Minivan? No, a Minnie Van, and some big-boy toys

This 2018 Honda Odyssey is the Minnie Van | American Honda photo
This 2018 Honda Odyssey is the Minnie Van | American Honda photo

File this under future classics, or perhaps as a way to get your young granddaughter interested in cars:

We reported in this space a few weeks ago that the Disney Junior and Disney Channels have replaced the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with Mickey and the Roadster Racers. Now, Disney-ABC and Honda have worked together to unveil the “Minnie Van,” a one-off version of the all-new 2018 Honda Odyssey with pink-polka dot trim and roof-mounted Minnie ears. Continue reading

Rare and spectacular, 1913 Rolls-Royce going to Bonhams sale

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos

A rare “colonial spec” 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer will highlight Bonhams’ autumn sale in Philadelphia.

The grand luxury Silver Ghost was specially configured as a London-to-Edinburgh car, differing from other models with larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. As a colonial-specification car, the Rolls is fitted with an enlarged radiator and fuel tank for traveling in remote areas. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce Phantom belonged to famed speed-record holder

A 1933 Phantom once owned by Malcolm Campbell was named by Rolls-Royce for the exhibit | Rolls-Royce
A 1933 Phantom once owned by Malcolm Campbell was named by Rolls-Royce for the exhibit | Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has revealed the third car in its exhibition of The Eight Great Phantoms, which will be shown July 29 through August 2 at Bonhams’ salesroom in London. Seven of the cars are vintage models representing each of Phantoms’ seven generations, while the eighth is the upcoming 2018 Phantom that will debut at the show. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce rolls out exhibition of famous Phantoms

 The 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom II was owned by a World War II legend |  James Lipman / Rolls-Royce
The 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III was owned by a World War II legend | James Lipman / Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce mounts a celebration of the longest-running nameplate in automotive history with an exhibition starting at the end of July called The Great Eight Phantoms, bringing together all the generations of the luxury motorcar dating to 1925.

The British automaker is assembling famous examples of the first seven generations of its flagship car, as well as introducing the eighth and latest example, the 2018 Phantom, for the show to be held in Mayfair, London. Continue reading

British royalty assembled for Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos
The Bentley is a massive motorcar that could cruise at 100 mph | Bonhams photos

The 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sedanca de Ville is a palace among motorcars, a royal barge powered by a massive 488-cubic-inch inline-6 that could transport its pampered occupants at more than 100 mph despite its heavy formal coachwork.

The Bentley, the sole remaining example of six Sedanca-bodied limousines built that year, will roll majestically across the auction block June 30 during Bonhams’ collector car and automobilia auction held at Goodwood House during the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed in England. Continue reading

Rolls-Royce builds its smallest, but perhaps its most special, car

Hari Rajyaguru takes the SRH for a test drive in the Rolls-Royce assembly plant | Rolls-Royce photos by James Lipman
Hari Rajyaguru takes the SRH for a test drive in the Rolls-Royce assembly plant | Rolls-Royce photos by James Lipman

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has produced the smallest vehicle in its history, but for very big reasons. The car, the Rolls-Royce SRH, has been presented to the St Richard’s Hospital Pediatric Day Surgery Unit, a hospital in Chichester, West Susses, England, the automaker’s home city. The car was designed so children can drive themselves to the operating theater, and do so through corridors lined with traffic signs. Continue reading

‘Gentleman’ collector gets full day at RM Sotheby’s Amelia sale

The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet III “Tipo Bocca” is the most-valuable car in the collection | RM Sotheby's
The 1936 Lancia Astura Cabriolet III ‘Tipo Bocca’ is the most-valuable car in the collection | Darin Schnabel/RM Sotheby’s photos

Orin Smith was known as a consummate collector of fine automobiles, a man of means with an eye for beauty and a flair for living life to the fullest. During 20 years of collecting and restoring classic cars, and compiling an enviable assortment of concours trophies, Smith gathered together a large and carefully curated group of impressive vehicles, many of them special or unique examples from the world’s greatest marques.

Smith, 81, passed away in August 2016, and his family has opted to consign his collection to RM Sotheby’s, an auction house with which he had a close connection. Fifty-eight of Smith’s cars will be offered at RM Sotheby’s upcoming auction on Amelia Island, Florida. Continue reading

‘Painter laureate’ Rolls-Royce on Aussie auction docket

1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos
1936 Rolls-Royce was owned by famed portrait artist | Mossgreen photos

A 1936 Rolls-Royce former owned by the artist known as “Britain’s painter laureate” headlines Mossgreen Auctions upcoming sale May 28 in Melbourne, Australia. The auction will include around 20 vehicles.

“The F.O. Salisbury Rolls-Royce, not surprisingly is a work of art in itself,” Mossgreen said in its news release. Continue reading

Pick of the Day: 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow

The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green
The Rolls-Royce is beautifully finished in Highland Green

Usually it is really easy for me to find a Pick of the Day, but today I tried something different. I wanted to find a very special car that could be bought for a bargain price. After about three hours of searching, I think I have found just the car, definitely something I would love to have in my own garage.

My pick is this stunning 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, a magnificent luxury automobile offered for the cost of an average new car. Continue reading

‘Throne room’ Rolls headed to Bonhams Bond Street auction

1926 'Phantom of Love' Rolls-Royce was a gift to Woolworth heiress | Bonhams photos
1926 ‘Phantom of Love’ Rolls-Royce was a gift to Woolworth heiress | Bonhams photos

The 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I commissioned by American Clarence Gasque as a gift for his wife and Woolworth’s heiress, Maude, is the star car for the Bonhams Bond Street Sale scheduled for December 4 in London.

Bonhams terms the Rolls as being “more like the throne room at Versailles than a car” because of its stunning artistic interior features. Continue reading