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British car bonanza at Brightwells May sale

British marques account for nearly two thirds of the 165 vehicles on offer at Brightwells’ 13 May sale. Included in the lot listing are 16 MGs, 13 Jaguars, 15 Triumphs and 10 Fords.

Three E-types are on offer, covering all budgets. Best of the bunch is a fully restored 1968 S1 4.2 roadster that’s expected to fetch up to £100,000. A 1966 S1 4.2 coupe is offered from long-term ownership with an estimate of £35,000-£40,000. If that’s too pricey there’s also a 1971 S3 coupe that’s been in storage for 23 years; it’s in need of restoration and estimated at just £5,000-£7,000.

Of the many MG Bs in the sale, a 1968 C in largely original condition stands out. It appears to have led a cossetted life and has recently benefited from a new walnut dash, mohair hood, carpets and seats. It’s listed at £18,000-£22,000.

Beside the expected collection of Spitfires and Stags is a rare 1938 14/65 Dolomite roadster. Restored in 2010, the flamboyantly styled Brit is expected to make £25,000-£30,000.  

The pick of the Fords is a 68,600-mile Escort XR3i with one lady owner from new until 2005 when it was bought for a Ford collection. The 1993 car is fitted with a sunroof and is offered with a pair period Nokia in-car phones. It’s estimated at £2,200-£3000.

Tempting modern classics from outside the UK include a pair of VW Golf GTI MkIs. First up is a 1.6 ex-BTRDA rally car, followed by a recently recommissioned 1.8.

If you’re after a more unusual high-performance car, there’s a Nissan Skyline R34 GT-T up for grabs. It’s a FSH example that’s covered 55,000 miles, and recently had a new cambelt. The estimate is £8,500-£9,500.

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By Claire Evans

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