Who said the ’70s were naff? — June 2021 auction results

Simon de Burton on a Datsun scorcher, a Norton screamer and an Army steal

1974 Datsun 240Z Super Samurai

1974 Datsun 240Z Super Samurai

Sold by Silverstone Auctions, £46,688 

The last time this example of Datsun tuner Spike Anderson’s work appeared at auction it realised £16,100. That was 14 years ago, since when it has passed through various owners but has still covered a mere 5,821 miles. One of the original 240Z Samuris, it was tuned for Modsports racer Eddie Stephens, who bought it as a stock car from its original owner. It was upgraded to ‘Super’ specification after being acquired in a sorry state by Z-car authority James Morris in the late 1990s. The vendor had owned the car for five years, during which time it had been fully fettled and restored.


1994 Leyland DAF troop carrier1994 Leyland DAF Troop Carrier

Sold by Bonhams, £3,600

This ex-Royal Artillery troop carrier must be the auction bargain of the year. It was sold by the owner of an off-road monster truck business who used it to ferry spectators around his site.


Norton F1 bike

1990 Norton F1

Sold by H&H, £34,500

Not only was this rotary-engined road bike in excellent condition, it came complete with the ultimate reg mark for the model, or indeed any fan of the Lotus GP era of the ’70s and ’80s… F1 JPS.


1956 Lotus Eleven1956 Lotus Eleven

Sold by H&H, £28,125

It was a brave bidder who secured this unfinished project, owned by former BMC works rally navigator, the late Terry Harrison. It included a period-correct Coventry Climax engine.


Williams FW14 display carWilliams F1 ‘Red 5’ display car

Sold by Silverstone Auctions, £174,375 

Since Nigel Mansell’s title-winning FW14B sold at auction two years ago for £2.7m, this display version of his 1991 FW14 is reasonably priced.

One of three, it is thought to be the only survivor.


2017 Morgan ARV62017 Morgan ARV6

Sold by Silverstone Auctions, £51,750 

One of six ARV6 race cars built, this example won 10 of 11 Morgan Challenge Championship 2017 events. With 320bhp to propel just 850kg it offers thrilling performance – and is street legal.


1954 Jaguar XK1201954 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

Sold by The Market, £67,000 

This looks a good buy at £3,000 less than its low pre-sale estimate. Exported to the US, it returned to the UK in 2016 and underwent a restoration that included a left-to-right-drive conversion.


1972 Datsun 1600SSS1972 Datsun 1600SSS

Sold by Bonhams, £11,250

Fans of Datsuns will know that SSS stands for twin carburettors and a souped-up engine. This example of the Japanese super saloon is fully prepared to 1970 FIA rally specification.


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