Sportscars lead the list of early consignments for the June event
Bonhams is pleased to announce that entries are still invited through the end of the month for its ever popular motorcar auction at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance.
Held at a lovely waterfront park in tony Greenwich, Connecticut – just 30 miles north of New York City – the Greenwich Conours d'Elegance and the featured Bonhams automobile auction is regarded as the foremost collector car event in New England. And this year, an exciting roster of early entries at Bonhams promises another impressive auction line-up.
Leading the list of initial consignments is a fantastic 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 "Periscopica". In single ownership since 1978, this Italian thoroughbred is in stunning and original, unrestored condition with fewer than 16,500 km (10,250 mi). Considered an icon of pioneering design – one that gave rise to the supercar class of automobiles, the Countach LP400 is also very uncommon with only 150 ever built. At its Quail Lodge auction last August, Bonhams achieved a new world record for a Lamborghini Countach when a similar year-model sold for $836,000. This example, with its low mileage and beautifully preserved condition, must be considered one of the very best in existence and carries an estimate of $450,000-$550,000.
Another true highlight is a 1959 FIAT Abarth 750 Record Monza Zagato Bialbero, one of the legendary twin cam derivatives of Abarth's famous 750 whose extreme performance from modest cubic capacity provided "giant killing" results in contemporary Sports Car Club of America events. This particular example was discovered in the early 1980s in a derelict condition and has been painstakingly restored and researched by its current owner of more than 30 years. During this exacting effort it was discovered that the car was originally delivered to the US early in 1959 and formed part of the distinguished Team Roosevelt and is therefore thought to have been campaigned at the 1959 Sebring 12 Hours, among other events. In more recent years, following its restoration, it was again returned to the track being a regular sight at the Lime Rock Historic Festival for many years as well as winning several concours prizes. In the mid 2000s the car was retired from racing for a complete mechanical refreshing. Its auction estimate is $175,000-$250,000.
An extremely impressive 1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-Litre Roadster has also been consigned. This matching numbers car with a history documented from new is the beneficiary of a recent restoration that has garnered the car more than 50 concours awards and the ultimate 100-point designation from the Jaguar Club of North America. With a pre-sale estimate of $170,000-$200,000, it is similar in most respects to the 1958 model that fetched over $240,000 at Bonhams Scottsdale Auction this past January.
A very desirable 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 BN7 Convertible – a marque for which Bonhams also holds the world auction record – will also be offered in Greenwich. With records dating back to the original purchase paperwork, this attractive British sportscar also benefits from an exquisite concours-condition restoration that has resulted in numerous event honours and trophies and carries an auction estimate of $65,000-$85,000.
Owners interested in consigning special and distinct automobiles to the Bonhams Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction on June 1st are encouraged to contact one of the following Bonhams specialists straightaway as only a limited number of entries are available.
More information about this anticipated auction can be found at www.bonhams.com/greenwich.
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