Sporting rarity set to go under the hammer at Silverstone
DEEP Sanderson? Never heard of it?
It was a sportscar built by the Morgan racer Chris Lawrence 50 years ago and raced with limited success; now as rare as hens’ teeth.
One of the survivors, the 301, is up for auction in July. It is the prototype from the 1962 Olympia Racing Car Show, which, in 1963, ran at Le Mans, Spa and the Nurburgring, using a 988cc BMC Mini engine and the reg no 2ARX.
It was ahead in the Index of Performance at Le Mans but after 20 hours was disqualified for a disputed technical hitch.
After Lawrence sold it, the car was restored and raced in the 1980s and 1990s and was then “discovered” again in storage a few years ago.
Lawrence restored it for the owner and it is now seen at historic events.
The sale is at Silverstone Auctions on July 23. No price estimate is given.
Offer of the month? Maybe. Skoda has lopped 25 per cent off the price of the Octavia 1.6, 101bhp SE hatch.
The new price is £10,995, saving £3,735. Equipment includes 15in alloys wheels, air conditioning, front and rear electric windows, a touch-screen stereo with sixCD changer, trip computer and electric heated door mirrors.
Octavia was recently awarded by What Car? readers as the Best Small Family Car. Skoda also picked up the award for Best Manufacturer, and came out top in the Auto Express Driver Power Awards.
Customer service: Demand for the 2-litre diesel Hyundai ix35 4x4 is so high that waiting buyers are being offered the front-wheel-drive 1.7 diesel – and then they can swap to the 2-litre when it becomes available.
All they pay is the agreed surcharge for the 2-litre – and they get £300 to compensate for any finance and insurance costs caused by the switch. Terms and conditions apply in relation to the condition and mileage of the 1.7 when it is returned to the dealer.
The Land Rover Freelander has won the 4x4 category in Parkers’ New Car Awards 2011.
Kieren Puffett, editor of Parkers said: “The Land Rover Freelander 2 2.2 TD4 ‘S’ won because it has genuine off-road capability, has an upmarket feel, high build quality and a roomy interior.”
DEEP SANDERSON: There’s a rare opportunity to pick one up at auction.
CUT PRICE: Skoda’s Octavia 1.6 SE hatch.