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Atalanta 4.3 Lincoln V12 4 Seat Abbott Drophead Coupe 1938 For Sale

  • Right Hand Drive
  • 5,525 Miles
  • Manual, 3 speed
  • Petrol
  • 1938
  • EJB540
  • Blue
  • Dealer
  • United Kingdom


1938 Atalanta 4. 3 V12, EJB 540, Chassis Number L1010, The Two Tone Blue, Abbott of Farnham Coachwork Four Seater Drophead Coupe has had multiple older restorations completed including a colour change from Black to Blue and the most recent major work was a full Lincoln Zephyr V12 rebuild including Schneider racing cam and Unleaded conversion and replacement 3 Speed Ford Manual Gearbox before 2005. This is the only 4 seat Atalanta V12 drophead, the British take on a Type 57 Bugatti.

See Classic & Sportscar Magazine, January 2024, for an article on this Atalanta.

A Unique Collection of 3 out of up to 26 Pre War 1930s Atalanta Motors Ltd. V12 Motor Cars. This is the largest collection of Atalanta Company Pre War 4. 3 Litre V12 Motor Cars in the world including many Spares, a Lalique Mascot with Illumination and Associated Paperwork and History Files. A unique opportunity to own the ultimate Rare British Pre War Car Collection. It is believed a total of up to 26 chassis were produced in Staines, Middlesex, now Surrey from 1936 to 1939 with all having unique coachwork, production ceased due to the outbreak of the second world war. All 3 cars in the collection were built with Abbott of Farnham Aluminium over Ash Coachwork.

Only 8 cars are known to exist worldwide with 2 cars in this collection having the only roadworthy running V12s in the U. K. as of Winter 2023, a further Atalanta V12 is being restored at the moment to be returned to the road in England during 2024 and a further V12 Atalanta was recently sold in the U. S. A.. Therefore there are only 4 examples in the world that were built with the Lincoln V12 and still remain complete today, EJB is one such example, they all have different Abbott coachwork so are all unique.

EJB has no early pre war history sadly but was purchased and returned to the road around 1946 by a Mr James who was upgrading from chassis number 1003, GME 986, a 4 cylinder example which he found underpowered. Mr James appears to have sold EJB around 1952 and other owners include Miller, Dawson, Garrod and Joseland before 1998. Mr Wheeler purchased EJB at the Brooks Beaulieu auction in July 1998 and sold it to Mr Garcia at the Christies December sale in 2005, he then exported it to Houston in the U. S. A.. EJB was then purchased and repatriated to the U. K. by Mr Ward in 2012 and has been owned by Mrs Ward since 2022.

Mrs Ward and Guy Moore of Lincolnshire have recently returned EJB to the road as it has been laid up since 2013 due to concentrating on the full restoration of FLY, the black and cream coupe. Some engine, brake and electrical work has recently taken place and further improvements and repairs would be beneficial. The Engine Oil has recently been changed and Cylinder Compression readings range from 110 to 140 lb/ in2. One could enjoy driving and improving EJB or treat it to a rolling restoration and repaint, it has great potential being a unique example. The interior features lovely patinated navy blue leather and the blue carpets could be improved easily.

The Mileage is showing 5, 525, it is exempt from road tax, M. O. T. testing and London ULEZ, 2 sets of keys and a unique fob are included. A copy of RGS Atalantas by Alan Shattock is a lovely addition along with lots of Atalanta history. There are also multiple folders of paperwork, restoration receipts and associated documentation from restoration work in the 1940?s, 1970?s, 1990?s and the last 10 years.

Price £95, 000 o. n. o. for Atalanta V12 EJB 540

Atalanta FLY 862, Atalanta GMX 822 and Spares (SOLD JUNE 2023) and the Rebuilt Lincoln V12 on Display Stand (SOLD AUGUST 2023) are available separately on individual listings.

In 1936 Atalantas innovative approach to sports car design produced arguably the most technically advanced British sports car of the era. Named after the beautiful Arcadian huntress and much revered Olympian of Greek Mythology (Atalanta derived from the Greek word atalantos meaning equal in weight or un-swaying), the new motorcars effortlessly personified Atalantas tenacious qualities of speed and beauty. A thoroughbred amongst its more conservative sports car contemporaries, Atalantas advanced design, exceptional performance, handling and riding comfort quickly established a reputation for exciting sporting cars of quality and style.

Established in the 1930s Atalanta naturally captured the charisma and style of the Art Deco era and at a time when significant advancements were being made in the field of aeronautic and automotive design. The original Atalanta design team embraced the latest engineering thinking, exploited modern lightweight materials and packaged their philosophies in a distinctive yet contemporary British sports car, creating arguably one of the most advanced thoroughbreds of the time.

Available in a variety of coachbuilt styles, yet always tailor-made for each customer, only 22 original cars were completed in period and no two cars were built to the same specification. Atalanta works teams and loyal patrons had many successes in a variety of motoring events in the years just prior to the Second World War. Versatile sporting machines in their many formats, Atalanta?s were campaigned in hill climbs, rallies, sprints, and on the track.

Sporting and concourse events ranged from Atalantas debut in the 1937 Lewes Speed Trials (impressive: The Autocar June 1937) to a Le Mans works entry in 1938. The cars regularly appeared at Brooklands and achieved rallying success in both the 1939 Scottish Rally and the RAC Welsh Rally, where Atalanta took the manufacturers team prize. Automotive aficionados have long revered Atlantas handling and performance, beautifully packaged within elegant lines. Indeed, in more recent times a 1937 Atalanta Sports won Best of Show at the 2007 Goodwood Festival Cartier Style et Luxe.

The few original 1930s cars that survive today are highly prized and rarely come onto the open market. With each being unique, they naturally command a significant premium when they do.

This Unique Motor Car and the collection of 3 Atalantas, Lincoln V12 engine and spares are available to be view by prior appointment at our premises near Lincoln, with good access from the A1 Road and the London to Edinburgh Mainline Railway. We displayed all 3 cars at Goodwood Revival in 2022.

Julian Brown Classic Car Commissions specialise in sales and sourcing of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Mercedes-Benz motor cars, we will however sell or source any Motor Car or Automobilia item on your behalf with the sale of motor cars starting from 3% all in. We are privileged to offer this fine Atalanta for sale on behalf of its owner, for further information please telephone or send a message via this advert.

We also offer Secure, Dry and Discreet Indoor Car Storage 7 Miles from Lincoln City Station which is connected to London Kings Cross and St. Pancras with easy access from the A1 Road. Located on a private country estate with C. C. T. V. and Electric Gated Access we offer the perfect location for storing your motor car from 1 Week to Long Term continuous storage, your car can be laid up or exercised on lovely quiet rural Lincolnshire country lanes and looked after by ourselves, rates start from £10 per week, please contact us for further information.

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