Auction Of 200 Cars and Trucks

Those of you with an interest in classic American cars may have heard about the incredible collection of cars and trucks that were to be auctioned on the 9th and 10th August 2019 by VanDerBrink Auctions over in the USA. These vehicles were owned by a farmer by the name of James Graham from Minnesota who sadly passed away in his eighties.

From a very young age he started to collect cars, tractors and trucks and at one point had amassed a collection of around 500 vehicles but eventually reduced the size of the collection to about 250. His first vehicle was a 1934 Ford Coupe.

A lot of the vehicles were stored in barns. The condition of the classic vehicles varies considerably. Many were covered in dust but prior to the auction were cleaned up to make them more presentable.

The cars were built from the 1920s to 1960s. It certainly appears to be a very interesting collection of classic vehicles that will no doubt have caught the eye of classic car enthusiasts who enjoy buying a fully restored vehicle to others who enjoy the challenge of restoring a classic car.

Anyone that has bought one of these delightful vehicles will no doubt wish to make sure that it is suitably insured. In that respect, why not get in contact with us and we will be pleased to help arrange a suitable, competitive classic car insurance quote or if you are looking to buy say a van then we may also be able to arrange classic van insurance on your American import.

We provide access to a vetted, knowledgeable panel of classic motor insurance specialists who take great pride and satisfaction in providing an excellent level of service as well as a competitive quotation for you to peruse without any obligation to proceed. We very much look forward to being of assistance to you.

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RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sale Shortly To Take Place

The above auction is to take place in California, USA from the 15th to 17th August 2019 when some highly sought after classic cars are expected to come under the hammer. A full list of the vehicles being offered for sale can be found on RM Sotheby’s website but below we highlight just some of them: –

How about a 1963 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible that has an estimated sale price of $1,350,000 to $1,500,000. The DB5 model came to prominence due to being featured in a James Bond film. This particular model is extremely rare as only 123 convertibles were built with only 85 of them being right hand drive. The Aston Martin DB5 was originally priced at £4,490 so has increased significantly in value over the years.

If you have a big enough bank balance and are a fan of Ferraris then you may wish to take a look at a 1961 Ferrari 400 Superamerica SWB Coupe Aerodinamico by Pininfarina. This has an estimated sale price of $2,900,000 to $3,500,000. Only seventeen of these beautiful cars were built with this one being the fifth off the production line.

Those of you with even more disposable funds available may wish to cast your eyes over a 1965 Ford GT40 Roadster Protype. It has an estimated sale price of $7,000,000 to $9,000,000. This is an extremely rare classic car as it was the first of only five of the Ford GT40 Roadsters to be built and is the eighth of a mere twelve Ford GTO Prototypes manufactured. This car has been driven by a number of well-known racing drivers including Jim Clark.

If you have a little less money available to spend then you may wish to consider looking at a 1974 Alfa Romeo 2000 GT Veloce by Bertone. This has an estimated sale price of $90,000 to $120,000. This lovely classic car has been restored. It has only had three owners.

You can buy a 1964 Maserati 5000 GT Coupe by Michelotti for between $700,000 to $850,000. It is said to be the quickest Maserati 5000 GT manufactured.

Don’t forget, if you are looking to buy a classic car then you will wish to make sure that it is insured so why not get in touch with us and we will be pleased to help you obtain a competitive quotation without any obligation.

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Car Insurance Premiums Rise

Unfortunately, there has been an increase in the average cost of car insurance here in the UK. This will no doubt be disappointing news to motorists including those that drive classic cars who usually have to insure not only their family saloon car but also their vintage vehicle.

According to the Confused.com car insurance price index the average cost of fully comprehensive car insurance in the second quarter of 2019 was £789 per annum. In the first quarter of 2019 the figure was an average of £762 per annum. That is a rise of £27 per annum – quite an increase. This is a shame when you consider that average premiums fell in Q1 of 2019 when compared with Q4 of 2018. Motorists would no doubt have hoped that premiums would have continued on a downward trend but this has not been the case.

The region that saw the biggest average increase in the cost of comprehensive car insurance in the last 12 months was Inner London. Motorists living there saw premiums go up by £54 per annum with this equating to a rise of 5%. Premiums now average £1,214 per annum with this being the most expensive in the UK.

Whilst there are not going to be many classic car drivers who are 17 years of age it is interesting that someone of that age is paying an average of £2,047 per annum for fully comprehensive car insurance. This is very different to a 34 year old who is paying an average of £665 per annum. A 66 year old pays an average of £434 per annum.

Let us hope that when the figures are produced for the third quarter of 2019 that we see a reduction in the cost of such cover.

It is important that you shop around for a competitive deal either when your classic car insurance is coming up for renewal or if you are looking for cover for the first time to insure your first classic vehicle. One way to do this is to use a price comparison website

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Silverstone Auctions On The Horizon – Don’t Miss It

If you have a keen interest in classic cars and are thinking of either buying one for the first time or looking to add to your collection then you may wish to get along to the above auction that is to take place on the 27th and 28th of July 2019 at the Silverstone Classic event. You will need an auction catalogue and an event ticket to gain entry as it is a closed event. There is a wide selection of vehicles available, a number of which we mention below.

There is a 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S “Whizzo Williams” being offered for sale with an estimated price of £60,000 to £80,000. It was the first Mini Cooper S to win an international race and was owned by the late, legendary Barrie Williams.

Another vehicle that is being auctioned on behalf of the estate of Barrie Williams is a 1972 Lancia Fulvia HF 1600. This has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £35,000 and has recently been restored. It has 29,356 miles showing on the clock.

If you have a bigger bank balance then you may wish to take a look at a 1958 AC ACECA-Bristol. This has an estimated sale price of £110,000 to £130,000. It was the first ACECA to be manufactured with a Bristol D2 engine installed. It was not driven for over 47 years until Christmas Day 2014. It has won a number of events. It is said to be in wonderful condition.

If you have an even bigger pocket then why not cast your eyes over a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing that has an estimated price of £850,000 to £1,000,000. Only 1,400 of these cars were built. Its bodywork is painted in fire engine red. It was first owned by Peter Warr who was Lotus Team manager.

A 1973 Ford Escort 1600 Mexico is being offered for sale with an estimated price of £40,000 to £46,000. It is finished in Monza Blue. The engine was rebuilt in 2015 and it is said to have been beautifully restored.

Don’t forget you will no doubt need to insure your new purchase so why not give us a call and we will be glad to assist with a competitive classic car insurance quotation.

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Daimler Used By Queen Mother Being Auctioned

If you are a classic car enthusiast and are a “fan” of the Royal Family then you may be interested in a vintage vehicle that is shortly to be offered for sale at an H and H classic car auction on the 3rd July 2019. A 1947 Daimler DE27 Hooper Limousine that was originally built for Sir Bernard Docker who was the Group Chairman of Daimler is being auctioned with an estimated price of £8,000 to £10,000.

An interesting thing about this vehicle that is in need of restoration is that when the Queen Mother was in Edinburgh in 1950 it was utilized by her. Whether this will have an impact on how much the car could be sold for remains to be seen but we would not be surprised if it has some effect.

There are a number of other interesting classic vehicles being offered for sale at the auction including a 1933 Vauxhall DX 14/6 Stratford Tourer that has an estimated sale price of £15,500 to £17,500. Only four of these cars are believed to be in existence. This one is said to have taken part in the Dick Barton Special Agent TV series.

An even older car being auctioned is a 1928 Graham Paige 614 Sedan with an estimated sale price of £2,000 to £4,000. It is in need of some restoration and is said to have been found in a barn.

There is a lovely looking 1950 Sunbeam-Talbot 90 Special available for interested purchasers with an estimated sale price of £10,000 to £12,000. This is an open-topped 2 seater sports car that, potentially, would be great to take out for a drive on a sunny summer’s afternoon.

A 1978 MG B GT sports car is available with an estimated sale price of £3,000 to £4,000. Apparently, it was fully serviced in 2018. The interior is said to be the original.

If you are considering buying a classic car or already own one then why not get in contact with us to obtain a competitively priced classic car insurance quotation without any obligation. We look forward to hearing from you.   

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Bonhams Launches New Type Of Auction

Bonhams is renowned for selling classic cars and other motorised vehicles for, in some cases, many millions of pounds. This can sometimes result in a lot of classic car enthusiasts being unable to afford buying such vehicles. However, the auction house has recently announced that it is to hold four Bonhams MPH auctions every year with the first one taking place on the 26th September 2019 in Bicester Heritage’s Hangar 113.  It will auction a mixture of classic, modern, popular and affordable vehicles.

This is potentially good news for more classic car owners as it will hopefully open up this market to more people who are not in the fortunate position to have many millions of pounds in the bank.

Whilst it is early days yet, the catalogue of vehicles that are expected to be available to buy at the above auction includes the likes of: –

How about a 1998 Renault Clio V6 that has an estimated sale price of £35,000 to £50,000. This looks striking in yellow and is no doubt a nippy vehicle no doubt getting you from 0 to 60mph in a few seconds.

If you are looking for something newer then why not take a look at a 2015 Renault Megane Trophy R. This sporty looking vehicle has an estimated sale price of £35,000 to £50,000.

If you are a fan of the Morgan that is built here in the UK in Malvern in Worcestershire then why not take a look at a 2017 Morgan Plus 4 that has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000. It is a beautiful looking pale blue open topped two seater that can be particularly enjoyed on a sunny summer’s afternoon.

Going back in time, how about a 1939 Ford V8 Roadster with lovely warm red coachwork. It is a great looking open topped car that can also be particularly enjoyed in the summer months. It will certainly catch the glances of a few passers by. It has an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000.  

Even older, is a vintage 1917 Maxwell 25hp Tourer. This open topped vehicle has an estimated sale price of £20,000 to £30,000.

For those of you on a limited budget, you may wish to cast your eyes over a 1930 Ford Model A Saloon. This really does look the part and has an estimated sale price of £8,000 to £12,000.

Again, for those of you on a tighter budget, why not take a look at a 1980 Shay “Model A Roadster”. This has an asking price of between £8,000 to £10,000.

If you are interested in military vehicles then why not have a look at a 1968 Land Rover Series 2a 109 Pink Panther that has an estimated sale price of £65,000 to £75,000, a 1993 Land Rover 110 V8 SOV with an estimated sale price of £80,000 to £100,000 or a 1995 Land Rover 90 200 Tdi with an estimated sale price of £30,000 to £40,000 to name but a few.

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Good Choice Of Classic Vehicles Being Auctioned

You may wish to take a look at the HandH.co.uk website that provides details of the Imperial War Museum, Duxford auction of classic vehicles on the 19th June 2019 as there are a number of interesting vehicles being offered for sale. Below we mention just a few of them to whet your appetite.

If you are a fan of the Jaguar E-Type then why not peruse a 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 2+2 that is being offered for sale with an estimate price of £30,000 to £35,000. Its bodywork appears to be of a deep red colour. It has done 92,000 miles. It is one of only 1,040 built making it quite rare.

If you have a slightly bigger budget then what about a 1969 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe that has an estimated price of £80,000 to £100,000. This sounds like it will be highly sought after as it holds the title Jaguar Drivers Club Champion of Champions, Best E-Type Winner 2018. It has only done 39,000 miles that we are sure you will agree is a very low mileage. Also, it has only had 3 previous owners. It is believed the vehicle was fully restored from 2014 to 2017. In its heyday it was capable of getting from 0 to 60mph in a mere 7.5 seconds and had a top speed of almost 150mph.

What about a beautiful looking 1956 Austin-Healey 100 Modified to M Specification with an estimated sale price of £45,000 to £55,000. It had the same owner from 1979 to 2012. It is said to have been restored including a reconditioned 4 speed gearbox. It would be lovely to take for a spin on a warm Sunday afternoon with the roof down.

If you are a Mini enthusiast then you may wish to cast your eyes over a 1978 Leyland Mini 1275 GT that has an estimated sale price of £16,000 to £20,000. This car only has 34,000 miles on the clock making it very low mileage. It has also been subject to a thorough restoration.

You don’t see many Ford Cortina’s about these days despite being a popular model many years ago. Well, why not take a look at a white 1965 Ford Cortina 1500 GT that has an estimated sale price of £20,000 to £25,000. This vehicle has recently been brought over to the UK from South Africa.

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First Porsche To Be Auctioned

Porsche is renowned as a manufacturer of some of the most sought after sports cars in the world. They have been built for many years up to the present day and let us hope that this continues well into the future. Porsche sports cars are bought by the discerning owner and are renowned for their power and great, timeless looks.

Their cars have appeared in many well-known races achieving some success over the years. They will no doubt continue to do so.

So, when what is believed to be the first Porsche car ever built is going to be offered for sale at auction, it is highly likely that it will attract a great deal of interest from potential buyers.

Well, if you are an enthusiast of the Porsche you may wish to get along to RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction that is to take place on the 15th to 17th August 2019 at which a 1939 Porsche Type 64 is being offered for sale. It is rumoured that it could fetch in the region of $20 million so you will no doubt need a sizeable bank balance.

It is believed to be the first Porsche ever built with this no doubt having some bearing upon why it is expected to fetch such a sizeable sum of money.

Of course, for any classic car enthusiasts here in the UK who have a particular interest in Porsche, it is a long trip to make but it may be an opportunity that one or more of you do not wish to miss out on.

If you are considering investing in a classic car then you may wish to get some professional advice about the vehicle. You may also wish to consider insuring such a vehicle. In that respect, why not get in touch with us and we will do all that we can to try to obtain a competitive classic car insurance quotation to insure a highly, sought after vehicle.  

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Q1 2019 Sees Small Reduction In Cost Of Car Insurance

Any drop in the cost of car insurance has got to be welcomed no matter how small the saving. So, readers will be pleased to hear that, according to the Confused.com Car Insurance Price Index, the average premium for fully comprehensive car insurance fell by £12 per annum from £774 per annum in the last quarter of 2018 to £762 per annum in the first quarter of 2019. Let us hope that those of you who have classic car insurance also benefit financially.

The age of the motorist is one of the factors that affects how much you pay for your cover. As a general rule, it is the young, inexperienced driver who pays the most for their car insurance. The above index revealed that, on average, an 18 year old paid the most for their cover at £2,018 per annum. That is an increase of £98 per annum when compared with the previous quarter.  A 17 year old paid an average of £1,905 per annum. A 34 year old pays an average of £647 per annum. A 66 year old pays the lowest amount at an average of £431 per annum. As you can see from the above figures there is a huge variance in premiums.

When it comes to the age of people owing classic cars, there are no doubt going to be more people in their 40s and 50s who buy a classic car than those in their late teens and early 20s who invest in such a vehicle.

The index revealed that 58% of motorists whose policy came up for renewal in the first quarter of 2019 decided to renew their cover with the same insurer. Presumably, some of those motorists did not bother to see if they could have got the cover cheaper elsewhere. That is a shame as research reveals that motorists who decide to move their cover to another provider at renewal were able to save an average of £81 per annum. We are sure you will agree that is a significant saving.

So, if your classic car insurance policy is coming up for renewal, why not check to see if you are able to arrange the same level of adequate cover with another provider for less money. One way of doing this is to use a specialist price comparison website that has an extensive panel of insurers. It is usually simple and quick to use such a website.    


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Interesting Barn Storage Classic Vehicle Collection Auction

Those of you who are classic car enthusiasts may be interested to read that in a few days time The Barn Find Collection auction of classic vehicles is to take place having been organised by John Pye Auctions. You can view the catalogue on the auctioneer’s website but we mention some of the vehicles below.

There has already been a public viewing on the 15th April with two further ones scheduled for Good Friday 19th April and Easter Monday 22 April 2019 between 10am and 2pm at the auctioneer’s Marchington location in the Midlands. The auction concludes at mid-day on the 25th April 2019.

The vehicles in question have been kept in a barn around Tunbridge Wells.

There is a Dennis N Type Fire Engine being offered for sale with an estimated price of £30,000 to £40,000. It was built way back in 1914 and, needless to say, its bodywork is in red. Back in 1919, it was bought for £1,320 and was used by the Folkestone Fire Brigade. It has been subject to a restoration project. It was capable of releasing around 880 gallons of water in a minute.

How about a Leyland TSW 14T “Hippo” with tanker body that is available to bid for with an estimated price of £13,000 to £18,000. It was built around 1940. The red/black bodywork gives it a striking appearance. It has also been subject to a restoration project but that has not been fully completed with still some works to do. It is said to have 22,908 miles on the clock.  

A Dodge Pick Up Truck with a tipper body is being offered for sale with an estimated price of £4,000 to £8,000. It is believed to have been built between 1930 to 1932. Some restoration work has been completed but there is still more to do so it should make an interesting project for someone. It was purchased by the current owner in 2010 who brought it over from France.

It is lovely to see a white Morris Minor Traveller being offered for sale having been bought by its current owner in 1997. It was registered in August 1968 and has an estimated sale price of £1,500 to £3,000. It has a 1,096cc engine. It is in need of a significant amount of restoration work so should present a challenge to a classic car enthusiast who enjoys restoring such vehicles.

So, if you are interested in adding to your classic vehicle collection or buying one for the first time then why not get along and take a look.

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