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Mike Hanlon

Collectibles

"Barnfind" 1925 Bugatti T13 fetches $950,000

Elite Paris-based auctioneer Artcurial staged the "barnfind" auction of the century earlier this year and has now pulled off another coup with the sale of a 1925 Bugatti Type 13 "Brescia", which had been hidden away in an abbey in Oigny, France since 1966. The T13 was Bugatti's first road car and began the marque's dominance of racing in spectacular fashion. History and full story.Read More

Automotive

A look back at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este

The Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and the accompanying Villa Erba auction put on yet another spectacular show at the weekend, with 11 cars selling for more than a million dollars, 34 of the 39 lots on offer sold, and an average sale price of $880,000 per car. While the auction was spectacular, the three day show across the adjacent villas was beyond spectacular in every respect, with the finest of Europe's vast automotive heritage on display.

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Collectibles

Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este & RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview

One of the world’s most exclusive and tradition-steeped events for historic cars and motorcycles takes place on the shores of Lake Como next weekend (22-24 May). Here's our guide to what to you can see at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este and what's for sale at RM-Sotheby's Villa Erba auction preview where 15 vehicles are expected to sell for more than $1 million each, and two cars are likely to move into the 20 most valuable cars ever sold at auction, both fetching more than $10 million.Read More

Collectibles

Herbie "The Love Bug" sells for $126,500 + 25 other cars you'll wish you had bought

In terms of investment potential, the prices of cars which formerly starred in movies are accelerating faster than the already bullish collectible car and movie memorabilia markets. This week Herbie (The Love Bug) set a new world record for a Volkswagen Beetle at $126,500 to become one of the top 50 movie cars ever sold at auction. We've also scoured the auction results of the last ten years to show how much movie cars are appreciating.Read More

Motorcycles

Full preview of the Bonhams Spring Stafford Sale

Bonhams Stafford Spring sale has been responsible for more sales of elite motorcycles than any other single sale anywhere in the world, rivaling even the combined January Las Vegas sales – it's that important. Not surprisingly, there are a number of very rare and valuable motorcycles going under the hammer on April 26, the most significant being a 1939 Vincent-HRD Series-A Rapide (US$320,000-380,000), an unraced 1979 Ducati 900 NCR Racer ($120,000-180,000), a 1926 Coventry Eagle Flying Eight ($120,000-180,000) and a 1930 Brough Superior 680 Black Alpine ($100,000-150,000).Read More

Collectibles

Vincent Black Shadow & Linto 500 head H&H Classic Auctions bill

The British rare car and motorcycle auction season kicks off this week with H&H Classic Auctions' Imperial War Museum sale where several key lots are expected to provide a litmus test for the elite classic motorcycle market. Some choice vehicles on sale include a 1959 Daimler Ferret armored reconnaissance vehicle (US$15,000–19,000), a matching numbers 1952 Vincent Black Shadow (£55,000–60,000, $80,000–88,000), a rare Linto 500 GP racer (£90,000–110,000, $130,000–160,000), a Ducati 750 Sport with NCR 750SS Desmo heads (£24,000–26,000, $35,000–38,000) plus a plethora of vintage racing bikes.Read More

Motorcycles

Honda's Bulldog 400 concept: The tough small-capacity tourer for the masses

Honda displayed a new and very practical small-capacity adventure bike named the Bulldog last week at the 42nd Tokyo Motorcycle Show in Japan, using its recently adopted modular engineering concept to adapt the CB500 into its most practical form yet. With a seat height of just 730 mm, lots of crash protection, 93 miles per gallon and Honda reliability, it makes a lot of sense as an overland transport option for the 75 percent of the world's population below 172 cm in height. It's a wonder someone didn't think of this before.Read More

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