At 68, he’s selling a collection to fund a new search

Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos
Clive Pearson spent 30 years collecting Ariel motorcycles | H&H Classics photos

Clive Pearson of Leicester, England, has spent the past 30 years putting together a collection of 30 unrestored Ariel Arrows motorcycles and Ariel parts. Now 68, he is offering it all up at the H&H Classics auction February 22 at Donington Park so he can continue another quest.

No, Pearson isn’t retiring from his passion for collecting. He’s simply selling his collection of Ariels to fund his effort to locate and restore a Kettenkrad, a German tracked motorbike. Continue reading

Nembo Spyder auction to benefit helicopter rescue team

Richard Allen's Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos
Richard Allen’s Nembo Spyder and the East Anglia Air Ambulance Service team | H&H Classics photos

As the story goes, around 1960, engineers Giorgio Neri and Luciano Bonacini left the Maserati racing team to launch their own workshop in Modena, Italy. At first, they produced spare parts needed for sports and racing car owners, but soon they were shaping sheet metal, creating their own bodywork, often taking unused Ferrari chassis and wrapping them in stunning shapes.

The Ferrari 250GT “Breadvan” was one of their projects, and they also were involved in Count Giovanni Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima. Later, after Bonacini left the firm, Neri would supply the distinctive side strakes for the Ferrari Testarossas of the 1980s. Continue reading

Confiscated cars sell at Chateau Impney auction

Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos
Bidders take a look during the H&H Classics auction preview | H&H Classics photos

Admitting that the docket offered something of a “pre-Christmas garage sale,” H&H Classics wrapped up its 2016 auction calendar this week, selling some 90 collector cars and more than 300 items of automobilia for £2,000,000, slightly more than $2.5 million at the current exchange rate.

The sale, held at Chateau Impney in the British Midlands, featured a group of low-mileage luxury and sports cars seized by the British government from a Middle Eastern sheikh in what H&H termed “a financial dispute.” Continue reading

Bentley inspired by ‘Scalded Cats’ heads to auction

1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special was built as tribute to famed 'Scalded Cat' cars | H&H Classics photos
1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special was built as tribute to famed ‘Scalded Cat’ cars | H&H Classics photos

A one-off 1952 Bentley R-Type Straight 8 Special inspired by the “Scalded Cats” prototypes headlines H&H Classics’ final auction of the year, the Chateau Impney sale scheduled for December 7 at Droitwich Spa in the UK.

The auction docket includes a “brace of Bristols,” a Bentley Continental R, and even an 1899 Phebus 2.25hp that’s eligible for the London to Brighton Run. But perhaps no car in the auction has a story as intriguing as the black and light blue-colored “Fire Engine” special. Continue reading

It’s a $341,700 homecoming for famed British bike

Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos
Philip Vincent on the 1938 Rapide, with Ray Pett standing | H&H Classics photos

One of Britain’s “Holy Grail” motorcycles has returned home sold for
£275,000 ($341,700) at H&H Classic auction this week at Donington. The 1938 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide was built by Ted Hampshire and at one time was owned by Alan de Cadenet.

The bike, one of only 78 produced between 1936 and 1939, was discovered recently in a “job-lot” collection in Japan. Only 50 of the Series-A Rapides are known to still exist, H&H Classics reported. Continue reading

Four vintage motorcycles with sidecars going from barn to auction

Here's the view that greeted xx when he opened the barn doors | Coys photos
Here’s the view that greeted Mark Bryan when he opened the barn doors | H&H Classics photos

So some 20 years ago, someone put four vintage motorcycles with sidecars into a British barn. The plan was that someday they would be displayed at a new museum.

But the museum wasn’t built and the bikes were forgotten and left to collect dust until recently, when Mark Bryan opened a set of creaking barn doors and rediscovered the motorcycles. Continue reading

Velocette Thruxton sets record at H&H Classics Donington sale

1966 Veloceett Thruxton sells for record price in England | H&H Classics photos
1966 Veloceett Thruxton sells for record price in England | H&H Classics photos

H &H Classics reported a 70 percent sell-through rate for its Donington Park auction over the weekend. Although it did not report a total sales figure, it did note that there was “an absence of any Brexit jitters” and a record price paid for an unrestored Velocette Thruxton motorcycle.

The bike, a 1966 model, sold for £20,000 ($26,451), twice the pre-sale estimate, and a new world record for an unrestored bike of this type. Continue reading

Costin Nathan racer project sells for triple pre-auction estimate

Barn-found Costin Nathan project sells for six figures at H&H Classics auction | H&H photos
Barn-found Costin Nathan project sells for six figures at H&H Classics auction | H&H photos

A barn-found 1966 Costin Nathan race car “project” sold for three times its pre-auction estimated value last weekend at H&H Classics’ Chateau Impney auction in England. The car brought more than £80,000 (nearly $105,000) after being expected to sell for between £25,000 and £30,000 ($32,500 to nearly $39,000). Continue reading

‘The Professionals’ Capri headed to H&H Classics auction

1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British 'The Professionals' TV series | H&H Classics photos
1978 Ford Capri 3.0S was used in British ‘The Professionals’ TV series | H&H Classics photos

From 1977-1983, Bodie, portrayed by actor Lewis Collins, took on criminals on their own terms in the British television series, The Professionals. His vehicle of choice was a Ford Capri, one of which will be offered at the H&H Classics auction April 20 at Duxford, UK. Continue reading