1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato “2 VEV”

Bonhams is delighted to offer this ultimate, individual Aston Martin Zagato to the car-collecting world. This competition coupe — always known by its distinctive U.K. road-registration number “2 VEV” — is simply the best known and most charismatic of all Aston Martin DB4GT Zagatos.

This ultimate Zagato variant, the 1962 “Manage Project 209,” was essentially a development prototype — sharing a near-identical new chassis structure to the DP214 Works-run “Project car” design then forthcoming for the Aston Martin factory team’s Read More

1970 Porsche 914/6

This 914/6 is a rare 2-liter, 6-cylinder Porsche version developing 110 hp. First registered on July 1, 1970, it is, like most 914s, of American origin.

As confirmed by its Certificate of Authenticity, our 914/6 is in its original color configuration, with its very 1970s “Orange Signal” paint (1410) and black imitation-leather interior. It is also equipped with the 914-6 GT kit with wide wings for a more aggressive look. Between the end of the 1990s and the beginning of Read More

1974 Ferrari 246 GTS Dino Spyder

The 246 GTS Dino offered here was completed on November 2, 1973, and finished in Blu Dino Metallizzato with a black Connolly leather interior. Ferrari historian Marcel Massini notes its first owner, a resident of Lausanne, Switzerland, kept it until 1983. A second Swiss owner kept it until 2011. Then it passed to a noted collector. It was recently traded to the consignor.

The car is remarkably well preserved and remains highly original throughout.

The car has received Ferrari Classiche Read More

1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 Coupe

This Lamborghini Miura P400, chassis number 3649, left the factory in Sant’Agata on August 7, 1968. Sold new in France, it arrived at the premises of Voitures Paris Monceau, 114 Rue Cardinet Paris 17e, on September 16, 1968. It was painted silver gray with mustard leather interior and electric windows.

The car had been so successful since its launch at the Motor Show in October 1966 that by September 1968, the list of clients driving around in a Lamborghini Miura Read More

What’s Going On With Late Landies?

Quite a few Land Rovers crossed the block at Bonhams’ July 13 Goodwood Festival of Speed auction, but three Landies in particular give us an interesting glimpse at the current market.

All three of the recent Land Rovers sold way over their estimates, while the 1963 80-inch Series I was bang on the money. What is it about Landies these days?

Inspired by the U.S. Army’s wartime Jeep, developed in haste and intended for short-term, small-scale production, the Land Rover Read More

1906 Ford Model K Open Tourer

By 1906 there were a number of struggles between entrepreneur Henry Ford and his board — the sort that are so frequent with “start-ups” and particularly in the early days of the motorcar industry.

The battle raged between directors Malcomson and Gray, who were for building a car to satisfy their perception of a growing luxury market, countered by Ford with his own vision for his business.

The Model K in concept mirrored and/or pre-empted the era of Six-Cylinderism, as Read More

Fast Fun and Tender Care

The Lotus Esprit was launched in 1976 as a replacement for the Europa.

The Esprit had a similar backbone chassis, but it was larger and more luxurious, as Lotus founder Colin Chapman forever wanted to push the company’s output upmarket to maximize profits — which is what was largely propping up the racing team.

A memorable appearance in the 1977 James Bond film “The Spy Who Loved Me” (as the famous submarine car) helped overshadow tacky details such as British Read More

For the past 40 years, the Ferrari 250 GTO has been the “Mona Lisa” of the collector-car market.

They represent the last of the front-engined Ferrari customer cars that could be driven on the street and then taken to the track. They were contenders for overall victory in events such as the Tour de France. In their era, they were the ultimate usable supercar.

When one comes to market, the world sits up and notices.

In 2014, Alexandra and I Read More

Tucker Torpedo Launches Into Court

Preston Tucker sure had big dreams. After World War II ended, he embarked on an ambitious plan to design, build and market his own car. His dreams came to fruition, and his eponymous company eventually produced 51 Tucker 48s before it went down in a financial firestorm.

Tucker’s car was identified as the Tucker Torpedo during its design and promotion phase. When the concept was finalized and ready to go into production, Tucker reportedly grew concerned about “Torpedo” reminding people Read More