Brigitte Bardot, Ursula Andress, Raquel Welch and Madonna are all international stars who, during their lives, had a very personal if not passionate relationship with the motor car, in particular those that they chose for their personal transport.
For the second Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille on 6th September 2015 Peter Auto and his team have assembled a unique selection of cars that belonged to famous women in the chateau’s domain. This new class, among the fifteen in the Concours d’Etat, will be one of the highlights of the event.
A 1992 Ferrari F40 was sold last night (Saturday 8th August) for €1,12 million at Coys auction at the 43rd AVD Oldtimer Grand Prix in Nurburgring, Germany.
Other notable results include a 1937 BMW 328 Roadster, which was sold for €562,000, a 2000 Ford GT for €227,000, a 2003 Ferrari 360 for €182,000 and another record price of €145,000 for a 1971 Lamborghini Espada SII.
Chris Routledge, Managing Partner at international auctioneers Coys, said: “The record Ferrari F40 is a remarkable achievement which we are really happy with, proving once again that Coys is one of the leading auction houses in Germany and Europe.
RM Sotheby’s, the official auction house of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, continued its strong sales run in Italy last night, realizing a fantastic €26,714,530 in sales* ($29,920,273 USD) at its exclusive Villa Erba auction on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Presenting spectacular cars in a spectacular setting, the evening sale saw 34 / 39 lots sold before a packed house, with numerous lively bidding contests erupting during the two-and-a-half hour sale.
The first European auction held by RM since it announced its strategic partnership with Sotheby’s in February, the auction captured the attention of the global collector community with bidders hailing from 26 countries, including Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Hong Kong; 27 percent of bidders represented first time clientele.
The bi-annual ‘Grand Prix de Monaco Historique’ was created in 1997 with the objective to celebrate the world’s finest classic racing cars on one of the most famous Grand Prix tracks.
Held in Monaco from May 9th to 11th 2014, 2 weeks prior to the Grand Prix de Monaco, the race program features two hundred and forty (240) cars and seven series from the 1920’s through to 1978. In addition, the spectators were entertained by parades by World Champions Alain Prost and Damon Hill with Jean-Pierre Jabouille in the Renault F1 Turbo cars from the 80’s and Jacky Ickx in the Auto Union Type D replica.
Le rideau vient de tomber sur l’édition 2014 du Grand Prix de Monaco Historique, qui a vu les pilotes anglo-saxons remporter cinq des sept épreuves au programme. Un Japonais et un Italien complètent le tableau d’honneur de cette neuvième édition biennale qui a enchanté le nombreux public présent en Principauté de Monaco.
Ce deuxième dimanche du mois de mai, dès 9h30, les rues de Monaco résonnaient au son des moteurs d’Alfa-Romeo, ERA, Bugatti et Riley venus d’un temps que les moins de quatre-vingts ans ne peuvent pas connaitre.
Unlike yesterday, the 230 pilots were welcomed in the Principality of Monaco under an overcast sky but an optimal temperature of 20°C. The ten practice sessions were full of surprises and many races had to be temporarily interrupted. After the four practice sessions of yesterday for Races A, B, E and G, the competitors of the seven races enlisted today had their first or second practice. The numerous spectators enjoyed over three and a half hours of pure show during the ten races.
Tony Wood’s Tec-Mec 250 F, the latest evolution of Maserati 250 F, will departure as first on the grid tomorrow for race B (pre 1961 F1 & F2 Grand Prix cars), sided by Roger Wills’ Cooper Climax T51.
Four out of seven races competed during twenty-minute practice sessions this afternoon for the beginning of the 9th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 2014. The pilots offered a breathtaking show under a bright sunshine.
Damon Hill, behind the wheel of a Renault F1 Turbo was the first to go through the circuit before Race A (pre-1940 Voiturettes and Grand Prix Cars). The award belongs to two 1935 and 1936 ERA B driven by Micheal Gans and Paddins Dowling who managed to complete this race in second and third position.
The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique will celebrate in 2014 its 9th edition, an unmissable event for worldwide collectors and classic motorsport fanatics.
Organized since 1997 by the Automobile Club de Monaco, this “biennial” event will take place two weeks before the Grand Prix de Monaco de Formule 1. A real sprint race, contested on the legendary circuit of Monaco, The Grand Prix de Monaco Historique is designed for worldwide collectors, nostalgic enthusiasts, drivers, spectators and ardent supporters of former days’ mechanics, who definitely won’t miss this world event.
Historic automobiles of the Rolls-Royce brand are among the highlights of any classic car event. At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2014 these eternally fascinating ambassadors of British automotive prowess will take centre stage in a rather special way. The 110th anniversary of the Rolls-Royce brand will be celebrated from 23rd to 25th May 2014 as part of the tradition-swathed Classic Weekend held on the shores of Lake Como. It was in December 1904 that the company – founded just a few months earlier – debuted its models at the Paris Auto Salon under the brand name which to this day remains a global byword for automotive luxury.
On the weekend of 24 – 26 May 2013, the spectacular grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio on Lake Como will once again be transformed into a unique stage for the most beautiful automobiles and motorcycles from the past and the most extravagant concept cars of the present day. First held at the same location in 1929, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este today ranks as the most traditional show of its kind in the world. It lays on an extensive programme throughout the weekend, maintaining an exclusive ambience for those involved but at the same time offering the wider public a chance to experience the “Classic Weekend” on Lake Como in the company of classic car and motorcycle enthusiasts.
The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the world’s most significant and tradition-laden beauty contests for automobiles. Under the patronage of the BMW Group, it has been held each May since 1999 in the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este and Villa Erba in Cernobbio. In 2011 the Concorso d’Eleganza was joined for the first time by a motorcycle contest, already a great success in its 2012 edition.
In 2013 the Concorso di Motociclette will likewise take place in the grounds of Villa Erba not far from Villa d’Este, providing fans of historic motorcycles with a platform for a unique concours and its adjudication by an international panel of judges.
The 2012 Mille Miglia has been a race without precedent from all points of view. But it will be remembered by the participants and Mille Miglia appassionati above all for the great battle that was fought out between the two top-ranking crews who kept alternating the lead from the start of the race. In the end, the Argentine duo, Claudio Scalise and Daniel Claramunt in a 1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 took the victory, after having raced neck to neck with 10-time champion Giuliano Canè, who with his wife, Lucia Galliani in a 1939 BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, came in second.
The vehicles are hand-picked, the number of participants is strictly limited, the backdrop is simply unique: the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is regarded as one of the most exclusive events in the world of classic automobiles and motorcycles. “Our aim is to preserve this exclusive ambience while at the same time welcoming further enthusiasts who are keen to experience the Concorso,” says Karl Baumer, President of the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and Director of BMW Group Classic, outlining the target for the years ahead.
With an automotive history spanning 110 years, Opel is one of the most tradition-rich brands in the industry. Over so many years, some developments are forgotten along the way and reappear again much later down the road. As the company prepares the start of the 10th compact class generation with the new Astra, pictures of an unfamiliar Opel roadster were discovered in an old data base. Opel classic car experts’ research shows that Opel engineers built the prototype of a two-seat convertible in 1938, evidently based on the first Opel compact class generation, the Kadett from the 1930’s.
The famous Jaguar museum in Coventry has been re-launched. This follows the renaming of the Trust that owns it and the reopening of the famous gates on Browns Lane to the public.The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (“JDHT”), founded in 1983 as an independent educational charity, has been restructured and renamed Jaguar Heritage. The museum holds a small but unique and valuable display of cars from the Jaguar collection. This collection boasts more than 100 vehicles. The display of famous cars from the Jaguar Heritage collection, together with improvements in the museum’s facilities, is the reason for the re-launch of the museum.
The style has changed, but not the content: "Many German motorists see motoring not just as a comfortable and fast means of transport, but also as a sporting activity. These are people who, once they see an aerodynamic car body with a long and sleek engine compartment, as well as a speedometer extending all the way to 150 km/h, feel that strong yearning for wide open roads simply perfect for driving fast, for Alpine passes just begging to be conquered, and for ompetitors so easy to overtake."It was precisely with these words that BMW announced the Company's first self-engineered roadster in 1934.
A bug and a spider would not normally feature high-up on a petrolhead’s wish list when thinking about the contents of a dream garage. However, when the ‘wildlife’ in question turns out to be a 1929 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport and 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America things take on a different complexion.
Owned by the same family for a combined total of eighty-nine years, the two sportscars are among dozens that will go under the H&H hammer during the Race Retro International Historic Motorsport Show on March 13th – 14th 2009.
RM Auctions, in association with Sotheby's, will present one of the most historically significant and valuable Ferrari racing cars ever offered at auction, the legendary 1957 Ferrari 250 TR (chassis no. 0714TR), when the famed Ferrari Leggenda e Passione event returns to Maranello, May 17, 2009. Held during the final stretch of the famous Mille Miglia retrospective, the exclusive annual event will offer an unprecedented collection of historic Ferraris for auction.Considered one of the most alluring, competitive and iconic of all Ferrari racing cars, the beautiful and immediately recognizable Scaglietti-designed, 'pontoon-fender' 250 TR was produced from 1957 to 1958 during which only 22 were constructed.
What’s the most beautiful car of all time? A multi-million pound Ferrari or the curvy Jaguar E-type perhaps? No, it is now officially Citroën’s humble DS, the car most famous for saving President De Gaulle from assassination.
That was the verdict when Classic & Sports Car magazine polled a jury of the world’s leading car designers to nominate the most gorgeous cars ever. The 20-strong panel ranged from Car designer of the Century Giorgetto Giugiaro – the man behind the Maserati Bora, VW Golf, Fiat Panda and Lotus Esprit – to current Jaguar director of design Ian Callum, and each picked their top three beauties.
The market town of Farnham in Surrey came to a standstill yesterday (Sunday 25/1/2009) when thousands of spectators stood in the pouring rain to remember motor racing Legend Mike Hawthorn who died 50 years ago.
Police closed off streets in the town centre so that more than 70 racing and sports cars worth an estimated £40 million could pay their tribute to the driver who died when he crashed his car on the Guildford by-pass.
Jaguar, for whom mike drove sent their famous Long nose D Type in which Mike won the 12 hour race at Reims in France in 1956.
The Bentley Drivers Club is celebrating its 60th year of racing at Silverstone with its first ever two-day meeting, on 8-9 August 2009. Everything from Vintage Bentleys to modern-day machines will take to the track in this, the 60th anniversary of the Club’s first Silverstone race meeting – honouring a continuous run of annual BDC events at the circuit, from 1949 to the present day.
Among the highlights at the 60th Anniversary Meeting will be the traditional Bentley handicap race, a unique feature of BDC meetings and a firm favourite with both participants and spectators.
The eligible years for the 2009 Le Mans Legend, the historic support race organised by Motor Racing Legends on the Saturday morning of the Le Mans 24 Hours, have been announced. This great historic event, on 13th June 2009, will be for cars built between 1949 and 1965.
The Le Mans Legend race is run on the full 8.5-mile circuit on the morning of the start of the actual 24 Hours race. It is for cars which ran at Le Mans in their day and genuine sister cars of the same specification, and is for either one or two drivers.
Race Retro 2009, the international historic motorsport show, will marvel the history of the racing mini as the marquee celebrates its fiftieth anniversary. Held at Stoneleigh Park from 13th to 15th March, Race Retro will feature the ex-works Mini that raced to victory in the 1967 Monte Carlo Rally as well as the victorious driver Rauno Aaltonen and a superb collection of some of the most significant ex-works cars in Mini history on display in the Rally Hall.The Mini LBL 6D is being shown courtesy of the Heritage Motor Centre, Gaydon and will be a key model in its Mini anniversary celebrations in 2009 which includes a Mini Festival and two weeks dedicated to Mini themed events.
A team of historic motoring racing mechanical experts will aim to restore a mid-1940s Allard L Type back to its former glory at Race Retro, held from 13th to 15th March 2009 at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry. The Allard L type four-seater tourer is chassis number 136 making it only the18th of its type to be built and one of the earliest post war Allards known to exist.Sheet metal experts Contour Autocraft will be demonstrating how to repair and recreate steel panels for the body of one of the few remaining Allard L types.
43 years after its Turin Show debut the one-and-only 1965 Turin Salon Lamborghini Miura chassis, designed by chassis genius Gian Paolo Dallara, and the raging bull company's first-ever transverse mid-mounted V12 engine (0293) has been acquired by Los Angeles based collectors.The iconic show chassis had been stored for the past 30 years in Cyprus by that country's original Lamborghini concessionaire, Marios Kritikos. While visiting the Lamborghini factory in 1977, Mr. Kritikos took a fancy to the historic show unit.
The finest Mercedes-Benz cars from across the world will be on show at Mercedes-Benz World in September, as it hosts the Mercedes-Benz Classic Days event. Between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 6 September, over 250 vehicles will be showcased at the brand experience centre in Weybridge, Surrey. The sensational line-up of cars will participate in a prestigious concours d’elegance, to decide the best of the best. Admission is free to all visitors.The cars at Mercedes-Benz Classic Days have been selected by the heads of various Mercedes-Benz clubs worldwide to reflect the best examples of Mercedes-Benz cars from the past century.
He has only seen it once and never driven it, but world champion Kimi Raikkonen has lost his Corvette.The Ferrari driver bought the 1974 Chevrolet, previously owned by Hollywood actor Sharon Stone, for 200,000 euros at a charity auction at Monaco two months ago.But since making the highest bid, Raikkonen, 28, has heard nothing about his car."I haven't got it yet," he told the German magazine Auto Motor und Sport."Honestly, I don't even know where it is, whether I have to pick it up or if they are sending it to me.
A 104 year-old car that’s to be driven nearly 4,000 miles across the USA will be making a star appearance at the Silverstone Classic motorsports festival on July 25-27, thanks to its owner, and classic and collector car insurance specialists and event sponsor, Hagerty International.The 1904 Oldsmobile horseless carriage, insured by Hagerty for over £40,000, harks back to the very dawn of motoring, when the car was priced at just $650. Its intrepid owner, Joy Rainey, will follow the route of a similar model Oldsmobile that made the barn-storming coast-to-coast trip back in 1903, when founder Ranson E.
Manca poco più di un mese all’evento storico più importante dell’anno: l’International Citroën Car Club Rally sarà presto protagonista dell’estate romana e della Città Eterna!L’ICCCR, o più semplicemente il raduno internazionale di tutte le vetture storiche Citroën, si svolgerà il 15, 16 e 17 agosto 2008 a Campagnano di Roma, caratteristico borgo posto a circa 25 chilometri dalla Capitale, presso il rinnovato circuito automobilistico Piero Taruffi di Vallelunga.
After more than ten years without a six-cylinder model to offer customers, it was time in August 1968 for Volvo to unveil its 1969 model range which included a new large car for the more prestige- and luxury-oriented segments. The model was called the 164, with the figure "6" in the middle denoting that unlike the cars in the 140 Series, this model featured a six-cylinder engine.Stylish, elegant and comfortable"The Volvo 164 - a stylish, high-specification car with features that include a new in-line six, an elegant and comfortable interior and a variety of other properties that place this model securely among the big names in what is for Volvo a new price class.
The Lancia Delta was created in the autumn of 1979 and was voted Car of the Year in 1980 by a panel of motoring journalists. With its up-to-date characterful body and high-performing engine, the model represented a generation leap in terms of the overall car concept and its engineering, aesthetic and quality aspects. Unsurprisingly, the car also met with immediate acclaim from the public, who found in the Delta all the excellent performance, attention to finish detail and material quality that they had come to expect from the great Lancia cars.
The unique and celebrated prototype Jaguar ‘E2A’ as driven by no fewer than four of the world’s greatest racing drivers is to be offered for the first time at auction, headlining Bonhams & Butterfields’ annual Quail Lodge sale, in California, on 15 August 2008. It is expected to fetch in excess of $7-million.Presented in wonderfully original and unspoiled ex-works condition, this unique and immensely important British sports-racing legend has been lovingly preserved in just one family ownership for over 40 years and – extraordinarily - it is in effect a one-owner car ex-works.
On Saturday 17th May, Aston Martin Works Service hosted its ninth and most successful Bonhams’ Auction of Aston Martin motor cars and related automobilia. This year’s sale generated a record £4.7 million with bids taken from enthusiasts from around the world including Latvia, Japan, Australia and the United States.Since the first auction in 2000, the specialist auctioneer Bonhams has sold more than £14m worth of Aston Martins and related automobilia often at record-breaking levels. This year’s sale was no exception with lot 345, a 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT coupé, selling for £1,079,500 – a new record at auction for this model.
One of the cars at the RM Auctions/Sotheby’s Ferrari Legend and Passion auction, held today at the Fiorano Circuit, was a stunning 1961 Ferrari California Spyder which once belonged to actor James Coburn. The car achieved an astonishing Euro 7,040,00 million, which is an all-time record for this model.This fantastic car, an evolution of the 250 GT Tour de France, is one of the best-loved 12- cylinders ever built: it has a total displacement of 2953 cc, punches out 280 hp and features 3 carburettors.
Celebrity chef and car aficionado James Martin has entered his latest addition to his car collection, a stunning Maserati A6GCS, in this year’s Mille Miglia race.James, who acquired and painstakingly restored his 1948 A6GCS (one of only 15 ever built) just a few months ago, headed off to Italy on Sunday in a new Maserati GranTurismo. He was accompanied by a TV crew who will be filming him and his co-driver Sarah Bennett-Baggs, herself a racing driver and team manager, for a one-off documentary which will be aired later this year.
The purpose of automobiles is to overcome distances and bring people together, any time, anywhere. But the days when cars were little more than an engine mounted on four wheels are long since gone. Exceptional automobiles also satisfy high expectations with respect to their performance, safety, comfort and value retention. The ideal car will combine desirable features such as these to create a very special quality experience.In 1886 the automobile was independently invented by Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler.
With the final countdown well underway to Sunday’s much anticipated Ferrari Leggenda e Passione auction event in Maranello, Italy, RM Auctions is delighted to announce an important inclusion to the auction line-up – a legendary, grand-prix winning 1964 Ferrari 250 LM.Designed by Pininfarina, with coachwork by Scaglietti, this magnificent example, chassis no. 5845GT, was the fourth of only thirty-two 250 LMs built. The highlight of its extensive racing history occurred in 1965 when, capably driven by Jochen Rindt, s/n 5845GT claimed one of the most interesting victories for the 250 LM, taking first place at the esteemed Austrian Grand Prix.
The Classic Motor Show, the UK’s biggest and best classic motoring extravaganza and the place to share your passion for classic cars, has launched a new DVD featuring highlights of the 2007 show.Presented by ex-British Touring car Champion Tim Harvey, this film is a personal journey through the event taking in all of the unique features including Mike Brewer and Edd China’s Wheeler Dealer Live, the Restoration Theatre, the Dream Rides, an opportunity for visitors to ride as a passenger in their dream car in exchange for a donation to charity, and the amazing cars on display.
The HSCC is aiming to put together the largest-ever grid of Formula 5000s at Brands Hatch for the 2008 Autoglym HSCC Historic Festival (June 28th and 29th). As part of the worldwide celebrations of F5000’s 40th anniversary, the Festival is hoping to see over 20 of these 600bhp Chevy-powered monsters on the startline for a spectacular – and ear-splitting – race.Their presence at Brands is particularly fitting. When F5000 launched in the UK in 1968, the formula was promoted by John Webb, then MD of Brands Hatch.
Tickets for the Autoglym HSCC Historic Festival at Brands Hatch – June 28th and 29th – make a great gift for Father’s Day (which this year falls on June 15th). Dad’s memories of the motorsport of his youth will come flooding back, as historic Formula One cars, classic saloons, sportscars and mighty Can Am cars take to the grid in a spectacular series of races, battling it out as closely as they did in their heyday.As well as offering highly entertaining historic racing and a good dose of nostalgia, the Autoglym HSCC Historic Festival provides fun for all the family – including free entertainment for children.