Classic Market brings out vintage heroes

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Last March we attended the Classic Car Boot Sale at the Southbank Centre (see our coverage here). We had such a great time we recently attended the event again, this time in a different location.

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The event was perfectly located at the Queen Elisabeth Olympic Park, in Stratford. The site of the 2012 Olympic Games.

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As usual this event was hugely popular and had a broad mix of cars represented.

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This beautifully presented Porsche 356 immediately grabbed our attention.

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Stall holders had an eclectic range of goods up for sale.

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Everything from a Rolls Royce owner selling furs.

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To a mini owner selling retro seventies gear.

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This Sunbeam Tiger was literally dwarfed by this fluffy-diced Chevy Bel-Air.

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A chuckable Triumph TR6 in the perfect seventies vintage hue.

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The Triumph TR6 produced from 1969–76 was proudly British and was the best seller of the TR range, until the introduction of the TR7. The back end was uniquely squared off, reportedly based on a consultancy contract involving Karmann. This is referred to as a Kamm tail, which was very common during 1970s era of cars.

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On the same bloodline, one of its predecessors the Triumph TR3 was built between 1955 and 1962.

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Bug eye Sprites like this one are fast becoming desirable and their price in recent years has sky-rocketed. The Austin-Healey Sprite was launched in Monte Carlo by the British Motor Corporation (BMC) in late May 1958, just before that year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

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Its so hard to resist that smiley front end. The brain-child of Donald Healey the first version was fitted with a 43 bhp, 948 cc OHV engine, from Austin A35 and Morris Minors.

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The classic lines of an XK120 Jaguar look elegant against the typically English background.

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The metallic bronze suited its curvaceous bodywork and wire wheels perfectly.

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The “120” in the name refers to 120 mph (193 km/h) top speed, which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time of its launch.

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Interestingly the first production roadster, chassis number 670003, was delivered to film star Clark Gable in 1949.

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This very clean Lotus Elan +2 looked to be well looked after. This model was introduced in 1967 with a longer wheelbase and two rear seats. With maximum power of around 120 bhp and a top speed of 190 km/h 0–60 mph in 7.9 seconds. 5,200 Elans +2 were made: fewer than 1,200 of these cars remain on the roads today.

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An interesting Lancia Fulvia Sport Coupe with a body from Zagato, from the late sixties.

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Sporting a low stance and flawless paintwork this Alfa was one of our favourites.

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We really hope you have enjoyed our coverage of the Classic Car Boot Sale from East London. Stay tuned for more coming soon.

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