Anthony Hamilton, known to most of the world as racing driver Lewis Hamilton’s dad, has consigned 18 cars from his collection to UK-based Silverstone Auctions as part of the company’s “Classic Live Online Auction” July 31–August 1. Hamilton has good taste, if I do say so myself. There's a group of well-restored British sports cars (particularly Triumphs), a few nice Minis, and a couple of supercars thrown in for good measure. A full list of the collection is below.
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seeing a couple of these cars that have never been driven is fairly depressing. They've turned into investments alone. Given the technology of newer cars, that seems a poor risk in the long term as they will be largely obsolete and difficult/impossible to keep running
43 miles on a Ford-GT? What is life all about? Was he trying to get more money when he sold? I would, if I owned it drive it every chance I got, and leave this world with no regrets and a smile on my face!
Very interesting sports car collection! Obviously somebody who collects for himself and what interests him. No doubt he would be a great interview for a car site / mag if he would talk about these cars and what he loved about each one.
The Italia GT shows just how pedestrian most of Triumph’s styling was. Beautiful car. It’s also interesting how the Doretti’s styling seems to have been ripped off to create the later 100/3000 series cars.
A lovely and arresting collection. I'm sure some will laugh but I think the TR-7 is a beauty in terms of design and color. The Corvette is stunning, one of my favorite years, and I haven't seen an Alvis in forever. And Doretti (plural?)
I've always wanted a Stag but I can't figure out what to do about the driveline issues. Very well done Hagerty.
And all of you remember to wash your hands and wear a mask.And stay well.
Re: Stag. Get in and drive it Maestro. Nothing sounds like a TV8; only available in the Stag of course. The driveline issues are a thing of the past. Many Club Members have tens of thousands of miles on their Stags.
Well.....I had one of these, although mine was a '61 Austin- Healey....the Mercedes Mclaren hybrid is a car that is hard to understand...seems totally ungainly with the over extended snout...all in all a spectacular collection though.
With the exception of the Ford GT and SLR, I would hardly describe this collection as the byproduct of having a mega-rich son. Other than the number of vehicles, individually any of these could be cars we'd have in our own garages.
to understand why this collection is worth the coin is to understand french cuisine. Works of art that can move you on a molecular level. No I don't have the money and no, I truly am not a food critic, However the '57 'Vette is my car....To those who can afford this collection: god bless you... ENJOY!
With a few exceptions (TR7, Ford GT) I would like to own this whole collection. I have a real soft spot for high quality ‘50s British sports cars and these are some really nice examples. If I owned ‘em - I’d want to drive ‘em - which is why I’d never buy them all.
These types of stories make me sick. Hoarding cars that never see the light of day is not the way I think this hobby is about. Drive them and enjoy them. If you want a museum just go to Lemay and look at those cars.
most of these cars are slugs;
cannot believe there a market for Triumphs, particularly at those prices—they’re kit cars pretty much save for the Stag, which was basically a British Edsel;
now the Lola-Ford GT with trailer queen miles i can see, but the SLR requiring service after only 11K miles?
that has to set off alarm bells;
Lola-Ford GT? Surely you are joking. 56 years ago, Ford bought an incapable car (albeit beautiful) and spent $millions in mid-60's dollars to fix all the numerous faults and years later built it into a world beater. Lola had ZERO to do with the modern GT with the exception of being the originator of the overall silhouette.