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The 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible with hardtop, offered without reserve. Estimate €80,000 – 120,000
A 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible will go under the hammer at Bonhams 4 February Grand Palais sale. The proceeds will be donated to Parisian charity, Fondation de l’Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris (AP-HP), a foundation dedicated to supporting post-trauma research.
The generous donor, Jim Byrnes – an Australian citizen of French descent and Chairman of BMT Restoration Inc. – selected the charity to support those affected by the terrorist attacks that took place in Paris last year.
“There is a gift in giving,” said Mr. Byrnes. “Combining my love of classic cars with this donation to a worthy cause, I hope that in some small way we will be able to help the people who need it most following this atrocity.”
Philip Kantor, Bonhams European Head of Motoring, said: “Following the events in Paris on 13th November, people around the world have showed their solidarity with France by supporting Parisian hospitals. Mr. Byrnes is showing such generosity, having approached Bonhams to auction his 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible in support of post-trauma research. The motor car is a wonderful and timely addition to the Grand Palais sale.”

In 1969, the Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Convertible was one of the only automobiles to combine the performance of a sports car and the comfort of a sitting room. The 280 SL’s ‘user friendly’ nature broadened its appeal beyond the traditional sports car-enthusiast market, leading many celebrities and film stars to purchase the model. Entered at no reserve, the Mercedes is estimated at €80,000-100,000.

Funded by private donations, the AP-HP Foundation, chaired by Martin Hirsch, aims to provide resources for research projects, support clinical research programmes for medical teams and paramedics, and speed up the development of innovative therapeutic approaches. The charity also encourages partner projects with universities, as well as the French Institute of Health and Medical Research, for both French and international medical research. Half of France’s clinical research is carried out in AP-HP hospitals, with more than 3000 research projects currently under way.
Since 13th November, the AP-HP have been called on 24/7, taking in more than 900 people, including those that have suffered severe psychological trauma. The AP-HP Foundation recently launched a donation website, which can be found at:
Bonhams Grand Palais Sale takes place in Paris on 4 February. For further information visit:


9258515-1-36 (1)From a magnificent Mercedes to a macabre hearse, the exceptionally diverse single-owner Kingsley Curtis Collection will be offered at Bonhams 20 March Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale. 
The collection – comprising 14 motor cars, one carriage and a Victorian hearse – comes from the late Kingsley Curtis, the pioneering chairman of refrigeration company, HRP.
Leading the collection is the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, estimated at £800,000-1,000,000.
“The model featured is a highly sought after, early 1955 example of a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – chassis number 37,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring.
“The majority of Gullwings were delivered to the US. To see one in Europe was incredibly rare, making this particular model, only the third delivered to the UK, quite the trailblazer. With its unusual upright wing-like doors, and exceptional German engineering, it would have been quite a rare sight to see.” 9258515-1-30 (1)

Kingsley purchased his first classic car in 1963, following a chance sighting at the White Cross pub in Richmond. It was here that he saw a 1924 Bean 11.9 parked outside, and so profound was his admiration for it, he swiftly purchased the car on the spot, instigating a lifelong passion for classic motor cars.
After taking over HRP from his father, the company founder, Kingsley then moved to Suffolk where he continued to excel in business and his enthusiasm for classic motor cars grew.
“The collection is incredibly diverse, featuring high quality examples of each model, most of which have been in Mr. Curtis’s collection for many years,” said Tim Schofield. “Each car in the collection had a purpose; the 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, his favourite car, was used for local touring, the Maserati for long drives, and the Aston Martin as a summer car. We’re delighted to now offer these at auction for the first time.”9258496-3-1
Highlights of the Kingsley Curtis Collection include:
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, estimate £800,000-100,000
  • 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, estimate £240,000-280,000
  • 1960 Maserati 3500 GT, estimate £180,000-220,000
  • 1981 Aston Martin V8 Volante, estimate £60,000-80,000
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp, estimate £32,000-38,000
  • 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, estimate £28,000-35,000
  • 1924 La Buire 12A, estimate £19,000-22,000
  • 1920 Bean 11.9hp, estimate £9,000-12,000
  • 1919 Singer Ten, estimate £9,000-12,000
  • c.1880 Horse Drawn Hearse, estimate £2,000-4,000
Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Sunday 20 March 2016. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only. To order a catalogue please visit:
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A rare, fully restored, 115-year-old Benz Ideal at Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz Sale


Una rarissima e completamente restaurata Benz Ideal di ben 115 anni fà è l’auto più vecchia in asta alla Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz Sale. L’asta annuale in programma il 28 marzo a Stoccarda e caratterizzata da più di 40 lotti di automobili da collezione.

La Benz Ideal era un primo sviluppo dell’innovativa automobile a motore a combustione Velocipede (comunemente nota come Velo). Questo esemplare risale al 1900 e la sua stima è di € 230,000-280,000 (£ 170,000-200,000).

Presentata nel 1898, l’Ideal è stato progettata per competere con gli innumerevoli modelli prodotti dalla crescente richiesta di veicoli a cavallo tra l’800 e il ‘900. Ha un telaio in acciaio e un motore monocilindrico che eroga 4 cavalli e mezzo di potenza.

Si ritiene sia stata venduta nuova nel Regno Unito dall’agenzia Benz inglese Hewetson’s Ltd e porta ancora la placca in ottone del suo fornitore a confermarlo.

L’auto è rimasta sempre in Inghilterra fino a quando non è stata scoperta nel 1950  da Ralph Wilde e Jack Moor. Una volta restaurata è rimasta nella famiglia di Moor per più di 50 anni prima di essere ceduta all’attuale proprietà.

Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale si terrà a partire dalle 14:30 de 28 marzo prossimo presso il Museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda che custodisce tutta la storia del più antico costruttore automobilistico del mondo, con un totale di 1.500 pezzi unici esposti.

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A rare, fully restored, 115-year-old Benz Ideal is the oldest motor car offered at Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz Sale. The annual auction takes place 28 March in Stuttgart, Germany, and will feature more than 40 lots of collectors’ motor cars.

The Benz Ideal was an early development of the original, groundbreaking combustion-engined motor car, the Vélocipede (commonly known as the Velo). The impressively restored Ideal featured in Bonhams sale dates back to 1900. Its estimate is €230,000-280,000 (£170,000-200,000).

Introduced in 1898, the Ideal was designed to compete with models produced by the growing number of manufacturers in the turn-of-the-century car market. It offered a steel chassis and a respectable 4½ horsepower (1899-1901) single cylinder engine.

It is believed to have been sold new in the U.K. through British Benz Agents, Hewetson’s Ltd. and still wears its brass supplier’s plaque confirming this.

From its very earliest days the car was registered in Shropshire, UK ,and it was in this area of the British Isles that it was found in the 1950s. Its discoverers, Ralph Wilde and Jack Moor, subsequently restored the car and it remained in Moor’s family for more than 50 years before coming into the present ownership.

Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motorcars, said: “A regular entrant and successful finisher on the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, this definitive Patent Motorwagen is now 115 years old and going strong – a testament to the strong foundations of Mercedes-Benz engineering.”

Bonhams Mercedes-Benz Sale will take place at 14:30 on 28 March in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany. The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer, with a total of 1,500 unique exhibits featured in the museum.

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Bonhams returns to Stuttgart for the single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale on 28 March 2015

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Torna a il 28 marzo 2015 Stoccarda l’asta monomarca Mercedes-Benz, in coincidenza con la settimana Retro Classics di Stoccarda, la più grande mostra annuale di auto d’epoca nel sud della Germania.

Tra tutte spiccano una Kompressor 540 Cabriolet A del 1938, stima a € 2,000,000 – 2,500,000 (£ 1,500,000-1,900,000) e una 300SL Roadster del 1960 offerta con una stima tra € 900,000-1,200,000 (£ 700,000-940,000).


La due posti 540 K è una variante molto più leggera della 500 K. Sviluppata a metà degli anni ’30, è stata una delle vetture più importanti della sua epoca e oggi rimane decisamente tra le più rare.

La 300SL Roadster, esemplare conservato in condizioni originali appartenuto all’industriale tedesco Alfried Krupp (1907-1967) della dinastia Krupp (dinastia tedesca con oltre 400 anni di storia che divenne famosa per la produzione di acciaio e per le fabbriche di munizioni e armi), era la Mercedes di produzione più veloce in circolazione.

Philip Kantor, capo della Motorcars europee, ha commentato: “Bonhams ha aperto la strada delle vendite monomarca ed è lieta di organizzare questo tipo di eventi con Mercedes-Benz. L’asta dello scorso anno (vedi post) ha attratto molti collezionisti da tutto il mondo, raggiungendo un risultato totale 12 milioni di euro. Un grande traguardo raggiunto nel suo primo anno”.

Tenuta nel Museo Mercedes-Benz di Stoccarda, l’asta Bonhams presenterà una totale di circa 40 auto d’epoca.

L’originalità svolge un ruolo importante nella nostra filosofia, spiega Michael Bock, responsabile Mercedes-Benz Classic. Dopo il successo dello scorso anno i collezionisti di auto d’epoca e visitatori del museo avranno ancora una volta l’occasione di presenziare ad un evento veramente emozionante.

Il Museo Benz Mercedes espone tutta la storia del più antico costruttore automobilistico del mondo. Sono esposti un totale di 1.500 pezzi unici tra cui 160 veicoli.

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Bonhams returns to Stuttgart for the single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale on 28 March 2015, coinciding with Retro Classics Stuttgart week

A 1938 540 Kompressor Cabriolet A heads the sale. Fresh to the market, the 540 K is estimated at €2,000,000-2,500,000 (£1,500,000-1,900,000).

A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is offered at an estimated  €900,000-1,200,000 (£700,000-940,000).

Bonhams single-marque Mercedes-Benz sale will return to Stuttgart on 28 March, coinciding with Retro Classics Stuttgart week, the largest annual exhibition of classic cars in Southern Germany. A spectacular 1938 540 K Cabriolet (complete with covered spare wheel) heads the sale. The Mercedes-Benz auction is the first time the 540 K has been publicly offered, available at an estimated €2,000,000-2,500,000 (£1,500,000-1,900,000).

Restored to Concours condition, the two-seater 540 K is a significantly lighter variant of the original 500 K design. Developed in the mid-1930s, it was one of the most impressive cars available at the time, and today remains distinctly rare.

A 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster is an additional early consignment, estimated at €900,000-1,200,000 (£700,000-940,000). An extremely original example, the roadster has been in current ownership since 1980, and at its peak was the fastest production Mercedes around.

The 300SL was previously owned by German industrialist, Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach (1907-1967), of the Krupp dynasty.

Philip Kantor, Head of European Motorcars, said: “Bonhams is the pioneer for single-marque sales, and is delighted to continue this newly established sale with Mercedes-Benz. Last year’s sale (see post) attracted many bidders from around the world, achieving a total £9.4 million (€12 million) – a wonderful result for a sale only in its first year. We look forward to similar success at this years’ auction.”

Held in the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Bonhams auction will showcase a variety of some 40 classic motor cars from across the German marque’s century long history. “Unique and authentic vehicles – that is the idea we share, both Mercedes-Benz and Bonhams. Originality plays an important role in our philosophy,” explains Michael Bock, Head of Mercedes-Benz Classic and Customer Centre. “After the successful auction last year we will once more offer an appropriate stage for Bonhams. Classic car collectors and visitors of the museum will once again be given a taste of exciting auctions.”

The Mercedes-Benz Museum charts the entire history of the world’s oldest car manufacturer. A total of 1,500 unique exhibits are featured in the museum, including 160 vehicles.

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Artcurial, Paris 2 nov 2014: Automobiles Sur Les Champs

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Parigi è una città meravigliosa, ideale scenario di ogni manifestazione. La sua architettura secondo impero accoglie ed incornicia sontuosamente ogni evento che la Ville Lumière ospiti conferendo allo stesso quell’aura che ne definisce la sua preziosità, la sua unicità. Domenica 2 novembre Artcurial presenta “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. Un’asta molto ricca di sfumature. In una giornata si può passare dalle innumerevoli automobilia per poi osservare le auto vere e proprie. Non mancano pezzi veramente preziosi e rari. Nè manca la sempre crescente consapevolezza che il mercato dell’auto d’epoca stia vivendo un momento di grande crescita. Ecco una galleria con qualche anticipazione come le due storiche Rally: la Lancia Fulvia del ’72 e S4 del ’85. Due epoche gloriose a confronto. Forse due nostalgici esempi dei trionfi delle Lancia nei campionati mondiali Rally del passato.

Per scaricare i cataloghi in pdf, cliccare sulle immagini in testa al post.

Paris is a wonderful city, an ideal setting for every event. The architecture of the Second Empire welcomes and frame sumptuously every event that the Ville Lumière can hold, giving them the same aura that defines its preciousness, its uniqueness. Sunday, November 2 Artcurial presents “Automobiles Sur Le Champs”. In one day you can see numerous automobilia and classic cars. There are examples truly precious and rare. It’s evident that the car market is in a period of tremendous growth. Here is a gallery with some anticipation as the two historic Lanica Rally: the ’72 Fulvia and ’85 S4. Two glorious periods in comparison. Perhaps two nostalgic examples of the triumphs of the Lancia Rally World Championships in the past.

To download the catalog in PDF, click on the images at the top of the post.

Le perle nel paniere di Bonhams in California ad Agosto

Assieme alla GTO postata in precedenza l’asta Bohnams (15 agosto 2014, Quail Lodge’s California) propone alcune tra le auto d’epoca più quotate attualmente. Tra tutte si nota la splendida Ferrari 312T4 del 1979 di Gilles Villeneuve vincitrice in Sud Africa quell’anno (1.1/1.5 mlm euro). Una vettura che testimonia (se ce ne fosse bisogno…) quanto è cambiata la Formula 1 di oggi e quanto si sia spersonalizzata con tutta quella elettronica e quel carbonio che assimilano le vetture più a degli aerei. Basta dare una rapida occhiata alle foto qui sotto per rendersi conto di ciò. Sticker adesivi fatti a mano che indicano pulsanti d’emergenza, i pedali incassati in fondo a un tunnel d’alluminio, il pedale del gas gigantesco come Gilles lo voleva per spingere sempre al massimo senza la paura che scappi via il piede. Quel cruscotto a lancette… L’anno seguente, il 1980, la Ferrari introdusse i motori Turbo e nel 1982 il grande Gilles volò in uno schianto a bordo della sua Ferrari 126 C2 durante le prove del GP del Belgio. Raggiunse così, a 32 anni, gli altri miti della Formula 1.

Una magnifica Cobra Shelby del 1963 che parte da una base di 960/1.1 mln di euro.

Una Mercedes Roadster SL300 del 1957 (base 850/1 mlm euro), un’altra Roadster SL300 del 1963 (1.4/1.6 mlm euro), più un splendida 300 SL ali di gabbiano del 1954.

Una Ferrari 275 GTB del 1966 (1.9/2.4 mlm euro), una Ferrari 246 GT del 1972 di un rosso granata bellissimo (210/240 mila euro), una GTS del 1973 (370/440 mila euro) e l’immancabile Ferrari 365GTS/4 DAYTONA (1.9/2.4 mlm euro).

Together with the GTO posted earlier in the auction Bohnams (August 15, 2014, Quail Lodge’s California) offers some of the most classic cars currently listed. Among all you notice the stunning Ferrari 312T4 1979 Gilles Villeneuve winner in South Africa that year (1.1 / 1.5 mlm euro). A car that witnesses (if any were needed …) what has changed the Formula 1 today and how it is depersonalized with all the electronic and the carbon that assimilate more cars to airplanes. Just take a quick look at the pictures below to realize this. Sticker stickers handmade indicating emergency buttons, pedals collected in the bottom of a tunnel made ​​of aluminum, the gas pedal as giant Gilles wanted him to always push to the limit without the fear of running away your foot. That dashboard hands … The following year, 1980, Ferrari introduced the Turbo engines, and in 1982 the great Gilles flew in a crash aboard his Ferrari 126 C2 during practice for the Belgian Grand Prix. Reached so, at age 32, the other myths of Formula 1.

A magnificent 1963 Shelby Cobra that starts from a base of 960 / 1.1 million euro.


A Mercedes SL300 Roadster 1957 (based mlm EUR 850/1), another SL300 Roadster 1963 (1.4 / 1.6 mlm euro), plus a beautiful 300 SL gullwing 1954.

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB (1.9 / 2.4 mlm euro), a 1972 Ferrari 246 GT of a beautiful garnet red (210/240 thousand euro), a 1973 GTS (370/440 thousand euro) and the inevitable Ferrari 365GTS / 4 DAYTONA (1.9 / 2.4 mlm euro).