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August’s Auctions Update 2017

August is a time of great anticipation in the collectors car world, with much of it centered around the Pebble Beach Concours and the big three auctions staged by Bonhams, Gooding & Co. and RM Sotheby’s during ‘Monterey Week’ in California.

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Ferrari V12 – the engine that made Ferrari

An icon amongst icons, Ferrari’s ‘Colombo’ V12 had it all – cutting edge technology, race wins, plus a home in the most glamorous and sought after road cars Ferrari ever built. Throughout this guide we track its star-studded life.

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How to buy a classic – our handy guide

Whether a Fiat 500 or Ferrari 500 Superfast, most of us have hankered after a classic car – but how do you turn that dream into a reality? We’ve put together a handy guide on how to buy your very own classic car, whether buying privately, from a dealer or at auction.

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Track-only Hypercars – Part 3

In part 3 of our series we cast a beady eye over four track-only masterpieces from Maserati, Pagani, Lamborghini and McLaren. So, with no racing licence required, and possibly not even a driving licence either, let’s begin!

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The Jaguar XJ220 – when will it be appreciated?

By Dr Vincent van der Vinne, author of ‘Investing in Cars.’ The 1980s are characterized by economic stagnation, followed by recovery and then strong growth in the economy, with the stock exchange tripling in that decade. From the mid-1980s, money was spent like...

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JBR Capital supports Callum Ilott’s F2 debut

We were thrilled to support British racer Callum Ilott in his Formula 2 debut at Silverstone this weekend. Callum made his debut with Trident and impressed his team with his performance, despite having just a single 45 minute practice session to prepare and learn the car.

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Track-only Hypercars – Part 2

Welcome to part two of our stroll around the best cars that have been designed and built for non-competitive track use. Here is a run-down of Aston Martin’s track-only hypercars.

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Track-only Hypercars – Part 1

In our latest series we’ve taken a look at the ultimate toys – track-only hypercars. We kick off with a focus on Ferrari, from the FXX to the LaFerrari-based FXX-K.

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Maserati 3500 GT/GTi Spider – relatively inexpensive

Twenty years ago, in December 1996, Brooks auctioned a nice original Maserati 3500 GT Spider for £29,000. In February 2015 Artcurial sold one in similar condition for £620,000. Nevertheless, this model seems relatively inexpensive. Why, you may ask, is the Maserati 3500 GT/GTI Spider such an interesting car?

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CLASSIC EVENTS FURTHER AFIELD

Following our round-up of 2017’s classic and supercar events in the UK, here as promised is our pick of the best similar happenings abroad.

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Astons Auctioned

Bonhams’ 18th annual Aston Martin sale at Aston Martin’s spiritual home in Newport Pagnell on Saturday 13th May achieved over £5 million.

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The 6 best classic car events this summer

Perhaps the most lasting pleasure and the finest memories to be had from owning a classic car or supercar come from the camaraderie of ownership – meeting people with similar cars and passions. We’ve compiled our list of six of the best UK events you can enjoy with (or without) your classic car this summer.

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Bentley Fastback values – a decade of growth

Dr Vincent van der Vinne returns as our guest blog writer this week, and this time he offers his analysis on the phenomenal recent growth in values of the Bentley R-Type and S Continental Fastbacks, as well as some insight from two owners of these fine historic cars.

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ABARTH: THE PINT-SIZED SUPERCAR

Say hello to the Abarth 595 and 695. Yes, they’re based on Fiat’s cute and hugely popular 500 citycar, but nothing comes closer to being a baby supercar, especially if it’s a limited-edition gem of which Abarth has now turned out several.

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210 supercars gather for unique meet

On Sunday we were lucky enough to see 210 supercars on show at the Supercar Driver event. Highlights included a Chiron, two Veyrons, an XJ220, Enzo, F40, P1 and Aventador SV – but all of the cars looked spectacular as they lined up for a group shot on the runway.

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Is the significant interest in young Porsches sustainable?

By Dr Vincent van der Vinne, author of ‘Investing in Cars.’ In recent years there’s been a marked trend with increased interest in ‘young’ Porsche models, with a significant number being snapped up at auction. These cars are much in demand and, thankfully for buyers,...

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Lamborghini’s Supercars – Part 2

Here we continue to track the lineage of Lamborghini’s flagship models. As before, it was often a rocky road that the company had to follow, but Lamborghini battled through it all and continues to this day to produce some of the most beautiful and spectacular supercars ever made.

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Geneva International Motor Show 2017

The 87th Geneva International Motor Show (9-19 March) was filled with at least as much glamour and spectacle as any before it, but first a few personal notes and thoughts from JBR Capital’s COO Stephen Halstead.

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LAMBORGHINI’S SUPERCARS – Part 1: 1963 Miura to 1990 Countach

Following our blog on the ‘instant classics’ of 2016 – supercars that have attracted a significant premium as soon as they’ve been delivered – we bring you another that is both a stunning driving machine and one that’s proving to be a safe bet financially, at least for those who ‘got in’ early…

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ALTERNATIVE HYPERCAR TRINITY

ALTERNATIVE HYPERCAR TRINITY   In recent blogs we’ve brought you the lowdown on the most recent hypercar Holy Trinity, a 1960s Classic Trinity and, to complete a trinity of Trinities, another from the 2000s. The nine cars featured in those were an Aston Martin,...

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JBR AUCTION UPDATE – FEBRUARY 2017

Coinciding with the famous Retromobile show at the Porte de Versailles, three of the leading auction houses recently held their European season-openers in Paris: RM Sotheby’s, followed by Bonhams and then Artcurial.

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Meet us at the London Classic Car Show

We very much hope to see you at the show, which takes place at the Excel Centre on February 23-26. Our stand is B25, located close to the main entrance. If you have trouble finding it, look for the stunning Aston Martin DB4 Zagato we’re displaying on the stand.

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HOLY TRINITY OF THE NOUGHTIES

Having covered the recent Holy Trinity of hypercars, we then jumped back half a century to the Holy Trinity of the early 1960s, we now take a leap forward again to the 2000s, as we take a closer look at the Enzo Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz McLaren SLR and Porsche Carrera GT.

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1960s Classic Trinity

Prompted by the first episode of Clarkson, May and Hammond’s Grand Tour, last November we wrote a feature on the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 Spyder, aka The Holy Trinity. And that got us thinking about similar Holy Trinities of yesteryear.

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Our Top 5 Cars for 2017

Our Top 5 Cars for 2017 As car enthusiasts, we were spoiled for choice in 2016. Stunning supercars and prestige cars like the McLaren 570GT, Honda NSX and Bentley Bentayga were in high demand… and for good reason! 2017 promises to be just as exciting – read on to see...

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STUTTGART UTILITY VEHICLES: Mercedes G & GLS Test Drives

In the UK it’s generally thought that if you need a large and luxurious SUV that’s as capable on a muddy moorland track as it is in the badlands of Belgravia, then the preferred choice would likely be a Range Rover. Or possibly a Toyota Landcruiser…

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS: Revealing The True Worth

Following our blog on the ‘instant classics’ of 2016 – supercars that have attracted a significant premium as soon as they’ve been delivered – we bring you another that is both a stunning driving machine and one that’s proving to be a safe bet financially, at least for those who ‘got in’ early…

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Classic Car Finds

Ever dreamed of discovering a lost classic car? We spoke to eight car experts who did just that. They share their stories of memorable classic car finds.

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