MattHowell_C-Type_006A closer look at the ‘time machine’ Jaguar headed for Monaco
Bonhams forthcoming Monaco Sale on May 13 will feature the world’s finest as-original, running, long-term preserved ‘time-machine’ Jaguar C-Type, UK road-registered ‘POV 114’.
On January 14, 1955, this outstanding example of Jaguar’s double-Le Mans-winning XK120C design was registered under chassis number ‘XKC 011’, and was sold ex-works to the Dunlop Rubber Company. It survives today in essentially identical specification.
The preceding history of Jaguar’s works team car ‘XKC 011’ embraces the 1952 Le Mans 24-Hours, the 1953 Mille Miglia and Targa Florio, plus a race win at Goodwood, when driven by such Jaguar stalwarts as Sir Stirling Moss, Major Tony Rolt and Peter Walker.

The Jaguar world at large has long accepted a contemporary works team anecdote that a subsequent body swap saw chassis ‘XKC 011’ fitted with the body from sister car ‘XKC 047’, which had itself been campaigned by the Belgian Ecurie Francorchamps team during the 1953 Sports Car World Championship season.

As works prepared, and tended by Jaguar factory team mechanics, ‘XKC 047’ competed in two 1953 24-Hour races – at Le Mans and at Spa-Francorchamps – plus the ADAC 1,000 Kilometres classic at the Nürburgring in Germany. ‘XKC 047’ finished 9th overall in the great French race, co-driven by its formal owner Roger Laurent / Baron Charles de Tornaco. At Spa Laurent shared it with future Ferrari personality Jacques Swaters and at the Nürburgring with Ferrari’s great future three-time Le Mans-winner Olivier Gendebien.
Bonhams’ comprehensive investigation of ‘XKC 011’ (aka ‘POV 114’) to be offered at Monaco, initially revealed evidence identifying its chassis as having been the works team car which substituted at the last moment as the Ecurie Francorchamps entry in the 1954 Le Mans 24-Hour race. After our attention was drawn to other features of the car, further inspection now indicates that such participation is in fact debatable.dv4sg
It is therefore probable that ‘XKC 011’ as now offered by Bonhams is not really a split-identity car at all. Present opinion is that it is likely the 1953 car, chassis ‘XKC 047’ – still bearing its original, complete ‘K 1047’ body – subsequently re-stamped ‘XKC 011’ at the factory before delivery to Dunlop in 1955.
‘POV 114’ continued to be maintained by the factory when it served as a test car for Dunlop, and during its club-racing days in the hands of owner-drivers Mike Salmon, Gordon Lee and Robin Sturgess into the 1960s.
It was acquired by the Griffiths family in 1963 and it is to be offered at Monaco direct from this self-same ownership, 53 long years later.
Most significantly, it has been preserved virtually untouched in wonderfully well-patinated ‘time machine’ condition to this day.Jq6eJ
James Knight, Group Motoring Director of Bonhams, commented, “Bonhams has been assisted in its investigation regarding this famous Jaguar C-Type by a wealth of experts, and tremendous thanks are due to British Jaguar authority Den Carlow, motoring writer Marc Noordeloos, Jaguar enthusiast Jeremy McChesney, Chris Keith-Lucas of CKL Engineering Ltd, Gary Pearson of Pearsons Engineering, Australian Jaguar authorities Les Hughes and Terry McGrath, and Andrew Tart of Andrew Tart Motor Engineering.
“While officially sold by the Jaguar factory as ‘XKC 011′, the histories of ‘011′ and ‘047’ – which became intertwined during the preceding 1954 Le Mans race period – have baffled any number of Jaguar enthusiasts and historians over the years. These recent collective efforts – most notably with the total support of the long-term owner – are getting closer to unlocking this exciting mystery in this gloriously-preserved old war-horse’s very early life.”
Bonhams inaugural Monaco Sale will present an exclusive auction of just 40 hand-picked, exceptional motor cars. Timed to coincide with the Monaco Grand Prix Historique, the Sale will take place on 13 May 2016. The venue for this grandest of motoring auctions is the prestigious Fairmont Monte Carlo hoteloverlooking the Grand Prix circuit’s famous ‘Station’ hairpin, scene of so much motor sporting drama.
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Bonhams announce exceptional motor car Auction for historic single-owner sale

Bonhams is delighted to announce the single-owner sale, the Frederiksen Collection. Based in Denmark, the collection consists of 48 rare and iconic motor cars, all offered at an auction taking place at the home of owner, Danish gentleman, Mr. Henrik Frederiksen.

The sale features predominantly pre-war motor cars, built by some of the worlds most exclusive manufacturers, including Rolls-Royce, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Lagonda and Maybach.

“Mr. Frederiksen has spent several decades building this outstanding collection, so it’s a great privilege for Bonhams to have the opportunity to offer these incredibly rare and meticulously maintained motor cars,” said Jakob Greisen, head of Bonhams US Motoring Department. “It’s certainly one of Europe’s most important motoring collections, with several of these outstanding vehicles having received internationally recognized awards at Pebble Beach and Villa d’Este.”

Housed on the grounds of Lyngsbækgaard, a 16th century manor house built for Danish Royalty, the collection offers access to a personal museum of motor cars from pivotal points in early motoring history.  “I think cars are a kind of art,” said Mr. Frederiksen. “I think they’re beautiful. I’ve always bought with the heart and not with the brain, I go with what I like, so no ‘one’ is my favourite.

“Also, I’ve never sold a car before, so this is a first for me. I’ve used the ex-J.D. Rockefeller Bentley and the Cadillac the most, so I’ll be sad to see them go. I’ve been in the motoring world for a long time now, but it’s time for that door to close and a new one to open. I like the way Bonhams do things, so it was easy to make that choice.”

The Collection:

“Rarely does one see a single-owner collection that showcases such a broad variety of important brands, and yet still keeps to such a clear, historic theme where manufacturers pursue motoring perfection. It’s truly remarkable,” said Bonhams co-chairman, Malcolm Barber.

Spanning the best of British, European and American motoring, the collection features some 13 Rolls-Royce, three Mercedes-Benz, three Cadillac’s and two Bentleys, in addition to offerings from Lagonda, Duesenberg, Jaguar, Horch, Chrysler, Renault, Citroën, Isotta Fraschini, Ahrens-Fox, Lincoln, Stutz, Packard, Auburn, Pierce Arrow and Alvis. 

From a 1905 Woods Electric Queen Victoria Brougham, to a 1974 Citroën DS 23 Pallas, the collection provides a fascinating look at the evolution of motoring, including vehicles of considerable rarity, such as Pebble Beach Concours winner, the 1939 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drophead.

The Frederiksen Collection sale will take place at Lyngsbækgaard Manor, in Mols Bjerge national park, Denmark, on Saturday 26 September 2015.

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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:

Bonhams, all’asta la Ferrari F40 di Nigel Mansell

Bonhams, all’asta il 10 ottobre in Belgio la Ferrari F40 di Nigel Mansell.

La Ferrari F40 è sicuramente una delle vetture che hanno suscitato più scalpore e di cui il nome subito ci riconduce ad un immagine e ad un’epoca.

Prodotta tra il 1987 e il 1998 e carrozzata Pininfarina, è nata per celebrare i primi quarant’anni di vita della Ferrari. Prima stradale di Maranello ad essere costruita con materiali compositi come kevlar (telaio), fibra di vetro (carrozzeria), resine aeronautiche (serbatoi) e plexiglas per i finestrini laterali. È stata l’ultima Ferrari con motore turbo fino al 2014 con l’uscita della Ferrari California T, e l’auto omologata più veloce della sua epoca con 324 km/h, superata solo nel 1991 dalla Bugatti EB110.

Il motore è un 8 cilindri a V di 90 gradi, cilindrata di 2936,2 cm³, sovralimentato con due turbocompressori IHI, distribuzione a doppio albero a camme in testa per bancata, quattro valvole per cilindro con due iniettori per cilindro. La potenza massima è di 478 CV a 7000 giri/min. Il cambio è manuale a 5 marce. La Ferrari F40 in asta da Bonhams è stata donata dalla casa di Maranello a Nigel Mansell nel 1989, come regalo di benvenuto. Infatti Nigel proprio alla fine del 1988 lasciò la Williams per la Ferrari e per riconoscenza ricambiò con la vittoria nel primo GP della stagione ’89, quello del Brasile.

Accompagnata dalla certificazione Ferrari Classische (rilasciata nel 2008) conferma che la vettura conserva il suo colore originale (Rosso Corsa), telaio e carrozzeria (mai riparati), motore, cambio, ruote, sospensioni Koni e freni Brembo. L’unico cambiamento significativo riguarda l’interno, originariamente in panno rosso, oggi rivestito in pelle beige. Questa bellissima F40 rappresenta una meravigliosa opportunità di possedere una Ferrari storica ma anche la consapevolezza di avere per le mani un bolide degno del pilota che l’ha posseduta. La stima è € 600.000 – 800.000.

Ma l’asta offre molti altri gioielli nel paniere, come una magnifica Ferrari 246 GT del 1973 e una rara Lancia Fulvia HF del 1971. Bisogna notare che la Ferrari 246 GT/GTS sta incrementando vertiginosamente il suo valore. Presto su un servizio esclusivo di una 246 GTS in condizioni eccezionali.

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Bonhams, on auction October 10 in Belgium the Ferrari F40 owned by Nigel Mansell.

The Ferrari F40 is definitely one of the cars that have attracted more headlines and whose name immediately brings us back to an image and an era.

Produced between 1987 and 1998 and Pininfarina coachwork, was created to celebrate the first forty years of the Ferrari. First road car from Maranello to be built with composite materials such as Kevlar (frame), fiberglass (body), resins Aviation (tanks) and plexiglass for the side windows. It was the last Ferrari with turbo engine until 2014 with the release of the Ferrari California T, and the car homologated faster of his time with 324 km / h, only surpassed in 1991 by the Bugatti EB110.

The engine is an 8-cylinder V-90 degrees, displacement of 2936.2 cc, supercharged by two IHI turbochargers, distribution double overhead camshaft per bank, four valves per cylinder with two injectors per cylinder. The maximum power is 478 hp at 7000 rev / min. The gearbox is 5-speed manual. The Ferrari F40 at auction by Bonhams was a welcome gift by Maranello to Nigel Mansell in 1989. Nigel just at the end of 1988 he left Williams for Ferrari and reciprocated with the victory in the first race of the ’89 season, Brazil Gp.

The Ferrari Classische certification (released in 2008) confirms that the car have its original color (Rosso Corsa), chassis and body (not repaired), engine, transmission, wheels, Koni suspension and Brembo brakes. The only significant change for the interior, originally in red cloth, now covered in beige leather. This beautiful F40 represents a wonderful opportunity to own a Ferrari historical but also that you have on your hands a fireball worthy of the pilot who owned it. The estimate is € 600 thousand to 800 thousand.


Bonhams: battuta la Lamborghini Countach Periscopica a 1.2 milioni di dollari

Greenwich Connecticut, 2 giugno 2014. Un’asta da standing ovation con la vendita totale di oltre 8 milioni di dollari batte il record dell’anno scorso di oltre il 40%  e con oltre Il 93% dei lotti offerti aggiudicati. Una Lamborghini Countach LP 400 Periscopica del ’75 è stata venduta a più di 1.2 milioni di dollari ad un offerente seduto in sala che ha battuto oltre una dozzina di offerte al telefono da tutto il mondo, raddoppiando la sua alta stima di prevendita e infrangendo il precedente record mondiale per una Countach che Bonhams ha aggiudicato a Quail Lodge nel mese di agosto del 2013. Un altro offerente in sala ha trionfato nel concorso per una splendida Jaguar E -Type Series 1 – 3.8 litri Roadster del 1961, tra le primissime costruite con guida a sinistra venduta per 335.500 dollari.

Sono state offerte oltre un centinaio di auto da collezione in un giorno, attirando offerenti da tutto il pianeta con quasi una dozzina di paesi rappresentati che erano in competizione con i collezionisti presenti. Una Fiat Abarth 750 Bialbero Coupè del ’59 è stata venduta per 203.500 dollari, una Jaguar XK150S 3.4 litri Roadster del ’59  venduta anch’essa per $ 203,500 .

“E ‘stata una affluenza record all’asta Greenwich quest’anno” ha commentato Rupert Banner, Vice President e capo della divisione autovetture Bonhams East Coast. “Siamo stati lieti e onorati di vedere innalzato il livello qualitativo delle auto portate in offerta quest’anno e vogliamo estendere i nostri più sinceri ringraziamenti a tutti i partecipanti, gli organizzatori dell’evento e la clientela sempre fedele che ha partecipato”.

Una Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster del 1925, una vettura elegante con alle spalle una serie di importanti collezionisti come Alton Walker , venduta per 250.000 dollari e la Amilcar CGSS del 1927 due posti sportiva appartenuta a Otto Zipper e William Harrah, che ha partecipato alla Mille Miglia venduta per 191.400 dollari, un nuovo record mondiale per il modello.




La Stoddard Dayton Modello 10K “Tonneau” del 1910 è stata aggiudicata venduta per 170.500 dollari. Una  Maserati 3500 GTi Coupé Superleggera del ’63 mai restaurata è stata acquisita per 176.000 dollari e addirittura una Volvo 1800ES Sport Waggon del ’73 con soli 13.000 km originali è stata venduta per 92.000 dollari , un nuovo record mondiale per un’automobile Volvo.


A contorno sono stati messi all’asta oltre 250 lotti di memorabilia. Cimeli Porsche e ricambi molto rari hanno trovato i loro nuovi collezionisti. Un manuale originale Porsche 356 Speedster è stato venduto per 4.000 dollari contro una stima di 200/400. Oltre il 98 % dei lotti sono stati aggiudicati a dimostrazione che il pubblico sa sempre cosa aspettarsi dalle aste automobilistiche Bonhams.