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Book Review – Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2010 – 2011

16th edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook

16th edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook

The top ten for each year since 1993

The top ten for each year since 1993


London, 19 November, 2011

The latest edition of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook, covering the period 01 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 is now available. This is the 16th edition of the book that started as the Catalogo Bolaffi in 1995 with Italian text, but then changed to Italian/English the following year, and since becoming the Classic Car Auction Yearbook with the 2006 – 2008 edition is solely in the English language. The authors are renowned classic car historians Adolfo Orsi and Raffaelle Gazi, who put together this massive compendium of all the major car auction results each year, covering all the major sales worldwide, to provide a fascinating insight into what is hot and what is not, along with much more.

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There are also contributions from representatives of four of the leading auction houses, giving their personal views on the market, together with comments from the authors in the market analysis chapter. Perhaps the comment from Adolfo Orsi and Rafaelle Gazzi is the one that should precede any prospective purchase “We have always felt a duty to recommend that any purchase of a classic car should be based not solely on investment considerations, but driven by the pleasure of owning the car of one’s dreams. In other words, it should be driven by passion.”

The book is a large format (240mm x 315mm) hardback, printed on good quality gloss paper. Within the 304 pages, there is a descriptive list of the cars offered at auction during the period of time in question, 3,933 cars of 278 different makes in total, in alphabetical order by manufacturer, with the sale price (where applicable) quoted in US Dollars Pounds Sterling and Euros. There are also numerous images of the cars that went across the block, a mix of some 880 colour and B&W, with a caption and code to identify them in the listing. There are also graphs showing analysis of some individual model and marque market trends over the years, together with the year’s top 100 sellers, and the top ten for each year since 1993.

The Yearbook is considered as “The Bible in the field”  by many associated with buying and selling classic cars, and even for the general enthusiast makes for very interesting reading. It is available from major motoring booksellers, and the recommended sale price is 44.90 Euros. So if you are looking for a Christmas present that is a little different for the motoring enthusiast who is difficult to buy for, then this might just be what you are looking for.

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Keith Bluemel