From veterans to classics and sportsters to tourers, an astounding array will compliment the mid-August event in Carmel
San Francisco – Italian thoroughbreds will not be the only stars of Bonhams' seventeenth annual summer auction in Carmel, California. Assembled for the highly anticipated event is also a very impressive selection of pre-war sporting and touring cars.
From Bugatti is the quintessential road car, a beautiful two-tone coloured 1938 Type 57 Stelvio with coachwork by Gangloff. Complimented by a supercharged 8-cylinder engine, this elegant and stylish French convertible from one of history's most respected and sought-after marques is not only fast but highly practical, not to mention very comfortable and extremely fun.
One of the most successful, attractive and influential sports cars ever built is the BMW 328 Roadster. This desirable 1937 version has been the recipient of a professional "ground-up" restoration and, together with its well-documented ownership, is an excellent example of the legendary and world-beating German model.
From the other side of the Atlantic is a much earlier sporting car, the extremely rare 1912 Speedwell 12-J 50 HP Speed Car. As the sole surviving Speedwell Speed Car, this American scarcity is truly a piece of history, and with its handsome design and strong performance embodies all the virtues of this heroic period of motoring.
With a decidedly luxurious disposition is a large horsepower 1908 Napier Type 23A 7-Seater Touring Car. Favoured by royalty and the very wealthy the world over, Napier of Britain was one of the preeminent luxury automakers of the Brass Era. This stunning example is quite rare in that it not only retains its original chassis and engine but its original coachwork, which has been carefully and correctly restored to its initial glory.
These examples are just a few of the remarkable pre-war motorcars assembled for Bonhams' mid-August auction. Many more rare and exquisite early models from Europe and America will be on offer.
From Great Britain and Europe are the following highlights:
· 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi-des-Belges Tourer by Wilkinson
· 1925 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost All-Weather Tourer by Locke
· 1926 Lancia Lambda Sixth Series Torpedo Tourer
· 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Pall Mall Phaeton by Brewster
· 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton by Hibbard & Darrin
· 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II All-Weather Tourer by Hooper
· 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 HP Foursome Drophead Coupe by Thrupp & Maberly
· 1935 MG Midget P-Type 2-Seater
· 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports 4-Seater by Thrupp & Maberly
· 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Cabriolet A
From America are the following highlights:
· 1899 Locomobile Steam Runabout
· 1905 REO Runabout
· 1905 REO Roadster
· 1908 Stanley Model K Semi-Racer
· 1910 Kissel Kar Model D-10 50 HP 5-Passenger Touring
· 1910 White Model O-O 5-Passenger Touring
· 1911 Buick Model 38 Roadster
· 1913 Pope-Hartford Model 31 Portola Roadster
· 1922 Stanley Model 740 2-Passenger Roadster
· 1928 Packard Custom Eight Model 4-43 Roadster
· 1930 Ford Model A Victoria Coupe
All of these and more can be reviewed online with pictures, detailed descriptions and estimates available at Bonhams.com/Quail.
Bonhams' two-day Quail Lodge auction in Carmel, California will take place on August 14 and 15, with the above mentioned cars being sold on Friday the 15th.
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