The Ultimate Barn Find

RM Sotheby’s have recently announced that a once-in-a-generation collection of “barn find” Ferraris will be going to auction on 17th August 2023. The 20 Ferraris,

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A Big Delivery

There are always classic vehicles coming into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. However, every now and again, multiple vehicles all show up at the same

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Going To Auction

Our 1974 Triumph Stag is going to auction. Classic Car Auctions will be offering this beautiful classic car for sale and we are sure that

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Anglia Car Auctions

On the weekend of 28th and 29th January, Anglia Car Auctions will be hosting an auction in King’s Lynn and the Bridge Classic Cars team

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Auction Results – H and H

Yesterday, Bridge Classic Cars Directors, Gordon and Craig went to Derbyshire for the latest auction hosted by H and H.

They arrived early to make sure they got a good look at all of the cars available to buy and, as you can see from the photos below, there were some fantastic vehicles on offer. There were several highlights to admire including a 1966 Aston Martin DB5, said to be one of the UK’s best driving DB5s and a 1927 Delage DI Sport Boat-Tail Tourer which you may recognise as a previous resident of the Bridge Classic Cars workshop.

As well as the incredible range of cars at the auction, there were also some famous faces including John Fury, former boxer and trainer and father of now legendary boxer Tyson Fury.

Yesterday’s classic car auction was the last in-person sale that will be hosted by H and H in 2023. Both Gordon and Craig said that it was a great way to end their auction season and they are looking forward to going to even more in the new year. We are always on the lookout for classic cars to add to our growing collection and these auctions are always a fantastic way of finding several all under one roof.

Gordon and Craig bought multiple vehicles and, once they have been checked over in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop, they will be available to win through Bridge Classic Cars Competitions. Can you guess which ones they are?

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The Wolf Of Wall Street Lamborghini Countach Goes To Auction

In some films, certain cars become as iconic as the characters driving them on the silver screen. One such automotive legend is this 1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition, which famously made an appearance in Martin Scorsese’s 2013 film, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

One of the two Lamborghinis used in the film is going to auction at RM Sotheby’s Luxury Week on 8th December 2023 in New York.

1989 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary Edition

Introduced in the early 1970s, the Countach was the embodiment of automotive innovation. As the vehicle most responsible for bringing the “Italian Wedge” style of supercar to the foreground, the 25th Anniversary Edition was styled by Horatio Pagani and was produced from 1988 to 1990.

With its scissor doors, sharp angles, and wedge-shaped profile, the Countach was something of a masterpiece and a symbol of excess and luxury. It was, in many ways, the perfect car for the extravagant world depicted in ‘The Wolf of Wall Street.’

The Wolf of Wall Street Lamborghini

Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street,’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the infamous Jordan Belfort, is a film recognised for its portrayal of wealth and lavish lifestyles in the world of finance. In a scene that perfectly captures this spirit, this specific white Lamborghini Countach is featured alongside Belfort (DiCaprio) while he is under the influence of various substances, creating a memorable moment that has become a pinacle point in the film.

RM Sotheby’s describes the car:

  • One of the automotive stars of the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Used on set alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, who played high-flying financier Jordan Belfort; similar to the car that was dramatically destroyed in a memorable scene
  • The most advanced iteration of the legendary Countach, featuring improvements developed by the great Horacio Pagani
  • Said to be one of 12 US-specification examples delivered in Bianco Polo over Bianco
  • An already iconic supercar that is further elevated and immortalized by its time on the silver screen

The Upcoming Auction

This very special Countach is the first collector car to be announced for RM Sotheby’s boutique New York sale—an exclusive auction of extraordinary vehicles held during Sotheby’s Luxury Week on the 8th of December. 

With its unique connection to the film and its association with the larger-than-life character of Jordan Belfort, it is estimated to sell for $1,500,000 – $2,000,000 (Approximately £1,183,000 – £1,578,000).

Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, at RM Sotheby’s, said “The ‘Wolf’ Countach, along with the other cars that will be on offer, perfectly embodies what we set out to accomplish when we decided to host a sale during Sotheby’s Luxury Week. Scorsese, DiCaprio, Lamborghini, and New York—all make for an incredible pedigree. The sale will feature other similar cars—unique, highly collectable, with a degree of provenance, low mileage, or one-off specifications. Our team has a great track record of curating boutique sales such as this, and we look forward to showcasing this during Luxury Week.”

Two Familiar Faces For Sale

Two classics that have been in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop over the years are currently for sale on Car & Classic.

Our 1973 Saab 96 V4 is currently under auction on the site until 4th September at 8:25 pm, while our 1974 Triumph GT6 MKIII is going live later today at 1:00 pm.

1973 Saab 96 V4

Described as:

  • Restored and maintained regardless of cost in current ownership
  • Presented in an authentic-looking and head-turning tribute
  • Complete with detailed records itemising work done and associated spend 
  • Over £25,000 spent since October 2019
  • ULEZ exempt

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Full Project Details

1974 Triumph GT6 MKIII

Our former competition car is described as:

  • A great looking example of a late model MKIII Triumph GT6 from the final production run 
  • Presenting in an eye-catching Magenta livery with plenty of bright chrome in evidence 
  • Complete with a pristine and faithfully original-looking cabin 

Full Listing

Full Project Details

SOLD – Our 1935 Bentley

Our 1935 Bentley Van Den Plas Saloon sold earlier this week.

After making its way to us from South Africa, it will now go on to its new home with its proud new owner.

There’s no denying that this is a beautiful classic and it comes as no surprise that it was a popular listing on Car & Classic. As excited as we are to see it leave us to be admired by another enthusiast, it will be slightly sad to not see it in the Bridge Classic Cars workshop every day.

Iconic Auctioneers Start A New Chapter

Iconic Auctioneers, previously known as Silverstone Auctions, recently hosted “The Classic Sale” At Silverstone Festival 2023. The auction marked the beginning of a new chapter for the freshly rebranded auction experts and turned out to be a fantastic launch, as four new auction world records were set, an exclusive ‘Lord of the Manor of Silverstone’ title was acquired, and an impressive total sale value of £7 million was achieved!

1998 Subaru Impreza STi 22B

The first world record of the auction came in the form of the 1998 Subaru Impreza STi 22B – Chassis #000/400 – Ex-Colin McRae. This iconic vehicle was delivered to the late Colin McRae MBE in November 1998 as one of just three 22B prototypes ever built. The other two prototypes were delivered to David Lapworth and Colin’s co-driver, Nicky Gist.

In a TV interview, Colin once said that the 22B is one of his favourite cars but “it gets you into bother”. If even the legend that was Colin McRae got into “bother” while driving the car, it gives you an idea of just how capable this machine truly is.

With its final sale price of £480,000, another world record now belongs to Iconic Auctioneers and serves as a testament to McRae’s legacy in the world of rallying.

A Famous Pair of 1980 Ford Capris

As expected, there was lots of interest in these two Ford Capris. Recognised for their cultural significance and starring roles in the cult TV show ‘The Professionals,’ they sold at the equivalent sale price of £93,375 each which beat the auction world record for road-going Capris, which was set by Iconic Auctioneers (then Silverstone Auctions) in 2019 when one sold for £68,625.

With the pair selling as a single lot for £186,750, Arwel Richards of Iconic Auctioneers said “Ford Capris are among the hottest modern-classic cars for collectors right now and when you add in the fact that these two Capris featured in the much-loved cult TV show we knew we were onto a winner with them.”

1989 FIA Ford Sierra RS500 – Ex-Andy Rouse

Andy Rouse’s ‘missing’ 1989 BTCC RS500 was sold accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity from Andy himself, offering rock-solid provenance from the car’s original builder and driver. As you can imagine, bidding was highly competitive and the final sale price of £370,500 set a new auction world record.

1981 Ford XR3

An exceptional 1981 Ford XR3, boasting an incredibly low mileage of 992 miles and coming from one owner from new, sold for the record-breaking sale price of £33,750. In stunning condition due to it being in storage since 1984, it was recommissioned with new fuel and water pipes, and a new exhaust prior to going to auction.

Iconic Auctioneers – The McRae Collection

The McRae Collection featured three vehicles from the personal collection of the late Colin McRae. With winning bids from three different countries (Ireland, America, and the UK) these rally legends will be spread across the globe.

The 1992 Subaru Legacy RS ‘Group A’ sold for the staggering sale price of £414,500, while the 2005 Ford Escort MkII McRae, sold for £157,500, and the 1977 Chrysler Sunbeam Ti Group A Rally Car achieved £90,000.

Nick Whale, Chairman of Iconic Auctioneers, said: “We feel truly privileged to have been entrusted by the McRae family with the sale of three of Colin’s favourite cars. Despite the passage of time, Colin is still one of the biggest names in the world of rallying. These cars play a significant role in the history of rallying and so we are not surprised by the level of interest they generated around the world and the prices they achieved.”

Lord of the Manor of Silverstone

The ancient title ‘Lord of the Manor of Silverstone’ was sold for £111,375. The winning bidder not only earned the right to be officially recognised as “Lord” on official documents but also gained the privilege of exercising unique rights associated with the title such as being able to ‘hold court’, appoint a Bailiff and ale taster!

Iconic Auctioneers

Iconic Auctioneers will return to the Silverstone Festival in 2024 for their 14th year as the exclusive auction partner. In the meantime though, the team are inviting entries for their next sale at the NEC Classic Motor Show from the 10th to 12th of November.

Silverstone Auctions To Iconic Auctioneers

Silverstone Auctions is going through a very exciting change.

From the 9th of August, Silverstone Auctions will be known as Iconic Auctioneers. The name Silverstone Auctions was the ideal choice when the company first began, as all of its auctions were held at Silverstone Circuit. However, things have changed and now the auctions take place in various locations and events.

Iconic Auctioneers seems a fitting name and one that is better suited to describe the current evolution of the business. This change of branding is meant to highlight the unique and diverse range of auctions the business hosts, as well as the team’s innovative ideas and practices.

There are some other exciting changes coming alongside the new name such as no seller’s commissioner being charged on cars and motorcycles offered with no reserve, and private sales are also being added to the portfolio of services offered.

As you begin to see the branding change over the coming days, it’s safe to say that Silverstone Auctions has done a great job and is now moving into the future as Iconic Auctioneers.

The Ultimate Barn Find

RM Sotheby’s have recently announced that a once-in-a-generation collection of “barn find” Ferraris will be going to auction on 17th August 2023. The 20 Ferraris, which have been named “The Lost & Found Collection“, will be going under the hammer during Monterey Car Week held in Monterey, California.

Untouched for decades, the incredible group of Ferraris has been tucked up in a secure warehouse in downtown Speedway, Indiana since 2004. It seems somewhat fitting that cars of this pedigree have still been within touching distance of an icon of motor racing (Indianapolis Motor Speedway) despite being out of sight from collectors, restorers, and the general public.

A warehouse with 20 Ferraris inside is no doubt an impressive sight to behold. However, you’d be forgiven for not instantly recognising that some of these machines have been involved in some of the world’s most famous races such as Le Mans, the Targa Florio, and the Mille Miglia. Equally, it wouldn’t be immediately obvious that a Ferrari formerly owned by royalty has sat in a warehouse not getting the time and attention it so rightfully deserves.

Perhaps, the most pressing question is simply how did these 20 vintage Ferraris end up in an Indiana warehouse left to gather dust in the first place?

The Lost & Found Collection Darin Schnabel ©2023 Courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

Hurricane Charley

Back in 2004, Hurricane Charley caused massive destruction along the coast of Florida. It was during the storm that this stunning collection of Ferraris first came into sight, after the barn they were stored in since 1990 partially collapsed. It was at this point that they were very carefully moved and placed in the warehouse in Indiana which is where they have been ever since.

The Lost & Found Collection is expected to attract car enthusiasts from all walks of life. In what must be the ultimate dream for any collector, this ultimate “barn find” will certainly generate lots of attention from potential buyers.

Rob Myers, the man behind RM Sotheby’s said:

“While a select group of Ferrari collectors knew about the existence of these extraordinary cars, the rest of the world remained unaware. This represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for enthusiasts to acquire these iconic Ferraris, some of which have participated in renowned races. Most of these lost Ferraris remain untouched, preserving their purity and original condition since the day they were acquired—a true embodiment of the ‘barn find’ concept. It is the first time that RM Sotheby’s has presented a barn find collection of this magnitude to the market.”

The Lost & Found Collection

The Lost & Found Collection includes some very special vehicles including:

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pinin Farina – One of four 250 GT Coupes built by Pinin Farina in 1956 with Superamerica-style coachwork, this car was sold brand new by the factory to its first owner, King Mohamed V of Morocco. Traces of its breathtaking original colour combination of Celeste with a Nero roof over a Naturale Connoly leather interior, as well as the presence of its numbers-matching V-12, make this Speciale a tantalizing restoration candidate Estimate: $1,700,000 – $2,300,000 (approx £1.3 – £1.8 million)

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy by Scaglietti – Making its debut on the Ferrari stand at the XLVII Torino Motor Show, this 275 GTB participated in the 1966 Targa Florio with Luciano Conti (publisher of Italy’s Autosprint magazine) and co-driver Vittorio Venturi. Notably, this was the first “long-nose” 275 GTB to be fitted with a low-weight alloy body and six carburettors. Estimate: $2,000,000 – $2,500,000 (approx £1.6 – £1.9 million)

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I by Pinin Farina – If an automobile could talk, the weathered chassis of this Ferrari 500 Mondial would have an incredible story to tell—in no small part because it has the most extensive racing history of the 20 cars offered. Originally clothed in Pinin Farina Spider coachwork, it was sold new to Scuderia Guastalla principal Franco Cornacchia for the use of ex-Scuderia Ferrari driver Franco Cortese. Significantly, Cortese and co-driver Perruchini achieved 4th in class (14th overall) at the 1954 Mille Miglia. Subsequently rebodied by Scaglietti, further notable races include a Benzoni-Naust effort at the 1956 Targa Florio. Estimate: $1,200,000 – $1,600,000 (approx £944,00 – £1.2 million)

1978 Ferrari 512 BB Competizione – This Ferrari 512 BB Competizione is one of three factory-specified examples prepared for the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans. Entered by Luigi Chinetti Sr./ NART as race #87 and driven by Jacques Guérin, Jean-Pierre Delaunay, and Gregg Young, the car managed an impressive showing, completing over 19 hours and 232 laps before retirement. Appearing largely as it did when it left the Circuit de la Sarthe, this Ferrari boasts a short ownership chain of just two private caretakers. Estimate: $1,800,000 – $2,800,000 (approx £1.4 – 2.2 million)

The full Lost & Found Collection

1978 Ferrari 512 BB Competizione                                                        

1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy by Scaglietti                                                      

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Speciale by Pinin Farina                              

1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica Coupe Series I by Pinin Farina               

1967 Ferrari 330 GTS by Pininfarina                                                                  

1954 Ferrari 500 Mondial Spider Series I by Pinin Farina                                   

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina                                                      

1964 Ferrari 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso by Scaglietti                              

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti                       

1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta by Scaglietti                       

1968 Ferrari Dino 206 GT by Scaglietti                                                  

1960 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe Series II by Pinin Farina                               

1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4 by Pininfarina                                                              

1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series II by Pininfarina            

1976 Ferrari 308 GTB ‘Vetroresina’ by Scaglietti                                    

1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2 by Pininfarina                                                 

1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series I ‘Interim’ by Pininfarina                                   

1980 Ferrari 512 BB                                                                             

1991 Ferrari Testarossa                                                                        

1977 Ferrari 400 Automatic

Guinness Family Vehicles Going To Auction

A collection of five classic cars, currently owned by the Guinness family, are going to auction later this month.

On the 14th of June 2023, H&H will be hosting an auction at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. At the auction, there will be more than 130 cars going up for sale, including the five Guinness-owned classics.

Paul Cheetham, motor car specialist, at H&H, said “Every vehicle in the Guinness Collection possesses a unique character and represents a significant era in automotive history. Having been carefully preserved by the Guinness family, these cars carry with them an exceptional provenance and an intriguing story that adds to their allure and appeal.”

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake 

Perhaps the most impressive vehicle in the collection is the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Shooting Brake. It is a stunning example of just how good British automotive craftsmanship can be. The Phantom was once owned by Rt Hon Alan Clark MP and has recently been used on the Elveden Estate for shoots.

After undergoing a comprehensive restoration in the 1990s, this is a timeless vehicle that embodies everything you have come to expect from a luxurious, stylish, and refined car like the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

1948 Ford V8 Custom

Rupert Guinness, 2nd Earl of Iveagh, purchased the 1948 Ford V8 Custom from new and it was delivered to Ireland in right-hand drive configuration. Finished in Feather Grey with a Brown interior, amazingly, this V8 Custom has been in the Guinness family its whole life and will be sold directly from the family’s collection.

1954 MG TF 1500

Only 3,400 examples of the 1500 engine were ever produced, and this 1954 MG TF 1500 is certainly a good one. It was purchased by the Guinness family in 1997 and has seen a minimal increase in mileage since then. Originally sold as a US export, it returned to the UK in 1988 where it underwent a comprehensive restoration and a conversion to right-hand drive.

Finished in a combination of Cream paintwork and Red interior upholstery, it has a Tan hood and a full-length tonneau cover.

1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly

The 1990 Citroen 2CV6 Dolly has covered around 33,000 miles from new and had more than £1000 worth of cosmetic and mechanical improvements in 2017. These included new seat foam and covers, a new hood, and chassis and bulkhead repairs.

Its Maroon and Yellow paintwork coupled with a Burgundy hood and cloth interior gives the 2CV6 a stylish and very classic look.

1997 Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf ‘Remus’

After being supplied to the Ministry of Defence in 1997, Land Rover specialists, AJS Land Rovers purchased this Land Rover Defender 110 Wolf after it was taken out of service in 2019. Eight months of restoration work including the chassis being shot blasted, powder coated, and painted, the engine being completely overhauled with new shells, oil pump timing cover and casing, cam belt, pulleys, water, vacuum, and lift pumps, and a new intercooler and radiator transformed the classic Land Rover into an impressive example. The gearbox and transfer box had previously been overhauled by the MoD and were found to be in very good condition. However, a new gearbox oil cooler was provided.

With around 73,000 miles on the clock, the Guinness family took ownership of the Defender in 2020 and it has remained with them until now.

The Auction

The auction, on 14th June, will no doubt be a memorable event that will attract a big crowd of car enthusiasts. With more than 100 other vehicles available, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to see some big money bids come in at Imperial War Museum.

Another World Record Set At Auction

On May 20th, Silverstone Auctions hosted their Supercar Fest Sale at Sywell Aerodrome, Northampton. Among all of the lots available was a very special car – a unique 2000 TVR Cerbera Speed 12. As the winning bid was announced, a new world record for both any TVR model and also the highest price paid for a TVR by any UK bidder was set.

The Car

The 2000 TVR Cerbera Speed 12 is a unique vehicle in that it is the only TVR-built road car of its kind. When it was announced that it would be going to auction, it generated a huge amount of interest from potential bidders all over the world.

As one of the rarest and most admired supercars of the last 25 years, the TVR Cebera Speed 12 was used as a model for ‘Gran Turismo’ – one of the most popular and best-selling computer game franchises.

During the auction, there were plenty of interested parties bidding for the chance to own this one-of-a-kind car. Bidders from Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, and America all tried to become the new owner but, in the end, it was a UK bidder who won with the astonishing bid of £601,500

Known as the TVR Project 7/12, the Cerbera Speed 12 was introduced at the 1996 Birmingham Motor Show. The number “7” referred to the 7.7 litre (actually 7.73 L) engine, and “12” for the number of cylinders in the engine. TVR claimed that the engine would have a power output of more than 800bhp and that it would be faster than the McLaren F1.

The record-breaking supercar was prepared by TVR engineers over two years and has been heavily featured in many motoring publications.

The History

The design for Project 7/12 was based on two Cerbera Speed 6 straight-sixes spliced together, utilising a steel block. This was further developed by TVR’s John Ravenscroft creating a 7.7-litre V12. It has been said that the powerful engine snapped the input shaft of the 1,000bhp-rated dynamometer so the engineers had to measure each bank of cylinders separately. When this happened, an output of 480bhp was measured on each side, suggesting a total output of 960bhp! However, TVR said that, when set up for road use, the total figure was 800bhp.

After a short-lived racing chapter, the Speed 12 was seemingly finished. That all changed in 1999 though when TVR decided that they would develop a new car to race in the GT2 class, but there was a lot of interest in a road version and, in 2000, the Cerbera Speed 12 was ready.

Despite the excitement and the huge interest (including paid deposits), the road car never moved into production. When TVR boss Peter Wheeler took one of the prototypes home, he said it was too powerful and too wild to ever be used on the road. It was at this point that production plans were scrapped, all deposits were returned, and all the remaining prototypes were broken up for spares to be used for the race cars. There was one exception to this though – the now record-breaking TVR Cerbera Speed 12 that sold at auction a few weeks ago.

Going Up For Sale

In August 2003, TVR advertised a Cerbera Speed 12 for sale. At this point in time though, a complete car didn’t exist so TVR started the process of creating a road-going Cerbera Speed 12. Three race engineers worked on the project for two years, using the best components from the race development program and the 7.7-litre ‘bucket-head’ V12 to make a road-legal supercar for the ages.

After new components such as the gearbox, transmission and brakes, and carbon-fibre/kevlar bodywork were added, the engine was remapped and the finished product was a car that weighed 1000kg and produced 850bhp, and over 900lb/ft of torque.

A Record-Setting Auction

£7.5 million worth of bids were successful at Silverstone Auctions Supercar Fest Sale. In addition to the impressive TVR Cebera Speed 12, a 1996 Ford Escort Cosworth Lux 2.0 sold for £163,125. This set a new world record for a standard production car sold at auction.

Another exciting sale was the last regular production Jaguar E-Type to leave Browns Lane Production Line – a 1974 Jaguar E-Type Series 3 V12 Roadster which sold for £180,000.

Auctions like this tend to be full of very exciting cars and the new owners are no doubt extremely happy with the new additions to their garage.

Fernando Alonso’s Ferrari Enzo Up For Auction

On the 8th of June, Monaco Car Auctions will host their inaugural L’AstaRossa sale, held in partnership with Top Marques Monaco, at the Grimaldi Forum. This will be a Ferrari-exclusive auction and will include more than 40 very special vehicles. The headline consignment is a beautiful Ferrari Enzo that is currently part of the private collection of two-time Formula 1 world champion, Fernando Alonso.

The iconic Enzo is widely thought of as the hypercar that defined the Ferrari breed. From its bold design, impressive performance, and stunning engine note, it made a big impact in the automotive world. This particular Enzo has a carbon fibre and Nomex honeycomb monocoque chassis and a 6-litre V12. When you add this to the fact that only 399 were made and this is “Scocca n.1” (first body), the estimated price tag of €5 million (around £4.3 million) is steep, but somewhat expected.

Although not much is known about Alonso’s ownership of the Rosso Corsa (red) Enzo, the car has covered just under 3000 miles and has been certified by Ferrari’s Classiche division.

There are other, even rarer, Ferraris available in the June 8th auction including a one-of-one Felber Ferrari 365 GTC/4 ‘Beach Car’ by Michelotti, a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano, and a unique 2017 Ferrari 488 GTB which has been modified for use by Lapland Ice Driving.

This Time Next Year, We’ll Be Millionaires

A British icon is going to auction in June!

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III is believed to be one of the original ‘Trotters Independent Trading’ vans. Several of these were used during the filming of “Only Fools and Horses” and this is thought to be one of the vehicles that Del Boy and Rodney used in their many schemes of becoming millionaires.

The Vehicle

This very special Reliant Regal Supervan comes from a private collector, who has owned it since 2021. Prior to their ownership, John Mansfield of the BBC had the vehicle (along with another identical example that he sold in 2017 for just over £41,000).

With 97,000 miles on the clock and a top speed of 55mph, the yellow van was a prominent feature of the TV show and is easily recognised by its millions of fans.

Along with its storied history, the van has been subject to recent recommissioning works including having new tyres fitted, its brakes overhauled and the fuel system checked through. Also with the vehicle comes a roof rack, market suitcase, fluffy dice, and an inflatable doll that helped create one of the most iconic and memorable scenes in Episode 2 of Series 6 – “Danger UXD”.

The 1972 Reliant Regal Supervan III will be auctioned on Saturday 17th June by Classic Car Auctions at the Warwickshire Event Centre in The Summer Sale 2023.

Only Fools And Horses

Only Fools and Horses was created and written by John Sullivan and has become a beloved British sitcom. First airing in 1981, it ran for over two decades until 2003. The show follows the lives of Derek “Del Boy” and Rodney Trotter, as they navigate the ups and downs of life in Peckham, South London.

Del Boy, played by David Jason, is a lovable rogue and ambitious market trader with dreams of becoming a millionaire. His younger brother Rodney, portrayed by Nicholas Lyndhurst, is more naive and often finds himself caught up in Del Boy’s get-rich-quick schemes. The show’s humour stems from Del Boy’s outrageous and often ill-fated attempts at making money, which often involve the sale of dodgy goods or elaborate cons.

The show won numerous awards including several BAFTAs and has left a permanent mark in British television history.

A Big Delivery

There are always classic vehicles coming into the Bridge Classic Cars workshop. However, every now and again, multiple vehicles all show up at the same time.

After a successful day at auction recently, we received a delivery of several vehicles that we were very excited to welcome into the workshop. In the back of the car transporter was our 1958 Austin Healey Sprite, our 1969 Morgan 4/4 1600, and our 1998 Lotus Elise S1.

We are looking forward to sharing more information on these beautiful classic cars very soon!

Waiting For Its New Owner

Our 1974 Triumph Stag has been successfully delivered to the NEC in Birmingham ready for the Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale this weekend (25th and 26th March).

Classic Car Auctions will be hosting the auction and there are plenty of incredible vehicles available alongside our stunning Stag.

If you are interested in becoming the new owner of a 1974 Triumph Stag, then full details about it and the auction can be seen here.

Classic Car Auctions describe the car as “a handsome Sapphire Blue ‘Late Mk II’ Triumph Stag that has led a sheltered life for the last ten years” and “an attractively presented example of Triumph’s innovative design.”

We are looking forward to seeing our 1974 Triumph Stag go to a new home where it can be enjoyed by a new owner.

A Successful Day At Auction

Craig has spent the day at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire at an auction hosted by H and H.

There was a wide variety of vehicles available for sale throughout the day, and Craig ended up purchasing more than one, which will find their way to the Bridge Classic Cars workshop in the next week or so.

A successful auction trip is always a good day and we are very pleased with the new additions to our collection – more on those very soon!

In the meantime, here’s a little behind-the-scenes look at some of the vehicles going to auction.

Going To Auction

Our 1974 Triumph Stag is going to auction.

Classic Car Auctions will be offering this beautiful classic car for sale and we are sure that it will be a popular lot on auction day.

As you can see from the images below, it looks very impressive outside of our secure storage facility, The Hangar.

Auction date and time TBC.

Bob Marley’s Range Rover Going To Auction

A 1980 Range Rover that is believed to have been owned by Bob Marley is going to auction!

The original registration document has the name Robert Nesta Marley on it, which is why this classic vehicle is generating such interest. Classic Car Auctions are offering the legendary musician’s Range Rover for sale on Saturday, March 25th without reserve.

It is obvious that the Range Rover is not in drivable condition (the engine is currently in the back of the vehicle) so it will be purchased as a restoration project. Originally Masi Red, the Range Rover is now a mix of black, green, and blue with Bob Marley’s children said to be the people responsible for the paintwork.

With a little over 62,000 miles on the clock, you can see that, in the right hands, this could be an incredible classic in the future.

Bob Marley owned 2 Range Rovers and this one was shipped from Birmingham to Germany, then to Jamaica. It was also regularly shipped back and forth between Jamaica and the UK. His other Range Rover was a series 3 which was found in 2015 and has been fully restored.

This very special classic vehicle will be auctioned at the Practical Classics Classic Car And Restoration Show Sale 2023 being held at the NEC in Birmingham, which brings the story full circle as the Range Rover returns to the city in which it was built.

Even in its current state, a sale price of around £150,000 is expected. While fully restored models have previously sold for up to £130,000, the story and iconic former owner of this particular example makes it something of a unique opportunity to own something extremely special.

Full details can be seen here.

Bugatti Chiron Profilée – Breaking Auction Records

There always seems to be a story floating around the automotive industry of another record being broken for the most expensive car, the rarest car, and so on. However, every now and again, a truly staggering amount of money is paid for an exceptionally rare car…and that’s exactly what happened recently.

The Car

The Bugatti Chiron Profilée is a one-of-one hypercar.

Bugatti had planned to make a very limited number of special edition Chirons called the Profilée. This was going to be a slightly tamer version of the Pur Sport making it better suited to road driving as opposed to racing it around a track.

In the end though, the Chiron Profilée was never to be. As Bugatti had set a limit of only producing 500 Chirons, they proved to be popular enough to reach this threshold before the Profilée could be brought into existence.

That is with the exception of one Bugatti Chiron Profilée that was made as a prototype of sorts. This Profilée is the only one ever to exist. Despite being based on the Pur Sport, the Profilée has a long list of features that are unique to this one particular vehicle including its suspension and steering tune.

The top speed is 236mph which is actually slower than the standard Chiron which can reach speeds of up to 261mph. That being said, the Profilée can go from 0 – 186mph in 12 seconds so it is by no means a slouch!

The Price

RM Sotheby’s hosted the auction in Paris where this one-of-a-kind car was up for sale.

The bidding at the invite-only auction was said to be an “extended contest between a number of collectors in the room, on the telephones, and via the internet” but, eventually, the winning bid was placed and the new owner of this entirely unique car had paid €9,792,500 (approximately £8.7 million).

To put that into perspective, the Bugatti Chiron Profilée now holds the record for the most expensive new vehicle ever bought (zero owners on the registration document).

The pre-sale estimate for the Profilée was €4.2 million to €5.5 million so the bidding war certainly appears to have been pretty intense.

The End Of An Era?

Although Bugatti has not officially confirmed their plans for the future, they have appeared to hint that the Profilée could be the last of the W16 series.

If this is confirmed at a later date, the Chiron Profilée seems a fitting swan song for this thunderous engine.

Either way, a new record has been set, the one-of-one Bugatti Chiron Profilée is the most expensive new car ever sold at auction. That’s a record that will take a very special car to beat!

A Classic Car Auction

Last weekend we went to an auction hosted by Anglia Car Auctions.

Our 2 special Daimlers were included in the lots for sale and both ended up selling and will now move on to a new owner.

The story behind these 2 classic vehicles is a very interesting one and we hope that the future is bright for both of them.

There were lots of exciting vehicles and vehicle-related items available to buy at the auction including a number plate displaying RAD 101 (Radio 1).

This number plate was initially going to be purchased by Chris Evans when he was working at the radio station. After the sale fell through, the celebrity DJ never became the owner of the plate. However, it was successfully sold last weekend for a little over £23,000.

Anglia Car Auctions

On the weekend of 28th and 29th January, Anglia Car Auctions will be hosting an auction in King’s Lynn and the Bridge Classic Cars team will be in attendance.

Our 2 very special Daimlers will be part of the auction and it will be great to see them both find new homes.

We have been to several Anglia Car Auctions before and they have always been very successful days out.

If you are interested in any of the cars being sold at the auction, viewing is offered on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th January from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

The auction opens at 9:00 am each day – admission is free, but catalogues can be purchased for £5. 

If you are thinking of going to the auction, some of our previous visits can be seen here and here.

Bridge Classic Cars At Imperial War Museum, Duxford For H And H Auction

Today, Bridge Classic Cars are at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford attending the latest H and H auction. There is a wide range of vehicles available and we are always excited to see which ones catch our eye.

One of the cars being auctioned is our 1934 Riley 9 Lynx so we are particularly excited about that.

The Imperial War Museum is an impressive venue to see all of these beautiful classic cars.

We are on the lookout for some competition cars for Bridge Classic Cars Competitions so, maybe your next car is in one of our pictures below.

Chevron B20 Auction Begins Tomorrow

Our incredible 1972 Chevron B20 Formula 2 race car is up for auction on Car and Classic and will be going live tomorrow! We are eager to see this very special car find its new home. Packed full of amazing history, our Chevron will be a wonderful addition to any race lovers collection.

You can see our two previous shoots below:

Photos provided by Car and Classic.