Early example of modern Silver Arrows up for auction


With the world focusing on the thrilling battle between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg for the 2014 Formula One World Championship, on 3 December 2014 H&H will offer one of the first Grand Prix cars of the modern era to bear the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star - a 1993 Sauber C12A.

The display car is built around a genuine tub and carries the chassis number 93.C12A.04. Rather than make simple glassfibre replicas, at the end of 1993 Sauber produced a series of five sponsors cars that included a high percentage of original race components. The Ilmor V10 engine is essentially a ‘shell’, but carries the correct ‘S’ logo on its cam covers, and the single-seater is depicted as a 1994, Tissot-liveried car with ‘Concept by Mercedes-Benz’ script on its flanks.

Whoever is crowned World Champion after the season decider in Abu Dhabi on 23 November, their multi-million-pound car will have cost far more than the modest £18,000 - 25,000 estimated for H&H’s Sauber.

Other early entries at the Chateau Impney, Worcestershire, sale range from a cute 1970 Fiat 500 L (£4,500 -6,500) to a classic British sports car from the 1930s, the £28,000 - 32,000 1934 MG PA.

Before then, on 12 November, H&H will return to its popular Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, venue where it will offer over 80 classics at prices to suit all pockets. One of the highlights is another Mercedes-Benz, the left-hand-drive, ex-California 1962 220 SE Coupé estimated at £16,000 - 20,000.

For further information  see www.classic-auctions.com

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