Lot 333 - 1974 De Tomaso Deauville
|Odometer reading||45,000 miles|
|Estimate||£22,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £28,000|
The exotic saloons of the late sixties and early 1970's are coming into vogue but with production limited and survivors so scarce, the quality examples from Italian Marques are not often found. DeTomaso prodced just 244 examples of the Deauville between 1970 and 1985. The purity of the lines on the early examples (1970-1974) capture the refinement and elegance of some of the most desired vehicles in the collectors market place. Sources suggest that only a total of eight Deauvilles were imported to the UK market in righthand drive format and this is, an early vehicle, is of the first generation design with steel bumpers. Top speed declared by the manufacturer is 143mph with 330bhp.
This example had a total bare metal restoration undertaken in 2009-2011 with bills for £24,000 alone from specialist, The Burton Motor Company. Chassis and under arches has been stripped and painted Schultz and wax oiled. There is a file of photographs illustrating the standard of the time and work invested. The car benefits also from a complete engine rebuild and balance by Engine Tecknic Inc. with bills for over £4,000 for the work which included .030 rebore .030 pistons .030 crank regrind, new bearings throughout, new standard specification cam, cam bearings, new lifters, reconditioned heads and new valves and seats. Also sourced are new alternator & water pumps, oil pump plus upgraded Multispark MSD-type Ignition. New 650VAC Holley carburettors and engine mounts have been fitted and the C6 transmission has been fully rebuilt by Alders Transmissions including a new torque converter. Campagnolo wheels have been restored fully and to the highest standards (including spare) and shod with five correct brand new period Avon tyres. Reconditioned power-steering and brakes, accompanied by perfect suspension geometry, as illustrated on readout papers in the files are supplied as well as a reconditioned, balanced and painted propshaft. All brightwork has been re-finished including brass window trim at substantial cost to achieve a perfect detailed finish. The radiator has been rebuilt and new hoses fitted throughout the vehicle. New 16" Kenlow fan can also be found, fitted with temperature adjusters and the engine bay is detailed to show standard. The interior remains original and in excellent overall condition. All original Veglia gauges are accurate as checked by 'Speedy Cables' (with receipts for £450) and receipts also present for a new stainless steel exhaust system (£800) and new front windscreen (£1,950). The car has covered less than 1,000 miles since it's last MoT test certificate (expiring August, 2013) at which time there were no advisories. It is reported that the car starts easily and settles into a steady idle with perfect engine note. Finished in metallic Midnight Blue with sky blue half leather interior, this rare and imposing classic saloon would be a magnificent addition to any collection.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.