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Saturday, 15 December 2018

RM SOTHEBY’S REPORTS $423 MILLION IN GLOBAL AUCTION SALES IN 201



RM SOTHEBY’S REPORTS $423 MILLION IN GLOBAL AUCTION SALES IN 2018
  • 3,300 lots sold across 13 auctions in 4 countries
  • 84 percent overall sell-through rate
  • Bidders from 59 countries
  • 23 percent of bidders are first-time clientele
  • Cars sourced from 32 countries
  • 68 lots sold for over US$1 million
LED BY MOST VALUABLE CAR EVER SOLD AT AUCTION:
$48.4 MILLION 1962 FERRARI 250 GTO
  • Ferrari 250 GTO sold at RM Sotheby’s 2018 Monterey auction becomes most valuable car sold at auction in 2018 and most valuable car ever sold at auction
  • RM Sotheby’s holds top Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, and Mercedes-Benz sales for 2018
  • RM Sotheby’s has sold six of the top ten most valuable cars ever sold at auction


RM SOTHEBY’S TOP TEN AUCTION SALES OF 2018
1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO $48,405,000 (Monterey)
The most valuable car ever sold at auction
2. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM $22,005,000 (Petersen Automotive Museum)
One of the top ten most valuable cars ever sold at auction
3. 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype $21,455,000 (Monterey)
Most valuable Aston Martin sold at auction in 2018
4. 1966 Ford GT40 Mk II $9,795,000 (Monterey)
Most valuable Ford sold at auction in 2018
5. 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar $5,945,000 (Porsche 70th Anniversary)
Most valuable Porsche sold at auction in 2018 and a world record for a Porsche 959
6. 1957 Porsche 550A Spyder $4,900,000 (Monterey)
One of the top ten most valuable Porsches ever sold at auction
7. 1956 Maserati A6G/2000 Berlinetta $4,515,000 (Monterey)
A new world record for the model at auction
8. 1998 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLK GTR $4,515,000 (Monterey)
A new world record for the model at auction
9. 2017 Bugatti Chiron $4,138,068 (Paris)
A world record price for the model at auction
10. 1934 Packard Twelve Individual Custom Convertible Victoria $3,745,000 (Monterey)
One of the most valuable and most significant Packards ever sold at auction




PRIVATE SALES DIVISION TRANSACTIONS EXCEED MORE THAN $150 MILLION
  • Private Sales division handles the discreet sale of more than $150 million of some of the world’s most significant collector cars in 2018
  • Successful transactions led by 1963 Ferrari 275 P, the only Ferrari to have won the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, 1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa, and highly sought-after 1998 McLaren F1 LM-Specification
FOR A COMPLETE REVIEW OF 2018 HIGHLIGHTS, PLEASE CLICK HERE
BLENHEIM, Ontario (13 December 2018) – RM Sotheby’s, the world’s largest auction house for investment quality automobiles, has released global auction sales totals and highlights for 2018 following the company’s final event at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles this past weekend.
2018 proved to be an outstanding year for RM Sotheby’s despite the subdued conditions in the collector car market,” says Kenneth Ahn, President, RM Sotheby’s. “RM Sotheby’s maintained market leadership as the largest collector car auction house by total sales and saw strong activity in the high end of the market, as we sold 68 collector cars for over $1 million each, for a combined value of more than $222 million (approx. 52 percent of our total sales); we also maintained our position as number one auction house in $1 million+ cars by both total sales and the number of cars soldAs illustrated by our top ten results, prices for rare, high-quality cars have been exceptionally strong across several segments of the market, from blue-chip racing and touring cars of the 1950s and 60s, to great American Classics and modern supercars.”

Looking ahead to 2019 and the state of the collector car market globally, Ahn continues, “After two consecutive years of declining average prices for collector cars sold across global auction houses, we have witnessed a stabilization in the pricing environment and solid market fundamentals, including strong industry-wide total sales and sell-through rates, in 2018.  Further, the higher end of the market has been exceptionally strong for us, and our new Private Sales Division achieved total sales of more than $150 million –a result well beyond our expectations. We at RM Sotheby’s are optimistic about the collector car market heading into 2019, as we look forward to expanding into new regions as well as expanding our offerings across a growing global client base. We are grateful for our clients around the globe who have entrusted us in buying and selling some of the best motor cars in the world.”

RM Sotheby’s will open its 2019 calendar with the company’s 20th annual Arizona auction, 17-18 January at the Biltmore Resort & Spa in Phoenix. The complete digital catalogue for the Arizona sale will be available ahead of the holiday season, with additional feature car announcements yet to come. The company’s sixth annual Paris auction, set for 6 February, will be coupled with a Private Sales display on RM Sotheby’s stand at the renowned Rétromobile show as the division grows its presence in Europe. The auction house will further extend its European footprint into Germany with its inaugural sale at Techno Classica Essen, which has now been expanded to a two-day auction, 11-12 April, thanks to the addition of The Youngtimer Collection, which is already drawing significant interest. RM Sotheby’s will also become the official auction partner of Aston Martin in 2019, adding a third, single-marque evening to its 2019 Monterey sale.

For additional information on all upcoming RM Sotheby’s events, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested consignors and bidders are invited to call +1 519 352 4575 (Canada), +1 310 559 4575 (California), or +44 (0) 20 7851 7070 (UK/Europe) to speak with a car specialist.



$22M FERRARI 290 MM LEADS RM SOTHEBY’S PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUCTION



$22M FERRARI 290 MM LEADS RM SOTHEBY’S
PETERSEN AUTOMOTIVE MUSEUM AUCTION

290 MM BECOMES ONE OF TOP TEN MOST VALUABLE CARS SOLD AT AUCTION

AUCTION TOTALS $40 MILLION IN SALES WITH 88 PERCENT OF ALL LOTS SOLD
  • RM Sotheby’s generates $40 million with 88 percent of all lots sold at the Petersen Automotive Museum
  • Top sale achieved by one-of-four Ferrari 290 MM racer at $22 million
  • Strong prices across all categories, including hot rods, sports and GT, supercars and modern performance
  • Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction available at rmsothebys.com

This past Saturday, 8 December, RM Sotheby’s achieved $39.8 million in total sales at the company’s final auction of 2018 at the renowned Petersen Automotive Museum. Leading the group of 64 vehicles and 77 lots of memorabilia representing a cross-section of significant eras and 10 categories in collector car history—of which 88 percent found new homes—was the remarkably rare 1956 Ferrari 290 MM, which sold for $22,005,000, entering the ranks of the top ten most valuable motor cars ever sold at auction.
The Ferrari 290 MM, chassis no. 0628, ignited an extended bidding contest between three collectors over the phones before selling for a final $22,005,000. The fully matching-numbers, Classiche-certified 290 MM was campaigned by Scuderia Ferrari for the 1956 and 1957 seasons, piloted by an amazing roster of factory team drivers including Juan Manuel Fangio, Phil Hill, Peter Collins, Wolfgang von Trips, Olivier Gendebien, Eugenio Castellotti and later, under private ownership, Sir Stirling Moss, in some of the most prestigious events the racing world has known.


Supercars and modern hypercars once again shined, with six models exemplifying the pinnacle of high performance from their respective marques found in RM Sotheby’s Los Angeles top ten sales. Leading the group is a fantastic example of the original supercar, a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV by Bertone, the only Miura SV originally finished in Bleu Medio, which realized $2,205,000 on the podium (Est. $2.1/2.5m). Additional highlights include a 279-mile 2015 Porsche 918 ‘Weissach’ Spyder in Factory Matte Black wrap and Martini livery, which sold for $1,534,000 (Est. $1.5/1.7m), a 350-mile 2015 McLaren P1 accessorized with a host of McLaren Special Operations options, which achieved $1,435,000 (Est. $1.3/1.7m), and a 4,000-km 1989 Ferrari F40, which drew tremendous interest and fetched a final $1,545,000 (Est. $1.2/1.6m).


The wild and eclectic tastes of Southern California car culture also drew enthusiastic bidding for some of the more unique lots in the sale, including for the 1976 Porsche 935 Gr. 5 Turbo by Kremer in a unique Ice Green Metallic color combination, which achieved $173,600 (Est. $150/200k) and for the 1962 Ed Roth “Mysterion” Recreation, one of the most extraordinary custom car creations of the last century, built by widely published petroleum engineer, Jeff Jones, which realized $246,400, more than doubling low estimate (Est. $100/150k, offered without reserve). Beyond the cars, the trio of Honda mini bikes on offer also well-surpassed expectations, led by the 1970 Honda CT70 'Trail 70' which sold for $15,600 against a pre-sale estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.
“This weekend’s auction at the Petersen Automotive Museum represented the most successful collector car auction ever held in Los Angeles and was highlighted by spirited bidding throughout the entire auction for lots that were globally sourced for this most unique and impressive venue,” said veteran Car Specialist, Alexander Weaver of RM Sotheby’s, following the sale. “The results re-affirmed market strength in many blue-chip collector cars, along with a continued and growing appreciation for modern collectables.”

“It was an honor to host RM Sotheby’s final sale of 2018 at the Petersen,” adds Petersen Automotive Museum Executive Director Terry L. Karges. “Since our grand renovation in 2015, we’ve dreamed of partnering with this world-class auction house to bring automotive treasures from the nation’s top collections to the heart of Los Angeles car culture. We’re delighted to announce that this has been the most successful auction we’ve hosted in our 24-year history, and we look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come.”

RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction – Top Ten Sales
  1. Lot 241
1956 Ferrari 290 MM (CHASSIS NO. 0628)
$22,005,000
  1. Lot 200
1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV (CHASSIS NO. 4912)
$2,205,000
  1. Lot 201
1989 Ferrari F40 (CHASSIS NO. ZFFGJ34B000080161)
$1,545,000
  1. Lot 227
2015 Porsche 918 'Weissach' Spyder (SERIAL NO. 652)
$1,534,000
  1. Lot 208
2015 McLaren P1 (SERIAL NO. 233/375)
$1,435,000
  1. Lot 199
1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing (CHASSIS NO. 198.040.5500695)
$1,270,000
  1. Lot 196
1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta (CHASSIS NO. 14999)
$775,000
  1. Lot 222
2005 Porsche Carrera GT (CHASSIS NO. WP0CA29855L001164)
$775,000
  1. Lot 207
2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Villa d'Este (SERIAL NO. 79/99)
$637,500
  1. Lot 234
1965 Lamborghini 350 GT (CHASSIS NO. 0232)
$555,000

The Petersen Automotive Museum Auction rounds out RM Sotheby’s 2018 calendar of events. The company will open its 2019 auction calendar with a return to the Biltmore Resort & Spa for its 20th annual Arizona sale, 17-18 January. The complete catalogue for the Arizona auction will be available at rmsothebys.com in the coming weeks. The Arizona sale will be closely followed by the company’s first European sale of the year, set for 6 February in Paris. An updated list of entries for the Paris sale is also available at rmsothebys.com.


Complete results from RM Sotheby’s Petersen Automotive Museum Auction and additional information on all upcoming RM Sotheby’s 2019 events are available at rmsothebys.com.






ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR THE BONHAMS MOTORING DEPARTMENT


ANOTHER RECORD-BREAKING YEAR FOR THE BONHAMS MOTORING DEPARTMENT

Bonhams final motor car sales of the 2018 were held in London at the beginning of December and realised £8.5M. The results brought a satisfying conclusion to a record-breaking year. Bonhams has held 18 motor car sales and five motorcycle sales this year in no fewer than six countries. World auction records were achieved for both marques and models throughout the year.

Bonhams Motoring Highlights of 2018

  • Bonhams took the record for the most valuable British car ever sold at a European auction when 1961 Aston Martin ‘MP209’ DB4GT Zagato ‘2 VEV’ sold for £10,081,500 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. In the same sale, a world record was set for a BMW at auction when the ex-John Surtees 1957 BMW 507 Roadster sold for £3,809,500. The 1932 Alfa Romeo Tipo B Grand Prix Monoposto achieved £4,593,500.

  • At the Las Vegas Sale in January, Bonhams took the record for the most valuable motorcycle ever sold at auction when the ex-Tony McAlpine, Jack Ehret, Australian Land Speed Record-Breaking 1951 Vincent 998cc Black Lightning sold for $929,000

  • At the Bond Street Sale, the 1958 BMW 507 3.2-Litre Series II Roadster owned by Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, the model’s designer, sold for £2,367,000 and the 1924 Vauxhall 30/98 OE Velox Tourer ordered new by the Maharajah of Jammu and Kashmir sold for £437,000, a world record for the model at auction.

  • A 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder sold for $5,170,000 at the Scottsdale Sale in January. The 1972 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider for $2,640,000.

  • Bonhams sold the largest-ever collection of Fords in a single-owner on-site sale at our 100% sold Den Hartogh Collection in the Netherlands, led by a world record for the 1905 Ford Model B at €419,750.

  • News of the ‘Bond’ 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that featured in Goldeneye was spread across the globe. It sold at the Festival of Speed Sale for an impressive £1.9M.

  • The 1970 Husqvarna 400 Cross owned and ridden by Steve McQueen in On Any Sunday was one of the star lots at Bonhams first sale at the Barber Museum, Alabama. It sold for $230,500.

  • Both Stafford Motorcycles were record-breaking. The Spring edition set records for the most valuable Clymer Münch ‘Mammoth’ at auction (£154,940) and in the Autumn, the 1925 Brough Superior 981cc SS100 Sand Racer Project became the most valuable Brough project at £264,500. Both sales saw more than 90% of lots sold.

  • 1926 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model sold at Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais for €701,500 a world record for the model.

  • The 1993 McLaren MP4/8A used by Ayrton Senna at his final Monaco GP sold at the Monaco sale for €4,197,500 and his first Monaco Grand Prix car, the 1984 Toleman TG184 that sparked his rivalry with Prost sold for a record €1,610,000.

  • The London to Brighton Sale enjoyed a sell-through rate of more than 95% and included a world record price for a Darracq at auction. The 1903 24hp Model JJ rear-entrance tonneau sold for £599,640

  • At Quail Lodge, highlights included the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sports Roadster ($3,578,442) and the 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione ($3,525,000).

  • The biggest ever Zoute sale in Belgium achieved several model world auction records, including the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 ‘Series V’ Vantage (€1,121,250), the 1960 Ferrari 250 GT Series II Pininfarina Coupé (€989,000) and the 1973 Citroën DS23 IE Décapotable (€425,000).

James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman at Bonhams commented, “Every area of the Motoring Group – by geography and category – has shown growth, whether it be by volume, success, auction records or new sales being added to complement our existing sales calendar.”

Thursday, 13 December 2018

HOMOLOGATION HERO HEADS TO AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE




HOMOLOGATION HERO HEADS TO AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE
A super-low mileage 1985 MG Metro 6R4 is to be offered at Silverstone Auctions’ debut sale at Autosport International on 12th January at the NEC, Birmingham.
One of only 200 cars built, this homologation rally special was purchased by the marketing department of Williams Grand Prix Engineering in 1988. Today, having covered just 175 miles, the 6R4 is estimated at £180,000 to £200,000.
“One of rallying’s true icons, the MG Metro 6R4 stands up there with legendary 80’s classics like the Audi Quattro, Lancia 037 and Renault 5 Turbo,” explains Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “This is the closest you can get to driving a Group B rally car on the road. A homologation special like this with such low mileage presents a rare opportunity for rally fans and enthusiasts alike.”
For many rally fans, the Group B era still represents the pinnacle of the World Rally Championship, when cars were allowed unlimited amounts of boost and machines produced upwards of 600bhp. The MG Metro 6R4 was Austin Rover’s entry into the world of rallying. Developed in collaboration with the Williams F1 team, the 6R4 first competed in the 1985 Rally GB and finished in an impressive third place. Sadly, halfway through the 1986 season, Group B was banned, meaning the 6R4 never had the opportunity to show its true potential.
Per homologation rules at the time for Group B rallying, 200 road-going 6R4s were built. These ‘Clubman’ models developed approximately 250bhp from the 3.0 litre mid-mounted V6 engine. This particular car remained in possession of Williams Grand Prix Engineering until 2005 when it was auctioned off as part of the Williams F1 Reserve Collection, before being purchased by The Tifosi Garage, who then sold the car to the current owner in 2015.
A full mechanical re-commissioning took place in 2017 by Rally car specialists BGM Sport which included a full overhaul of the fuel system and fuel pump along with fitting a later-type belt kit and idlers. The car now presents in sparkling condition, finished in white with a grey interior.
“Rally cars from this period have a certain mystique and have become highly sought after by collectors. This is an unusual, and probably unique, opportunity to acquire an original Group B homologation car,” concludes Lionel.
To find out more about the 1985 MG Metro 6R4 and the Autosport International Sale please visit: http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1985-mg-metro-6r4-13520

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

$8.7 MILLION SOLD AT MECUM KANSAS CITY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION


$8.7 MILLION SOLD AT MECUM KANSAS CITY COLLECTOR CAR AUCTION

December Auction Adds Another to the Year’s Long List of Increased Sales
 
WALWORTH, Wis. – Dec. 11, 2018 – Mecum Auctions closed out 2018 this past weekend in Kansas City, Missouri, achieving overall sales totals of $8.7 million. The increase in sales over the 2017 Kansas City auction makes this year’s event another in a long line of auctions that have seen significant one-year growth. Individual sales were topped by a rare black 2006 Ford GT (Lot S120.1) with just 870 miles that brought $308,000.

As an auction noted for its annual delivery of a wonderfully diverse and varied lineup, this year’s event produced a surprisingly focused top 10 sales list. Seven of the top 10 sales were Chevrolets and four of those were Corvettes. It was two Resto Modded Camaros, however, that followed the Ford GT in top dollars achieved, with a 1967 model (Lot F243) selling for $77,000 and a 1969 (Lot F69) bringing $74,250. Others to appear in the top 10 included a pickup truck, a Bentley and a Cobra Replica, demonstrating that despite Chevrolet’s top 10 takeover, variety was indeed still on tap.

The complete top 10 collector-car sales at the Mecum Kansas City 2018 auction include:

  1. 2006 Ford GT (Lot S120.1) at $308,000
  2. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot F243) at $77,000
  3. 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (Lot F69) at $74,250
  4. 1965 Chevrolet C10 Pickup (Lot S83) at $69,300
  5. 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S92) at $69,300
  6. 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Coupe (Lot S51) at $68,750
  7. 1962 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible (Lot S59) at $67,100
  8. 2017 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport Heritage Edition (Lot S97.1) at $67,100
  9. 2009 Bentley GT Coupe (Lot S28.1) at $67,100
  10. 1965 Superformance Shelby Cobra Replica (Lot S132) at $66,000
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Thursday, 6 December 2018

FABULOUS FERRARI FLARE ON OFFER AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE


FABULOUS FERRARI FLARE ON OFFER AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE

One of only 52 right-hand drive UK supplied 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2s will be offered at auction when Silverstone Auctions makes its debut at the Autosport International Show on 12th January at the NEC, Birmingham.
The 365 GT was the quintessential 1960s Grand Tourer when it was launched at the Paris Salon de l’Automobile exhibition in October 1967. This beautiful 1970 model has been part of a highly exclusive private collection for the past 20 years and was recently featured in Auto Italia magazine (August 2018). The car has been given an estimate of £190,000 to £220,000.
“This beautiful, long-legged Ferrari offers drivers the complete sixties Italian Grand Touring experience,” says Joe Watts, classic car specialist at Silverstone Auctions. “Designed by Pininfarina, the 365 was the pinnacle of style and class during the 1960s, with performance to match thanks to its powerful engine and superb handling.”
Delivering 320bhp in its 365 GT incarnation, the well-proven 4.4 litre V12 engine is coupled to a five-speed gearbox and is capable of 0 to 60mph in just 7.0 seconds with a top speed of 150mph. It was also fitted with the latest state of the art, hydropneumatic self-levelling rear suspension by Koni, along with Girling ventilated disc brakes all round.
The Ferrari has been meticulously maintained throughout its life with the history file containing numerous invoices from marque specialists including Graypaul Ferrari, Neil Twyman and Maranello Concessionaires. The car recently received a thorough mechanical and engine overhaul at a cost of nearly £20,000, it was also repainted in its original Azzurro Hyperion which looks splendid and complements the unmarked Borrani wheels well. The interior reflects the high standard of the exterior, finished in blue leather with the original Nardi steering wheel.
“This matching-numbers car drives and performs as well as you’d expect and is certainly one of the best examples of its type available. This classic four-seater beauty offers a substantial opportunity over its two-seater stablemates from the 1960s,” concludes Joe.
The car is supplied with its original and very rare leather Ferrari wallet and handbook.
For more information on the 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 and the rest of the lots in the Autosport International Sale please visit: http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1970-ferrari-365-gt-22-


Wednesday, 5 December 2018

MOTORS AND MINCE PIES! 80 PER CENT SALES RATE AT CCA’S FESTIVE DECEMBER SALE



MOTORS AND MINCE PIES! 80 PER CENT SALES RATE AT CCA’S FESTIVE DECEMBER SALE

Classic Car Auctions (CCA) has rounded off its 2018 season with a spectacular 80 per cent sales rate at its December Sale, where 117 quality ‘everyman’ classics were sold with total sales exceeding £1.6 million.
Hundreds of classic car enthusiasts filled the auction hall at the Warwickshire Event Centre to enjoy the Christmas themed auction, where traditional classics performed particularly well and seasonal generosity also raised £6,600 for charity.
“The December Sale was a great hit with our customers and great fun for us too! 2018 has been an excellent year for CCA with strong results and consistent demand at all of our sales. This gives us a hugely optimistic outlook on the classic car market for 2019,” comments Gary Dunne, sales manager, CCA.
Among the highlight results of the day, a rare, right-hand drive 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 Spider in restored condition was the subject of an extended bidding war, resulting in a final sale price of £47,300, almost double its lower estimate.
Another classic which far exceeded its estimate was a very rare, UK-supplied 1972 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 which sold to a bidder in the room for £33,880 after a long fought bidders’ battle. A 1986 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet manual presented in pretty Iris Blue with a comprehensive history was bought for £35,420.
From the superb line-up of British classics on offer, a 1967 Jaguar 340 Mk II in beautiful, fully restored condition also sold over estimate for £35,200. A restored 1972 Triumph Stag Mk 1 also over performed reaching £18,920, and a 1969 Riley Elf manual Mk III from the last year of production tipped past its estimate selling for £11,550.
A rare 1970 Morris Minor 1000 998 Saloon manual reading just 3,020 miles from new was offered as the first lot of the day and raised a total of £6,600 for the charity Safe Families for Children, Wales, including commission fees donated by the auction house.
“There was a fantastic atmosphere in the hall with mince pies, hot chocolate and mulled wine aplenty, as well as the brilliant humour and wit of our popular resident auctioneer, Jonathan Humbert,” continues Gary. “We already have the first cars confirmed for our next sale in March, so anyone looking to sell with us in the New Year should contact us sooner rather than later to secure a place in the sale.”
CCA ends 2018 with an impressive average sales rate of 75 per cent across its sales and total sales of over £7m.
CCA’s next sale will take place at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show at the NEC, Birmingham on 23rd and 24th March 2019. Vendors can benefit from a sellers commission of just 5%+ VAT and comprehensive marketing of their vehicle.
To see all the results of the CCA December Sale please visit: https://www.classiccarauctions.co.uk/cca-december-2018-classic-car-sale/view_lots/pn/all.



BARONS’ CRACKING CHRISTMAS SALE SELECTION



BARONS’ CRACKING CHRISTMAS SALE SELECTION

With over 90 entries spanning 10 decades and representing 29 different marques from Alfa Romeo, Aston Martin and Austin to Vauxhall and Volkswagen, Barons’ Christmas Classic Sale at Sandown Park on December 11 may not be quite an A-Z of classic motoring but it is definitely a gift for classic car lovers. 
The ‘star’ on the top of the Christmas entry list is the magnificent 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost with an astonishing 25,700 miles on the clock, but there really is something for everyone and all budgets, from starter classics and family saloons to stylish 1920s and 30s machines and head-turning sports cars. Those looking for a top-condition classic have plenty to choose from, as do those with a yearning for a restoration project.
Rarities include the 1965 Reliant Scimitar SE4 GT Coupe 2.6 Ford Straight Six GT - one of less than 300 built - a 1968 Triumph TR250 in TR5 PI spec and a 1996 Mercedes-Benz SL600 V12, one of just 50 supplied in the UK. 
The sale also includes a number of cherished registrations, for those who want to give a Christmas gift to their own car!
Viewing is from 3pm-7pm on Monday, December 10, and from 9am-1pm on Tuesday, December 11, with the sale starting at 1pm. 
To view the full list of entries, please visit www.barons-auctions.com

SW1 NUMBER PLATES SOLD FOR IN EXCESS OF £300,000


SW1 NUMBER PLATES SOLD FOR IN EXCESS OF £300,000

Two unique number plates, ‘SW1’ and ‘1SW’ have sold for over £300,000 at the COYS True Greats car auction in Westminster. Bidding was fierce for the plates which had caused huge interest when they were first listed for the auction.
Nick Wells, Senior Auction Director at Coys said: "Number plates like these are always of interest to collectors but there was massive interest in these because of the area of London that they are associated with especially with Brexit going on.”
He added: "The fact that they were sold at SW1 was an added bonus."
Another number plate ‘1 IOU’ was also a highlight of the auction which sold for £20,700.
The auction also featured classics like a 1974 Ferrari Dino, a 1959 Facel Vega HK 500 and a 1962 Jaguar E-Type ‘Flat Floor’ Roadster.
The Ferrari Dino is notably one of only 63 known cars finished in Nero black from new. It sold for £248,000.
The Facel Vega HK 500 is a unique barn find having been out or circulation for many years. It sold for £76,000.

Monday, 3 December 2018

THE ONLY STUDEBAKER LARK DAYTONA 500 RACE CAR IN EUROPE UP FOR AUCTION



THE ONLY STUDEBAKER LARK DAYTONA 500 RACE CAR IN EUROPE UP FOR AUCTION

An incredibly rare Studebaker Lark Daytona 500 race car will be offered for sale at Silverstone Auctions’ inaugural Autosport International Sale at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th January.
One of only four racing versions in existence and the only example in Europe, the American muscle car has been raced competitively at top level events over the last decade and will be offered at the auction with an estimate of £100,000 to £130,000.
“This car is not only exceptionally rare, it is a highly developed and extremely competitive car that is both beautifully prepared and expertly engineered,” comments Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions. “It’s one of the finest race cars in the auction and is sure to attract the eye of the many show-goers at the fantastic Autosport International show.”
Built-in 1965 in South Bend, Indiana, this particular example was later converted to a race car in the UK with no expense spared by renowned single seater experts Fortec Motorsport, with more recent works undertaken by historic saloon specialists, Richard Moore Racing.
Finished in White and configured in left-hand drive, it houses a freshly prepared Chevrolet V8 which is fully FIA compliant and produces circa 430 BHP. It runs to a minimum agreed weight of 1,200 kgs in the Masters series and is also rev limited to 7,000 RPM.
As the only racing Lark Daytona 500 in Europe, the car has been invited to compete at Goodwood five times over the last decade, gaining regular top finishes in the Pierpoint Cup, the Jack Sears Trophy and the St. Mary's Trophy. At the Goodwood Revival 2018, it qualified third overall and finished second overall in the St. Mary's Trophy celebrity race.
“This car is a ticket to compete at some of the most high profile historic races in the world. It is eligible for the 2019 Masters series as well as the 2019 HRDC Historic Touring Cars, Bernie's V8's and HSCC Touring Cars. It is also highly likely to receive further invitations to the various prestigious races at Goodwood, which is an incredible opportunity for any competitive racer,” concludes Lionel.
The car is accompanied by a host of comprehensive spares including 12 wheels and tyres, two limited slip differentials, spare body panels for front wings, doors, bonnet and boot (including moulds where appropriate) and many further assorted components.
To find out more about the 1965 Studebaker Lark Daytona 500 race car and the full lot list for the Silverstone Auctions Autosport International Sale visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/1963-studebaker-lark-daytona-500.