Magnificent models from Ferrari, Bugatti, BMW and Jaguar are revealed as highlights of Bonhams Festival of Speed Sale, all set to go under the hammer on 24 June 2016.
‘Supremely vigorous car with a fiery temperament’
This is how the Ferrari 275 GTB was described when it was first launched. Ferrari built just 48 right-hand versions, with the rare 1966 model offered delivered new to the UK to British racing driver and instructor Mark Konig. Its streamlined nose, tail spoiler and cast-alloy wheels echo the very first developments seen on Ferrari competition cars. It’s truly one of the finest Gran Turismos ever produced by Ferrari. Presenting a superb, swift driving experience, this long nosed variant has been in the same family ownership for more than a decade. It is estimated at £1,600,000-1,900,000.
‘The Daytona isn’t fast – it’s blinding’
So said Car & Driver in 1970. This V12 front-engined sports car had its debut in Paris in 1968, and later swiftly received the moniker ‘Daytona’ after a sweeping 1,2,3 finish by the Ferrari 330P4 at the US circuit in 1967. The Ferrari Classiche certified 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB4 ‘Daytona’ Berlinetta model offered is estimated at £620,000-680,000.
Further highlights include:
  • The 2002 Ferrari 550 Barchetta Pininfarina, estimated at £270,000-320,000
  • The 1970 Ferrari 246 GT Dino, estimated at £180,000-240,000
  • The 1965 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Berlinetta, estimated at £180,000-200,000
Bonhams sale also features several 1960s greats, including a 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Roadster, estimated at £200,000-250,000, the 1965 Alfa Romeo GTA 1600, estimated at £175,000-225,000, and the 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Coupé, estimated at £180,000-220,000.
Elsewhere some eighties muscle with the 1981 BMW M1 Coupé. The M1 coupled Italian style with German engineering, as its development was a cooperative effort with top Italian specialists. The M1’s wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional spoilers and wings, even in race configuration. It is offered at an estimate of £280,000-320,00024044936-1-22 (1)
Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring, said: “The Festival of Speed is the highlight of the UK summer motoring calendar. Each year Bonhams continue to offer a wealth of exciting, rare, and often record breaking motor cars, and this year is set to be no exception.”
Also offered is a rare 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car, estimated at £600,000-900,000.

One of three lightweight cars produced by Aston Martin for the 1949 Le Mans 24-Hour, it was built as a test-bed for the later production of the DB2.

Fitted with the Claude Hill designed 2-litre, 4-cylinder engine, out of the three Aston Martins entered, ‘UMC 65’ was the only car to finish that year’s Le Mans, placing 7th overall, and 3rd in class. It later ran again as a Works car in the Spa 24-Hour, finishing 5th overall, 3rd in class. Following its works career it then enjoyed further racing success in the hands of various privateers, before entering the ownership of the current custodians in 1965.
Several specialist registration numbers are also offered at the Bonhams sale; ‘T6’ is estimated at £140,000-180,000, ‘SKY 1’, estimated at £50,000-70,000, ‘SLY 1’, estimated at £50,000-70,000, and ‘WWF 1’, estimated at £50,000-60,000.
More info on Bonhams

Save this: Lot. 174 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta “Tour de France”

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Lot 174 – 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta ‘Tour de France’

RM Sotheby’s will reprise its role as the official auction house of Florida’s renowned Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, with the presentation of its 18th annual collector car sale at the prestigious Ritz-Carlton, March 12. From coachbuilt classics to modern supercars loaded with the latest in automotive technology, the handpicked roster of 90+ automobiles spans over a century of automotive styling and design.

Entries for the March sale are led by a handsome 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Spezial Cabriolet A, chassis no. 408371. A one-off design featuring a bevy of special features including a raked vee’d windshield, louvered front hood, fitted luggage and five-speed transmission, this stunning 540 K boasts an exceptional provenance highlighted by some of the most famous names in the hobby (Est. $3,000,000 – $4,000,000).

  • 1932 Ford Model 18 Edsel Ford Speedster; the first of three one-off custom speedsters designed by Bob Gregorie for Edsel Ford, this once long lost and now beautifully restored Ford has never before been offered for public sale (Est. $1,200,000 – $1,400,000);
  • 1953 Siata 300 BC Barchetta by Bertone, campaigned in Pennsylvania hill climbs and ice races in period and offered in largely original condition from its owner of an incredible 60 years (Est. $200,000 – $250,000);
  • 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, CSX 2188, the recipient of an exacting restoration by marque experts and stunning in black over red with chrome wire wheels (Est. $950,000 – $1,200,000);
  • 1984 Ferrari 288 GTO, the first 288 GTO officially delivered in Japan (Est. $2,300,000 – $2,600,000); and,
  • 2014 Pagani Huayra, a design and performance masterpiece capable of sprinting 0 – 60 in just 3.0 seconds and showing less than 400 miles from new (Est. $1,900,000 – $2,200,000).

In addition to its traditional automobile offering, RM Sotheby’s is proud to support the fundraising initiatives of the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance via the presentation of a series of charity lots at the start of the March 12 auction, with proceeds benefiting Spina Bifida of Jacksonville.

A complete list of offerings is found in the digital catalogue, now available for downloading here. Further information, hi-res images and interview opportunities with RM Sotheby’s specialists are available and can be easily arranged upon request. Additionally, we’d like to take this opportunity to extend you an invite to join us at the event where an exciting range of media opportunities will be available. To register for media credentials, please click here.


Bonhams returns to Paris for the annual Grand Palais Sale on 4 February 2016, led by the magnificent 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB, estimated at €2,500,000-3,500,000 and offered without reserve.

Developed by marque founder, Enzo Ferrari, the 275 GTB is considered a masterpiece of motor car design. Boasting a V12, 300 bhp engine, it was the successor to the 250 series, spearheaded by the legendary 250 GTO (currently the most valuable motor car sold at auction, following Bonhams $38,115,000 sale of a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO), leading it to be met with great applause when it was introduced at the 1964 Paris Autosalon.

Sleek, muscular, and expertly proportioned, the front-engined, two-door Berlinetta is from the second series of the model’s production, which introduced the longer nosed variant, making it rarer, more aerodynamic, and considerably prettier. Chassis 8973 is one of the ultra desirable ‘torque tube’ models, featuring Pininfarina designed Scaglietti coachwork, complete with matching numbers and continuous history.
Further highlights from the Ferrari stable include a 1990 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, estimated at €950,000-1,100,000. The F40 was the last model ever approved by founding father, Enzo Ferrari, and when it was launched, it was the most powerful model ever built by the marque – the perfect finale to Enzo Ferrari’s legacy.74_1
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “Bonhams Grand Palais Sale returns with more than 150 rare and exciting lots of collectors’ motor cars, motorcycles and automobilia. With several rare and special cars already consigned, we expect another incredible sale at the magnificent Grand Palais.”
Elsewhere, a spectacular 2000 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Coupé is offered, estimated at €1,800,000-2,000,000. When Mercedes-Benz first unveiled its CLK GTR in 1998, it sold for an astonishing $1.5 million, making it the most expensive production car ever, a figure only recently exceeded by the Ferrari FXX. Supplied new to Switzerland, chassis number ‘23’ has covered a mere 3,285km, making one of the rarest and most desirable Mercedes-Benz models of modern times in effectively ‘as new’ condition.9259503-1-12
Further early consignments to the Grand Palais Sale include a Porsche Carrera GT, estimated at €800,000-1,000,000, a highly original 1975 Lancia Stratos HF Stradale, estimated at €350,000-450,000, a 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Speedster with less than 950km from new, estimated at €250,000-350,000, and an ultra rare original left hand drive 1964 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé, estimated at €380,000-540,000.

Catalog now on line “The Scottsdale Auction” – January 15, 2015 Scottsdale, Arizona

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The Scottsdale Auction Catalog pdf

Scarica il catalogo dell’asta che vedrà protagonista la splendida Ferrari 275 Berlinetta Gran Turismo Competizione Scaglietti del 1966 vincitrice a Le Mans. 

Download the auction catalog that will star the beautiful Ferrari 275 Berlinetta GT Scaglietti Competition 1966 winner at Le Mans.


Catalogue Now Online “The Bond Street Sale” – 30 November New Bond Street, London

Ecco alcune delle auto in asta il 30 novembre prossimo a Londra alla Bond Street Sale. Ma meglio dare un occhiata al catalogo, ne vale la pena.

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2014_11_30 Bonhams Bond Street Sale Catalog – pdf


Some of the cars in auction on 30 November at London’s Bond Street Sale. It’s better to take a look at the catalog, it’s worth it.

Markets Spots, a wonderful 60’s Rolex Submariner 5512

Non possiamo nascondere che ultimamente il nome McQueen sia tornato sulla cresta dell’onda. Ne abbiamo parlato già in tre precedenti occasioni  (22 aprile 2014, 13 agosto 2014, 15 agosto 2014) compresa quella relativa alla sua Ferrari 275 GTB messa all’asta in California ad agosto. Il suo nome resta per sempre legato ad un certo stile di vita, un modo di essere ed anche un look particolare. Gli anni ’60 e ’70 sono stati infatti caratterizzati da una moda sofisticata, anche chic ma che sembrava cucita a pennello per i ruoli avventurosi delle star di quel tempo. Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Jean-Paul Belmondo sono tra i volti che meglio esprimono questo concetto.

Così come classico ma sportivo era il look di quegli anni della “dolce vita” così sono gli orologi che hanno portato al polso i protagonisti. Come il Rolex Ref. 5512.

Rolex ha introdotto la Ref. 5512 nel 1959 per sostituire la Ref. 5510 e 6538, a partire dal numero di serie Le caratteristiche più importanti del nuovo riferimento erano una nuova e ampia lunetta graduata girevole per i tempi di decompressione, una piccola corona di carica (da Big Crown 800 a 700 senza guarnizione). I primi modelli presentavano due spallette protettive della corona (quadre) ma dopo i test cui i Ref. 5512 furono sottoposti da subacquei professionisti, fu constatato che questo particolare non era adatto all’uso indossando i guanti e la Rolex decise di cessarne la produzione. Sono stati realizzati quindi un numero limitato di Ref. 5512 con le spallette di protezione quadre aventi il seriale e solo nel 1959.

Oredelmondo presenta oggi questo raro esemplare di Rolex Submariner 5512 “cosc” con grafica bianca (mark I) Cassa seriale Il movimento è automatico con calibro 1560 cosc. L’orologio rappresentato qui in foto è arrivato ai giorni nostri in una condizione strepitosa corredato della sua scatola, garanzia e del suo bollettino di marcia 1965, la cassa non è stata mai lucidata, inoltre è corredato da uno splendido bracciale jubulee delle’poca americano. Il quadrante presenta i suoi anni data la colorazione degli indici ingiallita in modo uniforme.

Per chi volesse avere maggiori informazioni può scrivere ad Andrea Foffi –

We can not deny that the name McQueen is back on top. We talked about it already in the previous three post (April 22, 2014, August 13, 2014, August 15, 2014), including that one about his Ferrari 275 GTB put up for auction in California. His name is related to a certain lifestyle, a way of being and also a unique look. The 60’s and 70’s were in fact characterized by a sophisticated fashion, chic but even perfect for the roles of the adventurous star of that time. Steve McQueen, Sean Connery, Jean-Paul Belmondo are, among the others, that best express of this concept. As well as classic and sporty at the same time is the look of those years of the “dolce vita”, as well are the watches of the protagonists. As the Rolex Ref. 5512.

Rolex introduced the reference 5512 in 1959 to substitute for Ref. 5510 and 6538, starting with a serial number. The most important features of the new reference were a new wide graduated revolving bezel for the decompression times, a smaller winding crown (from 8 to 7 mm.) and a protective crown guard. The earliest models featured square type guards such as this one; approximately 100 examples of Ref. 5512 were tested by professional divers. This particular type of crown guard was not easy to use while wearing professional diver’s gloves and Rolex stopped production. A limited number of Ref. 5512 with square guards were made, starting with serial number, and only in 1959.

OreDelMondo presents today this rare example of Rolex Submariner 5512 “cosc” with white graphics (mark I), Case serial The movement is the automatic caliber 1560 with cosc. The watch shown here in the picture came to our days in an amazing condition, accompanied by its box, warranty and its bulletin march 1965, the case has never been polished, it is also accompanied by a beautiful American bracelet jubilee.

For more information mail to Andrea Foffi –