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Wednesday, 31 October 2018

THE MAHARAJAH’S SYMMETRICAL MOTOR CAR EXQUISITE VAUXHALL 30-98 OWNED BY THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF KASHMIR OFFERED AT BONHAMS


THE MAHARAJAH’S SYMMETRICAL MOTOR CAR
EXQUISITE VAUXHALL 30-98 OWNED BY THE LAST MAHARAJAH OF KASHMIR OFFERED AT BONHAMS

1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer, recognised by many as the finest British sports car of the vintage era, originally owned by Hari Singh, the last Maharajah of Kashmir, is one of the highlights of Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale on 2 December. It will be on display at 101 New Bond Street on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November.

The car is an incredibly special example of its kind, as the Maharajah – a particular and exacting ruler - wanted it to be as symmetrical as possible. He ordered an extra handbrake on the passenger’s side, a door on the passenger’s side (non-standard) and a split windscreen, though he drew the line at two steering wheels. The car passed through several important owners in India, Pakistan, the USA and the UK, including the legendary car collector and master watchmaker George Daniels and Ed Roy, an influential Bostonian in the motoring world and president of the Vintage Sports-Car Club of America.

Hari Singh is one of the most important figures of Kashmiri history and is known as both a highly progressive ruler and the man who sparked the first Indo-Pakistan war. After a ‘colourful’ youth – he was once forced to pay nearly £300,000 to a Parisian courtesan as blackmail - he acceded to the throne of Jammu and Kashmir in 1925 and made quick changes to laws that he considered outdated and cruel. He made primary education compulsory, outlawed child marriage and allowed all lower castes access to places of worship.

When British rule came to an end in 1947, the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had the unusual option to join either Pakistan or India, or remain independent. In an attempt to maintain independence and power for as long as possible, Singh tried to play India and Pakistan off against each other, resulting in widespread protests. Rulers of states such as Kashmir were expected to respect the general wishes of their population, but Singh, a Hindu, leant towards India in spite of Kashmir’s Muslim majority. Pashtun tribesmen from Pakistan invaded Kashmir and defeated Singh’s forces in an attempt to seize the state during this period of uncertainty, prompting Singh to appeal to Prime Minister Nehru for help. Nehru agreed, but only on the condition that Singh would accede to India. To avoid further bloody conflict, Singh reluctantly obeyed.

Sholto Gilbertson, Department Director, commented: ‘This is the finest 30-98 ever offered by Bonhams, and its rare aluminium body and extraordinary specification makes it one of the most important examples in existence. Its fascinating history only adds to the significance of this motor car, and we look forward to offering it at our Bond Street sale.’

The Bond Street Sale
Bonhams, 101 New Bond Street, London
2 December 2018



$5.95 MILLION 959 PARIS-DAKAR LEADS RM SOTHEBY’S FIRST-EVER SINGLE-MARQUE PORSCHE SALE


$5.95 MILLION 959 PARIS-DAKAR LEADS RM SOTHEBY’S
FIRST-EVER SINGLE-MARQUE PORSCHE SALE
$3.4 MILLION PROJECT GOLD TOPS OFF SEVEN DECADES OF MARQUE HISTORY PRESENTED AT THE PORSCHE EXPERIENCE CENTER ATLANTA

  • RM Sotheby’s generates $25.8 million with a 92 percent sell-through rate at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta
  • Stand-out prices led by the first 959 Paris-Dakar ever offered at auction, doubling estimate at $5.95 million
  • Strong results achieved across seven decades of Porsche models, culminating with $3.4 million “Project Gold”
  • Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction available at rmsothebys.com

RM Sotheby’s celebrated 70 years of Porsche on Saturday with the company’s single-marque Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction at the Porsche Experience Center Atlanta (PEC), also the home of Porsche Cars North America. RM Sotheby’s achieved $25.8 million in total sales, with 92 percent of all lots finding new homes.
Purveyors of Porsche descended on the PEC for the Friday preview of the cars on offer, alongside a symposium, gala, and special concert performed by music legend and Porsche enthusiast, John Oates. Enthusiastic bidders on auction day represented no less than 25 countries around the world, with nearly 50 percent bidding with RM Sotheby’s for the first time. Bidding at the single-marque sale was spirited from the very start, with plenty of interest in the wide variety of memorabilia on offer and many of those collectible lots exceeding expectations, including a group of Porsche 911 Sales Literature, which well-surpassed its estimate at a final $20,400 (est. $5k/7k).

The offering of 63 of the world’s most important and most sought-after, privately-owned Porsche models was led by a 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar, one of just three built to contest the 1985 Paris-Dakar Rally as a Works entry and the very first example ever offered at auction. One of seven developmental cars, four of which are retained by Porsche, chassis no. 010015 was piloted by three-time Paris-Dakar winner René Metge, representing Porsche in the most grueling rally of all time. After a sustained competition between several bidders in the room and on the phone, the 959 sold for a final $5,945,000, nearly doubling its high estimate (est. $3.0m/3.4m).

Additional motor car highlights included the 1958 Porsche 356 A 1600 ‘Super’ Speedster, which, after having emerged from storage since 1983, was recently returned to driving condition and would be the ideal restoration project. Complete with its original matching-numbers drivetrain and desirable 1600 ‘Super’ engine, the wonderfully distressed Speedster was offered without reserve, soaring past its high estimate to bring a final $307,500 after tremendous interest (est. $125k/150k).


In what was one of the most anticipated moments of the auction, the 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series "Project Gold" came under the hammer to applause from the crowd and significant interest on the phones and in the room. An exciting ten-minute bidding competition ensued, with no less than 9 bidders in the room and on the phone, with the car eventually selling for an incredible $3,415,000 to a bidder onsite at the PEC. Project Gold is the final air-cooled 911 Turbo, built 20 years after the end of 993 production. This incredible undertaking began at the Porsche factory one and a half years ago with an existing genuine Type 993 body shell. The experts at Porsche Classic were able to rely on a selection of over 6,500 parts, assembling this “new” 993 Turbo S at the Porsche Classic restoration workshop near Stuttgart. An exciting car with a worthy cause, proceeds from the sale of Project Gold will benefit the Ferry Porsche foundation.

“After many months of preparation and cooperation with Porsche Cars North America, we were delighted to see so many like-minded enthusiasts, clients and collectors from all over the world make the journey to celebrate the marque’s 70th Anniversary at the most impressive Porsche Experience Center in Atlanta, Georgia,” said veteran Car Specialist and Auction Manager, Alexander Weaver, following the sale.
“The overwhelmingly positive response to the cars offered was characterized by a pool of global bidders that helped achieve outstanding prices for many models and numerous exciting moments throughout the auction. The Porsche market continues to establish its own baseline as we witnessed new Porsche enthusiasts join seasoned collectors to take part in bidding on rare and unique examples consigned to our first single-marque Porsche auction”.


RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction – Top Ten Sales
  1. Lot 196
1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ93ZFS010015)
$5,945,000
  1. Lot 220
2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series “Project Gold” (SERIES NO. 001/001)
$3,415,000
  1. Lot 185
2015 Porsche 918 Spyder (CHASSIS NO. WP0CA2A18FS800796)
$1,407,500
  1. Lot 205
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Prototype (CHASSIS NO. 9113600012)
$1,325,000
  1. Lot 175
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Lightweight (CHASSIS NO. 9113601580)
$1,022,500
  1. Lot 191
1985 Porsche 959 Prototype (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ93ZFS010007)
$1,000,000
  1. Lot 178
1980 Porsche 935 K4 (CHASSIS NO. 935-K4-02)
$885,000
  1. Lot 192
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring (CHASSIS NO. 9113600463)
$698,000
  1. Lot 217
1996 Porsche 911 GT2 (CHASSIS NO. WP0ZZZ99ZTS393096)
$643,000
  1. Lot 183
2011 Porsche 911 GT3 RS 4.0 (SERIAL NO. 009/600)
$566,000

RM Sotheby’s will top off its 2018 calendar with the company’s first ever Los Angeles sale, set for 8 December at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum. The auction will feature approximately 50 eclectic blue-chip automobiles in the incredible space provided by the Petersen backdrop, led by the 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the 1956 and ’57 seasons and piloted by an amazing lineup of drivers including Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, and Sir Stirling Moss.

Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Porsche 70th Anniversary Auction and additional information on all upcoming RM Sotheby’s events are also available at rmsothebys.com.





Tuesday, 30 October 2018

RAT PACK ROLLS-ROYCE ROCKS THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE


RAT PACK ROLLS-ROYCE ROCKS THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE


A 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible owned by Rat Pack legend Frank Sinatra and estimated at £105,000 to £125,000 is to be offered at auction for the very first time as part of the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale on 10th and 11th November during the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery.
Frank Sinatra is one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 150 million records worldwide and as part of the Rat Pack, alongside Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr, Peter Lawford and Joey Bishop, Sinatra forged an incredibly successful film and music career stretching across six decades.
“Frank Sinatra is a name that has remained prominent in the world of music and culture and even since his death in 1998, Sinatra’s films and music are still revered as some of the greatest of all time,” says Arwel Richards, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “Offering Ol’ Blue Eyes’ Rolls-Royce at auction for the first time in its history presents an amazing opportunity for film, music and car fans alike. The influence Sinatra still holds over the music and film industry to this day is real evidence of the respect and love he garnered throughout his career.”
Imported to the USA by Rolls-Royce on 13th November 1984 the car was presented to Sinatra for his 70th Birthday by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin. The Corniche was ordered in Mason Black coachwork with a red leather interior and rear picnic tables, a rare addition on a convertible model. In 1990 Frank gifted the car to his assistant, Ingemar Fredriksson, to mark ten years of friendship and loyal service, who then used the car for commuting until his retirement in 1997.
When Sinatra passed away in 1998, Fredriksson and the Corniche returned to Europe, settling in southern Spain. While buying a house from our vendor the car was used as part payment and was placed in storage until our vendor brought it back to the UK and the Rolls was put through an extensive recommissioning programme at the hands of Performance and Prestige Cars Ltd, Marques Prestige Car Services, and Rolls-Royce and Bentley specialists Colbrook of Peterborough at a cost of £47,000.
The work completed was sympathetic to the car’s history. The wooden door cappings were refinished and the Mason Black paint was touched up in places to maintain the car’s classic lines and pristine aesthetic. The majority of the work undertaken related to the cars 6.7 litre engine, suspension and braking system. The car's unique story is presented in a provenance record signed by Ingemar Fredriksson's daughter Sibylla.
For more information on Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible and the rest of the lots in the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale: http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2018/view_lots/pn/all

Sunday, 28 October 2018

60’S EUROPEAN EXOTICA ON OFFER AT THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE


60’S EUROPEAN EXOTICA ON OFFER AT THE NEC CLASSIC MOTOR SHOW SALE

A trio of rare exotic cars from across Europe will be offered at auction on 10th and 11thNovember at the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale during the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery at the NEC, Birmingham.
Leading the trio is a 1960 Facel Vega HK500. Powered by an impressive 6.2 litre Chrysler V8 producing 390bhp, the Vega was one of the fastest cars of its day with a claimed top speed of 147mph. Known for its classic combination of American styling with French glamour, the Vega even drew the attention of Dean Martin and Ava Gardner in its time. The model on offer at the NEC is a rare right-hand drive car with the desirable manual gearbox, finished in white with a red leather interior and has covered just 35,000 miles. Estimated at £130,000 to £150,000, it was the subject of a full mechanical rebuild at the hands of marque specialists Hans Ruhe in the Netherlands and was later fitted with power steering to enhance the driving experience.
“All three of these cars were the pinnacle of luxurious design during the 1960’s,” says Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “Whether it be the power and speed of the French Facel, the luxurious leather and wood of the British Bentley or the classic Italian styling of the Maserati, these cars were the height of fashion during the 60’s. If you owned one, you were either royalty, a movie star or simply had an incredible sense of style.”
Supplied new to Australia in 1964, the 1964 Bentley S3 Continental by Mulliner Park Ward ‘Chinese Eye’ on offer only returned to the UK in 2015. Maintained without regard to expense this British classic feels taut and smooth. Estimated at £110,000 to £135,000 the Bentley is finished in a beautiful shade of Caribbean Blue Metallic with it's original St. James red leather interior with Burr Walnut fascia and door cappings. The car is also fitted with a full-length Webasto sunroof and air-conditioning.
Meanwhile, the 1960 Maserati 3500GT available at the sale is an incredibly rare opportunity being one of only forty right-hand drive examples produced. Finished in Grigio and Rosso with a red leather interior piped in grey, the iconic Italian comes with a 3.5-litre inline six-cylinder engine which is distantly related to Maserati’s famous 250F Grand Prix car and produces 220bhp. Originally supplied to the UK, the car has covered just over 70,000 miles and is estimated at £165,000 to £185,000.
“This trio of beautiful two-door coupes are a brilliant reminder of a forgotten age in motoring, where people would take grand tours on the continent in absolute luxury and comfort. These cars provided the perfect combination of speed and class that is often missed in modern motoring,” concluded Harry.
For more information on the European exotica and the rest of the cars in the NEC Classic Motor Show Sale please visit: http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/nec-classic-motor-show-sale-2018/view_lots/pn/all

Saturday, 27 October 2018

NORMAN’S POND; AN ONLINE AUCTION SITE, RUN BY CAR ENTHUSIASTS FOR CAR ENTHUSIASTS

NORMAN’S POND; AN ONLINE AUCTION SITE,
RUN BY CAR ENTHUSIASTS FOR CAR ENTHUSIASTS


A new auction site has launched - Norman’s Pond (www.normanspond.com) is a live, daily auction site for classic and enthusiast cars in the United Kingdom. Run by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts, this site is set to be a game changer in the pre-owned classic and enthusiast car market.  
Easy-to-use, informative and most importantly secure, you will find only curated cars that are well represented and in great condition on the site. Each car goes through stringent vetting by a team of automotive enthusiasts to ensure that only the worthy cars make it onto the platform. With each listing, you get the full history, very detailed pictures and, for sellers, nationwide promotion of the vehicle.   
“We’re about quality, credibility and ease-of-use; and we offer you access to an exclusive community of buyers and sellers,” says Norman Shum, founder of Norman’s Pond. “Collectively, my team and I have the experience and a wealth of contacts and resources to procure interesting, exquisite and much sought-after cars.  I only accept cars that I would not hesitate to bid on myself. We want fellow enthusiasts to find their dream car and create their own car story.”
Norman Shum is a well-respected figure in the UK motoring community, having founded the Cars and Coffee event in Liverpool since 2015 which brings together thousands of supercar owners and car enthusiasts every month. 
Prior to that, Norman started the Porsche Register almost a decade ago that now has over 115,000 followers on its Instagram account. He is joined by motoring journalist Andy Talbot, who has 25 years of experience in the marketplace along with Matthew Eaton, a web specialist and devoted Mini enthusiast. 
Through Norman’s Pond, the site offers highly sought-after, collector and enthusiast cars. Unlike other sites, the auctions at Norman’s Pond are daily and ongoing. 
“We deliver results for sellers,” Norman adds. “Once an auction goes live, you can expect a sale that meets and often exceeds market value, at the end of the seven-day auction.
“We pride ourselves on our transparency – the seller pays an initial listing fee and only pays a very reasonable commission upon a successful sale. Similarly, for buyers, a sensible fee is charged for locating their dream car.”
To highlight the autumn launch of normanspond.com, the team has announced two special lots for auction: The legendary 1960 Turner competition car known as the ‘Tatty’ Turner; and a rare 1926 unrestored ‘barn find’ AC Royal, a conserved gem that has been made road-worthy after 50 years.
The Norman’s Pond team will be at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, held at Birmingham’s NEC from 9-11 November to showcase the auction site and meet potential buyers and sellers. See them in Hall 1. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

BARONS CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT AUTUMN CLASSIC SALE - SANDOWN PARK, OCTOBER 27TH



BARONS CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY AT AUTUMN CLASSIC SALE - SANDOWN PARK, OCTOBER 27TH

In a fitting celebration of its 20th anniversary, reflecting the wide range of vehicles that have gone under the hammer in its saleroom over the last two decades Barons is offering a diverse and highly collectable selection of classic and collectors’ cars at Sandown Park this Saturday, October 27th. And, as part of the birthday festivities, entry to the saleroom is free.
Barons is renowned for its expertise in and strong results for Jaguar cars, so it’s not surprising that a number of ‘big cats’ have been entered for the anniversary sale this weekend. Among the products of the Browns Lane factory featured is a 1970 420G which was only used from 1970 to 1979 and has been dry stored ever since. It was one of the last 420Gs ever built and its unusual backstory should give it great appeal to Jaguar fans looking for a rare car that’s in very good condition and only needs a few small jobs in order to be complete.
The sale also includes two beautiful LHD Series 2 E-type roadsters, both recently imported from the USA and each with a guide price of £60,000-£80,000.  The 1969 example has been owned by a judge in Indiana, USA, for the past 14 years.  It was resprayed last year in its original light blue colour.  The 1970 example has handsome maroon paintwork and is described as being in ‘approachable’ condition’ ideal for an owner who wants to thoroughly enjoy this very attractive machine.
The champagne gold 1969 Aston Martin DBS is a very glamorous car indeed. Originally fitted with automatic transmission it now has the desirable five-speed manual gearbox and drives very well, though would benefit from further cosmetic improvements. Guide price: £65,000-£80,000.
Range Rover fans are likely to make a beeline for the immaculate 1989 Vogue, which is in amazing original condition with an almost unmarked interior.  Maintained to the highest standards and stored in a heated garage it is a remarkable example of a very collectable 4x4 and has a guide price of £8,000-£11,000. Those in the market for a classic 4x4 restoration project could be tempted by the 1986 Toyota Land Cruiser barn find, which is offered at no reserve.
One quirky, eye-catching little number is the Police-liveried 1963 Morris Minivan that featured in many episodes of the popular TV series ‘Heartbeat’. It really is charming and, at £8,000-£10,000, offers a great opportunity for further television or promotional use.
The 1961 Daimler SP250 B spec is a beautiful and rare machine. In outstanding condition, it has had just four previous keepers and is one of only 1,445 examples built in RHD form. Guide price: £28,000-£35,000.
Formula Junior cars are hugely popular in historic racing and hill climb events and the 1955 Birsay/Triumph Formula 250 Junior would be eligible for Class G6 in that category.  This fascinating and ultra-rare survivor of the long-gone Formula 250 has a huge period of history and is just waiting for a new owner to fettle it for competition again.  Guide price £5,000-£7,000.
The vendor of the 1992 Ginetta G33 likes the car so much he has owned it three times in its life!  One of just 70 still in existence, it has been restored by the vendor to original specification and is a real showstopper (£17,000-£20,000).
Another lovely lot is the 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Mk2, which has recently emerged from a comprehensive restoration that included a body rebuild and bare-metal respray (£18,000-£23,000).
The 1947 Austin 8 is really charismatic. Presented in very good condition, its mileage of 61,000 is believed to be genuine (£7,000-£9,000).
Two unusual - and very different - lots are the Jaguar XK8-based 2000 Pro Drive racing Ferrari 550GTS Recreation and - the 1997 Mitsuoka View.  The ‘Pro Drive’ car is a recreation of the Ferrari 550 GTS that was sponsored by Red Bull and raced by Dart Racing in the FIA GT Championship in 2004. It was conceived, designed and built by renowned custom car builder Roy Kelly and won ‘Best in Show’ at Stoneleigh (£15,000-£20,000).  The Mitsuoka is a Jaguar Mk II-inspired micro car, based on a Nissan Micra 1.3 but with a Jaguar Mk II-styled front!  Guide price: £1,500-£2,500.
Barons’ Autumn Classic sale begins at 1pm on Saturday, October 27th at Sandown Park. Viewing is from 3pm to 7pm on Friday, October 26th and from 9am on the 27th.  For further information please visit www.barons-auctions.com

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

SWVA CLASSIC CAR AUCTION FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER



CLASSIC CAR AUCTION

FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER

 
VIEWING DAYS:
WEDNESDAY 24TH 9AM-5PM
THURSDAY 25TH 9AM-6PM

 
View Catalogue
Do I need to register? Yes. If you are attending our auction, you will need to register if you are planning on bidding. You can register by going to our cash desk and buying a catalogue for £5 which will have your bidding number on.

What is the buyers premium?  The buyers premium is 8% +VAT with a minimum fee of £150 (inc VAT).

Where can I park? Parking is available in our car park and in the skate park next door. Remember our classic auctions get very busy so parking spaces are first come first serve!

What if I cant attend the auction but I want to bid? If you cannot attend our auction there are alternative ways to bid (see below). The deadline for all remote bidding options is 9am on the day of the auction.

How long to I have to pay the balance if I win a lot? The balance for all vehicles must be paid by Monday (29/10/18).

Can I leave the vehicle(s) here until I have arranged transport? As long as the vehicle(s) have been paid for, we are happy to store them free of charge, for 3 weeks.

I am planning on staying overnight, are there any hotels nearby?  There are many hotels in and around Poole town centre for a list of hotels and contact details please click here

Remember that Friday will be very busy so if you are thinking of registering for any of the remote bidding options, do so ASAP.

BID IN THE HALL

All you need to do is to come to our auction premises on the day of the auction and register when you arrive. There is no need to register in advance. When you arrive, just report to the cash desk and register your details to collect your bidding number. There is a £5 fee for each bidding number.
The auction will take place at:
South Western Vehicle Auctions
Kinson Pottery Trading Estate
61 Ringwood Road
Parkstone
Poole
Dorset
BH14 0RG
Parking spaces are available at a first come, first serve basis. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.
We will be open from 8:30am for viewing of the classics. The auction starts at 11:00am.
 

ONLINE BIDDING

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSES AT 9AM ON FRIDAY 26TH. 
Our online auction system is a fantastic way to bid remotely. Not only can you view the cars live as they come through the hall, you can also hear our auctioneers as they take bidding.
To register for online bidding click here.
 

TELEPHONE BIDDING

ALL TELEPHONE BIDS AND DEPOSITS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 9AM ON FRIDAY 26TH.
Telephone bidding is a great way to bid by proxy during the auction. We will call you several lots before the one you want to bid on, then we will talk you through the auction, updating you on the current bid and bidding for you when you tell us to. Phone bidding costs £10.00 and we require a deposit of 10% of the lower estimate, minimum of £500 per car. This will need to be paid with a debit card and your bid will not be valid until we have received your deposit(s)  which is fully refundable should your bid not be successful. To register for phone bidding you will need to fill out a “Classic Car Telephone and Commission Bidding Form“. Once you have completed the form you will need to post, fax or email it back to us then we will contact you regarding your deposit.
 

COMMISSION BIDDING

ALL COMMISSION BIDS AND DEPOSITS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 9AM ON FRIDAY 26TH.
If you cannot attend the auction and are unable to bid remotely, you can leave a commission bid on a lot before the start of the auction. Just tell us the lot you want to bid on and the maximum amount you would like to bid. We will then bid for you during the auction, up until either you win the lot or we reach your maximum bid. Commission bidding requires a deposit of 10% of the lower estimate, minimum of £500 per car. This will need to be paid with a debit card and your bid will not be valid until we have received your deposit(s)  which is fully refundable should your bid not be successful. To register for commission bidding you will need to fill out a “Classic Car Telephone and Commission Bidding Form“. Once you have completed the form you will need to post, fax or email it back to us then we will contact you regarding your deposit.

Monday, 22 October 2018

MODERN CLASSICS TO GET PULSES RACING AT CCA’S SEASON FINALE



MODERN CLASSICS TO GET PULSES RACING AT CCA’S SEASON FINALE

1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa 'Sport'

A host of desirable modern classics are among the first cars to be consigned to Classic Car Auctions year-end bonanza December Sale at the Warwickshire Event Centre on 1stDecember.
Leading the modern classics at the sale is a superbly presented 1990 BMW E30 M3, finished in Alpine White, with a lovely Tan leather interior. Estimated at £35,000 to £40,000, the M3 was subject to a £5,000 professional repaint in 2016, with the brake system overhauled and a full service taking place in the same year.
Another legendary German on its way to the December Sale is a 1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa. Estimated at £30,000 to £35,000, the rare UK supplied model received an extensive restoration at a cost in excess of £30,000 and is finished with a black leather interior.
“There’s a real thirst for modern classics from the 80s and 90s at the moment so it’s fantastic to see so many great examples already consigned to our year-end December Sale,” says Gary Dunne, sales manager at Classic Car Auctions. “The sale is already shaping up to be one of our best of the year and spaces are filling up fast so if anyone is looking to enter their everyman classic into the sale, they should get in touch as soon as possible.”
Described as the ultimate pocket rocket, a 1989 Renault 5 GT Turbo on offer is in wonderful condition having covered less than 27,000 miles. Finished in red with a grey cloth interior, the car was recently imported to the UK from Japan and is estimated at £15,000 to £18,000.
Joining the Renault is another hot hatch icon, a 1990 Ford Escort RS Turbo Series 2. The fast Fords received a number of upgrades including a water-cooled Garret T3 turbo along with revised engine management, limited slip differential, an improved gearbox and larger clutch over the original RS Turbo. Estimated at £12,000 to £15,000, it is a very original example finished in Solid White with a Grey Cloth Recaro interior and has only 73,000 miles.
Another fast Ford icon on offer is a rare 1986 Ford Tickford Capri, 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. One of only 80 cars built the Tickford was fitted with a front mounted turbocharger, rear disc brakes, Bilstein dampers, and a limited slip differential, this car is also fitted with a stainless steel exhaust, a £800 option at the time.
To speak to CCA about entering your everyman classic into the December Sale, contact the team before the catalogue closes on 5th November on 01926 640 888 or visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/selling
For more information on the modern classics and rest of the cars in the December Sale please visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2018-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all

1990 BMW E30 M3


Thursday, 18 October 2018

BONHAMS KNOCKOUT ZOUTE SALE WORLD RECORDS BROKEN AT BONHAMS BELGIAN SALE





BONHAMS KNOCKOUT ZOUTE SALE
WORLD RECORDS BROKEN AT BONHAMS BELGIAN SALE



Today, 5 October, Bonhams held their 6th annual Zoute Sale on the sunny Belgian coast. The sale was a triumph, with 82% of lots selling both by value and lot, and lengthy bidding battles taking place between international buyers on the phone, online and in the Bonhams marquee at the Zoute Grand Prix. A total of €7,930,343 was realised overall, and several world records broken.

The top lot of the evening was the absolutely concours-condition 1962 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series V’ Vantage Sports Saloon which sold for a world record-beating €1,212,250 to a European bidder in the packed saleroom. The timelessly elegant and mint condition 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pininfarina Coupé (€600,000-800,000) exceeded its pre-sale estimate and sold for an impressive and similarly world record-breaking €989,000 to a European buyer in the room.


The 1973 Citroën DS23 IE Décapotable sold for €425,500, one of only 4 produced by Chapron, and a further highlight was the jaw-droppingly beautiful 1954 Arnolt-Bristol Roadster (€340,000-380,000), which had been attracting admiring gazes throughout previews. It too exceeded its estimate and achieved €391,000.

British marques were popular with the assembled bidders, with the 1958 AC Ace Roadster selling for €322,000 to a bidder in the room, and the 1956 Austin-Healey 100M Factory ‘Le Mans’ Roadster achieving €184,000.

The 1970 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow originally owned by Muhammad Ali realised more than double its pre-sale estimate, achieving a total of €132,250 against a pre-sale estimate of €40,000-60,000.

Philip Kantor, European Head of Motoring, commented: ‘We are absolutely delighted with this year’s sale results. The Zoute sale is a highlight of the historic motoring scene in Europe, and we are thrilled to have achieved such fantastic results once again. The saleroom was crowded with enthusiastic bidders from across the continent, and the prices realised reflect the continued desire for classic and collectors’ motor cars in exemplary condition and underlines the importance of carefully curating a sale.’

Other highlights include:
  • 1936 Bentley 4¼-Litre Cabriolet ordered new by André Embiricos (€408,250)
  • 1966 Porsche 911 2.0-Litre SWB ‘Sunroof Coupé’ (€207,000)
  • 1953 Jaguar XK120 SE Drophead Coupé (€189,750)

THE WORLD’S OLDEST D.I.Y MOTOR CAR CAR BUILT USING ONLY WEEKLY MAGAZINE INSTRUCTIONS OFFERED AT BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON SALE



THE WORLD’S OLDEST D.I.Y MOTOR CAR
CAR BUILT USING ONLY WEEKLY MAGAZINE INSTRUCTIONS OFFERED AT BONHAMS LONDON TO BRIGHTON SALE


On 2 November, Bonhams will offer the oldest known example of the 1900 ‘English Mechanic’ 3HP Two Seater, a highly unusual motor car that was designed as a ‘build it yourself’ vehicle with assembly instructions that were published each week in the English Mechanic in January 1900.


The tuppenny magazine was one of the earliest popular motoring magazines, and in 1900 it began a series called A Small Motor-Car and How to Build It.’ The series was published over 31 weeks, and ranged from engine drawings to cylinder cast patterns, everything a young motoring enthusiast needed to build their very own vehicle.

The author built his own car along with the instructions, which subtly changed as he discovered practical flaws in his work. He remained anonymous until the beginning of August –by which stage you should have had a full chassis, running engine, and the makings of a body– when he revealed himself to be a 29-year old engineer called Thomas Hyler-White.

Several English Mechanic cars were built – this is oldest known survivor – but for many years, nobody was quite sure what this example was. It was discovered in 1921 in a field in Kent and had been lying there for so long that a tree had grown through the chassis. It was assumed to be a Benz thanks to its single-cylinder engine and was entered under that name in the London to Brighton Run in 1928. It sadly fell by the wayside but managed to finish in both 1929 and 1930.

The owner eventually decided that his veteran probably wasn’t a Benz, and that it was more likely an example from the French marque Hurtu. This identity stuck until well after the war until a real Hurtu of similar vintage was unearthed, and the owner had to think again. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the English Mechanic was correctly identified by its then owner who gave it a much-needed restoration.

In the 1960s it was acquired by the current owner’s father who used it for the Run every November. On the Run in 1972, the owner pulled up at a garage in Redhill where he chanced upon an 85-year-old mechanic who happened to have been a boyhood friend of none other than Thomas Hyler White, the man behind the car’s construction instructions. ‘We built our on bicycles before the turn of the century, and Hyler-White managed to create a steam engine for his.’ he recalled.


This is the oldest example of the first ever 'D.I.Y' motor car in British history, and is set to be a star of Bonhams auction on 2 November and the London to Brighton Run on the 4th - the world's longest running motoring event.