Bonhams' first automobile auction in Florida, to be held in conjunction with the stylish Boca Raton Concours d'Elegance next month, is confirming an impressive line-up. Various British and European cars – some of great rarity and others with impressive pedigree – will be crossing the auction block on Saturday, February 23rd on the grounds of the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
As one of just six ever built, the 1965 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake is a rare gem of sporting versatility. Originally conceived by Aston Martin's director, David Brown, to carry his guns and dogs, the Radford coachbuilt conversions were a no-expense-spared exercise in the ultimate sportsman's sports car. Moreover, this particular example has the desirable lefthand drive and options such as air conditioning, and benefits from the powerful and superior
The 1967 Porsche 911 Targa Soft Window Coupe is also quite newsworthy. With low production numbers, tremendous performance and proven, timeless design, this particular matching numbers, open top sports car from single family ownership has also benefitted from a complete and documented restoration performed by respected marque specialists Amalfi Racing.
Another unique performance car is the 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Spyder Conversion. This unusual open top conversion, made on a Plexiglas-nosed Daytona, was originally supplied in Italy where it was made into a convertible. Finished in warm Giallo Fly yellow, it's a fun, fast and striking example of the world's most famous sports car.
Strictly utilitarian – and quite innovative at that – is the 1965 Citroën Sahara 4x4. Fitted with two complete and separate engines, one for each drive train, the durable and reliable little
convertible was conceived and used as a real work horse, particularly in the Alps and Pyrenees by local police and rescue forces. With less than 700 made and fewer survivors, this model has become a highly sought after by collectors in recent years.
On the more luxurious side is the 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith 7-Passenger Limousine given as a gift by Prince Artchil Gourielli-Tchkonia to his wife, the cosmetics magnate, Helena Rubenstein. Enormous, lavish and gorgeous, this British titan boasts a pedigree of refinement and distinction.
These and many more cars of various vintages will be offered at Bonhams' inaugural auction in beautiful Boca Raton next month. Owners interested in consigning unique automobiles to this anticipated event have until January 11th before entries are closed. To speak to a Bonhams specialist about consigning, please contact:
• Rupert Banner, New York: 212-461-6515 / firstname.lastname@example.org
• Evan Ide, New England: 917-340-4657 / email@example.com
• Mark Osborne, San Francisco: 415-391-4000 / firstname.lastname@example.org
More details about the auction can be found at Bonhams.com/BocaRaton, while details about the concours weekend can be found at BocaRatonConcours.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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com