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  • THIS is a beautiful and now rarely seen 1984 Suzuki Alto FX SS80 and must be one of the earliest Second Generation Altos to be produced! This delightful little gem was registered in August 1984 and remained with the same family until a few months ago. It was husband and then wife-owned and always garaged. It has covered a mere 28,000 miles and its original Suzuki Service Plan book shows it stamped up until 1994 when it had covered 17,600. So that was its mileage after the first ten years of its ...

    28,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is my 1963 Rover 95 with just four owners from new, the last one having kept her for 26 years! She is a two-tone grey with a rich coloured cream leather interior. Her straight-six 2625cc engine runs beautifully and when she is idling, you could easily be excused for thinking she had stalled. The 95 was a late build P4 model and came with all steel panels including the doors. Rover had begun to have doubts over their aluminium panels which they thought dented too easily and, once metal doors ...

    75,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1970 Morris Minor Traveller in Bermuda Blue, a colour some of you may recall on Police Panda Morris Minors around the same era. This old girl, now with me after a life in Ireland, is in delightful order everywhere. Timber replaced a couple of years ago and now a lovely golden shade set against the light blue. A rust and rot-free classic. Floor pans in factory blue, great interior, lovely engine and as good - if not better - than anything you will find out there when it comes to ever ...

    70,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1972 Triumph GT6 which has been dry stored since 2015 when it underwent an engine rebuild at Billcar Engineering in Shrewsbury. Receipts for the work are in the history file and they total 4k. When she reached me, she had not ben run since then. However, after an afternoon's work, she now runs beautifully and sounds more like a Ferrari. Revving superbly and idling perfectly. I have since freed off the brakes - they were rebuilt at the same time - and taken her for a road test. A total ...

    70,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1950 MG YA sports saloon, an ultra rare sight these days. Indeed they were rare enough back in the day with only around 6,000 or so YAs actually built! This proud old girl is in a delightful condition which would not be described as concours, but more like retaining a pleasing patina. That is to say she is pretty - without a doubt - and solid too. She has a superb interior with lovely red leather and fine wood. Her engine is the correct spec XPAG 1250cc and has been re-conditioned. ...

    4,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is a true survivor - and I would suggest that being rust-proofed at new (Zeibart??) has played a huge part in this British Leyland vehicle still being with us today and still being in such a sound state. She is the Triumph 2500 (straight-6) twin-carb model with a manual/overdrive box. She drives superbly with overdrive working on 3rd and 4th and has a great comfortable feel to her. As I say, the rust proofing has played a major part. All her floor pans are un-molested and still in the ...

    90,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, which is now a rarer model than its successor the 1300. Finished in that classy grey colour which VP specialised in, she has covered 33,000 miles and from what I have been able to gather, that is very probably correct. She had done just a handful of miles less than that 12 years ago. Her last MoT expired in 2014 with no advisories. Incredibly original and strong underneath and also in the interior floor pans, she has been stored and now needs carpets ...

    33,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1971 Morris Minor van in blue and with vinyl sign writing on the sides which will peel off easily. A nice enough example of this iconic British workhorse, although not pretending to be up there as some sort of "untouchable show winner." Recent new carb and alternator and she drives really well indeed. A truly perky little number. Her last MoT expired just two years ago (no advisories) and she really was used to deliver milk in Cornwall and is believed to have led a fairly leisurely life! Body ...

    3,200
    Yorkshire
  • I REALLY do love this 1955 MG TF. She was one of the very last built and, surprisingly enough, she is a genuine UK example. Just over 10,000 TFs were built of which 95 per cent were exported! This old girl is a genuine black car from new and a genuine UK RHD car from new as denoted by her chassis number of HDA16/9418. The HD stands for MG 20 seater with TF, the "A" stands for Black and the number 1 stands for UK RHD build. The number 9418 is her build number. The very last TF built in March 1855 ...

    50,000
    Yorkshire
  • SUNBEAM Rapier fastbacks are a right sight indeed these days. Modelled on the Plymouth Barracuda, it was a radical change by The Rootes Group. Powered by their tried and tested 1725cc twin carb engine, it was a pillarless coupe with immense styling. Look at that sports dash for starters. Anyway, she seems really sound and drives well. I can only tell you what I know. The driver's seat base is worn to the middle section and the overdrive switch on the column is not engaging. In my experience, this ...

    27,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my very pretty 1959 MGA Roadster 1600. She has matching numbers and is on the button and ready to go. Red with black interior and red dash, she is everything a proper English sports car ought to be. She is the later model (1600 as opposed to 1500) and there is probably not a lot of point in me waxing on about the MGA (1955-1962) as most of you reading this will know it anyway. She is a sound old girl and bonny enough on the paintwork, albeit there are some minor imperfections here and there ...

    27,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my stunning 1970 Rover 3500 V8 auto in Zircon Blue. She is in the most superb condition and the bulk of her is original. Let me bullet point a few of the major facts here: *Bought new in 1970 and remained with the same family until 2008. * Covered just under 60k miles between 1970 and 1976 when the original owner died. Has just 61k on the clock now! *Spent 32 years in the family garage between 1976 and 2008. *Came out of hibernation and was given no expense spared re-commission ...

    61,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is an unbelievably rare car. She is a 1937 Talbot Ten "Airline" sports coupe, so named for its then aerodynamic design and sleek looks. The Talbot Motor Company had only just been taken over by the world famous Rootes Group at this stage and Rootes based the luxurious sports coupe on the chassis of the Hillman Minx Aero which was lengthened for this low, sleek look. It was also known as The Talbot London, a name derived from its crest on the radiator grille (see photo). It was built with an ...

    8,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a beautiful 1992 Saab 900S 16v turbo (LPT) convertible. Finished in bright red with grey velour interior, she is a really pretty, sound and extremely well preserved example with detailed history file so that the mileage can be followed all the way through. Two owners from new (well, 3 to be precise but the first was the dealership). First owner six years and the previous owner a mammoth 22 years! Clearly, a much loved family pet of a car and now much sought after as one of the last ...

    157,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS, in my opinion, is a super example of the Riley 4/72 which back in the day was the model at the very top of the "Farina" tree. The pecking order from the bottom ran as follows: Austin Cambridge, Morris Oxford, Wolseley 16/60, MG Magnette and Riley 4/72! The Riley, like the Magnette, came with twin carbs and knocked out 72 bhp. Surprisingly enough! A mere 14,000 Rileys were made out of the 550,000 Farinas produced and today they are remain a pretty rare bird for obvious reasons. Beautifully ...

    33,000
    Yorkshire
  • YOU rarely see Wolseley 4/44s offered for sale these days. A reasonably expensive, luxury family saloon back in its day, the 4/44 was a cut above most other BMC models. Still a pleasure to drive after all these years, this lovely old girl has an engine so quiet that you will assume you have stalled at junctions as you can hardly hear her idling! Extremely solid with excellent floor pans visibly both inside and out. Her interior is most pleasant with the original tan leather just nicely worn and ...

    60,000
    Yorkshire
  • THE Austin and Morris 1300GT, launched in 1969, proved to be an instant hit with its styling, sporting looks and 70bhp engine lifted from the MG 1300 which in turn had been lifted from the Mini Cooper S. Very few have survived and even fewer tend to be offered for sale. Sometimes there may be a handful on the market but they will be anywhere between 10 and 15k and usually will have had plenty of owners as well plenty of miles on the clock. This "garage find", released from hibernation ...

    22,000
    Yorkshire
  • WELL, here's an Elf with a difference! She is a '64 Mark II (sliding windows model) and was a barn find back in 2006 following 23 years off the road. At that time, she was a one-owner car. She was taken all the way back to the bare shell and restored (photos in the file). She was then used, although not greatly, and the history shows the last nine MoTs the last of which expired last year (2019). She passed seven of them, failing the other two on minor issues with lights. So, we know ...

    20,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is my 1962 Austin Healey Sprite. It's a rare Mark 2, the Mark 1 being the Frogeye Sprite. This is a proper little 60s sports car with a well tuned 948cc engine and that correct vroom vroom feeling. They are great lookers these Mark 2s. Still with plenty of Frogeye design on show here with the same dashboard before we got into the better known Spridget dash, no side windows at all, just click on perspex screens, a detachable hood stored in the boot, the aluminium rim around the cabin area and ...

    77,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a delightful 1967 Minor Traveller in Almond Green with excellent, brightly coloured woodwork with no soft bits whatsoever. I do not like Travellers with dark timber work and, it goes without saying, that I do not buy them if they have soft or even repaired sections in them. This is a pretty, pretty Traveller and what's more it drives very well indeed. Good underneath, good floors when you lift the new carpet set and an all round pleasing interior. One or two what I refer to as Sunday ...

    79,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is my 1989 Austin Mini City E which has been fitted with a 1275 Cooper engine and looks really superb with wide wheels (new tyres) and a contrasting black roof. She has an MoT until March 2021 (no advisories). I am told by the previous owner that recently she has been treated to new sills, rear subframe, rear valance, brake pipes, head re-done and new valves. She drives superbly and is a really pretty 80s Mini with these added extra touches. Her boot interior is excellent as is her underside. ...

    79,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1963 (March) MGB Roadster Mark 1. Really pretty and solid and regularly MoT'd. The current test expires next month (November), (no advisories). I will tell you what I know. In 1981 she was acquired by a chap in Whitby. At the time, it had just 3 previous owners. He kept it until last year when he passed away and ownership was switched to his wife. It was then sold to a new owner in Wales who - it would appear - painted the car and also fitted a rebuilt engine. She has excellent early ...

    98,000
    Yorkshire
  • MY PHOTOGRAPHY AGAIN! THIS AMAZON IS BRIGHT RED. RED AS A TOMATO, AND NOT ORANGE AS IT LOOKS HERE. THANKS. THIS is my 1965 Volvo Amazon. I can't tell you very much about it because I don't know an awful lot. It began life as a 121 but now has the Amazon two-litre (1986cc), twin carb unit fitted. As you can, she is dressed to look like a rally car and also has rally-style front seats. The original seats are with the car. She has wide wheels. Her last MoT expired in 2018. She drives and goes through ...

    34,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1960 Sunbeam Rapier series III. The correct spec 1500cc twin carb model with alloy head. Looks to be freshly painted, again in correct Rapier livery. Not sure if the brown is known as Mocha? Anyway, it's a proper Rapier two-tone combination. Probably needs some little bits of fettling here and there. A carpet set would help for starters as obviously removed for re-paint and probably not good enough to be put back in. Some of the vinyl has come away on the driver's seat near the door. ...

    68,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1969 Ford Cortina 1600E, the Holy Grail of Mark 2 Cortinas and rarely seen offered for sale now as I think those who are fortunate enough to own one are not to keen on parting with them. A straight and strong example with only 3 former keepers stated on the V5 and so she has not been around the houses owner-wise which is always a bonus,. Good panels, not to be confused with a classic which has loads of rot and rust. Her main cosmetic issue is that she needs paint mainly to the bonnet, ...

    15,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is one of my favourite sports saloons from the 1960s. The Humber Sceptre Mark 1. With its super sleek styling, fantastic 6-dial sports dash and an aluminium head knocking out 80 bhp, this was a top of the tree Rootes Group model. Throw in the manual gearbox with overdrive on 3rd and 4th and what a car you had! This old girl has panel work which is in excellent condition everywhere. Front wings, all four door bottoms, rear wings and sills are in fantastic order for a 55-year-old car. Everything ...

    68,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1963 Singer Gazelle Series V 1600cc which is oh so pretty and has a full MoT until October 2021. Secondly, her speedo reads 27,000 miles which could very well be correct as she appears to have been dry stored for some time prior to 2003 when the engine was removed and totally rebuilt. Also, which quite probably backs this up, when the previous owner purchased her two years ago, the original factory fitted heavy duty plastic seat covers (that's what some manufacturers did in the 60s) ...

    27,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a truly delightful 1972 Humber Sceptre, a manual/overdrive model in Spice with Vellum coloured upholstery. Remarkably, her first owner bought her in April 1972 for £1380 and kept her until less than a year ago. He lavished love and care on this Humber and that is the reason that it remains in such outstanding condition today. There are added bonuses such as a hand written note book detailing every journey ever undertaken between new and 1986. It may be assumed that he drove it rarely after ...

    85,000
    Yorkshire
  • BONNY little pocket rocket on offer here which is a 1967 MG Midget with a Lenham Le Mans coupe front end. There is an enormous file detailing the car's history and all the work done which was around 20 years ago. She was dry stored for quite a while afterwards before being purchased by the chap from whom I acquired her. He bought it almost four years ago and has used it sparingly at weekends etc. From what I read, the 67 Midget was the donor car (hence Jan 1967 on the V5 and also the original ...

    3,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my 1967 Ford Cortina Mark 2 1300 which is in all round delightful condition. Just delightful in Ford Lagoon Blue, she has covered a genuine 71,000 miles from new (63 years ago) and has an enormous pile of MoT certificates sating back to the very first one in 1970 so that you can trace the mileage all the way through her lifetime. Basically, an unrestored example, she was only given a fresh coat of paint around six years ago as the passage of time had dulled her original livery. She ...

    71,000
    Yorkshire
  • Here we have a Wolseley 15/50, the model which replaced the ageing 4/44 in 1956. This is a 1957 example. The 15/50 was everything Wolseley was about. Refined, sleek, great looks, luxury fittings and so on. But this time around, stepping in as a replacement for the 4/44 with its 1250cc engine and column change, came a car with a 1500cc unit and a floor change. So, despite the fact that its sister car the MG Magnette - with all its sporting pretensions - came with twin carbs, the Wolseley had the ...

    70,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a delightful 1947 P2 Rover 12 and as such has the 1500cc ohv engine. She is a truly lovely looking old girl in burgundy and has just recently emerged from something like a six-year hibernation. Her body and paint work for a 73-year-old car are very good indeed with just a few imperfections here and there, comparable to what you would have found on most cars of that era by the time they had reached the early 1950s. If indeed they lasted that long in the first place. She comes with an excellent ...

    92,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE we have a genuine factory-built MGB GT V8 (VIN number GD2D1-2350G) which is one hell of an eye-catching piece of kit with Sebring styling. Originally a rubber bumper V8, there were just 742 of those models built. She underwent massive work in the late 1990s and has done something like 30,000 miles since which is just a pleasant amount over that period of time. It also proves that she is a car that has been driven and enjoyed as opposed to stored. Just to mention some of the work done at ...

    31,000
    Yorkshire
  • ONE look and I was transported straight back to the days of 1950s black and white "Thrillers" where the Police inspector is always to be found sitting in the back of a Wolseley 6/90 while his trusty driver sweeps and swirls around the streets of London in search of copious amounts of villains. Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick and of course good old Raymond Francis as Chief Inspector Lockhart in TV's good old classic No Hiding Place! These were the chaps who donned trench coat and trilby. These were ...

    73,000
    Yorkshire
  • WHAT a 1940s delight we have here. A 1946 Rover P2, but the best of the range being the 16 with straight-6 2147cc engine. This old girl requires one label only, and that has to be originality. Her deep lustre black coachwork may have some chips, blemishes, marks etc but it will out live all of us and will not give you any problems with the likes of rust or rot. In my view, she is superb the way she is and a fresh paint job would not be required. I repeat, that's my opinion. Certainly her previous ...

    4,000
    Yorkshire
  • WHAT a really pretty and genuine 1970s this is. Rarely seen now is the Triumph Toledo, the predecessor to the Dolomite range. Here is a truly delightful little Toledo 1300 in one of BL's better colours of the era, Honeysuckle. And it doesn't half suit this little gem. She looks so straight and fresh and has covered just 33,000 miles from new. There is a personal letter with the car from the second owner, written in 2007 confirming this to be correct. She has a lengthy MoT until May 2021 even ...

    33,000
    Yorkshire
  • WOW, how rare is this? I first became a car-mad kid back in the 1950s but, even then, the Ford Squire and its sister estate car the Escort were pretty rare. I couldn't tell you how many years it is since I have even seen one! The Escort and the Squire were launched on the same day as estate car versions of the Ford 100E. The Escort was the basic with painted grille, very little chrome and a more basic interior. The Squire was described as the deluxe version with chrome grille and headlight surrounds, ...

    3,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS is my lovely 1967 Series 1 Rover 2000 auto. Those of you interested in the P6 will know straight away how sought after all Series 1 models are. Their chrome grille, early-style instrumentation and high quality leather interior still stands to this day as a testimony to Rover's building of luxury cars. This delightful old girl was subjected to a serious degree of restoration in the mid-90s and, amongst an enormous history file with countless receipts and various detailed accounts, is a bill ...

    90,000
    Yorkshire
  • This is my 1960 Ford Prefect 107E. Most of you reading this will probably know exactly what she is. However, I shall offer you a brief explanation all the same. This model ran between 1959 and 1961 and was the last of the "100E." shape Fords. However, due to the ever changing face of British motoring, Ford decided that it was well beyond time to ditch their faithful old side valve engines and thus the Prefect 107E was born. She was a well-trimmed, four door lookalike but with the engine, gearbox ...

    75,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE'S a very pretty little Riley Elf in one of the ever popular model's favourite colour schemes of Cumberland Green with a cream roof. She is such a bonny thing with green leather interior and an excellent wooden dash. Extremely perky on the road, she is a delight to drive and offers economical motoring with so many smiles to the gallon. Some minor imperfections here and there where some small areas have been touched up, but she is not a car displaying inherent rot and, as such, has a sound ...

    30,000
    Yorkshire
  • A prettier Vauxhall Viva HC estate, you would be hard pushed to find. Still in its original livery of light yellow, it is a 1976 1300L with the later style dashboard, reclining seats etc. In a nutshell, this delightful old girl is now living with me in North Yorkshire and this is the first time she has resided outside her home town (city) of Sunderland since leaving the dealership at new. Until three months ago, she was a one-owner car. Note the Sunderland registration. She had spent her first 19 ...

    70,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a simply delightful Hillman Minx deluxe Series VI. The Series VI was the last in the line of Minxes and also the only model to sport the Rootes Group tried and tested 1725cc engine. This made a huge difference to the driveability of this much loved family saloon and, even today, it drives and handles superbly and is well capable of dealing with modern day traffic. She is also fitted with servo brakes. She has just 38,000 miles on the clock and the family who owned her for more than 30 years ...

    38,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a delightful Mark 2 Ford Consul Highline in pale green with a great body, lovely paint and a super interior. Even the outstanding engine bay is on a par with the rest of this superb 1950s classic. Note the early style Consul - before the later "lowline" Consul 375. Smaller and less imposing rear light clusters and a totally different dashboard featuring the curved instrumentation pod. Always popular, these rock 'n' roll clasics are pure retro. The only trouble is that they are nowhere ...

    38,000
    Yorkshire
  • Ah, the Wolseley 4/44. My first ever classic car a good few decades ago around the time that we slowly learning to change from "old bangers" to classics. I have always loved the shape and style from childhood and, to this day, I still believe that it stands up as something of an iconic design from the pen of the world renowned Gerald Palmer. Dating back to the days of grace and luxury, the 4/44 was aimed at the middle classes and such additions as leather seats and lashings of woodwork was supposed ...

    80,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a truly lovely example of a rarely seen model these days - the "Arrow" Singer Vogue auto with that tried, tested and hugely admired Rootes Group 1725cc engine. Totally rock solid,, including superb steel wings, sills, door bottoms and arches, she is a genuine eye catching 60s classic. Just today she has covered 50 miles-plus and 30 of those were on motorway. She ate up the miles with ease and was a delight at 70 mph. Put her into Drive mode and off she goes changing through the 3-speed ...

    72,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE we have a delightfully original 1955 Morris Oxford Series II 1500cc in the then BMC colour of Sandy Beige. I very much doubt that this totally honest and rock solid old girl has ever been re-painted during the course of her 64-year-old life. Touched up here and there yes. Sandy Beige has a kind of pinkish tinge to it and, I believe, was later used on Riley 1.5s. The story is (and I have been able to glean it from the car's history file which includes lovely old-fashioned hand written letters ...

    59,000
    Yorkshire
  • Well, here is a truly wonderful 1964 Ford Cortina Mark 1 1500 deluxe estate. One of the very first "airflow" models with the two big switches under the dash to open dashboard air vents left and right! Now fully restored after two years of loving work and finished to show standard. You will struggle to find a nicer Mark 1 estate than this! There's stacks of history with this delightful old girl and I will tell you what I know of her. As I say, a very early airflow model but a crossover model which ...

    53,000
    Yorkshire
  • THIS 1968 Rover P5B 3.5 auto was built in April, 1968 and despatched to a Rover dealership in Ireland later the same month. There is a British Motor Heritage Certificate on record, stating that it was the first ever P5B to be exported to Ireland and also just the fourth RHD export model to come off the production line. It has been in Ireland ever since - well that was until recently when I acquired it. From what I have been able to read about her, she has seen little, if any use since 1999 and ...

    84,000
    Yorkshire
  • THE Sunbeam Rapier IIIA is a pretty rare beast and was the first model within the Rapier range to be given a 1600cc engine with twin Zenith carbs. This resulted in an output of 80bhp, no mean feat for a British sports saloon in the early sixties! This totally delightful example, registered in June 1962, still wears her original livery of Dawn Mist of Midnight Blue. She has covered a mere 65,000 miles in 57 years (believed correct), covering just 5,000 of that total within the past 13 years. From ...

    65,000
    Yorkshire
  • What a stunning looking 1965 Hillman Super Imp in Aquarius Metallic Blue, a correct Imp colour. The story as best I have been able to piece together is that she was dry stored around the mid to late-seventies and did not appear from hibernation until around 40 years later in 2017 when the previous owner discovered her. She was a two-owner car before being stored. There is an old style MoT certificate here, issued in December 1972 when the car had a mileage reading of 31,000. Today, it reads 37,0

    37,000
    Yorkshire
  • I HAVE always thought that the early style Farina models had the best "Italianate look". That is to say that the way those marvellous rear wings rear up so proudly as if pointing towards the sky cannot fail to catch the eye. For me - and I have stated this several times over the years - the "rounded off" arches that succeeded the original in 1961 never quite did it. Still, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. These high fin examples, whether it be in the guise of Wolseley, Morris, Austin, MG ...

    84,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is my delightfully luxurious Humber Super Snipe - a 1966 model and a real throwback to the days of opulent motoring at its best. The Rootes Group always knew how to create luxury on wheels and very few makes and models could compete with the Super Snipe back in the mid-sixties! This super, sleek and sliver Snipe has covered just 75,000 miles and came to me from her third owner. The V5 sttes just two previous numbers and also gives no reason why the number plate should not be transferable ...

    75,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a simply stunning Viva HB 4-door with just 38k miles on the clock! She is an ultra-rare 4-door as the bulk of HBs came off the production line as 2-doors. Vauxhall decided to add a further two doors quite late on. This is a truly magnificent example of the much sought after - as well as exceedingly rare - "coke bottle" shaped Viva and you would be hard pushed to find one any prettier than Ray. Yes, the registration is the original and therefore transferable. Not that I would ever want to ...

    38,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE is a truly amazing Vauxhall Astra Mark 1 1300s GL 5-door in what I seem to recall was called Henna Red with orange velour upholstery. How pure early 80s! In actual fact, these very early Astras were Opel Kadetts with Vauxhall badges. They were built in West Germany with the manufacturer's name on the Vin plate stated as Adam Opel. That is the case with this total gem. She has covered just 66,000 miles from new with a detailed history to back that up. In fact MoTs go all the way back to ...

    66,000
    Yorkshire
  • All my classic cars are treated as the equivalent of motoring antiques. This one, for example, is 59-years-old this month! They cannot be compared to the wife's six-month-old Chelsea tractor and they are bound to come with imperfections, quirks and bits and pieces that will need attention even if it is some time in the future. They do however come with oodles of charm, appeal and are there to be loved like a family pet. If you are new to the classic car scene, then please bear all this in mind. ...

    94,000
    Yorkshire
  • Here's my 1967 Triumph Vitesse 2 litre Mark 1 in Valencia Blue. Overall, a presentable 60s sports saloon which drives superbly. I can vouch for that. I have just done 30 miles in her this morning and she certainly loves being put through her paces. At 70pmh-plus (beware of Police, even in a classic!) she is totally comfortable. She has the look of a car that has been restored and then not done too many miles. To that end, there are cosmetic areas here and there on the bodywork which some would ignore ...

    87,000
    Yorkshire
  • HERE'S my lovely 1964 Morris Minor Traveller in Almond Green. Being an earlier model, it comes with the superb duo-tone interior and light coloured speedo - features I always liked on these cars. She is in great nick paint and body-wise and much the same can be said of her underneath and her timber work. She has a current MoT - with no advisories - until January 2019 and she drives superbly. Lift her brand new fitted carpets and her floor pans are in excellent order. Indeed I would imagine they ...

    Yorkshire
  • This is my 1964 Morris Oxford. She is in outstanding condition and incredibly straight and rot-free for one of these big Farinas! Finding top class examples of Oxfords, Cambridges and their other derivatives has become mega difficult during these past few years. Once such a common site, not just on the roads but amongst the classic car marketplace, you will find that it is now quite the complete opposite. Those who own the top examples appear to be keeping them and so very rarely do examples ...

    Yorkshire
  • Welcome to the description of my Riley 1300, a car you would look at and doubtless say: "Ah, there's a really nice Riley Kestrel!" Well, no it's not. I mean, yes, it's really nice. In fact it's more than really nice. I think it's totally beautiful. A delightful, rare survivor. But, you see, it's not a Kestrel! I'll try and do this bit as briefly as I can. The Riley version of the world famous 1100 range was launched in 1965 and only ran until June 1969 when both it and the actual Riley marque ...

    Yorkshire
  • Here we have a truly delightful Wolseley 15/50, the model which replaced the ageing 4/44 in 1956. This is an early example being a 1956 itself, and she is in super order. The 15/50 was everything Wolseley was about. Refined, sleek, great looks, luxury fittings and so on. But this time around, stepping in as a replacement for the 4/44 with its 1250cc engine and column change, came a car with a 1500cc unit and a floor change. So, despite the fact that its sister car the MG Magnette - with all ...

    Yorkshire
  • Here is my truly stunning 1968 MG Midget in the rare, but correct Midget colour of Basilica Blue. This outstanding example was totally restored around 20 years ago by a motor engineer whose own garage was MGOC recommended. He went through the car from top to bottom as he was doing it for his wife and himself. It had been with the same lady owner from 1969 until be bought it in 1996 and it remained in his ownership until I acquired it. To look at this Midget, you would think that the restoration ...

    Yorkshire
  • Here is my 1967 MG Midget with a 1275cc engine, engineered to Mini Cooper spec. More of the details later. She is in stunning condition and before we go any further, let me say she is red. Yes red. Red as red. Not the dullish shade she looks in my photos taken today. She stayed with her original owner until just nine years ago when she was purchased by an engineer who fully restored her in preparation for being his wife's 50th birthday present. I am told that she liked the Midget well enough ...

    Yorkshire
  • This is my 1947 Wolseley 8, a mega-rare example of immediate post-war vehicle manufacture as little more than 5,000 were built between 1946 and 1948. It was Wolseley's first venture into small family cars following the war and was the only model in its class - that being eight horse power - to have an overhead valve engine. Competitors were still running side-valves at this stage. She is unbelievably solid, and by that I mean I would suggest quite strongly that she is an un-restored car. Her ...

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  • Here is my 1967 MG Midget, an early Mark III and therefore with the 1275cc engine. Make no mistake, she is in outstanding condition and was formerly the pride and joy of an elderly owner who was clearly fastidious in his care of this little gem. During the past ten years, she has covered less than 200 miles spending practically all her time under wraps in a dry garage. She has a new MoT and, considering she has spent so much time in hibernation, she drives superbly. Usually I find myself pointing ...

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  • HERE is my delightful 1979 Ford Capri Mark III 2.0GL. She is an early Mark III on a V plate and looks lovely in her original livery of Sirius Red Metallic with chocolate velour upholstery. Yes, I know. How 70s! The classic car loving chap from whom I bought this 2.0GL was just the third owner of this Capri. The original owner kept her for 32 years. Hard to believe wouldn't you say? But I would imagine that it was his caring ownership for more than three decades which helped to mould her into ...

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  • HERE is my 1958 Austin A55 Cambridge in absolutely outstanding condition throughout! In many ways, this particular BMC offering became the 1950s "lost model". Launched in early 1957, it had been discontinued by December 1958 thanks to the company's burning desire to get an early handle on sixties-style motoring. Hence the arrival at the time of the Farina model. That was launched as the Austin A55 Cambridge Mark II, so making this beautiful creation - retrospectively - the Mark 1. As much as I admired ...

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  • Here's my beautiful 1966 Humber Sceptre Mark II 1725cc. These up-market sports saloons were so typically Humber back in the 70s. Luxurious fitments, sporty engine, manual/overdrive, sports interior and one of the best designed dashboards of the decade. Without a doubt. That seven-clock dash just does it for me. Simply beautiful with all the switches arranged in perfect symmetry. That was The Rootes Group for you! Finished in light metallic silver with superbly contrasting red interior, this is ...

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  • Well, here's an extremely rare bird. A Hillman Minx convertible. It may seem strange to see a 2-door Minx but just how beautiful are those body lines when a 2-door model comes as a drop head. The Sunbeam Rapier maybe considered itself to be the top of the tree when it came to these "Audax" models, but this Minx 1500 is as pretty as any 4-seater 1960s drop head that you may come across. The baby blue suits the car superbly. She has just 2 previous keepers according to the V5 and she has covered just ...

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  • Here is a quite delectable Singer Gazelle Series VI which was the only model from the entire range to sport the punchy Rootes Group 1725cc engine! She looks resplendent in red with a light grey side flash and drives beautifully. Her light grey interior is in totally excellent order, as is the wooden dashboard. The mileage reads 58,000 and I would imagine that to be correct judging by her condition. She has a current MoT until October and surely must be one of the nicest Gazelles around today. These ...

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  • Here's my beautiful Triumph Spitfire Mark IV 1300 in magenta. Fully restored around four years ago with a full body off rebuild, she is in stunning order all round. Superb chassis as you would imagine and an outstanding rot and rust (all metal) body tub. Magnificent bulk head, sills, door checks, arches and so on. Indeed you can go round the car and inspect all the factory spot welds to such areas and more. She has an MoT until February 2019 with no advisories and growls beautifully on the open ...

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  • What a little cutie this is! A low mileage (35k) Standard Super Ten in Salvador Blue, its original factory colour. I have always thought that these little Standard 10s were great value. Their 948cc ohv engine is absolutely fine for tootling along the country roads (it's the same Standard-Triumph engine that went into the early Heralds) and the cute, rotund and cheery looks simply add to that period charm. This old girl would appear to be an un-restored example in as much as, structurally, she ...

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  • HERE we have an absolutely beautiful Triumph Herald 12/50 Skylight. And, in case you are not aware of the actual model, let me tell you a little about it. While the Herald 1200 was still in production, the 12/50 ran between 1963-67. The "50" was a nod towards the up-rated power as, while the basic Herald 1200 knocked out 39 bhp, the 12/50 kicked out a hugely improved 51 bhp. That gave the Herald a massive 30 per cent increase in power. And that's what we have here. High compression ratio and some ...

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  • Here is my 1960 Minor Traveller which was not registered until 1963. All numbers confirm she is a 1960 car as does the 948cc engine (correct for the year) and other early Minor features such as the light coloured speedo calibrated to just 80 mph, the "clap hands" wipers and the switch arrangement. She has an MoT until June 2018 and this morning I took her on a 30-mile trip around the Yorkshire Dales where she performed most admirably, climbing steep hills in top gear and showing plenty of ...

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  • Named after the famous WWII aircraft, the Whitley was a luxuriously equipped, semi-razor edged saloon powered by an 18 hp, 2.3 litre 6 cylinder engine. When released, the Whitley competed with the other saloon available at that time from Armstrong Siddeley, the Lancaster. However these were very different cars despite being mechanically identical. The Whitley had a much larger boot albeit at the expense of cabin space, and was a sportier looking vehicle. The car was offered with manual or ...

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  • So rarely seen these days, the Triumph Mayflower was always something of an enigma. Launched at the 1949 Motor Show and discontinued in 1953, its razor edge styling was meant to give it the appearance of a smaller Triumph Renown 1800 and, to a degree, it did just that. Another brainchild of the Standard-Triumph supremo Sir John Black, the Mayflower was aimed at introducing luxury rather than post-war austerity to the British car market. That said, Black had hoped that the United States would snap ...

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  • Here is my 1977 Allegro Vanden Plas - and she comes with an amazing past. She has had just two owners from new, covering a mere 33,000 miles in the process. The original owner, based on The Isle of Man, kept her until 30 years ago when he sold it to a chap in Liverpool who was 65-years-old at the time. That same gentleman, now 95, owned it until last week when he decided to part with it. During his ownership, he managed to cover 4,000 miles. Yes, 4,000! The original Passport to Service book is stamped ...

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  • An absolutely drop dead gorgeous Austin Cambridge A60 in Persian Blue with a Snowberry White side flash. She has covered a mere 51,000 miles in 52 years having been dry stored for 24 of them! She is as nice as you are going to get with one of these lovely old Farinas unless you step up one final gear into concours (which I do not like in any case) but then you would have to spend too much time cleaning the tyre treads with a toothbrush! She has a great body, lovely engine bay and drives beautifully. ...

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  • HERE is my 1964 Morris Minor Traveller. She looks stunning in her fresh paintwork and brand new wood all round. She has undergone restoration during the past six months and I was able to acquire her simply because the previous owner is losing his storage space. She has been stripped down and put back together. The panels are excellent, as is the paintwork. And she has been painted properly too. For example, wings painted before being fitted and so on. She has brand new floor pans, a new fuel ...

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  • Here is my Citroen ZX Reflex 1.4i estate and I will tell you what I know about it. I bought it around 18 months ago and it has been registered in my name since then. This is the first time I have even tried to sell it as I had a strange attraction to it and intended to use it as a "gofer" type vehicle. You know, handy to take the dog out in or handy for runs to the tip and so on. It never happened. It's way, way too good for that. In fact the interior is nigh on perfect with no damage or wear ...

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  • Here is my 1963 Humber Sceptre Mark 1 - and, as almost always, the originals remain the best. The Mark 1, with its Trans-Atlantic styling and its imposing twin headlights, is much preferred to the Mark 2 which did away with those twin headlights. So, it's a Mark 1 and I think it's beautiful! The original Sceptre was launched as a replacement for the Sunbeam Rapier (typical of The Rootes Group), but in reality it never actually happened. The Rapier continued and the Sceptre came along as well. These ...

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