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mercedes benz sls amg 6.3

Finished in Designo Mystic White with Black Leather interior we have been asked by the current (overseas) owner to find a buyer for this extremely low-mileage, right hand drive 2011 Mercedes Benz SLS 6.3 AMG which has completed only 8500 miles since new. The excellent condition of the car is a given considering the very low miles recorded to date.

This SLS AMG Coupe comes with the following comprehensive specification:-

Designo Mystic White, Black Nappa Leather, Contrast White Stitching, COMAND Nav – UK/Europe, Rear View Camera, Daytime Driving lights, Auto Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors, Memory Package (Driver Seat, Mirrors, Steering Column), AMG Performance Steering Wheel Alcantara, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Folding mirrors, DVD Changer, Universal Communications Interface (UCI), Auto Climate Control, Headlamp Wash, Roof Interior Black Alcantara, AMG Double Spoke Alloys Polished – 19/20″, Carbon High Gloss Interior trim.

Service History:

Mercedes Benz South Africa (Culemborg) supplied from new.
Registered in the UK 20/1/2016 – 2 owners since then.
8500 MILES ONLY
Nav Update by MB Winchester March 2016
Serviced by MB Winchester September 2016 at 8000 Miles
MB South Africa have confirmed the following Main Dealer Services:
14/07/15- 11611 KMS (7214 Miles) MB Dealer Number: 138
15/07/14- 8292 KMS (5152 Miles) – MB Dealer Number: 00400
02/07/13- 4983 KMS (3096 Miles) – MB Dealer Number: 0400
Last MOT’d 25th May 2017 at 8184 miles. A fresh MOT and a ‘B’ service are now due on the car which will be carried out at the point of sale.
Kept in secure storage since late 2017. Comes with two keys.

On sale at £129,995

For further details or to arrange a viewing in West Sussex of this SLS please call The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

This very rare, genuine, right hand drive MB 220SE convertible was registered in the UK on the 29th September 1965 is being offered for sale on behalf of the current owner who lives in Thailand.

Finished in very attractive metallic silver/blue paintwork with contrasting dark blue leather interior the car presents itself very well and wears an appealing patina of age combined with some tastefully restored and updated fittings. The car was originally a maroon colour but is recorded as being re-painted in 2000.

The chrome finishings are free of any serious corrosion with just minor localised pitting in some areas.

The blue leather interior and black hood appear to have been re-commissioned at some stage in the car’s life but since there is no service history available with the car it is difficult to determine exactly when the work might have been done. However, the condition of those items is very good including the blue tonneau cover for the hood when folded.

The odometer is currently showing 45948 miles and the mot history indicates that in 2007 the car had done 41258 miles, suggesting that only very light use has been made of the car during the past 12 years of its life. The next MOT is not due until July 2020.

The engine starts without fuss and idles very smoothly whilst the suspension shows no signs of sagging or lack of support on all four corners.

Although this 220SE does not present itself in concours condition it is both a perfectly usable, solid classic and an ideal base for a long-term project to turn it into a show-winning example.

Genuine 220SE convertibles are very hard to come by since there are many coupes that have been modified to soft-top versions. In addition this an original UK-registered, right hand drive model which adds even more rarity value to the car.

This 220SE convertible is currently on sale at £95,000 and for more details or to arrange a viewing in West Sussex please contact The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Old-School Cool: 1999 Volvo V70R AWD

Posted: January 19, 2020 by The Car Spy in Classic Cars, For Sale, Volvo
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The Car Spy does like a Q-car or a so-called ‘sleeper’. Something that looks like it couldn’t peel the skin off a rice pudding but has a discreet morsel of pumped muscle hiding under those family-friendly looks. Enter the Volvo V70R from the 90’s.

Much-loved by antique dealers for its ability to carry the entire contents of a stately-home, the ‘First Generation’ V70 had a somewhat conservative image. However, when Volvo stuck the turbo-charged 2.3 litre engine and an ‘R’ badge on the tailgate the Old Bill and British Touring Car drivers just couldn’t get enough of them. This was a high-performance family estate sporting an old man’s cloth cap. Sleepers didn’t come much better than this.

Phrases like ‘modern classics’ and ‘collectable cars’ are not normally associated with the Volvo brand, although, to be fair, original Amazons and P1800’s have their place in automotive history but the V70R from the 90’s onwards deserves to be taken seriously.

The good news is that if you are in the market for one you don’t need particularly deep pockets. There are normally several on offer in the classifieds for no more than £10k which is less than the annual depreciation on a brand new car from Geely-owned Volvo today.

Cars like the V70R are cool because only real car enthusiasts will appreciate and respect the historical capabilities of a car like this. Even car-mad JK (Jamiroquai) has had one in his impressive collection of desirable cars. And today, 250 BHP, 150 mph and a 0-60 time of just over 7 seconds is not too shabby for a car designed and built when Wham! were at No.1 in the charts.

We found this Laser Blue Metallic example on sale with only 95k miles on the clock at what appears to be a very reasonable £7990. Likely depreciation? Zero and if anything, likely to appreciate, we would bet on it.

Full details on the advertising dealer’s website are as follows: https://www.quickandbig.com/volvo-v70r-awd-1999

So values of classic Fords are on the rise at auctions and deservedly so, we think. Any petrolhead who can remember the car heroes of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s will know that Ford was the trail-blazer that turned mundane mainstream family cars into the sporting legends we all dreamt of owning one day. Lotus Cortina’s, RS Capri’s, Escort Mexico’s and Sierra Cosworth’s stole the automotive limelight and there didn’t seem to be a single TV cop series without a Ford as the motor of choice for the lead character(s). Cue instant flashback to ‘The Professionals’ and ‘The Sweeney’.

Like most ‘modern classics’, those more desirable examples of the brand have long since departed this world via the scrap-metal crusher or are currently locked away in a secure, climate-controlled storage facility like some precious work of art never to be seen and enjoyed by anyone apart from its owner.

Fortunately, however, the odd, very nice original example of one of those desirable Fords with Nike trainers will make an appearance in the classified ads and this non-modified 1990 Ford Escort Turbo RS Series II definitely caught our eye.

The dealer marketing the car is stating that the very low 44,000 mileage is genuine (backed up by MOT history) and there appears to be service history covering the early years of the car’s life. This Diamond White RS is being advertised at £18,995 which seems very competitive if the car and its mileage are as genuine as claimed. A 1989 Northern Ireland-supplied example with 29,000 miles sold for £27,900 last November at Silverstone Auctions – https://bit.ly/2G3TL9O

The Series II RS Turbo had the revised and uprated 1.6 litre CVH engine which produced 132 BHP, giving the car a top speed back in the day of 125 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 8.3 seconds. Those figures might seem pretty average by today’s standards but thirty years ago they were pretty much class-leading.

It appears that classic sporting-Fords will never be ‘cheap’ again especially since their heritage and impact on their modern equivalents is now being truly appreciated.

Take a look at the car in detail here:- https://bit.ly/2RxGU4W

McLaren MP4-12C 50th Anniversary

Finished in McLaren Heritage Orange with full Black Leather interior plus orange stitching, we have been asked by the current owner to find a buyer for this right-hand-drive, ‘one of only 50 made’ 2014 McLaren MP4-12C 50th Anniversary Coupe which has completed only 800 miles with one owner since new. As expected for an example with such low mileage the condition of the car is exemplary and still in ‘as new’ condition.

This Limited Edition 50th Anniversary McLaren comes with the following unique and comprehensive specification:

McLaren 50 Ultra Lightweight Wheels in Satin Black – 19″ Front / 20″ Rear
McLaren 50 Floor Mats
McLaren 50 Door Sill Logos
McLaren 50 Carbon Exterior Air Intakes
McLaren HS Carbon Fibre Front Bumper
Carbon Ceramic Brakes
Carbon Rear Diffuser
Black McLaren F1-Inspired Heritage MSO badge
Orange MSO Callipers
Black Exterior Stealth pack
Keyless Entry
McLaren IRIS System (with updates)
50th Anniversary Interior Door Plaque
McLaren logos embossed to Seats
Clear Glass Engine bay
Meridian Sound System
Silver Console Trim
Front Lifting System
Alcantara Headlining
Park Distance Control
Bluetooth and Media IRIS Connectivity
One owner since new
McLaren Service History
Balance of Manufacturer’s Warranty

This very rare, desirable, limited edition McLaren MP4-12C 50th Anniversary Coupe comes with the balance of the manufacturer’s warranty plus a McLaren service history having just completed a service at McLaren Ascot. To find out more or to arrange a viewing please give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

Sorry this car is now SOLD!

 

Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series

Finished in Designo Mystic White with Black Leather/Alcantara interior we have been asked by the current owner to find a buyer for an extremely rare right hand drive 2014 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series which has completed only 1000 miles with one owner since new. The excellent condition of the car is a given considering the extremely low miles completed to date and an ‘A’ service was carried out by MB Tonbridge in June of this year.

This SLS AMG Black Series comes with the following comprehensive specification:-

Rear-view Camera, Blind-spot Assistant, Daytime Driving Lamps, Sports Seats, Automatic Dimming Interior and Exterior Mirrors, Performance Media AMG Data/Race, AMG Performance Steering Wheel, Interior Carbon Trim, Mobile Phone Pre-installation, 7-Speed Dual Clutch Transmission, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Adjustable Suspension, Electric Folding Exterior Mirrors, COMAND APS with DVD Changer, Universal Communications Interface, Anti-Theft/Anti-Break-In Warning System, Automatic Climate Control, Headlamp Cleaning Equipment, Bi-Xenon Headlamps, Dinamica Black Microfibre Interior Roof-lining, 19″ Front and 20″ Rear AMG Alloy Wheels, High-capacity Battery, Battery Charger Kit, Fire Extinguisher, AMG Exterior Carbon Package, Carbon High-gloss Trim Pieces, Engine Cover in Carbon, Aerodynamics Package, High-end Sound System, Infotainment Package and AMG Ceramic Brake System.

It is believed that only 15 right hand drive versions were ever made by AMG and this particular incredible-looking high-performance SLS AMG Black Series is NOW SOLD! so to find out more please give The Car Spy a call on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

 

Porsche 911 GT3 RS

Funny how two letters of the alphabet can mean so much in the car world. Take ‘GT’ for instance. Literally meaning ‘Grand Tourer’, ‘Gran Tourismo’ or ‘Grand Tourisme’ depending on your mother tongue. That pair from the 26 letters of the alphabet have been around since the beginning of time and certainly back in the 50’s and 60’s a ‘GT’ attached to the boot-lid of your car meant you were driving something very special, indeed highly potent. The problem was that by the 70’s every marketing department in every car mass-producer had cottoned-on to the sales potential of the GT moniker to the detriment of what it actually stood for. Too many mundane hatchbacks were eventually labelled ‘GT’ and so the glamour had gone from the badge.

‘RS’ on the other hand has been treated with a little more respect over the years. For much of its existence as a symbol of power it would seem that Ford had hijacked the ‘Rally Sport’ badge for its high-performance models and all of them deserved to wear the badge with pride. But Ford were not the first to the podium with RS because in 1967 Chevrolet released the Camaro RS, so there. Other manufacturers have trodden carefully with the Rally Sport badge including mainstream makers such as Renault with their rather excellent Clio RS and Audi with the RS4 and RS6.

But RS also stands for ‘Renn Sport’ in Germany which literally translated means ‘racing sport’ and if there was one manufacturer who stands proud and tall in the use of the RS badge it is Porsche. Dating back to its first application for the public in 1973 with the Carrera 2.7 RS the company has reserved these two letters for those road cars which have reached the peak of their development.

A 911 GT3 is a very potent car indeed. But add the RS badge and you have the very best that Porsche can produce which means that it is arguably the best car in the so-called GT3 sector.

The 911 GT3 RS kicked-off in 2003 with the 996-based version and it was an unashamedly hard-core version of the ‘normal’ GT3. The focus was on track-day handling with stiffened suspension and so the interest in 911 RS variants began. Today they have become amongst the most highly desirable and collectable of all 911’s.

And so we come to the 911 (997) GT3 RS that we are advertising on behalf of the current owner.

This GT3 RS is a 997 Gen 1 which means that it is fitted with the legendary ‘Mezger’ 3.6 litre flat-six powerplant that has its origins in the successful 962 and GT1 racing engines.

The car is right hand drive, has so far recorded only 6000 miles from new and has also undergone a recent major service and thorough inspection by Porsche Tonbridge to give the car a clean bill of health.

Finished in sought-after limited edition Pure Orange this GT3 RS is in superb condition, has never been raced or tracked and comes with a comprehensive specification as follows:-

Full Black ‘RS’ Decals/Black Painted Alloys
‘RS’ Fire-resistant-material Carbon Bucket seats
Alcantara Steering Wheel, Gearstick and Handbrake
Floor Mats
Driver’s 4-Point Harness
Porsche Carbon Composite Brakes (PCCB)
Bi-Xenons with Headlamp Wash
Top Tinted Windscreen
PCM System with European SatNav Disc
Sport Chrono Package Plus
Door entry guards in Carbon
Carbon rear Console
Extended Interior Carbon Package
Roll Cage Painted in Pure Orange
Excellent Service History

Following the car’s inspection Porsche Tonbridge told us that it was one of the most original non-abused GT3 RS’s they had seen for a long time. High praise indeed and the car is unlikely to disappoint anybody looking for a particularly cared-for example.

Considering the very high premiums people are prepared to pay for a 991 GT3 RS these days this future collectable Porsche looks a very sound investment for the longer term.

Sorry – this car is now SOLD!

Please note that part exchanges may be considered.

Meanwhile, here is a short video of the car in action….

For pricing details or to arrange a viewing of this GT3 RS please contact The Car Spy on 01892 506970 or email sales@thecarspy.net

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