Cars, unless they’re kept within families for generations (or left forgotten in a shed), tend to change hands and see the world, winding up at opposite ends of counties, countries and even continents.
However, a classic 1948 Jaguar MK IV sports saloon once owned by Arthur Whittaker (former deputy chairman of Jaguar Cars) was reunited with his family – in mint condition – 67 years after he waved goodbye to it. Sold for a not inconsiderable £70,000 at a recent Brooklands auction in Surrey, its new owners are Whittaker’s four granddaughters – Lucy, Sally, Sarah and Charlotte – who discovered by chance only two weeks previous that the car was for sale.
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For those of you interested in automobile history, a very rare twin-engined, four-wheel drive 1965 Citroen 2CV Sahara is up for auction at the Practical Classics Classic and Restoration Show Sale in Birmingham this April. Number 657 of just 694 models built for use in the French colonies in Northern Africa, this particular 2CV variant featured separate 12 hp engines to power the front and rear wheels, as well as twin fuel tanks underneath the front seats. Top speed with both engines running was 105km/h (65km/h on just one engine).
Believed to be one of only 100 still in existence, this particular model has the distinction of having crossed the Sahara desert twice. The 2CV was first delivered to Nigeria in December 1965, bought by an Englishman who was working as an anthropologist with the Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria. As the story goes, he chose the Citroen because it was seen as a far more friendly car – he found that if he used a Land Rover for his travels between remote villages he was regarded as being a Government inspector.
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