Ferrari and Jaguar compete once again at Classic & Vintage Cars sale

Wednesday, September 22, sees the return of the "Classic & Vintage Cars & Motorcycles" at Brightwells auctioneers.

They are currently accepting entries for the sale which is sure to prove a popular event for collectors - especially if previous sales are anything to go by.

Last year alone saw Brightwells host six sales that each broke World Record prices.

And a recent June sale at the auction house drew large crowds, with 75% of all entries sold and many lots going to overseas investors.

September's sale is certainly shaping up to be a special one, with two rare classic cars already set to roll up to the auction block.

The Jaguar XK140

The first is a truly remarkable Jaguar XK140 Special Edition Drophead Coupe.

First launched in 1954, as a successor to the XK120 the car features a 3.4 litre twin-cam six engine and is capable of speeds of over 120mph.

The car is also fitted with the C-Type cylinder head and twin exhaust which help to boost engine performance to 210bhp.

The addition of a close-ratio gearbox also allowed for better use to be made of the Jaguar XK140s increased performance.

A total of 8,951 XK140s were made, with only 2,780 Drophead editions produced. This British Racing Green example of the classic car is rarer still because of its design as a genuine right hand drive.

Only 479 of these Dropheads were ever produced, and today only 249 are in circulation. This Coupe is all the noteworthy for the fact that it has had just two owners and has covered only 36,600 miles to date.

In exceptional condition, the car classic shows no sign of repairs with all interior woodwork, leather and carpet maintained to museum quality. With a pre-auction estimated price of £60,000 - 75,000, you may not want to let this Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe get away.

For a those collectors seeking a more continental classic car investment, the sale will also feature a 1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer.

The Ferrari 365 GT4 was not only the first mid-engine road car made by the company but also the first to used a 4.4 litre, four cam, flat-twelve engine that produced 360 bhp.

The Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer

Featuring a hand built aluminium and steel body by Pininfarina, the car can reach top speeds of 188 and was once the world's fastest and most expensive production car.

Only 387 of these car classic were ever made, with only 88 designed with a right hand drive. This particular 1974 edition was once owned by a member of the Brunei Royal family, and has just 15,000 miles on the clock.

While still relatively undervalued in today's market, the Ferrari 365 GT4's status as the last hand-made classic car to come from Ferrari has made them increasingly popular with investors from around the world.

With an estimated price of £75,000 - 80,000 attached to this model, it looks set to impress in next month's sale.

And with news lots added to the growing list of classic cars up for sale next month, September is looking set to be an unforgettable month for collectors of fine automobiles.



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