For Sale - 1973 Intermeccanica Indra
• One of only 27 fastback examples
• The last fastback Corvette-engined Indra produced
• A legendary Boutique Italian marque born out of hard work and a passion.
We are delighted to offer this beautiful Intermeccanica Indra, not only a rare model, but one that is steeped in the history of Italian/American performance sports car genre. In 1958, Frank Reisner and his wife Paula arrived in Europe and were on a hunt for a new future. Frank’s Hungarian background and Canadian schooling gave him an international outlook, so when he and Paula arrived in Europe, they discovered Turin, finding a resourceful workforce and well equipped workshops which led Frank to discover the art of making motor cars; thus began the colourful life of Carrozzeria Intermeccanica Automobili, manufacturers of some of the most beautiful automobiles in the world.
Initially making tuning kits, the company soon found itself producing small-engined sports cars, which were styled by the legendary Franco Scalione. In 1971, and in partnership with the German manufacturer Opel, Intermeccanica produced a new car that would be the last designs completed by Scalione and was launched at the Geneva Automobile Show to become arguably Intermeccanica's most striking product. Only 60 convertibles, 40 notchback coupés and 27 2+2 fastback coupé versions of the Indra were built.
This 1973 example is the last of the 27 fastback 2+2 coupés built with a Corvette power plant and, apart from a repaint from green to red, remains in an unrestored and original condition. Records show that this Indra was completed on 8th April 1973 and included the 5354cc, eight cylinder Corvette engine mated to a GM three-speed automatic gearbox. The engine remains in standard specification and is in very good order, being used on a regular basis including trips to the south of France. The car is in lovely condition throughout and certainly sits well; the 2+2 fastback coupés are considered the most attractive of the model. We invite you to take a look at the Scalione designed lines and an interior that invites you in, with its black leather and array of gauges to keep the driver well informed.
This Indra is UK registered and comes with a history file that includes invoices, a copy of Auto Italia featuring the car within and a current MoT test certificate. Also included is the bible of the Intermeccanica marque, a book written by Paula Reisner, titled, ‘Intermeccanica – The Story of the Prancing Bull’. Not only did Frank Reisner need a team of craftsmen to produce this legendary marque, he also needed the support of his wife of 44 years and business partner for 43, Paula; this book tells of the incredible stories of the entrepreneurial exotic car builder.
For Sale - 1959 Lancia Flaminia GT by Touring of Milan (2.8 litre)
· Hand built aluminium coachwork
· Rebuilt 2.8 litre engine with triple Weber carburettors
The Lancia Flaminia was launched in 1957 and was the replacement for the Aurelia. It was available throughout its production as a, saloon (berlina), coupé, and cabriolet (convertible). The hand crafted, aluminium bodied cabriolet, GT and GTL coupés from Touring of Milan were considerably more expensive than the Berlina models but the designs epitomised the style and design flair of the finest motoring designers of their time. The Touring built cars were easily distinguished by their four round headlights (rather than two on Pininfarina Flaminias) and a shorter wheelbase that was decreased significantly for the GT and Convertible, allowing for only two seats to be fitted. The GTL, introduced in 1962, was a 2+2 version of the GT with a slightly longer wheelbase. With double wishbones, coil springs and shock absorbers featuring on the new model, the car’s performance was nimble and the ride comfort was superior against much of its rivals. The Flaminia’s engine was a continuation of the Aurelia’s and world’s first production V6. Mounted longitudinally, the power was delivered via a rear mounted four-speed transaxle.
We are pleased to offer this 1959 example of the Touring built Flaminia GT that has been in the current ownership for the past four years. Originally supplied to Libya as a 2500cc GT in 1959, the car was then imported into the UK in August 1970. Today, this Lancia presents very well, its coachwork, having recently been bare metal stripped and re-finished by one of the UK’s leading Lancia specialists, Omicron. The finish, in Lord-Blue, is beautifully complemented by its striking red interior. Under the current ownership, the aim was to make a reliable long distance touring car. A 2.8 litre engine and transaxle replaced the original 2.5 litre V6 engine and transaxle; the original units will be available to be collected from the vendor by a new owner. The vendor informs us that the 2.8 litre engine has been rebuilt by Brian Randall Engineering and is virtually indistinguishable from the original unit and provides extra torque, a benefit whilst long distance touring. Further works have included the triple Weber carburettors, rebuilt by Omicron, new brake callipers, brake servo, clutch and a re-upholstered interior. In addition, new stainless steel items include, exhaust, fuel tank and bumpers front and rear. This Flaminia GT has been well and sympathetically maintained and comes with an extensive file of works and parts. Also included is a UK V5C registration document and we are further informed that this Flaminia, although exempt, will arrive at the sale with a fresh MoT test certificate.
In the 1950s and early 1960s, these Touring built Flaminias were purchased and flaunted by the rich and famous and today, still are capable touring GTs.
SOLD - 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK 500 Avantgarde - Lewis Hamilton Tribute by Paul Karslake F.R.S.A.
• A tribute to the most successful British F1 driver – Lewis Hamilton
• 2018 champion and five times winner of the F1 championship
• Painted by the contemporary and renowned artist – Paul Karslake
• Sarto wide body kit with GT3 wheels and fabricated rear spoiler
We are delighted to offer this fabulous piece of artwork displayed on this Mercedes-Benz CLK500 and painted by one of the UKs most talented contemporary artists, Paul Karslake. Even before he won his first County Art Prize at the age of eight, Paul Karslake was immersed into the art world and aided by his father, Mike, who was a renowned architectural model maker. After art college, Paul travelled to the United States and worked for Los Angeles Art Studios, CBS Television and Disney with whom, years later, he was to work on the Euro Disney Project. Back in England, Paul was awarded The Evening Standard Environmental Award for his 650 ft. long artwork hoarding along the South Quay in London Docklands. In the same year, Paul was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (F.R.S.A.). Later in 1995, he undertook a commission for some very large still life paintings for the restaurant that became Gordon Ramsay’s Petrus in St James’s, London. Amongst other projects there have been commissions for the Turf Club, NABIM, Geronimo Inns, Mohamed Al Fayed, Keith Richards, Brian May and Yeardley Smith (the Voice of Lisa Simpson). Paul’s depth of talent is further exemplified when viewing his work on other mediums, including design and artwork for the Virgin F1 racing cars and monumental scale commissions on commercial aircraft, coaches and even the Radio 1 Roadshow trucks. His paintings of iconic and popular figures, from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Johnny Depp, Sir Michael Caine and Grace Kelly are hanging in the homes of the famous and infamous and form part of many corporate and private collections in the UK and around the world. In 2012 he purchased a Bentley Mulsanne S and covered it in artwork depicting the British Empire to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a car that Historics successfully sold for Paul in 2013.
This 2002 Mercedes-Benz CLK500, with the usual CLK refinements, is the canvas for one of Paul’s latest creations and may be considered somewhat secondary to the artwork. However, the car is presented in very good order throughout; the coachwork having been modified with a Sarto wide body kit, a specially fabricated rear spoiler and GT3 wheels. A two-tone grey leather interior presents very well, the headlining having been coloured black by Paul to give the car a GT feel. This CLK is UK registered, has been recently serviced and has a current MoT test certificate valid until September 2019. The fabulous artwork upon this Mercedes-Benz reflects the F1 W09 EQ Power + car, campaigned during the 2018 F1 season. The Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas scheme, with a Lewis Hamilton theme, has been hand painted and airbrushed. We advise that you look closely at the details within the work; each panel a canvass in itself and of note is one of Paul’s trademark Union flags upon the bonnet and front offside wing. Collector’s worldwide treasure Paul’s work and this motor car, surely, represents a most unusual but fascinating canvas for the true petrol head.
The record books may now be re-written – history has been made. To the formula One champions, Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher you can now add Lewis Hamilton, who, in 2018, became just the third F1 driver to win as many as five world championships; congratulations to the Mercedes-Benz team and of course, to you, Lewis.
For Sale - 1977 Giulia Nuova Super
The Alfa Romeo Giulia Super is a secret worth knowing and will surely be discovered before too long. The Giulia, with five seats, large boot, twin cam engine, five-speed gearbox, servo-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels, and with great visibility and comfort, allowed families to enjoy sports car performance whilst carrying out the family duties. Designed in a wind tunnel, the resulting Giulia in 1962 had the same drag coefficient as a Porsche 911, which gave the added benefit of good fuel consumption and quiet cruising for the period.
This example, first registered in February 1977, was originally supplied with a 1300 engine which has since been replaced with larger and free revving 1750cc unit, thus giving more power and torque than the smaller capacity engine; great for European tours and rallies. This Giulia has been imported from Greece and therefore, is in very good order, especially the undersides. There has been much expenditure recently including, a glass out repaint, alloy wheels, new tyres and exhaust. Its paintwork is resplendent in Alfa Romeo Rosso and the interior, being very functional, has been re-trimmed in the correct black leatherette. 'Proper' instruments inform the driver whilst the seating position gives comfort and allows good control with, what is effectively, a sports car with four doors. Its not until you drive a Giulia, do you understand why it is considered, amongst Alfa Romeo fans, one of the best cars built by Alfa Romeo. The twin cam rasp and slick gearbox encourage you to seek out twisty roads; it’s great fun and very practical.
A friend, who recently took possession of a Giulia, said to me, “John, I have owned Ferraris and Porsches, but I have never driven anything as good as this”.
If you would like to know more about this motor car, then please call.
1963 Triumph Spitfire with Le Mans coachwork
Triumph ran three racing Spitfires during the 1964 and 1965 Le Mans 24 Hours race with 1147cc, four cylinder engines, alloy coachwork and a glass fibre coupé style roof. Having won their class in 1965, Triumph wanted to enter a six-cylinder Spitfire for the 1966 event under the F.I.A. Appendix J category to compete with Porsche. The six-cylinder Spitfire was to be called the GT6R (the production GT6 not being launched until July 1966) and was to run with either fuel injection or with triple carburettors. It was to be built on one of the existing Le Mans four-cylinder cars. 175 bhp was confidently expected that would give an estimated top speed of 160 mph. However, the 1966 proposed regulations would lead to too many differences, resulting with the car having to run in the prototype category where it would certainly have been un-competitive. With this and financial strains upon Triumph, the competitions programme at Triumph was run down and the project was abandoned.
Fast forward to 1989 and a project began to reproduce a lightweight car in the spirit of the racing Spitfires and the GT6R of the 1960s. A Yorkshire engineer, Graham Pearce, conceived the concept of a replica of that abandoned prototype. The design would have a strong, semi monocoque moulded body tub with an integral steel frame for strength and bonnet that would easily replace the existing body and bonnets of the Triumph Spitfire and GT6. In doing so, T6 Panel Craft was born. Graham produced only 20 bodies, before he retired.
This extraordinary motor car was built by Graham and was constructed on a 1963 Triumph Spitfire. The project aim was to keep as close as possible to the 1965 prototype. Its registration number echoes the period competition Spitfires who wore the ADU number plates. ADU 5A has a fabulous specification; these include; a 2.0 litre straight six Triumph engine with a Peter Burgess head, a Type 9 close ratio five speed gearbox and a Quaife limited slip differential. The suspension is uprated with aluminium hubs at the front whilst at the rear, CV drive shafts and an aluminium lower wishbone conversion that stops the infamous Spitfire rear wheel tuck under. The powerful six-cylinder engine delivering power low down but it is not until the revs reach 4,000 rpm that this fabulous car takes on another life. With the CV jointed driveshafts and lower wishbones, handling is exceptional with corners taken with the utmost confidence.
This Triumph attended the 2018 Le Mans Classic and was described as being the best demonstration at Arnage on the Friday evening. The car was also seen by Derek Bell, five times winner of Le mans who, kindly, signed the roof.
This car is also regularly seen at many other events including the Brooklands Double Twelve, Kop Hill and Goodwood Member’s Meetings. ADU 5A also attended the 2014 and 2016 Le Mans Classic; whilst visiting the 2016 event, the car was test driven by Claude Dubois, then, aged in his eighties. Claude drove the car in a very spirited way belying his age. He commented how lively the car was and how much it reminded him of his drive in the ‘Works’ Triumph Spitfire at Le Mans in 1965; Claude has signed the driver’s side roof.
Recently valued at £70,000, ADU 5A reflects the spirit of the 1960’s Triumph racing cars and represents a fabulous tribute to a bygone age of Le Mans motor racing.
Valued at £70,000, ADU 5A reflects the spirit of the 1960’s Triumph racing cars and represents a fabulous tribute to a bygone age of Le Mans motor racing.
Sold - 1970 Jaguar XJ6 Series One 4.2 litre
This is an early chrome dialled XJ6 4.2 litre with automatic gearbox.