Monday, 28 October 2019


1972 Lamborghini Espada GT400 S2

Classic Car Auctions have two stunning Italian masterpieces consigned to their final auction of the year at the Warwickshire Event Centre alongside two beautifully restored British icons of the 4x4 world.
Taking place on the 7th December Classic Car Auctions will be selling two fabulously designed Italian cars from 1972 and both needing recommissioning to get them to their best and possibly beyond, the Lamborghini Espada and the Maserati Indy 4700. Both of these cars are UK supplied, so they come in right-hand drive.
The 1972 Lamborghini Espada GT400 S2 is an incredibly rare car, only 1,217 were made and of those, just 575 Series 2s were manufactured with only 58 in right-hand drive. So this UK-supplied car really is exceedingly rare. Estimated at £60,000 to £70,000 this original Espada found its way to Malaysia and has recently returned to the UK where it will be registered in time for the sale. A really interesting car with some early paperwork and a stylish red and black interior. We believe the engines run, but there is some work to do. So take the bull by the horns and with some recommissioning, this is going to be one stunning car ready to charge into the wild.
Another Italian masterpiece is the 1972 Maserati Indy 4700, a Grand Tourer styled by Vignale and in need of some TLC to get it back to where it should be. Discovered in a garage, this stalled restoration project requires finishing. The car does roll, but the 4.7-litre V8 engine with 37,000 indicated miles has not been run for some years. The bodywork, finished in Nautilus Blue, appears to be sound and there are boxes containing the remaining parts including brand new front and rear bumpers. Estimated at £30,000 to £35,000 there appears to be little to do before this Italian stunner takes to the open road again.
Now talking of charging into the wild, we couldn’t be more opposing as we come to a great British icon, the trusty Land Rover. With the launch of the new Land Rover a modern take of a classic art form dividing opinion, the original still holds fond memories for many. Some of us even learnt to drive in one across open farmland when our feet could only just touch the pedals or sitting on an adults lap and just steering and hoping. Classic Car Auctions have two 1960s Series 2As on offer, just three years apart but equally well presented after being restored.
The first one the 1966 soft top has come over from Guernsey and is now UK registered. Finished in Pastel Green this mud plugger has been fastidiously restored by and F1 engineer. The engine has been professionally rebuilt to the original specification as well as the transmission. Estimated at £18,000 to £20,000 this is a stunning Land Rover, one you really need to see and it even comes with the rare and now refurbished Smiths heater.
Our second Landy is a 1969 soft-top which like the other one has undergone a beautiful restoration from the ground up. Estimated at £14,000 to £18,000 this S2A is ready to tackle whatever winter throws at it and to ensure it is well protected the chassis has been finished with a special protective coating and Waxoyl. This is a very competitively guided 4x4xFar.
Gary Dunne Classic Car Auctions Manager commented: “Well what cracking cars we have here. You couldn’t get more opposing. Classic Italian designed and crafted sports cars in need of recommissioning to what Britain does best, the Land Rover, two of which have been fully restored.”
“When you see something that requires TLC and then something that has been finished it really does get the imagination fired up as to what you could do with a car that requires some love.”
“Both the Espada and Maserati will no doubt be two fine motorcars when finished, a great opportunity for one lucky bidder.”
Classic Car Auctions are still taking entries for their sale on the 7th December at the Warwickshire Event Centre.
The last of the successful Cars, Coffee and Consignment events for this year takes place at the British Motor Museum on the 6th November where the CCA team will be on hand from 12pm to 4pm to value and photograph your car for free to go in the auction.”
If you are thinking of selling, do come and see them and also have a look round the museum for free whilst you are there.
They can also be contacted on 01926 640888 or by email and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively, you can also use their online Value My Classic service.
Forthcoming Auctions
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
28th and 29th March – Practical Classics Restoration Show, NEC Birmingham
13th June – CCA Summer Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
26th September – CCA Autumn Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
12th December – CCA Winter Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre

Monday, 21 October 2019



Silverstone Auctions sale at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show on the 9th and 10th November is set to be a real scorcher as some of the hottest cars in the most exceptional condition from the Blue Oval are to be auctioned.
The term Fast Fords always conjure up great excitement and Silverstone Auctions will not disappoint you in November as they have some real head-turners from the 1970s and 80s to get you all fired up and here are just a few of the examples on offer.
Leading the charge is a 1972 RS1600 Custom Mk1 in a glorious light blue estimated at £58,000 to £68,000. Built at Ford’s AVO factory with the BDA engine, this 1972 car is in the most exceptional condition and recorded on the RS1600 Register. As one of just 1,137 cars built, the vendor knows his Fords and is a collector of rare and immaculate cars from the marque. Having had just four owners from new, one of whom was marque specialist ASM Restorations it comes with loads of paperwork and its original buff logbook. This has been meticulously restored retaining its original shell and is presented in show condition. These are very collectable cars.
The next Fast Ford is one of two RS2000 Customs from 1980. Sporting the droop snoot look this award-winning car is no stranger to show having been awarded a number of accolades from the RSOC including 1st place at their Lakes Tour in 2017. The vendor of this car is a big Ford enthusiast and has owned some of the best examples. This matching numbers 1980 RS2000 Custom has had the most exacting restoration and retains the original bodyshell. Presented in Venetian Red with Fishnet Recaro seats and lots of history this stunningly presented car is estimated at £38,000 to £44,000.
Our second RS2000 is finished in Cordoba Beige and has covered just 1,500 miles since 1992 and has a total of 34,000 miles on the clock. Coming from long term storage and three previous owners this RS2000 Custom comes with up to ten older MOT certificates back to 1992, plus an original brochure and handbook. With the distinctive droop snoot looks, the desirable Fishnet Recaro seats, this time warp car is estimated at £35,000 to £45,000 and are well sought-after cars.
Our final car in this release comes from a very well-known and documented collection, the BonkeRS Collection. It was started by a man whose desire was to collect only the best RS models ever produced. This 1983 Ford Escort RS1600i is quite possibly one of the best and certainly, one of the best Silverstone Auctions has seen. It is one of just 560 UK cars in Sunburst Red which was in storage from 2004 to 2010 and has only done 700 miles in the last 16 years. Estimated at £30,000 to £40,000 it comes with boxes of paperwork and will be fully serviced, road-tested and come with a new MOT prior to the sale
Joe Watts Silverstone Auctions Classic Car Consigner commented: “These Fast Fords are very popular and when exceptional cars come to market there always tends to be a frenzy around them.”
“We are very lucky to have these cars in the auction at the same time. It gives you a great idea on how the cars developed over the ten years in which they span.”
“All of them are just in fabulous condition and come with their own personal history.”
The Silverstone Auctions sale will also include 100 lots on each day of automobilia to include wall art, watches, signed prints, tool kits, luggage sets, registration numbers and even a set of wall-mounted traffic lights, Lot 350 at No Reserve. But one lot that stands out and would be very suitable should you be purchasing a Fast Ford is Lot 392, an illuminated wall sign for £300 to £400. A great addition to any man cave.
The Silverstone Auctions sale takes place on the 9th and 10th November at the Lancaster Insurance Classic Car Show, NEC, Birmingham. On each day, the automobilia and lifestyle auctions start at 11am and the car auction starts at 2pm. (Remembrance Sunday 10th November, the automobilia auction will begin at 11.05am)
1972 Ford Escort Mk1 RS1600 Custom
1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom (Red)
1980 Ford Escort RS2000 Custom (Beige)
1983 Ford Escort RS 1600i

Saturday, 19 October 2019

London to Brighton Veteran car Run - The Ride of a Lifetime

The Ride of a Lifetime

• Movember offers passenger seats on Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran car Run

• Three places available via a unique fund-raising online auction
• Rare opportunity for the public to experience the iconic motoring event
• Movember raising awareness around men’s health issues

As the Official Charity Partner to the world’s longest-running motoring event, Movember is providing three people – through an online auction – with the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be a passenger aboard one of the pioneering pre-1905 veteran cars entering the annual capital to coast celebration.
As well as fulfilling the dreams of the three highest bidders, the initiative will raise funds for the only global men’s health charity which strives year-round to help men live happier, healthier, longer lives. 
All those wishing to take advantage of this unique proposition must register their bids for a passenger ride on either a 1904 Humber, a 1904 De Dion Bouton, or a 1904 Mercedes via the dedicated website before 20:00 on  Sunday 27 October. More details on each of the cars can also be found here.
“I am most grateful to the generous veteran car owners who have kindly offered up rare passenger seats in their vehicles for next month’s Run, helping Movember’s fundraising efforts,” said Miles Wade, Club Secretary of the Royal Automobile Club.
“Every year we receive more and more requests for passenger rides, so we are delighted, not only to offer more people the opportunity to participate in the Run but also to generate awareness and funds for what is a very worthy and important cause.”
Commemorating the first Emancipation Run of 1896, the iconic event is always staged between dawn and dusk on the first Sunday of November, providing the Movember Foundation with the perfect platform to promote its endeavours at the start of what is its most active month of campaigning.
Two years ago Damon Hill, the 1996 Formula One World Champion, teamed up with renowned adventurer Charley Boorman to raise awareness for the charity when piloting a 1904 Rover on the road to Brighton. Last November renowned supermodel Yasmin Le Bon combined her love of cars with support for Movember, driving a 1901 Wolseley on the world’s most historic of motoring events. 
Adding to the occasion and generating further awareness, many of those taking part in last year’s Run – both cars and participants – sported moustaches, especially for the occasion.   
For more information on Movember visit Further details on the 2019 Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run – as well as ways to support the charity – can be found via the event’s official website:

RM Sotheby’s 13th Annual London Auction Offers the Best of Sports and Racing Performance

RM Sotheby’s 13th Annual London Auction
Offers the Best of Sports and Racing Performance
RM Sotheby’s is delighted to present 84 unique blue-chip collector cars, 13 lots of automobilia, and one motorcycle at its 13th annual London sale. Set to take place on 24 October at a new location—the renowned Olympia event space in West Kensington—the single-evening auction promises an eclectic lineup of cars for all tastes, including racing and rally greats, stunning high-performance sports and supercars, and modern classics, including a second wave from the much-buzzed-about Youngtimer Collection.
RM Sotheby’s 2019 London sale is also coupled with Sotheby’s presentation of The Ultimate Whisky Collection, the most valuable collection of whisky ever to be offered at auction and the company’s first single-owner offering of spirits, estimated to bring in the region of £4,000,000.
Presented below is a selection of standout highlights, with all lots available for viewing in the London digital catalogue.

Chassis No. ZLA038AR000000202
Estimate: £725,000 - £800,000
Finished in the legendary Martini livery, this is one of, if not the, first Delta S4 examples to be built for Lancia’s participation in Group B rallying, and one of the first to be used in a World Rally Championship event, driven by legendary Finnish rally driver Henri Toivenen to 1st place at the 1985 RAC Rally.

Chassis No. 590
Estimate: £1,050,000 - £1,250,000
This XJR-11 is one of three examples built during the 1989 and 1990 seasons and participated in an incredible 13 races between 1989 and 1990, of which accomplished driver Andy Wallace drove in 12 and achieved three podium finishes during the 1990 season.
Offered from the Autobau Collection
This trio of racing greats offered from the collection of a gentleman racer includes a 2006 Maserati MC12 GT1, purchased new and actively campaigned in GT1 events by its current owner (Est. £1,800,000 - £2,300,000), a Classiche-certified 1994 Ferrari 412 T1, driven by Jean Alesi to 3rd place in the 1994 Brazilian GP, and by Gerhard Berger to 2nd place in the 1994 Italian GP (Est. £1,400,000 - £1,800,000), and a 1990 Porsche 962 C, a two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans participant, finishing 13th overall in 1990 and remaining highly eligible for Historic Group C racing events (Est. £1,000,000 - £1,500,000).
The Youngtimer Collection
RM Sotheby’s is bringing a second wave of The Youngtimer Collection to London, with an enviable group of 18 additional modern classics.

Chassis No. WDB1290761F186283
Estimate: £200,000 - £240,000
Delivered new to Japan, the SL 73 AMG is one of fewer than 50 examples built, equipped with the 7.3-litre, 525 bhp V-12 engine made famous by the Pagani Zonda, and shows less than 35,000 km.

Chassis No. ZA9L00000LLA12188
Estimate: £180,000 - £230,000
Seldom seen at auction outside the U.S., the LM002 is one of just 328 examples and shows less than 100 km on the odometer.
The Forests Collection
The Forests Collection comprises nine modern classics, the proceeds from which will benefit Trillion Trees, a partnership of three of the world’s leading environmental charities. Highlights include:

Chassis No. WP0ZZZ99Z1S692105
Estimate: £140,000 - £180,000
Offered Without Reserve
One of three GT3-specification 911s offered from the Forests Collection and set for RM Sotheby’s London auction, the GT3 RS was built to N-GT specification and presents as the perfect track-day tool.

Chassis No. WP0ZZZ99ZJS166703
Estimate: £130,000 - £160,000
Offered Without Reserve
This well-optioned GT3 is presented from single ownership in paint-to-sample Sepia Brown and shows under 1,500 km.
The Collection of David L. Mason O.B.E.
The Collection of David L. Mason O.B.E. comprises four “red-hot” Ferraris, as well as four lots of automobile parts.

Chassis No. ZFF87EXX000236437
Estimate: £180,000 - £230,000
The 488 Challenge competed in seven races in 2019, achieving Fastest Lap in Class for every race, and presents today in immaculate condition, prepared by FF Corse.

Chassis No. 3212
Estimate: £150,000 - £180,000
The 458 GT3 was formerly campaigned by AF Corse and Mtech Racing with British GT wins and comes to auction as the winner of the 2016 Britcar GT Class 1 Championship, as well as the 2017 and 2018 Britcar Sprint Class 1 Championships.
European Sports Cars at their Finest
The London sale is teeming with sports cars without which no discerning collector’s garage would be complete.

Chassis No. 4245
Estimate: £800,000 - £1,000,000
Offered Without Reserve
Offered from single-family ownership since 1974, this Miura is presented in supremely original condition throughout, sporting its original paintwork and interior and retaining its original engine.

Chassis No. DBVC/3677/R
Estimate: £550,000 - £650,000
This original, RHD, London-delivery DB6 Volante is one of just 140 examples produced and is offered at auction following a no-expense-spared restoration by Aston Martin Works in 2012.
Modern Marvels
The London sale also features a thrilling selection of late-model supercars, representing the ultimate in power, style, and performance.

Chassis No. ZFFCZ56B000135870
Estimate: £1,500,000 - £1,800,000
The European-delivery Enzo is one of approximately 400 models built, has covered fewer than 15,000 km, and comes to auction having been recently freshened.

Chassis No. SCFLLCPZ7HGJ33398
Estimate: £400,000 - £550,000
This immaculate Vanquish Zagato example is the 19th of 99 examples built and reads a mere 22 miles on the odometer.
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