Lamborghini Espada series 3
Owned for the last 11 years by its current ownership, this Espada is an excellent example of the marque. It was originally white and was painted by a previous owner in an original Lamborghini colour.
The interior seats dash etc are all original but a lot of work was done on the bodywork as Italian cars rusted in the 70,s !!! The engine is 3929 cc V12 and fed by 6 twin choke Weber carburettors , it likes petrol ! 8 to 12 mpg if you need to know . It was, when new the fastest 4 seater car in the world at 156 mph and twice the price of a new Rolls Royce. Mr Lamborghini said this was his idea of an Italian Rolls !
With full leather electric windows, air conditioning, 5 speed gearbox, alloy wheels and power steering it was ahead of its time. It’s believed that only about 25 remain in RHD in Britain and is driven regularly by its owner.
1981 Range Rover 3.5 V8 Convertible
Converted and sold from new by Townley Cross Country Vehicles
Originally owned by Roger Taylor, drummer of rock band ‘Queen’
This rather special Range Rover was built 12 March 1981 and despatched 26 March 1981 to British Leyland Holland, Netherlands. The car was painted in ‘Sandglow’ and, although exported directly from the factory, built as a right hand drive model for the home market. Department of Transport records show that the vehicle was re-imported into Harwich on 1st May 1981 by Townley Cross Country Vehicles.
This particular vehicle was converted by Townley Cross-Country Vehicles Ltd and sold from their Mayfair showroom in London. Townley Cross-Country Vehicles Ltd was owned by the Zanelli family and run by three brothers, it’s widely acknowledged the coachbuilder produced the highest number and greatest variations of Range Rover conversions.
Documents show the vehicle was originally commissioned, purchased and first registered by drummer Roger Taylor of Queen. The conversion includes a full Connoly leather interior, fully automatic power operated hood complete with inner cloth headlining, power operated front windows and rear quarters, flared wing extensions, central cubby box and front Recaro sport seats. At the time the cost was more than double the list price of a standard model – over £200K at today’s prices.
Unfortunately PMV 378W was in a sorry and unloved state. At some time in its life the car had been modified with newer parts and re-painted metallic maroon, the hood was almost completely perished and most of the leather trim was brittle with neglect. Following a thorough and sympathetic restoration based on original photographs and information, the Range Rover Convertible has now been returned to its former glory using original or genuine parts and a meticulous re-trim.
HEALEY ABBOTT – NYK807
This 1953 Healey Abbott is one of about 90 made and 30 survivors. It is traditional coach-built construction with a steel chassis, an ash frame and an aluminium-alloy body and has very recently been fully restored.
The car was found online in the hands of a dealer in Belfast who had just obtained it from the third owner’s family after fifty years of ownership. Purchased unseen, but with lots of detailed photographs of the car and its components, it arrived on a car transporter with the interior piled-high with parts. However it transpired that the new owner had been given the entire contents of the previous owner’s garage! He was also clearly into vintage Fordson tractors so the first job was to separate the Healey parts from the tractor parts.
The first owner of the car was Cdr Thomas Kikby RN who lived in Sussex. He had the car for 11 years covering 36 000 miles and, with military precision, kept meticulous hand-written service records which have survived.
the new owner has been in contact with the previous owners widow in Belfast and she indicated that it had probably not done more than about 50,000 miles from new.
1966 Vauxhall VIVA HA “TV star”
Bought it in a Mathewson’s online auction in June 2021, it was part of a 5 car collection from Beverly Nr Hull that went to auction as the owner has dementia and was unable to drive anymore and the family didn’t want them.
It has had 6 previous owners and done 50,000 Mls it’s had some bodywork over the years but is a very sound car underneath and original under the bonnet and in the boot. The interior is also original and in good condition, the car has been featured on series 5 episode 15 of Bangers and Cash.
The HA Viva was the first small Vauxhall, built in a new factory in Ellesmere Port, cheshire. this was part of the then government’s attempt to move factories to places of high unemployment. HA’s are quite rare due to fairly extreme problems of rust!
1959 MK 1 “FROGEYE ” SPRITE
The Owner bought the car as 3rd owner with about 50,000 on the clock. He and his wife went on honeymoon in it to a snowy Scotland in 1966
Since The car has cover a total of 211,000 miles with its third reconditioned engine having done about 40,000 miles. The gearbox and back axle are original except for replaced bearings.
The car was overhauled in 1989 and it had a full stripped down respray from Frank Brown of Ambleside about 10 years ago.
In the 1960s the car did two continental tours to Austria towing a Portafold caravan.
The car is in original spec of 948 cc and drum brakes all round. Updates include 1/1.4 Mini Cooper carbs and a alternator to the original design including positive earth.
1969 Forward Control Land Rover fire engine
Maybe this is every boys (& Mans) dream, to own a Fire Engine, but the bought her in October 2021, from an ex fire fighter. The vehicle was built for the military as a Fire Engine in 1969.
It came out of military service in 1975 and was then road registered. It was bought by Massey Ferguson, the Tractor people, (if you google the reg XPG 995N there are two pictures showing the Massey Ferguson logo on it) who presumably used it as an on site engine.
Since the current owner bought her they have reconditioned, then I refitted the starter motor and alternator. Like all classic cars there is a long list of things to do but she drives. This was a dream car purchase something the owner has wanted to buy since childhood.
Austin Gypsey breakdown truck
The current owner bought the Austin Gypsey roughly 10 years ago as a project, it had spent most of its life in the Malton area finishing up as a garage hack.
In the late 50’s a local farmer bought one of the first Austin Gipsy’s to replace his ageing Bradford Jowett van, and it was serviced and repaired by a young apprentice named Jeff Hargraves at Grassington Service Station, who went on in later years to own the Service Station.
He and his wife Anne were good friends of the owner,so this vehicle is a tribute to him because he sadly passed away in 2020.