Under Starter’s Orders: The 2017 Monterey Week Sales

Just when you thought the 2017 auction season might pass without a whimper, Monterey's two biggest rivals bring out the heavyweight artillery to face each other.
 
In Gooding's case it's the Gulf-liveried Porsche 917K, a 240mph missile for short racers with big bank balances – and equally large private parts. Although implied to be a discovery – it w...

The Long Weekend: Bonhams and Artcurial go head-to-head

It’s a rivalry that goes back centuries. Over the period 30 June to 2 July the Brits will once again take on Les Bleus, this time in the saleroom. Bonhams will hold its traditional Friday Goodwood Festival sale, and only two days later Maître Hervé Poulain will take to the rostrum in Monaco. May the best men win.

The catalogues, though, are heavily weighted i...

Wise Counsel (1): Get a lawyer before you need one

No sane person enjoys paying lawyers. Yet there are times when legal advice can save you money, while oiling the wheels of a happy transaction. In the first of a three-part feature on when to get legal help, we asked the top UK and US collector car legal experts for their thoughts on sales contracts…

“I specialise i...

“It was 60 years ago today…” D-types to star at Concours of Elegance

Six decades ago Jaguar D-types took the first four places at the Le Mans 24 Hours. Another D-type was sixth, with a Lotus Eleven winning the 1,100cc class, finishing an extraordinary ninth overall. So expect Union Flags at Hampton Court to flutter with pride later this year, when the royal palace is once again the venue for this year’s Con...
View

The City Concours – a new event in the heart of London

We liked the sound of the inaugural City Concours, a carefully selected collection of classics presented on the cricket pitch of the Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of London’s financial district, so we went along for the opening day.

Any event that allows casual observers to view top-notch classic cars and bikes...
View

Gooding to offer ‘Holy Grail’ pair of Mercedes 300 SLs at Pebble Beach

Interesting colour? Check. Single ownership from new? You bet. Unmolested? As far as we can see, yes. Even better, the two 300 SLs due to cross the block this August were ordered new by the same publishing executive and have shared garage space ever since.

The 1955 ‘Gullwing’, at $1.0 to $1.3m, comes in British Racin...
View

The Market in June 2017: a Bird’s Eye View

The market? When a small auction house has a dud sale, it's easy to dismiss; but when one of the pros stumbles, people take notice. Bonhams' Aston auction didn't contain much, so there weren't many surprises but although RM's Villa Erba fixture isn't in the Monterey league, its patchy results give pause for thought. Whils...
View

RM's new Ferrari-only sale at Maranello: the K500 opinion

A decade on from their first auction at the Ferrari factory, the Canadians return to Maranello this September with the modest aim of creating ‘the most significant single-marque sale in collector car auction history’.
 
Held less than a month after Monterey Week, that’s going to be quite a challenge. It als...
View