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Have you ever heard of the Lanchester? There’s one on AutoHunter

Andy shares his picks of the week from the online auction website

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This week it is my turn to share my favorites from the AutoHunter online auction website driven by ClassicCars.com. One of my selections is a vehicle I’d never encountered before finding it on the AutoHunter docket.

I hope you like the choices as all are collector worthy and would make nice additions to a collection.

1953 Lanchester Fourteen

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Before I saw this car on AutoHunter, I had never even heard of it. It turns out that the Lanchester Fourteen was a post-war version of an earlier model and was shown to the automotive press on October 9, 1950, one day before the public announcement for the car. 

The only carryover features of the new model was the fluid flywheel and pre-selector gearbox. The car has a 120cid inline-4 cylinder engine and 4-speed manual transmission. The interior is done in two-tone green and gray with dark green carpeting.

This car marked the end of the Lanchester Motor Company, which was established in Birmingham, England, in 1895 and moved to Coventry in 1931. By the end of the 1954, the company was no longer. 

So, if you want a rare and interesting British car for a lower price than a 1950’ Jaguar, this car might fit the bill nicely, and you are not likely to see another in the US.

1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL

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AutoHunter, Have you ever heard of the Lanchester? There’s one on AutoHunter, ClassicCars.com Journal

This generation of Mercedes SL cars was one of the biggest automotive status symbols of the 1970s and ‘80s. The exceptional build quality of these cars is mythic, and they are both great looking and make for excellent touring cars. 

This specific example painted in Medium Red with a black leather interior is a two-owner car that has covered only 64,000 miles from new. It was delivered new to California, where it still resides.

There are many of these iconic roadsters on the market but the key to trouble-free ownership is to buy a good one. This one looks like it fits the bill, and comes with extensive service records.

1967 Ford Mustang GT  

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AutoHunter, Have you ever heard of the Lanchester? There’s one on AutoHunter, ClassicCars.com Journal

The classic Mustang, especially in fastback form, is one of the best choices available for a classic pony car. They are fun to drive, well supported by the parts aftermarket, and welcome at any local/regional show. They are also quite simple and easy to maintain. 

This specific car is even better as it is equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission and powered by a built 347cid stroker V8. 

The car received a nice restoration in 2017 that included various upgrades such as the great Ford engine. If you are looking for a classic Mustang to actually drive, this one would be a great choice.
1998 Mercedes-Benz CL500

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The CL500 was, in many ways, the spiritual successor to the Mercedes SEC coupes of the 1980s, but offers even more performance and luxury than those cars did. 

The CL is the S Class coupe of its day, being built on the W140 S class chassis. 

I personally love the way these coupes look and the performance from the 5.0-liter V8 under the hood with 315 horsepower and 347 pound-feet of torque and delivering more than adequate performance. If you are looking for a top-notch touring car from the 1990s, this CL500 with only 59,000 miles from new would be a very smart choice.

To see more of the docket, visit the AutoHunter auction website.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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