Call for entries announced; Bugatti Type 46 and Mercedes-Benz Gullwing lead the list of early consignments

Following the smashing success of last year's inaugural auction, Bonhams is pleased to announce that it's accepting consignments for its return to the famed Scottsdale Car Week in January.

Hosted once again on the beautiful and spacious grounds of the premier Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, Bonhams' auction of important collectors' cars promises an impressive line-up for international connoisseurs with two very noteworthy machines leading the list of early consignments.

First is a car known as "Le Petite Royale", the 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet with coachwork by Veth & Zoon. At its debut, The Motor magazine said the Type 46 "combines the luxury of a large limousine, the perfect flexibility and top gear performance of a thoroughbred, with the perfect road holding, speed and acceleration of a sports model." Exemplifying the crème de la crème of touring cars, the elegant and sporting Type 46 was among the best of the Molsheim models, and this particular car – the recipient of a painstaking concours-level restoration – is among the very best in existence.

Then, of course, is a car that needs little introduction, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe – one of the most universally loved and iconic luxury sports cars ever built. This too has benefitted from an exhaustive, no-expense-spared restoration and is finished in stunning strawberry with tan interior. With its futuristic design and graceful appearance, the Gullwing belies the fact that it's a true sports car at heart, engineered for performance. These attributes – superior design and performance – combined with low production numbers and its magnetic appeal, have catapulted Gullwings to the top of the post-War sports car market.

Bonhams is also proud to present a stylish 1931 Cord L-29 Cabriolet. This fine example of Cord's landmark front-wheel-drive design was a 1957 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Class Winner and is offered direct from long-term private ownership.

Come mid-January, in the warm, wonderful Arizona desert, these stellar automobiles will lead an impressive and diverse roster of motorcars represented by Bonhams. The auction is scheduled for Thursday, the 17th of January at Scottsdale's Westin Kierland Resort, a pleasant and accessible 20-minute drive from Phoenix.

Sellers interested consigning exceptional cars to this internationally-attended sale are encouraged to contact one of the following motoring specialists at Bonhams:
• Mark Osborne, San Francisco: 415-391-4000 / mark.osborne@bonhams.com
• David Swig, West Coast: 415-391-4000 /david.swig@Bonhams.com
• Rupert Banner, New York: 212-461-6515 / rupert.banner@bonhams.com
• Eric Minoff, East Coast: 917-206-1630 / eric.minoff@bonhams.com

Details about this sale – including registration and catalog purchases – will become available in the coming weeks at www.bonhams.com/Scottsdale


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

Contacts
  1. Mark Osborne
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    Bonhams
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