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

1909 Rolls takes Best of Show at new Atlanta concours

DeNean Stafford III accepts Best of Show award from honorary head judge Keith Martin | Atlanta concours photo
DeNean Stafford III accepts Best of Show award from honorary head judge Keith Martin | Atlanta concours photo

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

Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2016: 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Kellner Cabriolet

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1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Kellner Cabriolet | Barrett-Jackson Photos

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.

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Three British greats headed to Gooding sale in Monterey

The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos
The Aston Martin DB5 was once owned by a Hollywood producer | Gooding & Company photos

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

‘Woodie’ tops H&H Classics Rolls-Royce sale

The scene at H&H's Rolls and Bentley sale | H&H Classics photos
The scene at H&H’s Rolls and Bentley sale | H&H Classics photos

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

Historic Rolls-Royce vehicles head to auction

1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo
1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur among cars heading to the block this weekend | H&H Auctions photo

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