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Last week we reported about the amazing story of the Marcos Le Mans, that was found in Portugal by our editor Jeroen Booij. Just early yesterday morning the news came in from one of our clients regarding a barnkept collection, that when we date the find as 19 December quite possibly is the last find of the memorable year 2016.
Henny Kennis, who found the cars is the owner of Retrolegends, said 'What did we discover in this barn in the south of the United Kingdom? A most interesting line up of primarily Rolls-Royces that we are now trying to ship to our showroom before Christmas. All cars have been guest at this barnhouse for over 20 years. One car is bearing the ominous registration TLC, while - as you can imagine - all cars are in the need for some Tender Loving Care.
The cars were owned by the famous Greek composer Mr. Vangeles Papathanassiou, well known from "Chariots of fire". The RR Silver Wraith is since 1983 in his name. The other haven't been on the road since the early nineties. Now we are carefully recommissioning them presentable for future owners.
by Hubertus Hansmann:
Christmas is coming and of course, you're hoping Santa will bring some presents for you. And of course, you want some car related stuff. How about this big children's toy car! You need a decent christmas tree to put it under but still, what a present! And look well, there is a choice of three. The original in the foreground. The 'Supersize Me' version (with V8 and auto shift) right behind it, as you may have noticed and on the driver's seat a miniature of the original. Life is about choosing. Which one fits best to your age?
(photo by editor JB at the last Hershey fall meet)
Whether it’s in a barn or not - many of us dream of a truly legendary find every now and then. But very few of us go to the lengths that our contributor Jeroen Booij did to find it. It did pay off: After years of (re)searching, he got hold of his dream car last week: the Mini Marcos that participated in the 1966 Le Mans 24 hours race. In fact the diminutive 1289cc Cooper ‘S’ powered GT came 15th overall after an array of Ford GT40s, Porsche 906s and Ferrari 275GTBs. It was that year’s only British car to finish and no doubt the crowd favourite, who nicknamed it ‘La Puce Bleue’ - The Blue Flea. Booij says it can be regarded as Le Mans’ most heroic entry, which helped Jem Marsh boost sales. And due to its disappearance in 1975, when it was stolen in Paris, the car came with enhanced mystery. With people searching for it ever since.
So how did he find it? He says he was given a mysterious tip-off earlier this year, after which a long and rather nerve wrecking journey followed, eventually leading him to Portugal, adding:
“But if you really want, I’m sure you will be able to find anything”. That’s good news as, apart from the shell with doors and bonnet, the huge fuel tank and adjustable pedal box, the car he just bought misses just about all of its mechanicals. Booij: “But the shell still hides its original blue and yellow paint and the white roundels under several more layers of paint.” You can read more about his spectacular discovery on his weblog here and here. Latest: he just managed to track down one of the two original radiators the car came with… in the south of France… Keep on searching!
(Words editor, picture courtesy Jeroen Booij)
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