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The BMW 507 owned by the designer of the legendary model, Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, is to be offered at Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale on 1 December. The 1958 Series II example is one of only 252 built and is expected to achieve between £2,100,000 and £2,200,000.

The model is recognised as one of the most elegant cars ever created and was BMW’s answer to the legendary 300SL created by its rival marque, Mercedes-Benz. The 507 was a model driven by some of the biggest stars and important leaders of the time, including Elvis Presley, John Surtees, Ursula Andress, Prince Rainier of Monaco and the Aga Khan.

This example was bought by Count Albrecht Graf von Goertz, a German designer living in New York who had designed everything from furniture to fountain pens – but never a car. The 507 was his first automotive design, and was met with great acclaim. It was bought by von Goertz in 1971 and he owned it for more than a decade. It was extensively restored in 1990 and is in excellent condition.


The sale on 1 December is set to be one of Bonhams best yet, with highlights including:

  • The ex-David Coulthard/David Brabham, Le Mans 24-Hour race, GT class-winning 1993 Jaguar XJ220C Competition coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)


  • The 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly’ 3.8-Litre Sports-Racing Two-Seater (£2,200,000-2,800,000)


  • The ex-Martin Brundle, V12-engined, 1985 Jaguar XJR6 Group C Racing Coupé (£2,200,000-2,800,000)


  • 1966 Aston Martin DB6 4.2-Litre Short Chassis Volante (£1,400,000-1,600,000)


  • 1966 Ferrari 500 Superfast Series II Coupe (£1,300,000-1,400,000)


  • 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer (£750,000-850,000)




1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer (£330,000-390,000)


A 1924 Vauxhall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer, recognised by many as the finest British sports car of the vintage era, originally owned by Hari Singh, the last Maharajah of Kashmir, is one of the highlights of Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale on 2 December. It will be transported by Straight Eight Logistics to be put on display at 101 New Bond Street on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November.

The car is an incredibly special example of its kind, as the Maharajah – a particular and exacting ruler – wanted it to be as symmetrical as possible. He ordered an extra handbrake on the passenger’s side, a door on the passenger’s side (non-standard) and a split windscreen, though he drew the line at two steering wheels. The car passed through several important owners in India, Pakistan, the USA and the UK, including the legendary car collector and master watchmaker George Daniels and Ed Roy, an influential Bostonian in the motoring world and president of the Vintage Sports-Car Club of America.

Hari Singh is one of the most important figures of Kashmiri history and is known as both a highly progressive ruler and the man who sparked the first Indo-Pakistan war. After a ‘colourful’ youth – he was once forced to pay nearly £300,000 to a Parisian courtesan as blackmail – he acceded to the throne of Jammu and Kashmir in 1925 and made quick changes to laws that he considered outdated and cruel. He made primary education compulsory, outlawed child marriage and allowed all lower castes access to places of worship.

When British rule came to an end in 1947, the princely state of Jammu and Kashmir had the unusual option to join either Pakistan or India, or remain independent. In an attempt to maintain independence and power for as long as possible, Singh tried to play India and Pakistan off against each other, resulting in widespread protests. Rulers of states such as Kashmir were expected to respect the general wishes of their population, but Singh, a Hindu, leant towards India in spite of Kashmir’s Muslim majority. Pashtun tribesmen from Pakistan invaded Kashmir and defeated Singh’s forces in an attempt to seize the state during this period of uncertainty, prompting Singh to appeal to Prime Minister Nehru for help. Nehru agreed, but only on the condition that Singh would accede to India. To avoid further bloody conflict, Singh reluctantly obeyed.

Sholto Gilbertson, Department Director, commented: ‘This is the finest 30-98 ever offered by Bonhams, and its rare aluminium body and extraordinary specification makes it one of the most important examples in existence. Its fascinating history only adds to the significance of this motor car, and we look forward to offering it at our Bond Street sale.’

Bonhams London to Brighton Sale


This car built using only a weekly magazine instructions will be offered at Bonhams London to Brighton Sale and transported by Straight Eight Logistics. 

On 2 November, Bonhams will offer the oldest known example of the 1900 ‘English Mechanic’ 3HP Two Seater, a highly unusual motor car that was designed as a ‘build it yourself’ vehicle with assembly instructions that were published each week in the English Mechanic in January 1900.

The tuppenny magazine was one of the earliest popular motoring magazines, and in 1900 it began a series called A Small Motor-Car and How to Build It.’ The series was published over 31 weeks, and ranged from engine drawings to cylinder cast patterns, everything a young motoring enthusiast needed to build their very own vehicle.

The author built his own car along with the instructions, which subtly changed as he discovered practical flaws in his work. He remained anonymous until the beginning of August –by which stage you should have had a full chassis, running engine, and the makings of a body– when he revealed himself to be a 29-year old engineer called Thomas Hyler-White.

Several English Mechanic cars were built – this is oldest known survivor – but for many years, nobody was quite sure what this example was. It was discovered in 1921 in a field in Kent and had been lying there for so long that a tree had grown through the chassis. It was assumed to be a Benz thanks to its single-cylinder engine and was entered under that name in the London to Brighton Run in 1928. It sadly fell by the wayside but managed to finish in both 1929 and 1930.

The owner eventually decided that his veteran probably wasn’t a Benz, and that it was more likely an example from the French marque Hurtu. This identity stuck until well after the war until a real Hurtu of similar vintage was unearthed, and the owner had to think again. It wasn’t until the 1950s that the English Mechanic was correctly identified by its then owner who gave it a much-needed restoration.  

In the 1960s it was acquired by the current owner’s father who used it for the Run every November. On the Run in 1972, the owner pulled up at a garage in Redhill where he chanced upon an 85-year-old mechanic who happened to have been a boyhood friend of none other than Thomas Hyler White, the man behind the car’s construction instructions. ‘We built our on bicycles before the turn of the century, and Hyler-White managed to create a steam engine for his.’ he recalled.

This is the oldest example of the first ever ‘D.I.Y’ motor car in British history, and is set to be a star of Bonhams auction on 2 November and the London to Brighton Run on the 4th – the world’s longest running motoring event.

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S8L December News

Read what the Straight Eight Team have been up to this year and what is in the pipeline for their fleet in 2018 here.

London Classic Car Show Transport Deal

For 2018 we have teamed up with Brand Events, organisers of The London Classic Car Show, to offer exhibitors from Salon Retromobile (7th-11th February 2018) in Paris the opportunity to transport their vehicles directly to The London Classic Car Show (15th – 18th February 2018), giving exhibitors of both shows the maximum opportunity to reach clientele on both sides of the channel.

Our transporters will load vehicles at Retromobile on the Sunday evening (11th) and deliver directly into Excel London for the LCCS on Tuesday (13th).

Not only do we transport the cars, but our team take care of all vehicle delivery passes and paperwork for the inbound and outbound journeys on your behalf and we work closely with Brand Events regards to delivery slots at ExCel. Our team will set up and position the cars to your preferred stand plan and at the end of the show our staff on the ground will visit the stand prior to close of the event to do a full vehicle handover with you, collect the keys and confirm delivery times, leaving you to walk away at the end of the show knowing your vehicles are being taken care of, so you are free to follow up on sales leads and close those deals!

If you or your clients are interested in a quotation for this combined show/transport offer for London Classic Car Show from Retromobile or would like to discuss your requirements in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact us on +44 (0)2035 404929.

All correspondence is subject to our Conditions of Carriage. For more information on exhibiting at LCCS please visit www.thelondonclassiccarshow.co.uk.

HGV Class 1 Driver? We’re Hiring!

Straight Eight Logistics transport high value; Classics, Vintage, Race & Prestige Vehicles, across the UK & Europe using enclosed car transporters. Your role will be to not only drive the transporters from place to place but carefully load and unload the vehicles.

The job will entail a mixture of long distance driving and short UK jobs. Long distance jobs will involve long periods away from home, including many weekends. Many of the cars we transport are for Racing, Rallies & Events, and therefore involve weekends. Please do not apply if this will not suit you or your family.

Due to the nature of the work it is necessary for the applicant to be in easy commuting distance from our base near Southampton, Hampshire.

Qualifications / Experience Required

The successful applicant must hold a current HGV Class 1 licence; have completed all of their Driver CPC’s and hold a current valid Passport. As members of the Road Haulage Association we will provide all training necessary to ensure the correct and safe loading of our customer’s vehicles.

The successful applicant will be technically able and happy to use e-mail and android devices for delivery notes and have a personable professional manner with customers. Salary dependent on experience.

Please send your CV to transport@straighteightlogistics.com if of interest. We look forward to hearing from you!

Last minute availability for November haulage & events

Tuesday 14th November – Single vehicle transporter returning to the UK from Switzerland could collect vehicles from South West Germany, Belgium, Northern France. Space available inbound only.

Week Commencing 20th November – Multi vehicle transporter heading to Western France (Brittany, Bordeaux). Spaces are available inbound and outbound.

Friday 24th November – Multi vehicle transporter heading to Austria and returning back to the UK. We are able to collect/deliver from Northern Italy/Southern Germany/Switzerland/Austria. Spaces available outbound and inbound.

HERO Le Jog – (8th – 12th December)
As transport partners for this rally, we will have transoporters avaliable for one way and return transportation. If you require a quote or transporting vehicles to Lands End or back from Wick, please contact the Straight Eight office directly on either +44 (0) 203 5404 929 or transport@straighteightlogistics.com

Please note that with empty legs the transporter will follow a pre-determined route and schedule; cost is dependent on the number of vehicles making up the load. If your vehicle requires a specific collection/delivery date or time, a dedicated trip is advised.

All correspondence is subject to our Conditions of Carriage.

The final countdown…

Straight Eight Logistics are the official logistics and transport partners for the Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham (10th-12th November 2017) and Race Retro, to be held at Stoneleigh Park early next year (23rd-25th February 2018).

Next weekend the NEC will come alive with over 2,500 classic cars and bikes displayed across the show. Boasting the UK’s largest indoor autojumble and trader village, the show will also feature the Meguiar’s Club Showcase, The Wheeler Dealers Live stage with Discovery Channel, The Lancaster Insurance Pride of Ownership and the Restoration Theatre. Silverstone Auctions’ will be returning to the show once again with their two-day weekend sale as well as the ‘Drive a Classic Car Experience’ brought to you by HERO Events Ltd.

If you are yet to confirm your transport arrangements, or require transportation for any new auction purchase from the show, please contact us in the Straight Eight office directly on +44 (0) 2035 404929 or email transport@straighteightlogistics.com with your requirements.

For more information and tickets visit: Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show


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