(June 2, 2014) Greenwich, CT – Standing room only crowds packed the Bonhams tent at the 7th annual Greenwich collector motorcar auction with the sale totaling in excess of $8 million dollars—besting last year's record breaking total by over 40%, with over 93% of lots offered finding new homes. The capacity crowd grew nearly silent as the catalog cover lot, a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP 400 'Periscopica', sold for over $1.2 million dollars to a bidder seated in the front of the room, beating out over a dozen telephone bidders from around the world, doubling its presale high estimate and rocketing past the previous world record price for a Countach that Bonhams set at its Quail Lodge Auction in August of last year. Another front row bidder triumphed over the competition for a stunning external bonnet latch, flat floor 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Liter Roadster, among the first one hundred left-drive E-Types constructed, that sold for $335,500 while the one-of-a-kind 1966 Fitch Phoenix, which was Connecticut's own late, great John Fitch's unique road-going prototype, sold to a local buyer for $253,000 with a round of applause from the crowd.
Over one hundred collector vehicles crossed the block in the one day sale, attracting bidders worldwide with nearly a dozen countries represented, competing against the knowledgeable and enthusiastic collectors in attendance. An award-winning 1959 Fiat-Abarth 750 Record Monza Bialbero Coupe sold to a telephone bidder for $203,500 winning against the room, as did a 1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-Liter Roadster, also selling for $203,500.
"It was a record turnout at this year's Greenwich auction," Rupert Banner, Vice President and head of the Bonhams motorcar division East Coast said. "We were pleased to bring this year's expansive offering of quality motorcars to this wonderful event, and extend our most sincere thanks to all the attendees, the event organizers, and the loyal clientele who participated."
A 1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster, a versatile and elegant tour car with provenance that includes a series of prominent collectors like Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance founding chairman Alton Walker, sold for $250,000, and the ex-Otto Zipper and William Harrah 1927 Amilcar CGSS Two Seater Sports, eligible for the world's top historical events such as the Mille Miglia, sold after an intense volley among bidders present and absentee, for $191,400—a new world record for the model. The 1910 Stoddard Dayton Model 10K Baby Tonneau, an excellent performing brass era car, sold for $170,500. An unrestored survivor, the 1963 Maserati 3500 GTi Superleggera Coupe was snapped up for $176,000 and a beautifully preserved 1973 Volvo 1800ES Sport Wagon with only 13,000 original miles sold for $92,000—a new world record for a Volvo motorcar.
Over 250 lots of automobilia began the day's auction action, with rare, circa 1920's historic photographs and vintage racing memorabilia from Ben Duncan, the ex-Peter De Palo Chief pit attendant selling for $26,250, well above the presale estimate of $3,000 – $5,000, to a collector keen on preserving this important piece of motorsports history. Porsche memorabilia and spares also excelled with an original Porsche Type 356 Speedster driver's manual selling for $4,000 against an estimate of $200-400. The crowd enthusiastically snapped up the offerings, with over 98% of the automobilia lots sold.
Full results are available on-line at: www.bonhams.com/greenwich. For more information about the Bonhams motorcar auctions, including the upcoming Quail Lodge sale in Carmel, California August 15th, please visit www.bonhams.com/motoring or contact the international motorcar department at (212) 461-6515 on the East Coast, and on the West Coast, (415) 391-4000.
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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