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2018-08-20: Back-to-back Le Mans winning Ferrari and Porsche ...
Ferrari 275 P Winning Le Mans outright once turns a car into an instant legend but scoring back-to-back victories is a feat only a handful of cars have achieved. It was long believed that no Ferrari had done this but recent research by Ferrari Classiche has revealed that this 275 P had not only won Le Mans in 1964 but had already done so in 1963. At its first victory, it had been entered with the identity of an earlier car, for which the entry had been filed but which could not compete due to sustaining accident damage. Since 1970, it has been part of the late Pierre Bardinon's Mas du Clos collection and it first made headlines last year when it was announced as the headliner for Artcurial's 2018 Retromobile auction. After a dispute between the Bardinon heirs, the 275 P was withdrawn from the sale. Chassis 0816 is now back on the market with RM Sotheby's as a private treaty sale. RM Sotheby's commissioned the additional Ferrari Classiche research, which also found the car to be the winner of the Sebring 12 Hours in 1964. No price has been revealed but we expect Ferrari's only two-time Le Mans winner, which has not been on the market since 1970s, to sell for an amount well into the eight figures.
A well known two-time Le Mans winner is this Porsche 956, which won the epic endurance race in 1984 and 1985 as a private entry by Joest Racing. The first win was less of a surprise as Porsche had decided not to field its works team, leaving its many privateers to fight the quick but frail Lancias for the outright victory. The 1985 win was certainly more of an upset as Joest Racing managed to beat the might of the Porsche factory team with their brand new 962Cs. Despite scoring back-to-back victories, Joest Racing could not afford to park 956-117 and it continued to race until the end of the 1986 season. Fittingly, it scored a win in its very last outing before joining Reinhold Joest's private collection. It remained their until very recently, when it joined the stable of a prominent British racer.

2018-08-16: Bonhams Quail Lodge auction preview ...
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Today we take a look ahead at next week's Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction. The annual sale is headlined by this lovely Ferrari 250 GT SWB. It was sold new to the United States and has been owned by some of the great American collectors like Harley Cluxton, Robert L. Bodin and Chip Connor. Chassis 3337GT has benefitted from a recent restoration to its original colours.
Bonhams have also consigned a fine selection of pre-War cars, which includes this one-off Mercedes-Benz 540 K. Using the highest specification chassis, it was clothed by the Mayfair Carriage Company with a body styled like the famous Trossi Roadster. While it is not known who commissioned the car but chassis 154080 has had some reputable recent owners like the Imperial Palace Collection and General William Lyon.
Ten years older still is this Bentley 6.5 Litre Barker Sports Tourer. Delivered new to the UK, it is believed to be one of jus two examples bodied by Barker in this style and the sole survivor. After spending most of its life in South Africa, BR2354 was recently repatriated and beautifully restored to its original colours.
Also benefiting from a recent restoration is this unique Talbot Lago T26 Saoutchik Coupe de Ville. Built for the 1950 Paris Auto Salon, it was a price winning car in period but has been hidden away from the public eye for most of its life. Not shown yet since its restoration, the unique T26 should provide an automatic entry into all major events.
Other highlights consigned to the sale include this Siata 208 S and Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione.

2018-08-13: RM Sotheby's Monterey auction preview ...
Ferrari 250 GTO Pininfarina Coupe Every year, the world's leading auctioneers manage to pull out all the stops for the annual sales on the Monterey Peninsula. Set to break some records this year is the RM Sotheby's sale in downtown Monterey. The sale's absolute headliner is this Ferrari 250 GTO. It was raced in period by works driver Phil Hill and was subsequently updated to 1964 specification with the wind-tunnel honed body designed by Pininfarina. Following its contemporary racing career, it has been owned by many leading collectors including the consignor, who campaigned the car extensively since acquiring the car in 2000. The pre-sale estimate of 3413GT is a staggering $45-60 million. If it sells, it will be the most expensive car ever sold at auction.
Also estimated to sell for eight figures is the unique Aston Martin DP215. Built in 1963 for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it was the ultimate development of the successful Aston Martin racing program of the 1950s and early 1960s. It was damaged in period and over the next four decades the subsequent owners restored the car and it was most recently reunited with its original engine. The one-off DP215 has a pre-sale estimate of $18-22 million.
Due to sell for a slightly more 'reasonable' price is this Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR road car. Originally sold in Germany, it was later part of a collection in Hong Kong for over a decade. Chassis 09 of 25 road cars built is now legal to use in the United States under the Show and Display exemption. The same $4.25 - 5.25 million can also get you this Maserati A6G/54 2000 Zagato Coupe. Compared to the other 19 examples built, this car features a unique grille and was raced in period at the Mille Miglia. Chassis 2124 was recently restored to its original livery and shown at Pebble Beach and Villa d'Este.
The full 150-strong lot list of the two-day auction can be found here.

2018-08-09: Ferrari SWB, BRM P160, Ford Zakspeed Capri and Brabham from Goodwood ...
Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Comp/61 At last month's Goodwood Festival of Speed, there was a lot more to admire than just Porsches and today we have highlighted a further four very interesting machines that were gunned up the hill in front of Goodwood House.
The earliest and most valuable of the quartet is this Ferrari 250 GT SWB Comp/61. One of less than two dozen built for the 1961 season, the Comp/61 one or SEFAC Hot Rod was the ultimate development of the 250 GT SWB before Ferrari switched to the 250 GTO for 1962. The featured example was sold new to Count Volpi for his Scuderia Serenissima and was later comprehensively restored by Ferrari Classiche.
Formula 1 cars always take centre stage at Goodwood and in 2018 this BRM P160 was one of the most intriguing. Raced in 1973 with the familiar BRM V12 engine, it was later also fitted with the latest evolution of the Weslake V12 engine for testing. Although, it ran only once in this guise, the signs of the Weslake installation are still visible on chassis P160/07 today.
We have a soft spot for the Group 5 silhouette racers of the late 1970s and early 1980s. Few were quite so extreme as the Ford Zakspeed Capri. One of half a dozen built and raced by Zakspeed, this car was used by Klaus Ludwig to win the 1981 DRM Championship in dominant fashion.
Grabbing the limelight in the Michelin Supercar Run was the Brabham BT62. Designed and built in Australia, it is the first product of the company that was restarted by the late Sir Jack Brabham's son David. The first examples of this wild track-day machine feature liveries inspired by Brabham's Grand Prix wins and accordingly, the BT62 seen in action at Goodwood featured the colours of the BT46B driven to victory in the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix by Niki Lauda.

2018-08-05: Three mighty racers that starred at the Le Mans Classic ...
Maserati 450S Major events like the Le Mans Classic feature many regular faces and machines but there is always some 'new' blood to keep things interesting. At last month's edition, we were pleasantly surprised by the mighty Maserati 450S brought by a German historic racer. Freshly restored, this well known car had not been seen in action since the early 2000s when it was raced by fellow German Dr. Thomas Bscher. Chassis 4506 was acquired new by John Edgar and raced with great success by the late, great Carroll Shelby. At some point in its life, it also featured a tarmac-shredding 6.2-litre version of the quad-cam V8 that had originally been developed for powerboat racing.
Rarer still was the Howmet TX brought by the Ascott Collection. This particular car was originally intended to be raced in the Can-Am series but was rebuilt by the original designer Bob McKee to sports car configuration. The turbine-engined Howmet was raced with great verve at Le Mans and was one of the star cars of the event.
Although perhaps unfamiliar at first glance, this Porsche 935 K3 had in fact competed in the Le Mans Classic before. The unfamiliarity came courtesy of a fresh livery, which matched the one used by the car during the 1981 season when it finished second overall in the Sebring 12 Hours and replaced the Coca Cola livery sported by the car in 1980. The striking blue with gold and red stripes of the K3's current paint-scheme together with the flame-belching engine worked particularly well during the night sessions.