- Unique coachbuilt ‘Boat Tail’ makes its first-ever public appearance at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 2 & 3 October 2021
- Boat Tail on view to guests and media for two days only on the Mosaic Lawn within the grounds of the Grand Hotel Villa d’Este, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy
- Exhibited four years after the first coachbuilt Rolls-Royce of the modern era, Sweptail, was launched at the same event in 2017
“It is a wonderful privilege to reveal this unique Rolls-Royce to the world for the very first time. Although images have been widely shared, the car itself has not been displayed in public before. The Villa d’Este Concorso d’Eleganza is the perfect occasion, bringing together leading international media alongside knowledgeable motoring experts and discerning luxury aficionados, on the glamorous shores of Lake Como. There is also a pleasing symmetry in that we launched the first coachbuilt Rolls-Royce of the modern era, Sweptail, at the 2017 event.
“It is a truly historic moment for the marque. We are leading a modern coachbuilding movement that takes the wider luxury industry into an entirely different space, where hyper-personalisation and contemporary patronage provide essentially limitless possibilities.”
Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars
Rolls-Royce’s coachbuilt masterpiece Boat Tail makes its global public debut at the prestigious Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 2 October 2021.
The car will be unveiled at 11.30 local time on the Mosaic Lawn by Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. It will then be available for guests and journalists to view for two days only, before returning to the privacy and seclusion that have surrounded it since it was formally revealed in May 2021.
Images of the car have been shared and admired around the world; however, this is the first time Boat Tail itself has been displayed in public. It is a unique opportunity for guests and journalists to examine the car’s remarkable coachbuilt construction and extraordinary Bespoke detailing, which were designed and hand-built at the Home of Rolls-Royce in a highly demanding technical and creative project lasting almost four years.
Boat Tail marks a seminal moment in the annals of Rolls-Royce, demonstrating the marque’s commitment to coachbuilding as a central part of its future direction and portfolio. It continues and accelerates a contemporary coachbuilding movement that began with Sweptail, the first coachbuilt Rolls-Royce of the modern era, which also made its first public appearance at Villa d’Este back in 2017.
Boat Tail represents a pivotal moment for the wider luxury goods sector. As a truly hand-built, one-of-a-kind creation, in which both the bodywork and interior are designed and produced to the client’s specification, Rolls-Royce Coachbuild redraws the boundaries of luxury and opens vast new possibilities for patrons of contemporary design and fine craftsmanship.
First staged in 1929 on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy, the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este is one of the most important and glamorous occasions on the international lifestyle calendar. Normally held in May, the 2021 event takes place from 1-3 October 2021, with Boat Tail presented to the world, for the first time, on 2 & 3 October only.
- Hagerty reveals the 10 models that have commanded the highest premium thanks to a big-screen appearance in a Bond blockbuster
- Report confirms an association with the spy franchise is enough to make car values soar
- A starring role in a James Bond movie added on average over 1000 per cent to the value of a car, with one particular vehicle being worth nearly 5000 per cent more
- A Mercedes-Benz used in No Time To Die offered for sale with a 38% premium before the film launches
- Aston DB5 described as the most famous car in the world only makes the fourth-place spot
- Two cars make the ‘best supporting actor’ nominations due to the fact they were never available on general sale
- Read the full report here
It was Auric Goldfinger in the 1964 James Bond movie who was said to have the Midas touch, but Hagerty has found that just an association with the spy franchise is enough to make car values soar.
Our valuation analysts compared the values of real Bond cars which were used during the production of the famous films to the prices of standard examples of the same model and found that a starring role in a James Bond movie added on average over 1000 per cent to the value of a car, with one particular vehicle being worth nearly 5000 per cent more than its road-going equivalent.
Because Hagerty monitors and tracks thousands of auction, dealer and private sales every year, we are able to compare the average sale price of a standard car with the sale price of the same model that has been used during movie making. We converted the prices using the exchange rate for that time, then compared it to the Hagerty Price Guide value for that year. Where the sale was before our records began, we arrived at a value through contemporary sales listings and other valuation resources.
In reverse order, Hagerty reveals the 10 models that have commanded the highest premium thanks to a big-screen appearance in a Bond blockbuster.
- 1971 Ford Mustang Mach 1, Diamonds Are Forever
Year of sale: 2004 Standard Hagerty Value: £9200 Bond Car Value: £12,650 Bond Premium: 37.5%
The red Ford Mustang Mach 1 driven by Tiffany Case certainly made a visual impact in the 1971 movie Diamonds are Forever, but it didn’t excite the buyers when offered for sale by Barrett-Jackson in 2004, failing to reach its reserve with a top bid of $23,000 (£12,650).
That was 37.5% more than a standard car was worth at the time, but the no-sale puts the car at the bottom of our list.
- 1991 Mercedes-Benz 190E, No Time To Die
Year of sale: 2021 Standard Hagerty Value: £6500 Bond Car Value: £8991 Bond Premium: 38%
This car is a strange one: it is currently for sale on classified advert site Car and Classic but it’s not yet been seen on screen, starring as it does in No Time to Die, the most recent movie in the franchise due for release on 30th September, and it doesn’t even feature in the trailers. Despite that, the value of this car is nearly 40% higher than a standard car – not a bad mark-up for something that, as far as we know, doesn’t have a huge role in the film.
- 1937 Bentley 4 ¼-Litre Gurney Nutting 3-Position DHC, Never Say Never Again
Year of sale: 2010 Standard Hagerty Value: £133,300 Bond Car Value: £221,500 Bond Premium: 66%
James Bond drove this car in a few scenes in the 1983 Warner Brothers blockbuster Never Say Never Again and it sold for £188,500 when it was auctioned by Bonhams in September 2004. Six years later, the car returned to the sale room, and this time Bonhams achieved £221,500 over two thirds more than a standard car of the time. This one was quite the star, however: not only did it have the Bond connection, but it also appeared in Magnum, P.I. and was a true concours example, having starred at Pebble Beach in 2003 following a restoration that reportedly cost in excess of $450,000.
- 1969 Aston Martin DBS-6, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Year of sale: 1978 Standard Hagerty Value: £3050 Bond Car Value: £8991 Bond Premium: 182%
James Bond has only been married once, and this was his wedding car. Used in a number of scenes in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service this green six-cylinder Aston Martin DBS was exported to Australia where it was sold in 1978 to the current owner, Sigi Zidziunas, who told ABC News in Australia, “It was advertised in the paper as an ex-film car, but I didn’t believe it, because — no offence — who believes used car salesmen?” Even then, it was expensive: advertised at $14,950 AUD, Zidziunas knocked him down to $14,200 – the equivalent of £8991. Standard cars in good condition were then worth £3050 according to contemporary guides: that’s a 182% premium.
- 2008 Aston Martin DBS V12, Quantum of Solace
Year of sale: 2012 Standard Hagerty Value: £70,000 Bond Car Value: £241,250 Bond Premium: 245%
Driven by Daniel Craig in Quantum of Solace this 2008 Aston Martin DBS was one of seven used for filming. Sold as a ‘collector’s item’, the auction house Christie’s warned potential buyers that they were responsible for ‘all tests and repairs and any other legally required formalities’ to turn it back into a road car. The caution did not deter buyers: it smashed its top pre-sale estimate of £150,000, selling for £241,250, some 245% over what a standard car was worth at the time.
- 1969 Mercury Cougar XR7, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Year of sale: 2020 Standard Hagerty Value: £55,500 Bond Car Value: £365,500 Bond Premium: 559%
The Contessa Teresa Di Vicenzo, also known as Tracy Bond, drove a stunning car throughout the 1969 Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service including the first scene which it shared with the Aston Martin DBS-6 described above. One of a reported four Cougars used for filming, it was sold at the Bonhams Bond Street Sale in London on 16th December 2020 for £365,500, smashing its pre-sale estimate of £100,000 to £150,000. That’s a huge 559% above the standard price for the model.
- 1965 Aston Martin DB5, Thunderball and Goldfinger
Year of sale: 2019 Standard Hagerty Value: £616,550 Bond Car Value: £4,677,850 Bond Premium: 759%
Billed as ‘The most famous car in the world’ when offered for auction in 2019 by RM Sotheby’s and the iconic Bond car, this was the real deal: one of two cars purchased by Eon Productions for the launch of Thunderball and then converted to ‘Q Branch’ specification for the movie Goldfinger. It sold just over its top estimate for $6.38m, or £4.67m, a mark-up of 759% over a standard DB5. In this case, provenance was everything: a similar DB5 that has been used as a stunt car in the filming of Golden Eye was sold by Bonhams the previous year, but it ‘only’ made £1,961,500, just over three times the value of a standard model. But still, it’s only fourth on the list…
- 2014 Land Rover Defender 110 Double Cab SVX, Spectre
Year of sale: 2018 Standard Hagerty Value: £35,200 Bond Car Value: £365,000 Bond Premium: 937%
Back in 2017, a well-known dealer took me to his storage barn, deep in the British countryside. Swearing me to secrecy, he took me inside and lifted a tarpaulin covering a very special Land Rover, one that had been used in the filming of the movie Spectre. Later that year, RM Sotheby’s sold one of these special Bond SVX Defender 110s for £230,000 and the following July, Bonhams sold another for £365,000. The timing was perfect: production of the original Defender had ended in 2016 but in 2018, the factory had announced a short run of 70th Anniversary specials. Demand for the model went sky-high. The price of the Bonhams Spectre Defender was nearly 940% higher than a standard 110 Defender, but then again, just look at it. It’s as cool as the frozen Austrian landscape where it was filmed.
- 1974 AMC Hornet, The Man With The Golden Gun
Year of sale: 2017 Standard Hagerty Value: £5200 Bond Car Value: £89,105 Bond Premium: 1614%
Ask anyone to name a James Bond stunt, and the corkscrew ‘Astro Spiral’ jump made by Roger Moore’s Bond in the 1974 movie, The Man with the Golden Gun has to be right at the top of the list. The American-made car used was an unlikely hero: an AMC Hornet so mundane that even the US Hagerty Price Guide doesn’t deem it worthy of inclusion. But the actual car used in filming was very special: maintained exactly as it was during filming, it sold at RM Sotheby’s Auburn, Indiana sale in 2017 for $110,000 (£89,105) – over 1600% over the value of a standard car. That puts it in second place.
- 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 ‘Wet Nellie’, The Spy Who Love Me
Year of sale: 2013 Standard Hagerty Value: £12,300 Bond Car Value: £616,000 Bond Premium: 4908%
The most valuable Bond car compared with its standard, road-going opposite number is… the 1977 Lotus Esprit S1 known as ‘Wet Nellie’ that starred in the 1977 movie The Spy Who Loved Me. It sold at RM Sotheby’s 2013 London auction for £616,000, a huge 4908% mark-up over the standard Hagerty Price Guide value of the model at the time. Lost after filming, it was rediscovered in a New York storage container in 1989, having been sold for $100 in a blind auction to the next lucky owners.
In fact, the ‘Lotus’ – which was bought at the sale by Elon Musk – was actually a film prop submarine used just in underwater scenes, and it doesn’t even have wheels. So, is it even a car? Should the lowly AMC Hornet take the chequered flag? We’ll leave you to decide.
Best Supporting Actors
Two other Bond cars have been offered at auction, but they failed to make our list because neither was available to the public, so there is no ‘standard’ value. Both cars starred in the 2015 movie Spectre where they famously chased each other through the streets of Rome. Bond’s Aston Martin DB10 was sold by Christie’s in 2016 for £2,434,500 ($3.5M) and in 2019 RM Sotheby’s offered bad-guy Mr Hinx’s Jaguar C-X75 at an auction in Abu Dhabi but it failed to reach its $800,000 low estimate.
Read the full report here
SsangYong Motors UK is delighted to confirm its presence at this year’s British Motor Show, which takes place from 19th to 22nd August.
After a 13-year absence and with a new organiser, Automotion Events, the British Motor Show is being held at Farnborough International Exhibition and Conference Centre and promises to be a fun family day out. Described as “a show like no other motor show ever seen”, attendees can explore a wide variety of transport options from the past, present and future.
As well as displaying its multi-award winning vehicles on its stand, SsangYong Motors, along with new dealer Normandy Garage of Guildford, will host a test-drive area within the show grounds where visitors will be able to experience driving the newly-launched facelifted Musso, Rexton and Korando first-hand.
The show stand will feature the brands flagship, Rexton – the powerful 7-seat SUV; the Korando, the family SUV built with adventure in mind; Tivoli, the small SUV that doesn’t compromise on space; and new Musso, the bold, hardworking pick-up that is unmatched in towing and weight-carrying, which also boasts the longest load area in the UK market. Details will also be available on the brand’s first pure-electric vehicle, Korando e-Motion at the event which is set to launch in November this year.
SsangYong’s brand ambassador, Fuzz Townshend, will take to the stage where Car SOS Live will deliver an interactive experience with demonstration areas showcasing several of the workshop crew and artisans that appear on the show, chatting to the public and displaying their skills. Fuzz will also be present on the SsangYong stand on varying occasions throughout the event to sign autographs and meet with fans personally. In addition, the new Musso will be star of the show on the live stage with Wheeler Dealer, Mike Brewer, at intervals throughout the event.
Kevin Griffin, managing director at SsangYong Motors UK, said: “We’re delighted to have a presence at this year’s British Motor Show and to be able to showcase our award-winning range of vehicles. The new facelifted Musso with make its debut at the event and will also be available for visitors to take on a test drive which is exciting. It will be a great opportunity for Car SOS fans to meet personally with Fuzz on our stand too. To have new Musso on the live stage with Mike Brewer is a great opportunity too. It’s set to be a great event and we are looking forward to a busy few days.”
- Presenting the Bentley Home Collection for 2021: Featuring cutting-edge new materials and unique finishes
- Bentley Home introduces new styles for 2021 including the Aldford Table, Ramsey Sofa and Loveseat and the Styal Desk
- The 2021 Collection presents new Degradé lacquering technique and innovative new MARM \ MORE® fabric made from marble powder
- Sustainability, cutting-edge technology, pioneering design and extraordinary craftsmanship are at the height of importance within this collection
- Collection features distinctive lines and signature curves, which Bentley Home architect in close collaboration with Bentley Design and furniture designer Carlo Colombo
- Browse the Bentley Home 2021 Collection here: https://shop.bentleymotors.com/blogs/partnerships/bentley-home
Bentley Motors and Bentley Home are proud to present their latest collaboration: The 2021 Collection.
Four bold new furniture designs are revealed today each featuring a carefully chosen combination of unique materials and finishes that blend innovation, technology and fine craft. The Aldford Table, the Ramsey Sofa and Loveseat and the Styal Desk, elegantly sport a unique lacquered finish and an exciting new fabric produced from marble powder among a choice of finishes.
Defined by precious and cutting-edge materials, and the desire to push craftsmanship to new levels, the 2021 Bentley Home Collection represents a new vision for the brand, aligned to the ambitions of Bentley Motors, to be the most sustainable luxury automotive brand in the world. Strong, distinctive lines and timeless shapes characterise the new furniture designs by Carlo Colombo in close collaboration with Bentley Design, and introduce Bentley Home’s new Degradé lacquering and new MARM \ MORE® marble powder fabric.
Degradé lacquering is key to the overall aesthetic of the 2021 Bentley Home Collection, and brings a sense of quintessential luxury that is both customisable and instantly recognisable. Degradé involves an incredibly intricate and complex process to achieve the high standards required by Bentley Home’s customers. Before the Degradé essence can be created, a coat of varnish is hand-applied to protect the wood. A master craftsman must then use an airbrush to apply the colour by hand, with just the right dose of lacquer, gradually drawing away from the wood to accentuate the colour gradient and faithfully replicate every detail of the natural shading. After this long process, a round of polishing is required to give the product body, depth and solidity. Four coats of varnish are then applied before a final round of polishing.
The elegant finish is brought to life in a variety of options: Deep Ocean, Midnight Walnut, Black Kenya, Dark Shadow, Rust Degradé, Silver Degradé and Bronze Degradé. Each of these options is characterised by subtle nuances which range from black, to distinctive metallic colours that make each hand-painted product unique and unrepeatable. Each product within the new collection features the Degradé essence, and this technique can also be applied to past Bentley Home designs too.
MARM \ MORE® is an innovative, ethical new fabric making its debut in the furniture world, developed and patented for Bentley Home. The new fabric utilises the genuine dust that is a bi-product of marble production. Sourced and produced in Italy from start to finish, master craftsmen are required to complete every step on the journey from powder to furniture wrap. Marble is known to be the ultimate material for sculpture and architecture, and is now stylishly and innovatively reinterpreted for fabric. Harnessing the natural power of marble, it restores value to its unique dust, transforming it into a textile that offers unmatched technical performance and aesthetic qualities. The precious marble powder fabric gracefully dresses the 2021 Bentley Home Collection, accentuating the elegant shapes of the furniture designs.
Developing the new fabric was a complex and lengthy process. Production of the fabric requires the powder from high quality marble to be mixed with a special composite to obtain a liquid microfilm. The microfilm recipe is then coupled with the selected cotton base textile to produce this unique fabric finish. This innovation in textile development uses renewable resources only and results in significant waste reduction.
MARM \ MORE® is available in a choice of two different colours: light grey and natural green, each with a matte finish. This innovative covering can be chosen for every upholstered product within the new collection, and also applied to previous designs from Bentley Home.
The new Styal Desk is the masterpiece of the new 2021 Bentley Home collection. During these times where the office has forcibly entered our homes, Bentley Home elevates the concept of office space, giving shape to an iconic product, luxurious and refined throughout every detail.
A succession of graceful curves run the length of the 3 metre wooden frame, covered in a choice of leather or veneer, with the sideboard elegantly positioned for balanced proportion. The desktop is punctuated with a gun metal grey insert: a visual “incision” that accentuates its sculptural profile, governing its lines and leading the curves at either end. The desk is broken down into four elements, subdivided by a metal profile, which can be covered in either leather or veneer. Slim and light, extreme from all perspectives, Styal dramatically reimagines the experience of working from home.
The structure and top can be customised in a choice of: Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked Liquidambar or Burr Walnut root, with a glossy, brushed finishing. Alternatively, leather-covered top can be chosen. Finished in wood with metallic finishing in gun metal grey. Degradé lacquering effect is also brought in to finish the wood options.
Design and art come together in the clean, sleek lines of the new Aldford Table, with both rectangular and circular versions available to choose from. Legs taper up from the floor and meet under the top in a single form, accentuating the sense of lightness and suspension. The design is enhanced by the three layers that make up the tabletop: the underside is lacquered in glossy black, and a metal profile runs around the perimeter.
Aldford presented a completely new constructional challenge for the designers at the Luxury Living Group and the craftspeople at Bentley Home. The double curve of the base and the sloping edge of the top are achieved using the very latest milling techniques.
Customers can choose from three finishes for the legs: Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Ambar, or leather-covered. The top is available in Calacatta or Valentine Grey marble, or glossy Burr Walnut, Smoked Liquid Amber or Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore. Degradé lacquering is applied to all wood finishes.
The Ramsey range appears to defy gravity: its seat is suspended off the floor, and its tapered shell flows into armrests that reach upwards like outstretched wings. The lines are delicate, split only by a transparent panel between the seat and backrest. A gun metal grey insert frames the profile, reaching down below the seat, emphasising the apparent defiance of gravity.
With graceful proportions, the Ramsey Loveseat is the first loveseat conceived by Bentley Home. It is therefore fitting that this design proposes a new dimension of luxury through its evolving spatial requirements, that will suit the most contemporary of homes, both alongside or independently from the Ramsey Sofa.
Both the sofa and loveseat are available in a choice of coverings: Warm Grey Fiddleback Sycamore, Smoked Liquidambar, Burr Walnut root, or alternatively, covered in leather or the marble powder fabric. Degradé lacquering is also applied to the wood finishes.
Explore the new collection here: https://shop.bentleymotors.com/blogs/partnerships/bentley-home
- Volkswagen Caravelle on six-month loan to The Captain Tom Foundation
- Captain Tom raised £38.9 million during the first COVID-19 lockdown
- Caravelle will help continue Captain Tom’s legacy through charity work
- Volkswagen Caravelle chosen for its space, comfort and ease-of-use
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles is continuing its support of The Captain Tom Foundation with a long-term loan of its Volkswagen Caravelle, used to assist with ongoing charity work and fundraising.
The Captain Tom Foundation took delivery of the Volkswagen Caravelle in November 2020 to support Captain Tom’s fundraising efforts.
The Volkswagen Caravelle was chosen by the foundation for its space, ease-of-use and comfort and the long-term loan will now be extended to assist the family in continuing the charity work.
The Captain Tom Foundation was founded in May and officially launched in September 2020 following the astounding success of Captain Tom’s fundraising efforts for the NHS in the first COVID-19 lockdown, raising £38.9 million. The foundation focuses on causes that were close to Captain Tom’s heart: combating loneliness championing education and equality and continuing to support the NHS.
The Volkswagen Caravelle offers the highest standard of professional passenger transport, with comfortable interior, state-of-the-art infotainment systems and innovative driver assistance and safety systems to ensure a comfortable and smooth journey.
Hannah Ingram-Moore, who co-founded The Captain Tom Foundation with her father commented: “We are delighted to have the support of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles and the continued use of the Volkswagen Caravelle. We could never have imagined the events of last year. It’s been extremely busy and emotional, but also immensely rewarding and we are so incredibly grateful for the support we have received from far and wide. The loan vehicle has helped us with our continued fundraising and the charity support that my father was so passionate about.”
Amy Allen, Product Affairs Manager at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles said: “It’s a pleasure to be able to assist The Captain Tom Foundation with a loan of one of our Volkswagen Caravelles. The work started by Captain Tom, and now continued by his family through this foundation, has proven invaluable over the past year and we’re delighted to help continue Captain Tom’s impressive legacy.”
Captain Sir Tom’s family has also recently launched the Captain Tom 100 challenge, inviting everyone to dream up a challenge based around the number 100 and complete it anytime and anywhere over Captain Tom’s birthday weekend (Friday 30 April to Bank Holiday Monday 3 May). For more information, please visit: https://captaintom.org/captain-tom-100
For more details on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles’ award-winning range of products and services, or to find your nearest Van Centre, please visit www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk.
- Enquiries and bookings for stag and hen experiences double compared to emergence from the first lockdown in 2020
- Ring it on… recent roadmap announcement sparked big interest from future brides and grooms, with bookings up nearly a quarter since end of February
- Trackdays.co.uk believes surge in bookings shows real confidence that there is light at the end of the tunnel
Enquiries and bookings for Stag and Hen driving experiences are double that compared to emergence from the first lockdown last year, new data by TrackDays.co.uk reveals.
Indeed, the analysis by one of the UK’s leading driving experience providers highlights that since the roadmap announcement at the end of February, bookings have increased by nearly a quarter compared to just a 10% increase out of the first lockdown last year.
And it’s the most extreme driving packages that are receiving the greatest interest, with exotic supercar experiences, such as getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari, Lamborghini or McLaren, accounting for almost half of all Stag and Hen bookings.
Specifically, the Double Supercar Blast for Two is one of the most popular experiences for stags and hens, as lovers, perhaps surprisingly, look to spend some last moments of single life freedom not apart but together.
Supercar experiences are followed by two group centric experiences, the Extreme Dodgems package and the Group Kart Grand Prix, both of which have seen a 50% increase in sales since February’s roadmap announcement.
Dan Jones, operations manager at TrackDays.co.uk, said: “It is very encouraging to see a big increase in bookings compared to when we came out of the first lockdown last year.
“We can only hope that there is now real confidence that everyday life is returning to normal, including the resumption of weddings, and that Stags and Hens can once again choose how they wish to party before the big day.”
For more information about TrackDays.co.uk, visit www.trackdays.co.uk, to book a stag or hen experience visit https://www.trackdays.co.uk/gift-ideas/stag-and-hen-days/, while for a romantic aerial adventure head over to www.flydays.co.uk.