Author: Paul Hardiman

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Bond Movie Promo Car

The third of just four “Goldfinger” DB5 examples built, this Aston Martin is a fabulously rare example of what author Dave Worrall termed “The Most Famous Car in the World,” as he titled his 1993 book on the subject. Quite simply the most iconic car of all time, DB52008R is […]

1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Flat-Floor Coupe

This rare early E-type left the factory in November 1961 finished in Gunmetal metallic with red trim. Its late owner purchased the car from The E-type Centre, Chilcote, Staffordshire, in November 2002 (purchase receipt on file). Previously registered EMM 8, the car had been fully restored by The E-Type Centre […]

1936 Bentley 4½ Litre Vanden Plas Tourer

This is one of six WO Bentley 4½ Litre cars assembled by the Service Department from New Old Stock and reconditioned parts in 1936. Of the six RC Series 4½ Litre cars completed, chassis RC41 is the only one to retain its original coachwork (the other five have been rebodied […]

1928 Bentley 6½ Litre Four-Light Weymann Fabric Sports Saloon

This year, the Bentley marque passes its centenary. It is a huge achievement, not least because throughout those 100 years it is a company that has always been associated with the utmost sporting and luxurious cars. That reputation was founded on the basis of magnificent automobiles like the 6½ Litre […]

1954 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide

Having made his fortune during World War II, Chicago-based industrialist Stanley Harold “Wacky” Arnolt II was able to indulge his lifelong love of automobiles, and by 1952 was a regional BMC distributor and U.S. distributor for Bristol cars. In 1952, a visit to Carrozzeria Bertone led to Arnolt buying a […]

1934 Aston Martin 1½ Litre Mark II Short Chassis

Manufactured by Robert Bamford and Lionel Martin, the first Aston-Martins (the hyphen is correct for the period) rapidly established a reputation for high performance and sporting prowess in the years immediately following The Great War. Unfortunately, the management’s concentration on motor sport, while accruing invaluable publicity, distracted it from the […]

1958 Austin-Healey Sprite Mk 1 Works Rally

First registered in November 1958, chassis no. AN57565 was prepared by Donald Healey and his team for the 1959 Monte Carlo, Sestriere and Alpine rallies. It would go on to be the only Works Rally Austin Healey Frogeye Sprite produced. Its early history was detailed in John Sprinzel and Tom […]