29 May 2012
Superb American Marques from Long Island Estate added to June 3rd auction
Bonhams Auctioneers are pleased to announce the addition of nine superb American motorcars from the famed collection of Eugene Beardslee, to the already impressive selections on offer at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Motorcar Auction on June 3rd. The fully illustrated auction catalogs are now available for advance purchase via phone, or email, or online at www.bonhams.com/greenwich.
Eugene Beardslee, the founder of Beardslee Transmission and a passionate collector of original classics, was devoted to the pursuit of the finest classic cars in the world. His exquisite taste, which often gravitated towards the Lincoln and Packard marques, was widely recognized; numerous cars from his collection descended from royalty and won awards at the most prestigious events.
One of the highlights from the collection, a 1939 Cadillac Series 90 Sixteen Formal Sedan, is one of only eight built in this body style. This handsome and rare Cadillac is the eighth and final Fleetwood 9033F Formal Sedan built upon a 1939 V-16 chassis. It was originally purchased by the Calumet Farms Family of Lexington, KY, the famous breeders of eight Kentucky Derby winning horses, and it remained in the family's possession until the late 1970s when ownership passed to Mr. Beardslee. Showing today with a resplendent Midnight Blue lacquer paint job, exquisite interior with elaborate inlaid wood trim and 'Motorphone' intercom system to communicate with the driver, the Formal Sedan is complete with original sales literature. This magnificent auto is in fine working condition and is expected to draw bidding in the $75,000 - $100,000 range.
Gene Beardslee was not one to compromise in any way on the restoration of his classic motorcars. His 1957 Lincoln Premiere Convertible, the finest convertible available from Ford Motor Company that year, was no exception. Entrusted by Beardslee to the legendary Hibernia Restoration specialists of New Jersey, Hibernia worked their magic on the Convertible as well as several other motorcars acquired by the Beardslee family over the years. Finished in Huntsman Red, the Lincoln Convertible, with its striking, two-toned red and black interior and a self-locking "Robotic" power top feature that was unique to the Premiere that year, is estimated at $90,000 - $120.000.
Another example of the high caliber of American classics on offer from this prestigious ownership is the 1938 Lincoln Zephyr 4-Door Convertible. Finished in deep rich lacquer paint and trimmed in tan leather, it is one of only 461 built. This car features the trendsetting frontal design that would be adopted by virtually every American car manufacturer within two years, a futuristic interior look, and a whisper quiet V-12. It is anticipated to draw bidding in the $90,000 - $100,000 range.
Striking in appearance and sporting its original beige, black and orange paint scheme, a 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible will also cross the auction block on June 3rd. This Packard model was the untarnished queen of the luxury automaker's line at a time when the proud American brand was facing imminent closure. Novel and exclusive Caribbean features include winter/summer reversible seat cushion covers trimmed in leather on their facing and cloth on the reverse sides, a powerful 374-cubic-inch V8 producing 310hp and breathing through dual four-barrel carburetors, power windows and a "Wonderbar" radio. Bidding is expected in the $85,000 - $100,000 range.
"Bonhams is excited to offer this group of classic motorcars from the fine Beardslee Collection at this year's Greenwich auction," Rupert Banner, Bonhams Motorcar specialist said. "All of these motorcars have been carefully protected in climate controlled storage, and the in keeping with their Father's high standards, his descendants have invested the time and resources to bring the cars to top operating condition," Mr. Banner explained. "This sale presents a rare opportunity to own an American classic with a nice blend of originality and mechanical soundness."
2012 marks a decade of Bonhams' collector car auctions in New England and this year offers one of the finest selections ever, dominated by automobiles that are fresh to the market and from long-term private ownerships. This year, an exceptionally high quality of sporting classics will be presented—led by the beautiful cover lot, the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, and followed by benchmark examples of Jaguar E Types and XKs, a Porsche 356 Speedster, a 356 Cabriolet as well as an early 911, a pair of Daimler Darts and four Aston Martins.
Preview days for this event are: Saturday, June 2nd 10:00am – 5pm, and Sunday, June 3rd, 9:30am – 12:30pm, under the big white tent at the Roger Sherman Baldwin Park, 100 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT. The auction catalog is $40 and admits two. For further information on the Bonhams Greenwich Motorcars auction, contact specialists Rupert Banner, on the east coast, (212) 461-6515, and on the west coast, Mark Osborne, (415) 391-4000. For further information on the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, visit: www.GreenwichConcours.com .
NOTES FOR EDITORS
Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com