JHW Classics takes great pride in collecting, managing and preserving some of the greatest automobiles ever made. Our cars have featured in a wide variety of TV shows, advertising campaigns and presentation stands.
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LAMBORGHINI MIURA S
TOYOTA 2000 GT
The very first ‘Supercar’, the Miura is rightly considered the most beautiful car of all time by many. This is the ‘Twiggy’ Miura, so called because its first owner was Justin de Villeneuve (Twiggy’s manager in the 1960s); it was often seen parading up and down the Kings Road. It also featured on a 2003 edition of Top Gear. Now owned by a private collector, the Miura is regularly used, and available through JHW Classics.
Whilst you won’t see most Vanwalls from the 1950’s on the road – where they still exist they are mostly in museums – the Vanwall name was briefly resurrected in the 2000s. The company built a handful of single seater racing cars, plus the jewel in the crown - this one off two seater. The beautiful aluminium british racing green body houses a V12 Ferrari engine.
Made famous when a convertible version was produced for the Bond film ‘You Only Live Twice’, this is the first Japanese supercar. Only 351 were ever made. This example was fully restored in 2013-14, and featured on Toyota’s stand at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and will soon be seen on BBC's Top Gear. Available via JHW Classics from a private collector, this is an exceptionally rare vehicle.
The Jaguar XJ13 is a one-off racing prototype with a mid-mounted 6 litre V12 intended to take on the likes of the Ferrari 250LM at Le Mans after the front-engined D-Type was rendered obsolete. This like-for-like recreation has a proper aluminium body (very rare indeed), and was completely restored in the late 2000s. The car has been signed by famous Jaguar Test Driver Norman Dewis.
This Concourse winning Amphicar was built in Germany in 1964, and has recently undergone complete restoration. Out of a total production of 3,878 vehicles, only 7 still exist in the UK. It is rear-engined and uses a 4 cylinder Triumph Herald engine producing 43hp. The Amphicar has a top speed of 7mph on water and 70mph on land. Hence, it was dubbed the “Model 770”.
The prolific stylist Giovanni Michelotti produced a whole range of Triumph prototypes in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Many made it into production – the Herald and TR4 began this way – but the Fury, intended as an intermediate model in between the Spitfire and the TRs with its steel body and 2-litre six-cylinder engine, never made it to production. Completely unique and a fascinating glimpse at ‘what might have been’.
ASTON MARTIN LAGONDA
AUSTIN ‘RADFORD’ MINI
BENTLEY TURBO RT
Designed by William Towns in 1976, only 645 Lagondas were built. This is one of the later Series 4 cars (1990) originally part of the renowned Hunter Green collection of Astons, it has covered less than 5,000 miles from new. Powered by a 5.3 litre V8.
Most Radford minis date from the 1960’s when anyone who was anybody had one – the star car! This was prepared from a 1989 Mini Mayfair and has the uprated 1380cc engine together with the Wilton carpet, the leather upholstery and the Walnut dash.
The Bentley Turbo RT was the last and most expensive of the Turbo R line. It came with a 400 bhp 6.75 L V8 engine, and with a top speed limited to 150 mph, was as fast as the sporting German luxury saloons of the time. this particular car is finished in Wildberry with cream interior.
BOSS HOSS 57 CHEVY TRIKE
It was at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show that BMW presented a car that would become one of its modern classics: the 8 Series Coupe. Built between ‘89 and ‘99, the car dubbed ‘E31’ was a ‘clean-sheet’ design that could trace its lineage way back to BMW’s 1930s coupes. This stunning car has the V12 engine - a Grand Tourer in every sense of the word. Available via JHW Classics from a private collector.
This Boss Hoss motorcycle company make outrageous bikes and trikes with small block Chevy engines. This one has the 8.2 litre engine, one of only a handful outside of the US.
Designed in Holland and built in Germany, the Carver is a hybrid between a trike and a car. It is powered by the original Daihatsu Copen engine which sits between the rear wheels, whilst the remainder of the body tilts like a motorbike.
DAIMLER SOVEREIGN 420
Possibly the very first Copen in the country, privately imported, it is as the name suggests, compact and open, a mini Audi TT with folding metal roof and it’s 660cc engine making it a pocket rocket.
The Jaguar saloons of the 60's and their Daimler cousins were coming to the end of their long reign in 1969. The completely new styling of the XJ6 was coming. This car was one of the last, but whilst the vast majority were by then automatic, this is a rare manual version. Having been in one family for very many years, it has now been entrusted to JHW Classics to continue its loving care.
DATSUN 240 ZG
DELOREAN DMC 12
Whilst the normal Datsun 240Z is well known and much loved, it’s rally prepared brother with long nose and faired in headlights is a step up. Never sold in this country, this one was specially imported, and has recently undergone complete restoration.
Made famous by the Back to the Future films, the gullwing-doored DMC-12 was originally intended as an ‘affordable dream car’ by its creator, former General Motors supremo John DeLorean. Featuring a Lotus Esprit chassis, a Renault PRV V6 engine mounted at the rear and a stainless-steel body, the DeLorean was produced in Dunmurry, Northern Ireland between 1981 and 1983. Truly iconic. Available through a private collector.
A great grand tourer, four seat luxury car from Ferrari introduced at the 1976 Paris Motorshow - it's first car with an automatic transmission. The design was derived from the almost identical looking 365 GT4 2+2 which, itself, was based on the legendary Daytona. This car has the more prized electronic ignition and has appeared on the Celebritiy Antiques Roadshow.
FIAT GAMINE (NODDY CAR)
FORD F150 LIGHTNING
FORD GTD 40
‘Beach cars’ were an important part of the ‘dolce vita’ Riviera lifestyle of the 50s and 60s. Usually seen parked alongside a moored luxury yacht or a Cote d’Azur beachside restaurant, they were the playthings of the ‘beautiful people’ of the Monaco set. The slightly comical appearance of the Fiat 500-based Gamine made it ideal for Noddy too.
For many years Ford ran a ‘Special Vehicle Team’ which produced faster models of its standard cars. This is the SVT version of the F150 pick up truck featuring a 5.4 litre engine with supercharger. Left hand drive and lightning fast, driving it is quite an experience!
This Ford GTD 40 Mk1 ‘wide body’ is the ultimate recreation of the iconic Gulf Oil-sponsored car number ‘6’ piloted to victory by Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver at the 1969 Le Mans 24-Hour race. Attention to detail on this car is in a class of its own, with much time spent sourcing original parts. The engine is a genuine 327ci (5.4-litre) racing unit supplied by Ford Motor Sport.
GRINNALL BMW TRIKE
The wonderful 1200cc BMW touring bike has received a makeover by Midlands based Grinnall motors – a curvaceous trike.
Designed by the man who was famous for putting V8 engines into the Triumph TR7, the three wheeler Scorpion was powered initially by the K100 BMW engine, later models moving up to the 1100cc and 1200cc engines. With stunning handling, our car is one of the earlier models cherished by it's first owner for well over 20 years, now entrusted to JHW who have recommissioned her.
The N360 Kei Class car was Honda's take on the Mini - but modernised with an alloy engine and weight reductions wherever possible to boost performance. But for the British and American markets, that 360cc engine was proving a hard sell, so Honda introduced the N600. Ours is believed to be the UK's last remaining automatic N600. Like the Mini, it is a bit of a 'tardis' - tiny on the outside but room for four adults inside.
HUSTLER 6 'WOODEN'
The futuristic ‘Hustler’ series of cars were designed and built by William Towns between 1979 and 1989. Usually based on the Mini, they featured sharp-edged, angular bodywork in the 70s industrial-design idiom, including sliding glass doors. One of 80 built, the ‘Wooden’ used a unique marine-ply monococque chassis in place of the usual fibreglass.
An icon of the 1960s, particularly the coupe, of which this is an excellent example. These days, it is considered with the Miura to be one of the most beautiful cars of all time. This car, a 3.8 ltr. Mark 1 in Opalescent Silver Blue is a mint, original, and rare 1964 car which has a factory recess behind the front seats allowing much greater legroom. It is one of the last 50 Mark 1 RHD Coupes built.
MERCEDES-BENZ 220 SEB CONVERTIBLE
A sensation when originally launched, the first production car to achieve over 200mph. The engine is a modified Metro 6R4 rally motor with twin turbochargers, taking it to the famed 217 mph and 0-60 in 3.8 secs. It is almost 7ft wide and only 281were ever made. This prime example has been signed by John Nielsen, one of the drivers of the victorious XJ220 at the 1990 Le Mans.
Borne out of a design tender from the US Army to produce an all-terrain military vehicle, the ‘Rambo Lambo’ LM002 marked a total road-car departure for Lamborghini. With a front-mounted Diablo 5000 V12 engine, go-anywhere four-wheel-drive and ferocious Marcello Gandini styling, the Americans’ loss was Lamborghini’s gain. 301 LM002s were still built, of which only 60 were the later American model. This is a prime example has been signed by Lamborghini Test Driver Valentino Balboni.
The 220 SEb Convertible and Coupé were luxurious derivatives of the 220 SEb saloon that had debuted at the Frankfurt Show in 1959. This new 220 family moved Mercedes-Benz’s styling into the modern era; longer than their predecessors, these elegant newcomers featured a wider radiator shell, wrap-around windscreen, enlarged rear window and vertically positioned twin headlamps.
The second generation of the Cube was released in 2002 with a larger interior than the previous model. The combination of angled and curved surfaces was based on the third generation of the Micra, powered by a 1.4 L I4 engine. Often compared to Postman Pat's van by children, it is a wonderful compact quirky car.
Hand-built by Henry Weitzmann in the early 1990’s, the Ronart W152 was designed in homage to the iconic Mercedes racing cars – the Silver Arrows – of the 1930’s, 40’s and 50’s. These were codenamed the W125 and the W154 and the last one to be raced in the USA in 1957 featured a Jaguar straight six engine. Our car is also powered by the Jaguar straight six 4.2 litre engine, and is available through a private collector.
Suzuki imported the LJ80 version of this into the UK in the 1970’s, but this is a rarer machine – a 2-stroke 500cc version.
TOYOTA LANDCRUISER VX
TOYOTA SPORTS 800
Those in the know swear by these. This South African-market Landcruiser, unlike its UK counterpart, features a petrol 3.95-litre engine. This is the car that can truly conquer the African deserts, and as Top Gear proved, is almost indestructible. It also has a 3.5 tonne winch on the front!
The baby brother to the 2000GT, this was Toyota’s first production sports car. Built in 1968 it is also the first car with a targa top. Around 3000 were made; few have survived with their original air cooled engine, but this one has!
As striking now as when it was launched in 1990, the Toyota Sera was one of the company's 'boutique' models that clothed Starlet mechanicals in a dramatic body. Sold new exclusively in Japan only, a few have made it to the UK.