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H&H Classic Auctions Comes to Harrogate

Thu, 06 Mar 2008
Situated in the heart of one of the UK's best-loved spa towns, the Harrogate International Centre has played host to numerous important events since its December 1981 opening.

A state-of-the-art facility, it nevertheless incorporates an historical and architectural jewel, in the shape of the Royal Hall. The creation of Britain's greatest theatre designer, Frank Matcham and his architect Robert Beale, this magnificent building was modelled on the great ballrooms and music pavilions of Imperial Europe.

A real sight to behold, the Royal Hall will provide the backdrop to H&H's 15/16 April 2008 Classic Car Auction. While the majority of vehicles offered will be displayed in the adjoining, fully-carpeted and lit exhibition halls, the rostrum will be placed centre stage. Adding to the sense of occasion which this sale promises is the early consignment of two, ultra-rare and significant Aston Martins.


Notable as the first Aston Martin design on which the word "Vantage" was used to signify a distinct model, the DB4 Series IV Vantage was only in production between March and October 1962. One of just 45 cars made (and therefore rarer than a DB4 GT), chassis DB4/952/R has the further distinction of being the first customer car. As well as a 'big valve', triple SU carburettor fed Special Series engine, its generous specification included a DB4GT instrument panel, overdrive, limited-slip differential and heated rear screen. The subject of a recent restoration and various sympathetic upgrades, it is offered for sale in first class order. Shorter, lower-slung and reputedly some 500lbs lighter than the DB4 Series V Vantage and DB5, with which they share their frontal styling, the DB4 Series IV Vantage cars are particularly sought after. Estimate: £200,000 - £240,000.


Arguably the most desirable series of Aston Martin convertibles ever made and the first to carry the "Volante" moniker, the DB6 Short Chassis cars are also the rarest. One of only 37 examples built, chassis DBVC/2323/R left the factory on 24 September 1965 and was first registered on 11 January 1966. Finished in Pacific Blue with tan leather upholstery, the car has formed part of a small private collection since 2000. The engine underwent an extensive overhaul by marque specialist Goldsmith & Young in 1988 and has since covered only 7,000 miles. Visually distinguished from its DB5 Convertible predecessor by an enlarged oil cooler duct and split front / rear bumpers, the DB6 Short Chassis Volante also sported an updated interior and different rear lights. Rare to the market, surviving examples top the wish list of many a collector. Estimate: £300,000 - £350,000.


Not to be outdone, the automobilia department has already gathered some exciting lots, including two collections. The first relates to the two- and four-wheeled racing exploits of the legendary Mike Hailwood, while the second comprises nearly 150 original full-size Gurney Nutting Ltd Coachwork Drawings, which have been entered by the now-retired proprietor of the company.

For more information, please contact:
H&H Auctions Ltd
Tel: 01925 730630


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