|Canadian-built motor car fit for royalty on offer as Bonhams returns to Oxford for annual sale|
| Eclectic auction will offer everything from a Ferrari to a Morris Oxford, via a Buick with royal connections
A single-owner collection of Canadian-built Buick motor cars, including one that was used by two future Kings of England, will be among the highlights of the upcoming Bonhams sale in Oxford, UK, on Saturday 2nd March.
Following the success of last year's auction, which recorded an outstanding 100 per cent sale rate, the Bonhams Motor Car and Automobilia departments will return to the regional Oxford salerooms for the first sale of the UK auction calendar.
Among motor cars already consigned is a collection of Buicks led by the 1928 model year McLaughlin-Buick 496 Tourer that is one of only two built and used on the royal tour of Canada in 1927 (estimate £40,000 - £45,000). The custom-built cars were the only vehicles built by the motor company during that year which comfortably seated seven people, and were designed and detailed with class and elegance in mind. They were used extensively by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), his brother the Duke of York (later King George VI) and their entourage carrying out their civic duties, and were shipped from province to province by train.
| 1955 Syracuse Grand Prix: A Dentist Fills the British Manufacturing CavityEver since Raymond Mays laid a BRM egg, the promise of British manufacturing in Formula One had been left unfulfilled and there were very few signs of that hole being filled any time soon. British manufacturing appeared disease-riddled. Therefore, it would be no minor miracle Tony Brooks would perform on the 23rd of October in 1955.|
Connaught had earned respect and success in Formula 2 with its Lea-Francis-powered car. The tiny firm from Send, outside of Woking, would provide drives for some ....
| 1959 German Grand Prix: Briton-Italian Dominance Amidst the DarknessIn the pages of Formula One history, the weekend of the 1959 German Grand Prix is usually remembered for a couple of incidents. One of those would see a providential escape. The other, unfortunately, would end in tragedy. Most unfortunate is the fact these two events, though very considerable in the annals of motor racing history, would largely overshadow what would end up being one of the most dominant performances by a Briton in an Italian car.|
Tony Brooks had proven himself, his talent, wi....
| Jochen Mass: The Mass-ter BreakthroughThe city of Munich, Germany is one of the leading academic cities in the world hosting numerous, and famous, universities within its limits. It would be against this backdrop, in September of 1946, that Jochen Richard Mass would be born. Fittingly, he would become a true well-rounded and respected academic of the world of motor racing. But he needed that breakthrough that would define his career. |
While the city would have its darker moments in history, there would be very little doubt as to ....
|History in the makingMaranello, 5 February – Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso have chosen 7 and 14 respectively as their racing numbers for this year. Both numbers have already proved victorious in Formula 1 on Ferraris, but their glory days are ripe for revival. The number 7 first appeared on a Prancing Horse car in the 1953 British Grand Prix on Luigi Villoresi's 500. The Italian started from sixth on the grid but retired with a technical problem while lying third. As for the 14, that was first seen on the Ferra....|
| BONHAMS 3RD ANNUAL SCOTTSDALE AUCTION THE BEST YET, WITH MULTIPLE RECORDS MADE, STRONG SELL-THROUGH RATE AND NEARLY $25-MILLION ACHIEVEDBonhams' third annual auction during the Scottsdale Car Week was a smashing success, nearly doubling last year's total and quadrupling that of the first year.|
Held on Thursday, January 16th under warm and clear desert skies at the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort & Spa, the anticipated auction exceeded pre-sale expectations. Buyers from around the world filled the sales tent to capacity with many more bidders participating online and by telephone.
The viewing atmosphere on the lawns was re....
| 1972 Italian Grand Prix: Youth Beats ExperienceFrom the moment Fittpaldi responded by earning victory following the tragic loss of Jochen Rindt back in 1970, it was clear the Brazilian was a World Champion in the making. The question would be 'How long would it take?' In just two short years, and in front of the Tifosi, everyone would have their answer.|
It had been a remarkable moment. Emerson inherited the lead of the 1970 United States Grand Prix with less than ten laps remaining. He had only just taken his place at Lotus at the British....
| 1970 United States Grand Prix: Hopes Renewed by 'Emerson Who?'It would be a chaotic and ghastly sight. The twirling Lotus mass carried with it another of a brotherhood of drivers that were both very successful and wildly popular. It was another loss for Team Lotus. It was terrible when Jim Clark was lost, but Jochen Rindt's passing would be more than the team could bear. It seemed all hope had gone. But then there would be a young Brazilian, of whom most of the world was ignorant. However, all of that would change one day in the fall of 1970.|
| ECURIE ECOSSE GLORIES AGAIN AS BONHAMS SELLS SCOTTISH TEAM COLLECTION FOR £8.8MAll eight cars in British connoisseur Dick Skipworth's collection from the legendary Scottish team that won two consecutive Le Mans 24-Hour races in 1956 and 1957, sold at Bonhams today (1 December) for record prices.|
Just as they did in the 1950s, four of the Ecurie Ecosse Jaguars raced ahead of their rivals.
The team's 1952 Jaguar C-Type sold for no less than £2,900,000, amid auction-room applause, while their 1956 Jaguar 'Shortnose' D-Type sold for £2,600,000. Both went to a buyer in th....