Saturday, 24 January 2015


More cars with fascinating histories consigned into Race Retro Sale

There’s now just four weeks to go until our Race Retro Sale begins. We’ve recently consigned a number of classic vehicles with fascinating histories into the auction which takes place on the 21st and 22nd of February at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
You can find out more about the sale here.
Last entries invited for Race Retro Sale
There’s not long to go until our catalogue closes for our auction at Race Retro. There are limited spaces available so if you would like your car to join our sale then please contact one of our team on +44 (0)1926 691141 or email before January 27th.
For now, read on for more on the cars we’ve recently consigned into the sale.
1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus

This vehicle is the first VW Type 2 Samba imported into the UK. The right-hand drive bus, built at the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, was delivered new into the UK on the 21st November 1955 by John Colborne-Baber, the founder of the first ever VW dealership in the UK.

Colborne-Baber’s long association with Volkswagen started as a result of John being approached by former army officer George La-Haye. After the end of the Second World War, La-Haye, who was stationed in Germany, purchased three new Volkswagen Beetles, the last of which he returned to the UK with.
Colborne-Baber showed an immediate interest in the Beetle and made George an offer on a part-exchange for a Wolseley 6/80, which he accepted. Colborne-Baber was so impressed with the Beetle he’d acquired, that he then approached Volkswagen in Germany and began importing Volkswagen vehicles into the UK in 1949.
Sambas were never officially imported new into the UK, and as such ‘SGP 62’ is thought to be the only surviving example of the few Wolfsburg-built Type 2s in the country.

In 1992 ‘SGP 62’ was rediscovered in the West Country after 30 years in storage. It has been professionally restored over the last 18 months as a faithful reproduction of its condition as used by the Colborne-Baber family. ‘SGP 62’ has been restored, as much as possible, to original specification with a few additional safety and convenience features, whilst retaining its completely original appearance.

A new bespoke period-correct Devon interior, modelled on the design that was enjoyed by the Colborne family, was created by VW expert Kevin Morgan including a correct Osokool fridge and Dudley stove. These rare items were sourced specially for this bus and are in mint condition. The vehicle also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

This is a beautiful and rare Samba Microbus, historically important in terms of its VW legacy in the UK and ready to be appreciated and enjoyed.

Estimate (£): 70,000 - 75,000

Read more here

1972 BMW 3.0 CSA

The BMW E9 Coupe was one of the most handsome cars ever to roll from the Munich factory. Sleek as a shark, it had a wonderfully elegant and airy cabin with slim windscreen pillars, a large glass area and a tastefully restrained wooden dash.

Showing three owners from new this is a very special car indeed with the last two owners being of particular note. Owned for the last six years by Gaz Coombes, the front man of Supergrass, prior to his ownership it was owned by famed Hollywood actor Michael York. At time of auction the car will have just finished a detailed sympathetic restoration, which will involve respraying the car in its original Fjord Blue along with a strip down, check and refurbishment of the engine.

Presented with a fantastic history file containing photographs of Michael York with the car along with letters and documents by Michael York from his ownership, there is also a superb number invoices from the early years of the cars life. A great chance to acquire a wonderful car with tremendous history.

Estimate (£): 20,000 - 30,000

Read more here.
1971 Porsche 911T 2.2 Coupe
Offered here is a very original example of the sought after 911T which was first registered on March 31st 1971 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This is a beautiful, unmolested, matching numbers example, so difficult to find in this condition. The original colour was Albertblau as is documented in the Porsche certificate, this was subsequently changed to Gemini Blue. The interior is the original black leatherette with fabric inserts and the carpets original fleck grey.

It is rare to find a car in this lovely condition with a patina that restored examples simply cannot match. With 911S values at £200,000 for the very best this 911T represents value and this car is surely a great usable investment at this guide.

Estimate (£): 45,000 - 55,000

Read more here.

Classic to sell? 
To discuss an entry into our two-day sale at Race Retro please contact one of our team on 01926 691141 or email
Dates for your diary...
Race Retro & Classic Car Sale
21st and 22nd February
Stoneleigh Park
The Restoration Show Sale
28th March
The May Sale
23rd May
The Wing
The Silverstone Classic Sale
25th and 26th July
The Wing
The Salon Privé Sale
5th September
Blenheim Palace
The Porsche Sale
25th October
The Wing
The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
14th and 15th November
For further information about buying or selling at any of our forthcoming auctions, please call us on 01926 691 141 or email

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