Call for consignments announced as Bonhams moves to larger venue at existing Quail property

The annual Carmel collector car sale expands for its 15th year.

With the continued expansion of Bonhams' motorcar sales around the globe, the auction house has announced that this year it will be hosting its August auction from a new, larger venue on the Quail Lodge grounds in Carmel Valley.

"Having outgrown our existing site at Quail Lodge, were keen to provide better facilities for our clients," said Mark Osborne, Head of Motoring at Bonhams. "This new location – on the lawns at the western end of the property – has ample plein aire viewing against the backdrop of the stunning wooded highlands. It is much more open and accessible and enables our clients to park at the sale site while providing greater space on preview and auction days, two key aims of our move."

Now in its 15th year, the Bonhams Sale of Exceptional Collectors' Cars is the longest standing auction of any on the peninsula, and is regarded as a cornerstone of the Pebble Beach Car Week.

Renowned for their specialty of presenting pedigree racing and sports cars alongside rare hand-built tourers, Bonhams has achieved numerous world-record prices at Quail Lodge, including the standing records for the marques Jaguar, Talbot-Lago, Porsche, Isotta-Fraschini and Lagonda. Furthermore, important collections sold at Quail Lodge include those of Michael L. Amalfitano, Sidney & Jenny Craig, David Uihlein and The Rosso Bianco Collection.

Current world records achieved at Quail Lodge include:
1. The Ex-Dan Gurney/Walt Hansgen, Sir Jack Brabham, Bruce McLaren 1960 Jaguar E2A Le Mans Sports-Racing Two-Seater Prototype

2. The ex-Pierre Boncompagni 'Pagnibon,' Ecurie Nice
1939 Talbot-Lago T150 C SS Coachwork by M. Pourtout, Design by Georges Paulin

3. Ex-Ernst Kraus/Jurgen Barth 1972-73 European Interserie and David Hobbs/Mike Hailwood Gulf-JW Automotive team 1970 Le Mans
1972-73 Porsche 917 Interserie Spyder née 1970 Gulf-JWA Le Mans 917K Coupe

4. The ex-Cameron Peck, Lloyd Partridge
1913 Isotta-Fraschini 100-120 hp Tipo KM 4 Four-Seat Torpedo Tourer

5.Ex-the Hon. Brian Lewis/John Hindmarsh/Charles Brackenbury/C.E.C.Martin/Marcel Lehoux - Fox & Nicholl Team Car - 'EPE 97' 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports-Racing Two-Seater

Bonhams is once again looking to make history and is now accepting consignments of rare and pedigree motorcars of all vintages. Interested sellers may e-mail or contact one of the following motorcar experts:

• Mark Osborne, Head of Department, San Francisco: 415-391-4000
• Rupert Banner, VP Business Development, New York: 212-461-6515

The 2012 Bonhams Auction of Exceptional Collectors' Cars will take place Thursday and Friday, August 16th and 17th at Quail Lodge in Carmel, California.


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

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