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Counting Down Chris Evans’ Charity Auction Contenders

August 13, 2015
Posted in Famous Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

Chris Evans Cars Charity Auction

Chris Evans will be looking to raise over lb10million for Children in Need next month when he auctions off 13 of his prized cars.

The new Top Gear host will put the cars up to bid at the 2015 Goodwood Revival on the 12th of September. Some experts have put valuations of up to lb11m for the lot so we wish Chris the best of luck.

Many of the lucky 13 cars are very rare, some have famous previous owners and others have been personally modified by the radio presenter himself. Below is a preview of the vehicles coming up for bid and what the experts at Bonhams auctions expects them to go for.


Chris Evans: The Lucky 13


Chris Evans

1983 Fiat 127 Abarth

Don’t be fooled by its humble exterior. This may have started as the run-around for an elderly lady but Chris Evans has rebuilt this into an Abarth-style car with a surprising racy engine. Its paintjob also matches its ginger owner, what more can you want?

Approx Value: lb10,000


1964 police-specification Daimler Dart SP250 Chris Evans

1964 Daimler Dart Police Car SP250

Straight outta the 60s, this car was once used for high-speed chases by the British Metropolitan Police. This was a powerful car for its time and has also proved quite controversial over the years because of its appearance. This is a great piece of history.

Approx Value: lb50,000


Chris Evans 1959 Jaguar XK150

1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Fixed Head Coupé

This is a beautiful car for its era, being introduced after XK140 series and before the legendary E-Type vehicles. It boasts a powerful 250bhp 3.4-litre engine.

Approx Value: lb55,000


Chris Evans 1970 Mercedes 280SL

1970 Mercedes 280SL ‘Pagoda’

This could split audiences as the classic vehicle has been modded for improved day to day use, e.g. it has a modern radio and remote central locking. Chris Evans only bought the vehicle last year and has referred to it as ‘the ultimate Pagoda’.

Approx Value: lb100,000


Chris Evans 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

1989 Ferrari 328 GTS

Originally owned by former Ferrari F1 driver Nigel Mansell this is one of the most intriguing lots on this list. It has around 15,000 miles on the clock and experts say it will be an excellent investment opportunity for buyers at its currently low valuation.

Approx Value: lb100,000


Chris Evans 1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica

1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Replica

One of the most noteworthy lots, this crowd-pleaser has been seen at several of the CarFest events ran by Chris Evans himself. The original Chitty Chitty Bang Bang car sold for nearly lb600,000 so it is up in the air whether a replica would achieve even half that, but it is for charity so generous hearts could win out.

Approx Value: lb250,000


Chris Evans 1967 Jaguar XKSS recreation by Lynx

1967 Jaguar XKSS ‘Lynx’

This may only be a replica, but it isn’t one that comes cheap. Only 16 of the original Jaguar XKSS were made and today they cost millions. Chris Evans bought this at last year’s revival auction for nearly lb400,000, so it should prove a steal if someone can pick it up for less.

Approx Value: lb320,000


Chris Evans 1949 Jaguar XK120

1949 Jaguar XK120 ‘Alloy’ Roadster

Only 240 of these alloy vehicles were made and somehow Chris Evans has managed to get one from the USA and keep it in good nick to boot. The lucky buyer will even get the original tool kit thrown in!

Approx Value: lb325,000


Chris Evans 1963 250 SWB Replica

1963 Ferrari 250 SWB Replica

While this started life as a Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, it was converted in 2010 to meet SWB specification. A real SWB would usually cost around lb8million so it is an absolute bargain at the current valuation, replica or not.

Approx Value: lb500,000


Chris Evans 1965 275 GTS Spider

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder

Another vehicle bought by Evans from an auction, this is one of only 200 275 GTA Spyders produced by Ferrari. Previously yellow in colour, the new Top Gear host has rebuilt the engine and has given it a nice new paintjob to go with it.

Approx Value: lb1,300,000


Chris Evans 1964 Ferrari 250 GT

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’

One of the most beautiful cars ever made, the 250 GT houses a 240bhp 3-litre V12 engine. The ‘Lusso’ version is custom built for cruising, which means softer suspension and a comfortable ride. If that isn’t enough for you, maybe its 150mph top speed will provide a nice cherry on top?

Approx Value: lb1,400,000


Chris Evans 1971 Ferrari 365 GTS

1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spyder

This open-top variation on the Daytona Spyder is a rare collectable. Chris Evans’ vehicle has been described as ‘arguable the finest on the open market’ by experts and has less than 4,000 miles on the clock, so there is no surprise it is the second most highly valued car on this list.

Approx Value: lb2,300,000


Chris Evans 1966 Ferrari 275

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy

This very special vehicle has been customised by Chris Evans to resemble the famous Ferrari 250 GTO race car from the 1960s. Re-painted with a pale green livery and with rare right-hand-drive features this is certainly a unique buy and one that is predicted to be much sought after.

Approx Value: lb2,600,000

What is your favourite car of the bunch? Are there any you would be interested in bidding on? Let us know in the comments below.


Infographic – Classic Cars to Look Out for in 2015

February 25, 2015
Posted in Famous Cars,Infographic — Written by Nationla Numbers

If you’re a petrolhead you have probably fantasied about owning – or even just driving – one of the many legendary vehicles around today. Classic cars are big business right now, not only because of car enthusiasts but also because of eager investors. Just last year a classic Ferrari dealer spent lb400k (before fees) on the number plate 25 O and a further lb100,500 on 250 L. Both registrations went to the dealer’s personal collection. It shows just how willing some are to perfect their vehicles. If you’re looking for a good investment, or just looking to get your hands on one of your dream vehicles, we have asked our friends at Classic and Sports Finance advice on what classic cars to keep an eye on this year.


classic cars 2015


For more information on this vehicles, the current classic car market, or for advice for fellow classic owners please visit the Aston Martin Owner’s Club, the Porsche Owner’s Club and the Ferrari Owner’s Club.

Special thanks once again to Classic and Sports Finance for all their help.


Top 5 Mustang Movie Scenes

September 29, 2014
Posted in Famous Cars,Media — Written by Guest Author

Car chases, stunt drivers, drag races – modern cinema loves putting its cars through the wars and we love seeing them. One of the most common and most beloved is the Mustang so we have collected the five best movie scenes for you all.


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The Iron Man Collection: Tony Stark’s convoy of cars

May 10, 2013
Posted in Famous Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

In the wake of the epic Iron Man 3 and the delightful return of Tony Stark’s signature Audi R8, Nationla Numbers looks back in anger at the billionaire’s spectacular collection of vehicles. Most of which, sadly, did not last long in the dangerous and explosive world of Marvel Films.


Audi R8

The superhero’s go-to vehicle for everyday use is a belter. It is the one constant that has stuck with the movie franchise over the last few years, starting with the 2007 model in the original Iron Man film.

Iron Man 2 saw the arrival of the Audi R8 Spyder, a blissful soft-top version of the supercar.

The latest 2014 Audi R8 appeared several times in the third film, Iron Man 3, along with several other vehicles – news and classic – but none will likely have the staying power of the R8.

Audi’s supercar is as sleek and stunning as Stark’s own Iron Man armour, a perfect fit no doubt. A powerful 4.2-litre engine with 430 horsepower pushes this car from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.8 seconds and comes with permanent quattro four-wheel drive. German engineering at its finest.


1932 Ford Flathead Roadster

This classic vehicle has been popular for many years with restorers and modders, so it is no surprise that Tony Stark, a committed tinkerer, would come to own one. To many it is very sentimental car, as fathers and sons would traditionally bond together by trying to get one back on the road.

John Favreau, who directed the first Iron Man file, did so with his father and expected to do the same with Iron Man by actually donating his own 1932 Flathead to the film. He had a quick change of heart when he found out the crew needed to dismantle it for a scene though!


1967 Shelby Cobra

A lightweight, no trills, take-no-prisoners type of minimalist sports car designed by the Brits and powered by the Americans; it is a real achievement in both design and engineering. The front-mounted V8 engine certainly packs a punch also, going from 0-60 in 4.5 seconds.

It is a shame that this vehicle doesn’t really get much attention in the film and ends up being crushed under the weight of Iron Man after a slight rocket-propulsion malfunction. By which I mean: he fell on it.

Saleen S7

It might be seldom seen in the Iron Man movies but you probably would have noticed the Saleen S7 thanks to its distinctive orange paint job. It has even been the centrepiece from time to time, finding pride of place amongst the collection. Going from 0-60mph in less than 3 seconds, the 750 horsepower machine is eye-catching and beautiful.

While it is nowhere to be seen in Iron Man 3, that is probably a good thing, as half of Stark’s car collection actually end up falling into the ocean. What a waste.


Tesla Roadster

One of the more unusual cars in the rich genius’s collection is the electric sportscar. While it is a nice touch, as Tony Stark does grow increasingly protective of the world around him, the car is actually seen amongst his collection early on. More than likely the man behind the Iron Man suit brought it in because of the advances in technology it represents. Plus, with a top speed of 125mph, who can say this won’t satisfy the need for speed?

What is more impressive is that the Tesla was not even released when the first Iron Man film came out, so Tony Stark had this in his collection before most people could even think about driving one!


1953 Cadillac Series 62 & 1949 Mercury Coupe

As American as apple pie and just as classic, these vehicles made their debuts together in Iron Man 2, appearing in Tony Starks garage along with the rest of his collection (probably replacing the crushed Cobra).

Both vehicles come to be very respected amongst classic car collectors so it is only natural that the billionaire was in on the action.

I hope they got out of there before the accident …


Rolls-Royce Phantom

This large, luxury car gets a lot of attention in Iron Man 2. Perhaps too much attention as it ends up being cut in half by the super villain Whiplash.

Over lb300,000 worth of damage there.

For a vehicle that is cool, sleek, sophisticated, powerful and worth a lot of money – a perfect vehicular representation of Tony Stark himself!

0-60 in less than six seconds, 453 horsepower, and 531 pound of torque, this is an awesome car.

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Evolution of 007 Cars by Evans Halshaw

November 4, 2012
Posted in Famous Cars — Written by Nationla Numbers

On their website Evans Halshaw have posted some excellent illustrations of all the James Bond cars through history. He is the pick of the litter:

(1962) Doctor No – Sunbeam Alpine

The Alpine was the first James Bond car and had no alterations by Q’s lab.

The Alpine was the first James Bond car and had no alterations by Q’s lab.

(1964) Goldfinger – Aston Martin DB5

The first appearance of the most iconic James Bond car.

The first appearance of the most iconic James Bond car.

(1967) You Only Live Twice – Toyota GT 2000

Only two of these convertibles were ever built, and they were custom-made for the film!

Only two of these convertibles were ever built, and they were custom-made for the film!

(1977) The Spy Who Loved Me – Lotus Espirit S1

Possesses full underwater kit that transforms the car into a submarine.

Possesses full underwater kit that transforms the car into a submarine.

(1987) The Living Daylights – Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante

Equipped with out-riggers for ‘skiing’ off-road in snowy conditions.

Equipped with out-riggers for ‘skiing’ off-road in snowy conditions.

(1997) Tomorrow Never Dies – BMW 750I1

Conveniently controlled by a remote control in 007’s mobile phone.

Conveniently controlled by a remote control in 007’s mobile phone.

(2006) Casino Royale – Aston Martin DBS V12

Given to 007 by M on his first assignment. Has a medical station containing poison analysis kit and a defibrillator.

Given to 007 by M on his first assignment. Has a medical station containing poison analysis kit and a defibrillator.

(2012) Skyfall – Aston Martin DB5

The sixth time the Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in a Bond film.

The sixth time the Aston Martin DB5 has been featured in a Bond film.

For the full list visit the Evans Halshaw website.

What is your favourite James Bond car? Let us know in the comment section, or through Twitter using #NationalNumbers.

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Michael Jackson Number Plate Tribute

July 21, 2009

Michael Jackson fan Thomas Slater with number plate MJ09 KOPDoting Michael Jackson fan Thomas Slater has pledged an eternal tribute to his favourite pop star – by purchasing a very special number plate in his name.

The personalised registration – MJ09 KOP – pays homage to the undisputed King of Pop, and was snapped up by the lifelong devotee immediately following Michael Jackson’s death, using his savings from a part-time job at his local Sainsbury’s.

Thomas said:

“I was absolutely distraught when I heard the news about Michael dying. I’ve been an avid fan since I was six, and like all true fans I just wanted to pay tribute to the King of Pop.”

What better way to show your support for someone? Nationla Numbers initial number plates and name number plates are a great way to show you care. Or try our Number Plates Search for more registration ideas.

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