Sport­ing rar­ity set to go un­der the ham­mer at Sil­ver­stone

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

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.

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