Catalog Now Online: Preserving The Automobile – An Auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum

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An Auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
October 5, 2015
Automobilia: 11am
Motorcars: 2pmThe Simeone Foundation
Automotive Museum
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

October 3 – 4 10am – 5pm
October 5 9am – 2pm


Rare and unusual motor cars lead Bonhams inaugural sale at the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Concours d’Elegance, with the unique Maserati Boomerang sold for €3.3 million.

The only example of its kind, the Maserati Boomerang was the signature concept car of the 1970s. Designer Giorgetto Giugiaro used geometric shapes and ruler straight lines to create its angular appeal, ensuring the unusual Boomerang emerged from the decade to be one of the great style influences of the motoring industry. After intense bidding in the room and on the telephones, the Boomerang sold for €3,289,500. Elsewhere from Maserati, the 1968 Maserati Mexico 4.7-Litre Coupe sold for €646,300. Named in honour of Cooper-Maserati’s victory in the 1966 Mexican Grand Prix, the Maserati Mexico was unveiled at the 1966 Turin Motor Show to much fanfare.

The motor car offered 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 highlights include eight motor cars from the personal collection of French businessman and art collector, Alain Dominique Perrin. Most notable of the collection is a car steeped in French pop music history – the 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 originally owned by famous French singer and composer, Claude François. Claude, or CloClo to his fans, was one of France’s biggest pop stars, with a legacy that remains today as he continues to be one of the country’s biggest-selling recording artists. Claude famously wrote and composed the original version of My Way, a song made internationally famous by Frank Sinatra. After intense bidding in the room, the 1977 Mercedes 450 SEL 6.9 sold for close on €100,000 to a private European buyer.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motor cars, said: “For a sale just in its first year, the Bonhams Chantilly Sale has achieved an excellent result, with a total €7.5 million achieved for the exclusive collection of just 28 cars. “Our first black-tie evening sale, the event was an elegant celebration of beautiful and rare motor cars, one that we hope to continue for years to come.”

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director added, “This auction is a welcome addition to our series of blue riband sales. We look forward to our sale at the Goodwood Revival next week and the very special single-owner sale in Denmark later this month.” Hosted in the grounds of Château de Chantilly, the Arts & Elegance event debuted in 2014, attracting a crowd of around 10,000 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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  • Bonhams single-owner Frederiksen Collection Sale features 13 outstanding classic Rolls-Royce motor cars
  • The sale on 26 September will be the first time Bonhams conducts an auction in Denmark. The location for this historic auction will be a picturesque 16th-century manor house Lyngsbækgaard, set in the Mols Bjerge national park near Aarhus, Denmark, that belongs to the owner of the collection, Henrik Frederiksen
It’s a rare treat to own a Rolls-Royce, and quite a feat to own more than one. Henrik Frederiksen is the proud owner of an incredible thirteen Rolls-Royce motor cars, each to be offered at Bonhams single-owner Frederiksen Collection Sale, taking place 26 September. 

Highlight of the series is the 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff, estimate 7,200,000-9,200,000 DKK (£675,000-875,000). At over one hundred years old, the 40/50 H.P. Silver Ghost chassis is regarded by many as the model that earned Rolls-Royce the sobriquet “the best car in the world”. Incredibly well travelled, it has been enjoyed by previous owners residing in France, Brussels, Cairo, London and California. Today, 54PB presents beautifully with lovely patina and a high degree of originality.

Also offered is an outstanding 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£175,000-250,000). The Phantom was once owned by famous Suffragette, Katharine McCormick. An American philanthropist, Mrs. McCormick is renowned for single-handedly financing the development of the birth control pill.
Reputedly the last model that Henry Royce designed himself, the Phantom II was announced in September 1929 with deliveries commencing immediately. Unlike its predecessor, which inherited its underpinnings from the preceding 40/50HP Silver Ghost model, the Phantom II employed an entirely new chassis laid out along the lines of that of the smaller 20HP Rolls-Royce. Built in two wheelbase lengths, this new low-slung frame enabled coachbuilders to design a sleeker, more modern body for the car.
Rolls-Royce motor cars offered in Bonhams sale include:
  • The ex-Robert Barrymore, 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Skiff – estimate 7,200,000-9,200,000 DKK (£675,000-875,000)
  • The ex-Richard Solove,1910 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost ‘Balloon Car’ – estimate 4,600,000-6,200,000 DKK (£425,000-575,000)
  • The ex-Peta Fisher – Blue Train challenging,1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Owen Sedanca Coupe – estimate 5,600,000-7,200,000 DKK (£510,000-660,000)
  • 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Cabriolet – estimate 4,200,000-5,600,000 DKK (£390,000-520,000)
  • The ex-Maharaja of Patiala and Richard J. Solove 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Tourer – estimate 4,200,000-5,600,000 DKK (£390,000-500,000)
  • The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Drophead Coupe – Estimate 4,000,000-5,200,000 DKK (£370,000-490,000)
  • Ex-John Fasal,1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 ‘Roi-Des-Belges’ – estimate 3,500,000-5,000,000 DKK (£320,000-470,000)
  • The unique Pietro Frua,1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Cabriolet – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£180,000-240,000)
  • 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£185,000-235,000)
  • The ex-Katharine Dexter McCormick, 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Tourer – estimate 2,000,000-2,600,000 DKK (£175,000-250,000)
  • 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Owen Sedanca Coupe – estimate 1,000,000-1,300,000 DKK (£90,000-125,000)
  • 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car – estimate 950,000-1,250,000 DKK (£85,000-115,000)
  • The ex-McElroy,1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer – estimate 700,000- 900,000 DKK (£60,000-85,000)
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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Catalogue Now Online: The Beaulieu Sale at The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Hampshire

The Beaulieu Sale

Collectors’ Motor Cars and Motorcycles Saturday 5 September 2015
The National Motor Museum
Beaulieu, Hampshire

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Watch the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta – THE QUAIL LODGE AUCTION August 14, 2015

Third Overall at 1959 Tour de France, The Montlhéry and Watkins Glen Winning Cavallino Classic Platinum Award Winner.

ten-10-million-dollar-cars-for-pebble-beach-26@2x.png1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta

Coachwork by Scaglietti – Design by Pinin Farina – Ferrari Classiche Certified – US$ 9 mln – 12 mln


August 14, 2015 at 11am Quail Lodge & Golf Club – Carmel, California


Keith Richards’ Bentley for sale at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale next 12 September in Chichester


In the swinging sixties, each member of the Rolling Stones had his own statement vehicle – a car that announced the arrival of a rock star. For Keith Richards, this car was a beautiful blue Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’, a car that he affectionately named ‘Blue Lena’ after legendary jazz musician, Lena Horne.

In 1965, Richards purchased the car new from London dealer H.R. Owen, and later had it modified with a secret compartment in which he and the band could conceal their much loved, and highly illegal, narcotics. In the heady days of the Rolling Stones’ early fame, the car not only transported the band to various parties and gigs, but also took them on some astonishing adventures around Europe, and most famously, North Africa.

“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards said, in his 2010 autobiography, Life. “My dark blue Bentley, my S3 Continental Flying Spur – an automobile of some rarity, one of a limited edition of 87. Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”

In 1967, police raided Keith Richards’s country home, Redlands, an estate in West Wittering, Sussex, just a stone’s throw away from Goodwood where Blue Lena will now be sold. As the police arrived the band were in the middle of one of their famously hedonistic parties, and were found high on various illegal substances. Notoriously, Marianne Faithfull, Mick Jagger’s then girlfriend, was found lying on a sofa, wearing nothing but a fur rug, prompting the infamous newspaper headline: ‘Nude Girl at Stones Party’.

Richards was charged with possession of illegal substances. In the run up to his court date, and no doubt to escape the media buzz, he and the band decided to go on an overseas adventure, to a place where drugs were, at the time, more freely available – Marrakech.

Whilst Jagger and Marianne Faithfull flew in, Richards and Brian Jones decided to go with Blue Lena, along with model Anita Pallenberg, Jones’ girlfriend at the time, and friend Deborah Dixon.

Early on in the 1,800 journey Jones, his tempestuous relationship with Pallenberg at breaking point, was struck down with pneumonia and hospitalised in Albi, France.  Dixon was the next to go – in Barcelona – leaving Richards and Pallenberg alone in Blue Lena marking the beginning of a relationship which only ended, three children and 23 years later, in 1980.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: “Richards sold Blue Lena in 1978, and it has since changed hands just three times. Following a five-year restoration, Blue Lena has been returned to its former glory, and will be offered at Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale – very near to the scene of that famous 1967 raid – at estimate £400,000-600,000.”

Bonhams Goodwood Revival Sale takes place 12 September in Chichester, West Sussex.


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:

New Catalogue Online: The Bonhams Summer Classic Sale – Cars, Motorcycles and Memorabilia – June 20, 2015

Schermata 2015-06-11 alle 14.51.39This year’s Summer Classic Sale includes over 350 exciting lots of Collectors’ Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Automobilia. Several important motor vehicles offer a once in a lifetime opportunity to own a working piece of history including the 1917 Matchless-Vickers Russian Military Machine Gun Outfit; The ex-works, Hugh Viney, ISDT Trophy-winning,1953 AJS 498cc Model 20; 1910 Hotchkiss Type X6 Series 1 20/30hp 4.8-litre Roi-de-Belges Tourer and the 1934 Talbot AV105 ‘Alpine Replica’ Tourer to name just a few.

Bonhams is delighted to reaffirm its long-term association with the VMCC as the internationally acclaimed and highly prestigious Banbury Run goes from strength to strength. The Bonhams Motoring Department look forward to welcoming you all to our Oxford saleroom for what promises to be another fabulous auction.

A Porsche 959 Coupè for sale at Bonhams Spa Classic Sale on 24 may


La Bonhams Spa Classic Sale presenterà più di 40 fantastiche automobili e 14 lotti di automobilia accuratamente selezionati. L’evento si svolge il prossimo 24 maggio presso il famoso circuito di Spa Francorchamps, in Belgio.

La Porsche 959 vanta una velocità massima di 195 mph (314 km/h), il che al rendeva la più veloce vettura di serie al mondo negli anni ‘80. Alla Bonhams Spa Classic uno splendida Porsche 959 Coupé del 1988, stimata € 700,000-900,000.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams responsabile europeo del reparto Motoring: “La vettura in questione è rimasta sempre al proprietario originale e quest’anno la 959 festeggia il suo 30° anniversario. Sembra proprio che sia il momento giusto per acquistare una macchina fantastica. Con otto Porsche in vendita alla prossima Spa Classic Sale, si prepara un evento davvero appetitoso per ogni collezionista”.

Concepita nei primi anni ‘80 come una quattro ruote motrici per concorrere al Gruppo B, fu presentata come concept car al Salone di Francoforte del 1983, e nonostante la successiva non partecipazione agli eventi per i quali era stata destinata, entrò in produzione limitata nel 1987.

La macchina era più veloce di qualsiasi altra concorrente ma tuttavia, come nella tradizione Porsche, era comoda, pratica e affidabile. In effetti, con i suoi vetri e specchietti elettrici, climatizzatore, sedili riscaldati e il superbo impianto stereo, la 959 rivaleggiava anche tra le berline di lusso.

Nel 1986 René Metge e Dominique Lemoyne vinsero la massacrante Parigi-Dakar con la loro 959 Rothmans e anche la versione da pista arrivò settima a Le Mans di quell’anno, vincendo la classe GT2 IMSA.

Splendide prestazioni per una vettura prodotta solamente in meno di 300 esemplari.

Ecco una carrellata di alcune delle vetture in asta.

Bonhams Spa Classic takes place on 24 May in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. For more information visit – Manuel Galvez & Andrea Foffi – –

Bonhams annual Spa Classic Sale will showcase more than 40 fantastic motor cars and 14 lots of carefully selected automobilia. The sale takes place 24 May at the famous Circuit at Spa Francorchamps, Belgium.

Upon introduction, the Porsche 959 boasted a top speed of 195 mph (314 km/h), making it the world’s fastest street-legal production car. Bonhams Spa Classic sale features an excellent example of this iconic model, a 1988 Porsche 959 Coupé, estimated at €700,000-900,000.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “This is an extremely original example, having remained with its first registered owner from new. This 1980s supercar is the rarest and most revolutionary Porsche, and this year it celebrates its 30th anniversary so it’s the perfect time to acquire such a fantastic car. With eight exciting Porsche offered at the upcoming Spa Classic Sale, it’s a wonderful event for any collector.”

The 959 represented the ultimate in automobile design, successfully adapting state-of-the art racing technology for road use, and even today its specification remains unmatched.

Conceived in the early 1980s as a four-wheel-drive Group B competitor, it was first displayed in ‘concept car’ form at the 1983 Frankfurt Motor Show, and despite the subsequent abandonment of the events for which it had been intended, it entered limited production in 1987.

The car was faster than just about anything else on the road, and yet, in the Porsche tradition, was comfortable, practical and reliable. Indeed, with its electric windows and mirrors, climate control, electric heated seats and superb stereo system, the 959 rivalled many a limousine for luxury.

Although its Group B raison d-être had ceased to exist, the Porsche 959 did achieve one major competition victory. In 1986 René Metge and Dominique Lemoyne won the gruelling Paris-Dakar Rally in their works 959 with similar cars in second and seventh places. The race-developed variant finished seventh at Le Mans that year, winning the IMSA GT2 class. In total, fewer than 300 of these exclusive supercars were made.

Bonhams Spa Classic takes place on 24 May in Spa Francorchamps, Belgium. For more information visit – Manuel Galvez & Andrea Foffi – –


Catalog Now Online: Bonhams Greenwich Concours D’elegance Auction

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Anche un Checker MarathonTaxi alla prossima Bonhams Greenwich Concours D’elegance Auction del 31 maggio 2015.

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A Checker MarathonTaxi at Bonhams Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction on May 31, 2015.

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