Friday, 23 November 2018



1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Group 5 works car

A 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina with an incredible race pedigree will be offered for sale by Silverstone Auctions in its debut appearance at Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th January 2019.
As one of only three ‘Group 5’ works cars built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship, the collectable competition car was driven in period by some of the world’s most successful racing drivers, including Jim Clark, Graham Hill and Jacky Ickx.
With incredible provenance and proven racing pedigree, the car will be offered at auction with an estimate of £180,000 to £200,000.
“We’re delighted to be offering this amazing Lotus Cortina at our inaugural Autosport International Sale,” comments Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions. “With its impressive history, it’s a fantastic addition to the sale catalogue and a sign of what’s to come.”
This Ford Lotus Cortina, registration number PHK 614D, was built in March 1966 and immediately assigned to none other than Formula 1 World Champion Jim Clark for use at a rain-disrupted Oulton Park. It went on to be raced throughout the 1966 season by fellow Formula 1 drivers Peter Arundell and Jacky Ickx, who took the car to second in class in finishes at Snetterton, Goodwood and Silverstone.
In June 1966, the Lotus Cortina underwent an engine conversion by BRM to fuel injection before racing at the Grand Prix support race at Brands Hatch, where Sir John Whitmore achieved first in class, finishing in fourth position overall. The car went on to achieve further podium positions and class wins in the hands of Peter Arundell at the Brands Hatch Guards International Meeting, at Oulton Park, and in the British Saloon Car Championship, taking Team Lotus to first place in the Lombank Entrants Trophy.
In 1967 the car appeared in its last works event, finishing its Team Lotus career on a high with World Champion Graham Hill taking it to first in class and second overall in the Race of Champions at Brands Hatch.
“Given its exceptional rarity, competition successes and association with World Champions, this amazing Lotus Cortina offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire one of the most significant sports touring cars of the 1960s,” adds Lionel.
After eight more competitive finishes in 1967 and 1968, the car then spent many years in Africa until purchased by Cedric Selzer, Jim Clark’s race mechanic, and repatriated to the UK.
Today it presents in authentic condition following a sympathetic restoration and still retains its original shell and all the period race modifications to the suspension and the engine.
It's accompanied by the V5, full details of its works competition history in 1966, 1967 and 1968 as well as a small number of spares.
To find out more about the 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina for auction and the Autosport International sale visit:



With history being made in London SW1 for a Brexit deal, no-deal or referendum, car owners have a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of SW1 history.
Two unique number plates SW1and 1SW which are on retention are being sold at the COYS True Greats Christmas Auction on December 4th at the Royal Horticultural Halls and could sell for up to £180,000.
Also on sale, is a number plate ‘1 IOU’ which may remind some bidders of their pre-Christmas obligations. This unique number plate has a guide price of £20,000 -£25,000.
Nick Wells, Senior Auction Director at Coys said: “With the increasing value and benefits of rare number plates being cherished among collectors, now is arguably the ideal time to add to your investments with some of these transferable registration marks.”
“Not only that but with what is currently happening in parliament, and the fact that the auction in SW1, these number plates could have their own place in history.”
He added: “This annual Christmas sale will also see classics like a 1938 BMW 328 Roadster, a 1960 Mercedes 220SE Ponton Cabriolet and a 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante going under the hammer.”
The BMW 328 really is one of the great driving pre-war cars, often considered to equal many of the post-war sports cars for their handling and speed. The bodywork is finished in white featuring contrasting elegant cream dials. The car is complete with a UK registration document and also a FIVA passport. The estimate is £250,000.
The Mercedes 220SE was first registered in 1960 and is one of the only 17 producing Right-hand drive format. It has been with its current owner for 30 years after he purchased the car from the previous long-term owner, a retired Army officer in West London. The bodywork has been restored and refinished in its original shade of Mittelblau (blue), the wood and chrome refinished. Estimate £100,000- £130,000.
Other cars being auctioned are:
  • 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante – Estimate £200,000- £250,000
  • 1974 Ferrari Dino – Estimate £190,000- £230,000
  • 1977 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’- Estimate £100,000- £120,000
  • 1959 Facel Vega HK 500 – Estimate £50,000- £70,000
  • 1958 Fiat 600 Multipla – Estimate £35,000- £40,000
  • 2003 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale – Estimate £100,000- £120,000
Auction details
Place: The Lindley Hall, Elverton St, London SW1P 2QW
Date: 04 Dec 2018

Wednesday, 21 November 2018



  • A desirable assortment of collector cars set for RM Sotheby’s January and February auctions in Arizona and Paris
  • Headline lots include Ferrari 288 GTO, 330 GTS, Lexus LFA, Shelby 427 Cobra and Lister-Jaguar Costin – in addition to exclusive private collections featuring stunning sets of British and American cars
  • Detailed listing information and additional lots for both auctions can be viewed at

RM Sotheby’s is delighted to announce several key auction entries that will get 2019 off to a bumper start. The Arizona and Paris auctions – scheduled for 17-18 January and 6 February respectively – will feature a varied selection of exotic and rare collector cars, ranging from a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO and 2012 Lexus LFA, to a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS and single-owner private collections set for the American sale, through to a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, 1959 Lister-Jaguar Costin and motorsport memorabilia set for the French capital that extends to a helmet once worn by Ayrton Senna.
Arizona 2019
The Ferrari 288 GTO is regarded as one of the most iconic and exciting supercars of the 1980s. The example coming to Arizona shows less than 3,000 miles, is equipped with air-conditioning, power windows, contrasting orange seat inserts, and is offered at auction for the first time fresh from service (Est. $3,200,000 - $3,600,000). Also set for the Arizona auction, the Lexus LFA is a 4.8-litre, V-10-powered sports coupe made on a limited run of 500 models from the Japanese manufacturer. This example shows a mere 70 miles and is one of just 50 cars equipped with the competition-focused Nürburgring package (Est. $850,000 - $1,100,000). Additional early highlights for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale are led by a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTS, chassis no. 10773. Offered from the famed Skip Barber Collection, following many years of driving and concours enjoyment, this superb, Classiche-certified 330 GTS features a matching numbers powertrain and would be a fantastic purchase for the enthusiast who enjoys both driving and show venues (Est. $2,200,000 - $2,500,000).

Beyond the sports and supercars on offer in Phoenix, two important and very different private collections will cross the block, nearly entirely without reserve. The first is a continuation of The Calumet Collection, comprising 11 British motor cars. The collection features eight Rolls-Royce models, covering almost every era of the celebrated luxury manufacturer, with cars for sale ranging from a1923 Silver Ghost Salamanca through to a 2012 Phantom EWB ‘Year of the Dragon’. The group is headlined by a 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V State Landaulet by Mulliner Park Ward, one of just five examples produced. Originally commissioned by the Government of Romania and subsequently delivered to a private owner in Pennsylvania, nearly every available option was specified, including a combination cocktail bar and entertainment cabinet and fluorescent overhead lighting for nighttime parades (Est. $1,000,000 - $1,500,000).

Another significant collection sure to draw interest at the Arizona auction comprises an additional 10 automobiles from The Richard L. Burdick Collection of Texas. Boasting an assortment of pre- and post-war Americana, the group is led by a genuine 1930 Cadillac V-16 Sports Phaeton. An early example and one of no more than 18 survivors bearing Sports Phaeton coachwork, this is one of the most highly desirable classics in today’s market (Est. $750,000 - $900,000, offered without reserve).
Paris 2019
For Paris, key consignments to date include a 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra, imported into the UK in 1973 after being sold new to California. The car spent nearly two decades on display at the Midland Motor Museum and its time in the U.K. is very well documented. The Cobra retains many of its original features, including corresponding body numbers found on the door and boot hinges. Its current displayed mileage of 28,000 is also believed to be correct and original. With Shelby Cobras being highly prized on both sides of the Atlantic, this incredible car is expected to achieve €800,000 to €1 million. An ex-Works Lister-Jaguar Costin known to have competed at The 24 Hours of Le Mans, Goodwood, British Empire Trophy, Crystal Palace Whit-Monday and British GP at Aintree races in 1959 is another hugely desirable car to come to market with RM Sotheby’s. The Lister-Jaguars were truly giant-killers, using a chassis developed by the small, privately-owned Lister sports car company, paired with Jaguar’s immense six-cylinder engine. These cars continue to dominate the historic racing scene and the sleek Costin-bodied example on offer is estimated at €900,000 to €1.1 million.

Rare collectables will complement the motor cars in Paris, including a Rheos helmet, worn by Ayrton Senna in the 1990 F1 season in which he drove the McLaren MP4-5b. The helmet shows signs of wear after being used by Senna in the season that he and McLaren won both drivers’ and constructors’ championship titles and includes the original green liner and radio. This is surely the ultimate collector’s item for any motorsport fan (Est. €80,000 - €120,000).
Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions at RM Sotheby’s, said: “We’re proud to have this diverse selection of headline cars for sale in both our Arizona and Paris auctions. These cars will no doubt attract interest from all corners of the collector car market, not just in Europe and America, but the world over. There really is something for everyone over the course of our January and February auctions, from Italian supercars to notable British luxury cars, historic racers, and sought-after pre-war American classics in outstanding condition.”

The Arizona auction is set for the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix, on 17-18 January. In France, the Paris auction is held once again at the spectacular Place Vauban on 6 February. For further information on RM Sotheby’s 2019 auction calendar, please visit Interested consignors and bidders are invited to call the RM Sotheby’s offices in Ontario (+1 519 352 4575) or in London (+44 (0) 20 7851 7070) to speak with a car specialist.




The BMW 507 owned by the designer of the legendary model, Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, is to be offered at Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale on 1 December. The 1958 Series II example is one of only 252 built and is expected to achieve between £2,100,000 and £2,200,000.

The model is recognised as one of the most elegant cars ever created and was BMW’s answer to the legendary 300SL created by its rival marque, Mercedes-Benz. The 507 was a model driven by some of the biggest stars and important leaders of the time, including Elvis Presley, John Surtees, Ursula Andress, Prince Rainier of Monaco and the Aga Khan.

This example was bought by Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, a German designer living in New York who had designed everything from furniture to fountain pens – but never a car. The 507 was his first automotive design and was met with great acclaim. It was bought by von Goertz in 1971 and he owned it for more than a decade. It was extensively restored in 1990 and is in excellent condition.

The sale on 1 December is set to be one of Bonhams best yet, with highlights including:
  • The ex-David Coulthard/David Brabham, Le Mans 24-Hour race, GT class-winning 1993 Jaguar XJ220C Competition coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

  • The 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ 3.8-Litre Sports-Racing Two-Seater (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

  • The ex-Martin Brundle, V12-engined, 1985 Jaguar XJR6 Group C Racing Coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)

  • 1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Short Chassis Volante (£1,400,000-1,600,000)

  • 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II Coupe (£1,300,000-1,400,000)



Silverstone Auctions has unveiled a host of exciting developments to its 2019 calendar including sales with new themes, new locations and new partnerships.

In total the auction house will host sales on six weekends across the year, kicking off with its first ever sale at Autosport International at the NEC in January. Following its well-established sale at Race Retro in February, a new sale of British marques is being introduced in May at a brand new venue, the magnificent Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. The sale will be held in conjunction with the Jaguar Enthusiasts Club, giving it another new dimension which is sure to attract buyers and sellers alike.

“2018 has been another great year for Silverstone Auctions and we’re incredibly excited to be able to introduce a number of new sales, venues and partners for 2019,” explains Nick Whale, Managing Director, Silverstone Auctions. “As always, we’ll only be selecting the very best of breed cars to appear in our sales and we’re sure that these exciting developments will help us attract some of the very best classics available.”

In July, Silverstone Auctions returns to its spiritual home in Northamptonshire for its flagship sale at the world famous Silverstone Classic.

Following its successful debut as an auction venue this year, Silverstone Auctions will return to the Dallas Burston Polo Club in September for another exciting new event. The supercar weekend will see a dedicated sale of Ferraris take place in association with the Ferrari Owners’ Club GB on Saturday 21st September, with a dedicated Porsche sale in association with Porsche Club GB taking place the following day.

The auction house will then conclude 2019 with its return to the NEC Classic Motor Show in November.

“We’re delighted to be hosting auctions at some of the UK’s most high profile classic car events and prestigious venues,” adds Nick. “However, we will have limited spaces available at every one of these sales so anyone looking to submit an entry should contact us as soon as possible to secure a spot.”

For more information about entering a classic or any of Silverstone Auctions’ sales in 2019, visit

Silverstone Auctions 2019 Sale Calendar

Autosport International Sale

12th January 2019

NEC, Birmingham

Race Retro Classic Car Sale

23rd and 24th February 2019

Stoneleigh Park, Coventry

A Sale of British Marques

11th May 2019

Heythrop Park, Oxfordshire

The Silverstone Classic Sale

27th and 28th July 2019

Silverstone Circuit, Northamptonshire

A Sale of Ferraris

21st September 2019

Dallas Burston Polo Club, Warwickshire

The Porsche Sale

22nd September 2019

Dallas Burston Polo Club, Warwickshire

NEC Classic Motor Show Sale

9th and 10th November 2019

NEC, Birmingham


An original condition 1972 Citroen SM is estimated at £25,000 to £30,000

Christmas will come early for classic car fans at Classic Car Auctions’ (CCA) December Sale when a selection of Europe’s most popular classics will be auctioned on Saturday 1st December at the Warwickshire Event Centre (WEC).
Some of the UK’s favourite classics from the likes of BMW, Porsche, Alfa Romeo and Lotus are part of the catalogue of 152 ‘everyman’ classics for sale spanning 70 decades of automotive history.
“We may be in the process of leaving the EU but we still love our European cars!” comments Gary Dunne, auction manager, CCA. “The December Sale is our final sale of the year and we encourage car fans of all ages to come down and admire the classics on offer, as well as enjoy a mince pie and hot chocolate, with all the excitement of a live car auction.”
From the array of Germany’s finest marques at the sale, a superb condition 1990 BMW E30 M3 in festive Alpine White will headline the auction. The iconic high-performance, homologation special in left-hand drive, with plenty of ‘reindeer’ power, will be offered with an estimate of £35,000 to £40,000.
A superb condition 1990 BMW E30 M3
Also from Germany, a rare 1985 BMW M635 CSI (E24) in right-hand drive is estimated at £28,000 to £32,000. Meanwhile, Porsche fans will be spoilt for gift choices, from entry level examples to rarer collectables. A 1994 Porsche 911 (993) Carrera Cabriolet, one of just 129 UK examples made, is estimated at £36,000 to £40,000, and an immaculate 1982 Porsche 911 SC Targa, restored from the ground up, is estimated at £30,000 to £35,000.
“With over 150 amazing cars to choose from there’s always fantastic variety and quality at our sale, whether you’re looking for an investment, a project for the New Year, or a special Christmas gift for a loved one,” concludes Gary.
More exotic cars from the continent include an original condition 1972 Citroen SM, one of the most dramatically styled French sports cars, estimated at £25,000 to £30,000. A 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider (Duetto) in right-hand drive offering plenty of twin-cam, top-down dashing through the snow, is expected to reach £24,000 to £28,000.
From British soil, an impressive 2007 Noble M12 GTO 3.0 twin-turbo ideal for rapid present delivery, is expected to attract crowds guided at £30,000 to £35,000, and a fastidiously maintained 1996 Lotus Esprit V8 reading just 39,700 miles is expected to sell for between £28,000 and £32,000.
A special charity lot will also be a part of the sale; a 1970 Morris Minor 1000 998 Saloon which has been carefully stored for the last 35 years. Having covered just 3,200 miles, the British classic will be offered for sale at ‘no reserve’ with all proceeds, including commissions, to be donated to Safe Families for Children, Wales.
Viewing of all lots is available at the WEC on Friday 31st November from midday until 6pm and on the day of the auction from 9am to 11am. Bidding is available online via Proxibid, by attending the sale in person, by phone or by leaving a commission bid in advance.

For more information on the December Sale and to view the full lot list visit:

Tuesday, 20 November 2018



Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Whether you’re a long-time classic car owner looking to add to your collection, are about to take your first steps into the joy of classic car ownership or are planning to delight someone by presenting them with their own piece of four-wheeled history for Christmas, Sandown Park race course is the place to be on Tuesday, December 11th, when a diverse selection of classic and collectors’ cars go under the hammer at Barons’ Christmas Classic Sale. With everything from starter classics and stately 1920s and 30s limousines to sleek sports cars and a fine array of future-classics, the sale entries have a wide appeal.
Christmas is a popular time for ghost stories, and Barons will have a very special Silver Ghost at Sandown Park. The 1921 RHD Rolls-Royce is one of just two built in the American Springfield factory that was equipped with artillery wooden wheels. This wonderfully-original Willoughby-bodied Pickwick Town Car has covered less than 26,000 miles in its 97-year history. It spent over 45 years in a museum in the USA and has covered just over 5,000 miles since 1989. Guide price: £125,000-£150,000.
Always fancied owning your own ‘Panda’ car?  You have two to choose from! The 1968 Morris Minor is the real deal - an ex-Scotland Yard vehicle that served with the Met until 1977. ‘Bobby’ has undergone a bare shell restoration and is just yearning to go out on patrol with a new owner.  The 1963 Morris Mini Police Van is a more theatrical version - unlike the Morris Minor it’s not been on the Force, but it has played a Police vehicle on TV, featuring in ITV’s hugely popular ‘Heartbeat’ series.  ‘Bobby’ has a guide price of £4,000-£6,000, while the little TV star Mini has a guide price of £8,000-£10,000.
Early cars in the sale also include a trio of 1930s Vauxhalls - a 1933 Cadet (£12,000-£15,000), and two BXL Grosvenor limousines; a 1936 example (£14,000-£17,000) that is one of one nine Grosvenor Westminster Limousines ever built and a BXL from 1939 that still features its WW2 Army number under the bonnet (£13,000-£17,000).
Joining the Silver Ghost and the three Vauxhalls in the ‘venerable’ section of the sale is a splendid 1928 Nash Open Tourer. This handsome machine was built in the USA for the Australian market so is RHD. It could be a memorable addition to any wedding. Estimate: £23,000-£27,000.  
Barons’ Christmas Classic features two very rare Austin Princess Vanden Plas Limousines, which are also ideal for weddings.  The 1954 example (£9,000-£12,000) managed to escape the fate that befell so many of its fellows, that of being converted to a taxi, while the 1960 version is an even more rare Landaulet limousine (£11,000-£14,000).  Another very fine wedding car is the 1952 Humber Pullman. It is believed that only eight examples still exist, and this good-looking machine has a guide price of £12,000-£15,000.
The sale also includes two Range Rover Classic restoration projects, which are each offered at no reserve, an early four-door 1983 example and a 1992 example is a rare manual petrol version, of the type that saw military use, particularly with the Special Forces.
Sports and GT cars also feature strongly on the December 11 line-up, including a very rare and very original 1974 Audi 100S Coupé sports fastback which has recently been imported from South Africa (£9,000-£12,000).  Another rarity is the stunning and incredibly low-mileage 1982 Alfa Romeo GTV6 (£15,000-£17,000). This has been the subject of a full glass and interior out respray and a sympathetic recommissioning to keep the car as original as possible and has covered less than 23,000 miles since 1982. And the 2007 Aston Martin DB9 is a glamorous future classic that, at £28,000-£32,000, should provide many years of stylish and powerful motoring for the lucky buyer.
BMW fans have several to choose from, including a 1973 2002 Baur Convertible ‘barn-find’. This lovely little car is hoping for her own Christmas present - a new owner who will enjoy restoring her and taking her out and about.  Estimate £5,000-£6,000. There’s also a great selection of Mercedes to pick from, including a truly magnificent 1968 250SE with just 48,000 miles on the clock (£15,000-£17,500).
There’s plenty to choose from in the sub-£3,000 range, too - a great ‘shopping mall’ for would-be first-time classic or ‘future-classic’ owners.  Lots include the low-mileage 1974 MGB GT (£2,000-£3,000), 1997 Jaguar XJ Executive (£1,500-£3,000), 1997 Mercedes-Benz SLK 230 Kompressor roadster (£1,500-£2,250) and the 1995 MG FG 1.8i, one of the first 4,500 off the line at Abingdon (£900-£1,200).
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Thursday, 15 November 2018



Top Left:1968 Triumph TR5  Top Right: 1974 Triumph TR6 OD Above: 1969 Jensen Interceptor MkI

A series of rare British classics will be on offer at Classic Car Auctions’ season finale sale on 1st December at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Highlights of the December Sale include a beautiful, classic 1969 Jensen Interceptor MK1, a fully restored 1980 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith II and a trio of classic Triumph sports cars.
One of the classiest coupes in the sale is the 1969 Jensen Interceptor MK1, estimated at £36,000 to £40,000. Following 30 years in storage, this British classic received a sympathetic restoration in Metallic Fawn with Champagne leather. The original matching numbers engine benefits from an upgraded Holley carburettor and retains its original bulletproof 727 transmissions. Fitted with period alloys, vinyl roof and period wood steering wheel, the Jensen has covered just over 60,000 miles.
“There is always something special about a British built car, it’s the perfect combination of luxury, style and speed”, says Richard Greenhalgh, classic car specialist at Classic Car Auctions. “The British car industry has a knack for building cars, just take a look at our back catalogue of classic manufacturers, it’s full of legendary names known around the world for their quality, class and traditional taste and style.”
The biggest name in luxury cars is of course Rolls-Royce. The 1980 Rolls-Royce Wraith II on offer in the sale has been the subject of a no expense spared restoration, both mechanically and electrically, since 2015. Estimated at £24,000 to £28,000 the Wraith is finished in Peacock Blue with a matching Everflex roof and has a concours quality Magnolia leather interior piped in blue courtesy of marque specialists, Frank Dale.
The first in a trio of Triumph sports cars in the sale is a 1967 Triumph TR4A (Overdrive). The TR4A had a bare metal respray in its current shade of black as part of a thorough mechanical and body restoration in 2013. During this time the engine received a new camshaft, followers and ancillaries along with having the head skimmed. The classic now presents beautifully with only 21,600 miles and is estimated at £23,000 to £26,000
The sale will also see a 1968 Triumph TR5 estimated at £35,000 to £40,000 on offer. Carefully looked after during the last 11 years of ownership, the TR5 has been the recipient of a full body respray in Old English White with the engine, clutch, gearbox, steering, suspension and brakes all completely overhauled. It has also had its bumpers and over-riders re-chromed, making this a truly impeccable example.
To complete the Triumph trio is a 1974 Triumph TR6 O/D, which was one of the original factory press department road test cars. Nicely presented in Mimosa Yellow with a black hood and interior, the TR6 has been family owned for the past 15 years. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000, the car is well known amongst the Triumph community and was even magazine featured, appearing in a copy of Thoroughbred and Classic in January 1975.
For more information on the British classics and rest of the cars in the December Sale please visit:
1967 Triumph TR4A (Overdrive)

1980 Rolls-Royce Wraith II

Tuesday, 13 November 2018



  • RM Sotheby’s adds a thrilling lineup of supercars through the ages to Los Angeles sale
  • Set at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum on 8 December, auction features more than 70 eclectic motor cars
  • Updated list of entries and further information for the sale available at

 RM Sotheby’s has assembled a lineup of automobiles spanning four decades of supercar evolution for the company’s first sale at the newly redesigned Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles on 8 December. From the original supercar to some of the most technologically advanced hypercars of today, there is something for every enthusiast of high-performance, low-production models.
The selection of supercars begins with an exciting example of the final iteration of what is dubbed the “original supercar,” the Lamborghini Miura. An unmistakable shape, the 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV on offer, chassis no. 4912, is the only Miura SV originally delivered in striking Bleu Medio over Pelle Bleu interior and is one of just five single-sump SVs sold new to the United States equipped with optional air conditioning. Producing a total of 385 horsepower, the SV can sprint from 0–60 mph in 5.8 seconds and reach a top speed of 180 mph. An excellent driver’s Miura boasting a superb concours restoration, it is sure to attract attention wherever it goes (Est. $2,100,000 - $2,500,000).
“Nothing thrills an enthusiast quite like the supercar they worshipped as a youth,” says Alexander Weaver, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s. “Technological advancements and a drive to be the best have been at the forefront of supercar battles since the birth of the word, and we’ve assembled a lineup of cars that captures some of the most radical and important achievements in supercar development across more than forty years– sure to speak to collectors of all ages. Interest in high-performance supercars has been consistent throughout our calendar sales, and we’re delighted to bring another fresh-to-market group to the Petersen Museum.”

Further down the road in supercar lineage comes the first true battle of the brands between the diametrically opposed 1989 Ferrari F40 and the 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort. While the F40 was all about the engine and a stripped down, spartan driving experience, the 959 was one of the most technologically innovative cars ever built, with numerous pioneering advancements. The F40 on offer was delivered new to Stefano Casiraghi, Italian socialite, successful racer, and second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco. Well cared for throughout its life, the F40 is fitted with desirable Plexiglas windows and shows just 4,000 km from new (Est. $1,200,000 - $1,600,000). The 959 set for the Los Angeles sale is an early Komfort model and one of very few that have been federalized and registered for street use in California. Highly original and professionally maintained, the Porsche is offered from single ownership for the last decade (Est. $950,000 - $1,100,000).

By the mid-2000s, the world saw the last of the analogue supercars with the Porsche Carrera GT and the Ford GT. Offering motorsport-inspired thrills, the2005 Porsche Carrera GT coming to RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles sale is exceptionally and uniquely well-optioned. The original owner specified the car be finished in Basalt Black Metallic over Terracotta leather, with the wheels painted to match the exterior, and a luggage set trimmed in matching leather. Boasting comprehensive service, just two owners, and 8,800 miles from new, the Carrera GT is as close as one can get to a race car for the road (Est. $700,000 - $900,000). Proving close competition to the Carrera GT in the period, the four-option 2006 Ford GT coming to California is presented in virtually as-new condition, with a mere six original miles on the odometer. One of just 69 cars finished in Speed Yellow with the full stripe for 2006, this is a truly exceptional example in the rarest production colour (Est. $300,000 - $350,000, offered without reserve).

Finally, the evolution of the supercar comes to the hybrid powertrain realm of today. The 918 Spyder boasts three separate powertrains, which combined produce a monumental 887 horsepower, propelling the car from 0-62 mph in just over two seconds, with a top speed of over 200 mph. The 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder presented by RM is offered in as-new condition, with just 279 miles on the clock. The car is fitted with the highly desirable and slightly more radical Weissach lightweight package, which also includes a factory applied Matte Black wrap and Martini livery (Est. $1,500,000 - $1,700,000). Built to compete with the 918 Spyder, McLaren’s P1 is powered by a 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to an electric motor, producing a monstrous 903 brake horsepower and powering the car to a top speed of 217 mph. The 2015 McLaren P1 on offer is presented from single ownership and has covered less than 350 miles. Brilliantly optioned with a host of McLaren Special Operations features, the P1 is ready to enjoy (Est. $1,300,000 - $1,700,000).
The supercars join the previously announced Ferrari 290 MM in a selection of no less than 70 eclectic, highly desirable vehicles set for the Petersen Museum sale, representing a cross-section of significant eras and categories in collector car history. For further information on RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction, to view an updated list of entries, or to register to bid, please visit Interested bidders are invited to call +1 310 559 4575 to speak with an RM Sotheby’s car specialist. The complete digital catalogue is set to be released next week.


Steve McQueen's 1945 Willys Jeep MB 

Silverstone Auctions saw a number of high-profile celebrity owned classic cars move on to new homes at their annual sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show, with Discovery, including Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, Steve McQueen’s 1945 Willys Jeep MB and a collection of cars from Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay.
The two-day sale which took place on 10th and 11th November achieved total sales of £4.2 million and a 64% sales rate, with a total of 126 lots offered.
Frank Sinatra’s 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible which was gifted to him by fellow Rat Pack members Sammy Davis Jr and Dean Martin for his 70th birthday was presented in Mason Black with a red leather interior. Reading just 66,550 miles, the car was recently treated to £47,000 worth of mechanical recommissioning and sympathetic preservation. After a long bidding war the car sold to rapturous applause for £140,625 including buyer’s premium, more than £15,000 above its upper estimate.
Another classic with Hollywood provenance in the sale was Steve McQueen’s 1945 Willys Jeep MB, owned by the American actor until his passing in 1980. Since being imported to the UK, the Jeep had undergone a thorough recommissioning by marque specialists Jeeparts-UK to return it to the standard it would have been in under McQueen’s ownership. There was fierce bidding at the sale with four phone bidders battling it out to own the King of Cool’s Jeep, with it eventually sold for £84,375 including premium.
“To sell two of Hollywood’s most beloved superstar’s cars at the NEC was a real honour for the team,” says Harry Whale, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “We saw fantastic results throughout the two-day sale and it was exciting to see these two truly one of a kind cars sell at our 2018 season finale.”
1958 Volkswagen Beetle Charity Lot
The sale saw strong results for a collection of cars offered directly from the highly exclusive collection of Jamiroquai’s Jay Kay. One of only 505 1989 BMW E30 M3 Johnny Cecotto Ltd Editions with less than 18,000 miles sold for £85,500. A 1989 Mercedes-Benz 300SL finished in Thistle Green soon followed, selling for £28,688. The newest car in the collection, a 2015 Porsche 911 (991) Targa 4S sold for £79,875, with a 1967 Ford Mustang 390GT Fastback 'Bullitt' sold for £54,000. A 1996 BMW 850 CSI Manual with only 12,777 miles completed the Jay Kay collection selling for £85,500.
A stunning 1958 Volkswagen Beetle was introduced by stars of Wheeler Dealers, Mike Brewer and Ant Anstead. The classic bug was restored by Ant on Channel 4’s For the Love of Cars and was sold with all proceeds including premium going to The Brain Tumour Research Trust in Birmingham. Following fierce bidding from phone, online and room bidders, the Beetle sold to a thunderous applause for £33,750.
Other highlight lots from the day include a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon finished in California Sage Green which sold for £214,313, a 1960 Maserati 3500GT finished in Grigio and Rosso sold for £145,000 and a 1960 Facel Vega HK500 with only 35,000 miles sold for £121,000. Other strong sellers were a 1985 Porsche 911 (930) Turbo SE Flat nose which was utilized as the factory press car sold for £166,500 and a 2015 Volkswagen XL1 believed to be the first XL1 ever offered at auction sold for £103,167.
Silverstone Auctions is now inviting entries for its first sale of 2019 and its debut at the Autosport International show taking place at the NEC Birmingham, on 12th January. Vendors benefit from just 5% +VAT seller’s commission. The catalogue closes 10thDecember 2018.
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Frank Sinatra's 1984 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible