Thursday, 26 March 2015


One of only 18 produced, a Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D is offered at Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale, estimated at €2,300,000-2,800,000.
The 770 “Grand Mercedes” Cabriolet D was originally the property of German actor, producer and director, Erik Charell (1894-1974), whose accomplishments include award winning work in both film and theatre, most notably the 1930 resurrection of the play The White Horse Inn (Im weißen Rössl), transforming the production into an international hit musical.
Charell curated some of the more glamorous and risqué stage performances of the 1920s and 1930s, credited with challenging the conservatism that dominated German theatre by, amongst other things, introducing artistic nudity to his stage productions. His later reviews featured famous names such as Marlene Dietrich, Claire Waldoff, and in 1939, Louis Armstrong, who starred as ‘Bottom’ in a jazz version of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Produced by Charell, the play caused controversy as it was cast with predominantly black actors. It showed just 13 times.
The 770 Cabriolet D was delivered to Charell in Berlin on 18th August 1931. Born Erich Karl Löwenberg, Charell fled to the USA after the Nazis came to power, working for the Fox Film Corporation in Hollywood. It seems likely that he took the Mercedes with him when he left for the United States. He returned to Germany after the war and in 1950 enjoyed an enormous success with the musical comedy Feuerwerk, from which came the worldwide hit song O mein Papa. In 1969 he received the German movie prize, the Filmband in Gold, for his outstanding contribution to the German film industry.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motorcars, said, “Introduced in 1930 at the Paris Motor Show, the 770 “Grand Mercedes” Cabriolet D was the most luxurious model of the Mercedes-Benz range, noted for its elegance, beauty, size and clear extravagance.
"It was reputed to cost 47,500 RM (Reichsmark) when new, roughly the price of a family home. It’s unsurprising that a director such as Charell would have been the owner of such a fantastic car; these were clear symbols of both success, status and style.”
Held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum on 28 March, Bonhams auction will feature a variety of some 40 classic motor cars from across the German marque’s century long history.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer. A total of 1,500 exhibits are featured in the museum, including 160 vehicles.

SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS - More than 80 cars on offer at the Practical Classics Restoration Show this Saturday

More than 80 cars on offer at the Practical Classics Restoration Show this Saturday

More than 80 classic lots will be going under the hammer at the NEC, Birmingham this Saturday.
The sale offers the opportunity to purchase some compelling and captivating barn finds and discoveries that are rarely offered at other auctions. An amazing selection of road ready classics, from British muscle cars to Italian supercars, will also be on offer.
You can view the full lot list here.
Dates for your diary...
The Restoration & Classic Car 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



Entries of Classic and Sports Motorcycles are invited
for our next sale to be held on the 6th June, 2015
at the Brooklands Museum, Weybridge, Surrey.

Please contact the office on
or contact our new motorcycle specialist,
James Holland, on 07980 982367



Sell your classic in our April sale

The run up to our April sale, taking place on April 21st, is now gathering pace. With just one month to go, we are still inviting entries, so if you are hoping to sell your classic car, make sure you submit it soon before the catalogue closes on Wednesday April 7th!

For those with little time and wanting a hassle free and convenient way to selling their classic car, a classic car auction could be the perfect option as it removes the need to directly deal with multiple potential private buyers which can be time consuming and stressful.

Another benefit is that auction houses will help to market your car, giving it much more exposure than would otherwise be possible. For those who wish to sell a car that is part of a larger collection, going through an auction house might also be a safer option, as there is no longer the need to invite buyers to your home.

Visually stunning, this timeless Mercedes-Benz SL500 has had just two previous owners and is supplied with an extensive history file. This is a very clean 2003 model with the 5.0L 302 bhp V8 engine, having covered only 29,000 miles from new. What’s more, the vendor tells us the interior still ‘smells like new’!

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Estimate (£): 15,000 – 17,000

Widely touted as one of the best handling cars of the 1990s and now considered something of a 'modern classic', this BMW E36 M3 is offered in the classic BMW colour of Avus blue. This 1994 example has the 2,990cc S50B30 engine, which produces 282 bhp.  The current vendor has given it a thorough overhaul, spending an impressive £4000 on it.

Rating: ★ ★ ★

Estimate (£): 8,000 - 10,000

Read more here.

Considered by many to be the finest and most advanced pick-up truck of its day, this 1952 Dodge Pilothouse has recently had its upholstery refurbished. Its paintwork in superb condition throughout, this charming classic truck would be a great addition to any enthusiast's collection.

Estimate (£): 20,000 - 22,000

Our rating:  ★ ★

Read more here.

H&H AUCTIONS - Final Call for Entries The Imperial War Museum Duxford Auction

Final Call for Entries

The Imperial War Museum Duxford Auction
15th April 2015

1925 Sunbeam 20/60 Tourer
The printed catalogue for our upcoming IWM Duxford auction closes this Thursday, 26th March at 2pm. To consign a Motor Car to this Specialist Auction, please contact us on +44 (0) 1925 210035 or
Latest highlights include:
1925 Sunbeam 20/60 Tourer (Main Image) Original ‘matching numbers’ Tourer and beautifully restored
1932 Riley Gamecock Recent engine overhaul and well prepared for VSCC Trials use
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sedancalet de Ville The only 20/25 of its kind in existence
1937 Wolseley 14/56 Tourer Rumoured to have been used by Winston Churchill and formerly the property of a Wolseley Register President
1957 Land Rover 86 Extensive ‘chassis up’ refurbishment and hard to fault
1968 BMW 2000 CS 1 of just 20 RHD cars known to have survived and entered from a private collection
1971 Volvo P1800 E A genuinely concours example that has been exquisitely restored
1985 BMW M635 CSi 1 of just 524 RHD examples and nicely presented
1992 Ferrari 348 TB 1 of just 130 UK supplied cars and recent cambelt change
Further Motor Cars can be viewed by clicking here.

1932 Riley Gamecock          1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sedancalet de Ville
1937 Wolseley 14/56 Tourer          1957 Land Rover 86
1968 BMW 2000 CS          1971 Volvo P1800 E
1985 BMW M635 CSi          1992 Ferrari 348 TB

BRANSON AUCTION 17/18-04-2015

1958 Austin London Taxi
Modern Drive Train
1931 Dodge 2 Door Rumble Seat
On the Block April 18

Monday, 23 March 2015

The Car Chasers are coming to San Antonio! -DAN KRUSE CLASSICS

March 28, 2015
Expo Hall at Freeman Colisueum
Door Open at 9am - Auction at 10am
1996 Impala SS LT1 ...
Original 33,000 Auto Check and CarFax verified miles. Original collector condition complete with Original Window Sticker. The previous owner was a collector who had acquired every year the Impala SS that was made. This last production year, was his most cherished as explained by his family after he passed away. The condition of this car is a testament to its quality.

This three year only body styled 1996 Chevrolet Impala SS Sedan 4-Door 5.7L 350 Cu.In. V8 RWD is one of the last of the Mohicans. Built in the day when Rear Wheel drive was not a normality and new Gen II LT1 5.7 liter engine was used to replace the traditional 350. The Impala SS came with true dual exhaust, an integrated trunk spoiler, complete monochromatic package, 17-inch aluminum wheels, 4-wheel disc brakes, enhanced handling, bucket seats and full leather upholstery.
1981 GMC C-Series Short Wide Pickup...
Built as a one-off custom from its 1991 style grill to $8000 custom paint job. A truck with looks and comfort. Outfitted with cold air conditioning, tilt steering, cruise control and tons of billet accents throughout. Powered by a fuel injected late 90's 350 powerplant so it will get up and go, with disc brakes in the front and 17" Crager Wheels on all four corners. No expense spared in this build.

Dan Kruse Classics
11202 Disco
San Antonio, Texas 78216

Learn More »

Just Consigned! 1955 Cadillac Model 60 Convertible - THE BRANSON AUCTION 17/18 April 2015

1955 Cadillac Model 60 Convertible
Previously owned by Johnny Weissmuller "Tarzan", and comes with original title bearing Weissmuller's signature. 

CLASSICCAR AUCTIONS - Entries invited into our next sale

Sell your classic at our next sale
There are now just five weeks to go until our next sale, taking place in the legendary pit garages at Silverstone race circuit on 21st April.

Our launch sale earlier this month was a resounding success, with a packed auction hall, total sales of more than £400,000, and an impressive sales rate of 65 per cent. We are now inviting entries into the April sale, and after the buzz generated from the first auction, we anticipate our next to be even more popular!
 Submit your classic car online

Our new and easy to use online entry system is taking the industry by storm and entering a classic car into our auction is incredibly simple.

Once your entry has been submitted, an expert member of our team will call you to discuss the car and confirm your classic is consigned to the sale. Our experienced classic car specialists will be only too happy to help and provide you with a fair and representative estimate of the potential sale price. This process, combined with the delivery of extensive marketing and a professional sale day at a distinguished venue, will help your car to achieve a great price.

It costs just £60 to enter your car with a highly competitive sellers fee of six per cent.

For more information on submitting your car, you can view our selling guide here.

If you would like to discuss an entry into our April sale or for further information about buying or selling at any of our forthcoming auctions, please call us on +44 (0)1926 640 888.

We look forward to hearing from you, but until then here are some of the exciting classics that your car could be joining.
 1994 Renault Clio 2.0 16v Williams One
An iconic hot hatch, this Renault Clio 2.0 16v Williams One is reported to be one of just 82 left licenced on the road in the UK last year, and is fast becoming topical in the classic car world. With just three recorded owners since new, this car is not to be missed!
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Estimate (£): 4,500 – 6,000
 1984 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL
With the odometer reading just 55,678 miles and supplied with both hard and soft tops, this Mercedes-Benz 280SL is in mostly original condition. An elegant and timeless classic, it will be a delight to its new owner for driving over the summer season.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Estimate (£): 10,000 - 12,000
 1997 Bentley Brooklands Turbo
Well-presented and finished in a sophisticated Peacock blue with complementary Ivory leather interior, this Bentley Brooklands Turbo is supplied with a substantial service history and every MOT certificate from 2000 to present and will be freshly serviced before the sale.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Estimate (£): 9,000 – 12,000
Dates for your diary
  Tuesday 21st April, Silverstone Circuit

Tuesday 2nd June, Silverstone Circuit

Tuesday 4th August, Silverstone Circuit

Tuesday 6th October, Silverstone Circuit

Tuesday 8th December, Silverstone Circuit

Classic Cars, Classic Bikes, Scooters & Historic Tractors BPI ASSOCIATES


Classic Cars, Classic Bikes, Scooters & Historic Tractors

Friday 27th March 2015
Please do not forget to register and follow the link below to place your bids.

Further Entries Invited The Imperial War Museum Duxford Auction 15th April 2015 H&H Auctions

Further Entries Invited

The Imperial War Museum Duxford Auction
15th April 2015

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2
Further entries are invited for our upcoming auction at the Imperial War Museum Duxford, Cambridgeshire on Wednesday 15th April. To discuss consigning a Motor Car to this Specialist Auction, please contact us on +44 (0) 1925 210035 or

Latest highlights include:

1969 Aston Martin DB6 Mark 2 (Main Image)
1 of just 239 examples and extensively restored

1934 Beardmore Paramount MK IV Taxicab
1 of only 2 known survivors and highly original

1934 Singer 1.5 Litre Four Seater Sports Tourer
1 of just 77 made and nicely refurbished

1934 Sunbeam 25hp Saloon
Elegant Post Vintage Thoroughbred Saloon

1938 Fiat 500 Topolino
Highly presentable RHD example and well known in Topolino circles

1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Supercharged
Period modified with 1275cc engine, Shorrocks blower and PEMA bonnet

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Litre
Converted from a LHD Fixed Head Coupe and great value

Further Motor Cars can be viewed by clicking here.

1934 Beardmore Paramount MK IV Taxicab          1934 Singer 1.5 Litre Four Seater Sports Tourer

1934 Sunbeam 25hp Saloon          1938 Fiat 500 Topolino

1960 Austin-Healey Sprite Supercharged          1960 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Litre