"Among the raft of outstanding cars sold in the second part of 2012 none gave me more pleasure than the sale of the Maserati Tipo 26 Road Racing Four-Seater made in 1930 – 1931. The star of the famous Hartley collection of Maseratis put together by Anthony Hartley over the past 57 years, it was one of the top cars at the Goodwood Revival Sale in September where it sold for over £1.6 million. It had practically everything I look for in a great car. One of only two of its type made specifically for the British market, it was exceptionally rare. Thanks to the owner's hard work and loving attention, the condition and the provenance were impeccable, and it had the added romance of having been driven by the famous Italian driver (and opera singer) Giuseppe Campari who became a national hero when he won the Italian Grand Prix in 1931."