Bonhams Motoring Magazine Autumn Edition


With sales taking place in settings as varied as Château de Chantilly, Beaulieu, Goodwood and the Simeone Foundation
in Philadelphia, Bonhams Motoring Department is gearing up for a fruitful autumn. In October, the team will head to Zoute in Belgium for the penultimate sale of the season, where highlights will include a rare 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster estimated at €350,000-550,000, as well as one of the last Carrera 3.2s (pictured below) to be delivered new to the world's fastest police, the Dutch Rijkspolitie, estimated at €90,000-150,000.

In this issue, to mark Bonhams' London to Brighton Sale in New Bond Street, Doug Nye traces the origins of the longest-running motoring event in the world; Lucinda Bredin meets Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce and discovers why art is part of the marque; Matthew Wilcox steps into a time machine to enjoy the Porsche 550RS Spyder.

  1. Ex-Derek Bell,1987 Porsche 928 Prototype Club Sport Coupé  Chassis no. WP0ZZZ92ZHS842014 Engine no. 81H01312

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    Ring his bell
    The Porsche 928 Club Sport is one of the rarest machines ever built by the great German marque, says Ruth Fletcher

    This special Porsche 928 Club Sport was one of only five prototypes built for the marque's starry list of factory drivers – Derek Bell, Jochen Mass, Hans Stuck, Bob Wollek, Jacky Ickx – to use as a company car. This motor car was driven by five- time Le Mans winner Bell who was given it in 1988. The subsequent model, which ...

  2. <i>The Ex-Earl Howe, Hon. Brian Lewis, Piero Taruffi, Tazio Nuvolari, Arthur Dobson, and Bill Serri Jr.</i><br /><B>1931 BUGATTI TYPE 51 GRAND PRIX RACING TWO SEATER</B>

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    California dreaming
    Cars spanning the full breadth of automotive history achieved stunning results at August's Quail Lodge sale, says Matthew Wilcox

    In August at Bonhams annual Quail Lodge sale, the Ex- Earl Howe 1931 Bugatti Type 51 soared to an incredible $4m. Originally purchased new by Francis Curzon, the 5th Earl Howe, this racer set the tone for a stellar auction as more than 100 rare motor cars spanning the full breadth of automotive history were sold, achieving a total of ...

  3. The Ex-Works, Dick Seaman, Eddie Hertzberger, Dudley Folland, John Wyer, Colonel Ronnie Hoare, Jack Fairman,1936 Aston Martin 2-Litre Speed Model 'Red Dragon' Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. H6/711/U

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    A dragon apparent
    Andrew Currie on the car that roared round the track

    The fierce 'Red Dragon' Aston Martin Speed Model will be offered at September's Goodwood Revival Sale. Built in 1936, the 'Red Dragon'
    was the ultimate 'Ulster' Aston Martin, the car created for British driver, Richard 'Dick' Seaman, to challenge Germany's sophisticated new BMW 328s in the most important UK race of the period: the RAC TT on the ...

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    Roll with it
    A great car is often described as a work of art. Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the CEO of Rolls-Royce, tells Lucinda Bredin why he has now embedded the marque in the art world

    It always helps to make a journalist drink the Kool-Aid before the interview. Presumably this is why Rolls-Royce sent a car to glide us to its factory in West Sussex to meet Torsten Müller-Ötvös, the company's CEO. The motor – a Ghost, with 'Red Velvet Sparkle' paintwork and 'Seashell'- coloured upholstery with 'Consort Red' trim – didn't ...

  5. 1904 Aster 16/20 HP

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    Veteran affair
    The London to Brighton Run is never, ever, dull, says Doug Nye. But neither is it for the faint hearted

    Perhaps the most surprising fact about the London to Brighton Run
    is that, 120 years after the inaugural gathering, the reliability of the ancient vehicles that take part has actually improved. In the modern era, around 90 per cent of the entrants, all of which must date from 1905 or before, are expected to finish the Run. In 1896, however ...

  6. The Ex-Willett Brown, Vasek Polak, Fred Sebald, Richard A. Barbour, George Reilly,1956 Porsche 1.5-litre TYP 550/1500 Rennsport Syder Sports-Racing Two-Seater  Chassis no. 550-0090

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    Time machine
    Porsche honed its motor racing prowess throughout the 1950s. A pristine 550RS Spyder transports Matthew Wilcox to another world

    In 1971, celebrated racing driver Richie Ginther took to the track with motoring journalist, Allan Girdler, for an article that would pit the legendary Porsche 550RS Spyder against some of its newer rivals.

    "While a one-hour race can leave a Ferrari driver too weak in the legs to walk without limping and too weak in the arms to pick up ...

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