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Wednesday, 16 January 2019

131 MILES IN 28 YEARS - ‘TIME-WARP’ PEUGEOT TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT BARONS



1991 Peugeot 309 GT

131 MILES IN 28 YEARS - ‘TIME-WARP’ PEUGEOT TO GO UNDER THE HAMMER AT BARONS

An immaculately-preserved, totally original one-owner 1991 Peugeot 309 GTi with a remarkable 131 warranted miles on the clock is among the early entries for Barons’ Classic Winter Warmer sale at Sandown Park on February 26.
The vendor bought the car new in 1991 but was working overseas a great deal and had a second car, so the Peugeot was barely used, as the mileage so clearly shows. Throughout its life the car has been kept garaged and it is in showroom condition. Engine, electricals, interior, bodywork etc. are as-new and, with a guide price of £8,000-£11,000 it represents a fantastic opportunity to acquire a ‘new’ classic family saloon that can only prove to be a sound investment for the future.
American car fans will be drooling over the immaculate 7.5-litre 1976 Lincoln Continental Mk IV - which could also appear to music fans, as it was owned for 12 years by the drummer Mark Brzezicki who is mainly known for his work with Big Country but how has also played with The Cult, Ultravox, Roger Daltrey, Brian May, Peter Gabriel, Lionel Richie, Peter Gabriel and Procol Harum. The Lincoln is the extremely rare and luxurious Versailles model, with Cartier interior clock - which still works perfectly. At £10,000-£13,000 it’s a huge amount of gloriously over-the-top luxury American motoring for the money, and comes complete with a fantastic amount of history, including rare workshop manuals.
Other well-presented early entries for February 26 include a 1992 Ginetta G33 and a 1973 Volvo P1800 ES. One of just 70 still in existence, the Ginetta has been restored to original specification by the vendor, who likes this car so much that he has owned it three times! (£15,000-£20,000). The P1800 has been meticulously maintained, comes with a very comprehensive history folder and has a guide price of £11,500-£13,500.
Entries also include a 48,000-mile 1981 Range Rover Classic 2-door. This highly desirable 4x4 comes with the rare power steering option and Friary overdrive and has already had a great deal of money spent on it, including a full body respray, new fuel tank, Holley carburettor and full new interior. It’s a real eye-catcher, in Bahama Gold and definitely more early Land Rover than modern Range Rover to drive! This charismatic and practical car to own and use has a guide price of £9,000-£11,000.
For those looking for something to get their teeth into for the spring, there’s the 1974 VW Karmann Ghia convertible restoration project. This RHD model has recently been imported from Ireland and is offered at no reserve; a great chance for an enthusiast wanting to take on a project that results in a really pretty and enjoyable classic.
For more information about Baron’ February 26 Sandown Park Classic Winter Warmer sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com.


Tuesday, 15 January 2019

SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL



SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS AT AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL
Silverstone Auctions kicked off the 2019 classic car auction season in fantastic fashion achieving a 63 per cent sales rate at its inaugural Autosport International Sale.
36 of 57 classic and competition cars offered were sold at the auction which took place at the NEC, Birmingham on 12th January, generating combined total sales exceeding £2.6m.
Indeed, despite the lack of confidence within the wider economic climate and ongoing uncertainty over Brexit, the results were particularly impressive given that 10 lots valued in excess of £100,000 were successfully hammered away. Furthermore, not only was the sale the first in the UK of 2019, it also marked Silverstone Auctions’ debut as the show’s new official auction partner.
Results highlights include a stunning 1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2, one of just 52 produced in right-hand drive, offered for sale for the first time in more than 20 years from a private collection. Finished in its original Azzurro Hyperion and superbly maintained by marque specialists, it sold for £200,250 including premium at the auction, the most valuable lot of the day.
A 1990 AC Cobra Mk IV 'Lightweight', one of only 21 genuine, alloy-bodied, lightweight examples in right-hand drive, was the subject of an extended bidding war between telephone and room bidders. The very rare and desirable V8 muscle car sold to a round of applause for £139,500, almost £50,000 over its lower estimate.
Also exceeding its sale estimate, an elegant 1935 Mercedes-Benz (W18) Type 290 2-door Cabriolet 'B', particularly rare in right-hand drive and presented in restored condition, sold for an impressive £121,500, more than double its lower estimate.
“We’re delighted with the results of our first ever sale at Autosport International as the new official auction partner,” comments Lionel Abbott, classic car specialist, Silverstone Auctions. “A new sale comes with an element of the unknown, but the turn out on the day combined with our global audience of online bidders has maintained the strong results we achieved in 2018, generating good returns for our vendors.”
The sale also included a number of impressive competition car sales, including a one of three, 1966 Ford Cortina Lotus ex-works cars with incredible race history. Driven by motorsport legends including Jim Clark, Peter Arundell, Jacky Ickx, Sir John Whitmore and Graham Hill in period, the rare fast Ford sold for £168,750 to a telephone bidder.
Another of the rare classics which performed well on sale day was a ‘rotisserie’ restored 1969 Ford Cortina Lotus (MkII), one of only three factory finished in Fern Green, which sold over estimate to a buyer in the room for £40,275.
The only motorcycle in the sale, a 1989 Ducati 906 Paso first registered to Nigel Mansell CBE and sporting his autograph on the rear tail cover, attracted many show goers and was sold for £7,313 as the final lot of the day.
Silverstone Auctions is now inviting quality classic and competition car consignments to its next sale taking place at Race Retro at Stoneleigh Park on 23rd and 24th February. Vendors benefit from just 5% + VAT seller’s commission.
To see all the results from the Autosport International Sale visit http://www.silverstoneauctions.com/autosport-international-sale-2019/view_lots/pn/all.


Thursday, 10 January 2019

FERRARI 250 GT COUPE SPECIALE AND LAFERRARI APERTA LEAD FIRST SALE OF 2019



FERRARI ROYALTY SET TO HEADLINE RM SOTHEBY’S ARIZONA AUCTION

FERRARI 250 GT COUPE SPECIALE AND LAFERRARI APERTA LEAD FIRST SALE OF 2019

COMPLETE ARIZONA CATALOGUE NOW AVAILABLE

  • One-off 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale originally delivered to Princess Lilian de Réthy of Belgium set to star at RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction, 17-18 January at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix
  • 250 GT Coupe Speciale is joined by sought-after LaFerrari Aperta, alongside additional prancing horse highlights
  • Arizona lineup also includes Vector Prototypes, BMW 507 Series II, Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive, and more
  • Complete catalogue and event information on the Arizona auction is available at rmsothebys.com

 RM Sotheby’s is thrilled to release the complete catalogue for the company’s first sale of 2019—Arizona. With the catalogue, which features 158 motor cars, a selection of automobilia, one motorcycle, and one trailer, RM Sotheby’s has announced final, headline entries for the auction, which are led by an incredibly rare and fascinating 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pinin Farina, alongside the ultimate Ferrari road car of this century—a 2017 LaFerrari Aperta.

Originally sold by the factory directly to Princess Lilian de Réthy of Belgium, the rare 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pinin Farina, chassis no. 0751, is one of a handful of Ferraris delivered new to European royalty and one of just two in this configuration. Upon ordering a Ferrari coupe in early 1957, Princess Lilian was afforded something truly unique – the car was dispatched to Pinin Farina’s workshop and crafted with a distinctive body that employed elements of concurrent Ferrari designs while presaging the forthcoming series-built Pinin Farina Coupe. The Speciale’s long nose featured covered headlamps like the 250 GT Tour de France racing berlinettas of the time, while the front fenders were notable for large chromed and louvred vents, reminiscent of those found on the California Spider.

The one-off coupe was delivered to the Princess in January 1958. Nearly ten years later, the Princess gifted the car to enthusiast Dr. Ernest De Bakey of Mobile, Alabama, who had been visiting a cardio-vascular speciality hospital that the Princess sponsored. Shortly after, the car’s wheels were modified to 15-inch units and disc brakes were installed. By 1977 the engine was rebuilt by marque expert John Hajduk. In 1997, the Speciale was presented at the Ferrari 50th Anniversary meet at Rome and Maranello and then in 2001 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the Pininfarina class. Now offered for the first time in 20 years, refinished in Grigio Metallizzato with beige leather interior and accompanied by a toolkit and extensive historical documentation, this unique Speciale offers a premium level of coachbuilt elegance on the 250 GT platform (Est. $11,000,000 - $13,000,000).


Representing Ferrari royalty in another sense of the term is a 2017 Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta, also set to cross RM Sotheby’s Arizona podium. Continuing the grand tradition of mid-engined Ferrari hypercars that began with the 288 GTO, the LaFerrari offers total output of 950 bhp, with the even more exciting open version, the Aperta, reserved for Ferrari’s most important clients. One of just 210 built, of which all were pre-sold prior to the car’s debut at the 2016 Paris Auto Show, the example on offer in Arizona was delivered new to Ferrari of Beverly Hills, fully optioned and finished in Nero Daytona with red accents throughout the interior and exterior. Carefully driven (approximately 1,500 miles), regularly serviced, and displayed in the owner’s collection of Italian supercars ever since, this LaFerrari Aperta epitomizes what Ferrari is today: a company that provides cars with the utmost performance and exclusivity, honoring their past whilst looking toward the future (Est. $6,500,000 - $8,500,000).


“We’re looking forward to kicking off 2019 with an exciting offering in Arizona,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “We have long been the auction house of choice for important Ferraris, and the 250 GT Coupe Speciale is no exception. One of the most significant road cars of the 1950s, the only other example in this body style was also delivered to European royalty and remains in long-term ownership, unlikely to be sold anytime soon, making the acquisition of 0751 an unmissable opportunity. Fast-forward to today and the LaFerrari Aperta is without question the ultimate in Ferrari performance and a nearly unobtainable must-have in any world-class collection of Ferraris.”

No less than 20 Ferrari models are slated for RM Sotheby’s Arizona sale. Additional highlights include:


Beyond Ferraris, RM Sotheby’s has assembled an exceptional lineup of highlights across the market for the Arizona:

  • A pair of Vector models, a marque with a certain cult-following, offered from company founder Jerry Wiegert, including a 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3R Roadster Prototype, the 1993 Geneva Motor Show car and the only roadster produced (Est. $450,000 - $550,000) alongside a 1993 Vector Avtech WX-3 Prototype, the only prototype of its kind, also exhibited at the 1992 and 1993 Geneva Motor Show (Est. $450,000 - $550,000);
  • 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, the most powerful 911 Turbo to date and one of just 200 built for U.S. delivery. A fantastic example of the capabilities of the Porsche Exclusive department, also exhibited on the recently sold ‘Project Gold’, on a road-ready car (Est. $375,000 - $450,000);
  • A desirable 1958 BMW 507 Roadster Series II, comprehensively restored in Midnight Blue over a red leather interior and fitted with correct five-speed gearbox and disc brakes for ultimate hobby usability (Est. $2,500,000 - $3,000,000);
  • 1948 Tucker 48, an important piece of American automotive history and revolutionary post-war design, freshly restored and documented by Tucker historian Jay Follis (Est. $1,500,000 - $1,700,000); and,
  • A pair of 1986 Ford RS200s, including a highly original, 8,400-mile standard example (Est. $275,000 - $325,000) and an incredibly quick Evolution edition, one of only 24 built (Est. $500,000 - $700,000).
For further information on RM Sotheby’s Arizona auction or to view the complete digital catalogue, please visit rmsothebys.com or call +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a car specialist.





Wednesday, 9 January 2019

SCREEN AND ROCK LEGENDS CARS TO BE AUCTIONED @ COYS




SCREEN AND ROCK LEGENDS CARS TO BE AUCTIONED @ COYS

1959 Austin A35 previously owned by the musician Phil Collins

Cars owned by both screen and rock legends will go under the hammer at the Coys Interclassics Maastricht Auction in the Netherlands which takes place on Friday and Saturday (Jan 11th and 12th).
A 1958 Facel Vega Excellence supplied new to the legendary American actress Ava Gardner is one of the ten ‘1st Series’ ever built and was directly delivered from the factory in September 1958 to the famous actress. The ownership is confirmed by Chassis records. It is one of the cars to be completed with Chrysler’s high performance 6.4 litres ‘Hemi’ V8 engine. Estimate: €150,000 - €180,000. 
Chris Routledge, CEO of Coys said: “We have had considerable interest in this car. It is a great opportunity to own one of the fastest and certainly most glamorous cars of the 1950s.” 
A 1959 Austin A35 previously owned by the musician Phil Collins who was also a member of the rock band Genesis is being offered at no reserve. The car comes with registration documents, bills and correspondence to confirm the ownership. Estimate: €7,000- €10,000. 
Also going under the hammer is an early Maserati 3500 GT, which is a rare carburettor example presented in desirable Rosso with Chiaro interior. The car comes with a Maserati certificate and is supplied with German road papers and sensibly reserved. Estimate: €145,000- €155,000. 
A 1930 Packard Deluxe Eight Roadster 745 which was maintained in a private collection for the past 16 years is another highlight of the auction. It has attended numerous concourse events and rallies over the years, including the renowned Kitzbüheler. It is one of the most iconic cars of that time. Estimate: €170,000- €190,000. 
A beautiful 1967 Lamborghini Miura is also going under the hammer. It was dispatched new in P400 specification to Oporto, Portugal on 14th September 1967, and was sold via the Lamborghini dealer Vicar. The car is refinished in Arancio Orange and comes with original Portuguese Livrete and invoices. It is an ultimate version of Lamborghini’s supercars. Estimate: Refer Department. 
Other cars on auction:
  • 1948 Lancia Aprilia Cabriolet – Estimate: €60,000- €70,000.
  • 1965 Short-Chassis Mercedes-Benz 600 – Estimate: €75,000- €85,000
  • 1986 Lamborghini Jalpa P350 - Estimate: €90,000- €100,000 
Ava Gardner's 1958 Facel Vega Excellence

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

ONES TO WATCH FOR SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE



ONES TO WATCH FOR SILVERSTONE AUCTIONS’ AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SALE

Autosport International’s new auction house partner, Silverstone Auctions, is set to put a wide selection of head-turning classic and competition cars under the hammer at 2pm on Saturday 12th January. Here are some of the highlights up for sale at the Birmingham NEC this weekend.
1965 FIA TVR GRIFFITH 400Estimate: £120,000 - £140,000This right-hand drive TVR Griffith 400 is fitted with a Tuscan dashboard understood to be the last one built. It is a very special, race-winning example with FIA papers valid until 2025 and is eligible for a variety of high profile events throughout the world. The chassis and body are the work of Nigel Reuben Racing in Droitwich, the UK's leading experts when it comes to full race TVRs from this era and the only company that currently can build an FiA compliant TVR Griffith 400 as raced in period. The car was built and has been run by TT Motors in Dorset and in its last eight races has achieved five wins and two podium finishes.
2010 CHEVRON B8Estimate: £100,000 - £120,000Completed in 2010 by Vin Malkie of Chevron Racing Ltd., this fabulous “continuation” Chevron B8 is powered by a new BMW M10, built and supplied by L.H.Owen and has a Hewland FT200 gearbox supplied new in 2010. It was prepared by Terry King Racing for the 2018 season running in the Masters Series. This striking Banana Yellow racer has new FIA/HTP papers, signed off in 2018, endorsing its conformity to the original specification. As further confirmation, it has a 'Letter of Authenticity' from Chevron signed by the directors in 2018. It is race-ready with all safety items in date and also has four spare wheels with new Avon 'wets'.
1961 EMERYSON FORMULA 1 CLIMAX FPF (FIA)Estimate: £180,000 - £225,000The ex-Jack Fairman/Mike Spence 1962 works car is the only surviving F1 Emeryson and a piece of Grand Prix History. It was completely rebuilt, with no expense spared, by the Cars International team in 2017 with the Monaco Historique the following year in mind. The work included replacing the rollover hoop and strengthening and crack testing the chassis, newly fabricated suspension (with spare parts), a brake overhaul including new pipes throughout, new driveshafts, a new gearbox, a full rewire, and a thorough engine rebuild. In total, close to £90,000 was spent and no stone left unturned, including re-painted chassis and bodywork. The car performed faultlessly at the event and has been garaged ever since.
1965 STUDEBAKER LARK DAYTONA 500*Estimate: £100,000 - £130,000Beautifully prepared and expertly engineered, this is the only racing Lark Daytona 500 in Europe with its rarity sure to ensure invitations to all the greatest saloon car races in the world. It has been built on a no expense spared basis, originally by renowned single seater experts Fortec Motorsport and more recently by historic saloon specialists, Richard Moore Racing. The car runs with a top specification Peter Knight freshly prepared and fully FIA compliant Chevrolet V8 which gives circa 430bhp. The car runs to a minimum agreed weight of 1,200 Kgs in the Masters Series and is also rev-limited to 7,000 rpm. It has been invited and competed at Goodwood 5 times over the last decade gaining regular top finishes in the Pierpoint Cup, the Jack Sears Trophy, and the St. Mary's Trophy.
1966 FORD CORTINA LOTUS. EX-WORKSEstimate: £180,000 - £200,000This is one of only three ‘Group 5’ works cars that were built by Lotus for the 1966 British Saloon Car Championship and has been driven by Jim Clark, Peter Arundell, Jacky Ickx, Sir John Whitmore and Graham Hill. In June 1966 it was converted to fuel-injection by BRM and in its first race with the new engine, won its class at the hands of Sir John Whitmore. The car is presented in race ready condition and, importantly, retains its original shell and all the period race modifications to the suspension and the engine.
1980 FIA FORD CAPRI 3.0-LITRE ‘FABERGE’ CAREstimate: £70,000 - £80,000This exacting copy of the Fabergé Capris built to the ultimate new British Touring car FIA specification. Mechanically this Capri has been built to the ultimate specification with input from leading engineers and a current top touring car ace. Using the best available Capri 1.6 base car available, it was dipped, seam-welded, fitted with a T45 roll cage, re-dipped, powder coated and superbly painted. The exacting build included a Ric Wood, state of the art, 3.0-litre Group 1 engine producing 300+ bhp which has been MSA inspected and sealed as per Goodwood, Motor Racing Legends and Tony Dron Trophy regulations.This car is eligible for all forms of historic touring car racing including the Goodwood Member's Meeting, Tony Dron Trophy, CTCRC Group1 and Peter Autos.
1968 FIA LOTUS ELAN S4Estimate: £28,000 - £32,000Race-prepared and road legal, this Elan S4 has FIA HTP papers which are valid until 2025. It is powered by a 1598cc Lotus Twin Cam with an all steel 701M block and its engine was fully rebuilt in June 2017. It has also been fitted with a Safety Devices roll-cage, new plumbed in extinguisher, and Tillet FIA seat. FInished in the famous Team Lotus colours, it is eligible for a variety of championships and a proven class winner.
All of the cars up for auction will be available for viewing during show opening hours up until 2pm on Saturday. The Autosport International Show Sale Auction Catalogue 2019 admits two people into the auction and viewing, however, tickets for the Autosport International Show will also be required.
Autosport International, is part of Motorsport Network’s flagship title, Autosport – one of the world’s leading print and online motorsport publishers. Motorsport Network is the world’s largest independent automotive and motorsport-related digital platform, connecting millions of people who love motorsport and cars. The network also creates key industry events including the annual Autosport Awards and the Motorsport Business Leaders’ Forum.
Tickets are on sale now for the established motorsport season starter, which will pack in more exhibitors, stars and cars than ever before. Make sure you get yours today, head over to www.autosportinternational.com.