A major car auction taking place this weekend is set to see some Midland-made classics go under the hammer - including a Rover Mini once owned by Swedish film star Britt Ekland.
International auctioneers Coys are set to auction over 65 classic and sports cars at their regular autumn auction, The Spirit of Motoring, held at the Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire on Saturday October 10.
The sale will features a diverse catalogue, with everything from Britt Ekland’s 1991 Birmingham-built Rover Mini to an original 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2½ litre Roadster.
Ms Ekland’s Mini is expected to fetch between £7,000 and £10,000, while no price guide has been released for the Jaguar, which was the first real high-performance model produced by SS Cars Limited - later to become Jaguar Cars in 1943.
It is a highly sought-after model and one sold by Bonhams two years ago went for £225,000.
Founded by William Walmsley the SS originally stood for the Swallow Sidecar & Coachbuilding Company.
The company branched out into motor manufacture in 1926, its first major success being a sports saloon on the Austin Seven chassis, the design created by Mr Walmsley’s partner William Lyons.
The Swallow range expanded to include models on Morris Cowley, Wolseley Hornet and Standard Sixteen chassis.
The SS100 was one of the fastest and best-handling sports cars of its day, with an enviable competition record both before and after the war.
The car famously beat Bugatti in the arduous International Alpine Trial in 1936, the first of many rally wins.
Speaking about Ms Ekland’s Mini a spokesman from Coys said: “The 1991 Rover Mini on offer presents a rare opportunity to own a car with a unique and outstanding pedigree, having being owned by one of the original 1960s style icons - film actress Britt Ekland.
“Ms Ekland owned the Mini for five years and helped to make the Mini the incredible and appreciating classic car that it is today.
“She only sold it when she auctioned off everything she owned after her divorce from Slim Jim Phantom, the drummer from the Stray Cats in 1996. This Rover Mini still has the original V5 and service record book.”
On the SS Jaguar he added: “The wonderful 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2½ litre Roadster is in excellent restored condition and would be suitable to grace the most precious Jaguar collections in the world or any concours event it might be entered into.
“In its current ownership the car has been regularly displayed at concours events throughout the UK, where it has performed very well, receiving trophies at most events it attended.”
Other Midland-made cars being sold by Coys include a 1958 Aston DB2/4 Mark III (estimated at £130,000 to £160,000), a 1929 Morgan Aero “Three Wheeler” (estimated at £18,000 to £25,000) and a 1962 Jaguar MKII (estimated at £18,000 to £25,000).
Other lots include a 1976 Ferrari 365 Barchetta Daddario, Clay Regazzoni’s 1966 Tecno works car, a 1965 Lotus Type 26 Elan S2, a 1976 Ferrari 308GTB Vetroresina, a 1955 Bentley Series 1 Sports Saloon by Hooper and a 1968 Alfa Romeo GT.
Chris Routledge, managing partner of Coys, said: “Ascot promises to be a great auction with over 65 high quality and interesting classic and sports cars.
“Held in the grounds of the Ascot Racecourse, a true British sporting establishment, we have lined up an exemplary selection of racing cars as well as a range of Ferraris, Jaguars and Mercedes-Benz, among other important collectors’ cars.”
To see all the all auction lots visit www.coys.co.uk/auction.php .