Bonhams Motoring Magazine Winter Edition


• 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.

  1. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster  Chassis no. 198042-7500432

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    Through the roof
    It feels as cool as it looks, says Simon Coppock

    The 300 SL Roadster was introduced at the 1957 Geneva Salon, effectively replacing the Gullwing Coupé. It improved even on its predecessor's enviable performance, managing 0-60mph in
    7 seconds flat and, said Road & Track, "handling beautifully". Ventilation was improved, so that the Roadster driver kept as cool as the car he was driving. An excellent 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ...

  2. 1964 PORSCHE 904 GTS  Chassis no. 904 098 Engine no. 99090

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    For Isobel Cockerell the Porsche 904 was an iconoclastic pioneer of both style and raw speed

    The Porsche 904 firmly established the marque as one of the most innovative and technically advanced motor car manufactuerers – its credentials confirmed by winning the gruelling Targa Florio in its debut year. A 1964 Porsche 904 GTS of rare quality is to be offered by Bonhams at January's Scottsdale sale in Arizona. It not only has an unblemished history ...

  3. The Brussels Motor Show,1960 FERRARI 250 GT SWB CALIFORNIA SPIDER  Chassis no. 2277 GT Engine no. 2277 GT

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    California dreaming
    The California Spider is a Ferrari of inescapable beauty, argues Matthew Wilcox

    The Ferrari 250 GT California Spider is a carthat makes more all-time-greats lists than Diego Maradona and George Best combined. Indeed, the TV presenter Chris Evans called it, "the most beautiful car ever created", and film stars on both sides of the Atlantic – not least James Coburn and Alain Delon – drove the model.

    Mechanically, it was typical of the excellence ...

  4. 1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Brougham de Ville 'The Phantom of Love'  Chassis no. 76TC

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    Baroque and Rolls
    Clarence Gasque presented to his beloved wife. Mark Beech tells the tale of its creation

    It could be the Throne room at Versailles. The ceiling is hand- painted with cherubs, the seating is fit for an 18th century king and queen. Yet this intricate interior was not created for a palace or the Hotel de Crillon in Paris, but for an American businessman's motor car.

    The Phantom I Brougham de Ville model from 1926 ...

  5. Ex Scuderia Ferrari,1952 FERRARI 340 AMERICA SPIDER COMPETIZIONEDesign by Vignale   Chassis no. 0196A Engine no. 0196A

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    Thoroughbred racer
    The Ferrari 340 American Spider Vignale was named after, designed and built and driven by legends of motorsport, says Neil Lyndon

    To gaze at the 1952 Ferrari 340 American Spider Vignale - to be offered by Bonhams at the Scottsdale auction on the 19 January- is to see into the heart of motor racing in the middle of the 20th century. In the year of its creation, the car embodied the highest reaches of art and science, engineering and heroism, that motor ...

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