Bonhams, Scottsdale, Arizona, January 21, 2021

2021 didn’t open like any other year for Bonhams. The cars were previewed on the finely trimmed lawns of the Westin Kierland as before but the auction was live/online and the consignment was only a third of the lots in prior years. It was a reduction in scale common across the Scottsdale auctions.

The bidding was live with Rupert Banner on the podium managing live bids and a multitude of screens and online bidding feeds. There was a regular, old glossy paper catalog which was reassuring. For bidders who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) travel to Scottsdale there were bountiful collections of photographs

Only two lots were bid over $1 million; one was sold.

But this is 2021. “Normal” in 2021 is not like “normal” in prior years and Bonhams response to the changed reality of the CoViD era was effective and realistic, even if diminished.

Here are the numbers:

Year Cars Sold/ Offered Sale % Sold < Low Est Sold > High Est Average Sale Median Sale Total $
2021 29/37 78.4% 67.9% 7.1% $23.324 $89,600


2020 88/108 81.5% 78.4% 3.4% $95,872 $45,920


2019 108/120 90% 75.9% 3.7% $149,068 $72,800


2018 93/108 86.1% 67.7% 11.8% $269,499 $84,700



Photos are compliments of Bonhams. Lots are described from Bonhams descriptions and photography, sorted by lot number.

Lot # 103 1956 Continental Mark II Coupe; S/N C5691256; Black/Beige leather, Ivory inserts; Estimate $75,000 – $95,000; Cosmetic restoration 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $53,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $59,360. – 368/285hp, automatic, wheel covers, Coker whitewalls, Town & Country radio, air conditioning, power steering, brakes, windows and pretty much everything else – Pitted die cast grille, yellowed whitewalls. Decent paint with some shrinkage. Sound upholstery and interior trim. Good engine compartment and gauges. A sound but not exceptional Continental Mk II. – The Continental Mark II is a fabulously expensive car to restore. Each of them was individually built, parts are scarce and expensive and they were built to very high standards so any restoration has to have similar standards. That means that the difference in value today between a restored Mark II and one that needs restoration (such as this one) is on the order of triple. While this might be a $200,000 car when it is done to beyond perfect standards it will take all the difference between this price and that possibility, and more, to get there and this result is much more realistic than Bonhams pre-sale estimate.

Lot # 106 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Roadster; S/N 1880155500016; Engine # 1999805500019; Black/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $775,000 – $875,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $630,000 plus commission of 10.79%; Final Price $698,000. – 2996/175hp, Bosch fuel injection, dry sump, 4-speed manual, wheel covers, wide whitewalls, driving lights, wood interior trim, VDO dash clock, Becker Mexico stereo. Titled as a 1956 but the VIN indicates it is a 1955. – One of 200 300Sc models built and the 16th of just 53 Roadsters. Sold new in New York, finished in white over black. Restored about 25 years ago to the standards of the time and has reportedly driven just 551 miles since. Leather shows light wrinkling, and light age shows on the gauges and switchgear. Very clean, hardly used engine bay and trunk that has had attention but never a full restoration. The paint looks presentable but there are no shots close enough to get a true sense of the finish. – It’s not a 300SL, but the 300Sc shares the SL’s engine and cutting edge (at the time) fuel injection system, and it is a hand-built Mercedes flagship that actually cost more than a Gullwing when new. Internally known as the W188, the 300Sc was available as a coupe, cabriolet, or roadster, and today the cabs and roadsters are worth roughly the same kind of money. Which is why this aged but still handsome roadster’s modest price here was a bit of a surprise. It went to Bonhams Amelia Island five years ago to an $800,000 no-sale, and it’s no less desirable than it was then. Bonhams also sold another, albeit fresher, roadster at its “Quail” auction last year for $951,000. RM sold one (a ’55 believed to be the first one built with this coachwork) at its Arizona sale this year for $775,000. This result is realistic for the model and restoration’s age.

Lot # 107 1954 Kurtis 500KK SR-100 Race Car, Body by Byers; S/N MKK55; Silver, Red stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $130,000 – $160,000; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – DeSoto 291/275hp engine, dual 2-barrel carbs, 4-speed, Halibrand-style alloy wheels with 3-wing knock-on spinners, 4-spoke fat rim steering wheel, silver painted side exhausts, bucket driver’s seat, 3-point belts, driver’s aeroscreen, Dunlop Racing tires. – Sound but aged paint with a few chips, scratches and generally scuffed. Orderly but aged underbody and engine compartment. Restored in Carrera Panamericana style and livery in the 90’s, re-engined from the original GMC six with the current DeSoto hemi. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 1993. Historic raced since and in remarkably good condition considering the age of the restoration and its many years of vintage racing. – Offered by Bonhams at Amelia in 2019 where it was reported bid to $145,000, now showing the same 16,380 miles its odometer displayed then. This is an intriguing but historically insignificant car with no historic accomplishments and not even powered by its original engine. It is an enjoyable weekend historic racer, bought here at a modest but realistic price.

Lot # 108 1969 Triumph GT6+ Coupe; S/N KC57687L; White, Green/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Competition restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $61,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $68,320. – 1996/104hp, dual Stromberg carbs, side exhaust, 4-speed, Goodyear tires, roll cage, fire bottle, stock dash and steering wheel. – The 1969 SCCA E-Production national champion. Raced in the D-Production class in 1970. Campaigned by Group 44 and driven in period by Bob Tullius, Brian Furstenau and Mike Downs. Found in 2005 and subsequently restored, with the work documented in a series of articles in Classic Motorsport magazine called “6 Appeal”. Shown at Amelia Island in 2009. There are some panel alignment issues but it mostly looks excellent. Even the stock wood dashboard looks very good. Fitting for a Group 44 race car, it looks remarkably clean and well-prepared. – In 2011, this car was advertised for sale for $115,000, but then sold at RM Monterey the following year for $55,000. That was a serious bargain given the car’s provenance and, frankly, so is this one. It would be very tough to build a GT6 vintage racer to these standards for less than this sale price, not to mention the championship history with one of the most famous teams in the history of SCCA racing. Sold to an online bidder after an 18-bid run; the reserve was met at $40,000.

Lot # 109 1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GTV Coupe, Body by Bertone; S/N AR1532080; Engine # AR0055105796; Olive Green Metallic/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $65,000; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $35,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $39,200. – 1,779/120hp, SPICA fuel injection, 5-speed, 8-spoke Panasport alloy wheels, Falken tires – Bright gauges with crisp legends. Good paint, chrome and original upholstery. Clean engine compartment. – Reported sold at the Mecum 2020 Fall Indy auction three months ago for $37,400, a rare bargain for even a shabby 1750 GTV, most of which have had their SPICA FI systems replaced with dual Webers while devoted Alfisti were figuring out how to make the SPICA system work. It’s a big plus for this car that it got that attention. Even at a little more than it brought three months ago and with this unusual but distinctive livery it is still a solid value. Sold to an absentee bid with little interest (only three bids) shown, a missed opportunity.

Lot # 110 1958 Porsche 356A 1600 Super Speedster, Body by Reutter; S/N 84140; Engine # 67739; Ruby Red/Beige leatherette; Black cloth top; Estimate $475,000 – $550,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $380,000. – 1,582/60hp, 4-speed, polished date-code correct Rudge centerlock alloy wheels, matching spare, Michelin XZX tires, bumper overriders, driver’s manual, tool roll. – Represented as the matching numbers engine, transaxle and body panels. Excellent paint, chrome, upholstery and top all showing no use or age at all. Excellent panel fits and gaps. The undercarriage and engine are like new. Best Porsche at Hilton Head in 2019 and ready to take further awards. – With its matching numbers major components, the Rudge wheels and a meticulous restoration this is a superior, distinctive 356 A Super Speedster that deserved to be bid to considerably more than this. The consignor was wise to wait for a more receptive audience.

Lot # 111 1966 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 1E32420; Engine # 7E7367-9; Opalescent Silver Grey/Black leather; Estimate $160,000 – $210,000; Recent restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $195,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $218,400. – 4,235/265hp, triple SU carburetors, 4-speed, chrome wire wheels, Dunlop tires, – Represented as matching-numbers. Original colors. Show polished engine compartment. Lightly stretched driver’s seat cushion, otherwise exceptional upholstery and interior trim. Excellent paint and chrome. Restored to high standards in 2015 and still pristine. – Bonhams sold this XKE at Quail Lodge in 2015 for $198,000 and it is an indicator of how good the restoration is, and how well it is holding up, that it brought pretty much the same price today that it did six years ago. The E-Type FHC is the design that wowed the world when it was introduced and the Series I 4.2 is much more user-friendly than the earlier SIs. It’s encouraging that the bidders recognized this outstanding example with an outstanding price.

Lot # 112 1968 Lamborghini 400 GT Islero 2+2 Coupe, Body by Marazzi; S/N 6318; Engine # 2457; Silver/Tobacco Brown leather; Estimate $200,000 – $250,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $164,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $183,680. – 3,929/320hp, six 2-barrel Weber carburetors, 5-speed, Audioline cassette stereo, two spoke woodrim steering wheel, centerlock alloy wheels, Bridgestone tires, later power steering. – Clearcoat repaint with a large crack and separating area at the base of the right windshield post. Good major chrome but badly pitted door handles. Sound but surface cracked and creased older upholstery. Original undercoat in the wheel wells. A sound driver with a potentially serious paint issue that needs to be dealt with. – Reported sold at Bonhams Amelia auction in 2017 for $247,500, its odometer has added just 490 km since then. Its condition is still comparable and a great driver. It was for sale here at a $160,000 bid and sold to an astute online bidder.

Lot # 113 1986 Ferrari Testarossa Coupe, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N ZFFSA17A0G0065811; Red/Tan leather; Estimate $65,000 – $85,000; Unrestored original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $60,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $67,200. – 4,942/380hp flat-12, 5-speed, single high mount outside mirror (“Monospecchio”), 5-spoke centerlock alloy wheels, power windows, air conditioning. – Sound original paint, worn upholstery and cockpit switches, clean engine compartment. A used U.S. delivery car consistent with the 82,124 miles displayed on the odometer. The “NOS” badge on the engine cover is, however, not encouraging although there is no evidence of a NOS tank or plumbing in the supplied photos. – Bidding opened with an absentee at $38,000 and was immediately announced to be “for sale”. It took 11 more bids before it closed on this online bid and the seller should be pleased that it brought this much.

Lot # 114 1954 Mi-Val Mivalino Coupe; S/N 30231; Light Green, Plexiglas canopy/Green vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $80,640. – 171/9hp Motocarrozzetta two-stroke single, Bing carburetor, 4-speed, documented with the owner’s manual, promotional material, original Certificate of origin and other paper – A rare Mivalino, essentially a Messerschmitt KR 175 built under license by Metalmeccanica Italiana Valtrompia in Brescia and powered by the Italian company’s own Motocarrozzetta two-stroke engine. According to Bonhams, no more than 100 were made. Messerschmitt production, meanwhile, numbered in the tens of thousands. This one is largely original, and the 325 km showing are represented as actual. It was retained by the original dealer and never titled. Even has its original spare wheel and tire. Hasn’t run in a while but is reasonably well-preserved. – It’s not unheard of for a carmaker to contract out production of its models to other, foreign companies, but on the collector car market the contract-built copies are usually worth less than the home-grown originals, even if they’re rarer. Think foreign-built Minis, Mexican Alpine A110s or more apt in this case BMW building Isettas. This Italian Messerschmitt, however, is an exception. At this price it’s about twice as expensive as a Messerschmitt in similar condition. It also sold for $83,375 at RM’s Bruce Weiner Microcar Museum auction in 2013 in a room full of microcar collectors, so this was no fluke.

Lot # 115 1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster; S/N 70205; Black/Red leather; Black top; Estimate $1,900,000 – $2,300,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,640,000 plus commission of 10.30%; Final Price $1,809,000. – 3,168/150hp V8, ZF 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Becker Mexico radio. – One of 253 BMW 507s built. Offered from nearly 30-year single ownership. Second series car with larger engine and more interior room, but does not have the desirable disc brakes fitted on the very late examples. Received restoration work in the late 1980s, and repainted from the original silver blue to the current black. Possibly received a factory replacement engine in period, but that is unconfirmed. Aged but presentable, possibly original interior. Clean engine bay. No major paint or body flaws noted or visible, just light general age. The engine question and the color change are certainly things to consider on this car, but any 507 is a striking automobile and this one would likely make a great casual driver or tour car. – The 507 just might be the best-looking production BMW ever. It’s certainly the most valuable. And it’s the only one to routinely bring a seven-figure price. Even driver-quality 507s are in the $2M range these days and this example was bid to $1.9 million without selling at RM’s New York auction in 2015. Before that it was bid to $357,500 at Guernsey’s Bridgehampton, NY auction in 1991. Given its age and aforementioned issues, this result was perfectly fair.

Lot # 116 1992 Lancia Delta HF Evoluzione I Hatchback; S/N ZLA831AB000580638; White, “Martini 6″/Bright Turquoise Alcantara; Estimate $160,000 – $190,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $162,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $182,000. – 1,995/210hp, turbo, fuel injection, 5-speed, Recaro seats, “Quickshift” linkage, white alloy wheels, Toyo Proxes tires, rooftop spoiler, flared fenders, extensive documentation, original keys, manuals, Centro Storico FIAT certificate. – Number 145 of 310 “Martini 6” special editions recognizing Lancia’s sixth consecutive World Rally Championship. The odometer displays 29,139 km and the car appears always to have been enthusiast owned and consistently maintained with little age evident. Paint, bright turquoise Alcantara upholstery, gauges, switches and engine compartment are essentially like new. Belt serviced in 2018. – Lancia worked assiduously to keep delivering Delta HF Evos in order to sustain the rally cars eligibility for the World Rally Championship with a series of special editions commemorating their rally successes, of which this is one of the ultimate examples, the “Martini 6”. It has always been maintained as a collector car with limited road use and today presents to all intents and purposes as a new car. The various special edition Delta HFs carry big premiums but have been showing up with increasing frequency, sometimes with two or three examples on offer in major multi-auction weekends. The estimate and result here both suggest the premiums need to be rethought.

Lot # 117 1958 Jaguar XK 150 Roadster; S/N S830667DN; Old English White/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $130,000 – $170,000; Older restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $145,600. – 3,442/220hp, 4-speed with overdrive, disc brakes, fender mirrors, Moto-Lita woodrim steering wheel, chrome wire spare, jack, wood dashboard. – Represented as the matching numbers engine. Very good unblemished paint, interior and chrome. The underbody has been restored like new and is only a little dusty from storage. An older restoration, it’s aged hardly at all and is exceptional. – Sold by Bonhams at Greenwich in 2018 for $101,920, then at Auburn Fall in 2019 for $100,100. The odometer has added only 25 miles since 2018. The car is still spectacular but the absence of any significant use implies some maintenance needs before it is driven. That didn’t deter the bidders today, who pursued it from a $95,000 opening bid online, on the phone and live to this result. It is expensive for a 3.4 litre, non-S example.

Lot # 118 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk I 2-Dr. Sedan; S/N 424440; Engine # S2650; Red, Gold/Black; Estimate $75,000 – $125,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $60,000. – 1,558/170hp Lotus Twin Cam with dual 40DCOE Webers, 4-speed, gold Minilite wheels, wood shift knob, leather-wrapped steering wheel. Race-prepped with roll cage, fire system, fuel cell, modern bucket seats with Sabelt harnesses. – Originally a European market car. Converted to race specs in the 1990s with Alan Mann Racing-inspired red and gold paint. Proven race car with appearances at Goodwood, Silverstone Classic, Six Hours of Spa, Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Coronado Speed Festival and Lime Rock Historic Festival. 2018 rebuild of the replacement engine. Shows all the signs of a used race car, but a maintained one. – While this car has an impressive race resume, none of them were in period and from a market perspective don’t make much of a difference in its value. The reported high bid was right-on for a Cortina in this condition.

Lot # 120 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, Body by Zagato; S/N SCFPMCRZ3JGK34150; Orient Blue/Centenary Saddle Tan leather; Estimate $500,000 – $700,000; Unrestored original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $485,000 plus commission of 11.03%; Final Price $538,500. – 5,935/580hp V12, 8-speed automanual transmission, carbon ceramic brakes, special seats, One-77 steering wheel, walnut dashboard facia, window sticker documented. – The first of 99 Zagato Volantes built. One owner from new, 1,406 miles and effectively a new car. – Exclusivity, gorgeous design, V12 power and open air driving have not insulated the Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante from depreciation and this transaction bears that out. With negligible miles and a livery that complements Zagato’s design this is a highly desirable car that brought 40% less than it cost three years and 1,406 miles ago when it rolled out the showroom’s door.

Lot # 122 1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Roadster, Body by Bertone; S/N X4043005; Engine # BS1MKII291; Red/Black; Estimate $280,000 – $320,000; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $200,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $224,000. – 1971/130hp Bristol engine with triple Webers, 4-speed, steel wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Ansa exhaust, roll bar, fuel cell, dual mirrors, woodrim steering wheel, driving lights. – Represented as the sixth Bolide built but unknown early history. Vintage raced in the 1980s and restored about 30 years ago. Not raced since, just driven on the road. Engine bay looks tidy but not fantastic. A few chips visible around some panel edges. Very small dent in the tail. Interior presents well. In this condition it looks ideal for vintage tours and rallies, and an Arnolt-Bristol is eligible for lots of them. – Backed by the money and energy of American businessman Stanley “Wacky” Arnolt, clothed in an unusual but sexy body by Italian Franco Scaglione at Bertone, and powered by the tall British Bristol-straight six in a Bristol 404 chassis, it’s hard to say what country the Arnolt-Bristol hails from exactly. But these oddball sports cars are rare, interesting to look at and Mille Miglia eligible. This one is still perfectly presentable and usable, so at this price it’s something of a bargain. It sold for well under its low estimate, and nearly all of the Arnolt-Bristols sold at auction in the last few years have brought on the other side of 300 grand. It is a solid value at this price.

Lot # 126 1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, Body by Sindelfingen; S/N 408371; Two-tone Red/Tan leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate -; Older restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $1,900,000. – 5,410/115-180hp supercharged inline eight, 5-speed, steeply raked vee windshield, set back radiator, chrome wire wheels, wide whitewalls, dual sidemounts, Bosch headlights, dip beam light, dual spotlights with mirrors, trafficators, chevron grille guard, fitted luggage. – Plain white instrument panel, older gauges, very good interior wood. Upholstery is lightly surface creased. Paint and chrome are very good. An older concours restoration by Mike Fennel in the early 90’s with an attractive and flamboyant livery and a provenance that is hard to match: James Melton, Otis Chandler, Axel Wars and General William Lyon. Pebble Beach Best of Show for the Chandlers in 1973 (when it was Green.) – Offered at the Tokyo Auction as an Exposition car in 1992, then by RM in its present guise at Amelia in 2016 where it was reported bid to $2.8 million without selling. It still shows the same 3,835 miles that it did five years ago in 2016, and is still a rare, spectacular example of special Sindelfingen coachwork with unique features including the vee windshield and set back radiator. It deserves to find a new home, but won’t at the reported high bid here.

Lot # 127 1954 Fiat 1100/103 TV Coupe Charmont, Body by Vignale; S/N 103049126; Engine # 103000050579; Dark Gray/Green leather; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $170,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $190,400. – 1,089/57hp, dual Zenith carbs with Abarth intake, Nardi exhaust manifold, 4-speed, painted Borrani wire wheels, whitewalls, Autovox radio. – One of just 12 to wear bodywork penned by Giovanni Michelotti during his time at Vignale. Ordered new by a Sicilian attorney who apparently didn’t like the attention he got in the car, so he bought a more practical (and boring) Mercedes sedan and put the Fiat in storage after draining the fluids. It later made its way to another Italian collector after the original owner’s death, and after coming out of storage it only required mild reconditioning. Showing 6,063 km (3,767 mi) that are represented as actual. Extremely rare, and fantastically preserved. – The 1100 was a versatile platform, available as anything from a two-seat roadster to a panel van or pickup, and many of the better-known Italian coachbuilders also had a go at the 1100. While this sounds like a lot of money for a 57-horsepower Fiat, it bought an almost unique car with an interesting story, a rare combination of equipment, and an impressive level of originality that of course can’t be replicated. Bidding opened at 100 grand and the reserve was off at 130k. The new owner got a special piece of FIAT history with the preservation as a bonus, a Preservation class contender for a moderate price.

Lot # 128 1959 Elva MK IV Sports Racer; S/N 4L10061; Engine # FWA400209162; White, Blue stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Competition restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $52,000. – RHD. 1,098/120hp Coventry Climax FWA sohc inline 4-cylinder, two 40DCOE2 Weber carburetors, Derrington intake adapters, close ratio 4-speed, driver’s head fairing, wraparound Plexiglas windscreen, passenger’s seat, inboard Alfin rear brakes, coilover suspension, FIVA cars, boxes of spares. – Raced by Elva for the Sebring 12 Hours in 1959, 2nd in class driven by William Jordan and Charles Dietrich, two laps behind the class winner, the other Elva Mk IV team car. Later in 1959 raced by Burdette Martin (longtime ACCUS President and FIA representative) with at least three first place finishes. Restored in 1983. Displayed at Amelia Island. Very clean, orderly and consistently prepared for historic racing. – It’s easy to like this Elva (derived from the French elle va “she goes”) which has period race history, comprehensive historic race presentation and unusual style. On the other hand it’s hard to understand why the Bonhams bidders didn’t like it more than the bottom-feeder bid it brought. Bonhams usually does better with small displacement Sports Racers than this.

Lot # 130 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Replica Roadster, Body by Designcast NZ; S/N 813900; Engine # 823903; Dark Red/Brown leather; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Facsimile restoration 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $365,000 plus commission of 11.37%; Final Price $406,500. – RHD. 2,309 dohc inline six, added supercharger, upgraded to 185 dyno horsepower, reproduction frame and body, 4-speed, Jaeger gauges and clock, Bosch headlights, cycle fenders, black wire wheels, single sidemount, Blockley tires, folding windshield, single aeroscreen, center accelerator pedal. – A replica done to high standards of fit, finish and function combining many period parts in what might charitably be described as a “unique” iteration of an Alfa Monza with a healthy 6C 2300 engine for exemplary performance. Titled as a 1933 Alfa Romeo. – The bidding opened at $210,000 and advanced slowly to $285,000 when it was pronounced “for sale”. That got the bidders’ attention and again proceeded steadily until a 2-bidder duel ended at this result, sufficient to buy a moderately used Pur Sang 8C Monza replica with two more cylinders and one more supercharger (just like the original.) Neither car will get an invitation to the 8C Tour but both will attract plenty of attention on the road or at the cars and coffee on Sunday.

Lot # 131 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster; S/N 672233; Engine # W5003-8; Old English White/Burgundy leather; Fawn cloth top; Estimate $120,000 – $150,000; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $105,000. – 3,442/160hp, two SU carburetors, 4-speed, body color wire wheels, old Dunlop Road Speed RS5 tires (for display only), red brake drums, Jaguar Emitron radio, Lucas fog lights, luggage rack, tool roll, manuals. – Represented as the original matching-numbers engine and transmission, JDHT Certificate verified. 2019 JCNA Golden, Colorado 99.86 points Best in Show and second place 2020 JCNA Champion Class National. Excellent paint and everything else, a recent show winner with more awards to come. – This is a better car than the parsimonious bid that it brought here. Nothing more needs to be said.

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