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Top 10: Cars for sale at H&H auction

There are plenty of tempting classic cars for sale at H&H auction on Wednesday. Here are ten of our favourites.

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1965 IWR-Lotus Elan GT - Estimate: £50,000-£70,000

This one-off aluminium-bodied coachbuilt 1965 Lotus Elan was styled by Ian Walker – Lancaster gunner, racer/team boss, and friend of Lotus legend Colin Chapman. A pure road car, the two-seater nevertheless incorporated lessons learnt from its competition siblings such as a reinforced front bulkhead, rear anti-roll bar, oil radiator, twin brake servos and sliding spline driveshafts etc.

It retains the `IWR Elan' numberplates and wooden-boxed spares kit and entered the current ownership some three years ago. Since then, the GT has since benefited from a bottom-end engine overhaul (re-ground crankshaft, new bearings and pistons), plus attention to its clutch, suspension and carburettors.

Known to have had Colin Chapman's approval - he viewed its track-orientated sister car as unwanted competition for the 26R but insisted on inspecting the roadgoing GT - this Elan occupies a unique place in Lotus history. Its odometer shows 70,300km (43,860 miles). Offered for sale with UK V5C Registration Document (which erroneously dates it to 1966), Ian Walker correspondence, blueprints, original workshop manual and history file.

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