just the thing to occupy those long winter nights

The long winter months take on a whole new perspective when you have a restoration project to undertake. The Charterhouse auction of classic and vintage cars on November 3 features a selection of eclectic selection of cars requiring various levels of work to restore them to tip-top condition.

We kick off with a 1949 Jaguar MkVI that has already been stripped in readiness for restoration; it is said to be complete, although to the untried eye it looks rather like a giant jigsaw puzzle. This post-war saloon has the advantage of being fitted with the larger 3.5-litre engine and is estimated at £4,000-£5,000.

From the same owner is another Jaguar, a 1957 Jaguar MkI with the 3.4-litre engine. Similar to the one used in the popular Endeavour TV series and with only one former keeper, this 62-year-old car is very original and has matching numbers for the body and engine. Still running and driving, but needing some work, it is estimated to sell for between £8,000 and £10,000.

The brace of early Seventies MG B GTs pictured above was bought as a project about 10 years ago and is offered for sale as a single lot. As with many such projects, the owner has not found the time to sort them out. The pair is estimated at £1,000-£1,500.