Deposed Libyan dictator Colonel Gaddafi had his detractors but his appreciation of rare motors was exemplary. Before his regime was toppled, he ordered a Maybach 57S Xenatac Coupé but never got his hands on the heated steering wheel. It’s onsale at Auto Leitner in Holland for £830,000.
● Aston Martin new boy Sebastian Vettel has put his F1 woes behind him by slimming down his car collection. His sell-off included five Ferraris. Tom Hartley Jnr dispatched a 1996 F50, a 2004 Enzo, a 2015 458 Speciale, a LaFerrari, and F12TdF – both from 2016 – in just three days.
● Surrey performance car specialist Romans International hasn’t let a worldwide pandemic thwart its plans. it is almost doubling its forecourt size after buying the Ford site next door. “Covid-19 ended up being the catalyst,” said marketing manager Eddie Cumberland. “The Ford dealership vacated the premises and that gave us our perfect scenario.” The new space will open in July.
● Despite the Covid- enforced closure of its Shropshire showroom, Classic Motor Cars’ restoration projects are continuing as normal. Work is underway on a 1961 Jaguar ZP Project E-type, top, which was raced by Sir Gawaine Baillie in the 1960s. “It’ll take two years to finish,” explained acquisition consultant Harry Wassell. “It’s a very special car.”
● No bull, but Marshall Motor Group has gone for the treble with its sponsorship of darts pros Joe ‘The Rockstar’ Cullen, Gerwyn ‘The ICeman’ Price and Simon ‘The WIzard’ Whitlock. From April 12, it’s game on!
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