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Saturday, 20 January 2018

BONHAMS OFFERS EX-EARL HOWE, EX-PIERRE LEVEGH 1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57T IN PARIS


LEGEND OF LEVEGH AT GRAND PALAIS

BONHAMS OFFERS EX-EARL HOWE, EX-PIERRE LEVEGH 1935 BUGATTI TYPE 57T IN PARIS

 
The 1935 Bugatti Type 57T being raced by Earl Howe, and in its current guise today

The ex-Earl Howe, ex-Pierre Levegh 1935 Bugatti Type 57T is being offered at Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais on 8 February. The car is estimated at €780,000-1,300,000/£690,000-1,200,000.

The Bugatti Type 57T model carries an illustrious history – it was specially built for the influential British racing driver Earl Howe, one of the true gentleman drivers of his time. He was a late starter, not making his serious racing debut until the age of 44 when he took to the wheel of a Bugatti T43, before progressing to his first GP race at Monaco in 1931. He raced extensively in the UK throughout his career, and was elected as President of the BRDC in 1929, a position he held until his death in 1964. This car made its debut at the Ulster TT race in 1935 with Howe at the wheel.

After a short time in the UK, the car moved to Paris where it was bought by the talented young French racing driver, Pierre Bouillin, better known as Pierre Levegh after he changed his name to emulate his pioneering motor-racing uncle. Made with a Duralumin shell body, the Bugatti is incredibly lightweight for its size and type, weighing an astonishing 26cwt including the driver, fuel and water.

Levegh was set to become one of the leading competitors on the international circuit before his career was infamously and tragically cut short in 1955 at Le Mans. Levegh’s Mercedes was thrown in to the air after Hawthorn and Macklin were forced to swerve quickly, and landed amongst the crowd, killing 83 and injuring more than 180 in what remains one of the deadliest accidents in motorsport history.

The Bugatti was his first sports car and indeed set him on an ambitious path for victory when he made his first appearance with it at the May 1937 Grand Prix des Frontières road race at Chimay in Belgium. Two months later, he competed with the car again at the Marseille 3-hours race.
 

The life and trajectory of this exceptional Bugatti did not stop there. After Levegh sold the car in 1938, it moved to Australia where it was bought by Duncan Ord. Making its third international racing appearance, Ord raced the Bugatti at Pingelly on January 1939.

The car has been with its current owner in Australia since 1958, who has completed gradual restorations with a staggering level of original detail. Pierre Yves Laugier, a leading expert on Bugatti, regards it as one of the finest Bugatti’s around.

Philip Kantor, Head of European Motor Cars said: “It is an honour to be offering the Bugatti Type 57T at Grand Palais – its originality and great provenance from Earl Howe to Pierre Levegh, will surely make it one of the most sought-after lots in Paris.”

FOUR GENERATIONS OF LAMBORGHINI LEAD THE CHARGE AT BONHAMS PARIS SALE


FOUR GENERATIONS OF LAMBORGHINI LEAD THE CHARGE AT BONHAMS PARIS SALE
‘To achieve this level of performance is an achievement…nothing short of sensational.’

 
1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupé (€1,200,000-1,400,000)

Four generations of legendary Italian marque, Lamborghini, will be offered at Bonhams Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais Sale in Paris on 8 February. The story of one of the most widely-recognised and sought-after supercar marques is told through four models offered, the 400 GT, the Miura, the Countach, and finally the Diablo VT.
It is the stuff of legend that Ferrari-obsessive Ferruccio Lamborghini only turned his hand to creating his own automobiles after receiving short shrift at Maranello; he left in a rage and vowed to build a better machine. The 350GT was upgraded to become the 400GT to challenge Ferrari’s larger models – this 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupé (€520,000-580,000) is one of the rarest and earliest of Ferruccio’s creations, and retains its matching numbers.



The next chapter of the Lamborghini story came in the form of one of the era-defining cars built, considered by many to be the first genuine supercar – the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupé (€1,200,000-1,400,000). With only 4 owners from new and a genuine 43,000km on the odometer, this is an excellently maintained example which retains a charming original patina.
The Miura was always going to be a tough act to follow, but the outlandish and almost space-age 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 Coupé ‘Periscopo’ (€600,000-800,000) certainly holds its own, and remains a byword for extravagant and glamorous motoring to this day. This example is in its original ‘periscopo’ form, and is one of only 157 built. A rare example of a ground-breaking design that is surely one of the most iconic of the 20th century.


The final installation in the Lamborghini story offered at Grand Palais is the 1996 Lamborghini Diablo VT (€215,000-255,000). Upon its release, it was the fastest, most advanced and most expensive Lamborghini ever built. Outperforming even the legendary Ferrari F40, the Diablo is capable of more than 200mog thanks to its extraordinary V12 lurking beneath its lightweight carbon fibre body. This example has been used sparingly, with only 25,000km recorded – it is ready to be used again in anger on road and track.

Other highlights of the sale include:

  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS Touring, originally owned by his Royal Highness Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (€650,000-850,000)
  • 1935 Bugatti Type 57 3.3-Litre Torpedo Tourist Trophy, formerly owned and raced by Earl Howe and Pierre Levegh (€780,000-1,300,000)
  • 1926 Bentley 3-Litre ‘Red Label’ Speed Model Tourer (€650,000-850,000), chosen as 2nd in class at the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in 2015
  • 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spider (€670,000-780,000)

H&H AUCTIONS - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES The IWM Duxford Auction | March 21st 2018

NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES
The IWM Duxford Auction | March 21st 2018

We are delighted to announce the addition of a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 to the growing list of entries for our upcoming March 21st Imperial War Museum Duxford auction. A special car, it has been in the current ownership since 1972 (see below for more details).
Our team of specialists have been braving the elements this week and are more than happy to come and assess your motorcar should you wish to enter it for the IWM Duxford sale.   
We encourage potential sellers to submit their enquiries as early as possible to take full advantage of some of the best presale marketing in the industry. Be a part of our 25th anniversary year, and consign your classic into what promises to be yet another historical H&H sale.

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LATEST ENTRIES
1966 Aston Martin DB6
Estimate: £170,000 - 210,000
Current ownership since 1972. Matching Chassis / Engine Numbers.
Red Leather Interior and Manual Gearbox.
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1934 Aston Martin 1.5 Litre 12/50 Long Chassis Tourer
Estimate: £80,000 - 95,000


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1914 Daimler 20hp TW20 Landaulette
Estimate: £38,000 - 45,000


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1993 TVR Chimaera
Estimate: £6,500 - 7,500


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CLASSIC CAR AUCTIONS - Rockstar Cars Headline Gig at the NEC



Rockstar Cars Headline Gig at the NEC
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Two classics previously owned by rock legends will be the headline act for our first sale of the year at the Practical Classics Classic Car and Restoration Show with Discovery on 24th and 25th March at the NEC, Birmingham.
1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL
Ex-Barry Gibb CBE of the Bee Gees 
It would be a Tragedy to miss the opportunity to own the 1977 Mercedes-Benz 450 SEL owned by Barry Gibb CBE of the Bee Gees for over 30 years. Beautifully presented, it is sure to keep your love of the classic Mercedes Stayin' Alive, with hydraulic rear suspension and chrome detailing. Guided at £12,000 to £15,000, How Deep is Your Love?
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1995 BMW E38 750iL
Ex-Francis Rossi OBE of Status Quo
Alternatively, you could be Rockin' All Over the World in a 1995 BMW E38 750iL previously owned by Francis Rossi OBE of Status Quo. Presented in exceptional condition for its age, you won't need your Ol' Blue Rags to keep this modern classic looking smart, which has covered just 69,000 miles and is guided at £7,000 to £9,000. Don't be Burning Bridges, put in a commission bid now for a chance to own this Rock and Roll classic!
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To consign your car alongside these rock legends, contact us via the button below.
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2018 Sale Dates

HISTORICS@BROOKLANDS - CONSIGNMENT UPDATE THE ASCOT AUCTION ENTRIES INVITED

Historics at Brooklands
CONSIGNMENT UPDATE
THE ASCOT AUCTION
ENTRIES INVITED 
Saturday 3rd March - Ascot Racecourse
1966 Mercedes-Benz 230 SL Pagoda
Estimate: £65,000-£75,000
1963 Triumph Spitfire GT6R Le Mans Rec.
Estimate: £25,000-£32,000
1978 Volkswagen Beetle - Final Edition
Estimate: £12,000-£16,000
1992 Porsche 944 S2 SE Coupé
 Estimate: £36,000-£41,000
 2008 Porsche 911/997 Carrera 2
 Estimate: £24,000-£28,000
1973 Aston Martin V8
Estimate: £69,000-82,000
2002 Renault Clio Sport V6
Estimate: £13,000-£18,000
 1989 Mercedes-Benz 2.5-16 Evolution I
 Estimate: £10,000-£14,000
1978 Bentley T2
Estimate: £18,000 - £24,000
1968 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL Pagoda
Estimate: £90,000 - £120,000
1955 MG A Mk. I 1500 Roadster
Estimate: £18,000 - £22,000


Also included in our auction, over
130 Automobilia lots

For more information,
please contact Gerry onautomobilia@historics.co.uk
For a free valuation or advice, please contact one of our specialists