6 Feb 2014, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais


6 Feb 2014, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais


6 Feb 2014, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais


6 Feb 2014, Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais

American marques and historical motors with cross-Atlantic connections in abundance at Bonhams Paris sale on 6 February.

Among some of the stars being sold are the powerful and extremely rare 1966 Plymouth Satellite 'Hemi' Coupe.

The Citron Gold-coloured muscle car offered by Bonhams has undergone a 2,000-hour restoration project costing $128,000 (€93,600), which included work on its 7-liter V8 engine and '727' three-speed automatic transmission. It comes with an estimate of $82,000-123,000 (€60,000-90,000).

One of the Plymouth's fellow Statesmen, a 1930 Cord L-29 Sedan Phaeton, will also appear at the sale with an estimate of $130,000-170,000 (€95,000-125,000).

The front-wheel drive was made in Indiana and is considered one of the most stylish American cars of the period – it is thought only 300 exist today.

Adding a splash of color is the 1959 Series 62 Convertible that featured in the Clint Eastwood film, The Pink Cadillac.

The epitome of post-war American glitz, the Cadillac features the colour-matched interior and jukebox dashboard that the marque was known for. But style over substance it is not – it also boasts a stealthy 6.4-liter V8 engine that was one of the first of its kind.

This Cadillac featured in the 1989 motion picture for which it was repainted from its original white livery. The car also comes with assorted memorabilia from the film and is for sale with no reserve and an estimate of $34,000-48,000 (€25,000-35,000).
An earlier Cadillac – a Series 62 Cabriolet from 1947 – is also for sale with an estimate of $55,000-82,000 (€40,000-60,000).

In addition to the American marques some of the European highlights include a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 that was supplied to J.S. Inskip of New York, on Manhattan's 64th Street.

After the US debut of the James Bond blockbuster, Goldfinger, which featured the DB5, the model was in high demand in the US. This one - thought to be worth $820,000-1,100,000 (€600,000-800,000) - spent at least four decades in New York.

And no line up would be complete without a classic Mercedes-Benz – or three.

A 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500 K Cabriolet A that was first owned by the French actor, Henri Garat, a 1952 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A, and a 300SL Roadster are all on offer in Paris.

The stunningly elegant supercharged 500K, which has been in the same private ownership since 1969 was one of the few 100mph road cars available in the 1930s and has an estimate of $2,700,000-3,400,000 (€2,000,000-2,500,000).

Meanwhile the six-cylinder 220 comes complete with a State of Florida Certificate and is a highly sought after car, carrying an estimate of $137,000-191,000 (€100,000-140,000).

The 300SL Roadster comes complete with factory hard-top has been with its original Swiss owner since 1972.

Additional star lots include the classic Ferrari 275GTB/4 Berlinetta, built in January 1968 and the British-made Lagonda V12, which were both owned by wealthy American businessmen.

In the 1970s the Ferrrai was exported to the USA and by 1979 was owned by W Michael Gray, a Californian businessman who completely restored it.

It has since had approximately $325,000 (€237,000) spent on a full restoration project carried out in 2011 by one of the UK's best-known Ferrari specialists, Bob Houghton Ltd, and is valued at $2,800,000-3,500,000 (€2,100,000-2,600,000).

But the V12 was what caught the eye of American millionaire, motor racing and America's Cup enthusiast, Briggs Cunningham, after he borrowed one from the factory while on a visit to the UK.

He was the first owner of the 1939 drophead coupé being offered by Bonhams with a guide price of $492,000-600,000 (€360,000-440,000).

From the West to the East Coast and built just a few years earlier in 1927, a Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Limousine was ordered by Joseph Widener of Pennsylvania.

The cabriolet coachwork of chassis number 109NC was replaced by New York specialists, Locke & Co and remains in impeccable condition today. In claret and black the New Phantom carries an estimate of $66,000-77,000 (€48,000-56,000).

Philip Kantor, Bonhams head of motor cars for mainland Europe, said: "The much anticipated Paris sale is a highlight of the motoring calendar and we have a huge range of cars, motorcycles and automobilia to suit all tastes and budgets.

"We have traveled the world to find these items, many of which have strong connections to the United States, and we are delighted to say there are some real gems from both sides of the Atlantic."


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

  1. Philip Kantor
    Boulevard Saint-Michel 101
    Brussels, Belgium 1040

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