Barn-found collection joins H&H Classics auction docket

Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Some of the cars found in barns and now heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

‘Time capsule.” That’s how H&H Classics is describing two car collections of primarily pre-war classics — one of them farm-found — consigned for the docket for its upcoming auction June 2 at the National Motorcycle Museum.

One collection — the Home Farm collection — includes 11 cars and 34 motorcycles, all found dust-covered in barns in Berkshire, U.K.

The other collection — the County Wexford collection — includes 14 cars, among them one of three 1939 Triumph Dolomite 14/60 drophead coups known to still survive. Continue reading

Rally car star on H&H Classics auction docket

Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos
Chassis 001 has undergone restoration at Prodrive, where the rally car was developed | H&H Classics photos

The Subaru Impreza WRC97 (chassis No. 001) that helped the automaker win its third consecutive World Rally manufacturers’ championship in 1997, will drive onto the block at H&H Classics Sports & GT cars auction, scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in England.

The sale is being conducted in conjunction with Motor Sport magazine’s Hall of Fame program at the same location. Continue reading

One-off Tojeiro Climax coupe headed across auction block

John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos
John Tojeiro created the chassis beneath the Tojeiro Climax coupe | H&H Classics photos

Yet another of John Tojeiro’s remarkable automobiles is heading to auction, the one-of-a-kind 1958 Tojeiro Climax coupe joining the docket for H&H Classics Sports & GT Cars sale scheduled for June 6 at the RAC’s Woodcote Park Estate in Surrey, England. Continue reading

Britain’s motorcycle museum to host three auctions a year

Some of the 1,000 motorcycles in the museum collection | NMM photo
Some of the 1,000 motorcycles in the museum collection | NMM photo

Britain’s H&H Classics and the National Motorcycle Museum of England have struck an agreement for the auction house to stage three sales a year at the museum, beginning June 1-2, 2017.

“We have decided to raise the bar on our motorcycle sales by holding them at the most prestigious bike venue in the country,” Dominic Lyncker, chief executive of H&H Classics, said in a news release. “The museum is ‘Bike Central’ for anyone who loves motorcycling. Continue reading

Ferrari trio highlights H&H Classics’ War Museum auction

1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos
1958 Ferrari PF coupe rebodied as a California Spider | H&H Classics photos

Three Ferraris formed the focal point for H&H Classics’ Duxford auction at Britain’s Imperial War Museum this week. The auction, with 121 cars on its docket, generated sales of £4.4 million ($5.51 million).

But of particular note were a 1958 Ferrari 250GT PF coupe that had been rebodied as a LWB California Spider; a 2001 Ferrari 360 Spider formerly owned by soccer star David Beckham; and a 1964 Ferrari 330GT Nembo Spider from the estate of Richard Allen and being sold to benefit the East Anglian Air Ambulance Service. Continue reading

Restored or preserved? Bidders will decide when H&H Classics offers 1967 Porsche 911S twins

Same year, same color, same value? We'll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos
Same year, same color, same value? We’ll see at H&N Classics auction March 29 | H&H Classics photos

Which is more valuable? A completely original and very carefully maintained 1967 Porsche 911 S or its seemingly identical twin that has undergone a 1,500-hour restoration back to and perhaps even beyond factory specification?

We’ll find out March 29 when the two cars are offered up for bidding at H&H Classics auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, England. Continue reading

Six pack of Armstrong Siddeleys featured at War Museum sale

Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among  Colin Hope's collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos
Rare 1935 Special Mk II Touring Limousine among Colin Hope’s collection heading to auction | H&H Classics photos

Six Armstrong Siddeleys from the collection of the late Colin Hope, president of the Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders and a trustee of the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, will be offered for sale at H&H Classics’ Duxford Auction scheduled for March 29 at the Imperial War Museum. Continue reading

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