Kennedy featured Cadillac to get auctioned July 10

vcsPRAsset_3053006_62873_f7613c75-eb69-40eb-986e-bfca86c533ae_0-1H&H Classics are selling a 1949 Cadillac that comes freighted with the astonishing Kennedy clan history, a presence at the wedding of JFK and Jackie, at the baptism of their children, his presidential inauguration and at JFK’s funeral following his assassination in 1963, a story that still perplexes and fascinates the world.

The Cadillac will be sold at H&H Classics Chateau Impney July 10 in the Midlands for an estimated £35,000 to £45,000.

The car was owned by the Archbishop of Boston, Richard J. Cushing (1895-1970), a close friend of the Kennedys (who were Catholics). He officiated at the marriage of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 and he baptized many of the Kennedy children and gave the prayer invocation at JFK’s presidential inauguration in 1961. Cushing also led the religious ceremony at President John F. Kennedy’s funeral in 1963. Research indicates that this car would have carried the Cardinal to all these happy and sad Kennedy events.

Cushing was known for his very liberal views on Catholicism which led him on occasion to openly disagree with the Vatican. He was made a Cardinal in 1958 by Pope John XIII.

The 1949 Cadillac 75 Fleetwood 5-passenger Sedan has a 160 hp 5.4 litre V8 engine. Only 220 cars of this type were made and this is number 103. It is finished in black with a beige/brown cloth interior with wooden trim, and whitewall tyres and has a 4-speed Hydra-Matic (automatic) gearbox. The car is fitted with electric windows and it still has the original radio. It was one of the last Cadillacs with ‘Turret-Top’ styling. The car is well restored, is in excellent condition and will turn heads at shows or on the road because of its fascinating history and massive size – 5,7 meter (226 inches) length, 1,83 meter (68,5 inches) height and 2 meter (82 5/16 inches) width.

This historic car’s second owner was Mrs Jeanne Klonel and her son Mr Ronald S Klonel from Indiana. Around 2000, Ronald Klonel sold the car to a collector from Finland, who in turn sold the car to the present owner in 2004. The Finnish registration document stated that the car was once owned by the archbishop, who led the JFK funeral ceremony.

There is a copy of a letter from the Cardinal in the car’s files, dated 1968, to Mrs Jeanne Klonel, stating: ‘I pray that you may enjoy this possession for many more years and that it will carry you safely wherever you go’. He also apologised that it was just a brief letter, because he was still mourning  the death of Robert F. Kennedy who had been buried only a few days earlier.

Martin van der Zeeuw, H&H Classics agent in Holland who found the car, says: “Every now and then one comes across a car that is particularly interesting not just for its engineering or design or any other physical reason but because it casts a light onto our own human history. And this is one such car, its very close links with the remarkable, brilliant, tragic Kennedy family, makes it an object of particular and historic interest.”

The car comes with a large file of its history.


Prince’s AM Lagonda to cross auction block April 20

Aston Martin Lagoda

1954 Aston Martin Lagoda drophead coupe

The car that won Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd its first Royal Warrant, the magnificent 1954 Lagonda 3 Litre Drophead Coupe that H&H will be offering for sale by public auction on April 20th 2016 at IWM Duxford, Cambs was built to the special order of HRH, The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Finished in a bespoke shade of Edinburgh Green matched to Grey leather upholstery, the luxurious four-seater Convertible was 1 of just 20 MK1 cars made and used by The Duke of Edinburgh for personal transport up until 1961. A regular at The Thursday Club where fellow members comprised the likes of Baron Nahum, David Niven, Peter Ustinov and Francis Bacon, Prince Philip drove the Lagonda to Cowdray Park for polo matches and Cheam prep school to drop off Prince Charles.

The estimate of £350,000 to £450,000 is arguably three to four times what an ordinary Lagonda 3-Litre DHC would be worth. The Lagonda has covered some 50,000 miles from new.

Prince Philip took the Lagonda on a tour of The Commonwealth in 1956-1957 and so there are numerous photos of it at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics and elsewhere. The 3-Litre is also featured in several Pathe News films and countless newspapers and magazines from the period.

Damian Jones, H&H Sales Manager, comments: “This car is part of our history. The accompanying paperwork beggars belief. There is an amusing story about Prince Phillip driving Her Majesty through London in this car and being held up by a policeman on point duty directing traffic. When the policeman saw who was in the Lagonda he did a double take and swiftly waved them on.”

As well as such non-standard extras as a power hood and floor-change gearbox (both subsequently adopted for later production examples), the 3 Litre Drophead Coupe featured an extra vanity mirror – reputedly for HM, The Queen to adjust her hat – and a radio telephone. The latter necessitated The Duke of Edinburgh being allocated his own radio frequency by The Admiralty. Able to speak to Buckingham Palace via a Pye relay station in North London, Prince Philip apparently took delight in making surprise calls to his Wife and disguising his voice when in conversation with Prince Charles or Princess Anne.

Doubtless keen that the Convertible should never ‘fail to proceed’ in public, Aston Martin Lagonda despatched staff to The Royal Mews and Windsor Castle on a sometimes weekly basis during The Duke of Edinburgh’s seven-year ownership. Loaded aboard the Royal Yacht Britannia for Prince Philip’s Tour of the Commonwealth during 1956-1957, the 3 Litre Drophead Coupe was greeted in Australia by one of the firm’s most senior engineers, Tony Tocock, to ensure that it did not disgrace itself at the Melbourne Olympics. Dunlop similarly went to great pains to ensure that all its Australasian branches were stocked with suitable tyres.

A spirited driver who held the unofficial record for the 98-mile run between Bath and London whilst still a Naval Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh was not averse to ‘making up time’ aboard the Lagonda if late for an official engagement. The car with which he and The Queen opened the M1 motorway, the 3 Litre Drophead Coupe made quite an impression on those who encountered it including a traffic policeman who once inadvertently held the Royal Couple up and was suitably grateful when his faux pas was greeted with good-natured laughter.

The Alvis TD21 Drophead Coupe with which Prince Philip replaced the Lagonda in 1961 has yet to be released and is currently on display at Sandringham. Indeed, the 3 Litre Drophead Coupe is thought to be the only one of his personal cars (as opposed to pool cars to which he had access) to be in public hands. The Lagonda’s second private keeper, Mr Rogers of Newmarket, wrote to Buckingham Palace on several occasions in an attempt to acquire it but a direct sale was declined.

The vendor was recommended to Mr Rogers as a suitable custodian by Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd because of the number of significant Lagonda motorcars he had owned (such as one of the ex-Works 1939 Le Mans Team Cars) and became the Convertible’s third private owner in 1977.

A switch on the dashboard and aerial are all that remains of the radio telephone system but The Queen’s additional vanity mirror remains in situ as does almost all the original leather upholstery. In addition to a bodywork restoration and repaint in its correct shade of Edinburgh Green undertaken during 1990, the Lagonda was treated to a thorough engine overhaul, back axle refurbishment and the fitment of overdrive some ten years ago. Part of a significant private collection for nigh-on four decades and reunited with HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh at a REME event in 1999, this singularly historic 3 Litre Drophead Coupe has recently been serviced and is thus said to be ‘on the button’. Offered for sale with copy factory build sheet and service records citing HRH, The Duke of Edinburgh as its purchaser plus a wealth of fascinating documentation, it is estimated at £350,000 – £450,000.

Barris’ Super Van to cross Barrett-Jackson auction block



He was the zany creator of many custom vehicles and now George Barris’ converted 1966 Dodge Tradesman A-100 van, know as the Super Van for a movie, will soon cross the Barrett-Jackson auction block with no reserve upon it.


According to the website, it was originally designed by Barris as “The Love Machine” and reincarnated by him for the movie “SuperVan” according to his website originally known as “Vandora.” It was used for many movies and TV shows after that, such as the Hill Valley Transit bus (where it was painted green) in “Back to the Future II,” “Sea Quest” and the 1970 movie “Solar Crisis” as a white vehicle in the last two flicks respectively. The van has been completely restored to its “SuperVan” look and has since been signed by George Barris.

Around 2003, the Guild of Automotive Restorers began a restoration on the van that brought it back to its Super Van configuration.

Power comes from a 318 inch, 8-cylinder engine that mates to a 3-speed manual tranny.

SuperVan_03_1000In the “van era” Barris paid more attention to the interior where he included a rotating circular bed, a U-shaped sofa, color TV, a French-style telephone, tape recorder, crystal chandelier and copious amounts of plush carpeting and solar panels.

Sporting more glass than a greenhouse or the AMC Pacer’s fishbowl shape, the front windshield lifted up entirely in one piece as did the side glass.

Courtesy photos from and websites.


Transformer movie truck up for auction at Barrett-Jackson

1992 Peterbilt Optimus Prime Transformer (Courtesy Barrett Jackson photos)

1992 Peterbilt Optimus Prime Transformer                                      (Courtesy Barrett Jackson photos)

There’s a lot of interesting metal ready to move at the upcoming Barrett Jackson auctions in Arizona.

For movie fans, right up there will be this 1992 Peterbilt from the “Transformers” movie that was Optimus Prime®.

According to legend on the B-J website the movie’s director was smitten by the lines and size of the truck, even through he know he would face intense criticism for his choice, in the same way he did for selecting a GM Camaro in place of the original VW Beetle that was known as the beloved robot Bumblebee. Both of Bay’s picks ended up enthralling new audiences as well as diehard fans of the sci-fi series.

The more aggressive truck, was also used as Bay’s tip-of-the-hat to Steven Spielberg’s 1971 film, “Duel.” This vehicle is one of the tractors used, it was a picture and stunt vehicle and is being sold “as-is” and “with all faults” and is subject to execution of a Paramount Waiver. Of course, it may not pass emissions in your town or state and is not currently street legal.

The truck’s bonafides are below:

VIN 1XP5DB9X1ND320786
Exterior Color BLUE/RED FLAMES
Interior Color BLACK/RED
Cylinders L6 DIESEL
Engine Size 14.6L
Transmission MANUAL

Lando ‘Defender 2,000,000’ gavels for £400,000 at Bonhams Charity Auction

Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

 London – A one-of-a-kind Land Rover Defender sold for a record £400,000 at a prestigious charity auction at Bonhams tonight, from which all proceeds are being donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners. This is the thought to be the most valuable production Land Rover ever to be sold at auction.

The unique vehicle, the two-millionth of the iconic Series Land Rover and Defender models manufactured at Land Rover’s Solihull plant since 1948, was sold to a bidder from Qatar. The vehicle was built in May 2015 by an all-star cast of brand ambassadors and people from Land Rover’s history including Bear Grylls, Virginia McKenna OBE and Stephen and Nick Wilks, sons of the founders of Land Rover. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to Land Rover’s humanitarian and conservation partners: the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), who will use the donation to help communities in South-East Nepal to improve how they tackle natural disasters, and the Born Free Foundation who plan to use the funds to support the ‘Project Lion Rover’ wildlife conservation initiative in Meru National Park, Kenya. The project provides critical equipment to help protect lions and other wildlife and establishes education and community involvement to tackle issues such as snaring and poaching.

Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Roadster to hit auction block Feb. 18-21 in London

vcsPRAsset_3053006_62613_5c1c3af8-cb4a-4909-a21a-516e56fb0113_0As usual H&H Classics will bring along some motoring magic to the London Classic Car Show which takes place at ExCel London on 18 – 21 February.

H&H Classics stand, number C170, will have a number of exciting cars on display. The first to be revealed is a special 1961 Jaguar E-Type 3.8 Competition Roadster, 9VPD, the very first of the E-Type competition cars.

Finished in Opalescent Dark Blue livery the 1961 Jaguar Roadster is estimated to sell for  £700,000 – 900,000 at H&H Classics Duxford sale on April 19-20. This is the venue which saw the company last October join one of only five classic car auction houses to sell a car for over $10m.

The E-Type 9VPD coming to the London Classic Car Show has an interesting history. After a careful comprehensive work the re-born ‘9VPD’ returned to the track for the July 2005 Silverstone Classic Festival. In July 2006 it finished 4th at the Le Mans Classic (behind two Ford GT40s and a Cobra), the E-Type won its class during the Spa 6-hours that same year with Richard Attwood joining Steve Markey and Radical ace Austin Kinsella behind the wheel.

It was the first Jaguar home during the Legends race which preceded the 2007 Le Mans 24 hours and paid tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the Coventry marque’s famous 1957 victory, ‘9 VPD’ made its Goodwood Revival debut that season too with Rauno Aaltonen co-driving alongside Steve Markey. A regular at the Goodwood Revival, Le Mans Classic and Spa since then, chassis 850007 has also been helmed by the likes of Emanuele Pirro, Marc Gene and Tony Jardine.

Overseen by Jaguar’s Engineering Director Bill Heynes and supplied to favoured teams on Lofty England’s say so, the seven right-hand drive Roadsters built to Project ZP 537/24 specification were the very first E-Type competition cars.

Upgraded by the Competition Department at Browns Lane, the septet had particular attention paid to their running gear: increased compression ratio, gas flowed cylinder head, lightened flywheel, competition clutch springs and close-ratio gearboxes.

One of two cars earmarked for John Coombs – the other five being distributed among Tommy Sopwith, Peter Berry and Sir Gawaine Baillie – chassis 850007 was completed on 29th March 1961 but not officially road registered as ‘9 VPD’ for another four months (21st July 1961). Typically used as the Coombs team’s paddock car whilst its sister machine ‘4 WPD’ (chassis 850006 which became the first ‘Lightweight’) performed most of the racing duties, ‘9 VPD’ took to the track for the Scott Brown Trophy on 23rd July 1961.

Le Mans – ‘Spirit of La Sarthe’ Trophy presentation on the H&H Classics stand:

H&H Classics will be hosting the Presentation of the ‘Spirit of La Sarthe’ Trophy to racing driver David Clark on Friday 19th February at 5.00pm.  The trophy is awarded each year to the highest placed British team in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

A magnificent futuristic trophy designed by Julius Thurgood the ‘Spirit of La Sarthe’ features the iconic Dunlop Bridge that spans the Le Mans track.

David Clark was a Director of McLaren Cars F1 road car and race programmes from 1994-1998. He is a celebrated historic car dealer and racer, with a lifelong involvement in the historic car business and modern motor racing. In the past 20 years he has raced worldwide at all the historic motorsport blue riband events with considerable success.

The Trophy idea was dreamed up by Colin Pool and Michael Scott before Colin’s untimely death two years ago. Michael’s aim was to honour his friend and BRDC member Colin Pool who was secretary of the Club de Pilotes du Mans (an exclusive club of those drivers who’ve competed at Le Mans), of which he was a Director.


Tony Soprano’s Escalade ESV up for auction Nov. 12-19

Cadillac Escalade ESV used in The Sopranos on HBO

Cadillac Escalade ESV used in The Sopranos on HBO

In an ironic twist — that being just a few months after the release of a movie on a reputed mobster in Boston, aka Whitey Bulger — the notoriety of a TV movie mobster Tony Soprano — and the vehicle he drove that is up for auction Nov. 12-19.

According to the RR Auction house, the white 2003 Cadillac Escalade ESV used on screen by James Gandolfini in his iconic role was used during the last three seasons of the award-winning HBO series The Sopranos.

It was originally leased through Movie Time Cars Incorporated as one of two identical vehicles used in production, with this specific car used primarily for exterior shots including those showing Tony Soprano and his associates entering, exiting, and driving, as well as in shots where the car appeared in the scene during dialogue.

The Escalade represented Tony’s personal car and primary means of transportation, frequently used to show him going to and from his own driveway, meetings with members of the New York families, and the notorious landmarks of the Sopranos’ fictional universe like the Bada Bing strip club and Satriale’s Pork Store. It was also utilized in action sequences including the infamous chase from season five in which Tony, angrily trying to collect a debt, drives Phil Leotardo off the road and into a parked car

James Gandolfini has also prominently signed the interior of the Escalade twice in black felt tip, once inside the driver’s side sun visor, “Thanks for the truck, James Gandolfini,” and once on the panel above the glovebox, “James Gandolfini.” A decidedly unique, recognizable prop from one of the most acclaimed television series ever produced.

The car was leased directly to the production by Movie Time Cars Incorporated; the principal vehicles that were used on The Sopranos were either purchased by or leased to Soprano Productions Inc. by Movie Time Cars in New Jersey. The company was responsible for all storage, maintenance, and delivery of vehicles to filming locations during the entire course of production. The second Escalade, which was purchased directly by the production company, was mostly used for limited interior driving shots.


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