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‘Rolling Sculpture’ E-Type

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***Update sold for $340,000 USD***

Today the Keno Brother’s will stage their first autmotive auction in New York and offer 40 of the finest cars they could find. One is this first-year 1961 Jaguar Series I Roadster chassis 875323 with an estimate of $390,000 to $590,000USD.

Having just benefitted from a ground-up restoration by Classic Showcase in Califronia, this Opalescent Bronze roadster on white-wall tires really stands out. Classic Showcase are the predominant E-type restorers in America and took special lenghs to ensiure accuracy with the Butler license lights, voltage regulator, generator, starter, Dunlop master cylinders, sealed-beams.

Being among the first 400 E-Type’s produced chassis 875323 has many interesting one-year features such as the outside bonnet latches, a pumpkin-colored cylinder head and black-oxide fasteners.

More information can be found at the Keno Brothers website: http://www.kenobrothers.com/auctions/1961-jaguar-e-type-roadster

Sebring MGB Racer to be auctioned

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This car sold for $88,000 USD at the RM Sotheby sale

Tomorrow, RM Sotheby’s will auction this MGB from the Paul & Chris Andrews Collection along with an impressive array of stunning showcars.

This is one of three cars prepared by Joe Huffaker, of British Motor Cars Distributors in San Francisco for the 1963 Sebring 12 Hour Race.

The auction description describes the car well:

Qvale was instructed by BMC to modify a trio of stock MGBs with upgraded components that had been sent over from MG in the UK and to build the cars to competition specifications. This included adding aluminum front fenders, an aluminum bonnet, a boot lid, and aluminum doors fitted with Perspex windows. Competition-specification four-cylinder motors were delivered to Qvale and immediately rebuilt by Joe Huffaker, the head of the competition department at BMCD, who added new pistons, revised porting, and his own custom-made camshafts. These engines were fed by dual gas tanks, and multi-speed windshield wipers were fitted to combat the possibility of rain.

Of course, as they were British cars campaigned by an American distributor with factory support, deciding on a racing livery for the three cars was quite simple: red, white, and blue.

For Sebring, the white #46 would be driven by Jack Flaherty and Jim Parkinson, while Jack Dalton and Ed Leslie would be behind the wheel of the red #47 and Jim Adams and Merle Brennan would pilot the blue #48. Although the MGs got off to a good start when the green flag was dropped, they faced fierce competition from a pair of factory-supported Porsche-Abarth Carreras, and the team hoped that they would outlast the cars over the following 12 hours. However, the team’s resolve would be tested when, after just 15 laps, the white #46 car was forced to retire from a failed differential.

As the race continued, the remaining red and blue MGs pressed on, slowly working their way towards the front of the field. Twelve hours after the start, the remaining MGs finished 3rd and 4th in class, with the red #47 car taking 17th overall and the blue #48 car taking 22nd overall, which were good results for the two cars from Abington.

The Unrestored Austin-Healey 100M of George Fink

While in Florida we had a pleasant surprise at the Bonhams tent where this 1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 was sitting.

It was brought along by Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars and it will probably appear on a future episode.

Chassis BN2L/230966 was originally purchased by an architect who carefully preserved the original fit and finish for over 20 years and 37,253 miles of motoring. It then landed in the Fink collection and accrued only a handful of additional miles since.

As such, it is a stunning showpiece of originality, one that we had to photograph in and out.

Bonhams sold this BN2 for US$ 206,800 at their Amelia Island Auction on 12 Mar 2015.

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RM Sotheby’s auctioning the ultimate Healey

As we look forward to visiting the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, a highlight will be this 1955 Austin-Healey 100S offered by RM Sotheby’s with an estimate of $975,000 – $1,375,000 USD.

The highlights of this chassis are listed as:

*The first chassis of just fifty built of this special alloy-bodied racing model
*The fourth car to be finished; custom-ordered for actor Jackie Cooper
*Delivered to Cooper at the 1955 12 Hours of Sebring race
*Driven by Cooper, with co-driver Roy Jackson-Moore
*The only 100S delivered in Spruce Green

Pictures by Clint Davis ©2015 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

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