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GardX International are delighted to announce the addition of Alistair Jeff, former CitNOW Director, to their ever-expanding digital team.

GardX have recently introduced to the UK Automotive sector a brand new digital merchandising platform. The product, ‘AD-Vantage 360 SpinCar,’ has proven to be a huge success with some of the UK’s dealer groups who are implementing this exciting new medium throughout their Dealerships.

By teaming up with Alistair GardX have gained his expert knowledge and experience to further develop and expand their digital operation. With 27 years in the automotive market Alistair has a rare depth of automotive experience across a broad spectrum of the market. Having spent his early career within dealerships he then moved into the digital arena and from 2000 he worked with agencies and OEMs. Three years ago Alistair left AutoTrader in order to help build the UK and overseas personal-video business for CitNOW where he was a Director until leaving late in 2016 to pursue consulting opportunities.

GardX are delighted to welcome Jeff to the team, and Victor Coutin, Managing Director stated: “We are confident that Alistair will bring a strong competitive edge to the development and expansion of our digital portfolio. As a company we are constantly seeking new ways to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace and keep ahead of the competition; there is no doubt the digital market is the future and we want a piece of that action. We welcome Alistair on board to add his expertise to our GardX ‘AD-Vantage Spincar 360’ product.

 

For more information: www.gardx.co.uk

1996 Mercedes Benz SL500.

International auctioneers Coys return to the Royal Horticultural Halls in London with a 70-classic and sports car auction on Wednesday April 12.

The auction, now being held in the larger of the Royal Horticultural Halls, features a selection of Jaguars and Aston Martins, including a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 delivered new to the Director of the “Doctor” film Series Ralph Thomas (£160,000- £200,000), a 1973 Aston Martin V8 with 66,000 miles from new (£75,000 – £90,000) and a 1972 Aston Martin DBS (£90,000 – £110,000).

The Aston Martin DB6 was sold in May 1967 to none other than Ralph Thomas of Pinewood studios. Ralph was known for directing the Doctor series of films including Doctor in the House (1954), Doctor at Sea (1955), and other timeless classics including The 39 Steps (1959) and A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (1979). Discovered by Coys specialists, this matching numbers DB6 runs, drives and needs only little time and care to bring it back to its former glory.

The Jaguar selection include a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Flat Floor Roadster subject of a 2,600hs restoration (£190,000 – £225,000), an original right hand drive 1973 Jaguar E-type V12 Roadster with only 2,500 miles from new (£170,000 – £225,000) and a matching numbers  1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupe SE (£90,000 – £110,000).

One of the highlights of the auction is a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL500, which was stored in a central London garage in Knightsbridge, but the owner lost the keys, and never used it again. 21 years later the car shows only 80 miles on the clock and could fetch £55,000 when it goes under the hammer.

Chris Routledge, CEO Coys, said: “This is a car with a fantastic story! Purchased as a birthday present and driven only 80 miles before the owner lost the keys and never drove it again. Had the owner not lost the keys and used it regularly, we estimate it would now be worth between £5000 and £7000, but the fact that it has kept such a low mileage and has not been driven in more than twenty years makes it worth between £45,000 and £55,000.”

Other cars on offer include a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20HP by Smith & Waddington (£45,000 – £55,000), one of only 241 produced 1991 Lamborghini LM02 (£140,000 – £180,000), a 1989 AC Cobra MK IV with only 7500 miles from new (£120,000 – £150,000), 1993 Porsche 964 Turbo 3.6 (£130,000 – £160,000) and a 1981 Ferrari 308 GTSi with coachwork by Scaglietti, design by Pininfarina and complete Ferrari service history (£60,000 – £70,000).

 

For more information: www.coys.co.uk/spring-classics-2017

London classic car retailer Hexagon is delighted to offer for sale an outstanding R107 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL – a 956-mile car that is potentially the best on sale in the world right now.

Having covered an average of just 34 miles every year over its 28-year lifespan, this remarkable 500 SL is in true timewarp condition, completely cherished from new with flawless black paint and completely unmarked Cream Beige Hide.

A 1989 right-hand-drive UK-supplied car, it is also one of the last R107s produced – the model range was completely replaced by the R129 series in the same year – and represents a unique opportunity for a collector.

First launched in 1971, the R107 became the company’s second longest running production model of all time. Based on the W114 saloon, but with engines from the larger and more powerful S-Class, it blended speed, refinement, safety and style, and was over-engineered in famous Mercedes-Benz style.

A stylish two-seater drop head with occasional seating for two in the rear, the car was an immediate success, thanks in part to its fully lined roof that made it usable daily in all climates. The R107 also made numerous appearances on popular TV shows, including a starring role in Dallas.

Supplied new on November 1 1989, the 500 SL at Hexagon Classics features a 242bhp 5.0-litre V8 and has a host of options including ‘Tempomat’ cruise control, air conditioning, green-tinted sun-deflecting glass, heated seats and a separate hard top. Accompanying this ultra-rare, low mileage Mercedes is its original tool kit and book pack with two hardtop release handles.

Paul Michaels, Chairman Hexagon Classics, said: “This is an unmissable opportunity for someone to purchase a true collector’s item. It is always difficult to find Mercedes of this era with low mileage – like Porsches they were built to be used daily after all – but to find an R107 500 SL with less than 1,000 miles on the clock is just unbelievable. This example is perfect in every way and looks like it has just driven out of a showroom in 1989.”

This remarkable Mercedes is priced at £94,995 and is available to view at Hexagon Classics’ showroom in north London.

 

For more information: https://hexagonclassics.com/