Extremely rare classics lead CCA sale later this month
Headlining the auction is the last remaining 1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina in the UK in a lot list peppered with cars thought to be among the last of their type
The UK’s only remaining 1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina leads Classic Car Auctions’ sale at the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show, with a host of rare lots also featuring.
During the March 24-25 auction at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, over 160 cars will head to auction with CCA. The lot list includes a number of highly collectable, low production or last remaining examples of their kind in this country.
Leading the billing is an early, right-hand drive 1951 Lancia Aurelia B10 Berlina which is believed to be the only example of its kind in the UK. Originally sold in Australia, the car was imported to this country three years ago. Following a gradual restoration, the Mille Miglia-eligible Lancia carries a pre-sale estimate of between £18,000 and £20,000.
One of only 11 right-hand-drive 1975 Iso-Rivolta IR6 Lele Sports could fetch up to £45,000. The Bertone-designed sportscar has only covered £34,000 and is offered with a comprehensive history.
Also in the auction is a 1975 Firenza 2.3 ‘Droopsnoot’. Heralding from Vauxhall’s bold styling deployed in the 1970s, only 204 Droopsnoots were ever made. This car, which is described as ‘mostly original’, is supplied with its entire log of MOTs and is estimated at £12,000 to £15,000.
A 1973 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 ‘project car’, of which just 133 models were ever produced in right-hand drive is set to go under the hammer for between £30,000 and £35,000. Listed as needing a restoration, it has covered just 35,000 miles and its ‘444 REV’ number plate is expected to add to its appeal.
Other rare classics in the auction include a 1974 Alfa Romeo Giulia Super 1.6 of which only 27 are believed to be on the UK’s roads, two of the 33 remaining 1972 Alfa Montreals and a 1978 Mini 1275 GT thought to be one of 82 remaining. A one-off 1960 Volvo PV544 Sport historic rally car will also be offered at the auction
Gary Dunne, sales manager of Classic Car Auctions, said: ‘We’ve scoured the country for rare classics and we’ve uncovered some very special cars, some of which are so scarce that there’s literally only a handful left in existence.
‘Many classic car fans will have never seen some of these cars up-close and perhaps not even heard of them, which makes for a really exciting auction. We invite classics fans young and old to take the chance to see these cars in person while they still can, as they’ll only ever get rarer!’
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