ford Granada Scorpio 2.9 EFI V6 Automatic: Superb Satin Gold Metallic (a smart champagne silver hue in the metal) with immaculate mace leather upholstery.

1 local owner from new to 2006, genuine 65,000 miles and FSH, Ford main dealer history to 2004, MoT to April 2009, in pristine, virtually "timewarp" condition.

The Scorpio was the flagship Ford of the mid-80s and is from a time when many people were genuinely excited when an all new Ford was launched. Despite sporting the ubiquitous blue oval badge, anyone who owned a Granada from new will tell you what a fine and reliable car it was, when people were to proud to buy British, before we became littered with BMWs and Audis in the 1990s.

Compared to its angular "George Cowley" Mk2 predecessor, the Mk3 of late-1985 was a revolutionary design with its "jelly-mould" lines and flush, wrap-around rear glass. I remember this being one of my favourite new cars to look out for on our annual August holiday to Devon, the big Granada was a popular towing car so hardly a rare sight in holidaymaking country, and the range-topping Scorpio was the variant I was most keen to spot (I was only 7 so this is almost forgivable!)

Standard Scorpio Equipment: Metallic paintwork, soft leather upholstery, PAS, ABS, tinted glass, front foglights, headlamp pressure wash system, central locking, e/windows, e/mirrors, e/sunroof, electric heated seats, air-conditioning, trip computer, alloy wheels, cruise control, electrically reclining rear seat, heated windscreen, 6-speaker hi-fi system with separate graphic equaliser.

The V6 is of the old school, lazy but super smooth variety, so whilst this car is not BMW 735i quick - it has more than ample acceleration and is surprisingly gutsy when pressing on - it is also most refined and devours motorway journies with ease, which is of course the key role it was intended for. 152bhp is merely a respectable output for a 2.9 engine, but its unstressed nature coupled to its then bang up to date technology - electronic fuel injection with twin airflow meters - ensures that the fuel consumption is commendable for such a large and spacious car, and its superior aerodynamics must have helped too in this respect. The 4-speed automatic transmission makes for a stress-free and luxurious driving experience, changing gear promptly and very smoothly. When kickdown is invoked the Scorpio charges forward with real gusto, the Granada Mk3 2.9 was campaigned successfully as a high-speed motorway patrol car for years before the boys in blue swapped allegiances opting for Senator 24V's.

Ford threw every gadget it could at the Scorpio's specification, so even today one is not left wanting for any extra gizmo... (I do not class sat-nav and in-car TVs as desirable gadgets!) It all works too including the electric rear seats, cruise control working perfectly, multi-function trip computer etc. The a/c system is not blowing ice cold, but I am not even looking into this on a car of this low value.

My example looks resplendent in its attractive and classy metallic finish which doesn't date it one iota, rather enhances it and suits the Scorpio's prestige role. The interior is in showroom condition and is something to marvel at, whether the retro ruched leather bolsters and perforated centre seat panels appeal or not!

A very special Scorpio in truly remarkable condition. Perfect for everyday, depreciation-proof motoring, or great for weekend luxury usage, but if you want to tow anything you'll need to first buy a towbar as my example, unusually, has never had a towbar fitted!

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Oil & filter service. DONE
2) New speedo sensor fitted. DONE
3) New number plates (originals to be retained in boot). DONE
4) Thorough valet & Autoglym. DONE

 

1996 Volvo 850 R Estate View Photo Dossier

1996/P Volvo 855 R: Very rare Graphite Grey Pearlescent, one of only four UK 850 R models finished in this colour, as an estate variant (with fold-away 7-seat conversion in boot) and sporting the more sought after manual gearbox.

This is not your average Volvo 850, nor the standard T5 version which is fast enough, rather this is an exclusive uber-estate with astonishing performance using tweaks engineered for Volvo's very successful Touring car campaigns of the 1990s. Very much the stealth wagon, especially in this Graphite grey, as only the exclusive "R" deep front spoiler and graphite finish 17-inch "R" alloy wheels distinguish this externally from the usual cooking 850 variants.

Just 116,000 miles, 2 former keepers, total service history, full Volvo main dealer history to 95K, long MoT, HPI clear with certificate, all original, unmodified condition.

Discreet, stealthy but deadly - tremendous performance, the large turbocharger spools up at a brutal rate and sets you off soaring down the tarmac - an absolute hoot to drive. Loom up behind some wannabe boyracer, he just sees an old Volvo estate, and then completely trounce him... or just drive it as sedately as you wish to, this car is happy to trickle along as slowly as you like without complaint, but boot that turbo in and you will know about it.

SOLD

 

1992 BMW 730i A SE [E32] View Photo Dossier

1992/J BMW 730i A SE: Gleaming Calypso Red Metallic with immaculate Parchment leather upholstery.

All original and cherished example. 142,000 backed up by an impeccable service history, which is total BMW main dealer history at the original supplying dealer - Batemans of Cumbria - from new to as recently as 2007. This car had 2 owners in its first year as was probably a demonstrator model and then the 3rd keeper owned this lovely E32 for 15 years, there are 25 BMW main dealer stamps in the service book and two independent specialist stamps thereafter, so whilst this isn't the lowest mileage E32 I have had, the service history is beyond reproach and this car has truly always been maintained regardless of cost. The other salient point is that to this day it remains a reliable and ultra-refined prestige car which is in daily use, which I always feel is preferable to one which spends much of its time laid up.

The 3.0 engine is delightfully smooth and as I have cited before, although it doesn't have quite the punch of the 735i, the 3.0 engine is the optimised unit with remarkable refinement and a very satisified Irish client with the first 730i I sold two years ago informs me that he sees a genuine 28mpg returned with ease, which is most commendable for a large engine hauling a large car about... so these are not the thirsty beasts that ill-informed killjoys would have you believe.

SOLD to existing client.
 

1989 BMW 325i A Touring [E30] View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 325i A Touring: Gorgeous Lachs Silver Metallic with superb Anthracite cloth upholstery. Long MoT.

Low mileage at 117,000 miles with total service history from new and substantial invoice dossier, refreshingly original and simply fantastic to drive - behind the wheel one could be easily convinced that only half the actual mileage had been covered.

It is noteworthy that the previous owner had this sports estate from 1992 to 2005, which has stood my Touring in very good stead as he always regarded this car as the £20,000 vehicle it was when he bought it rather than a cheap and nasty Ebay smoker and as such has never skimped on servicing costs. The current registered lady owner from 2005 to date has continued this approach and lavished much money on this rapid but refined machine, such as a complete exhaust system, new viscous fan coupling, new radiator etc etc. Will come with 12 months MoT and fully serviced. HPI clear with certificate.

Frequently rebuffing potential clients for dwelling too much on colour choice, I should highlight what a superb colour Lachs Silver is, a very classy, subtle and yet sporting light silvery-grey metallic - superior than the usual silver colours which are everywhere nowadays and yet more flattering than a darker graphite grey colour. It does not age the car at all, enhances the timeless lines and showcases what a stylish and elegant car an E30 Touring in the right condition can still appear today - and of course very distinctive too as how often nowadays does one spy a 325i Touring in superb condition?!

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows x 2, e/mirrors, central locking, factory dechrome, BMW sports leather steering wheel, front elipsoid technology headlamps and front foglights, BMW check control system, tinted glass, twin exhaust tailpipes.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, metallic paintwork, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, rear head restraints, electric sunroof, BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW tailored cord overmats.

I have loved these Tourings ever since a rich friend's mum had one when new - BMW really did create a new niche when these compact, sporting and prestigious hold-alls were launched in 1988 when trendy yuppies could not get enough of the BMW E30, long before Audi got in on the act with the 80 Avant (which being front as opposed to rear-wheel drive could never claim to possess true sporting prowess) and Mercedes with their C-Class estate (which was and is an ugly dog for old men)...

A rare find, this one ticks all the boxes, the gorgeous BBS alloy wheels and rear head-rest options give it the exact look I would have hankered after if I was buying one when new, it drives superbly, has that all important full service history which the majority of E30 Tourings lack, has been spared any dubious modification and still looks beautiful and if anything even better today than ever parked next to more modern and bland machinery.

As my job list attests, this lovely car is having a whole heap of money spent on it, as its originality, provenance and condition warrant it. This will be one of the best E30 325i Tourings available upon completion - look on Ebay and see what nasty, rusty, tired, 12-owner, 190,000 miles tat abounds, before considering that it's always more prudent to shell out a bit more and buy the very best you can... this car is it.

SOLD

Job list:

1) Professional replacement of headgasket (common E30 malady at this age), head skimmed and pressure tested at specialists, new viscous fan coupling, rocker gasket, exhaust manifold gaskets and brand new radiator fitted, full service including brand new timing belt & tensioner. (£600) DONE.
2) Professional bodywork to attend to the odd minor imperfection - tailgate, bonnet and tops of front wings. DONE
3) New number plates DONE
4) New genuine BMW wheel centre decals. DONE
5) Source replacement centre caps for BBS wheels. DONE
6) New genuine BMW bonnet and tailgate badges. DONE
7) MoT - only failed on headlamp aim and a brake line - very good result for a 20 yr old car! DONE
7) New NSR top strut mount and anti-roll bar link. DONE
 

1987 BMW 325i A [E30] View Photo Dossier

1987/D BMW 325i Automatic 4-door Saloon: Beautiful Luxor Beige Metallic with absolutely as new Nutria cloth trim.

Superb, cherished, high specificiation, "timewarp" example. Could easily pass for having half the mileage, this car had one owner from new to 1991, then an elderly gentleman keeper purchased it for £12,000 and reluctantly sold it to me after 17 years of faithful service as he has been advised he is no longer fit to drive. The car has then been my father's cars for the past four years. The car has always been garaged and serviced absolutely regardless of cost as the owner knew this would be the last car he intended to purchase. As such it has total BMW main dealer history from new to 2007 -- fully substantiated by an astonishing amount of BMW invoices and handwritten logs by the fastidious owner. I have ensured the car's mechanical upkeep and my father has never shied from investing in this car which has proved utterly reliable from the moment I bought it home, never even so much as a flat battery and the annual MoT bill has never exceeded £100, £50 of that being the test fee.

As recently as late 2005 at 122,000 miles the car had a major Inspection II at Lind BMW of Suffolk, where all the fluids were renewed including the rear axle oil, gearbox oil and antifreeze. The car has had no less than 4 cam belt changes, all at a main dealer, and most recently at 125K. (My father had a brand new cam belt kit fitted this year at 138,000 miles, so that make 5 cam belt changes in total!). The endemic E30 headgasket malady reared its head 6 years ago, it was caught early by the main dealer who fitted a new headgasket set at a cost of £629. The year before the car had a new ECU at a cost of £500 - - so whenever anything was required it was replaced and always with genuine brand new BMW parts and fitted by official BMW technicians...

When my father bought the car the entire exhaust was a genuine BMW system and although the car from the outside has that trademark rich BMW straight six burble, inside the cabin is remarkably quiet and refined, the quietest E30 I have encountered, which demonstrates how inferior the cheaper spurious exhaust parts most people fit are. Unsurprisingly this car is an absolute delight to drive and is very special indeed and a car of this calibre will not crop up again.

Standard Equipment: ABS, electric mirrors, central locking, rear boot spoiler, twin exhaust tailpipes, BMW check control system.

Extra-cost Equipment: Power-assisted steering, 4-speed automatic transmission with electro-hydraulic Sports/3-2-1/Economy switch control (rare and expensive option), metallic paintwork, bronze tinted glass, front foglights, front electric windows, rear electric windows, tilt/slide sunroof, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, rear head restraints, 3-spoke leather BMW sports steering wheel, BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW cord tailored over-mats. Original Pioneer radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial.

Without doubt the most outstanding and prettiest 1987 325i available. Timeless and classy lines, beautiful metallic colour, practical 4-door bodyshell, muscley and wonderfully refined 2.5 straight six engine coupled to gloriously smooth switchable automatic tranmission and nice extras such as the alloy wheels and rear spoiler and rear head restraints all contributing to make this into the distinctive and classic compact sports/prestige saloon it is.

SOLD to 1st viewer.


 

1988 BMW 320i A Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1988/F BMW 320i Automatic Convertible: Gleaming Zinnobar Red with excellent Anthracite Sport Check Cloth Recaro interior, with brand new black mohair soft top and the classic chrome bumpers. High specification example.

Gorgeous, timeless, example of this modern classic 4-seater prestige roadster. Combining the deliciously smooth 2.0 litre M20 straight six engine of legendary refinement with the 4-speed automatic transmission makes for a beautiful boulevard cruiser.

In lovely condition, only 2 former keepers with the 2nd owner having owned the car from 1996 to 2003, and the current lady keeper has cherished the car for the past 5 years. Total service history, which was FBMWSH to as recently as 2003 (at Millcars BMW of Hampstead), and independent specialist servicing thereafter, another glorious E30 3-series which has been maintained regardless of cost.

Standard Equipment: PAS, Recaro sports seats, leather sports steering wheel, central locking, electric windows x 4, electric mirrors, tinted glass, BMW check control, twin exhaust tailpipes, front foglights, electric aerial.

Extra-cost options: 4-speed automatic transmission, 15-inch BBS x-spoke alloy wheels, M-Technic rear spoiler, rear head-restraints, Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo, rear BMW mudflaps.

This is my 4th E30 convertible and I rate them very highly, no other car of this era offers the same level of refinement, German build quality when it was at its peak, genuine 4 seater open top motoring, generous boot space, unmistakable prestige and timeless elegance - add to this very low servicing costs and fuel economy on the right side of 30mpg.

Comes complete original owner's manual and booklets, fully stamped up service book, substantial invoice dossier with every invoice from 1996 to present, spare key, complete toolkit, Millcars BMW number plates front and rear, Millcars tax disc holder and a BMW E30 Convertible sales brochure completes the impeccable provenance.

As always, this car is an outstanding and original example and must not be confused with the typical tired and neglected, modified and many-ownered heap that is all too easy to find, in contrast a gem like this is not so easy to stumble upon. It looks stunning in this eye-catching colour scheme with the distinctive BBS alloy wheels setting it off to perfection.

The mileage is low, the ownership is even lower, it's refreshingly original and correct in every detail. It's not what I would class as being showroom condition as there is the odd very minor parking dint, two of the chrome bumper sections are exhibiting some slightly dull patches, a few little snags on the seats etc. But it is the best you will find this side of £5000 and is in pristine enough condition to take to BMW Driver's Club events with pride it will certainly get admiring glances wherever you drive, but it is not a museum piece that one would never want to use for fear of spoiling.

The superb BBS alloy wheels have been professionally shotblasted and powder-coated for a durable finish along with new genuine BMW centre emblems (£150). I have also had four brand new Hankook Ventus high performance tyres of the correct 205/55/VR15 size fitted (£220).

The great news is that I have had the roof replaced with a brand new high quality mohair item, professionally fitted by my coachtrimmer and it looks stunning. Crystal clear rear window, perfect fit with no creases, none of the usual receding from the top of the windows, intense black unmarked fabric This is not a cheap exercise at £600 trade price - so please bear this mind when looking at examples with shabby hoods.

The car has 12 months MoT, my mechanic commented on what a great car it was and he rarely passes comment. Indeed it only failed on headlamp aim which nowadays means it flew through as a new computer headlamp tester seems to fail almost every car = anyway this compounds what a sound car it is.

As the MoT only cost me the test fee, I am having the timing belt, tensioner and viscous coupling renewed as a precautionary measure as these are crucial items to replace once every ten years before expensive damage ensues.
As always please view a few typical tired and sad examples before coming to see this one, and as I always say you could not return a worthy 'raw' car to this standard and get as many jobs as I have done for less money.

More pictures are available including detail shots, so please email me for these, a résumé of the service history and the "Before" pictures so you can satisfy yourself that it was an honest and decent car to begin with.

SOLD to 1st viewer

Job list:

1) Brand new German mohair roof professionally fitted by my coachtrimmer with new BMW header rail and tensioning wires. DONE 23.07.09
2)Lubrication service and inspection with distributor cap and rotor. DONE
2a) Precautionary timing belt, tensioner and viscous coupling replacement. DONE
3) Automatic gearbox service at auto tranmission specialist.. DONE
4) Replace front foglamp lenses with new genuine Hella items. DONE
5) Replace OSF headlamps as chipped w/ 03/08/09
6) Fit new genuine Hirschmann electric aerial DONE
7) Professional bodywork, front valance, front wings, bonnet, nearside of vehicle. DONE
8) New number plates. DONE
9) New genuine BMW wheel centre emblems. DONE
10) Professional shotblasting and powder coating of BBS alloy wheels. DONE
11) Brand new Hankook Ventus 205/55/VR15 tyres fitted all round. DONE.
12) New bootlid and bonnet genuine BMW badges £38 ! Ouch!
13) MoT. DONE - only failed on headlamp aim - superb result.
14) Full valet & Autoglym DONE
 

1992 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 View Photo Dossier

1992/J Peugeot 205 GTI 1.9 Limited Edition: Rare Steel Grey Metallic with black 1/2 leather interior with green/black check inserts and green carpets.

VW may have created the hothatch, but many motoring journalists in the 80s claimed that Peugeot perfected the concept with the superb 205 GTI.

Unlike the vast majority of remaining examples, this car is completely original, has had just two former keepers from new, the current keeper has owned it for ten years, only 108,000 on the clock with not just a fully stamped up service history, but all documentation too right down to the original purchase invoice from George Heath Motors in Birmingham, HPI clear with certificate -- it's very rare to stumble on a 205 with such provenance.

The 205 GTI won Performance Car magazine's "Performance Car of the Decade" accolade in 1993 as quite simply it had "provided more people with more fun than any other car" and I would concur. Having been lucky enough to have had a 1991 Miami Blue 205 GTI 1.6 when I was 18, and having had getting on for 100 cars subsequently - it is my beloved 205 that stirs up the most fond memories, and it is still the only car that I found myself going out for drives in just for the sake of it - being at the wheel of such a fun, charismatic, invigorating motor, their puppy-like zeal is unmatched I feel in any other car.

Whereas MkII Golf GTI's are extremely well built and last the test of time and mileage, 205's don't, so seldom do I come across a worthy specimen. This car is definitely an outstanding specimen and upon completion will be one for the true enthusiast.

My brother had two 1.9's, but I have only had two 1.6's, and am finding the extra grunt of the 1.9 very appealing - the power-to-weight ratio is awesome, the handling fantastic and even today on twisty B-roads an on song 1.9 GTI will see off much more expensive and powerful machinery.

This GTI is also one of the best looking in my opinion, it's a late model "facelift" car with clear indicators and tinted rear lights, and the colour is one of my favourites - not the earlier Graphite Grey, but a much classier and distinctive dark silvery-grey that is set off by the red GTI addenda and shows off Pininfarina's beautiful design and the handsome Speedline alloy wheels to perfection.

Standard Equipment: 1/2 leather sports seats, front foglights, tinted glass, central locking, electric windows, alloy wheels, Clarion radio/cassette stereo.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, sunroof.

The car just misses out on the standard fitment of a catalytic convertor - a good thing as it robs the car of 10 bhp and is a pricey item to replace, and it also does without the power-steering option - which is a boon as the assisted rack takes out some of the feel and the driver-oriented flavour that makes this car so special.

It's been 5 years since I had my last 205 GTI, and whilst I haven't been actively seeking one for the whole time, I must stress that this car is a real find as to a much greater extent than with the Golfs, all too many have been thrashed and trashed by boyracers and gone through many, many owners... The reason they went so fast was because they were so light and flimsy, so twenty years on, few decent examples have survived.

This latest acquisition is a gem, and is sure to provide much satisfaction and plenty of thrilling Sunday morning indulgent drives for the next owner.

This isn't just any 205 GTI this is the best 205 GTI 1.9 available, everything has been done and to a high standard, super condition, wonderfully unmolested, original and eye-catching modern classic.

SOLD

Job list:

1) Professional respray to highest standard, all painted surfaces to be refinished. DONE.
2) Alloy wheel refinishing. DONE
3) Precautionary cam belt and tensioner renewal and full service - cambelt kit, oil flush, oil filter, Shell semi-synthetic oil, air filter, spark plugs, screenwash etc. DONE
4) New number plates DONE
5) New Valeo headlamps, indicator and front driving lamps DONE
6) Thorough valet & Autoglym DONE
7) New tailored carpet over mats DONE
8) New offside red inserts DONE
9) Professionally coachtrimming to front seats
to restitch where seams have drifted. DONE

 

1995 SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo View Photo Dossier

1995/M SAAB 9000 CSE 2.3 Turbo 16V Automatic: Special order Eucalyptus Green Metallic with "Atlas" Black leather upholstery.

Rarer top-of-the-range 2.3 Full Pressure Turbo model, giving superb performance, breathtaking mid-range acceleration and very good fuel economy.

Demonstrator car then 2 previous owners, finally my father's car for the past 4 years. Full SAAB main dealer service history up to 95K, and my mechanic has maintained it thereafter, so very well maintained from new HPI clear with certificate.

It has been very reliable, the automatic gearbox required £250 expenditure in early 2006 on a broken governor ring, fluid and filter service and has been absolutely perfect since, and then a couple of months later I had my independent Porsche centre replace the balancer chain tensioners, chain & gears and check the timing chain and replace the tensioner at £730. In the past 3 years it has just required minor MoT consumables and routine servicing. It had a new rear exhaust section last September and has very good tyres all round.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, driver and passenger airbags, e/windows, e/tilt/slide sunroof, e/heated/mirrors, e/aerial, central locking, climate control with air-conditioning, heated seats, trip computer, front foglights, headlamp wash/wipe, 15-inch "Aero" alloy wheels, walnut fascia, tinted glass, electric hatch release.

Extra-cost options: 4-speed automatic transmission, rear spoiler, metallic paintwork.

Original SAAB radio/cassette stereo and SAAB tailored over-mats, complete owner's wallet including fully stamped up service book. In fact it has requried a supplementary page as the book ran out of spaces for stamps, I have ensured that regular oil changes have been performed which is essential with turbocharged engines. An original SAAB 9000 sales brochure completes the superior provenance.

Drives superbly, totally belies its age and mileage, in very fine mechanical fettle, and the aforementioned vivid mid-range acceleration thanks to its strong turbocharger made it the best overtaking car in its class, seeing off BMW 535i's and Mercedes 300E-24's with ease. Really smart and luxurious interior with some of the most comfortable long distance seats.

It had a full service last year including antifreeze change, it has 8 months MoT remaining, my father only covered a very small mileage in it last year due to illness. Having retired, my father didn't need a large car so I have sourced him a classic 1987 BMW 325i E30.

These 9000's are very spacious, rear leg room to put a 7-series to shame and huge boots, fold the rear seats down and you'd need a Volvo estate to beat you on load lugging ability. Needless to say, absolutely no rust, 100% factory paintwork, unmarked alloy wheels, furnace-like heater and toasty heated seats.


An underrated, capacious, performance executive car. In excellent and original condition throughout. Will have oil and filter lubrication service prior to sale.

SOLD to existing client - in Northern Ireland.

 

1993 Peugeot 205 GL View Photo Dossier

1993/K Peugeot 205 1.1i: Gleaming Topaz Blue Metallic with unmarked cloth trim. 5-door model.

Credit crunch modern classic, a piece of Pininfarina magic that will return 50mpg! Been in the same family since 1996, the grandfather having passed it onto to his grand-daughter 2 years ago. Low mileage, all original, total service history, HPI clear with certificate. I have just had a lubrication service performed and it had a major service including timing belt replacement two years ago at 65K. Recent new battery and wears new original equipment Michelin tyres all round.

5-speed gearbox, fuel injection and a catalytic convertor. Metallic paintwork and a rear wiper are the only extravagances on this car, so nothing really to go wrong... but basic motoring doesn't mean boring - on the contrary, this car has character and flair that no new supermini can match. No power-steering but the tyres are only wheelbarrow width at 145-section so PAS is definitely not required. Very comfortable ride and it handles very adeptly too. Having only had GTI models hitherto, I was expecting this car to feel woefully underpowered and be a bugbear to drive - but it is quite beguiling and has definitely won me over to cheap and cheerful but nonetheless distinctive motoring.

Comes with complete owner's wallet and service book and all invoices back to 1996, original number plates front and rear, complete toolkit and jack, spare key, original radio/cassette player and a Peugeot 205 sales brochure is included in the sale.

Outstanding condition throughout, a cherished car verging on the "timewarp", not a speck of rust anywhere, immaculate interior, ultra reliable and drives very well indeed.

MoT and tax to September.

SOLD to existing client in Scotland.

 

1988 Toyota MR2 Mk1 View Photo Dossier

1988/F Toyota MR2 Mk1: Gleaming Bright Red with superb charcoal sports velour upholstery.

Superb and cherished example of this 20 year old mid-engined sportscar classic. Only 5 keepers, and most impressively a full Toyota main dealer service history - you will struggle to find another MR2 Mk1 with this - HPI clear with certificate, such a fastidious approach to maintenance has ensured this car is in beautiful mechanical fettle.

This is not your typically tired and shabby multi-ownered MR2 with scruffy paintwork, dubious modifications and crusty wheelarches - it's all very smart and completely original, and finished in the most eye-catching colour.

It was quite telling that the motoring press universally heralded the MR2 Mk1 as the more balanced, sweeter handling and charismatic car when it was replaced by the flashier Mk2 in 1990 -- as with films, usually the first effort is best!

Although the power output is nothing special by today's standards, this is a light 2-seater sportscar with a healthy power-to-weight ratio, and an engine that sported cutting edge technology at the time so the performance is immediate and sparkling... It is a driver's car and one of those cars one looks for an excuse to go out for a drive in.

Standard Equipment: Electric windows, electric mirrors, electric aerial, central locking, pop-up headlamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, alloy wheels, tinted glass, sports seats with adjustable lumbar support, original full logic Toyota stereo radio/cassette player.

As one always finds, the rear wing corners where the mudflaps attach had bubbled up - incidentally my brother's Mk1 was exhibiting this at only 8 years old - so I have spared no expense in buyer special zinc-coated replacement sections and have had my bodyshop professionally cut out the rotten metal and weld in these new sections - with very pleasing results. Similarly the driver's side front wings seem to rust on the arches more than the nearside - it took me a while but I located a rot-free genuine Toyota replacement wing which was also fitted by my bodyshop along and painted, along with some other panels I felt needed improving.

The original alloy wheels were then letting the side down so these have just been professionally shot-blasted and powder-coated resulting in a very smart and durable finish - I have had them shod with four brand new Yokohama C-Drive 185/60/HR14 tyres.

These cars are renowned for their inspiring handling so I felt only the very best and 'grippiest' tyres would suffice - needless to say the driving experience has now been put onto another level - the perfectly weighted communicative steering, powerful brakes, delightfully precise gearbox and clutch, ensures this car won't fail to bring a smile to your face... and with petrol prices on the rise, despite the rev counter reading to 9000rpm, this free-revving red sports car with its comparatively advanced technology engine will achieve fuel consumption figures which will easily beat its contemporary hothatch rivals - reckon on close to 40mpg.

Car comes complete with it original owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book and other booklets from new, the original Toyota tailored car mats are present as is the complete toolkit, the spare wheel still wears its original Continental tyre, and an immobiliser is the only non-standard accessory.

This car is a real gem and will be a delightful modern-day classic car which will be fabulously cheap to run and maintain, superb fun to drive and ultra reliable making it perfectly viable as a daily driver. Just had full engine service and had a long MoT.

SOLD - to existing client in Northern Ireland.

Job list:
1) Professional bodywork, fit replacement NSF wing and rear corner sections, paint both front and rear wings, rear valance. DONE
2) Shotblast and powder-coating of alloy wheels. DONE
3) Engine service. DONE
4) Fit new number plates. DONE
5) Thorough valet and Autoglym
5) Fit new Yokohama tyres. DONE
 

1989 Porsche 944 2.7 LUX View Photo Dossier

1989/G Porsche 944 2.7 LUX: Pristine and rare Linen Silver Metallic paintwork with beautiful and unmarked black pinstripe velour interior.

This is the rarer and desirable 2.7 LUX (as opposed to 2.5) model which were only in production for 8 months in 1989, they are now particularly sought after amongst 944 afficionados as benefit from the easy-going and low running costs of the 8V motor with noticable improvements over the 1982-88 2.5 litre LUX. Whilst the extra 200cc only endows the car with an extra 2bhp, there is a discernable increase in torque in what was already an engine famed for its low to mid-range torque. Losing some of the 2.5's gruffness, the 2.7 feels immediately smoother, with more urgency about it and an Alfa Romeo like rasp as the revs spin up.

A local car supplied new by Monarch Official Porsche Centre of Warwick and latterly owned by a wealthy doctor who maintained it regardless of cost - this superb and original 944 has been known to my independent Porsche specialists, Autohaus of Coventry, for over a decade. 139K, a sensible number of former keepers (3 of which were garages only registering it for a matter of days in order to tax the vehicle so in fact it has had a mere 5 true owners) and total service history - all Official Porsche Centre and Independent Porsche Specialists thereafter. Current mature keeper past 6 years. The belts have been changed at the correct intervals and I have just had Autohaus of Coventry check and re-tension the belts.

Standard 2.7 Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows, electric mirrors, tinted glass, original 7 x 15-inch "teledial" alloy wheels, central locking, automatic heating control, electric driver's seat height adjustment.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Pinstripe velour seat side bolsters, metallic paintwork, electric sunroof, electric passenger's seat height adjustment, original tailored Porsche over mats, Porsche alarm/immobiliser operating central locking remotely.

My cars sports its original alloy wheels, original dealer upgrade top-range Kenwood pull-out radio/cassette stereo, aerial embedded in the original windscreen, "Monarch" sill kick plates, Porsche service wallet complete with owner's manual, stamped up service book, other Porsche leaflets, a comprehensive invoice dossier, even the luggage roller blind and carry case for the removable sunroof panel are present and correct.

The alloy wheels have been refinished and shod with brand new expensive Pirelli P6000 tyres (195/65/VR15 front, 205/60/VR15 rear), with a car famed for its handling prowess there's no substitute for the very best premium brand tyres.

There are plenty of 944 LUX's out there, but not only is this a 2.7 LUX, it is also in superb condition throughout. You can get yourself in an average condition early 80s 944 for £2000 or less, but you get what you pay for, and such a car could not be compared with my pristine specimen which happily happens to have impeccable provenence too. A 944, especially in 8 valve LUX guise, is great value for money, it has the very best build quality, a fully galvanised bodyshell, will easily return 27-30 mpg, and should cost less than £200 a year in servicing bills. Furthermore they still look great with their remarkably timeless lines, aggressive stance and cool retractible headlamps. This will be the best 944 you test-drive so please view a couple of typical Ebay 944's beforehand!

SOLD to 1st viewer.

 

1990 Peugeot 205 CTI Convertible View Photo Dossier

1990/G Peugeot 205 CTI Convertible: Eye-catching, flawless, Cherry Red paintwork with superb black/red sports cloth seats and red carpeting.

The Pininfarina-built 205 CTI (built in Italy alongside Ferraris!) surely has to be the prettiest and most elegant of the rash of 80s ragtops? The pioneering Golf Cabriolet has more of a following and is the obvious choice, but the 205 CTI is indisputably the cutest, and has far better build quality than most would credit it with. Importantly, 205's don't rust normally - partly by fluke that they don't harbour any inherent rust traps and secondly down to the factory's liberal lashings of rubberised underseal that doesn't seem to perish and shrink back with age like it does on most other cars.

The 205 has just as much interior space, is a genuine 4-seater and has a significantly more practical and spacious boot than the Golf, and the interior in particular appears more modern and fresh than the rather 70s affair in the Golf GTI. Crucially though, my CTI has the quite rare power-assisted steering extra-cost option fitted, whereas no UK Golf MkI Cabriolet was ever available with PAS.

Furthermore the CTI has all the punch and zeal of the much fêted 205 GTI hatchback, and hardly suffers on the handling front either, due in part to the much more substantial and strengthened sills compared to the closed car. This is the 115bhp unfettered 1600 engine, later CTI's were available with the 1.9 engine BUT this was not the potent 130bhp hatchback motor but the catalyst-strangled 120bhp version which being heavier than the 1.6 actually makes for a slower and less punchy car.

The car is brimming with character and is a such a hoot to drive, totally charismatic, has an addictive snarling exhaust note, and compared to my usual cars, wonderfully frugal. It really is the 80s equivalent of a souped up MG Midget or Healey Sprite only tonnes more reliable and rust-resistant, and in my specimen, blessed with power-steering.

107,000 miles, HPI clear with certificate, service history for the past decade and invoices, the car is refreshingly original and has happily received no modifications whatsoever aside from clear front indicators which is a subtle enhancement.

Standard Equipment: 14-inch Speedline alloy wheels, front spoiler housing halogen driving lamps, tinted glass, leather-trimmed sports steering wheel, 5-speed manual sports gearbox, manual black vinyl hood with original tonneau cover, sports seats, comprehensive instrumentation including oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, rev counter, 4 speaker original Peugeot/Clarion radio/cassette player.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Power-assisted steering, electric front windows, central locking.

Whilst I wouldn't go overboard about buying a 205 GTI in red, I must say I feel the CTI looks at its best in this bright Cherry Red shade and is far more eye-catching and iconic 80s than the Topaz Blue and Graphite Grey cars for example. The black roof and all the grey GTI plastic addenda (wheel arch trims, side rubbing strips etc) contrast most effectively with the red paintwork.

Update 9th February 2011: In January when the petrol prices were hiked up, again, I felt I should bring into daily service my smallest-engined car, which is this 205CTI which has been resting in my barn since March 2010 waiting for me to fit a replacement hood. This I have now done, and got the car MoT'd and an oil change carried out. I have been using this zingy cabrio for the past month (proving old 80s convertibles can be used quite merrily in the winter months as long as the hood is sound). I have loved it so much that I have had my best bodyshop respray the whole car as he did it for a very keen price, it being a quiet month. The Cherry Red paintwork is now as vibrant and every bit glossy and gorgeous as when it left the showroom 20 years ago. My coachtrimmer has worked his magic on the driver's seat and this CTI probably has the best cloth interior of any 205 GTI or CTI in the country - it's worth noting that every UK CTI, even the late 1.9 models came with a cloth interior, any CTI sporting a half-leather interior has had it swapped from a 1.9 GTI, so it is not original.

The rear beam is just starting to show excessive camber (it happens to ALL GTI/CTI models regardless of mileage, it's an age thing) - so the last thing on my list is to have my rear beam professionally rebuilt using genuine Peugeot parts by the best beam specialist in the country. This is not a cheap exercise at £300 plus £150 labour for removing and refitting it, but those of you who follow my cars will know that I don't skimp and I do try to get as many jobs done as I can and by the best specialists before I am ready to sell each car.

Update 12th March 2011: The car has had a professionally refurbished 205CTI rear beam fitted (proper CTI and not firmer GTI spec), and as new gas front shock absorbers were fitted by my specialist last year, I have had brand new Monroe Reflex gas rear shock absorbers installed when the new beam was going back in (again the proper CTI shocks rather than the common GTI-spec units) along with new rear brake lines and flexi pipes.

This is an outstanding specimen in every respect, you would need to chance upon a 1-owner 60,000 miles CTI that had been garaged from new to better my example, and actually such a pampered car in all probability does not exist. Hood up or hood down, this car enjoys so many smiles and admiring glances from passing motorists.

Full MoT, fully serviced, recent cam belt and antifreeze change, brand new Yokohama A-Drive premium tyres fitted last week on the front, professionally fitted refurbished rear beam, brand new Valeo clutch, new Monroe Reflex gas shock absorbers all round... you could not restore a CTI to this standard for less money!

This car always brings a smile to my face, it has such character and is one of those cars you look for an excuse to go for a spin in. Come the sunny weather this fun factor will be multiplied top-down motoring can be enjoyed.

SOLD

Job list:

1) Fit very good used hood and frame and new rear window section - DONE.
2) Full engine service inc timing belt, antifreeze, thermostat change. DONE
4) MoT - DONE
5) Refinishing of alloy wheels DONE
6) Professional full top-notch respray - DONE
7) New number plates DONE
8) New front driving lamps - DONE
9) Coachtrimming repair to drivers seat. DONE
10) New Valeo clutch kit. DONE
11) New gas front shock absorbers DONE
12) Rear beam specialist rebuild. DONE
13) New gas rear shock absorbers and brake lines. DONE
14) New main exhaust pipe and silencer. DONE
 

1993 Peugeot 205 GTX View Photo Dossier

1993/K Peugeot 205 GTX: Smart Graphite Grey Metallic with lovely sports velour interior. Car comes serviced and with 12 months MoT.

A smart example of the classic 205, ideal for someone wanting a small, nimble, frugal runaround which is both distinctive and far more characterful than modern hatchbacks but doesn't want the all out performance of a 205 GTI or the extra insurance and fuel costs.

Only 2 former keepers, current lady owner of past 5 years. FSH, which was Peugeot main dealer history up to 60K in 2003, and the lady's partner has maintained the car thereafter and recorded any repairs and maintenance. The car had its headgasket replaced at 55K by a Peugeot main agent.

The 205 GTX is a rare model and was only in production for one year, being the final year of full range 205 production (a rationalised range of basic 205's with no sports or luxury models was produced alongside the 106 and 306 up to 1996) and it offers a combination of sporting and luxurious elements as the specification details below outline.

GTX Standard Equipment: Monopoint 75bhp fuel injected engine with catalyst, 5-speed gearbox, GTI front spoiler with halogen driving lamps, "XS" 14-inch steel sports wheels, GTI sports seat trimmed in high quality plush velour (unlike the poor quality GTI cloth trim!), tinted glass, full length GTI glass vacuum sunroof, 3-spoke sports steering, central locking, electric front windows, rev counter, GTI extended centre console, subtle red/silver coachline, 4-speaker Peugeot/Clarion radio cassette stereo.

Extra-cost Options: Metallic paintwork, 5-door bodyshell

Whilst not offering GTI performance, this GTX couples the more practical 5-door body with very nippy performance and 45mpg fuel economy. The car has the same exhaust system as the GTI and has a pleasant deep and sporty exhaust note, so it doesn't sound like you're driving some hair-dryer engined granny-mobile.

As with every 205 the flanks show a fair few parking dints upon close scrutiny, there is a shallow dent in the bottom of the NSR door which I will have my bodyshop try to knock out. The usual stonechips on the bonnet - but for a car that's passed its 15th birthday it is in excellent condition. All original paintwork with no crazing or lacquer peel on the roof, and only one unbroken bubble on the entire car just between the fuel cap and OSR. arch. The sills, arches, wings, boot floor and underneath are perfect.

The interior is lovely, the sports seats grip you well and are very comfortable, no fag burns, no broken or missing trim. The e/windows, central locking, and vacuum sunroof work perfectly (unlike on the majority of GTI's!), even the fan blower motor functions properly and without squealing.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Auto View Photo Dossier

1986 Porsche 928 S2 Automatic: Gleaming Guards Red with unmarked black half leather and plush pinstripe velour interior - very 80s, very eye-catching!

Although the number of keepers may seem high (actually its not for an 80s Porsche), what is salient is that the car has belonged to the current mature keeper for the past 15 years. Sensible mileage with FSH and vast invoice dossier.

The late model S2 models are my model of choice. You get the superb 4-speed Mercedes-Benz automatic gearbox plus the S4 model's huge "Brembo" brake calipers, S4 8-way adjustable seats, S4 generation ABS system and a slightly more civilised exhaust system. Whilst the 928 S4 with its 32 valve engine does have a 10bhp advantage, the multivalve car is costlier to maintain, and more prone to annoying electronic glitches due to pointless gadgets that Porsche introduced to justify the price of its flagship, such as the tyre pressure warning system, digital dashboard display, complex Porsche alarm system... all of which I can happily do without.

The pure lines of the 928 S2 have always appeared more pleasing than the blanded-down facelifted S4 in my eyes, and in red this does look every inch the supercar that it is, a head-turner.

Every year, it seems an increasingly challenging feat to locate a worthy 928 as they have been far too cheap for so long that whilst many can afford to buy one, they cannot afford to maintain them properly, so stand neglected and unloved - - Ebay is rife with such poor specimens that are usually beyond redemption. 15 years ago, this 928 was purchased for £14,000 and has been maintained as such a car right up to date, hence why the car is in such superb mechanical fettle and wonderfully original condition.

Car will come with a full 12 months MoT.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
Job list:

1) Specialist reconditioning of steering rack (common 928 malady) £250 DONE
2) Full engine service, Shell Helix oil, Ametech oil additive (£45!), oil filter, air filter, spark plugs and MoT. £330 DONE - only required aforementioned steering rack and headlamp aim - affirming its superior condition.
3) Autohaus Independent Porsche Centre to supply and fit new timing belt and tensioner - £450 DONE.
4) Professionally reconditioned airflow meter from JDS Cambridge, £275 DONE.
5) Paul Anderson - THE 928 GURU! - to carry out tune up, fix ABS fault, new ABS relay, new rear driveshaft gaitors, fix central locking and window motor on passenger door, adjust gear selector cable, supply & fit power-steering pump. £500 DONE
6) New no. plates. DONE
7) Coachtrimmer to flawlessly repair driver's seat bolster
8) Thorough Autoglym and valet. DONE
9) Polish of original forged alloy wheels. DONE
10) New front tyres. DONE
11) Brand new genuine Bosch ignition leads. £200. DONE
 

1989 Porsche 944 2.7 LUX View Photo Dossier

1989/F Porsche 944 2.7 LUX: Eye-catching Alpine White paintwork with beautiful navy pinstripe velour interior. Comes with 12 months MoT and will have the major timing belt, balance belt and all tensioners replacement service carried out by my Independent Porsche Specialists prior to sale.

This is the rarer and desirable 2.7 LUX (as opposed to 2.5) model which were only in production for 8 months in 1989, they are now particularly sought after amongst 944 afficionados as benefit from the easy-going and low running costs of the 8V motor with noticable improvements over the 1982-88 2.5 litre LUX. Whilst the extra 200cc only endows the car with an extra 2bhp, there is a discernable increase in torque in what was already an engine famed for its low to mid-range torque. Losing some of the 2.5's gruffness, the 2.7 feels immediately smoother, with more urgency about it and an Alfa Romeo like rasp as the revs spin up.

I should mention this is only my third ever white car. This car definitely suits Alpine White, it looks very 80s, and this is such a boon nowadays and very in vogue, white has made a comeback on modern Mercedes' and BMW's but only some modern classics really benefit from being finished in white... the 944 is one such car, as the picture in due course will attest.

This 944 has impeccable provenance and is the most honest, proper, original and cherished an example one could wish to chance upon. Owned for the past four years by a mature university lecturer who has had it maintained regardless of cost - largely by Charles Ivey Porsche Specialists of Fulham which is an ex Official Porsche Centre, indeed he has spent close to £12,000 in his tenure, some of which was unnecessary I am sad to say in my opinion but some people do love to spend money on their pride and joy. The new keeper will have the benefit of this fastidious approach to maintenance however as this is one of the very best driving 944's I have experienced, truly in the finest mechanical fettle.

141,000 miles, FPSH with Merlin up to 2002 and 100K, full independent Porsche specialist history thereafter. Low number of keepers for a 944 at only 4 former keepers . The belts have been changed at the correct intervals and as this was last done in 2003 I will have Autohaus of Coventry (my local Porsche specialists) replace the timing belt, balancer belt and all tensioners and rollers prior to sale.

Standard 2.7 Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows, electric mirrors, tinted glass, original 7 x 15-inch "teledial" alloy wheels, central locking, automatic heating control, electric driver's seat height adjustment.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Pinstripe velour extended to seat side bolsters and door panels, front foglights, electric sunroof, electric passenger's seat height adjustment, original navy tailored Porsche over mats.

My cars sports its distinctive original alloy wheels, original superb quality Panasonic pull-out radio/cassette stereo (very rare to find a 944 with original stereo, compounds what a cherished existence it has had), aerial embedded in the original windscreen, Porsche service wallet complete with owner's manual, stamped up service book, other Porsche leaflets, a comprehensive invoice dossier, even the luggage roller blind and tool roll are present and correct. The alloy wheels have been refinished and shod with brand new expensive Pirelli P6000 tyres (195/65/VR15 front, 205/60/VR15 rear), with a car famed for its handling prowess there's no substitute for the very best premium brand tyres.

There are plenty of 944 LUX's out there, but not only is this a 2.7 LUX, it is also in superb condition throughout. You can get yourself in an average condition early 80s 944 for £2000 or less, but you get what you pay for, and such a car could not be compared with my pristine specimen which happily happens to have impeccable provenence too. The car virtually sailed through its MoT with only a headlamp bulb being out to be rectified.

A 944, especially in 8 valve LUX guise, is great value for money, it has the very best build quality, a fully galvanised bodyshell, will easily return 27-30 mpg, and should cost less than £200 a year in servicing bills.

SOLD

 

1989 Volvo 240 GLT Auto View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 244 GLT Automatic: Beautiful Deep Blue Metallic with beige buttoned full leather upholstery. A truly outstanding example of this much sought after classic Volvo saloon.

Only 1 former keeper from new, current wealthy lady owner since 1995, total Volvo main dealer history from new, serviced regardless of cost at Squire Furneaux Volvo of South London. Low mileage (there are 240's with triple my car's mileage still going strong on their original engines) and all original.

This is the very best and rarest (apart from special order only black) colour scheme that the range-topping GLT was available in, and it was the only body colour that came with the lovely beige leather upholstery, which contrasts with the deep blue perfectly, rather than the claustrophobic black leather that all other body colours came with.

Standard Equipment: PAS, electric windows x 4, electric mirrors, heated front seats, leather upholstery, tinted glass, ventilate disc brakes, uprated suspension deep dish "Virgo" 15-inch Volvo light alloy wheels, height adjustable driver's seat, headlamp wash/wipe system, central locking, dechrome exterior trim, rear head restraints.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed automatic transmission (including overdrive), tilt/slide steel sunroof.

Upon driving this distinctive saloon you're immediately struck by how invincible you feel behind the wheel, the cabin feels truly impregnable, and somehow the old-fashioned traits like the over-stuffed large front seats, the near vertical windscreen, all add to this car's charm. You can understand why so many die hard Volvo buyers in the 80s refused to switch to the more modern 740/760 series, allowing the 240 series to soldier on to 1992, it's because they simply didn't feel so bank vault solid and utterly dependable as the 240.

The car has a fully stamped up Volvo service history, and furthermore, all invoices from 1995 to date detailing any work carried out on the car - - which thanks to the superb maintenance regime has seen only routine consummables being required, rather than expensive engine and gearbox overhauls.

GLT's like this don't surface very often as those who have them realise that they're worth far more to keep than they'd ever get to sell. The only reason this car is for sale is that the lady is now registered disabled and finds the car to big to drive in London. My car distinguishes itself by having just 2 owners from new, FVSH, the most attractive colour scheme and the desirable automatic transmission - - this ZF 4-speed unit (as fitted to BMW 7-series and Range Rovers) is one of the best and msot durable transmissions ever made - part of the reason why so many 240 are still going strong in the USA - and is significantly superior to Volvo's manual gearbox which is rather dated with its long throw changes).

Full MoT - flew through with no failures or advisories. Just needs final detailing and preparation.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Engine service: oil, oil filter, spark plugs, air filter, screenwash. DONE
2)Precautionary timing belt & tensioner replacement. DONE
3) Fit new genuine front brake pads. DONE
4) Professional gearbox service - fluid and filter change. DONE
5) Replacement of broken door map pocket, centre console and fuse box lid - sourced very rare immaculate items in correct beige, lucky find! DONE
6) Replace tail lamp clusters - DONE
7) Replace headlamp reflectors - DONE.
8) Replace front indicator lenses - DONE.
9) Fit new genuine Volvo headlamp wiper blades. DONE.
10) Fit new genuine Volvo overdrive relay - DONE.
11) Refurbish alloy wheels and source two rare centre caps - DONE.
12) Fit brand new Pirelli P6000 tyres all round - DONE.
13) Fit new number plates (originals retained in boot - DONE.
14) Thorough valet, Autoglym & fine detailing. DONE

 

1996 Audi 2.6 Convertible View Photo Dossier

1996/P Audi 2.6 Convertible: Stunning and rare Pelican Blue Pearl with prestige half leather upholstery and dark blue mohair roof.

First registered in mid-December 1996 this is a 1997 model year car. It has been in the same family for the past 11 years, with the current mature lady owner having owned it for 8 years. Total service history from new, recent timing belt replacement, with the thermostat and water pump replacement also having been carried out in recent years - essential on these cars sooner or later. All original, very well-maintained, low owner, sensible mileage status, HPI clear with certificate.

This is THE colour, the pictures don't do it justice as it is far deeper and more alluring in the metal. Incidentally the late Princess Diana had this exact model, albeit a 1995 car, but in this colour, a 2.6 with a manual transmission. The car appears both expensive and sporting, moreover, timelessly elegant - - the Audi Convertible was a design classic from the moment it was launched in 1993 - compounded by the fact that it was kept in production until late 2000, a good 5 years after the 80/90 on which it was based had been replaced by the blander A4.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, 5-speed manual transmission, e/mirrors, e/windows x 4, central locking, driver's airbag, electric aerial, front foglamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, Xenon projector headlamps and 3rd high intensity rear brake light (new for 1997), clear front indicators and repeators, 10-spoke Audi light alloy wheels. Audi radio/cassette stereo.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic/Pearl paintwork, power-operated hood, Clifford remote alarm/immobiliser, Audi tailored floor mats, Audi rear mudflaps.

The must-do jobs have all been attended to - so the aforementioned timing belt, water pump and thermostat. Also the plastic rear window was professionally replaced 3 years ago and remains totally clear and flexible. Both rear bootlid wiring looms were replaced (£130 each from a main dealer), this is a common malady whereby the flexing as the bootlid opens and bends back on itself causes the looms to break down. The hood power mechanism then erroneously thinks the bootlid is stuck open so inhibits operation of the power hood believing the roof cover will open and clash into the bootlid.

The car has benefitted from new tyres all round (Hankook Ultimo) of the correct size, rear exhaust, front brake discs and pads all in the last few years.

A truly beautiful car from any angle, hood up or hood down, and forever eye-catching. One of those cars that will always cut a dash and appears far more expensive than it is to the uninitiated. Amazing build quality, genuine 4-seater roadster, more than adequate performance with maximum torque centred just where you need it, affording excellent 3rd gear overtaking capabilities, silky smooth V6 engine, and commendable fuel economy to boot.

You'd struggle to find a superior specimen, it being endowed with the best engine and in the most sought after colour are major boons.

Deposit taken from 1st viewer.

1) Full engine service - Shell Helix oil, oil, air filter, spark plugs. DONE.
2) New front brake pads - DONE.
3) New heater matrix and antifreeze - major job, 8 hours labour plus! DONE
4) Brand new catalytic convertor. DONE.
5) New MoT. DONE
6) Brand new genuine Audi door bottom rubber trims. DONE
7) New number plates - DONE
8) Thorough valet & Autoglym. Exterior/Interior/Engine. DONE.

 

1990 Volvo 240 GL Estate View Photo Dossier

1990/H Volvo 245 2.0 Injection Catalyser: Classic Metallic Silver with superb velour upholstery. These are the most dependable, go anywhere, rugged estates ever built, which is why Volvo kept making them until 1993.

Driving one today you immediately sense that they were designed in an era where build quality and longevity were paramount, poles apart from today's disposable society. This car is charming to drive, utterly reliable, far more spritely than its appearance would suggest. One in this condition nowadays, like a classic Range Rover, is so classless that it would look equally at home parked on the sweeping drive of an imposing country pile as it would outside an unassuming suburban semi.

Only 1 owner from new, low mileage and full service history, HPI clear with certificate, approaching timewarp condition. This classic estate has never towed as was never specified with a towbar and has been in the hands of a wealthy farmer's wife from new, it has been maintained well, never involved in an accident, and it was with genuine sadness that she sold it to me as with her children having left for university she has indulged in a brand new SAAB Convertible!

Standard Equipment: PAS, central locking, headlamp wash/wipe, heated front seats, electric front windows, catalytic convertor, tinted glass, top tint windscreen, Volvo radio/cassette stereo, front and rear mudflaps, rear head restraints.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, tilting glass sunroof, Volvo floor trays.

When new, this was one of the first cars on British soil to sport Volvo's "Lambda Sond" catalatyic convertor, so the green-minded amongst you can put two fingers up at the scrappage scheme in the knowledge that driving a 20 year old car which will return 30 miles for every gallon of unleaded fuel is about as environmentally sound a prospect as you can achieve given all the thousands of gallons of water and energy consumed in manufacturing the cheap and nasty new Kia's that keeping rolling onto out shores which have a lifespan of about 5 years.

Given its one-owner status I have treated this car to a considerable sprucing up. Brand new rear light clusters have been fitted as typically the original ones had gone opaque and brittle. The headlights have benefitted from brand new reflectors to cure the sad "black-eye" syndrome that afflicts most 240's, the indicators lenses are new too.

Mechanically I have had a brand new clutch kit fitted, the gearbox output bearings have been renewed, new gearbox oil, new clutch slave and master cylinders and genuine Volvo replacement selector bushes. The catalytic convertor was replaced 2 years ago along with the timing belt at 85K and I am having a new intermediate silencer section fitted to the exhaust. The car comes fully serviced and with a new timing belt and tensioner kit fitted. It has 12 months MoT which necessitated the fitment of the aforementioned exhaust silencer plus new genuine Volvo front brake disc backing plates and a new NSF bottom balljoint, not bad for a 20 year old car. A radiator replacement and anti-freeze change has just been carried out.

The other endemic 245 malady in addition to "black eyes" is that the tailgate wiring looms which run through the hinges stretch and sever over time leaving you with no central locking, rear wiper or 3rd brake light. Sure enough the central locking and wiper on my tailgate did not function, so I bought and fitted a new RHS loom (a total pig of a job) and was rewarded with the rear wiper and c/locking working perfectly.

The paintwork, being factory original prior to my bodyshop's intervention with the rear arches, was 100% factory applied. It has t-cut and Autoglym'd up to a lovely shine, and save for some sun-induced "brush marks" on the scuttle below the windscreen, it really is superb. Similarly the interior seat fabric, carpets and plastics have all responded very well to my valeting. My final niggle was that the foam in the driver's seat backrest had skewed on the metal frame, so a trip to my coachtrimmer rectifed this as he stripped it down, reglued the foam in places and introduced a new layer of upholsterer's foam for good measure.

This special 245 comes with a fully stamped up service book, and there are detailed invoices showing the work carried out on the car for the past decade (for its first decade any maintenance went through the farm's books so the invoices were not retained in the service folder.

Nice touches which you only get with a 1-owner car are that I have the complete original Volvo owner's wallet with all the manuals and booklets and the "Introduction to Volvo Ownership" cassette tape, the car still sports it original Volvo radio/cassette player, full toolkit, jacking equipment and a new fan belt as the family used to take the car to France back in the day. In addition there is the original Volvo keyring, a "Speeds Volvo" (the supplying main dealer) tax disc holder and even a "Speeds Volvo - Driving Music" cassette. (The car came to me on original Speeds Volvo number plates front and rear, confirming it had never had a front or rear end shunt, but these were so scruffy and rusted on that had to be broken up during removal to fit my new plates). An original 1990 Volvo 240 sales brochure completes this car's impeccable provenence.

This car is ideal for someone who want an extremely solid and capacious car that is both frugal and spritely and find the idea of a no-nonsense, no frills classic Volvo appealing. Were this a 1 owner Mercedes W124 Estate I would be able to charge any price I liked, i.e. £5000+, so I do feel these often overlooked 240's offer tremendous value for money.

SOLD to 1st VIEWER.
 

1990 BMW 325i A Touring [E30] View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 325i A Touring: Beautiful Royal Blue Metallic with superb Silver cloth upholstery. A timeless and supremely classy colour combination.

Sensible mileage at 133,000 miles but crucially with a low owner status and with total service history from new and substantial invoice dossier, refreshingly original and simply fantastic to drive - behind the wheel one could be easily convinced that only half the actual mileage had been covered.

It is noteworthy that the current owner has had this sports estate for the past 6 years and the original owner, a wealthy farmer, owned to for 8 years and spent vast amounts on BMW main dealer servicing, which has stood my Touring in very good stead as he always regarded this car as the £20,000 vehicle it was when he bought it rather than a cheap and nasty Ebay smoker and as such has never skimped on servicing costs. The car has a long MoT and will be fully serviced. HPI clear with certificate.

Frequently rebuffing potential clients for dwelling too much on colour choice, I should highlight what a superb colour Royal Blue is, in fact I would go so far as to say this is THE best colour for an E30 Touring! It does not age the car at all, enhances the timeless lines and showcases what a stylish and elegant car an E30 Touring in the right condition can still appear today - and of course very distinctive too as how often nowadays does one spy a 325i Touring in superb condition?!

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows x 2, e/mirrors, central locking, factory dechrome, BMW sports leather steering wheel, front elipsoid technology headlamps and front foglights, headlamp wash/wipe, BMW check control system, tinted glass, twin exhaust tailpipes.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, EH switchable Economy and Sports function, metallic paintwork, 15-inch BBS alloy wheels, rear head restraints, electric sunroof, BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW tailored cord overmats, dealer-upgrade Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo.

I have loved these Tourings ever since a rich friend's mum had one when new - BMW really did create a new niche when these compact, sporting and prestigious hold-alls were launched in 1988 when trendy yuppies could not get enough of the BMW E30, long before Audi got in on the act with the 80 Avant (which being front as opposed to rear-wheel drive could never claim to possess true sporting prowess) and Mercedes with their C-Class estate (which was and is an ugly dog for old men)...

A rare find, this one ticks all the boxes, the gorgeous BBS alloy wheels and rear head-rest options give it the exact look I would have hankered after if I was buying one when new, it drives superbly, has that all important full service history which the majority of E30 Tourings lack, has been spared any dubious modification and still looks beautiful and if anything even better today than ever parked next to more modern and bland machinery.

Highlighting what a cherished specimen this is, this is the first BMW I have had where the headlamp wash/wipe system actually works and isn't seized solid! (I have had two E23 7-series, 4 E24 6-series and 2 E30 Tourings all with this fault prone system).

The car has had the all-important professional headgasket replacement two years ago. There are new front tyres, I am having new OE front springs fitted. Mechanically you will not chance upon a better car. The engine is totally devoid of tappet chatter or fuel injection tick, smooth, very responsive and glorious to listen to. The automatic gearbox is a delight and kickdown invokes immediately and without shudder.

The paint is 100% original at the moment, but there is some corrosion localised to the OSF wing, which is not uncommon at this age, so I will have a brand new wing professionally fitted and painted and ensured it is thoroughly Waxoyled on the underside to stave off future corrosion. The original wing could easily have been tarted up with filler, but this goes against my ethos as I "restore" these cars for the long term as proper classics and therefore don't skimp on costs.

This will be one of the best E30 325i Tourings available upon completion - look on Ebay and see what nasty, rusty, tired, 12-owner, 190,000 miles tat abounds, before considering that it's always more prudent to shell out a bit more and buy the very best you can... this car is it.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

 

1996 Nissan Micra "Vibe" View Photo Dossier

1996/P Nissan Micra "Vibe" Special Edition: Striking Metallic paintwork with jazzy and unmarked cloth trim.

Not my usual fodder, but this is my 2nd "bubble" shape Micra 1 litre and they are simply great for commuting to train stations, running around town etc. Ultra reliable, even in the recent snow, nippy and zingy engine, slot into parking spaces shunned by all other cars and reckon on 60mpg, suddenly a cheap 'n' cheerful Micra starts to make sense -- especially when your Porsche 928S2 was costing you £25 in petrol every two days whereas the Micra will stretch fill-ups out to two weeks! This Saturday I drove down to Exeter and back, a 6 hour round trip, cruised at 70mph and the car sipped through a measly £20 of fuel and coped superbly.

Cheap tax bracket and only Group 2 insurance.

Very low mileage, bought from a good friend of my mother's, in his late 80s who is no longer fit to drive. Low owners and FSH, indeed it has been maintained at the Ford Main Dealership in Christchurch for the past 5 years. This "Vibe" was a dealer demonstrator, so as far as Micras go, this is fully loaded.

Standard "Vibe" Equipment: Driver's airbag, catalytic convertor, special metallic paintwork, rear wash/wipe, Nissan engine immobiliser, Nissan radio/cassette stereo, "Vibe" side and rear body decals, "Vibe" sill trims, rear hatch spoiler, jazzy cloth trim.

Extra-Cost Equipment: Dealer-fit sports alloy wheels, dealer-fit sunroof, full body colour-coding, Nissan mudflaps front and rear, sports exhaust trim.

Drives faultlessly as one would expect with its careful owners, low mileage and good maintenance record. Out of all the superminis, Rover 100, Peugeot 106, Vauxhall Corsa etc, the Micra is the most reliable and well-engineered, and whilst not the prettiest, buy a good one and you will be rewarded with a totally dependable, endearing and ultra economical nippy runaround.

The only weakpoints on these cars are that the rear of the sills suffer in the British wet and salty climate, these were professionally welded by the Ford dealer a few years ago and under-sealed so will last for a good many years to come, if you investigate Micra's of this age you will see it is endemic to the model. The only other gripe is that being a 3-door the doors are quite long and heavy and the driver's door drops slightly on opening.

MoT to November 2010, recent tyres all round, will be serviced.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) New windscreen - stone cracked it on my Exeter M5 jaunt.
2) New rear exhaust silencer
3) New Bosch 4 yr guarantee battery
4) Engine service: oil, oil filter, air filter.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1991/H Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V: Rare and attractive Pearlescent Royal Blue ([LA5U] very dark midnight blue colour) with superb silver-grey & red sports upholstery.

Current owner has used this car everyday for the past 3 years, he is a GTI enthusiast with a rare Golf G60 in his garage. Total service history from new, was originally supplied new to the head of Sandwell Council by a Birmingham dealership. All service invoices from the original delivery invoice to date are present. HPI clear with certificate. The original VW key operates all locks, and there's the spare key too.

Standard Equipment: Power-assisted steering, twin headlamps, front foglamps, big bumpers, sports front seats with height adjustment on driver's, twin exhaust tailpipes, steel sunroof, MFA trip computer.

Extra-cost options: 5-door bodyshell, special order paintwork, central locking, tinted glass. It also has from the factory the Mk 3 style carpets, extra speakers in front door pods and Mk 3 style seat fabric. The car sports rare "Estoril" 15-inch alloy wheels which were only found on the late cars. There are also the original genuine VW rubber car mats, an original Panasonic HO5 radio/cassette stereo along with a Fischer cassette stowage rack in the centre console.

As the early pearlescent paint finishes were more prone to chipping and lacquer peel than the standard finishes, I have treated the car to a partial respray which has smartened up the exterior significantly. My camera does not pick up the true colour as when the sun shines there is an intense deep blue fleck to the paintwork.

There are new premium Continental Sport Contact tyres on the front wheels and the faded plastic trim on the bumpers and wheel arches has been carefully rejuvenated with specialist flexible black bumper spray paint for a permanent finish as plastic dressing treatments just wash off with the rain.

My mechanic has given the engine a mini-overhaul as the car was just starting to show signs of the valve stem oil seals being past their best, which is an issue I have found with all my big bumper 8V models (except for my 19,000 mile 1 lady owner car!), I can only assume VAG swapped to a cheaper supplier in 1990 as have never had a small bumper with this!

With the head off, indeed 3 of the valve stem oil seals showed signs of deterioration, it made sense to go the whole hog at this point and fit other new parts although not yet required, so the following brand new parts have been fitted: valve stem oil seals, full headgasket kit, hydraulic lifters (tappets), timing belt and tensioner kit, rocker cover gasket, dipstick tube, spark plugs, air filter, antifreeze, Bosch oil filter.

Furthermore the suspension has been given a makeover too with brand new gas OE shock absorbers all round and new front strut top mounts.

The heater matrix has been renewed (a precaution I take on all Mk2's now), two new window regulators fitted, new polythene door membranes, new extra thick sound deadening felt beneath the carpets, new leather gearshift boot, finally my coachtrimmer sorted the sagging bolster on the driver's seat.

In summary, a comprehensive and sympathetic fettling of an original and well maintained late model GTI to ensure continued smooth, refined and peak performance from this attractive-looking car. The engine is wonderfully smooth and has sparkling performance, the cabin is extra quiet and the revamped suspension makes this car feel taut and super composed. As I always say, find another car that has had this work done and has such good provenance for less money!

SOLD
 

1986 BMW 728i A SE [E23] View Photo Dossier

1986/C BMW 728i A SE: Wonderful classic 7-series in Cosmos Blue Metallic with excellent Pacific blue cloth trim, one of the last E23 models.

Was in the same ownership between 1989-2006 by a wealthy elderly gent, and this car has been cherished and very well-maintained, which is immediately apparant on driving the car. The current keeper owned a bespoke furniture shop Chelsea and had the car serviced regardless of cost at a specialist London mews garage and didn't shudder at paying more for an annual service than the car was worth! Not the swiftest 7-series but the M30 "big six" engine is fantastically smooth and the engine note is a delight. Cruising at 70mph this car will easily return 26mpg.

Comes with service history and an invoice dossier. The car is HPI clear with certificate. The car sports a complete extra-large toolkit, first aid kit, original torch key main key and original spare.

These cars are extremely comfortable to be driven in, the amount of rear legroom is vast, but unlike an S-Class of this era, the 7-series does not wallow and handles in a safe and inspiring manner, with that richly sonourous exhaust note, one doesn't forget that for one moment that this is a BMW, "The Ultimate Driving Machine". Built in an era when build quality was at its zenith, this car feels so solid and impregnable on the road and one always feels slightly smug when shutting the doors and hearing that bank vault thud that no modern car can replicate.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows x 4, central locking, tinted glass, electric mirrors.

SE Equipment: Multi-function trip computer, front foglights, headlamp wash/wipe system, electric tilt/slide sunroof.

Extra-cost Equipment: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed ZF automatic transmission, forged 390mm TRX alloy wheels, rear head restraints, upgrade late 80s £800 Blaupunkt Casablanca top-spec radio/cassette stereo with CD changer control, electric aerial, leather BMW sports steering wheel.

Not the usual, many-ownered, tired and tatty 80s barge, rather an imposing and eye-catching classic E23 that could realistically be used as a luxurious an distinctive everyday car.

The car has a professional respray of all panels bar the roof about 5 years ago, this was a very high quality job indeed and only the most trained eye would detect it, such is the total lack of overspray, orange peel, lacquer runs etc. This is a boon as 25 year old paint would look very shabby and tired indeed, whereas this whole car shimmers with a beautifully uniform colour and lustre. No unsightly rust bubbles and barely even a smattering of stone chips on the prominent shark-nose frontal area.

The car comes fully serviced, with 7 months MoT remaining and is taxed to March 2010 and comes with an additional set of original E23 alloy wheels which are 14-inch and wear conventional 205/70/14 tyres which are much cheaper to replace than the metric TRX items.

A rare opportunity to aquire a very late model and well-appointed E23 728i SE model that is in immaculate condition throughout.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1) Full engine service - DONE
2) Professional shotblasting and powder-coating of alloy wheels - DONE
3) Brand new Hella foglights DONE
4) New genuine BMW rear chrome bumper and rear side rubber panels source from the USA - DONE
5) New number plates DONE
6) New genuine BMW wheel centre emblems. DONE
7) New genuine BMW front and rear badges DONE
8) Restore wood door cappings - DONE
9) Fit replacement Service Indicator module to original instrument cluster and reset inspection lights - DONE.
10) Source recent Dunlop 390TRX tyres with 7mm tread for front wheels. DONE
10) Thorough valet & Autoglym DONE
 

1990 BMW 325i Convertible [E30] View Photo Dossier

1990/H BMW 325i Convertible: Finished in the most sought after and the unequivocally classiest colour scheme of Royal Blue Metallic (has lovely purple flip tone in the sun) with contrasting "Natural" cream/beige leather upholstery and a brand new and correct deep Indigo blue mohair soft-top.

As I have mentioned before these E30 convertibles are in a niche of their own, no other 80's soft top sports the same combination of being a genuine 4-seater, rear wheel drive for the most pure of driving sensations, muscular straight six performance, with the impeccable build quality, deeply satisfying rorty exhaust burble, fine engineering and of course the prestige associated with the BMW marque.

This car was a 2 owner car until 2009 so it has always been extremely well-mainted and cherished - which shows in the way it drives and its originality. From 1994-2009 it belonged to a well-heeled lady in Esher, Surrey and her husband paid over £20,000 for the car 16 years ago and it has always been treated as a high value car, accordingly the car has a full BMW main dealer history until 2002, with independent specialist maintenance thereafter.

Due to the original hood now being well in need of replacement it has since had a couple more owners who have sold it on I suspect through not being willing to bite the bullet and fork out £800 for a new German-made mohair roof to be fitted. Due to this car's superior standing even in its raw state I have dug deep and treated this car to a sympathetic mini-restoration detailed below.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, 5-speed manual transmission, Recaro sports seats, leather sports steering wheel, tinted glass, e/windows x 4, central locking, e/mirrors, BMW check control, twin exhaust tailpipes, ellipsoid technology headlamps, front foglights.

Extra-Cost Options: Full "Natural" leather upholstery, 15-inch wide BBS X-spoke alloy wheels, rare M-Tech boot spoiler, rear head-restraints, BMW deadlocking alarm system, upgrade Blaupunkt Canberra radio/cassette stereo with electric aerial (£350 in 1990), BMW rear mudflaps, BMW front mudflaps, tailored BMW over-mats.

Low mileage, full service history, invoice dossier detailing all work carried out on the car back to 1994, HPI clear with certificate and some anorak details that compound what an original low-owner specimen it is such as the rechargeable torch still being in the glovebox, complete toolkit, rare warning triangle still present and correct in the boot, the key to the original BMW deadlocking/alarm system is present (none of my four previous E30 soft tops still had this!), original over-mats, original high spec Blaupunkt Canberra radio/cassette stereo etc, even the little torch on the original master key works perfectly - never experienced this before on my many, many previous BMWs!

This is the first 325i I have ever driven with the 5-speed manual transmission, first impressions are that this is one quick convertible. The engine note is sublime, the exhaust burble is always rorty but never intrusive and it is most rewarding to have the timeless good looks of this beautiful prestige soft top coupled to GTI-beating acceleration.

In August I attended the BMW National Day at Gaydon Heritage Centre which is the biggest event in the BMW Clubs Calandar, it was a useful exercise and out of 20 E30 Convertibles I observed, only 1 was correct and factory standard, that happened to be a Nogaro Silver Motorsport edition with all the bodykit and side-skirts (not my cup of tea), and the type of car WLN Automotive would charge you £7,995 for. The other 19 E30 Convertibles were all, every single one of them, blighted with dubious non-factory modifications, whether it was slammed suspension, after-market wheels, nasty black leather re-trim with red contrast stitching, angel-eye headlights, I sound like a fuddyduddy but it was ghastly and such a shame.

The 20 year old paint was 90% original and all panels are original, but mindful I was getting a brand new hood fitted, I twisted my bodyshop owner's arm to treat to a full professional top-notch respray when he had a slack week. Do not flinch at this as 20 years of daily driving and supermarket knocks takes its toll on any car. The results are superb, I entrusted this chap with my Bentley Turbo R's, so the paintwork is now flawless - no overspray, no rippling or runs, no orange peel - just super high gloss lustrous and uniform Royal Blue Metallic. I always have reservations when other owners say they have had paintwork done as most people go for the cheapest quote, I never skimp on costs however.

My BMW has just come back from the coachtrimmer and the new indigo hood looks as superb and expertly fitted as it would have in the showroom, the price of the best quality hood, new BMW header rail and the hood fitment has cost me £780 trade price, do not confuse this level of workmanship with the cheap £400 supply and fit jobs that most "enthusiasts" opt for.

Finally the mechanical rejuvenation has consisted of new steering rack and track rod ends, a full engine service including timing belt and tensioner replacement. In performing this I asked my mechanic to attend to an oil leak. This transpired to be the rear of the headgasket being breached, there were also the earliest signs of mayonnaise in the expansion tank, so I have had a brand new headgasket set professionally fitted, when the head was off it was despatched to a professional company to be pressure tested and finely skimmed, and of course new premium antifreeze. The headgasket issue is one of those things that will afflict all BMW straight six engines sooner or later every decade or so, my convertible has had the issue attended to professionally and so this is a real boon to the buyer. It was £500 that I hadn't budgeted for, but I like to get all the jobs done I can so my clients have peace of mind and can simply enjoy driving the cars.

Now I know what a super rare commodity a 325iC that is correct in every detail and with excellent provenance really is. My car is such a car and without being immodest truly is one of the most outstanding remaining examples.

My car looks absolutely beautiful throughout and has received so many admiring glances, I can pass brand new SAAB and Audi Convertibles quite smugly in the knowledge that my car is far more eye-catching, distinctive, better built and a superior car in most people's eyes.

As always, my car has had all the jobs attended to, and by professionals, if you want a project car for a £1000, this is not it. If you want a car that was great from the outset (I have "before" pictures I will gladly email) that has been sympathetically returned to its correct former glory that is ready to enjoy, you have chanced upon it.

The car will come with 12 months MoT. I have covered over 1000 miles in this car personally so know it starts first time every time, is totally reliable, doesn't smoke, overheat and with a brand new headgasket and rocker gasket it doesn't leak oil.

The 1986-1990 chrome bumper E30 convertible is the most handsome incarnation compared to the 1991-1993 plastic bumper models and the bodykitted Motorsport editions. This car has the enthusiast's choice 325i engine and manual gearbox, has all the options one would desire - leather - BBS wheels - M-Tech spoiler - rear head-restraints AND best of all is finished in the most alluring colour scheme. One not to be missed.

The car has 12 months MoT, only failed on headlamp aim (as always) and required brake light switch, and no advisories at all - very commendable result.

SOLD

Job list:

1) Professional repaint to highest standard - DONE
2) Source brand new indigo blue mohair roof from Germany. DONE
3) Buy new genuine BMW header rail for new roof. DONE
4) Fitment of new roof by coachtrimmer and have new heelpad sewn into driver's floor mat. DONE.
5) New OE Hirschmann chrome electric aerial. DONE
6) New genuine OE Hella front foglamps. DONE
7) New track rod ends fitted. DONE.
8) Source replacement front and rear bumpers with unpitted and unpranged chrome. DONE
9) Engine service, complete headgasket
 

1987 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1987/D Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V: Subtle and classy Atlas Grey Metallic with bold and distinctive striped cloth sports seats.

One family owner from new. Collected from the German factory back in April 1987, the owner being in the military and therefore permitted to buy the car VAT-free as a personal export, passed on to his daughter in 2000, thus now showing just 1 former keeper on the logbook. Absolutely impeccable provenance, original invoices, pre-delivery inspection sheets etc., fully stamped up service history books, every invoice and MoT from new in a ring binder, the car is HPI clear with certificate.

Small bumper models are now very much on trend as you seldom see decent examples and when they do crop up occasionally on EBay they have had incorrect later model interiors fitted all too often and other alterations that ruin the appeal and originality. This car is rare as it has the early Bosch K-Jet mechanical fuel injection engine and the original Mk2 7-slat front grill, quarter lights on the front door windows, and the Mk1 carry over 4-horn button steering wheel.

Extra-cost options: Metallic paintwork, 5-door bodyshell, tinted glass, central-locking, rare headlamp washer system with front bumper over-riders and 9.5 litre screenwash reservoir, rare electrically adjusted and heated wing mirrors, VW mudflaps front and rear, 6.5J x 14" BBS RZ alloy wheels, Fischer cassette stowage unit, Blaupunkt Melbourne SQR26 radio/cassette stereo, VW rubber over-mats.

Totally original and unmolested and wonderfully complete. Original number plates, dealer export decal on rear window etc.

Returned to original owner and his daughter. NOT FOR SALE.

 

1994 Renault 19 16V View Photo Dossier

1994/L Renault 19 16V Phase II 3-door: Gleaming and comparatively rare Brooklands Green Metallic with optional black sports leather upholstery.

I have always hankered after a 19 16V ever since they were launched in late 1990 and in a group test in Car magazine pitted against the king of hothatches, the VW Golf GTI Mk2 16V and the recently launched Rover 216 GTI 16V Twin Cam, it was the zingy and charismatic 19 16V that was declared the top of the tree mainly because "quite simply the 19 feels more sporting more of the time". Exactly two decades have passed since I drooled over the pictures in that article, and today my 19 16V stills looks sporting and stylish, more distinctive than the ubiquitous Golf GTI, and most importantly it still feels sporting and is a delight to drive.

This is not your usual molested and abused 19, rather one of the best and most original remaining examples. It has a FSH which is full Renault main dealer history up to 80,000 miles. For the first five years it was an Avis fleet car supplied to the Whitbread company in London and was serviced regardless of cost at main dealers - by the end of 1998 a total of £5000 had been spent on its upkeep. It then went to a lady owner in Sutton Coldfield who kept it for three years before passing to the current owner in 2001 who held on to the car for almost a decade. This car has not been in the hands of a spotty boy-racer.

I have used this car as my main daily driver since April of this year, including commuting and two driving holidays to Wales - it is genuinely one of those cars that if it doesn't sell I will happily hold on to.

Sensible mileage, very low owners, fully stamped up service history (super rare for one of these), MoT certificates for the past 12 years, full itemised print out of work carried out and costs whilst being a fleet car to 1998 and invoices thereafter. HPI clear with certificate. Complete owner's wallet with owner's manual, stereo manual, stamped original service book, original security window etching pouch, two full sets of keys - so both with a remote master key, immobiliser key and original Renault RAPS alarm key. Unused jack and tools and original Renault Philips radio cassette stereo with working controls on the steering column, original number plates front and rear (compounding that the car is very original and not had a shunt) and original Renault "Elf Lubricants" decal in rear window.

This car is even nicer in my book by virtue of it being effectively the last of line "Executive" model but without the dowdy 5-door bodyshell or the ugly airbag steering wheel. The Brooklands Green colour is both eye-catching and classy and was only available for the last full year of R19 16V production, and is quite rare indeed on a 3-door car as most were 5-door genuine Executive models.

Standard 16V Equipment: Power-steeing, twin headlamps, front foglights, front and rear colour-keyed spoilers, side skirts and bonnet vent, tinted glass, electric front windows (one-shot down on driver's), remote control "Plip" central locking, sports seats (adjustable lumbar and height for driver's), sports leather steering wheel and gearknob, alloy wheels, uprated suspension, disc brakes all round, catalytic convertor, electric tilt/slide glass sunroof with blind, electric mirrors, 6-speaker Philips digital stereo with remote control stalk.

Extra-Cost Equipment: Leather upholstery and rear head restraints, ABS, metallic paintwork, multi-function trip computer. A Thatcham Cat II immobiliser with installation certificate is also fitted and fully functional.

This car is as it left the factory, no slammed suspension, no performance exhaust or air filters, no blinging alloy gearknobs or pedals, no speakers holes cut into the parcel shelf - and following my sympathetic exterior overhaul it simply looks almost as smart as it would have at a few years old.

The car starts on the button, idles smoothly, no hunting nor faltering, no smoking or overheating woes whatsoever, ABS light and catalyst lights illuminate and extinguish as they should do, very quiet engine - not tappetty as they often are, and crucially the gearbox is beautifully tight and precise with no whining or droning - no jumping out of gears - the gearboxes can be a weakpoint on these, not so with my cherished and carefully driven car.

I have had a full engine service carried out including new Bosch spark plugs and ignition leads. It only failed the MoT last week on headlamp aim, an exhaust gasket and one brake pipe - amazing result for an 16 year old French hothatch, and there were no advisories. This car does not have the crusty and rotten rear sills that lesser examples are invariably dogged with. This is NOT a project car, it needs no improvement or fettling.

The exterior now looks very smart indeed, and this car was not the usual scabby mess to begin with. The rear arches and front wings etc are all free from unsightly blisters, no bumper scuffs, no dents or scrapes, just a high lustre and uniform paint finish and colour all round. The interior is immaculate and totally original, no extra bits, no missing bits - utterly belies the car's age and mileage.

If like I did, you want one of the smartest, most original and nicest to drive remaining 19 16V's then my car would be hard to better. If you're not a 19 fanatic but want a dynamic, wonderfully handling, always sporting but refined, practical and frugal with it distinctive mid-sized hothatch but do not want to pay £3000+ for a Golf Mk2 GTI 16V, 205 GTI 1.9 or Clio Williams in comparable condition and with this impeccable provenance - then my 19 16V is worth considering.

The car comes with a full 12 months MoT right through to August 2011, is taxed until October, has had a full engine service, brand new superb Toyo tyres and is ready to roll.

SOLD to existing client.

Job list:

1) Source two wheel centre caps - DONE
2) Replace ageing P6000s with brand new highly recommended Toyo Proxes 195/50/VR15 tyres all round - plus laser tracking - DONE.
3) Source rust-free replacement bonnet (original rusted front centre - common 19 malady) - extensive professional bodywork to fit and paint replacement bonnet, front wings to match, offside due to parking dings, rear spoiler due to lacquer craze etc.
4) Engine service, Shell Helix oil, Bosch spark plugs & HT leads, air filter etc. DONE
5) Brand new genuine Renault exterior door window scraper trims (original bubbled and detracted too much with the new super shiny paintwork) at much expense!)
6) Replace NS central locking actuator
7) New number plates (originals retained in boot but old and tatty) - DONE
8) MoT - DONE
9) Thorough valet & Autoglym
 

1988 BMW 635 CSI Highline View Photo Dossier

1989/F BMW 635 CSI A Highline [E24]: Absolutely outstanding example of this timelessly beautiful, handsome, and menacing sports/prestige large coupé. Finished in Malachite Green Metallic, which is a wonderfully deep and classy hue, (a very sought after colour for E30 3-series models) and is an extremely rare 635 colour. Indeed I have never ever seen another one in the metal, and this could be a unique colour combination as the recommended interior scheme for Malachite Green was the "Natural" beige/cream leather, so this car being specified with "Silver" leather makes it a very rare beast.


Only 133,000 genuine miles, total BMW main dealer service history from new, this car had one owner up to 2006 and was supplied new as a company car and then he kept the car into his retirement. Th The current owner of the past 4 years is a classic car enthusiast with a 60s Mini and Porsche 912 as part of his collection and has continued the high level of care. I had the car serviced at Cotswold BMW in Cheltenham in February 2011 to perpetuate its FBMWSH status.

This car is completely original and has always been maintained regardless of cost. There is the original purchase invoice amongst all the invoices which shows this car cost a heady £38,000 plus extras back in 1988!

An eye-catching car when new, 20 years on they are absolute head-turners as that purposeful "shark-nose" aggressive front looms in your rear view mirror - - you hardly see any 635's on the roads any more, and when you do, it's a special sight - especially when it's as smart and superior a specimen as mine.

Standard Highline Specification: 4-speed switchable automatic transmission with Sports mode, PAS, ABS, electric sunroof, e/windows x4, electric/memory seats, e/mirrors, central locking, rear head-restraints, air-conditioning, extended leather trim to include entire dashboard, door panels, headlining and sun visors, extra-wide BBS TRX 415mm forged alloy wheels, front fog-lamps, impact-absorbing bumper front & rear with spoilers, trip computer, rear blind, leather sports steering wheel.

Extra-cost options: Limited slip differential, metallic paintwork, top-of-the-range Blaupunkt Bremen radio/cassette stereo (cost £399), tailored BMW carpet over-mats.

I have sourced a set of as new Michelin GT TRX tyres (this is the later tread pattern which is significantly superior to the original TRX tread which would wear unevenly and kick up one hell of an amount of tyre noise - these tyres retail at £330+VAT each, when you can find them!) and fitted them to carefully refurbished original alloy wheels. These deep dish original BBS alloy wheels set the car off perfectly and I feel a Highline doesn't look right on any alloy wheels other than these beautiful originals. Should the new keeper wish to use the car on a more regular basis the car will also come with a set of imperial 15-inch BMW BBS alloy wheels with tyres in order that the precious TRX tyres can be preserved for summer use only.

My special 635 comes complete with original BMW owner's wallet with the fully stamped up service book, stereo manual, owner's manual, invoices, two sets of keys, glovebox torch, complete toolkit including the original unused BMW duster, unopened 1st aid kit - having had only 1 former keeper this car has too many anorak special touches, like original tax disc holder, original number plates etc. for me to care to list.

This is the best "raw" 635 I have seen, the fact that it is the desirable Highline model and in a beautiful and rare colour scheme is a major boon. Clearly the car has been garaged from new as the chromework is superb and aside from the isolated bubbling on the front wings the car is remarkably rot-free. The wonderfully luxurious leather-cocooned cabin is the most immaculate I have chanced upon, the car could have covered 60,000 miles it is that good, and the car is correct in every detail, correct BMW Motorsport coachline, original stereo, upon completion this will be a very special 635 CSI, and it really need minimal work to complete such is it's superior state from the outset.

The 2-owner status and FBMWSH mean that this car is in a league of its own mechanically, the engine is so refined, quiet and powerful, the gearbox so smooth and responsive that I would conjecture that my specimen is far superior to many of the other 635's that claim to have a lower mileage but had been through four times the number of owners and have sketchy service history, so don't be beguiled by lower mileage examples for double the many at swanky dealers, they will not drive any better, they will be less original and authentic and you will be paying a premium for a car that offers no more than mine.

Cotswold BMW spoke very favourably indeed about the condition of my 635, and in addition the service at the main dealer, I have had a highly esteemed BMW-trained specialist carry out some important jobs on the car. It has had brand new Bilstein shocks absorbers fitted all round, a new gear selector cable, and the rear Pitman arm bushes and the rear subframe bushes have just been replaced on both sides (April 2011). Naturally, this car feels even better now, very planted and secure on the road, with sharp and safe handling to match the power.

Everything works as it should do, windows, mirrors, sunroof, OBC, the electric aerial and the original and very expensive Blaupunkt Bremen radio/cassette stereo. This will suit a discerning BMW enthusiast. The car is capable of using everday as I have, it is 100% reliable and always a first time starter, or clearly is special and pristine enought to be garaged away for weekend and summer usage.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job list:

1. Professional bodywork to front wings above bumper (endemic rot spot to all 635's, very good though and the wing tops are perfect). DONE
2. Replacement of all shock absorbers with new genuine BMW Bilstein items.DONE
3. Replacement of upper control arms and lower arm bushes. DONE
4. Full engine service, Duckhams 20W-50 Semi synthetic oil, BMW oil filter, air filter, fuel filter, Bosch spark plugs. DONE
5. Refurbishment of original wheels. DONE
6. New genuine BMW wheel centre emblems. DONE
7. Source 'new' Michelin TRX GT tyres. DONE
8. Fix faulty electric headrest function. DONE
9. Automatic gearbox service at transmission specialists. DONE.
10. New number plates (originals retained in boot) DONE.
11. New gear selector cable, nearside and offside rear Pitman arm bushes and rear subframe bushes. DONE
12. Replace back light bulbs for on-board computer. DONE.
13. Specialist air-conditioning recharge.
 

1994 Range Rover 4.6 HSE View Photo Dossier

1994/M Range Rover 4.6 HSE: Beautiful Biarritz Blue Pearlescent with light grey leather upholstery and burr walnut trim.

First registered in December 1994 and with a build date of October 1994 this is one of the very first examples of the second generation P38A models. This car was accordingly a special demonstrator of the £44,000 flagship 4.6 HSE model for London's prestigious Park Lane Land Rover Centre. It has all the options that were available when new. It has lead an easy life early on as an uber-swanky city slicker vehicle for a Dr Purves of Temple Lane, London, and thereafter has been maintained well, it has never been off-roaded or used as a work horse. In fact it still looks extremely imposing and stylish today.

Documented service history, complete owner's wallet with all original manuals, stereo manuals, complete unused tool and jacking kit, unused spare wheel, two remote key fobs, HPI clear with certificate, an original 1994 Range Rover P38A press launch pack and sales brochure completes the impressive documentation.

This has been my own car for the past 5 years, bought to replace my grey Bentley Turbo R as my occasional use "posh" car. It seemed quite frugal after the Bentley!

Standard HSE Specification: 4-speed ZF automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, traction control, PAS, ABS, driver's airbag, air suspension, cruise control, electric/heated/memory front seats, e/windows, e/sunroof, e/mirrors, front foglights, 16-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels, metallic paintwork, trip computer, dual zone automatic climate control with air conditioning, headlamp wash/wipe system, full leather upholstery, burr walnut trim, auto-dip wing mirrors, photochromatic rear view mirror. Harmon Kardon sound system. Remote control fob operating the c/locking, alarm and storing memory seat and mirror positions.

Extra-cost Equipment (Genuine Land Rover): 18-inch "Triple Sport" alloy wheels, side steps, wheel arch extensions, light guards front and rear, mudflaps front and rear.

Further Enhancements to "Autobiography" Spec : Privacy glass with lighter smoke to front windows, colour-coded bumpers and wing mirrors, silver coachline, silver "Autobiography" tailgate badge, full 2001 spec clear front indicators, repeators and rear clear/red tail clusters, chrome tailpipe, bespoke top-spec sound system with Alpine radio/cassette headunit, Alpine CD Changer and Rockford Fosgate amplifier.

I have had it well-maintained in my tenure. Two years ago I had the four air suspension springs replaced with brand new genuine Dunlop items, my specialist was surprised to find the original items were date stamped 1994 - the P38a had a reputation for a flakey air suspension system and many have been converted to coil springs, I think this is a shame, my springs lasted almost 14 years and aside from the sagging which prompted me to buy new air springs, I have never had any problems with the system. It lowers itself automatically to "highway" mode after travelling at 55mph for more than 5 minutes, it elevates to "high" mode when desired, and I always press the button to get it to squat into "access" mode to make alighting easier.

This year a brand new water pump was fitted in April as well as a brand new catalytic convertor a few weeks later for the MOT. Last year I had the large expense of having the transfer-box, transfer motor and ECU replaced - but I always new I was going to have to get this done at some point as it's such a known problem.

The car is very honest, reliable and in very clean and excellent condition throughout. It is not without its faults - slight bubbling on bottom of tailgate, sagging headlining at rear, some bulbs failed in HEVAC display, central locking not working (all endemic Rangie flaws!). However, I think you'd struggle to find a better looking P38A or mechanically sound 4.6 without spending close on £5000 for one of the last examples.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1988 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1988/E VW Golf GTI MkII 8V: Gleaming Tornado Red with charcoal/red sports cloth trim. I have overseen a sympathetic mini-restoration of this rather special car and the results are superb. This is an eye-catching classic in impeccable condition throughout.

This is a local car that was supplied new by South Hereford Garages to a very well-heeled lady, for she was a certain Mrs. Bulmer of Puddlestone Rectory, wife of then chairman of the famous Bulmer's Cider empire. At five years old it was sold to a Mrs. Wright and has remained in her family to date. It is quite rare to find a 22 years old GTI that has only been in two families since manufacture.

Sensible mileage, low owners, full service history, a very well-maintained example, factory standard and correct in every last detail. Original VAG owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book, invoice dossier, complete jack and toolkit, original radio/cassette stereo, full quota of original decals: VAG codes sticker in boot, tyre pressure table in fuel flap, under-bonnet warning stickers. This car has the provenence that the discerning enthusiast desires.

Standard Equipment: Factory sunroof, sports seats (height adjustable on driver's seat), MFA trip computer, twin headlamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, Panasonic H05 radio/cassette stereo.

Extra-cost Equipment: 5-door bodyshell, central locking, tinted glass, 14-inch VW "Silverstone" (Teardrop) alloy wheels, rare leather GTI steering wheel, rare 70:30 split rear seat. Further enhancements include an immobiliser, rare Fischer central console cassette stowage drawers, rear mudflaps, and tailored carpet over-mats.

In recent years the car has had a new clutch kit fitted, new rear wheel bearings, rear brake calipers, new rear springs and Monroe gas shock absorbers. In my tenure I have overseen some minor but nonetheless transforming mechanical rejuvenation. A brand new heater matrix has been fitted with new premium antifreeze (not a nice job) and my specialist has fitted brand new hydraulic tappets (you can forgive a GTI of this vintage sounding tappetty from cold, but this special car warranted the expenditure), new timing belt and tensioner, a full engine service (genuine VAG oil filter), a dose of Ametech expensive oil treatment and a new rear exhaust section.

The exterior was what required most work as the red had "bloomed" in places to a milky pink as Tornado Red does if not Autoglymed every once in a while. A decade or so ago, seemingly every other Mk2 GTI was red, but one does not see many around anymore, presumably as once they looked well past their best, many folk didn't wish to look after them mechanically. Anyway, this is the most gleaming Tornado Red Mk2 you will find for I have enlisted my best bodyshop to give it a full professional respray, bar the roof. This was not a quick blow over as I removed all the trim and bumpers, so an excellent job has been performed. I am thrilled with the results, flawless, deeply glossy paintwork with no overspray, orange peel or runs anywhere. In fact it is less orange peely than the factory applied paintwork! Rather like Mars Red became the colour that defined the Mk1 GTI, Tornado Red must have been the most popular small bumper GTI colour, my GTI looks resplendent in this overtly sporting shade and it doesn't date the car as red is now back in vogue as THE colour to have your Mk6 Golf GTI finished in, as my neighbour has!
New black swage stripes have been fitted (now remanufactured aftermarket having been obsolete from VW for years), the red piping above the door rubbing strips has been reinstated, new number plates fitted (original South Hereford Garages dealer plates retained in boot) and the finishing touch are the wheels. The original "Teardrop" alloy wheels were professionally shotblasted and powder-coated in silver and are shod with period correct premium Pirelli P6000 tyres all round. A brand new correct "Hella" manual chrome aerial on the nearside wing ensures perfect radio reception.

The interior merely required a new leather gearshift boot, an unmarked and unworn passenger seat foam and fabric being transferred to the driver's seat frame and brand new sound deadening material fitted beneath the carpets (indeed I used this more liberally than the pennypinching factory did, so what with the super silent tappets, this is one very refined Mk2!).

I have gone to extra lengths than normal to get this car to my exacting standard. I know no other enthusiast supplier would go to as much trouble on a car that is neither a big bumper or 16V specimen. I have always advocated the appeal of the "Digifant" engined 8 valve small bumper 5-door cars, as yet again this is another car that has provided extremely reliable and rewarding service for over two decades to only a couple of owners and has never been near the hands of a boyracer chav merchant.

Car has been fully serviced, including timing belt and tensioner, new Pirelli tyres and will come with 12 months MoT.

SOLD, unseen - to existing collector in N.Ireland, the 4th car I have supplied to him.
 

1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0i Ghia Automatic View Photo Dossier

1992/J Ford Sierra Sapphire 2.0i Ghia Automatic: Glimmering Tasman Blue Metallic with completely unmarked plush Ghia upholstery.

This is a wonderfully original "timewarp" specimen, genuine very low milage at 62K, full service history, HPI clear with certificate. 12 months MoT.

Originally supplied new by my local Ford main dealer, Coulters of Alcester, to an elderly gentleman, he covered a very low mileage and had his cherished Sierra serviced to schedule by this supply Ford main dealer. When it came time to trade it in during 1999, a senior Ford technician at this dealership, and dedicated Ford enthusiast, purchased it and has owned it up to the present date. In the intervening years the supplying dealer became Brooklyn Ford, then Brooklyn Skoda and the premises was sadly demolished five years ago and is now a Waitrose car park. Nevertheless the fastidious owner has serviced this special Sierra religiously himself and kept a log of this, genuine Ford Motorcraft service items have always been fitted, and indeed even the battery is a genuine Motorcraft item.

Although it barely needs it as the car drives like a factory fresh example, I will have my specialist service it, naturally using genuine Ford filters and again, rather unnecessarily given the way it changes gear so imperceptibly, I will have the automatic transmission serviced at my automatic gearbox specialist in Knowle.

The Tasman Blue Metallic colour is undoubtedly the most attractive shade in the 1992 sales brochure available for this model, it is a beautiful, modern, intense bluey-purple shade that is both eye-catching and classy. The original Ghia alloy wheels are unmarked and set the car off to perfection.

Being a late model Sierra, my car benefits from the newer 2.0 DOHC EFi engine which provides ample torque, decent acceleration and superb cruising fuel economy when coupled to the 4-speed automatic gearbox, with 4th acting as an overdrive facility in effect.

The day after I purchased the car I drove it to my Mum's house in Dorset and the car was so smooth and relaxing to drive, eating up the miles at 80mph down the M40 and A34, very comfortable, quiet and refined. Due to the very low mileage and regular servicing regime wear to components and rubber bushes has been minimal so the car feels so tight, taut and composed, and truly does drive like a new car.

Standard Ghia Equipment: Power-steering, ABS, headlamp wash/wipe system, tinted glass, front foglamps, colour coded bumpers, alloy wheels, electric windows x 4, central locking with Ford alarm system, electric mirrors, Quickclear heated front windscreen, warning module for doors left open, ice alert and lights left on, tilt and slide glass sunroof, original Ford 2007 radio/cassette stereo system, 3-spoke sports steering wheel.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Metallic paintwork, 4-speed Ford automatic transmission, Ford premium mudflaps front and rear, Ford rubber floor mats.

Full MoT, serviced and thoroughly valeted and Autoglymed, you will not find a better Sierra Ghia.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

1991 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1991/H Volkswagen Golf GTI 8V: Rare Bright Blue Metallic, THE most eye-catching and attractive colour you could buy a Mk2 GTI in, only available on H and J-registered cars. Forget murky Oak Green, this colour is superb and I have always hankered after a Bright Blue big bumper GTI since I was a child! As new grey/silver sports cloth trim with ultra-violet flecks.

THE BEST GOLF GTI Mk2 IN THE WORLD!!! (Probably). I am not going overboard as this is the nearest thing you will get to being able to buy a brand new classic Golf GTI. It has covered a mere 19,000 miles from new at the hands of an admirable and fastidious lady owner. Totally unrestored, genuinely timewarp condition in every respect. Full service history with every invoice, including the original sales invoice, every MoT certificate, tax disc from new. Regardless of the small incremental mileage covered annually, this cherished GTI was serviced each year.

HPI clear with certificate, zero former keepers showing on the logbook, fully stamped up service history, all original booklets, original 1990 Golf sales brochure, 12 months MoT, new timing belt kit and it will be serviced by Listers of Evesham VAG main dealer next week. Original supplying main dealer number plates front and rear. One key operating all locks plus original spare. Very rare, unused dealer option first aid kit still stowed in the boot, original Panasonic H05 radio/cassette stereo, original VW rubber over mats.

The car had brand new rear brake discs, pads and an OSR caliper for the MoT. The car is shod with brand new dealer approved Pirelli P6000 tyres all round. The distinctive BBS RZ alloy wheels have been professionally shot-blasted and powder-coated for a flawless and durable finish.

The car has never been in an accident, the paintwork is 100% factory applied. There is not even a pinprick of rust anywhere on the entire car. The car has never been smoked in and the interior is in showroom condition.

The story behind this GTI is heart-warming. Back in 1990 a well-heeled lady from Woking in Surrey had just been widowed at the age of 63. She took her trusty 1987 Golf GL in for its service at her local VAG main dealer, Barnett & Small of Farnham and was immediately smitten by this unregistered Golf GTI basking in the showroom, utterly resplendent in this gorgeous colour. She had to have it, felt she deserved a treat to pick up her spirits, so a deal was done. Fastfoward to last month and at the ripe old age of 84, the lady was advised that she should no longer drive. Her son drove it from Woking it his home in Inkberrow, Worcestershire, which happens to be where I live too, hence how I finally came to own a Bright Blue Mk2 Golf GTI, and not any GTI, but the best specimen available.

Incredibly for a car of this low mileage, this car has never been in storage, which does a car no favours whatsoever, rather it has always been kept MoT'd, taxed and in regular use, albeit covering tiny mileages on its trips out to the grocers, games of bridge and things of that ilk.

The great news is that it has been kept covered under a car port all of its life. Not out in the glaring sun which would damage the paintwork lacquer, fade the interior and crack the dashboard, nor kept in an unventilated garage which is the worst thing for exacerbating corrosion - the car comes in from being rained on, gets shut in the garage and doesn't dry out so rust can have a field day. A car port may be a frightfully 60s/70s invention but it has the best of both worlds, being out of the glare of the sun and sheltered from rain but very well ventilated so any residual rain water drains off and dries out quickly.

Standard GTI Equipment: Power steering, twin headlamps, front foglamps, twin exhaust, sports seats, MFA trip computer, sunroof, Panasonic stereo.

Extra-Cost Equipment: 14-inch BBS RZ alloy wheels, special order metallic paintwork [Bright Blue LA5U], 5-door bodyshell, tinted glass, central locking, first aid kit, VW rubber floor mats.

A unique opportunity for the serious modern classic collector. There will never be a Mk2 GTI for sale like this again and certainly not one lucky enough to be finished in this colour.

Price reflects the unbelievable provenance and breathtaking condition of this special car. Two years ago, an Alpine White Golf MkI GTI with 31,000 miles on the clock sold for £25,000, so my MkII has true investment potential.

SOLD to 1st viewer
 

1990 Mercedes-Benz 300 TE [W124] View Photo Dossier

1990/G Mercedes-Benz 300TE [W124]: Unusual and distinctive colour scheme of Anthracite Grey Metallic with Medium Red cloth upholstery.

Having sold many classic Volvo estates, in the 8 years of being a 1980s Mercedes specialist, I have lost count of the number of enquiries I have had from people in search of an outstanding W124 estate model. I have looked, but seemingly all too many have been bought by people who know they will soldier on forever with little if no maintenance and no TLC. At last, I have chanced on a worthy specimen.

It fulfils so many criteria, it has not covered an inter-galactic mileage, the current keeper has owned it for over a decade, it has only 3 previous keepers, it has a full service history, it has not only been maintained exceedingly well but it has always been treated as a prestige car and not allowed to full into the usual state of being a rusty, battered, threadbare workhorse. It is endowed with the best engine, not the gutless and less economical four-cylinder 230TE, nor the more complex 24 valve power unit with its rev-tastic and peaky performance, rather it has the tried and proven 12 valve 3.0 litre six-cylinder engine which is both wonderfully smooth and sophisticated, and surprisingly accelerative when pushed. My car is HPI clear, is has a full MoT, it has been fully serviced. Finally it is finished in a very attractive and classy colour. The boxes for: condition, provenance, sensible mileage, low owners, the most desirable engine and aesthetic appearance all receive big ticks.

The service history is Mercedes main dealer stamped up to 90,000 miles, thereafter the current owner has serviced the car himself. He happens to be a top jolly engineer at McLaren HQ in Woking, (where they built the 231mph £685,000 McLaren F1 supercars!) so is more than adept at keeping his family car in fine fettle, a car that was in later years a third car and expected to, and indeed did, take the family on many touring holidays of France and Spain. All parts invoices are present and there is a very substantial invoice dossier indeed.

I have covered almost a 1000 miles in the car personally as immediately pressed it into service as my carry all upon the sale of my trusty 1989 Volvo 740 Turbo. It is utterly reliable and a relaxing but rewarding car to drive – not a cumbersome and wallowing barge at all. It immediately feels far more hewn from the solid and precision-engineered than the Volvo, everything shuts with a heavy-weight clunk and all the controls operate like they were built to last a million miles, and they do in actual fact! Being a 6-cylinder it is far smoother and more refined than Volvo’s big 4-cylinder unit. I was surprised at the overtaking ability of this 300TE, kickdown sees it accelerating with real gusto. Top speed is over 130mph so even by today’s standard’s it need not feel ashamed, and it is only marginally more thirsty than my Volvo, as it is a much bigger engine and a heavier car, but the extra prestige and silky smooth performance more than compensates for this.

For the MoT the original rear springs were replaced with OE items which is always a boon as 20 year old springs on an estate to tend to sag and give soggy suspension. Whilst the rear components were off the hard to reach rear fuel pipes were also replaced as were past their best. I had a full engine service carried out using Bosch filters and top quality Shell Helix semi-synthetic oil. The car also went into my automatic transmission specialist for a professional gearbox fluid change. The clean red fluid that exited showed a gearbox that was in superb order and my expert said I should not bother renewing the fluid as it was so good, but I like to get as many jobs as I can done on my cars for the next custodian’s peace of mind, so new Dexron II was duly pumped in.

The elegant 15-hole alloy wheels were professionally shot-blasted and then powder-coated for a flawless and durable finish and these have been shod with expensive premium brand, Dunlop Sport 205/60/VR15 tyres on each corner.

The Achille’s heel of all W124’s needed minor attention, the front wings. These always bubble up around the indicators. Whilst in no way severe enough to justify the fitment of new wings, I had my bodyshop cut out the tennis-ball sized bubbling sections and weld in new metal by the indicators, the wheel arches themselves were not exhibiting rot nor were the indicator holes, so it is a sympathetic and professional repair rather than a hasty bodge. The bumpers and tailgate were also repainted due to the scuffs and marks such cars accumulate over the years. Such is the high standard of work I insist on, only the closest scrutiny would ever reveal that new paint has been applied. This car was extremely smart to begin with, I have just brought onto a different level with professional bodywork and fine detailing.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows x 4, tinted glass, electric passenger mirror, headlamp wash/wipe system, electric aerial.

Extra-Cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, 15-hole MB light alloy wheels, metallic paintwork, Mercedes over-mats, OTG (outside temperature gauge), rear MB mudflaps, electric tilt/slide sunroof, towing equipment. A premium Sony radio/cassette stereo with CD autochanger in the boot was fitted in the mid-1990s and still works well.

A cherished W124 estate in outstanding condition throughout. Would suit a Mercedes enthusiast or equally someone who wants an indestructible, prestige estate car for daily depreciation-proof motoring. Please note some swanky MB specialist are now charging £6000+ for their W124 estates…

SOLD
 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC [W126] View Photo Dossier

1989/G Mercedes-Benz 500 SEC: Beautiful and timeless Diamond Blue Metallic with rare silver sports velour upholstery with subtle blue pinstripes to the centre panels.

This is not a restored car, rather it is a wonderfully preserved 2-owner car which has been registered to the same lady owner for the past 12 years. Supplied new to the poshest Mercedes main dealer of them all, Normand of Mayfair, this car has lead a pampered existence, now showing 170,000 (nothing for these old V8s and working out at 7,500 miles a year, so way below average), this car was last serviced by a Mercedes main dealer at 157,000 miles, and I have since had Autohaus independent Porsche & Mercedes specialists service it.

In my tenure I have had a new centre exhaust silencer fitted, new radiator, new front brake discs and pads all round and the windscreen wiper motor has been replaced.

The car has a fully stamped up service book, all original booklets and manuals, full toolkit, unused first aid kit, and still sports its original Blaupunkt Vancouver radio/cassette stereo (a £600 option!).

Standard Specification: PAS, ABS, air-conditioning, electric windows x 4, central locking, electric passenger mirror, outside temperature gauge, automatic seatbelt presenters, electrically adjustable steering column, headlamp wash/wipe system, front foglights, rear head-restraints, electric front seats.

Extra-cost Options: Sports velour interior (no-cost option), limited slip differential, driver's seat memory facility, heated front seats, metallic paintwork, cruise control, Blaupunkt Vancouver stereo with electric aerial, Mercedes tailored cord over-mats.

The velour seats are as new, exhibiting no wear at all, by this date 90% of 500SEC's had leather fitted, and I have never seen another SEC with this Diamond Blue and silver pinstripe velour interior combination, and I have been specialising in these cars for 10 years. This velour is of the very finest quality and is more head-wearing and comfortable than the ubiquitous leather, I love it. Tellingly MB gave you not a penny back for specifying velour instead of leather as it probably cost them just as much to have it made, being composed mostly of genuine wool fibres.

The car will come with 12 months MoT. It is in outstanding and non-restored condition throughout, the bumper chromes are absolutely as new all round, the paintwork gleams, the rear arches and front wings are free bubbling - in terms of rot this is one the very best I have come across. Do not fall into the trap of buying one of these from other specialists who have treated their SECs to a total respray to cover all manner of sins.

The mileage may not be the lowest but these cars soldier on forever, the most salient facts are that it is a genuine 2-owner car with a total service history, it drives superbly and it looks a million dollars.

£4,995
 

1989 Volvo 240 GLT Saloon View Photo Dossier

1989/F Volvo 244 GLT: Timeless and classy colour scheme of Dark Grey Metallic with black buttoned leather upholstery. The grey paintwork and GLT dechrome scheme gives the car a more contemporary and sporting air and is a refreshing change from the ubiquitous silver or fading red paintwork.

This is a timewarp specimen that belies its mileage and quarter of a century vintage with consummate ease. This is the best 244 GLT on sale in the UK.

Low mileage (for a 23 year old 240) at 124,000 miles, low owners and total service history, full Volvo main dealer history up to 110K. HPI clear with certificate.

Standard GLT Specification: 2.3 litre fuel injected engine, 5-speed manual transmission, metallic paintwork, sliding steel sunroof, central locking, PAS, electric windows x 4, electric mirrors, tinted glass, leather upholstery, heated front seats, satin black dechromed trim, satin black coachline, 15-inch “Virgo” light alloy wheels, low profile tyres (195/60/VR15), front and rear mudflaps, Volvo digital radio cassette stereo and electric aerial, headlamp wash/wipe system.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Rare Volvo Accessory Bosch Halogen front foglamps, rare Volvo voltmeter gauge, Volvo centre console cassette stowage unit, Volvo floor trays.

With its fuel injection and large four cylinder engine coupled to a 5-speed manual gearbox this car has more of a turn of speed than its bluff aerodynamics would convey. With its enhanced power to weight ratio it will also in real driving be more economical than the lowly 2.0 carburettor and injection catalyst models. Why buy a poverty spec DL or GL when you can have the range-topping and sporting GLT model?

Either you love the boxy saloon 200 series or you don’t. Whilst the majority of the estate cars have led hard and unloved existences, only getting the bare minimum carried out to scrape through each MoT test, I find that the saloons tend to have stayed in the same ownership for longer, have been much better cared for and crucially have been maintained correctly.

Due to the bodywork being extremely honest and virtually rust-free, and as the car came with the all important stamped up service history, something that cannot be bought retrospectively, I felt this car worthy to be rescued before it slumped to being beyond redemption as so many have sadly. Despite being a Volvo, and being made of the thickest steel you will come across in car manufacture, a 240 can still rust away merrily on the sills and the rear arches and front wings. My car was not exhibiting anything even remotely significant in this respect so I set about sympathetically refurbishing the car and bringing it back to a very smart condition.

Mechanically I have spent quite a lot of money getting all the jobs done to ensure the new keeper can just jump in and enjoy. All work has been carried out by my performance specialist. I must stress, only the rear bushes, exhaust and brake jobs were essential, all the other parts are part of my thorough refurbishment to get the car running as sweetly and smoothly as is possible. The car has had a major engine service using the best quality OE components including: new Scantech full timing belt and tensioner kit, Bosch oil filter, Shell Helix semi-sythetic oil, Bosch spark plugs, Bosch wiper blades, Fram air filter, Fram fuel filter, Hella ignition leads, Bosch distributor cap and Bosch rotor arm.

Additionally there has been a replacement clutch slave cylinder, new LUK 3-piece clutch kit, new gearbox oil. New brake discs and pads front and rear. A replacement steering rack has been fitted and the steering column UJ’s have been fully unseized and lubricated. Brand new centre and rear exhaust silencers and connecting pipes have been fitted and finally a really expensive job, the replacement of the rear trailing arm bushes, this takes over 2 hours a side in labour to complete.

New premium brand Dunlop Sport 01 195/60/VR15 tyres have been fitted to the front wheels and the rears are Firestones and have 6mm plus of even tread remaining. I also tracked down a new and correct “L-shaped” Volvo tailpipe which is what the GLT should have fitted which exits the rear valance in a straight line, not like the GL “S-shaped” tailpipes which are the only items available now.

Nowhere else will you find an enthusiast dealer who has lavished so much care and money on a humble 240, but I happen to know what special cars they are!

Cosmetically I have dismantled the headlamps and fitted brand new headlamp reflectors and carefully greased the adjustors and thoroughly cleaned everything. Now my Volvo has said goodbye to its sad “black-eye” look which afflicts most 240’s you’ll see. There are brand new genuine Volvo headlamp wiper blades fitted too. As the rear light lenses and front indicators where looking dull and tatty after 23 years as they all will, I have treated this car to what I call the “Euro-look”. Flat cap-wearing anoraks may disapprove but this exercise has transformed the look of my car by fitting brand new red/clear rear light units and clear front indicators which I imported from the USA and Germany respectively. Clear front side repeator lenses have completed the treatment. The Euro-look whilst looking totally integrated just makes people take another look at the car, all of a sudden it is a rather cool looking retro Volvo. If you are really despairing at my tasteful and subtle enhancements, then you can of course fit standard light units and flog these sought after items on Ebay.

The original “Virgo” alloy wheels which are the signature touch of the GLT models have been professionally shotblasted and powdercoated, a couple of the centre caps have been replaced with new, and now obsolete, items and the chrome wheel nuts have been polished. Smart anodized-look finished brake calipers sit discreetly behind the deep dished spokes so as not to put the shiny new brake discs to shame.

Driving a 240 GLT in this fettle and cosmetic condition is always an event and a delight. Many admiring glances are noted from oncoming drivers, furthermore you sit higher up than in modern cars and feel very safe and secure in what always feels to be an extremely safe and strong car. Speak to any retired fire officer and he will have a story to tell about people walking away from serious accidents in a Volvo 240 whereas in any other car of that era, Cortina or Cavalier, there probably would have been fatalities. The buttoned leather seats may look twee but they are supremely comfortable and were one of the first genuinely orthopaedically designed seats. If you do suffer from back or mobility problems you will like the fact that you sit up into a 240 rather than lowering yourself into a thinly padded modern seat, and that the seats are most supportive and cosseting, meaning long journeys are a pleasure not a pain.

The car comes complete with original master key, and the original spare, and one key operates all locks. There is the original toolkit and jack, a brand new spare tyre on an immaculate spare alloy wheel. The Volvo wallet contains the owner’s manual and accompanying booklets and the stamped up service book. The car was still sporting it’s original Volvo main dealer number plates front and rear (now replaced as were tatty) and the dealer decal is still present in the rear window. It is these touches which differentiate this car from the tired and worn examples that one sees on Ebay typically.

The car has just flown through the MoT with no failures, so is tested through to June 2013. You will not find a smarter or nicer driving GLT in this price bracket. At 124,000 miles this is a stripling by Volvo standards - - in the USA there are 240’s with in excess of 500,000 miles on the original engine - - so don’t fall into the trap of thinking that a 240 with a scant 60,000 miles on the clock will drive any better, in all likelihood it will be worse as must have sat unused for long periods which does a car no favours.

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1995 BMW 328i A Touring [E36] View Photo Dossier

1995/N BMW 328i Touring Automatic: Outstanding example of a top-of-the-range prestigious and practical BMW sports estate car and finished in a colour scheme that doesn't date the car. A definite modern classic.

Enjoy the best of both worlds - are you one of those under-the-thumb men being steered towards a ghastly modern blandbox MPV to ferry your sprogs about in? Eminently practical for hauling kids and dogs around with plenty of load lugging capacity too but what a driver's car! Wonderfully smooth engine and gearbox giving effortless power and sizzling acceleration. BMW used this engine in the big 7 series, so imagine how quick it is fitted to a 3-series.

Tricky to find a Touring in this condition and with this provenance, total service history, most of which is BMW main dealer history. HPI clear with certificate. Comes complete with original owner's wallet containing all the original manuals and the stamped up service book, 3 keys, unused and complete toolkit, even the rechargeable glove box torch is present and correct. Refreshingly original throughout, even wears its original BMW main dealer number plates front and rear confirming the car hasn't suffered a frontal or rear impact (these will be replaced with smart new number plates and the originals retained in the boot).

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, electric windows x 4, 15" alloy wheels, front foglamps, twin exhaust tailpipes, electric mirrors, tinted glass, driver's airbag, rear headrests, rear roller blind luggage cover and dog guard, BMW immobiliser.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: 16" twin spoke alloy wheels with 225/50/ZR16 low profile tyres, sports suspension, metallic paintwork, roof rails, full leather upholstery, front folding armrest, manual dual zone heating with air-conditioning, electric tilt/slide sunroof, 18-button trip computer and check control, 5-speed automatic transmission with sports/economy modes, headlamp washer system, BMW Business CD43 CD/Tuner headunit, BMW mudflaps front and rear, BMW rear load liner. A Toad Thatcham Cat II alarm and immobiliser with certificate is also fitted which also operates the central-locking by remote control.

Why bother with underpowered 1.8 4-cylinders when you can have the superb 2.8 straight six? The M52 engine with its technically advanced variable valve & camshaft timing (VANOS) is such a glorious powerplant, whisper quiet when idling, subtly fruity exhaust rasp on accelerating, you are always assured of a sonourous soundtrack with a BMW straight six - it will see off any Golf GTI, handles like a finely honed sports car and yet will return 38mpg cruising at 80mph on the motorway, and 26-28mph in every day mixed driving.

The 5-speed automatic gearbox is an absolute delight and is definitely preferable to the manual transmission, it sported the very latest technology in its day and is so responsive and smooth that it makes for a quicker and far more refined car making the manual feel rather archaic.

This still looks like a cracking car from all angles, the E36 is probably the most handsome 3 series to date and the Touring in particular has aged the best and is more distinctive than the saloon cars. My car benefits from being finished in Arctic Silver which shows the sporting lines off to perfection, it has colour-coded bumper but does without full colour-coding so the lower valances and sills are finished in original grey which lowers the car visually and gives it a more substantial and contemporary stance. The 16" wheels looks superb and were the most attractive wheels one could specify for this car. This is not your usual scabby E36, rather the bodywork is in absolutely superb condition, verging on "timewarp", a term I don't use lightly.

Step inside and the cabin still looks so modern and classy, hard to believe the car is 16 years old, it truly belies its age and mileage wonderfully. The black leather is of a high quality and is luxurious. The air-conditioning blows ice cold as it should (rare at this age and again compounding what a superior specimen this is), and it should br borne in mind that not many Tourings had leather or air-conditioning as were bought by practically-minded people often. The manual dual zone heating system functions perfectly and is significantly more reliable than the digital climate control system. The fascia sports a subtle black Blaupunkt-made BMW Business single CD player who's display exactly matches that of the comprehensive 18-button full trip computer system below.

The car comes with a long MoT and will have an Inspection I service prior to sale.

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Job list:

1) Inspection I service: oil, Bosch oil filter, air filter, Bosch spark plugs, pollen filter, Bosch windscreen wipers etc. DONE
2) New number plates DONE
3) New BMW bonnet badge and wheel centre badges - done
4) New premium Dunlop tyres to the front wheels. DONE
5) Replace amber indicators with new clear units to subtly update car (originals retained in boot) DONE
6) Thorough valeting, detailing and Autoglym. DONE



 

1995 Audi 2.6 Convertible View Photo Dossier

1995/N Audi 2.6 Convertible: Duck Egg Blue with half leather upholstery and black mohair roof.

The colour is extremely rare and unique on a Convertible, I have only ever seen one other Audi finished in it and that was a 2.8 Quattro Coupé, it was part of Audi's special order only "Lifestyle" colour palette that Audi offered for a small time window in the mid-1990s, indeed not all the main dealers even had the special Lifestyle colours brochure to show prospective customers, so they featured rarely on UK cars. Some were lurid oranges, yellows and acid lime greens, but Duck Egg Blue is acknowledged as the rarest. It is a special effects paint that gives the car an almost radioactive glow. White is very much in vogue nowadays, with the timeless elegance of the Audi's lines and the distinctive duck egg blue glow as an added twist, this convertible stands out! This makes my convertible a very special specimen.

Total service history from new, a sensible mileage and number of former keepers, recent timing belt replacement. All original, no dubious modifications, very well-maintained, HPI clear with certificate.

The Audi Convertible was a design classic from the moment it was launched in 1993 - compounded by the fact that it was kept in production until late 2000, a good 5 years after the 80/90 on which it was based had been replaced by the blander A4. A BMW E36 Convertible may offer a more sporting driving experience but neither a 90s BMW or SAAB convertible of this era can match the sheer solidity and amazing build quality of the Audi - the clunk from shutting the doors never fails to impress. Incidentally I have just spent £300 having a brand new rear screen fitted to the hood and the coachtrimmer confided that the original mohair hoods on these soft top Audi 80's is the highest quality he has every encountered, it's thicker than on any BMW or Porsche and he would always advise against fitting a replacement hood unless it is essential as it will never match the quality and fit of the factory supplied item.

Standard Equipment: PAS, ABS, 5-speed manual transmission, e/mirrors, e/windows x 4, central locking, driver's airbag, electric aerial, front foglamps, twin exhaust tailpipes.
clear front indicators and repeators, 10-spoke Audi light alloy wheels.

Extra-cost Equipment: "Lifestyle" paintwork, power-operated hood, burr walnut fascia and door trims, Audi Gamma radio/cassette stereo with CD autochanger, Audi mudflaps front and rear.

The car has benefitted from new premium front tyres (Vredestein Sportrac) of the correct size, and in addition to the rear screen replacement I will have the car serviced and a new thermostat fitted.

A truly beautiful car from any angle, hood up or hood down, and forever eye-catching. One of those cars that will always cut a dash and appears far more expensive than it is to the uninitiated.

Amazing build quality, genuine 4-seater roadster, more than adequate performance with maximum torque centred just where you need it, affording excellent 3rd gear overtaking capabilities, silky smooth V6 engine, and commendable fuel economy to boot.

You'd struggle to find a superior specimen, it is exceptionally clean and original throughout, it being endowed with the best engine and in a unique and eye-catching colour are major boons too. As always, view a few typically tatty local specimens before coming to see this lovely car.

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1) Full engine service - Shell Helix oil, oil, air filter, spark plugs. DONE
2) New MoT. plus new German OE gas front shock absorbers, OSF wishbone and balljoint, NSR wheel bearing, new timing belt, auxillary belt, thermostat and premium antifreeze. DONE
3) Brand new genuine Audi door bottom rubber trims. DONE (£80!!)
4) New rear hood screen professionally fitted, looks as good as new £300. DONE
5) New number plates - DONE
6) New aerial mast - DONE
7) Brand new front foglights, clear indicators and side repeators. DONE £120
8) Thorough valet & Autoglym. Exterior/Interior/Engine. DONE.

 

1996 Volvo 850R View Photo Dossier

1996/N Volvo 850 R Estate Automatic: Super glossy and vibrant Bright Red complemented with the special "R" alcantara suede and leather upholstered sports seats and ebony lacquered walnut veneer fascia.

Are you tired of seeing these special cars on Ebay having being owned by penniless plebs who'd sooner spend their month's pay packet fitting a wind-up boost controller or a nasty yellow strutbrace rather than spend money on servicing and keeping the car in fine fettle? If so, you've just chanced upon a cherished specimen that has avoided dubious upgrades, it has actually been a No.2 car alongside a Bentley Turbo R for the past two years and has been driven with care.

The only subtle enhancements were carried out by me when I supplied the car originally and these were: replace faded rear tail lights with new upgraded red/clear V70 units, fit clear side repeator lenses, paint brake calipers bright red, fit special "eggcrate" front grill imported from the US, "R" badge to front grill. I think most will agree that these are desirable touches rather than hideous boyracer mods!

The car has a sensible mileage, a stripling by 850 standards as these 5 cylinder engines are extremely tough, has a low number of keepers and crucially has a full service history, of which up to 2008 is full Volvo main dealer history. Saliently it has always been in regular usage which is far preferable to being sat languishing on a council estate until the owner can afford his next round of performance tweaks. It is fully HPI clear with certificate and comes with a full 12 months MoT.

As insurance premiums rocketed in the 1990s and the GTI craze subsided, in my opinion there were three stand out cars, "mid-90's masterpieces" as I shall dub them: the Renault Clio Williams, Corrado VR6 and the Volvo 850 T-5R and 850R models. Here is your chance to own one of them, finished in the eye-popping bright red, enormous load space plus the foldaway 7-seat conversion in the boot, genuine 25mpg fuel economy AND almost 150mph performance, add in Volvo's legendary reputation for safety and durability and what a bargain you have.

Standard 850 T5 Equipment: 220 bhp 20V turbocharged powerplant, PAS, ABS, e/windows, e/sunroof, air-conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels on low profile tyres, uprated sports suspension, front elipsoid spoiler-mounted foglamps, rear spoiler, central locking, tinted glass, electric heated seats, trip computer.

850 "R" Additional Equipment: 250 bhp 20V turbocharged powerplant with 30 second "over boost" facility (240bhp with automatic transmssion), further uprated chassis including 10mm lower ride height and substantially stiffer coil springs. 17-inch "Volans" alloy wheels finished in graphite with 205/45/ZR17 ultra low profile tyres. Extra deep front spoiler, SIPS side impact airbags, cruise control. Special leather upholstery with amaretta suede inserts, silver-grey leather steering wheel and gear knob, special black lacquered walnut fascia, electric memory heated sports seats, tailored Volvo overmats with "850" embroidered in grey, remote control central locking and alarm system.

Extra-cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, rear spoiler, Alpine 6-CD multichanger coupled to Volvo premium 8-speaker hi-fi system, Volvo rear luggage blind, Volvo 7-seater conversion, Volvo towbar.

Noteworthy expenditure in recent years has been a full gearbox overhaul in 2008 at £1300, the notorious PCV crankcase ventilation system was replaced by a Volvo main dealer at £800 in 2009, the timing belt and tensioner were replaced less than 10,000 miles ago in 2010, brand new radiator fitted in Jan 2011 at £500, new front strut top mounts, lower wishbone bushes and new brake discs and pads front and rear in May 2011 at £480. In 2012 a brand new catalytic convertor and downpipe and lambda sensor were fitted in July along with a pair of new front tyres and front brake pipes.

Cosmetically I have mentioned the rear light upgrade, furthermore, the bonnet, front spoiler, rear spoiler and rear bumper were professionally painted at my bodyshop in 2011 to eradicate stone chips and minor scuffs, the car was then professionally mopped and glazed resulting in this impressive gloss finish which has lasted to date. The original wheels were professionally shotblasted and then powder-coated in the correct steel grey, and again these have stood up very well and set the car off to perfection.

I have just fitted brand new tailgate support struts and a repair kit for the tailgate interior trim panel, so the tailgate whooshes up on its new struts as it should and stays suspended even when parked on a slope. The tailgate shuts firmly and doesn't jiggle in its latching brace, nor does the interior trim panel rattle itself off after 10 miles, which I would say is unlike 90% of 850 estates you'll view!

I have supplied an 850 T-5R and 850R manual previously so I do know these cars, how they should drive and their foibles. To this end I will highlight that the cruise control does not work, I find this to be an utterly useless feature in the UK so have never looked into why thi may not work. The air-con does not blow cold but I will have this fully recharged and checked presently.

Comes complete with stamped up service book and owner's manual in original Volvo wallet, invoice dossier, Volvo jack, toolkit and warning triangle, Volvo touch-up paint stick and an original 1996 Volvo 850 sales brochure is included to complete this car's superior provenance.

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2002 Renault Vel Satis 3.0dCi V6 Initiale View Photo Dossier

2002 Renault Vel Satis Initiale Automatic: This ultra rare flagship of the range Renault oddity was a modern classic from the moment it was launched, if you're the type of person who would like to own a car that 95% of the population have never heard of, who likes to stand out and you’ve always wanted to dip your toes into the waters of luxury motoring on a shoestring, then look no further than this obscure Gallic beauty.

Renault sold a mere handful in the UK, they were a totally futuristic groundbreaking mould, bristling with technology but rather cruelly ended up being perhaps Renault's biggest white elephant - think of one as the NSU RO80 of this millenium. They are spacious, luxurious and comfortable, with large captain’s chairs in the front and acres of legroom in the back. Their rarity only adds to the appeal…

Brushing aside the controversial, quirky looks for the moment, this Vel Satis is the pick of the bunch, it is the flagship 'Initiale' trim package coupled to the Isuzu sourced 3-litre V6 diesel, which pulls this heavy, tall car with aplomb if you so desire. But if you’d rather float along gently and comfortably, the Toyota-based 5 speed automatic gearbox (complete with a manual 'tiptronic' override) is smooth and cossetting. MPG from the 3-litre diesel is most impressive, averaging around 41MPG on the motorway and 36MPG around town. Incidentally this engine was widely used in the Renault Espace and SAAB 9-5 so worries about parts availability can be allayed.

The ‘Initiale’ specification leaves you wanting for nothing, since Renault really went to town with the toys and equipment, packing in colour sat nav, parking sensors, cruise control with radar option, all kinds of computer read-outs, and a 6CD changer. There are also supremely comfortable, electrically adjustable and heated front seats and some rather novel storage solutions, all set off with exquisite inlaid wood veneered cappings and aluminium highlights on the fascia and door panels, it is a cabin that soothes and impresses in equal measure.

Not only does my car have the flagship specification - super soft leather upholstery, radar-assisted cruise control and 18" alloy wheels, AND the best choice of drivetrain - 3.0 V6 Turbo Diesel and 5-speed 'Tiptronic' automatic transmission - but it is also finished in the colour which paints the Vel Satis in the most favourable light, Oyster Metallic. This distinctive and unusual hue imbues this oddball with a timelessness and classy appeal that differentiates it from the more staid colour options.

Finally, this is no unloved and washed up Vel Satis, rather it has only 1 former keeper and been owned for the last 7 years by a retired gentleman, it has been garaged and cherished and covered a mere 38,000 miles and benefits from a full Renault main dealer service history. Just had lubrication service, has MoT until April 2013 and taxed until November.

SOLD
 

1987 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

Volkswagen Golf MkII GTI 8V 3-door: Distinctive and classy Jade Green Metallic with smart grey/black/silver sports stripe cloth upholstery.

I have sympathetically overseen the mini-restoration of this special GTI over the past year and the results are most gratifying!

Only 1 previous keeper from new. A well-heeled lady bought this GTI brand new from Whyke Motors of Chichester in 1987 and continued to have it serviced at the supplying main dealer for her entire 16 year tenure - not many GTI's were kept in the VAG main dealer network for that duration - so needless to say it was maintained absolutely regardless of cost. In 2003 it then passed to its current owner who only used it for four years before falling ill. It was serviced up to that point by a local garage near Solihull before being squirrelled away in his garage. I purchased the car from his nephew in April 2011 and have been bringing, what was already a wonderfully honest and original GTI, back to its former glory.

This is so much more of an interesting sight on the roads than the ubiquitous Oak Green big bumper 16Vs that people have flocked after for years. Aside from its impeccable provenance this car has two major plus points: it is one of the very last 8V's with the legendary K-jet engine, those in the know will tell you it's a more charismatic and punchy engine than the "Digifant" 8V engine that replaced it in September 1987, and it is fitted with factory power-steering.

Being a K-jet 8V it benefits from the original Mk2 7-slat front grill, quarter lights on the front door windows, and the Mk1 carry over 4-horn button steering wheel, which give it added appeal in my eyes and make it that bit more distinctive. One very seldom sees these early style MkII's on the road, and certainly never in this condition.

Jade Green was only available between 1986-1989 and as the majority of GTI's were supplied new as company cars, usually only private buyers upgraded the spec of their new car order and paid extra for the metallic paintwork. It makes a refreshing change from the humdrum Tornado Red or Alpine White and gives the car a more classy air.

The most interesting feature is the fact that it is fitted with factory power-assisted steering. This was only introduced in the 1987 model year and I have never seen a quarter-light window Golf fitted with PAS ever, so it is incredibly rare.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Power steering, metallic paintwork, 14" Volkswagen Silverstone ('teardrop') alloy wheels, tinted glass, Blaupunkt radio/cassette stereo, Fischer cassette stowage console, tailored VW cord overmats, rear mudflaps, rare "Hepp" original VAG first aid kit.

The earlier cars are better built too, as the MkII endured it had to remain price competitive so materials were downgraded. I have had a few 1991 big bumper 8V's and they just are not as well made. They commonly suffer from worn valve stem seals leading to smoking, also the headlinings drop, the carpets are an inferior grade and the sills rot too. My car suffers from none of these afflictions and has never been welded.

My car is correct in every detail, EVERY detail! When a K-jet is occasionally spotted on Ebay, all too often it has been ruined, frequently the original interior has been swapped for a later model set, a shame as these stripey seats are so distinctive, or the front grill is the wrong sort, and often it is worse as some total ned has fitted coilovers and a nasty drainpipe exhaust.

I set the price ceiling last year for a MkII 8V when I sold my 1 lady owner 1991 Bright Blue GTI with a mere 19,000 miles and FVWSH for £8000 - that was the best and most attractive MkII remaining in the UK, full stop. This car cannot quite hold a candle to that one, but it's not that far off.

If you want a truly timewarp, ultra low mileage specimen, the type you'd always be loathe to actually use, then you need to be looking in the £6-8K bracket nowadays I'm afraid. However, for half of that you could consider my car which thanks to my considerable time and significant expenditure looks and drives very nearly as well, and still has that crucial FSH to ensure it's value will not depreciate. It's definitely good enough to take to all the VW club events that abound, but it is not so museum-piece special that one needs fear driving it regularly.

My car has been treated to a high quality professional respray to all panels bar the roof. To all you doubting folk, not because the car was rusting and covered in dents (I have "Before" pictures to substantiate this" but as with most cars of 25 years old that have been used, there were the fair share of chips, areas of dull lacquer, parking dings, scratches and the like. In fact it was very presentable in its raw state, but due to the provenance it was worth me spending £750 (trade price!) getting the paintwork looking stunning again. It is now superb, flawless panels, very high lustre and a uniform finish, it looks showroom shiny. New decals, swage trims and tailgate, have been carefully applied, new badges at the rear where necessary and all the plastic trim treated with my magic method that won't wash off, the alloy wheels have been professionally shotblasted and powder-coated and shod with excellent premium VAG approved Pirelli P6000 tyres all round. Any bit of missing trim or something I wasn't quite happy with has been replaced with the correct item, not a cheap exercise now MkII's are increasingly collectable.

The car retains all of it's original decals, the under-bonnet warning sticker, the VAG codes sticker in the boot (confirming it hasn't been shunted at the rear), fuel flap label etc. I also have the original main dealer number plates and tax disc holder. Rather than my usual website address I have had brand new number plates made up with the original supplying main dealer details at the bottom in the correct VW font which is a superb finishing touch to this stunningly attractive car.

The car has had a major service and many parts replaced as a precautionary measure with OE branded items to ensure the new owner can just jump in and enjoy. This is the very opposite of a cheapo EBay project GTI - it is the finished article. "Do the maths" as they annoyingly say - look at the extent of my refurbishment and you'll realise you could never bring in a project to this standard for less. Besides you wouldn't find such a worthy raw car in the first place and you don't have my attention to detail or anorak knowledge.

In this price bracket this is most alluring and authentic GTI by a long shot, don't miss it.

Car comes with full 12 months MoT.

SOLD

Job list:

1) Professional major service: New Ruville hydraulic tappets, rocker cover gasket set, Contitech timing belt and roller kit, PAS pump bracket, fan belt, Bosch oil filter, air filter, Bosch wiper blades, Mk3 weighted shift rod and Molyslip gearbox oil treatment.
2) Ignition system: New Bosch spark plugs, Beru distributor car, rotor arm and ignition leads. Varta battery.
3) Coolant system: New water pump, radiator, heater matrix and antifreeze.
4) Suspension: New Boge/Sachs gas shock absorbers front and rear, Febi top strut mounting kits and rear shocks bushings.
5) Brakes: New rear brake discs and pads – new rear wheel bearings fitted at same time.
6) Exhaust system: New entire OE spec system, downpipe, front, centre and rear sections. New exhaust manifold and downpipe gaskets and new hangers.
7) Exterior: Strip down of all bumpers, grills, lights and wheel arch trims. New front valance and lower grill fitted. Professional preparation and repaint of all panels bar roof. New tailgate lock and tailgate struts fitted. New OE Hella wing mount aerial.
8) Waxoyling of wheel arches and inner wings prior to re-fitting GTI wheel arch trims using genuine VW rivets. Underseal inner sills and floorpans. New tailgate decal, side swage decals, replace rear badges.
9) Interior: Coachtrimmer to rebuild driver’s seat bolster and fit unworn passenger seat upright cover. Replace driver’s window regulator. Waxoyl door bottoms inside
 

1997 Audi 2.8 Cabriolet View Photo Dossier

1997/P Audi 2.8 Cabriolet Automatic: Fabulous range-topping prestige 4-seater soft top with huge specification, this car has all the options and is the most beautiful and classy example for sale today.

This car cost a whopping £30,000+ fifteen years ago and had almost every optional extra available. You will not chance upon an Audi Cabriolet with an identical specification. Happily, my cherished specimen also distinguishes itself by virtue of its low mileage, low ownership and total service history status.

Original owner's wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book and all associated booklets, spare key, (one key operating all locks, full toolkit and jack equipment, unused first aid kit. HPI clear with certificate. The cherished registration number is the car's original number and is included in the sale.

The more common 2.6 (150bhp) Cabriolet was priced and equipped to be competitive with the SAAB 900 and E36 3-series soft tops, the 2.8 however cost significantly more, it came with a specification befitting of its elevated price tag and was endowed with the gloriously torquey 174bhp engine with clever variable inlet and camshaft timing wizardry.

The Volcano Black paintwork is something to behold, always classy, sometimes menacing and always showing this car's timeless elegance to perfection. On close scrutiny one can see fine mica pearl particles in emerald green and magenta embedded in the paintwork, so it is a sophisticated and dazzling finish and far superior to solid black.

I've got this far and neglected to mention the über rare electric heated Recaro sport seats! These are not the standard Audi sport seats but genuine Recaro "Modular" seats which cost a staggering £1200 each, hence why this is probably the single most rare extra-cost option ever to grace the Audi Cabriolet in its 1993-2001 production span. The Porsche-built £48,000 Audi RS2 Audi Avant had these superb seats fitted, but in dubious mock suede, unlike the supple black Kodiak leather which clothes my seats. The trademark deep bolsters and orthopaedic design make these seats the most comfortable and supportive seats you'll ever park your rear in.

Standard 2.8 Specification: PAS, ABS, sports suspension, driver's airbag, power operated mohair roof, autocheck control, multi function trip computer, remote central locking, engine immobiliser and alarm, electric windows x 4, tinted glass, electric mirrors, 5-speed manual transmission, 15" alloy wheels, electric aerial, elipsoid technology headlamps, 3rd high level rear brake light.

Extra-cost Optional Equipment: Pearlescent paintwork, air-conditioning, 4-speed automatic transmission with Dynamic Shift Programme (adjusts to your driving style), burr walnut fascia and door cappings, full Kodiak leather upholstery, electric & heated Recaro sports seats, 17" Audi "Bolero" light alloy wheels, 3-spoke Audi "S" equipment sports leather steering wheel, original top-spec Sony 4 x 50W radio/cassette stereo with 10 disc CD Autochanger in boot, Audi mudflaps front and rear, Audi tailored carpet overmats.

I am a huge fan of these beautiful machines, the SAAB 900 and 9-3 models look too narrow and high-hipped nowadays and the E36 3-series, while admittedly a more accomplished driver's car, is too popular with the chavtastic brigade, whereas my Audi Cabriolet looks resplendent basking outside a Georgian country pile and is one of those cars that will always looks heaps more expensive to the onlooker than it is in reality. Who's for a new A4 Cabriolet in Katie Price white?! No thanks, my classic cabriolet looks both distinctive and discreet and reeks of good taste.

I have had a brand new rear windscreen professionally fitted by my coachtrimmer, and I have thoroughly cleaned and conditioned the original mohair roof so it looks absolutely stunning. It is utterly water-tight and the power operation is a delight.

The eye-catching "Bolero" wheels are in lovely condition and shod with very expensive and recent Continental SportContact3 225/45/WR17 tyres on all four corners, that's £500 of tyres.

Cosmetically I have replaced the troublesome bottom door rubber trims which bubble and bow, not a cheap exercise at £80 a pair from my Audi main dealer, I have also replaced the crazed bootlid brake light lens with a brand new Audi item. The front indicator and side repeator lenses have been replaced with clear items which are a subtle but very effective enhancement. New number plates and electric aerial complete the exterior rejuvenation.

The only modification to mention is a bespoke stainless steel sports exhaust system. The current keeper had this fitted last year, it comes with a lifetime warranty. Audi exhaust parts are so pricey that is more prudent to fit a stainless system which will outlive the car. It has unleashed a rich,fruity burble to the engine note, which I find welcome as the standard car always sounded too anaemic compared to a BMW 328i, and the polished twin tailpipes grab your attention without being OTT.

The car comes with 12 months MoT and will have a full engine service and timing belt replacement prior to sale.

As always, have a look at a few typically tired, 'many ownered', cheap specimens that appear to be bargains, prepare to be disappointed, then come and view my outstanding example and see the difference.

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1990 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1990/G VW Golf Mk2 GTI 8V: Rare Silver-Grey Metallic with grey/blue/yellow sports cloth upholstery. Refreshingly factory correct in every detail, FSH, HPI clear, just had major service and comes with a full 12 months MoT.

Sensible mileage, an impressive invoice dossier showing every invoice from its first 6,000 mile service at Cook’s of Peterborough right up to date and all MoT certificates from its first test in 1993. Low number of keepers and the right sort of keepers, two lady owners for the first decade of its life and the current mature gentleman keeper bought this GTI eight years ago, (registered twice in his name so car has actually only had 6 keepers). Original key operating all the locks, and there’s a spare key. Unused jack and toolkit, even the screwdriver and spanner are present. In addition to the service book there is the complete VW owner’s wallet with owner’s manual, dealer network directory etc., even down to the envelope containing the instructions for the Panasonic radio/cassette player. An original 1990 Golf GTI sales brochure completes my GTI’s impeccable documentation.

Extra-Cost Optional Equipment: Power-assisted steering, electrically adjustable and heated wing mirrors (rare option), central locking, metallic paintwork, leather-trimmed steering wheel, green tinted glass, VAG under-bonnet sound insulation (rare option).

Dealer-fit Equipment: VAG first aid kit and warning triangle, VAG Quantum rear mudflaps with “GTI” insignias , VAG tailored rubber over-mats. A Cobra Thatcham Category 1 alarm/immobiliser system is also fitted.

The Rarest GTI Mk2 Colour? Silver-Grey Metallic (LD7V) is a special order colour that was only available for the 1990 model year when VW extended the hitherto limited GTI colour palette with the inception of the big bumper cars in an effort to boost sales of a car that was now in its twilight years. Seen more commonly on Golf Driver models, Silver-Grey was never listed in the contemporary Golf GTI sales brochure, accordingly few VW sales executives and even less GTI customers knew of it as a GTI colour option, coupled with its slim 12 month time window of availability, this is one of the most rare Mk2 GTI colours.

Running Gear: The engine in my car is a true delight and at the centre of its charm. Tellingly it has never had to be rebuilt or suffered any significant failure. Sometimes my programme entails the replacement of the hydraulic tappets, but this engine was wonderfully quiet from the outset, testament to its superior level of maintenance from new to date, so this would have been a wasted expense. My Classic VW specialist has replaced the timing belt and tensioner along with a major engine service including the fitment of brand new OE Bosch spark plugs, ignition leads, distributor cap, rotor arm, oil filter and rocker cover gasket. New rear brake discs, Mintex pads, rear wheel bearings and CV boots have been fitted too. A comprehensive suspension overhaul was completed comprising of fitting new German OE gas shock absorbers on all four corners along with replacement road springs and strut top mounts. The steering rack mounting bush has been replaced with a new polybush item. Such a gem of an engine needed to be matched to a firm and positive gear change. Duly effectuated and improved to exceed “new” standard with a complete set of new gear selector rods and bushes, a Mk3 gear shift weight and a special treatment added to the gearbox oil.

The car had a brand new radiator fitted in recent years, so I completed the cooling system rejuvenation in replacing the heater matrix (a pig of a job but essential on all Mk2’s unless you can find proof it has been done in the last decade), a new thermostat and pink premium antifreeze. The steel wheels are shod with excellent tyres all round with less than 1500 miles use.

My GTI starts on the button and immediately settles to a smooth idle accompanied by that raspy and purposeful GTI exhaust burble as your backing track leaving you in no doubt that you are at the helm of a classic GTI (which is sadly absent from weedy subsequent GTI’s from the Mk3 onwards). As I have mentioned, the engine is in delightful fettle and feels so lively and responsive, but it is happy to tootle along in a docile manner all day long should you wish to – unlike the 205 GTI contemporary which will only let you drive it like you’ve stolen it from a mafia boss. A pleasingly firm and precise gearchange, smooth clutch action and no crunching into second gear, unlike the majority of Mk2’s you may try.

Power steering was still an optional extra in 1990, and it does make a lot of difference to a car, especially if you want to use it regularly in towns and you expect your better half to agree to drive the car from time to time. Unsurprisingly, with the brand new suspension components, the ride has a very high quality feel to it and is as reassuringly firm and reactive as when the car was first run-in 23 years ago. Notice how my car sits just right, its stance is perfect, why fit tacky coilovers and slam the suspension to the tarmac when the VW engineers got it just so at the factory?

GTI’s get better and faster with mileage and while the suspension and ride feel every bit as good as they would in GTI with 65,000 miles, the engine truly sizzles and has happily long since lost that lacklustre sluggishness and over-tightness that blights ultra low mileage examples that have sat unused for many months at a time.

A Sting in the Tail: This GTI is fast, driving the car up the M5 back to base I was immediately struck by this fact, it was almost akin to driving a 16V only with a muscular clout that was available immediately, unlike in the “valver” where you have to wind it up way beyond 4000rpm to get things really zinging. Rooting through the reams of paperwork all became clear as there is an invoice for £400 for the fitment of a BBR Superchip to the engine’s ECU along with a K&N panel performance air filter. Usually I frown heavily on such modifications but you need to drive the car to appreciate what a pleasant transformation has been wrought on this peppy motor. There has been no detrimental effect on the idling, reliability or fuel consumption, quite the contrary actually as while the engine is decisively more accelerative than the normal “Digifant” experience, if anything it runs more smoothly and provides improved fuel economy too.

Exterior: My car has been treated to a high quality professional respray to all panels bar the roof. It is now superb, flawless panels, very high lustre and a uniform finish, it looks showroom shiny. The lights have all been replaced, genuine Hella front headlamps and inner beam units, new indicators and brand new front projector foglamps.

The car sits proudly on factory 14-inch steel wheels, so seldom does one see a big bumper GTI on its proper wheels that my car looks all the more appealing for sporting these distinctive rims.

The interior is in superb condition, and I have fitted a retrimmed headlining, waxoyled the door cavities, and then carefully repaired/resealed the door membanes, and replaced the sunroof seal. With this work done and the heater matrix replaced and the air distribution box door fitted with new foam seals, this Mk2 cabin will be the driest and toastiest around come winter.

This is a lovely and rare example and is the best Mk2 GTI available in this category, it passed its MoT today with no advisories at all, a great result for a car nearing its quarter century.

A superb opportunity to buy an outstanding classic Mk2 GTI.

SOLD
 

1995 Volkswagen Golf Mk3 VR6 Auto View Photo Dossier

1995/N Volkwagen Golf VR6 Automatic: Striking Tornado Red with unmarked high quality "Isola" sports cloth upholstery.

Totally unmolested and timewarp condition vehicle. Low owners, low mileage, HPI clear, fully stamped up service history. Fastidiously maintained and refreshingly factory original.

Whilst the 1980s spawned many interesting hot hatchbacks, the 1990s was a dull period in terms of exciting new vehicles. Only the Renault Clio Williams, Peugeot 306 GTI-6 and Volvo 850 T-5R spring to my mind, along with this, the pioneering Golf VR6 (and it's flashier sibling, the Corrado VR6). As it had with the legendary Golf GTI Mk1, VW had pulled off a master-stroke and created an entirely new niche of vehicle; a discreet but classy, compact and eminently practical hatchback, but shoe-horning a powerful and silky smooth 2.8 litre ultra compact "VR6" power plant into an engine bay more accustomed to a humble 1.4 litre engine.

Two decades on, so seldom does one catch sight of a standard VR6 that many folk have forgotten what was at the heart of the VR6 concept. As we are used to seeing these cars caked in dubious modifications and chavved up beyond belief that it's easy to assume the VR6 was intended to merely be a notch above the GTI and regard it as another hot hatch. Actually the Golf VR6 was conceptualised as a "mini Mercedes" with the emphasis on refinement and effortless power delivery rather than peaky performance and exquisite handling. It was not there to steal sales from the Golf GTI rather its purpose was to win favour amongst Mercedes 190 and W124 buyers and to compete head on with the brand new BMW E36 325i (which it did and won).

Accordingly I feel that the 4-speed automatic gearbox (with fancy DSC - Dynamic Shift Concept) suits the character of the Golf VR6 very well indeed - super smooth, refined, effortless, understated, but blisteringly quick if one invokes kickdown and unleashes the might of a 2.8 litre engine in a relatively light car.

My VR6 ticks all the boxes, it has the more practical 5-door bodyshell, the relaxing automatic transmission and it is finished in vibrant Tornado Red rather than less eye-catching Dragon Green and Mystic Blue shades that the majority of VR6's were specified in. Furthermore it is the last year that the VR6 wore the sporty GTI wheel black arch covers before VW bizzarely sought fit to downgrade the VR6 to overly-subtle "GL" spec with fully colour coded bumper and the deletion of wheel arch covers, there's discreet and then there is just plain and dowdy!

This is a most impressive VR6, it has the quietest VR6 engine you will ever hear, it has the most original rust and dent-free bodywork you will find on any Mk3, it has so many original features that differentiate from the usual tired and shabby specimens and it performs sublimely leaving one in no doubt that every one of those 174 horses is still galloping beneath the bonnet.

A mighty 6 cylinder engine, 140 mph performance, 26 mpg, handsome but discreet lines, (the Mk3 has gone from looking frumpy to rather distinguished amongst the hoards of identikit new cars) sparkling BBS alloy wheels, German build quality, all in a car that is probably dwarfed by a brand new Fiesta or Polo. A compelling package indeed.

SOLD
 

1992 BMW 535i Sport [E34] View Photo Dossier

1992/J BMW 535i Sport: Granite Silver Metallic with black sports leather upholstery, perhaps the most attractive colour scheme for this rare and discreet classic sports saloon.

Remarkably original throughout and looking all the better for it, try and find another that has not been blighted with oversized wheels, creased window tints, slammed suspension and tacky "M" badges.

Take the legendary M30 straight six, famed for its silky smooth engine, and in its brawniest 3.5 litre guise, exactly as fitted to the achingly beautiful 635CSI Highline, but couple it to a muscular 5-speed manual transmission powering a handsome and understated prestige saloon bodyshell, sprinkle in some M-Technic garnish, including sports suspension, limited slip differential, a subtle bodykit and moody dechroming, grippy Recaro sports seats and striking forged cross-spoke wide alloy wheels from the M635CSI and you have the compelling package that is the E34 535i Sport.

It has been almost a decade since my father owned an E34 535iA and getting into this car it struck me how well built these 5-series cars were. They were designed in the early 80s, almost a carbon copy squashed to size from the E32 7-series of 1986, and crucially at a time when BMW were not building cars down to a cost to suit the company accountants. So driving this cherished specimen is a delight, the way the doors shut with a reassuring "thunk", the power steering that only feels assisted at parking speeds, never over-assisted or nannying, the meatiness of the gearbox - it is very precise and inescapably on the heavyweight side, but one feels that it will still feel equally as precise and taut after another 100,000 miles. The way the car hunkers down and enthuses in being extended with the revs rushing around the dial, with no harshness setting in from the engine, just enough of an increase from the sonorous exhaust burble to give the spine a tingle as the scenery rushes past and the speed limit approaches and passes too. Surprisingly refined into the bargain too, this is no uncouth souped up Ford from the Cosworth school, rather a svelte, immaculately composed, hewn from the solid, driver’s car.

Yes it is unequivocally a driver’s car, granted it is not an M5 and I daresay if it had an automatic transmission it would feel rather like a down-sized 7-series, but due to the superb manual transmission and perfectly executed factory M-Tech sports suspension in a comparatively compact car, this is the most invigorating BMW I have driven since my 1985 M635CSI, this E34 is special.

In its day this car was a serious tool for the press-on professional, it still serves up the thrills, it handles impeccably, it feels fast today and one feels more connected, more at one and ultimately significantly more satisfied having been for a blast in this big-engined stealthy saloon.

Granite Silver is one of the rarer colours as was only available for the last 18 months of 535i Sport production having replaced the more commonplace Dolphin Grey colour. It is a more modern colour and does not date the car one iota, it ties in with the de rigueur dechrome finish and makes the spoilers and sideskirts look less incongruous than they do on Brilliant Red or Alpine White models.

Furthermore this Sport was specified with full black leather upholstery, which is infinitely preferable to the drab standard fit cloth and gives the cabin a more sporting and contemporary ambience. There may be no satnav screen or inundation of LCD displays but perched in the wonderfully supportive sports seats and casting one’s eye around, nothing grates on the eye anywhere, it remains an ergonomic masterpiece of interior function and form.

This rare modern classic comes with an extensive history portfolio , the car has been always been maintained properly and thankfully has avoided falling into the wrong hands. It has been garaged and in recent years used sparingly as a third car by its owner. It has benefitted from a new radiator and viscous coupling, rocker cover gasket, but tellingly has never required serious expenditure due it always having been kept in fine fettle.

The car will come with 12 months MoT and I have had an Inspection I service carried out: oil and filter, air filter, spark plugs and fuel filter. The original 415mm forged alloy wheels are in extremely smart original condition and are shod with excellent Michelin TRX GT tyres.

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2002 Range Rover P38 4.6 Vogue View Photo Dossier

2002 Range Rover 4.6 Vogue: Pristine Epsom Green Micatallic paintwork and superb Light Stone leather upholstery with complementing Classic Green piping and carpeting. Being one of the very last built P38a models, a roll-out edition if you like, my Range Rover distinguishes itself from the usual Vogues by virtue of its factory colour-coded bumpers and sills and benefits from extended burr walnut trim including the steering wheel, gear selector knob, centre console and dashboard. A discreet cream pinstripe coachline to the bodywork complements the opulent interior.

An immaculate and original example that has been cherished and fastidiously maintained. If you are a P38a enthusiast then you will struggle to find a superior specimen. It has spent its life adorning the driveways of selected multi-million pound properties in the leafy suburbs of London, the lion’s share of that being in Surrey where it was serviced from leaving the showroom up until 2008 at the Guy Salmon Land Rover dealership in Thames Ditton, and more recently it has been used as a third “family car” sharing a garage with a £175,000 Bentley Continental Convertible and £80,000 Ferrari Testarossa in Bromley in Kent. So this beautiful Range Rover, in addition to being correctly maintained, has always been professionally valeted and kept in a state of shininess whereby it does not disgrace the drive upon which it sits, accordingly it has never suffered the ignominy of being used as farm vehicle, a towing car, a winter warrior, or whatever else is the usual fate for Range Rovers once they reach a certain age.

The car has a lower than average mileage, but it is also a sensible mileage, as under use does a complex car like the P38a no favours at all, so trifle with ultra low mileage layabouts at your peril. In addition to having all its quotient of manuals, and booklets along with the stamped up service book in its original leather owner’s wallet, my car also has old MoT’s and the invoices which document all the work that has been carried out on the car in its lifetime, forming an interesting invoice dossier. Furthermore, other touches like an unused spare wheel with unused Pirelli Scorpion tyre, full tool kit, two working key fobs, a genuine Land Rover touch-up paint stick and an original Range Rover sales brochure differentiate this vehicle from the typical fare.

This Range Rover comes with a full 12 months MoT and is taxed for 6 months too. I have had a major service carried out. The car is HPI clear, with certificate.

The P38a Today: The beauty of each incarnation of the Range Rover (ugly Sport versions excluded), is that if they are kept in smart and original order throughout, then they will always cut a dash and retain the appearance of an imposing and prestigious motor car, looking equally at home parked outside a posh pile or pulling a horsebox from a muddy gymkhana event, irrespective of their vintage or the fact that they are now only worth one tenth of the original purchase price. No other pretenders to the crown can match the Range Rover’s presence and authority as THE prestige off road vehicle.

I’ll concede that when new I did not find Epsom Green too inspiring, perhaps that was because seemingly every other example was finished in it, or that 90s favourite, Rioja Red, and we had had such an overkill of Ardennes Green on the 1989-1995 Range Rover Classics. With the passage of time, and as seeing a P38a on the road becomes a rarer sight, Epsom Green really does suit the car extraordinarily well, and as it was the only colour that ran right from the car’s inception in 1994 to its bowing out in 2002, then it really should be considered as THE signature colour of the 2nd generation Range Rover.

The paintwork really does gleam and the car looks a hell of a lot newer than one would expect of a 12 year old car, simply because the paintwork is so smart.

Setting the impressive coachwork off to perfection are the original bright finish “Comet” 18-inch alloy wheels which were only standard fitment to the 2001 limited edition Vogue SE models and the roll-out 2002 Vogues. More distinctive and attractive than the usual “Hurricane” alloy wheels, these eye-catching alloy wheels form the focal point of the exterior. Compounding what a “cost is no object” approach to maintenance this Range Rover has been afforded, it is shod with very recent Land Rover approved Goodyear Wrangler HP tyres on each corner, that is £640 of rubber alone.

Thanks to the lashings of burr walnut and chrome embellishments, the last of the line P38a interiors were opulent affairs. The tasteful seat piping and deep green carpets contrasting with the Lightstone leather seats brings the interior onto a new level of classical British luxury, the cabin of my Range Rover is really only one step down from that of a Bentley.

The walnut and leather steering wheel and the walnut gearknob are tactile delights making being at the helm of this vehicle something special. The walnut gearknob was hitherto the preserve of the bespoke “Autobiography” creations, but Land Rover sought fit to install it only on the very last 2002 Vogue models, it is a most welcome addition.

In addition to the massive standard HSE specification, the late model Vogue also came as standard with Carin II satellite navigation, operated through a discreet colour monitor on the central fascia. There is the magnificent premium Harmon Kardon sound system operating via the original Alpine-manufactured head unit and CD autochanger, and still working off the steering wheel controls, and any Range Rover enthusiast will be au fait with all the other accoutrements such as heated electric memory seats, cruise control, automatic climate control, that I will not waste time listing them here.

Having driven my Range Rover back from Bromley around the M25 and up the M40 with the cruise control holding a constant 80mph, I can report that this car certainly is as in its element today as a relaxing and consummate motorway mileage gobbler as it was a decade ago. Which brings me neatly onto discussing my Range Rover’s finest feature – its engine.

Upon approaching the awaiting Range Rover when exiting Bromley railway station after a fraught Sunday “engineering works” schedule, the first thing that struck me was the lustre of the paintwork, getting closer still, the second facet to impress me was the sound of the engine. Yes there was the distinctive and purposeful trademark burble of the Rover V8 powerplant, but it was the most creamily smooth and refined P38a at idle engine note I have heard to date, and I knew before even casting an eye over any service history that this car had been maintained correctly and had never fallen into the hands of cash-strapped oiks. There was no harshness, no hint of tappet chatter, no tweaked idle speed to mask inherent roughness, no hunting or stumbling, just a silky smooth and impressively cultured engine note that really is a gem amongst all the diesel clatter that abounds nowadays.

I averaged an extremely commendable 23mpg cruising back from Kent, admittedly I didn’t often venture into the fast lane, I was more than happy loping along at 75mph with the cruise control coping perfectly, but my Range Rover is a long distance delight, it really is.

The EAS pump has been overhauled with new seals and filters, the electrical side has had new bushes and a new thermal cut out switch professionally installed to ensure it continues to operate with optimum vigour. Brand new Sachs front shock absorbers and new Dunlop-made front air springs complete the suspension overhaul I have carried out.

I have replaced the heater matrix O-rings which is another endemic P38a malady and also a heater blend motor. My specialist has performed a comprehensive engine service and the car will be sold with a full MoT.

Without doubt one of the very best Range Rover P38a models.

SOLD to 1st viewer.
 

2000 Range Rover P38 4.6 Vogue View Photo Dossier

2001 MY Range Rover 4.6 Vogue: Gleaming Alveston Red Micatallic paintwork and beautiful Lightstone leather upholstery with contrasting Rowanberry Red piping and Old Red carpeting.

This handsome and imposing flagship vehicle is further enhanced by Land Rover Special Vehicles colour-coding of the bumpers, sills and mirrors, rare genuine Land Rover Accessory 18-inch "Pro-Sport" alloy wheels, medium smoke privacy glass from the B-pillar rearwards, extended burr walnut trim to the steering wheel, centre console and instrument panel. A discreet cream pinstripe coachline to the bodywork complements the opulent interior.

The colour is a rich and shimmering berry red and makes a refreshing change from the common or garden green or blue Range Rovers that abound. Alveston Red replaced the very popular Rioja Red colour for the 2000 model year and was available for less than a two year period during P38a manufacture. It was also available on the 3rd generation L322 models. It is a colour that does not date the car one iota, rather a hue that flatters it.

Quite seldom does one see a flagship 4.6 Vogue finished in this colour, which is a shame as coupled with the pale beige leather and contrasting red piping and carpeting, it makes a very lavish and British interior that is beaten only by that of a Bentley. So taken were Land Rover with the colour that they introduced the "Bordeaux" limited edition P38a based on the entry level 4.0 model, all of which came in Alveston Red with a similar, albeit lesser spec'd, interior finish.

My car has had a low number of keepers, has a sensible and below average mileage and is backed up by a FSH, which is Land Rover main dealer service history up to @85K and independent servicing thereafter. It has been used as a prestigious and pampered urban vehicle and not used and abused on a farm, or for lugging pets or children around.

I have had my garage fit a great many parts to this car, not because it would ever fail an MoT, but to bring it up to my standard and ensure that this Striking P38a will be as reliable and enjoyable to drive as possible. The job list is contained below. I also went to the extent of replacing the Satnav monitor screen and driver headunit as integrated Satnav was one the main features of the "Vogue" model over the "HSE" specification.

The bodywork on this Range Rover is incredible. It is factory applied paintwork and the lustre is superb. It has responded very well to my polishing and waxing processes as only factory applied and cared for paintwork does. There is not a speck of a rust bubble on any of the panels, no paint fade, no lacquer peel or crazing and there is a pleasing lack of annoying parking dings and bumper corner scuffs that one invariably finds. There is a very minor smattering of stone chips on the colour coded front bumper, but this car is in seriously pristine condition. The refinished and eye-catching Pro-Sport alloy wheels with new tyres and brand new shiny wheel bolts set this special Range Rover off to perfection.


A unique specification vehicle that is refreshingly original and unadorned with needless accessories and definitely one the best looking and smartest condition remaining P38a's. It is immaculate throughout and thanks to many hours of my fine detailing has now been brought to another level of remarkable cleanliness and "newness" throughout.

SOLD to 1st viewer.

Job List:

1) New Dunlop front air springs and Sachs front shock absorbers, and steering damper.
2) New air line to air tank, replacement EAS valve block & drive pack fitted.
3) EAS compressor pump overhaul.
4) Major engine service including new spark plugs, ignition leads, oil filter, air filter, pollen filters, scuttle filter, airflow meter fitted.
5) Transmission service - new ATF fluid, transmission filter and sump gasket.
6) Differential seal and top up.
7) New Gremax 255/55/18 tyres
8) Pro-Sport wheels refurbished in sparkle silver.
9) Brand new wheel bolts fitted.
10) New Land Rover badges front and rear
11) New number plates (Originals retained in boot)
12) Replacement satnav monitor and driver unit
13) Thorough valet and Autoglym, body, interior and engine.
 

1986 Ford Escort Mk3 1.6i Cabriolet XR3i View Photo Dossier

1986/C Ford Escort Mk3 1.6i Cabriolet (XR3i): Striking Azure Blue Metallic with shark grey velour sports upholstery piped blue, superb high quality black mohair roof and original grey tonneau hood cover.

One of the very last of the sharp-lined Mk3 Escort cabriolets produced, built at the Karmann factory in Osnabruk, Germany. This car is essentially a soft top XR3i, it shared all the running gear; fuel injection engine, 5-speed sports gearbox, sports suspension with anti-roll bars front and rear, vented front brake discs, alloy wheels etc. with its hatchback XR3i sibling, but the open top car did not receive the “XR3i” designation until the Mk4 Escort was launched in 1986.

This is a rare find indeed, only 3 keepers from new and a genuine 71,000 miles backed up with a fully stamped up service history in the original Ford service book. It was bought by an enthusiast when it was ten years old and treated to a sympathetic minor refurbishment, and used thereafter only for dry weekend use and at Ford show events. It is has been owned by its current family for the last decade, and again kept garaged and used as a fun summer car.

So seldom does one see a Mk3 Escort Cabriolet nowadays, and invariably those that pop up on Ebay have been trashed by penniless Neds and gone through a silly amount of owners. Few will have the original 1.6 CVH engine under the bonnet as some greasy tattooed oik has sought fit to try and fit an RS Turbo motor or even a Zetec engine, the original dashboard and attractive Mk3 seats will have been dumped on the skip and replaced with less tasteful items out of a Mk4 Escort and the wheels will be anything but the original and eye-catching “Cloverleaf” items.

Hopefully the pictures will already have struck a cord with you, and you will be taken with just how distinctive and pretty my 1.6 Injection Cabriolet looks, and how much better it looks for being so factory correct in each detail.

105bhp might sound like a weedy output by today’s standards, but once behind the wheel this becomes an irrelevance as the car feels so lively and responsive, the responses so instant, that it always feels fast. Of course it is much lighter than modern vehicles, (being pleasantly bereft of ABS, catalytic convertor, airbags, power-steering, air-con and all the other stuff that makes modern cars so lardy), coupled with the surprisingly low seating position, and all of a sudden the 105bhp is very much more than adequate and 60mph is reached swiftly.

The gearbox is smooth in action, 5th gear is a lovely cruising gear, from a time when having 5 gears in an Escort was still a talking point. The change is on the rubbery side, as it was in 1986, something which the motoring journalists moaned about for a good many years to come, but thanks to the low mileage there is not the play in the selection that one would find if buying an EBay heap. I have had a brand new genuine Ford Motorcraft 3-piece clutch kit fitted by my specialist, so the transmission side of things is in very fine fettle.

It sounds great too, (my car has benefitted from a brand new OE (Original Equipment specification) complete exhaust system including downpipe), if you are used to modern diesel cars, then having a souped up 1980s petrol engine with a raspy and purposeful exhaust note will be a revelation. It does not sound quite as cultured as a contemporary Golf GTI Cabriolet, but the XR3i was always a more extrovert and showy car, and in 2014 when a car turns so many heads as this one, you need it to sound the part. Being a standard exhaust system means that despite the rewarding rasp when accelerating away, there is no intrusive boom at cruising speeds and in fact in 5th gear at 60 mph+ I guarantee that you will be surprised at how refined and pleasant this particular specimen is to drive. Usually sporting 4” drainpipe sized tailpipes, again my cherished specimen differentiates itself in having its standard, but perfectly adequate in size, exhaust tailpipe.

At last, I have got this far without stating that this is without any doubt they very best colour Ford ever made in the 1980s, it is absolutely beautiful. Unlike the colour palettes available on modern cars, metallics were still quite a rarity on mass market cars like the Escort and vivid and dazzling colours like Azure Blue were definitely a rare sight. Azure Blue was exclusive to the fuel-injected Cabriolet for the UK market, so if you wanted your XR3i hatchback or RS Turbo Series 1 finished in this smart blue, you would be told “not possible I’m afraid Sir” – (unless you told him that the car was to star in a prime time ITV cop show with Jill Gascogne and Lesley Ash, in which case the head honcho at Ford Product Placement would cave in and instruct Ford Germany to produce the only RS Turbo Series 1 in Azure Blue!) Any Mk3 Cabriolet would stand out in this condition, the fact that my specimen happens to be finished in the very best colour scheme is a huge boon in my eyes. The side elevations are completed by a distinctive sports coachline in white over red as it wore when it left the Ford showroom.

The “Cloverleaf” alloy wheels really were the signature feature of the Escort XR3 and XR3i models in the early 1980s, and those on my car have been carefully refurbished in sparkle silver and whether you love them or loathe the, you cannot deny that they certainly are eye-catching. New Ford main dealer-approved Michelin MXV3A 185/60/HR14 premium tyres are fitted all round, (not the usual mishmash of worn and unmatched budget brand rubber), and brand new mirror finish stainless steel wheel bolts set the superb wheels off to perfection.

I have had my specialist fit a great many replacement parts to this car, usually not because it needed it or would ever have failed an MoT on the existing components, rather that I wanted to make this the nicest driving and sounding 1.6i I could and hope that someone, like I intend to, will use it as an everyday car, yes pamper and cherish it, but not be afraid to drive it and have confidence in it.

You can buy a modern Mini or Fiat 500 and boast to all your friends in the pub how you only pay £35 a year to tax it, but would you boast to them how it was depreciating by £1500 every year and how you spend £300+ each year on main dealer servicing as soon as the warranty is up?! With my Escort you may pay a smidge over £200 a year on tax, but you will only pay £200 on classic insurance, an annual service at your local garage will cost a maximum of £75 (parts for these Escorts are laughably cheap) and rather than suffering ANY depreciation, more likely than not you will find that your car is worth a few hundred pounds MORE each year!

This cabriolet will come with a full 12 months MoT and fully serviced.

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Job list:
1. Refurbish alloy wheels and fit new Michelin tyres.
2. New OE Gabriel gas shock absorbers and standard road springs fitted all round
3. New full OE exhaust system including downpipe
4. New OE Contitech timing belt
5. New Ford Motorcraft oil filter, Castrol GTX semi-synthetic oil, Fram air filter, Bosch spark plugs, Bosch ignition leads, Coopers fuel filter, Bosch distributor cap and rotor arm.
6. New radiator, waterpump, thermostat, premium red antifreeze.
7. New front anti-roll bar bushes and CV gaitor boots.
8. New front brake discs, pads and front wheel bearings
9. New hydraulic lifters (tappets), rocker cover gasket, inlet manifold gasket.
10. New Motorcraft 3-piece clutch kit.
 

1989 Mercedes-Benz 260E [W124] View Photo Dossier

1989/G Mercedes-Benz 260E Automatic [W124]: Smoke Silver Metallic with unmarked Brazil cloth interior.

This is probably my favourite MB colour scheme of the 1980s era as Smoke Silver suits these modern classic Mercedes so well, I have had four SEC's alone in Smoke Silver. It gives the car an extra helping of prestige appeal and is the classiest colour available.

Superbly cherished, 1 former keeper E-Class in absolutely outstanding condition. The seats have worn genuine MB tailored covers from new, and the seat fabric beneath is immaculate. Without any exaggeration if I claimed the car had only 70,000 miles on the clock, no one would dispute it.

The car has an impeccable service history. It was was bought new by a company in Surrey and serviced by the MB main dealer like clockwork. The current custodian bought the car as its second owner over twenty years ago and has cherished the car and kept it garaged and truly pampered. He sensibly switched to independent MB specialist servicing when he got wise to the inflated main dealer charges. This car has had more than 28 services and seldom have I seen such a raft of service stamps, the car is now well into its second service book!

These W124 E-Class models are becoming so sought after as are widely and correctly regarded as the last of the exceptionally over-engineered and fantastically well built Mercedes before the build quality went down the pan along with the styling in the mid-1990s.

The 260E is a charming variant. This is my third example, and it is no coincidence that I have only had one 300E model. Rather like the 420/500/560 debate I have had many times, I feel that 2.6 litre, the smallest capacity straight six 12 valve engine, is the sweetest and most refined. It was optimised for refinement and fuel economy. The 300E may have more grunt and have more accelerative prowess, but the 260E is by no means a sluggard and offers all the performance one would want on a heavy rear wheel drive car wearing balloon like 65 profile and skinny 195 section tyres.

The tyres incidentally are matching premium brand Bridgestone tyres on each corner and are fitted to period correct 15-hole alloy wheels which I have had professionally refurbished to as new standard and brand new genuine MB wheel bolts finish them off to perfection.

There is also an original set of W124 steel wheels complete with MB hubcaps so that the new owner can have winter tyres fitted to his spare set of wheels.

Do not bother with the underpowered and unrefined 200E and 230E four cylinder versions, such a handsome classic motor car needs to be endowed with a powerful and silky smooth 6 cylinder powerplant. Be assured, you will labour the lesser models trying to wring the necessary performance out of them, so the 260E with a healthy power to weight ratio will work out more fuel efficient in real driving conditions.

Standard Equipment: Power-steering, ABS, electric windows, central locking, electric passenger mirror, tinted glass, headlamp wash wipe system.

Extra-Cost Equipment: 4-speed automatic transmission, electric sunroof, metallic paint, rear head restraints, 15-hole flatface MB light alloy wheels, Becker Europa radio/cassette stereo, tailored corded Brazil MB overmats, MB tailored seat covers.

It is a joy to drive, starting on the button, and it idles so smoothly and everything has that smooth, precision-engineered and slightly heavy-weight feel that one just does not find in modern cars. It is a tactile delight being behind the wheels as the steering wheel, gearknob, pedal rubbers etc just have not suffered the wear one would expect, and due to car being garaged, the Zebrano wood embellishments are deep in colour with none of the cracked lacquer and fading that is typical. It's the same with all the plastics which are all free from the fading and cracking that sunlight causes.

The desirable Becker radio/cassette stereo works wonderfully, as does the original Hirschmann electric aerial, and the headunit looks just so in the Mercedes dashboard, every last bulb in the dashboard and centre console heating controls works perfectly too.

This classic Mercedes comes complete with its original owner's handbook, two stamped up service books, every MoT certificate from new, all the handbooks for the Becker stereo, full toolkit and the unused original first aid kit. An MB touch-up paint stick kit and an original 1989 E-Class Mercedes sales brochure completes the car's superior provenance.

The car has a dealer-fitted alarm system with a more recent immobiliser which allows the central locking to be operated remotely from the fob.

This is a timewarp specimen and definitely one of the best remaining W124 models. It looks the part, so elegant yet imposing and it is fabulously clean throughout and totally original. Frugal and reliable enough to be used daily but in my opinion it's too special for that, so is ideally suited to being a weekend classic and certainly is one that can be taken to MB Club events with pride.

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Job list:

1) Professional refurbishment of MB alloy wheels
2) Full engine service including, oil, oil filter, air filter, spark plugs and fuel filter.
3) Automatic transmission service: ATF fluid, filter and gearbox sump seal.
4) New OE Varta premium battery
5) Ignition system preventative maintenance: new OE (Beru) ignition leads, distributor cap and seal, rotor arm, voltage regulator, OVP relay.
6) New front grill and chrome surround (slight damage to original from a reversing towbar incident)
7) New number plates (originals retained)



 

1996 BMW 740i [E38] View Photo Dossier

1996/P BMW 740i "Individual": Beautiful special order Romantic Red paintwork with Sand-Beige Nappa leather interior with contrast Cherry Red piping. This is a rare bespoke vehicle ordered through BMW's "Individual" personalisation scheme.

One of the finest remaining E38 7-series models and my model of choice from the range, the later 4.4 litre V8 32V engine with improved torque spread over the earlier 4.0 unit, it has the superb 5-speed "Steptronic" automatic transmission, and the standard wheelbase body to make for nimbler and tidier handling, and the added boon of being a sought after "Individual" car into the bargain. The flagship 750iL was never rated by motoring pundits at the time as being superior to the 740i, especially given that it cost so much more, and the 750i can suffer from expensive running issues which do not afflict the sturdy V8 engine.

Sadly many of these beautiful executive expresses have fallen into the wrong hands, been subjected to dubious cosmetic modifications and the service history has fallen by the wayside. In contrast my car has been owned by only a couple of mature gentleman owners and the car has a total service history from new, it has never needed any mechanical overhauling and it has never needed respraying. It has been cherished and pampered but has always been kept in regular use which is why it drives so well today.

In recent years the current owner has switched from BMW main dealer servicing to Gloucester Independent BMW Specialists, I know this outfit and would recommend them as they have always looked after my 635 Highlines in the past and the chap there knows far more about the E38 model than any of the young technicians one would find down the road at the Cotswold BMW main dealer. This lovely 740i was last serviced in June of this year at the aforementioned specialists in Gloucester and aside from routine maintenance the only expenditure in recent years has been the replacement of the rear shock absorbers and the radiator. I have just had a brand new premium Bosch battery fitted (the E38 is known for needing a new battery at least every 5 years), along with premium Michelin Pilot Sport 235/50/ZR18 tyres on the front wheels.

Being a 740i model it comes with a huge specification as standard which most will be au fait with, so electric everything, folding in wing mirrors, dual zone climate control with air conditioning, cruise control. etc.

Extra-Cost Equipment:

Servotronic steering, Shadowline dechrome, BMW "Comfort" electric/memory seats, 18-inch BMW Parallel Spoke sports alloy wheels, rain sensitive windscreen wipers, Individual special order paintwork, Individual Nappa leather upholstery with contrast piping, contrast piping to steering wheels, Onboard computer with monitor screen (would originally have been a TV too receiving the now defunct analogue signal).

This is still a very handsome and imposing vehicle and arguably the best looking 7 Series BMW ever made, it does draw admiring glances and the superb deep dish alloy wheels set it off to perfection. The Romantic Red paintwork is a deep berry/plum red, quite exquisite and far more alluring and classy than my photographs portray. With the factory dechrome finish, it still looks expensive and sporting.

This car was a £55,000 vehicle when purchase in 1996, it still drives absolutely superbly and will continue to do so, such was its specification when new, that it really does not want for anything with regard to modern gizmos, so makes a compelling package and represents excellent value for money.


If you are searching for a 740i in original and outstanding condition and with impeccable provenance then you would struggle to find a smarter or better driving example than my special specimen.

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1993 Mercedes-Benz 500 SE [W140] View Photo Dossier

1993/K Mercedes-Benz 500 SE [W140]: Finished in beautiful Pearl Blue with Mushroom nappa leather upholstery.

One of the finest and most original remaining W140 S-Class Mercedes' with only 135,000 genuine miles, and total service history from new. It resided from new on the tax haven of the Isle of Man with its first gentleman owner for fifteen years when it was brought over to mainland Britain and driven by a well-heeled lady in Cheltenham Spa for the next few years. It has been maintained regardless of cost and in addition to a fully stamped up service book, it also has reams of invoices. It has always been in regular service which is why it drives so well today and starts on the button, complicated cars like the W140 do not like being laid up, so it is a real boon that this car has never suffered as a result of periods of dormancy.

The 500 SE is one of the rarer W140 variants as at this price when new (£68,000) a lot of buyers would have paid more for the LWB 500 SEL or the mighty 600 SEL V12 flagship. The LWB versions are great if you plan to be chauffeured, but if you're at the helm, the SWB cars handle better and are the superior driver's cars, plus you've got more chance of being able to shut the door on your garage being a useful 5 inches shorter. I have much literature from the W140's launch and both Autocar and Car magazine stated from the off that the 500SE standard wheel base was their favourite model in the W140 range, offering all the performance of the range-topping V12 but with sweeter handling, better fuel economy and a lower price, all in all they stated that the 500SE best extolled the virtues of the new big Mercedes. 20 years later and it makes even more sense as the 500 SE has a more robust V8 engine compared to the V12, the V8 was merely a multivalve evolution of the tried and tested engine that had done service since the early 1970s. Furthermore was does not need to worry about the wiring loom degradation and expensive to fix hydropneumatic suspension that often thwarts 600 SEL variants.

Standard Equipment: 4-speed automatic gearbox with sports/economy modes, cruise control, PAS, ABS, driver & passenger airbags, remote control central locking, double-glazing, rear parking antennae, front and rear illuminated vanity mirrors recessed in headlining, electric sunroof, electric windows, electric heated mirrors with automatic fold-in function, outside temperature gauge, headlamp wash/wipe system.

Extra-cost Equipment: Electric front seats, orthopaedic lumbar support front seats, automatic climate control, 16-inch 8-hole forged polished alloy wheels, closing assist to doors and bootlid (fully functional!), rare electric rear window blind, upgraded Becker Traffic Pro Radio/CD Stereo headunit with satellite navigation facility.

I'll readily admit that I abhorred the W140 for an awfully long time as it was just so slab-sided and grotesque after the elegant W126 S-Class. However, as often happens, opinions mellow with time and familiarity - and all of a sudden I think the W140 looks cool now - mainly as all cars have got bigger so a W140 no longer appears as the over-sized, vulgar beast it once did.

Pearl Blue is my favourite Mercedes colour from the early 1990s era, I have had two W126 saloons and a W124 300CE Coupé in this attractive colour scheme, but in my mind it suits the W140 and R129 SL models even better and does these 1990s shapes so many favours. If I was ordering a 500 SE back in 1993 I would definitely have chosen Pearl Blue with Mushroom leather and paid extra for the elegant 8-hole forged wheels.

Thanks to it being so original the car's bumpers and lower body side cladding remain finished in the correct darker toned Atoll Blue satin finish as from the factory which was a trick employed by the designer Bruno Sacco to try and make the car look less bulky. All too often one sees these pre-facelift W140 and R129 SL models where the owners have sought to enhance their cars by having the bumpers and mouldings colour-matched, this rather ruins the look of the car as bloats them visually.

Looked through eyes in 2015, my car manages to look definitely imposing, striking and surprisingly up to date. I was following this W140 the other day when bringing another car back and was struck firstly by how the attention to aerodynamics with the flush panels and glass has made the car withstand the ageing process so very well, but also how much more S-Class presence it has than the slimmed down S-Class models which followed, those that can be mistaken for an E or even a C-Class. No one can ever mistake a W140 for anything other than being an S-Class!

Even the most ardent W126 devotee (such as myself) could not fail to be impressed at the leaps and bounds of progress that the W140 cabin experience displays over the its predecessor. The magnificent front seats are the most comfortable and supportive I have sat in, the double-glazing and 90's rubber sealing technology ensure that the cabin utterly devoid of windnoise, gone is the suspension rumble - always a W126 criticism, and even hard acceleration the engine is never more than a very muted and distant expensive thrum. The interior fit, finish and appearance is a major improvement too - at last the S-Class had the cabin ambience and elegant sophistication to match the elevated price tag. By the 1990s most manufacturers' build quality had tailed off - not in this case, the W140 I feel represented MB's pinnacle in build quality, the detailing and finish are absolutely superb and it feels even more solid and indestructable than a W126.

It handles superbly too, there's no vagueness, no wallowing, it shrinks around you like a performance car does and never feels remotely barge-like - a driver's S-Class! The performance of this 32V V8 is not far off that of the might 600 and whilst it might not offer the sheer clout of the V12, the acceleration is still fantastic and gloriously refined, and yet economy is surprising for the performance on tap and the sheer weight and size of this vehicle, I averaged 25mpg with cruise set at 75mph.

Impeccable provenance. Comes complete with original MB wallet with owner's manual, stamped up service book, invoices, complete toolkit, original MB tailored over-mats. An original 1993 S-Class sales brochure and specification listing as well as the MB UK W140 press launch portfolio completes my W140's superb documentation.

The original and excellent alloy wheels are shod with MB-approved Pirelli P6000 tyres on each corner, and I am having two brand new P6000's fitted to the front wheels prior to sale.

This is as original and cherished a W140 as you're going to find. A truly impressive Mercedes in every sense, the very best build quality ever seen, this S-Class is an opulent limousine but also a driver's car and performance machine simultaneously, and offers tremendous value for money as a bonafide modern classic for sale at only 5% of what it cost its original owner back in 1993!

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Job list:
1) Full specialist service
2) Specialist automatic gearbox service
3) New Pirelli P6000 235/60/WR16 front tyres
4) Brand new Sachs/Boge front shock absorbers, front coil springs, top strut mounts and ARB links.
5) Thorough valet & Autoglym
 

2001 Range Rover P38 4.6 Vogue View Photo Dossier

2001/Y Range Rover 4.6 Vogue P38a: Stunning flagship Range Rover finished in the desirable colour scheme of Java Black Micatallic with an opulent Lightstone Beige leather upholstery with contrasting Ash Grey piping and complementing Darkstone Beige luxury Vogue carpeting.

This is a unique vehicle and the very best second generation Range Rover remaining in the UK. That it happens to be the sought after 4.6 Vogue topflight specification model AND finished in the most desirable colour scheme makes it even more special.

Supplied new by the most prestigious dealership in the country, HR Owen Land Rover in Mayfair, this timewarp vehicle has been owned from new to the present day by one lady owner from Chelsea. It has had a truly pampered existence residing in a guarded underground car-park and kept valeted and immaculate at all times. Needless to say it has been maintained regardless of cost, the lady forked out £53,000 in 2001 to purchase it after all. Having cherished her beloved P38 from new, in which time a mere 48,000 miles have been covered, the lady has just taken delivery of a brand new flagship Range Rover from Hunters Land Rover in Chester.

Even if one could find another P38a with such a low mileage, it is doubtful that it would have no former keepers listed on the logbook, nor would it be the Vogue model and in black. The other salient point is that the car has been kept in semi-regular use and MoT'd and taxed year on year. It has not suffered from being laid up for long periods which does a complex vehicle like this no favours.

This superb specimen vindicates what I have always said that if maintained correctly, the P38a's EAS air suspension is a reliable and decent set up. The EAS on this car works perfectly and is a delight. Furthermore at 14 years old it still had the original factory air springs at each corner, it had never gone faulty or caused any grief. To my specialist's amusement, as the original air springs did show some of the expected perishing at the bases, despite them not leaking at all, I have had four brand new Dunlop air springs fitted along with four new premium Boge/Sachs shock absorbers. I shall emphasise that the original items were in good working order, but due to their age, rather than mileage covered, I felt such an outstanding Range Rover would benefit from my suspension overhaul.

In a similar vein, as with my other P38a vehicles, I have a brand new Bosch air flow meter and Lucas OE ignition leads fitted in addition to the standard engine service of oil, air filter and spark plugs renewal. New pollen filters have been fitted and also the below windscreen scuttle intake filter has been renewed. The automatic transmission has been serviced with new fluid and a filter and sump seal kit. Completing my thorough major service, new Bosch windscreen wipers have been fitted all round along with new headlamp wiper blades.

This exquisite Range Rover wears the correct Land Rover approved Pirelli Scorpion 255/55/18 tyres and I am having two new Pirelli Scorpion tyres fitted at the front. So for the discerning enthusiast, even down to the tyres, this Range Rover will look as factory correct as when it first drove out of the Mayfair showroom onto the London streets.

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1999 Audi A4 1.8 SE Auto View Photo Dossier

1999/V Audi A4 1.8 SE Auto [B5]: Gleaming silver metallic paintwork with unmarked dark sports cloth upholstery.

Only 2 former keepers from new, and current gentleman owner (deceased) for past 8 years. Ultra low mileage specimen in totally timewarp condition throughout, with FSH and HPI clear. Two remote control keyfobs, plus a third spare key and even the original key tag number. Full toolkit, original Audi owner's wallet complete with all manuals and the stamped up service book, an original 1999 Audi A4 sales brochure completes the car's impressive document dossier.

Torquey 5V per cylinder engine coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission giving seamless gearchanges and ultra smooth progress, a very refined package. The car is a delight to drive, more than adequate performance, the handling is excellent and the automatic gearbox gives the car an extra element of refinement and reinforces the prestige element of this modern classic Audi.

Having covered such a low mileage and always having been fastidiously maintained, the car feels as taut and well damped and solid as when it left the showroom, the car is in as fine a mechanical fettle as one could ever wish for. Even the car battery is a genuine Audi branded item and each service component that was removed from the car, air filter, pollen filter, spark plugs etc were also all VW/Audi branded items. I have had them replaced with new OE Bosch filters.

Electronic automatic climate control with air-conditioning, power-steering, Autocheck and onboard trip computer, 16-inch alloy wheels, Audi contour mudflaps front and rear, ellipsoidal headlights, front foglights, automatic transmission and rear window sunblind.

The fully zinc galvanised body is immaculately presented, with not a trace of rust, obviously, and the silver paintwork has a high lustre and does the car many favours in making it appear so much more up to date and "new".

I have had a full service carried out, replacement premium Continental Premium Contact 2 tyres on the front wheels, new luxury tailored over mats and my specialist fitted a new thermostat to ensure the engine always works at optimum temperature and helps the fuel economy be as good as it can.

A compact, prestigious, sports saloon with the very best build quality and in timewarp condition that has only covered the equivalent of 6 years mileage, with a fully stamped up service history.

This car cost the first owner £22,500 when it left the showroom and is now available for a mere fraction of that cost even though it looks and drives as near as dammit how it did back in 1999.

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1991 BMW 325i A SE [E36] View Photo Dossier

1991/J BMW 325i SE Automatic: Magnificient Calypso Red Metallic paintwork with superb silver cloth upholstery.

This is a unique opportunity to buy the finest and one of the first examples of the top-of-the-range model of the third generation BMW 3-series, the E36. It is a timewarp machine in every respect having been cherished in the hands of its one and only owner from new, a retired gentleman who has had it maintained regardless of cost. This has always been a £20,000+ machine in his eyes, as this is what he paid for it, this has never faced the ignominy of being a £500 EBay smoker.

1 owner from new, only 69,000 genuine miles, every MoT certificate from new, FSH. Utterly factory standard.

Standard 325i Equipment: power-assisted steering, ABS, central locking, electric mirrors, tinted glass, electric front windows.

SE Equipment: BMW light alloy wheels, electric sunroof, electric rear windows, 18-button onboard computer, front foglamps, headlamp pressure wash system.

Extra-Cost Options: 5-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy modes, metallic paintwork, leather BMW sports steering wheel, BMW mudflaps front and rear.

The Calypso Red paintwork exhibits a wonderful and deep lustre that belies its age. This car has been garaged from new, so no paint fade, no lacquer crazing or peeling, and indeed the car was not driven in the winter months. The owner's pride in his beautiful BMW and his diligence shines through in every aspect of this special 325i.

But they weren't that quick back then? Yes they were! 140mph in a compact sports saloon trounced all competitors and the then totally cutting edge technology 5 speed automatic transmission not only provides seamless gear changes but sublime responsiveness and an invigorating kickdown experience. This car is still an extremely swift machine, a modern diesel may beat it in mere bhp statistics, but their reliance on turbochargers kicking in mean that this comparably lightweight petrol machine will always be off the mark quickest.

Furthermore, the soundtrack from BMW's legendary straight six engine is glorious, refined and never intrusive. Boasting an all new 24V head and enhanced power over the previous E30 engine, some BMW afficionados favour the E36 325i over the 328i which superceded it. The 328i used clever VANOS valve timing trickery to gain its performance edge, but this equipment can and does fail, thus for some, the unfettered and purer 325i 24V engine is more desirable.

Forget modern diesels and currying favour with your better half by the fact that you attain 55mpg, hark back to times when you dreamed of luxuriating in the unrivalled smoothness of a German-built straight six petrol engine and impressing bystanders with the cultured rasp and burble from your BMW's twin tailpipes.

This is a driver's car par excellence, BMW pulled out all the stops to ensure their brand new 325i range-topper was decisively the best car you could buy in its class. With rear wheel drive, an all new sophisticated rear suspension set-up and perfectly weighted power-steering, this car offers a pure and satisfying driving experience that a brand new 3-series would not get close to, and I would add to that far more precise and full of feedback than the finest of the old E30 325i Sport models with their tail-happy proclivities.

Speaking of the previous E30 models, if this was a 1991 325i SE of the E30 variety it would be priced at, and would achieve £6000 with ease. Granted the E36 may not yet appear to be as pretty as a chrome bumpered E30, but it is still arguably the most handsome and perfectly penned 3-series shape yet and not only were there advances in performance and handling, but also in refinement and economy.

This E36 will whisk you to 60mph in a fleet 8 seconds and yet regularly return 33mpg. It cost £23,000 two decades ago, having covered only the equivalent of 5 years average mileage in its whole life, it is now priced at less than 10% of its 1992 list price.

Buy it to enjoy as a wonderfully refined, sporting and distinctive daily driver, buy it to show at BMW owner's events, buy it as a rock solid depreciation-busting modern classic but be assured that you could not buy a more delightful nor more pristine, handsomely styled 1990s classic anywhere at this price.

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1995 Ford Escort Mk5B Si Cabriolet [130PS] View Photo Dossier

1995/M Ford Escort Si Cabriolet: Unique special order vehicle in Mallard Green Pearl with superb Raven "Flow" sports cloth upholstery and an unmarked black mohair convertible roof.

Only 2 lady owners from new, the first kept the car for 3 years and the current lady owner has owned and cherished this very special Escort Mk5B Cabriolet to date 92,000 genuine miles with a fully stamped up service history, all old MOT certificates and an impressive invoice dossier, including the original Ford main dealer handover documents from March 1995.

The provenance is excellent, the car has had four timing belt changes in its lifetime and has been maintained regardless of cost. It is the anorak details that differentiate this car from the 12 owners Ebay heaps, such as the fact that it still has the original master key and the tiny torchlight in it still works, there is then the black and the red original spare keys including the key tag number. The carpets have been protected by original Ford tailored carpet overmats, it sports its Ford main dealer number plates front and rear and the dealer sticker in the rear window. The original Ford RDS radio/cassette stereo is present and working and there is even a genuine Ford Mallard Green touch up paint stick. An original Ford range sales brochure featuring the Si Cabriolet and an original Si Cabriolet Ford press department photograph completes the expansive history dossier.

Mallard Green was always exclusive to the mighty Escort Cosworth, (although later Fiesta RS1800 and Escort RS2000 models were available in a different greener shade called Tourmallard Green), and aside from the last Sierra Sapphire Cosworth being finished in Mallard Green, this is the only non-Cosworth Escort to be painted by the Ford factory in this beguiling bluey-green flip tone paint. The fantastic and unique paintwork alone will ensure this Cabriolet's future collectability, add in the 2 lady owner and FSH status, the factory correct specification and the car becomes irresistible to hot Ford afficionados.

The brawny 130PS version of the 1.8 injection Zetec engine endows this car with rapid acceleration and a heady top speed, but its efficiency ensures a fuel economy of 35mpg+.

In addition to the standard equipment including PAS, e/windows x 4, electric heated mirrors, sports alloy wheels, tinted glass and central locking, this car has the extra-cost option of the power operated roof. The original PVC roof was replaced about 7 years ago with a high quality black mohair roof, which remains immaculate and utterly water-tight.

I have spent a substantial sum getting it to my exacting standard including have a new fuel tank and catalytic convertor fitted, new centre exhaust, matching tyres, coil pack, ignition leads, genuine Ford spark plugs. The endemic Mk5 fault of a dodgy fusebox has been professionally repaired by my autoelectrician. The suspension on 20 yr old cars, especially roofless ones, can leave a car feeling sogging and unnerving around corners, to counter this I have had brand new premium Sachs/Boge gas shock absorbers fitted all round which has made the car feel so much more taut, composed and yet improved ride quality. Having been professionally tracked too, this Escort now rides amazingly well.

The ONLY Mallard Green Escort Cabriolet to be manufactured and fitted with the powerful 130PS engine too, this is an unrepeatable opportunity for an enthusiast wanting a smart, reliable and frugal four-seater performance convertible.

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1990 Volvo 740 Turbo Intercooler Estate View Photo Dossier

1990/G Volvo 745 Turbo Intercooler Automatic: Rare facelift model 740 finished in beautiful Deep Blue Metallic with beige full leather upholstery.

This is a unique specification car in that it has the full leather optional interior, rather than the standard 1/2 leather and plush velour of the Turbo model and as it was specified in Deep Blue it comes with the very rare contrasting beige leather interior which was only available with a single paint colour, Deep Blue. The 740 Turbo models are extremely rare now anyway, and you will never find another with the beige full leather interior. It makes for a wonderful machine, the luxury interior more commonly associated with the 760 model, but with the much more sporting, modern and dechromed exterior finish of the 740 Turbo model.

The car has a total service history from new and was full Volvo main dealer history up to 150K, this car has been maintained regardless of cost. I have had a full service carried out including a brand new timing belt and tensioner, new PCV crankcase breather box and hose, and had the automatic transmission professionally serviced with a new filter, new fluid and a new kickdown cable installed. It has also just had a brand new lambda probe sensor and mass air flow meter so really is running superbly. I have sold three 740 Turbo and two 760 Turbo estates previously so I really do know this model very well.

This special car has the later and more responsive Mitsubishi turbocharger over earlier cars which sees it spool up quicker than the older Garrett T3 unit, which makes for better acceleration times as there is less turbo lag. The car is also unusual in that it is a "crossover" model which has the same later Bosch fuel injection and engine management of the 940 2.3 Turbo which succeeded it, but my car does not have a catalytic convertor fitted. It also benefits from the wonderfully smooth Aisin Warner AW30/31 automatic transmission which is a 3-speed plus overdrive unit, and is the type whereby a small button on the gearknob will lock out overdrive for towing or full climbing hills for example. Speaking of towing, my cherished car has never had a towbar fitted, or a dog guard for that matter, it has been looked after extremely well, unlike the vast majority of remaining 740s on the road.

Wonderfully original too, 100% factory applied paintwork which shines up beautifully, naturally at this age there is the odd battle scar and scuff, but for this nature of vehicle you will not find better. It has its original Volvo radio/cassette stereo complete with separate Volvo amplifier and graphic equaliser, and even the original electric aerial works perfectly too.

The smart thick pile beige carpets have been protected from new with matching beige Volvo floor trays, and the interior really is in fantastic condition and is still a very nice place to be with Volvo's heated front seats which were orthopaedically designed and put modern seats to shame such is their support and comfort.

I have fitted brand new red/clear tail light units, all clear front indicators and clear side repeators units which give the car a subtle update and really suit the car, the roll out 940 Celebration models had these lights fitted in 1997 so they are not a chavvy enhancement and give my car a more modern stance.

The rear exhaust silencer was past its best so I have had fitted a very rare twin tailpipe silencer complete with the correct tailpipe extension trims which give the rear the sporting flavour that it deserves. I have only ever seen the twin pipe silencer fitted to the 740 estate in my original Volvo brochure and on an original 740 Turbo saloon roadtest car in 1987 as they never seemed to find there way onto UK cars, but the parts are still available if you hunt for them and I am very pleased with how this has turned out. It really is the ultimate 740 Turbo, factory correct in every detail but with some factory improvements too.

The original 15" alloy wheels are shod with new Dunlop Sport 195/60/VR15 tyres on the front and the rears are also premium brand Avon ZV5 tyres with excellent tread. Not a budget boot in sight.

The originally headlining is still intact, again a rarity, there is no staining around the sunroof, (the electric sunroof works perfectly and does not leak) and there is only the a small area of pillowing headlining over the rear which one does not notice.

This is not the usual tired and shabby old Volvo workhorse or a project car, it is an outstanding and unique specification car that will suit a discerning Volvo enthusiast. Unlike the common or garden basic 740 models, the full pressure turbo model is a driver's car and one does not tire of hearing and feeling the turbocharger whoosh in as the revs pass 2500rpm and seeing the needle on the dashboard turbo boost gauge rise. As I have said about all of my Volvo Turbo estates, not only is this a performance estate it is also the one which gives the best fuel consumption as has the best power to weight ratio. Why would one bother with a gutless 2.3 carb or 2.0 injection model when one can have your cake and eat it with the mighty 2.3 red block turbo engine?!

It is a turnkey modern classic car, hugely practical, wonderfully safe and robust, utterly reliable, fast enough to more than keep up with modern traffic and thanks to the long wheelbase will cruise wonderfully comfortable on long motorway hauls. With the Turbo's signature "eggcrate" front grill, dechrome finish and 5-spoke Volvo alloy wheels these rare 740 Turbos do have a strong timeless and classless element to their lines today, rather like a classic Range Rover or a 1980s Mercedes E-Class estate. It was a £22,000 car back in 1990 and in this condition and in this unique colour scheme, it still looks a classy and prestigious car today.

It is totally reliable ( I have been using it for the last 6 months) and every thing works exactly as it should, e/mirrors, e/windows, e/aerial, central locking, it needs no fettling at all in fact. I am confident that you will not find another 740 Turbo like it.

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2003 Audi A4 3.0 Cabriolet View Photo Dossier

2003 Audi A4 3.0 Sport Cabriolet: Striking and distinctive colour combination of Atlas Grey Pearlescent paintwork with Carmine Red cloth hood and Light Grey Pearl Nappa full soft leather upholstery. The original and rare 18-inch Audi S-Line alloy wheels complete the tasteful package.

This is a very rare specification car which makes it one of the most attractive Audi A4 Cabriolets for sale in the country, you will not chance upon another like this in a hurry. It also happens to be totally factory standard, bereft of any tacky modifications and comes with a full and documented service history, this was Audi main dealer maintenance up to 100K and independent Audi specialist servicing thereafter. It has a low number of owners, the current gentleman keeper has owned the car for four years and the car is HPI clear with certificate. Its impeccable provenance differentiates my A4 cabriolet from the average offerings for sale as does its outstanding condition.

This handsome and modern classic soft-top is not fitted with the ubiquitous and peaky 1.8T four-cylinder entry model engine but the range-topping 3.0 litre V6 30 valve engine with variable camshaft timing resulting in an impressive and effortless 220PS giving a maximum speed of 151mph and the 0-60mph dash in 7.8 seconds. The 3.0 front-wheel drive model is rare enough but this one distinguishes itself further by having the rare manual transmission specified rather the usual lazy (and notoriously problematic) Multitronic automatic gearbox, the manual cogs swapping turns this car into a real performance car and appealing driver’s car.

Furthermore the soundtrack is something to behold, a rich and deep-chested V6 burble that sounds both muscular and cultured, making the 1.8T sound quite impotent by comparison. If you have had a sad life and had your ears become inured to the dismal clatter (however well insulated) and whistling turbos of commonplace dirty diesels, then you will really be in for an aural treat as the engine note and exhaust rasp from this car is utterly beguiling. I have owned a good few Porsche 928 5.0 litre V8s and other big and brawny motors and the noise that this 3.0 emits is up there with the best.

Not only is the manual 3.0 V6 car faster than both the Multitronic and Quattro versions but it is more frugal too, and considering what a heavyweight car it is and how fast it is, the fuel consumption is nothing short of staggering, I achieve 30mpg+ with ease, and I do not hang around. I have not experienced another engine of this size giving such outstanding fuel consumption.


Not only is the 3.0 litre much stronger in performance than the 1.8T but having an extra two cylinders makes it creamily smooth too, as V6's are famed for being. This is especially relevant when driving with the roof down as it encourages your driving style to alter from being of the press-on type to sauntering around at a more leisurely pace, enjoying the sunshine and fresh air and marvelling at the refinement of the drive train.

I must point out now why it is so important to favour a manual transmission in an A4 Cabriolet and it is because the more commonly specified "Multitronic" automatic transmission is such a flakey piece of technology and really a ticking time bomb for very expensive and specialist repairs.

The clutch and flywheel were replaced 20,000 miles ago so one could easily expect a good ten years or 100,000 miles before this job is required again. The action and take up on the clutch is superb and cannot be faulted. There is no trace of whine from the gearbox and the changes are always very satisfying, crisp, slick and ultra precise. Changing down a gear is actually a pleasure as simply feels special going through the gears.

This alluring Carmine Red cabriolet roof is probably the single item that make my Audi Cabriolet stand out from the crowd, it looks beautiful, very classy and extremely distinctive. It is actually a talking point, EVERYONE comments on how lovely the red roof is! If this Carmine Red mohair number gets a ten from you, then be aware that you will struggle to find another car in this beguiling colour scheme. While it was not an extra-cost option to have the hood in red instead of the ubiquitous black, it is nonetheless a very rare colour way and therefore all the more desirable.

The power-operated roof works at the touch of a button, no catches to mess about with or hood covers to pop on, the whole sequence is fully automatic and achieved from the comfort of your sports driving seat. It works exactly as it should each and every time.

The highest quality mohair roof is in wonderful condition, no rips or stains, zero evidence of algae or mould build up and totally water-tight, but also free from draughts too.

There is only the lightest of wear to the driver's seat bolster and the interior has definitely been looked after as it is quite immaculate and will stand up to future miles better than the mock suede alacantara seat fabric panels that many A4 Cabriolets seem to have from this era, which stains and bobbles in a heartbeat. The gloss grey door panel and dashboard inserts suit the car more than artificial wood inserts would and give the car a more sporting and contemporary feel which ties in well with the striking exterior. There are no cigarette burns, no broken or damaged trim, the wear to the steering wheel, gearknob and pedal rubbers is negligible and the interior really does an excellent job of belying its 12 year vintage convincingly.

The door shuts and door jambs are equally immaculate, normally one would expect to see a decade of old blackened grease, leaves and generally unattractive gunk when opening the doors and surveying the hinge areas, but this car looks factory fresh and again reinforces the overall impression of being a cherished specimen that this car conveys throughout.

The automatic climate control system works exactly as it should, the temperature adjustment and distribution flap motors operate perfectly, it is not uncommon for these flap motors to play up and it is fiddly and expensive to fix, so I am happy to report that there are no such glitches here. The air-conditioning blows absolutely ice cold and is fully charged, so again this is something that does not need money pouring into it as it works properly. The red digital displays on both the heating system and instrument display exhibit no pixellation or "bleeding" whatsoever and look as smart as they did when new.

There are two original remote control fob keys, both working correctly.

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1986 Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V View Photo Dossier

1986/C Volkswagen Golf Mk2 GTI 8V: Finished in Diamond Silver Metallic with distinctive black/silver/grey sports cloth upholstery.

Genuine super low mileage example having only covered 84,000 miles over 30 years and cared for by one lady owner since it was 6 years old in 1992 until I acquired it last year in 2015 and embarked on my sympathetic but thorough mini-restoration. Having had one lady owner for the past 24 years, and always MOT’d and taxed each year, rather than being laid up as “barn find” without turning a wheel, should begin to convey what a special and outstanding classic GTI this is.

If you are mad about big bumper late model 16V GTI’s with their blingy BBS wheels and rainbow stripe upholstery then I am wasting my time trying to convince you of the virtues of the original, purer, early Mk2 incarnation, but my car is far rarer and more distinctive than any Oak Green 16V car and it is bound to be more original to boot. When did you last spot a small bumper Mk2 GTI on the road that was factory correct in every detail? Was it as pin sharp pristine in every respect as my GTI? Was it the more common and less inspiring “Digifant” small bumper variety or was it the sought after zingy K-jet fuel injection “quarterlight” window model such as mine?

I have sold over 50 original and cherished Mk2 Golf GTI’s over the past decade and in recent years it has become nigh on impossible to find a rare early car that had not been ruined by tasteless modifications and penny-pinching attempts to spruce it up – for the GTI cognoscenti it is so saddening to see a K-jet small bumper GTI crop up only to see it is now fitted with a a set of seats from a later model, doorcards that do not match, incorrect steering wheel, chavtastic coilover slammed suspension and so on. If you remember the Mk2 GTI when it was new in the 1980s or you are a serious and dedicated aficionado like I am, then I hope you will find the fact that my car is so utterly factory correct in every last detail most refreshing and my GTI even more appealing than the standard Ebay fodder as a result.

Provenance: This GTI was supplied new to a private and well-heeled individual, hence almost every conceivable extra-cost option box was ticked when the order was originally placed, (power-assisted steering not coming to the UK as an option until early 1987 and as standard in mid-1990). As is usually the case with a “must-have” car, as the Mk2 Golf GTI was amongst the “Sloane Ranger” yuppie types in the 1980s, the first 3 keepers kept it for a period of two years each before moving onto the next new craze.

Miss Wall of West London bought her GTI in 1992 and bonded with it so completely and utterly that she kept it for almost a quarter of a century.

Sadly she was the victim of a mugging in the late 1990’s and suffered a shoulder injury that never fully healed. This meant that she struggled driving her GTI in the tight city streets and parking it due to its lack of power-steering. Perhaps rather eccentrically she was too fond of her GTI to sell it, so although using public transport to get around, she clung onto her trusty GTI, by which point the mileage clocked annually had plummeted from being in the 1000s to being a couple of hundred, the car only getting to stretch its legs up the M1 on the odd trip to visit her brother in Lincolnshire. Thankfully for the GTI’s survival and future good health, Miss Wall had no off road parking at her property, so her car had to be MOT’d and taxed annually to keep it legally in her street, this fact has contributed significantly to the car being such a superb specimen today as it fast approaches its 30th birthday.

This classic GTI is special in its own right by virtue of its outstanding originality, low mileage and low ownership status, the fact that it happens to be so highly specified an early car, makes this GTI a unique specimen and rather more interesting in terms of it collectability.

Optional Equipment:

• Metallic Paintwork
• 5-Door Bodyshell
• Pirelli “P” Alloy Wheels
• Central Locking
• Electric Front Windows
• Electric Rear Windows
• Headlamp Pressure Wash System
• Electric Heated Wing Mirrors
• Blaupunkt Stokholm Radio/Cassette
• Electric Radio Antenna
• 60:40 Split Rear Seats
• Rear Head Restraints
• VAG Mudflaps Front & Rear

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1991 Volvo 960 3.0 24V Saloon View Photo Dossier

1991/J Volvo 964 24V Automatic: Finished in the most attractive colour scheme of Deep Blue Metallic with beige leather upholstery.

This is an immaculate and timewarp specimen Volvo flagship saloon that has been cherished by its retired gentleman owner for the past 13 years. It belies its age and mileage with ease and has led a pampered existence being garaged and covered in a tailored dust cover when not in use. Furthermore it has been meticulously maintained with a total service history from new. While the owner sensibly switched from the Volvo main agent to an independent Volvo specialists in recent years, the parts fitted to the car have always been genuine Volvo items, such was the owner's fastidious approach to ensuring his pride and joy was kept in superb fettle.

In 1991 this was the most expensive Volvo you could buy, and the equipment list reflects this - automatic climate control with air-conditioning, cruise control, electric driver's seat, alloy wheels, e/sunroof, e/mirrors, PAS, ABS, 4-speed automatic transmission with Sports/Economy/Winter modes, 6-speaker RDS radio/cassette stereo, leather upholstery with leather-trimmed steering wheel and of course heated front seats.

The outstanding facet in the 960's make up is the engine, it really is a jewel of an engine. It should be too as the engineering geniuses at Porsche were involved with the development of this special engine. Hitherto Volvo had no experience of multivalve technology, unlike Porsche who had by then released world-class supercars in the 959 and 928 S4,both utilising 4-valve per cylinder technology. It was a clean sheet design bearing no relation to the old but trusty PRV "Douvrin" V6 engine that had done service in Volvo's flagship cars since the 1970s. The brand new straight six 960 engine was not only commendably powerful but impressively efficient to boot easily beating the old V6 in every fuel consumption parameter. If you are not au fait with the 960's B6304 24V power plant then you will be surprised at the purposeful and meaty exhaust burble when you first turn the key and then the surprise continues and increases as you stretch its legs and find that beneath the conservative and boxy Volvo bodywork is a fully-fledged and dynamic performance saloon. Not only that but it is driver-oriented in a way that no pre 850 T-5R era Volvo was. It feels sharp, taut and handles with real aplomb, it feels more like driving an E34 BMW 535i or Mercedes 300E-24 which were heralded as the finest prestige performance saloons at the time of the 960's launch.

It is so much smoother than the Volvo 4-cylinders I am accustomed to and unlike earlier 740/760 Turbo Intercooler models, power delivery is instant and utterly linear. When pulling away from junctions and roundabouts this 960 surprises tailing traffic as an old skool Volvo should not be able to pick up speed at this rate!

It is not the thirsty brute many would have you believe due to the engine's superior efficiency and the healthy power:weight ratio, easily achieving 28mpg. An underpowered Volvo 740 2.0 will never beat this fuel economy, yet in a 960 3.0 you have unabashed luxury, BMW-worrying performance, safe but sporting handling and the glorious silky smoothness that only a 6 cylinder engine can provide.

Being the saloon model this car benefits from Volvo's sophisticated "Multilink" rear suspension set up which had been developed at great expense for the outgoing 760 saloon models and drew inspiration from Mercedes-Benz's pioneering suspension innovations in the 1980s. This cutting edge rear transaxle translates into not only superior ride comfort but also makes this large saloon handle with more precision and prowess than one would ever give a dowdy Volvo credit for. The contemporary 960 estate models, in contrast, were denied the "Multilink" goodies and soldiered on with the antiquated live rear axle.

I have spent a considerable sum replacing the legal but old and uninspiring Continental tyres with brand new Toyo Proxes 195/65/VR15 boots on each corner. I bet this is the only 960 in the UK wearing boyracer-favourite tyres, but my goodness it was worth it as the car's full performance quotient can be unleashed safely and gleefully shod with these top-notch über grippy tyres.

In a similar vein, as I often do, I have had the original front shock absorbers replaced with high performance Gabriel twin tube gas strut inserts (along with new top strut mount bushings and anti-roll bar drop links and bushes). While the existing units were working fine and would never fail an MOT, 24 years is a long time to work with a large engine bearing down on you and still provide optimum absorption. The rear shocks absorbers were replaced last year.

Wearing new shocks and rubber, having an engine and transmission in the finest fettle, this 960 will be the best-driving you will encounter bar none. It is as relaxing and docile a smoothie as one likes in normal driving, but tickle the throttle and the most un-Volvo-like driving machine reveals itself.

I much prefer the honesty of the 960 MkI's lines over the heavily facelifted MkII's fussiness. This early 960 has a more classic look I feel, and the stealth element too is appealing as to casual onlooker it could be a 740 or 940.

The fact that this beautiful 960 is finished in my favourite Volvo colour scheme is a boon, when seemingly every other 760 or early 960 was finished in silver, so to chance upon one this one in alluring shade makes it stand out all the more. Having just sold my 745 Turbo Intercooler last month in this exact colour combination, and having had a 244 GLT so specified too, I am convinced that the deep blue & beige finish really does make for a very distinctive and attractive car.

The paintwork is the factory-applied original coat too and magnificently preserved. The rain droplets were already beading on the bonnet when I left the owner's house, he clearly loved to wax his 960! There is a deep lustre with no scuffs, dents or scrapes, and remarkably no peppering of stonechips on the edge of the bonnet. Being factory paint, niggles such as mismatches, dulled or peeling lacquer need not be thought of.

Being in very long-term ownership means that the owner always thought of it in terms of the expensive car he originally bought rather than an EBay bargain luxobarge. Accordingly he has continued to lavish money on this 960. Last year a genuine Volvo timing belt kit was fitted. This year the Aisin-Warner auto transmission was fully serviced: drained and flushed, a new Volvo strainer fitted and replenished with new ATF fluid. At considerable cost, a brand new genuine Volvo radiator was fitted at the beginning of the summer with new long-life antifreeze. The air-conditioning system was also over-hauled with pressure switches and gas.

In fact I have just totted up the invoices for the last 3 years, yes THREE years not the full thirteen years ownership, and the gentleman has parted with in excess of £3000 having his beloved 960 maintained. There is no alarming major bill for an engine or gearbox overhaul, this is just ongoing maintenance to keep his 960 running just how he liked it. The rear shock absorbers were an unjustifiable £264 EACH from his Volvo main dealer.

As mentioned I have had brand new tyres all round and front shock absorbers fitted, additionally I have just had the car fully serviced: genuine Volvo oil filter and spark plugs (of course!), air filter and fuel filter.

This timewarp Volvo 960 24V is also a "turnkey" purchase and wants for absolutely nothing.

In outstanding and immaculate condition in every respect and a discerning Volvo enthusiast's dream.

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1997 Volvo V90 3.0 CD Estate View Photo Dossier

1997/R Volvo V90 3.0 CD Estate: Beautiful Deep Olive Green Pearlescent paintwork with pebble grey leather upholstery piped cream.

This was the swansong for the classic 700/900 series rear-wheel drive Volvo estates, furthermore this is the very flagship of the 1997 Volvo range with the "CD" level of trim. Being the most expensive Volvo on sale at the time its bells and whistles specification includes: electric/memory/heated seats, leather upholstery, cruise control, automatic climate control with air-conditioning, driver and passenger airbags, Volvo SIPS side impact protection system and seatbelt tensioners, electric sunroof, premium 6 speaker sound system with CD player and RDS, automatic transmission with Sports/Economy/Winter mode settings, 16-inch Volvo "Uranus" alloy wheels.

Low mileage for a Volvo approaching its 20th birthday, low owners and a total service history from new. If you have read my description for my 960 24V Saloon you will know how highly I rate the superb straight six 204bhp engine that Volvo fitted to these flagship vehicles.

It is the performance-oriented nature of this powerplant which appeals to me but I noticed on Ebay this week a 960 estate with over 300,000 miles on the clock and a 960 saloon with 288,000 miles, so clearly this 3.0 engine really can cover spaceship mileages too.

This car has been in successive long-term ownership spells and has never fallen into the trap of being just an old tanking Volvo to use and abuse. It's condition is most impressive and thankfully it sports factory applied paintwork which truly sparkles and gleams.

The Deep Olive colour is one of my favourites, very distinctive and classy, and I now think it looks rather better on these last of line V90 models than it does on the 850 T-5R models which were more commonly found in this colour.

The car has a towbar fitted which has only been used for a small trailer for occasional trips to the tip. The original optional Volvo floor trays are present and have done their job of keeping the luxury pile carpet beneath immaculate, and there is the optional rear load cover fitted too.

With the exterior and alloy wheels being in outstanding condition from the off I have opted to spend more money on the wear and tear mechanical items than I have on any other of my Volvos, but I feel the car is special enough to warrant it. I should say that none of the work was required to get the car through an MOT, rather it was my quest to get the car to drive as smartly as the exterior presents itself.

I have had a full engine service carried out including genuine Volvo oil filter, Volvo spark plugs etc, additionally a new Volvo timing belt kit and thermostat was fitted.

A common problem with many 700/900 series cars at this age has also been attended, that of the power steering rack beginning to leak fluid. I opted to have the original rack professionally reconditioned to the highest standard. I have spent another hill of money on premium Monroe Reflex gas front shock absorbers (very pricey items as specific to facelift 960 and V90 models), along with new strut top bearings, highest quality German-made Meyle complete wishbones on each side and, anti-roll bar drop links and bottom ball joints on both sides.

Unsurprisingly the car now feels markedly more taut and precise with its handling than other 900 series cars you may encounters, the ride is compliant but pleasingly firm, with none of the crashing over bumps that one gets used to on cars of a certain age and mileage. The reassuringly safe handling is aided by there being matched premium brand Michelin Pilot Primacy 205/55/16V tyres fitted all round.

The engine is wonderfully smooth and always potent. The driving experience is significantly differentiated from that of an old 740 4-cylinder , it cruises so well and one only hears the engine when pressing on and letting the revs build up, and when one does it sounds powerful and expensive. Having the sophisticated multi-link rear suspension set up in lieu of the ancient live axles of the 740/940 estates means that you can forget that you are driving an estate/workhorse and instead appreciate a level of build quality and refinement that is on a par with a high end Mercedes.

An immaculate and imposing top-of-the-range classic Volvo estate, enjoying smooth, effortless and swift performance, excellent fuel economy at 25-30mpg and all the legendary practicality, durability and superb build quality that one expected of a Volvo in this era.

The very last of the "proper" Volvos.

Not to be missed as cherished Volvo estates in this condition and with this provenance are scarce.

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1988 Austin Rover Metro Studio 2 Limited Edition View Photo Dossier

1988/F Austin Metro "Studio 2" Limited Edition: Classy British Racing Green paintwork with eye-catching original "Studio 2" steel grey and jade green livery and a very smart special sports upholstery.

Out of a rash of 1980s special edition Metros and Minis, the "Studio 2" is one of the best looking and most attractive packages. Originally launched in October 1987 and exclusively in Steel Grey paintwork, Rover Group - as by 1989 it was known - had a second bite of the cherry re-launching another batch of Studio 2's in October 1989, this time adding black and BRG paint options to the existing Steel Grey option.

With only 1,000 built when new, this Metro is one of the rarest cars I have owned as there are now a paltry 18 left in existence, only 2 of these are on the road with valid road tax and I would wager that my British Racing Green specimen must be the finest remaining.

I do not recall even spying a Metro Studio 2 when they were new thinking about it, and only the most clued-up of Metrophiles will have even heard of one.

This Metro was supplied new to a lady who worked for Rover Group at Longbridge and was sold at less than 10 months old (this was how the scheme worked) to Mrs Sandalls of Warwickshire who kept her beloved Metro Studio 2 until she passed away earlier this year. Essentially this is a one lady owner car.

It has covered a miniscule 35,000 miles from new, has its full owner's wallet including the stamped up service book, has been maintained properly and never been off the road in its 27 years, accordingly it has an MOT that runs until March of next year. It has been garaged all of its life too which accounts for its lovely condition.

Whereas many of the Metro specials were based on a basic car, the Studio 2 was rather plush. Distinctive metallic paintwork, full width "Mayfair" style premium wheel trims, black bumpers and wing mirrors (rather than cheap and nasty "City" spec grey) a rear wiper (woweee!) and the slash cut sports tailpipe of the MG Metro and above all the bold designer body decals made for Metro that stood out in car parks crowded with Metros.

It was the posh interior that was the Studio 2's real allure however. This was bespoke to this limited edition and featured MG Metro sports seats (of the design that had lasted until 1986) but upholstered in unique Studio 2 guise, tasteful Osprey grey velour cloth with jade green diagonal striping.

The matching grey carpet was the premium cut-pile quality (which was later used in the Rover Metro GTI 16V and luxury GS versions) and is actually superior to the bright red needle woven polypropylene carpets used in the MG Metros.

The gearstick and centre console with integrated cassette stowage, tinted glass sunroof and the sports steering wheel were also taken from the MG version to distinguish the Studio 2 from more mundane Metros.

Being blessed with the 1275cc A+ engine makes for a car that is always eager and nippy and whilst it will not set the tarmac on fire, 50mph feels like you are doing 70mph and for once I can talk about fuel economy in the 40s and 50mpg rather than in the low 20s!

The all iron pushrod engine has a good old timing chain, so never any need to worry about snapping cam belts and it has that "sweetness" of running that only the lowest mileage classic Minis and Metros possess.

The "sit up and beg" driving position, lorry angled steering wheel, manual choke (aaaaaaargh!) and 4-speed gearbox takes one immediately back to the 1980s and a real nostalgia fest for a good many people who learnt to drive in a Metro or had one as their first car.

Indeed my very first car when I was 17 was a Metro, it so happened to be a 1 lady owner MG Metro Turbo in Moonraker Blue over grey with "MG Turbo" red decals that were even more OTT than those on this Studio 2. If I still had that car it would now be worth in excess of £6,000 - - such is the rarity (they all rotted away and their engines pilfered for Mini Turbo twatmobiles) and demand for the Metro Turbos today.

Enough of MG Metro Turbos as a one lady owner Turbo, always garaged, in beautiful BRG paintwork and with a tiny 37,000 miles on the clock simply does not exist.

My "Studio 2" however really does exist and in my eyes is the next best thing to an MG version, in some ways it is even more desirable as is far rarer, and it will be nowhere near as expensive to purchase.

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1999 Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet Colour Concept Edition Highline View Photo Dossier

VW Golf Mk3.5 Cabriolet Colour Concept Edition Highline: Superb Diamond Black Pearlescent paintwork with black Recaro leather interior and striking BBS alloy wheels.

This exceptional Golf Cabrio has been owned by the same lady for almost a decade and has led a cossetted existence as a summer car at a Cornish holiday home. It is all original and has been well-maintained with a FSH and HPI clear with certificate.

Supplied new to wealthy individual in West London, this is a unique Cabriolet as not only is it the rare Colour Concept edition, which was the most expensive Golf Cabriolet one could buy, but on top of that specification, it has the "Highline" specification too. I knew that VW made a Golf Mk3 VR6 Highline in 1997 but I was unaware that one could buy a Mk3.5 Cabriolet with "Highline" specification, such is their rarity. I have confirmation from VAG UK that this is indeed a Colour Concept Edition Highline.

As with the original Mk1 Golf Cabriolet which ran from 1979-1993, VW was adamant that it would get its money's worth out of the expensive soft-top development work that went into the Mk3 Cabriolet of 1994. So in 1998 when the Mk4 Golf hatchback came on stream, the Cabriolet was face-lifted front and rear with Mk4 headlamps, streamlined colour-coded bumpers and the rear number plate dropped to below the bumper leaving a flush tailgate to become known as the Mk3.5 Cabriolet.

Usually specified in lurid shades of yellow, tropic orange and acid green with equally flamboyant interiors, my Colour Concept does away with the naff 1990s "in your face" element and its restrained all-black approach makes it appear all the more classy and timeless. This is a classic Cabriolet that still cuts a dash basking in the sunshine on one's driveway, an Escort or Astra Cabriolet will just look tragically démodé by comparison.

1999 Colour Concept Specification:

Power-operated Cloth Roof
Integrated Front Foglights
Recaro Sports Seats
Heated Front Seats
Leather Upholstery
Illuminated Vanity Mirrors
15-inch BBS "Solitude" 5-Spoke Alloy Wheels

"Highline" Specification Equipment:

Cruise Control
Air Conditioning
16-inch BBS RSII Split Rim Alloy Wheels
VW Gamma 8-speaker radio/cassette stereo with boot-mounted CD Autochanger
Central Cassette Stowage Console

The Diamond Black paintwork is also known as "Black Magic" and is a sophisticated finish using fine mica particles that really lifts the car's coachwork and looks much smarter than standard gloss black. All the panels on this car are original and it is in superb condition. Almost always one will see the bottom corners of the front wings bubbling away where they meet the leading edge of the doors, it is not uncommon to see big holes here, especially on earlier Mk3 Cabriolets. Not on my superb specimen, not a rust bubble in sight, faultless front wings, probably due to its early life in London with no mud on the roads to get splashed up and trapped behind the plastic wheel well liner, which is the cause of this notorious rot spot.

The original roof is the more expensive and attractive looking mohair cloth type, no splits, no receding and no fraying to report. Definitely no leaks and the power operation works faultlessly.

I have had new side tension cables fitted to the hood which means it locates perfectly over the side windows. I guarantee that every other Golf Cabriolet you will see for sale will have snapped cables, and this is a 6 hour job for a professional coachtrimmer.

The engine has been treated to a major service, genuine VAG Quantum oil, genuine VAG oil filter, genuine spark plugs, brand new ignition leads, distributor cap and rotor arm. New coolant flange assembly and seal (a new radiator was fitted earlier in the year) and the breather system has been overhauled too with new components.

My GTI specialist has fitted new brake discs and pads front and rear and the front shock absorbers were tired so brand new performance premium Gabriel gas pressure front shocks absorbers and new top strut mounts were fitted.

The original clutch was showing the earliest signs of occasional judder so I have bitten the bullet and had a brand new high quality Borg & Beck clutch kit fitted which has eradicated any judder completely and will serve the car for another 100,000 miles I should not wonder.

I should mention the striking 2-piece alloy BBS alloy wheels. Wheels, especially on black cars, form the focal point of a car's side elevation, so often these fancy BBS wheels can looks so shabby. Not so on my car, in fact I have had the two front wheels split apart, the centres shotblasted and re-painted and the outer rims machine polished to a bright mirror sheen, each bolt carefully cleaned, before being bolted and sealed back together and new premium brand Avon ZV5 205/45/VR16 tyres fitted. With new BBS centre caps, these fabulous wheels are absolutely eye-catching once again.

Forget about the flaccid 1.6 Cabriolets and the 1.8 - they will cost you no less on insurance or tax and in real driving you will end up spending more money on petrol as you labour the engine to squeeze just a modicum of acceleration out of it. By contrast my Cabriolet is endowed with the excellent 2.0 litre 8 valve "AGG" power plant lifted from the Mk3 Golf GTI, it is a legendary and wonderfully durable engine and gives this car a real turn of speed, a good power:weight ratio, a subdued but sporty exhaust note and an easy 38mpg, yes 38mpg - that is extreme economy for a heavy 2.0 litre soft top.

You will not find another Mk3.5 that drives as smoothly, swiftly or tautly as this. You will not find another in such superb and original condition. You will not find another that has this very special and über rare "Highline" package on top of the already rare Colour Concept specification. Finally you will not find another Golf Cabriolet that has had as much spent on it in terms of service and mechanical parts expenses or the man-hours I have spent detailing it throughout, turning into the most exceptional Mk3.5 Cabriolet on the market today.

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