June 26 2006
Bonhams & Butterfields
to Offer $10 Million Motor Car Collection
Quail Lodge, Carmel,
California - 18 August 2006
Bonhams & 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.
Malcolm 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
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
"We are still
accepting entries to what promises to be the most exclusive sale of the
Top 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.
Other star cars in
the collection include:
The Ex-Jack Ensley/Pat
O'Connor Sebring 12-Hours
1956 3.4-liter Jaguar D-Type Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. XKD 553
Driven by owner Jack Ensley and Indianapolis '500' hero Pat O'Connor,
this classical 'Shortnose' D-Type Jaguar with distinctive headrest tail
fin, contested the Floridian classic. Subsequently raced successfully
within the USA by Ed Rahal it passed later via Mike Bradley to England
circa 1971, becoming a core exhibit within the late Bob Roberts' Midland
Motor Museum at Bridgenorth, Staffordshire. This is a most handsomely
preserved D-Type with wonderful patina. Estimate $1,600,000 - 2,000,000.
The Brussels Salon
ex-John von Neuman/Phil Hill / 'On the Beach'
1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider Two-Seater
Chassis no. 0492M
A fine example of Ferrari's rambunctious 4-cylinder 3-liter sports-racing
classic, '0492M' offered here was first shown by Jacques Swaters on his
Equipe National Belge stand at the 1955 Brussels Salon de l'Automobile.
Later campaigned by John von Neumann/Phil Hill at Santa Barbara, Torrey
Pines, Salinas and Glendale, raced by Harrison Evans 1956 and then - most
interestingly - featured in Stanley Kramer's classic movie 'On the Beach'.
This is a drum-braked category classic Ferrari with the added cachet of
a Hollywood pedigree. Estimate: $750,000 - 1,000,000.
The ex-Willi Kauhsen,
1973 Porsche 917/10 Turbo CanAm / Interserie Sports-Racing Two-Seater
Chassis no. 917/10-015
This is a truly magnificent example of Stuttgart's utterly awe-inspiring
air-cooled twin-turbocharged flat-12-engined monster offering over 1,000
horsepower for anyone man enough to apply the loud pedal! In his 917/10
Turbo Sypder German owner/driver Willi Kauhsen won the 1973 Nurburgring
300kms, Shell Coppa d'Oro at Imola in Italy, placed 2nd in the British
Martini Trophy (at Silverstone), qualified 5th at America's Mid-Ohio CanAm
'73 and also won again at Silverstone in '74. Estimate: $450,000 - 550,000.
The ex-Terry Drury,
1968 Ford GT40 Mark I
Chassis no. GT40 P1073
British Ford racer Terry Drury began '1073's career with a 1968 World
Championship campaign including the BOAC '500' at Brands Hatch (UK), the
legendary Targa Florio in Sicily, the Italian Monza and German Nurburgring
1,000Kms. '1073' was later sold to British club racer Ron Fry who won
twice in it at Silverstone - this GT40 was rebuilt for later use by British
hill-climber Michael Wright. It is offered here as a truly delightful
looking early-spec GT40 with the enormous bonus of a Gurney-Weslake headed
V8 engine and - again - a great patina; a real enthusiast's GT40. Estimate:
1968-70 AVS Shadow-Chevrolet
Mark I CanAm Prototype
The exquisitely presented, horizontal steering wheel 'go-kart' Shadow
created by free-thinking designer Trevor Harris for Advanced Vehicle Systems'
CEO Don Nichols. Built initially to contest the 1969 Championship, key
to the Mark I's concept was minimal frontal area, achieved by tiny 17-inch
tall tyres on 10-inch diameter wheels - the result is fully 14 inches
lower at the front fenders than a McLaren M8 and 10 1/2-inches lower at
the rear! Just one previous owner ex-works. Estimate: $100,000 - 140,000.
DN2-01T CanAm Turbo
Legendary 1200hp-plus turbocharged V8 CanAm monster as built for Jackie
Oliver and designed by the great Tony Southgate - long-wheelbase full-length
aluminium-monocoque chassis campaigned with both the turbo Chevrolet V8
now refitted or a naturally-aspirated 735bhp Reynolds-Block Chevy - America's
spearhead response to the turbocharged Porsche Panzers! Only one previous
owner ex-works. Estimate: $240,000 - 280,000.
DN4-2A CanAm Champion
In 1974 Jackie Oliver dominated the CanAm Championship in the works Shadow-Chevrolet
DN4s such as this gloriously presented jet-black beauty, his stunning
record including more than a hat-trick of consecutive victories at Mosport
Park, Road Atlanta, Watkins Glen and Mid-Ohio! Only one previous owner
ex-works. Estimate: $240,000 - 280,000.
The collection also
· 1938 Delahaye
135M Figoni & Falaschi Coupe $1,000,000 - 1,300,000
· 1939 Delahaye 135MS Letourneur & Marchand Cabriolet $180,000
· 1949 Talbot-Lago T26 SS Figoni & Falaschi Cabriolet $300,000
· 1950 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport T26 GS Saoutchik Coupe $350,000
· 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera 6 $320,000 - 380,000
· 1967 McLaren M6B $240,000 - 280,000
· 1970 Lola T222 $180,000 - 240,000
· 1971 Lola T260 $240,000 - 280,000
· 1983 Jaguar XJR 5 Imsa $140,000 - 160,000
Also starring at Bonhams
& Butterfields' Quail Lodge Sale, will be:
The ex-Lolita Armour
1927 Hispano-Suiza H6B Town Car
Coachwork by D'Ieteren Frères
Chassis no. 11767
Subjected to an uncompromising 4,000 hour body-off restoration, this stunning
motor car was custom built for heiress Lolita Armour. With just three
owners, 19,000 miles from new, elegant Belgian coachwork, and precision
Swiss and French engineering, this stunning vehicle is the epitome of
luxurious transportation. Estimate: $290,000 - 320,000.
300SL 'Gullwing' Coupe
Chassis no. 6500287
Originally conceived in Stuttgart as a sports-racer, today the 'Gullwing'
is one of the world's most recognizable and iconic motorcars. Very fast
and strikingly handsome, this example is particularly fine having been
restored years ago, and more recently serviced by Paul Russell and Company.
Estimate: $350,000 - 450,000.
1937 Bugatti Type
57 Ventoux Coupe
Chassis No. 57 614
A very correct example of the renowned Type 57, this well-maintained Bugatti
restored by Phil Reilly & Co is fitted with sporting aerodynamic coachwork
that makes it as usable as it is stylish. Estimate: $260,000 - 320,000.
The Property of Francis
1957 Ford Thunderbird. Estimate $28,000 - 32,000
The Property of Francis
1965 Ford Mustang. Estimate: $8,000 - 12,000