Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Sale

3 June, 2012

Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance auction
produced its best results yet in its five years of sales
with a total exceeding $5m, by far the highest
figure achieved at the venue. Seventy per cent of
the 90-car offering was sold. This included the first
sale of a million-dollar automobile, the 1965 Ferrari
275 GTB Berlinetta realizing $1.28m – a world
record for a steel-bodied 'shortnose' road car.
Of the European marques, Ferraris and Aston
Martins brought most of the headlines. The ex-Rod
Stewart 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion
made $330,000 and two unrestored Astons also
contributed solid prices. One Aston, a left hand
drive DB5 offered from more than 37 years of
ownership and with just 37,000 miles on the clock,
made $392,000. Another, a 'barn find' DB 2/4 MkII,
obtained $95,000.

Highlights of the home market offerings were a
1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible sold from the
estate of Eugene Beardslee which made $117,000,
an immaculate 1907 Stanley Steamer offered from
family ownership dating back to the 1920s, and a
very rare 1922 Cunningham V8 Town Car, the latter
pair bringing $128,000 apiece.

A strong automobilia section featuring the
collection of the late John Webb de Campi allowed
collectors the opportunity to acquire rare pieces
from this famed Rolls-Royce authority, while
elsewhere in the sale some of the best performing
items were two Raymond Loewy Studebaker
Avanti concept drawings which made a total of
$6,375 against $600 estimates. The top lot was
an exquisitely made Daimler Reitwagen full-scale
replica, which sold for $31,250.

Simeone Foundation Sale Automotive Museum, Philadelphia

8 October 2012
Bonhams is proud to announce its new autumn
auction, which will take place at the worldfamous
Simeone Museum in Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, on 8th October 2012. Home to
the collection of Dr. Fred Simeone, the museum
houses arguably the world's greatest grouping
of endurance racing cars.

Taking place on the Monday of the week
of the Hershey swap meet, and the Antique
Automobile Club of America's answer to the
Beaulieu Autojumble, this auction is designed
to promote the concept of preserving rather
than restoring automobiles, and part of its
content will be dedicated to only automobiles
of this category.

Already consigned to the auction is
a collection of cars from a noted local
Pennsylvania enthusiast, headlined by a
remarkable 1915 Packard Model 3-38
Gentleman's Roadster that was acquired in the
1920s and remains ostensibly original, save for
a single re-paint. Alongside this is a range of
interesting early automobiles, including two
potential London to Brighton cars – a 1903
Knox Single Cylinder Surrey and a c.1904
Buckmobile Twin Cylinder Two-Seater. From
outside of the collection, there are two Facel
Vegas on offer, a 1957 FV4 Coupé, and a
very rare 1960 Excellence Sedan, as well as a
1928 Packard 448 7-Passenger Touring. All are
unrestored and from long-term owners.
'Preservation' or unrestored cars from around
the world are currently sought by the Bonhams
U.S. team to accompany this collection.
In addition, the sale will offer appropriate
spares and accessories designed to assist
the enthusiast in restoring or improving the
authenticity of their cars.

Quail Lodge Sale, Carmel California

16-17 August, 2012

Bonhams is delighted to present its Monterey
Car Week Sale at the western-most section of
the Quail Lodge property, with the beautiful
Monterey Highlands providing a dramatic and
picturesque backdrop. This new location provides
a more contiguous viewing facility, complete with
a wonderful open air display area on the lawns
surrounding the sale marquee.

In June this year, Bonhams conducted a
momentous sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
which set no fewer than five new world record
prices, including an outright auction record for any
British car, with the iconic, utterly charismatic and
historically superb ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929-31
Bentley 4½-Liter 'Blower' Single-Seater. These same
superlatives could quite easily be applied to the
McLaren F1 GTR 'Longtail' Bonhams is offering at
Quail Lodge. McLaren's centre-drive road-come-race
car design – in fact their first-time Le Mans winner –
from the 1990s is without doubt the most significant
automotive concept of the late 20th century and as
of today no challenger has successfully laid a glove
upon it. Mentioned in the same breath as the legends
of 30 years earlier – Ferrari's 250GTO, Ford's GT40
and Porsche's 917 – the McLaren F1 is a worthy
member of this elite band, even down to wearing the
same pale blue and orange Gulf Oil livery the latter
masterpiece pair carried to such high honors during
the 1960s and 1970s.

Bonhams is particularly pleased to offer cars from
the Tom Armstrong Collection, including the ex-
Team Zitro Ford GT40, fastidiously documented and
authenticated for us by renowned GT40 authority
Ronnie Spain. Other collections to be presented
include the Leo Levine Collection of Fine Automobilia
and the Rickenbacker Café Motorcycle Collection.
These will be presented in the traditional Thursday
sale program, commencing at 11am.

The Motorcycle section of the sale also features
no fewer than three of the legendary Crocker
motorcycles. Quite literally these machines represent
the finest in US motorcycle manufacture of the prewar
era, a two-wheeled Duesenberg if you will.

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