THE INTERNATIONAL CLASSIC
MOTORCYCLE SHOW, STAFFORD, UK
Sunday 28 April 2013
The Motorcycle department's ever-popular annual sale at the nternational Classic MotorCycle Show will once again offer its traditional wide and eclectic mix of collectors' machines.
Leading consignments is a fully-restored, matching numbers Vincent Black Shadow motorcycle that formed part of a bid by the factory to set a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952
(estimate £110,000 - £130,000). Although mechanical failures prevented the bid from being successful, the team returned home with eight new records, including six hours at over 100mph.
Among other consignments are a trio of Brough motorcycles – two from a single owner collection. A 1931 SS80 that was a sidecar outfit with Ipswich Police before being converted to solo trim and raffled off to
raise money for the Brough Superior Club is estimated at £50,000 to £70,000. Tickets for the 1972 raffle were sold for five pence each, and second and third prizes respectively were 10 and five gallons of oil. A 1926 SS80/100 model (estimate £160,000 - £200,000) is a rare factory variant combining an SS100 frame with the SS80 sidevalve engine. Only a handful were made, of which very few survive. Re-engined post-World War II with an overhead-valve SS100 unit, it won the 'Re-build of the Year' award at the Brough Superior Club's Annual Rally in 2012. The Brough family is also represented by the restoration-ready 1921 Brough Model G (estimate £20,000 - £30,000).
Also included in the sale is a 1914 Indian Model F Board-Track Racing Motorcycle once owned by actor Steve McQueen (estimate £22,000 - £28,000). Restored by a marque specialist, the 4hp machine was purchased at a Bonhams auction in the USA in 2010, and has since been housed in a private collection.
The sale will offer a total of 242 motorcycles, with many coming from private collections. An eclectic selection of 31 machines owned by the late Clifford Jones features a number of 1950s 'cafe racers', as well as much modern-day racing and superbike machinery. Meanwhile some 28 motorcycles from another single owner collection include 15 Triumphs, from a 1953 Speed Twin to a 1982 TSX, with estimates ranging
between £2,000 and £8,000. British motorcycles of note include a rare factoryrestored 1957 Ariel Square Four 4G Mk2 (estimate £12,000 - £14,000), the earliest known Velocette Viper (estimate£8,000 -12,000), a restored 1949 Vincent Rapide finished in 'Chinese Red' (estimate £50,000 - £70,000), and a 1988 Norton Classic rotary that
has covered only 1,500 miles from new (estimate £8,000 - £10,000).
Among early motorcycles are a 1914 Excelsior Model 7C v-twin (estimate £35,000 - £45,000), a 1913 Rex v-twin (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), a 1905 Peugeot v-twin (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), and 1924 Rudge 4-valve/4-speed model (estimate £6,000 - £8,000).
THE RAF MUSEUM, HENDON, LONDON, UK
Monday 29 April, 2013
As ignition went to press the team was preparing to return to the RAF Museum in Hendon, with consignments including a Ferrari Classiche-certified 2004 Ferrari Enzo Berlinetta with coachwork by Pininfarina (estimate £800,000 - £900,000), a rare and desirable 1958 Mercedes 300SL Roadster (estimate £450,000 - £500,000), and a 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster (estimate £60,000 - £70,000).
Other desirable motor cars include a 1931 Lagonda 2-litre Low Chassis Tourer (estimate £60,000 - £80,000), and a 1929 Bentley 4½-litre Tourer that has been comprehensively restored (estimate £350,000 - 400,000).
Bidders looking for a restoration project are offered one of the earliest known surviving right-hand drive Jaguar E-Type roadsters (estimate £25,000 - 30,000). This remarkably original 1961 model is an early flat-floor and outside bonnet locks car that has been stored in a barn for the past 30 years.
SPA MOTOR CIRCUIT, BELGIUM
Saturday 25 May 2013
In a new addition to the 2013 calendar, Bonhams will hold a sale at the third annual Spa Classic. The event, held from May 24 to 26, will feature historic racing and an exhibitors' village alongside a wide range of entertainment and activities for all ages.
Among early consignments for the sale is a 1973 Porsche Carrera 2.7 RS offered at no reserve, with an estimate of €150,000 to €200,000. The car has been a regular on the Porsche Club event circuit and historic races, and was subject to a complete restoration between 2006 and 2008. Bought by the current owner in 2010, it is offered with 155,000 miles on the clock, with its FIVA papers and technical
Other highlights include a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 that was factory restored under the supervision of former Lamborghini chief test driver Valentino Balboni (estimate €450,000 - €650,000), a 1964 Ferrari 275GTB (estimate €775,000 - €925,000), and a 1942 Alfa Romeo 2500 (estimate €375,000 - €525,000).
ASTON MARTIN WORKS, NEWPORT PAGNELL, UK
Saturday 18 May 2013
The 14th annual Bonhams auction at Aston Martin Works promises to be a key part of the marque's 100th anniversary celebrations.
Among early consignments already entered for sale is a unique DB4GT – the only one of its kind with coachwork by Italian design house Bertone (estimate £2,800,000 - £3,800,000). The 'one-off' machine, the final DB4GT to come off the production line, was commissioned by Aston Martin for the 1961 Geneva Motor Show, debuting alongside Jaguar's new E-type. Named 'The Jet', the car, with its strikingly angular lines, was designed by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro. Fully restored by Aston Martin, this car comes to market for the first time in more than 25 years, during which time it has won a total of 12 concours awards including 'First in Class' at Pebble Beach and the
Hurlingham Club, and 'Best in Show' at Villa D'Este.
The sale will also feature a trio of 'barn-finds' – a DB4, a DB5 and a DB6. A 1964 DB5 bought by its late owner for £1,500 in 1972 could achieve 100 times that if it meets its £150,000 to £200,000 estimate. The original condition sports saloon is offered with less than 48,000 miles on the clock, and represents a rewarding restoration project for a true Aston Martin enthusiast.
Meanwhile a 1963 DB4 Series V Vantage that has been in the vendor's family since 1971 and residing in their West Country garage for 30 years is offered with a pre-sale estimate of £80,000 to £120,000. The
matching-numbers car, fitted with its original Special Series (Vantage) engine, was taken off the road in the early 1980s, but comes to market complete and ready for restoration.
Finally, a matching-numbers 1966 DB6 Vantage Saloon that has completed only 86,000 miles from new is offered without reserve, estimated to sell for between £20,000 and £30,000. The car was bought
by the vendor's family in 1978 and has been residing in their barn since 1983.
GREENWICH, CONNECTICUT, USA
Sunday 2 June 2013
The 2013 Bonhams auction at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance will be headlined by a 1930 Bugatti Type 43 Supercharged Sports Four Seater,
which has been the subject of a comprehensive rebuild at the hands of Jim Stranberg's High Mountain Classics restoration shop in Colorado and is expected to realise in excess of $1 million. Bugatti's endurance racing car and road going version of the iconic Type 35B with its 2.3-litre supercharged eight-cylinder, in period the Type 43 campaigned the Mille Miglia, Le Mans and many other events, making cars such as this eligible for today's equivalent retrospectives.
Alongside the Bugatti will be a host of pre and postwar classics, ranging from luxury brands like Pierce-Arrow and Rolls-Royce (with examples of both Model 48 and Silver Ghost included), to British sports cars and a fun cars like the Volkswagen 'Thing'.
Meanwhile the Automobilia section will feature an impressive estate collection offered at no reserve, together with an ensemble of very rare and unique mascots, art, photographs, and other exceptional
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CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, USA
Thursday 15 & Friday 16 August 2013
Among early consignments for this 16th annual sale at Quail Lodge is a barn-find 1972 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale by Bertone that is in highly original condition, having been in the same ownership since the early 1980s and untouched for the last 30 years (estimate $250,000 - $300,000).
Other notable entries include a 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24S Cabriolet (estimate $325,000 - $375,000), a matching-numbers 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster that has been comprehensively restored by a renowned marque expert (estimate $1,000,000 - $1,300,000), and a rare 1914 American Underslung Tourer that was formerly part of the William Harrah Collection and is the only example of its kind in private ownership (estimate $550,000 - $700,000).
Also confirmed for the sale is the ex-Works 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII "767 KNX", which was the sole factory entry in the 1964 12 Hours of Sebring, where it was co-driven by the legendary Paddy Hopkirk (estimate $300,000 - $350,000). The car is one of the most historically significant big Healey racers and has been the subject of a concourscondition restoration.
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OXFORD, OXFORDSHIRE, UK
Saturday 15 June 2013
Leading consignments for the motorcycle section of the sale is 1921 Indian 7hp Powerplus that would be an ideal VMCC Banbury Mount (estimate £16,000 - £20,000), and a 1908 NSU 3½hp (estimate £16,000 - £20,000).
Among other early entries are several technically-interesting off-road machines, including a Works 1959 James 199cc Commando Trials and a 1971 Husqvarna 250 Cross 4-Speed. The sale is well-known for offering off-road machinery, with past highlights including the ex-Jim Sandiford, ISDT, 1970 Cheney Triumph 504cc Tiger 100C (Sold: £12,075) and the ex-Roy Peplow, Works, ISDT, 1966 Triumph 490cc Tiger 100S/C (Sold: £20,125).