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Nice 1977 C3 Corvette 350v8 Auto T-Top Coupe.

NICE EXAMPLE OF THE ICONIC C3 CORVETTE 350 V8 T-TOP COUPE,

JUST IMPORTED FROM SUNNY FROM AFTER PRIZING IT AWAY FROM ITS ELDERLY OWNER.FINISHED IN BRIGHT RED & BLACK LEATHER TRIM, POWER WINDOWS , POWER BRAKES , AIR-CON , FACTORY ALLOYS , MOT'D & READY TO BE REGISTERED.

CALL JEFF TODAY TO ARRANGE YOUR VIEWING.

£12,995

Beautiful 1989 Jaguar Xjs 5.3 V12 Convertible

HERE WE HAVE A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE MODERN DAY CLASSIC THE FAST APPRECIATING "ICONIC" JAGUAR XJS 5.3 V12 CONVERTIBLE.

HAVING COVERED JUST UNDER 96,000 MILES WITH COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE THE 2 SEATER SPORTS TOURER CONVERTIBLE IS READY FOR ITS NEW OWNER, HAVING JUST HAD THE FOLLOWING, NEW RADIATOR , NEW WATER PUMP , HEAD GASKETS REPLACED , NEW SOFT TOP HEADING , NEW EXPENSIVE WOOD TRIM KIT , BRAND NEW EXPENSIVE CORRECT PIRELLI P600 TYRES AND PROFESSIONALY REFURBISHED LATICE ALLOYS , NEW BATTERY , ARGUABLY THE BEST COLOR COMBINATION OF METALLIC BLUE & MAGNOLIA LEATHER TRIM WITH BLUE PIPING, CD/ MULTI CHANGER.

PLEASE CALL JEFF TODAY TO ARRANGE A VIEWING ......

£14,995

STUNNING '76 CHEVROLET C3 CORVETTE 350 V8 AUTO TTOP COUPE....

HERE WE HAVE A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE ICONIC 1976 CORVETTE C3 350 V8 AUTO T-TOP COUPE.

FINISHED IN BRIGHT YELLOW WITH CONTRASTING BROWN INTERIOR

EQUIPPED WITH FACTORY OPTIONS OF POWER BRAKES, POWER WINDOWS , A/C , FACTORY RALLY WHEELS WITH BF GOODRICH WHITE LETTER TYRES, RECENTLY PAINTED TO A HIGH STANDARD WITH LOTS OF NEW PARTS FITTED, DOOR SEAL , TTOP SEALS ETC.

MODERN DIGITAL RADIO .

PLEASE CALL JEFF TODAY TO AVOID DISSAPOINTMENT.

PRICE £16,995

NICE '75 CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY T-TOP V8 MANUAL

HERE WE HAVE A NICE GENUINE EXAMPLE OF A 1975 CHEVROLET C3 CORVETTE STINGRAY 5.7 V8 MANUAL, JUST ARRIVED FROM SUNNY ALABAMA , HAS 81,000 MILES (BELIEVED TO BE GENUINE) , LAST OWNER OVER 20 YEARS,

METALLIC BRIGHT BLUE & DARK BLUE TRIM , RARE MANUAL ONLY 1057 PRODUCED THAT YEAR, VERY GENUINE AND ORIGINAL CAR , FITTED WITH A PAIR OF 1969 FACTORY SIDE PIPES....

PLEASE CALL JEFF ON 01277 811588 NOW...

£15,950

GENUINE EXAMPLE OF A 1983 ROLLS ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT

1984 'A ROLLS ROYCE SILVER SPIRIT

6.8 PETROL , AUTOMATIC

MET BLUE , MAGNOLIA LEATHER TRIM & BLUE PIPING

FOUE NEW AVON WHITEWALL TYRES (FITTED AFTER PHOTOS)

COPY OF ORIGINAL PURCHASE INVOICE £48,000 IN 1983

ORIGINAL FACTORY COMPLETION CHECKLIST

CD/RADIO WITH REVERSING CAMERA

12 MONTHS MOT , 2 KEYS

ALL SERVICE AND OWNERS HANDOOKS

ONLY 83,000 MILES , COMPREHENSIVE SERVICE HISTORY

£8995

STUNNING 1992 'J BMW E30 318Ci FACTORY CONVERTIBLE AUTOMATIC

HERE WE HAVE A LOVELY GENUINE EXAMPLE OF A E30 CONVERTIBLE, FINISHED IN MET RED WITH UNMARKED ORIGINAL GREY CHECK INTERIOR. HAVING COVERED JUST 87,000 MILES , WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY.

2 SETS OF KEYS, VIRTUALLY EVERY MOT CERTIFICATE FROM NEW, 

FACTORY POWER HOOD ....NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE BAUR COPY.

THIS IS A GENUINE EXAMPLE THAT IS AN APPRECIATING ASSET.

PLEASE CALL JEFF TODAY ON 01277 811588 TO ARRANGE YOUR TEST DRIVE ..

£5950

STUNNING EXAMPLE OF A '76 C3 CORVETTE 350 V8.....RARE ORANGE FLAME 

HERE WE HAVE A LOVELY EXAMPLE OF A MID YEAR 1976 C3 CORVETTE STINGRAY 350 AUTO T-TOP.

IMPORTED FROM PENSILVANIA IN 2013 .

FINISHED IN POSSIBLY THE BEST COLOR COMBO AVAILABLE.ORANGE FLAME & LIGHT SADDLE TRIM, JUST BEEN DETAILED BY A TOP QUALITY GUY IN ESSEX (AND CORVETTE OWNER) .

NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE USUAL RUBBISH BADLY MAINTAINED CORVETTES FOR SALE ELESWHERE.........

MODERN DIGITAL RADIO , RECENT SEAT COVERS , CARPETS AND DOOR TRIMS, FITTED WITH RARE MOON ROOF T-TOPS , WHICH I AM SURE WERE A 70'S AFTERMARKET ACCESSORY.

DRIVES GREAT , SOUNDS AWESOME....

PLEASE CALL JEFF TO ARRANGE YOUR TEST DRIVE NOW....

SOLD 

LOVELY EXAMPLE OF A 1987 GMC CABALLERO (EL-CAMINO)

1987 'D GMC CABALLERO (EL CAMINO) 5.0V8 AUTO

SOLID BLACK PAINTWORK, ORIGINAL VELOUR INTERIOR , IMPORTED FROM TEXAS IN 2007, 44,000 MILES (BELIEVED TO BE GENUINE), INVOICES FOR WORK PREVIOUSLY CARRIED OUT TOTALLING OVER £3000, RUNS AND DRIVES GREAT.

£6950

NICE EXAMPLE OF A 78 ANNIVERSARY CORVETTE

1978 25TH ANNIVERSARY CORVETTE 350 L82 AUTO

2 TONE SILVER PAINTWORK , MATCHING NUMBERS L82 350 V8 ENGINE

POLISHED ALLOYS , NEW BF GOODRICH WHITE LETTER TYRES

OYSTER CLOTH / LEATHER TRIM

CB RADIO , 

107,000 MILES , LOADS OF NEW PARTS FITTED 2012

SOLD 

BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE PRESTIGIOUS MERCEDES 320 S CLASS

1999 T MERCEDES 320 S CLASS 4 DOOR SALOON

3.2 PETROL , AUTOMATIC

METALLIC BLUE , FULL GREY LEATHER TRIM

E/HEATED FRONT SEATS, E/SUNROOF

DOUBLE GLAZED DOOR GLASS , ALLOY WHEELS

REAR VANITY MIRRORS , CD/RADIO

89,000 MILES , FULL SERVICE HISTORY

ABSOLUTELY STUNNING THROUGHOUT

DRIVES SUPERB

SOLD

 

 

LOVELY EXAMPLE OF THE ENGLISH ICON, 1974 JAGUAR E-TYPE V12 SERIES 3 ROADSTER

GENUINE UK REGISTERED CAR NOT AN IMPORT

DESIRABLE MANUAL TRANSMISSION

STUNNING CONDITION

STARTS AND DRIVES GREAT

EXTENSIVE SERVICE HISTORY 

TONNEAU COVER INCLUDED

NO CORROSION ISSUES

JUST PASSED NEW MOT

FINISHED IN THE CLASSIC COLOUR COMBINATION OF OLD ENGLISH WHITE AND BLACK LEATHER TRIM

ORIGINAL RADIOMOBILE 8 TRACK PLAYER

5.3 LITRE V12 ENGINE THAT PURRS

STAINLESS EXHAUST SYSTEM

CHROME WIRE WHEELS

MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED        

 

P.O.A

STUNNING 2001 C5 CORVETTE CONVERTIBLE 5.7 V8 ...............

LOVELY GENUINE 1 OWNER EXAMPLE OF THE BRILLIANT CHEVROLET CORVETTE C5 (5TH GENERATION) CONVERTIBLE. FINISHED IN METALLIC SILVER WITH CONTRASTING BLACK LEATHER TRIM. HAVING COVERED 90,000 MILES WITH FULL SERVICE HISTORY. PRESENTED IN THE USUAL "AUTOMOTION" STYLE ....IT HAS JUST HAD A FULL SERVICE AT S&S VEHICLE SERVICES (OUR PREFERED SPECIALISTS) INCLUDING NEW DISCS AND PADS ALL ROUND. DRIVES AND SOUNDS SUPERB WITH THE ROAR OF THE STAINLESS MAGNA FLOW EXHAUST SYSTEM.

PLEASE CALL JEFF ON 07967055556 TODAY TO ARRANGE YOUR TEST FLIGHT.

SOLD 

NICE EXAMPLE OF THE REVOLUTIONARY 1967 MERCEDES 300SE 2 DOOR COUPE

NICE EXAMPLE OF THE DESIRABLE 1967 MERCEDES 300SE 2 DOOR COUPE,

LOVINGLY REBUILT BY PREVIOUS OWNER MERC CLUB MEMBER TO A NICE USEABLE STANDARD.

ALL OF THE EXPENSIVE JOBS HAVE BEEN TAKEN CARE OF, IE AIR SUSPENSION ETC.

FRONT AND REAR SEATS HAVE BEEN PROFESSIONALLY REFURBISHED TO A HIGH STANDARD.

FULLY MOT'D AND READY TO USE OR SHOW.

COMPLETE WITH ORIGINAL SET OF WORKSHOP MANUALS, AND WORKING ORIGINAL BECKER MEXICO RADIO.

 

 

BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF THE ICONIC AMERICAN SPORTS CAR.....

1958 C1 CORVETTE ROADSTER

STUNNING EXAMPLE OF THE 1958 LITTLE RED CORVETTE

RECENT FULL RESTORATION

MATCHING NUMBERS

FRESH IMPORT FROM THE USA

ALL DUTIES PAID

FULLY REGISTERED AND READY FOR SHOWS

MUST BE SEEN TO BE APPRECIATED

MATCHING HARDTOP

P.O.A

 

ROBIN HOOD "SIERRA BASED KIT CAR" 

STUNNING SIERRA BASED ROBIN HOOD KIT CAR

FORD 2.0ltr PINTO ENGINE

TWIN WEBBER CARBS

PUSH BUTTON START

STAINLESS STEEL MONOCOQUE CONSTRUCTION

MINILITE ALLOY WHEELS

LONG MOT

REMOVABLE STEERING WHEEL

FLIP FLOP PAINTWORK

FULL TONNEAU COVER

FULL HARNESS SEAT BELTS

GREAT FUN TO DRIVE

NON Q PLATED

£3950

NOW SOLD TO AN ITALIAN CAR DEALER FROM MILAN

BEAUTIFUL 1971 C3 CORVETTE 350 MANUAL

FULLY RESTORED AT GREAT EXPENSE BY PREVIOUS OWNER OVER THE LAST 25 YEARS

FINNISHED IN METALLIC BRANDS HATCH GREEN (1 YEAR ONLY COLOUR)

TOTALLY STUNNING 

DRIVES SUPERB

RARE MANUAL TRANS

NEW LEATHER SEAT COVERS ETC

MULTIPLE TROPHY WINNER IN THE USA

RUNNER UP IN 1ST UK SHOW AT CCCUK NATIONALS 3 YEARS RUNNING.

2016 RECIEVED A CERTIFICATE OF APPRECIATION FROM UK CHAPTER OF THE NCRS....

GREAT SHOW CAR

ALL UK DUTIES PAID

FULLY MOT'D AND REGISTERED

NOT FOR SALE

The Story Of The '71 Corvette

 

Jeff Shadbolt may be known to CCCUK members as one time partner in Mountnessing based Essex Corvettes. Specialising in mid/late 70's 'affordable' C3 Corvettes, Jeff would make regular trips over to Florida to source cars for resale in the UK. Late last year Jeff's partner decided to redevelop his property and follow other interests. The pair chose to stop trading. The problem now for Jeff was that after importing a number of nice, tidy cars he didn't have a Corvette himself ! He decided to visit Florida earlier this year and find a car for himself. So in Jeff's words :-  

 

“ Late last year I decided to ask my seven year old son Tommy if he would like to join me on a 'boys only' Corvette hunting road trip I was planning for February 2014,

As one can imagine Tom literally jumped at the opportunity. So accordingly a ten day trip was booked, the plan being to return to the UK and ensure that Tom would not miss too many school days. I'm not sure whether it was careful planning or just good luck, but by leaving home on the 12th of Feb it meant he was only going to miss one day at school!

I felt sure that my wife would be understanding' about Tommy and I being 3000 miles away on Valentines day, and so to help things along and being the romantic fool that I am a huge bouquet of flowers was booked for delivery to her on Valentines day morning.

Our plan was to circumnavigate Florida after collecting a Mustang convertible hire car from Tampa airport. We would stay in Tampa for the first night. This turned out to be the only hotel we actually pre-booked for the entire trip! I knew I was taking a big gamble and running the risk of a seven year old getting extremely bored and potentially home sick whilst travelling around Florida. I thought that cramming in as many Corvette viewings as possible would make things worse. But I was competently mistaken Tom loved every minute of our Vette hunting!

I had been trying to plan our trip a few days in advance but everything was going to  depend on so many factors. Were the cars we planned on seeing still be for sale? - would it still be convenient for us to to view them ? - would we get to see them on time ? - would the cars be 'minters' or 'old dogs' - etc etc

A major part of my plan was to go and see what from photos appeared to be a really

beautiful looking 71 350 coupé in Hudson just north of Tampa. As I was concerned about 'blowing my whole budget' on just one car so early on the trip and I had still planned on buying several cars to bring back – I decided to leave viewing this car until last.......little did I know I know know then that I would fall in love with the car later on!

Tommy and I covered about a1000 miles in 10 days. One of the days we decided to 'take a day off' and do the 'Disney thing' at the fantastic Discovery cove. It was great seeing the 'real' side of Florida with my son Tom rather than what 'Walt' wanted us to see. More meaningful for both of us really was going and seeing a total of eight C3 Corvettes. Unfortunately most of these were generally in poor condition and not the sort of vehicles I would want to ship back home. Having said that though,it was very interesting and great fun with Tom meeting the owners and listening to their 'stories'.

As planned we eventually made it to the home of Bill and Barbara who were the owners of the 71 Corvette that I had deliberately left until last. Unfortunately our time in Florida was now very limited as our flight departure was now getting very close!

As soon as I saw the car in the flesh I knew that this was the 'one' for me. Not only that but I knew that my finances would permit me to actually buy this car for myself and keep it. For me it would be a 'keeper' rather than a 'Flipper'!

Old habits die hard I guess and I tried extremely hard to find a single fault with the car. If I had found a problem it would help give me more 'leverage' when it came to the buying

negotiations. However with the knowledge that a very keen buyer from Europe (possibly Germany) was currently visiting Florida and specifically on the trail of a good 71 Corvette – things were starting to look difficult (read – expensive!) for me.

The only thing that I could find fault with the Vette was that the air conditioning pump was not connected. I just couldn't see that giving me the 'leverage' I would normally need to buy the car at a good price. I realised that I was looking at a matching numbers car with the original engine. The original radio worked. The vacuum  wiper panel worked. The fibre optic system unusually was in full working order. The car was as clean underneath as it was 'up top'! Topping it all the car has a Muncie M21 manual gearbox with 3.08 rear end – I had always wanted a manual Vette! The body colour was a metallic green only used for one year – the Brands Hatch green contrasted perfectly

with the pristine 'saddle' leather interior. Tommy and I sat down with Bill and he passionately explained to us how he had owned the car for about twenty years and had subjected it to a full and no expense spared restoration about 18 years or so ago......we would have loved to learn more about his time with the Vette but time was getting short.........We agreed a price and off we went to their local bank to pay a deposit. My plan was to 'wire' the balance once we returned to the UK. In the excitement of not only finding – but actually buying the corvette of MY dreams we had to rush off to get to the airport and catch our flight home (although we did still manage to squeeze in another viewing on the way!) Unfortunately once Tommy and I got back home  things didn't go as smoothly as I had hoped. I had a 'panic' - in the state of New Hampshire where Bill and Barbara lived prior to moving to Florida it is not a legal requirement with the DMV (USA equivalent to the DVLA) for cars of a certain age to have a title (or V5 logbook). Critically for me it would not be possible to export a car from the US without a title.

 So I am deeply indebted to Barbara and the guys at the DMV office in Florida who came  to our rescue, registering the 71 Corvette in Florida and producing a title allowing me to eventually ship the car back home. It seemed like an eternity but I think it was only

about five weeks from when Tom and I left Florida with Kev and Jamie of Hill Shipping doing their usual 1st class job of getting the car from Hudson in Florida back to its new home in Essex without so much as a scratch. If anyone is wondering how I managed to get the time to take so many hi quality pictures in such a short time........well I didn’t !

I chose to use the services of a local professional photographer back in Florida who for a very reasonable fee went to see the car for me at Bill and Barbara's and take over 70 high resolution photo's and 3 short video clips for me. I wished that I had used a container service instead of the roll-on-roll-off option. As you are not allowed to carry anything inside the car except a cover it meant that all of the trophies the car had won plus framed photo's and year specific model cars had to remain with Bill and Barbara until I can make some form of excuse to go back to Florida and collect them. May 2014 and the third Wednesday of the month is Essex section meeting at the Red Lion in Margaretting – so I decided to take it there on its maiden "voyage" .

I was very pleasantly surprised at the very positive response from all of the lads at the CCCUK Essex club meet. I cant wait now to get to a few shows this year and see if she can win any trophies this side of the pond. Thanks for reading my story”

- Jeff Shadbolt

 

Jeff has temporarily stopped trading Corvettes and currently selling 'ordinary' cars from his new premises at Automotion Car Sales Ltd,Southend Arterial Road, Dunton,Essex CM13 3TA.. He hopes at some point in the future to re-establish his 'corvette connection' again.

 

Ross Thornhill – CCCUK Essex Rep

 

"Pleasing People Everyday"

Automotion Car Sales Ltd

Southend Arterial Rd (A127) London Bound

Brentwood,

Essex

CM13 3TA

 

Open Mon - Sat 9.00am - 5.00pm

Sunday viewing by appointment

 

Office Tel; 01277 811588

(09.00-5.00pm)

Mobile : 07967 055556 

email :

info@automotioncarsales.co.uk

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