Welcome to Ignition

The onset of summer for the Bonhams motoring team has become synonymous with breaking world auction records. In 2012 the Motor Car department set new standards for the Bentley and Rolls-Royce marques, and achieved the highest-grossing UK motor car auction in history – and that was in just one sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. At this year's Festival, records tumbled as the auction total topped £36 million to set the benchmark as the highest-grossing motor car
auction in Europe. On top of this the department recorded the top price for any motor car ever sold at auction, with the ex-Juan Manuel
Fangio 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seater achieving
£19,601,500 (page 4). In May the team had added another world record to the list, selling the 1960 Aston Martin Bertone Jet DB4GT for £3,249,500, a new highest price for Aston Martin at auction (page 5).
Despite celebrating these impressive results, the Motoring team has still found time to take part in its usual mixture of events and activities (pages 6&7), and to consign some fantastic lots to the
upcoming late summer / early autumn auctions. The US team has put together an impressive line-up for its annual Quail Lodge auction in mid August.We explore some of the highlights on pages 8&9. Meanwhile, the UK team prepares for two sales in a fortnight at the Beaulieu
Autojumble and the Goodwood Revival, and the European Motor Car department gears up for its first sale at the Zoute Grand Prix Rally in Belgium in October (pages 10&11). Our Specialist's Choice this issue comes from the US Motor Car Department. Jakob Greisen chooses
his top motor cars of the 20th and 21st centuries on page 14.
On top of all this we have the second part of our latest feature,
which offers further insight into the personalities that make up the
Bonhams Motoring department. On pages 12&13 Philip Kantor and Mark Osborne discuss the highlights of their careers so far.

Helen Buckingham

  1. The Ex-Juan Manuel Fangio, 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 Racing Single Seater

    Page 3

    Global Sale Reviews

    Collectors' Motorcycles and related Memorabilia

    The International Classic Motorcycle Show
    Stafford, UK
    April 2013

    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 ...

  2. Tim Parker

    Page 6

    Global News from the Motor Department

    US Motorcycle Department welcomes Tim Parker

    The US Motoring team continues to expand, with the addition of motorcycle specialist Tim Parker. Tim, originally from Cambridge, UK, began his career in publishing, focusing on motor-related titles and
    working with some of the industry's most respected authors, latterly as CEO of Motorbooks International.

    An avid racer and keen restorer of vintage ...

  3. 1931 Bentley 4½ Litre Supercharged 'Le Mans' Two-Seater Sports  Chassis no. MS 3944 Engine no. MS 3941

    Page 8

    Forthcoming Sales

    Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles and Automobilia

    Carmel, California, USA
    16 August 2013

    The line-up for the 16th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction during Monterey Peninsula Car Week spans more than a century of motoring
    innovation. The earliest offering is a 1901 De Dion ready for the London-to-Brighton Run, while the most modern is a 2006 Ford GT, the Blue Oval ...

  4. Philip Kantor

    Page 12

    My Career Highlights


    Head of the Mainland European Motoring department

    He says: "After 13 years not many people can say that they still enjoy
    a business they started in pretty late in life. Personally I'm in this happy position after many great moments in the auction business. There must be few products apart from the motor car that share ...

  5. Jakob Greisen

    Page 14

    Specialists Choice

    1900 – 1909
    Mercedes Simplex

    "This car is usable, and in my opinion more closely resembles the future of motoring than any other car of its era."

    1910 – 1919
    Turcat-Mery Sport Torpedo

    "I would love to own that original Turcat-Mery Sport Torpedo that was offered around some years ago. I would buy it for its incredible
    patina, its styling, and its ...

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