A vast array of rare, interesting and low-mileage classics that were hidden away in JLR’s own collection are to be sold.
It’s not uncommon to hear of a private car collection being auctioned piecemeal, allowing other collectors to add that one missing piece to their own heritage jigsaws, but an auction in March is going to be extra special because the cars are coming from Jaguar Land Rover’s own Classic collection.
Yup, Jaguar Land Rover Classic is auctioning over 100 ‘affordable classics’ from its fascinating collection, and all will be offered with no reserve. As the outfit begins to streamline and up-spec its heritage fleet, many of the old machines made by other brands, which have been collecting dust for decades, are heading for new homes.
The largely British array covers Austin, Ford, Morris, Rover and Triumph models, as well as the odd Reliant and Vauxhall. There’s not a single Jaguar or Land Rover to be seen. Outside of UK brands there are old Citroen CXs, a Polski Fiat 125P, three Ford Zodiac estates and much more.
The sale is taking place at Bicester Heritage on 21 March. Among the rare and low-mileage highlights is a Vauxhall 2300 HS Chevette, a Rover Metro Turbo and a very rare 1993 Mercedes 320CE manual. The one-of-a-kind Reliant Scimitar prototype fitted with Ferguson four-wheel drive is up for grabs, too.
Matthew Parkin, head of the chosen auctioneer 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.
“Focusing 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!”