|Jaguar Land Rover Classic Auction|
|Date||21 Mar 2018|
|Event Type||Auction (Cars)|
|Location||Bicester Heritage, Oxfordshire|
Tel : 01869 327928
|Notes||> Bicester Heritage is gearing up to host an auction of over 100 vintage vehicles supplied by Jaguar Land Rover Classic from its Collection|
> On 21 March 2018, Bicester Heritage’s official auction partner Brightwells will open the bidding in its ‘Affordable Classics’ event
> The rare and low-mileage models – everything from Austin A40s to Zodiacs – have no reserve, plus Brightwells will also be auctioning off a collection of pedal cars, along with boats, caravans and large-scale model aeroplanes
> A further 40 vehicles will be loaned from Jaguar Land Rover Classic to Bicester Heritage-based charity StarterMotor, which provides historic vehicles to educate young people on their use and maintenance
Bicester Heritage will play host to a one-off auction which will see more than 100 hand-picked cars go under the hammer from Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s Collection.
Hosted by Bicester Heritage’s official auction partner Brightwells, the ‘Affordable Classics’ event sees a vast array of rare and low-mileage models go up for grabs from Britain’s most revered classic marques – including Austin, Ford, Morris, Rover and Triumph.
The former RAF Bicester / turned historic motoring community will open its gates on Wednesday 21 March and kick off the classic car bidding war, plus there’ll also be a collection of fantastic children’s pedal cars, boats, caravans and large-scale model aeroplanes featured.
Four wheels will be the main attraction of the day, however, and Bicester is delighted to welcome a totally one-of-a-kind Reliant Scimitar prototype with Ferguson four-wheel drive. And for those with performance in mind, a Vauxhall 2300 HS Chevette or the rare Metro Turbo or Maestro Turbo might also fit the bill.
The range of obscure estate cars will be sure to catch the eye, too. Brightwells will auction off a 1960 Vauxhall Velox by Martin Walter, two Victors from 1964 and 1972, a Rover P6 3500 estate, two low-mileage Citroen CX Familiales, a low-mileage Polski Fiat 125P and no fewer than three Ford Zodiac estates by Abbot.
Away from UK classics, Bicester Heritage will welcome a selection of Mercedes-Benz models, including an extremely rare 1993 320CE manual, with astonishingly just 18,000 miles on the clock. On top of this, there’s a stunning pre-war ‘barn-find’ Peugeot 203 and a 403 Commerciale.
As part of the project to refine its collection, Jaguar Land Rover is also providing an additional 40 vehicles on loan to Bicester Heritage-based charity ‘StarterMotor’, whose mission is to inspire a new generation of young enthusiasts in the craft of maintaining, restoring and driving classic cars.
Matthew Parkin, head of Brightwells Classic Cars, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been asked by Jaguar Land Rover Classic to auction off of part of its significant Classic Collection. Focussing solely on non-Jaguar Land Rover products, the diversity of the lots on offer is extraordinary, offering everything from a Riva-style Speedboat to the unique Scimitar Ferguson prototype – all at no reserve. It’s safe to say, it’s going to be a lot of fun!
“The assembly of vehicles on offer was clearly carefully curated, with rare or particularly low-mileage examples of cult classics selected. As the home of the classic car, Bicester Heritage is the ideal location for these rare models to find new homes, and we can’t wait to welcome enthusiasts on site.”
Dan Geoghegan, Managing Director of Bicester Heritage, added: “Bicester Heritage is all about the future of classic motoring and this landmark, no-reserve sale supports this vision perfectly.”
Full details of the cars going up for grabs can be found online at www.brightwells.com. Visit www.bicesterheritage.co.uk/events for more information.
Notes to editors
Bicester Heritage is creating a revolution in historic vehicle ownership. The unique location is the UK’s only hub for historic motoring excellence and is the national centre for a £5.5bn per annum industry which employs over 34,000 skilled people.
Founded in 2013, Bicester Heritage has gone from a standing start to a home for over 30 specialist businesses – and growing. It has a collective turnover of over £20m, making it the largest player in the industry, and it’s set to grow exponentially with a global reach.
The unique ecosystem of businesses based at a beautiful 348-acre former WW2 RAF Bomber Training Station acts as ‘marina-like’ cluster, promoting skills and expertise, employment, qualified customer footfall, shared business incubation and aggregate growth. Collectively, Bicester Heritage is all about driving the future of the past.
The former RAF Bicester site on which Bicester Heritage is now based is of national historic importance. Neglected for the best part of 40 years, it was added to Historic England’s At Risk Register in 2008 and was designated the most `at risk` of all Defence Estates in the UK.
Since Bicester Heritage’s tenure, over 80% of the buildings have been delicately restored or re-activated for modern business use, with the site now held as a national exemplar of constructive conservation by Historic England. The time-warp base is truly unmatched in evocative character, with even the paint colours being correct to 1930s British Standards. An active airfield and test track complete its dynamic operation.
The location of Bicester Heritage of course, is key. Bicester is one of the fastest growing towns in Europe with unrivalled connections via road, rail and air, situated in close proximity to the globally known City of Oxford and within 90 minutes of upwards of 30 million people.