Winter Auction Season II

The second half of the Winter Auction season promised to be an interesting mix.  There were very traditional offerings - first H & H with in the surroundings of Chateau Impney and whilst Bonhams moved from the sophistication of New Bond Street to the familiarity of the RAF Museum at Hendon.

But RM, with an eye watering selection of automotive art chose the 10th floor of a New…

Year End Auctions 2014

The classic car market has been a real roller coaster in 2014 – pessimists have continually talked of the bubble bursting.  They even prompted the London Daily Telegraph to publish an article on talk of a crash – but some the optimists and all of the realists have kept the balls in the air and the market has defied the doom mongers. 

The usual end of year flurry of auctions started in France…

Silverstone Auctions at the Classic Motor Show at the NEC

The end of year auctions are nearly upon us and the Aston Martin market had an interesting boost at last weekend’s Classic Motor Show at the NEC.  Silverstone Auctions ran sales on both the Saturday and Sunday and their Aston Martin content comprised of a range of cars that came into the realm of affordability for enthusiasts.

First out of the blocks was a 2002 Aston Martin DB7 Vantage Volante. …

Goodwood Revival Sale - 15th September 2014.

There was a time when you walked toward Goodwood Circuit from the car park and came across an auction marquee standing a little forlorn with only the odd Burger Van for company – now, there is a show within a show or should it be outside a show? Through the ‘50’s car parking, the funfair, the Butlin’s skate arena and stalls from Classic and Aston Martin specialists to wooden sculptures.

On…

Salon Prive Sale with Silverstone Auctions

The Autumn auction round kicked off at Syon Park, London last night with Silverstone Auctions partnering Salon Prive.  The sale attendance appeared outstanding in spite of chaotic organisation of parking and access.

The layout was much the same as when the previous incumbents, RM Auctions, ran a sale a couple of years ago - even the structures and layout were the same.  Sadly Silverstone’s…

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…

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