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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).


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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.


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Lord Mayor of Birmingham Carl Rice and BCAs Simon Henstock.

BCA’s new 20-acre multi-million pound remarketing and logistics facility at Perry Barr was officially declared open by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice last month. The day’s events included a special sale of vehicles that attracted a large crowd of buyers to BCA Birmingham – Perry Barr and the sale of a charity car donated by BCA with all the proceeds going to the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal.

Following an introduction by Simon Henstock BCA COO UK Remarketing, the Lord Mayor unveiled a plaque declaring the new BCA centre formally open for business before embarking on a tour of the facilities alongside other specially invited guests.

The Lord Mayor watched from the Rostrum as a car donated by BCA was sold to raise funds for the Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal 2016/17, which supports a number of charities including Cancer Research UK and Fischer House UK. The 2012 Vauxhall Astra 1.4 16V 100 SRI in red sold for an exceptional £5,050 and was purchased by Trade Centre UK, which is soon to open a new 12 acre, 1200 car site in the West Midlands.

BCA COO UK Remarketing Simon Henstock commented: “We were delighted to welcome The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice to officially declare BCA Perry Barr open for business. Perry Barr offers a fantastic opportunity to grow our business as it offers much needed additional capacity in the Midlands alongside our thriving existing businesses at Castle Bromwich, Walsall and Wolverhampton.”

He added: “As BCA is handling growing volumes of stock from both new and existing customers and attracting a wider buyer base, this additional capacity is vital. This underlines why we are investing in our physical footprint, logistics, technology and process to deliver a comprehensive nationwide remarketing service across 24 locations and the digital space.”

Remarketing facilities include three auction lanes plus a state-of-the-art digital auction suite. There is undercover viewing for 450 vehicles, ample customer parking for over 400 vehicles, a restaurant, barista kiosk and business suites, and a full range of buyer services available in the Customer Concourse. The BCA Auction Services facility offers a full range of valeting and Smart Prepared services, appraisal-post valet, digital imaging bay and BCA Assured by the AA.

Simon Henstock concluded: “We were delighted to raise so much for The Lord Mayor’s Charity Appeal and would like to thank our customers for bidding so competitively on the car donated by BCA.”


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