Saturday, 12 March 2016

SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS - The Restoration Show Sale results

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The Restoration Show Sale results


Just one week after achieving a number of new record prices at Race Retro, we secured more records at the Practical Classics Restoration and Classic Car Show last Sunday.

In the home city of Land Rover, record prices were secured for two very special Series One examples. Italian supercars, fast Fords and restoration projects also achieved more high sale prices, bringing the total sales rate to 75% with a value of £1.5 million.

We'd like to thank all the bidders and buyers at our most recent sales and we look forward to seeing you at our upcoming auctions in May.

See all the results here or read on for the highlight cars of the sale.

1999 Lamborghini Diablo SV

The last Lamborghini produced before VW took ownership of the company, presented in a rare one-off paint colour and in amazing condition, sold for nearly £25,000 over its lower estimate.

Sold for (£): 174,375

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1948 Land Rover Series I Chassis #149 Side Plate Engine

One of the earliest Land Rovers produced, this restored Series I sold for more than £20,000 over its lower estimate, the highest price achieved in recent years.

Sold for (£): 47,250

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2016 Land Rover 110 Heritage Edition

One of the last 400 Defenders made as production came to an end this year, this example was sold with just 108 miles on the odometer.

Sold for (£): 42,188

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1950 Land Rover Series I Station Wagon with coachwork by Tickford

One of the rarest and most historically significant Land Rovers. This 1950 Series I Station Wagon with coachwork by Tickford is one of the last surviving road going examples and sold for a world record price.

Sold for (£): 38,250 – new world record

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1987 Ferrari 412i

A rare 1987 Ferrari 412i, which was presented in exemplary condition having benefitted from a restoration, sold for more than £10,000 over its lower estimate.

Sold for (£): 50,625

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1973 Ford Capri RS 3100

Perhaps the best in the world, with exceptional levels of preservation in amazingly original and unrestored condition, this unique Capri sold for nearly £10,000 over its lower estimate.

Sold for (£): 49,500

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1971 Volvo P1800E

Another car that could claim to be the best in the world. The UK right-hand drive car was a very special example indeed, with just two owners from new and meticulously restored, and the last UK car in its originally specified gold colour.

Sold for (£): 34,875

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1978 Aston Martin V8 Series III

An original UK right-hand drive, one of the last Series III V8s produced, and offered as a matching numbers non-running project.

Sold for (£): 47,250

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1968 Jaguar E-Type Series II Roadster

This matching numbers example, stored for the last 20 years, will be a wonderful restoration project for its new owner.

Sold for (£): 41,625

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Inviting consignments for our next sales

Consignments are now being invited into the 
May Sale, taking place at Silverstone circuit on May 21st, and to Silverstone Auctions’ first international sale which takes place at The Classic Race Aarhus in Denmark on the 28th and 29th of May.

Anyone interested in submitting an entry and benefiting from our expertise and support can call 01926 691141 or email

Friday, 11 March 2016

The Fort Lauderdale Digital Catalog Is Here - Auctions America

The Fort Lauderdale Digital Catalog Is Here. CLICK TO OPEN
Dear Media Colleague,

With the final countdown underway to Auctions America�s Fort Lauderdale event, April 1-3, we�re delighted to present the digital catalog, showcasing select lots for your perusal.

The upcoming sale, which offers Auctions America�s trademark quality and diversity of product, will lift the gavel on more than 450 vehicles and select automobilia. From elegant American classics to an outstanding selection of European sports cars, Detroit muscle, hot rods and customs, the offering shines a spotlight on a broad variety of automotive styling and engineering from across the years. Among a long list of highlights are:
� an interesting and historically significant 1948 Tucker 48; beginning life as the factory automatic transmission test chassis, it was later completed by several enthusiasts using sourced parts and patterns taken from the excellent original Tucker at the Gilmore Car Museum, resulting in a highly detailed and authentic restoration (Est. $950,000 � $1,250,000);

� a globe-trotting 1981 BMW M1; offered from 35 years of single ownership, this highly-original example and has been sparingly driven, accruing just 13,500 original kilometers (Est. $500,000 - $600,000);

� a beautifully restored 1957 Ford Thunderbird D-Code; formerly owned by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Max Weinberg, drummer of Bruce Springsteen�s E Street Band, this AACA Senior winner is presented in Dusk Rose with a Colonial White removable �porthole� hardtop with white interior ($75,000 - $100,000); and

� a limited-production 2006 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren; showing less than 5,500 actual miles from new, this example is stunning in black with a red interior. With a top-speed listed at 209-mph, it is considered one of the world�s most usable supercars (Est. $275,000 - $325,000).
In addition to its traditional automobile offering, Auctions America is proud to once again lend its auction services to support two organizations committed to supporting at-risk youth in South Florida. 100 percent of proceeds, including buyer�s premium, from the sale of a 1964 Ford Falcon Futura Restomod Convertible, will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward County, while proceeds from the sale of a 2006 Metropolitan Luftwaffe Bf 109 E Messerschmitt Custom Motorcycle & a 2006 Metropolitan Royal Air Force Super Marine Spitfire Custom Motorcycle, will support the Boys & Girls Club of
Indian River County


Bonhams Mercedes-Benz sale is led by fashionable automobiles of the sensational 1930s, headed by a rare 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet, estimated at €6,000,000-7,000,000.
The 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet was displayed at the 1935 Paris Auto Show as a mere chassis, and despite its stripped down state, was purchased straight off the stand. This swift acquisition was down to some good-natured rivalry between friends, Dr. Charles Crocker, and Lawrence Copley Thaw, which resulted in Thaw purchasing a Rolls-Royce chassis, and Crocker the 500 K chassis.
It was an exclusive and powerful chassis aimed at an equally exclusive and powerful clientele. With this in mind, and in a bid to outdo his friend, Crocker took the bare 500 K chassis to have a hand-crafted body built by one of the greatest and most fashionable coachbuilders of the time, Jacques Saoutchik, who was based in Paris.
Saoutchik was a carpenter by trade, so the coachwork he created was noted for the superior quality of workmanship, and beauty of the interior marquetry. His customers were everything from glittering socialites, artists, and couturiers, to royalty and heads of state. The owner of a chassis equipped with a Saoutchik body signaled good taste and great wealth.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “It is reported that on taking delivery of the chassis, Saoutchik declared that he would build a body for the Mercedes that would be, ‘As handsomely received half a century from now as it will today.’ And he fulfilled his promise: what remains today is magnificent."
Referred to by its original owner as ‘the magnificent vehicle’, the 500 K is estimated at €6,000,000-7,000,000.
The roaring motoring machines of the 1930s were grand, exquisitely designed and well engineered. The Art Deco movement was still in full swing, an influence that can be seen on some of the highlights offered at Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale.
A vision of red: Lot 132, the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Roadster,
Highlights from the 1930s include:
A 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Roadster, with rare coachwork by Sindelfingen, estimated at €3,500,000-4,500,500, and a 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster, with coachwork by Lancefield, estimated at €2,700,000-3,500,000.
Lot 130, the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Roadster
A 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, with rare coachwork by Sindelfingen, offered at an estimate of €2,000,000-2,600,000, and the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C, with rare coachwork by Sindelfingen, estimated at €800,000-1,200,000.
Lot 121, the 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet C, and lot 141, the 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A
Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale will take place on Saturday 19 March in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany. The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer, with a total of 1,500 exhibits featured in the museum.
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Following on from last October's success, our first Specialist Sale of 2016 will be held at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford onApril 19th 20th - and has already attracted some fantastic early entries.
If you would like to consign a suitable motorcar or motorcycle to this prestigious auction, then please contact one of our specialists on: 01925 210035 or via
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Competition Roadster
1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Competition Roadster
Estimate: (£) 700,000 - 900,000
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1930 Brough Superior SS100 Alpine Grand Sports Combination
1930 Brough Superior Motorcycle [Unrestored and Running Condition]
Estimate: (£) 280,000 - 350,000
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1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe
  • Built to the special order of HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh
  • 1 of just 20 MK1 examples made but fitted with a power hood and floor-change gearbox (modifications that were standardised on the MK2) not to mention a pioneering radio telephone and vanity mirror for HM, The Queen
  • Bespoke Edinburgh Green livery, original Grey leather upholstery and current (third private) ownership since 1977.
1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe 
Estimate: (£) 350,000 - 450,000
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Also at IWM Duxford this April...
1925 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Tourer
1925 Bentley 3/4.5 Litre Tourer
Estimate: (£) 240,000 - 270,000
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"LN 1" Registration
The London Collection
(£) 100,000 - 120,000
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Cars from TV
The "Minder" Collection
Estimates Available
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1967 Mercedes-Benz 
SL 250 - 33 Awards Won
(£) 100,000 - 120,000
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"LN 2" Registration
The London Collection
(£) 50,000 - 60,000
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"LN 3" Registration
The London Collection
(£) 30,000 - 35,000
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1967 Ford Mustang
390 'S' Code Fastback
(£) 30,000 - 40,000
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Join the Catalogue today, by contacting one of our Specialists on
+44 (0)1925 210035 or

Monday, 7 March 2016


The Aston Martin designers have revealed their contribution to Bonhams’ charity chair auction in aid of CHIVA Africa, a leading AIDS charity focused on improving the lives of children and teenagers living with HIV in South Africa.
Using their skill and expert craftsmanship, the Aston Martin designers have developed a chair that is both luxurious and stylish; the perfect homage to their automotive lineage.
The CHIVA Chair is furnished with the same materials one would find on a modern Aston Martin. Highly polished to a Piano Jet Black finish, it features a contrasting Lime Green accent, and has been designed with a subtle nod to Aston Martin’s racing heritage.
The chair has been upholstered by Aston Martin’s artisan trimmers, using Conker Saddle Tan Leather, with contrasting Lime stitch.
Finer details of the chair show the aluminium Aston Martin Wings Logo, which has been inlayed into the Piano finish. Those of a keener eye may be able to decipher the coded stitch detailing, A-M-L (Aston Martin Lagonda), which has been crafted into the stitch pattern in Morse code.
More than 30 celebrities, artists and designers, including Made in Chelsea stars, Arsenal Football Club, and rugby player Jonny Wilkinson, have made spectacular hand-painted and upholstered one-off chairs for the event, which is titled Sitting Pretty.
Bidding for each chair is now open, and can be made online at The auction will conclude in a live sale at Bonhams New Bond Street on 15th March.
Marek Reichman, Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin Design, said: “My team and I were delighted to be part of this project – it was a fantastic design challenge to undertake. Our chair encapsulates what Aston Martin is famous for, high quality craftsmanship and design – every part of the design has been hand-made and finished to our exacting high standards. We are very proud of the result, and hope it is successful in raising a lot of money for such a great cause.”
 “Bonhams has a long-established relationship with great British marque, Aston Martin, having held our Aston Martin Sale at the Newport Pagnell based Works Service for the past 17 years,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring.
“Bonhams has several stunning models offered in our upcoming Aston Martin Sale (21 May), including a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible, estimated at £750,000-850,000, and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series II’ Sports Saloon, estimated at £350,000-385,000. It’s fitting that we’re now able to offer this expertly designed, bespoke chair from the Aston Martin Design team, with the proceeds going to a wonderful charity.”
Further contributors to Sitting Pretty include Arsenal Football Club, and former England rugby player, Jonny Wilkinson CBE.
“It feels fitting for Bonhams to host this event and we are very proud to be working with CHIVA Africa,” said Giles Peppiatt, Bonhams Director of African Art and the sale’s auctioneer. “Bonhams is the global market leader in South African art and we are home to the only sales dedicated to modern and contemporary African art in the world. It feels right to give something back to a part of the world with which we have such a long-established relationship.”
About CHIVA Africa: In South Africa, hundreds of thousands of children and adolescents are living with HIV. CHIVA Africa sends teams of highly skilled volunteer doctors, nurses, psychologists, pharmacists and dietitians from South Africa and the UK to provide targeted, on-site mentoring, teaching, assessment and quality improvement support to health facilities across South Africa. By sharing their knowledge and experience they greatly increase the impact of local frontline staff help them to achieve their ultimate goal – a long and healthy life for all children and adolescents.
“We work with South African healthcare professionals, providing on-site mentoring and teaching to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to provide high quality, long term care for children and adolescents living with HIV,” Stephen Harvey, CHIVA Africa CEO.
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The Ferrari 288 GTO was so desirable that before production had even begun, every single one had been sold. Bonhams now offers a superb example, estimated at €1,300,000-1,700,000, to be sold at the Monaco Sale, taking place in Monte Carlo on 13 May.
From 1984-1987 only 272 Ferrari 288s were built. The model was developed to fulfill the FIA’s (Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile) newly introduced Group B race and rally regulations, which required at least 200 road-going models in production. However, the demand for the exotic new model was so great that Ferrari built an extra 72.
James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said: “Rarely does a car take on iconic status when new, but the Ferrari 288 GTO achieved just that. It was, and still is, considered by many to be one of the finest high-performance cars ever built. In many ways, it is seen as the modern-era supercar that inspired the production of the Porsche 959, the Ferrari F40, the Bugatti EB110 and the McLaren F1.
“For a relatively young car, this example has one of the most impressively comprehensive and detailed files, with six general folders of invoices and correspondence; owner’s wallet with all books; and the Ferrari Classiche certification. The car is exceptionally well maintained.”
Finished in Rosso Corsa livery, this 288 GTO was acquired new in April 1985 by a successful London based businessman and avid Ferrari enthusiast. He took delivery of the car directly from the famed Ferrari factory in Maranello in Italy, and then drove it to the UK. The car has remained in the family ever since.
Bonhams inaugural Monaco Sale will present an exclusive auction of 40 hand-picked, exceptional motor cars. Timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, the Sale will take place on 13 May 2016.
Taking delivery of the 288 GTO from the Maranello factory, Italy
The venue for this grandest of motoring auctions is the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo hoteloverlooking the Grand Prix circuit’s famous ‘Station’ hairpin, scene of so much motor sporting drama.
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