Some Chateau Impney Christmas Auction highlight classics still available

Offers close to the estimate will be considered, and the best of which will be put to the prospective vendors before a deadline of 5pm on Thursday 15th December.

Aston Martin V8 Vantage X-PackYear 1988Vehicle Registration F438KGKChassis Number SCFCV81V6KTR12643Engine Number V/580/2643/XCC 5340

Estimate £240000 - 280000

The 170mph top speed of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage introduced in 1977 placed it firmly in the supercar league of the period. Its engine was shared with the Lagonda, but it used high-performance camshafts, increased compression ratio, larger inlet valves and bigger carburettors mounted on new manifolds for increased output. The straight-line performance was impressive by any standards, with the sprint from 0-60mph being accomplished in a relatively disdainful 5.3 seconds; a touch quicker than even the mighty Ferrari Daytona. Of course the Vantage name had previously been used on a number of high-performance versions of Aston Martin cars, but was now being employed to represent a model in its own right. And although based on the proven V8 model, numerous detail changes combined to create a unique driving experience for the newcomer.

The first series of V8 Vantage models boasted 375bhp, plus series specific details such as: a closed-off bonnet vent, blanked-off grille into which was inserted a pair of powerful driving lights; and a separate rear spoiler - 38 of these were built (plus 13 so-called 'Cosmetics' versions for the US). The Oscar India (this stands for October Introduction) model, phased in during the Autumn of 1978, featured an integrated tea-tray spoiler and smoother bonnet bulge. Inside, a black leather-covered dash replaced the previous walnut one, though the wooden dashboard did find its way back into the Vantage during the eighties, in order to achieve a still more luxurious appearance. The Oscar India cars also received a slight increase in power to 390bhp. With some running changes, the Vantage line continued in production until 1989, with engine output rising to 403bhp from 1986 onwards.

The 1986-1989 580 'X-Pack' was a further upgrade which, courtesy of Cosworth pistons and Nimrod racing-type cylinder heads, had an output of no less than 420bhp. For those who felt even that was insufficient, a 'big bore' after-market option was also available from Aston Martin Works Service, which featured 50mm carburettors (instead of the standard X-Pack 48mm ones) and a straight-through exhaust system that combined to give a thumping 432bhp (this was the same specification of engine as fitted to the limited-edition V8 Zagato). 16-inch Ronal split-rim wheels shod with 255/50 Goodyear Eagle tyres were another part of the X-Pack package. Just 137 X-Pack derivatives were made all told, making this a rare and desirable car by any standard.

The example now offered is a 1988 righthand drive UK specification manual transmission Coupe. According to the vendor, 'it has been totally restored to concours condition and is now nicer than when it left the factory', and he seriously doubts if there is a better one anywhere. It is finished in the striking combination of Rolls-Royce Metallic Blue with Blue-piped Champagne Leather interior trim and logoed Blue carpets, and has covered approximately 72,000 miles in the care of its seven owners. The car was totally restored following an accident in 2001 and fitted with a replacement Vantage engine to correct X-Pack specification. As recently as April this year it was treated to a £7,000 service and shakedown at RS Williams, and is now presented in stunning mechanical and cosmetic condition throughout. 'F438 KGK' comes complete with a full service history from new and comprehensive file including all service and maintenance invoices etc.

Realistically valued to reflect the fully repaired accident of many years ago, 'F438 KGK' represents a perhaps unrepeatable opportunity to acquire an example of the most desirable of all Aston Martin V8 Vantage models at a fraction of the current market value for these increasingly cherished British supercars.

Ferrari 328 GTSYear 1986Vehicle Registration C771CRUChassis Number ZFFWA20B000062779Engine Number F10500844CC 3185

Estimate £60000 - 70000

Introduced at the September 1985 Frankfurt Motor Show the Ferrari 328 shot straight to the top of the 'junior supercar' league. Borrowed from the preceding 308, its tubular-steel chassis was equipped with coil-over double-wishbone independent suspension, front / rear anti-roll bars and potent disc brakes. Though, the adoption of a 288 GTO-specification steering rack brought notably sharper responses. Transversely mid-mounted, the newcomer's Tipo 105CB 'quad-cam' 32-valve V8 displaced 3185cc. Credited with developing 270bhp and 224lbft of torque, it was allied to five-speed manual transmission and gave suitably authoritative performance (0-60mph: 5.5 seconds / 158mph). Styled by Pininfarina, the 328 retained the same iconic silhouette as its forebear but added a larger 'egg crate' grille, new bumpers and reworked bonnet / boot lids etc. Available in both GTB (berlinetta) and GTS (spider) guises, the Ferrari also benefited from a revamped interior - again inspired by the 288 GTO - complete with improved switchgear, redesigned centre console and more cosseting seats. Beloved by the press and public alike, the 328 remained in production until 1989.

1 of just 6,068 produced 'C771 CRU' was imported into the UK in 2015, and is finished in Rosso red with a Black interior and displays some 41,500 miles on its odometer. Having spent most of its life in the USA the Ferrari is described as 'very clean' and a 'well presented' example which is ready to enjoy. It is accompanied by the original spare wheel, original jack and roll with some tools, collection of invoices and its understood to possess a fresh MOT by the time of sale.

PLEASE NOTE: This vehicle has an MOT until December 2017.

Porsche 911 TurboYear 2002Vehicle Registration RF02ZYRChassis Number WP0ZZZ99Z2S682166Engine Number Not KnownCC 3600

Estimate £40000 - 50000

Interest in Porsche's apparently immortal 911 continues apace and the various Turbo models are among the most sought after of all. This very tidy-looking 996 from 2002 has had just two owners and covered 31,988 miles from new, as verified by the stamps of 11 services from Porsche Centre Solihull and the one carried out as recently as June this year by the Porsche Centre Wolverhampton. Finished in the popular combination of Seal Grey bodywork and Black leather interior trim, 'RF02 ZYR' comes with an MOT valid to July 25 next year, and bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, flat-six engine and five-speed Tiptronic transmission that's all classed by the vendor as being 'excellent' order. Debuted at the 1999 Frankfurt Salon, the 996 Turbo was available from late 2000 to 2005. Its twin turbochargers endowed the 3.6-litre engine with an output of 415bhp, which when coupled with four-wheel drive transmission as standard equipment made for a very potent all-weather weapon indeed.

Interested, contact H&H Classics

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