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.