Ex-Fangio Maserati 300 S added to Bonhams’ Quail docket

Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos
Juan Manual Fangio won two major races in this 1957 Maserati 300 S | Bonhams photos

The 1956 Maserati 300 S sports racer that Juan Manual Fangio drove to victory in Portuguese and Brazilian grand prix events has been consigned for sale at Bonhams’ auction scheduled for August 18 at The Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley during Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

First U.S.-legal McLaren F1 going to Bonhams’ Quail sale

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The first of only seven 1995 McLaren F1 three-seat supercars to be federalized, and thus street-legal for the United States, will be offered for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ annual collector car auction at the Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week.

The car is a one-owner vehicle, Bonhams notes, and the first one to be imported to this country. Continue reading

Historic De Havilland ‘Dragon’ aircraft on Bonhams’ docket

De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos
De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five known to exist, is on Goodwood Revival auction docket | Bonhams photos

A De Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of only five such historic aircraft still surviving, will be offered at public auction for the first time September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Meeting Sale in England.

“The DH 84 was the executive jet of its day,” James Knight, group motoring director for Bonhams, said in a news release.

“Its ability to cover great distances with at least six passengers and land almost anywhere ensured it was the must-have aircraft of the period – for personal, commercial and military use.” Continue reading

Bonhams celebrates 25 years at Goodwood with $13.1 million sale

'Rolls from Rajputana' is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos
‘Rolls from Rajputana’ is subject of bidding battle at Monaco auction | Bonhams photos

Bonhams’ 25th annual collector car auction, held Friday in conjunction with the Goodwood Festival of Speed has reported more than $13.165 million in sales with a 62.5 percent sell-through rate.

A 1962 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL roadster, a 1973 Porsche 911 RS Lightweight and a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Sedanca de Ville each sold for more than $1 million. Continue reading

British racer’s collection headed to Bonhams auction

Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos
Jack Sears drove his Ford Galaxie to British touring car title in 1963 | Bonhams photos

Eight vehicles formerly owned by “Gentleman Jack” Sears, the first champion of the British Touring Car racing series, will be offered for sale September 9 at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction.

Sears not only won the inaugural British “saloon” car championship in 1958, but repeated that title in 1963. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in the 1950s in an MG TC and later raced in Formula 2 and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where he won the GT class in one of Shelby American’s Daytona Coupes. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Italian coachbuilt trio for Quail sale

Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos
Ghia-built Chrysler Special heading to sale at the Quail | Bonhams photos

Bonhams has consignment a trio of coachbuilt cars by Italian designers for its auction in August at the Quail on the Monterey Peninsula. They are:

  • A 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Gran Sport Spider by Frua.
  • A 1957 BMW 503 cabriolet by Bertone.
  • A 1953 Chrysler Special by Ghia.

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Bonhams adds auction at Italian classic car show

Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy's Auto e Moto d'Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos
Automakers among those showing their classic cars at Italy’s Auto e Moto d’Epoch | 2016 AMdE photos

Bonhams Motoring Department is expanding its auction calendar for 2017 with a new event scheduled for October 28 in conjunction with the Auto e Moto d’Epoca, which Bonhams says is the most widely attended classic car show in Italy. Continue reading

’67 VW camper going from storage to Goodwood auction

1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos
1967 VW camper said to be worth as much as $115,200 | Windrush photos

A 1967 Volkswagen T1 camper van said to be worth as much as £90,000 ($115,200) has left its long-term storage facility and will be offered up for bidding at Bonhams Collector’s Motor Car auction this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Continue reading

Bonhams does $7.38 million at 10th Greenwich auction

1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams' Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos
1990 Euro-spec Ferrari F40 tops Bonhams’ Greenwich sale | Bonhams photos

Bonhams celebrated its 10th anniversary as the auction house for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance with a sale this past weekend that posted a 92-percent sell-through rate and total results of $7.38 million.

“We are very pleased with today’s results,” Eric Minoff, Bonhams’ head of sale for the Greenwich event, said in a news release. “We had an excellent selection of unique collectors’ cars with sensible estimates and a beautiful and convenient venue. Continue reading

Paul O’Shea tribute Mercedes SLS joins Bonhams’ Chantilly sale

Paul O'Shea's 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS re-created and regularly raced in vintage competition | Bonhams photos
Paul O’Shea’s 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS re-created and regularly raced in vintage competition | Bonhams photos

“Driving his 300SL Gullwing, Paul was virtually unbeatable from coast to coast.”

— motorsports historian Art Evans in The Fabulous Fifties: A Decade of Sports Car Racing in Southern California

Officially, Paul O’Shea was a three-time Sports Car Club of American national racing champion in the mid-1950s, even though he’d quit racing cars for two years after a friend was killed at Le Mans. Continue reading