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American Classics up for sale in H&H Auction
12.5.06. The next H&H automotive sale in London, at Syon House on May 24, will see a 1929 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupé, come under the hammer at an anticipated £400,000 – 500,000. However, for those on a more modest budget, a selection of more affordable American iron will be available, ranging in estimate from £6,500 to £49,000. Below we’ve listed a selection of some of those American cars entered, though you can get the full listing and photos by clicking on www.classic-auctions.com.
1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 RHD - estimate £47-£49,000
Originally built in the USA in 1969 as an export model, this GT500 was dispatched to Japan. By 1987 it had found its way to Australia where its sole Aussie owner restored it as closely as possible to factory specification whilst changing it to right hand drive. It was said to have covered a mere 42700 kms in 2001 which had risen to 46213 kms when entered for the H&H sale, and this is believed to be genuine.
The car is fully loaded with most factory options including the kilometric speedometer, power steering, air conditioning, tilt steering column, tinted glass, push button eight-track cartridge player, full instrumentation, roll bar, racing harnesses, the deluxe interior and fold down rear seat.
In exceptional condition throughout this car is recorded in the US Shelby Register, is UK registered and a genuine big block muscle car.
1970 Corvette Stingray Convertible - estimate £17-£19,000
This is a rare car from the lowest production year and is the 350hp manual car that also has power steering and air conditioning. The car is in glorious condition throughout having been recently retrimmed in red leather and repainted in dark red to the highest standards. It is said to be a fully matching numbers example which decodes correctly.
Currently tested and taxed until next year (2007) this car is just simply one of those that will turns heads wherever it goes - either because of its stunning looks or the sensational sound from the exhaust. Or both!
1967 Dodge Coronet 440 R/T - estimate £14-16,000
Finished in grey with black vinyl upholstery, this particular left-hand drive example is reportedly accompanied by an "original build sheet" which shows that it decodes correctly as original R/T 440 2-Door Hardtop. Believed but not warranted to have covered 96,660 miles from new, the Dodge is said to have benefited from a considerable amount of refurbishment work. Reputedly scarcer than its Charger equivalent, this brooding Coronet R/T 440 is offered for sale with "extensive document file", assorted bills, twelve previous MOT certificates, V5 registration document, MOT certificate valid until June 8th 2006 and historic class (free) road tax.
1964 Ford Thunderbird Convertible - estimate £6500-£7500
This particular example, although not pristine, does benefit from a large bill in 2004 for a brand new 'crate' engine and new exhaust system from the USA which were fitted by the American specialist 'Dart'. The paintwork is finished in red with matching red leather interior and although a small amount of recommissioning may be needed, it is a rare opportunity for someone and estimated very sensibly considering the prices these cars are now achieving over the water.
Chrysler 300K Coupe 1964 estimate - £5600 to £7500
Finished in blue with blue leather upholstery, this particular automatic example is said to have been "recently repainted". Believed but not warranted to have covered 46,759 miles from new, it rides on distinctive chrome wire wheels. Fast appreciating assets in the USA, 'Letter Series' cars are also becoming increasingly sought after on this side of 'The Pond'. A singularly imposing motorcar, this 'beautiful brute' is offered for sale with MOT certificate valid until May 2007 and historic class (free) road tax.