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.
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
A 1909 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost owned by DeNean Stafford III of Tifton, Georgia, won Best of Show honors Sunday at the inaugural Atlanta Concours d’Elegance at Chateau Elan.
The car, believed to be on the only short-wheelbase chassis of its kind, went to Atlanta after earning best in class honors at Pebble Beach. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.
Georges Kellner began making carriages in Paris in 1861. His sons, Paul and George Jr., joined their father’s enterprise in 1890. Thirteen years later, in the Kellners began producing bodies for motorcars.
Three pieces of British royalty with celebrity connections will be up for auction in August during Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach sale.
The auction, which takes place August 15-16 at the Equestrian Center adjacent to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, offers a collection of top-drawer collector cars during the annual sale, which last year soared well over $100 million during the two-day event.
Each of the three English cars is expected to go into seven figures. They are: Continue reading
The auction staged last weekend by H&H Classics in conjunction with the annual concours and rally by Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club did £1.4 million in sales ($2.21 million) at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England.
The highlight of the sale was the approximately $255,000 paid for a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, formerly owned by the future Edward VIII. The car was bedecked with “wood-effect” paint on shooting-brake coachwork and is called one of the earliest of “woodies.” Continue reading
H &H may not have the name recognition in North America of a Bonhams or one of the other big British classic car auction houses, but the company has been in business since 1993 and has an international reputation for high-dollar vehicles.
Its next sale is Saturday (June 20) in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club annual concours and rally at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, England, where the docket will include several Rolls and Bentleys among other vehicles. Continue reading
Of all the cars in the world, none is more storied and more impressive than a Rolls-Royce. The company’s motto is “The best car in the world,” and a good example of any Rolls-Royce certainly delivers on that promise.
This is partly due to the fact that a Rolls-Royce has always been one of the most expensive cars in the world, always costing more than the average house by a long shot. When just looking at a Rolls and sitting behind the wheel, you see immediately where all that money was spent. Continue reading
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars famously started after an introduction in 1904 between Charles Rolls, a young automobile enthusiast and dealer of French automobiles, and Henry Royce, a middle-aged manufacturer of electrical components. Continue reading
Town Cars: Arriving in Style, a new exhibit focusing on the grand chauffeur-driven limousines of history’s most rich and famous, highlights upcoming activities at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
Opening this Saturday, the yearlong showcase of bygone opulence features the finest examples from 1900 through the 1960s of the ultra-formal vehicles known as “town cars,” a term which denotes an open chauffeur’s area and an enclosed passenger compartment. The name Town Car was later co-opted by Lincoln.
Elegant town cars came from a variety of premium European and U.S. brands, and from the earliest days of the automobile. Usually, they were the most-splendid and most-expensive vehicles that the auto companies had to offer.
Many were custom-bodied by luxury coachbuilders, and they were as much about being seen in as they were about going places. Fred Astaire’s classically styled 1927 Rolls-Royce will be among the celebrity town cars on display.
Other upcoming events at the Petersen, located on the busy corner of Fairfax Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, include:
- The Automotive Design Symposium: Celebrating Southern California Design, at 11 a.m. Sunday, February 23, with a panel of auto designers and industry experts. A Car Designer Cruise-In featuring concepts, classics, hot rods and creative customs starts at 9 a.m.
- A special Movies and Milkshakes showing of the documentary film “Where They Raced,” featuring racing footage and photos from California’s golden age of speed, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 26. Admission and popcorn are free, and milkshakes are vintage priced at just $1. Click here for a preview clip from “Where They Raced.”
- The fourth annual Women’s Day at the Petersen Museum from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, presents hands-on lessons in car care, maintenance, tricks and tips presented in an entertaining fashion. For more information, call (323) 964-6308 or email sreck@petersen.,org.
- Continuing exhibits at Petersen include License Plates: Unlocking the Code, through March 30, and Pickups: The Art of Utility, through April 6.
For more information about the Petersen Automotive Museum and its programs, see www.petersen.org.