Sotheby’s Auction Features Some Interesting Classic Cars

RM Sotheby’s is to hold the Villa Erba auction on the 27th May in Italy at which there are a number of classic cars for sale. So, if you have an interest in such vehicles and would like to combine that with a few days in a lovely part of that country why not get along to the event that takes place every couple of years.

Sotheby's have for sale a number of delightful classic cars at some of their auctions

RM Sotheby’s hold a number of classic car auctions

You can see a full list of the classic cars on RM Sotheby’s website but we thought that we would mention some of them. For instance, there is an Alfa Romeo 1900C Coupe by Carrozzeria Touring dating back to 1952. It is right hand drive and spent much of its early life in England before finding its way to Italy in 1984. This dark green vehicle was restored some 10 years ago and has an estimated price of between 275,000 to 325,000 euros.

There is an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Zagato that was built back in 1987 with only 15 of these left hand drive models being constructed. It has an extremely powerful 432 bhp engine and has done slightly more than 4,000 kilometres which is extremely low mileage. It has an estimated sale price of between 400,000 to 500,000 euros.

How about owning one of only 252 BMW 507 Roadster Series 1 cars that was constructed in 1957. It has around 73,000 kilometres on the clock and is in excellent condition. It has its original interior and has an estimated sale price of between 1,700,000 to 2,000,000 euros.

There are a number of classic Ferraris being offered for sale with one being a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS by Pininfarina. It was in fact only the 10th Ferrari 275 GTS built. It only has about 54,000 kilometers on the clock. Owners have resided in Italy, England and lastly in France. It has an estimated sale price of between 1,600,000 to 1,800,000 euros.

Presumably, any new owners of these vehicles will make sure that they have adequate classic car insurance in place.

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First Quarter 2017 Sees Car Insurance Premiums Rise

Car insurance premiums continued to increase in the first quarter of 2017 according to the AA British Insurance Premium. It is quite possible that the cost of insuring a classic car has also gone up in the same period.

In the first quarter of 2017, classic motor insurance premiums may have risen

Classic car insurance premiums may have gone up in Q1 of 2017.

In the first quarter of this year, fully comprehensive car insurance premiums for modern cars rose by an average of 0.7% per annum. That would appear to be a moderate increase although in the 12 months to the end of the first quarter of 2017 such cover rose by 12.9% – a significant increase that motorists could have done without.

The rise can be partly attributable to the change in the Ogden Discount Rate upon which compensation payouts are based. Increases in the Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will also have had an impact on the cost of covering your classic car and there is nothing that can be done to avoid paying such a tax.

So, if you are either looking for a great deal on classic car insurance for a new vintage car or your existing cover is shortly due for renewal, why not obtain a competitive quotation with the assistance of ourselves. Over the years, we have been able to help a significant number of clients with their vintage car insurance so, hopefully, we can do likewise for you.

There are many providers of classic car insurance that means it is an extremely competitive industry. Therefore, it would be sensible to use the likes of us to help obtain suitable cover for your cherished vehicle.

Classic motor insurance is a specialist form of cover and, as such, the customer must feel confident that they have the most appropriate level and type of cover but for a competitive premium. For our part, we will do all that we can to assist you in obtaining suitable, competitive cover. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Interesting Classic Cars Being Auctioned

If you are considering buying a classic car then you may be interested in attending The May Sale of Silverstone Auctions that takes place on the 13th May 2017 at Silverstone Circuit. At this auction there are expected to be some interesting classic cars for sale.

The 1985 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser is a classic car

A 1985 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser

The sale takes place in the Wing Building at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire NN12 8TN with auction times being 11.00am for automobilia and 2pm for motor cars. Viewing is on 12th May between 3pm and 5pm as well as on the morning of 13th May.

Some of the classic cars available include a 1989 Ferrari 328 GTS with only 5,600 miles on the clock. It has an estimated price of £100,000 to £120,000.

There is a 1961 Porsche 356B T5 Cabriolet. The bodywork is in light ivory and has a red leather interior. It has been in the same family for 52 years. It has an estimated sale price of £100,000 to £120,000.

How about a 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster in Jaguar Indigo Blue with a 4.2cc 6 cylinder engine that has had 5 owners with the present owner having had the vehicle for 26 years. It is believed to have been well maintained. It has an estimated sale price of £85,000 to £100,000.

Those of you who are lovers of the Ford Capri may be interested in the 1985 Ford Capri 2.0 Laser. This delightful vehicle has a mere 4,500 miles on the clock and has an estimated sale price of £15,000 to £18,000.

There is a 1971 Aston Martin DB6 MK11 Vantage with a 4,000 cc 6-cylinder engine available with an estimated sale price of £325,000 to £375,000. The bodywork is in Dubonnet Rosso and it has a tan interior. It has had a number of owners but still only has 36,924 miles showing on the clock.

There are many other classic cars for sale at the above auction details of which can be found on the website of Silverstone Auctions.

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Premiums May Rise Due To Change In Ogden Discount Rate

As if motorists haven’t suffered enough with the increase in fuel costs and rise in the amount that they pay to insure their vehicles, classic car owners may be interested to note that they may have to pay even more for their classic motor insurance due to a change in what is called the Ogden Discount Rate.

As a result of the change in the Ogden Discount Rate classic car insurance premiums may rise

It may cost you more to insure your classic vehicle following a change in the Ogden Discount Rate.

Apparently, when someone is badly injured in a car crash such as being permanently disabled and perhaps never able to work again, the insurer may end up having to pay out a significant sum of money with the capital being used to generate an income for the claimant. Until the 19th March 2017, the amount car insurance companies had to pay out was based on an Ogden Discount Rate of 2.5%. However, following a legal ruling, this rate was changed on the 20th March 2017 to -0.75%. As a result, insurance companies have to set more capital aside to generate the level of income the claimant is awarded.

Unfortunately for the policyholder, it is possible that insurers will increase the premium that they charge motorists. So, if you are the owner of a classic car and have classic car insurance then you may see your premium increase in the not too distant future.

Because of the above, it may encourage more people to shop around for their classic car insurance and obtain a number of quotations from a variety of providers. There are a lot of companies that provide such specialist cover meaning that it is a competitive marketplace that is good from the consumer’s point of view.

So, if you are in the process of buying your first classic car or you already own one and your classic car insurance is shortly coming up for renewal why not spend a short period of time in obtaining some quotes from a number of insurers.

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Classic Bugatti Sells For Over $7 Million

The RM Sotheby’s Amelia Island classic car auction took place on 10/11th March 2017 at which a number of vehicles were sold. One of these was a classic Bugatti that sold for a significant amount of money.

In March 2017, a classic Bugatti sold for many millions of dollars at a RM Sotheby's auction.

A classic Bugatti sold for over $7 million at auction.

The 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Cabriolet by Vanvooren achieved a sale price of $7,700,000. Only 42 of these Type 57S vehicles were built and there were only 4 Vanvooren manufactured Type 57S cabriolets built with only 3 still in existence so it is very rare. It has had 6 owners. It has a 3,257 cc 170 bhp engine that is still original as is the gearbox, body and chassis.

There were many other classic cars sold at the above auction. For instance, a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Coupe Series 111 by Frua was sold for $2,365,000. Only 2 of these vehicles were built but this is the only one still in existence. The car has been restored over the last 10 years. It has a 1,985 cc engine producing 160 bhp.

Not all the vehicles were sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. For example, a 1958 Morris Minor Traveller achieved a sale price of $45,100.This is a beautifully restored example of this British car with a dark green bodywork and some fantastic looking woodwork. The mileage was just over 87,000 so it has obviously been well used over the years. This two seater has a 948 cc engine capable of producing 37 bhp.

A 1952 Fiat 500 C Topolino Transformable was sold for $46,200. Its 34.9 cu.in 16 bhp engine was capable of taking the car to a speed of as much as 59 mph. Its fuel tank only holds just over 6 gallons of fuel. It has been beautifully restored.

No doubt the new owners of these vehicles, if required, have arranged suitable classic car insurance. If this is something that you wish to look at then please feel free to get in touch with us and we will help arrange a competitive classic car insurance quote.

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Classic Peugeot 205 GTI To Be Auctioned

Many of you classic car enthusiasts will be of an age when you can remember seeing Peugeot 205 GTI’s being driven around at great speed. It certainly was a nippy little sports hatchback.

The Classic Car Auctions Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale 2017 is to be held at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) Birmingham

The National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham is to host the Classic Car Auctions Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale 2017.

Well, Classic Car Auctions Practical Classics Classic Car & Restoration Show Sale 2017 is to take place on the 1st and 2nd April of this year (viewing is available on 31st March 2017) at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham at which there will be many classic vehicles for sale including a 1988 Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 with an estimated price of between £10,000 to £12,000.

Apparently, this vehicle is in very good condition having just over 47,000 miles on the clock. The present owner has possessed it for about a year. Interestingly, it had been declared SORN (Statutory Off Road Notification) from 2004 to 2014.

Its bodywork is in metallic silver that was a popular colour. It comes with a service history and was recently serviced at a cost of £1,500. It also has a new clutch that was fitted in July 2016 and tyres and refurbished wheels. It also still has its original Philips radio.

The Peugeot 205 GTI 1.6 litre started to be produced in 1984 with production ceasing in 1992. Unfortunately it was expensive to insure with one reason being no doubt that it proved popular with car thieves.

So, if you are interested in classic sports hatchbacks then why not get along to the above show and have an enjoyable day out. If you go onto the website of Classic Car Auctions you will see that there are many other vehicles available for sale at the show so, if the Peugeot 205 GTI does not appeal, another car might.

If you are considering buying a classic car then why not get in touch with us to obtain a competitive quote for classic car insurance. We very much look forward to hearing from you.

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Some Highlights Of Bonhams Paris Car Auction

If you are a classic car enthusiast then you may have attended Bonhams Grandes Marques du Monde auction that took place on the 9th February 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris. There were many vehicles that caught the eye of people some of which we mention below.

The Grand Palais, Paris was recently the venue for one of Bonhams auctions that included the sale of some classic cars

A recent auction by Bonhams took place at the Grand Palais, Paris.

Apparently, the classic car that received the most attention was a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster “CML 719”. At the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1935 it finished in 5th position. It attracted particular attention from four people bidding and eventually went for Euros 2,012,500 with this figure being well above the price it was estimated to sell for.

A Bentley S1 Continental that was manufactured way back in 1957 was sold for Euros 1,070,100. This was a rare vehicle as only 31 were built.

A Maybach SW-36 Spezial Cabriolet built in 1929 ended up being sold for the price of Euros 673,350.

A Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupe that was built in 1966 achieved a figure of Euros 1,017,266. There were two people bidding who were particularly keen on this classic car.

A Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 “Series 2” that was constructed back in 1966 was sold for Euros 276,600.

A Renault 5 Turbo Tour de Corse Group B Rally Works Car that was only built in 1983 was actually sold for Euros 195,500.

A Renault 4CV “Magpie” Police Car built in 1955 achieved a price over its estimated one being sold for Euros 39,700. Apparently, there was a lot of interest in this particular vehicle.

There were many other classic cars sold on the day as well as motorcycles and automobilia.

If you were not able to get along to the above auction then perhaps you may be able to go to Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting that takes place on the 18th and 19th March 2017 at Goodwood. You will be able to watch some exciting racing involving classic cars. On the final day of that event there will be a number of classic cars for sale.

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Increase In Women Buying Classic Cars

Last year, some interesting research was carried out by Footman James, insurance brokers, which revealed that there has been a big increase in the number of women that have bought a classic car. We are sure that classic car enthusiasts are pleased to hear this as the more owners of such vehicles the better.

The number of ladies buying a classic car has gone up considerably in the last couple of years.

There has been an increase in the number of women buying classic cars.

Apparently, over a two-year period, there was an increase of 40% in the number of women that owned a classic car. By anybody’s standards, that is a very large rise in such a short period of time and it no doubt begs the question as to why that could possibly be the case. Furthermore, it was forecast that by the end of last year, 11% of classic car drivers would be female.

Another statistic that you may find of interest is that the average age of a lady owning a classic car is 52. We suspect that a lot of people reading this article would have thought that the average age of classic car owners was older than that.

It is interesting that 17% of women buy a classic car for investment purposes but nostalgia persuades 21% of ladies to purchase a classic car. Just as is the case with some men who own classic vehicles, no doubt there will be a number of women who purchase such cars with a view to then restoring them to their former glory. The top 5 classic car makes that are favoured by women are Morris, Volkswagen, MG, Mazda and Land Rover according to Footman James’s records.

It will be interesting to see if the number of female classic car owners continues to increase in the future. Let us hope that this is the case as it can only be of benefit to the classic car market as hopefully it will result in more classic cars being seen on our roads here in the UK and at shows where they can be admired.

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What’s Happening At The London Classic Car Show In 2017?

This year’s London Classic Car Show takes place between the 23rd to 26th February at ExCel, London, E16 1FR. We thought we would tell you about some of the things that are happening at the event that can be enjoyed by classic car enthusiasts.

The Ferrari 250GTO is an extremely valuable classic car

A Ferrari 250 GTO

At the Gala Evening on Thursday 23rd February you can listen to Jacky Ickx who won the Le Mans no less than six times. Derek Bell MBE who won the Le Mans on five occasions will also be present. There will also be a number of celebrity Ferrari enthusiasts.

The show will be celebrating the Ferrari road car that has been built for 70 years. There will be 20 of these wonderful vehicles on display including the likes of a Ferrari 250 GTO, Daytona, 250 Lusso and a 250 California. The 20 cars are thought to have a value of in excess of £120 million.

The Grand Avenue, that will also incorporate a Paddock, will enable classic car enthusiasts to view many fantastic classic cars of a variety of body shapes including the likes of sports racer, convertible, sports car and saloons.

The show is getting together with Beaulieu to make available to some exhibitors who normally display their automobillia items for sale at Beaulieu to do the same with up to 60 stalls being present. It is called the Beaulieu Pop-Up Autojumble. So this would appear to give many people the opportunity to possibly find a spare part for their classic vehicle or a rare book on motoring that, perhaps, they have been struggling to lay their hands on.

At the Supagard Theatre, you will be able to listen to a number of interesting, knowledgeable individuals give talks on a variety of subjects over the four days of the show.

For full details of what is taking place at the show why not visit the website of The London Classic Car Show where you can also view things like ticket prices and how to get to the venue. We hope that you enjoy the show.

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Classic Citroen 2CVs Venture Into The Yorkshire Dales

The Citroen 2CV has become something of an iconic classic vehicle whose unique shape tends to be loved by many enthusiasts. It was manufactured between 1948 and 1990 and was equipped with an air-cooled engine. In excess of 3.8 million of them were built and many can still be seen on our roads today.

The Citroen 2CV is a classic vehicle

There are many classic Citroen 2CVs on our roads.

In fact, if you had recently been up in the Yorkshire Dales, a beautiful National Park, you may have come across a cavalcade of classic Citroen 2CVs in numerous shapes and colours as they made their annual journey from Leeds and through the Wharfedale Valley travelling in the region of 80 miles. You may even have caught a glimpse of a Citroen 2CV van.

The vehicles were obviously built to travel on some challenging roads that you come across in the Yorkshire Dales with many twists and turns and steep inclines. These particular vehicles ended up at the Tan Hill Inn which is the highest pub located in the United Kingdom at a height of 1,732 feet above sea level. There are some spectacular views to be seen in this part of the world that no doubt many of the owners of the vintage Citroen 2CVs enjoyed whilst visiting the above inn.

Of course, if you are the proud owner of a classic Citroen 2CV or any other classic vehicle for that matter, you will no doubt wish to ensure that it is suitably insured just in case you are involved in a road traffic accident or it is stolen. In that respect, why not get in touch with ourselves and let us assist you in arranging to obtain a competitive quote for your classic car insurance. Whatever level of cover you are looking for, whether it be, for instance, fully comprehensive or laid up cover we can hopefully help in finding a suitable insurer. We look forward to hearing from you.

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