All of our classic cars are given a full inspection before sale from our independent mechanic who has more than 20 years experience working with many different types of vehicles.
Any further inspection is of course welcomed and encouraged.
Let us know when you would like to visit and we will make the vehicle available for viewing. We look forward to meeting you soon.
Now running and driving.
Welcome to the sale of this ultra rare Ford Zodiac Mk4 E D Abbott ‘Farnham’ Estate.
There were less than 2000 of these coach built for Ford back in the late 60s to early 70s making them rare then and even rarer today. The cost of a new Zodiac was around £1200 and to have it in an estate model was an additional £400. This model is powered by the renoun Essex V6 and mated to a manual box has lots of potential. It also is true that at any classic car show it is unlikely you will find another one unlike many of the other Fords around….
This car has been with the last owner since 1978 and only has 2 previous owners to this. It was last taxed in 1991 and has been dry stored since. The mileage of 89000 is believed correct.
The interior is in good order – individual seats up front and lots and lots of room throughout – indeed this was the biggest UK Ford made so check your garage size! As with the ‘Executive’ top of the range this model has an alternator rather than a dynamo, power steering and a full sunroof. Indeed it would be have the very best Ford car available in 1970. The 8 track is still in place the dashboard has very little wear and tear. We have only given it a wipe over and it is all present and correct.
As the pics show, it has been well stored but does need some love to get her up and running and back in action. We are tempted to take this on and if there is no interest we will do and then advertise at an adjusted price. Upon close inepction today we can report that this car is remarkable solid. Clearly the rear wings will need replacing (we have found new pressed steel parts for around £200 each online) and there may be some work to the sills needed a the ends. Having said that, the a pillars, inner wings, floors, doors including the bottoms of them, under the bonnet, in the battery tray, in the boot floor etc etc all seem really good therefore we do not think this is a rust bucket beyond saving. You are of course welcome to come and have a good look over her at your leisure.
The Ford Essex V6 appears all complete and there is a spare full exhaust and some other smaller bits with the car. We have not attempted to start it. Under the bonnet as mentioned is very honest and clearly the storage has kept the car just dry enough that not everything has dried up completely. The gear selector moves and the car rolls freely, so we suspect the brakes are not seized.
What this car has going for it above all is originality. There really cant be many low production number Fords out there any more with the current trend for Classic Fords and this is one of the rarest produced. Even in the 60s it was rare – it cost as much as a Jaguar!
With some restoration work this would be an amazing car that would steal the show wherever it went. Any viewing and inspection is welcome – we have nothing to hide. If you come and look and its not for you then that is fine.
There are limited resources around these cars online as they are so rare however this is worth a read if you have never seen one before:
You couldn’t accuse Ford of not developing the Zephyr and Zodiac, then. And it was the same with the model range, as well as the engineering that underpinned them. Just months after the launch of the saloons, Ford unveiled the five-door estate version at the 1966 London Motor Show. As before, the shooting brake was actually converted by coachbuilders ED Abbott, and created by adding bespoke panels to partially finished cars supplied by Ford at its facility in Farnham.
At the top of the range, the Executive was added as a trim level above the Zodiac – as was the case with the Cortina (1600E) and Corsair (2000E). Like the standard Zodiac, the Executive featured stylish quad headlights, but in addition to this, it also boasted optional automatic transmission (or overdrive manual), power steering, sunroof, reclining front seats, walnut fascia, full instrumentation, carpeting throughout, reversing lights, fog lamps, and a boost in power to 136bhp – and all at a Jaguar XJ6-rivalling price of around £1600
All in a rare Ford that needs some love but will no doubt steal the show once it is up and running. Feel free to come and view at your leisure.
1936 Austin 7 Ruby Deluxe in excellent order - lots of history and restoration work completed - ready to enjoy!
First registered on the 1st of January 1936 this car has been through the hands of only 9 owners since. It still retains its original registration mark. We know from the history that it was in East Sussex by the 1960's and then in long term ownership in the Midlands through the 70s and 80s.
During the mid 80s it lived in Kent, Dorset, Cornwall and France, During the 1980's this car was completely rebuilt. The body was taken off the chassis and every part was rebuilt or replaced. The body was restored and fully repainted, the interior fully re trimmed and the engine given a complete overhaul. Shortly after this the car was sold to the Stratford Upon Avon Motor Museum and it was on display for some years so not driven at all. It then went to the South of France when the engine was then replaced with a professionally build two bearing crankshaft model which was fitted in 1995. Having driven only around 1000 miles it was repatriated to the U.K.
Between 1999 and 2003 the car had a further £3000 invested on maintenance, servicing and some further improvements. The fuel tank was replaced, the clutch relined, the carbs rebuilt along with the dynamo and a myriad of other parts bringing this car up to an excellent standard. We have the invoices for all of this work.
This car has also had another £2000 invested in 2019. It has had two new running boards, a new ignition switch, two new rear tyres (and the spare is as new), a recon cylinder head and block installed and a replacement of all fluids. The new block was complete with 56mm pistons and cost £670 alone. This engine runs a high compression head and the car is comfortable to cruise at 40 mph.
The bodywork is in excellent condition and very straight with no dents or wrinkles. Although not 'over restored so very usable and authentic. Underneath is absolutely solid throughout and presents very well indeed. Under the folding bonnet the engine looks great and the ancillaries are all in good order. The interior is excellent and the re trimmed grey leather is still fresh. The carpets are excellent as is the headlining.
The 4 speed gearbox is very good and it evens brakes it a straight line! It starts readily and is a real head turning car. There is nothing that is required to this car so it is ready to enjoy and no doubt give many miles of pure driving pleasure. It will also look excellent at the many shows throughout the season.
The addition of indicators and led sidelights are useful in modern traffic. Being a 'deluxe' model it has an electric wiper. The pull back sun roof works very well and really gives a feeling of open top motoring but without the leaks etc of a convertible.
In summary an excellent example of a motoring icon that is now nearly 90 years old that can be used and enjoyed. The investments made mean that it can be enjoyed straight away and with minimal maintenance it will continue to be a safe and wise investment - they are not making any more like this!
The owners handbook comes with the car and explains all the regular and periodic servicing and greasing requirements, If you can use a spanner and a grease gun then there will be very little expenditure needed to keep this little gem on the road.
Any inspection is of course welcome and encouraged.
Welcome to the sale of this rare Rover Montego Countryman 2.0 Turbo Diesel.
It has been stored for the last 10 years in a barn.
We have changed fuel and put a battery on and it starts, runs, has clutch, gears, brakes (bit soft) and everything seems to work - electric windows, central locking, electric sunroof, mirrors etc.
7 seat model - very few left - probably less than 10 on the road.
1 previous owner - last since 1993 - 100k miles showing - was a dealer registered car.
We have the keys, logbook, handbooks and service history etc.
It does need some TLC - sills were done before being parked up and paint work after wasnt great - the arches have surface rust as does boot corner. If you can do bodywork then it could be a real modern classic.
It does start but is smoking under revs - probably needs a good service and.or drive. It does have all the owners handbooks and service history along with spare keys.
Interior is good and complete.
TO BE CLEAR IT IS A PROJECT CAR BUT WE THINK NOT ROTTEN SO WORTH SAVING!
£1250 - now available
1963 Morris Minor 1000 Tourer Deluxe (Original Factory Convertible)
Welcome to the sale of this 1963 Morris Minor 1000 Tourer - an original MAT code convertible. With a 1098cc engine and 3 previous owners this is a nice solid car that can be used as is or cosmetically improved should you wish. In its favour is that it is presentable as is and any welding needed over the years has been carried out as required. The sills are solid, as is the cross member, doors, bottom of rear wings, A pillars, boot floor, inner wings and everywhere else these models usually rust. It has covered less than 100 miles in the last 10 years!
The mechanics are spot on. It drives very well with a quiet 1098cc and the gearbox does not jump out of gear. All the lights etc are working. The brakes are good for an original moggie without any additional servo or assistance. If you was looking to drive this everyday there are numerous upgrades available. With this example you have a very solid base to start from so any money invested will add to it value. A mint one of these is 12k+!
The interior looks all original. The red and cream vinyl is presentable but there is some wear and tear on the drivers seat. The door cards and seat tops have a little fading but this is an original example of a nearly 60 year old car. The hood is in good order - there is one tear as per pics about 3 inches long. The rear screen is not the best and has a crack in it. A new hood can be bought for less than £300 but we think most people would only be driving this car with the hood down and we are keen for the new owner to decide how to proceed with the car - it is perfectly usable as is.
The last owner, who owned the car since 1984 always used the same garage and it was that garage which bough the car from the elderly gent when he gave up driving. They have used the car through the last summer. In that time it has had an oil change, plugs, a new coil, ht leads etc as needed to get it mechanically very sound and reliable. It starts on the pull button very well and after a little manual choke settles down well. The exhaust has that classic moggie rasp!
As stated there is no structural rust we can find and all the panels look straight. There are no signs of filler and all the wings are steel. The floors and cross member are very good (as per pics) and although all the usual places have been welded it has been done to a good standard.
The paint work - finished in Rose Taupe from new - has seen better days. Although very solid the finish looks like it has suffered from poor storage - perhaps a non waterproof car cover has been used? As per pics this is the main area this car could be improved on. However, we rather like the 'survivor' look and it makes a nice change at a car show to see something with 'character'. Of course, you could have a respray carried out which for around a £2500 investment would easily add that to this cars value.
Overall a very solid, running and driving, rare factory convertible with only 3 previous owners. We have no service history with the car (remember the old school cash in hand servicing days?) but the MOT history online shows that the mileage is low and that remedial work has been done as required - please take a look at https://www.check-mot.service.gov.uk/ and pop in the reg number to see the history. It is now registered as MOT exempt.
This car is ready to enjoy at a very reasonable price for a factory convertible and any inspection is welcome and encouraged - come and have a look - if you are in the market for one of these it may be for you. If it isn't then it is not a problem as we love driving these around our village (on a warm day!) We can assist with delivery at cost (usually around £1.20 mile one way).
We also have a short walk around video of this car below so please take a look.
1964 MGB - One of the best available - over 20k spent on restoration less than 2000 miles ago - matching numbers.
Welcome to the sale of this MGB Roadster. This is a matching numbers early car that presents extremely well and drives even better.
With only 5 previous owners and a comprehensive rebuild this must be one of the best on the market. We have more pictures to follow this week but of course any Classic Car is best viewed which we welcome by appointment.
Registered in June 1964 this stunning car has had over £20,000 invested during an extensive rebuild in 2012 - 2013. It has covered less than 2000 miles since and is still in freshly restored condition and has never seen the rain. This car was sent to Classic and Retro, Castle Hedingham, Essex (who are happy to discuss the work carried out) and this car had the following work carried out (amongst many other things):
Car completely stripped and blasted. Boot floor, inner arch, sill kit, cross member, spring mounts, lower quarter repairs, floor pans, floor corners, door frame lower section, front wing and rear wings and doors all replaced. Shell turned over and spring hangers, jacking points, battery trays, chassis rails fitted. All joints and repairs seam sealed and underside of car painted in black stone chip. The car has never been wet since this work was completed. The car was then refinished in Old English White (a change from the original Green)
Engine work includes: New pistons, unleaded head, big end main bearings, camshaft, timing chain, and oil pump (total cost of rebuild to engine £1594). Other work includes a new clutch and cylinder, poly bushes all around, hi torque starter motor, new discs and pads with master cylinder, bump stops, gearbox mounts, fuel tank repaired, front stub axles, engine mounts, electronic ignition and new coil, new springs, shocks, rebuilt heater, strip and rebuild carbs, reconditioned lights and indicators, new fuel lines and brake lines, spin on oil filter conversion, new water pump, new radiator, steering rack, wiring loom, all window seals, pedal box, anti-roll bars, new red leather interior with new webbing and foam. It was then fitted a new set of wire spoke wheels with tyres.
The mileage when the restoration started in 2012 was 50386 miles. It now reads just under 52400. Truly no expense has been spared to make this one of the very best early roadsters on the road today – surely a blue-chip investment car that can go only go up in value.
This car drives extremely well and feels very ‘tight’. It sounds great and with the original large steering wheel has the true classic car experience. The two-piece hood is excellent (as new) and it has a full tonneau cover. This car is ready to go anywhere you might to venture.
It has a clear MOT until March 2020 (and a record of old MOTS back to 2011). It is of course road tax free and very reasonable classic insurance makes this car better than money in the bank with nothing to do but enjoy.
If you can find a suitable early donor car (this car was registered in June 1964 and then have this work carried out you would probably have to wait well over a year and spend more than 25K. Being hyper critical there is a small paint blemish on the front of the bonnet as a result of stone chip – we are happy to have this repaired at your cost should you wish. The car comes complete with its driver’s handbook and the sales catalogue for the 64 MG Roadster which highlights this model and colour of car.
There really are not many 1964 cars in this order, and ones that would have competed in the marketplace in the 60s are achieving extremely high prices so this investment can only go one way. There are many photos available of all the work carried out which can be supplied with the car.
This car was off the road for some time in its history, so we are confident that it is all correct. However, the DVLA logbook has it as green (which it was before the strip down of many layers of paint and resprayed) and have it as a 1979 car. The VIN number matches the 64 build specification and the online MOT history records it as a June 64 car. It has a five-bearing engine which by all accounts is the stronger engine and with the full rebuild this one is ready for action. This car has been used in a professional photo shoot for Max Factor - follow the link below and see if you can spot it!
Any inspection is of course welcome. We can assist with delivery at cost anywhere in the UK.
First unveiled at the 1995 motor show, this Z3 represented a step forward for BMW and also a return to what they do best - making well built and excellent handling good fun driving machines.
This August 1998 BMW Z3 is a great value for money modern classic that could be used everyday or kept for that special Sunday drive (as it has been for the last decade). It has 5 previous owners with the current, our client, from 2008. The service book is stamped at 10, 7229, 18133, 32327, 45600, 57966 by BMW Cooper of Harold Wood and then at 63936, 64965, 71910 and 72758 with the last supplying dealer. It is currently showing just over 73000 miles so since 2007 has covered less than 10k miles and has been kept cosseted in the garage.
It has had a new catalytic converter in June 2019 and has been regularly serviced throughout its life with oil changes and filters as required. The last service was less than 1k ago and was in 2015. Every MOT is present to back up the mileage and with BMW engineering this car has many more miles left in it. It drives very well with the 1.9 Injection engine returning 138bhp which in this rear wheel drive 2 seat soft top is ample to enjoy oneself (especially with the switchable traction control button).
The engine is mated to a 5 speed 'box and from new has a M Sports steering wheel and gear knob. It does have a current MOT until June 2020 and there were some advisories on the last one - the most salient being the tyres which if this vehicle is to be pressed into everyday use could be renewed although the current ones are serviceable. The M3 wheels fitted to this car are in good order throughout. We can arrange for new tyres to be fitted at cost if required should the car be purchased at the full asking price. There is also some slight 'rocking' on the drivers seat which is very common on these cars - it is a bushing kit needed as they do wear - and can be done if car achieves full asking price.
We have every MOT and service bill with this car from new and as per the pictures it has no car park dents or scratches. There are a few small spots of decay on the drivers side top door but only the size of a 10p piece. It has very small (10p piece size) of delaminating on the boot lid otherwise in our opinion is excellent.
The original tool kit is present and unused. The interior is in excellent order and the hood presents very well. It is a manual hood (so less to go wrong!) and the heaters work very well. It is complete with a wind deflector so can be enjoyed with the roof down throughout the year - possibly as BMW intended?
Under the (huge) bonnet presents very well and reflects the care this car has had throughout its life. The original BMW stickers are present and it is ready to show should you wish. This car comes with 3 sets of keys including the master key. If you are in the market for a now 21 year old convertible that stands out from the rest this could well the car for you. We think a sound investment and a very usable modern classic. A very reasonable to run car that needs nothing - just jump in and enjoy. Take a look at the clip below - we have to agree with it all.
Triumph TR4 A - Ready to enjoy - Stunning Example -only 40k miles from new - restored and comes with a detailed history.
The original Owner’s Handbook claims that “Success, the aspiration of all human pursuits, has, in the world of motor sport, become synonymous with the name of Triumph … the TR4A combines new developments with the well proven rally tested features of its predecessors”.
Maintenance records from the first four owners did not survive, but I know what has happened all the way back to September 1986. Owner Five spent some £312 on parts + labour for maintenance before selling it to Owner Six in summer 1987 for £1,900. He promptly bought a new radiator, speedo and black canvas Surrey Top and had the trunnions/shocks and the exhaust done over 1987- 88. However, it obviously needed more work, for the car was laid up from May 1988 onwards.
By July 1991 Owner Six had saved up “about £4,000 to spend on the car … to get it into good condition”. Evidently dismayed at the £11.5k estimate for full refurbishment in July 1991, he hesitated for nearly 9 months as to whether to sell it but then valiantly proceeded with the work by Peter Marks of Classic Car Restoration Repairs in Andover, Hampshire.
The full chassis and body restoration, brakes, electrics, the Surrey Top and various parts and materials consumed nearly £18k in total by 1993, with the main works occurring between May 1992 and October 1993. It may have been repainted from black to (the current) blue during this restoration. The dashboard was reconditioned for £103 in November 1992 at which point Owner Six proudly applied for membership of the TR Register and obtained insurance on an £8,000 “Agreed Value” basis.
A few remedial repairs were needed in May 1993 to finally get it back into roadworthy condition and obtain a new MOT. A year later, it still had just 4,427 miles on the clock but Owner Six’s motoring enthusiasm had obviously been rekindled, for the mileage slowly climbed to 18,423 miles over the decade to June 2003. The seats and headrests were replaced in July 1999 for £625 and a replacement windscreen was required after stone damage in June 2000. Coopercraft in Broadclyst, Exeter handled all servicing subsequent to the Peter Marks restoration.
Owner Seven made his wise purchase for £11,995 in May 2004 when 19,800 miles were showing on the odometer. Apart from having the suspension stripped and updated in Feb 2005 for £2,585 by Revington TR in Somerset, and a minor respray of the boot section just behind the Surrey Top in “Bonny Blue”, Owner Seven had little by way of repairs to do. He filed a SORN from July 2007 to June 2008 but otherwise used it continuously in dry weather only for the next 13 years, managing to avoid the rain for all bar 20 minutes of that time. He only used the one mechanic for servicing and MOTs through that whole period and kept it fussily in his air conditioned (!) garage in Devon. I bought it from him in November 2017 by which time it had done 40,246 miles and had it trucked to Frinton-on-Sea. I have logged just under 500 miles since purchase, around the back lanes in Essex. The car has just had its MOT and a full service done, the headlight wiring updated, and I have replaced the horns (TR Shop, Chiswick) in preparation for its reluctant sale. It remains mechanically excellent. Bodily, the paintwork has a few scuffs and scratches as shown in the pictures but nothing significant and there is a little bit of rust inside the bonnet behind the wheel arch. Given the quality of the car, first to see will buy.
More pictures to follow. This car is being advertised using our 'list with us' service and is available directly with the seller on the details below.
Viewings by appointment only (Frinton-on-Sea, Essex C013). Tel: 07884117056
We want you to be delighted with your classic car - we search far and wide to bring you honest examples of cars and we will always point out any issues to viewers. All of our vehicles have a comprehensive mechanical and bodywork check provided by us before sale. We also provide a full gold report through Total Car Check. A certificate is issued with each car upon purchase and is available for inspection to ensure your peace of mind.
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