For over 30 years, Fine Sports Cars has been producing correct and authentic remanufactured examples of the most legendary sports racing cars of the past. Many of these original cars can be found in museums, or private collections throughout the world - most will never be seen on the track or in public again.
Fine Sports Cars workshops specialize in remanufacturing rare Italian and British sports racing cars. Our Aston Martin DBR2 is built to original specifications from copies of the original drawings and specifications.
Fine Sports Cars remanufactures the world’s most famous classic cars, vintage cars, vintage exotic cars, vintage sports cars; including vintage race cars as well as old classic antique cars. We are especially proud to offer our classic Jaguar cars – the sanctioned Norman Dewis D-Type, XKSS and XJ13; the Bizzarrini designed 250GTO and 5300GT, and Alfredo Vignale’s 340MM and 375 America. We are a member of the following associations: Ferrari Club of America, Sports Car Club of America, International Motor Sports Association, Porsche Club of America, and Vintage Can-Am Club.

Fine Sports Cars' Uncompromising Approach
Our goal is to provide our clients with a chance to relive the days when driving a sports racing car was art in motion and delivered a renewed appreciation for excitement and being alive. Fine Sports Cars has an uncompromising approach to design, engineering, coach building, and the vintage automobile business.

Our professional approach to business and our global operating model allow us to offer an extensive range of rare continuation and sanctioned automobiles, as well as other integrated services and events.
Prized Possession
The cars we have produced for our clients are highly collectable works of automotive art and are their prized possessions; these are cars that recognize and represent their owner's taste, flair, drive, and ambition. As with your own most cherished possessions, your Fine Sports Cars automobile will become part of your family heritage, an heirloom to be passed onto the next generation.
Create your own unique motorsport experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.
Such special cars can not be bought off of the shelf, and our hand-crafted cars take dedication and time to build. Fine Sports Cars commitment to design excellence, engineering and craftsmanship delivers unique automobiles for enthusiasts who seek out timeless designs, and the chance to own, drive, and enjoy one of the world’s most famous and rare automobiles.
As with all fine works of art, originality, documentation, and provenance, ensures the future value of our automobiles for our clients.
Customization and Documentation
Each one of our continuation automobiles is issued with full documentation, including a personalized numbered door and chassis plate.
Our sanctioned cars are especially prized for their personalized documentation from the entity and/or motorsport engineer or personality certifying the historic authenticity of the car. Norman Dewis with the first prototype D-Type pictured here.
For example, in Italy we collaborate with motorsport legends and engineers such as: Giotto Bizzarrini, and Alfredo Vignale to help bring a continuation of their most famous creations to life again.

All Fine Sports Cars authentically hand-crafted automobiles come with original titles from the donor car which is used to provide original parts. Where other original parts are required we will source the original parts for our clients. The engine supplied is the accurate type of engine for the model concerned, and is completely rebuilt to the original specifications.

Our cars can be used in competition at selected vintage events, or registered for road use. Fine Sports Cars also offers an extensive list of optional and designer upgrades to customize each of our clients' cars, including Grifo performance and handling upgrades.
Fine Sports Cars Workshops and Expert Parts Suppliers
Fine Sports Cars customer cars are constructed and assembled in our own workshop as well as contract and partner workshops around the world; these include the USA, UK, Italy, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Workshops and suppliers are selected based on their specific expertise and their experience in a make and model of car.
For over 50 years our directors have built a vast network of close relationships with marque experts and historians, automotive suppliers, bodybuilders, past and current in-house factory experts, and OEM engineering shops around the world. Our expert knowledge, vintage engineering skills and global relationships, enable us to remanufacture the world’s rarest cars to the highest factory period-correct standards.

TOP: Fine Sports Cars DBR2.

BOTTOM: Original DBR1/2 showing interior.

The end result are unique automobiles that stands alone in their own right and enables our cars to be “sanctioned” and/or qualify for FIA HTP certification.

Our Italian workshops, and our Aston Martin/Jaguar workshop have all been coach building, restoring, and hand-crafting the world’s rarest sports racing cars since late 1940’s.

Fine Sports Cars constructs and sources parts and components for our customer cars from around the world, including body builders, chassis engineers, drive-train manufacturers, restoration shops, and vintage OEM parts suppliers.
Customer cars are constructed and assembled in our own workshop, our partner workshops here in the USA, and in our contract workshops around the world.

Each of our partners here in the USA was selected based on their expertise in different aspects of the construction process from chassis to final assembly. They are each recognized as experts in their field and add significant long term value to the finished automobile. Our global contract workshops and suppliers were selected based on their expertise in a specific make and model of car or ability to supply a specific component. These suppliers are located in UK, Italy, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, South America, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

We continue to research and consider different technical, engineering, and global options for sourcing period- correct parts and components to ensure that we deliver the highest quality factory-correct automobiles.
Our expert knowledge and vintage engineering knowledge and skills along with our global relationships make our organization unique. They enable us to remanufacture and restore the world’s rarest sports racing cars to the highest period-correct standards. The end result is a unique automobile that will stand alone in its own right, and qualify to be “sanctioned” and/or carry valuable FIA HTP certification.

Fine Sports Cars - Italian Workshops
Our Italian workshops restore classic Italian cars and remanufacture our sanctioned and continuation cars for our clients. Where possible, our expert teams construct each car to the factory specifications of the original car using one or more of the following: accurate reproduction bucks, the original car, the original mechanical drawings, factory archives, consultation with marque and club historians; and input from the original factory, engineer, designer, and drivers.

Fine Sports Cars workshops produce sanctioned and continuation cars, not originals...they can never be original, but each car is an extremely faithful reproduction.

Collaborating with Legendary Italian Automotive Designers and Engineers
We are honored to be collaborating with legendary designers, engineers, and carrozzeria families such as; the Grifo Group, Giotto Bizzarrini, and Alfredo Vignale, to recreate motorsports most famous Italian sports racing cars. Our sanctioned cars are especially prized for their rarity and personalized documentation. Each car’s personalized certificate provides the new owner with a unique and valuable connection to the historic past of the model car being constructed.

Our Italian sanctioned and continuation cars are hand-crafted by local artisans in our workshops located in the same region of Italy where these original sports racing cars were born, in some cases by the same artisans and carrozzeria families that worked on the original cars. We also offer the option to upgrade each car with both interior and exterior designer options. In most cases the original designer, engineer, or driver has suggested specific upgrades for us to offer with their cars. These include engine and drive train options to suit road or track use.
Fine Sports Cars - Italian Showroom
Our showroom in Italy provides us with unique access to rare cars and vintage parts in Europe which never reach the open market. We feature some of these cars on our web site under “consignment cars”.
Our staff in Italy will meet our clients at the airport and travel with them to visit our showroom and workshops, meet with our consulting engineers and designers, and view our remanufactured automobiles and “original
cars for sale under consignment.
If you are searching for a rare and unique car please contact us – many cars change hands privately and are never advertized. In many cases we work together with our clients to locate rare limited production models which are held in private collections. Many owners or buyers do not wish to sell or buy their car on the open market or at auction. In this case we negotiate a sale and purchase confidentially on behalf of our client with the representative of the owner or seller.
Our workshops and showroom in Italy offer a variety of services such as classic exotic cars for sale and classic sports cars for sale. Their on site workshop services include restoration services and classic restoration cars for sale. The showroom always proudly displays a number of classic race cars and old classic cars for sale including vintage collector cars. They trade and buy vintage cars, buy classic cars, and conduct classic car searches on behalf of our clients as well as a classic car finder service. The office regularly seeks out unusual vintage cars for sale for clients and sell vintage cars to enthusiasts around the world.

One sentiment, held by motorsport enthusiasts worldwide, is that every Italian race car has a “secret” which is only known by its creator. Combine this “secret” with the folklore and tradition that infuse the hand-crafting of Italian automobiles...and the only missing piece of the puzzle is when you hear those timeless words from the seat of your own sports racing car...“gentlemen start your engines”.

Fine Sports Cars - Aston Martin, Jaguar and Maserati Workshops
Fine Sports Cars workshops specialize in restoration and remanufacturing of the world's most legendary sports racing cars.

Fine Sports Cars is excited to be working with legendary motorsport and Jaguar expert, Norman Dewis, to turn back time for a few lucky Jaguar enthusiasts.
  Photo by Terry Larsen
Once again the world's most famous historic sports racing cars will be brought to life, to again grace the most historic tracks in the world.
Our engineers, designers, and coachbuilders construct each car to the factory specifications of the original car, where possible using one or more of the following; the accurate reproduction bucks, the original car, the original mechanical drawings, factory and designer archives, consultation with marque and club historians; and input from the original factory, engineer, designer, and drivers.
Above: Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Construction. 

Chalk outlines are scaled to full size the old fashioned way.

We use time honored traditional building techniques.
Precision Engineering
Each car is hand-crafted and assembled by our expert craftsmen to factory specifications, ready to thrill its new owner. Cars are constructed using the time honored hands-on English wheel technique as used by the original factory craftsmen, producing exact recreations of the greatest European sports racing cars.

   Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato

An English wheel is used to shape the flat sheet metal into curved body panels. Our goal is to produce a car with the exact “look and feel” of the original.

Precision engineering ensures the mechanical elements all work in perfect harmony to provide our clients with the original on-the-road performance and driving experience.

Our workshops construct all of our sports racing cars from donor cars where possible. We offer vintage car restoration service and sell restored and consign restored vintage and classic cars for sale. Our engineers specialize in classic Jaguar cars, classic Aston Martin cars, and vintage Italian cars. Our global workshops have access to, and provides Fine Sports Cars with many of our donor cars - as each region has many vintage cars for sale, classic old cars for sale, and sports cars for sale that are rarely seen or offered on the open market here in North America.

Certification and Documentation
Every Fine Sports Cars British continuation automobile comes with full documentation, including a door and chassis plate. Our limited edition sanctioned cars are especially prized for their rarity and personalized documentation from the entity certifying the car.

Like every enthusiast, we really enjoy working with legendary motorsport designers, engineers, factories, and drivers to bring these historic works of automotive art to life.
Norman Dewis
Norman Dewis, Fine Sports Cars Consulting Engineer for the historic Norman Dewis D-Type. Norman was Jaguar Cars Chief Test Development Engineer and Driver, with a career spanning 33 years. He tested and developed a remarkable series of cars including: the C-Type, D-Type, E-Type, and XJ13, as well as driving the “works” D-Type in the 1955 Le Mans.
Here Norman Dewis is pictured with Michael Prior, Fine Sports Cars President, along side the first D-Type prototype car.
Giotto Bizzarrini
Giotto Bizzarrinis’s passion was to develop race cars to win at Le Mans. As Chief Development Engineer and Test driver for Ferrari, he developed Ferrari’s most famous historic race cars, the 250SWB, 250 Testa Rossa, and the infamous 250GTO. Later he went onto develop his own range of Grifo cars under is own name.

Giotto Bizzarrini is shown above with Fine Sports Cars President Michael Prior in Livorno overlooking the Mediterranean. Fine Sports Cars is thrilled to be working in collaboration with Giotto Bizzarrini to once again bring to life his sports racing cars.
Sig. Alfredo Vignale
Sig. Alfredo Vignale in his design studio discussing the Vignale 340MM Barchetta and 375 America design with Fine Sports Cars President, Michael Prior.
Mille Miglia Museum
Mille Miglia Storica. Nowadays, timing rather than speed is of the essence for the enthusiasts from around the world who race their vintage cars, dating from 1927 to 1957. This magnificent parade of classic machines has earned the Mille Miglia the reputation of being “the most beautiful road race in the world”. Every May, Brescia becomes the meeting place for the rich, famous and passionate as they prepare to do battle over 1,000 miles (1,600 km) of Italian roads.
The Mille Miglia Trophy seen here holding pride of place in the foyer of the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia, Italy.

Mille Miglia Museum Director Sig. Ferrari winner of the 2009 Mille Miglia driving a Bugatti Type 37, pictured here with Fine Sports Cars President, Michael Prior.

Full Race Preparation and Track-side Assistance
Have your valued Fine Sports Cars race car specially prepared and tuned for the actual race track, road conditions, or altitude where you will be driving.
Fine Sports Cars is pleased to offer our clients an annual contract for pre-race preparation of their race car(s) and track-side assistance if required.
Our preparation service and event support are available for our clients in any location around the world. We are also able to offer shipping and delivery of your car(s) to any location in the world.

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The Vintage Sports Car Collector Market
The market for classic and vintage cars has experienced renewed interest with auction and private transactions setting record sales levels. Classic and Vintage cars have now come into their own. Investors and enthusiasts are now moving away from the stock market and real estate, moving funds into classic and vintage cars. This asset class offers both a recognized transportable tangible asset as well as an exciting lifestyle experience.
Sports Car Market reported that the Monterey auctions (August 2010) sales increased by over 40% to $172 million.

Picture at Laguna Seca Raceway with 12 of the original 16 XKSS Jaguars.

Exotic Classic Cars of Every Kind at Monterey
The different auction houses in Monterey offer many different types of classic sports cars for sale during the weekend events. These include exotic classic cars, vintage classic cars for sale and classic race cars, as well as collector sports cars.
Norman Dewis, Fine Sports Cars Consulting Engineer and one of the true legends of the British motoring industry, shares some classic racing stories with British models working at the Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey show in August 2010.
This year's auctions drew a wide range of bidders and spectators each with their own special interest - ranging from classic old cars to vintage cars for sale USA, and Aston Martin classic cars for sale. It is interesting to note that the classic race cars for sale section of these auction houses' inventory has also shown an increase in the past 5 years as these cars have become more popular.

Huge Growth in Classic Car Publications and Web Sites
Many antique and classic cars enthusiasts today, when looking at an old classic car and restored classic cars for sale, consider the 100% original vintage cars to be preferable to the restored classic cars for sale. In recent years there has been a huge growth in publications offering classic car classified sections which feature classic cars, vintage cars, and classic racing cars. Web sites featuring classic old cars, vintage old cars as well as classic used cars have also proved to be very popular with enthusiasts looking for vintage old cars and classic sport cars for sale. Many of these sites feature some excellent classic car photos on their collector car sales section of their sites, as well as current collector car values and vintage car values from auctions around the world.

Fine Sports Cars: Recreating the World's Rarest Historic Sports Cars
As the market for rare original collector cars and classic exotic cars continues to grow, so does the market for Fine Sports Cars remanufactured sports racing cars. Offered at a fraction of the cost of purchasing an original car, Fine Sports Cars automobiles are eligible to apply for an HTP certificate. These papers provide entrance to selected vintage race events around the world - granting membership to the exclusive vintage racing world - racing with and next to original historic cars.

What Defines Our Remanufactured Cars?
We have many clients call us and ask the difference between Fine Sports Cars’ remanufactured cars and a replica classic car, such as a replica Ferrari or replica Maserati. We also have calls asking for information about continuation cars, tribute cars, Ferrari clones or Maserati clones and Ferrari recreations, Maserati recreations, and Aston Martin recreations.

The key difference is that Fine Sports Cars’ expert teams construct each car to the “exact” factory specifications of the original car using one or more of the following: accurate reproduction bucks, the original car, the original mechanical drawings, factory archives, consultation with marque and club historians; and input from the original factory, engineer, designer, and drivers.
Please view our full range of cars section to appreciate what we believe is the world’s widest range of recreations and clones that are “exact” in every detail, such as our factory period correct replica Ferrari 250TR, replica Ferrari 250SWB, replica California Spyder, replica Maserati, replica Aston Martin Zagato, and replica Jaguar D-Type and XKSS models.
Built to exact original specifications, we believe the value of our sports racing cars will track the future value curve of the original cars, and prove not only to be a great investment but deliver motorsport experiences that will last a lifetime!
  Pictured above: 250 GTE Donor car in front of Fine Sports Cars stand at Concorso Italiano.
Comments on Markets and Auctions
Scottsdale January 2014 - $256 Million in Sales (
A rare 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder has topped the recent RM Auctions event held in Arizona selling for an impressive $8.8 million. This is on the higher end of
pre-auction estimates suggesting it would sell for between $7 and $9 million. Thanks to this sale and the high price, this 250 GT LWB has joined a long list of similarly aged Ferraris fetching millions and millions at auctions all around the world. Not too long ago a rare Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder fetched an incredible $25 million with one Ferrari 250 GTO said to have fetched over $50 million this year.
With a few days of give and take in the post-sale lots, the final tally of the Scottsdale, Arizona auction week has crept past the $256 million mark, a 14.3% gain over last year's $224 million total, to a new record. While impressive, the reality is a certain level of rationality appears to be percolating in the marketplace for high-end collector cars, with the average sale price of 2,321 lots sold increasing 6.9% to $107,096 over 2013's sales here. However, the velocity of year-over-year price increases is dropping, as the average price per lot in 2013 had increased 17.6% over the 2012 stanza.

The higher sales total this year also stems from an additional 100 or so vehicles sold in 2014, the bulk of them traded at volume leaders Barrett-Jackson and Russo and Steele. At the tony end of the consignment scale, perennial high-end leaders Gooding and RM saw their average prices decline by 13% and some observers noted that the joint RM/Sotheby's November auction in Sotheby's elegant Manhattan gallery, which pulled in $62 million for 30 cars in just two hours, likely took some "big cars" out of the Arizona mix. There were still plenty of cars to wallop some wallets, as more than 30 lots achieved $1 million-plus, with the top seller, RM's 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spyder setting a new Arizona auction record for any car at $8.8 million, topping the previous record-holder, also a '58 Cal Spyder, sold here last year at Gooding's auction for $8.25 million.

Monterey car auctions set a record - $301.9 million in sales
(LA Times by David Undercoffler, August 19, 2013)
The high-dollar classic car market continued its cruise in the fast lane during Monterey Car Week, with a record $301.9 million in rare vehicles selling at auction.

Five auction companies sold 726 cars during the annual weeklong gathering of car fans in Monterey, Carmel, and Pebble Beach. The total value of all vehicles sold was up 14% over 2012, according to Hagerty Insurance, which tracks classic car values.

"These auction companies are good at finding the cars that they think will fit the audience," said McKeel Hagerty, founder of Hagerty Insurance. With the week's events drawing a huge international audience, it's a perfect opportunity for the auction houses to capitalize, Hagerty said.

Five auction companies held sales this year: RM Auctions, Gooding & Co., Bonhams, Mecum, and Russo & Steele. Demonstrating their increasing ability to match cars with the target audience, 71 vehicles sold for $1 million or more. That's up from 57 in 2012 and 31 in 2011, according to Hagerty.

RM Auctions was the big winner among the sellers. It sold a rare 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S N.A.R.T. Spider for $27.5 million on Saturday night. That figure, which includes commission, makes it the most expensive road car ever sold at auction. In all, RM's sales during its two nights of auctions were up 31% over 2012.Setting an all-new market high was the recent private sale of 250 GTO s/n 3505, sold by the Dutch-born businessman Eric Heerema for $35 million. The buyer was Craig McCaw, co-founder of McCaw Cellular, which was acquired by AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1993. Heerema had purchased 250 GTO s/n 3505 a decade ago for about $8.5 million from Japanese collector Yoshiho Matsuda, making 250 GTO s/n 3505 an astute investment. One of only 39 GTOs produced from 1962 to 1964, s/n 3505 was finished in the unique Pale Apple Green of Sterling Moss's UDT-Laystall race team, but Moss had never driven the car. The car raced at Le Mans in 1962 but did not finish.

Scottsdale January 2013 - $225 Million in Sales (
As predicted here last week, the collector car extravaganza known as Arizona auction week broke the $200 million mark, setting records for both total take at $225 million and a new top for a car sold in the state for $8.25 million.
That car was a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider sold by Gooding & Co. The blue convertible just edged out the top race car sold at auction last week, RM Auctions' 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione Berlinetta at $8.14 million, a world auction record for an SWB. Both cars blasted the previous desert record holder, a Shelby Cobra Super Snake sold at Barrett-Jackson's 2007 sale here for $5.5 million.

As usual, behemoth Barrett-Jackson's auction-cum lifestyle event brought in the most coin, with $102.5 million across 1,336 mostly no-reserve lots, save for the nearly $30 million its 2nd-year "Salon" reserve collection of 18 high-dollar vehicles snagged from wealthy buyers, including one mad Russian who bought two Isotta Fraschinis and a Bugatti, per auction head Craig Jackson. Total was up 13.2% over last year, and the average sale price was up 9.5% to $76,754. Jackson said the ex-Clark Gable Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was a no-sale but he managed to swing a post-sale deal with the seller for $2.035 million. Barrett-Jackson also pegged their overall attendance at a record 300,000, with an average ticket of $25. You do the math...

Over at the Arizona Biltmore, RM Auctions impressed with a total take of $36.4 million, up 41.6% despite dropping down to a single-day sale on Friday, versus last year's two-day auction. With just 75 sold lots vs. last year's 126, their consignments were noticeably improved and the bidders responded by bumping up the average sale price per lot to $485,544, a 38.4% jump.

Gooding & Co. hit it out of the parking lot at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall, where auctioneer Charlie Ross and David Gooding bantered with the moneyed audience and each other to entice $52.6 million out of 101 pockets over two days, a jump of 32% over 2012 and an average sale price of $520,371, a stunning 52% over the average lot price last year.

While impressive, the six Arizona auctions demonstrated that Monterey still musters the moolah, as last August's California sales garnered a still-record $266 million across 825 cars, versus last week's $225 million over nearly three times the inventory of 2,234 vehicles sold. Nevertheless, the AZ tally was up 22% over last year, with a gain of 17.6% in average price per lot sold (that's half of Monterey's increase). Average sale price here jumped to $100,176 from $85,169. After the pair of Ferraris, the next-highest lot was Barrett-Jackson's sale of the George Barris-built Batmobile from the mid-'60s TV series that snagged $4.62 million amidst a standing-room-only crowd.

Monterey 2012 Sales Up 34% over 2011 (

With post-auction sales being wrapped up, the latest estimate of the Monterey auto auctions shows a total take now at a whopping $266.4 million, up $68.9 million or 34.8% over the 2011 total of $197.5 million.

Across 825 sales out of 1,208 total lots offered at a quintet of auctions, the per-car average sale jumped nearly $100,000 to $322,909 over last year's average sale price of $223,950. Virtually every auction house set new world records for specific marques and/or models, and Gooding & Co.'s top total of $113.7 million for its two-day sale at Pebble Beach was the largest automotive auction sale to date, surpassing the $112 million.

A New World Record (, September 14, 2012)

Setting an all-new market high was the recent private sale of 250 GTO s/n 3505, sold by the Dutch-born businessman Eric Heerema for $35 million. The buyer was Craig McCaw, co-founder of McCaw Cellular, which was acquired by AT&T for $11.5 billion in 1993. Heerema had purchased 250 GTO s/n 3505 a decade ago for about $8.5 million from Japanese collector Yoshiho Matsuda, making 250 GTO s/n 3505 an astute investment. One of only 39 GTOs produced from 1962 to 1964, s/n 3505 was finished in the unique Pale Apple Green of Sterling Moss's UDT-Laystall race team, but Moss had never driven the car. The car raced at Le Mans in 1962 but did not finish.

250 GTO s/n 3505 GT has now become the world's most expensive collector car, at $35m. The record for "most expensive collector car" had been a 1936 Bugatti Type 57SC Atlantic, bought by the California-based collector Peter Mullin in 2010 for a price from $30m to $34m.

When discussing these Ferrari Fantasyland prices, we must note that the 250 TR and 250 GTO are simply the two most coveted and prestigious Ferraris built. Having owned a 250 TR (s/n 0732TR) and sold two different 250 GTOs (s/n 3387 and s/n 3909), I can say that they are both beautiful to behold and a joy to drive at any speed. They are also a guaranteed entry to the most prestigious auto events on the planet and become the instant centerpiece of an ultimate collection.

Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II sells for $1.9 million
(Hemmings, May 2012)

The Sanction II Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato sold for $1.9 million. “So that is about a third (33%) of an original. However, one of the other four (Sanction II) cars was sold in the weeks before the auction for $2.9 million – about half (50%) of the price of an original. The open market has spoken on the worth of a desirable and know commodity that will appreciate as it matures. Welcome to the new age”.

(SCM, August 2012)

Bonhams is claiming a new world record for this past weekend’s sale of a one-of-four 1991 Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II, which hammered for 1.2 million pounds, or about $1.9 million.

Here in the United States, a less charitable soul might call the Sanction II simply a continuation car. When Aston Martin first offered the DB4 GT Zagato in the early 1960s, lack of demand led to a production run of 20 rather than the planned 25. Three decades later, demand soared for the original cars, so Aston’s joint chairmen at the time, Victor Gauntlett and Peter Livanos, took a look through the books, noted the leftover chassis numbers from the initial run of Zagatos, and commissioned Aston Martin specialist Richard Williams to use the chassis numbers on four DB4 chassis uprated to GT specifications, then ship the four chassis to Zagato to have the carrozzeria replicate its effort from the first 20 cars. At the same time, Williams modernized selected bits under the skin, slipping in a 352hp 4.2-liter six-cylinder rather than the original 314hp 3.7-liter six and adjustable front and rear suspensions with a larger front anti-roll bar.

Known as the Aston Martin DB4GT Zagato Sanction II, Aston Martin sold all four for at least $1 million. This particular Sanction II, chassis number 0198R, was originally bought by Tony Smith, Phil Collins’s manager and a historic racer and car collector, and today has just 4,748 miles on the odometer. Freshly re-commissioned by Aston Martin Works (at a cost of £12,000, or about $19,000), the Sanction II had a pre-auction estimate of £1.2 million to £1.5 million ($1.9 million to $2.4 million).

Amelia Island Auctions Exceed $59 Million (SCM, March 2012)

It was a major weekend for car collectors in Amelia Island, FL. Gooding & Company announced sales totals in excess of $36 million, with high-sale honors going to a 1973 Porsche 917/30 Can-Am Spyder, sold for $4.4 million.

RM sales totaled more than $23 million. The high sale was a 1929 Cord L-29 Special Coupe, sold for $2.42 million.

More Preliminary 2011 Monterey Totals Are In

We've barely caught our breath after the whirlwind week spent covering all the hoopla that is Monterey Car Week, but the numbers from all five auction houses are firming up.

- Bonhams: $11 million
- Gooding & Company: $78.2 million
- Mecum: $22.2 million
- RM: $80.1 million
· Russo and Steele: $8.5 million

That brings us to a grand total of $200 million, absolutely shattering the $172 million peninsula record set last year. These are still preliminary numbers, as several auction houses are still finalizing sales totals. SCM's all-Monterey November issue features in-depth coverage of all the auctions and all the major car events.

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach 2011 - 19 New World Records

The Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction 2011 was held August 20-21 at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center in Pebble Beach, California. Gooding’s 7th annual auction, again held in association with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, saw total sales of $78.18 million and an 84% sell-through rate. The two-day sale achieved a $13.6 million increase from last year with 19 new world records.

“Overall our Pebble Beach Auctions this year were sensational, but the ultimate moments for me were when we broke through two major world records with the Ferrari Testa Rossa Prototype and the Whittell Coupe,” says President and founder David Gooding. “The outstanding $78 million sale proves that the collector car market is alive and well, with considerable strength at the top.”

The two headline consignments at the 2011 Gooding Pebble Beach auction, the 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa and the 1931 Duesenberg Long Wheelbase Model J Whittell Coupe, both lived up to their lofty expectations and then some.

The opening bid on the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa appeared to be $5 million, but that was quickly tossed aside for a jaw-dropping first bid of $10 million.
Bidding steadily marched towards $14 million, before making the ascent to the final hammer price of $14.9 million, or $16.39 million with commission. Needless to say, the crowd erupted in cheers at the world record price for a car sold at auction.

Then on Sunday evening after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance when the Whittell Coupe, a bespoke 1931 Duesenberg Model J, sold for $10.34 million, a new world record was established for a Duesenberg as well as an American car sold at auction.

Other notable sales included the 1927 Mercedes-Benz S-Type 26/180 Sportwagen at $5,040,000 (post-block), the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB California that brought $3,355,000, the 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 Factory Team Car for a world-record $2,585,000 and the sale of Bentley’s oldest surviving production car, Chassis 3, the 1921 Bentley 3 Litre that sold for $962,500.

Another highlight was the record-breaking $143,000 sale of Sheryl Crow’s 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL benefitting the Joplin [Missouri] Schools Recovery Fund. The crowd attending enjoyed a special appearance by Sheryl Crow, who rode in the car as it was presented on stage, showing her full support by including the last limited-edition Sheryl Crow Signature Artists Gibson guitar, concert tickets and a photo opportunity with the new owner.

Gooding & Company offered 127 automobiles for sale, with 107 finding a new owner, reflecting a 84% sales rate. Total sales volume was $78,181,900, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $730,671. In 2010, Gooding offered 135 automobiles for sale, with 106 finding a new owner, reflecting a 79% sales rate. Total sales volume was $64,592,250, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $609,360.

Global Weekend Sales Top $96 Million (SCM, May 2012)

Even the most optimistic of expectations were shattered by the sales results at five significant auctions held around the world this past weekend. Below are highlights from the auction companies.

Bonhams & Butterfields auctioned Don and Lynette Short's collection of Brass-era automobiles auctioned in Port Townsend, WA, for a total of $1,455,736. High sale was a 1920 Stutz Bearcat, sold at $260,000.

At Bonhams' Monaco auction, sales totaled $4,750,205. High sale was a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, $801,543.

At Bonhams' annual Aston Martin sale in Newport Pagnell, sales totaled $9,474,923. High sale was a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage convertible, sold at $722,527.

RM's inaugural Villa d'Este sale in Cernobbio, Italy achieved a total of $32,494,930, with more than a dozen cars bid above the million-dollar mark. Top sale was a 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta, $4,794,720.

Mecum's annual mega-sale in Indianapolis sold $48,716,527 worth of cars. High sale was a 1971 Plymouth Hemi Cuda, $583,000.

The combined total for the weekend: $96,892,321.

Classic Car Brokers Predicting More Records as Billionaires Look for Alternatives to Risky Financial Investments (February 2011,

Records Fall at Amelia Island 2011 (

Both Gooding & Co. and RM Auctions set new records this past weekend. To quote RM, "The 2011 Amelia Island sale was a record-breaking success, posting a remarkable $24.3 million in total sales, the highest tally achieved in the event's 13-year history."

Amelia Island Auctions Break $42 Million
(Sports Car Market, 2011)

This weekend saw collectors from all around the globe descend on Amelia Island, Florida for much-anticipated high-end auctions by RM and Gooding. And the results are in, with a reported combined final total of $42.1m made from 169 cars.

RM Auctions posted total sales of $24.3 million from 99 vehicles sold, at a sell-through rate of 96%. $24.3 million represents a 25% increase over RM's sales last year and a new record overall for a single auction at the annual event. 2011 marked RM's 13th year at Amelia Island.

Top sale at RM was the $4.29 million 1952 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale coupe, chassis number 0224AT. Four other cars came within spitting distance of the magic million-dollar mark: A 1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 berlinetta sold for $935k; a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Convertible Coupe sold for $962.5k; a 1933 Duesenberg Model J Torpedo Victoria sold for $979k; and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS spider sold for $990k. For more information.

Gooding & Company achieved a sales total of $17.8 million, an 11% increase over last year. 70 lots found new homes, with a sell-through rate of 82%. In addition to setting record prices in seven model categories, four cars managed to break $1 million: A 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 sold for $1.155 million; a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona spider sold for $1.32 million; a 1971 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV prototype sold for $1.705 million; and a 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Cabriolet sold for $1.87 million. For more information.

2010 Monterey Auctions Surpassed Last Years Sales
by a Staggering $52 Million!

Sports Car Market Publisher Keith Martin (August 2010)
“Some thought our $140m in projected sales for Monterey was hopelessly optimistic in the face of a flailing economy. Yet the overall sales of $172m surpassed that prediction by $32m and surpassed last year's total of $120m by a staggering $52m. This proved that there is still enormous discretionary wealth in the upper echelon of the collector car world. Further, I believe these sales results are evidence that in the face of lackluster stock market and still-falling real estate prices, investors are moving their money into a segment of the market that is showing appreciation, which is collector cars. My next prediction - hang on to your hats, the roller coaster is just beginning to gather steam.”

Monterey 2010 Concorso Italiano • Fine Sports Cars pavilion on right
Classic Cars Beat S&P 500
By Seth Lubove – Bloomberg News (August 24, 2010)

Seeking Hard Assets
Today, with the stock market in the doldrums, investors seeking hard assets are turning to vintage cars - often for more than $1 million, says Keith Martin, publisher of Sports Car Market magazine in Portland. “At the moment, important cars are making crazy money,” he says. “Baby boomers still have all the money. Half of them are saying, ‘I always wanted a Ferrari SWB.’”

Cars Outperformed Stocks
Collectible cars have outperformed stocks, at least in the past four years, according to the Hagerty’s Cars That Matter “Blue Chip” Index, compiled by auto appraiser David Kinney of Great Falls, Virginia. The index, which contains the estimated values of 25 of the most popular collectible autos, increased more than 61 percent from September 2006, when it started, to the end of July.

That compares with a 16 percent loss in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index. The 1958 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder LWB gained 131 percent in that period to an estimated value of $3.3 million, according to the HCTM index.

Norman Dewis pictured above with a collection
of D-Types. To add extra value to your investment, Fine Sports Cars' D-Types are sanctioned by Norman Dewis, the original engineer. (Right) Norman Dewis celebrates his 90th birthday at Laguna Seca.
Parking Their Money
“We’re seeing more and more people who want the car they wanted as a kid,” says Steve Davis, Barrett-Jackson’s President, en route to his customary spot on the podium behind the auctioneer. “Now, because their portfolios have been impacted, they’re parking their money in something that has value and that they can also touch.”

Gooding & Co. auctions are more sedate affairs catering to wealthy collectors. At the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance show, Gooding’s auctions are held under white tents and chandeliers. They feature polished and restored Rolls-Royces and Duesenbergs, displayed in thick, glossy catalogs with lengthy histories on each offering.

David Gooding, who managed auto auctions at Christie’s International before starting his company in 2003, expects to sell as much as $150 million in cars this year, up from $25 million in his first year. “More of my new clients are saying they want a car they can drive instead of a painting on the wall,” says Gooding.

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