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Incredible classic car collection owned by Guinness family up for auction – including £115k Rolls Royce and £12k Ford


AN INCREDIBLE collection of cars owned by the Guinness family has gone up for auction, including a £115,000 Rolls-Royce.

The group of five cars is currently in the hands of the name behind one of the UK and Ireland’s favourite beers.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake dates back to 1928

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake dates back to 1928Credit: H&H Classics

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake

Worth over £115,000, this stunning classic was once owned by Rt Hon Alan Clark MP.

It was used for shooting events on the Elevden Estate in Norfolk.

It is an original from 1928, but underwent a full restoration in the ’90s.

1948 Ford V8 Custom

This Ford V8 Custom was once dubbed the 'Fashion Car of the Year'

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This Ford V8 Custom was once dubbed the ‘Fashion Car of the Year’Credit: H&H Classics

Once dubbed the “Fashion Car of the Year” by the New York Fashion Academy, the Ford was bought by Rupert Guinness, the 2nd Earl of Iveagh.

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Dating back to 1948 it is powered by a tuned-up V8 engine.

It has been in the family since it was delivered to Rupert in Ireland.

1954 MG TF 1500

This beautiful 1954 MG TF 1500 was bought by the family in 1997

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This beautiful 1954 MG TF 1500 was bought by the family in 1997Credit: H&H Classics

One of only 3,400 ever made, this gorgeous vehicle is the pinnacle of classical ’50s styling.

It was bought by the family in 1997 as a US export before being restored and converted to right-hand drive the following year.

The tan hood folds away discreetly to reveal the red leather interior, perfect for a gentle drive on a summer’s day.

1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly

The Dolly underwent a £1,000 restoration

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The Dolly underwent a £1,000 restorationCredit: H&H Classics

While it is from the ’90s, the Dolly fits with the rest of the collections’ old-school charm.

It has covered less than 33,000 miles from now.

In 2017, over £1,000 was spent on cosmetics and mechanical improvements to get it in tip-top shape.

1997 Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf ‘Remus’

This Land Rover was originally supplied to the MoD

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This Land Rover was originally supplied to the MoDCredit: H&H Classics

This model was originally supplied as a military vehicle for the MoD.

It was acquired by modifiers AJS Land Rovers after being taken out of service in 2019.

With just 73,000 miles on the clock it was given a full restoration over eight months, as well as some enhancing modifications.

The family bought it in 2020 and it has remained with them since.

The whole collection was auctioned at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on Tuesday. The price the motors ended up selling for has not been revealed.

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Paul Cheetham, from auctioneers H&H Classics, said: “Every vehicle in the Guinness Collection possesses a unique character and represents a significant era in automotive history.

“Having been carefully preserved by the Guinness family, these cars carry with them an exceptional provenance and an intriguing story that adds to their allure and appeal.”





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