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Welcome to our latest news page. Here we'll be discussing what's new in the classic car industry.

  • The 'Electric' Porsche 911 SC Targa

    by Garry Shortt | Jun 2, 2017

    The 'Electric' revolution of Classic Cars has begun! 

  • Ferrari celebrates its 70th anniversary!

    by Garry Shortt | Mar 14, 2017

    On 12 March 2017, exactly 70 years after Enzo Ferrari test-drove the first car to bear the Cavallino Rampante for the very first time, the company kicked off its anniversary celebrations with a wonderful re-enactment of the moment at the factory gates in Maranello, but with a modern twist…

    The start of something new - watch the video:

    https://youtu.be/_9jPDKwSbKA

     

    It was a special moment on Via Abetone Inferiore in Maranello yesterday, when a Ferrari 125 S — the first 12-cylinder Ferrari — met a LaFerrari Aperta for a historic photo opportunity at the famous factory gates. It was 70 years to the day that Enzo Ferrari trundled out onto the roads in the 125 S for the very first time, heralding the beginning of his eponymous company’s illustrious history. The re-enactment marked the beginning of Ferrari’s 70th anniversary celebrations, which will take place in over 60 countries around the world, before culminating at Maranello on 9 and 10 September. 

     

  • New E Type!

    by Garry Shortt | Dec 16, 2016

    This beautiful E Type has just arrived with us for sale after a complete "Nut & Bolt" rebuild to Concours standard and it is genuinely like a brand new car straight off the production line! 

  • Hundreds of Italian classics to be sold with no reserve!

    by Garry Shortt | Nov 22, 2016

    Hundreds of Italian classics to be sold with no reserve!

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    More than 430 classics are set to be auctioned without reserve at Milano AutoClassica from 25-27 November, with hundreds of other fascinating lots ranging from vintage speedboats and bicycles through to period enamel advertising signs. 

    The vehicles and motoring ephemera form RM Sotheby’s Duemila Ruote sale, an auction of assets formerly belonging to businessman Luigi Compiano and seized by the Italian government three years ago.

    With rock-bottom estimates, no reserves on even the priciest lots and, in many cases, cars being sold with no documents, this auction represents an unprecedented opportunity to pick up a bargain. Here are a few of the highlights:

    1966 Ferrari 275GTB/C Alloy
    €2,400,000-2,800,000

    The first of seven long-nosed, six-carburetor, alloy-bodied 275GTBs is expected to be the star of the sale. Recently serviced by a marque specialist within sight of the Ferrari factory and boasting an impressive history including single-family ownership for 36 years, all eyes will be fixed on this car. It’s result could set the tone for the sale. 

    2004 Maserati MC12
    €1,100,000-1,300,000

    With just 50 examples ever built, Maserati’s take on the Ferrari Enzo is a rare beast indeed. This example was delivered new to Verona and has covered less than 6000km throughout its lifetime. It as sent to the official Maserati dealership in Modena for a full service and check over to ensure it’s ready for the road. It’s expected to be the second biggest seller. 

    1992 Ferrari F40
    €725,000-875,000

    This Ferrari F40 was originally delivered to Switzerland, and in its time was fitted with non-standard wheels, a new nose, flared arches and uprated suspension. It returned to Italy in 2007, when it received its 30,000km service – though it’s got less than 26,800 on the clock – and was recently serviced prior to the sale. 

    1969 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta
    €650,000-800,000

    Expected to be the fourth best-seller at the auction, this desirable Plexiglass specification Daytona is sure to draw plenty of attention. Despite going through a number of guises since being delivered to Maranello Concessionaires in 1969 (it left the factory in Blu Dino, was then painted grey and, later, red), it retains its original matching numbers engine and gearbox, making it a prime candidate to return to its factory specification. 

    1994 Bugatti EB110 GT
    €275,000-325,000

    Ferrari’s F40 may have grabbed the headlines, but with just 139 examples having ever been built, it’s the Bugatti EB110 that will offer greater exclusivity. This example is finished in Blu Electtrico and retains its original ANSA exhaust system.

    1991 Lancia-Ferrari LC2 Group C
    €240,000-280,000

    Lancia’s Ferrari-engined LC2 hails from one of the most exciting periods in motorsport history: Group C. Running alongside Porsche’s 956, the cut-down 2.6-litre V8 Lancia more than held its own thanks in part to its brutal 650bhp, twin turbocharged power plant. Even with recommissioning and running costs, chassis 0009 looks like incredible value for money. 

    1935 Fiat 508 S Balilla Aerodynamica
    €45,000-55,000

    Arguably the prettiest car of the 508 range, the two-seater Aerodynamica was also one of the most competitive, running in endurance races throughout the 1930s. Ripe for restoration, expect this charming berlinetta to be gracing the Mille Miglia entry list in years to come. 

    1971 Fiat Dino Coupé
    €10,000-15,000

    1968 Lancia Fulvia Sport 1.3 Competizione Zagato
    €20,000-30,000

    1965 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Sedan
    €20,000-30,000

    1964 Porsche 356C 1600 Coupé
    €10,000-15,000

    1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal
    €5000-10,000

    1964 Lancia Flaminia GTL 2.8 3C Touring
    €20,000-30,000

    1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Touring Coupé Aerlux
    €80,000-90,000

    1965 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII BJ8
    €15,000-18,000

    1965 Jaguar E-type Series I 4.2 FHC
    €20,000-30,000

    See the full list of lots on Sotheby's website here: http://www.rmsothebys.com/tv16/duemila-ruote/lots/?salecode=TV16&sort=est

  • Electric Classic Cars

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 24, 2016

    We are pleased to announce that we will also be displaying an 'electric' 1965 VW Beetle on our stand at the Classic & Sports Car Show courtesy of Electric Classic Cars, so come and talk to us about these fabulous conversions and our future plans!

    Watch the video: https://youtu.be/fXsQGWWz3Is

  • Classic & Sports Car Show - Alexandra Palace

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 20, 2016

  • Classic & Sports Car Show - Alexandra Palace

    by Garry Shortt | Oct 18, 2016

    We are exhibiting again at the Classic & Sports Car Show at Alexandra Palace on 28th-30th October 2016 - Stand G50 - and this year we have a bigger stand and are taking seven cars + a scooter or two!

    http://www.classicandsportscarshow.com/

    Hope to see you there!

  • Le Mans C-type smashes auction estimate in Monaco!

    by Garry Shortt | May 17, 2016

    Le Mans C-type smashes auction estimate in Monaco!

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    An ex-1953 Le Mans 24 Hour and Spa 24 Hours Jaguar C-type blasted past its pre-sale estimate of just under £4m to sell for £5,709,060 at Bonhams’ Les Grandes Marques sale in Monaco. 

    The ex-Ecurie Francorchamps racer is one of the most original Jaguar C-types in existence having remained unrestored and in the same family’s ownership since 1963. It was bought by racing photographer Guy Griffiths for £635 after viewing the car with his then-teenaged daughter Penny.

    As well as being in astoundingly original condition the car boasts an impressive race history, having been driven to ninth place at Le Mans while supporting the works Lightweight C-types, which finished first, second and fourth. Less than a month later it ran at Spa, appearing in the Nürburgring 1000km the following month. It was then sold to Dunlop and used as a test mule for new tyres, before being bought and raced by Michael Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess.

    “I went with Dad to see the C-type,” said Penny Griffiths. “I just thought it was fantastic! He played it cool and we drove home again. But later than week he said ‘I’ve been thinking about the C-type. It’s an awful lot of money but – yes, we’ll have it’ and I remember being so excited. It was our first Jaguar and remember it coming home for the first time. Guy really didn’t like the look of the cockpit, complaining it had apparently been sprayed a cheap, horrible silver. My mother had trained as a dressmaker. She said ‘Don’t worry about that. Black Rexine. That’s the stuff. I’ll cover it.’ And she did, and that Rexine is still in there today.”

    The car’s racing career ended when it was bought by the Griffiths’, but it continued to see regular use on Jaguar tours and events, including several ‘raids’ to the Le Mans 24 Hours. Penny recalls one such trip to the Rallye Georges Durand: “Roger and I set off in the C-type for about 20 minutes to the next village, where we were all encouraged to mark the occasion with the local cider. Then we drove for another 20 minutes to another village – where we were offered Calvados. Another 20 minutes, another village – huge lunch stop with wine…All the time we were being escorted by the Gendarmerie on their motorcycles, but nobody seemed to turn a hair. It was rural France in the 1980s, but today all of us would have been arrested – quite rightly. Standards were just different then.”

    Click here to see a full gallery of images of the Jaguar C-type

     

  • James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Spectre car sold for £2.4m

    by Garry Shortt | Feb 19, 2016

    James Bond Aston Martin DB10 Spectre car sold for £2.4m

    The Aston Martin DB10, built exclusively for the latest James Bond film 'Spectre'

    An Aston Martin sports car from the James Bond film Spectre has sold at auction for £2,434,500.

    The DB10, one of only two "show cars" from the 10 made specially for the film, smashed its reserve price of £1m.

    Made in Warwickshire, the model has a 4.7-litre V8 petrol engine and a top speed of 190 mph - but it cannot be driven on public roads.

    "Spectre - The Auction", at Christie's London King Street, saw 10 lots raise £2,785,500 for charities.

    A further 14 items continue in an online auction which ends next Tuesday.

    Other lots included the "Day of the Dead" costume worn by Daniel Craig in Spectre, which sold for £98,500.

    Sam Smith's Writing on the Wall record and sheet music went for £9,375.

    Aston Martin has been associated with Bond since the 1964 film Goldfinger, which featured a DB5.

    The auctioned DB10, hand built at Aston Martin's UK headquarters in Gaydon, was signed by Daniel Craig.

    Most of the DB10s were modified for use in the filming of Spectre but two were left unmodified for display.

    The film is reported to have destroyed $36m (£25m) worth of cars during shooting.

    Omega Seamaster 300 watchImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionAn Omega Seamaster 300 watch worn by Daniel Craig as James Bond was bought for £92,500

    Sam Smith record and sheet musicImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionSam Smith's 'Writing's on the Wall' sells for £9,375 with proceeds donated to Make It To Me Fund

    Signed photo of Daniel Craig as James BondImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionRankin's framed set of character art sold for £30,000

    Oberhauser's Spectre gold ringImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionOberhauser's Spectre gold ring worn by Christoph Waltz achieved £32,500

    Day of the Dead costume £98,500Image copyrightChristie'sImage captionThe 'Day of the Dead' costume worn by Daniel Craig in Spectre sold for £98,500

    Christie's Spectre auctionImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionThe auction started with a blu-ray disc and James Bond Tom Ford cufflinks which went for £30,000

    Vodka martiniImage copyrightChristie'sImage captionChristie's welcomed guests with Bond's signature tipple, vodka martini - shaken not stirred

     

     

  • James Bond Memorabilia Auction Comes To London

    by Garry Shortt | Nov 25, 2015

    Massive James Bond memorabilia auction comes to London

    A huge sale of show-stopping film posters and memorabilia will take place at the Royal Horticultural Society in London on 1 December,

    with James Bond's boat from The World is Not Enough set to take a starring role. 

    The boat was created for and used in one of the opening scenes of the film, which featured a chase on the river Thames.

    One of only four ever built, the boat is powered by a 5.7-litre V8 engine and is expected to sell for as much as £10,000.

    "We are delighted to offer items from the unique James Bond collection of Marc Slattery," said Coys poster

    specialist Adrian Cowdry.

    "This important and well-known collection features an unsurpassed amount of film posters and related items spanning

    the entire history of the James Bond films, as well as other related collectables." 

    Other highlights of the sale include an original 1965 Thunderball poster, a brochure from the premier of Her Majesty's Secret Service

    and a skull poster from the most recent film, SPECTRE. 

    The poster used to promote Thunderball has been hailed as one of the best pieces of Bond artwork and is thought to be worth

    between £6500 and £10,000.

    Adrian Cowdry said: "Originally designed in a four panel format, intended to be cut into two or four for the cinema to use around

    the advertising area, this particular version was never cut into sections and is one of the finest examples available."

    Meanwhile, the brochure for Her Majesty's Secret Service, which was only ever produced in limited numbers,

    could fetch as much as £1500. Also produced in low numbers, the SPECTRE skull poster was created for the

    cast and crew of the film and is expected to sell for £700-800.

    A brace of first issue film posters from the early 1960s are also expected to attract a lot of interest. The first, a 1962 poster

    from Dr No is estimated at £7-8000, while the second, used to promote the 1963 film From Russia With Love

    could make as much as £6000. 

    The sale also includes a number of early novels, such as Man With the Golden Gun (£150-200),

    Octopussy (£150-200) and On Her Majesty's Secret Service (£450-500). 

    For full details of this auction including Classic Cars, please see Coys website:

    http://www.coys.co.uk/true-greats

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