An organization that traces its history back to 1793 should be expected to be traditional, staid and fiercely resistant to anything that resembles innovation. That has not been the case for Bonhams approach to online auctions.
In the UK Bonhams started a series of affordable classic auction sales called MPH last year, a venture that was thoroughly upended by COVID. Their innovative response in July was to combine the live auction with an online component featuring streaming video and a live auctioneer calling in-person, telephone and internet bids.
After shaking down that presentation it was adopted for the Quail Lodge auction stand-in, initially styled “California Streamin’” but later toned down to “Live & Online from Los Angeles”. Video (or a slide show) showed the car offered while a window with audio showed the auctioneer, in this case Rupert Banner for the full seven hours.
A total of 99 vehicle lots were offered, culminating in a rate of 4¼ minutes per lot, 14 lots per hour, faster than Bonhams sometimes glacial pace at live auctions. Other than the auctioneer there wasn’t much to see, nor was it always clear where the bids were coming from, but it was for better than the usual online only auction where some lots can go on and on and on with two minute extension one after the other. At Bonhams when the hammer fell, the lot was done, a welcome dose of closure in today’s open-ended world.
Most of the cars offered were available to preview in the days before closing on the 14th. Most of them were in Los Angeles at the Petersen Museum with another large group in Bedford Hills, NY. Some of the cars in LA and Bedford Hills were physically viewed to supplement the online photography.
Here are the numbers; it is irrelevant to compare this online auction with Bonhams live Quail Lodge history:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
Reports are by Rick Carey and Andrew with added observations by Brandan Gillogly in Los Angeles.
Lots are sorted by lot number.
[Updated 8/23/2020 with three lots (#42, #45 and #75) missed on the first post.]
All photos are © and courtesy of Bonhams.
Lot # 14 1973 Triumph GT6 Mk III Coupe; S/N KF22951U; Engine # KF21985UE; Carmine Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Enthusiast restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $12,880. – 1,998/79hp, 4-speed manual, alloy wheels, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood dash, aftermarket radio. – Final-year GT6. Not represented with much history other than time in a large collection. Paint is good but a little hazy with minimal swirl. Mild scuffs on the steering wheel spokes, but mostly very good interior with tight upholstery. Clean wheels. Tidy engine bay. Brightwork looks decent. Probably never fully restored, but never neglected or abused, either. Located in California. – Triumph originally priced the GT6 to compete with the MGB GT and for years the two budget British coupes were worth about the same despite the GT6 being rarer, quicker, prettier and having two more cylinders. Eventually the secret got out, though, and GT6s are one of the few British sports cars to gain serious value in the past few years. But you wouldn’t know it by looking at this result. The price is about three years behind the curve, and barely half of Bonhams’ perfectly reasonable low estimate. What a bargain.
Lot # 15 1955 Sunbeam Alpine Mk III Roadster, Body by Thrupp & Maberly; S/N A3501351ODLRX; Engine # A3501351ODLRX; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $62,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $69,440. – 2267/92hp, 4-speed manual, wheel covers, leather-wrapped steering wheel, column shift. – Represented as matching numbers. Represented as the 255th of 300 built. Restoration finished in 2018. Blemish on the grille. Slight swirl in the otherwise fresh paint. Good chrome and brightwork. Very clean engine bay. Like-new upholstery and carpet. A fresh and relatively rare early Alpine with no major needs. Located in California. – We mostly know the Sunbeam Alpine as the small Thunderbird-esque British roadster that spawned the V-8 Tiger, but Sunbeam built the Alpine in three distinct series. There were the saloon-based Alpines like this from 1953-55, the more well-known Series I-V Alpine roadsters from 1969-68, and the two-door fastbacks from 1969-75. The early Alpines are the rarest and they’re worth the most even if they are the least sporty, and this one sold for an appropriately strong number. Bonhams sold it at the actual Quail last year for $72,800, but the difference is down to only a couple of bids and is good value for the money
Lot # 16 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce Sprint SVZ, Body by Zagato; S/N AR149304458; White/Red vinyl; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $120,000. – 1,290/95hp, 5-speed, Weber 40DEC3 carbs, double-bubble Zagato coachwork, woodrim steering wheel, Plexiglas windows, covered headlights, Borrani alloy wheels included, steel wheels with hubcaps and Toyo tires, jack, repro tool kit, owner’s, service and parts manuals. FIVA and FIA documented. – First owned and raced by Sergio Cannara as a Bertone SV, rebodied for him in 1958 by Zagato, the only “double-bubble” roof SVZ, and raced through 1959. Competed in the 1960 Targa Florio, later damaged and abandoned until 1997 when it was restored. Demonstrated at Daytona in 2009, Sebring in 2010 and displayed at Amelia in 2013. Very good paint and lightly used upholstery and interior trim. No chips or dings apparent from the photos provided. The engine is neat and tidy but the engine compartment and chassis are thickly painted with chassis black and show some use and paint loss. Rough window frames. Filled lower front corner of the driver’s door. Accepted for this year’s Mille Miglia and a potential delight for a tall driver who will appreciate the double-bubble roofline. – The bidders have treated this SVZ as a rebody but until later in the run all SVZs were rebodies of originally Bertone-bodied Sprints. This car is outside the original SVZ series but period-appropriate but the bid here is fake money. The bidders may have known more than is apparent on the surface but on the surface this looks a lot like the makings of a bargain.
Lot # 17 1953 Alfa Romeo 1900 C Sprint, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N AR1900C01534; Engine # AR130618248; Red/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 11.96%; Final Price $285,500. – 1,884/150hp, dual 44DCO Weber carbs, Abarth intake, upgraded to floor shift 5-speed, oil cooler, electric fuel pump, electric fan, five Borrani wire wheels, Marchal headlights, driving lights, alternator, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, Zagato-style bucket seats, tool roll. – Steel body, one of about 100 built by Pinin Farina on the 1900C short chassis. Upgraded engine during restoration along with suspension, electrical and brake upgrades. Good paint with minor chips, swirl and old water spot damage. Chrome is good but the aluminum side window trim shows the usual scouring and scuffs. The old upholstery is stretched and creased with attractive patina. The engine compartment and chassis are reassuringly prepared and presented and this should be a great car for tours and high speed events like the Mille Miglia. – This promises to be an enjoyable weekend driver and tour car in pleasing condition with preserved old upholstery. The paint condition is disappointing but still sound. A sound car and a sound value.
Lot # 22 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Roadster; S/N 875524; Engine # R16629; Carmen Red/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $90,000 – $130,000; Visually maintained, largely original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $78,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $87,360. – 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, pushbutton radio, JDHT Certificate, history file, books, tools, spare parts. – Unnumbered engine block. Sadly deficient old repaint over old paint, now generally chipped and scarred. The passenger’s seat upholstery is original, creased and scuffed; the driver’s seat has been reupholstered but is stretched, scuffed and aging. Chrome is thin and scuffed. Engine compartment is aged, oily and has much paint loss. A desirable early XKE and usable as is but with sufficient needs that a restoration is in its near future. – It would be prettier in its original Indigo Blue over grey leather and the new owner has the chance to realize that potential during the restoration that is imminent given its condition and entirely feasible at this moderate price.
Lot # 23 1936 Cord 810 4-Dr. Sedan Westchester; S/N 2140A; Maroon/Maroon cloth; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Older restoration 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $31,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $34,720. – 289/125hp, pre-selector 4-speed, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, radio, heater. – Sound old paint, interior and chrome, not much different than it was almost three decades ago when offered at Guernsey’s auction in Bridgehampton, NY in 1991. The restoration has held up remarkably well, at least as far as can be determined from the online photo gallery. – Bid to $33,000 at the aforementioned Guernsey’s auction and reported bid to $84,565 at Bonhams Goodwood sale in April of last year, a generous offer for an 810 Westchester. This turned out to be a disastrous result for the seller but a tremendous value for the new owner in one of most influential and recognizable designs of the 1930’s.
Lot # 26 1929 Mercedes Benz 630K Town Car, Body by Castagna; S/N 36278; Engine # 78662; Beige, Grey fenders and roof/Camel leather, Beige cloth; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $550,000. – 6,240/140hp supercharged inline six, 4-speed, Grebel headlights and pedestal spotlight, chrome wire wheels, dual sidemounts with mirrors, luggage trunk, wind wings, rear compartment pulldown shades, hat net, smoker’s kits, jump seats, sliding division. Kommission No. 47578. – Bonhams online photos tend to be “global” in their attention with little attempt to identify problems. Having assembled the “California Streamin'” cars in LA, New York and a few other locations Bonhams’ hybrid approach makes sense. From a “global” perspective provided by the online photos this appears to be a quality older restoration with sound paint and interior if in the muddy colors of the last decades of the past century. Chrome is good except for some flaws on the windshield frame. The engine is clearly shown and is clean and orderly if not pristine. The interior is unremarkable in its embellishment except for the woodwork which is close to spectacular not only in its finish but also in some unusually fine carved details. – Offered by Christie’s at Pebble Beach in 1992 where it was a $280,000 no-sale. Presented in the same colors as it is today, it was described as “Excellent paint and interior, very little deterioration from its ’60s restoration.” Bonhams reported it sold at Retromobile in 2010 (although they cite the year as 2009 in today’s description) for $563,332 (Euros 392,000 at the time, this bid is Euros 464,800.) What persuaded Bonhams it was worth double what it brought ten years ago with no change in the car’s restoration is hard to understand. The bidders agreed, making this realistic offer.
Lot # 28 1966 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible; S/N 194676S125374; Engine # T0622IP6125374; Nassau Blue/White leather; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $95,000. – 427/425hp L72, 4-speed manual, hardtop, centerlock wheels, gold line tires, teakwood steering wheel, AM-FM. – Represented as matching numbers and “probably” restored in the early 2000s with limited use since. May have a replacement trim tag. Clean interior. Tidy engine bay. No obvious flaws in the paint or brightwork. By Corvette standards there’s a conspicuous lack of history and paperwork, but condition-wise this car isn’t showing any serious wear and tear since its restoration. Located in South Carolina. – This car sold for $91,800 at Branson Fall in 2007 where it was described as, “An original 427 Corvette with a new 427 engine and GM 3×2 intake reportedly making 500hp”. It sold six months later for $123,200 at Barrett-Jackson West Palm Beach. The distinction noted at Branson seems to have been lost in the mists of time and the wonders of reproduction engine stamps. It’s good that it didn’t sell.
Lot # 29 1926 Mercedes 24/100/140hp Sport Phaeton, Body by Erdmann & Rossi; S/N 36010; Engine # 61002; Primrose Yellow/Red leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,400,000; Cosmetic restoration 4+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $430,000. – 6,240/140hp supercharged 6-cylinder, 4-speed, red wire wheels, dual rear-mounted spares, dual windshields with rear wind wings, driving lights. – An unusually attractive short wheelbase Mercedes in sound and usable but aged condition first owned by silent film star Emil Jannings, the winner of the first Academy Award in 1929 before the advent of Talkies where his Austrian accent didn’t translate. Cosmetically restored in its present livery decades ago. It is today much as it was then and is said to run but not surprisingly need further attention after sitting for decades. The paint is chipped and dinged, the upholstery is stained. It’s a prize, but its needs are not simple. – Reported sold at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2017 for $726,000. It’s still an extraordinary early Mercedes. Older restored classics like this and the 630K that preceded it across the block today have been hard sells, even when they are, as in this case, available to be previewed by bidders or their agents. This result means nothing.
Lot # 31 1967 Siata Spring Roadster; S/N 959721; Dark Gray, Silver/Black vinyl, pattern cloth; Estimate $8,500 – $15,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $6,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $6,720. – 843/46hp Fiat L-4, 4-speed manual, single Weber carb, painted Borrani wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, wood dash, woodrim steering wheel. – Decent, fresh repaint. The upholstery is recent as well but fits a little loose. Sound interior wood. Brightwork looks original and could use a polish. Grille surround chrome is a little wavy. Far from a perfect car, but it’s still probably one of the best Siata Springs around. Located in California. – Società Italiana Auto Trasformazione Accessori, aka SIATA, always borrowed heavily from the Fiat catalogue but built some of the most gorgeous small sports cars of the 1950s. Siata’s glory days were way behind it by the end of the 1960s, however, and the Spring was the final nail in the company’s coffin. Siata was bankrupt by 1970. A silly thing with a pointlessly huge grille (the Spring is based on the Fiat 850, a rear-engined car), the Spring nevertheless appeals to people who like eccentric cars. And one such person got a serious bargain on a solid example here. It costs more just to service some of the cars in this sale.
Lot # 32 1959 Stanguellini Monoposto Formula Jr.; S/N CS00154; Red/Black; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $95,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $106,400. – 1,089/78hp Fiat power, two dual choke Weber carburetors with selectively tuned velocity tubes, 4-speed, coil spring suspension, woodrim steering wheel, silver painted centerlock wire wheels, chrome braced rollbar, driver’s head fairing. – There’s no accident that Stanguellini made its F Jr’s look like a Maserati 250F: they also emulated that fabled F1 car’s performance. This is a nearly pristine example, impressively and meticulously prepared and spotless. – This is an historic price for a Stanguellini, but this is also an exceptional Stanguellini Formula Jr. It is full value for money.
Lot # 33 1936 Mercedes Benz 500K Offener Tourenwagen, Body by Sindelfingen; S/N 209421; Engine # 123724; Dark Green, Black accent/Beige leather; Green cloth top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,500,000; Recent restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,200,000. – Supercharged 5,018/100-160hp inline eight, 4-speed, body color wire wheels, dual sidemounts, folding windshield, depress beam lamp, Bosch headlights, spotlight-mirror, fitted luggage, semaphore signals – Handsome close-coupled two-door four seat body with immense metal trunk built with a recess for the folded top. Discovered in Europe in 1951 by Dr. Ralph W.E. Cox, displayed at Winthrop Rockefeller’s museum at Petit Jean Mountain, Arkansas. Recently restored and second in class at Pebble Beach in 2015. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery and top. The engine compartment is in good order with only a little fluid seepage evident. Still a concours-quality car. – Sold by Bonhams in Scottsdale in 2014 from the Cox collection before the most recent restoration for $1,430,000 showing 36,999 kilometers. The odometer today shows only 37,019, about enough to drive on and off the Pebble Beach show field. This coachwork which folds the top compactly behind and flush with the passenger tonneau is distinct from the usual Sindelfingen Cabriolet design and, if anything, more attractive. Like the other classics in today’s sale, however, it fell well short of the consignor’s expectations, or even a reasonable bid. It sometimes seems as if collectors who have progressed to buying heavy classics make up their minds before the auction and then sit on their bidding paddles when their estimation of value is exceeded and are sufficiently experienced not to be drawn into ego-driven bidding battles seen more often on low-priced consignments.
Lot # 36 1969 Adams Probe 16 Coupe; S/N AB3; Orange/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $250,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $165,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $184,800. – 1900/100hp Austin L-4, 4-speed manual, centerlock wheels. – One of three Probe 16s built, and reportedly the most original. Shown at the 1969 London Motor Show, where it won “Best Styling Exercise,” and was then featured in The Daily Telegraph. It then sold to bassist Jack Bruce (Cream) and has since been in two collections in Canada. Recently on exhibit at the Petersen. Sound older paint. Tidy engine bay and interior. Located in California. – Former Marcos employees Dennis and Peter Adams struck out on their own, and the most famous of their unconventional contraptions was the Probe 16 – an “investigation into the extremes of styling,” as they put it, emphasizing low height. Mission accomplished, as the Probe is just 34 inches tall and has no doors, just a sliding glass roof. Mechanically, it’s more traditional with an Austin B-Series engine mounted transversely behind the driver. The Probe 16 was a star at the London Motor Show, but the real reason this car is famous is that a Probe 16 also served as the “Durango 95,” a swoopy futuristic sports car featured in A Clockwork Orange (1971). In the weeks leading up to the auction, Bonhams’ catalogue description represented this car as not only the London Motor Show car but also that it was “most likely” the car used in the movie. Then, not long before the auction Bonhams added a footnote clarifying that this was not the car used in the film. That revelation didn’t seem to hamper bidder enthusiasm much, as the Probe sold within its estimate range for a price that reflects its uniqueness but also its weirdness.
Lot # 37 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4 Seater, Body by Bertelli; S/N B5551U; Blue/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,400,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,025,000. – RHD. 1,949/73hp inline four, 4-speed, black wire wheels, Blockley tires, rear-mounted spare, outside exhaust headpipes, cycle fenders, folding windshield, headlight stoneguards, ancient 2-seat Ulster TT-style body included, believed to be one of the factory bodies. – The Works Demonstrator, effusively tested by The Light Car magazine but crashed by a subsequent road tester. Rebuilt with this 2/4 seat body and passed through a number of owners including David L. Van Schaick, from whose estate it is offered here. Very good older paint, chrome and upholstery. Clean updated engine. Oily and used chassis. Mixed gauges. Restored to high standards with attention to preserving originality but also expedient functionality and shows careful use and attention. It’s not concours but it is prepared to be driven and still attractive enough to be shown with pride at the end of a day’s tour. – Even the $1.2 million low estimate on this Ulster is modest, especially with the included Ulster TT-style body that comes with it. Ulsters with race winning history in period have brought twice the offer for this one with its excellent provenance. It would have been a good value even at the low estimate.
Lot # 38 1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 Roadster; S/N BN2L230571; Engine # 1B230571M; Old English White, Black/Red leather; Black top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $47,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $52,640. – 2,660/110hp inline four, 4-speed, overdrive, five body color wire wheels, Hella driving lights, dealer installed Le Mans kit, heater, woodrim steering wheel, hood strap, BMIHT documented. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Fair repaint done last year with some prep issues and a big chip on the back of the driver’s door. Good lightly stretched upholstery, clear, crisp gauges. Good chrome. Orderly restored and undercoated chassis and underbody. Driver’s door weatherstrip hangs out. An attractive and well-done restoration with minor flaws and use. – This result would be a modest price for a 100/4 without the Le Mans kit and it is a notable bargain with the Le Mans goodies and fresh paint and interior.
Lot # 41 1949 Riley RMC Roadster; S/N 59SS4033; Engine # B3355; Lime Green/Fawn leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $39,200. – 2,443/90hp, 4-speed, body color wheels, hubcaps, Coker whitewalls, fender mirrors, trafficators, Lucas fog lights, folding windshield, rear-mounted spare, full weather equipment, fender mirrors. – Indifferent quality old repaint with areas of orange peel and assorted scratches. Sound lightly stretched upholstery, old steering wheel and gauges. The chassis is road grimy and oily. The top is old and frayed. Decent chrome. A flamboyant and rarely seen weekend driver. – With 2.4 litres and 90hp the big Riley was a relatively strong English performer for its day. Rarely seen today it attracted reasonable attention here. The new owner won’t have to share the limelight at British car shows because of both its rarity and its color. A conversation-starting car bought for an appropriate price.
Lot # 42 1979 Mercedes Benz SLC 5.0 Lightweight Homologation Coupe; S/N 1070261201107; Engine # 11796012001097; Astral Silver Metallic, Dark Grey sills/Black leather; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $22,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $24,640. – 5,025/240hp, automatic, power brakes, sunroof, climate control, alloy wheels, fog lights, headrest seats, Grundig cassette stereo, power windows, power seats, cruise control. – Number 1,107 of 1,470 built to homologate the SLC with half-liter bigger engine for FIA Group 2, weighs about 300 pounds less than the production 450 SLC. Three owners from new, US Federalized and represented as 47,440 correct miles on the US odometer. Indifferent old repaint, seriously scuffed driver’s seat bolster but the rest of the interior is sound if aged. Old tires. A Mercedes curiosity that hasn’t been restored, or even very conscientiously maintained. – With about 60 more (DIN) horsepower than the production 450SLC’s (SAE) 180hp this special promises to be quite a bit more sprightly, if “sprightly” can be applied to a vehicle weighing 3,300 pounds. Its rarity and performance is in this case largely offset by its mediocre condition and this is a modest result even if it is about double the value of a production 450SLC in comparable condition.
Lot # 45 1970 Lotus Type 69 Formula 2; S/N 7169F3FB; Green, Yellow stripe/Red vinyl; Estimate $70,000 – $100,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $50,000. – 1,598/175hp twin cam Lotus Ford, 45DCOE Webers, 5-speed Hewland, suede rim steering wheel, fire system. – Described as raced in 1971 by Andy Sutcliffe in F3, then by John Dinsdale 1972-73 in Formula Atlantic. Later owned by Steve Bradley and Colin Thorpe. Restored in the UK in 2004 and appears to be in very good cosmetic and mechanical condition. It is described as race ready and, although there is a dearth of detail photos and the video walkaround is low resolution, that appears to be accurate. – Potentially, this is a missed opportunity however the lack of detailed race history and a thorough written and photographic presentation (even though it was available for inspection in Uxbridge, Massachusetts) robbed this Lotus Type 69 of much of its appeal. The no-sale result here means little or nothing.
Lot # 48 2017 Lamborghini Centenario Coupe; S/N ZHWUY5ZD5HLA06071; Yellow/Black piped in Yellow; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,300,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,300,000. – 6,498/759hp V-12, 7-speed automatic, carbon ceramic brakes. – One of 20 Centenarios built to celebrate Ferruccio Lamborghini’s 100th birthday, and a one-owner car with 700 miles. Like-new. An extreme, radical design beloved of 20-somethings weaning off video games to real cars. Located in California. – Lamborghini built 40 Aventador-based Centenarios (20 coupes and 20 roadsters), and all were sold out before the car was evenly publicly shown. Officially, the original price was a bit shy of $2M, which was the presale low estimate on this car, so it was reasonable to expect a lot closer to that amount.
Lot # 49 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Coupe, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 1007GT; Engine # 1007GT; Silver Metallic/Blue leather; Estimate $475,000 – $575,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $410,000 plus commission of 11.22%; Final Price $456,000. – 2,953/240hp, 4-speed, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin Pilote X tires, behind the grille fog lights, identification with block letter Ferrari and chrome cavallino above the grille, woodrim steering wheel, seven dash switches, six dash gauges plus tach and speedo. – A specially configured Pf Coupe, one of two built. Delivered to Carlo Vitale, its counterpart went to his partner Dr. Enrico Wax of Wax & Vitale, Johnnie Walker importer for Italy. Retained for only a few months, sold to Chinetti and displayed at the 1959 Chicago Auto Show. Restored by RPM in the early 00’s, recently freshened by Patrick Ottis. Very good older paint with minor cracks below the C-pillars, small stone chips on the nose and a small dent under the rear license plate. Lightly stretched upholstery, clear and crisp gauges. Orderly engine compartment and chassis showing some age but little use. An attractive and well-restored Pf Coupe with special features and an intriguing early history. – Offered by RM in its Online Summer auction three months ago where it was reported bid to $480,000. The consignor took the lesson to heart and decided to take the money rather than risk letting this very nice car get shopworn but this car’s condition and particularly its history makes it a superior value in this transaction.
Lot # 50 1962 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible, Body by Karmann; S/N 4619937; White/Blue vinyl piped in White; Blue top; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $15,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $16,800. – 1600/57hp, 4-speed manual, 12-volt electrics, Blaupunkt radio. – Restored in 2008 with later dual-port 1600 engine. The engine bay shows some light signs of use, but there are no other major flaws apparent in the photos. A charming, casual driver. Located in New York. – This price isn’t dirt cheap, but it is a good buy, and even 20 grand wouldn’t have been expensive. This was a good sale to buy old Volkswagens, as a ’65 Beetle convertible with rare fender skirts sold for just $15,680 and a lovely ’65 Karmann Ghia coupe brought just $14,560.
Lot # 53 1959 Porsche RSK Type 718 Spyder, Body by Wendler; S/N 718031; Silver-Grey/Burgundy leatherette; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,200,000; Competition car, original as-raced 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $2,025,000 plus commission of 10.25%; Final Price $2,232,500. – Type 547/3 1,587/150hp engine with dual Weber 46 IDM1 downdraft carbs, 5-speed, alloy wheels, Hoosier tires, fire system, full width wraparound windscreen, driver’s head fairing, covered headlights. – Raced with great success when new for owner Bernie Vihl driven by Bob Holbert including winning the 1960 SCCA National Championship. Later owned by Herb Wetanson and to the current owner in 1974. Replacement engine and transmission. Fixed up here and there, never restored and looks like it, recommissioned recently after sitting for a decade. A proper race car with an important U.S. history. – This RSK’s competition record with Bob Holbert is part of Porsche history. The replacement engine and gearbox are in line with the conditions of most seriously raced Porsches, a handicap in value but a characteristic shared by many of its siblings. Its largely unrestored and used but well-maintained condition adds honest patina to its appeal and it could have brought more than this result without being out of line.
Lot # 55 1959 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider, Body by Touring; S/N AR1020400079; Engine # AR0020401905; Red/Black vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $110,000 – $130,000; Recent restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – 1,975/115hp, dual Webers, 5-speed, silver wheels with hubcaps. – Freshly restored with sound but hazy paint, new interior and bright chrome. The dash and gauges are clean and sharp with shiny bezels and clear lenses. The engine compartment is neat and orderly but the firewall has been repainted over old paint and body sealer. The replacement engine has Webers instead of the standard Solexes. – From the owner’s point of view having just completed the three-year restoration of this 2000 the reported $90,000 high bid may have been a disappointment but from the bidder’s point of view but that is enough to pay for a replacement engine 2000 Spider and it eventually sold post-block for the same bid, $100,800 all-in.
Lot # 58 1949 Bentley Mark VI Shooting Brake, Body by Rippon Brothers Ltd.; S/N B91FU; Engine # B295F; Royal Blue, Wood/Tan; Estimate $140,000 – $160,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $115,000. – 4,257/132hp inline 6, 4-speed manual, hub caps, rear fender skirts, single sidemount spare, dual wing mirrors, single driving light, suicide front doors, wood interior trim, floor shift, later radio, rear seat tables. – One of two built, and commissioned new as a shooting brake. Two owners in the UK, then came to the U.S. in 1980. Mechanically sorted in 2016. Older repaint with some cracking and overspray on the driver’s side front and below the radiator. Wood looks sound and is largely original with an older refinishing. Tidy, complete and correct engine bay. Very good interior with attractive leather and wood. Not in concours condition and certainly not the epitome of elegance, but the weirdness and rarity of this car are more than enough to make it stand out at any Bentley/Rolls-Royce gathering. Located in New York. – Rarity doesn’t always translate to big value, and it seems nobody was smitten with this Bentley woodie. Bidding opened at 100 grand, and there was a phone bidder from the UK at 110, then it failed to change hands at 115. That price arguably should have done it, though, as someone bought it for $121,000 at RM Phoenix four years ago. Christie’s also sold this car way back in 1996 for $68,170. The all-in price here at the reported high bid would have been $128,800.
Lot # 61 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet, Body by Joseph Figoni; S/N 2311239; Engine # 2311239; Red, Dark Red fenders and accent/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $6,500,000 – $7,500,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $4,600,000. – RHD. 2,336/142hp DOHC supercharged inline eight, 4-speed, Memini carburetor, SIATA adjustable shocks, fender color wire wheels, Michelin tires, rear-mounted spare, Bosch headlights, fixed frame top hinged windshield. One of five Figoni-bodied cabriolets of which two remain. – Represented as the original body and drivetrain with a clear, succinct history of just five owners beginning with Raoul Calvayrac. Next owned by Hubert Harmon in the States after WWII and eventually for four decades to Jim Ibold. About 2005 it was acquired from Ibold by Patrick Ottis, displayed at Pebble Beach in 2005, then repainted, upholstered and again displayed at PB in 2010. Subsequently to the present owner, it was a class winner at Amelia in 2018. Carefully preserved and meticulously maintained for almost nine decades. Very good paint, interior and bright trim, highly original. – The opportunity to acquire a car like this, of the highest quality, performance and coachwork when new and preserved for generations, comes along only rarely. It’s not a 2-seat Monza but the coachwork is attractive and has room for friends and it’s eligible for most of the same events as a Monza that will cost at least twice as much. The history is benign and solid and its condition is exceptional. That sounds like arguments for a higher price than the reported high bid.
Lot # 67 1951 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 915922; Engine # 928329; Burgundy/Beige leather; Estimate $450,000 – $600,000; Concours restoration 1- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $370,000. – RHD. 2,443/110hp twin cam six, 4-speed, silver painted wire wheels, Michelin tires, Carello headlights, column shift, white banjo spoke steering wheel rim, trafficators, books, tools, FIVA card. – Represented as the original engine. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2015 fresh from restoration, then Villa d’Este and Chantilly. Impeccably restored to concours condition aside from light polisher swirl, two tiny blemishes, one at the front of the hood and another on the left door, and two paint cracks at the base of the right windshield post. – Sold by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2016 for $621,500 and offered subsequently by Bonhams at Scottsdale in 2018 and Amelia in 2019 where it was reported bid to $540,000 and $440,000 respectively. Its concours condition isn’t getting any better with age, nor are the bids for it, something the consignor might reflect on.
Lot # 69 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe; S/N 1980405500099; Engine # 1989805500100; Silver-Grey/Tan leather, Blue plaid; Estimate $1,200,000 – $1,350,000; Older restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $975,000. – 2,996/240hp SOHC six, 4-speed, fitted luggage, ivory steering wheel and shift knob, hinged steering wheel, multiband radio, chrome wheels, hubcaps and Dunlop tires. – Excellent clearcoat paint, delightful interior and very good chrome. The underbody is like new. There is light soiling on the headliner. The engine compartment was restored like new and now has some grease around the suspension fittings and road grime. A fully restored Gullwing with careful miles. – Sold by Christie’s at Lyndhurst in 1999 for $167,500 before restoration. It’s now passed its restoration pinnacle and been driven into exceptional driver condition which deserved a few more bids that it attracted here.
Lot # 75 1964 Lotus 23B Sports Racer; S/N 23S103; Blue, Yellow stripe/Red vinyl; Estimate $90,000 – $120,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $82,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $92,400. – RHD. 1600/196hp Lotus-Ford, two dual choke Webers, Hewland 5-speed transaxle, yellow wobbly wheels, Avon tires, full width wraparound windscreen, driver’s paperclip rollbar, fire system, two seats, leather rim steering wheel. – Raced in the UK from new until the early 70’s, in Canada thereafter and then in the U.S. Very neat, orderly and carefully prepared, the kind of race car that that would be proudly raced at Laguna Seca, and then driven to the Lodge at Pebble Beach on Sunday. – One of the most successful of all Colin Chapman’s Lotuses, a basic design used for both single seaters and, with a wider chassis, sports cars. Evolved to the 23B in 1964 and raced successfully for decades while making a gracious transition to historic competition. That is substantial inducement to acquisition and was not lost on the Bonhams Live & Online from Los Angeles bidders who made a serious run at Bonhams $90,000 low estimate and took home a nearly instanteously competitive and carefully prepared example at an advantageous price.
Lot # 76 1920 Mason Tourist King Camping/Touring Car; S/N 1; Engine # 5617R054460; Light Green/Light Green; Green cloth top; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Concours restoration 1 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $201,600. – 281/55hp Continental L-head six, Stromberg carburetor, 3-speed, rear wheel brakes, dragonfly mascot, body color wire wheels, whitewall tires, single rear-mounted spare, full weather equipment, Leclaireur headlights. – Believed to be the sole survivor of the Newark, NJ-based marque. Elaborate coachwork that through a complex system of hinges converts from a 4-place touring car to a bed. Freshly restored to concours condition with excellent paint, crisp brightwork, inviting interior, tight-fitting top and bright varnished interior wood. The nickel headlights need to be polished. – It’s only on a rare occasion that the sole surviving example of a marque becomes available and even more rare when it is freshly and meticulously restored and comes with unusual combination coachwork (that probably requires an operating manual.) The meeting of the minds between the bidders and the consignor shall be considered definitive of this unique car’s value.
Lot # 80 1966 Lola T70 Mk II Spyder; S/N SL7128; Silver, Red stripe, Blue sills/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $90,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $100,800. – RHD. 366/500hp Chevy, four downdraft Weber carburetors on a MacKay intake, Hewland LG500 transaxle, alloy wheels, full width braced rollbar, two seats, Mountney leather rim steering wheel, covered headlights, fire system. – Originally purchased by All American Racers for Jerry Grant to drive in the USRRC. Chassis tub replaced after an accident at Mosport with a new one from Lola. Later history is unclear and other T70s also use this chassis number. Orderly, clean and well prepared, historic raced on the West Coast with stone chips on the nose and a scrape on top of the front fenders to show for it. Clean, orderly engine compartment and chassis. – The multiple uses of this chassis number is an issue, but one that is adequately reflected in the $175,000 low estimate. It was reported bid to $95,000 during the live auction and was sold post-block with this result, which is less than it’s worth parted out.
Lot # 83 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Spider Duetto, Body by Pininfarina; S/N AR664374; Engine # AR0053613303; White/Red vinyl; Black vinyl top; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $44,800. – 1,570/109hp, dual Webers, 5-speed, covered headlights, steel wheels, hubcaps, heater, tools, owner’s manual and books, window sticker documented. – Good but dull and polisher-swirled repaint almost 30 years ago. Sound original upholstery with some discoloration but no tears or seam pulls. Orderly engine compartment. Winner of Most Original Duetto at Concorso Italiano in 2016 on the occasion of the model’s 50th anniversary, also displayed by Alfa at Monterey at the introduction of the 4C Spider. Impressively preserved and maintained. – Originality counts for a lot and even as original as this Duetto is it would have been worth more if its paint was original. On the other hand, the consignor probably wouldn’t have driven it the 20,000 or so miles since it was painted and the engine rebuilt if it still had the old factory paint so value was received for the cost of the paint and it still brought a genuine premium for preservation.
Lot # 86 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage Shooting Brake, Body by Radford; S/N DB6SB2272LC; Engine # 4002792V; Black/Gray leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,200,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $900,000. – 3,995/325hp, 3-speed automatic, wire wheels, roof rack, woodrim steering wheel, factory air conditioning, Webasto sunroof. – One of six DB6 Shooting Brakes by Radford. Left-hand drive, US-delivery car. With the seller since 1976. The paint and body look good, with chips and flaws noted but not shown. Largely original interior with some visual wear to the switchgear and vents as well as dry, wrinkled leather. Tidy, maintained engine bay. Extreme rarity and cool factor trump the automatic and the flaws. David L. Van Schaick collection. – This car was, like most Radford-built conversions, loaded with desirable equipment from new, but a 5-speed would make it a lot more desirable. The last of the six DB6 Shooting brakes seen at auction brought $682,000 in Monterey five years ago. It was also an automatic transmission car in largely original condition, so the consignor here can’t have expected much more than the reported high bid.
Lot # 87 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 15573; Engine # B1980; Rosso Chiaro/Black leather; Estimate $425,000 – $475,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $390,000 plus commission of 11.28%; Final Price $434,000. – 4,390/352hp, 6×2 Webers, 5-speed, 5-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, Michelin XWX tires, Veglia air conditioning, power windows, Becker Grand Prix AM-FM, painted nose panel, popup headlights, tool roll with wheel nut wrench and hammer, Marelli ignition modules, headrest seats. – One family owned from new. One older repaint recently spot-refinished on the rear quarter panels. Original interior with pulled seams on the driver’s seat, some fading and a repaired panel. Faded dashboard covering. Impressively preserved and maintained. – Originality brought no premium for this Daytona, which was judged by the bidders to be a tired old car with a repaint, a fair number of miles and no service history. Daytonas are almost as common as mosquitos in the market these days and prospective buyers have abundant choice of condition, history and miles. From this result it would seem that they prefer condition over originality.
Lot # 88 1962 Devin D Porsche Spyder; S/N DD917; Engine # P606307; Silver/Red vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $85,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $95,200. – 1,720/120hp Porsche 912 engine, dual 40IDF Webers, synchromesh 4-speed, full width windshield, chrome paperclip driver’s rollbar, Porsche wheels, 356B drum brakes, Nardi woodrim steering wheel, original windshield frame, soft top with bows and side curtains are included. – Freshly restored from an undamaged original Devin D body and frame. Based on the photos (the car is in Australia) it is pristine. A Devin factory built D with documentation from Bill Devin’s estate. Shipping will be paid to any U.S. port. – Bonhams sold an earlier Devin D Porsche in Paris this year for $87,800 hammer ($101,000, Euros 92,000 all-in) and it wasn’t in as good condition as this one. It was loose and selling after a bid of $75,000, brought three more bids and sold to a bidder on-site, a result that should please the consignor, the buyer and even the designers at Tesla who seem to have seen the logic of the Devin D’s scow-shaped nose.
Lot # 90 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GTC “Coupe Royale” Drophead Coupe, Body by Touring; S/N 101014832; Engine # 101014832; Royal Blue, Black fenders/Tan leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $525,000 – $575,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $525,000 plus commission of 10.95%; Final Price $582,500. – RHD. 1,752/85hp supercharged inline twin cam six, 4-speed, Memini carburetor, dual rear-mounted spares, black wire wheels, Bosch headlights – Good older repaint and lightly stretched upholstery. Very good interior woodwork and trim panels. The engine compartment is well presented but has oil mist and road residue as does the chassis and running gear. Restored in the mid-90’s for then owner Alfredo Celli in its original colors and has continued to be maintained, shown and enjoyed since then. Equipped with a raked 8C-style radiator which it also had in 1950. – Bonhams had several select pre-war and early post-war Alfas in this auction of which this was the most successfully offered. It’s not the favored Zagato style, but the Touring design holds its own with assistance from being rather more comfortable and secure in variable weather. The $525,000 hammer bid is also the pre-sale low estimate and the final result is impossible to argue with.
Lot # 93 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 Coupe; S/N 9114600945; Engine # 6641317; Silver Metallic, Black Carrera script/Black leatherette, Gray cloth; Estimate $170,000 – $210,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $132,000. – 2,687/210hp, 5-speed manual, Koni shocks, black painted Fuchs wheels, whale tail, sunroof delete, power windows, air conditioning, Blaupunkt stereo, fog lights. – One of 1011 Carrera 2.7 MFIs built for 1974. Matching numbers. Sold new in Japan. Came to the U.S. in 2015 and was subsequently restored. Very good paint. The rest of the car looks fresh and gorgeous. Located in California. – The 1974-76 Carreras offer a good value in that they are largely similar mechanically to the famous 1973 Carrera RS 2.7 and similarly rare but are worth only a fraction of the price. Not as small a fraction as the reported high bid, however. Bonhams’ $170,000 low estimate was a reasonable one.
Lot # 95 1986 Ferrari Testarossa, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFSA17AXG0066531; Engine # 00424; Rosso Corsa/Tan leather; Estimate $160,000 – $200,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $140,000. – 4,942/380hp, fuel injection, 4-speed, fitted Schedoni luggage, single outside mirror, Nakamichi cassette stereo, air conditioning, centerlock 5-spoke alloy wheels, Goodyear tires, window sticker documented, books and tools. – One owner, 4,522 miles, barely any evidence of use or age other than polisher swirl and flaking rear wheel finish. Not recently serviced but the seller will pay the cost of a fresh, engine out service by a Ferrari technician. – This is a $90-95,000 Testarossa (including an up-to-date engine-out service). It’s in the most common livery, Rosso Corsa/Tan, and while the 4,522 miles are noteworthy it’s not like a pristine 3-digit reading. Having rejected this very reasonable offer the consignor now has a car that is exposed and benchmarked; the offer was reasonable, even a bit generous. Declining it is fraught with hazard for its future value.
Lot # 97 1940 Packard 110 ‘Peking to Paris’ Coupe; S/N 535965; Cream/Black cloth, Beige trim; Estimate $60,000 – $90,000; Modified restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $38,000. – 245/110hp, single carburetor, 3-speed, independent front suspension, 4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes, Ford 9″ rear axle, limited slip, braced rollbar, Subaru WRX seats, 5-point Schroth harnesses, elaborate safety equipment, fuel cell, spares, Terra Trip rally computer, CD stereo, 12 volt electrics, dual fuel gauges for dual tanks. – Successfully completed the 2019 Peking to Paris vintage car rally. Reinforced frame, cutaway fenders. Looks like a classic American jalopy race car but built, prepare and maintained to modern rally car standards. – A lot of money was spent on creating this Paris to Peking Packard, but the value was realized when the journey was completed and any real money on the table should have been taken. This is a singular project, done to satisfy the seller’s sense of adventure, not to create value.
Lot # 98 1984 GRID S2 Group C Prototype; S/N LFC001B; Blue, Yellow /; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $150,000. – RHD. 3.2 litre/500hp twin turbo Porsche, Hewland 5-speed, air jacks, fire system, Personal leather rim steering wheel – Raced in 1984 by Dudley Wood and Charles Ivy with a best placing of 11th at the BOAC 1000 but it did run at Le Mans in 1984, failing on the 10th lap. Restored with a 1980 Porsche Turbo engine, completed last year and needs inspection and shakedown testing. – This car is hard to understand. Why it was built is easy: vanity. But why it deserved “a multi-year restoration by Max Crawford and Mike Colucci” is a cipher. It has no race history of note in period. It has no pedigree, nor did it lead to a subsequent series of successful race cars. It is offered in indifferent and untested condition expecting a new owner to undertake its development and rectification of any (and probably many) issues. If there was money, any money, it should have been grabbed like a winning lottery ticket.
Lot # 99 1983 Volvo 242 Turbo Coupe; S/N YVIAX4727D2235725; Silver/Black leather; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $7,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $8,400. – 2,127cc turbocharged and intercooled inline 4 rated by Volvo as the same 161hp as the standard 242 Turbo but rumored to be capable of over 300bhp, automatic, mud flaps, rear window slats, pushbutton radio, factory air conditioning converted to R134A, alloy wheels. – One of 500 “flat-hood” 242 Turbos built for Group A homologation. Owned for years by a couple who owned a Volvo service shop in California. Major service two years ago. Showing 179,675 miles, which isn’t anything to worry about in an old Volvo, but this car is definitely showing some wear and tear. Grimy but maintained engine bay. Lots of scuffs and blemishes in the paint. Split upholstery on the driver’s seat. Some of the interior plastic looks dull. – A nifty if esoteric and a bit rough piece of Volvo racing history, it’s on the expensive side for a 200-series Volvo but not at all bad for one so rare and if its tuned engine comes even close to 300bhp it will be a scintillating scene-stealer for any enthusiast inclined to Swedish Q-ships.
Lot # 108 1957 Porsche 356A 1500 GS Carrera Coupe, Body by Reutter; S/N 58295; Engine # P90785; Red/Tan; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $385,000 plus commission of 11.30%; Final Price $428,500. – Carrera engine, spare 1722cc SC engine included, Spyder D second gear, steel wheels, mesh headlight stoneguards, vinyl wrapped steering wheel, CoA, Kardex copy. – Replacement engine rebuilt 1500 miles ago, original gearbox. Excellent older paint with one crack below the front emblem and one chip. Decent older chrome and brightwork. Cracked switchgear. Chrome seat supports are pitting. Seats are creased and sagging in the middle. A genuine Carrera four-cam, but a driver example. – The original 4-cam GS engine still exists in a Carrera GT in California, creating an opportunity to meld the two and make this a fully numbers-matching Carrera GS worth over $750,000, albeit at significant expense. Offered at Quail last year where it was bid to $420,000 and back again as a late addition to the California Streamin’ docket. The result here is reasonable for a replacement engine Carrera GS in comparable condition.