New classic stars announced for NEC

03 March, 2015

Just when you thought one of the premier dates in the classic car calendar couldn’t get more tantalising - along come yet more automotive delights.

Yes, the NEC Practical Classics Restoration Show returns to Birmingham this weekend (March 28-29).

Connoisseurs hoping to successfully bid for a vintage model were already spoilt for choice. Lots include rare and barn-find motors; offering both restoration project opportunities and the finished article. This Ferrari Testarossa could fetch £90,000

But now Silverstone Auctions officials have unveiled some prestigious new names going under the hammer.

Cars to cherish

Among the head-turning listed motors now up for sale include:

  • BMW Z8 (2001): Always fancied yourself as the next 007? This beauty could help indulge your fantasy. It’s a dead ringer for Bond’s The World Is Not Enough model. This design classic could attract the highest bid of the show with predictions of a maximum of £95,000.
  • Ferrari Testarossa (1988): This once ugly duckling of the market has emerged into a beautiful swan. This explains why Silverstone Auctions officers believe it could fetch a top price of £90,000, especially with only 27,000 miles under its bonnet.
  • V8 from Aston Martin (1980): And it’s a similar price tag for this much sought-after British icon.
  • Jaguar XK150 S (1959): This isn’t just an automotive work of art, it also has vast investment potential. Only its external bodywork needs completing, and it should go for anything from £52,000 to £60,000.

Best of the rest

  • A Sovereign 4.2 from Daimler (1976): This vehicle has a tale to tell, dating back to the Second World War via the much-honoured army major who once owned it at the famous Bletchley Park code-breaking centre. Major Hugh Skillen’s old drive is likely to go from £14,000 to £16,000.
  • A Porsche 356A Cabriolet: Valued from £65,000 to £75,000, it is one of 17 from the German high-performance stable available for sale.

What else to see A high return is expected for the Aston Martin V8

Of course, the NEC Practical Classics Restoration Show is about far, far more than a car auction.

Highlights include:

  • The UK’s biggest barn find exhibition: Including an Aston Martin Volante Vantage (1967), E-Type Jag and Triumph 2000.
  • Ask The Experts Live stage in association with Footman James classic car insurance specialists: No visitor should leave the show none-the-wiser with this panel of specialists. Wheeler Dealers TV show‘s Mike Brewer and Edd China are among the experts answering queries on anything from restoration projects to rust, from paintwork to buying or selling classics.
  • 100 classic car club stands
  • The largest indoor autojumble of the new classic calendar


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