Additional consignments invited as cars associated with Elvis Presley,
Pat Boone and John F. Kennedy join the August line-up
Bonhams is closely associated with many celebrity names – most notably Steve McQueen – and has always represented motorcars and motorcycles from renowned public figures of the past and present. And this summer, for its anticipated Quail Lodge Auction in Carmel, Bonhams has recently consigned another exciting selection of automobiles with celebrity provenance.
From the most famous and influential entertainer of the 20th century – none other than Elvis Presley – is a 1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V. This exquisite and exclusive saloon was not only roomy and lavishly appointed but also powerful and well assisted with a V8 engine, massive drum bakes and 4-speed automatic transmission. With only around 500 of these models produced, this rare luxury car was purchased by the very select, including HRH Queen Elizabeth, the Shah of Iran, the Beatles' John Lennon and, of course, the King of Rock 'n Roll when he was at the height of his powers.
From another musical star is one of the most legendary automobiles of the mid-20th century – a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL "Gullwing" formerly owned by Pat Boone. In the 1950s Boone was enjoying the pinnacle of his career and was second only to Elvis in US record sales when he purchased this Teutonic masterpiece. Forming part of the Bob Ullrich Collection since 1958 – the cars of which will all be sold without reserve – the Gullwing, with its paint job by famed customizer Dean Jeffries (painter of James Dean's Little Bastard Porsche 550 Spyder), is not only replete with pop culture history but also rare in that it is just one of 167 year-model cars manufactured by the Stuttgart firm.
Also previously owned by Boone is a fast and beautiful 1966 Ferrari 330 GT Series II Coupe. Delivered new to the singer by Luigi Chinetti, the matching-numbers V12 sports car has been authentically and immaculately restored to concours condition.
Enthusiasts will remember when Bonhams sold the impeccable Marlene Dietrich 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Phaeton in Scottsdale two years ago. Now the "sister" to that car will be offered in Carmel. The 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Convertible Sedan with coachwork by Hibbard & Darrin was originally owned by Hollywood movie mogul Jack Warner of Warner Bros. fame and, being good friends with the screen goddess Dietrich, was likely the impetus for her owning the sister car. Later owned by Matt and Barbara Browning, this stunning machine (click here for a video of the car), together with Dietrich's equally stunning ride, must have been an exclusive and exhilarating sight indeed during Hollywood's roaring '20s!
With a fascinating connection to the administration of President John F. Kennedy is a 1961 Lincoln Continental Convertible. Bought new by Paul Fay, then Undersecretary of the Navy and a close, personal friend of JFK's from their days together in WWII, this stately, open-top car can be seen in photographs and film of Fay and his family driving up to the White House and being greeted by the President. Furthermore, the Fay children seen in this car in the archival footage are the owners and consignors, making the history of this single family-owned Lincoln completely uninterrupted from the White House to Quail Lodge.
With closing dates coming soon and limited space available, owners of rare and distinct automobiles interested in consigning their cars should contact the Bonhams Motoring Department without delay at email@example.com or 415-391-4000.
For collectors interested in registering to bid on these and other motorcars at the Friday, August 15th sale, information and details can be found at www.bonhams.com/quail.
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