RM Sotheby’s recent Icons sale was among the last of the high-caliber collector car auctions of 2017. With a quality over quantity focus, just 49 lots of “iconic” items were up for grabs, including 29 full-scale automobiles (several children’s cars were also on offer), bottles of high-end wine and champagne, and other mostly automotive-related items.More than $45 million was brought in by the sale, with an 84 percent sell through for all lots (76 percent for vehicles alone). Overall, the Big Apple event proved a relatively strong sale that has us looking forward to the annual auctions in Scottsdale, Arizona that kick off the 2018 calendar. Lot 115: Racing Suit and Helmet Worn by Steve McQueen in “Le Mans” Sold for $336,000Most any item connected to Steve McQueen and automobiles continues to be hot at auction. Earlier this year, Gooding and Co. sold a Porsche 917 that had been featured in McQueen’s epic racing movie, “Le Mans,” for … [Read more...] about RM Sotheby’s Icons Sale was a Strong Finish for the 2017 Collector Car Auction Scene
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Believe it or not, this is a lot harder than it looks. Automotive journalism is more involved than just driving around in awesome cars and then writing about them. Well actually, that is just about all there is to it, but those two things aren’t as easy as they sound. The driving part requires a keen eye for detail, the ability to notice the subtlest of details and quite often the intestinal fortitude to handle driving some really awful cars over great distances. The writing part can be worse, toiling for sometimes tens or even dozens of minutes trying to take a thousand or so random words and place them in an order people find interesting. Sometimes between those two duties, we run short of time. There are always long lines at Starbuck’s in Southern California. A time crunch sometimes leads to a shift from being extra creative and innovative, to relying on something tried and true, we sometimes refer to them as clichés. Clichés are not plagiarism; one, the user … [Read more...] about Beating the Dead Horse – Top 10 Overused Automotive Cliches
Ford chief Alan Mullally confirmed two important realities for Autocar at the Detroit motor show this week; while Aston Martin remains available to the highest bidder, Jaguar isn't, and that will probably mean a change of transportation for everyone's favourite international spy. In an interview given to Autocar, Mullally said 'Jaguar has a good business plan and some quality products in the pipeline. The new XF is a terrific car built on an admirable heritage too. The company is in a tough situation, and I'll give no comment about selling it right now, but I remain very positive about it.' 'Aston Martin has made excellent progress over the last few years,' he went on 'and we're expecting to make an announcement about its future early this year.' However, Autocar's sources suggest that a buyer for the brand has already been found and a deal agreed, and the deal should be made public before the end of the winter. Mullally's comments have implications for lovers of both brands, but for … [Read more...] about Bond to swap DB for XF?
Bonhams’ Bond Street Sale, an annual collector car auction held each year in London, has just listed two classics previously owned by members of The Beatles: a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 and a 1966 Mini Cooper S. Both cars will cross the block on December 2.The ’64 Aston Martin was purchased new by Sir Paul McCartney, former Beatles bassist, and is believed to be the musician’s first Aston Martin. McCartney was famously photographed many times with his second Aston, a later DB6 model, but records show that he drove this particular Sierra Blue DB5 (custom fitted with a Phillips Auto-Mignon record player) around London after returning from a Beatles world tour in 1964. The car was ordered with several options, including Armstrong Selectaride rear shock absorbers, a Motorola radio, and twin Marchal fog lights.The DB5 is possibly best known as the same model driven by the fictional James Bond in several 007 movies, and while it’s odd that McCartney wasn’t … [Read more...] about Bonhams to Auction Ex-Paul McCartney Aston Martin DB5 and Ex-Ringo Starr Mini
From Leylands to Ferraris, James Bond’s female acquaintances – friend and foe – have shared an eclectic taste in wheels. We look at the best female leads' cars in 007 movie history. Click here for a video preview of the car chases in 2015's new film, SPECTRE.Conniving Bond waves Tilly Masterson’s Mustang through on Switzerland’s tortuous Furka Pass before using his DB5’s knife-edged wheel spinners to slice through the Ford’s flanks as if they were some flimsy cardboard facsimile bashed together in a shed at Pinewood studios.Agent Triple X struggles with the vagaries of the Sherpa’s manual gearbox while Bond sits smugly in the passenger seat throwing in snarky one-liners that make him sound only marginally less misogynist than a Saudi lawmaker.Japanese secret service agent Aki hogs the driving seat of one of the sexiest Bond cars of all time, proving that she’s easily a match for Bond behind the wheel – and every bit as … [Read more...] about The CAR Top 10: Bond girl cars (and vans and bikes…)
Nothing is ever predictable in South America, especially when you travel by Rolls-Royce Phantom. Just as getting into Chile had been a trial of immense diplomatic challenges, so too was getting out. The border lies high in the Andes, two hours out of San Pedro. But customs is down in San Pedro. Not that this nugget of information was made clear before the Phantom made for the border…So, seven hours late and with darkness falling, the Rolls exited Chile and re-entered Argentina, crawling across the roof of the world to an altitude normally only frequented by Rolls-Royce aero engines not motor cars. Not that the Phantom minded.In the darkness alongside the road was the limpet rail line along which runs the Train to the Clouds. But with midnight come and gone, train spotting was bottom of the order. Salta, Argentina’s desert outpost and end of our expedition, beckoned.Two weeks, almost 5000 miles, hundreds of ham and cheese sandwiches, countless thumbs up, offers of marriage … [Read more...] about Rolls-Royce Phantom adventure across South America