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Preview: H&H classic car auction, Rockingham Castle, 15 June

Published 30 May 2013

H&H's 15 June sale at Rockingham Castle in rolling Northamptonshire is packed with a British-dominated selection of classics - being lead by Rolls-Royce and Bentley motors, but with a dash of the eclectic thrown in for good measure.

An HJClassics favourite on sale is the only Plus 8 (above) to be built by Morgan as a four-seater. ’23 HEW’ has been in the current family ownership from new and covered 53,000 miles in 40 years (estimate £40,000-45,000). It's joined by a 1954 Morgan Plus 4, which was restored during the 1990s by Martyn Stendall (£28,000-32,000).

Undoubted stars of the sale are  the famous ex-Douglas Fitzpatrick 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer and ex-Baron Joseph van der Elst 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Vanden Plas Coupe. Other notable entries include a nicely prepared 1960 Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite (£9000-10,000) to a Curtis aero-engined 1918(ish) Le Zebre Sports Special (£45,000-50,000).

One of just 63 right-hand drive, Park Ward-bodied cars, the 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe was extensively restored by Ivydene of Crewe during 2002-2004. More recently maintained by Padgett Motor Engineers, it seems positively inexpensive when compared to an Aston Martin DB6 Volante (£120,000-140,000). Other Bentley S-Series comprise a LHD S1 Saloon (no reserve) and RHD S3 Saloon (£20,000-25,000).

Future classics on sale at the event include a fascinating 2003 AC Ace Brooklands (£12,000-15,000), one of the fascinating might-have-beens of the British car industry, a 1997 Fiat Barchetta (£2000-2500), and another perennial HJClassics favourite, a 1987 Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.3-16 Cosworth at a very temptingly low £5000-6000 estimate. If that were an M3, you could add £10K to that.

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