Ignition 24, Summer / Autumn 2012

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Many collectors' vehicle auction records were smashed at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. Not only did the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929 4½-liter 'Blower' Bentley, which raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph, sell for £5,041,500 to become the
most expensive Bentley and, indeed, British motor car ever sold at public auction, but "The Corgi" Rolls-Royce, a 1912 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost' Double Pullman Limousine, also sold for an Rolls-Royce record-breaking £4,705,500.

With so many fine motor cars consigned from major collections, the sale itself was a record-breaker too. It was not only the largest by appraise for a Bonhams car auction, but the £22m sale total was the highest ever achieved for a motor car auction in the UK

Only two weeks before, a 1950 Healey Silverstone for restoration made £64,200, one of four Warwick Healey projects all of which were taken on by clients at a newly combined classic car and bike fixture during VMCC Banbury Run weekend at Bonhams Oxford, where 80% of entries sold for £1.15m.

The previous month saw the largest turnout yet for the 13th consecutive Bonhams sale at the recently refurbished Aston Martin Works Service. The £1.2m paid for a 1991 DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé was a new record price for an Aston at what has become the major
annual selling and buying opportunity for the marque. This year, 89% of the catalog contents sold for £6.67m, a record for the sale.

Richard Hudson-Evans,
Editor, Ignition

  1. 1978 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRH4868 Engine no. 4868

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    Sale Reviews

    Collectors' motor cars, motorcycles and related memorabilia and spares in association with the VMCC Banbury Run,Bonhams Oxford

    16 June 2012

    The Motor Car and Motorcycle departments teamed up on Saturday
    16th June for an additional sale to the annual calendar. The entry
    covered a huge spectrum, with something for all tastes and budgets. The sale was held in association ...

  2. 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé  Chassis no. 0198/R Engine no. 420/0198/GT

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    Sale Reviews

    Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars, Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell

    19 May, 2012

    Glorious weather was the perfect backdrop to the
    2012 Sale at the re-launched Aston Martin Works
    in Newport Pagnell. Some 47 Aston Martin and
    Lagonda Motor Cars were offered along with 165
    lots of automobilia.

    The highest priced paid was for the feature lot,
    a 1991 ...

  3. 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Model Tourer  Chassis no. 840 Engine no. 744

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    Sale Reviews

    The Hendon Sale, RAF Museum, Hendon

    30 April, 2012

    The Bonhams auction at the RAF Museum Hendon in April again performed
    strongly, with good prices being paid across the board for a wide variety of cars. Leading the pack was the 1957 Bentley S-Series Continental Sports Saloon. This well-presented car fresh from long term ownership attracted strong bidding in the ...

  4. 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Double Pullman Limousine - 'The Corgi'  Chassis no. 1907

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    Sale Reviews

    Record breaking 20th annual sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

    29 June 2012

    The 2012 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed
    sale was an unprecedented, record-breaking
    success. Robert Brooks, Malcolm Barber and
    Jamie Knight took to the rostrum as the sale at
    the 20th annual FoS broke many world auction
    records on its way to a £22m plus total.
    Malcolm ...

  5. Eric and John Kavanagh with Tim and Nicola Schofield on the Gordon Bennett Rally

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    News

    Les coupes moto legende

    26-27 May, 2012

    One of the most anticipated events in the
    motorcycle calendar, Les Coupes Moto
    Légende in Dijon did not disappoint. More
    than 28,000 people attended the event,
    which was blessed with not only beautiful
    machinery but also equally good weather.
    There was something for everyone – from
    Pioneer-period machines to legendary Grand
    Prix racing ...

  6. The Exmoor Classic Car Museum Collection

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    Forthcoming sales

    The Beaulieu Sale

    8 September 2012

    Bonhams is delighted to be returning to the
    National Motor Museum in its 45th anniversary
    year for its annual Beaulieu Sale at the
    International Autojumble. Last year the popular
    sale attracted an international audience, and a
    remarkable 94 per cent sale rate.

    Highlights for 2012 so far include the
    contents of The Exmoor Classic ...

  7. Nicholas Biebuyck on the VMCC Banbury Run

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    Motorcycles

    Collectors' motor cars, motorcycles and related memorabilia in association with the VMCC Banbury Run

    16 June, 2012

    The Motorcycle Department returned once
    again to its Cotswold base with an eclectic
    offering of machines. Since the sale's
    inception in 2009 the breadth of machines
    has increased. It now offers not only pioneer,
    vintage and veteran machines, but classic and
    collectors ...

  8. 1915  Packard Model 3-38 Gentleman's Roadster  Chassis no. TBD Engine no. 76440

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    Worldwide News

    Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Sale

    3 June, 2012

    Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance auction
    produced its best results yet in its five years of sales
    with a total exceeding $5m, by far the highest
    figure achieved at the venue. Seventy per cent of
    the 90-car offering was sold. This included the first
    sale of a million-dollar automobile, the 1965 Ferrari ...