Cars For Sale.
All cars are fully inspected by our qualified automotive engineers with over 50 years classic car knowledge prior to being offered for sale so that you can purchase with complete confidence.
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Jaguar XJS 4.0 Auto (1991) S3 – FSH/Stunning
The Jaguar XJS produced between 1975 and 1996 is the epitome of the luxury grand tourer. The original V12 delivered an outstanding performance but its thirst for petrol was legendary. Jaguar introduced the 3.6 XJS with AJ6 engine in 1984 and capacity of this unit was increased to 4.0 litres in 1991.
Milestone Classics are delighted to market our second XJS this month – this time a later car in the final incarnation with 4.0 litre AJ6 engine and redesigned rear side windows/trim, bumpers and dashboard instrumentation.
Our Jaguar is finished in the stunning combination of Jade Green with matching interior and has been owned since 2014 by a local enthusiast who has cherished the car regardless of cost and only driven 10,000 miles (total mileage 74k) in her.
Recent work Includes:
· Pirelli P600 Tyres (£1,400)
· Steering rack, anti-roll bar bushes, front subframe mountings, front brake callipers (£2,000)
· Rear brake service & new headlining (£2,400)
· New front subframe (£1,500)
The history fold contains all old MOT’s and the service book has 23 service stamps that warrants the mileage.
On the road the car drives exactly as you would expect – silk smooth acceleration, seamless gear changes, sharp brakes, and a level of comfort that many modern cars can only aspire to.
The XJS is one of the most competent classic cars available today – finding a well-cared for, low mileage example is exceedingly difficult. Most have not been serviced regularly or properly (specifically rear brakes & front subframe) and suffer from tired interiors/bodywork.
Prices of XJS’s have risen sharply in recent years and we urge an early viewing in order to fully appreciate this stunning car.
MG Midget MkIII – Heritage Reshell & Stunning
The MG Midget Mk III was introduced in 1966. Improved performance (the A-series engine capacity was increased to 1275cc) and refined interior (including a folding hood mechanism) made the model the perfect entry level sports car for a new generation of appreciative young drivers who wanted affordable performance
Milestone Classics are delighted to market one of the nicest Midgets that you could wish to find. The MG was built as a project by a previous owner who wanted to create his dream Mk III bringing together all the “best bits” from the production run.
A donor car was sourced, and a Heritage body-shell procured (current cost in excess of £10,500 in primer!). The car was then built to recreate an earlier Mk III car with chrome side trim, chrome grill, chrome bumper/over-riders and chrome wire wheels.
Panel fit is exceptional and there are absolutely no corrosion issues – see link below to fully appreciate the level of craftsmanship that goes into a new shell.
The exterior was professionally painted in tartan red, interior finished is new black seat covers, with new hood, new carpets and Moto-Lita steering wheel.
Mechanically all components were inspected/overhauled/replaced as required. Today the car is a real pleasure to drive with brisk acceleration, characteristic exhaust note and handling that is like steeping back in time – she simply drives like a two year old car.
There is a small history file with the car containing MOT’s/invoices since the rebuild including re-commissioning in 2017 at a cost in excess of £2,300
At milestones we have gained an enviable reputation for sourcing exceptional cars and this Midget is one of the best on the market. Available at a fraction of the build costs we recommend early viewing in order to fully appreciate this remarkable car
Heritage body shell link: http://www.britishv8.org/Articles/BritishMotorHeritage-Midget.htm
Triumph 2000 – Manual/Overdrive + Upgrades
The Triumph 2000 designed by the Italian stylist Giovanni Michelotti and introduced at the 1963 London Motor Show defined a new sector of the market – a sports saloon for the aspiring family man in an affordable and modern package
Milestones are delighted to offer this very early ‘2000’ in the most popular combination of powder blue body work with blue seats/white dial interior
This lovely car benefits from a number of desirable upgrades.
· Electronic Ignition
· Electric radiator cooling fan
· Aeroquip stainless steel brake hoses
· Full stainless steel exhaust system
· Uprated rear suspension trailing arms/polyurethane bushes
· Halogen headlamps
· Rebuilt gearbox/overdrive unit & clutch assembly
· Hi-Torque starter motor
· Alternator conversion
· Inertia reel seat belts
· New headlining
· Moto-Lita Wood rimmed steering wheel
· Additional oil pressure/voltmeter discreetly mounted into dashboard
· TR6 powder-coated steel wheels/recent tyres
In addition, there is a nice history file with the car including a summary of owners, invoices, old MOTs, driver’s handbook etc.
On the road the car drives extremely well with excellent brakes, super smooth straight six engine with twin carburettors, uprated suspension and overdrive gearbox making the Triumph very capable of handling modern day traffic conditions.
At Milestones we love the Triumph straight six engine and the 2000 saloon is an ideal choice for someone looking for a slightly larger family car with sporting pretentions that will provide an entertaining drive be it out to the local pub or a road trip across France.
Volkswagen Beetle – 2 Owners/Totally Restored
Considered one of the single most influential cars of the 20th century, more than 21 million Volkswagen beetles were sold between 1938 & 2003. Its Autobahn-cruising reliability and "People's Car" ease of service established it as the quintessential economy car by 1950, while the quirky styling and intelligent, self-deprecating advertisements solidified its legacy as a cultural reference point.
At Milestone Classics we have, as many of you know, a weakness for air-cooled VW’s and when the Beetle was offered to us, we simply could not refuse. This late 1962 1200cc example was with the original owner for over 50 years - the second owner bought the car in 2014.
The new keeper quickly decided to embark on a professional restoration of the Beetle and she was stripped to a bare shell. Any corrosion was removed/metal replaced, new front and rear wings fitted, and the car treated to a high quality resprayed in the original colour of Golf Blue (L390)
The interior was a little tired and new seat covers, door cards, carpets, roof lining were ordered & fitted plus the dashboard repainted. The final result – cream/blue piping & blue dash - is stunning.
On the road the car drives extremely well. Mechanically the car was kept absolutely stock and runs her original 1192cc single port engine with 6-volt electrics. The air-cooled soundtrack is like stepping back to the mid-1960’s and although she is not the fastest thing on four wheels that really doesn’t matter when you're bowling along just enjoying the ride.
The highly desirable early styling with small glass area, flat windscreen and early lights has always been an extremely popular combination and it is easy to see why.
A lovely example of the “bestselling car in the world” the VW drives as good as she looks and will provide her lucky new owners with lots of pleasure & happy memories.
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Jaguar XJ-S 3.6 Auto (1989) – FSH/Low Ownership
The Jaguar XJS produced between 1975 and 1996 is the epitome of the luxury grand tourer. The original V12 delivered an outstanding performance but its thirst for petrol was legendary. Jaguar introduced the 3.6 XJS with AJ6 engine in 1984 giving a more affordable/less complicated option while retaining the stylish XJS body.
On the 1st December 1989 Mr Dyer (Angerstein Estates) ordered his new company car from Dutton Forshaw, Maidstone. The purchase invoice in the large history file shows he specified Bordeaux Red with Savile grey hide with red piping and the total cost to his company was £29,240.02 – a serious sum of money in 1989.
When he retired Mr Dyer retained his faithful XJS and cherished the car until 2012 when he had driven a total of 87,000 miles. The car continued to be meticulously cared for by the next two owners (in total there are 30 service stamps in the book) and the last owner (2014/20) drove just 3,500 careful miles in six years spending £4,500 carried out extensive work including:
· new front subframe,
· front callipers and pads,
· new steering radius arms
· new rear disc, pads & renewed calliper
The XJS only came to us through loss of storage and is a real credit to all the three previous owners. The car starts instantly and drives superbly – it is a genuine continental Grand Tourer – and the utterly original interior is like stepping back in time.
The XJS has been undervalued for years and many have been poorly maintained. Our car has always been cared for by fastidious owners and it is one of the most original, best driving examples you could wish to own.
The secret is now out, and prices of good cars have risen sharply over the last 12 months. We recommend early viewing to fully appreciate this stunning Gentleman’s Express.
BMW (E36) 316i SE – Manual, 3 Owners & 75,000 miles
The BMW E36 was the third generation of the BMW 3 Series range of compact executive cars and was produced from 1990 to 2000. This was the first 3 Series to be offered in a hatchback body style and the multi-link rear suspension was a significant upgrade. The car finished in “Car & Driver” magazine's 10 Best Cars during every year of production and received plaudits from press and public alike.
At Milestones we like to keep sensibly priced modern classics in stock that our discerning customers can purchase to use either as a daily driver that is a little bit different or keep tucked away as a high-day-and-holiday car to use when the sun is out and we can enjoy the great outdoors.
Our E36 has resided in West Sussex all her life, originally being sold by Chandlers Garage Worthing during April 1997 and owned for the last 17 years by an elderly gentleman in Yapton. During his ownership, the car has been used sparingly covering just 40,000 miles and rarely seen any rain!
The car comes with a full book pack and the service record has eight stamps. In 2019 the rear brakes were overhauled at a cost of £700 and a new battery was fitted when the car went through her MOT in October 2020 with no advisories.
The interior of the BMW is exceptionally good (cloth & non-sunroof) with an excellent driving position, good passenger comfort and surprisingly large boot. On the road the car may not be as fast as the M3 but she is entertaining with rare manual transmission and certainly looks the part on her alloy wheels.
The bodywork is outstanding with excellent panel fit complemented by the Arctic Silver Metallic paint (code 309) which retains a deep shine with no sign of corrosion.
Ideal as an everyday driver or a car to use on special days the E36 has an outstanding chassis and is a real driver’s car. The 316i is quick enough to be used & enjoyed with manual transmission and is the perfect way to enjoy classic BMW ownership on a budget.
Mercedes W124 300E Auto – Time Warp Example
The W124 is widely acknowledged as the last “proper” Mercedes Benz before the management accounts took over the company and quality sacrificed. The six-cylinder saloons are legendary, offering a great combination for the driver looking for a truly practical classic car that will do absolutely everything in an understated package.
At Milestone Classics we are constantly being asked to source quality later model classics that can be used regularly as a “standout” entertaining everyday driver or simply kept for high day and holiday motoring while values increase. There are lots of Mercedes out there to choose from but very few outstanding examples – most have gone through multiple owners and covered intergalactic mileages where maintenance has been skimped and care & attention has been in short supply.
Supplied new by The Sunningdale Carriage Company to Edward Lumley Finance (City of London) the 300E was used by one of their Directors until 1993. The car was then acquired by the second owner, Mrs Doreen Ettling, who cherished the car until she ceased driving in 2019.
· Diamond Blue Metallic & Grey Interior
· 2 Owners & 49,000 miles
· 4-speed auto box
· Full Mercedes Benz/Mercedes Specialist Service History – 15 Stamps
· High Factory Specification:
o Air Conditioning
o Cruise Control
o Electric Sunroof
o Electric Heated Seats
o Headlamp Wash/Wipe
o Rear Headrests & Centre Arm Rest
o Leather Steering Wheel & Gear Knob
On the road the Mercedes does not disappoint. She drives like a two-year-old car with the straight six engine propelling you along with the minimum of fuss and maximum of comfort. The unmarked interior is like stepping back in time and all controls work exactly as you would expect, even the air-conditioning is ice cold.
At Milestones we still get extremely excited at finding classics as good as this. Perfect for the car enthusiast seeking a quick, comfortable, practical, understated, quality car that is equally at home around town or taking the family across France on their annual holiday.
Viewing strongly recommended – you will not be disappointed.
Austin A35 - Six year rebuild/superb specification
Introduced in 1956 the A35 replaced the A30 giving improved acceleration & top speed to meet the improving road conditions and growing expectations of drivers in the mid 1950’s
Our example is an early car manufactured on 1st February 1957 in the favoured combination of Tweed Grey with contrasting red interior. After an extensive period in storage our A35 was purchased in 2007 by an automotive engineer as a re-commissioning project that quickly escalated into a full strip down and six photographic rebuild to near concourse standard.
All mechanical components were inspected, repaired/replaced as required, a new interior with seats, roof lining and carpets fitted finished off with a first-class professional respray.
In 2018 Milestone Classics purchased the car the new owner wanted to recreate an A35 that would be capable of coping with modern traffic conditions using upgrades available to owners during the 1960’s while looking utterly standard.
Paul & Jamie worked closely with Robin sourcing/developing the car over a period of six weeks and the final result is remarkable.
· Front disc brake conversion
· Brake servo + remote brake master cylinder
· Cooper (12G295) cylinder head
· Electronic ignition
· Twin SU carbs & manifold
· Electric fuel pump
· Alternator conversion
· Anti-roll bar with lowered suspension
· Kenlow fan
· H4 headlamps & visors
· Heated windscreen, upgraded wipers & electric washers
· Ignition cut-off
· Rear fog & reversing lights
· Hazard lights
· Dashboard binnacle including oil-pressure, water temp & rev counter
· Waxoyl floor/box sections
· Safety belts
· New chrome radiator surround and metal sun-visor
Built with passion by the owner and the Milestones team the final result is one of the prettiest and most capable A35’s that you could hope to find. Be quick!
Minor 1000 Van -Total Restoration to Pick-Up Spec
The Morris 1000 saloon designed by Alec Issigonis was introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show in 1948 and the 5cwt commercial van and pick-ups followed in 1953. Used and abused by large and small businesses alike survivors are exceedingly rare with examples in excellent condition highly prized
Milestone Classics are delighted to offer a stunning pick-up that has an interesting story. Our example was registered in August 1970 and originally the chassis carried a van body. The current owner purchased her in 2013 from a local lawn mower service agent who had owned and well used the van for many years.
Although complete, on closer inspection the van required more work than first anticipated and, after much thought, a total ground up rebuild was initiated with the single objective to create a pick-up to meet the owners exacting standards
· Cab/rear tub sourced/repaired as required
· Resprayed in original colour (Everglade Green)
· New chassis
· Rebuilt engine with unleaded head
· Carburettor overhauled & electric fuel pump conversion
· Radiator & water pump replaced
· Starter motor
· Rebuilt gearbox (John Evans) & clutch
· Front suspension – new trunnions & reconditioned shocks
· New wiring loom
· Reupholstered (pick-up spec), carpets & inertia seatbelts fitted
The final is result is one of the best pick-ups that you could wish to find - she is a real testament to the commitment of the owner and skills of all the craftsman who contributed to the restoration.
Vehicles of this quality rarely come to market. The pick-up will enhance any collection, could be used as a promotional vehicle for a business or simply to be enjoyed/win prizes at local shows.
Hillman Minx/Arrow Recreation (Overdrive)
The Hillman Minx was a mid-sized family car that Hillman produced between 1931 & 1970. There were many versions of the Minx over that period, as well as badge engineered variants sold by Humber, Singer & Sunbeam
From the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, the Minx and its derivatives were the greatest-volume sellers of the "Audax" family of cars from Rootes . The final version of the Minx was the "New Minx" launched in 1967, which was part of the "Arrow" family – a new model designed to compete with Ford and Vauxhall.
A LHD version of the Minx was manufacture during this period for the North American/Canadian market – it took its name from the model range – and was marketed as the “Arrow”.
Gordon Jarvis was Chairman of the Rootes Archive Centre dedicated much of his life to the Rootes Group both through work and as an avid enthusiast. After starting his career as a Rootes apprentice, Gordon never lost his loyalty to the brand and spent his entire working career with the Rootes, Chrysler, Talbot and Peugeot brands. However, it was in his spare time that he promoted the Rootes brand and was one of the most well-known faces in both the classic car and motorsport world as he campaigned his various classic road and rally cars in both the UK and Europe.
However, there was a gap in his collection – the export only LHD Arrow model.
Gordon sourced the best Minx that he could find and converted this to Arrow specification, including the LHD conversion. He struggled with sourcing certain parts (the badges came from the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust) but the final result was worth all the hard work – she is super straight and an absolute credit to his marque knowledge and engineering skills.
The car was converted by Gordon to left hand drive and has a 1500 Minx engine, single Stromberg carburettor and highly desirable factory overdrive. The “Arrow” is pristine throughout with super straight bodywork/chassis, exceptional paintwork and still smells new inside. It drives without fault and regularly travelled to events under its own steam rather than being trailered.
There is a small history file including handbooks etc. with the car and Gordon was more than qualified to competently service and maintain the car himself
The Arrow is difficult to fault and drives superbly. Ready to be used as an exceedingly rare show car, continental tourer (my choice) or simply trips down to the pub we recommend personal viewing to fully appreciate this exception classic.
Caterham Super Seven – Long Cockpit/Kent Engine
In 1973 Lotus decided to shed its kit car image and sold the rights to the ‘7’ to its only remaining agents in England, Caterham Cars. Initially they used the remaining Lotus S4 kits but by 1974 these had been exhausted and they reverted to their own version of the S3. The S3’s in a number of guises, were quickly acknowledged as a truly outstanding car for both fast road/track use and today attract a loyal following, have their own competitive race series and an extremely active club
Our Super Seven was originally built as a project by a local garage owner/engineer in West Sussex during 1991. A Long Cockpit kit was purchased from Caterham cars along with sport gearbox, Ital rear axle and Caterham interior package. Redline Components Ltd supplied front & rear suspension, steering, cooling, lighting, competition exhaust, inlet manifold and lightened flywheel.
In 1996 the Caterham went to Redline for her first 12,000-mile service. Work included a rear axle/rear brake & front brake/suspension overhaul and a carburettor rebuild.
In 1998 the interior was upgraded to leather and the engine was rebuilt by Arrowstar Racing to a fast-road specification (total cost £2,700).
Owned by the current keeper since 2009 the Caterham has wanted for nothing - she has been regularly serviced and parts replaced as required. The car has covered a total of just 23,000 in the last 30 years and has a lovely patina that comes from regular use.
The history file contains build paperwork/invoices since 1991, handbooks, MOTs etc. including a rolling-road printout indicating 127 BHP @ 6,400 RPM (rear wheels).
This is a lovely straight car that provides an excellent opportunity to access the “Caterham Experience”. We recommend early viewing in order to avoid disappointment.
Volvo P1800ES – ManualOverdrive/3 Owners
Already busy making the elegant yet utterly practical, safe and beautifully engineered Amazon, Volvo wanted to spice up their image and employed Pelle Petterson to design a new car based on the Amazon platform while working at the Italian design house Frua. His long, low & streamlined masterpiece was an immediate success and today is the epitome of a classic car that will deliver speed, grace, and practicality.
In 1972 the first model, the P1800ES was marked. The car retained the bulletproof Amazon mechanicals but now had an all glass tailgate and folding rear seats. Only 8,077 were sold worldwide and today represent one of the most desirable classics on the road.
First registered in June 1972 our stunning ES was sold by Hanson’s Ltd of Harrogate to the first owner, Mr F Newbold who cherished the car for the next 46 years. Today the car is a real credit to him with super straight body/paintwork and lovely chrome.
Entering the car is like stepping back in time – Volvo spent considerable time on designing a very safe and welcoming environment. The fully adjustable seats are super comfortable, the dashboard well designed – it could be a light aircraft – and carpets, headlining door cards etc are all exceptionally good.
The Volvo starts instantly and on the road the car is a real pleasure to drive with the B20 fuel injected engine and super smooth overdrive gearbox delivering performance easily capable of coping with modern road conditions.
The history folder confirms just three keepers, Milestones sold this car to the third owner - a repeat customer - last year who has only sold the Volvo to make space for another classic he bought from us. The history file also includes invoices, old MOT’s, original driver’s handbook and even the original Hanson’s tax disc holder.
The ES an outstanding GT – they will do anything, go anywhere in comfort and at speed – and this example will provide the new owners with lots of pleasure and many happy memories.
Rover P4 (60) – 20 Year Restoration/Better Than New
P4 was the Rover factory designation for a group of midsize luxury saloons produced between 1949 and 1964. The Rover 60 was introduced in 1953 featuring the company's ubiquitous four cylinder/2 Litre engine. The ‘Auntie’ became the obvious choice for the upwardly mobile middle class post war British family and today rightly attracts a loyal following.
Milestone Classics are delighted to market what we believe to be one of the best P4’s in the country and certainly the best currently on the market. The body-off restoration was conducted over a 20-year period by an engineer who simply wanted to restore a car to “better than new” condition – in our opinion he comfortably achieved this objective,
The body was removed from the chassis, all corrosion removed, the car professionally repainted in the original special-order two-tone grey and all chrome replated as required
The engine (unleaded head), gearbox (fluid flywheel) and rear axle were rebuilt, all mechanical components reconditioned or replaced as required and the car rewired
The interior looks and smells like a gentleman’s club from 1955, when the car was new. Carpets & headlining have been replaced, seats reupholstered in leather, wood repolished, and original radio sent away to be reconditioned.
The under-dash tool kit is, as you would expect, all present and correct.
There are four large history files going back to original service records in 1956, photographs of the restoration and pictures of the car on display at the NEC Classic Car show in 2016.
This Rover really must be seen and driven to be fully appreciated. The P4 starts first time on the button, drives without fault and is a real testament to the skill, knowledge and commitment of the man who restored her. We estimate that to replicate this restoration would easily cost in excess of £40,000.
We recommend early viewing in order to avoid disappointment
Triumph 2000 Mk2 (Auto) – 2 Owners/Utterly Original
The Michelotti styled 2000 Mk2 was introduced in October 1969 and was the last big Triumph saloon produced by the Coventry factory. The car had improved performance/better handling than its Mk1 predecessor, was well received by the public and quickly became the pursuit car of choice for many UK police forces.
In February 1974 Mr Redhead, a time served REME engineer traded his Hillman Super Minx Estate for a two-year-old Triumph 2000 saloon (for the princely sum of £1,395) and went on to own the car for the next 45 years. He carried all servicing and remedial work during his ownership and regularly rust-proofed the car touching in any stone-chips etc. as required
The car spent nine years in storage when work took the family to Fiji and while in the UK the Triumph has always been garaged even when not in use. More recently the car has only left the warmth of his garage for trips to the Golf Club and the odd Triumph rally.
Mechanically the car drives perfectly with willing engine and smooth automatic gearbox that kicks down quickly and holds gears when more spirited driving is required. Structurally the Triumph is remarkable with no corrosion and the Saffron paint is outstanding with a deep lustre that sets the car off perfectly….it is like stepping back in time.
On the road the 2000 is a delight to drive - the 2000cc engine mated to the automatic gearbox with power steering is highly desirable combination. The history folder has the bill of sale from 1974, old MOT’s and a variety of invoices, literature etc.
Unrestored cars with this provenance rarely come to market. The Triumph is well able to cope with modern road speeds and is the perfect choice for the classic enthusiast looking for a car to enjoy for holiday road trips to France or simply to use and enjoy at local shows with friends and family
Jaguar XJ Sovereign SWB – 18,000 miles from new
The Jaguar XJ (X308) is the third and final incarnation of the XJ40 platform that was in production between 1986 and 2004. The Sovereign represented the highest specification for this Jaguar range with burr walnut in abundance, supple fluted leather seats and a suspension specifically set up for comfortable long-distance touring. Today these ‘end of the line’ cars are highly desirable but difficult to find with many having fallen from grace with multiple owners and inter-galactic mileage.
Milestone Classics are delighted to offer to market this truly magnificent 1998 Jaguar XJ that has been stored since 2003 in a heated/dehumidified garage and is outstanding in every respect. Just two previous owners plus a Jaguar demonstrator when new the car is finished in Jaguar Topaz with contrasting Oatmeal leather trim.
The XJ was recommissioned earlier this year including a full service, MOT (passed with flying colours) and a new set of Pirelli P7’s tyres. The silky smooth 4.0 litre V8 is an absolute delight and the automatic gearbox makes this Sovereign a real Gentleman’s Express. Purchased after a long search by a lifelong Jaguar enthusiast the car is only being sold because of an unexpected change of circumstances.
Milestone Classics rarely market classics this new but we simply could not resist the quality of this Jaguar. On the road she drives superbly, the paintwork is unmarked and the interior superb with excellent leather and impeccable wood trim.
Buy as a car to be used and enjoyed on a regular basis or stored as prices rise the XJ needs to be viewed and driven to be fully appreciated…
Mk1 Cortina GT – Ford’s Fast Four Door
Once it became obvious the Mk1 Lotus Cortina was going to dominate the saloon car scene for some time, clever marketing from the Dagenham suits resulted in the 1500 GT. The Cheshunt built twin cam would prove too costly and a little extreme for your average family daily driver in 1962. Ford fans who desired more performance did not have long to wait before the GT arrived in April 63 in both two and four door versions.
The 1498cc engine (first seen on the Capri GT) had been ‘breathed on’ by the folks at Cosworth, raising the compression ratio with a more aggressive camshaft and larger valves, alloy inlet manifold with twin choke Webber carb. The exhaust benefitted from a four-branch manifold and the performance package contributed an additional 20bhp from standard. The ‘facelift’ version of the Mk1 GT from 1964 included the Airflow ventilation system plus the location of the axle on twin trailing arms. Some 79k GT’s were built before the Mk1 ceased in 1966 but the survival rate is currently down to a few hundred examples.
Here at Milestone Classics we could not be more delighted to witness the return of the Cortina 1500GT we last saw in 2017. Purchased by a West Sussex resident in 2016 the car arrived on our shores from France after spending many years in storage; the retired engineer from Pagham confirmed ‘very few Mk1 bodyshells are as solid as this example’. He would transfer the car to right hand drive, with all the entailed before releasing the GT to us in 2017 when a new chapter beckoned way up north in Ryton, Tyne & Wear. The current custodian lavished over £4k over three years improving the Ford, including new brake servo, master cylinder, clutch slave with master cylinder refurb, electronic ignition, plus under bonnet and dash improvements.
Visually this GT is in top form with extra attention lavished under the hood, also new door cards all round to enhance the impressive interior whilst paint finish is hard to fault. We know the chassis plate offers the GT designation of ‘78’ which confirms it is a genuine four door example sat on 5.5-inch steel rims. Behind the wheel it lives up to all expectations, the motor is punchy whilst the handling feels precise, minus excessive body roll and with the advantage of improved brakes, brisk fun for fans of the blue oval. Currently the MK1 GT’s desirability is hotter than ever ensuring when they are offered for sale they don’t remain idle for long.
Renault Caravelle: Restored – RHD – Very Rare
At a Florida convention of North American distributors Renault's US dealers called for the creation of coupé/cabriolet to rival the VW Ghia. Renault's chairman, Pierre Dreyfus, agreed and commissioned the ‘Floride’ design project.
The Floride (later the Caravelle) was unveiled at the 1958 Paris Motor Show. The small rear-engine design by Pietro Frua at Carrozzeria Ghia initially used the Dauphine floor pan/engine but it was the futuristic French bodywork that attracted all the interest.
We were delighted when a decerning local classic car collector approached Milestone Classics and asked us to assist him with the sale of this fabulous Caravelle. She is a very rare original RHD UK car from the final year of production (1968) running the superior R8 engine/drive train.
The car has an interesting story. Around 2010 Renault, in partnership with their logistics company, wanted a new generation of staff to appreciate the Renault heritage while improving technical skills. Across Europe each centre chose a classic Renault to restore, the UK team chose the Caravelle. AKA Bridget (after
Bridget Bardot who owned and advertised a Caravelle in the 1960’s)
Summary of Work
· A UK RHD car was sourced – no easy task!
· Over many months a young team completely stripped the car
· All corrosion was removed with new panels fabricated and fitted where required.
· All mechanical components removed, inspected, overhauled as necessary including replacement of the push button automatic gearbox with a manual unit
· Interior – door cards fabricated; seats recovered & carpet replaced
· Hood relined, outer hood cover & hydraulic frame mechanism renovated
· Resprayed in original colour of white
· All components re-chromed
· Pictures taken at each stage of the restoration (+50 pictures)
The result of the project is a real testament to the skill and commitment of those that restored the car. Panel gaps are all exceptionally good and the paint finish is excellent. The interior and dashboard are lovely and on the road the car drives well – she isn’t the quickest car in the showroom - but she is one of the sharpest!
The characteristics that attracted buyers in the Sixties make the Caravelle an alluring choice now. The unique styling has aged really well and the car always draws a lots of attention & comments – the unusually lengthy overhangs means the Caravelle strikes a dashing pose even today.
One of the best examples you could wish to find we expect this stunning car to find an appreciative new owner quickly
MGB GT – Restored/Overdrive/Low Ownership
The MGB GT, designed by Pininfarina, was introduced in October 1965, and can claim to be one of the earliest sports hatchbacks to go into volume production. The rear deck offers excellent luggage space with a 2+2 option and improved aerodynamics gives the GT a top speed in excess of 100mph.
At Milestone Classic we always buy back cars that we have sold before and are delighted to have the opportunity to market this early MGB GT that we first sold three years ago.
The previous husband and wife (2nd) keeper had cherished the BGT since 1978. The car went through an expensive restoration with Motorspeed Ltd (West Sussex) in 1994/95 - the cost at the time was in excess of £8,000 - and work included new floors, sills, wings, doors etc, with lots of supporting invoices and pictures.
In 2017 the car was purchased from Milestones by the current owners who used her as their wedding car and numerous road trips since. She has provided lots of fun and happy memories and is (regretfully) only being sold to make space for a newer/larger classic.
The GT is just how we like our stock. To factory specification, the restoration has stood the test of time extremely well with just the odd paint blemish commensurate with light use over the last 25 years. Mechanically the car is excellent having been cossetted by the last two owners with a large history file demonstrating regular expenditure totalling thousands of pounds.
Today the word is out. Good examples of early BGT’s are highly desirable and this much loved, fastidiously maintained car will give years of pleasure to the fortunate new custodian.
Sunbeam Rapier Series V – The Rare One
The Series V was the first Rapier to receive the 1725 plaque to the front wings; a hint of the increased performance this ultimate version enjoyed prior to the fastback model; the final chapter of the Rapier actually sold less than 4k examples, making the Series V a rather rare sight nowadays. An older restoration that still impresses, finished in Willow Green Metallic with ‘fins’ enhanced by chrome trim and a bold grille that confirms this was the last of Rootes flamboyant saloons prior to the Arrow range.
Light tan interior with plenty of veneer offers the perfect environment for any enthusiast to travel whilst dash gauges confirm very healthy oil pressure and a current milometer reading of 74475. Any new owner will appreciate the care and attention previous keepers have bestowed on the Rapier, not just visually but also on the move. Eager to please, the engine picks up rapidly whilst the gear changes are smooth and exact, there is nothing tired about this Series V, a taught and exciting package with more than a nod to its rally heritage.
The comprehensive history includes a hand-written account of monies spent by one custodian getting the Rapier up to scratch including his original purchase in 1970, from a Dorset dealer. In 1986 the gearbox was rebuilt plus new sills fitted before displaying the car at the 1987 Sunbeam National Rally. More recent owners have contributed their invoices and include starter motor and alternator re-furb plus replacement servo and fuel pump whilst the latest upgrades include a new Webber carb and manifold that has certainly ‘pepped up’ performance; obviously, the original items will be supplied with the car. We also have old style V5’s, invoices back to 1985 plus MOT certificates originating from 87 with parts catalogues and Rootes information from bygone decades, all adding up to a detailed and interesting file.
Here at Milestone Classics we go the extra mile to locate great 60s/70s saloons and coupes and feel we have found a little gem in our Series V Rapier. A solid example with great history that will always turns heads, well maintained and ready to please. Get into the fast lane on this one, we expect to enjoy plenty of interest.
Standard 12 Saloon (Deluxe) – Fully Restored
The Standard Motor Company was founded in1903 by R. W. Maudslay, a civil engineer by profession, who quickly realised the enormous potential of the horseless carriage. The company gained an enviable reputation for producing well-appointed/well engineered cars and sales remained strong until the outbreak of WW2.
At Milestone Classics we like to keep at least one pre-war car in stock for our discerning customers and simply could not resist the charm and condition of this remarkable Standard 12 Deluxe originally manufactured in 1935.
The previous owner liberated the car after an extended period in storage. She went through an expensive/extensive photographic restoration around 20 years ago and is still in remarkable condition today. All corrosion was removed, suspect timber replaced, and the car was professional respray in a stunning blue/white combination with extensive re-chroming
Recent work (circa £5,000) has included:
· 2010 - Headlining
· 2011 - Complete engine overhaul including pressure test, engine mounts & gasket set
· 2013 - Brake overhaul
· 2014 - Rear spring boosters and steering overhaul
The owner wisely retained the original leather seats & dashboard - sitting into the car is like stepping back in time. The ‘12’ has a remarkably generous interior that accommodates four people easily - the rear passengers even enjoy the benefit of fold down picnic tables!
On the road the car drives well with excellent mechanics (the crash gearbox is utterly rewarding once you understand how to co-ordinate wheel speed with engine revolutions) and she copes easily with modern road conditions.
The history file contains MOT’s from 2000, original Instruction Book and a photograph album with pictures of the restoration.
This is a rare opportunity to own a piece of motoring history. Perfect for classic car shows and rallies we recommend early viewing in order to fully appreciate this remarkable classic.