From the Italian prancing horse to the German powered speedboat: Inaugural Bonhams Sales celebrates European engineering

11 Oct 2013, The Zoute Sale

From the Italian prancing horse to the German powered speedboat: Inaugural Bonhams Sales celebrates European engineering

11 Oct 2013, The Zoute Sale

From the Italian prancing horse to the German powered speedboat: Inaugural Bonhams Sales celebrates European engineering

11 Oct 2013, The Zoute Sale

The inaugural Bonhams auction in the fashionable seaside town of Knokke-Le-Zoute in Belgium on Friday 11th October will concentrate on European engineering.

Entries are still being accepted for the auction, which will be held during the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and the Zoute Concours d'Elegance.

Early consignments feature a number of Italian classics, including a 1954 Ferrari 212/250 with coachwork by Pininfarina (estimate €600,000-€900,000), a 1957 Maserati A6G/54 with coachwork by Allemano (€450,000-€650,000), and a 1973 Maserati Bora 4.9 Coupé with coachwork by Giugiaro (€100,000-€130,000).

Germany, meanwhile, is represented by a 1950 Berlin III BMW 328 Powered Speedboat that is estimated to realize between €180,000 and €260,000, and several Porsches. A 1962 356B/1600 Roadster is expected to achieve between €110,000 and €140,000, while a 1972 911S 2.4 Targa is offered at €90,000 to €120,000. The auction will also include a number of Mercedes-Benzs: a 1958 Ponton 220S Cabriolet (€85,000-€105,000), a 1960 190SL
(€75,000-€95,000), and a 1966 230SL (€65,000-€95,000) are among entries.

Other lots of particular interest in the auction include a 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 BJ8 estimated to realize between €45,000 and €65,000, and a 1983 Croco Tag offered at no reserve, and estimated at €12,000 to €18,000.

The inaugural Bonhams Zoute Sale will be held in conjunction with the Zoute Grand Prix Rally and Concours d'Elegance, which is held over the weekend of 10 to 13 October. The Rally, which begins and ends at Knokke-Le-Zoute, features 160 cars manufactured between 1920 and 1965, while the wider event will include exhibitions from car manufacturers and the Zoute GP Tour – a drive from St-Martens-Latem to Knokke-Le-Zoute reserved for GT cars that are less than 20 years old.

The Concours d'Elegance will take place on Fairway 1 of the prestigious Royal Zoute Golf Club, and will be judged by an internationally-renowned jury.

Philip Kantor, Head of the Mainland European Motoring department, said: "Following the success of our inaugural sale at the Spa Classic in May, we are delighted to be heading to Knokke-Le-Zoute for the second of our two new auctions in Belgium this year.

"Our Spa sale was well attended by a large crowd of bidders and onlookers, and realized €3.4 million, with strong prices achieved for a number of motor cars. We hope for another pleasing result at this sale."

For further information on the event visit: www.zoutegrandprix.be/en.


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