Maserati spe­cial­ist slims down dream car col­lec­tion he doesn’t have time to re­store

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

One man’s huge sta­ble of 60 Ital­ian clas­sics is be­ing auc­tioned in March.

Brightwells is sell­ing the cars and mo­tor­cy­cles, all built up by col­lec­tor and Maserati ex­pert Andy Hey­wood, in its 8 March sale.

Cars in the col­lec­tion in­clude a Lan­cia Delta In­te­grale, an Alfa Romeo Ber­lina and sev­eral Fiat 500s. The sale also in­cludes 52 clas­sic mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers, in­clud­ing a 1972 Laverda 750SF and a 1977 Vespa Pi­ag­gio 50R.

Brightwells says that it is ex­pect­ing plenty of in­ter­est in the col­lec­tion and reck­ons it will be the sale of the year for fans of Ital­ian clas­sics.

Con­sign­ment man­ager Jim Hen­shaw says: ‘ The col­lec­tion’s been build­ing up for a cou­ple of years – we reckon it would take some­thing like 250 years for one per­son to re­store them all!’

Mr Hey­wood – who works at Hert­ford­shire-based mar­que spe­cial­ist McGrath Maserati – says that he built the col­lec­tion up with cars and bikes that he couldn’t re­sist buy­ing on trips to Italy.

‘Although Maser­atis will al­ways be my first love, I’ve long been fas­ci­nated by other makes of Ital­ian cars and bikes. My in­ter­ests are eclec­tic for sure’, he says.

‘I love the small ca­pac­ity bikes and scoot­ers from ob­scure makes and yet equally the iconic Fiat 500. If it’s Ital­ian, I am al­ways go­ing to be in­ter­ested.’ ]

Andy Hey­wood’s col­lec­tion, which he reck­ons is too big for one per­son to re­store, goes un­der the hammer in March.

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