‘Dream col­lec­tion’ for sale

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News -

A pri­vately owned ‘dream col­lec­tion’ of 58 clas­sic cars has been put up for sale. Owner Mark Hin­ton says the ris­ing costs of stor­ing the cars and look­ing af­ter them has prompted the de­ci­sion.

The ma­jor­ity of the cars have been sourced from the US and Aus­tralia over many years and are de­scribed as be­ing in very good, rust-free con­di­tion.

The Ox­ford­shire-based as­sort­ment in­cludes an Aus­tralian-spec MercedesBenz 450SLC, three Lotus Esprit V8s, two Porsche 911Es and a 911S, sev­eral Jaguars in­clud­ing MkIIs, Se­ries I and II E-types and XJ-S con­vert­ibles, and W113-gen­er­a­tion Mercedes-Benz SLs in left-hand drive and right-hand drive.

Mark says he doesn’t mind whether all the cars are sold as a sin­gle lot or if buy­ers are only in­ter­ested in a sin­gle car – as long as they go to a good home and they’re en­joyed by their new own­ers.

‘Each of th­ese cars is driven reg­u­larly and I love all of them, but with the cost of stor­ing them go­ing up and up ev­ery year I think it’s fi­nally time to move on and let some­one else en­joy th­ese won­der­ful cars,’ he says. ‘It’s my dream col­lec­tion, so I’ll be keep­ing a cou­ple for my­self.

‘At heart I’m a Lotus fa­natic – there’s noth­ing quite like one, and even a Fer­rari doesn’t have the same sort of same sweet han­dling as a well sorted Esprit. That means I’ll def­i­nitely be hang­ing onto a cou­ple of those.’

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The Fer­rari 308 GTB (top) and Jaguar XJ-S con­vert­ible are among the cars Mark is sell­ing in a clearout of his 58-strong clas­sic col­lec­tion.

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