The months from April to July are always a busy and exciting time for
the Bonhams Motoring department, with a packed auction calendar
including sales at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford, Aston Martin Works in Newport Pagnell, and of course at the
Goodwood Festival of Speed.
After another impressive run of auctions in 2013 so far – including
record-breaking sales in the US at Vegas and Scottsdale in January, and €13 million at the Grand Palais in Paris in February – the department is hoping to continue the trend over the next few months through a number of exciting consignments for these upcoming sales.
Leading the way is without doubt the double Formula 1 Grand Prix winning Mercedes-Benz W196 which helped Juan Manuel Fangio to the second of his eventual five world drivers' championship titles in 1954, the consignment of which Bonhams Chairman Robert Brooks has described as one of the key moments of his career. This remarkable car – the only one to ever be offered at public auction – will be entered into the Festival of Speed Sale alongside a 1955 Maserati 300S and a number ofother important motor cars.
The Bonhams Aston Martin sale always attracts exceptional motor cars,
and this year is no exception. Among early consignments is a unique
DB4GT that was designed by a young Giorgetto Giugiaro and is the only one of its kind with coachwork by Bertone. Despite all the distractions caused by these exciting consignments over the past few weeks we have still found time to bring you an ignition full of the traditional mix of news and sale reviews.
Our Guest's Choice this issue comes from Aston Martin Works Managing Director Kingsley Riding-Felce, who offers a new take on the feature by choosing his top Aston Martins of the 20th and 21st centuries.
On top of all this we have a new feature for 2013, which offers further insight into the personalities that make up the Bonhams Motoring department. Rupert Banner and Ben Walker discuss the
highlights of their careers so far.