Monday, 29 August 2016



ARLINGTON, TEXAS– August 1, 2016 – Worldwide Auctioneers is pleased to announce the relocation of their storied Houston, Texas auction to the Arlington Convention Center. The auction, to be re-named “The Texas Auction” will be held Saturday April 22, 2017. 

“Our company continues to expand and we simply had outgrown the location we have had for the past five years,” commented Rod Egan, principal with Worldwide Auctioneers. “We had been searching for a location that would allow for all vehicles to be showcased indoors in a highly prominent, easy location for our customers to find and access. I’m excited that we have achieved that and I know our customers will be too.” 

The new location provides over 48,600 square-foot of column-free exhibit area with a 30,000 square-foot Grand Hall where the auction sale will be conducted. “Having an auction centrally-located in the United States, just 10 miles from major airports and nestled between the Dallas Metroplex and Fort Worth, as well as a hotel just steps from the Convention Center, provides easier access to and from the event,” noted John Kruse, principal with Worldwide. “And to make this event even more fun, is that it all takes place in the ever-growing Arlington Entertainment District which includes Six Flags over Texas, Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, and is within walking Distance to the Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. The area is known to be a great destination for enthusiasts of all kinds.” 

The Concours d’Elegance of Texas, of which Worldwide has been a founding-sponsor since its inception in 2012, has also committed to move its events to Arlington. Many of the Concours events will be next door to Convention Center April 21, 22 & 23, 2017. Early consignments are being accepted. For more information, or to have a Worldwide Motorcar Specialist contact you, please call Worldwide Auctioneers at 800.990.6789. 

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Friday, 26 August 2016

1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Formerly The Property Of Superstar Footballer George Best For Sale With H&H Classics at Duxford on October 12th

1972 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow  Formerly The Property Of Superstar Footballer George Best For Sale With H&H Classics at Duxford on October 12th

H&H Classics will be selling George Best’s 1972 white Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow at their Duxford sale on October 12 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire. It is estimated to sell for £10,000 to £15,000.
Best became one of the first celebrity footballers, but ultimately fell victim to his alcoholism in 2005 aged 59. He scored 137 times for United in 361 appearances. He helped his team to victory in the European Cup and was crowned European Footballer of the Year in 1968, but to some he was more famous for his off-field behaviour. 
He was once quoted as saying: "I spent 90% of my money on women, drink and fast cars. The rest I wasted”.
Launched in 1965, the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow was a bold departure for the Crewe-based company. Their first monocoque design, it also benefited from olio-pneumatic rear suspension, power disc brakes and, from 1968, GM’s silken 400 series automatic gearbox. Such 'new technology' did not encroach on the luxurious interior with its sumptuous leather hides, rich wood veneers and deep lambswool carpets. Performance from the smooth 6230cc V8 engine (upgraded to 6750cc in 1970) was assured, the car wafting forward on a seemingly unstoppable wave of torque. Still immensely cosseting to drive, Shadows offer a genuinely different ownership experience to their mass made peers.
According to its accompanying RREC copy chassis records, this particular example – chassis number SRH 13549 – was built in accordance with ‘Page 16 Issue 12 SVR.1067 of the Special Vehicles requirement brochure’. Factory finished in Acrylic White with Black leather upholstery, Grey Ambla headlining and Black carpets, the luxury saloon was supplied new to Grassicks Garage Limited of Perth, Scotland as a ‘Trials Car’ on 27th June 1972. As well as ‘Plain Sundym Glass throughout’ and an ‘internally adjustable mirror to the driver’s door’, optional equipment also included ‘Automatic Speed Control’ (better known these days as cruise control). A letter on file from Tony Clark of Grassicks Ltd reveals that the Silver Shadow was sold to the internationally renowned football player George Best before the Scottish Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Ferrari distributor had had the chance to open a Service Record for it.
No stranger to publicity, George Best and his new acquisition were photographed by the Daily Mirror in the showrooms of Ian Anthony Car Sales on 4thDecember 1972. The car has sported various registration numbers over the past forty-four years but on that occasion wore plates advertising Mr. Anthony’s Manchester-based dealership. Mr. Best is understood to have been only too happy to promote his friend Mr. Anthony’s business. The Acrylic White Rolls-Royce was also pictured outside Manchester United’s Old Trafford grounds with its surprised owner turning round just as he was about to open the driver’s door (doubtless in response to a shouted paparazzi request).
Repainted since belonging to Best, the luxury saloon has also gained a Black vinyl roof covering (a ‘must have’ automotive accessory during the late-1970s) and later-style integral reversing lamps. However, the Silver Shadow still pleasingly retains its original steering wheel, Black leather upholstery and Grey Ambla headlining. Thus, any future custodian has the pleasure of knowing that he / she is not only driving a car that George Best owned in his heyday but also sitting on the very same leather.
Acquired by its last registered keeper during 1994, chassis SRH 13549 has had some £22,000 spent on it over the last twenty-two years. Adorned with more aesthetically pleasing bumpers than their successors, first series Silver Shadows have become increasingly collectible of late (with post 1970 cars boasting both the more powerful engine and smoother transmission). The Rolls-Royce possesses a current MOT certificate valid until 14th June 2017 and offers a new owner the chance of restoring it back to ‘Best’ specification.


Wednesday, 24 August 2016




H&H Classics will be selling a rare 1983  BMW R 100 RS  Limited Edition at their Duxford sale on October 12 at the Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire. It is estimated to sell for £11,000 to £13,000.
This pristine bike is number 10 of only 100 made. Completely new  and unregistered it has a delivery mileage of only 2 miles on the clock. It is described by H&H Director George Beale as being “In perfect condition.”
The bike stood for many years in the private Japanese museum  before being consigned by H&H’s Japanese agent for sale at the H&H Classics Duxford auction this October. 
George Beale comments: “This model is considered to be one of the most practical long distant machines to this day . With a top speed of 125 mph and it’s ability to maintain a cruising speed of 100 mph for hours on end makes it a true BMW classic . Having completed only 3 kms and in perfect condition this is an ideal collectors item and excellent investment opportunity.”

Tuesday, 23 August 2016



·         RM Sotheby’s reaffirms market leadership with $117.9 million in sales at its flagship Monterey, California sale, August 19-20
·         Top-sellers: Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type and stunning Alfa ‘2.9’ claim top two sales of the 2016 Monterey auction week
·         Jaguar D-Type, XKD 501, smashes previous record for a British car sold at auction at $21.78 million; stunning ‘Alfa 2.9’ soars into record books at $19.8 million—a new auction benchmark for any pre-war automobile
·         CSX 2000, the very first Shelby Cobra, realizes $13.75 million—a record for any American car at auction
·         21 lots achieve million-dollar-plus results, with bidders hailing from 27 countries
·         Full results available online at and a brief video recap here:
·         RM Sotheby’s continues its 2016 calendar of events in London, England, September 7; complete digital catalogue available online

BLENHEIM, Ontario (August 23, 2016) –  RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest collector car auction house for investment-quality automobiles, continued its strong sales run in Monterey, California this past weekend, generating an impressive $117,925,0001 in sales at its flagship sale during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance weekend. Highlighted by a terrific roster of fresh-to-the-market, blue-chip automobiles, the two-day event bore witness to the top two sales of this year’s Monterey auction week and established multiple new auction benchmarks. Illustrating the powerful partnership and international reach of RM and Sotheby’s, bidders represented 27 countries.
Due to construction at the event venue, the RM sale strategically presented a smaller offering this year (a total of just 100 cars versus the 150 vehicles presented in 2015, including 25 from the Pinnacle Portfolio), though the quality of entries remained at an all-time high, with 21 vehicles commanding million-dollar-plus results, including three vehicles achieving eight-figures (view full list here). In total, eighty-two percent of auction vehicles exchanged hands with continuing interest in the auction cars and several post-block transactions pending.

“This year’s Monterey auction once again reinforced the notion that if you offer some of the most special and unique motor cars in the world, on the global stage at RM’s flagship event during the Pebble Beach weekend, anything can happen and records will be broken,” says Ian Kelleher, Managing Director, RM Sotheby’s West Coast Division.
“The depth of interest and enthusiasm for quality automobiles and the collector car hobby as a whole, remains at an all-time high. Both of our sale sessions attracted standing-room-only audiences, complemented by high volumes of telephone bidders. As our results show, collectors remain willing to pay a premium for exceptional vehicles, specifically those exhibiting fantastic restorations, those offered fresh-to-the-market, and those presenting ‘once in a generation’ ownership opportunities.”
One of the most exciting auction moments of the weekend came when the 1956 Le Mans-winning Jaguar D-Type, XKD 501, roared onto the stage before a packed audience during the Friday (August 19) sale session. The first D-Type supplied by Jaguar to a privateer team, XKD 501 was sold new to the famed Scottish racing team, Ecurie Ecosse, who campaigned it to victory at the grueling 1956 24 Hours of Le Mans. Offered in Monterey following almost two decades in one of America’s leading collections, the coveted Jaguar was the subject of an intense and passionate 15-minute bidding contest between four determined collectors before selling for a final $21.78 million. The impressive result not only ranks the car as the most valuable vehicle sold during this year’s Monterey auctions, but represents a world record price for any British car sold at auction, eclipsing the previous record by more than $7 million2.

The sale of the legendary D-Type was closely followed on Friday by an American legend: CSX 2000, the very first Shelby Cobra. One of the most anticipated lots of this year’s Monterey week—and indeed, offered in recent memory—the iconic Shelby was constructed and kept from new by Carroll Shelby and never left his care. Offered in Monterey by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust, it entered the auction room on Friday (driven by Carroll Shelby’s grandson, Aaron Shelby) to a sea of camera flashes and loud applause, before climbing to a strong $13.75 million—a new benchmark for an American car at auction3.
The energy continued in the RM auction tent on Saturday evening, led by the presentation of the 1939 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Lungo Touring Spider from the esteemed Sam & Emily Mann Collection. A symphony of fabulously intricate engineering, thrilling power and sinful beauty, chassis no. 412041 was the first Alfa “2.9” to be offered for public sale this century, an occasion that captured the attention of some of the world’s leading collectors. Dazzling under the auction lights, bidding on the stunning Alfa opened at $14 million, quickly jumping in $500,000 increments before selling for a final $19.8 million (inclusive of buyer’s premium). The second highest price paid for an automobile during this year’s Monterey auctions, the remarkable result represents a record for any pre-war automobile at auction4 and, along with the D-Type, secures the Alfa a spot on the list of most valuable cars ever sold at auction.

Kelleher adds, “We were honored to have been the auction company of choice not only for a selection of motor cars from the prestigious Sam & Emily Mann Collection, but also to have had the distinction of offering what is now, the most notable and important British car ever sold at auction, as well as the most valuable American car ever sold at auction. All in all, it was a great weekend for both our auction and restoration teams, and we thank our clients from around the world for helping make it so memorable.”
Additional notable sales from RM Sotheby’s two-day Monterey sale included:
·         1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider, driven by the big three of American racing in period: Phil Hill, Carroll Shelby and Jim Hall, and offered by Jim Hall for the first time in 60 years, commanded $5,225,000 to establish a new auction record for the model;

·         a rare and exquisite left-hand drive 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback Sports Saloon, soared past high estimate, realizing an impressive $1.87 million;

·         the 1966 AAR Eagle Indianapolis #31, the very first Indy 500 Eagle, offered from the Riverside International Automotive Museum, garnered $962,500—a record price for an AAR Eagle Indy car at auction;

·         1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster, exhibiting a multiple concours award-winning restoration by RM’s own RM Auto Restoration, exceeded expectations at $1,457,500 (an auction record for a Cadillac V-16 Roadster); and,

·         a meticulously restored 1967 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II achieved a remarkable $737,000 against a pre-sale estimate of $350/450,000.
Beyond the auction excitement, RM Auto Restoration once again enjoyed great success on the show field at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 21), providing a wonderful finale to an exciting weekend for the RM group of companies. All three cars expertly prepared by the RM team for the event were judged Best in Class, including: Judge Joseph and Margie Cassini’s 1931 Stutz DV-32 LeBaron Convertible Victoria; Jim Patterson’s 1958 BMW 507 Series II Convertible; and the 1937 Bugatti Type 57SC Gangloff CoupĂ© from the Rare Wheels Collection. In addition, the Cassini’s Stutz was awarded Most Elegant Car on tour and shortlisted as a runner up to Best of Show.
From California to London, England, RM Sotheby’s continues its 2016 calendar of events with its 10th anniversary sale in the British capital, September 7. The official auction of the UK’s Concours of Elegance, the sale will shine a spotlight on an eclectic group of more than 80 automobiles. To view the complete digital catalogue, along with full results from RM’s Monterey sale, please visit



The 1991 Ferrari F1-91, estimated at €300,000 - 600,000

-       Bonhams GmbH announce the Willi Balz Collection, a single-owner collection of motor cars, motorcycles and motorized ‘Junior’ cars to be sold by public tender.
-       The 42 Lot inventory will be available for public viewing in the Stuttgart area, Germany, on Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 September. The sale closes on Tuesday 27 September.
-         Leading the collection is the 1991 Ferrari F1-91, estimated at €300,000 - 600,000

 A 1991 Ferrari F1-91 (Type 642) leads the single-owner Willi Balz Collection at Bonhams. Although primarily known and acknowledged as auctioneers, Bonhams will sell the collection by the tender, otherwise known as sealed bid, process.  
 The Ferrari F1 offered has an enviable racing history. It was driven by the greats, Jean Alessi and Alain Prost in its 1990s heyday, racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, the Phoenix Grand Prix, the F1 Grand Prix Brazil, and the San Marino Grand Prix.
 Also known as the Ferrari 642, the grand prix car was designed by Steve Nichols and Jean-Claude Migeot, and was a development of the Scuderia Ferrari team’s 641 chassis that had brought the team victory in the 1990 season. Chassis number 124 is estimated to realise €300,000 - 600,000.

1966 Cooper-Maserati T81, estimated at €300,000-400,000

Elsewhere, the collection features a 1966 Cooper-Maserati T81, estimated at €300,000 - 400,000; a 1968 BRM P133, at €300,000 - 400,000; and a 1930s Alvis Special Single-Seater, at €120,000-150,000.
The collection also features several exciting motorcycles, including a c.1924 Henderson De Luxe Four Combination, estimated at €25,000 - 35,000; a c.1957 Norton Manx Model 40 Racing Motorcycle, at €16,000 - 20,000; a 1950s BMW Racing Kneeler Motorcycle, at €8,000 -10,000; and a 1974 Kawasaki 500 Mach III, at €5,000 - 8,000.
What is a sale by tender?
A sale by tender is when a customer submits a sealed bid in order to purchase the Lot. If successful, the bid price submitted will be the price paid, subject to a Buyers Premium and any applicable tax.
The collection will open to tender in early September and close on 27 September.
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “Bonhams has a long and well-established reputation of working closely with our clients and working to their instruction. The nature of this consignment requires that the Collection is sold where it is domiciled and by the Tender Bidding process. A full listing of the inventory will be online within the next couple of weeks but customers can register their interest now. We shall offer an interesting and diverse collection with estimates ranging from €2,000 to 600,000.”
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GOODING & COMPANY - Available Lots from Sunday's Pebble Beach Auctions

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Last October’s IWM Duxford Auction witnessed H&H become only the fifth ever auction house to have sold a motorcar for over $10,000,000. Whilst earlier this year the same venue saw us sell the ex-John Coombs 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 litre Competition Roadster (chassis 0007) for £858,000 and the ex-HRH Prince Philip 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe for a world record price of £346,800.
IWM Duxford has also been the site of our most successful motorcycle auctions including the sale of ‘Old Bill’, George Brough’s own Brough Superior racer for £291,200
Entries for the October 11th and 12th auction will be limited, so if you wish to consign a motorcar or motorcycle to this prestigious sale then please contact one of our specialists on +44 (0) 1925 210035 or via
1930 Talbot AM90 Close-Coupled Drophead Coupe
Estimate | £80,000 - £100,000
- 1 of just 12 AM90 chassis bodied to this design by Offord and the sole known survivor

- Extensively restored during the current nine-year ownership with much work done by recognised marque specialists: Arthur Archer, Fopp d'Hane and Ian Polson

- Large history file and enjoyed on numerous Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq Register rallies to Ireland, France and throughout England
1934 MG N-Type Magnette | £70,000 - 80,000
Ex-Major Goldie Gardner, original registration number with recent expenditure exceeding £4,000 on suspension, tyres etc
1933 Singher 2 Litre | £40,000 - 50,000
Re-bodied in the style of the Fox & Nicholl Team Car that Lewis / Hindmarsh drove to 7th overall during the 1934 Le Mans 24-hours
1935 Rolls Royce Saloon  |  £28,000 - 32,000
Reputedly 1 of just 6 Rolls-Royce 25/30s to be bodied by Windovers, supplied new to W. Johnson Esq of Basset confectionary company
1947 HRG 1500 |  £70,000 - 80,000
'The Old Lady' - sold new to John Gott and used extensively in period competition and Winner of a Coupe Des Alpes on the 1951 Alpine Rally
1966 Jaguar E-Type |  £55,000 - 65,000
'Garden Find' liberated via the felling of a holly bush and temporary ramp and 1 of just 863 RHD 4.2 Roadsters made
Join the Catalogue today, by contacting one of our Specialists on
+44 (0)1925 210035 or
1975 MV Agusta 750S Magni
Estimate | £28,000 - 32,000
c.1980 Egli-Vincent  |  £50,000 - 60,000
By Godet - Blue
c.1990 Egli-Vincent |  £50,000 - 60,000
By Godet - Black
1982 Honda CX500 Turbo  |  £7,000 - 7,500
Unrestored and original, only 12,000 miles recorded
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+44 (0)1925 210035 or