Biggest Classic car auction of the year


It is a wonder there are any more classic cars to sell, after all the recent high-profile auctions. However, 120 more top classics will be auctioned by Coys at Blenheim Palace on July 14.

Chris Routledge, Managing Director of Coys, said, "We already have some interesting cars attending the Concours d'Elegance including a Ferrari 212 Inter, Ronnie Hoare's C-Type Jaguar, an Alfa 8C Monza and an Auburn 851 Speedster from the National Motor Museum."

"But the whole point is that anyone can turn up and put their car into the Concours and have the potential for winning a prize. The car doesn't have to be exotic it could be a Mini or a Ford Anglia, the point of the Concours is to show cars right across the collecting spectrum."

Classes will include"The Churchill Trophy" for best car of the day, the Coys "Spirit of Motoring" to celebrate the epitome of the motoring enthusiast and "The Kensington Trophy" for the most elegant design.

The sale includes a 1965 Morris Mini Cooper S recreated to the Italian Job specifications and the Jaguar Legend collection, with several E-Types, a SS100, a SS Tourer and various models of the XK and MK series, amongst others.

The auction also features a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster, first owned by Tom Mix, the biggest cowboy star of the silent era, who got the car modified and updated. After his death, the car was shortly owned by Bette Davies and then went into the Warner Brothers' movie fleet, and over the next thirty years it was to be seen in such classic films as Giant, The FBI Story, and even Inside Daisy Clover, in which it was driven by Robert Redford.

Viewing will be open to the public on Friday 13th July from 12:00am to 6:00pm and on the day of the sale from 10:00am to the start of auction.