The Most Expensive British Car to go on Auction

Famed DB4GT Zagato ‘2 VEV’ to go under the hammer at Goodwood.

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The most celebrated Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato – ‘2 VEV’ – will hit the open market for the first time in almost half a century when it crosses the block at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on 13 July. Bonhams expects the car to make well in excess of £10m.

The Essex Racing Stable 1961 Zagato ‘2 VEV’ is easily the best known of the 19 cars produced, and ranks somewhere near the top of Carrozzeria Zagato’s most important creations. Raced in period by Jim Clark, ‘2 VEV’ is one of just two quasi-works cars and one of only three configured in the ultra-light – and ultra-desirable – DP209 specification. Incredibly, the FoS sale represents the first time that the car has been offered for 47 years, having spent all of that time in the care of the same family. 

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Owner John Ogier campaigned the Zagato throughout 1961 and 1962 under his Essex Racing Stable banner, during which the car was driven extensively by the great Jim Clark. The future two-times Formula One World Champion famously took the wheel during the 1961 and ’62 RAC Tourist Trophy at Goodwood, finishing fourth behind sister car ‘1 VEV’ – driven by Roy Salvadori –  in the first race before colliding with the Ferrari 250GTO of race leader John Surtees during the second. 

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Clark also drove the Aston at Montlhéry, and finished sixth in the Paris 1000km alongside Innes Ireland. The car also took to the grid of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1961, though, along with its Essex Racing sister car, it failed to last the distance. 

A fruitful career in historic racing followed once the Zagato retired from top-flight competition, being raced with great success throughout the ’80s and ’90s by Roger St John Hart, and later by Nick Cussons of the Aston Martin Owners’ Club. 

 

The car benefited from a full Aston Martin factory restoration in the mid-1990s and is described as being ready for track action. Bonhams’ James Knight said: “Bonhams is absolutely delighted to be bringing this landmark vehicle to auction, which continues our history of offering the world’s most important and celebrated sports and collectors’ motor cars to market. It is, by some distance, the most valuable British motor car ever to be offered at a European auction, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds for this historically significant vehicle.”

 

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Porsche Restores its Oldest 911

Porsche is ready to show off the oldest 911 predecessor in its possession after three years of meticulous restoration: a 1964 901.

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When Porsche engineered the 356's successor, the company began production of the 901. However, just weeks into production, Porsche had to rename its banner vehicle due to a trademark dispute. Thus, the 901 became the 911. Porsche had already built the first batch of 901s, so the cars were manufactured as a 901, but sold as a 911. This restored vehicle is actually one of the first 901s ever produced before the official switch to the 911 name.

Porsche purchased the rare car in 2014 after a German television show focused on finding old treasures stumbled upon the car during an episode. Upon its discovery, the team immediately contacted the Porsche Museum, which verified it was an incredibly rare car.

 

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The lengths to which Porsche went to restore this missing piece of its history is simply mind-blowing. To see a company place such a value on its past is what keeps the flocks of Porsche faithful growing, and the desire to preserve a car that it hadn’t yet found (imagine that, Porsche couldn’t find one!) shows the steep efforts to which the company will go for one of its own. Porsche built just 235 911s in 1964, the first 82 of which were designated as 901s.

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The company negotiated with the owner of this early 911 and another project in his collection. Porsche paid $125,000 for this car, which had been in the second owner’s possession for many years after it became too small to transport his growing family. The front wings were missing, the engine was seized and the interior was practically fragments of dust and cloth. But the chassis plate that identified this car as one of the elusive 901s was pristine.

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The company used genuine body parts from other 911 models and the engine, transmission, electrics, and interior were all repaired in the same manner. Restorers took great care to retain parts and fragments when able to keep the car as original as possible. 

The 1964 901 turned 911 will be on display at the Porsche Museum through April 8, 2018 at the special exhibition “911 (901 No. 57) – A legend takes off.”

 

 

History For Sale : Record-Breaking Vincent Black Lightning

Bonhams to auction Jack Ehret's Australian-land-speed-record-breaking 1951 Vincent Black Lightning at its annual Las Vegas motorcycle auction, Jan. 25, 2018, in Nevada.

Jack Ehret’s 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, still in its original racing form

Jack Ehret’s 1951 Vincent Black Lightning, still in its original racing form

Bonhams
October 2017

Introduced in 1948, the Vincent Black Shadow was without question the first true Superbike of the modern era. Officially timed at 122mph, it was faster than the Jaguar XK120, then the world’s fastest production car. But even more performance was to come with the introduction that same year of the ultimate — and today most collectible — Vincent, the Black Lightning.

Weighing just 360 pounds compared to the Black Shadow’s 458 pounds, the Lightning was a production racer based on the bike that Rollie Free famously rode to an AMA land speed record of 150.313mph. Featuring high-performance racing components, the Lightning produced a claimed 70 horsepower, 15 more than the Black Shadow.

It is generally accepted that no more than 33 Black Lightning’s left the Vincent factory in Stevenage, England, during the model’s 1948 to 1952 production. Those low numbers make any Black Lightning a machine of great rarity and historical importance. Yet few match the bike featured here, the famed 1951 Black Shadow ridden by Australian “Black Jack” Ehret to an Australian land speed record of 141.5mph in 1953 and soon to go up for sale at Bonhams’ annual Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction, Jan. 25, 2018.

Time warp: The mechanicals of the Ehret Vincent are fully reconditioned, but the bike is otherwise in exactly the condition as when last raced by Ehret.

Time warp: The mechanicals of the Ehret Vincent are fully reconditioned, but the bike is otherwise in exactly the condition as when last raced by Ehret.

The Ehret-Vincent retains the sidecar used by Ehret in sidecar races and all its original competition bodywork.

The Ehret-Vincent retains the sidecar used by Ehret in sidecar races and all its original competition bodywork.

Originally owned by Aussie rider Tony McAlpine, who assembled the bike himself in June 1951 while working at Vincent, it was clocked at 130mph — in third gear — in July that year. McAlpine took the Lightning with him when he returned to Australia later that year, putting the bike up for sale. Car dealer Jack Forrest purchased the Vincent, then raced — and crashed it — in the Australian TT at Bathurst in the Senior Unlimited TT. In fact, Forrest crashed the Lightning in two of the three races he entered the bike. Those experiences apparently soured him on the Vincent, and he subsequently put it up for sale with Sydney Vincent dealers Burling and Simmons, where it was purchased by local racer Jack Ehret.

Like Forrest, Ehret also entered the Lightning in the Australian TT, but with better results, finishing second in the 1952 event. Ehret’s success with the Lightning proved the bike’s superior capacity, and eager to get his name in the record books he set his sights set on the hotly contested Australian Land Speed Record. On Jan. 19, 1953, on a remote stretch of road in western New South Wales, Ehret made his attack on the record, riding the Lightning to an officially timed 140.509mph.

The gas tank, controls and instruments are original. The odometer shows 8,686 kilometers (5,385 miles), all accumulated during its 40-year racing career.

The gas tank, controls and instruments are original. The odometer shows 8,686 kilometers (5,385 miles), all accumulated during its 40-year racing career.

Ehret continued racing the Vincent with great success, often with a sidecar attached. He was Australian Title point’s leader in 1954, and in 1955 he crossed the finish line at Australia’s Mount Druitt race in front of 500cc World Champion Geoff Duke. He finally won at Bathurst in 1956, in the Sidecar TT with George Donkin riding passenger.

By the end of the 1950s, Ehret was no longer racing the Lightning, but in 1968 he pulled it out of storage for a race at Oran Park, coming in a respectable third in the sidecar class with John “Tex” Coleman riding passenger. Ehret would race the bike two more times, again at Oran Park in the late 1970s, but now in the Historic class and winning both of his races, and finally at Eastern Creek in 1993, where he lapped the entire field in the Historic Sidecar races with his son, John, riding passenger. After 40 years racing, the Lightning was finally retired, its provenance cemented with a record of having finished on the podium in 80 percent of its races

Jack Ehret on the Lightning in 1953 showing his riding position for his successful 141.5mph Australian land speed record run.

Jack Ehret on the Lightning in 1953 showing his riding position for his successful 141.5mph Australian land speed record run.

Second chance

Ehret shifted his attention from motorcycle racing to running nightclubs, and in 1999 he sold the bike to Aussie Franc Trento, owner of Euro Brit Motorbikes in Melbourne. Ehret died in 2001, a fact that perhaps inspired Trento to preserve the Lightning in its original race condition. In 2014 Trento sold the Lightning to the current owner, who shipped it to Vincent expert Patrick Godet in his native France.

Once there, Godet and his team stripped the Lightning, rebuilding it internally as needed with new parts made from the original Black Lightning drawings. The crankcases, cylinders and heads are original, but the worn crankshaft was repaired and it has new pistons, piston liners, valves, valve springs and camshafts. Externally, Godet and his team laboured to maintain the bike’s originality, replacing only those items necessary for safe riding. The brake and clutch cables, for instance, feature the original housings, but the inner cables are all new, all done to keep the Ehret Vincent looking exactly as it did when last raced by Jack Ehret.

The Ehret-Vincent retains the sidecar used by Ehret in sidecar races and all its original competition bodywork.

The Ehret-Vincent retains the sidecar used by Ehret in sidecar races and all its original competition bodywork.

Without question the most significant motorcycle to be auctioned at Bonhams’ upcoming annual Las Vegas motorcycle sale, Jan. 25, 2018, the Ehret Vincent is expected to sell for more than R9,0 million rand.

 

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GTI- Born To Be Wild

·         Posted by CCW

The 40th birthday of the Golf GTI this year awakes at least for the old veteran Motorsport fans a lot of great memories. Shortly after its introduction to the market in 1976, the Wolfsburger beast ventured the first attempts on a race-oriented terrain. A good choice, because the Golf GTI sets a new benchmark in terms of the early fame of Volkswagen in the disciplines circuit and rally.

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The Junior Cup: hot races, thrilling duels

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For six years the GTI was the figurehead for the brand-own named race series. The races took place 10 times a year in the supporting program of high-quality circuit events and gave the audience high-class, exciting and dramatic duels. The uniform white lacquer turned into a colourful one in the second Cup-year. German pilots such as Walter Struckmann, who managed to win all ten GTI Cup races in a row in 1978, or Heinz Friedrich Peil and Alfons Hohenester, who both were advancing into the higher-ranking championship, have also performed record-breaking effort. Another record was taken by Berthold Bermel, who managed to participate unbelievable 13 years in different VW Brand Cups

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Also successful in Rally-Racing

Also in rallying, the Golf GTI became a fixed size, which was to be beat. Just one year after the first appearances of the Golf GTI in the Rally sport the Hamburg-born Jochi Kleint won the popular Rally Cross Championship. Volkswagen Motorsport in Hanover has continuously developed the GTI with the result that the Bavarian team Alfons Stock / Paul Schmuck 1981 won the Int. German Rally Championship with their green “Rheila-Golf” (nickname “Frog”). The team Erwin Weber / Manfred Hiemer managed to achieve the same in a factory golf GTI almost ten years later. In the meantime, the best success of the Golf GTI ever was in 1986 – the win of the World Rally Championship for series-close cars by the Swedish Kenneth Eriksson and his German co-driver Peter Diekmann

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GTI as a fixed size at the 24 hour race

With numerous other titles and valuable single victories, the Golf GTI has now been gliding all along for 40 years and is still setting standards in the touring car class. Hardly any championship takes place without a Golf GTI participation and even in the famous long-distance classic, the 24 hours at the Nürburgring, the GTI has proven its reliability with numerous group events and nearly 50 classifications. The Wolfsburg GTI is listed the fourth place in the everlasting brand list of this race since 1970.

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The latest and current model of the successful Golf GTI family is the anniversary model “Club sport”. The turbo direct injection engine delivers 265 HP – making it the most powerful GTI series ever. At the push of a button, the power can be increased up to almost 300 HP for ten seconds thanks to a boost function. Remember: The first Golf GTI from 1976 had just 110 HP – As time goes bye …

 

Report by collectorscarworld.com (Source: volkswagen-classic.de)

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