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Thursday, 18 July 2019

A FABULOUS SELECTION OF COMPETITION CARS ELIGIBLE FOR HIGH QUALITY AND PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS ARE COMING TO AUCTION



A FABULOUS SELECTION OF COMPETITION CARS ELIGIBLE FOR HIGH QUALITY AND PRESTIGIOUS EVENTS ARE COMING TO AUCTION
A fabulous selection of race cars are heading to auction next week at the prestigious Silverstone Classic where cars eligible for Goodwood, Masters Series, Historic Touring Cars, Spa Historic and other classic racing series will be offered.
One of the star lots will be the iconic Kaliber liveried Ford Sierra Group A touring car. Estimated at £150,000 to £180,000 this is one of two the legendary cars built by Andy Rouse for the 1988 British Touring Car Championship and predominately used by the well-known motorsport marketing guru and ex-Formula One driver Guy Edwards. Whilst one of the cars headed off to Peter Brock after the season finished this car went Adrian Fu and was competed at Macau and the Asian Pacific Series. In 1992 it then competed at Bathurst in the James Hardie race before it was displayed in the museum. In 1993 the current vendor purchased the car and continued to race it in New Zealand after a visit to Peter Brock for some re-engineering. The car continued to win races and was eventually retired at the end of 1997 where it remained in his ownership and in late 2016 early 2017 it was decided to restore the car to its original livery. This is now one totally and the utterly amazing touring car not only prepared by Andy Rouse but also by Pete Brock, two of the biggest names in touring cars. What’s more, it also comes with a basic spares package and an option of a complete inventory to support a race effort lasting many seasons.
Lionel Abbott of Silverstone Auction commented: “This is a very special car, well known to many in an era when these RS500s were all-conquering. Our vendor has owned this car for many years and it is now presented in a wonderful condition for the next owner to either go racing or to include in their collection.”
If you are thinking of going racing in the World Sportscar Masters, this next car would be a great way to get involved and be competitive straight away. This 1972 Lola T 290estimated at £110,000 to £125,000 once took part in the 1974 Targa Florio and more recently competed at the 2011 Silverstone Classic in the hands of the respected engine builder David Gathercole. Purchased in 1988 by a Swede and taken back to Italy until 1995 it was then purchased by Mr Jim Jaqua who exported it to America and had it prepared by a well-known US preparer. It was later bought through Simon Hadfield, well known historic racer by the current vendor in 2007 and now with full FIA HTP papers is looking for a new home and to go racing again.
With a number of Ferraris in the sale, this 430 GT3 which in 2008 and 2009 was raced by Hector Lester and the late Allan Simonsen is a very special car. In their hands, it achieved one win, three pole positions and four fastest laps. Now restored by Prosport in 2015 and used for track days by the current vendor, prepared by RnR, this Ferrari GT3 comes with spares and interesting provenance. Estimated at £100,000 to £120,000 this is a great opportunity for someone to either continue using it on track days or to go racing once again.
For something a little less raucous yet still bundles of fun, this 1973 Triumph Dolomite Sprint is very suitable for events like Goodwood and Historic Touring Car Cup meetings. Believed to have last been raced in 1981 and still wearing its distinctive Mach 3 livery but under the bonnet, there are signs of its original Butch Racing Team livery from the 1974 and 1975 Spa 24 hours race. This car has a great history, has been professionally stored in dehumidified storage for the last two years and is now ready to be rebuilt to Group 1 specification in order to gain FIA papers to go racing again. Estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 this is a wonderful Dolomite with a BMIHT certificate and a spare set of wheels and tyres.
And for historic racers wishing to go to Goodwood or to compete in the Masters Series, Historic Touring cars or similar this rare 1965 Studebaker Lark Daytona 500 estimated at £65,000 to £80,000 and excitingly offered at No Reserve is a fantastic opportunity. This a highly developed, expertly prepared and extremely competitive car. It comes with a host of spares including wheels, tyres, differentials, body panels and further assorted parts. There is also highly likely to be an invitation from Goodwood when their period for racing is 1960s saloons.
With so many cars and competition cars in the forthcoming sale, one cannot forget that another of the star cars is the Lotus Cortina prepared by Alan Mann Racing for Sir John Whitmore. It dominated the 1965 season, winning eight out of the nine rounds. With links to being a Works car and also being shared with Jack Sears and Sir John Whitmore for an assault on the Nurburgring 6 hour race, which they won overall and set a new lap record, being used by Ford for a promotional tour, this is one of the most historic and important race cars to come on the market.
Sir John owned the car from 1967 until 1995, residing in the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu from 1972 to 1978 and then with Jack Sears on his farm in Norfolk. It was then purchased by an American enthusiast who continued to preserve the history and in 2013 the Ford Lotus Cortina returned to the UK to be sold at auction having just covered 1,000 miles whilst in the care of the previous owner. The current vendor, who is a family friend of the Manns, is now offering the car for sale at £190,000 to £220,000 with just 11,464 miles, albeit mainly race miles.
Harry Whale auction manager for Silverstone Auctions commented: “We have several fabulous lots of competition cars which are suitable for all budgets and eligible for a variety of high-quality historic events. We are also delighted to be offering such legendary cars as the Kaliber Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and Sir John Whitmore’s Lotus Cortina.”
“The Silverstone Classic sale is our most prestigious sale at one of the UK’s largest historic motorsport events at the legendary Silverstone Circuit and we are very real looking forward to the sale over the weekend of the 26th to 28th July.”
The Silverstone Classic Auction takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 offering an exclusive selection of classic cars, sports cars and supercars and automobilia. The lots can be previewed on the 26th of July from 09.00 to 18.00.

Friday, 5 July 2019

EX-BMW PRESS CAR E38 M5 AND STUNNING E-TYPE LEAD ENTRIES FOR BARONS’ SUMMER CLASSIC SALE




EX-BMW PRESS CAR E38 M5 AND STUNNING E-TYPE LEAD ENTRIES FOR BARONS’ SUMMER CLASSIC SALE

Barons is bringing a really fine selection of classic and collectors’ cars to Sandown Park for its Summer Classic sale at the Surrey racecourse on July 16.
The entry list is headed by a very rare 1986 BMW E28 M5. This particular machine served as a BMW press car and was subsequently owned by a BMW Diagnostic Technician, and has a meticulously-maintained history file showing all the BMW OEM parts used both in its maintenance and in the incredibly detailed restoration carried out by the technician owner, for whom this was a real labour of love. It is one of only two RHD cars to leave the factory with both special individual paint and interior options and is the only one in this blue/black metallic colour combination. The interior is equally beautifully presented; when new, BMW Motorsport Gmbh trimmed all the door cards, centre console and dash in red leather and the roof lining in red suede. As part of its restoration, the interior was stripped, every leather part reconnolised and then painstakingly put back together. This remarkably impressive part of BMW’s history carries a guide price of £39,000-£46,000.
Sitting alongside the M5 at the head of the entry list is a stunning dark blue 1968 Jaguar E-type Series 1.5 2+2. It has led a very sheltered life, covering just 40,000 miles in 51 years, with only four owners from new. Offered complete with the registration number ‘536 BOY’, it has a guide price of £38,000-£45,000. 
An elegant piece of classic British motoring comes in the form of the sleek 1962 Bentley S2, in a sophisticated sage green over smoke green livery. This lovely motor car is in excellent condition and drives superbly (£26,000 - £30,000). And classic American automotive history is represented by the splendid 1930 Nash Ambassador 8 4-door sedan, in striking red and white livery. This head-turning automobile has a guide price of £25,000-£30,000.
The festival season is well and truly upon us, and the 1972 VW Type 2 Campervan on offer at Sandown Park is the perfect festival or holiday companion. In the last two years, it has been restored from a very sorry state to a very high standard by a VW specialist, retaining as many original parts as possible, including the engine, which has been retuned. The interior has been fully restored, with seats and trims reupholstered in white leather and new kitchen cabinetry and appliances installed. This lovely little campervan is just waiting to be snapped up and taken on adventures and has a guide price of £22,000-£27,000.
The 1975 Ford Granada Ghia Coupé going under the hammer on July 16 has been the subject of a 15-year nut-and-bolt restoration, with absolutely every component either reconditioned or replaced. This rare machine has only been driven on dry roads since the restoration was completed. Guide price: £9,000-£12,000.
Another immaculate motor car is the 1970 Rover 3.5-litre P5B. This handsome vehicle has been lovingly maintained throughout its life and has a comprehensive history file going back to when it was new, confirming the recorded mileage of 68,000. Guide price: £13,000-£16,000.
The 1973 Alfa Romeo GT Junior 1600 is perfect for road use and track days. It is fitted with an Alfa Romeo 2.0 litre Twin Spark engine and an Alfaholics fast road suspension set-up. In need of some cosmetic TLC, it has covered just 66,000 miles and has a guide price of £14,000-£18,000.
The charming 1961 Morris Mini Van in the sale is being sold by its only-ever owner and comes complete with documents including the order form for the van and the factory warranty. Amazingly it still has the original front and rear sub-frames and factory foam-filled sills. Guide price: £4,000-£6,000.
Early Volvo estates have a growing fanbase in the classic world, being both charismatic and hugely practical. The sale features a 1970 145 DL restoration project; with good examples now changing hands for more than £13,000 this is a great opportunity at a guide price of £1,000-£2,000.
Finally, the sale features two powerful Honda motorcycle combinations, both in very good condition and all being offered at realistic reserves. The 1982 Goldwing with Watsonian Sidecar has a guide price of £1,500-£3,000, while the1988 CB1000F combination is listed at £1,000-£2,000. Only being sold due to the recent passing of their owner, they are joined in a sale by a third Honda motorcycle from the same estate, a very good 1989 example of the VFR 750F, complete with original matching bright red panniers (£500-£1,500).
For more information, or to consign a vehicle to the sale, please visit www.barons-auctions.com.

911 HEAVEN AT CCA SALE AS A WONDERFUL SELECTION OF PORSCHES COME TO AUCTION


911 HEAVEN AT CCA SALE AS A WONDERFUL SELECTION OF PORSCHES COME TO AUCTION
1988 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa

A wonderful selection of Porsche 911s from the 1980 heydays are to feature in the Classic Car Auction sale on the 3rd August, with Targas, Cabriolets and a Carrera G50.
The 1980s iconic car was the Porsche 911 with the large rear spoiler know as a Whale Tail and came to symbolise wealth and success. Some would say that this shape is the best and most sought after.
CCA have four wonderful examples coming to auction on the 3rd August at the Warwickshire Event Centre. Leading the selection is a 1986 Carrera 3.2 with the G50 manual transmission. This is a fabulous car with just two owners from new and a warranted 64,000 miles. Estimated at £50,000 to £60,000 this is a real time warp car supplied new by AFN Porsche in Guildford and recently recommissioned, it comes with a large history file and original keys.
Guy Lees-Milne of Classic Car Auctions commented: “This is a superb 911 and scores very highly in our condition report. It offers everything you could want from a 911, coming with the rare and desirable G50 transmission, finished in the preferred Guards Red, low ownership, what more could you want. A stunning car.”
Two years on we have a 1988 Carrera Targa in Ivory White which has been in the same ownership for the last ten years and is a lovely example of a 911. A UK supplied car with 99,500 miles and a detailed history, this car also won the East Midlands Concours in 1998 for Porsche Club GB. Estimated at £28,000 to £32,000.
If we take a step back to the late 1970s on offer is a 1978 SC Targa. Having just come out of long storage this is a 911 with lots of potential. A left-hand drive car finished in Minerva Blue and with the optional Whale Tail, it was imported from Holland in 1986 and been with the current owner for the last 23 years. With 91,000 miles on the clock and estimated at £20,000 to £25,000 this particular 911 offers a great opportunity to own an exciting car and take it to the next level.
Our final 911 from our sale selection is a beautifully restored 1984 Sport Cabriolet with a Porsche Certificate of authenticity. In 2016 the car underwent bodywork restoration including the inner and outer sills, undersealed a is finished off in Gold with a brown piped interior. Although the car is of a higher mileage, it has had top end engine rebuild only 20,000 miles ago. A lovely looking car with a large history file and estimated at £28,000 to £32,000.
Gary Dunne, Classic Car Auctions auction manager commented: “Again we have a superb selection of Porsches in our sale. These 911s we have highlighted offer a great opportunity into owning a Porsche. We work closely with the Porsche Club GB and often the members choose to sell their cars via us.”
“With other Porsche models in the sale from the 924, 928, 944 and Boxsters, there will be plenty of choice for fans of the marque.”
Classic Car Auctions can be contacted on 01926 640888 or email enquiries@classiccarauctions.co.uk and would be happy to talk with you and help you through the process of consigning your car, alternatively, you can also use their online Value My Classic service.
2019 Forthcoming Auctions
3rd August - CCA August Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
5th October - CCA October Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre
7th December - CCA December Classic Car Sale, Warwickshire Event Centre



Wednesday, 3 July 2019

THE SÁRRAGA COLLECTION: RM SOTHEBY’S HIGHLIGHTS RARE CARS WITH PORTUGUESE HISTORY AHEAD OF SALE

THE SÁRRAGA COLLECTION: RM SOTHEBY’S HIGHLIGHTS RARE CARS WITH
PORTUGUESE HISTORY AHEAD OF SALE


RM Sotheby’s is delighted to reveal more details of rare and exclusive cars to be offered from the Sáragga Collection, presented entirely without reserve nearby the stunning beach location of Comporta, Portugal, on 21 September 2019. Many cars of the 130-strong collection gathered by discerning enthusiast and collector, Mr Sáragga, are highly collectable individual automobiles that boast lovely Portuguese provenance, sure to resonate strongly with local collectors and beyond.
Among the most significant lots is a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring, delivered new to Portuguese Angola and which has remained in mainland Portugal since 1975. The beautifully restored, late third-series example of Porsche’s iconic and highly collectable 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring retains its original engine and gearbox and is just one of five delivered in stunning, special-order Signal Orange (1414) with a black leatherette interior. A Porsche Certificate of Authority notes that this RS was factory-equipped with an electric sunroof, headrests, tinted glass and a Blaupunkt stereo. Boasting racing history in Portugal, participating in the 1979 Rally Portugal Vinho do Porto, wearing race number 24, and, at the 20th anniversary of Estoril in 1992, this RS finished first in Group 4. The car underwent a full restoration in 2012 and has covered fewer than 3,000kms since. Following restoration, the RS featured in the book ‘50 Years of Porsche in Portugal’, highlighting Porsche’s rich history in the country (Est.€450,000 – €550,000).
One of the many highlights of the pre-war cars offered in the Sáragga Collection is a 1939 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet by Chapron, which was delivered new to Lisbon and has remained in Portugal all its life. The rare and authentic Chapron ‘Grand Luxe’ bodywork features unique doors, hood, bumpers, and wings, as well as a luxurious interior that – at the time of specification – could be detailed to the buyer’s express wishes. The Grand Luxe kit increased the price of the car by around 50% compared to a standard body, therefore only around 40 of these were built and fewer than 20 are known to survive. Before joining the Sáragga Collection, the car last changed hands in 1996 following long periods of family ownership (Est. €400,000 – €450,000).

An extremely rare and highly desirable 1955 WD Denzel 1300 also features in the collection, as one of approximately 65 models constructed and one of roughly 30 known to remain, with just five Portuguese owners from new. This car —chassis number DK32—arrived with the Lisbon-based Denzel importer, Auto Portuguesa, in 1954, before it was entered into a handful of races and rallies. Its competition high point was placing second overall and first in class at the Rallye a San Pedro de Moel in August 1956. The car briefly returned to the Denzel factory in Vienna for modification, with its original body replaced with a later style unit, and the original 1,500cc engine replaced with a 1,300cc Super Sport powertrain, benefitting from a small power increase. The car returned to Portugal to race once more and was fully restored in 2012, presenting a rare opportunity to own an immaculate example of this highly unusual, charismatic and historically significant small-capacity racing sports car (Est. €380,000 – €450,000).


1966 Mercedes-Benz 600 Sedan by Chapron is a one-off, coachbuilt example, residing in Portugal with 30 years of single ownership prior to joining the Sáragga Collection. Featuring a full glass roof that is unique to this car, the first buyer – an oil magnate – turned to the coachbuilder, Henri Chapron, after Mercedes-Benz turned down his request for a full glass roof. Upon the first owner’s passing, the car was left in his will to the Portuguese gardener of his house in Cannes. The car has been in Portugal since (Est: €300,000 – €450,000). A 1947 HRG Aerodynamic by Fox & Nicholl is documented as having Portuguese competition history with class wins and remains eligible for historic racing and rallying today. Having competed in various Portuguese races and hill climb events in the 1940s and 50s, the car was rediscovered in 1989 and was subsequently fully rebuilt (Est: €180,000 – €250,000).

One of the first Jaguar E-Type coupes built – largely, by hand – at Jaguar’s Coventry facility, is also offered in the sale. The 1961 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Fixed Head Coupe is also the very first E-Type FHC to be registered in Portugal. Perhaps most importantly, it was built prior to February 1962 and is an early ‘flat floor’ example so coveted by collectors (Est. €140,000  €160,000). Another unique car offered at auction is a 1953 Bristol 401 Saloon, delivered new to Portugal and remaining there since, this is among the last of the 401s built, itself ranked as one of only 700 ever manufactured (Est. €30,000 – €40,000).
Paul Darvill, Car Specialist, RM Sotheby’s, said: “The scale of exclusive and rare cars we have available in Portugal is significant. The local provenance is a key feature of a number of lots and this is not restricted to the higher valued cars, so there is something for everyone within the sale. With a high number of accessibly priced cars, the Sáragga Collection is not only open to traditional collectors but also to those wanting to buy some really interesting cars from a well-known collection whilst visiting a stunning beach location.”
The Sáragga Collection calls the small, picturesque town of Alcácer do Sal home, just minutes from the seaside region of Comporta, which has quickly become one of the most fashionable and stylish resorts in Europe. The region offers the perfect setting for a warm weekend away in Portugal this autumn, with a number of luxury hotels and restaurants nearby, and just an hour’s drive from Lisbon International Airport. The Sáragga Collection reflects the discerning and eclectic personal tastes of its owner, with many cars combining broad desirability with strong Portuguese provenance and history. The collection comprises over 130 cars to include pre-war greats, exclusive Porsche models, American classics of all eras, and some rare and diminutive microcar gems. Values within the collection range from as little as €10,000 through to €800,000.
Event details and a frequently updated list of all lots offered in the Sáragga Collection are available at rmsothebys.com. To speak with an RM Sotheby’s specialist or to register to bid for this exceptional collection, please call +44 (0) 20 7851 7070.

Photo Information (Credit: Tom Gidden ©2019 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

MANSELL’S ‘RED FIVE’ ON POLE FOR BONHAMS SALE F1 CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING FW14B LEADS THE BONHAMS GRID AT FESTIVAL OF SPEED



MANSELL’S ‘RED FIVE’ ON POLE FOR BONHAMS SALE

 F1 CHAMPIONSHIP-WINNING FW14B
LEADS THE BONHAMS GRID AT
FESTIVAL OF SPEED

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1992 WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW14B CHASSIS 08. Estimate on Request


The Williams-Renault FW14B Formula 1 car, in which legendary British racing driver Nigel Mansellwon a record-setting five Grand Prix races (all from pole) at the start of his Championship-winning 1992 season, is to be offered by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale on 5 July 2019.

A number of motor-racing greats will line up alongside the 90s legend to be offered for sale next Friday:


  • ‘Old Mother Gun’, the pre-war Le Mans and Brooklands racing Bentley.
  • 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300, a road-going version of the Le Mans and Mille Miglia-winning race car.
  • An Edwardian-era pioneer, the ex-Douglas Fitzpatrick Metallurgique-Maybach 21-litre Three-Seater Special.

The FW14B

 “It was just a fantastic year, with a fantastic car!”, said 1992 World Champion Mansell about theFW14B in an interview with Bonhams Magazine.

Designed by celebrated Formula 1 engineer Adrian Newey, The FW14B is considered one of the most sophisticated, dominant and important Formula 1 racing cars of all time, featuring state-of-the-art technology, including 6-speed semi-automatic transmission, ride-levelling active suspension and cutting-edge aerodynamics, powered by Renault’s RS3 3.5-litre V10 engine.

Bonhams is offering FW14B chassis 08 for sale, the car which contested 13 of that year’s 16 qualifying Grand Prix races, driven by Nigel Mansell in the first seven.

Mansell and the FW14B 08 won five of those seven Grand Prix races – in South Africa (where he set the fastest lap), Mexico, Brazil, Spain and Imola (for San Marino) – all from pole, setting a new Formula 1 record for consecutive wins.

Mansell was narrowly beaten into second place at Monaco by Ayrton Senna before ‘Red Five’, as it was known under Mansell’s command, was entrusted to Italian team-mate, Riccardo Patrese.

Then known as ‘White Six’, chassis ‘08’ contested a further six Grand Prix races, scoring World Championship points in three of them to give Williams-Renault one-two positions in the 1992 Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship. Mansell notched up another four race wins in the sister car, becoming the first driver in Formula 1 racing history to win nine World Championship-qualifying Grand Prix races within a single season.

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1992 WILLIAMS-RENAULT FW14B CHASSIS 08. Estimate on Request

Having been meticulously well-preserved, initially by Williams Grand Prix Engineering and subsequently by a private collector, FW14B ‘08” survives today in running order. Both its V10-cylinder engine and sophisticated hydraulic active-suspension system have been tested in recent weeks.


Mark Osborne, Global Director of Motorsport at Bonhams, commented: "The FW14B was the high-water mark in Grand Prix design for ‘92 and remains today one of the most sophisticated cars to compete in F1, and we at Bonhams are honoured to have been entrusted with such a motor-racing legend."

Also roaring into the Bonhams sale at Goodwood is ‘Old Mother Gun’, the 1927 Bentley Jackson Special – a timely offering in Bentley’s centenary year. The first 41/2-litre Bentley was a Le Mans and Grand Prix winner before dominating at Brooklands in the 1930s, setting speed records of 120mph and 130mph, before later recording an official top speed of 148mph. Estimate on Request.

Another historic speed king at the sale is the 1935 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 ‘Long Chassis’ Tourer,one of the last examples of the very first Alfa Romeo eight-cylinder models – a genuine 100mph car powered by a 2300CC engine, which achieved consecutive wins at Le Mans, Mille Miglia, Spa 24 Hours and Targa Florio, and led to the development of the legendary Monoposto Tipo B, the most dominating 30’s Grand Prix racer. Estimate £4,000,000 – 5,000,000.  

An ultra-rare ex-Douglas Fitzpatrick 1907 Métallurgique-Maybach Zeppelin-engined Edwardian three-seater, estimate £800,000 - £1,000,000, is considered one of the world’s greatest motor cars.

Powered by a very rare 21-litre airship engine, this remarkable motor car is a veteran of hill climbs, sprints and circuit-racing and still holds a current FIA Class A standing-start 500-metre world record. This Métallurgique’s other claim to fame is that it featured in the 1968 motion picture Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The Bonhams Festival of Speed sale is offering an exclusive selection of some of the world’s most sought-after collectors’ cars, including:

2013 McLaren P1 XP Experimental Prototype, estimate £1,300,000 – 1,500,000.
1966 Ford GT40, estimate £850,000 – 1,250,000.
1928 Bentley 6 ½-Litre Saloon, coachwork by Gurney Nutting, est £800,000 – 1,200,000.
1998 Jaguar XJ220, estimate £350,000 – 400,000.

All motor cars will be available to view on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July at Goodwood, with the sale starting at 2pm on Friday. 

FERRARIS FOR ROAD AND TRACK IN FULL FORCE AT RM SOTHEBY’S MONTEREY SALE



FERRARIS FOR ROAD AND TRACK IN FULL FORCE
AT RM SOTHEBY’S MONTEREY SALE

THE LAST REMAINING UNRESTORED FERRARI SWB CALIFORNIA SPIDER
AND A COVETED FERRARI 196 SP JOIN THE LINEUP


RM Sotheby’s has secured a powerhouse lineup of Ferrari sports and racing cars of the 1950s and 60s for the company’s flagship Monterey auction, 15-17 August at the Monterey Conference Center in California. Each offered fresh to the market, all four cars represent some of the rarest models in the marque’s seven-decade history.

Leading the group is a 1962 Ferrari 250 SWB California Spider, chassis no. 4131, the second to last of all examples built and the only remaining unrestored SWB Cal Spider. Undoubtedly the most original, well-preserved example in the world, the Cal Spider is presented in its original colours and with its original interior. Delivered new to Switzerland, in 1971 the car passed to Canadian George Carrick, who used the car as the inspiration for his book The Spyder California, one of the first Ferrari books ever published on a particular model, which would go on to become the go-to resource for the car. Having had just four owners in the last 50 years, the SWB California Spider is offered in Monterey from more than 25 years of single ownership, in fully numbers-matching, Ferrari Classiche Certified condition (Est. $10,500,000 - $13,000,000).


From the road to the track, joining the California Spider is a 1962 Ferrari 196 SP, chassis no. 0806, the final of just six examples ever built and a mere five survivors. The 196 SP was campaigned initially by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.) at the 1962 12 Hours of Sebring, where it finished 3rd in Class, and at the 1000KM Nürburgring piloted by Pedro and Ricardo Rodríguez as a Scuderia Ferrari Works entry. The car went on to enjoy a successful North American racing career in privateer hands, achieving a half dozen podium finishes and multiple class victories across nearly 20 races in period. The SP cars were Ferrari’s first mid-engine prototype cars and were integral to the evolution of the marque’s famed P-car series. This example is the last of its breed and has had just four private owners in the last 50 years, including time spent in some of the most significant private collections in the world, such as Pierre Bardinon’s former Mas du Clos Collection. The 196 SP is presented in concours-quality, race-ready condition, complete with its matching-numbers engine and worthy of the hobby’s finest events (Est. $8,000,000 - $10,000,000).


Our Monterey sale has long been a venue associated with some of the rarest, most important Ferraris ever built, and 2019 continues the tradition,” says Gord Duff, Global Head of Auctions, RM Sotheby’s. “The Cal Spider is fascinating as the most original example in existence, and the 196 SP is an incredible racing machine that I’ve had the chance to drive and can say it’s on the button and ready to race again. Adding these special Ferraris to the already announced SWB Berlinetta—offered without reserve, the modern performance of the Ming Collection, the LaFerrari, the 275 GTB, 365 GTS, and more, has allowed us to put together a lineup of nearly 30 of the most significant Ferraris, period.”


The California Spider and the 196 SP will be offered alongside two additional sports and racing Ferraris of exceptional rarity; a 1955 Ferrari 375 MM Coupe Speciale and a 1952 Ferrari 225 Sport Spider. The 375 MM, chassis no. 0476 AM, wears a one-off, alloy body by Ghia, and is the final Ferrari ever bodied by the famed coachbuilder. One of just four 375 MM Berlinettas featuring special coachwork, the car is built on a full racing-spec 375 MM chassis and drivetrain and made its debut at the 1955 Turin Motor Show on the Ghia stand. Finished in its original configuration and complete with its original interior, the 375 MM appears to have covered just 13,000 original kilometres and is offered on the Peninsula from more than a decade of ownership in fully matching numbers, Ferrari Classiche Certified condition (Est. $5,000,000 - $7,000,000).


Finally, the 225 Sport Spider rounds out the prancing horses on offer. Chassis no. 0214 ED is one of just 12 examples of the model built with Vignale Spider coachwork and was originally raced in the UK by Irish publisher William ‘Bobbie’ Baird. Baird found success at the 1952 9 Hours of Goodwood, where the car finished 3rd Overall, co-driven by Roy Salvadori, as well as at the Daily Mail International Trophy, where it finished 4th Overall and 2nd in Class. The 225 was subsequently sold to Argentina, where it was raced successfully into the mid-1950s. The car is now offered from nearly two decades of single ownership and interestingly is one of a mere three Ferrari models that are eligible for all major vintage events; the Tour Auto, Le Mans Classic, Mille Miglia, and the Monaco Grand Prix Historique (Est. $4,000,000 - $5,000,000).


The sports and racing Ferraris join RM Sotheby’s exceptional Monterey lineup, which already includes the oldest car to wear the Porsche name, a 1939 Porsche Type 64, alongside an original James Bond Aston Martin DB5. Held during the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance motoring week, RM Sotheby’s Monterey sale (15-17 August) has been the pinnacle of collector car auctions for more than 30 years, leading the field and raising the bar with its consistent, record-setting results. This year’s Monterey sale will once again present more than 150 of the world’s most important motor cars in the ultimate collector car destination, featuring a special third auction evening on 15 August. ‘An Evening with Aston Martin’ will feature more than 30 of the world’s most sought-after road-going and track-ready Aston Martin sports cars from across the marque’s illustrious history.


For further information on RM Sotheby’s 2019 Monterey auction and to view a frequently updated list of entries, please visit rmsothebys.com. Interested consignors are invited to call RM Sotheby’s global headquarters at +1 519 352 4575 to speak with a car specialist about very limited remaining availability. 

ULTRA RARE GORDINI TYPE 15S BARQUETTE TOPS THE SALE LIST AT BONHAMS CHANTILLY SALE


ULTRA RARE GORDINI TYPE 15S BARQUETTE TOPS THE SALE LIST AT BONHAMS CHANTILLY SALE

An ultra-rare 1952 Gordini Type 15S Barquette (Sport Barchetta), proved to be the Chatelaine of Chantilly and the top lot in today's Bonhams sale taking place at the prestigious Arts et Elegance concours, in the grounds of the famous Château.
Following extensive national interest prior to the sale and a bidding battle, the Gordini 15S sold for an impressive total of €708,000 to a European buyer in the room, who earned applause from the chic visitors attending the motoring garden party.
The purchaser, a private collector and historic racer, is now the proud owner of a rare and important piece of French motoring and motorsport history, with his new acquisition being one of only two four-cylinder barchettas built by the legendary French sports car manufacturer. The other belongs to the renowned Schlumpf Collection in France's national motor museum in Mulhouse.
This remarkable motor car also has a fascinating history of competing in two top motorsport series – firstly as one of only five 'Type 11' single-seater 'monopostos' built in 1947 by the legendary Amédée Gordini for his Grand Prix racing team, driven, among others by the great Juan-Manuel Fangio, Jen Behra, Robert Manzon, Prince Bira of Siam and Aldo Gordini.
In 1952 the car was transformed, by Gordini himself, into a two-seat Barchetta, known as '15S', within 11 months an 'Équipe Gordini' challenger in the legendary Le Mans 24 hours race and leading sports car series.
Following an extensive restoration in the early 2000s, as a patriotic act by collector and former director of Renault Formula 1, Jean Sage, the 15S competed in the Mille Miglia tribute rally, Monaco Historic Grand Prix and Le Mans Classic event, until 2009.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motoring, said: "We are delighted that the Gordini will remain in Europe and we look forward to perhaps seeing it displayed at Chantilly in the near future!"
Other highlights from the Bonhams Chantilly Sale include:
• 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1, first owned by the Belgian Baron Maurice Solvay, realised €212,400. 
• 1962 Citroën DS Décapotable, a rare and highly-desirable early 'ashtray' model, achieved €182,900.
• 1965 Fiat 500 Elégance Beach Car, built by Carrozzeria Savio and displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show, achieved €87,320. 
• 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Coupé, designed by Bertone and offered in stunning condition, realised €89,680. 
Bonhams' next European motor car sales will be The Bonmont Sale in Geneva on 29 September and The Zoute Sale on 11 October.