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1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato for sale

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**UPDATE: Sold for $14,300,000 USD**

Tomorrow Rm Auctions will present this 1962 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato chassis DB4GT/0186/R for sale at their Driven By Disruption auction in New York.

This car belongs to a select few racing DB4s that were send to Zagato in Italy for a lightweight and attractive body. It is 14th of just 19 DB4GTs tailor-made by Zagato.

The Zagato’s first owner was Laurie O’Neill of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia who raced it in the South Pacific GT Championship. It subsequently stayed in Australia for over 30 years.

In recent time Peter Read commisioned a top level restoration by RS Williams Ltd with assistance from Carrozzeria Zagato’s own facilities in Italy. The result was shown at the 2002 Louis Vuitton Concours, Villa d’Este, and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

RM Auctions expect $15,000,000 – $17,000,000 for this car and desribe the oppurtunity in their own words: “With only 19 DB4 GTs graced with coachwork by Zagato, just having the opportunity to see a DB4GT Zagato is a dream few realize. So treasured by their owners, not a single example has traded hands for the greater part of a decade. While its direct competitor from Italy would be the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, it would be more appropriate to compare the car to the vaunted 250 GTO, though both were produced in greater numbers. Both Aston Martin and Ferrari pushed the envelope of performance when these models were new, both boast wins on the world’s most competitive stage, and both boast handcrafted aluminum bodywork with designs worthy of inclusion in any major art museum. However, in terms of rarity, nearly half as many DB4 GT Zagatos were built compared to the 250 GTO.”

Donald Healey’s 100 Coupe for Auction

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***UPDATE*** Sold for £639,900 (CDN$ 1,310,246) inc. premium

This weekend Bonhams will offer arguably the most desirable Austin-Healey ever produced: Donald Healey’s personal 1953 Austin-Healey 100/’100S’ Coupé at their The Bond Street Motor Car Sale in London.

The car was built as a styling exercise executed by Gerry Coker who designed the Austin-Healey 100 and Sprite. In his own words he added “lift the rear deck to make the hard top more proportionate”. Futhermore he also chose the original color scheme of Carmine Red with a black roof.

Inside the car recieved a bespoke interior with a central Becker radio and speaker built into the dashboard. Futher interesting details include rotary A55 heater switches, lockable sliding windows and a locking mechanism for the doors.

Donald Healey took particular interest in the Coupe. He registered it ‘ONX 113’ and used it as a support vehicle at events like the Mille Miglia. Throughout its life it was upgraded by the factory to 100S specification.

Having being owned by the Arthur Carter collection since 1972, ‘ONX 113’ is in remarkably original condition and totally unsymettric like many of the Healeys we see in the shop.

Bonhams will offer ‘ONX 113’ at their upcoming The Bond Street Motor Car Sale on 6 Dec 2015 in London alongside a remarkable collection of British sports cars.

‘Rolling Sculpture’ E-Type

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***Update sold for $340,000 USD***

Today the Keno Brother’s will stage their first autmotive auction in New York and offer 40 of the finest cars they could find. One is this first-year 1961 Jaguar Series I Roadster chassis 875323 with an estimate of $390,000 to $590,000USD.

Having just benefitted from a ground-up restoration by Classic Showcase in Califronia, this Opalescent Bronze roadster on white-wall tires really stands out. Classic Showcase are the predominant E-type restorers in America and took special lenghs to ensiure accuracy with the Butler license lights, voltage regulator, generator, starter, Dunlop master cylinders, sealed-beams.

Being among the first 400 E-Type’s produced chassis 875323 has many interesting one-year features such as the outside bonnet latches, a pumpkin-colored cylinder head and black-oxide fasteners.

More information can be found at the Keno Brothers website: http://www.kenobrothers.com/auctions/1961-jaguar-e-type-roadster

Sebring MGB Racer to be auctioned

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This car sold for $88,000 USD at the RM Sotheby sale

Tomorrow, RM Sotheby’s will auction this MGB from the Paul & Chris Andrews Collection along with an impressive array of stunning showcars.

This is one of three cars prepared by Joe Huffaker, of British Motor Cars Distributors in San Francisco for the 1963 Sebring 12 Hour Race.

The auction description describes the car well:

Qvale was instructed by BMC to modify a trio of stock MGBs with upgraded components that had been sent over from MG in the UK and to build the cars to competition specifications. This included adding aluminum front fenders, an aluminum bonnet, a boot lid, and aluminum doors fitted with Perspex windows. Competition-specification four-cylinder motors were delivered to Qvale and immediately rebuilt by Joe Huffaker, the head of the competition department at BMCD, who added new pistons, revised porting, and his own custom-made camshafts. These engines were fed by dual gas tanks, and multi-speed windshield wipers were fitted to combat the possibility of rain.

Of course, as they were British cars campaigned by an American distributor with factory support, deciding on a racing livery for the three cars was quite simple: red, white, and blue.

For Sebring, the white #46 would be driven by Jack Flaherty and Jim Parkinson, while Jack Dalton and Ed Leslie would be behind the wheel of the red #47 and Jim Adams and Merle Brennan would pilot the blue #48. Although the MGs got off to a good start when the green flag was dropped, they faced fierce competition from a pair of factory-supported Porsche-Abarth Carreras, and the team hoped that they would outlast the cars over the following 12 hours. However, the team’s resolve would be tested when, after just 15 laps, the white #46 car was forced to retire from a failed differential.

As the race continued, the remaining red and blue MGs pressed on, slowly working their way towards the front of the field. Twelve hours after the start, the remaining MGs finished 3rd and 4th in class, with the red #47 car taking 17th overall and the blue #48 car taking 22nd overall, which were good results for the two cars from Abington.

The Unrestored Austin-Healey 100M of George Fink

While in Florida we had a pleasant surprise at the Bonhams tent where this 1956 Austin-Healey 100M BN2 was sitting.

It was brought along by Wayne Carini of Chasing Classic Cars and it will probably appear on a future episode.

Chassis BN2L/230966 was originally purchased by an architect who carefully preserved the original fit and finish for over 20 years and 37,253 miles of motoring. It then landed in the Fink collection and accrued only a handful of additional miles since.

As such, it is a stunning showpiece of originality, one that we had to photograph in and out.

Bonhams sold this BN2 for US$ 206,800 at their Amelia Island Auction on 12 Mar 2015.

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