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Singer Gazelle MkVII – Gordon Jarvis Collection
The Singer Gazelle VII was introduced in 1967 as part of the Rootes “Arrow” range. It was only offered as a four-door saloon with automatic transmission and 1725cc engine although subsequently a manual transmission variant with 1496cc engine was introduced. Production ceased in 1970 – the last example was the final Singer ever built.
At Milestone Classics we are always delighted to be offered one of our old cars and this Gazelle has come back in part-exchange from a long-standing customer who trusts us and likes the quality of the cars we market.
Gordon Jarvis was the highly respected founder Trustee of the Rootes Archive Centre and Treasurer of the Association of Rootes Car Clubs. Gordon started his career as a Rootes apprentice and spent his entire career with the Group and is fondly remembered as an outstanding businessman, engineer and driver.
The Singer is a real credit to Gordon. During his ownership the car was displayed at various car shows and used on regularity rallies. The engine was upgraded by Gordon to a 1,725cc unit with twin Stromberg carburetors and overdrive gearbox (Humber Sceptre specification). The original handbook and service record (9 stamps from 1968 to 1975 & 32,000 miles) and then a handwritten logbook that extends to over 100 pages (1981 to 2014).
The bodywork, resprayed in deep blue many years ago, presents extremely well and sets the car off a treat. The original Singer interior is stunning with wooden dash etc and has a light patina and smell that takes you straight back to 1968.
On the road the Gazelle is a pleasure to drive having been maintained by Mr Jarvis. She is easily able to cope with modern roads/traffic and the overdrive gearbox makes this an extremely capable & enjoyable car.
Classic’s with this providence rarely come to market. Equally well suited to long distance continental road trips or simply a run down to the local pub (when we can) this lovely Gazelle will give years of pleasure to the lucky new custodian.
Triumph Vitesse 6 – Early Car/Excellent Condition
The Triumph Herald was launched in 1959 and, like the Spitfire, was designed by Giovanni Michelotti. The Vitesse was introduced in May 1962 and was an immediate success providing sports car performance (it was faster than the Sunbeam Alpine) with four seats.
First registered in October 1962 this lovely Vitesse 6 is one of the earliest remaining on the road today. The car has a lovely history folder with period advertising literature driver’s handbook, and MOT’s/invoices back to the early 1980’s.
Mechanically the car still retains her original, beautifully smooth, 1600cc straight six engine with utterly addictive exhaust note! The car benefits from a larger bore radiator, electric fan, and brake servo – all additions that allow the car to take modern road conditions in her stride.
The body has never been removed from the chassis - the panel gaps are as good as when she left the factory and the chassis is superb with no corrosion. The interior, again, is very original – seats, dash, carpets are outstanding and the rarely found sound proofing pads in the hood stowage area are still in place.
We were delighted to be offered back this car by a regular customer who appreciates quality and loves the first generation Vitesse 1600cc engine – it really is a sweet unit that just wants to go out and play and will always put a smile on your face.
An original specification Vitesse in this condition with low owners/mileage is incredibly difficult to find – most have been (over) restored and have non-original specifications. Ideal for the Triumph enthusiast or simply a dog owner that wants a soft top with a backseat we expect this car to find an appreciative new custodian very quickly.
MGC GT – Restored/Low Mileage/Low Owners
The MGC, planned as a replacement for the Austin Healey 3000, was based on the MGB and intended as a long distance tourer with a smooth straight six engine developing 150bhp, a top speed in excess of 120mph and, most importantly, an utterly addictive soundtrack.
The initial launch was a public relations disaster with wrong tyre pressures and poorly prepared cars, but history has been kind to the ‘C’ and today good examples – particularly of the CGT - are rightly recognised as a classic grand tourer.
At Milestone Classics we reject nearly all MGC’s we see because the few available simply do not meet our exacting standards – this car is the exception. With a warranted 74,000 miles from new the car has never been owned outside of Somerset or Dorset.
The car was originally a demonstrator with Westway Service Station and then purchased by Fred Cox – a fighter pilot in WW2 and footballer with Spurs & Arsenal before managing Bournemouth. With just two additional owners in the last 44 years the CGT has always been meticulously maintained and used sparingly
The last owner despatched the car to Falls Classics in 2001 and she went through an extensive restoration at a cost in excess of £10,000.
· Stripped to a rolling shell
· Repaired or Replaced – Sills, front wings, rear lower wings, doors & tailgate and valances.
· High quality professional respray in original colour
· Interior - Carpet set, dashboard, seats, glove box & interior trim (fur-flex etc) replaced/reconditioned.
· Front & rear bumpers & overriders re-chromed
· Mechanical items checked/refurbished/replaced as required
Since the restoration, the GT has covered just 2,000 miles and, after 20 years, still presents extremely well – the true test of any restoration. The large history file contains the original buff logbook, MOT’s back to 1977, driver’s handbook, invoices etc. After 20 years the ‘C’ is only being sold through lack of use in order that she can be enjoyed by a new custodian.
For years the MGC has been an underrated car but it is now acknowledged as a genuine classic tourer that has grown into modern road conditions. With only 4,457 GT’s being manufactured this is a rare opportunity to purchase an outstanding car that will give years of pleasure to the lucky new owners.
Ford Escort Mk2 1600 Sport – Restored Car
The squarer-styled Mark 2 Escort appeared in January 1975. The L/GL/Ghia models were the mainstream of production while the Sport, RS Mexico and RS2000 were aimed at the performance market and proved an instant success. Today the classic styling, entertaining handling and Fast Ford history have led to a sharp rise in interest and values with good examples being snapped up by a new generation of classic car enthusiasts.
The original sales invoice indicates that on 1st August 1975 Mr. E W Mann traded his Ford Cortina M3 GXL at Truro Garages, Penzance for a brand-new Ford Escort 1600 Sport finished in Daytona Yellow. The Escort was everyday family transport until 1993 when she was taken off the road and placed in storage.
In 2015 the Escort came out of hibernation and a two-year restoration process commenced. The shell was stripped/metal replaced as required, mechanical components inspected/refurbished/replaced as required (including a full engine rebuild) and the original interior retained where possible – hundreds of hours were spent bring this 1600 Sport back to life.
Today the car is a real testament to the skill, knowledge and commitment of the owner. On the road the car makes all the right noises and drives well – the willing Kent engine and smooth gearbox make the car a delight to drive and the Daytona Yellow paintwork complements the car perfectly – so 1970’s!
The large history file indicates just four owners and contains original sales invoice, sales literature, price list and around 200 pictures and all invoices from the restoration.
We originally sold this car two years ago and are delighted to have her back with us. The 1600 Sport is HUGE fun to drive and takes you straight back to 1975. With super sharp steering/gearbox/engine it is easy to see why the Mk2 Escort remains so popular today and we expect this lovely car to find an appreciative keep very quickly. One I would like to keep for me….
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Volvo Estate 740GL – One Owner & 27,000 miles
The Volvo 740 was introduced in 1984 with the estate version hitting the market in 1985. The car immediately enjoyed immense success around the world due to its reliability, renowned safety levels and its unparalleled interior space/load capacity.
Milestone Classics are delighted of offer to market the best, most original 740GL Estate that we have ever seen. The car was bought new by Jack Morris during May 1989 – he purchased the car from his local Volvo Agent, Dean Smith, St Anne’s-on-sea, Fylde, and went on to own the car for the next 31 years.
Today the Volvo has covered just 27,000 miles – so not even run-in yet. The paint work has a deep lustre and is stunning, the engine bay looks like new and the interior is unmarked with a smell takes you straight back to 1989. I really like that the car retains the original supplier’s registration plates, two sets of keys and the factory tow bar that looks like it has never been used
On the road the car does not disappoint. She has the rarer five speed manual gear box with power steering. As you would expect the 740 is a delight to drive and copes easily with modern driving conditions.
The history file has invoices back to 1989, the original book pack including service book (13 entries) & handbook and the V5 confirms no previous owners
Our 740GL Estate is an utterly original car that has clearly been conserved and loved by a fastidious owner. Ready to be used as a regular everyday car that stands out from the crowd or simply a practical classic for high days and holidays, we expect this remarkable car to find an appreciative new keeper very quickly
Triumph TR6 - Matching Numbers/Power Steering
The TR6 was introduced in January 1969 using similar chassis and running gear to the TR5/TR250 but with a restyled body by Karmann. The “Kamm Tail” square body lines and wider wheels made the new car look aggressive and very purposeful while driving could be an “on the edge” experience. Today the TR6 arguably represents the final incarnation of the classic British sportscar and provides one of the most engaging driving experiences you could wish for.
At Milestones Classics we drive thousands of miles looking for excellent cars that can be used and enjoyed – this TR6 fits that description perfectly.
The car was the subject of a body off rebuild in 1997 and has covered just 15,000 miles since. She was purchased around five years by a local aircraft engineer who has spent thousands of pounds making this one of the best driving TR6’s you will find on the market today.
Work has included:
· Power Steering – Hydraulic PAS by Classic Driving Developments Ltd
· Cylinder Head Rebuild:
o Skimmed & gas flowed, new valves & guides
o Jigsaw Racing rocker shaft, bronze lined rockers,
o Separate top-end oil supply line
o All pushrods & cam followers replaced
o New ARP head studs, washers & nuts
o Racetoration cylinder head cover
· TRGB Piper upgraded camshaft & followers, new duplex timing chain + top vernier & crankshaft sprockets + new tensioner
· Fuel metering system overhauled/upgraded to CP specification by Prestige Injection including Bosch fuel pump
· Throttle bodies cleaned/upgraded to CP specification by Prestige Injection
· Distributor cover & arm from Dr Ignition (Martin)
· Ignition lead set – Magnecor KV85 competition
· Alternator – Wasp high output
· Starter – High torque
· Water pump – Aluminium pump from Jigsaw Racing
· Exhaust – Phoenix large bore to aid gas flow
· Brake master cylinder/servo – TRGB
· Brake hoses – Upgraded to BF Goodrich
· Rear brakes retain original Alfin drums
· Suspension – Adjustable shocks front & rear + poly bushed where appropriate
· Hood/Tonneau/Hood cover – All Mohair (dark blue)
· The car was fully serviced 100 miles ago including engine, gearbox and overdrive oil (Millers semi synthetic oils)
There is a huge history file including original restoration pictures on disc and thousands of pounds of invoices
On the road the car does not disappoint – it is one of the most responsive and best driving TR6’s we have had through Milestones Classics. The restoration has stood the test of time very well with particularly good panel fit and just the odd blemish commensurate with use and enjoyment
Without question this is one of the best sorted TR6’s on the market today. The dark blue bodywork with blue hood/tonneau, black interior is a stunning combination with intoxicating straight six soundtrack
The Triumph TR6 is rightly recognised as an iconic 1970’s continental tourer and this stunning car will give years of pleasure to the lucky new owner.
Riley Kestrel (Mk 1) – Restored/Original 1098 Engine
The ADO16 (Amalgamated Drawing Office project number 16) was designed by Alec Issigonis and launched in 1962. Issigonis set out to design a larger and more sophisticated car than the Mini incorporating more advanced features and innovations - the result of his work won acclaim from all quarters and sold strongly both at home & overseas.
The Riley Kestrel option from BMC boasted the 1098cc, twin carb Cooper specification engine with leather interior and walnut dash - the car was the perfect mix of luxury and performance linked with the Riley marque heritage.
Milestones are always searching for 1100/1300 ADO16 cars for enthusiasts to enjoy but rarely find examples that meet our standard. Finished in Black - a rare factory option at the time - the Riley has gone through an extensive & expensive restoration in recent years.
The paint finish and panel of the Kestrel is exceptional, the paint has a deep lustre with no corrosion while the chrome has been re-plated to an extremely high standard.
The interior has recently been retrimmed to original specification with green leather seats, new carpets, and lovely original walnut dash – it is like stepping back in time.
On the road the car does not disappoint. The highly prized 1098cc engine (that has been robbed out of most examples to build a Mini-Cooper replica) gives the car real drivers appeal and simply brings a smile to your face. The gearbox/clutch is super smooth, and the car goes around corners as if on rails.
The small history file contains the original driver’s handbook, copies of previous advertisements for this car (low mileage/6 owners from new), MOT history, V5 etc.
The Kestrel really does tick all the boxes – a stunning, super rare car with outstanding performance and luxury specification interior. This pocket rocket is the thinking man/woman’s ‘hot mini’ and will provide the lucky new keeper with lots of fun & happy memories for many years to come.
Mercedes C180 Auto – Time Warp Example
In October 1986 work began on a successor to the hugely successful (W201) 190. The final design by Murat Gunak went into testing during 1989 and in May 1993, the first generation W202 C-Class was introduced. The saloon was the company's entry-level model with styling themes carried over from the previous W201 series. This proved to be the last generation of compact Mercedes saloons - the A-Class was introduced in 1997.
Widely recognised as the final small Mercedes saloon the C180 offers a great combination for the driver looking for a 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 emerging classics that can be used regularly as a “standout” everyday driver or simply kept for high day & 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, care & attention has been in short supply.
· Supplied new in 1994 by J R Tagger Ltd (Watford) to the first lady owner who retained the C180 the next 25 years.
· Two enthusiast owner/collectors since.
· Finished in Glacier White with blue interior – Utterly Original/Excellent
· Just 56,000 from new.
· Automatic transmission
· Electric Windows
· Central Locking/Remote Alarm
· Original Radio/Stereo
· Power Steering
· Original spare wheel/tool kit unused
· All (three) original keys
· Full book pack.
· Always garaged.
On the road the Mercedes does not disappoint. She drives like a two-year-old car 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.
At Milestones we (sadly) still get extremely excited at finding old Mercedes as good as this – my everyday driver is a W124 CE. Perfect for the enthusiast seeking a “last of the line” comfortable, practical, understated, quality Mercedes saloon that is economical to run and equally at home on the daily commute, school run, car show or long-distance road trip.
Jaguar 420: £20k Restoration/5 Speed Gearbox
Launched at the 1966 London Motor Show the 420 represented the ultimate expression of Jaguar’s compact, sporting saloons. The car retained the legendary 4.2 straight six engine with independent live rear axle and, if specified, the manual/overdrive gearbox. Both the public and press liked the car with excellent reviews and strong sales but after two years the XJ6 was introduced and production ceased. Just over 10,000 cars were manufactured, and today good examples are extremely rare and highly prized.
We often receive phone calls from owners of outstanding classics who appreciate the quality that we seek and do not want their privacy compromised. The ‘420’ is a local car that has not been on the market for years and, when the owner removed the dust cover from his pride and joy, we knew immediately that this was a ‘Milestones’ car
The Jaguar was the subject of a no expense spared WATJAG Ltd restoration during 2014 costing in excess of £20,000. Today, seven years on, the car still looks outstanding – the true test of quality for any restoration. The large history file contains emails/worksheets detailing all the work completed and stage payments.
Once the car returned the owner opted for a TREMEC five speed gearbox upgrade and high ratio rear axle – the result, when linked to the power assisted steering and brakes is an utterly competent gentleman’s express that I would be happy to drive anywhere.
The interior of the car does not disappoint and was the subject of a high quality retrim before the restoration - seats, wood dash/trim, roof lining and carpets are excellent and the top-quality Tudor/Webasto sunroof makes this a superb summer cruiser.
Equally at home on long distance road trips across Europe, the Goodwood Revival car park or simply a run down to the local pub this car really ticks all the boxes and will not disappoint.
Vauxhall FB Saloon – Stunning Restoration
The FB launched in 1961 reflected the transatlantic styling popular across Europe at the time and over 320,000 examples were manufactured before production ceased in 1964. The car received a revised engine with optional four speed floor change in 1963 and was available as a saloon or estate. The FB was popular with the public but rust protection was poor and this has resulted in good examples being an incredibly rare sight,
Milestone Classics are delighted to offer a second Vauxhall FB – like buses they seem to come along in groups! The car was partially restored some years ago by Spurr Classics Sheffield after an extended period in storage before being sold to a club member in East Sussex. The car was then purchased by the same talented engineer/enthusiast that completed the restoration of our Shark Yellow FB.
Over an extended period, the car was stripped, all corrosion removed as required and resprayed in the stunning Cherry Red/Ash Grey combination. All mechanical components were inspected/replaced, as necessary and a new interior/headlining fitted.
Summary of Other Items
· Rear Shocks
· Clutch Slave Cylinder
· Fuel & Brake Lines
· Radiator Grill
· 4 Hub Caps & Wheel Trims
· Window Rubbers – Front & Rear
· Rubber Seals – Front & Rear Screens, Doors, Bonnet & Boot
· Drop Glass Channels and Weather Strips
· Boot Mat
· Door Shut Fur-Flex
· Rear Light Chromes & Number Plate Light
· Rear Bumper Rear Bumper/NOS Front Bumper
· Number Plates
· Rear Valance
· Washer Bottle
· Wiper Arms, Mirrors and Plinths
· Re-Trimmed Interior
· Service including oil/points/leads/plugs
The history file contains invoices from the restoration, MOT’s, old V5’s, original drivers handbook.
The Vauxhall Victor is an incredibly rare sight on the road & at shows and to have two in simultaneously from the same private collection is a genuine pleasure. The 1960’s interior (I really like the dashboard) with transatlantic exterior styling and colour scheme is a stunning combination and we expect this car to find a new keeper very quickly.
Mini Clubman 1275GT - 1 Registered Owner/Matching Nos
The “Mini” is a British icon from the 1960’s with Alec Issigonis space cheating design and legendary road holding the car really did bend the rules and straighten the bends.
Milestone Classics are delighted to market one of the most original Clubman 1275GT’s that you could wish to own. Registered in Brighton on 2nd August 1971 the Clubman was used for 10 years around South London before entering long-term storage with the first owner. The GT was briefly recommissioned in the mid-1980’s but then returned to his garage until 2014 when sold to an enthusiastic Mini collector.
The car was the subject of a six-year recommissioning process that was only completed this November. The engineer completing the work wanted to retain as much originality as possible and the result is a real testament to his knowledge and skills.
· All bracketry stripped/cleaned & painted/cadmium plated to factory spec
· Engine checked and unleaded head fitted
· All mechanical components checked/replaced as necessary
· Hydrolastic suspension retained – this is one of the last models specified
· GT reclining seats (an option when new), GT leather bound steering wheel, 10” Rostyle wheels (rare) all retained
· Professionally resprayed in Flame Red (original paint faded) & body colour underneath
· Interior all original apart from replacement carpet set
On the road the car drives as good as she looks. The close-ratio gearbox, disc brakes and superb roadholding make this a car that simply brings a smile to your face.
The history file has MOT’s from new until the car went into storage, handbook, and original Vehicle Registration document.
Our 1275GT is a remarkable example and exactly the type of car Milestones seek to offer for sale to our discerning customers. Ready to use or simply show and win prizes we recommend early viewing to fully appreciate this charming classic
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.
Triumph Vitesse 6 – Very Original/Overdrive
The Triumph Herald was launched in 1959 and, like the Spitfire, was designed by Giovanni Michelotti. The Vitesse was introduced in May 1962 and was an immediate success providing sports car performance (it was faster than the Sunbeam Alpine) with four seats.
Milestones are delighted to offer for sale a stunning 1962 Vitesse in Litchfield Green/Sebring White stripe with original red interior – arguably one of the prettiest combinations produced by the Triumph factory.
The large history file demonstrates that this stunning car has been fastidiously maintained over the past 25 years by the previous owners. Work has included unleaded cylinder head, overdrive gearbox, rebuilt engine (rings/big-end shells), new differential/prop-shaft (balanced), inertia seat belts, various brake & suspension components, genuine Minilite wheels…the list goes on.
The result is a car that drives every bit as good as she looks. The Vitesse starts first time with a lovely straight six bark, has characteristic brisk performance and on the road is a genuine pleasure to drive.
The history folder includes Heritage certificate, original service book (12 stamps) lots of invoices from 1967 onwards, MOT’s from 1981 and contemporary ‘Smooth Six’ sales brochure featuring an identical car.
We sold this car three years ago to a super fussy collector who is only selling to make way for another Milestones car. Ready to use and enjoy form the summer please contact us quickly to avoid disappointment.
Morris 1000 (Betsy): Recent Refurb/3 Owners
The Morris 1000, designed by a team led by Alec Issigonis, debuted at the 1948 Earls Court motor show. The small family saloon was perfect for post war families and quickly became an iconic vehicle that was exported all around the world. Over 1.3 million were manufactured before production ceased in 1972 and today good examples are the perfect entry point for those new to classic car ownership.
On 17th October 1959 Miss L Mathias (a nurse at the County Hospital) collected her brand-new Morris 1000 saloon from W. Lawrence, the main Austin/Morris Garage in Hereford at the cost of £630-14s-7d. It was not her first car (she traded-in her four-year-old Austin A30) and Lilian would go on to keep her pride and joy until 1982 when sold after a period of time in storage
The second owner, an NHS doctor, restored Betsy around ten years ago (corrosion removed, replacement panels and mechanical overhaul costing £9.000) retaining her until 2020 when sold through lack of use for a new keeper to use and enjoy.
Purchased by a regular Milestones customer she is now regretfully being sold due to a change of circumstances.
Summary of Work – 2020
· Professional repaint in original colour of Smoke Grey (ICI Code BU15)
· Wheels repainted in Olde English White
· Interior Trim – Seats & Door Cards (Newton Commercial - £2,000)
· Brakes Overhauled.
· Starter Motor
· Alternator Conversion
· LED Indicators
· New Window Seals
Betsy goes as good as she looks, starting on the button and driving along smoothly with characteristic Morris 1000 “purp” guaranteed to bring a smile to your face.
The large history file contains original Bill of Sale, service invoices from new, details of restoration, handwritten record of all fuel purchased over the last 30 years, driver’s handbook, original maintenance service voucher book, old MOT’s & invoices.
The early 1000 saloons with banjo steering wheel, happy-slappy windscreen wipers, flashing rear indicators, leather interior etc are highly desirable and we anticipate that Betsy will find a new home to take her on new adventures very quickly.
MGB GT V8 (Factory): £30k rebuild & Power Steering
British Leyland introduced the factory MGB GT V8 in 1973. The cars were well received at the time with torque to accelerate from every gear, 60mph in under 8 seconds & 125mph top speed the car is the perfect long distance GT. However, poor build quality and the fuel crisis meant that only 2,591 had been manufactured when production ceased in 1976. Today good examples are rare and highly prized with values rising sharply in recent years.
Milestone Classics always buy back our cars (we know how good they are) and we were delighted when a regular customer, a retired engineer, approached us to part-exchanged our BGT V8 for another Milestones car.
The ‘B’ was manufactured in August 1973 and is an original factory V8, chrome bumper, matching numbers car. She went into long term storage in May 1995 and was liberated nearly 20 years later in 2014. The new owner, on the recommendation of a good friend, sent his car to Willow Triumph and a three-year photographic restoration was undertaken costing in excess of £30,000.
The GT was taken back to bear metal and any corrosion removed and any previous repairs not to Willow’s high standards corrected. Every component was checked and replaced/refurbished as required including engine and overdrive gearbox. The body was resprayed in the original colour (Demask Red - 0446), all chrome replaced, the interior re-trimmed to original specification apart from leather seats and she runs on her original V8 wheels.
Returned to the road in 2018 today the BGT V8 looks stunning – the true test of any restoration - and a real credit to the skill/knowledge of Willow Triumph and the depth of the owner’s pockets. I drove the car over 200 miles back to our unit in Wisborough Green and she never missed a beat.
At Milestones we drive 1,000’s of miles inspecting cars, and this is an exceptional opportunity to purchase an iconic MGBGT V8. Undervalued for many years, prices are rising fast and this example will provide both an excellent investment and years of pleasure to the fortunate new owner. Quality always sells.
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
Reliant Scimitar SE6A: Manual/Overdrive & LPG
The Reliant Scimitar was in production for over 22 years and evolved from a GT Coupe to Sports Estate beloved by the Royal family (Princess Anne is on her eighth!) to a Convertible. The SE6A is arguably the most desirable option retaining Ford’s 3.0 Essex engine with Webber carburetors and optional Laycock overdrive.
Today the Scimitar is rightly recognised as one of the most practical and capable sports GT’s available offering a top speed in excess of 120mph, brisk acceleration, rear seats/luggage space and original styling.
Milestones have never sold a Reliant Scimitar and Jamie and I were delighted when this fine example arrived at our showroom.
With just three owners (including a husband and wife) for 31years the SE6A is an exceptional car. The engineer/owner completed a body-off restoration 32,000 miles ago and today, as the pictures indicate, the car remains in outstanding condition.
Summary of Work/Condition:
· Body off restoration
· Galvanised chassis
· Excellent gel coat (Diablo Red)
· Webasto sunroof
· LPG Conversion (Equivalent to 55p per gallon)
· Stainless steel exhaust
· New tyres
· Steel timing gear
· Power steering
· Electric windows
· CD Player
The large history file contains the original LPG conversion certificate, lots of invoices and MOT’s back to 1992, owners club magazines etc.
On the road the car is a delight to drive – the Ford Essex engine is superb and just keeps pulling – and the overdrive gearbox makes this a genuine Grand Tourer that can cope easily with today’s road conditions with lots of space in the back for luggage.
This car is an interesting and viable alternative to a MGCGT or Volvo P1800. Ideal for the dog owning classic car enthusiast this car is waiting to embark on new adventures with the lucky new owners.
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.