A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the Brighton Run Sale

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A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the annual London to Brighton Run Sale. Now entering its 12th year, the auction offers an incredible selection of veteran motor cars, this year starring the 1903 Clement Model AC4R Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £400,000-500,000.  

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars, said: “We’ve got a wonderful selection of exciting veteran cars at this year’s auction, including two vehicles – an 1899 Panhard-Levassor Type M2E 4hp Two-Seater, estimated at £300,000-350,000, and an 1899 Star Benz 3½hp Vis-à-Vis, estimated at £60,000-70,000 – that are over 115-years old. It’s an incredible and unusual sale, transporting visitors back to the golden age of motoring.” One of the most advanced cars of its day, the Clement has a long known British history, now returning to the UK from American ownership. Its very earliest days were recorded in the programme for the London to Brighton Run in 1934.

The auction also boasts a magnificent 1904 Napier Model D45 12HP Side-Entrance Four-Cylinder Tourer, one of the few Napier models that were assembled in period in America. It has been part of three major international car collections, has four cylinders, a four speed gearbox, carries five passengers, is exceptionally rare and comes with an enviable record of completed Brighton Runs. It is now offered at an estimate of £350,000-400,000. Further automotive masterpieces from across the century and beyond include a 1904 Columbia Mark XLIII Two-Cylinder Rear-entrance Tonneau, estimated at £90,000-110,000, and what was commonly regarded as America’s premier make of petrol motor car, a 1904 Winton 4¼-Litre 20hp Two-Cylinder Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £130,000-160,000.
Held on 30th October at Bonhams flagship showroom on 101 New Bond Street, the annual London to Brighton Run Sale will offer over 100 lots of both veteran motor cars and automobilia. The Bonhams London to Brighton Sale celebrates the longest-running motoring event in the world; the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The sale exclusively features pre-1905 cars, each eligible for the Run.
Bonhams sale takes place during “London Motor Week” – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show. The first Run took place in 1896, and since then it has taken place almost every year since it’s 1927 revival.
More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com. For further information on Bonhams motoring department, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/

A Marine Chronometer from Darwin’s ship “Beagle” for sale at Bonhams

Darwin chronometer

Un cronometro marino Robert Molyneux utilizzato per il secondo e il terzo viaggio di Charles Darwin sul celebre brigantino Beagle sarà offerto in asta alla Fine Clocks Sale Auction di Bonhams a New Bond Street a Londra il 10 dicembre prossimo con una stima di £ 30.000-50.000.

Si tratta di un esemplare unico proveniente da collezione privata, a bordo assieme a Darwin durante i viaggi che decretarono la formulazione della teoria dell’evoluzione. Charles Darwin visitò le isole Galapagos nel 1835, durante queste esplorazioni registrò i campioni di flora e fauna che lo avrebbero portato alla sua rivoluzionaria teoria dell’evoluzione per selezione naturale, pubblicata nel 1859.

L’HMS Beagle era un brigantino riadattato a nave oceanografica ed utilizzato nelle tre celebri spedizioni. Quando il Beagle lasciò Plymouth per il suo secondo viaggio, nel mese di dicembre 1831, la nave portava un giovane naturalista, Charles Darwin. Era stato reclutato con la responsabilità di raccogliere, osservare, e prendere nota di tutto ciò che appartenesse alla sfera naturale.

A parte la missione di Darwin, la missione era destinata anche a completare l’opera del viaggio precedente, e cioè il rilievo della costa meridionale del Sud America e la registrazione della latitudine e la longitudine di ciascun porto di scalo. A tal fine, il Beagle fu corredato di 22 cronometri di bordo tra i quali quello relativo a questo post. Esso è uno dei soli undici che hanno completato il viaggio di sette anni a bordo del famoso brigantino.

Questo cronometro era ancora bordo quando il Beagle ha intrapreso il suo terzo e ultimo viaggio nel 1837 alla volta della costa australiana. I cronometri sono stati da sempre utilizzati dalle navi in mare per la determinazione accurata della longitudine. Costruiti a partire dal XVIII secolo, sono stati utilizzati ampiamente fino al XX secolo. Questi orologi dovevano restare affidabili pur nelle mutevoli condizioni ambientali cui li sottoponeva la navigazione in mare aperto.

Per la prima volta utilizzati su una nave da James Cook nel 1772, sono diventati una presenza fissa dal 1818 per le navi da guerra. Tre cronometri erano il minimo indispensabile per essere in grado di identificatene uno divenuto impreciso. Al tempo dei viaggi del Beagle, l’uso di cronometri marini era diventato routinario e portarne a bordo 22 era normale in vista di un lungo viaggio.

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The “Irresistble”

Questo cronometro è stato uno dei sei posseduti personalmente dal capitano Robert FitzRoy, comandante del Beagle durante il viaggio di Darwin. Fu così affidabile che l’Ammiragliato (in passato l’autorità del Regno Unito responsabile del comando della Royal Navy) decise di rivolgersi a FitzRoy per riacquistarlo nel 1837. Il governo ha continuato a impiegare il cronometro su varie navi, l’ultima delle quali di particolare interesse.

L’ultimo cronometro utilizzato su una nave inglese è quello appartenuto alla corazzata “Irresistble” affondata dallo scoppio di una mina nello stretto dei Dardanelli durante la prima guerra mondiale nel marzo del 1915. Una mina che uccise circa 150 marinai dell’equipaggio.Il costruttore del cronometro, Robert Molyneux, era un orologiaio di tutto rispetto con sede a Londra.

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A second previously unrecorded marine chronometer used on the 2nd and 3rd voyages of HMS Beagle will be offered in the Fine Clocks Sale on December 10th at Bonhams New Bond Street salerooms, carrying a pre-sale estimate of £30,000-50,000. It is the only known marine chronometer in private hands that was present on board HMS Beagle when Charles Darwin visited the Galapagos Islands in 1835, when he recorded and collected specimens of the flora and fauna that would lead to his momentous theory of evolution by natural selection, published in his seminal work ‘The Origin of Species‘ in 1859.

HMS Beagle was an Admiralty survey ship sent on three major expeditions. The first (1826–1830) was to survey the coast of South America, accompanying HMS Adventure. The second expedition (1831–1836) was to build on the work of the first in South America, and then to go onward to establish a chain of linked reference points encircling the globe. The third expedition (1837–1843) surveyed the coast of Australia.

When HMS Beagle left Plymouth for her second voyage in December 1831, the ship carried a young naturalist, Charles Darwin. He had been recruited with the responsibility of “collecting, observing, and noting, anything worthy to be noted in Natural History”. Aside from Darwin’s particular remit, the voyage was tasked with completing the work of the previous journey, in surveying the southern coast of South America, and recording the latitude and longitude of each port of call. For this purpose, the Beagle carried 22 chronometers on board, including the present lot- which is one of only 11 that completed the seven year voyage on board the Beagle.

By the time the Beagle returned to England in October 1836, Darwin had sailed 40,000 miles around the world and collected more than 5,000 specimens. His notes show that he already understood how his experiences and finds were likely to challenge the established view of the unchanging nature of species.

This chronometer was again on board when the Beagle undertook its third and final voyage in 1837, surveying large parts of the uncharted Australian coast. The expedition identified the Adelaide and Victoria rivers and surveyed the Torres Strait and the Gulf of Carpentaria, before exploring northern and north-west Australia, the Bass Strait and Tasmania.

Chronometers were widely used by ships at sea for the accurate determination of longitude.  First built in the 18th century, they were utilised extensively by mariners through to the early 20th century.  These timepieces needed to remain accurate while subjected to the motions of a ship at sea and through extreme changes in temperature.

First carried on a survey ship by James Cook on his second voyage in 1772, from 1818 it became standard for the Admiralty to issue chronometers to naval ships. Three chronometers was the minimum necessary to be able to identify whether one had become unacceptably inaccurate. By the time of the Beagle voyages, the use of marine chronometers had become routine and, as mentioned, the ship carried 22 on the second voyage, to allow for mechanical failure over the lengthy journey.

This chronometer was one of six owned personally by Captain Robert FitzRoy, commander of the Beagle during Darwin’s voyage. It performed so well that the Admiralty decided to purchase it from FitzRoy in 1837. The government continued to employ the chronometer on various ships, the last being of particular interest.

The date of transfer is not mentioned in the ledgers, but the final entry reads that the timepiece was ‘Lost in “Irresistible” 1916 July 3’. This refers to the sinking of HMS Irresistible (a ‘Formidable’ class battleship) off the coast of Turkey. Originally commissioned in 1902, with the outbreak of World War I the Irresistible was sent to serve in the Dardanelles campaign, bombarding Turkish coastal forts. However in March 1915 she struck a mine which killed about 150 of her crew. Badly damaged, the Irresistible was abandoned by the survivors and left to drift, and eventually sink.

The manufacturer of the chronometer, Robert Molyneux, was a highly respected clock and chronometer maker based in London. He also made four other timepieces used on the voyage, one of which he sent on his own account. This is the only known surviving example by him from the voyage.

A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy bodied Berlinetta in Bonhams New Bond Street auction

La Ferrari 275 GTB berlinetta (GT“B” ) è stata presentata per la prima volta nel 1964 al Salone dell’automobile di Parigi insieme alla versione spyder, la Ferrari 275 GTS. Quest’ultima senza i fari carenati. Carrozzata da Scaglietti di Modena, era disponibile in acciaio o completamente in alluminio.

Nel 1966, sempre al Salone di Parigi, viene presentata una versione con 4 alberi a camme, chiamata GTB/4 distinguibile dalla GTB per la “gobba” presente sul cofano motore. La Ferrari 275 GTB è stata l’ultima berlinetta Ferrari con un solo albero a camme in testa per bancata. Per il campionato mondiale GT, nel 1965, venne creata la 275 GTB Competizione che aveva l’ardua missione di sostituire la leggendaria  250 GTO nella battaglia Ferrari-Ford.

Bonhams il 30 novembre 2014 a Londra ha il privilegio di offrire all’asta una rarissima Ferrari 275 GTB Berlinetta in alluminio ad una stima di £1,500,000-2,000,000. James Knight, responsabile internazionale per il dipartimento auto di Bonhams, ha dichiarato: “Questa è un auto completamente originale, conservata magnificamente, si tratta di uno delle migliori 275GTB che abbiamo mai avuto il privilegio di offrire “.

Dal 1964 al 1968 sono stati prodotti quasi 800 esemplari di 275 GTB, ma solo una piccola parte sono state le varianti in alluminio. Di un elegantissimo verde scuro, ha solo 61212 km sul contachilometri. E’ stata acquista nel 1965 dal suo primo proprietario al prezzo di 5.250.000 lire (circa 2.700 euro…) per poi essere venduta nel 1976 all’ormai leggendario collezionista di auto d’epoca Fabrizio Violati (noto per la vendita milionaria della Ferrari 250 GTO da Bonhams all’asta di Quail Lodge in California lo scorso agosto). Successivamente questa magnifica e “incontaminata” Ferrari 275GTB è diventata uno degli oggetti più preziosi esposti alla Collezione Maranello Rosso del Violati a San Marino. Non è difficile immaginare che anche per quest’auto si registrerà un nuovo record.

https://www.bonhams.com/press_release/17718/


A 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB Alloy-bodied Berlinetta – once considered to be the finest production Ferrari ever built – is to star in Bonhams New Bond Street auction, carrying an estimate of £1,500,000-2,000,000.

James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: “This is a wonderfully original, long-term preserved, Ferrari 275 ‘Longnose’ Berlinetta offered from the Maranello Rosso Collection. It is one of the finest examples of its type that we at Bonhams have ever had the privilege to offer.”

From 1964 to 1968 almost 800 275 Berlinettas were produced, but just a fraction were the highly desirable longnose alloy variants.

Finished in a beautiful shade of green, known as Verde Scuro it retains many of its original features, and has just 61,212 kilometres recorded on the odometer.

This example was sold new on in 1965 the price paid was Lire 5,250,000 (€2.700 ca) then in 1976, to the amateur racing driver and now legendary classic car collector Fabrizio Violati.

Subsequently this magnificent, completely unspoiled, Ferrari 275GTB became one of the star exhibits in the Violatti’s Maranello Rosso Collection museum in San Marino.

Bonhams Bond Street Sale takes place at Bonhams London headquarters on 30th November 2014. With only 35 entry slots available and several motor cars already consigned, the annual event is set to be another exciting auction from Bonhams record breaking motoring department.

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