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The Retromobile show is just one day away. You will not only see the most fantastic cars for sale at the stands but also the Auction Houses will have some very interesting cars on the block. Last week Robin Batchelor made you fell in love with the amazing 1934 Alfa Romeo Tipo B P3, which will be the star of the RM Sotheby's action. And today Tony Hillyard will give his view on the auctions of Artcurial and Bonhams.

Artcurial Motorcar Auction;

Friday 10 February 2017, Automobile sale start at 14:00 local time

I’m not quite sure why the lots are arranged as they are with cars and motor cycles all mixed together, but there we are. There are 154 lots.
The star of the show for me has to be Lot 36, the 1919 Avions Voisin type C1. With the 3969cc 80 bhp four cylinder sleeve valve engine and a four speed gearbox. With her interesting history this hansom motorcar really deserves the very best of conservation. 

Location: Rétromobile hall 2.1, Ports de Versailles, Paris
More info, visit: www.artcurial.com

Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques de Monde. 
9th February 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris
Automobilia starts at 12:00, Motor cycles at 13:00 and Automobiles at 13:30

Bonhams, as always, have an interesting range of Automobilia including some beautiful bonnet mascots, some by René Lalique. Motor cycles with some impressive unusual bikes, including a Vincent Comet (500cc). The smaller engined sister of the popular 1000cc model.
When you look in the Automobiles section, one is spoilt for choice in this catalogue.  Talking of catalogues, Bonhams have a reputation for not only holding well organised professional sales their catalogues have become collectors items in their own right.  They are truly pieces of art, the photography is world standard.
 
As I say, an impressive line up. an interesting 1900 Benz Ideal vis-a-vis lot 324 formally of the Sharp collection. For my sins, I owned an early sleeve valve Panhard from that collection.
A very pretty 1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet , lot 326. Lot 332 offers a magnificent 1928 Hispano-Suiza 27HP T49 chassis court cabriolet. Best described as mouth watering.
Plus, perhaps one of the stars of the sale, lot 339 the 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2-seater sports.
For more information, go to: www.bonhams.com


Words by Tony Hillyard, photos by Artcurial/ Bonhams

Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques de Monde. 

[The grand makes of the world]

9th February 2017 at the Grand Palais in Paris.

 

www.bonhams.com

 

Warning:  There will be additional security at the sale venue.  No cases or back-packs bigger than A3 will be allowed into the sale.

 

Rates:  Cars 15% of hammer price + sales tax at 20% on the total.

 

Automobilia starts at 12:00 noon local time.

Motor cycles              13:00

Automobiles               13:30

 

Bonhams, as always, have an interesting range of Automobilia including some beautiful bonnet mascots, some by René Lalique.

 

Motor cycles, some impressive unusual bikes, including a Vincent Comet (500cc).  The smaller engined sister of the popular 1000cc model.

 

Automobiles, one is spoilt for choice in this catalogue.  Talking of catalogues, Bonhams have a reputation for not only holding well organised professional sales their catalogues have become collectors items in their own right.  They are truly pieces of art, the photography is world standard.

 

As I say, an impressive line up. no less than two Lancia Stratos lots 314 and 390. An interesting 1900 Benz Ideal vis-a-vis lot 324 formally of the Sharp collection. For my sins, I owned an early sleeve valve Panhard from that collection.

 

A very pretty 1930 Delage D8 Cabriolet , lot 326.

 

Lot 332 offers a magnificent 1928 Hispano-Suiza 27HP T49 chassis court cabriolet. Best described as mouth watering.

 

Plus, perhaps one of the stars of the sale, lot 339 the 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2-seater sports.

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Monday Mystery: a veteran racer at Rétromobile!

A veteran racer mystery at Rétromobile

It was in the mid nineties when I discovered an almost bare wooden triangular frame standing upright to the wall of an obscure old cars workshop in the inner city of Amsterdam. The frame had just a few attachments to awaken my interest. After asking what it was I heard it was from an early "car" and it was purchased in France and brought to Amsterdam by an antics dealer many years earlier with the intention to do the London to Brighton run. That never happened. The car was dismantled for transport and stored in two places. After showing my interest in buying the lot things went amazingly fast and the owner brought the seat, axles, engine, scuttle and water tank and so to the shop and a price was haggled. What had I done.... no rims, incomplete engine, incomplete all over and no plans to work from. Was it liable to do London to Brighton? Was I able to put it back together? and what exactly was it. I did a mock up to see how it would look like. The engine was made by "AutoMoto". Its a 600cc single cylinder engine with water cooled head. It has an automatic inlet valve (it is opened by suction of the piston). The transmission is a simple three pulley system. the operator just had to choose the right one before take of. There is a wooden/leather/steel cone clutch to disengage the engine from the driven rear wheel. the drive belt has a v-shape and is made from stacked leather layers that are riveted together by meaning of bronze rivets. Now for the identification I had only a printed business card of the maker nailed to the side of the bodywork. It simply says: "J Defrance Automobiliste Constructeur" and in handwriting "Quintenas" which is a little town in the Ardèche France. Now its so long in my possession and sleeping in a place not ideal for it so it is time to take it out. It will be on show at the PreWarCar.com - PostWarClassic.com stand at the Retromobile show in Paris.

Words and pictures by Jan Stellingwerf

If you want to see the car, please visit the PreWarCar.com - PostWarClassic.com stand (Hall 1, S016) at the Retromobile show. This fantastic show will be held from February 8th till February 12th in Paris, France.

   
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History SCOOP: Enzo Ferrari's first business years

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Just days prior to Rétromobile with a grand retrospective on 70 years of The Legend of Ferrari, PreWarCar.com is proud to present a fresh insight on the earliest years of Enzo Ferrari's entrepeneurship.  
Ferrari engineer and dedicated car historian Kees van Stokkum is about to publish a most thorough article with lots of new facts on the very first years of Enzo climbing his own designed marketing ladder. From the time Enzo describes himself as "a crying jobless poor half-had orphan on a bench in a Turin park".

While many bookshelves can be filled with books about Enzo and the fabulous cars he created, there are very few that focus on the very beginning of his business career. With surgical precision Van Stokkum has examined hundreds of books and articles on the subject. Based on what he learned he spent many weeks in the archives of Modena and surroundings and found lots of new historical material shedding new light on the early years. While there are many good and very good books, there are also many titles that merely refrase of what's earlier said. A nice trace to distinguish those is the name of one of Enzo's first employers (in 1919) Mr. Giovannoni (10 letters) as mentioned various times by Enzo (like in the biography Ferrari 80); translators of the book misspelled the name as Giovanni (8 letters). One can find this Giovanni in various later publications; slighly embarrassing at the least.

Regarding the first years Enzo has not been very clear in various interviews. This has been accounted for by at least two historians. Eraldo Sculati brought up the subject in the weekly Auto Italiana in a review of the book 'Le Mie Gioie Terribili' in 1963. Giulio Schmidt, author of The Roaring Races refers to an interview he had with Enzo. EF mentions that in 1920 he was near the Modenesa Via Fallopia nr. 2 and saw an advertising sign for FERT spark plugs and was surprised to discover that the agents for that make were E. Ferrari and G. Manzini. "In reality I was not involved with that venture". Giulio Schmidt interest was triggered by and advert in a local newspaper showing E.Ferrari - G. Manzoni. Of course this may have been a spontaneous gesture of Manzini and recognition for Enzo as found in Ferrari Rex by Luca Del Monte, but... 
Van Stokkum has found adverts from Manzini without and with Enzo Ferrari,  and now comes the hot cake. Had Enzo completely forgotten how he had started his local business in Modena? Or did he want to hide the truth, for whatever reason? (...) At 25 April 1920 Enzo with a companion Guido Manzini had registered Ferrari Manzini_Chamber_of_Commerce_800an enterprise at the Modenese Chamber of Commerce (File No. 10095). They had set up a shop at the Via Fallopia, Modena. ferrari manzini_gazetta_dell_emiglia_1920The partners represented FERT spark plugs, Moto Garelli motorcycles and C.M.N. motorcars. This is shown by various adverts of the period before and after the registration. Interestingly the official cooperation between Manzini and Ferrari lasted only 16 days! At the 11th May of the same year 1920 the Chamber of Commerce was requested to dissolve the company. Manzini found a new business partner. And as of the 1st of June EF went on with his own business 'Enzo Ferrari' (C.of C. File Nr. 10123) in the Via Pioppa.

It's a lovely detailed article which reads like a good video documentary. The full article including much-much more will appear in the March edition of Ferrari Marketletter.  

Alfa Romeo historian Simon Moore commented after a pre-read of the article: "Fabulous research!" and for those interested also added that Adolfo Orsi did some research into this period (focussing on Carrozzeria Emilia). There is an English language version of this article in the SAH Journal 273 (March/April 2015)

(with many thanks to Kees van Stokkum to grant us this prepublication, JB.
A preview of the first section of the article is to be found under Read More)
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What is it? Quiz #438 Fast and faithful, but not so glorious

Quiz #438 Fast and faithful, but not so glorious

The cars of this brand were “fast and faithful”. Thanks to a certain innovative dealer, that could make the cars faster than they originally were and raced with them. For the makers it was a pity that the same dealer decided to build his own cars after 1919, inspired by the makers’car. Quickly they started to loose clientele, also due to some tactical failures in their model range. When a leading car magazine described their latest car as  "The Last Scrap", it was the kiss of death for the company. The company was sold to another car maker, that already stopped two years later.

This car in particular had a 4-cylinder engine from another company.

Anyway we want you to tell us more about the car shown here. Give us your best shot regarding Make, Year & Type plus any (trivial) information you may have at hand. As you know the details often determine the winner! And as usual, also in 2017, take care not to use more than 100 words, send in your answer before Monday and don't forget to check the rules under 'Read more'.

 

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