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Tag: auto

March 18, 2017

Red Rollers

by Matthew Steeples

Pair of striking red Rolls-Royces with Scottish connections to be auctioned at the Imperial War Museum Duxford   Rolls-Royces tend to be noticed wherever they go but a pair to be auctioned later this month are especially stand-out examples in that they both come in especially bold shades of red.   The first car, a … Continue reading “Red Rollers”

May 22, 2016

An XJS Celebration

by Matthew Steeples

Future classic Jaguar XJS Celebration convertible offered for sale

Little and Large

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 originally owned by a classier forerunner to James Stunt for sale

May 9, 2016

A rich man’s Fiat

by Matthew Steeples

Quirky Autobianchi Bianchina Transformabile to be auctioned

April 11, 2016

The Pamborghini

by Matthew Steeples

Pink Lamborghini owned by 32-year old multi-millionaire appears in South Kensington (complete with images of Pamela Anderson)

April 2, 2016

A Monarch’s Mulsanne

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley Mulsanne used by the Queen between 2012 and 2014 offered for sale for £70,000 more than a similar car without royal heritage

March 18, 2016

Rock’s Terraplane

by Matthew Steeples

Kid Rock to sell 1935 Hudson Terraplane featured in 2009 film ‘Public Enemies’

March 17, 2016

Going for gold

by Matthew Steeples

Gold Rolls-Royce Phantom convertible hits the streets of London and illustrates a new level of vulgarity

March 16, 2016

A bargain Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

1997 Bentley Turbo R long wheelbase offered for sale for just £5,000

March 14, 2016

Mountbatten’s Ghost

by Matthew Steeples

1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost originally owned by Lord Mountbatten to be auctioned; it came back into his possession just months before he was assassinated in 1979

March 5, 2016

Five of the Best: The Restoration Show Sale

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times selects five of the best cars on offer at the 6th March Silverstone Auctions’ Restoration Show Sale at the NEC in Birmingham

February 21, 2016

Minder mobiles

by Matthew Steeples

Daimler used in ‘Minder’ to be auctioned alongside a Ford Capri from the same series; rather appropriately it was once clocked

January 7, 2016

A Kaiser double

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1954 Kaiser-Darrin roadsters to be auctioned in Arizona and Paris; they come complete with unusual sliding doors

December 10, 2015

A rare roadster

by Matthew Steeples

“Supremely rare” 1959 BMW 507 roadster to be auctioned in New York on 10th December 2015

November 23, 2015

A practical Aston

by Matthew Steeples

Rare 1963 Aston Martin built with a view to be “equally suitable to drive or be driven in” to be auctioned with an estimate £377,000 higher than its 2006 £23,000 selling price

November 18, 2015

An ace Bentley

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley once owned by chocolate tycoon and flying ace Sir Egbert Cadbury to be auctioned with a guide lower than the cost of its most recent renovation

November 17, 2015

Taking Aston to another level

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin to be sold in New York could fetch in excess of £10 million and become the highest priced British car ever to be hammered down at auction

November 13, 2015

A landmark Chrysler

by Matthew Steeples

Example of America’s finest era of automotive excellence, a 1953 Chrysler Special coupé by Ghia, heads to auction

October 22, 2015

Selling a Sellers

by Matthew Steeples

Continuing our look at the lots in the forthcoming Silverstone Auctions NEC Classic Motor Show sale, we highlight a 1966 Lotus Elan S2 originally owned by Peter Sellers

September 25, 2015

Banishing the Bentayga

by Matthew Steeples

Aston Martin pledges not to follow Bentley into the SUV market

September 21, 2015

Back to LeBaron

by Matthew Steeples

“Unmolested” wood-clad Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country convertible to be sold at Bonhams’ Preserving the Automobile auction for just £5,800

September 19, 2015

27 Forever

by Matthew Steeples

’27 Club’ member Janis Joplin’s custom 1965 Porsche 356C 1600 cabriolet heads to auction with a guide of £260,000 and thus proves it wasn’t just “my friends [whom] all drive Porsches”

September 14, 2015

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

by General

“One of the biggest important players on the classic car scene”, Adolfo Orsi, Jr. is always clad in a blazer and generally sports a Panama hat.

September 7, 2015

Bonded to a Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I drophead coupé owned by Bond set designer Sir Ken Adam to be auctioned at RM Sotheby’s Battersea sale tonight

July 9, 2015

Anything but Australian

by Matthew Steeples

One-off Maserati Boomerang heads to auction for just under £3 million

May 10, 2015

Wyman’s Majesty

by Matthew Steeples

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman sends his 1971 Citroën Maserati SM to auction with a guide price of just £35,000 to £40,000

April 15, 2015

A pickled estate

by Matthew Steeples

Fiat 500K Giardiniera micro-estate for sale for £19,000

July 4, 2014

Limo Communism

by Matthew Steeples

Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman once owed by Communist Party commander Chen Yi goes to auction   Communist and dictators are amongst the well-known to have purchased Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman limousines and one fine example is about to go to auction with Bonhams on 12th July

March 28, 2014

The gold park

by Matthew Steeples

A golden Ferrari is symbolic of the money park that is K&C   Today, financier and philanthropist Alan Miller spotted a gold metallic Ferrari in Pelham Street. This shiny hunk of metal is symbolic of what a ludicrous money park Kensington and Chelsea has become and of how utterly lacking in taste some of the … Continue reading “The gold park”

February 27, 2014

As worldly as Whicker

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Bentley S3 Continental coupé to be auctioned by Bonhams   The late Alan Whicker numbered amongst those to have owned a Bentley S3 Continental coupé and now a fine example is to be auctioned by Bonhams

February 12, 2014

Braking an XJS

by Matthew Steeples

Rare Jaguar XJS Lynx Eventer comes to the market   The Lynx Eventer, a conversion of a Jaguar XJS into a shooting brake, is said to be “highly regarded in pistonhead circles”. One of just 67 built has just come up for sale through KWE Jaguars.

January 2, 2014

Rolling along nicely

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce and Bentley are prospering   Yesterday’s financial press rightly hailed the success of two of Britain’s finest brands: Rolls-Royce and Bentley. Their results during 2013 were frankly astounding.

October 16, 2013

A million dollar Toyota

by Matthew Steeples

RM Auctions offer a Toyota for a million dollars   Toyota is not a firm that one generally associates with sports cars and luxury, but with the sale of a 1967 Toyota 2000GT at an expected price of $1,000,000 (£625,000), we’ve definitely found an exception.

October 12, 2013

A Rolls-Royce goes West

by Matthew Steeples

1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II formerly owned by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam for sale for just £55,000   Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (1908 – 1963) – the “Little Prince” – was well known for his White Mouse Racing team in the 1920s, 30s and 40s. He spent much of his later life with … Continue reading “A Rolls-Royce goes West”

October 9, 2013

Sighting the Cygnet

by Matthew Steeples

Largest proportion of axed Aston Martin Cygnets were concentrated in Central London   Yesterday, we reported that Aston Martin sold only 150 of their super-mini Cygnet vehicles between announcing it in 2009 and axing it recently. The total– we’ve now been told – may actually have been as low as 110 and given that we’ve … Continue reading “Sighting the Cygnet”

October 8, 2013

Cygneting a disaster

by Matthew Steeples

Losses of £34.1 million follow in the wake of Aston Martin’s Cygnet’s failure   Aston Martin makes wonderful sports cars. Given reports that the company lost £34.1 million in 2012, they should perhaps stick to that.

September 22, 2013

Mini me

by Matthew Steeples

A truly unique American Austin station wagon heads to auction   The American Austin Car Company was a short-lived car manufacturing corporation that operated from 1930 to 1937. A one-off station wagon version is due for auction at the RM Auctions Hershey sale on 10th to 11th October.

September 18, 2013

First past the estate

by Matthew Steeples

1928 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 shooting brake comes to the market   Here at The Steeple Times we love unusual shooting brakes and in a 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1, we’ve discovered an especially fantastic one.

September 2, 2013

Previewing Privé

by Matthew Steeples

A preview of this week’s Salon Privé at Syon Park   Many would suggest that the “must attend” events of the season number Royal Ascot, Henley Royal Regatta and such things as The Serpentine Gallery’s annual Summer Party. A more recent addition to that list is Salon Privé at Syon Park, an event that is … Continue reading “Previewing Privé”

September 1, 2013

Daimler doubles

by Matthew Steeples

A Daimler previously owned by The Queen goes for £25,000 more than its lowest estimate   A Daimler formerly owned by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II that we featured last month was auctioned yesterday by Historics at Brooklands. It was expected to go for £20,000 to £30,000 but went under the hammer for £45,360.

August 24, 2013

Who’s shooting?

by Matthew Steeples

Rolls-Royce shooting brake commissioned by John Entwistle of The Who goes to auction   In the manner typical of a rock star, The Who’s John Entwistle never learnt to drive. Instead, the legendary bass player bought cars because he liked to “drink in them”. One – specially adapted to suit an Irish Wolfhound named Fits … Continue reading “Who’s shooting?”

August 22, 2013

A Ruby Rolls

by Matthew Steeples

A one off Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé available only in Abu Dhabi   We recently featured a special edition Bentley Mulsanne created in honour of the 90th anniversary of the first Le Mans 24 Hours race. With the announcement of a one-off Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé, we thus thought it timely to feature it too.

August 18, 2013

Jaguar face

by Matthew Steeples

Former Jeremy Clarkson Jaguar XKR goes to auction   Jeremy Clarkson once famously pulled what he called a “Jaguar face” in an episode of Top Gear. Looking like a cross between Joyce Grenfell and a beaver, the millionaire presenter suggested this was the look of the grille of the Surrey set’s favourite motor car.

August 16, 2013

Mastering a Mulsanne

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley launch limited edition Le Mans Mulsanne at Pebble Beach   This week as the world’s motoring enthusiasts gather on California’s Monterey Peninsula for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, Bentley will be using the occasion to launch a new Le Mans inspired limited edition model of the Mulsanne.

May 16, 2013

Austin 7 man

by Matthew Steeples

He cruises the streets of Knightsbridge and Belgravia in the afternoons and hoots every so often as he drives along. Often spotted puffing away on a cigar, nothing more is known of this diminutive character.

May 15, 2013

Rolling with a Winner

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of Michael Winner’s Rolls-Royce Corniche III   “Calm down dear… It’s only a Rolls-Royce” might have been what the late Michael Winner stated when he took delivery of one of many Rolls-Royce’s he owned during his lifetime. Now, one of them, a black 1992 Rolls-Royce Corniche III convertible is for sale at a … Continue reading “Rolling with a Winner”

May 7, 2013

Oiling up brings the Karma a Destino

by Matthew Steeples

Could a V8 engine save the Fisker brand?   Yesterday, FoxNews.com asked: “Can the internal combustion engine save the electric car?” and answered: “In the case of the Fisker Karma, it just might be”.  

April 4, 2013

For the love of Alfa

by Matthew Steeples

£1.8 million Alfa Romeo to be auctioned at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale   The Bonhams auction that coincides with the Goodwood Festival of Speed always features rare and impressive vehicles, but a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 ‘Le Mans’ tourer that will be sold there is truly spectacular.  

November 13, 2012

More Purdey than Posh

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Mitford Cust test drives the Range Rover Evoque   When I saw my first Range Rover Evoque coupé in the flesh I decided right then that it was time to emigrate. The actual remark I made is too rude to put in print, but the jist is that it’s ‘slammed’ rear styling reminded me … Continue reading “More Purdey than Posh”

October 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

October 4, 2012

Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury

by Matthew Steeples

Who would have imagined seeing a Phantom and a Mulsanne drag racing?   In London, people do strange things with supercars. Arabs like His Highness Sheikh Rashid Bin Humaid Al Nuaimi, aged 28, don’t bother to insure their wrapped orange £230,000 Ferrari FF’s and find them impounded by the Metropolitan Police whilst Iraqi playboys race … Continue reading “Picture of the Week: Drag in luxury”

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