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  • Ferrari 250 GTO fetches world record price!

    by Garry Shortt | Aug 15, 2014

    FERRARI 250 GTO ACHIEVES $38,115,000 (£22,843,633)

    A New World Auction Record At Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale
    The Maranello Rosso Collection of Ten realizes a combined total of $65,945,000 (£39,522,440)


    14 Aug 2014, Quail Lodge Auction
    The Ex-Jo Schlesser/Henri Oreiller, Paolo Colombo, Ernesto Prinoth, Fabrizio Violati
    1962-63 FERRARI 250 GTO BERLINETTA
    Chassis no. 3851GT

    Engine no. 3851GT

    Carmel, California – Thursday, 14 August 2014 – The 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta has become the most valuable car in history to be sold at auction when it realized $38,115,000 (£22,843,633 or €28,528,626) moments ago at Bonhams' Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, California.

    Surpassing the current record of the most valuable car sold at auction, which was also set by Bonhams with the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 R F1 Racer that sold for $30-million at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction last year, the Ferrari GTO had been the subject of intense international interest.

    Bidders from around the world were in attendance in the audience and on the telephones. The auction pavilion was filled to total capacity with overflow on the lawns watching the happenings live on the numerous television screens. After the start of a passionate bidding war that at times resembled a tennis match, complete with moments of silence interrupted by cheers, the audience erupted in applause when the fall of the gavel confirmed the final price.

    Says Robert Brooks, Chairman of Bonhams, "It's been a genuine privilege to represent this outstanding car and we are absolutely delighted with today's results. We've always maintained that we would exceed the current world record and that the car would bring between $30-$40-million and today the GTO did just that."

    Demonstrating the confidence in the collector car market and the strength of the Ferrari brand, today's new world record also reaffirms Bonhams' position as one of the world's leading auctioneers of rare and important motorcars.

    Other cars from the very special Maranello Rosso Collection of ten important Ferraris also sold extremely well for a combined total $65,945,000 (£39,522,440 or €49,359,559).
     

  • D-TYPES AT GOODWOOD

    by Garry Shortt | Jul 22, 2014

    D-TYPES AT GOODWOOD

    Birthday bash for D-Type 60th inspires Jag-only grid for Revival race

     

    Just yesterday we were enjoying a view of Goodwood from a Rover SD1 touring car; today there's confirmation that the Jaguar D-Type's 60th anniversary has inspired a 30-car grid of the type for a special race at September's Revival.

     

     

    Flockhart and Titterington at Goodwood in '56
    Flockhart and Titterington at Goodwood in '56
    D-Types were regular competitors in period at Goodwood, as the evocative LAT shot of Ron Flockhart leading Desmond Titterington in 1956 demonstrates. This year the D-Types will race in the Lavant Cup and Goodwood is promising short- and long-nose cars from owners across the world together with XKSS 'road' versions and the one-off E2A prototype described as a bridge between D- and E-Type.

     

    What's it like to race a D-Type? Handily Chris Harris can tell you all about it, his experiences of competing one last month at the Le Mans Classic making for an inspiring read. You can expect a vid to follow in due course.

    The sight of such a huge gathering of D-Types all going at it hammer and tongs will be the stuff of Goodwood legend; here's looking forward to September and a fitting tribute to one of our favourite racing cars.

     

  • LIMPING CAT: DYING XJ220 SPOTTED

    by Garry Shortt | Jul 20, 2014

    LIMPING CAT: DYING XJ220 SPOTTED

    Dusty supercar with little more than 500 miles on the clock snapped lying unloved in Middle East

     

    XJ220 number 132 now...
    XJ220 number 132 now...
    If ever the phrase 'some viewers may find the following scenes disturbing' could apply in motoring journalism, it is now.

     

    This forlorn-looking Jaguar XJ220 has been spotted looking rather wretched but with just 900km on the clock in Qatar by UAE-based motoring blog crankandpiston.com.

    There are a lot of blanks in this story, but it seems that the car was originally sold by a Jaguar dealer in Dubai and was last spotted six years ago in Beirut looking shiny, handsome and well kept, before somehow ending up as this dusty, ignored travesty in Qatar.

     

    ...and the same car in happier days
    ...and the same car in happier days
    How do we know all this? Apparently Mick Bramley, the photographer who snapped it works on 220s, and keeps a photographic record of the cars that pass through his hands, so imagine his surprise when this dusty wreck turned out to be none other than the very same XJ220 (number 132) he'd seen all those years ago in Beirut.

     

    It's enough to make a grown man cry...

     

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