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Market Analysis: January to June 2015

By <Unknown User> on 01/07/2015

Dare I say it, we British are becoming more American, for it’s not price that stands out in the first six months of 2015 as much as volume. Activity is 30% up on the same period last year, with a record 4,600-plus classic cars offered in the UK and the selected foreign auctions that we’ve covered.

However, it’s in the UK that this phenomenon is most marked with houses, such as Historics at Brooklands and Anglia, holding ever bigger sales, as well as the arrival of new players, such...

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Insider's Guide To: Insuring A Classic

By Al Suttie on 17/06/2015

After buying a classic car, one of the major costs can be insuring it. Many a classic owner will have received a shock when trying to insure their car through a normal insurance company or broker. However, help is at hand thanks to specialist insurers who understand the classic car market.

As with all types of motor insurance, you need to be clear about the use the vehicle will be subject to. Be honest about using the car for commuting, business, foreign travel, tracks days or...

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Ex-works Aston Martin Ulster makes £2.9 million at Bonhams’ Festival of Speed sale

By Claire Evans on 29/06/2015

Dubbed the ultimate pre-war racer, the ex-works Ulster had raced at Le Mans, the Mille Miglia, RAC and Ards TTs and the 1936 French Grand Prix with Dick Seaman at the wheel. Its selling price of £2,913,500 is the highest figure paid for a pre-war Aston Martin at auction to date, topping the £1,300,700 achieved by a 1934 Ulster at a Bonhams sale in 2013.

Another car driven and owned by a racing legend also made good money at the Festival of Speed sale. The 1961 Porsche RS-61 was offered...

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Barn-find Ferrari makes nearly £12 million at Artcurial Retromobile sale

By Claire Evans on 06/02/2015

One of only 37 made with covered headlights, the Ferrari was the Franco-Britannic 1961 Paris Motor Show car. Its first owner was French actor Gerard Blain, and its second was Alain Delon (pictured). 

Roger Baillon bought the 250 GT in 1971 and, although in need of restoration, it is totally original and retains its original engine. Bidding for the California at packed Artcurial saleroom was fast and furious at first, soon topping €10 million, it then slowed to two potential owners...

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