The International Classic Motorcycle Show
The Motorcycle and Automobilia departments' first visit of the year to
the Staffordshire County Showground drew large crowds and saw fierce
competition among bidders for the machinery on offer.
Leading the way among £1.4 million worth of lots sold was the 1952 Vincent Black Shadow that formed part of the factory's bid to set
a new 24-hour speed record at Montlhéry in France in May 1952. The fully-restored, ex-works machine – which, although failing in its
original aim, returned home in 1952 with a total of eight new records – sold for £113,500.
Elsewhere in the sale a 1931 Brough Superior SS80 motorcycle won in a raffle in 1972 with a five pence ticket realized £57,500, while the
ex-Steve McQueen 1914 Indian Model F sold to a European telephone
bidder for £32,200.
An eclectic selection of 30 machines from the collection of the late
Clifford Jones, including a number of 1950s cafe racers as well as much modern racing and superbike machinery, proved popular with bidders, selling for a total of more than £175,000.
Meanwhile in the automobilia section two Akai Yamaha race helmets worn by Barry Sheene in the 1980s achieved a combined total of £10,000.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21135
The Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood House, Chichester, UK
Motoring auction records tumbled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale, which became the highest-grossing motor car auction in Europe,
realising a total of £36.2 million. The sale took place before a packed audience of more than 1,000 people in the marquee, with bidders from 32 countries around the world taking part.
The 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seater that took Juan Manual Fangio to the second of his five World Drivers' Championships
became the most valuable motor car ever sold at auction, achieving £19,601,500. Bonhams also set a new world record highest price for a
Maserati at auction, when the 1955 300S Sports- Racing Spider sold for £4,033,500.
Robert Brooks, Bonhams Chairman, said: "I have handled some of the world's most desirable and important motor cars during a motoring
auction career spanning five decades, but I reached a peak with this legendary Grand Prix car. It was a personal privilege to preside over the sale of this vehicle, which is not only one of the most significant motor cars of the 20th century, but also the most important historic Grand Prix racing car ever offered for sale."
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20929
Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
The US team's annual auction at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance delivered its best result to date, with more than 100 cars crossing the block for an auction total in excess of $5.6 million.
Top-selling lot was a 1930 Bugatti Type 43 Supercharged Sports 2/4 Seater, which sold for $875,000, while a rare 1967 Aston Martin DB6
Vantage Volante formerly owned by conductor Leonard Bernstein was close behind at $825,000.
Other notable car results included $243,100 for the 1905 George N. Pierce 'Great Arrow' 28/32 Five- Passenger Roi Des Belges, one of the most important surviving examples of the early Pierce Arrows.
A 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer, meanwhile, sold to a telephone bidder for $233,200, while a finely-preserved 1911 Winton
17b Five-Passenger Tourer achieved $220,000.
A rare 'Victoire' glass mascot by René Lalique topped the automobilia section of the sale, achieving $25,000, while a c.1930s pram in the
shape of a car far exceeded its $200 to $300 presale estimate to sell for $3,500.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/21153.
Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell, UK
With the 1960 DB4GT 'Jet' Coupé selling for a world record £3,249,500, 100 per cent sold, and a total of £10 million achieved, the 14th annual Motoring department sale at Aston Martin Works was the most successful to date.
The multi-award-winning Jet – the last off the production line and the only DB4GT with coachwork by Bertone – was the star, attracting
intense interest from bidders in the room and on the telephones.
Meanwhile a trio of barn finds – a DB4, a DB5 and a DB6 – each of which had been stored in a barn or garage for more than three decades,
achieved a combined total of £609,300. The 1966 DB6 Vantage Sports Saloon Project sold for more than five times its estimate at £107,900,
while an extraordinarily original 1964 DB5 Sports Saloon realized £320,700, and a 1963 DB4 'Series V' Vantage Sports Saloon more than doubled its estimate at £180,700.
Group Motoring Director James Knight said: "To sell every lot in an auction is almost unprecedented. When the first car lot realized
£190,000 against an estimate of £50,000 I thought it was going to be one of those special days... and it was."
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20927
The RAF Museum, Hendon
A very early 'flat floor' Jaguar E-Type that had lain hidden in a garage for more than 30 years created a stir at the department's annual Hendon auction, selling for £109,020 – more than three times its highest pre-sale estimate. Bidders fought over the remarkably original, unrestored 1961 3.8-liter Roadster – one of the most desirable of its type dating from the first few weeks of production, and one of the earliest surviving right-hand drive models. Overall, the auction realized £1.7 million.
UK Motor Car Department Head Tim Schofield said: "We had suspected this car would do well. We had eight telephone bidders vying to own it, but in the end it went to a man in the room who had been searching for an early E-Type to restore for some time."
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20926.
The Spa Classic Sale
Spa Motor Circuit, Belgium
The first of two new motor car auctions in Belgium this year was a great success, with some of the fastest production cars of the 1960s and 1970s sold for a combined total of almost €3.4 million.
Top-selling lot was a 1964 Ferrari 275GTB Berlinetta, which realized €902,750 against a €775,000 estimate, while a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupé factory-restored under the supervision of the company's chief test driver Valentino Balboni sold for €575,000.
Other highlights included €437,000 for the last 3-liter Porsche 911 Carrera RS to leave the factory, €181,700 for a 1973 2.7-liter version
of the same car, €270,661 for a 1968 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta, and €105,800 – more than double its €45,000 estimate – for a rare fivespeed 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL.
Results can be viewed at:www.bonhams.com/auctions/21284.
The Banbury Run Sale
Kidlington, Oxford, UK
Strong prices were achieved at the second Bonhams motoring auction of the year in Oxford. Many lots sold well above estimate, ensuring the
sale beat its 2012 total to realize £1.5 million.
Highlights among the motorcycles included two restoration projects offered from deceased estates. A 1928 AJS 349cc K7 offered for total
restoration achieved more than 10 times its £1,000 estimate at £10,580, while an incomplete c.1951 Norton 490cc ES2/International realized £7,130 against the same estimate. Top-selling lot was a restored 1907 NSU 460cc, which sold for £13,800, closely followed by a 1939 Ariel 995cc Model 4G 'Square Four' at £13,225.
The motor car section saw the Leven Collection – a private offering of 19 cars – 100 per cent sold at £413,540, including a total of £133,400 for three Jaguar E-Types, £18,630 against an £8,000 estimate for a 1992 Ford Sierra Cosworth Sports Saloon, and an estimate-busting £54,050 for a highly-original 1984 Ferrari 308 GTSi QV Targa
Coupé. Top-selling lot outside the collection was a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon at £133,660.
Results can be viewed at: www.bonhams.com/auctions/20928.