Cobra, Lister and Lotus join the impressive selection of sports and racing cars at Bonhams 16th annual Carmel sale
Bonhams is pleased to announce that it has been selected to represent another prominent private collection of motorcars at its anticipated mid-August auction.
From the Stan Hallinan Collection of New England come three cars that are sure to share the limelight in what is quickly becoming one of the most talked about auctions of the summer.
Referred to by Brian Lister as "absolutely the most amazing time-warp car I have ever seen" is the single-owner 1958 Lister-Chevrolet "Knobbly" Sports Racer. Used for local Gymkhana events and the occasional spirited country drive for just a few of its early years, the car was retired to protective dry storage in 1964 where it
remained until June of this year! As described by author Doug Nye in Powered by Jaguar: The Cooper, HWM, Tojeiro & Lister Sports-Racing Cars, it is "the most perfect of all preserved and undoubtedly genuine Lister sports-racing cars" in existence.
Equally exciting is the road test car from the March 1963 issue of Car and Driver – the first year production 1962 Shelby AC Cobra. Representing the apex of Anglo-American sports cars with its aluminium roadster body and tube space frame powered by a brawny yet lightweight V-8 engine, this particular Cobra is just two owners from new and may quite possibly be the most original and lowest mileage (4,711) example extant. Wowed by this very car's performance, Car and Driver remarked, "Every time we test a genuine 150-mph road car, the question crops up whether there is really adequate justification for their existence. In every case we have been convinced that there is." While authentic Cobras are now legendary, early original examples such as this are the rarest of the breed and this one set the mould for them all.
A 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk1, the high-performance collaborative creation from Lotus and Ford of Britain, will also be offered. Raced to victory by such legends as Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart and Jackie Ickx, the Lotus Cortina holds many prestigious titles and is still a strong finisher in historic competitions today. This example from the Hallinan Collection is, as would be expected, an exceptional single-owner car that is just over 6,200 miles from new and retains its original paint and interior. It is to be offered without reserve.
These remarkable cars, together with the news-making assembly consigned to this year's Quail Lodge Auction, will be offered on Friday, August 16th in sunny Carmel Valley, California, during the world-renowned Monterey Peninsula Car Week. Interested buyers may find more information and register to bid in person or remotely at www.bonhams.com/quail.
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