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Rare prototype sports car expected to sell for up to £85,000 in Ewbank’s first car auction 

A rare Austin Healey Prototype used in trials throughout the 1960s will headline the first standalone car auction Ewbank’s in Surrey, on Sunday September 5.

Expected to fetch up to £85,000, the X300 was so important to the development of the marque that despite being constantly modified and changed as the manufacturers tested the car’s performance, it never transitioned from its experimental status into a road vehicle.

Its unusual features include a longer wheel-base than standard, a shorter overall length and double headlights.

“It really is a bit of history on four wheels,” said partner Andrew Ewbank. “The opportunity to buy something like this may not arise again.”

Other highlights in the auction range from a rare 1980 Ferrari to the ultimate retro camper van.

Arguably the best value in the auction is a fully restored 1989 Porsche 911 / 964 Carrera 2 Coupe in Baltic Blue, estimated at £40,000-60,000.

A 1980 Ferrari 308 GTSI left-hand drive California import in rare Nero Black bodycolour with a beige leather interior has just been serviced by a Ferrari specialist. With a new cam belt and fuel pump, and its original toolkit, it has just 38,000 miles on the clock. The guide is £48,000-55,000.

For those looking for something a little older and of more historical note, a 1939 pre-war Jaguar SS100 SE saloon should fit the bill. With a guide of £35,000-45,000, this delightful car, which is believed to have been in the same family since it was first on the road, has clearly been well cared or over the years.

The SE model was produced in very small numbers making this 1.5 litre example quite rare, according to the team at Ewbank’s. It has a steel sliding roof which works and is watertight.

“These pre-war SS motor cars are becoming very hard to find,” says Andrew Ewbank.

A more modern everyday classic is the 1986 Ford Capri. Here a D-registration model with an MOT until November and 93,000 miles on the clock is guided at £15,000-20,000.

An extremely rare righthand drive 1968 Fiat Gamine by Vignale is also attracting interest.

Fully restored, including upgraded Fiat performance parts and bespoke Italian wicker seats, this small rear-engined car was produced by Carrozzeria Vignale from 1967 to 1971, and is based on the Fiat 500. Unlike the 500, the Gamine had an open-top roaster structure and only two seats. The estimate is £25,000-32,000.

With staycations popular, two vehicles on offer should have extra appeal. The first is a Brazilian import VW Camper from 1975. The classic design in orange and cream colour combination, and with only one prior owner, it is pitched at £24,000-26,000.

Rare, but no less eye-catching is a 1967 For Transit, Jennings Coachbuilders Roadranger Original Motorhome. With just 67,000 miles on the clock, the estimate is £6,000-10,000.

The catalogue is not yet closed but can be viewed online.

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