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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Porsche Only Livestream Auction

Lot 18_Porsche 959, Orig. 8,294 km, Like New,
Model 1988_Starting price euro600,000
Got a press release recently from Auctionata, an online auction house. They’re not in my usual list of suspects, possibly because they’ve only been around since 2012 and tend to specialize in art, but the auction, set for December 12, does sound interesting. Up for grabs are 25 Porsches from 1965 to 1997, all said to be in “excellent condition.”

The sale will be broadcast live from the Prototyp car Museum in Hamburg, which, probably no coincidence, is currently running an exhibition on Porsches. Check out the museum webpage, they’ve got lots of great photos, and a car timeline.

The auction catalogue can be found HERE. There’s a link there if you wish to register to watch and/or participate in the auction. My personal favourite is the 1977 Porsche 935, orig.930 Turbo & Magirus Race Car Transporter, but with a starting price of 120,000 Euros, you can bet I won’t be bidding.

The list of vehicles sounds like a Porsche lover’s dream. They’re offering a 1989 Porsche 959, a 1970 911 ST, Group IV Special GT (one of only 10 built), an unrestored original condition 1975 911 Turbo 3.0, and one of the 30 year anniversary Porsche 911s (one of 911).

I see they do tend to run “car maker” only auctions. There’s one on December 8 for Mercedes-Benz, and they recently did a Ferrari only auction.

Friday, November 13, 2015

London Classic Car Show Returns

Seems this year’s inaugural show must have been a success, because the organizers have announced they’ll be doing it again on February 18 through 21. This year’s show will cover twice as much of London’s ExCel Centre, 34,000 square metres in total. That’s one big show, and it would certainly make the idea of London in February more bearable. Tickets are already on sale on the show’s website if you’re going to be in the area.

They’ll be running the Grand Avenue (a road through the middle of the exhibition which will have more than 60 classic cars driving through) again this year, and have added a new hall for prestige and performance classics. No specifics provided yet, but I’m sure I’ll be seeing more press releases and will pass on any interesting details.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Spotted: 1944 Daimler Scout Car

1944 Daimler Scout Car at D-Day Museum
Photo by Thomas Tompkins
Another one of the vehicles I saw on my trip to Portsmouth, UK, earlier this year. This 1944 Daimler Scout Car, otherwise known as a Dingo, was in the D-Day Museum. According to the plaque beside it, it can go forward and reverse in all 5 gears—up to 55 mph!

Friday, October 23, 2015

Spotted: 1960s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud

1960s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
Photo by Kate Tompkins

1960s Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Beauty, isn't it? Spotted it in Portsmouth, UK, in early September.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

1971 Porsche 911 from Le Mans Movie Starring Steve McQueen up for Auction

Thanks to my husband for passing on the Christie’s link (see source below to check it for yourself) to me. Seems they’ll be offering up a 1971 Porsche 911 T coupe driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 film Le Mans at their November 4 sale in Paris. Along with several other Porsches, it had been purchased by McQueen’s production company from Swiss racing driver Jo Siffert for use in the film. It was later given to leading lady Elga Andersen. It’s had two owners since.

As the title suggests, the movie is about racing at Le Mans. It starred McQueen as an American race car driver, and was filmed entirely on location.

Oddly enough, I can’t find it on the Internet Movie Cars Database, but they have a 1970 Porsche 911 S which looks like the same car HERE. They also have pictures of a lot of other cars in the movie.

Christie’s estimates the car will sell for between €250,000-350,000. They describe it as “in exquisite condition, with original body paint and minimal repairs at the front and front sides.” And a mere 46,350 km on the odometer.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

2nd Autorama Montreal Starts Tomorrow

Autorama is back for its second year. Once again it’s being held at the Olympic Stadium. It’s open Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 10 pm, and on Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. General admission is $13 (13 and over), taxes included. Children (6 to 12) are $6 and must be accompanied by an adult. Children younger than that are free.

I thought last year’s event was terrific and am really happy to see them running it again. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check it out.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Spotted: Ford Jeep GPW circa 1941

Ford Jeep GPW circa 1941
D-Day Museum, Portsmouth, UK
Photo by Kate Tompkins
Just got back from a trip to Portsmouth, England. While it’s paradise for a naval buff (if you’re at all interested in naval history, it’s a must-see, especially the Historic Dockyards), there are some land-based military vehicles at the D-Day Museum, including the Jeep above. There’s also the Wight Military and Heritage Museum on the nearby Isle of Wight (just opened this summer) but I haven’t been, so can’t report on it. I understand it’s possible to drive a Centurion tank there!