Thursday, 15 November 2018



Top Left:1968 Triumph TR5  Top Right: 1974 Triumph TR6 OD Above: 1969 Jensen Interceptor MkI

A series of rare British classics will be on offer at Classic Car Auctions’ season finale sale on 1st December at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Highlights of the December Sale include a beautiful, classic 1969 Jensen Interceptor MK1, a fully restored 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II and a trio of classic Triumph sports cars.
One of the classiest coupes in the sale is the 1969 Jensen Interceptor MK1, estimated at £36,000 to £40,000. Following 30 years in storage, this British classic received a sympathetic restoration in Metallic Fawn with Champagne leather. The original matching numbers engine benefits from an upgraded Holley carburettor and retains its original bulletproof 727 transmissions. Fitted with period alloys, vinyl roof and period wood steering wheel, the Jensen has covered just over 60,000 miles.
“There is always something special about a British built car, it’s the perfect combination of luxury, style and speed”, says Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at Classic Car Auctions. “The British car industry has a knack for building cars, just take a look at our back catalogue of classic manufacturers, it’s full of legendary names known around the world for their quality, class and traditional taste and style.”
The biggest name in luxury cars is of course Rolls-Royce. The 1980 Rolls-Royce Wraith II on offer in the sale has been the subject of a no expense spared restoration, both mechanically and electrically, since 2015. Estimated at £24,000 to £28,000 the Wraith is finished in Peacock Blue with a matching Everflex roof and has a concours quality Magnolia leather interior piped in blue courtesy of marque specialists, Frank Dale.
The first in a trio of Triumph sports cars in the sale is a 1967 Triumph TR4A (Overdrive). The TR4A had a bare metal respray in its current shade of black as part of a thorough mechanical and body restoration in 2013. During this time the engine received a new camshaft, followers and ancillaries along with having the head skimmed. The classic now presents beautifully with only 21,600 miles and is estimated at £23,000 to £26,000
The sale will also see a 1968 Triumph TR5 estimated at £35,000 to £40,000 on offer. Carefully looked after during the last 11 years of ownership, the TR5 has been the recipient of a full body respray in Old English White with the engine, clutch, gearbox, steering, suspension and brakes all completely overhauled. It has also had its bumpers and over-riders re-chromed, making this a truly impeccable example.
To complete the Triumph trio is a 1974 Triumph TR6 O/D, which was one of the original factory press department road test cars. Nicely presented in Mimosa Yellow with a black hood and interior, the TR6 has been family owned for the past 15 years. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000, the car is well known amongst the Triumph community and was even magazine featured, appearing in a copy of Thoroughbred and Classic in January 1975.
For more information on the British classics and rest of the cars in the December Sale please visit:
1967 Triumph TR4A (Overdrive)

1980 Rolls-Royce Wraith II

Tuesday, 13 November 2018



  • RM Sotheby’s adds a thrilling lineup of supercars through the ages to Los Angeles sale
  • Set at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum on 8 December, auction features more than 70 eclectic motor cars
  • Updated list of entries and further information for the sale available at

 RM Sotheby’s has assembled a lineup of automobiles spanning four decades of supercar evolution for the company’s first sale at the newly redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on 8 December. From the original supercar to some of the most technologically advanced hypercars of today, there is something for every enthusiast of high-performance, low-production models.
The selection of supercars begins with an exciting example of the final iteration of what is dubbed the “original supercar,” the Lamborghini Miura. An unmistakable shape, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV on offer, chassis no. 4912, is the only Miura SV originally delivered in striking Bleu Medio over Pelle Bleu interior and is one of just five single-sump SVs sold new to the United States equipped with optional air conditioning. Producing a total of 385 horsepower, the SV can sprint from 0–60 mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. An excellent driver’s Miura boasting a superb concours restoration, it is sure to attract attention wherever it goes (Est. $2,100,000 - $2,500,000).
“Nothing thrills an enthusiast quite like the supercar they worshipped as a youth,” says Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Technological advancements and a drive to be the best have been at the forefront of supercar battles since the birth of the word, and we’ve assembled a lineup of cars that captures some of the most radical and important achievements in supercar development across more than forty years– sure to speak to collectors of all ages. Interest in high-performance supercars has been consistent throughout our calendar sales, and we’re delighted to bring another fresh-to-market group to the Petersen Museum.”

Further down the road in supercar lineage comes the first true battle of the brands between the diametrically opposed 1989 Ferrari F40 and the 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. While the F40 was all about the engine and a stripped down, spartan driving experience, the 959 was one of the most technologically innovative cars ever built, with numerous pioneering advancements. The F40 on offer was delivered new to Stefano Casiraghi, Italian socialite, successful racer, and second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Well cared for throughout its life, the F40 is fitted with desirable Plexiglas windows and shows just 4,000 km from new (Est. $1,200,000 - $1,600,000). The 959 set for the Los Angeles sale is an early Komfort model and one of very few that have been federalized and registered for street use in California. Highly original and professionally maintained, the Porsche is offered from single ownership for the last decade (Est. $950,000 - $1,100,000).

By the mid-2000s, the world saw the last of the analogue supercars with the Porsche Carrera GT and the Ford GT. Offering motorsport-inspired thrills, the2005 Porsche Carrera GT coming to RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles sale is exceptionally and uniquely well-optioned. The original owner specified the car be finished in Basalt Black Metallic over Terracotta leather, with the wheels painted to match the exterior, and a luggage set trimmed in matching leather. Boasting comprehensive service, just two owners, and 8,800 miles from new, the Carrera GT is as close as one can get to a race car for the road (Est. $700,000 - $900,000). Proving close competition to the Carrera GT in the period, the four-option 2006 Ford GT coming to California is presented in virtually as-new condition, with a mere six original miles on the odometer. One of just 69 cars finished in Speed Yellow with the full stripe for 2006, this is a truly exceptional example in the rarest production colour (Est. $300,000 - $350,000, offered without reserve).

Finally, the evolution of the supercar comes to the hybrid powertrain realm of today. The 918 Spyder boasts three separate powertrains, which combined produce a monumental 887 horsepower, propelling the car from 0-62 mph in just over two seconds, with a top speed of over 200 mph. The 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder presented by RM is offered in as-new condition, with just 279 miles on the clock. The car is fitted with the highly desirable and slightly more radical Weissach lightweight package, which also includes a factory applied Matte Black wrap and Martini livery (Est. $1,500,000 - $1,700,000). Built to compete with the 918 Spyder, McLaren’s P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to an electric motor, producing a monstrous 903 brake horsepower and powering the car to a top speed of 217 mph. The 2015 McLaren P1 on offer is presented from single ownership and has covered less than 350 miles. Brilliantly optioned with a host of McLaren Special Operations features, the P1 is ready to enjoy (Est. $1,300,000 - $1,700,000).
The supercars join the previously announced Ferrari 290 MM in a selection of no less than 70 eclectic, highly desirable vehicles set for the Petersen Museum sale, representing a cross-section of significant eras and categories in collector car history. For further information on RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction, to view an updated list of entries, or to register to bid, please visit Interested bidders are invited to call +1 310 559 4575 to speak with an RM Sotheby’s car specialist. The complete digital catalogue is set to be released next week.


Steve McQueen's 1945 Willys Jeep MB 

Silverstone Auctions saw a number of high-profile celebrity owned classic cars move on to new homes at their annual sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, including Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, Steve McQueen’s 1945 Willys Jeep MB and a collection of cars from Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay.
The two-day sale which took place on 10th and 11th November achieved total sales of £4.2 million and a 64% sales rate, with a total of 126 lots offered.
Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible which was gifted to him by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin for his 70th birthday was presented in Mason Black with a red leather interior. Reading just 66,550 miles, the car was recently treated to £47,000 worth of mechanical recommissioning and sympathetic preservation. After a long bidding war the car sold to rapturous applause for £140,625 including buyer’s premium, more than £15,000 above its upper estimate.
Another classic with Hollywood provenance in the sale was Steve McQueen’s 1945 Willys Jeep MB, owned by the American actor until his passing in 1980. Since being imported to the UK, the Jeep had undergone a thorough recommissioning by marque specialists Jeeparts-UK to return it to the standard it would have been in under McQueen’s ownership. There was fierce bidding at the sale with four phone bidders battling it out to own the King of Cool’s Jeep, with it eventually sold for £84,375 including premium.
“To sell two of Hollywood’s most beloved superstar’s cars at the NEC was a real honour for the team,” says Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “We saw fantastic results throughout the two-day sale and it was exciting to see these two truly one of a kind cars sell at our 2018 season finale.”
1958 Volkswagen Beetle Charity Lot
The sale saw strong results for a collection of cars offered directly from the highly exclusive collection of Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay. One of only 505 1989 BMW E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Editions with less than 18,000 miles sold for £85,500. A 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL finished in Thistle Green soon followed, selling for £28,688. The newest car in the collection, a 2015 Porsche 911 (991) Targa 4S sold for £79,875, with a 1967 Ford Mustang 390GT Fastback 'Bullitt' sold for £54,000. A 1996 BMW 850 CSI Manual with only 12,777 miles completed the Jay Kay collection selling for £85,500.
A stunning 1958 Volkswagen Beetle was introduced by stars of Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead. The classic bug was restored by Ant on Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars and was sold with all proceeds including premium going to The Brain Tumour Research Trust in Birmingham. Following fierce bidding from phone, online and room bidders, the Beetle sold to a thunderous applause for £33,750.
Other highlight lots from the day include a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon finished in California Sage Green which sold for £214,313, a 1960 Maserati 3500GT finished in Grigio and Rosso sold for £145,000 and a 1960 Facel Vega HK500 with only 35,000 miles sold for £121,000. Other strong sellers were a 1985 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE Flat nose which was utilized as the factory press car sold for £166,500 and a 2015 Volkswagen XL1 believed to be the first XL1 ever offered at auction sold for £103,167.
Silverstone Auctions is now inviting entries for its first sale of 2019 and its debut at the Autosport International show taking place at the NEC Birmingham, on 12th January. Vendors benefit from just 5% +VAT seller’s commission. The catalogue closes 10thDecember 2018.
To see all the results for the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale please visit:
Frank Sinatra's 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible 

Thursday, 8 November 2018


 1992 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4X4

An amazing selection of classic fast Fords will be on offer at Classic Car Auctions’ season finale on 1st December at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Highlights of the Fast Ford range include a superb 1992 Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4X4, a rare 1986 Ford Tickford Capri and an incredibly low mileage 1985 Ford Escort 1.6L Cabriolet.
Leading the fast Fords is a fantastic 1992 Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth 4X4. Finished in a flawless shade of Nouveau Red with a Raven Black leather RS interior, this stunning modern classic has covered just 28,000 miles. Powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, this totally original unmodified ‘cossie’ presents a wonderful opportunity with an estimate of £25,000 to £30,000.
“As the definitive everyman classic, fast Fords always have a great appeal at our sales,” says Simon Langsdale, classic car specialist at Classic Car Auctions. “Fast Fords have an incredibly dedicated audience of enthusiasts. The appeal of cheap, usable speed is completely understandable and always makes them the cars to watch when they cross the auction block at our sales.”
One of only 80 cars built, the rare 1986 Ford Tickford Capri in the sale is estimated at £18,000 to £22,000. Smartly finished in Gloss Black with a Grey half-leather Recaro interior, the car has covered just 56,900 miles. The Tickford was fitted with a front mounted turbocharger, rear disc brakes, Bilstein dampers, and a limited slip differential, desirable extras include a stainless steel exhaust, a £800 option at the time.
Another classic Ford in the sale is a 1985 Escort 1.6L Cabriolet with only 2,964 miles. The Diamond White model is in time-warp condition presenting just as it would have when it rolled out of the factory in 1985. The car still sits on its original tyres, has its original cam belt and even retains its original factory quality control stickers still attached to the rear boot.
A second enticing Escort in the sale is a 1990 Escort RS Turbo Series 2 in remarkably original condition. Estimated at £12,000 to £15,000, the car has been meticulously maintained by the same man for over 30 years, the past 12 under his ownership. Finished in Solid White with a virtually unmarked Grey cloth Recaro interior, this 90’s classic is certain to attract attention at the sale.
Standing out amongst the many Capris in the sale is a 1983 Capri 2.8 Injection that has been restored to show-winning condition. Estimated at £13,000 to £16,000, the car has been through a full nut and bolt restoration courtesy of the current owner’s classic car restoration business. Finished in Black with a Grey cloth interior and with only 48,000 recorded miles, this Capri presents an excellent opportunity at the December Sale.
For more information on any of the fast Fords or the rest of the lots in the December Sale please visit:
1986 Ford Tickford Capri

1985 Ford Escort 1.6i Cabriolet

Monday, 5 November 2018


1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS front angle
1973 Ferrari 365 GTB4 Daytona Spyder Conversion

125 quality classic cars will be offered at auction at the NEC Classic Motor Show on 10thand 11th November during the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show with Discovery.
Headlining Silverstone Auctions season finale sale is a beautiful 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spyder Conversion estimated at £450,000 to £550,000. Finished in its original colour of Verde Pino with a tan leather interior, the car was converted to Spyder configuration in 1987 by Maranello Concessionaires. Joining the Daytona is a 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS, one of only 235 UK supplied cars. Estimated at £280,000 to £320,000 the Dino is showing just 60,482 miles and is finished in its original colour of Argento Auteuil.
Following the Ferraris is a trio of rare Flachbau Porsches, the first of which is a 1985 911 (930) Turbo SE. Believed to be the first Flachbau in the UK and the original factory press car, it is finished in an attractive shade of Metallic Silver with a Can-Can red interior and is estimated at £155,000 to £175,000. The second Flachbau in the sale is a 1989 911 (930) Turbo estimated at £130,000 to £150,000. Presented in stunning Guards Red with a black interior, it has covered just 12,800 miles. The third car is a 1986 911 (930) Turbo SE finished in a beautiful shade of Minerva Blue with an ivory and blue interior. Estimated at £135,000 to £155,000, the car has covered just 33,791 miles.
“The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale is always a highlight of our auction year and the variety of cars on offer this year is really spectacular”, says Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “From highly collectable Ferraris to a Volkswagen XL1. We also have a host of celebrity owned classics including Steve McQueen’s Jeep and Frank Sinatra’s Rolls-Royce, as well as a whole collection of cars from Jay Kay of Jamiroquai”.
A number of low mileage fast Fords on offer at the sale include a 1991 Fiesta RS Turbo with only 3,882 miles estimated at £25,000 to £30,000, a 1989 Escort RS Turbo S2 with only 37,342 miles estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 and a Concours winning 1993 Escort RS Cosworth Big Turbo model with only 28,000 miles and estimated at £50,000 to £60,000.
The sale sees a strong representation of Aston Martins on offer with 14 in total. Leading the Astons is a gorgeous 1966 DB6 Automatic Sports Saloon estimated at £200,000 to £230,000. Finished in its original colour of California Sage Green with a tan leather interior, the car has covered just 75,000 miles.
The Sunday sale sees a number of high profile former celebrity cars offered including Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Roll-Royce Corniche Convertible estimated at £105,000 to £125,000, Steve McQueen’s 1945 Willys Jeep estimated at £80,000 to £100,000, Jenson Button MBE’s 2005 BMW M5 estimated at £35,000 to £40,000 and Noel Edmond’s 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster estimated at £85,000 to £100,000.
A 1958 Volkswagen Beetle in the sale is to be offered for charity with all proceeds including premium going to benefit the Brain Tumour Research Centre in Birmingham. The Beetle was fully restored for Channel 4’s For the love of cars in 2015 and has since been treated to more than £15,000 of work by marque specialists at Type 2 Detectives which included the fitting of standard suspension, a new 1.6-litre petrol engine, and front disc brakes.
For more information on any of the lots featured in the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale please visit:

1958 Volkswagen Beetle For the Love of Cars

Sunday, 4 November 2018



Classic Car Auctions will be bringing out the star spangled banner at its December sale for a trio of American muscle cars that will be offered at its next sale at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 1st December.
Leading the charge will be a 1955 Ford Thunderbird estimated at £28,000 to £32,000. Powered by a 4.8 litre V8 with an automatic gearbox and 198bhp, this T-Bird is finished in gleaming Raven Black with a Silver hardtop and red interior. Imported to the UK in 2014 it was treated to a bare metal respray, new hood and new whitewall tyres, completing the classic Route 66 cruiser look with new interior trim and carpet.
“American cars are generally much bigger, brasher and louder than their European cousins”, says Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at Classic Car Auctions. “They’re always an exciting sight on UK roads due to their rarity, whether it be a classic Ford Mustang or a big shouty Corvette, wherever you go people see you and most definitely hear you coming from a long way off.”
Stampeding its way into the sale is a 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1 estimated at £15,000 to £18,000. The SportsRoof model is finished in Pewter Silver with the factory correct Mach 1 graphics adorning the car along with a black interior. The Mustang had a complete bare metal respray in 2016 where the interior was also completely refitted including the carpets and headlining. Powered by a 285bhp 5.8-litre V8 engine which was rebuilt in 2016, the car has been fitted with a new fuel tank and fuel lines, along with uprated discs and springs.
“The American cars offer something you rarely find in European motors, fun. The power, the speed, the noise and the looks are all there for one reason, to put a smile on your face. The cars we have on offer at the December Sale all offer something different, the Corvette brings the speed, the Mustang brings the noise and the Thunderbird has looks to die for,” concludes Richard.
One of the more interesting prospects at the sale is a 1999 Chevrolet Corvette C5 offered without reserve. Imported from Japan in 2016, this example of America’s answer to the Porsche 911 is finished in Light Silver Metallic with a black leather interior. With only 55,296 miles this ‘Vette is equipped with a 5.7 litre LS1 V8 engine which puts out 345bhp and offers open roof motoring thanks to its Targa top. In excellent condition throughout, this is an incredible opportunity for bidders at CCA’s December Sale.
For more information on the American muscle and the rest of the cars on offer at the December Sale please visit:


A collection of Veglia dials for Maserati

COYS, International car auctioneers present an extremely rare opportunity to acquire sought-after spare parts for Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Lamborghini models from 1950’s till date in their upcoming auction on the 24th of November at Coys showroom and auction facility in Richmond.

The collection includes dozens of starter motors, alternators, brake servos and callipers from 1950's 250 Ferraris to 3500 Maserati’s which are no longer in the manufacture, and a vast variety of other components for such cars.

Nick Wells, Senior Auction Director at COYS said: “It is a one-off opportunity for parts providers, restoration facilities and collectors to acquire these parts that are no longer available elsewhere.”

Some of the Ferrari parts that are up for auction include majority of starter motors and alternators fitted to cars from 250 models up too late 90's models, complete sets of all the Bosch K-jet and Bosch KE-Jet fuel injection equipment fitted to 1980's and early 1990's Ferrari V8 & V12 which are no longer in manufacture with Bosch. The sale will also present a variety of dash parts for early 250 cars, assorted body panels, wheels, suspension and engine and other electrical components.

Core parts of Maserati Cars going under the hammer are several early V8 engines, bellhousings, S5-325 gearbox, brake callipers and hydraulic components for pre-1980s Maserati Straight 6 and V8 engine cars.

Sets of hydraulic components for the Citroen era Maserati cars and Lucas fuel injection components for early six-cylinder cars are also up for auction. It includes a large variety of suspension parts for early front engine cars, assorted body parts, wheels, suspension, engine and electrical components.

Collection of Aston Martin spare parts going on sale are the all starter motors, dynamos and alternators from DB4 up to late AMV8, brake servos and callipers from DB4-AMV8. A variety of NOs components for DB5/6 cars and all water pumps from DB4-late AMV8 will also go under the hammer.

Lamborghini parts that can be seen in the auction include a selection of Koni shocks fitted to early Lamborghini cars, a variety of brake hydraulic components for early V12 cars and core components for early V8 cars.