Mercedes 500K
  • Bonhams bring the best of historic German pre-War engineering to the Chantilly Sale, with a selection of multi-million Euro machines of the 1930s
  • Headlining the sale is the ex-1935 Berlin Motor Show Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster, estimated at €5,000,000-7,000,000
  • Also offered are four rare classics from Audi predecessor, Horch: the 1937 Horch 853 Stromlinien Coupé, estimated at €600,000-900,000; the 1937 Horch 853 Spezial Roadster Continuation, estimated at €1,000,000-1,300,000; the 1938 Horch 853 A Sport Cabriolet, estimated at €700,000-900,000; and the 1934 Horch 780 B Cabriolet, estimated at €600,000-900,000
The best of German automotive engineering is headed to Bonhams 3 September Chantilly Sale, led by one of the greatest performance automobiles of the 1930s, the Mercedes-Benz 500K Special Roadster. This superb example comes direct from the oldest industrialist family in Germany, and is estimated at €5,000,000-7,000,000.
In 1935 the 500K took pride of place on the Mercedes-Benz stand at the Berlin Motor Show, where it was promptly bought by Hans Friedrech Prym (1875-1965). Hans came from the industrial Prym dynasty, a family who for twelve generations had produced haberdashery, copper, and brass products, leading to Hans becoming known locally as the ‘zipper king’.
“It’s no surprise that the 500K appealed to Hans Prym, who was a highly successful industrialist,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring. “The vehicle was vast, stately, and incredibly powerful, only to be possessed by the elite.”
In 1945 the invading American troops confiscated the car from Hans Prym’s estate, after which it disappeared without trace for the next quarter of a century. It was later discovered in America, where it passed through the hands of several well-known collectors. It was then restored by Richie Clyne of Imperial Palace and added to the collection of the renowned Lyon family. Offered at auction in 2011, the car was purchased by a well-known Dutch Mercedes collector. However, when the new owner brought the car back to Essen, Germany, it was seized by the authorities.
“Whilst it was believed by many to have been sold in 1945, a 2012 ruling later stated that the 500K was actually stolen. It is thought to have been taken from the Prym’s property – based near the Belgian border – by U.S. soldiers at the end World War II. Now this incredible motor car is safely back in the hands of its rightful owners, who have elected Bonhams to offer it at auction.” added Philip Kantor. “The pinnacle of 1930s automotive technology, it is one of only 29 of its type produced. In magnificent condition, we expect strong bidding.”
Elsewhere in the auction, four Horch classics from the 1930s. Founded in 1904, Horch is one of the ancestors of the present Audi company. In its short lifetime, the company produced several magnificent motorcars, four of which will be offered in the Chantilly sale: the 1937 Horch 853 Stromlinien Coupé, estimated at €600,000-900,000; the 1937 Horch 853 Spezial Roadster Continuation, estimated at €1,000,000-1,300,000; the 1938 Horch 853 A Sport Cabriolet, estimated at €700,000-900,000; and the 1934 Horch 780 B Cabriolet, estimated at €600,000-900,000
Bonhams Chantilly Sale takes place on the grounds of the Château de Chantilly, at Chantilly Concours d’Elegance now in its 3rd year. The annual event attracts thousands of spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concours d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concours d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.
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The stunning ex-Nicolas Cage 1954 Bugatti 101 is incredibly rare. One of only six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular Antem designed coachwork, it’s one of the most anticipated lots at Bonhams upcoming Chantilly Sale, taking place in France on 5 September.  

It’s believed that Cage purchased the Bugatti around the time he starred in the film, Gone in Sixty Seconds. Also featuring Angelina Jolie, the film was a cinematic homage to the allure of rare and beautiful motor cars.
As life imitates art, Cage, like his character, also has a passion for rare and beautiful motor cars, the Bugatti 101 the perfect example.
In 1951 it was announced that the Bugatti factory intended to produce just 50 cars for delivery in July 1952. In the event, Bugatti’s other interests took precedence over the revived road car project and only six Type 101s were completed, making it one of the marques rarest models. It is offered at estimate €1,500,000-1,800,000 (£1,100,000-1,300,000).

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The 101 offered is one of just six 101s built, and the only one featuring this particular design of unique coupé coachwork by Antem. It’s exceptionally stylish, with a beautiful black over red colour combination which is reflected in its vibrant red leather interior. Bugatti built two types, the 101 and the 101C, the latter, offered here, equipped with supercharger.”

Bonhams Chantilly Sale is a brand new black tie evening sale at Chantilly Arts & Elegance, taking place in Chantilly, France, on 5 September 2015.
Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, an hour outside of Paris, the Arts & Elegance event began last year, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 spectators, taking in the delights of the “Concourse d’Elegance” competition for modern concept cars, and a superb “Concourse d’Etat” for classic cars from around the world. The “Art & Elegance” event also plays host to fine art exhibitions, fashion shows, live music and various lifestyle exhibits, all on the grounds of the magnificent château.
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Ten incredibly rare one-of-a-kind motor cars lead Bonhams’ inaugural Chantilly Sale

“Bonhams Chantilly sale offers a carefully curated selection of very special motor cars, several of which are unique, whilst others have been produced in very small numbers,” said Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring.

The selection includes a pair of rare Bugattis, one example is one of the last motor cars ever built by the marque, the 1954 Bugatti 101, estimated at €1,500,000-1,800,000. Bugatti originally intended to produce 50 cars, but in the end built only a handful, making it one of the manufacturer’s rarest models. With an asking price of 3.8 million francs in the 1950s, it’s not surprising that the car attracted only the connoisseur. Rarer still, the 101 features a bespoke body by celebrated coachbuilders Antem, making this motor car one-of-a-kind.
The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet is another rare example. Estimated at €1,300,000-1,600,000, the elegant two/three-seater model was once owned by famous French artist, and known Bugatti enthusiast, André Derain.

Best known as a member of the Fauvist group of painters, André Derain (1880-1954) was one of Bugatti’s best customers and an aficionado of fine sporting cars. He is said to have owned around 14 Bugattis, the Type 57 offered being his last. As the choice of an artist who selected only the very best Bugattis for his collection of mechanical artworks, the Type 57 is highly desirable.

Named later in honour of Cooper-Maserati’s victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, the Maserati Mexico was unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show. Effectively replacing the six-cylinder four-seater Sebring model, the Mexico was intended for customers who wanted a luxurious four-seater but preferred something more sporting than the larger Quattroporte saloon.
The motorcar offered here however is no mere standard Mexico but a bespoke Frua creation, the most attractive of the three one-offs produced in the longstanding relationship between Maserati and car designer Pietro Frua.
Retaining the general Mexico lines, but more sharply defined, the Frua Mexico in many ways recalls the Quattroporte. Restored to its initial light green paintwork, with original Bordeaux leather, the Mexico won the Best of Show award at the Maserati 100th Anniversary celebrations, and is the quintessential example of Maseratis Grand Touring excellence.
Further rare and one-of-a-kind highlights at Bonhams Chantilly sale include:
  • Lot 23 – 1954 Bugatti 101 by Antem – estimate €1,500,000-1,800,000
  • Lot 11 – 1972 Maserati Boomerang – estimate €3,000,000-4,000,000
  • Lot 17 – 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet by A. D’leteren – estimate €1,300,000-1,600,000
  • Lot 16 – 1968 Maserati Mexico 4.7 litres coupé by Frua – estimate €550,000-750,000
  • Lot 20 – 1951 Lancia Aurelia B52 coupé by Bertone – estimate €175,000-245,000
  • Lot 10 – 1961 OSCA 1600 GT coupé by Touring – estimate €380,000-460,000
  • Lot 19 – 1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre ‘Aerofoil’ Sports Saloon by Gurney Nutting – estimate €300,000-400,000
  • Lot 22 – 1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé by James Young – estimate €275,000-350,000
  • Lot 6 – 1959 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Super Sprint Coupé Carrosserie Ghia, Aigle – estimate €160,000-220,000
  • Lot 26 – 1996 Aston Martin Sportsman Shooting Brake – estimate €350,000-550,000
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The “one of a kind” Maserati Boomerang offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale

maserati-boomerang-concept-front-three-quarterConcept car degli anni 1970, la Maserati Boomerang era un prototipo diverso da qualsiasi cosa vista prima. Utilizzando forme geometriche e linee rette, il suo stile si impose fortemente al Salone di Torino del 1971. Ora la Boomerang è pronta ancora una volta a far parlare di sé alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale del 5 settembre prossimo.

maserati-boomerang_3La Boomerang fu esposta anche al Salone di Ginevra del 1972, questa volta trasformata in un veicolo completamente operativo. Sviluppata sul telaio della Maserati Bora, la Boomerang era dotata di un motore da 300 cavalli che la lanciava ad una velocità di 300 chilometri orari. Con il suo motore V8, prese il meglio della meccanica Maserati combinata con la genialità di Giorgetto Giugiaro. Questi elementi hanno creato un capolavoro unico nel suo genere.

Giugiaro fu scoperto dal Direttore Tecnico Fiat, Dante Giacosta, che, colpito dal lavoro dell’artista alla scuola d’arte, gli offrì la possibilità di unirsi allo staff dei designer Fiat. Nel 1959, quattro anni più tardi, all’età di 21 anni, al talentuoso Giugiaro fu offerto un posto da direttore del Design Centre Bertone, dove affinò la sua arte con la creazione di progetti per Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari e Maserati.

Perfettamente funzionante, la Maserati Boomerang è in asta alla Bonhams Chantilly Sale, che si terrà il 5 settembre a Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, in Francia. Per ulteriori informazioni, visita il sito Bonhams:

A signature concept car of the 1970s, the Maserati Boomerang was a one-off prototype unlike anything seen before. Using geometric shapes and ruler straight lines, its angular style made a strong statement at the 1971 Turin Motor Show. Now the Boomerang is set to cause a stir once again as a highlight lot of Bonhams 5 September Chantilly Sale.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “The Boomerang was the first car of its time to create such a strong, angular style statement. It’s considered by many to be one of the most remarkable designs of the 20th century and the ‘grandfather’ to the Volkswagen Golf Mk 1. The Boomerang has been shown at many world-class events including exhibitions and concours d’élégance such as Villa d’Este and Pebble Beach, and is now offered at Bonhams first ever sale in Chantilly.”

First unveiled at the 1971 Turin Motor show, the Boomerang was also exhibited at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show, this time transformed to a fully operational vehicle. Developed over the chassis of the Maserati Bora, the Boomerang boasted an impressive 300bhp, and a top speed of 300km/h. With the V8 engine, the Boomerang took the best of Maserati mechanics and combined it with the imagination of Giorgetto Giugiaro. These elements created a fully functional, one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Giugiaro was discovered by Fiat Technical Director, Dante Giacosta, who, impressed by the artist’s work at art school, offered him a chance to join Fiat’s Styling Office. In 1959, four years later and at the age of 21, the talented Giugiaro was offered a position as manager of the Bertone Design Centre, where he honed his craft by creating designs for the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar, Ferrari, and Maserati – this grounding later lead to the innovative design of the Maserati Boomerang.

Still in working order and fully road registered, the Maserati Boomerang is offered at Bonhams Chantilly Sale, taking place on 5 September at Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille, held in Chantilly, France. For further information, visit Bonhams website: