Clas­sics take to the Lon­don stage

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AS­TON MARTIN V8 VAN­TAGE

‘This was ac­tu­ally the first As­ton Martin V8 Van­tage built,’ said Oselli’s David Evans. ‘It was built for As­ton’s then-co-owner Ge­orge Min­den in 1977. It looks like a later ex­am­ple thanks to the Os­car In­dia-style rear bodywork, but this was changed by the fac­tory in 1988 at the be­hest of a later owner. Orig­i­nally, all its bolt-on bits were in black plas­tic, con­trast­ing with the blue bodywork.

‘To­gether with Peter Sprague, Alan Cur­tis and Peter Flather, Min­den bailed out As­ton Martin in the Seven­ties and was keen to demon­strate that they were de­vel­op­ing the cars, es­pe­cially as tuners like High­vale Garage were of­fer­ing re­li­ably faster ver­sions of the V8. The sus­pen­sion was al­tered to cope with the ex­tra power, but the blanked-off bon­net scoop and grille were just a vis­ual facelift for mo­tor shows, not for aero­dy­nam­ics. Even stan­dard V8s take all their air from the slot be­neath the front bumper.’

BENT­LEY 3½-LITRE BY CORINTHIAN

This sur­vivor from a lost era of Bri­tish art-deco coach­build­ing graced Frank Dale & Step­sons’ stand. Corinthian, based in Kil­burn Lane, only made three of th­ese three-po­si­tion drop­head coupé bod­ies and the other two were Lagondas. The car was built for Phyl­lis Robins, who com­mis­sioned its de­sign but kept it for less than four months – Septem­ber to De­cem­ber 1935 – be­fore sell­ing it to a Mr J James of Stock­ton on Tees, who kept it through­out World War Two. In 1959 it was sold to a fam­ily in Liverpool, who still own it to­day. It was in reg­u­lar use from 1959-65, be­fore be­ing stored in a state of dis­re­pair for 20 years. A full restora­tion be­gan in 2011 and the car is for sale for the first time in nearly 60 years – yours for £325,000.

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