COMING DOWN THE TRACK FOR WINTER SEASON 2016
• Many motoring historians view the Vauxhall 'Prince Henry' as the first sports car. It was designed by the engineer Laurence Pomeroy with aerodynamic narrow torpedo coachwork and even a raked windscreen. Its predecessor, Pomeroy's 20hp A-type, had been a great success on the 1910 Tour of Prussia, an event instigated by Prince Henry of Prussia – so Pomeroy named the new motor car after him. A very rare 1914 Vauxhall 25hp 'Prince Henry' Sports Torpedo comes to auction for the first time at the Bond Street Sale on 4 December, estimated at £500,000 - 600,000.
• In this issue, Mark Beech admires the extraordinary interior of a 1920s Rolls-Royce Phantom I, an outlandishly costly surprise present for a businessman's wife. Neil Lyndon celebrates the whirlwind motoring life of an Italian classic: the legendary Ferrari 340 America Spider Vignale. Its hair-raising escapades include the Mille Miglia, Le Mans and the Targa Florio, where the driver was famous for steadying his nerves with shots of brandy. Finally, Matthew Wilcox describes the exemplary engineering and ineffective business skills of American motorcycle maverick, Arthur Feilbach.