Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

Classic cars and motorcycles can include any models dating back to the development of the modern automobile at the end of the 19th century. Vintage models are often desirable due to their design as well as engineering with cars by the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mecedes-Benz regularly commanding high prices at auction.

In addition to the vehicles themselves, automobilia is a popular collecting area and categories include items such as petrol pumps, enamel signs and car badges. Radiator mascots, particularly the highly-recognisable designs by René Lalique in the 1920s and 30s, are particularly sought after.


1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 sold at Bonhams

Record price for British motorcycle as Brough Superior makes £331,900

04 May 2016

Bonhams set a record auction price for any British motorcycle with the sale of a 1938 Brough Superior 750cc BS4 for £331,900.

1957 Ferrari sells for $50 million

15 February 2016

A 1957 Ferrari 355 S Scaglietti sold at the Artcurial Motorcars auction for €32.1m (£24.7m) with premium to an international collector after “a tense, 11-minute bidding battle”.

RM deal puts Sotheby’s head to head with Bonhams in competition for the future of UK car market

27 February 2015

Sotheby’s have taken a 25% stake in RM, the classic and luxury car auctioneer, renaming the company RM Sotheby’s.

Alliances see Dreweatts expand into classic cars and Australia

19 December 2014

Dreweatts & Bloomsbury have announced two new alliances as they reshape the wider business as part of the Stanley Gibbons Group.

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Dream machines – the ultimate barn find heads for Paris sale

16 December 2014

One of the greatest ‘barn finds’ ever has uncovered 60 classic cars – just one of which is a rare Ferraris valued at several million pounds – in outbuildings in the west of France.

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Fangio's Mercedes roars to £17.5m record

29 July 2013

In 1987 the BBC interviewed Daimler-Benz’s former chief engineer, Rudi Uhlenhaut, and asked the 81-year-old about the firm’s post-War return to serious motor racing in the 1954-55 period.

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Fangio racer leads Goodwood sale

17 June 2013

What must be one of the most iconic racing cars ever to come up for sale will be offered by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 12.

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Automobilia market gets fuel injection as Devon devotee sells his stock

17 April 2013

The contents of a filling station saved from the bulldozer and then converted into a museum will be offered for sale in July.

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Roadster set to race away in Stourbridge

21 December 2012

This classic red two-seater 1954 MG TF 1500 Roadster will be auctioned at Fieldings Auctioneers in Stourbridge on January 12.

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Hurricane returns to its spiritual home for sale

05 November 2012

Bonhams’ December 3 sale at Brooklands will bring a powerful symbol of the Battle of Britain back to its spiritual home.

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Churchill’s Land Rover takes £129,000 at auction

05 November 2012

A Series 1 Land Rover presented to Sir Winston Churchill on his 80th birthday was sold for £129,000 by Cheffins of Cambridge, more than double the top estimate – an auction record for a Land Rover, say the auctioneers.

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Superior motorbike takes record sum at auction

29 October 2012

Setting an auction record for a motorcycle, this 1922 Brough Superior, known to all as ‘Old Bill’, sold for £260,000 last week.

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Chris Evans teams up with Jonathan Humbert for charity sale

03 September 2012

Jonathan Humbert teamed up with Chris Evans for a sale of 90 classic cars in aid of Children in Need.

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Classic Ford van with saleroom connections

29 August 2012

A Ford van dating from 1922 with advertising promoting it as a carrier to Sotheby’s and Christie’s is to be offered for sale at Frank Marshall auctioneers of Knutsford, Cheshire, on September 5.

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Don’t forget to look in the garage

02 April 2011

ON visiting a bungalow just south of Knutsford for a probate valuation, Patrick Cheyne had been dismayed to find nothing of any value in the home itself – but rather better things emerged when he was shown the garage.

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£240,000 tribute to Fred Dibnah

09 August 2010

The late Fred Dibnah's 1912 Aveling and Porter Ltd steam tractor fetched £240,000 at Cheffins vintage auction on July 24, selling to Michael Oliver, chairman of Knutsford-based manufacturer Oliver Valves.

Holt’s strike Land Rover brand deal

08 June 2009

THE Norfolk-based auctioneers of fine modern and antique guns, Holt’s, have signed a promotional deal with Land Rover that sees them become ambassadors for the all-terrain vehicles.

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Slide away for the great escape

14 April 2009

COTSWOLDS specialist in sporting antiques Manfred Schotten can usually be relied upon to turn up some quirky, offbeat but interesting items, and drawing on the wide world of sport and leisure pursuits he has plenty of scope.

Fire pump stolen in Essex

10 March 2008

A pre-War fire pump and trailer were among items stolen from a collector at Great Totham, near Maldon, Essex sometime between Monday, January 28 and Friday, February 8.

Vintage cars set Bonhams on the road to Paris sales

25 February 2008

Bonhams staged their first auction in France on February 9 with a sale of vintage automobiles at the Retromobile car fair in Paris.

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