1961 Cooper Zerex Oldsmobile ‘Transformer’
Sold by Bonhams, £911,000
As readers will know from our coverage of the historic car last month, it was originally launched by Roger Penske in 1962 before becoming the first sports car acquired by Bruce McLaren for his fledgling racing team the Next year. It got its “Transformer” moniker because of the seven different engine/body configurations it appeared in before being sold to Venezuela in 1967 – where it remained, thought lost. Sold in an almost rolling chassis, the car represents a Herculean restoration project.
1957 BMW 507
Sold by Bonhams, £2.1m
One of 13,507 delivered new to Venezuela, it originally belonged to a chewing gum vendor. It was acquired by its third owner in 1979, after which it remained in storage in the United States until 2022.
1953 Supercharged MG TD Special
Sold by RM Sotheby’s, £107,500
This meticulously constructed aluminum special paid homage to the car driven at Le Mans in 1939 by Miles Collier, the American who, along with his brother Sam, brought MG to the United States.
1969 volkswagen prowler beach buggy
Sold by Historics, £35,840
Beach buggy values have been boosted by publicity around the Meyers Manx revival, so it’s no surprise that this rebuilt Prowler by East Coast Buggies kicked the sand in the face of its estimate.
1982 Porsche 911 Targa restomod
Sold by Historics, £100,800
Originality was once in the world of classic 911s, but restomoders such as Magnus Walker and Singer Vehicle Design mean tastefully upgraded cars are often more valuable than standard cars.
2011 Aston Martin A-77
Sold by RM Sotheby’s, £1.6m
Aston’s rare One-77 was the most powerful naturally aspirated road car in the world when it was launched in 2008. Of the 77s made, it was 65 and had done 1,100 miles. The One-77 originally retailed for £1.1 million.
1931 Thoroughbred Alfa Romeo 8C
Sold by RM Sotheby’s, £550,000
The thousands of items on offer in Texas kitchen cabinet magnate Gene Ponder’s collection made it hard to pick a favorite – but this recreation of Alfa’s 8C Spider by Pur Sang is a contender.
2020 Aston Martin DB5 stunt car
Sold by Christie’s, £2.9 million
The only DB5 stunt car from the latest Bond movie No Time To Die to be released into the wild wasn’t all it seemed – the bodywork was carbon fiber and attached to a space chassis, while the power came from of a BMW engine. Profits are donated to a host of charities, including the Prince’s Trust.
Highlights of upcoming sales
- Bonhams, London, November 4
Bonhams is back with another sale of ‘pioneer’ vehicles as part of its Golden Age of Motoring sale which traditionally coincides with the famous London to Brighton veteran car race. Highlights include a 1907 steam-powered Stanley EX, a 1904 Swift 7hp that has been in one family since 1931, and an 1898 Peugeot Type 15, complete with wooden tool drawers. Not that you will need it.
- Mecum, Las Vegas, November 10-12
Don’t expect Vivas to this blockbuster Mecum, but there won’t be many American cars that won’t be represented among the hundreds of lots. Moderns include a pair of Ford Bronco SUVs that avoid the waitlists, while among the “classics” you’ll find an insane 1939 GMC fire truck that’s been customized into a low-riding hotrod and a Ford drag racer. 1968’s ‘Turtleback’ known as ‘The Frantic Farmer’. Oooh-arrrrr…
- Historics, Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge, Surrey, 26th November
It’s not just cars with the three-pointed star that are eligible for this exceptional sale at Mercedes-Benz World near the historic Brooklands circuit. Last year’s event featured more than 175 car and motorcycle bundles, many of which were offered at no reserve price. A 1976 right-hand-drive Maserati Bora is particularly interesting – one of just 42 made and freshly restored from a £150,000 restoration.
- H&H, National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, December 7
This annual year-end motorcycle sale has become as much a highlight of the two-wheeled auction scene as the long-running Stafford Show events hosted by Bonhams. Highlights include a huge selection of vintage scooters, a superb BSA Super Rocket cafe racer estimated at £7,000-9,000 and a 1973 MV Augusta 750 S with 2222 miles that could fetch £40.0