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Wow! What a choice

An astonishing 140 cars worth around £7million go up for grabs at the next auction by Historics.

Called the Windsorview Lakes auction it’s set for Saturday July 18, and follows four days of viewing by customers eager to examine the vehicles.

The choice of cars is simply breathtaking. Buyers will be amazed by the differing cars on offer.

Whether you’ve got your eyes set on spending a possible £700,000 on a 1967 Ferrari Daytona Spider, or restoring a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle, the selection is so huge it’s not short of temptation.

I’ve picked 10 cars to give you a taste of what’s on offer, starting with what is likely to be the most expensive car at the auction, the Ferrari Daytona by Scaglietti (main picture, above).

Estimated at £580,000 – £670,000 it’s one of only six prototypes built and was extensively tested by Ferrari at the Modena race track.

It achieved the highest speed of any production car in the world at the time, reputed to be 300km/h (186mph).

With just 28,708 km (17,799 miles) on the clock it underwent a complete engine rebuild in 2006 and has been driven rarely since then.

Historics report that it “runs beautifully.”

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If your aspirations of a classic car are a little less than a Ferrari how about this gorgeous 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500cc, with just 9,580 miles?

Estimated at £9,000 – £12,000 its 1,500cc engine replaced the previous 1,300cc unit and gave it far more power, with 0-60mph in 13.2s.

Fair enough that’s still not quick, but I remember that my favourite car mag of the day, Cars and Car Conversions, called it: “The Spitfire with balls.”

Not in Mimosa Yellow though.

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Moving slightly more upmarket, this 1987 Ferrari Testarossa, is expected to fetch £75,000 – £89,000.

A left hand drive model, with 13,513 miles, I remember that me and Honest John were bullied by one while we were driving in Monaco.

If ever there was a rear mirror monster this was perfect. It was huge.

It wasn’t there for long, though. It hit 0-62mph in 5.7s and 180mph thanks to a 4.9-litre V12.

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Let’s go Stateside, now, with a 1964 Ford Falcon.

Imported to the UK from America in 2013 by a Ferrari specialist, it’s been well looked after, has done 71,382 miles and its 3.0-litre V8 is described as “great sounding” by Historics.

They add: “Any new owner can cruise to events in American style and comfort.”

Yours for an estimated £18,000 – £22,000.

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This is so sweet it’s hard to believe it went on sale four years after the Falcon.

It’s a 1968 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk. II, once the envy of every teenager and would-be quick car owner in the country.

In 1967, the year it first went on sale, 109bhp was a vast amount of power for what became an iconic classic car, especially with its traditional green stripe and green Everflex roof.

Historics say: “It’s a car that has evocative memories to men of a certain age.”

With 66,512 miles it’s estimated at £19,000 – £24,000.

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Moving on to 1989 this Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante X-Pack Convertible is just one of six that were made and has covered 40,685 miles.

“Stunning from every angle'” say Historics, and finished in Salisbury Blue with Magnolia hides piped blue, the car is complemented by a dark blue mohair roof.

It’s blisteringly quick, with 170mph top speed and 0-100mph in 12.7s.

Price? With that kind of rarity is should be £280,000 – £320,000.

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Number seven on my list is this equally fantastic looking 2002 Range Rover Carmichael Fire Engine.

Used by Pembrokeshire County Council from 2000 to 2019, Historics say: “A wonderful crowd pleaser at any show, it would also grace any museum and is fun to drive.”

Estimate: £14,000 – £16,000.

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Here’s another jaw dropping car with a price to rival the Ferrari Daytona.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5, it’s estimated at £540,000 – £640,000.

Its massive history file shows that it went to Australia in 1994, then was re-imported back to Britain in 2012 and has had a bare metal restoration.

Its colour combination, described modestly by Historics as “elegant” is Glacier Blue over a dark blue leather interior.

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This 1968 Austin Mini Moke, say Historics, is: “A fun runabout that was subject to a full nut and bolt restoration by Thunder Road Cars at a cost of £13,000.

“With an engine that starts on the button, this Moke is described as driving with no known faults.”

In that case it’s the complete opposite of the one I hired on holiday in Corfu.

It’s £13,000 – £16,000, which is £16,000 more than the Corfu car was worth.

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Finally, and looking very sad and in need of care and attention, is a 1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1600.

Historics say: “We are informed that all parts still accompany the vehicle although this is unverified and should be checked prior to purchase.

“Initially red, it is offered without reserve and represents an exciting opportunity for the next owner to finish as wished.”

I don’t think it will be left unfinished.

Remember, this giant size Motormouth piece is just one fourteenth of the cars that will go up for auction.

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