2016-12-02: Lightweight E-Type headed for auction and new Cadillac and Hyundai racers ...
2016-11-30: Bonhams Bond Street preview with rare Vauxhall and 300 SL Roadster ...
One of the most revered and sought after Jaguars is the E-Type Lightweight Roadster
. So much so that Jaguar built six additional cars a few years ago using chassis numbers that were originally allocated but not used in period. The original cars are all in major collections and only very rarely come up for sale. One of the exceptions will be at the upcoming Bonhams Scottsdale Auction
where chassis S850667
is set to cross the block. It has had just three owners from new and has been with the current custodian since 1999. Bonhams estimates the car will change hands for at least $7.5 million. We have used this occasion to also expand our Lightweight E-Type feature, which now consists of 132 shots
of eight different examples
Hot on the heels of Mazda's new IMSA prototype, Cadillac have introduced their rival, the DPi-V.R
. It is based on the new Dallara LMP2 car and features bespoke Cadillac styling and a rumbling 600 bhp V8. Among the drivers due to line up with the striking DPi-V.R
at its Daytona 24 Hours debut is none other than multiple NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.
Another exciting racing car to break cover is the new-for-2017 Hyundai i20 WRC
. It is built to heavily revised regulations, which combines a 20% power increase with a more aggressive aerodynamics package. With Volkswagen retired from the World Rally Championship, the new i20 WRC
should certainly be among the rally winners next year.
2016-11-28: RM Sotheby's formidable Duemila Ruote results and new VW ...
Still reeling from last weekend's estimate shattering Duemila Ruote
sale, we today take a look at the last major auction of the year; Bonhams' Bond Street Sale
this coming Sunday. Limited to less than three dozen lots, the auction includes a fine selection of sports cars from all eras and for all tastes. The earliest car and one of the most interesting consigned is this Vauxhall Prince Henry
. Built as a replica of the Laurence Pomeroy design Prinz Heinrich trial cars, it can be considered on of the first true sports cars. The example
on offer has had just four owners during its 102-year life, including son of the designer and noted journalist Laurence Pomeroy Jr. It has also been enjoyed thoroughly throughout its life as by the early 1930s, it had already covered over 140,000 miles.
Judging from the estimates, the most valuable car in the sale is this Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster
. Delivered new to the United States, this lovely example has only had a handful of owners during the last 60 years and in recent year has been under the virtual constant care of marque experts HK Engineering. This 300 SL Roadster
is expected to sell for just over GBP 1 million.
2016-11-25: Button bows out and fastest Exige ever ...
This weekend, RM Sotheby's staged the massive Duemile Ruote
sale in Milan. The three-day auction featured over 800 lots from a singe collection that were all offered at no reserve and included over 400 cars. With the prospect of all cars selling no matter what and very conservative estimates, the sale attracted a lot of attention and ultimately totalled over Euro 50 million.
Topping the sale was this Ferrari 275 GTB
. Fitted with an alloy body, six-carburettor engine and torque tube, this was the highest specification at the time. Chassis 08311
was offered for the first time since 1980 and ultimately found a new owner for Euro 3.4 million.
A close second on the result sheet was this Maserati MC12 Stradale
. Having covered just 6,000 km from new, this Italian delivered example
sold for Euro 3 million.
The Lancia LC2
we featured last week had a result very typical for this auction as it sold for three times the top estimate at Euro 851,200.
Volkswagen will add a new four-door Coupe to the line-up next year. Dubbed the Arteon
, it will make its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March.
2016-11-23: 1980s marvels offered in largest car auction ever ...
This weekend, 2009 World Champion Jenson Button will compete in what looks set to be his last ever Formula 1 Grand Prix. To celebrate his successful single seater racing career, we have today taken a renewed look at the Brawn GP BGP001 Mercedes
he used to win the 2009 World Championship. The car's history looks to come straight out of a Hollywood movie with a team on the verge of demise rising from the ashes to stage the most unlikely World Championship campaign of the last decades. Featured today is the BGP001
that Button drove throughout the year and is today owned by Ross Brawn himself. It was certainly not a fluke for the team as at the same Grand Prix that Button bids farewell, the team's current iteration, Mercedes GP, will see one of its two drivers crowned World Champion for the third year in succession.
Lotus, meanwhile, have announced the fastest ever Exige in the form of this Sport 380
. As the name suggests, it is powered by a supercharged V6 that produces around 380 bhp. This allows the compact sports car to accelerate to 100 km/h in well under four seconds and onto a top speed of 284 km/h. The Exige Sport 380
is available as a Coupe or a Spider with a removable hard-top.
2016-11-21: Porsche, Ferrari and Austin Healey headed for Bonhams' Scottsdale auction ...
This weekend, RM Sotheby's will stage the three-day Duemila Ruote
sale; the largest ever auction of its kind. All 800+ lots are offered without reserve and from the same, private Italian collection. Included in the auction are automibilia, bikes, motorcycles and over 400 cars. We invite you to browse the lot list
and have selected three of the best cars on offer.
A very rare sight is the very last Lancia LC2
, which was constructed by Dallara for an Italian privateer racer. It raced at Le Mans and at several other rounds of the 1991 World Championship. Chassis 0009
is a very interesting prospect for the revived Group C championship and is estimated to sell for around 250,000 Euro.
Also included in the sale are low mileage examples of rivals of old, the Ferrari F40
and Porsche 959
. Both cars are offered freshly serviced and with less than 30,000 km on the odometer.
Although the 2016 auction season has not ended just yet, we are already getting word of the first consignments for the January 2017 Scottsdale auctions. The first cars on the Bonhams
list are very interesting indeed and today we highlight three of the early consignments.
A rare find indeed is this Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
. Delivered new to Brumos Porsche in Jacksonville, it was only briefly raced in period and has been preserved remarkably well. Chassis 904-098
is offered from the European collection it has been part of for the last 28 years.
Another notable consignment is this Ferrari 340 America Spyder
. Originally raced in many of the great events by Scuderia Ferrari, this car has been owned by some of the best known collectors. Its most recent custodians raced the car in events like the Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival and Monaco Historic Grand Prix as can be seen in this 24-shot gallery
Offered from the same ownership of 60 years, this Austin Healey 100S
has only very rarely been seen in public during that period. It was fully restored in the early 2000s to its original configuration.
We will add more cars and previews for the highly anticipated Scottsdale sales in the coming weeks.