Car star power boosts auction action on Monterey Peninsula

Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby's | Andy Reid photo
Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby’s | Andy Reid photo

The star cars shined Friday at the collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula.

In the daily report from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle-valuation tracking company that monitors each of the sales, “Much of this week’s perceived success hinged on RM Sotheby’s selling its 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, Gooding & Company selling its 1970 Porsche 917K, and Bonhams selling its 1995 McLaren F1.

“From that standpoint, the upper-most reaches of the market are strong, as each company achieved good results for each model. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at Bonhams’ 2017 Monterey auction

This Ferrari 288 GTO is among the cars Andy would love to take home from Bonhams' sale at The Quail
This Ferrari 288 GTO is among the cars Andy would love to take home from Bonhams’ sale at The Quail

I remember my first trip to Monterey Car Week in 2001, and going to the Bonhams auction and discovering a variety of cars at various price points, everything from full classics and classic sports cars to wonderous supercars and race cars. Continue reading

Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos
1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition. Continue reading

Motorcycle champion’s collection headed to auction

Ivan Mauger's 1977 championship ride will be offered at auction | Bonhams photos
Ivan Mauger’s 1977 championship ride will be offered at auction | Bonhams photos

Ivan Mauger, considered the greatest speedway motorcycle racer of the 20th Century, won a record nine world championships in speedway and long-track competition. In October, his personal collection of motorcycles and trophies and memorabilia will be offered for sale at Bohams’ Autumn Stafford auction. Continue reading

Ex-Fangio Maserati 300 S added to Bonhams’ Quail docket

Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos
Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos

The 1956 Maserati 300 S sports racer that Juan Manual Fangio drove to victory in Portuguese and Brazilian grand prix events has been consigned for sale at Bonhams’ auction scheduled for August 18 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

First U.S.-legal McLaren F1 going to Bonhams’ Quail sale

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The first of only seven 1995 McLaren F1 three-seat supercars to be federalized, and thus street-legal for the United States, will be offered for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ annual collector car auction at the Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week.

The car is a one-owner vehicle, Bonhams notes, and the first one to be imported to this country. Continue reading

Historic De Havilland ‘Dragon’ aircraft on Bonhams’ docket

De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos
De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos

A De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five such historic aircraft still surviving, will be offered at public auction for the first time September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale in England.

“The DH 84 was the executive jet of its day,” James Knight, group motoring director for Bonhams, said in a news release.

“Its ability to cover great distances with at least six passengers and land almost anywhere ensured it was the must-have aircraft of the period – for personal, commercial and military use.” Continue reading

Bonhams celebrates 25 years at Goodwood with $13.1 million sale

'Rolls from Rajputana' is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos
‘Rolls from Rajputana’ is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ 25th annual collector car auction, held Friday in conjunction with the Goodwood Festival of Speed has reported more than $13.165 million in sales with a 62.5 percent sell-through rate.

A 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a 1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight and a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Sedanca de Ville each sold for more than $1 million. Continue reading

British racer’s collection headed to Bonhams auction

Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos
Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos

Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.

Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Italian coachbuilt trio for Quail sale

Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos
Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has consignment a trio of coachbuilt cars by Italian designers for its auction in August at the Quail on the Monterey Peninsula. They are:

  • A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider by Frua.
  • A 1957 BMW 503 cabriolet by Bertone.
  • A 1953 Chrysler Special by Ghia.

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