Simon de Burton


The ultimate garage sale

The auction of a Danish tycoon’s 48-strong collection of road-ready classic cars is expected to reignite desire for prewar models, says Simon de Burton

Extreme SUVS gather pace

The idea of driving an SUV like a sports car has always seemed implausible… until now. Simon de Burton sizes up the new breed of searingly fast sports utility vehicles

New JD Classics showroom

In November 2014 an Essex-based restorer-dealer virtually unrivalled in the vintage‑car world opened a Mayfair space to showcase its most immaculate Astons, Ferraris, Mercedes and Porsches. Simon de Burton swung by

The new private office

A dynamic trio are reviving the concept of the private office for millennials, advising on everything from building a property portfolio to upgrading a fleet of private jets. Simon de Burton reports. Portrait by Richard Grassie

Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II

With its seashell leather massage seats, slick infotainment set‑up and 18-speaker sound system, Rolls‑Royce’s Ghost Series II is superbly sybaritic – but unfeasibly fast, finds Simon de Burton

Carving it up in the latest Zai skis

With a pioneering use of granite at their core, the latest model of handcrafted Zai skis brings racing technology to recreational skiers. Simon de Burton reports

The Spectre spectacular Aston Martin DB10

For the first time, Aston Martin has created a completely new car for a James Bond film – Spectre, out on October 26. Simon de Burton burns rubber in the futuristic DB10 with 007’s behind-the-wheel stunt double before it goes under the hammer

Collecting Black Shadow motorbikes

The original superbike’s superior build, performance and exclusivity have put it in the premier league of collectable motorcycles, says Simon de Burton