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Heralded Bothwell Collection going to auction with Bonhams

Bothwell Peugeot
Bothwell Peugeot

Fifty cars from the acclaimed Bothwell Collection will be offered at auction by Bonhams in a sale to be held at the Bothwell Ranch in Woodland Hills, California, on November 11, the auction house has announced.

Several of the cars — a 1913 Indianapolis Peugeot, 1908 Prinz Heinrich Benz and 1908 Mercedes Simplex — were on display at Bonhams’ recent auction at The Quail Lodge on the Monterey Peninsula.

Lindley Bothwell was a charter member of the Horseless Carriage Club of America and with his wife, Ann, assembled what Bonhams termed “one of the largest private collections of automobiles in the country.”

“Housed at their ranch property amid manicured orange groves just over the hills from Hollywood,” the auction house added, “the Bothwell Collection is without equal.”

Bothwell Benz
Bothwell Benz

Lindley Bothwell, who died in 1986 at the age of 84, had a large orange-growing business, was an agricultural consultant and cattle breeder, and was credited with creating the famed student card stunts at the University of Southern California when he was a “yell leader” at the school. He also raced cars and collected racing and other vehicles.

After his death, his widow “protected, preserved and defended,” as AutoWeek put it, her husband’s car collection until her death at the age of 97 in 2016.

Bonhams notes that the 50 cars going to auction include rare pre-war racing cars, automobiles and horse-drawn streetcars.

The Bothwell’s 1913 Peugeot not only raced in the Indianapolis 500 in 1916, but decades later, Bothwell took the car back to Indianapolis to compete in a Veteran Class event, where he boosted Dario Resta’s 85-mph lap record to more than 103 mph, a Veteran record that would stand for 30 years.

The 1913 Peugeot 4.5-Liter L45 is powered by what Bonhams termed “the father of all racing engines… it was this engine that inspired Miller, Offenhauser and a host of others.”

The Bothwells’ 1908 Prinz Heinrich Tour Benz is named for a Prussian prince and early supporter of motor racing. Benz produced a limited series of 10 factory racers named in his honor. The Bothwell car is one of the few surviving. Bonhams said.

The 1908 Mercedes Simplex 60hp is believed to have been owned originally by William K. Vanderbilt.

In addition to motorcars from the likes of Austo-Daimler, Buick, Cadillac, Ford, Hudson, National, Packard, Pope-Hartford and others, the auction will include five horse-drawn streetcars. Bothwell was a fan of such vehicles and had a mile track built on his property to give visitors rides.

Bothwell National
Bothwell National

Also offered in the auction will be all sorts of spare parts and items of automobilia that Bothwell collected.

“Lindley and Ann Bothwell need little introduction. Their contribution to historic motoring is renowned, their cars are legendary and, most important, their enthusiasm all encompassing,” Malcolm Barber, Bonhams chairman, said in a news release. “This is truly a monumental collection and we are extremely flattered to represent it at auction. The phrase ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ is very appropriate.”

“The sale of the sole surviving L45 Grand Prix Peugeot will be a generational opportunity to acquire a landmark car in the history of the development of racing in America and Europe,” added Rupert Banner, Bonhams vice president of motoring.

James Bond’s spiral jump car on Auctions America docket

The AMC Hornet that spiral-jumped river in 'Man With Golden Gun' head to auction | Auctions America photos by Teddy Pieper
The AMC Hornet that spiral-jumped river in ‘Man With Golden Gun’ head to auction | Auctions America photos by Teddy Pieper

Those of a certain age, or those who have binge-watched James Bond movies, will remember the scene in The Man With The Golden Gun in which 007 attacks the remains of a wooden bridge in a red car with white pinstriping along its flanks. The middle of the bridge was gone, but the car executes an amazing corkscrew spin as if flies over the abyss and lands relatively smoothly on the carcass of structure on the river’s opposite bank.

That very same car — a 1972 AMC Hornet hatchback — is being offered without reserve at Auction America’s Auburn Fall sale over the Labor Day weekend in northeastern Indiana. Continue reading

Car star power boosts auction action on Monterey Peninsula

Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby's | Andy Reid photo
Aston Martin DBR1 rings up a British-car record $22.55 million sale for RM Sotheby’s | Andy Reid photo

The star cars shined Friday at the collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula.

In the daily report from Hagerty, the insurance and vehicle-valuation tracking company that monitors each of the sales, “Much of this week’s perceived success hinged on RM Sotheby’s selling its 1956 Aston Martin DBR1, Gooding & Company selling its 1970 Porsche 917K, and Bonhams selling its 1995 McLaren F1.

“From that standpoint, the upper-most reaches of the market are strong, as each company achieved good results for each model. Continue reading

Worldwide helps shift Monterey auction sales into higher gear

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos

Things certainly picked up Thursday at the collector car auctions that are a big part of Monterey Car Week, and the sales should shift into high gear Friday with Bonhams staging its auction and RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company starting their two-day sales.

The auctions are monitored by personnel from Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, which reports that sell-through rate, average price and media price are all up compared with 2017 totals. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Gooding’s 2017 Monterey auction

A 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads a line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. sale | Larry Edsall photos
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. | Larry Edsall photos

When my father was a child, his mother took in a pair of young immigrant brothers who needed a home. Sure, my dad’s family already was large, but his mom figured there was always room for one — or two — more, so the young Greeks were enfolded.

At some point, the brothers either opened or bought a soda fountain and candy store. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey auction

The Ferrari Daytona known as the 'Harrah Hot Rod' is among Andy's favorites at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos
The Ferrari Daytona known as the ‘Harrah Hot Rod’ is among Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos

RM Sotheby’s auction consistently has been the place to buy the finest cars on offer during Monterey car week and this year is no exception. There are so many extraordinary cars at the Portolo hotel & spa in downtown Monterey that it is difficult to even take it all in. Continue reading

Monterey auctions expected to shift into higher gear today

Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there's much more to come | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there’s much more to come | Larry Edsall photos

The annual August angst of collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula have begun, albeit to a very slow start.

Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, supplies us with daily reports on the auction action. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Worldwide’s 2017 Pacific Grove auction

George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos
George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos

The northernmost point on the Monterey Peninsula provide a spectacular vantage and includes the United States Coast Guard’s Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links and, during Monterey Car Week 2017, the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers’ classic car sale. Continue reading

Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

1961 Austin-Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos
1961 Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally racer headed to auction | Bonhams photos

The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition. Continue reading

Shropshire Lad’s motorcycles, sidecars headed to auction

Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos
Nimbus Model C among combinations going to auction | H&H Classics photos

Bill Ward was an apprentice at Sentinel Works in Shrewsbury, England, when he, his wife and baby daughter rode his motorcycle and sidecar to visit relatives over the holidays in London.

“Bill says he preferred motorbike and sidecar combinations,” H&H Classics notes in a news release announcing the sale of Ward’s “Shropshire Lad” collection of motorcycle/sidecar combinations at its auction September 2 at Britain’s National Motorbike Museum. Continue reading