Ignition - Winter / Spring 2013

As an extraordinary year for the Bonhams Motoring team draws to a close and a new auction season begins, this issue of ignition provides a chance to take stock. Not only has 2012 seen the team defy a difficult economic climate to achieve a global sale total in excess of any other year in the company's history, but a number of records – both departmental and world auction records alike – have been broken. Among the sales that set departmental records in 2012 were the auction at Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell in May, two sales at Goodwood in June and September, and November's auction at our flagship salerooms in New Bond Street, London. Meanwhile exceptional prices were achieved for a number of individual motor cars, motorcycles and items of automobilia, led of course by a new world record set at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale in June, where the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929-31 Bentley 4½-liter 'Blower' Single-Seater sold for £5,041,500 to set the highest price ever achieved for a British car at auction. Our Review of the Year takes a look back at some of the highlights of this incredible year. Alongside this now-traditional review of the past year, this issue also looks forward to the first sales of the department's 2013 season,in particular a Bonhams return to the Grand Palais in Paris, France,in early February. We also offer our usual mix of news from the department and sale reviews, and present our expanded auction calendar for 2013.Finally, offering a particular insight into the man who built the Bonhams brand, our chairman Robert Brooks chooses his top motor vehicles of the 20th and 21st centuries in our Specialist's Choice. Expect some unusual choices...

  1. 1929 Grindlay Peerless 500cc Brooklands Outer Circuit

    Page 3

    UK Sales Reviews

    COLLECTORS' MOTORCYCLES AND RELATED MEMORABILIA

    THE CLASSIC MOTORCYCLE MECHANICS SHOW
    STAFFORD, STAFFORDSHIRE, UK

    Sunday 21 October 2012

    The Motorcycle department's annual sale at The Classic Motorcycle
    Mechanics Show was once again a huge success, realizing more than
    £1.3 million.

    Leading the way was a c.1958 Benelli 248cc Grand Prix Racing
    Motorcycle that was one of only four ...

  2. Bonhams and the Enstall Classic

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    News Articles

    BONHAMS AND THE ENNSTALCLASSIC BECOME PARTNERS

    The Bonhams Motor Car department is pleased to announce a partnership with the Ennstal-Classic, a three-day classic car rally through Austria favored by the likes of ex-Formula 1 drivers Sir Stirling Moss and Nigel Mansell.

    The event – which markets itself as an opportunity to enjoy motorsport of yesteryear that is affordable, adventurous and ...

  3. 1929 Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged Single-Seat Racer

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    Review of the year

    It has been a record year for the Bonhams Motoring department in 2012, with strong performances across the auction calendar and a number of notable high prices achieved, including many new world auction records. The department sold 1,133 motor cars, 835 motorcycles and more than 3,000 lots of automobilia across 24 sales
    worldwide in 2012, with the UK ...

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    2013 Sales Calendar

    10 January
    Las Vegas Motorcycles
    Important Collectors' Motorcycles
    Bally's Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    17 January
    The Scottsdale Auction
    Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
    The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, Scottsdale,
    Arizona, USA

    7 February
    Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
    Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia
    Le Grand Palais, Paris, France

    23 February
    Boca Raton ...

  5. Robert Brooks

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    The Specialist's Choice

    Bonhams staff select the one motor vehicle from each decade they would have in their garage given the benefit of unlimited funds.

    ROBERT BROOKS
    Chairman
    Bonhams

    1900 – 1910
    1903 Mercedes 60

    For me this is clearly the greatest sports racing car of the early 20th century. So there is no question, I would have to have one in my dream ...

  6. 1929 De Havilland DH 60GMW Gipsy Moth bi-plane

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    Forthcoming Sales

    LES GRANDES MARQUES DU MONDE AU GRAND PALAIS:

    IMPORTANT COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS, MOTORCYCLES AND AUTOMOBILIA
    LE GRAND PALAIS, PARIS, FRANCE

    Thursday 7 February 2013

    The Bonhams Motoring department returns to the Grand Palais in 2013. Leading consignments is the 1929 American Moth Corporation DH
    60GMW Gipsy Moth bi-plane which featured in the seven-times Oscar-winning 1985 film Out of Africa, which ...

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