A 1927 Bugatti Type 35B – an example of the model which won the very first Monaco Grand Prix – is in pole position, with an estimate of €2 – 3 million, in next month's Bonhams Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' on 13 May.

Against the backdrop of The Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the Bonhams Monaco Sale will offer a magical array of magnificent metal comprising important racing cars, exotica and other collectors' motor cars, including a second 1920s Bugatti – a 1,929 Type 37, estimate €800,000 - 1,000,000 - at the Fairmont Hotel, Monte Carlo.

1927 Bugatti Type 35B, estimate €2,000,000 - €3,000,000
More than 90 years ago, the very first Monaco Grand Prix took place – and it was a Bugatti Type 35B which took the chequered flag. So, it is fitting that an example of this early supercar – also driven by the likes of Louis Chiron, the famous Monegasque driver – should lead the Bonhams Monaco Sale.

One of only circa 45 Type 35Bs produced, it is a rare survivor, largely thanks to the fact that its first pre-war owners were, unusually, not professional racing drivers. The Bugatti is now offered from 47 years of ownership by its vendor, a Belgian gentleman racing driver, who raced it in the 1990s. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire the rare Type 35B, the most successful of the Grand Prix Bugattis.

Its sibling 1929 Type 37 also comes from long-term ownership – of 63 years in the same family – and is being offered publicly for the first time. The three-owner Bugatti was raced extensively by its second owner, campaigning Grand Prix in 1931 and 1932, achieving a podium (3rd) place at the Grand Prix de Chimay. Offered with matching numbers, the car was extensively restored in the late 1990s/early 2000s.

1962 Brabham 1 1/2-litre Brabham-Climax BT3 Formula 1 Racing Single Seater, estimate €450,000 - €650,000 - no reserve

Another motorsport marvel crossing the block in Monaco is truly historic – the first Formula 1 car constructed by its driver to take a Formula 1 chequered flag – that driver being three-times world champion, Jack Brabham, and the car the 1962 Brabham 1 1/2-litre Brabham-Climax BT3 Formula 1 Racing Single Seater (estimate €450,000 - €650,000 - no reserve).

Following his two Formula 1 world championship successes - in 1959, when he also won the Monaco Grand Prix, and 1960 - Australian Sir Jack Brabham returned to his engineering roots to form Motor Racing Developments, in partnership with his talented compatriot Ron Tauranac.

In 1962, the BT3 - the third Tauranac-designed prototype - became the first Formula 1 car to carry the Brabham name. A double F1 race winner with its namesake at the wheel, it was also the first car constructed by its driver to take a Formula 1 chequered flag. The BT3 was the forerunner of the 1966 incarnation in which Sir Jack added his third World Championship title - becoming the first and (still) only driver to win the Formula 1 world championship in a car of his own make.

1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, estimate €1,200,000 – 1,600,000

Jean-Pierre Beltoise is another Monaco Grand Prix winner represented in The Monaco Sale in the form of a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, estimate €1,200,000 – 1,600,000. Considered one of the most elegant Ferraris, only 200 of the Pininfarina designed and built 275 GTS were produced.

This V12-powered beauty was formerly owned by former Motorcycle Grand Prix rider of Jean-Pierre Beltoise, who swapped two wheels for four to win the 1972 Monaco F1 Grand Prix. The luxury grand tourer is Ferrari Classiche Certified, its authenticity therefore officially rubber-stamped by Ferrari.

Further highlights of the Friday afternoon sale include:

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, coachwork by Vignale, estimate €1,900,000 – 2,300,000

1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, coachwork by Vignale, estimate €1,900,000 – 2,300,000. The 212 enjoyed considerable on-track success, including a one-two finish in the 1951 Carrera Panamericana. This outstandingly-restored early cabriolet claims a number of noteworthy attributes, including coach-built rarity, very few owners, Ferrari Classiche certification – vouching for its authenticity – and a successful visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Élegance.

1956 AC Ace Bristol Roadster, estimate €350,000 – 450,000

1956 AC Ace Bristol Roadster, estimate €350,000 – 450,000
The AC Ace was a landmark sportscar – both on track and on the road. This works example, the sixth to be powered by the 130bhp Bristol engine, was ordered new by Jacques Swaters, founder of the renowned Écurie Francorchamps. The Ace was entered into the 12H de Reims, under the Équipe Nationale Belge colours, finishing 11th with Ringoir and Scheid sharing driving duties.

In the subsequent ownership of racing driver Armand 'Blary' Blaton, the AC later took part in testing for the 24 Heures du Mans campaign of Blaton and Andre Pilette.

1989 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé, estimate €140,000 - €150,000

1989 Ferrari Testarossa Coupé, estimate €140,000 - €150,000.
Another Ferrari with F1 driver provenance, this quintessentially 80s supercar was given to Austrian Gerhard Berger, one of the most experienced Formula 1 drivers of all time, by Scuderia Ferrari in May 1989 at the start of his third and final year driving for the Italian team. During his tenure, one of his passengers was Ayrton Senna at Monza. Berger was reunited with the car by the current owners in 2017 when he signed the dashboard and engine bay.

The outstanding Testarossa has in recent years been displayed at the Salon Privé concours d'élegance and served as an official press car for the 2014 Mille Miglia.

Other motorsport marvels include a 1982 Porsche 911SC, estimate €170,000 – 220,000, a long-distance rally car, and previous winner of the 2013 Dakar Classic Rally – Morocco, which most recently campaigned the 2021 Dakar Classic – Saudi Arabia with an all-female crew. At the Dakar bivouac, they had an opportunity to meet the legendary Jacky Ickx whose autograph the Porsche now sports.

The Monaco Sale

The Bonhams Monaco Sale, Les Grandes Marques à Monaco, will be staged in the principality as a live auction on 13 May at 17.00 at the Fairmont Monte-Carlo overlooking the famous hairpin bend of the Monaco Grand Prix circuit, which will host the Monaco Historic Grand Prix over the same weekend. The sale will also be lives streamed to a worldwide audience via and the Bonhams app. Absentee and telephone bids are also encouraged.

The sale preview will be staged at the Fairmont Hotel on Thursday 12 May 10.30 to 18.00 CEST and on Friday 13 May from 09.30 to 17.00 CEST.

Contact [email protected] for further details and to register to view and bid.

The Monaco Sale catalogue is now live and can be viewed online here: Bonhams : The Monaco Sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco'


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