Cars include a 1928 Citroen, a 1960s Mercedes-Benz 600 and even an Excalibur

Left-field cars are joined by the more commonplace Morris Minor, Triumph Stag, Jaguar E-Type and Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at Morris Leslie’s sale, north of the Scottish border. Certain to be the main attraction is the 1928 Citroen B 14G. This patinated 1.2 litre four door saloon was sold new in Spain and while it needs refreshing, it has an understated aura that adds to its appeal.

Anything but understated, the 1976 Excalibur Phaeton represents the American company’s model that originally paid homage to pre-WW2 supercharged Mercedes models. It was a big hit with the glitterati, including British entertainer Tommy Steele. Launched in 1964, the Brooks Stevens designed throwback used proprietary American components and rather like the Panther Royale that followed it over here, has developed a following in its homeland although that’s not repeated in the UK. It has a £15,000-£20,000 estimate.

If big convertibles are at the top of your shopping list, a 1950s Humber Super Snipe convertible (£6,000-£10,000) could be an Excalibur alternative. In need of a tidy-up this full fat droptop shouldn’t be missed – it’s highly unlikely another one would turn up at the local pub’s Sunday classic meeting.

There’s further Rootes Group representation with a 1965 Hillman Super Minx estate (est £2,000-£3,000). Looking very tidy with the capacity of a MKI Ford Cortina estate, reliable, reasonably rapid 1960s family motoring can’t get much better than this.

A 1963 Wolseley 1500 (est £2,000-£3,000) continues the theme, and has the charm and spares supply of a Minor with a little more performance. Needing work but definitely worth saving, a 1963 Standard Pennant is estimated at a reasonable £300-£500.

Two Jaguar-derived Daimlers offer some traditional comfort, with a 1994 Double Six that’s been with one lady owner for 13 years estimated at £700-£1200. Reassuringly the 12-pot Daimler has 22 service stamps, so it could be a bargain.

There might be fewer cylinders but a long wheelbase 1974 Sovereign 4.2, originally supplied by an Aberdeen dealer, is estimated at £3000-£4000. Understated in solid dark blue, it’s truly elegant.

Published 25th Sept 2013 by Classic Car Weekly

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