Goodwood in the sunshine with Damon Hill

People look at the cars that we advertise on behalf of clients and sometimes forget that our values are spelt out in three simple words – Confidential, Professional and International – and that means that we often work for clients on wholly discreet acquisitions as well as being involved with equally discreet disposals.

It was a joy this week to get an email from a client who a couple of…

The Great British Sportscar – Three ways

1968 Jaguar E Type Series II 4.2 litre Roadster – UK Registered finished in Rolls Royce Regal Red with Black Hide. With its Jaguar Heritage Certificate backed up by a clear provenance and history, this is an exceptional car – circumstance has meant that in 50 years of existence, it has only really had a little over 20 years of use and it is presented in outstanding condition. £99,950

Rallye Fougères - 25th Anniversary - 17th-20th May 2019

Rallye Fougères

17th-20th May 2019

In 1996 I had the pleasure of selling a 1932 Lagonda 16/80 Sports Tourer to a Monsieur Patrick Rollet, President of the Rallye Fougères, which takes place annually in the West of France.

We became reacquainted when Patrick visited our stand at Techno Classica…

Another Revival at Goodwood? Rays of sunshine in the gloom.

Goodwood on a sunny September afternoon is getting more and more like the British Grand Prix as you trudge through the car parks looking at the inbound helicopters thinking wistfully – “next year!”

This is a wonderful event that seems to get bigger every year, not to mention harsher on the pocket - £18 for a programme? It is a little bit sad that as the commercial side outside the circuit…

Byron International Goodwood Revival Pitstop with Vantage Engineering

This weekend will see the focus of the Classic Car market centred on the South Coast as Goodwood Race Circuit hosts the annual Goodwood Revival.

We will be there to report back on the auction scene but more importantly we have established a “reviver” of our own in association with Vantage Engineering in Rudgwick – A Goodwood Revival Pit Stop for…

Goodwood Members Meeting Trump Headlines on Sussex Downs

The weathermen forecast a cloudy but dry Sunday but they didn’t warn of the wicked wind blowing up from the Channel which, like the Revival last year made the Bonhams marquee an occasionally crowded refuge.  And the location inside the perimeter of the circuit offered event visitors a glimpse of what was on offer but also made the sale a noisy affair as the PA system competed manfully with the circuit…

An exceptional Aston Martin V8 Volante Manual For Sale

1989 Aston Martin V8 Volante Series II Fuel Injection MANUAL – Dark Green with Magnolia Hide and Black Hood, 27,000 miles from new, just 2 owners. £300,000

The original service voucher book notes that this lovely car was delivered on 20th September 1989 to A Clayton of Principle Management Ltd., Dublin, Republic of Ireland.  Students of the music business will…

Paris February 2017

Paris, so often the capital of style and arbiter of trends, let the classic car business down last week at Rétromobile with huge positivity, great crowds but mixed results.  Sales rates were down on Arizona with 77.92%, 71.53% and 76.76% for RM, Bonhams and Artcurial respectively

First out of the blocks were RM Sothebys with what was the smallest inventory of the three big guns in town. …

Olympia Historic Automobile Fair

As an excited schoolboy I remember climbing the Monument in London to see the view from the top and feeling giddy from the experience then last summer, I visited the Shard and looked down trying to make out that original high point in the jungle of skyscrapers that makes up modern London’s skyline.

The reverse sensation hit me on Saturday when I visited the latest addition to the London…

Sales Settling into a Rhythm when Realistic Prices and Enthusiastic Buyers Restore Confidence

If there were a collective noun for auctions “an avalanche of auctions” would be an apt description of the first two weeks of September.

 

It is interesting to see that after the peaky 80% + sales rates of August, the market has settled into a slightly more gentle rhythm:

 

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