Bonhams Magazine Motoring - Autumn 2015


• This year, after 67 years, the classic Land Rover Defender is being taken off the production line. To celebrate the much- loved car, Bonhams is partnering with Land Rover to auction the two millionth Defender. The bespoke build was put together by an all-star cast of Defender fans, including Virginia McKenna OBE, founder of Born Free, and adventurer Bear Grylls. "The Defender really is part of British automotive history," said Grylls. "It stands for that no-nonsense practicality, that rugged reliability." This robust Defender still boasts a few luxe features, including custom interiors. It will be sold at a charity event at Bonhams New Bond Street on 16 December.

• In this issue, Richard Holt explains why everyone is talking about Chris Evans' car collection; Richard Williams talks about the landmark 1970s concept car, the Maserati Boomerang; and finally, Ruth Fletcher gives us the inside track on Bonhams first Danish auction, the Frederiksen Auction.

  1. 1910 Pierce 688cc Four Engine no. 1476

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    Good Vibrations
    A rare motorcycle built in up-state New York provides a smooth ride, says Andrew Currie

    When the 688cc Pierce burst on to the roads in 1909, America's first four-cylinder motorcycle was at the cutting edge of bike manufacture. The Pierce Arrow Motor Car Company boasted that the motorbike would be "Vibrationless, give motor car comfort and travel comfortably from a mere walking pace up to the speed of the motor car." Straight out of ...

  2. The Ex-Gulf-JW Automotive team, Ex-Richard Attwood/Bjorn Waldegaard Targa Florio, Ex-Pedro Rodriguez Nurburgring 1,000Kms The only Porsche 908 Turbo remaining in the world today,1970 Porsche 908/03 Sports-Racing Prototype  Chassis no. 908/03-011 Engine no. 10

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    Twist and Shout
    An extra powerful Porsche 908 was just the thing in the legendary Nurburgring, explains Ruth Fletcher

    The 600+ horsepower Porsche 908 was designed to allow drivers maximum power on Europe's tortuous winding circuits and remains one of the most famous cars ever built by the company. This September, Bonhams will be offering the only Porsche 908 Turbo remaining in the world. The car has endured the twists and turns of the German Nürburgring circuit ...

  3. The Ex-Lance Reventlow/Chuck Daigh,1960 Scarab-Offenhauser  Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater  Chassis no. 001

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    Born in the USA
    Hallie Swanson explores the history of the first-ever American Formula One racing Team

    Lance Reventlow, son of Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton and a Danish aristocrat, had been around motor racing since he was a boy
    as his mother had married the racing driver Prince Igor Troubetzkoy. At 21, Reventlow was offered the choice of Danish, British or American citizenship. He picked the latter. "I thought about it for all of 20 seconds," he ...

  4. Maserati  Boomerang coupé 1972

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    Maserati only made one Boomerang, but the impact is visible everytime you step on to the street, says Richard Williams

    They made only one Maserati Boomerang. As a piece of automotive art, it is breath- catchingly unique. But if you stand by the side of the nearest main road you will see its legacy pass by every few minutes, in any one of the 30 million Volkswagen Golfs that carry the traces of the Boomerang's exotic DNA.

    The Boomerang ...

  5. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB 'Alloy' Berlinetta Recreation  Chassis no. 3493GT Engine no. 3493

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    Testa Rossa
    Richard Holt looks at a selection of Ferraris the presenter if offering for sale

    This autumn, the big question on everyone's lips is whether Chris Evans can make a success of the new Top Gear. What is not in question is the red-headed media mogul's commitment to the automotive cause – Evans is car mad. Which isn't to say he has a spotless record. He once painted a whole garage-full of classic ...

  6. The ex-Maharaja of Patiala,1933 MAYBACH DS-8 ZEPPELIN CABRIOLETCoachwork in the style of Spohn  Chassis no. 1435 Engine no. 482-25120

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    Denmarks's the spot
    As an extraordinary collection of pre-war motor cars comes to auction in Denmark, Ruth Fletcher describes some of the highlights

    "There's an art to the cars of that time," explains Henrik Frederiksen, the owner of Europe's largest collection of pre-war motors. "Once manufacturers began creating cars in a wind tunnel, they started to look all the same. In the 1930s, people could still make their own choices about how the cars looked."

    Frederiksen has spent decades putting together ...

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