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There are a lot of questions to answer as we move towards the end of the year. Is any piece of metal, even a Ferrari GTO, worth nearly $60 million? Is a 1967 Toyota worth $1 million (even though it is a 200GT)? Who in their right mind would pay $150 grand for a Goggomobil look alike (Ok it is a 1960 F.M.R. Tg 500 Tiger but I bet you can’t tell the difference)?

The combined Sotheby’s/RM Art of the Automobile in New York and the Bonhams no fancy name auction in London over the last few weeks has left me dazed and confused. Well, there were quite a few beverages, many of them free, involved. And I suppose my discovery of the healing qualities of the espresso martini may have contributed too. Younger readers, there is a lesson for you here. When you grow up, drink champagne, it doesn’t give you the really bad hangovers.

So there was only one answer. After the Bonhams auction I went to seek the wisdom of the writer, Romesh Gunesekera. ‘Romey’ I said ‘is there a future for car lovers like us?’

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