European classics will go under the hammer this weekend, and best of all, successful bidders will receive free shipping, customs and VAT.
Seems to good to be true? Yes, rare and pristine condition European classics will be auctioned off this weekend, with bidding coming in from all over Europe and the UK.
Lloyd’s Auctioneers and Valuers are offering a free delivery service to selected European ports, which will even include those nasty customs and VAT charges.
As a classic car buyer these charges can be a hefty blow to a well priced purchase, leaving the revved-up buyer feeling stalled.
The sale features a stunning line-up of European classics, many of which were Australia-delivered new.
Classics On Offer
Classics on offer include a Rothmans-livery MG Metro 6R4 from the fire-breathing Group B rally era, a matching-numbers 1957 Porsche 356A which has only had two owners and was delivered new to Max Hoffman’s dealership in New York and a 1959 Porsche 356A Convertible D model which also came to Hoffman’s when new and is one of the rarest 356s with only around 1300 made in a one-year production run.
This fantastic Lotus Escort was last registered in May 1998, and features a fully rebuilt engine, clutch and gearbox, and has also been repainted and reupholstered. The strikingly ‘70s colour and blister wheel arches set this Escort apart from the rest with this very rare and sought after model an ideal collector car.
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This rare Porsche and the number 356 is among the greatest nameplate combinations in automotive history with the unique story of success for Porsche being intertwined with its first sports model. Arguably the rarest “production” Porsche 356 model ever manufactured by the Stuttgart marque is this model, the Porsche Roadster 356D convertible, was only built for one year (between August 1958 and September 1959). Replacing the Speedster only approximately 1331 were built and it is believed that only 300 are remaining today.
Whilst not everyone looks for the vintage era vehicle, there is gorgeous 1953 Jaguar XK120 which can only be described as immaculate, a pair of Porsche 911 ‘930’ Turbos, a 1951 Land Rover Series I 80-inch SWB, a pair of early Jaguar E-Types in coupe and roadster format and an amazing Timo Makinen Mark I Ford Escort recreation, are all going under the hammer.
This Series II E-Type coupe was first registered in the Australian state of Victoria in April of 1971, although build sheets tell us it was manufactured in November of 1970. It’s a genuine right-hand drive E-Type in Primrose Yellow with all numbers matching. At the time the vendor acquired the vehicle (from a family friend in May 1989) the car had travelled 66000miles. The previous owner had owned it for eight years and the car had covered 48500miles in that time. Current mileage showing stands at 73196miles on the clock.
Also on offer, 1980 Ferrari 308 GTB, 1964 Auto Union 1000Sp convertible, 1973 Rolls Royce Corniche, 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SL are among other rare and appreciating European classic cars and motorcycles.
Many of the cars and motorcycles on offer were Australian-delivered when new and as such are right-hand drive models, however several classics are left-hand drive but all have enjoyed the advantage of living in Australia’s dry climate.
Australian classics enjoy the temperate climate of the region and are generally much better preserved and have much less rust that their European counterparts making it better for those wanting classics in any condition ranging from concours-winning to restoration candidate thus providing a solid base for any aspiration the new caretaker may have for their new classic.
Lloyds European Classics auction will be held 11am Sunday 25 March 2018 Greenwich Mean Time (9pm AEST 25 March 2018) and is online at www.lloydsauctions.com with online bidding open now and phone bidding available on the day of the auction.
- MG Metro 6R4 rally car, 1957 Porsche 356A, 1959 356A Convertible D, and rare Testarossa headline Lloyds European Classic auction
- Concours condition collector cars and other European classics on offer
- Australia’s dry climate means less rust and cars stay in better condition for longer
- Concours condition European classics on offer from Australian collectors
- Successful bidders receive free shipping, customs and VAT
Alan Jones, 1980 Formula One World Champion said:
“There’s no better European classic than one from a salt-free, snow-free country like Australia.”