Tuesday, 27 January 2015


Fifty canvases by the master of movement
Art in Motion, an exhibition of new paintings by the well known artist Dexter Brown will be on show at the international auction house Bonhams in New Bond Street London from  16th – 27th      February.  All the works are for sale and 50 per cent of the proceeds will go to Combat Stress, the Veterans’ mental health charity, which provides specialist clinical treatment and welfare support to  ex-Service men and women across the UK suffering from psychological injuries.
Dexter Brown’s work is a favourite with collectors all over the world. He is particularly famous for his paintings of speeding racing cars and for the many portraits of famous actors executed in his years as artist in residence at the Duke of York Theatre in London.
For the exhibition at Bonhams, Dexter was given a totally open remit with no set subject or theme.  As the artist explained in a recent interview, “It’s quite something to be given such a free hand.  For some reason I just had this thing again about the cars.  I started to think about films and TV programmes that have cars in, and that made me drift sideways to actors and actresses I’ve always admired.”
Peter Fonda is depicted from Easy Rider; Paul Newman and Katherine Ross in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Steve McQueen and the Porsche 917 from Le Mans as well as his own Ferrari 275 GTB/4.  Closer to home there is John Thaw as Inspector Morse with his famous burgundy Mark 2 Jaguar and Billie Piper as seen in The Sally Lockhart Mysteries.
Bonhams Chairman, Robert Brooks, said, “I have been a great admirer of Dexter Brown’s work for many years and am delighted that we are able to stage this exhibition at Bonhams and raise money for such a worthwhile cause.”
Founded 95 years ago Combat Stress is the UK’s leading mental health charity for Veterans. Since its foundation it has supported more than 100,000 ex-Service men and women and is currently providing help for more than 5,600, including 662 Afghanistan Veterans and 960 Iraq Veterans. The youngest Veteran is just 19 years old and the oldest is 97.
Combat Stress treats conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.


  • Bonhams returns to Stuttgart for the single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale on 28 March 2015, coinciding with Retro Classics Stuttgart week
  • A 1938 540 Kompressor Cabriolet A heads the sale. Fresh to the market, the 540 K is estimated at €2,000,000-2,500,000 (£1,500,000-1,900,000)
  • A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is offered at an estimated  €900,000-1,200,000 (£700,000-940,000)
Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale will return to Stuttgart on 28 March, coinciding with Retro Classics Stuttgart week, the largest annual exhibition of classic cars in Southern Germany.
A spectacular 1938 540 K Cabriolet (complete with covered spare wheel) heads the sale. The Mercedes-Benz auction is the first time the 540 K has been publicly offered, available at an estimated €2,000,000-2,500,000 (£1,500,000-1,900,000).
Restored to Concours condition, the two-seater 540 K is a significantly lighter variant of the original 500 K design. Developed in the mid-1930s, it was one of the most impressive cars available at the time, and today remains distinctly rare.
A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is an additional early consignment, estimated at €900,000-1,200,000 (£700,000-940,000). An extremely original example, the roadster has been in current ownership since 1980, and at its peak was the fastest production Mercedes around.
1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster
The 300SL was previously owned by German industrialist, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907-1967), of the Krupp dynasty.
Philip Kantor, Head of European Motorcars, said: “Bonhams is the pioneer for single-marque sales, and is delighted to continue this newly established sale with Mercedes-Benz. Last year’s sale attracted many bidders from around the world, achieving a total £9.4 million (€12 million) - a wonderful result for a sale only in its first year. We look forward to similar success at this years’ auction.”
Held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Bonhams auction will showcase a variety of some 40 classic motor cars from across the German marque’s century long history.
“Unique and authentic vehicles – that is the idea we share, both Mercedes-Benz and Bonhams. Originality plays an important role in our philosophy,” explains Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centre. “After the successful auction last year we will once more offer an appropriate stage for Bonhams. Classic car collectors and visitors of the museum will once again be given a taste of exciting auctions.”
The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer. A total of 1,500 unique exhibits are featured in the museum, including 160 vehicles.

Saturday, 24 January 2015


More cars with fascinating histories consigned into Race Retro Sale

There’s now just four weeks to go until our Race Retro Sale begins. We’ve recently consigned a number of classic vehicles with fascinating histories into the auction which takes place on the 21st and 22nd of February at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.
You can find out more about the sale here.
Last entries invited for Race Retro Sale
There’s not long to go until our catalogue closes for our auction at Race Retro. There are limited spaces available so if you would like your car to join our sale then please contact one of our team on +44 (0)1926 691141 or email before January 27th.
For now, read on for more on the cars we’ve recently consigned into the sale.
1955 Volkswagen Type 2 Samba Microbus

This vehicle is the first VW Type 2 Samba imported into the UK. The right-hand drive bus, built at the original VW factory in Wolfsburg, was delivered new into the UK on the 21st November 1955 by John Colborne-Baber, the founder of the first ever VW dealership in the UK.

Colborne-Baber’s long association with Volkswagen started as a result of John being approached by former army officer George La-Haye. After the end of the Second World War, La-Haye, who was stationed in Germany, purchased three new Volkswagen Beetles, the last of which he returned to the UK with.
Colborne-Baber showed an immediate interest in the Beetle and made George an offer on a part-exchange for a Wolseley 6/80, which he accepted. Colborne-Baber was so impressed with the Beetle he’d acquired, that he then approached Volkswagen in Germany and began importing Volkswagen vehicles into the UK in 1949.
Sambas were never officially imported new into the UK, and as such ‘SGP 62’ is thought to be the only surviving example of the few Wolfsburg-built Type 2s in the country.

In 1992 ‘SGP 62’ was rediscovered in the West Country after 30 years in storage. It has been professionally restored over the last 18 months as a faithful reproduction of its condition as used by the Colborne-Baber family. ‘SGP 62’ has been restored, as much as possible, to original specification with a few additional safety and convenience features, whilst retaining its completely original appearance.

A new bespoke period-correct Devon interior, modelled on the design that was enjoyed by the Colborne family, was created by VW expert Kevin Morgan including a correct Osokool fridge and Dudley stove. These rare items were sourced specially for this bus and are in mint condition. The vehicle also comes with a certificate of authenticity from the Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen.

This is a beautiful and rare Samba Microbus, historically important in terms of its VW legacy in the UK and ready to be appreciated and enjoyed.

Estimate (£): 70,000 - 75,000

Read more here

1972 BMW 3.0 CSA

The BMW E9 Coupe was one of the most handsome cars ever to roll from the Munich factory. Sleek as a shark, it had a wonderfully elegant and airy cabin with slim windscreen pillars, a large glass area and a tastefully restrained wooden dash.

Showing three owners from new this is a very special car indeed with the last two owners being of particular note. Owned for the last six years by Gaz Coombes, the front man of Supergrass, prior to his ownership it was owned by famed Hollywood actor Michael York. At time of auction the car will have just finished a detailed sympathetic restoration, which will involve respraying the car in its original Fjord Blue along with a strip down, check and refurbishment of the engine.

Presented with a fantastic history file containing photographs of Michael York with the car along with letters and documents by Michael York from his ownership, there is also a superb number invoices from the early years of the cars life. A great chance to acquire a wonderful car with tremendous history.

Estimate (£): 20,000 - 30,000

Read more here.
1971 Porsche 911T 2.2 Coupe
Offered here is a very original example of the sought after 911T which was first registered on March 31st 1971 in Zurich, Switzerland.

This is a beautiful, unmolested, matching numbers example, so difficult to find in this condition. The original colour was Albertblau as is documented in the Porsche certificate, this was subsequently changed to Gemini Blue. The interior is the original black leatherette with fabric inserts and the carpets original fleck grey.

It is rare to find a car in this lovely condition with a patina that restored examples simply cannot match. With 911S values at £200,000 for the very best this 911T represents value and this car is surely a great usable investment at this guide.

Estimate (£): 45,000 - 55,000

Read more here.

Classic to sell? 
To discuss an entry into our two-day sale at Race Retro please contact one of our team on 01926 691141 or email
Dates for your diary...
Race Retro & Classic Car Sale
21st and 22nd February
Stoneleigh Park
The Restoration Show Sale
28th March
The May Sale
23rd May
The Wing
The Silverstone Classic Sale
25th and 26th July
The Wing
The Salon Privé Sale
5th September
Blenheim Palace
The Porsche Sale
25th October
The Wing
The NEC Classic Motor Show Sale
14th and 15th November
For further information about buying or selling at any of our forthcoming auctions, please call us on 01926 691 141 or email

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Leake Auction Company Oklahoma City February 20 & 21 - Cox Pavilion, OKC Fairgrounds - 500 Cars

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1973 Ford Bronco

1939 Ford Two Door Coupe

1961 Chevrolet Impala Bubble Top Sport Coupe
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Retromobile 2015
Friday 6 Februray 2015 at 11am
Plaque Lot 45
A rare enameled sign - Automobile Club de l'Ouest, inscribed Circuit permanent de la Sarthe, 8me Kil. Don Chenard-Walcker.
Diam. : 80 cm. (31 ½ in.)
€ 6.000-9.000

Jaeger Lot 49
Jaeger 8 days coming from Tank Bugatti 57C winner 1939 24 Heures du Mans and from Jean Bugatti’s accident the 8 August 1939.
Diam. : 8 cm. (3 ¼ in.)
From Robert Aumaître collection
€ 10.000-15.000

Sabran Lot 60
Guy SABRAN (Guy Marie Louis Sabran, né en 1902)
Cover project, March 1951.
35 x 27 cm. (13 ¾ x 10 ¾ in.)
€ 500-800

Le Mans Lot 43
Exceptional copy of Roger Labric,
les 24 Heures du Mans, illustrated by Géo Ham, numbered III and specially printed for Charles Faroux.
32 x 25 cm. (12 ½ x 9 ¾ in.)
€ 3.000-5.000

Coupe Lot 44
Silver cup "Coppa Ferrario" won by Meo Costantini with Bugatti during the Targa Florio 1925.
Haut. : 32 cm. (12 ½ in.)
€ 6.000-9.000

Vuitton Lot 107
An extremely fine specially commissioned travelling bar in Monogram canvas, by Louis Vuitton.
H.: 36,5 cm. L.: 19 cm. P.: 42 cm.
€ 6.000-9.000

Public viewing at the Retromobile Show - Paris Expo Porte de Versailles - Hall 1 & 2.1

Wednesday 4 February  - 10am to 10pm
Thursday 5 February - 10am to 7pm
Friday 6 February - 10am to 11am

Auction at the Retromobile Show - Paris Expo Porte de Versailles - Hall 2.1

The auctions, held by Hervé Poulain, will take place on Friday 6 February 2015
  • 11am: Automobilia
  • 2pm: Baillon Collection, lots 1 – 59
  • 5pm: Motor cars, lots 101 – 217

Bonhams 4th Annual Scottsdale Sale Achieves $25-Million As Race-Winning Ferrari 275 GTB/C Makes New Model Record

Bonhams 4th Annual Scottsdale Sale Achieves
$25-Million As Race-Winning Ferrari 275 GTB/C
Makes New Model Record

With a nearly 90% sell-through rate, Bonhams sets multiple auction records in Arizona
The stunningly beautiful, fast and historic 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB Competizione that won its class at Le Mans, Spa and Imola zoomed to the forefront of Bonhams Scottsdale auction on Thursday, January 15th, and sold for $9,405,000, setting a new world auction record for the model and also making it one of the most valuable cars ever auctioned in Arizona.
Held at the picturesque Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Bonhams' fourth annual event was at full capacity with an audience of international bidders spilling outside the auction pavilion and onto the lawns where TV monitors broadcast the sale.
Of the curated selection of 84 automobiles on offer, Ferrari – the grandest sporting marque of them all – was well represented as were notable motorcars from every era, many of which achieved very impressive results.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL "Gullwing" Coupe formerly owned by Lord O'Neill, Prime Minister of Northern Ireland, made $1,375,000 after it was the subject of spirited bidding from collectors in attendance and on the telephones. Another Teutonic gem that was the focus of intense interest was the silver 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster with red interior, which achieved $1,237,500.
The very original 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 that had been in single-family ownership since new drew an enormous amount of attention and finally sold to a private American collection for $1,017,500.
Representing veteran and vintage cars, a Humber and a Kissel realized new world auction records for their marques. The British-built 1904 Humber 8.5hp Twin-Cylinder Two-Seater made $148,500 while the American-built 1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster sold for $286,000.
Other notable results came from a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe that achieved $511,500, while a pair of Ferrari 512 BBi models, a 1982 and a 1984, made more than double their pre-auction estimates with the former making a new auction record for the model when it sold for $357,500.
From Bonhams' popular automobilia section, a 1929 opalescent "Vitesse" glass mascot by René Lalique exceeded expectations when it was bought by an American collector for $35,000. Showing strong demand in the market, other items from the French house of Lalique also achieved robust results.
Said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, "Year on year our auction here in Scottsdale has grown in both reputation and results. Our selection is focused but diverse, representing the very best of the car collecting hobby, and we're very pleased with the results and with the strong support demonstrated by clients from around the world."
Added Mark Osborne, Bonhams US Head of Motoring, "Our sale has shown the strength of the market and of our firm, and it's been a real pleasure offering blue-chip motorcars to what is truly a global audience of connoisseurs."
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer, stated "Scottsdale is an excellent and important sale for Bonhams and we're delighted to be here in partnership with the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. In continuation of our strategic global growth, we're also looking forward to our inaugural auction at Amelia Island in March."
For a full list of results from Thursday's sale, please visit
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12 Mar 2015
Fernandina Beach Golf Club

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Available for Private Sale

Available for Private Sale

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT
We are delighted to announce the following Motor Cars are currently available for Private Sale. For further information or to discuss consigning a vehicle for Private Sale, please contact one of our specialists on +44 (0) 1925 210035 or

1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (Main Image)
UK supplied and current ownership since 1994

1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis 001 and supplied new by Max Hoffman
1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe

1951 Tojeiro-JAP a.k.a. ‘The Asteroid’
ex-Brian Lister / Archie Scott Brown / Peter Hughes

1951 Tojeiro-JAP a.k.a. ‘The Asteroid’

1936 Delahaye Type 135 Speciale Evocation
Genuine Delahaye components and modelled after the 1936-7 Ecurie Bleue cars

1936 Delahaye Type 135 Speciale Evocation

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015


The penultimate pre-war 1939 Vincent HRD Series-A Rapide motorcycle rescued from scrap is now being offered, fully restored, for an estimated £220,000-260,000 at Bonhams Stafford Sale, taking place 26 April 2015.
The Vincent Series-A twin offered is the penultimate machine dispatched from the marques Stevenage factory before the outbreak of World War Two in 1939. There are only around 65 Series-A Vincent v-twins left in the world today, making this sale exceptionally rare.
The Vincent has remained in the family of motorcycle enthusiast Harry Lloyd since 1959, when it was purchased in exchange for a mere £10 and an Amal TT carburetor. Lloyd restored the bike to its former glory and used it for family trips around the United Kingdom. After a decade of use, the primary chain snapped when on a journey home through the suburbs of Liverpool, leaving the bike in need of repair. In 1968 the HRD was dismantled, pending future restoration, and stored in a lock-up garage in Liverpool.
A decade later, with the bike still in storage, an administrative error meant ownership of the garage had been allocated elsewhere. When Lloyd arrived, the padlocks had been cut-off of the garage and his bikes - including the HRD Series-A - were being loaded into a skip.
After much argument, it was decided that the bikes couldn’t be left, and so were transported back to Lloyd’s Liverpool home and stored in the rear bedroom, where they remained undisturbed for the next 15 years.
“In 2007 restoration of the Vincent finally began, but sadly Mr. Lloyd passed away before seeing the finished rebuild. No doubt he would have been very proud of the finished machine," said Ben Walker, International Director for Bonhams Motorcycle Department.
“Seven years of restoration have resulted in a magnificent motorcycle completed to Concours standard. Owned by the same family for the past fifty years, Bonhams Stafford sale offers a rare opportunity to acquire this highly desirable machine – one of the holy grails of the motorcycle world and a must for any major collection.”

Monday, 19 January 2015


More stunning, low mileage cars join a fantastic catalogue
We’ve recently consigned a fantastic selection of low mileage and immaculately presented cars into our two-day sale at Race Retro which takes place on the 21st and 22nd February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
From 1990s Ferraris to one of the finest Mk1 Ford Escorts available on the market, once again our catalogue is shaping up to offer an eclectic choice of stunning cars.
You can view the lot list here.
The value and investment potential of low mileage classic cars should not be underestimated and collectors are paying some incredible prices for the most original and low mileage cars out there. The low mileage cars listed below are sure to generate attention from around the world.
Last entries invited for Race Retro Sale
There’s not long to go until our catalogue closes for our auction at Race Retro. There are limited spaces available so if you would like your car to join our sale then please contact one of our team on +44 (0)1926 691141 or email before January 27th.
For now, read on for more on the cars we’ve recently consigned into the sale.
1999 Ferrari 456M
The beautiful car offered here boasts just one registered keeper from new and has covered an incredible 400 miles from new. It has been stored in a de-humidified garage for its entire life and has been run up to temperature regularly.
As one would expect, the car is presented in 'as new' condition. The bodywork is flawless and has never seen rain, the sumptuous black interior is unmarked and the engine bay is a delight.
This Ferrari 456 Modificata must be the lowest mileage example in the country and is a unique opportunity for any collector. Supplied with all books, service wallet, original bill of sale and desirable fitted luggage, this V12 Italian thoroughbred must be seen to be believed.
Estimate (£): 75,000 - 90,000
Read more here.

1972 Ford Escort RS 1600
According to a number of reliable sources, there are reputed to be less than 50 RS1600s registered or SORN in the UK and only around 1,137 were ever produced in total.
This example was first registered in the UK on 11th February 1972 and was purchased by the current owner approximately three years ago. He has kept the car in a dehumidified garage and cherished this extremely collectable road-going example. The speedometer is reading 3,490 miles, which is the total mileage covered since this car underwent a ground up restoration. There are bills in the history file from renowned marque expert Andy Stapley Motorsport and the car will be supplied with a fresh MoT certificate for the auction.
It is most unusual to find a road specification example finished to such a high standard. The Le Mans Green paintwork is superb with excellent shut lines and has been completed to a very high standard. The interior is completely standard and correct, and the engine bay is spotless. Don’t miss a fantastic opportunity to own what may well be the finest RS1600 available.
Estimate (£): 45,000 - 55,000
Read more here
1985 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo
One of the defining supercars of the 1970s and 1980s, the Porsche 911 930 Turbo was one of the fastest production cars available at the time. This example shows a mere warranted 25,571 miles from new supported by previous MoT records and SORN Records as detailed in the cars history file.
Presented in its factory correct Black/A1A1 paint colour, the car was originally delivered with Black leather interior, however, we are lead to believe that its current White leather interior was fitted by the car's second owner in the early years of its life. In 2013 the engine was stripped and rebuilt along with the fitment of a new clutch by WrighTune Ltd to insure all was as it should be
This car poses an excellent opportunity to acquire a low mileage example of one of the fastest appreciating 911s on the market.
Estimate (£): 58,000 - 64,000
Read more here
1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe
The Series 1 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe is seen by many as the most desirable E-Type for its pure lines and sumptuous curves. The example offered here is an original UK right-hand drive 3.8 Fixedhead Coupe, presented in the elegant colour combination of Opalescent grey with grey leather.
First registered on 15th March 1963, this E-Type shows a mere five previous owners on the log book. It was purchased by the current owner in 2008 and has been cherished in a Carcoon dehumidified environment ever since. Invoices in the history file suggest the car was restored between 2000 and 2004 and now the restoration has mellowed nicely. The engine head and block are matching numbers and the car retains the original 4-speed Moss gearbox.

Finished in lovely order throughout, this most desirable of E-Types is now ready to be enjoyed by its next owner with a fresh MoT test certificate.
Estimate (£): 65,000 - 75,000
Read more here



  GM Futurliner 

One of 12 built, the 1950 General Motors Futurliner Parade of Progress Tour Bus (Lot #2501, above) is a bona fide piece of American history. The GM design staff, under Harley Earl’s direction, created this self-contained display and transport vehicle. Its sale is made even more special by the generosity of Ron Pratte: 100 percent of the proceeds from the auction of this amazing vehicle will go to the Armed Forces Foundation.

If you’ve been to Barrett-Jackson before, you’ll know that the final Saturday is always a blockbuster experience. But this year, Saturday at the 44th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction has so many extraordinary vehicles crossing the block that no single press release or eBlast can contain the news. Everywhere you look, historically significant and groundbreaking cars abound. While there are literally hundreds of tales to tell and every car........  Click here to see full report

H&H AUCTION 25th February 2015

Further Entries Invited

The Pavilion Gardens Auction
25th February 2015

 1968 Daimler V8-250

Further entries are now invited for our first auction of 2015 taking place at The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, on Wednesday 25th February. To discuss consigning a Motor Car to this auction, please contact one of our specialists on +44 (0) 1925 210035 or

Current highlights include:

1968 Daimler V8-250 (Main Image)
Extensively restored at a cost of c.£60,000

1953 MG TD
Very nicely restored, LHD example

1961 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Evocation
Uprated with 'Frogeye' styling, larger engine etc

1964 Riley Elf MK II
Charming Mini derivative

1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
LHD, 14,000km from new

Further Motor Cars can be viewed by clicking here.

1953 MG TD          1961 Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite Evocation

1964 Riley Elf MK II          1996 Ford Escort RS Cosworth