A selection of cars that have been auctioned before, and are now on offer/have been sold again. All show a marked increase in value:
1962 Aston Martin DB4 S4 – resto project – chassis DB4/831/R.
Sold in May 2008 as “barn find” for £ 67,500, it is offered by Bonhams (at Goodwood) in March 2015 with an estimate of £ 190k-£220k.
1981 BMW M1, chassis 4301336, sold with 6,592m on the clock in August 2009 for $147,800; with only 1,000m more, in less than six years, was sold by Bonhams in March 2015 for $605,000.
Porsche 911 Turbo once belonging to Al Holbert (chassis 930980-0608) was sold in March 2008 for $40,700; in March 2015, at Amelia Island: RM/Sotheby’s got $253,000 for it.
Once the euro’s fluctuation is taken into account, the real price (in the eyes of an European) has gone from € 26,462 in 2008 to € 239,275 this year. Value has increased nine-fold in seven years.
SHOWS Race Retro and TIGOSE Member news
The International Guild of Specialist Engineers at Race Retro 2015 (20-22 February) had a dedicated stand shared with its training partner, Emtec Colleges (which delivers the Guild’s Apprenticeship Programme) and bespoke automotive solution provider (and TIGOSE Member) Envisage Group.
Envisage: fellow stand-holder Envisage brought example pieces that their highly-skilled teams had hand-crafted, formed and welded together using traditional panel-forming techniques. Envisage offer solutions to support prestigious OEMs, ranging in project size, and including turnkey solutions. With core business capabilities including Technical Recruitment, Design, Engineering, Visioneering’s model making, Coachbuilt Manufacture (for low-volume), as well as expertise in CAD Technology, Envisage epitomises the depth and width of skills supported and promoted by TIGOSE.
Emtec Colleges, which also shared TIGOSE’s stand, was at hand throughout the weekend to offer advice to young enthusiasts and teenagers looking into carving out a career for themselves in a competitive and richly historical industry.
Laranca Engineering displayed its splendid BMW 3.0 CSL as well as a selection of motor sport parts manufactured for competitors and high blue-chip companies in the World Touring Car Championship, British Touring Car Championship, and for classic touring cars, among others.
Central Scanning demonstrated the latest Artec Eva handheld scanner and a Stratasys 3D printer as well as a Steinbichler Comet L3D 8M, doing ‘live’ scanning at the show; they also had the Porsche RS60 Spyder replica created after Central Scanning scanned the original in Germany and designed the wooden buck. The car has been manufactured using traditional craftsmanship complemented by 3D Technology.
Tandler Precision showed examples of a wide variety of crown wheel and pinions and gears that they have manufactured for historic and competition vehicles over the years.
Triumph specialist Jigsaw had two cars on their stand: one, the Le Mans Spitfire Evocation, is now being finished to customer’s specification with a view to competing later in the 2015 season. It is built to be eligible for MGCC Ecurie GTS, AMOC Equipe GTS or CSCC Classic K race series.
The second was a car that had not been seen for some years, the 1966 Modsports GT6, built by Chris Williams, which he campaigned in the Seventies, finishing 6th overall in the 1973 Modsports Championship. Shown as it was found, Jigsaw hope to have it out and about later this season and back with its fellow Modsports racers in the CSCC series.
BGMsport took a Ford RS200, Skoda Octavia WRC, Vauxhall Chevette HSR, Talbot Sunbeam Lotus, two Ford Sierra Cosworths and a Lotus Ford Cortina for much action outside on a live rally stage.
Steady Special Lancia Astura, a project managed and owned by Michael Scott
The ex-Ronald ‘Steady’ Barker 1934 Lancia Astura is unveiled by TIGOSE President and British designer Tony Southgate on the Motor Sport magazine stand at Race Retro.
Legendary road test driver and columnist Ronald “Steady” Barker, who sadly passed away last month, acquired the Lancia over sixty years ago, and is rumoured to have driven it to his interview with Autocar in 1955; he wrote about it in Motor Sport magazine and also raced it after shortening the chassis, giving it a lighter sportscar shell and a DB2 bonnet.
Central Scanning seminars
Central Scanning is touring around the UK with their 3D Scanners and 3D Printers and demonstrating them by doing morning conferences at different hotel locations. The morning will consist of presentations, live demonstrations of the innovative technology and then a chance for the delegates to get hands on with their scanners and ask their experts any questions they may have. The morning conference will include FREE hot/cold buffet breakfast, lots of freebies and a chance to win and head and shoulders 3D Print of oneself.
You can access all of their event locations and information via this link, where you can also register for your free ticket: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/central-scanning-limited- 7900598753
TIGOSE Member visits
There have been two visits to TIGOSE Member premises and workshops in March: one to Envisage and one to RS Williams. Both Members showed visitors around; there were short presentations about the work carried out by the hosts, as well as a brief seminar headed by Preferred Partner Dino Khan of Khan Thornton about R&D tax relief (very topical in the classic car restoration industry) as part of the RS Williams visit.
The next visit, to Crosthwaite and Gardiner’s workshop, will take place in April.