Bonhams to host Surtees foundation auction

Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every
Drivers and cars at 2016 fund-raiser | Henry Surtees Foundation photos by Jakob every

In 2009, 18-year-old Henry Surtees died from injuries sustained in a crash in a Formula 2 race at the Brands Hatch circuit in England. In the aftermath, Surtees’ father, the only person to win world motorcycle and Formula 1 racing championships, established the Henry Surtees Foundation.

The foundation’s goal is “to assist people with brain or physical injuries caused by accident to return to community living by the provision of support for equipment and facilities.” Continue reading

Ex-Cunningham E-type headed to Bonhams’ Quail sale

Briggs Cunningham's team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo
Briggs Cunningham’s team raced the No. 14 Jaguar at Le Mans in 1963 | Bonhams/Litwinski photo

The Jaguar E-type Lightweight that Briggs Cunningham’s team raced at Le Mans, Road America and Bridgehampton in 1963 will be offered up for bidding August 18 at Bonhams’ 20th anniversary Monterey Peninsula auction at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California.

“There are rare, interesting cars, and there are cars that have belonged to rare, interesting people,” author Richard Holt is quoted in the Bonhams’ news release. Continue reading

Historic racers featured at Bonhams’ upcoming Spa sale

Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G among the cars returning to site of Belgian Grand Prix | Bonhams photos
Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G among the cars returning to site of Belgian Grand Prix | Bonhams photos

With the auction being held at the famed Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, it only makes sense that the docket for the Bonhams sale features a starting grid of vintage racing machines. They include everything from a Grand Prix-winning Benetton-Cosworth Ford F1 racer to a 1969 Volvo Amazon 122S Group 2 rally car.

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Considered to be the star of the auction is the 1991 Benetton-Cosworth Ford B191 that won the Canadian Grand Prix and during its racing career was driven by Nelson Piquet, Roberto Moreno and Michael Schumacher. The car also finished fifth in the British Grand Prix and eighth in the French race in 1991. Wearing Benetton colors, Bonhams has assigned the car a pre-sale estimated value of €750,000 to €950,000 ($820,000 to $1.4 million).

Back at Spa for the first time since the 1986 season is another F1 racer, a 1986 Osella-Alfa Romeo FA1G originally campaigned by Piercarlo Ghinzani, a European F3 champion who went on to start 77 F1 races.

“Ghinzani privately maintained a number of the cars that he drove during his varied career, and this 1.5-liter turbocharged machine is a highly original and ‘on the button’ example with extensive in-period race history including outings at the legendary Circuit de Spa Francorchamps,” Bonhams said in its pre-auction news release.

The auction house notes that the car has been restored and is powered by a period V8 engine that Ghinzani owned but that was never used in a race. The car’s pre-sale estimated value is €90,000 to €120,000 ($100,000 to $130,000).

Another and significantly more valuable Alfa Romeo with competition history is the former 1969 Autodelta Alfa Romeo GTA 1300 Junior, a works racer that debuted in the 1969 Tour de Corse with Enrico Pinto driving. Bonhams notes that the car had a long racing history, including class victories at the Nurburgring and Paul Ricard and second overall in the 1972 GR Brno. The pre-sale estimate is €290,000 to €340,000 ($320,000 to $375,000).

The docket also includes another ex-Autodelta 1969 Alfa Romeo GTA Junior valued at €320,000 to €375,000 ($350,000 to $410,000).

VW T1 transporter and Martini-liveried Group 5 Porsche
VW T1 transporter and Martini-liveried Group 5 Porsche

The docket also includes Porsches, among them a 1979-81 911 Type 935 dp35 Group 5 competition coupe valued at €400,000 to €500,000 ($440,000 to $550,000)

“When, after much deliberation, the FIA eventually agreed on its new formula for 1976, the creation of the Group 5 (extensively modified) category gave Porsche the opportunity to let its imagination and engineering expertise shine through,” Bonhams reported. “A stream of exotic prototypes with the very briefest of connections to the production 911 came to the fore, such as the 1979/1981 Porsche 911 Type 935 dp35 Group 5 Competition Coupé.

“One of only three built by dp motorsport, this staggeringly rare competition model has competed extensively in Scandinavia, and is believed to have competed in the 1999/2000 Swedish GTR Championship. Accompanied by a DMSB-Wagenpass attesting that this is a genuine Group 5 car, this machine will undoubtedly be a serious contender on the classic race track.”

Also being offered is a 1976 Porsche 934/5 Kremer Group 4 competition coupé in Martini racing livery. The car raced three times during the 1976-77 seasons and then was retired. Bonhams expects it to sell for €320,000 to €400,000 ($350,000 to $440,000).

Among other vehicles scheduled to cross the block are:

1965 Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight coupe
1965 Jaguar E-type semi-lightweight coupe
  • A 1996 Ferrari F355 Challenge coupe.
  • A 1965 Lotus Elan 26R built to FIA racing specification that already has an impressive vintage racing history.
  • A 1971 Ford Capri RS2600 lightweight competition coupe originally owned by French Formula 3 champion Francois Mazet.
  • A 1969 Volvo Amazon 122S Group 2 factory rally car.
  • A 1965 Jaguar E-type 3.8-liter semi-lightweight competition roadster.
  • The 1989 Belgian Procar championship-winning Audi V8 quattro.
  • The 1986 Belga Stuurwiel-winning BMW 325i Juma Group N comp coupe.
  • An original Volskwagen T2 transporter.

Also on the Spa docket is the so-called Castle Collection of a dozen classic vehicles discovered at a castle in Switzerland. Among them are a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, 1921 and 1934 Rolls-Royce, Maserati Indy America and others.

Pre-auction estimates exceeded at Bonhams’ bike sale

Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos
Barn-found 1949 Vincent White Shadow sell for $210,000+ at Bonhams auction in England | Bonhams photos

With a barn-found 1949 Vincent HRD 988cc White Shadow Series-C project bike selling for £163,900, which is more than $210,000 and nearly three times its high pre-sale estimated value, Bonhams motorcycle department enjoyed its Spring Stafford Sale on Sunday with a 90 percent sell-through rate and total sales of £2,132,257 (more than $2.73 million).

The sale was held in conjunction with the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show. Prices reported include buyer’s fees. Continue reading

Benetton F1 racer joins Bonhams’ Spa sale docket

Schumacher was among the car's drivers | Bonhams photos
Schumacher was among the car’s drivers | Bonhams photos

The Benetton B-191-02 car that was driven by Robert Moreno, Nelson Piquet and Michael Schumacher during the 1991 Formula One racing season is featured on the docket for Bonhams’ Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21. Continue reading

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos
A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home. Continue reading

Bonhams lands Type 49 roadster for Bugattifest at Greenwich

Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photo
Labourette-bodied 19332 Bugatti Type 49 roadster early consignment for Greenwich auction | Bonhams photos

Bugatti is the featured marque for the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, and a 1932 Bugatti Type 49 roadster with coachwork by Labourette will highlight Bonhams’ 10th annual Greenwich Auction, taking place June 4 as part of the concours weekend in Connecticut. Continue reading

Barn-found Rapier highlights Bonhams’ Harlech auction

1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos
1925 Lagonda Rapier rediscovered after decades in storage | Bonhams photos

Recently uncovered within the coach house of Glyn Cywarch, baronial home of the Britain’s Harlech family, a 1936 Lagonda Rapier 10hp Tourer will be the vehicle highlight of Bonhams’ auction of the property of Lord Harlech. The sale is scheduled for March 29 at Bonhams’ New Bond Street facility in London. Continue reading

Bonhams does $10 million in sales as Amelia auction action starts

The 1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa is an ultra-rare alloy-bodied car | Bonhams
1955 Ferrari 250 GT Europa sell for more than $2.2 million on Amelia Island | Bonhams photocar | Bonhams

The collector car auction action on Amelia Island opened Thursday with Bonhams’ sale, where preliminary results reported by Hagerty show total sales of $10 million with an 83 percent sell-through rate. The collector car insurer and vehicle value tracker noted that while the sell-through rate improved by nearly 15 percent compared to the same sale a year ago, the dollar total was off by nearly 64 percent compared to $27.7 million in sales generated at Bonhams’ 2016 Amelia auction. Continue reading

Rare Velocette, White Shadow featured at Bonhams bike auction

Velocette carried Freddie Frith to world championship in 1949 | Bonhams photos
Velocette carried Freddie Frith to world championship in 1949 | Bonhams photos

The 1948 Velocette 348cc KTT MkVIII that carried Freddie Frith to the 1949 world motorcycle racing championship headlines a Bonhams’ Spring Stafford Sale auction, scheduled for April 23 at the Carole Nash International Classic MotorCycle Show in England.

Also featured at the auction are several barn-found bikes and still-crated 1990s superbikes, as well as what Bonhams terms “affordable classics for every taste and budget.” Continue reading