I am reprinting below an article from the ClassicCarsForSale.Co.UK website by renowned and well-respected journalist, Richard Hudson-Evans on the current state of the classsic car market.  I hope you may find it interesting.  I hope they don't mind me reprinting it too....

Latest market commentary from CCFS auction analyst Richard Hudson-Evans

Latest market commentary from CCFS auction analyst Richard Hudson-Evans

During the annual season-opening auctions in gun-toting Arizona, a 1958 Ferrari 250GT LWB California Spider sold at Gooding & Company for $8,250,000 (£5.2m) to become the week’s top seller and only just beating a $8,140,000 (£5.13m) 1960 250GT SWB Berlinetta ‘Competizione’ (digitally captured for you by photographer Eugene Robertson) at RM, where there were five Ferraris in the top ten.

Among  $2m+ valuations for Gooding cars at Scottsdale, a 1959 Porsche RSK Race-Spider realised $3,135,000 (£1.98m), a 1957 Maserati 150 GT Spider $3,080,000 (£1.94m), a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet A $2,750,000 (£1.73m), a 1933 Duesenberg Model J with Disappearing-Top $2,695,000 (£1.7m), a 1958 Ferrari 250GT Coupe Speciale £2,365,000 (£1.49m) and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante $2,035,000 (£1.29m). After two very confident sessions last Friday and Saturday, Gooding sold 100 or 95% of the 105 cars in their catalogue for a premium-inclusive $52.44m (£33.04m). There is clearly no shortage of seriously big bucks for top end stock.

$2,007,500 (£1.26m) was also available for a 1967 Shelby 427 ‘Semi-Competition’ Cobra at the Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix, where six more RM client cars broke the magic $1m barrier, a 1967 Ferrari 275GTB/4  at $1,842,500 (£1.16m), a 1938 Delahaye 135 MS Coupe $1,540,000 (£970,200), a 1966 Ferrari 275GTB $1,320,000 (£831,600), a 2003 Ferrari Enzo $1,320,000 (£831,600) and a 1954 Ferrrari 250 Europa Coupe $1,017,500 (£641,025). By the end of their top car focused event, RM had shifted 74 or 89% of their 83 car entry, 57 fewer than the 140 sold last year, although the $36.11m (£22.75m) RM sale total amounted to 42% more! Again, more evidence of strong and continued appreciation at the top end of the collector vehicle market.

During Bonhams’ second Arizona auction at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale last Thursday, when bidders from 28 countries contested 114 properties, buying 92 or 81% of them for $13.51m (£8.51m), twice as much as they did at last year’s debut sale, the international auction house sold a 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV from the Oldenburg Collection to a European collector for $1,215,000 (£765,450) and a 1930 Bugatti T46 Faux Cabriolet consigned by a British owner to a US collector for $951,000 (£599,130). Both bullish valuations, particularly in Sterling, I would suggest.

Again, four Ferraris also raced onto the Bonhams leader-board here too, led by a 1968 330GTS Spider with a $912,500 (£574,875) result, while a 1967 365 GTC Speciale, originally commissioned by Pirelli Tyre President Leopoldo Pirelli, made a world record $885,000 ($557,550). Also establishing a new record price for a Morgan model when sold for $230,000 (£144,900) was the actual 1964 London Motor Show exhibited +4 Coupe, one of only 26 of the Malvern-made Fixed Heads.

Following closely behind the European market leader’s record-breaking Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction at Bally’s Hotel and Casino on The Strip the preceding week, where a headlining 1939 BMW Rennsport 255 Kompressor bike sold to an American private buyer for $480,000 (£302,400), Bonhams US team’s January auctions realised in excess of $15m (£9.45m).

On the past form of this annual auctions bonanza in gun-toting Arizona, many more hundreds of prices for what will be mainly muscular American classics will soon pile up in my in-box from several days of high decibel Barrett-Jackson and Russo & Steele ‘drive-through’ hollering. Indeed, already filling my screen as it zapped across the B-J block accompanied by Bat-birds was the original 19 feet long, bubble-top ‘Batmobile’, which the Hollywood customiser George Barris created from a 1955 Lincoln Futura sourced for $1 in 1966.

So the story goes, the Bat-transformation took the ingenious Barris 15 days and $15,000 to complete, so that Adam West (‘The Caped Crusader’) and Burt Ward (his trusty sidekick ‘Robin’) could save the world in their comic-strip flier, which was famously equipped with lasers and could lay down eco-friendly smoke screens or oil slicks. By contrast, it took winning bidder, one Rick Champagne, a car collector from Phoenix, just a few minutes of abandoned bidding to part with $4.2m (£2.6m) and own what is claimed to be the original screen icon rather than one of the many look-alike publicity versions last seen in a cinema foyer near you. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mr Champagne plans to tear a wall down so that he can park his Bat-investment in the living room!

Outside the sanctuary of their excellent tea rooms, and if today’s icicles outside my window are anything to go by, our own 2013 season may well have a somewhat cooler kick-off at SWVA at Parkstone, just outside Poole, this Friday 25 January morning or ACA at King’s Lynn Saturday 26. Brrr, brrr. It may even be too cold for a pint...

Please see, for your interest, information on the RAC's two classic events this year.  The Spring Classic is already full but there are entrries available for their EuroClassic in September.




International Motor Sports Ltd is delighted to announce that places on its inaugural MSA Spring Classic, 27/28 April, have already reached the maximum capacity.

MSA Classics are market leading classic car tours in the UK and Europe, featuring fantastic driving roads, stunning scenery, places of interest and motor sport venues.

The MSA Spring Classic is a brand new event for 2013, taking place on the weekend of 27/28 April. Open to cars over 20 years of age, and based at the exclusive Celtic Manor Resort in South Wales, the MSA Spring Classic is a chance for you to brush off the cobwebs after the winter and enjoy a weekend of classic motoring around Wales and the West of England.

Unlike many classic car tours, the MSA Spring Classic involves no element of competition, ensuring a relaxed atmosphere and the opportunity to travel at your own pace throughout the day.

Andrew Coe, chief executive of event organiser International Motor Sports Ltd (IMS) commented: "We have been overwhelmed with interest in this brand new event and are delighted that our new venture has been so received so warmly by classic car enthusiasts. Entries only opened on 19 December and it is wonderful that the event is already full with 80 entries. We regret we are now in a position of having to turn away entries, but promise we will run the event again in 2013 with a larger number of entries available."

International Motor Sports' other classic tour, the 2013 MSA Euroclassic, will start from Liege in Belgium on Monday 9 September and travel through Germany and France, taking in challenging roads, beautiful cities and motorsport venues old and new, before culminating with a gala dinner in Luxembourg on Saturday 14 September.

In its 21st year, the MSA Euroclassic will be open to cars over 20 years of age, as well as a limited number of more modern cars, and will again boast dedicated breakdown assistance at all times along the route.

Regulations and entry forms for the MSA Euroclassic are expected to be available early in 2013.

For the latest updates and information, follow International Motor Sports Ltdon Twitter @IntMotorSports, join the conversations on Facebook at

For more information and photography, please contact International Motor Sports on 01753 765100.

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About the MSA Spring Classic

:: The 2013 MSA Spring Classic runs on 27/28 April.

:: The MSA Spring Classic is a non-competitive, scenic tour for classic

cars in Wales and West England, based at the exclusive five-star Celtic

Manor Resort.

:: There are no timings or penalties for not following the supplied route

and participants are free to travel at their own pace.

:: The route contains a number of check points, which are open for a

specified period.

:: Participants will be accompanied by a highly-experienced team of


About the MSA Euroclassic

:: The 2013 MSA Euroclassic will take place from 9-14 September.

:: The MSA Euroclassic is a non-competitive, scenic tour for past and present classic cars and modern classics across Europe, incorporating visits to museums, race circuits and other motoring and tourist-related locations en route.

:: There are no timings or penalties for not following the supplied route

and participants are free to travel at their own pace.

:: The route contains a number of check points, which are open for a

specified period.

:: Participants will be accompanied by a highly-experienced team of

officials and full breakdown support along the route.

About the organisers

:: IMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Ltd (MSA), the governing body of motor sport in the UK. Additionally, IMS is the organisation behind the Formula 1 British Grand Prix and Wales Rally GB.

For more information and photography, please contact:

International Motor Sports, tel 01753 765100.

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Tour Clasicos La Mancha

The Classic Car Club of Andalucia is pleased to announce it’s first ever 5-day, 4-night classic car Tour to La Mancha.

The event will start on Wednesday, March 20th from Malaga and will finish on Sunday, March 24th at the Port of Marina del Este.

The Itinerary is as follows:

Wednesday, March 20th. Depart Malaga, through the Montes de Malaga mountains. A coffee stop at the Alfarnate Inn.  On through Iznajar, crossing the Lakes and on to Cordoba.  Stay at first class 4-star hotel in the City.  Dinner will be organised and included at a top establishment. Secure parking & breakfast included.

Thursday, March 21st. Depart Cordoba. Cross the Montes de Toledo mountains then arrive Toledo.  Stay at luxurious & beautiful Hilton BuenaVista Hotel.  Secure parking and luxury rooms for all.  Cocktail reception & Gala Dinner at Hilton Toledo.  All included.

Friday, March 22nd. Free Day in Toledo. Explore City.  Evening Free. Maybe visit Michelin starred ‘Alfredos’ for dinner?  2nd Night at Hilton, Toledo.

Saturday, March 23rd. Depart Toledo. Head for Granada.  Arrive mid-afternoon. Stay in excellent 4-star Hotel. Secure parking & Breakfast included. Suggest free evening to explore amazing Tapas Bars & Flamenco of Granada.

Sunday March 24th. depart Granada.  Sensational drive & scenery south, crossing the Sierra Tejedas and the Parque Natural to Almunecar.  Finish in Port of Marina del Este.  Lunch in the Port to finish Sunday Afternoon.  One hour back to Costa del Sol.

Most days will include coffee stops, tapas and drinks stops etc.

As with all CCCA events, the onus will be on relaxed driving, outstanding scenery with equal importance given to Hotels, restaurants, food & wines etc.  Professional, International rally-style, Tulip Roadbooks will be supplied as per all CCCA events.

Entries open with the publication of this announcement.

Entries are available to all members of The Classic Car Club of Andalucia and invited clubs and others at the discretion of the Organisers.

Places are limited and will be accepted on a ‘First Come...” basis.

Acceptable cars include classic and pedigree sports cars and those of a type accepted into The Classic Car Club of Andalucia.

Entry Fees are not final yet but we envisage will be around €875 per car, i.e. for 2 people.  This will cover luxury hotels, parking, breakfasts, the Gala Dinner on Thursday and a top class restaurant on Wednesday night in Cordoba. Wines, beers, coffees etc will all be included on both nights.

The organisers reserve the right to make changes and amendments as necessary.

Entries will only be accepted with a deposit of 100€, payable into the CCCA bank account.  The balance of this entry fee can be paid in various amounts at any time provided the full amount is paid at least 4 (Four) weeks before the start date.

Deposits will be refunded in full should the event fail to happen.  Deposits will be refunded in full if withdrawal from the event is more than 6 weeks from the Start date.

Participants will be expected to supply their own ‘Get you home’ insurance or roadside breakdown assistance as the Organisers will not be able to provide this.

More information and Bulletins will follow in the coming weeks.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to confirm your participation.

Ian & Carol Giles

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Classic Car Club of Andalucia

Established in 2008

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