2004-12-22: Bonham's The Ferrari Sale
The Annual Bonhams 'Ferrari Sale' is the last event of each year, and has become our traditional Holiday feature. This seventh annual auction was again hosted by the exclusive Palace Hotel in Gstaad, Switzerland, and offers a selection of Ferraris of various types and price ranges. Bonhams offering was particularly broad this year with entries ranging from affordable 2+2s to very valuable spyders.
Highlighting the sale were two 250 GT California Spyders, widely considered the quintessential Ferrari drop-top. It is perhaps only rivalled by the Daytona Spyder, of which a very beautiful example was entered. The ex-Clint Eastwood 275 GTB transferred ownership for a record high price of nearly $500,000 US. Although none of the Formula 1 lots found a new owner, all three cars had particularly interesting histories. More much insight can be found in our full report and 85-shot slideshow.
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2004-12-20: $1.2 mil Ferrari, father of the GT40, BMW M6 and more ...
At Bonham's annual Ferrari Auction in Gstaad, Switzerland, the two 'star cars' are traditionally displayed in the luxurious auction room. Only rarely do these high priced Ferraris find a new owner in the auction, but at this year's sale, last Saturday, one did! The almost perfect Ferrari 250 GT LWB California changed hands for well over $1.2 million US. A full report and slideshow of the prestigious auction will be published later this week.
Among automotive enthusiasts the Ford GT40 is one of the most highly respected racing cars ever built, but very few of them know the racer it was derived from. Raced only in early 1963, the Lola Mk VI GT set new standards in racing car design, influencing designers for many years to come. A much better known racer is the Mercedes Benz SSK, which is one of the marque's best known pre-War cars.
After the successful launch of the latest generation M5 earlier this year, BMW has now released the first details and pictures of the all new M6, which shares the 507 bhp V10 engine with the M5.
2004-12-13: Saleen S7R, BMW Z1, Maserati Voiturette, Ferrari racer and more ...
GT-Racing is traditionally dominated by European manufacturers, with very few exceptions. In the last couple of years however, two American cars have challenged the Europeans. The Corvette C5-R and particularly the results of the Saleen S7R were impressive, resulting in one of today's fastest GT racers. Also homologated as a GT car is the Ferrari 512M. Of all examples constructed, the featured example, livered in blue and yellow Sunoco colours is arguably the fastest.
Maserati is best known today for their road going GT cars, but for the first thirty years of the manufacturer's history they specialized in racing cars. One of the most sophisticated is the 4CL, which reintroduced four valve per cylinder technology into racing.
In the last couple of years BMW has taken a bold step away from the designs used over the last couple of decades. The German manufacturer has only rarely departed from their familiar design in many years. One of the best examples is the unconventionally styled BMW Z1.
2004-12-07: Bonham's Olympia Auction, new 911 Cabriolet, Fangio's Alfa ...
One of the highlights of the auction calendar is the annual Bonham's sale at London's Olympia, held on the first weekend of December. We visited this year's auction, which consisted for a large part of cars from the Patrick Collection. Today we take a look at two highlights of the sale. Star of the Patrick Collection vehicles entered was a stunning Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato. With a final bid of well over 1 million Pounds, the Mercedes Benz 710 SS Castagna Roadster Cabriolet, was the most expensive lot.
Porsche continues the renewal of the 911 range with the recent introduction of the 997 Carrera S Cabriolet.
Last week one of Ferrari's most loyal customers passed away. Prince Bernhard of The Netherlands was a client of the first hour. This week we take a look at one of the custom Ferraris he owned, the 500 Superfast Speciale.
One of the last 'old-school' Alfa Romeo sportscars, using Vittorio Jano's designs is the 6C 3000 CM, used by Juan Manuel Fangio to record a second place finish in the 1953 Mille Miglia.