Classic Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia

Classic cars and motorcycles can include any models dating back to the development of the modern automobile at the end of the 19th century. Vintage models are often desirable due to their design as well as engineering with cars by the likes of Ferrari, Alfa Romeo and Mecedes-Benz regularly commanding high prices at auction.

In addition to the vehicles themselves, automobilia is a popular collecting area and categories include items such as petrol pumps, enamel signs and car badges. Radiator mascots, particularly the highly-recognisable designs by René Lalique in the 1920s and 30s, are particularly sought after.


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Car badges make a statement at auction

02 May 2022

Charterhouse (25% buyer’s premium) has been holding auctions of classic cars, motorcycles and automobilia for nearly 20 years.

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Heuer helps rally timing

02 May 2022

Described by Bonhams (15% buyer’s premium) as “the ultimate in rally equipment from the 1960s”, a pair of stopwatches mounted on an original Heuer plate intended to be attached to the dashboard of a racing or rally car received a suitably enthusiastic response.

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BP battered but still four figures

02 May 2022

‘Significant damage and rust’ was spot on as a catalogue description when it came to an enamel sign sold at Cotswold Auction Company (22% buyer’s premium) on February 8. It was a mess.

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Automobilia and petroliana: Pump action at auction

02 May 2022

While classic, vintage and antique cars have a sizeable collecting market, the wider worlds of automobilia and petroliana also attract dedicated enthusiasts with plenty of auctions featuring a variety of lots.

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Shell posters sure to create interest wherever they sell

02 May 2022

The You Can Be Sure Of Shell adverts are some of the most familiar and renowned examples in British graphic design.

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Herry motors on at Antikbar

02 May 2022

This London Transport poster for the Motor Show that took place from October 17-26, 1935, in Olympia, west London, was designed by Heather Perry – known as Herry Perry (1897-1962). It was printed by The Dangerfield Printing Co, London.

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Monaco Deco design

02 May 2022

French illustrator Robert Falcucci (1900-89) was famous for his graphic works of the Art Deco era – particularly the Monaco Grand Prix posters.

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Rolls-Royce ecstatic at sales figures

02 May 2022

Spirit of Ecstasy has adorned the bonnet of every Rolls-Royce motor car since February 6, 1911.

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Lalique mascots add a touch of glass

02 May 2022

Lyon & Turnbull notes that while mascots made no functional contribution to a car, they “certainly added style, and generally have fared better over time than the cars to which they were mounted”.

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Archer car mascot points way to luxury

02 May 2022

Ewbank’s (24% buyer’s premium) held a dedicated Cars, Motorbikes, Scooters & Automobilia auction on December 2 in Send, Woking.

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Stork flew from planes to cars

02 May 2022

Top price among a selection of car mascots offered in Newcastle came for a design in honour of the French aviator George Guynemer.

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Plea to help find stolen René Lalique car mascot

03 March 2022

A dealer whose René Lalique car mascot was stolen from a fair is offering a reward for its return.

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Toys & collectables: Mini drivers power into saleroom

31 January 2022

Pedal cars are regular visitors to salerooms but rarer powered versions were also produced for children to use, partly for road safety training

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Cars of a fine vintage offered at auction in the south of France

08 November 2021

A collection of vintage cars that have been stored in untouched condition in the cave of a wine grower/collector are coming up for auction at Ivoire Nîmes in southern France on November 16.

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The Ford Escort – a fairytale gift

05 July 2021

This Ford Escort once owned by Diana, Princess of Wales, has been bought by a museum in Chile.

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Automobilia: Dominions sign gets into gear

04 January 2021

Petrol-themed enamel signs do not get much better than that made to promote British Dominions Empire Motor Insurance in c.1912.

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British Dominion: rare petrol pump globe makes £23,000 at Richard Edmonds

16 November 2020

Every collector of glass petrol pump globes – or lenses as they are known in the US – hopes to own examples by the classic big brands: BP, Shell, Esso and the like.

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Pump action in Wiltshire

20 April 2020

Richard Edmonds (20% buyer’s premium) in Chippenham, Wiltshire, has sold some very rare British petrol pump globes in the past year – including a globe for the little-known brand Dominion (£13,000 in November).

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The web shop window: a 1932 classic British motorcycle

23 March 2020

Thousands of items are available to buy from dealers online. Here we pick out one that caught our eye this week.

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Bonhams expands in Germany with new classic car auction

03 March 2020

Auction house Bonhams has picked The Schloss Dyck Classic Days Festival as the location for a new classic car auction in Germany.

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