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Lamborghini 400GT leads H&H’s Duxford sale

Lamborghini 400GT leads H&H’s Duxford sale

More than 150 classics estimated to be worth in excess of £5 million will cross the block at H&H’s Imperial War Museum’s Duxford sale on 13th March, led by a wonderfully original Lamborghini 400GT with a £550,000 upper estimate.

H&H’s sale has plenty more attainable metal, from a McLaren MP4 12C to a Mazda MX-5 Jasper Conran Edition – here are our picks.

We couldn’t help but start with the frog-eyed Lamborghini 400GT. Understandably, the 400 struggled to grab the limelight from the achingly beautiful Miura launched the same year, but with four seats and a more accessible front-engined balance, the former is undeniably the more usable classic.

Nevertheless, it benefits from the same tech that makes the Miura legendary around these parts. The quad-cam V12 takes centre stage, giving the Lambo 155mph potential and getting it from 0-62mph in less than seven seconds backed by a V12 bark we’d happily trade limbs for.

This particular example is said to be one of the most original RHD cars available. Having been converted from LHD by Hooper & Co prior to the sale, Brian Morgan, grandson of Blackpool Tower designer Paul Morgan, was the car’s original owner.

The car’s history stretches back to 1971 when it was bought by its second owner, construction magnate Ivan Davis Esq. It has covered 27,950 genuine miles and is estimated to fetch between £450,000 and £550,000.

If that’s too rich for your blood (it is ours), then an automatic 1975 Lamborghini Espada offers a similar experience for a more wallet-friendly £80,000 – £100,000.

We understand that every vehicle is unique, which is why our Agreed Valuation policies take the true value of your classic car into account.

A 2012 McLaren MP4 12C, McLaren’s first mass-produced supercar, nicely encapsulates the range of lots available at H&H. With a carbon tub, turbocharged V8, and hydraulic suspension unburdened by anti-roll bars, the 12C blueprints the current line-up and showed Ferrari and Porsche they weren’t going to get it all their own way.

This 12C has covered just 12,500 miles, looks splendid with Graphite Grey paint contrasted by McLaren Orange brake callipers and is estimated to make between £70,000 – £80,000; not bad for such a pivotal car in the company’s history.

H&H’s sale includes everything from fun – a 1968 Ford Ranchero pick-up (£14,000 – £18,000) – to fabulous cars like a 1962 Bentley S2 Continental H.J. Mulliner Coupe (£100,000 – £140,000).

But keen auction goers won’t fail to notice the host of lots offered at no reserve. H&H picks out an MK2 Mazda MX-5 1.8-litre Jasper Conran special edition, one of just 400 made. With good MK1s as rare as hen’s teeth (and probably more expensive), the MK2 offers slightly more refinement and interior space, but much the same joyful driving experience avoiding the numbness of the later MK3. It’s covered just 37,000 miles and has a comprehensive history, although word to the wise – check those chassis legs and sills for rust.

The no-reserve list covers plenty of other delights, including cars like a 1972 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow, two Mercedes SLs – a 1987 R107 300 and a 1996 R129 280 – a 1978 Ferrari Dino and, France’s rare answer to the German executive saloon, a 2002 Renault Avantime.

All in all, the sale serves as a nice contrast to the star-studded auctions that tend to grab headlines.

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