Silverstone circuit hosted the 28th annual historic race and welcomed more than
100,000 enthusiasts to see more than 1,000 racing cars covering eight decades
of motorsport history. This year the 21-race program delivered huge grids, often
totaling over 50 cars. Including Formula One, GT, sports and touring cars from
the golden eras of racing.
the circuit celebrating the 70th anniversary of the very first Grand Prix to be
held at Silverstone, the Classic featured a number of Grand Prix cars that had
run at the original circuit all those years ago, including a trio of ERAs plus
a pair of Maseratis. The outstanding number of Formula Junior cars on the track
totalled over 100 including U2, Lotus and Terrier.
puts Muscle into Car Market|
Willis & Steve McQueen Items Sold by Bonhams for Nearly $2-Million on Saturday
leading man Bruce Willis sold his collection of American muscle cars through Bonhams
in Los Angeles on Saturday, 25th October. These no-expense-spared performance
cars, personally upgraded, owned and driven by a legend of the silver screen were
offered at Bonhams' annual Classic California sale held, fittingly, at the Petersen
Automotive Museum along LA's Miracle Mile.
selection of American muscle cars from the personal collection of movie action
hero Bruce Willis included a 1957 Corvette convertible gifted to him by Demi Moore
while they were married. The car sold for $79,560 against a pre-sale estimate
of $70,000 to $90,000).
& Butterfields celebrated the sixth year of its famed auctions of exceptional
motorcycles, motorcars and automobilia on Saturday, during California Bike Week,
the kick-off to Love Ride Weekend. The auction was held at the prestigious Petersen
Automotive Museum. An international crowd of collectors competed for the Bruce
Willis Collection, for Steve McQueen memorabilia from his first wife's collection,
and for vintage motorbikes -- with strong prices realized.
by a '68 Shelby Mustang from the Willis car collection, the sale featured a guest
appearance by Neile McQueen Toffel (a.k.a. Neile Adams), Steve McQueen's first
wife. An at-capacity crowd of collectors and motoring aficionados from around
the world paid nearly $2-million for an exciting and diverse line-up of cars,
motorbikes and the never-before-offered collection of personal effects from silver
screen icon Steve McQueen. The illustrated online catalog with sold prices remains
online at www.bonhams.com/us <http://www.bonhams.com/us> .
bidding was seen from the assembled motoring fans, pop culture enthusiasts and
collectors, while international competition came via telephone. Several lots sold
to collectors across the US, in the UK, Germany and other parts of the world,
resulting in the following highlights:
The Bruce Willis cars inspired great interest among collectors, particularly the
actor's 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, selling for $161,000. His 1969
Dodge Charger Coupe sold for $86,580, and the 1957 Chevy Corvette given to him
by Demi Moore sold for $79,500.
A 1974 Ducati 750SS, ranking on collectors' "Top Ten Most-Desirable Bikes"
lists for 20-years, sold for $81,900. A 1915 Indian 8-valve Boardtrack racer sold
for $64,350 and a 1914 Indian 8-valve racing bike brought $57,330.
· The diamond-studded
Hot Wheels® car, designed to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the brand
and the production of their four billionth Hot Wheels® car, brought $60,000,
proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland
The passion and interest for Steve McQueen proved strong -- with competitive bidding
on various items: McQueen's hardstone Asian seal, well-carved with a depiction
of a dragon, sold for $27,600. His 12-gauge shotgun, featured in the film "The
Getaway," sold for $22,800, and his US Passport brought $9,000.
Osborne, VP of the Motoring Department at Bonhams & Butterfields, said: "With
our unique offerings of entire collections and individual items from the likes
of Steve McQueen, Bruce Willis, Clark Gable, Charles Bronson and Von Dutch over
recent years -- not to mention outstanding performance cars and bikes -- our annual
"Classic California" auction is consistently the best of its kind anywhere
in the world. Needless to say, we are very pleased with the results."
become a must-attend event in Hollywood for custom culture and motoring aficionados
of all genres, the Bonhams' autumn "Classic California" sale demonstrated
once again why the 214-year-old auction house is a leader in the domain of collector
cars, motorcycles, art and antiques. Just last week at the Classic Motorcycle
Mechanics Show in Stafford, England, Bonhams set another new world auction record
for a British motorcycle with its sale of the 1949 ex-Reg Dearden Supercharged
Vincent Black Lightning for US$370,000.
- Vintage & Collectible Motorbikes, Muscle Cars & Motoring Collectibles
Hit Auction Block in LA|
Willis Car Collection, Steve McQueen Memorabilia, Diamond-Studded
Hot Wheels® Car on view for press
multi-million dollar auction preview of incredible motoring collectibles opens
for press on Friday, Oct. 24, 2008 -- Bonhams & Butterfields' annual Los Angeles
auction of vintage bikes, classic American muscle cars, racing art and rare collectibles
kicks off Love Ride weekend. Press are invited to view never-before-seen Steve
McQueen memorabilia from the collection of his first wife - signed contracts,
photos, racing awards, firearms and more; American muscle cars from the Bruce
Willis Collection, including the convertible 1957 Chevy Corvette gifted to the
superstar actor by (now ex-wife) Demi Moore; the "Blue Bike," Marty
Dickerson's record-breaking 1948 Vincent, expected to bring as much as $500,000;
a one-of-a-kind 18K gold Hot Wheels® car displays 23-carats of diamonds with
rubies in a custom diamond-adorned case.
VIP Guests will be onsite for press from 10am-2pm - including: Neile McQueen Toffel
(aka Neile Adams), the first wife of the "King of Cool" Steve McQueen,
Audience for Bonhams'
"Vintage New England"|
Early American Motorcars Sold at Annual Brookline, MA Event
MA) Bonhams international auctioneers once again enthralled the crowds gathered
at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline, MA on Saturday, Oct. 4th for the
firm's seventh annual collector motorcar auction known as "Vintage New England,"
realizing nearly $2.9-Million during the one-day event. Very early motorcars culled
from an important museum deaccession of the Museum of Science and Industry in
Chicago drew the day's top lot prices at $196,200 for the Ex- D. Cameron Peck
1913 National Series V Roadster, and $194,000 for the 1936 Cadillac Series 90
V-16 Convertible Sedan.
Museum quality offerings were very enthusiastically received here in Brookline
today," said Malcolm Barber, Bonhams CEO and Chief Auctioneer, after the
auction. "Their scarcity, provenance and place in history are well understood,
and we're pleased to, once again, bring this caliber of offerings to such an appreciative
audience. We've developed a loyal following for this annual event, and it was
great to see our old friends, meet new clients, and focus the interest of collectors
from around the world on the Larz Anderson Auto Museum."
special 1908 Isotta Fraschini Tipo FENC Semi Racer, formerly on display at the
Larz Anderson Auto Museum, drew competitive bidding from the telephones and collectors
under the tent to surpass its pre-sale estimate, bringing $166,500. A bidder at
the event acquired a special 1918 Locomobile Model 48-2 Sportif Touring Car, manufactured
in Bridgeport, CT for the ex-General of the Armies John Joseph "Black Jack"
Pershing, (sold for $161,000).
new at auction world record for a Jaguar Mk V was set at $152,200 for an award-winning
1950 Jaguar Mk V Drop Head Coupe. A bidder in the standing-room-only crowd snapped
up a 1986 Pontiac Fiero GT Pace Car Prototype at $57,330, three-times the pre-sale
estimated value. The 1904 Stevens-Duryea Model L Runabout, acquired for the Chicago
Museum of Science and Industry by automotive pioneer Charles E. Dureya and manufactured
in Chicopee Falls, MA, sold for $139,000, while another lot from the Chicago Museum
of Science and Industry, the 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon,
sold for $99,450.
unique selection of early alternative fuel vehicles, such as the 1916 Rauch &
Lang Model BX6 Electric Brougham, and a circa 1900 steam car, the Locomobile Model
5 Locosurrey, were sold for $70,200 and $32,760 respectively, illustrating an
interest in the long history of alternative fuel vehicle technology which has
become so popular today.
crowd also engaged in spirited bidding for the automotive accessories offered:
scale models, books, art work, mascots and collectibles -- known collectively
as "automobilia," with many of the 208 lots selling for over their pre-sale
estimates. An exceptionally fine traveling vanity set by Drew & Sons of London,
circa 1913-1914, fitted with combs, manicure tools, sewing sets and other things
fine ladies of the time could not travel without, sold for $9,360 (its pre-sale
estimate in the $4/5,000 range). Mascots and sculptures were desired by the bidders,
with a 1920s 'Victoire' mascot by Rene Lalique selling for $7,605, and a signed
Art Deco motoring sculpture 'The Herald of Speed' by Pierre Le Faguays, fetching
$6,435. Full sales results are available on line at www.bonhams.com/us.
Bonhams motorcar team is heading back to the West Coast, after enjoying fall auctions
in New England with the $8.4-Million Paine Collection's sale held September 26-27
at the Owl's Head Transportation Museum in Maine, and the October 4th Vintage
New England auction in Massachusetts. Next is a sale in Los Angeles, "Classic
California"(see related press releases at www.bonhams.com/press). This annual
vintage motorbike, custom car and sports-racing collectibles auction at the Petersen
Auto Museum in Los Angeles will be held on Saturday, October 25th, featuring a
wonderful assemblage of desirable early Steve McQueen memorabilia, as well as
property from noted private and institutional collections culled from across the
C. Paine, Jr. Legacy Continues|
Motorcar Auction Draws International Collectors to Maine in September
international auctioneers, attracted the attention of collectors from around the
world September 25-26, 2008 to the Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head,
Maine as the Richard C. Paine, Jr. collection of more than 60 motorcars, selected
motorcycles and automobilia achieved exceptional prices, totaling nearly $8,500,000.
Two collector motorcars drew prices near the million-dollar level, while nearly
a half-dozen others were sold for more than a quarter of a million each. The standing-room
only crowd, estimated at 500, enthusiastically bid against international telephone
bidders, driving prices for some lots well above their pre-sale estimates.
the phrase last but not least - the final lot of the sale, the 1910 Mercedes 45hp
4-Seat Tourabout, drew the highest bids, selling for $887,000, while "The
Hordern Ghost," a 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Roi-des-Belges tourer,
sold for $832,000 to a bidder in the room competing against multiple phone bidders
from around the world. The Ex-Dr. Samuel L. Scher 1906 American Tourist Roi-des-Belges
touring car 1783, which graced the cover of the auction catalog, sold for $612,000
after a slow volley between international telephone bidders.
Head Transportation Museum Executive Director Charles Chiarchiaro said, "This
is a great day - not only for the museum, but for the State of Maine," during
his opening remarks. "Maine was Richard Paine's home, and we are proud to
be the location of this legendary collection's sale."
would be so proud of the caliber of collectors that participated in this auction
and helped perpetuate his vision of preserving the automobile's position as industrial
art and the national treasure -- on display at the Seal Cove Auto Museum,"
said John J. Sanford, trustee of the Richard C. Paine, Jr. Trust. "Bonhams
and The Owls Head Transportation Museum demonstrated extraordinary professionalism
and cooperation. We're thrilled that their international network of followers
were part of this historic event."
Banner, Bonhams Director of Business Development within its New York-based Motorcar
Dept., spearheaded the event and remarked, "This was an euphoric auction
event which captivated local, regional, national and even international interest
for the 'Aladdin's Cave' of collector automobiles, motorcycles and motoring accessories
assembled by Richard Paine - a man whose myth was well-fabled within the collector
car hobby. The results showed collectors' passion for supporting his legacy and
for his taste -- as they competed to secure the items on the auction block, many
of which had not been offered for sale for over 50 years."
top lots of the Friday/Saturday sale include: the ex-Dr. Samuel L. Scher 1910
Peerless Victoria (selling at $469,000); the 1913 Pierce-Arrow 48-B 7-Passenger
touring car (sold for $315,000); and the Ex John Scheve, Matt and Barbara Browning
and Tom Lester1923 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Pall Mall Dual Cowl Phaeton
bidders and buyers from throughout the United States, the U.K., continental Europe,
Eastern Europe, the Middle and Far East, the Richard C. Paine, Jr. auction results
demonstrate the international reach of Bonhams' motoring department. These exceptional
prices are a direct result of our ability to promote consigner's property to the
widest possible audience," said Malcolm Barber, Chief Auctioneer and CEO
motorcar accessories, known as automobilia, were auctioned on Friday afternoon
and Saturday morning, achieving exceptional results. A 1905 Gabriel ten note exhaust
whistle sold for $16,380 - well above the presale estimate of $1,200; a painted
tin advertising sign for Fogg's Drug Store, a local Maine business, reached $7,020;
and 24 assorted embossed tin Maine motorcycle license plates achieved $4,095.
The full auction
results are available online at: www.bonhams.com/us <http://www.bonhams.com/us>
. The Bonhams team are now moving south along the Eastern US Coast to their "Vintage
New England Sale" at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, in Brookline, MA on October
4th, where enthusiasm is already building for a collection of exceptional early
automobiles formerly on exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
California and the "King of Cool"|
Motorbikes & Custom Cars Offered by Bonhams & Butterfields in Los Angeles
features Steve McQueen memorabilia & personal effects
& Butterfields' annual vintage motorbike, custom car and sports-racing collectibles
auction at LA's Petersen Auto Museum - now referred to as the "Classic California"
sale -- features a wonderful assemblage of desirable early Steve McQueen memorabilia
from the collection of his first wife, as well as property from noted private
and institutional collections culled from across the globe. The eagerly anticipated
auction takes place in Los Angeles on Saturday, October 25, 2008.
Steve McQueen fans and motorbike and car collectors, the Bonhams & Butterfields
Fall sale is a must-attend event. Each of the last three annual auctions has featured
select McQueen-owned and raced motorbikes, cars and collectibles - and each multi-million
dollar sale has set world auction records and generated international interest.
The Saturday afternoon auction is the traditional kick-off for the Love Ride,
the world's largest one-day motorcycle charity fundraiser, celebrating its 25th
year on Sunday, October 26th, 2008 -- part of California Bike Week.
2008, bidders will vie for Steve McQueen's first racing trophy (an engraved tankard
expected to bring $2,000 to $4,000) and other early racing awards. The poster
noting McQueen being honored by the Porsche Club of America could bring as much
as $2,000, and several firearms used by the inveterate hunter should attract interest.
Original signed contracts and documents for Bullitt (1968), Papillion (1973) and
other early McQueen movies and productions will be offered along with signed letters
and notes written to the McQueens by their famous friends - from Barbra Streisand
and Sammy Davis Jr., racing legend Sir Stirling Moss, U.S. President Lyndon B.
Johnson, and fellow thespians Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Debbie Reynolds and Rock
Hudson, to name just a few.
Buddha figure gold cufflinks were a gift from the legendary Bob Hope (est. $1,000/2,000)
and never-before seen photographs depict the McQueens poolside, at home and on
location. The actor's Chinese visa, which displays his passport-sized photo and
signature, was carried by McQueen while he filmed The Sand Pebbles in 1965 (est.
$2/4,000). Additional lots include personal and household items, some of which
were featured in select McQueen films.
desirable Steve McQueen items stem from the collection of Neile McQueen Toffel
(known on stage as Neile Adams), McQueen's first wife. Ms. Adams, a talented and
sought after Broadway performer, met the man who'd become "The King of Cool"
while she appeared on Broadway in The Pajama Game in 1956. McQueen was acting
on Broadway too and the couple quickly fell in love and wed on November 2nd, 1956.
They relocated to the West Coast and had two children together, a daughter Terry
and a son Chad. Adams elected to put her own career on hold (she'd signed with
MGM in 1957) to raise their children. The McQueens were one of the "Royal
Couples of Hollywood" until their divorce in 1972. In 1986, Adams wrote her
best seller My Husband, My Friend (AuthorHouse), re-released in 2006, about her
life with Steve McQueen. She has recorded four albums and continues to perform
in live cabaret shows in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. She's performing
in early October 2008, at The Metropolitan Room at Gotham in New York City with
her new show, appropriately titled Something Cool!
auction highlights on the block for the "Classic California" sale include
vintage advertising signage on tin and modern marketing devices designed with
neon lighting. Original artworks depicting famous races and marques will attract
collectors, and custom cars and vintage motorbikes will be the focus of competitive
bidding throughout the auction.
year, in its fifth annual offering, Bonhams & Butterfields sold more than
$2.2-million to collectors and motoring aficionados assembled at the Petersen
Automotive Museum, with highlights including McQueen motorbikes, Von Dutch memorabilia,
a bike from the collection of Clark Gable and several from the Estate of Charles
Bronson, among many others.
Offers Exceptional Motorcars on October 4th Featuring Important Museum Deaccession|
New England sale highlights early American motorcars, offered with no reserve
auctioneer Bonhams is honored to offer a collection of exceptional early automobiles
formerly on exhibit at the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry on October 4,
2008 at its annual vintage motorcar sale at the Larz Andersen Auto Museum in Brookline,
MA. The auction will feature 15 cars from that Chicago institution, many with
exceptional provenance and several formerly owned by pioneers of the old car movement.
Museum of Science and Industry opened its doors on June 19, 1933, the first interactive
museum in North America. Important to the Museum's mission was the lavish collection
of automobiles assembled during its earliest days by museum president Major Lenox
Lohr. With legendary collector D. Cameron Peck, a team of enthusiasts and the
museum's many corporate supporters put together a thoughtful and coordinated collection
of important automobiles, carriages, wagons, trains and trolleys which contributed
to Chicago's position at the center of North America's lifelines of transportation.
the years the transportation exhibits have been among the Museum of Science and
Industry's most successful and educational exhibits, attracting millions of visitors
to the institution. In 2007 the Museum began the process of evaluating its car
collection, some of which had been off display since 2001. In keeping with their
original intention to advance the understanding and appreciation of automotive
technology, it was decided that some of the cars were not likely to go on display
in the foreseeable future and that these cars should be placed in the hands of
those who will take full advantage of their intrinsic value. The resources realized
from this sale will be used to modernize the car collection and inspire the next
generation of car engineers, designers and enthusiasts.
the museum's offered motorcars, each to be sold with no reserve, is an ultra rare
Cadillac Series 90 V-16 convertible sedan (est. $300/400,000). Just six of these
were built in 1936, its believed only four remain today. This car was bequeathed
to the museum in 1949 by a wealthy Minneapolis industrialist when it was just
13-years old, its 17,000 miles on the odometer are all that it has ever covered.
That same year, 1949, Chicagoland car collector D. Cameron Peck, a pioneer of
the hobby, sold his circa 1900 Locomobile Locosurrey and his 1913 National Model
40 to the museum. The earliest car of the group, the historic 108-year old steam
powered antique, is rarely found in such complete and correct order. The evocative
National (est. $150/200,000), an example of an early American high-performance
sports car, echoes the finest speedsters of its day.
collector interest is expected for the 1904 Stevens-Duryea Model L Runabout, which
was secured for the museum in 1932 by automotive pioneer Charles E. Duryea after
having only two owners. Manufactured in Chicopee Falls, Mass., this original condition
motorcar was discovered by Duryea in Maine and could bring as much as $160,000.
Equally exciting is a 1901 Oldsmobile Model R 'Curved Dash' Runabout (est. $50/60,000).
Records indicate that the museum's curator wrote to Ransom E. Olds in 1931 asking
for information and leads on the model. The automaker responded: "These cars
are getting quite scarce, and the day is coming when they probably will be quite
a curiosity..." A year later the museum acquired the model from the Oldsmobile
Division of General Motors.
the museum consignment -- also featuring a 1929 Ford Model A Mailtruck, a 1924
Marmon Model 34 and a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon, among
others, are additional important early cars. General John Joseph 'Black Jack'
Pershing's 1918 Locomobile could bring as much as $225,000, considered desirable
and exceedingly rare, the model was specifically built for him. Also on offer
are a 1904 Knox Tourabout, a 1910 Packard Model 18 (est. $225/250,000), a sporting
1908 Isotta Fraschini Model FENC (est. $100/140,000) and an unusual custom built
V-8 Cadillac Model 51 dating from 1915 (est. $120/150,000).
October auction also features automobilia, with rare mascots and ephemera, vintage
parts and scale models. A 1920s "Victoire" mascot by Rene Lalique could
bring as much as $12,000 while a rare double-sided 1930s French Goodrich Tires
enamel advertising sign could sell for as much as $7,500.
illustrated auction catalog is online for review and purchase at www.bonhams.com/us
<http://www.bonhams.com/us>. Additional sale information is available online
at: www.bonhams.com/motoring <http://www.bonhams.com/motoring>. Previews
open in the appropriate setting of the Larz Anderson Auto Museum near Boston on
October 3, promising to be a true celebration of vintage automobiles.
"SALE OF THE YEAR" DOES NOT DISAPPOINT|
at QUAIL LODGE ACHIEVES THREE WORLD RECORDS
BRINGS IN NEARLY $22M
Calif. - 19 August 2008 - Bonhams & Butterfields celebrated the 11th year
of its famed sale of exceptional motorcars and automobilia at Quail Lodge on Friday,
August 15th, with resounding success - setting new sales records only weeks after
establishing the highest price ever paid at auction for a Jaguar.
at-capacity crowd of collectors and motoring aficionados from around the world
paid more than $21.7-million for a stunning and diverse line-up of cars that included
extremely rare and historic competition machines from noted private and institutional
bidding was seen from assembled enthusiasts, sports racing fans and collectors,
with international competition via telephones, resulting in the following highlights:
· 1960 Jaguar E2A Prototype
"Missing Link" Le Mans racer was sold for $5,067,500, setting a new
· The astoundingly original ex-Pierre Boncompagni, Ecurie
Nice, 1939 Talbot-Lago T150 CSS made $4,845,000, establishing a new world record
for the marque.
1913 Isotta Fraschini Torpedo Tourer, one of three in existence, sold for $1,523,750.
· The highly important 1936 Lagonda EPE 97, known as the most famous Lagonda
of all, went for $1,380,000, smashing the previous world record.
Mark Osborne, VP and Director of the Motoring Department at Bonhams & Butterfields,
"This year's stellar sale was another great effort put forth by our International
Motorcar Dept. We've proven again that cars of provenance, the best of the best,
continue to attract strong interest. With more than three world records established
at this sale, the collector car market is alive and well."
weeks ago, Bonhams set a new world record for any Jaguar sold at auction with
its July sale at The Goodwood Festival of Speed of the 1955 Jaguar D-Type Sports
Racer "XKD509" for £2,201,500 (US$4.1-million).
the finest of the motoring world, Bonhams' auction, held in conjunction with the
prestigious and perennially sold-out Quail Motorsports Gathering, will once again
be remembered as an anchor and highlight of the world-famous Monterey Car Week.
McQueen's Le Mans Porsche|
be Auctioned in August
for consignments" announced as extraordinary racecar heads
Bonhams & Butterfields' auction roster
May 2008 - San Francisco - It's that time of year again when the automotive world
gears up for the "mother" of all events: the Monterey Peninsula Car
Week held each August. One of the foremost celebrations of automotive design and
performance that week is the Quail Motorsports Gathering, and with that, the seminal
Bonhams & Butterfields auction of important collectors' cars.
year, Bonhams will attempt to make history once again by offering what is perhaps
one of the most important cars to ever straddle both the competitive and popular
culture worlds - Steve McQueen's 1969 Porsche raced at Sebring and used in the
movie Le Mans.
ex-Solar Productions Steve McQueen/Peter Revson race car is a 1969-70 Porsche
908/2 Pflunder, 3-litre air-cooled flat-8 Spyder in which McQueen and Revson finished
second overall in the 1970 Sebring 12-Hours, just behind Mario Andretti. It was
raced later that same year at Le Mans mounted with two cameras to produce footage
for McQueen's classic film Le Mans, released in 1971. The car went on to become
a five-time competitor in the Le Mans 24-Hour Grand Prix d'Endurance, the world's
most charismatic sports car race.
the story goes, McQueen purchased the Porsche specifically to compete at Sebring
and teamed up with Formula One driver Peter Revson. The Sebring 12-Hours was a
full factory contended points-earning race and the amateur McQueen/Revson team
and their private car seemingly had no chance against the factory giants Ferrari,
Ford and Porsche. Yet with only 25 laps remaining they were in the lead. This
was an incredible upset for the big professional teams so Ferrari ordered Andretti
to "win the race at all costs." Although the 5-liter Ferrari 512S was
far more powerful than the 3-liter Porsche 508, Andretti couldn't pass until the
second to last lap, winning by only 23 seconds! More amazingly, McQueen had raced
with a broken foot still in a cast, duct taped to keep it from coming apart.
incredibly historic and pedigreed car will be just one of the many highlights
offered for sale by Bonhams & Butterfields on August 15th at Quail Lodge in
Carmel Valley, California.
First Motorcar Auction|
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
- Sunday, June 8
Racers from McLaren & Maserati, Grand Tourers from Bugatti
& Rolls-Royce, 1950s & '60s American Classics at Auction
21, 2008 (New York, NY)... World-renowned auctioneers Bonhams have amassed an
exceptional collection of rare motorcars to go on auction Sunday, June 8th, at
10:30 am, as part of its first offering at the annual Greenwich Concours d'Elegance.
This important sale of motorcars features rare marques with impressive racing
history, classically elegant Rolls-Royce and touring cars, and American classics
such as a turquoise '54 Buick Skylark, in addition to a notable array of automobilia.
is delighted to be working with Bruce and Genia Wennerstrom, organizers of the
Greenwich Concours, and enhancing our US auction schedule with a presence at one
of the foremost events in the country," says Rupert Banner, Bonhams V.P.
of Business Development.
quality of this offering is excellent," Mark Osborne Motoring Department
Director, from the San Francisco gallery expounded. "A nice selection of
extremely rare pre-war marques, with distinguished history and pedigree, combined
with a selection of nearly 50 important motorcars, makes this a 'must-see' event
for collectors world-wide."
1995 the Greenwich Concours has brought together enthusiasts and collectors for
two days of friendly competition in a garden party atmosphere at the Roger Sherman
Baldwin Park, overlooking Greenwich Harbor in Connecticut. In addition to being
an important date in the concours circuit for more than a decade, the early summer
event has become known for its collector car auction that has seen millions of
dollars change hands. This year the auction is being conducted by Bonhams, the
world's largest all-encompassing auctioneer to hold scheduled sales of motorcars,
motorcycles and related automobilia.
featured in this inaugural sale include:
Ex-A.J. Lees circa 1931 Maserati Tipo 8C-2800 Two-Seat Sports/Formula Competition
Car, a glorious-looking, exceptionally well-crafted replacement Maserati based
upon the legendary Bologna-based family company's original 8C-2800 model. (est.
aficionados will also be thrilled to see The ex-Ralph Salyer 'Cro-Sal' Special
1965 McLaren-Elva M1A Sports Racer, renowned for its period race history and accomplishments
1934 Bugatti Type 57 Double Cabriolet Stelvio, with coachwork by Gangloff, a rare
example of a largely unrestored Bugatti Type 57, emblematic of the very earliest
series conceived and styled by Jean Bugatti, estimated in the $250,000/350,000
range. A 1928 Vauxhall 20/60 Hurlingham Speedster, a sixty-horsepower model, formerly
from the famed Abba Kogan Collection, refurbished with new paint and fresh leather
interior and thorough engine detailing, an uncommon offering, and anticipated
to fetch $160,000/200,000.
first internal combustion engine automobile that performed with any degree of
success, was Karl Benz's Patent Motorwagen. Since the centenary of his invention,
replicas of this historic car have been built and Bonhams offers one such car
for sale. The Ex-Jacqueline de Rothschild and the late John Webb de Campi 1929
Rolls-Royce Phantom I Convertible Sedan, with coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin,
restored in 1998, with an enviable concours record including "Most Elegant
Car" awards, and "Judges Choice" at several premier events, is
anticipated to draw bidding in the $300,000/400,000 range.
classics, including the 1956 Ford Thunderbird Convertible with hardtop, turquoise
in color, with the 312 cubic inch Thunderbird Special engine, automatic transmission
and power steering, seat and windows (est. $50,000/60,000), and the 1954 Buick
Skylark Convertible, the rarest 1954 Buick, with only 836 built, estimated at
$125,000/175,000 are well represented at the sale, along with a 1931 Ford Model
A Roadster Pick-Up (est. $35,000/45,000), and several other examples.
180 lots of Automobilia will open the sale, beginning at 10:30 EST, on June 8th,
featuring vintage racing posters, sculpture, hood ornaments, books, motoring-themed
movie posters, catalogs and publications. Top lots of Automobilia include: 'Le
Petit Poucet' by Max Blondat, French, 1920, signed bronze, cire perdue cast by
Valsuani, depicting a running boy with huge boots jumping over a ball, mounted
on a turned marble base (est. $15/17,000). This rare mascot is believed to be
the first example appearing at auction for 40-years. Max Blondat was a noted French
sculptor, born at Crain, France on 30th November 1872. Several glass mascots by
René Lalique are on offer, as well, a signed, watercolor and gouache on
board, mounted, framed and glazed by artist Peter Helck (1893-1988) titled 1952
Le Mans, twenty-four hours: The Cunningham Challenge, estimated at $15/17,000.
July 25 2006
Million Sports Cars at Christies New York, 20
July 26 at 10am
showcases four top cars from its flagship August 2006 Monterey, California car
sale outside Christie's Rockefeller entrance on Wednesday, July 26 they
will be on public view all day.
cars include an excruciatingly-beautiful 1928 Mercedes-Benz Typ S, ordered by
a wife without her husband knowing - he ended up refusing to pay for it on delivery
in 1929 (estimate: $3,000,000-4,000,000)
1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spyder that raced for the Ferrari team (estimate: $1,200,000-1,500,000)
A 1967 Ferrari 4-liter (estimate: $300,000-400,000), and a 1972 Lamborghini
Miura (estimate: $375,000-425,000)
July 17 2006
International Motor Cars 2006 flagship sale takes place on Thursday August 17
at the Monterey Jet Center in California. It serves as the perfect introduction
to a much-anticipated long weekend of car enthusiast events surrounding the annual
Monterey Historic race meeting and Pebble Beach Concours dElegance. The
evening Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center auction features 50
cars and is expected to realize in excess of $10 million.
by a strikingly beautiful 1928 Mercedes-Benz Torpedo Roadster estimated at $3
million to $4 million, the sale features a comprehensive selection of collector
classics, including an impressive single-owner collection of Porsches, a sports-racing
1952 Ferrari 225, an important 1947 Bugatti Type 73C and a 1954 Volkswagen van.
Mercedes-Benz 26/120/180 TYP S Torpedo Roadster
This spellbinding and dramatically-styled
car, one of only 124 Typ S models built in 1928, was ordered by a Mrs. Charles
Levine from Mercedes-Benz, with Saoutchik coachwork from Paris. Mr. Levine may
have known nothing of his wifes plans, for he refused to pay when presented
with the bill, having lost all his money in the stock market crash. The car stood
unwanted in the Mercedes showroom in New York until it was bought by a Mr. Bedford
and dubbed the yellow peril. Among many other stories, Mr. Bedford
drove his future wife home in the car when they first met at a party in Pennsylvania
even though she arrived at the event with another date; the car has stayed with
the family ever since (estimate: $3,000,000-4,000,000). more.....
July 9, 2006
REUNITES WINNING CARS FROM FAMOUS 1966: 1-2-3 FINISH AS HIGHLIGHT OF LE MANS CLASSIC
reunion of the three Ford GT Mark II racing cars that conquered the 24 Hours of
Le Mans in 1966 was the highlight of this year's Le Mans Classic, marking the
40th anniversary of a major event in the history of the world's most famous endurance
first time in 10 years, the three famed Ford GTs led by the black and silver
Shelby American Mark II of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon that crossed the finish
line first to claim victory for Ford were reunited at Le Mans to recreate
the moment. Ford of Europe had underwritten the cost of shipping the black car
loaned by American collector George Stauffer to Le Mans for the
prestigious historic racing event.
was joined by the second-place car the blue Shelby American Ford GT Mark
II of Ken Miles and Denny Hulme and the third-place car the gold
Holman-Moody entry for Ronnie Bucknum and Dick Hutcherson as Ford re-staged the
1-2-3 finish for fans and photographers during the countdown to the traditional
4 p.m. start of the Le Mans Classic 2006.
second- and third-place cars were entered in the race, competing in the hands
of American Bill Murray and Switzerland's Claude Nahum, respectively, in the Ford-sponsored
1966-1971 grid of the Le Mans Classic.
1-2-3 finish at Le Mans in 1966 was a special moment in the history of this race
and in Ford Motor Company's history," said Ford of Europe President and CEO
John Fleming. "Today's restaging of the moment at the Le Mans Classic demonstrated
how vividly it remains in the hearts and minds of enthusiasts." more...
FORD GT40 VICTORY CELEBRATED AT THE LE MANS CLASSIC
summer is the 40th anniversary of Fords historic 1-2-3 finish at the 24
Hours of Le Mans with the Ford GT40. The anniversary will be celebrated in style
at the 2006 Le Mans Classic event.
On Sunday, June 19, 1966, a trio of sleek
Ford GT Mark II endurance racers crossed a rain-soaked finish line at the famous
La Sarthe circuit in Le Mans, convincingly achieving Fords goal of beating
Ferrari to the ultimate international racing success.
the 40th Anniversary at Le Mans
special event will mark the anniversary of the historic Ford victory at this years
Le Mans Classic, scheduled for July 7-9 at the famous circuit. Ford will present
the 1966-1971 grid at this years running of the bi-annual event, which has
quickly become one of the leading vintage-racing occasions in Europe.
grids divided into decades from 1923 to 1979 will participate in the 2006 Classic.
The 1966-71 grid, sponsored by Ford, appropriately embraces the GT40 winner
of the 24 Hours of LeMans in 1966, 1967, 1968 and 1969 and its contemporary
A strong collection of historic GT40 race cars is expected to
be at Le Mans for the Classic, and many will compete in the race, including the
original second- and third-place cars from the 1966 running of the 24 Hours of
Le Mans. The race is also expected to attract a strong contingent of GT40 competitors
from Ferrari, Porsche and other important marques, plus examples of the Ford Mustang,
itself a formidable competitor in the late 1960s. more...
GREATEST MOMENT TO BE RELIVED AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
the afternoon of the 19 June, 1966, as the hands on the famous clock at the end
of the Le Mans pit wall crept towards 4pm, three Ford GT40s swept through the
circuits final corner towards the finish. With their headlamp beams reflecting
off the rain-soaked tarmac, they closed ranks to complete the race only feet apart.
crowd roared, the chequered flag waved and in the stand above the pits Henry Ford
II savoured the most famous motor racing victory in the history of the company
his grandfather had started 63 years earlier. The mighty Ferrari team with its
great Le Mans record had been comprehensively beaten. It was one of the proudest
moments in Fords long motor sport history.
route to victory
It had been a long, hard journey to victory - much longer
than the mere 24 hours of the race. Three years earlier, Enzo Ferrari had quietly
investigated selling his business to Ford, which had wanted to add high performance
lustre to its public image. The deal fell through and Fords response was
to set up a special vehicles department to develop its own high performance cars
for road and racetrack. more....
June 26 2006
& Butterfields to Offer $10 Million Motor Car Collection
Lodge, Carmel, California - 18 August 2006
& Butterfields' Sale of Important Collectors' Motor Cars and Related Automobilia,
held annually at the prestigious venue of Quail Lodge and Resort in Monterey,
California, will this year include 17 mouth-watering motor cars which have been
maintained and preserved for many years in the world renowned Rosso Bianco Collection
at Aschaffenburg, in Germany.
Barber, CEO of Bonhams & Butterfields, says: "This remarkable group represents
a fantastic cross-section of some of the world's finest motor cars, in several
categories, and we are delighted to present them for sale at Quail Lodge."
selection ranges from an elegant Figoni & Falaschi Talbot-Lago 'Tear Drop'
Coupe to a blisteringly quick and utterly dominant CanAm racing Porsche 917/10,
and includes the very best in sports-racing, CanAm, and coach-built exotica.
are still accepting entries to what promises to be the most exclusive sale of
lot in the collection is the 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C-SS 'Teardrop' Coupe - purchased
new at the 1938 Paris Motor Show by the Englishman Robert Cecil Byng, later to
become the 7th Earl of Strafford. Subsequently, it was sold to famed Formula One
gentleman team patron Rob Walker. Spectacularly restored, this motorcar represents
the pinnacle of motoring excellence and the coachbuilder's craft. Estimate $3,000,000
- 4,000,000. more....
June 19 2006
PORSCHE MARQUE: A DEFINITIVE MONTEREY HIGHLIGHT AT CHRISTIES
Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center - August 17, 2006
International Motor Cars announces the consignment of a stunning collection of
eight Porsches at its flagship United States auction of Exceptional Motor Cars
at the Monterey Jet Center on August 17. Sourced directly from a private U.S.
collector, every car presents a unique insight into the history of the illustrious
German manufacturer. The collection is expected to fetch between $2,600,000
earliest car in the collection is a 1959 Porsche 356 Carrera GT Speedster (estimate
$250,000 300,000). It is the very last example ever produced by the factory
of this ultimate derivative of the archetypal Speedster and is offered in exceptional,
fully restored condition.
further homage to the 356 model is the 1960 Porsche 356 GTL Carrera Abarth (estimate
$600,000 800,000). The example on offer is an early factory prototype which
garnered much racing success in Europe when new; restored in 2004, it is undoubtedly
one of the finest examples in existence.
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS (estimate $450,000 550,000) was also a factory
prototype and was used early on in its life as a factory press car. Originally
delivered to the U.S., it was famously tested by Car & Driver. Featuring subtle
styling differences from later Carreras, it is in remarkably original condition
and is a definitive example. more....
June 5 2006
Italiano, the celebration
of Italian style that opens the traditional Monterey/Pebble Beach Weekend, will
this year honor iconic Italian designer Giorgio Giugiaro and pay homage to the
Targa Florio, one of the worlds most venerated motoring events. Concorso
Italiano will also celebrate 100 years of automobiles from Lancia and the 35th
anniversary of the Pantera.
Event Magazine will feature designs created by noted Italian industrial designer
Giorgio Giugiaro over the course of his half-century career. Named "Designer
of the Century" in 1999, the talented Giugiaro is responsible for some of
the most stellar automotive creations ever penned.
1967 Giugiaro created his own design firm ItalDesign and implemented
a succession of notable vehicles that include the VW Golf and Passat, the Fiat
Panda, the Lotus Esprit and BMW M1 sports cars, the DeLorean DMC-12, the Lancia
Delta, the Bugatti EB112 supercar and the Subaru SVX. Giugiaro also designed the
Nikon F3 camera and even created special pasta, with a revolutionary shape designed
to hold more sauce effectively.
unparalleled success across a wide range of industrial design is still evident
today," says Wadsworth. "Recently, with his son Fabrizio, he created
the new Maserati Spyder in a joint father-son effort. We are really excited to
give Concorso visitors a first-hand look at some of his amazing creations."
icon to be honored at Concorso Italiano in 2006 is the Targa Florio the
open-road endurance race run around the island of Sicily. Founded in 1906 by wealthy
pioneering racer Vincenzo Florio, it was one of the worlds oldest sports
car races pre-dating both the LeMans 24 Hours and Italys famed Mille
Miglia. Discontinued as a through-the-streets sports car race in 1977 for safety
reasons, it continues even today as a rally event. more...