The mystery of barn finds: A very special Bugatti trio in Belgium
Renowned sculptor August Thomassen's life unfolds like a cinematic script—health challenges, wartime escape, and a passion for art and Bugatti cars. Three hidden treasures, treated as art, were unearthed decades later, commanding high prices at auction.
In 1963, spurned by Ferrari, Henry Ford II birthed the GT40, a Le Mans conqueror. Led by Shelby and engineered in England, it defied European dominance. Initial setbacks fueled Shelby's audacity, morphing the GT40 into a powerhouse with a 7.0 engine.
Luigi Chinetti, a Le Mans champion, shaped Ferrari's destiny. From a triumphant 1949 victory to founding NART, he pioneered Ferrari's success in America. The iconic blue and white NART livery, a protest move in F1, marked a pivotal era.
Enzo Ferrari's quest for World Manufacturer's Championship led to the creation of the iconic Ferrari 250 GTO. Designed by Bizzarrini and perfected by Forghieri, it debuted in 1962, dominated GT racing, and showcased a potent V12 engine.
From driver to dominant team owner, Reinhold Joest's journey epitomizes motorsport success. With 15 Le Mans victories and a diverse car portfolio, Joest Racing's legacy continues in the ever-evolving world of racing.
English auctions in August-September: Bonhams shines with a 76.64% sale rate, while Iconic Auctioneers' bold shift yielded mixed results. A record-breaking Subaru steals the spotlight, but Bonhams surprises with century-old gems.