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Mike Hanlon

Motorcycles

Sons of guns: Winchester motorcycles return to the auction block

In 2013, one of only two Winchester motorcycles known to exist sold at auction for what was then a world record price of US$580,000. The other Winchester failed to meet reserve and was passed in with a high bid of $520,000. Our article on the Winchesters makes for interesting reading because it concludes that the American Gun marketplace is buoyant that the Winchester's gun provenance had elevated the value of the motorcycles beyond the normal motorcycle marketplace. Now the bikes have been entrusted to the world's foremost firearm auctioneers, James D. Julia, for sale in March. Records can be expected to fall.Read More

Automotive

Retromobile preview: The barnfind of the century finally goes to auction

The Paris/Retromobile round of collectible car and bike auctions gets underway this week with sales by Artcurial, Bonhams and RM. Though dozens of cars will sell for more than a million dollars, the world's most important barnfind, the Baillon Collection, will be the star of the show. We've designed this article and the hi-res image gallery to highlight all of the important cars, motorcycles and selected automobilia on offer this week in Paris. If you flick through the image gallery, you can click directly through from the high resolution image to the auction description for any items that may interest you.Read More

Automotive

Ayrton Senna's kart may become the cheapest Senna memorabilia yet

A successful career in karting is now part of a driver's preparation for Formula One. All current drivers and 29 of the last 30 F1 champions began by racing karts. Senna, Schumacher and Hamilton had karts at four years of age, while Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel both started at three. If karting is now such an important part of a driver's career, how much is the kart that Ayrton Senna raced to fourth place in the 1981 world karting championship worth as memorabilia?Read More

Automotive

Acura's second-generation NSX finally reaches production specification

The Acura NSX finally made it into production specification today in Detroit and, as expected, the wait has been worthwhile. The internal combustion engine is now hyperventilating with twin-turbos instead of the naturally-aspirated version we saw previously, it boasts three electric motors and pushes more than 550 hp through a nine-speed dual clutch transmission, while the price tag will be in the vicinity of US$150,000 when it lands later this year.Read More

Automotive

Pilot production begins for electric- and gas-powered honeycomb-composite Spira4u

We first drove the Spira4u in its first prototype form six years ago and we were mightily impressed. Conceived as a low cost (both to manufacture and run), hyper-economical vehicle to mitigate the world's 1.25 million road deaths each year, the Spira4u went on to become a finalist in the Automotive XPrize. It was never intended to run against the world's biggest universities and brightest minds – it was always intended for production. Now it's there and seeking to license its design across the globe.Read More

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