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Black and white beauty leads H&H Classics sale at Buxton
Extensively restored in 2000 including the fitment of a larger 5.7 litre V8 engine and four-speed manual gearbox, the ‘Vette had the performance to back-up its outlandish appearance.

LONDON.- This head-turning black and white 1960 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, the cover lot for the H&H Classics sale at Buxton, sold for £51,750, patently making hearts beat faster.

Extensively restored in 2000 including the fitment of a larger 5.7 litre V8 engine and four-speed manual gearbox, the ‘Vette had the performance to back-up its outlandish appearance.

Now in its eighth generation, the Corvette story began life in 1953 with the C1 - a model that captivated a generation of American youngsters. It was the work of the legendary Harley Earl and inspired by the great European road/race offerings of the day. It borrowed its name - of French origin - from centuries of small, fast warships. The newcomer was first seen in concept form at the New York Auto Show, and generated sufficient interest for General Motors to hand-build a batch of 300 Polo White Convertibles.

Sales, slow at first, had built to no less than 14,000 per annum by the introduction of the C2 10 years later. The C1 received multiple cosmetic updates along the way, the most significant of which came in 1958 when the nose was lengthened and quad headlights introduced. The model was initially only available with a straight-six powerplant, but soon progressed to V8 power units of varying horsepower with various transmission options.

This unique 1965 Mercedes-Benz 190C which has covered just 7,295 miles from new and which was consigned by its original owner sold with H&H for £16,100 yesterday in Buxton’s Pavilion Gardens.

The Mercedes-Benz was laid-up in 1975 as the owner considered it "too good to use in modern traffic with careless drivers". It remained in its garage until unearthed recently by the H&H team. It really is a 'time warp' example with an interior in exceptional condition.

The owner ordered Mercedes-Benz fitted carpets but chose not to use these and had another set made to protect the rubber matting.

The car was supplied by Mercedes-Benz main dealer, Comberhill Garage of Ashton in Makerfield on September 1st 1965. Amazingly, the original dealer wallet, salesman's business card, key fob, first and last tax disc, dealer tax disc holder, radio leaflet, radio blanking plate and last MOT certificate are all still with the car.

Imagine finding this car with only 7,295 warranted miles on the clock and still belonging to the family that bought it new in September 1965! After a decade of use it was deemed too good for our roads and placed in dry storage where it has remained for the past forty-four years. It comes to sale with the aforementioned original paperwork plus a toolkit, jack and wheel brace. The spare wheel has yet to be fitted!

In 1972 a Scotland Yard spokesman said that 'Ford Transits are used in 95 per cent of bank raids. With the performance of a car, and space for 1.75 tonnes of loot, the Transit is proving to be the perfect getaway vehicle...', describing it as 'Britain's most wanted van’.

It goes without saying that this ‘pig snout’ version has led an exemplary and honest life as a delivery vehicle and sold yesterday for £17,250 with H&H Classics.

Still in original ownership from 1970 it has covered a warranted 79,000 miles with the correct Perkins diesel engine and comes complete with handbook, spare wheel, jack, wheel brace and bag. It has been garaged all its life and features a rare opening side door option.

This remarkable example of the "pig snout" Transit is being offered to the market for the very first time since being bought new by its current owner and registered on 11th November 1970. The diesel-engined Transit was in light use until 2003 when the owner decided a more recent example was required. It was then placed on axle stands and did not move until it was excavated in early October 2019 by H&H.

The load bay has the appearance that it has barely been used with no obvious visible damage. The interior once again looks very lightly used with headlining, door cards and rubber matting presenting very well. This charming example of an iconic vehicle is awaiting a new enthusiastic owner to use and enjoy it.

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