Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale Friday 27th June 2014

The forecasters had warned of rain.  But the organisers are ready for that – Lord March was once asked how they cope with bad weather and said that they plan for rain and if it doesn’t come then it is a bonus.  And the crowds had that bonus on Friday – lots of furled umbrellas together with carried coats added to the burden of carrying a Bonhams catalogue around the event – this year’s was the size…

The Aston Man reflects on Buying or Selling an Aston Martin

Back in 1985 when I was involved in buying what was my first Aston Martin, it was passion and enthusiasm that drove the market – prices were reasonable, whisper it quietly, there were bargains to be had but decisions about the best place to buy or sell an Aston was not critical. 

But in the heady days of the late eighties, Aston Martin prices, like property and share prices, rose and rose…

Retromobile Paris 2014.

The annual Retromobile Exhibition in Paris increases in popularity every year and those visitor numbers are not only driven by the 420 plus exhibitors but also the opportunity to attend one or more of the three auctions that happen during the week.  It offers us an invaluable first take on the International Aston Martin market as the marque is always well represented and 2014 was no exception.

First…

End of Year Market Overview Winter Auction Report Part 2

Because they serve two masters, the Buyers and the Sellers, auctions are always presented with a quandary when building a catalogue.  It is the issue of establishing estimates – they want to set them low to attract Buyers but know that if they set them too low, the Sellers will be reluctant to commit their car to the sale.

Some will overcome this by setting attractive estimates for Sellers…

End of Year Market Overview Winter Auction Report Part 1

The flurry of auctions at this time of year are as clear a harbinger of Winter as a seasonal flurry of snow.  They can provide useful indicators of market resilience, as well as pointers to the next year’s trading.  2013 there was an added dimension provided by Bonhams – less an auction, more a market positioning statement.

 But first out of the blocks were Historics.  With a huge and varied…

Autumn Auctions Round-up 2013

We always look forward to the market’s energetic return after the Summer break and this year the first two weeks of September got everyone in the swing with major auctions from Bonhams and RM.

Bonhams got the ball rolling with their annual appearance at the Beaulieu Autojumble with a large and mixed inventory.  There were three Astons entered in the sale and, with its inventory targeted…

Bonhams Sale Festival of Speed July 2013.

The Festival of Speed at Goodwood just keeps growing – huge motor manufacturer presence both in the number represented and the scale of their display structures.  And for an event that plans for rain, the arrival of a heat wave just built attendance and the enjoyment.

The marquee behind Goodwood House that houses Bonhams sale reflected the main event – huge crowds and overwhelming heat. …

Techno Classica Essen 2013

2013 marked the 25th Anniversary of this fabulous celebration of classic cars.  Only a few short hours of motorway driving gets you up from Calais and while the unashamedly industrial city of Essen won’t be on anyone’s holiday itinerary, the great exhibition hall has become a real point of pilgrimage for classic enthusiasts.

Huge commitment is shown by Mercedes and BMW, seamlessly…

Mad March Spring Auctions Deliver Mixed Messages

It’s March and they’re off…..no, not the steeplechasers at Cheltenham, the auction houses round the country,  Bonhams, Historics and Coys, have all been in action in the past 10 days. Bonhams are clearly hoovering up Aston entries for Works Service in May, so Aston Martins were thin on the ground, so it is a good time to look at the general classic market both in terms of the auction houses and…

Winter Auction Season 2012 – A Strong Finish to the Year for Some

This time of year sees a final flourish from the main UK auction houses and never mind the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement, these sales give some straightforward indicators of the strength of the market and the outlook for the New Year.

Historics kicked off with their sale at Brooklands last Saturday 1stDecember –well attended, it delivered some very good results and strong indicators…

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