Classic Car & Restoration Show Birmingham NEC March 2018

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This was my second visit to the Classic Car & Restoration Show. It is obviously aimed at the growing number of  people, both amateurs and professionals, who are involved, in one way or another, with classic car restoration. With prices of classic cars having increased enormously over the last five years in particular, it can be a profitable business. But even to the average car enthusiast like myself the show has so many things to offer. Not least being the eclectic range of cars lined up to be auctioned.                                                                                                                                              I had interesting conversations with several people, another good thing about the show, the people, both stand holders and visitors, are so friendly. In particular I spoke to one of the partners of Little British Sports Cars about the ambitions he has for his fledgling company. I also engaged in enthusiastic reminiscing with a man from Fishguard on the Midas Owners Club stand. Then there was the stunning Feguson Formula 4 x 4 Triumph Stag on the Stag Owners Club stand. I could go on and on but at the moment I am heavily engaged on the next edition of the Warwick Healey Archive Bulletin this may explain the focus on Austin Healeys at the end of this post.

I will leave you with some of the photos that I took. They can speak for themselves.

General Interest

Allard J2

1929 Jowett Long 2 Tourer


Daimler SP250

Late 30s, early 40s Wolseley 21

1952 Triumph Renown

750 Motor Club Austin Seven racer

1930s Rolls Royce Phantom II Tourer

c 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air

Lotus Honda Sport Exige Coupe



A ‘one off’ – Ant Antstead’s 2017 Retro GT

Rootes Group and Associates

The Rootes Archive Trust Stand

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Hillman Hunter’s victory in the London to Sydney Marathon. The car in the photo is a replica. The orginal car is owned by Andrew Cowan and will be at the Celebration event to be held at The British Motor Museum (Gaydon) on 29th July.
The Drivers – Andrew Cowan, Brian Coyle and Colin Malkin
Hillman Minx California

Sunbeam Imp Rally Car

Simca 1000 Rallye

1956 Simca Aronde

Austin Healeys and MGs

Austin Healey Club

Austin Healeys in the Auction

1960 Sprite Estimate £K16 – 20

1964 Ashley Sprite Estimate £K11 – 14

1957 Austin Healey 100/6 Estimated price – £K45 – 50

1960 Austin Healey 3000 Mk 1 Estimated price – £K35 – 40





c 1954 MG TF

MGs in the Auction

1960 MG A Estimate £K18 – 22

1957 MG A Estimate £K16 – 20


1968 MG C GT Estimate – £K16 – 20

Other cars in the Auction

1975 Jensen Interceptor MK III Estimate £k35 – 40

1975 Iso Rivolta Estimate £K40 – 45

1978 Reliant Scimitar GTE Estimate £K5 – 7

c 1997 Renault Sport Spider

1933 Alvis Speed 20 Sports Tourer Estimate £K50 – 60

1923 Talbot (London) 10 Tourer Estimate £K17 – 20


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