Bonhams MPH cleared for take-off at Bicester Heritage

A new, wholly-owned division of the Bond St house will offer “modern and affordable classics” from premises on the former WW2 airfield at Bicester. The first sale conducted by the new set-up – headed by Bonhams regular Rob Hubbard – will be held on 26 September 2019. The idea behind ...
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RIP Norman Dewis, 1920-2019

The diminutive, ever-popular factory test driver Norman Dewis has died, aged 98. Associated with Jaguar for his entire working life, he was a pivotal member of the British team throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. His endeavours developed the disc brake for use in racing cars, made the D-type...
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7/10 for Bonhams at the Greenwich Concours

At $417.5k all-in, it was the red 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Cabriolet that topped the charts at the Brits’ East Coast sale on 2 June 2019. Despite 59% of the catalogue offered without reserve, sell-through by number was a modest – by US stand...
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The floodgates of heaven: Villa d’Este Concorso 2019

Boy, did it rain. But when the clouds lifted, the sun shone on a glittering display of the most elegant cars in the world. The stunning lakeside location, the usual mixture of sublime 1930s glamour, 1950s elegance and 1960s and 1970s drama – Vil...
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RM runs into heavy weather on Lake Como

The Canadian giant’s 55-car Villa Erba sale catalogue lived up to its pre-sale promise: a broad selection of generally well-presented, well-estimated entries. However, earlier this evening a succession of no-sales meant an ultimately disappointi...
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1937 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta wins the Coppa d’Oro at Villa d’Este

To no one’s great surprise, American collectors David and Ginny Sydorick’s sublime 8C 2900B scooped top slot on the Saturday of this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza. The powerful car, quite possibly the fastest production road machine in t...
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Second Supercar Sunday at Stonor: Even more fun

From a brace of pre-War Alfa Romeo 8Cs, to British thoroughbreds of the 50s, 60s and 70s plus Italian exotica old and new, the second-ever Supercar Sunday was another smash hit with visitors and car-owners alike. While adhering to the maxim ...
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£861k DB5 leads the way at lacklustre 2019 Aston Martin sale

A hush descended on the Bonhams marquee when James Knight dropped the hammer on the annual all-Aston event’s first DB5, at £755,000. "The tent nearly ran out of oxygen!” he observed, as everyone took a deep lungful. Has the market turned...
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