Guinness Family Vehicles Going To Auction

By Rob Harvey
By Rob Harvey

Marketing Manager - Bridge Classic Cars

A collection of five classic cars, currently owned by the Guinness family, are going to auction later this month.

On the 14th of June 2023, H&H will be hosting an auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. At the auction, there will be more than 130 cars going up for sale, including the five Guinness-owned classics.

Paul Cheetham, motor car specialist, at H&H, 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.”

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake 

Perhaps the most impressive vehicle in the collection is the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake. It is a stunning example of just how good British automotive craftsmanship can be. The Phantom was once owned by Rt Hon Alan Clark MP and has recently been used on the Elveden Estate for shoots.

After undergoing a comprehensive restoration in the 1990s, this is a timeless vehicle that embodies everything you have come to expect from a luxurious, stylish, and refined car like the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

1948 Ford V8 Custom

Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh, purchased the 1948 Ford V8 Custom from new and it was delivered to Ireland in right-hand drive configuration. Finished in Feather Grey with a Brown interior, amazingly, this V8 Custom has been in the Guinness family its whole life and will be sold directly from the family’s collection.

1954 MG TF 1500

Only 3,400 examples of the 1500 engine were ever produced, and this 1954 MG TF 1500 is certainly a good one. It was purchased by the Guinness family in 1997 and has seen a minimal increase in mileage since then. Originally sold as a US export, it returned to the UK in 1988 where it underwent a comprehensive restoration and a conversion to right-hand drive.

Finished in a combination of Cream paintwork and Red interior upholstery, it has a Tan hood and a full-length tonneau cover.

1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly

The 1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly has covered around 33,000 miles from new and had more than £1000 worth of cosmetic and mechanical improvements in 2017. These included new seat foam and covers, a new hood, and chassis and bulkhead repairs.

Its Maroon and Yellow paintwork coupled with a Burgundy hood and cloth interior gives the 2CV6 a stylish and very classic look.

1997 Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf ‘Remus’

After being supplied to the Ministry of Defence in 1997, Land Rover specialists, AJS Land Rovers purchased this Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf after it was taken out of service in 2019. Eight months of restoration work including the chassis being shot blasted, powder coated, and painted, the engine being completely overhauled with new shells, oil pump timing cover and casing, cam belt, pulleys, water, vacuum, and lift pumps, and a new intercooler and radiator transformed the classic Land Rover into an impressive example. The gearbox and transfer box had previously been overhauled by the MoD and were found to be in very good condition. However, a new gearbox oil cooler was provided.

With around 73,000 miles on the clock, the Guinness family took ownership of the Defender in 2020 and it has remained with them until now.

The Auction

The auction, on 14th June, will no doubt be a memorable event that will attract a big crowd of car enthusiasts. With more than 100 other vehicles available, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see some big money bids come in at Imperial War Museum.

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