Ultima is an Ultimate Car

An Ultima GTR, which cost its owner over £70,000 to build, is entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 10th February.

“It really is a super car in all respects.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its purring or rather growling V8 engine producing over 400 bhp fitted in a car weighing less than 1,000 kg, it has a suspected top speed of 200 mph and a 0-60 mph time in just a few seconds.”

Ultima produced the GTR until 2015. It is a mid-engined rear wheel drive super car with a steel space frame chassis. An Ultima GTR was taken around the Top Gear test track lapping at 1 minute 12.8 seconds, which was at least 1 second faster than all other times listed on the Top Gear Power Board at the time.

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Racing archive at Charterhouse

An archive of motor sport photographs and trophy cups following the exploits of Charles Frederick “Freddie” Pope during the 1950’s and 1960’s in The Singapore Motor Club are going under the Charterhouse hammer on Thursday 17th January.

“It’s a fascinating look into motorsport just after the war.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “What is also quite mesmerising are the number of photographs which show Freddie with either a cigarette or a drink in his hand!” […]

Cars Big and Small

 

A Cold War Tatra T600 Tatraplan car sold by Charterhouse in their 4th November auction of classic and vintage cars has been bought by a Slovakian Tatra collector who lives only 50 miles away from where it was made in 1950 at Ostrava in the Czech Republic.

“It was a very busy auction which totalled over £200,000 but it was the 1950 Tatra which most people found fascinating.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With its aerodynamic body having a rear fin, somewhat similar to Formula 1 race car today, it was a somewhat strange looking car. Fitted with a 2,000cc engine in the rear it ran and drove which is quite amazing as it had been garage stored by its owner for nearly 50 years!”

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Not Saved for a Rainy Day

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Two classic cars entered into the Charterhouse sale on Sunday 4th November have rather unusually not seen a drop of rain on their bodywork for decades.

“Interestingly both cars are open topped sports cars and both will appeal to very different car enthusiasts.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The 1960 Fairthorpe is easy to see it has not seen a drop of rain in years as it is covered under decades of dust and is stored in a barn, the other is a 1985 Mercedes-Benz 380SL which its meticulous owner bought in 1997 and has not been in the rain since then.”

The Fairthorpe Electron Minor has been in just one family ownership since new in 1960. A rare little car, fitted

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Cold War Car Emerges

 

A rare Tatra Czechoslovakian car, from 1950, has emerged from the cold and is entered into the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 4th November.

“It’s is an amazing car, the likes of which you rarely see and then generally only in museums.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “It is quite unusual in appearance, almost sinister, and with a connection believed to be with the Czech Embassy who knows what stories could tell.”

Little history is known of this 1950 Tatra T600 Tatraplan. Finished in silver with suicide doors and a brown leather interior, the car is unusual with its 2 litre flat four engine fitted in the rear. However, what is possibly more unusual, and quite striking, it the aerodynamic body complete with distinctive fin at the rear.

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Deals on wheels

 

Some of the cars sold on September 12 2018 were as follows:

Sold for £58,000 plus premium Lot 50 A 1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 2+2 coupé automatic, registration number BJH 3K, chassis number 1S50507 BW, engine number 7S4162SA, body number 4S52848, Old English white. This beautifully presented original E-Type has only covered a genuine 32,500 miles from new. The E-Type was manufactured on the 27th September 1971 and was dispatched to Henlys Ltd, London on 15 October 1971. Henlys then supplied the E-Type to the distributing dealer Dennis Barley and Son Ltd, Stanbrough Road, Welwyn Garden City. BJH 3K was then registered on 1 January 1972 to a Mr Hilton James Diggins from Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. Ownership would then pass through to subsequent owners a Mr Malcolm Bayliss and Jonathan Peter Taylor, both from Bristol prior to our vendor acquiring the E-Type approximately 18 years ago. This Jaguar has been meticulously maintained and is an all matching numbers car that still retains its original stainless steel exhaust from new. Finished in Old English white with a beautifully original black leather interior and chrome wire wheels, the Jaguar with original waxoyl (clear) from new has been re-applied by our vendor. Further recent works carried out include the detailing of the back axle and engine bay, re-bushed and new SPAX shock absorbers front and rear, up-rated (double) SU electric fuel pump, front bumper and grille re-chromed (2016), all four carburettor diaphragms being replaced and a full service (2017). The E-Type is supplied with a comprehensive history file containing the original dealer welcome pack with Passport to Service, brochure and handbooks. The car has the original tool kit, maintenance receipts for approx, £10,000, MOTs from 1978, photographs and Heritage certificate. Having been cherished by all of its owners (currently a retired Concorde engineer), this E-Type would grace any important collection. V5, V5C, MOT to April 2019, tax exempt

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Jaguar is a Star Car

 

A 1971 Jaguar E-Type, with just 32,000 miles from new is one of the star cars in the Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on Wednesday 12th September. “The Jaguar E-Type made its debut in 1961 and was an instant success with its sleek and stylish design, 0-60 mph time in under 7 seconds and 150 mph top speed.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The car was commented by Enzo Ferrari as being the most beautiful car in the world. Buyers queued up to own an E-Type with stars including Bridgette Bardot, Steve McQueen and Tony Curtis all being proud drivers of their E-Types.”

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What type are you?

 

A Jaguar E-Type roadster has been entered into the Charterhouse specialist auction of classic and vintage cars at Sherborne Castle on Sunday 15th July.

“The Jaguar E-Type is in every car collector’s top 10 list of iconic cars.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With beauty, high performance and competitive pricing they were an instant success for Jaguar in 1961 and just recently we have seen the E-Type feature in the press again at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle which the newly married couple drove off from the wedding in.”

 

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A Rolls-Royce fit for Royalty

 

A 1951 Rolls-Royce, which carried members of the Royal Family, is going under the Charterhouse hammer in their auction of classic and vintage cars on Sunday 15th July.

“Rarely do you come across a car with such interesting history.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “The car has survived quite well over the past over the past 68 years although the blue leather seats have suffered over the decades but this was probably down to the heat of Africa rather than the bottoms of Royalty!”

 

The 1951 Rolls-Royce, a Silver Dawn, was transported shortly after to Kenya aboard the SS Dunotter Castle. Arriving in Mombasa the car would have been used for the visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh had not King George VI not passed away during the royal couple’s tour cutting their visit short with them having to return to Britain.

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Mini is a Show Stopper

A Mini, dating from the early swinging sixties, is entered into the Charterhouse classic car auction on Sunday 17th June.

“Mini cars are motoring icons and every time I see an early model it put a smile on my face.” Commented Matthew Whitney. “With excellent parts availability, simple mechanics, their diminutive size, bags of character and fun to drive Mini’s appeal to classic cars enthusiasts of all ages.”

The Mini first made an appearance in 1959. Designed by Sir Alec Issigonis it was revolutionary with its space saving transverse engine front wheel drive layout and was so popular it carried on in production until 2000 with sales of over 5 million Mini’s.

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