Bonhams inaugural Arizona sale
Thursday 19 January 2012
Sports Car Market
"...it's hard to call this first-time event anything other than a success."
"Bonhams succeeded by offering not only great cars but some wonderful automobilia..."
"The hosting Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in North Scottsdale proved to be one of the nicest venues in the area."
Sportscar Digest – Rick Carey reporting
"First time in Scottsdale? Bonhams did it right and set themselves on a path to success."
Our first sale in Arizona was held at the picturesque Westin Keirland Resort & Spa, which offered ample space for display and client
parking plus superbe amenities. Almost unique to the Scottsdale extravaganza, motorcars were displayed on a manicured lawn, complete with garden furniture and white picket fencing – all very British...
The sale commenced with the David E. Davis collection of fine automobilia, this section of the sale was a 100% success, not surprising as David E. was one of America's best loved motoring journalists - an icon himself.
The motorcar section too was a great success, with high points including the ex-Marlene Dietrich Phantom I Transformable Phaeton
achieving in excess of half a million dollars. The sale ran the gamut with a 1919 Stutz Series G – pre-sale estimate $45,000 – selling for $137,000, a barn find Porsche Speedster topping $100K, and a Figoni & Falaschi Delahaye achieving $472,500 against a $250K pre-sale estimate.
The US team was delighted with the outcome of the sale, with the new venue that was universally enjoyed by all, and also the positive
feedback from clients... Scottsdale in January – what could be finer?
Come and join us at the Westin next year for great weather,great motorcars and great camaraderie...
Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
Sunday 3 June 2012
Headlining the auction is an immaculate 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C which is rare for a number of reasons, it benefits from the more desirable
6 carburettor configuration, the larger cabin configuration more normally associated with the Long Nose variants and has had only a handful of owners from new. Always prized, its lustrous Rosso Rubino paint scheme and deep tan leather interior, the majority of which is still original to the car, make this stand out from the crowd, it is
expected to realise in excess of $1m.
Just one year earlier, but of equal pedigree, is a time-warp 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Saloon, which comes to this sale after more than 37 years of ownership and having covered only 37,000 miles from new. Sold new in Snow Shadow Grey livery with red leather upholstery to a Jackson Heights, New York owner, this left hand drive car has had but one repaint early on to the current green paint scheme and is otherwise highly original and arguably a candidate for a 'preservation'.
In keeping with the traditions now established by Bonhams over 10 years of auctions in the New England region, the sale will present such locally built rarities as a 1907 Stanley Steamer Model EX which has been owned in the same family for 87 years and received a concours restoration, which must make it one of the finest and most
authentic to survive anywhere in the world as well as a 1919 Locomobile Model 48 Town Car with 'Six Fender' coachwork by Demarest.
Alongside these will be our mix of pre and post war classics,
ranging from a pair of 1961 Daimler SP250 'Dart' Roadsters from the estate of local Maine collector Barry Flynn, to a 1940 Plymouth and 1930 Ford Station Waggon, an original Fiat Multipla Taxi and
a 1900 Societe Parisienne Voiturette.
Friday 17 August 2012
This year, for the Quail Lodge Sale, we are thrilled to present an absolute icon of modern-era sports car racing – an ex-GTC Gulf Team Davidoff 1997 McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' FIA GT Endurance
Racing Coupe. The McLaren F1 GTR design is from that pantheon of victors, including the legendary Ford GT40 and Porsche 917K, to wear Gulf Oil's charismatic pale-blue and orange team livery.The 20th Century's ultimate motoring icon, the McLaren F1 GTR not only earned its place amongst such exalted company on genuine merit, but appears on most aficionados' top-ten list of the greatest sports cars ever built.
This particular example – chassis '028R' - was the 28th and last McLaren F1 GTR produced 1995-1997 by the British McLaren Cars factory in Woking, Surrey. It is the last of that final year's batch of only ten highly-developed 'Longtail' cars. These definingly beautiful, ultramodern competition Coupes – with their unique centerline driving position and super-sophisticated all-composite structure - were the ultimate development of McLaren's entire Le Manswinning F1 GTR family.
Indeed, they had to be to resist the tailor-made circuit-racing projectiles then unleashed by the AMG Mercedes-Benz operation. In 1997 '028R' contested FIA GT Championship 4-hour races at the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Austria's A1-Ring, Donington Park and Mugello, plus the Sebring and Laguna Seca 3-Hours events and the Suzuka 1,000Kms. Driven in these races by Andrew Gilbert-Scott, Geoff Lees, Anders Olofsson and John Neilsen,'028R' finished sixth at Suzuka and Laguna Seca, seventh at Donington and tenth at Sebring.As the last of this rarefied and now much coveted breed, the McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' '028R' embodies all the lessons learned during that highly successful period.
In short, this Gordon Murray-designed beauty is today one of the finest and most exclusive and charismatic racing Coupes available anywhere in the world.