The Wonderful Story of Alberto and his Fiat 500C Topolino Belvedere!

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10 years ago Alberto Valstrona had just celebrated his 75th birthday, and as a real Italian was of course accompanied by his whole family! Living in the beautiful village of Omegna, they had a great picnic that afternoon at the nearby Lake d’Orta. It was there that the memories of the good old days came flooding back to him. Being a car enthusiast he wanted to work at a project which proves his technical skills and not spend his days resting amongst the olive trees.

Alberto had nice memories of the Fiat Topolino Belvedère which he owned years ago. Driving slowly around the lake with Sofia tightly next to him. Despite himself but especially Sofia has grown a few inches wider over the years and the in their minds large Topolino now seemed a lot smaller. Still, Alberto thought a restoration object was a fine way of spending his days off. Sofia thought it was a good plan and sons Giuseppe and Salvatore would if necessary, assist their father if help was needed. So in whole northern Italy he looked around for the perfect Belvedere to restore. After rejecting several cars, in a came a grey car from the year 1954, and the restoration could begin.

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The Fiat was solid, complete and very original, a great starting point to be able to make a wonderful restoration. He did not take any risks and spent many hours on the tiny Topolino. Alberto decided not to over-restore the car, but bring it back in it’s original level, just as it seems the Fiat was just driven out of the factory. The under carriage has been in the hands of a restorer who gave all details extraordinary attention. Each part of this Fiat Topolino was judged, and treated with care by Alberto with his high quality requirements. Personally, we think the nice classic two-tone grey body colour and brown interior a perfect combination.

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After more than two years, the car was ready and Sofia was invited to enjoy the lake as they had done so many times. And indeed … the seats were still good but seemed to be a little tighter … It did not spoil the fun. In the following years regular tours were made, but of course only with good weather and an open roof.

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The feeling while driving is maybe only understood by the real enthusiast. Despite its small size and low power the Topolino gives a feeling of freedom and enjoyment, which is further enhanced by the full open roof. Space for children, dog and picnic basket is sufficient. In terms of investment, it is also positive and especially when considering that a restoration done at the same quality level as this car is offering, will cost much more money than our asking price. It is important to know that the Fiat drove only 2500 km car after its extensive restoration.

We know that there are cheaper Belvedères on the market, but better? We dare to doubt it. Do you really want value for money, something fun and super original? Then this Fiat Topolino 500C Belvedere has certainly have to come to your attention.

For the fans of the famous Mille Miglia: the car is eligible for this great Italian event and the cheapest possibility to take part!

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NEW ARRIVALS: See the stunning addition to the DD Classics showroom!

This week we have welcomed some more beautiful classics into the wonderful array of cars we have for sale. Let us know your favourite!

Aston Martin DB6 Volante RHD

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  • One of the rarest of post-war Aston Martins
  • The first Aston Martin to use the iconic ‘Volante’ name
  • Highly usable ZF four-speed automatic gearbox
  • Extensive history file with invoices dating from 1977 till the present day
  • 1 of only 140 “Mark 1” DB6 Volantes produced

The Aston Martin DB6 was launched at the 1965 Paris/London Motor Shows, arriving at a difficult time for the company with the UK economy struggling and the U.S market becoming subject to more and more regulation. Their primary aim was to increase the rear-seat space of the immensely popular DB5, resulting in an extensive re-style with a raised roofline and reshaped rear quarter windows. The resulting design made the DB6 a genuine four-seater tourer.

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Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 LHD

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  • Believed to be 1 of just 625 Series I examples
  • Beautifully finished in Bleu Chiaro with complementing Bleu leather interior
  • Original owner’s manual
  • Borrani wire wheels

The Ferrari 330 GT for sale at DD Classics was a new body style by Pininfarina, commonly known as a Series 1 model which had a total production run of just 625 cars. The car features a distinctive four headlight design which didn’t feature on the ‘Series II’ model. The fantastic Gioacchino Colombo designed 300bhp engine was fitted to all series 1 cars, adorned with triple Weber 40DCZ/6 carburettors and a manual gearbox. This combination took the vehicle from 0-60mph in just 6.3 seconds. Clearly one of the fastest cars of the early/mid sixties era, the Series 1 model had without doubt very few rivals.

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Rolls-Royce Camargue LHD

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  • 1 of only 526 examples produced
  • 52,750 miles from new
  • Masons Black with St George’s Red double coach-line and Ebony hide
  • All woodwork has been recently refurbished
  • Factory fuel injection

The Camargue was fitted with the 6750cc V8 engine and was based on the Silver Shadow’s floorpan. However, the car was longer, wider and heavier than the Silver Shadow. Designed by Paolo Martin at Pininfarina, the Camargue was the first post war Rolls-Royce that was not designed in house. An unusual feature was the famous radiator which tilted forward four degrees from vertical.

At the time of its launch, the Rolls-Royce Camargue was the company’s flagship vehicle and the most expensive production car in the world at the cost of £83,132.

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Mercedes 300 SE L 6.3 LHD

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  • Extensive service history
  • Original datacards
  • Havana Red-Brown with Mink Velour interior
  • 6.3 Litre M100 V8 engine

This Mercedes 300 SEL is fitted with the company’s extremely powerful 6.3 litre M100 V8 engine that featured in the luxuriousMercedes 600 Pullman limousine. This powerful combination created what many regarded to be the first ‘super saloon’, capable of reaching cruising speeds of 125mph with astonishing acceleration in absolute luxury.

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Jaguar MK II RHD

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  • Much preferred 3.8 litre engine
  • 5-speed manual gearbox
  • Air conditioning
  • Power steering
  • Original owner’s handbook

Here is a rare opportunity to own an iconic British sporting saloon, from one of the most prestigious manufacturers. Certain to make the new owner the envy of his fellow club members, friends, neighbours and colleagues as well as the motoring public at large.

With the much preferred 3.8 litre engine, uprated 5-speed manual gearbox, power assisted steering and the addition of modern air conditioning this is a remarkably modern drive. The driving experience is agreeable in every way: Engine start-up is easy from cold and when hot. Gear changes are smooth and the power assisted steering functions correctly. On road test the brakes performed well and all instruments register within tolerance.

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BMW M5

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  • Singapore Grey with Graphite Merino Individual leather
  • 4.4 litre, twin-turbo V8 engine, 560 BHP
  • 19 inch M double-spoke style wheels
  • Internet and DAB digital radio feature as optional extras
  • 80,379 miles with full BMW service history

No other super saloon offers the BMW M5’s combination of mind-bending straight-line performance, dynamic ability and everyday usability. The M5 delivers comfort when you need it and feedback and grip when you push on. Described as the definitive super saloon, it is everything that we love about M-cars – fast, fun to drive, great to look at and lovely to be sat in.

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Top 6 New Arivals at DD Classics

2013 Mercedes-Benz AMG SLS Black Series

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  • Only 949 miles from new
  • 1 of 339 LHD SLS Black Series produced
  • Fitted with an AMG 6.2 litre, V8 engine
  • 7-speed semi-automatic gearbox
  • High performance carbon ceramic braking system
  • Carbon fibre aero-dynamic package
  • Weight optimised AMG forged wheels

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2010 Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

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  • Prior to sale this SLS will undergo a full service with Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands
  • Competitve finance rates available
  • Only 24,086 miles from new
  • Bright Silver Metallic Clear-coat paint with Anthracite Black leather interior
  • AMG performance steering wheel
  • 19 inch twin-spoke alloy wheels

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1983 Aston Martin V8 Volante Vantage

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  • Believed to be 1 of only 6 pre-production V8 Volante models fitted with the more powerful Vantage engine
  • Forerunner to the ‘Prince of Wales’ spec cars
  • Only 22,865 miles
  • 5-Speed Manual
  • Original factory Build sheets
  • Comprehensive history file detailing £75,000 worth of invoices
  • Original toolkit and handbooks

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1967 Ford Shelby Mustang GT 500

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  • 355 bhp, V8 engine
  • Automatic
  • Eleanor Gunmetal Grey paintwork, complemented with Dark Grey stripes

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1974 Citroen DS23 Pallas

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  • Rare RHD example
  • 2,347cc, 4-cylinder engine
  • Electronic fuel injection
  • 5-speed manual transmission
  • Four wheel independent hydraulic suspension
  • Original dealership demonstrator, always professionally maintained
  • Late model, top of the line example

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1969 Fiat Jolly

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When Fiat’s chairman Gianni Agnelli needed a “land dinghy” to carry aboard his 82-foot yacht, the Agneta,  he asked his design team at Fiat to create a small, light vehicle that could easily be lowered off the boat for local transportation. They came up with the Jolly.

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NEW ARRIVALS: Aston Martin DB5, Ferrari 275 GTS and a Ford GT

1964 Aston Martin DB5

  • Matching numbers
  • Comprehensive history file
  • Original owner’s manual and original parts book included
  • Aston Martin Heritage Certificate supplied

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1966 Ferrari 275 GTS

  • Ferrari Classiche Certification in progress
  • Original Matching Number Car
  • Campagnolo Wheels with Three Eared Spinners
  • Complete 275 Toolkit and Owners Manual
  • Recently the Subject of a Meticulous Renovation, Refurbishment and Sympathetic Restoration

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2005 Ford GT

  • Only 6,800 miles
  • Supercharged 5.4 litre V8 engine
  • Carbon seats
  • Lightweight BBS Alloy wheels

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NEW ARRIVALS: Mercedes SL-65 AMG Black Series / DeTomaso Pantera

We love having new cars arrive at our showroom, and this week was no different. With both a high-performance sports car and an unusual classic we were really spoilt at DD Classics!

Let us know which one you prefer, if you would like more information please contact us today.

 

Mercedes SL-65 AMG Black Series

First came the Mercedes SL-65 AMG Black Series…Sensational appearance, unique performance data, with light-weight design throughout and total exclusivity – that’s the Mercedes-Benz SL 65 AMG Black Series. This high-performance coupe is a motorsport engineering thoroughbred, perfect for any sports car enthusiast. The AMG SL-65 was produced in a limited run of only 350, being a RHD car makes this an exceedingly rare and highly desirable example.

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DeTomaso Pantera

Next, came the remarkable DeTomaso Pantera.The Pantera (Italian for “Panther”) was a mid-engined sports car produced by the De Tomaso car company of Italy from 1971 to 1991.

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What do you think of our Techno Classica Essen shortlist!

DD Classics are pleased to be exhibiting at the 2016 Techno Classica event in Essen, Germany. With over 1,250 exhibitors, Techno Classica is one of the largest events in the Classic Car calendar and an absolute must see for any Classic Car enthusiast.

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Techno Classica Essen 2016

6th April – 10th April
Norbertstr. 2, D-45131 Essen

– 20 exhibiting halls and 4 open air areas.
– 1,250 exhibitors from 30 nations, including 220 Clubs and Interest Groups.

 

 

Here is a shortlist of some of the fabulous array of cars that we will be taking to the showcase event in Essen, Germany. If you would like to book an appointment to view before or during the show, please contact us today!

1991 Isdera Imperator

Isdera Imperator for sale

1987 AC Cobra

AC Cobra for sale

2004 Ferrari Enzo

Ferrari Enzo For Sale

1972 Ferrari Dino

Ferrari Dino 246 For Sale at DD Classics

1996 Ferrari F512m

Ferrari F512m for sale

1968 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2

Classic Ferrari 375 GT 2+2 For Sale

1966 Porsche 912

Classic Porsche 912 For Sale

1973 Porsche 911S

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1961 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II

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2006 Ford GT

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1979 BMW M1

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1960 Alvis TD 21 Drophead Coupe

Classic Alvis TD 21 For Sale

1981 DeLorean DMC-12

Delorean DMC-12 1981 For Sale at DD Classics

1958 Chevrolet Corvette ‘Fuelie’

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Jaguar to recreate the famous Le Mans Winning XKSS sports car, each costing more than £1,000,000!

Originally Posted on The Telegraph by Paul Hudson available here: http://bit.ly/1RfV9Gy

Nine examples of Jaguar’s XKSS, the road version of the Le Mans-winning D-type, are being built to replace those destroyed during a fire at the factory after only 18 of 25 had been built

Jaguar has announced that it will build nine new examples of its famed XKSS sports car produced in 1957, each costing in excess of £1 million.

The XKSS was a roadgoing version of Jaguar’s D-type racing car, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race in successive years from 1955 to 1957.

By that time the D-type had become obsolete so Jaguar boss Sir Williams Lyons took the inspired decision to convert 25 remaining D-type racers into road cars, with a taller windscreen and a door on the left for a passenger. The section of bodywork separating the two seats was also removed, along with the distinctive aerodynamic fin behind the driver.

The first deliveries of the new Jaguar XKSS will start in early 2017, with each car being hand-built at Jaguar Classic’s new Experimental Shop in Warwick.

It is referred to as a continuation car, as it is a faithful replica of a vehicle no longer in production and built according to the original blueprints.

The original 25 XKSS cars were earmarked for export to the USA, but only 16 were completed before a fire at Jaguar’s factory in Browns Lane, Coventry, destroyed the remaining nine.

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The XKSS had a taller screen than the D-type and lacked the racing car’s distinctive fin behind the driver

Now, 59 years later, those nine “lost” cars will be replaced, to be sold to what Jaguar describes as “a select group of established collectors and customers”.

Tony O’Keeffe of Jaguar Land Rover Classic said: “A number of continuation XKSS cars have been sold already, more than half, but we wanted to ensure some cars were made available to the public.”

Original cars, whose owners included film idol Steve McQueen, rarely come up for sale but are conservatively valued at more than £10 million.

O’Keeffe said that he knew of a genuine original car currently for sale privately at $18 million (£12.7 million) and that they are so rare and coveted that you’ll never find them at auction.

The XKSS isn’t the first Jaguar continuation. In May 2014 it announced a run of six Lightweight E-type racers to complement the 12 original cars that left the Browns Lane factory in 1963, bringing the total amount of genuine lightweight E-types to 18, the number that was originally intended. It has applied the same logic for the new XKSS and intends to build on the expertise gained during construction of the continuation E-types, which were all sold before production commenced.

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For their £1.1 million or thereabouts, owners of the nine new XKSS cars will be able to specify items used on the original such as a luggage rack on the boot and a tonneau cover

Like the original, each XKSS will have a 3.4-litre, straight-six engine developing 250bhp. Every car will be constructed to the same specifications as the first 16 made in 1957, with every aspect fully certified by Jaguar.

Other famous continuation cars include the 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Zagato, as well as the Ford GT40 and AC Cobra.

In mid-March, Jaguar Land Rover renamed its Heritage business as Jaguar Land Rover Classic. It is a division of JLR’s Special Operations and is dedicated to providing cars, services, parts and experiences to owners and fans of classic Jaguars and Land Rovers around the world.

Tim Hannig, the director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: “The XKSS occupies a unique place in Jaguar’s history and is a car coveted by collectors the world over for its exclusivity and unmistakable design.

“Jaguar Classic’s highly skilled team of engineers and technicians will draw on decades of knowledge to ensure each of the nine cars is completely authentic and crafted to the highest quality.

“Our continuation XKSS reaffirms our commitment to nurture the passion and enthusiasm for Jaguar’s illustrious past by offering exceptional cars, services, parts and experiences.”

If the six exquisite Lightweight E-types produced last year are anything to go by, that £1 million price tag has to be something of a bargain.

Classic Jaguar’s For Sale at DD Classics

Currently sitting proudly in our London Classic Car Showroom are two beautiful Jaguar’s from different era’s of the iconic brand’s life. Click through to our website for more information.

1966 Jaguar 3.8 MK2 For Sale

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1995 Jaguar XJS For Sale

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NEW ARRIVALS: What is your favourite addition to the DD Classics Showroom?

2006 Ford GT

  • Only 8,710 miles
  • Supercharged V8 engine
  • Ebony Black with Satin Silver racing stripes
  • Carbon seats
  • 18″ Alloy wheels

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2002 Aston Martin Vanquish

  • One owner from new
  • Only 7,708 miles
  • V12, 460 bhp engine
  • 1 of 973 LHD manufactured

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2009 Ferrari California

  • Only 12,500 miles from new
  • Ferrari Classiche Certification in progress
  • Bianco Avus with Nero Interior and Nuovo Rosso carpets
  • 4.3 litre F136 V8 engine
  • Dual clutch, 7-speed F1 gearbox
  • 20″ Diamond finish sport wheels

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1958 Chevrolet Corvette

‘Triple Crown’ winner at the 2006 National Corvette Registers Society

  • Recipient of a full nut and bolt restoration
  • 1 of only 1007 delivered with a fuel injected, 290bhp, V8 engine
  • Signet Red with Snowcrest White Coves
  • Warner Gear T-10 four-speed gearbox
  • Original matching numbers

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What Do You Think of This Incredible Gallery of Cars?

What do you think of the amazing collection of cars for sale at DD Classics? The following gallery has been taken from the DD Classics Instagram account, come and give us a follow!

If you want to find out more about these incredible vehicles, please visit the DD Classics website or email us at: media@ddclassics.com

 

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Jaguar XJS Prices Continue to Rise as Investors Hunt for the next ‘E-Type’

A grand total of 115,330 Jaguar XJS cars were built over a 21-year span from 1975 to 1996, of which around 80% went overseas. Even though it has now been out of production for 18 years, all parts are still available to service the car and – thanks to its highly distinctive shape – it still turns heads. Tony O’Keeffe, Communications Officer at Jaguar Heritage, himself owns a March 1996 celebration model, a 4.0-litre coupé. He states, “I have no intention of selling the car and over the past two years of ownership I have seen the value increase by over 30%.”

One of the rarest and most desirable cars is one of the 352 V12 cars built between 1975 and 1979 – with the manual gearbox – shortly followed by the 3.6 manual cabriolet. Special versions celebrating the Le Mans wins were also produced: limited production runs that (in the right condition) would sell for a premium, as well as examples of the celebration model, built to celebrate Jaguar’s 75th Birthday. We’ve witnessed the price of the E-type increase dramatically over the past few years and, while we don’t believe that the XJS could ever reach E-type prices, they will surely continue to rise in value.

Jaguar XJS 4.0 For Sale in London

  • Only 38,000 Miles From New
  • Galvanised Bodywork
  • Highly Rated 4.0 Litre J16 Engine Fitted
  • Revised Trim with Embossed Seats & Wooden Steering Wheel
  • Original Owner Driver Handbooks & Tools All Complete
  • Highly Usable, Future Classic in the Making
  • Last of the Iconic Model Called the Celebration, Built to Celebrate Jaguar’s 75th Birthday

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Supplied new from Meads of Burnham and finished in Topaz metallic with Oatmeal hide interior, luxuriously enhanced with the majestic Elm wood furnishings, this Jaguar is a truly magnificent example.

Having covered just 37,000 miles from new with comprehensive history of service comprising main dealer stamped booklet from 1996 to 2006, service invoices from authorised agents and MOT certificates. The last service having been undertaken by Stratstones in 2014.

Complete with a driver’s handbook and spare keys and freshly MOT’d, this cherished sports coupe is ready to be enjoyed.

This classic Jaguar is available for viewing at the DD Classics Dealership in London, please call to book an appointment.

 

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