Some of the greatest American automotive names of the teens and 20s
will be featured at Bonhams' anticipated mid-January auction
in the beautiful Arizona desert
Representing some of the finest automobiles ever produced in the 20th Century, Bonhams Scottsdale Auction next month will include an impressive array of early American motorcars.
Leading the assembly of Brass and Nickel Era automobiles is a 1910 Simplex 50HP Toy Tonneau, the ultimate performance car of its time. With a massive and well-built four-cylinder engine (of nearly 10,000cc!) and robust dual-chain drive chassis, matched to four tall gears, this powerful, fast and comfortable machine was an instant success on the track with few to no rivals. This particular example, being well known among enthusiasts, has a continuous, documented history and is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition. It's truly an exemplary motorcar in terms of history, engineering and collectability.
Another legendary marque, similarly coveted and renowned for its sporting prowess, is a 1920 Stutz Series H Bearcat, a car synonymous with speed and rakish good looks. Like its racing predecessors whose performance gave Stutz the slogan "The car that made good in a day," the Bearcat possesses a low centre of gravity, a lightweight design, and a fast 16-valve, four-cylinder engine. Exquisitely restored and in top running condition, this genuine Bearcat is unique in that it's complete, authentic and unmodified.
Also very noteworthy is an original 1915 Packard 1-35 Twin Six 7-Passenger Touring in superb running order that's quite possibly the best preserved of its model extant. With the exception of the top, tyres and spark plugs, this beautiful, functioning survivor remains as it left the Detroit factory nearly a century ago and has what are believed to be just 27,000 original miles. Not only is the condition of this early American luxury car remarkable but its powerful and smooth V-12 engine is so impressive that Enzo Ferrari reportedly used it as inspiration for his own cars.
Included in the line-up are two other cars worthy of attention – a 1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug 2-Passenger Speedster and 1910 Thomas Flyer Model 6-40 Touring. The Kissel Speedster, favoured by celebrities of the day from Amelia Earhart to Fatty Arbuckle, was the epitome of the Roaring Twenties. Sleek, handsome, fast and exclusive, this expertly restored late model example boasts the refinements and upgrades not found on the more common earlier models, including four-wheel hydraulic brakes which vastly increases its practicality and enjoyment. The Thomas Flyer, the model renowned for having won The Great Race from New York to Paris, was formerly part of the famous Harrah Collection and is just three owners from new. With a well documented history, excellent provenance, and in incredible original condition, this is one of the finest models in existence.
These and many more extraordinary automobiles will be offered at Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on January 16th at the luxurious Westin Kierland Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, a convenient 20-minute drive from Phoenix. To register to bid in this auction, in person or remotely, and to purchase a comprehensive collector's catalogue, please visit 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 valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com