Sports Car Digest - The Sports, Racing and Vintage Car Journal http://www.sportscardigest.com Sports Car Digest focuses on Classic Car Auctions, Concours d’Elegance, Vintage Car Racing, Road Rallies and other historic automotive events. Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-andrews-collection-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/rm-sothebys-andrews-collection-auction-preview/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78028 The RM Sotheby’s Andrews Collection auction will be staged May 2, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas. The single-day, single-vendor sale will see a wonderful selection of 78 vehicles along with an assortment of memorabilia cross the auction block, all offered without reserve.

The Andrews Collection represents years of acquisition by lifelong enthusiast and successful entrepreneur, Paul Andrews, and his son Chris, an accomplished artist and businessman.
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Mille Miglia 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mille-miglia-2015-information/#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:00:34 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78123 The Mille Miglia 2015 will be held 14-17 May on the secondary roads of Italy, running from Brescia to Rome and then back again. The 33rd retrospective edition will see a great field of 430 historical automobiles celebrate the legendary Mille Miglia endurance road race.

Marco Makaus, Managing Director of 1000 Miglia Srl, commented, “This year’s edition will be another step on a long journey that continues to hold fascination, and to which some modifications are made every year, always with the utmost respect for tradition. In 2015, after the positive experience of the previous year, Mille Miglia will continue to be held in four stages over four days.”
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Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-mercedes-benz-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bonhams-mercedes-benz-2015-auction-results/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78121 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL CoupeThe Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 auction was held 28 March at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany, resulting in total sales of €13 million and a 92.9% sell-through rate.

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer for the day, said, “With a full sale room, active internet bidding, and international bidders both in the room and on the telephone, we saw spectacular prices for cars in exemplary condition and with great provenance. Bonhams holds the auction world record for any Mercedes-Benz, achieving £19,601,500 for the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196R Formula 1 single-seater in 2013 – a world record that demonstrates the perfect relationship between Bonhams and Mercedes-Benz.”

A 1938 540 K Cabriolet A was the top sale in the Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 auction. Never before publicly offered, this 540 K with coachwork by Sindelfingen sold to a private German buyer for €2,760,000.

One of only 18 produced, a 1931 770 “Grosser Mercedes” Cabriolet D was an additional highlight of this year’s sale. Originally the property of German actor, producer and director Erik Charell, the “Grosser Mercedes” sold to an auction room bidder for €2,311,500.

Elsewhere, a quartet of 300 SL motor cars, both Gullwing Coupes and Roadsters, achieved excellent prices. Top lot of the series was the 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster previously owned by German industrialist Alfried Krupp, being offered for sale after 35 years of continuous private ownership, selling for €1,121,250. Also attracting spirited bidding, having remained for 48 years in one family, the 1961 300 SL disc brake roadster achieved €1,092,500 and the 1957 300 SL roadster with factory hardtop sold for €1,058,000. Completing the four, the 1957 Gullwing Coupe sold for €1,046,500.

Additional highlights include the 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Coupe that sold for €572,700; a 115-year-old Benz Ideal 4 1/2 Vis-a-Vis sold for €212,750 and after fierce bidding on the 1931 Mercedes-Benz 15/75 PS Mannheim 370 S roadster, the gavel finally fell at €552,000.

“I’m delighted that the Bonhams international motoring team were our partners at the Mercedes-Benz Museum once again in 2015,” said Michael Bock, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centers. “The auction was a great success. This high level event represents a further consolidation of the excellent relationship between Mercedes-Benz Classic and Bonhams which has been established for two decades.”

Bonhams Mercedes-Benz 2015 – Top 5 Auction Results

1. 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Cabriolet A – €2,760,000
2. 1931 Mercedes-Benz 770 Cabriolet D – €2,311,500
3. 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – €1,121,250
4. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – €1,092,500
5. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster – €1,058,000

The Bonhams motoring department will next host their annual single-marque Aston Martin Works Sale on 9 May 2015, followed by the Spa Classic Sale, taking place on 24 May. For more information, visit Bonhams.

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Mecum Houston 2015 – Auction Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-houston-2015-auction-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/mecum-houston-2015-auction-results/#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2015 14:00:47 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78050 2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition sold for $475,000

2006 Ford GT Heritage Edition showing only 13 miles sold for $475,000

The Mecum Houston 2015 sale was held April 9-11 at the NRG Park (formerly Reliant Center) in Houston, Texas, resulting in $25,285,163 in total sales and a 70 percent sell-through rate. A told of 645 vehicles sold at Mecum’s fourth annual Houston auction.

The top 10 sales in at Mecum’s 2015 Houston included a mix of pre-war classics, muscle cars from the Golden Era, among others.
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Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 – Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/goodwood-members-meeting-2015-photo-gallery/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:00:25 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77086 The Goodwood Members Meeting 2015 was held 20-22 March at the 2.4-mile Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England. More than 400 historic racing cars participated in the Goodwood Road Racing Club’s 73rd Members’ Meeting.

The first day of the 2015 Members’ Meeting featured the largest on-track collection of McLaren F1 GTRs ever assembled; including Derek Bell in the yellow, Harrods-sponsored car he raced at Le Mans in 1995 plus racing legends Kenny Brack and Steve Soper.
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Quail Motorsports Gathering 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/quail-motorsports-gathering-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/quail-motorsports-gathering-2015-information/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 13:00:14 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78019 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

The Quail Motorsports Gathering 2015 will be held Friday, August 14th at the Quail Lodge Golf Club in Carmel, California. Similar to previous years, the 13th annual event will offer interesting and important automobiles and motorcycles displayed in a garden-party setting.

The 2015 edition of the Quail will honor Long Tail Cars of Le Mans, Coachbuilt Ferraris and Iconic Pre-1965 Porsches, in addition to the traditional classes that include Pre- and Post-War Sports and Racing, Supercars, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and Great Ferraris.
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Brooklands Double Twelve Festival 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/brooklands-double-twelve-festival-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/brooklands-double-twelve-festival-2015-information/#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77711 Mercedes-Benz 300SL GullwingThe Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsports Festival 2015 will be staged 13-14 June at Brooklands in Surrey, England. The 60th Anniversary of the launch of the MGA and the 45th of the Ford Escort’s triumph in the World Cup Rally to Mexico are amongst the landmarks being celebrated with special classes in this year’s Festival.

In true Brooklands tradition, the Brooklands Double Twelve Motorsport Festival 2015 will be held on the weekend closest to the date the original track opened in 1907, which this year is Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 June. The two-day event will feature Speed Trials, Driving Tests and a Concours across the Museum site and at neighbouring Mercedes-Benz World, giving Spectators and Competitors a huge variety of motoring action.
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Headline Offerings at RM Villa d’Este 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/headline-offerings-at-rm-villa-deste-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/headline-offerings-at-rm-villa-deste-2015/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=78011 A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta Competizione joins the list of headline consignments for the RM Sotheby’s Villa d’Este 2015 auction, to be staged 23rd May at Villa Erba on the shores of Lake Como, Italy. Chassis 1953 GT will be offered as one of the stars lot at RM Sotheby’s biennial auction held during the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

Chassis 1953 GT is the 20th of 164 GT SWB Berlinetta Competiziones built and is one of 45 aluminium-bodied competition lightweights produced in 1960. Bodied by Pinin Farina, the SWB Competizione is powered by the Colombo-designed V-12 engine that produces circa 280bhp. The 250 SWB was introduced to the public in 1959 as the successor to the similarly successful 250 GT LWB ‘Tour de France’, but boasted a revised chassis, shortened by 200 mm and featuring disc brakes as standard. Available in either left or right-hand drive, with either lightweight aluminium bodywork or the standard steel bodywork, and the option of an uprated engine, the newly introduced 250 SWB offered the best of all possible worlds, depending on how the customer intended to use the car.
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Ex-Works Aston Martin at Bonhams Festival of Speed 2015 http://www.sportscardigest.com/ex-works-aston-martin-at-bonhams-festival-of-speed-2015/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/ex-works-aston-martin-at-bonhams-festival-of-speed-2015/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 13:00:41 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77830 An ex-Works Racing Aston Martin Ulster, chassis LM19, will headline the Bonhams Festival of Speed 2015 auction, scheduled for June 26th at the Goodwood House in Chichester, UK.

The LM series of pre-war Aston Martin Works Team Cars were individually numbered from LM1 to LM23. As the initials indicate, they were produced to challenge the world’s best in the annual Le Mans 24-hour race.
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Concours in the Hills 2015 – Report and Results http://www.sportscardigest.com/concours-in-the-hills-2015-report-and-results/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/concours-in-the-hills-2015-report-and-results/#respond Tue, 14 Apr 2015 12:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77814 The second annual Concours in the Hills, held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona, grew from 220 exhibitors in 2014 to over 440 exhibitors at this year’s event. The amount raised for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale rose from $25,500 at last year’s show to over $60,000 in 2015.

Peter Volny, event founder and organizer said, “We had four lone sponsors in 2014, and that number grew to 46 in 2015. Spectator attendance was estimated at about 10,000 over the day. No doubt the combination of the spectacular setting and a beautiful sunny day helped.”
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Auctions America Fort Lauderdale 2015 – Auction Report http://www.sportscardigest.com/auctions-america-fort-lauderdale-2015-auction-report/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/auctions-america-fort-lauderdale-2015-auction-report/#comments Mon, 13 Apr 2015 14:00:54 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77890 Auctions America, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, March 27-29, 2015

Report by Rick Carey | Photos by Andrew Newton

Astute readers of SportsCarDigest.com auction reports will notice something missing in the above description: “by RM”.

Auctions America’s Donnie Gould insists the omission – following Sotheby’s acquisition of 25% of catalog collector car auction house RM Auctions – means nothing for Auctions America’s operations. More significant are the results from this year’s Ft. Lauderdale Auction.

It was Auctions America’s best ever in Florida and the second year in a row with sales of more than $20 million.
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Bentley Drivers Club 2015 Information http://www.sportscardigest.com/bentley-drivers-club-2015-information/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/bentley-drivers-club-2015-information/#respond Mon, 13 Apr 2015 13:00:44 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=73178 Wheel-to-wheel Bentley action at the Bentley Drivers Club annual Silverstone Race Day (photo: Peter de Rousset-Hall)

Wheel-to-wheel Bentley action at the Bentley Drivers Club annual Silverstone Race Day (photo: Peter de Rousset-Hall)

2015 is set to be another active year for Bentley Drivers Club (BDC) competitors and spectators alike. Three key dates are already firmly set in the Club’s 2015 calendar and there are more potential events in the pipeline too.

On 9th May the Club will host their annual Sprint meeting at the MIRA proving ground in Warwickshire.
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Vallelunga Classic 2015 – Report and Photos http://www.sportscardigest.com/vallelunga-classic-2015-report-and-photos/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/vallelunga-classic-2015-report-and-photos/#respond Fri, 10 Apr 2015 15:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=75520 The Vallelunga Classic 2015 was held March 28-29 at the 10-turn, 2.538-mile Autodromo Vallelunga Piero Taruffi nearby Rome, Italy. Participants and spectators enjoyed glorious weather all weekend at the first rendezvous of the 2015 season of historic races organised by Peter Auto. A total of five major grids were on the programme, with Saturday devoted to practice and qualifying and the races staged on Sunday.
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Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 – Auction Preview http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-palm-beach-2015-auction-preview/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/barrett-jackson-palm-beach-2015-auction-preview/#respond Fri, 10 Apr 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77570 The Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach 2015 auction will be held April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds in Palm Beach, Florida. Barrett-Jackson’s 13th annual Palm Beach sale will feature classics, exotics, muscle cars, hot rods, resto-mods and more set to cross the auction block.

“We’re really looking forward to our 13th Annual Palm Beach auction,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Our record-breaking Scottsdale event, including the unrivaled success of the Ron Pratte Collection, set the tone for the rest of the year and we expect another electrifying weekend in Palm Beach. Auction attendees will experience an action-packed three-day event and our bidders can expect a truly spectacular docket of vehicles.”
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Ferrari 290 MM – Profile and Photo Gallery http://www.sportscardigest.com/ferrari-290-mm-profile-and-photo-gallery/ http://www.sportscardigest.com/ferrari-290-mm-profile-and-photo-gallery/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.sportscardigest.com/?p=77571 A Ferrari 290 MM was displayed at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance 2015, held Sunday, March 15th on the fairways of The Golf Club of Amelia Island next to the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida.

The Ferrari 290 MM, which was restored by the Classiche Department at Ferrari in 2014, was awarded the “The Chairman’s Choice Trophy for the Car Found Most Appealing by the Chairman” at the 20th annual Amelia. Final approval for the award came from Honorary Chairman Sir Stirling Moss who played a big role in the Ferrari’s impressive race history.
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