Broad Arrow Auctions’ single-owner sale on 14-15 October features over 120 cars from Jim Taylor’s collection, headed by a 1955 Jaguar D-Type – the only car entered with a reserve. Originally supplied to Colonel Ronnie Hoare, chassis XKD 515 has led a cosseted life with just 14,000 miles covered by the time it entered renowned collector Evert Louwman’s stable at the end of the 1980s. Louwman commissioned its only restoration, before it passed to John McCaw in 2000 – Jim Taylor acquiring the short-nose D-Type five years later. Under Taylor’s stewardship the car was reunited with its original registration ‘RRU 1’ and has been used on numerous tours and rallies, showing 21,584 miles at the time of cataloguing.
The collection also includes a brace of Shelby Cobras; the three-owner 1967 427 with only 7,360 miles is estimated at $1,200,000 – 1,400,000, while the 1964 289 in a preserved original state is $950,000 – 1,200,000. Both the Ford GT Heritage editions have been owned by Taylor from new, the 2006 example is unused with only 4.5 miles (estimate $650,000 – 700,000) and the one-of-50 2020 car has travelled under 850 miles (estimate $1,250,000 – 1,500,000). Accompanying the sale are more than 500 lots of automobilia, with the two-day event taking place in Taylor’s hometown of Gloversville, located a short distance from Albany, New York.
[ Passion for the Drive: The Cars of Jim Taylor – auction catalogue here ]
Staying Stateside, 40 cars from the Newman/Haas Racing team will cross the block at RM Sotheby’s no reserve sale on 29 October in Lincolnshire, Illinois. A 1984 Lola-Cosworth T800 that helped bring the team its first CART championship is listed at $500,000 – 800,000. Driven by Mario Andretti in 1984 to victories at the Meadowlands Grand Prix and the Mid-Ohio 200, it is presented in its original livery with a period correct Cosworth Ford DFX engine.
A 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO is the star attraction as Bonhams makes its annual pilgrimage to Belgium for the Zoute sale on 9 October. Delivered new to the former F1 team owner Walter Wolf, it was specified with wind-up windows, no air-conditioning and cloth insert seats and is due to receive a belts and fluid service by Schaltkulisse Engineering prior to sale at 25,600km (estimate €3,700,000 – 4,100,000).
[ Bonhams Zoute Sale – auction catalogue here ]
Artcurial’s Paris sale is led by a 52,143km 1969 Lamborghini Miura S that’s been owned by the consignor for the past 48 years. Ordered in white with a blue leather and velour interior, the current owner had it repainted red and changed the rear wheels for wider SV rims, although the original wheels have been retained and are included in the sale (estimate €900,000 – 1,400,000).
H&H returns to the Imperial War Museum, Duxford on 19 October with an impressive roster of more than 160 lots. Early highlights include a 1965 Aston Martin DB5, in single-family ownership since 1982 (estimate £450,000 – 550,000); a 1956 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe, offered at no reserve from the late Robert Riding’s Estate, the vast majority of which has been left to charity with the RNLI as the predominant beneficiary; and a 1955 Austin-Healey 100 modified to M-Specification by Donald Healey Garages from new and restored between 2003 and 2005 (estimate £90,000 – 100,000).
A rare right-hand drive 1983 BMW Alpina B2.8 goes under the hammer the following day at H&H’s inaugural Fast Road Sale at Duxford, listed at £39,000 – 45,000. Joining the Alpina is a 1964 Morris Mini Cooper S, built to FIA race spec with a 1293cc Swiftune engine and bills for over £35,000, that was driven by Bobby Rahal in the 2009 St Mary's Trophy race at Goodwood (estimate £45,000 – 55,000).
An ex-Works MG Metro 6R4 in iconic Group B Computervision livery has been consigned to Dore & Rees’ 8 October sale in Frome (estimate £260,000 – 310,000). ‘C874 EUD’ – one of only five works cars – started life as Austin Rover Motorsport’s test and development and recce car, before it was sold to Donald Milne who campaigned it to great effect, winning the Esso Scottish Rally Championship in 1991.
[ Dore & Rees – auction catalogue here ]
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