Around the houses, April 2010

– Bonhams –

First RM Auctions sold the Aston Martin DB2 works car (VMF 64) that Motor Sport featured in the November 2009 issue, and now Bonhams is selling its sister car, VMF 65.

The factory racer is coming up in Bonhams’ 11th annual Aston Martin and Lagonda Motor Cars sale on May 22, and is estimated to fetch between £380,000-440,000. That’s a similar estimate to VMF 64, but that car sailed past its mark and sold for £550,000, so don’t be surprised if ‘65’ does the same. Although it met with an accident on the way to Le Mans in 1950 which prevented the car from competing, the likes of
Stirling Moss, Peter Collins, Roy Salvadori, Tony Rolt, Lance Macklin and Eric Thompson all drove ‘65’ in period. As James Knight, group head and managing director of Bonhams, says: “It is eligible and a welcome entry for pretty much every prestigious historic motoring event, from the Mille Miglia to the Le Mans Classic.” Indeed it is.

Ninety-eight per cent of lots were sold at the same sale last year – a statistic the company will be keen to replicate on Saturday March 6. A rare 1989 Ford RS200 is one of 160 road cars coming up for sale with an estimate of £85-95,000. Also going under the hammer is a replica Ferrari P4 Spyder (£65-85,000) and a 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine (£30-40,000).

At its Marine sale on March 24, Bonhams is selling the trophy presented to Sir Malcolm Campbell to commemorate his first World Water Speed Record on Lake Maggiore, Italy, in 1937. The waterline model of the single-step hydroplane ‘Bluebird K3’ is expected to fetch between £35,000-50,000.

– RM Auctions –

RM has a busy month ahead with two sales in the space of two weeks: one at Amelia Island on March 13 and the other at Fort Lauderdale on March 26-28. The first includes the Tojeiro-Jaguar that we mentioned last month, but now an interesting 1965 Shelby Cobra USRRC Roadster has been added to the lot list.

One of six such cars, CSX 2557 was entered into the final race of 1964 – the Bridgehampton Double 500. It failed to finish, but was retained by Shelby American until 1966 after which it was raced in SCCA A/Production in particular.

It carries an estimate of £960,000-1.2m. The 1963 Watson ‘Leader Card 500’ Indy Roadster is another addition to the sale. The car has won many Concours awards and featured in last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

There have also been some early lots announced for RM’s first Monaco sale on

May 1 in the shape of a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Vignale Berlinetta, which was a Mille Miglia competitor in period (£530-700,000), and a 1965 Lola T70 Mk1.

– H&H –

As always, H&H has a number of historic racing cars going under the hammer at its Race Retro sale on March 13. Most notable is a 1935 Lagonda LG45 Tourer which competed in the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally (£90-110-000) and the 1971 Escort RS 1600 that Stig Blomqvist drove on the 2007 Safari Rally. One of the works-supported Escorts is also on sale. The 1975 Escort RS 1800 (£90-110,000) was driven by John Taylor and Malcolm Wilson, among others, and still retains the original shell. Also included are a 1955 Cooper Mk9 Formula 3 (£15-17,000), which incredibly spent many years as part of a fairground ride, and a 1965 Marcos 1800 GT with FIA papers (£24-26,000).

– Coys –

Coys is looking forward to its Spring Classics sale on March 11 at the Royal Horticultural Halls, which features a 1961 Warwick GT350 and a pre-66-specification Alfa Romeo GTA (£55-65,000), both with FIA papers.

The Warwick competed throughout 1961, taking in the RAC Rally (when it retired with a holed sump), the Silverstone 750MC 6 Hour relay, the Brighton Speed Trials, the British Empire Trophy and the Goodwood Whitsun meeting. The car returned to Goodwood last year and competed in the Fordwater Trophy. It carries an estimate of £35-45,000.

– Historics at Brooklands –

A new independent auction house, Historics at Brooklands will host its inaugural sale on June 2. Private investors reached an agreement with the Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd and now have exclusive rights to hold sales at the famous circuit. “We’ve long wanted a regular top-quality classic car auction in keeping with the legacy of this site,” said trust director Allan Winn.

Forthcoming auctions

* March 6 Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia, Woodstock, Oxford Tel: 020 7447 7447

* March 11 Coys Spring Classics, Royal Horticultural Halls, London Tel: 020 8614 7888

* March 12 Gooding & Company The Amelia Island Auction, Amelia Island Plantation, Florida, USA Tel: 001 310 899 1960

* March 13 RM Auctions Automobiles of Amelia Island, The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, USA Tel: 001 519 352 4575

* March 13 H&H Auctions Classic Cars, Stoneleigh Park, Coventry Tel: 08458 334455

* March 20 Silver Auctions Portland Auction, Expo Center, North Marine Drive, Portland, USA Tel: 001 800 255 4485

* March 26-28 RM Auctions Collectors’ Cars of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA Tel: 001 519 352 4575

* April 1-3 Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction, Florida, USA Tel: 001 480 663 6255

* April 10 Coys Techno Classica, Essen, Germany Tel: 020 8614 7888

* April 19 Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia, RAF Museum, Hendon Tel: 020 7447 7447

* April 21 H&H auctions Classic Collectors’ Cars, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton Tel: 08458 334455

* April 24/25 RM Auctions Classic Car Auction of Michigan, The Rock Financial Show Place, Novi, Michigan, USA Tel: 001 519 352 4575

* April 26/27 Barons Jaguar’s 75th Anniversary Sale, Esher Hall, Sandown Park, Surrey Tel: 023 8066 8413

* April 30 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques a Monaco, Musée des Voitures du Prince, Monaco Tel: 0033 142 611 011

* April 20-May 2 The Worldwide Group The Houston Classic Weekend, Lakewood Yacht Club, Seabrook, Texas, USA Tel: 001 260 925 6789

* April 30 Coys Legende et Passion, Espace Fontvielle, Monaco Tel: 020 8614 7888

* May 1 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco, The Grimaldi Forum, Monaco Tel: 020 7851 7070

* May 3 Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction, St Leonards, New South Wales Tel: 0061 2 8019 4116

Around the dealers
Competition cars currently for sale here and abroad

1980 Williams FW07 B-7
This FW07 helped Alan Jones to the 1980 World Championship, with wins in Australia, Britain, France and Spain. It still has an original Williams-supplied engine and has been maintained regardless of cost. £POA
Tel: 01274 623210

2001 Saleen S7R GT1
The first Saleen to win a title – the 2001 Grand-Am series – 004R has since raced extensively in FIA GT and the French GT Championship. 215,000 euros
Tel: 0035 2661 700 777

2007 Radical SR8
Chassis SR80034 has received all factory upgrades since it was built. It has only eight hours of running time on it and has never been raced. $105,000
Tel: 001 860 488 9200

1980 Kremer-Porsche 935 K3
Campaigned extensively from 1980-82 by John Fitzpatrick, Jochen Mass, Rolf Stommelen and Bob Wollek among others. £POA
Tel: 0049 (0) 251 2844 691

Auction results

January 17-24 Barrett-Jackson
• 1967 Mercury Cougar Trans-Am race car: £14,770
• 1969 Chevrolet Camaro RS/SS custom ‘Project American Heroes’: £319,620
• 1969 Chevrolet Camaro Z-11 convertible Pace Car Edition: £26,370
• 1981 Pontiac Aero coupé NASCAR No50 Valvoline: £21,100
• 1990 Chevrolet Beretta Trans-Am race car No2: £24,620
• 1998 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR No24 Jeff Gordon: £73,860
• 2003 Chevrolet Corvette 24 Hours of Le Mans Safety Car No6: £18,290
• 2006 Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR ‘Jimmie Johnson No48’: £127,990

January 22-25 Silver Auctions
• 1932 Studebaker St Regis Brougham: £61,430

January 23 Bonhams
• 1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost tourer: £231,860
• 1925 Hispano-Suiza H6B coupé-chauffeur Kellner: £135,290
• 1927 Bugatti Type 44 roadster: £137,295
• 1929 Mercedes-Benz Model 630 K coupé-chauffeur: £346,835
• 1932 Horch 780 Sport-cabrio: £193,458
• 1935 Bentley 3½-Litre drophead coupé: £120,258
• 1936 AC 16/80hp Competition Sports: £139,299
• 1936 Lagonda LG45 drophead coupé: £140,317
• 1937 Bugatti Type 57C Berline: £138,312
• 1947 Talbot Lago T26 Record cabriolet: £107,242
• 1957 Aston Martin DB MkIII sports saloon: £105,211
• 1961 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II drophead coupé: £198,223
• 1970 Maserati Mistral Spider: £125,251

February 8/9 Barons
• 1956 Austin Healey 100/4: £45,825
• 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 DHC: £42,300
• 1964 Jaguar E-type SI FHC: £21,738