It’s tough to put up big auction numbers when there are only a few 7- or 8-figure cars and in Bonhams case at Scottsdale this year there were only two, of which one sold.
That was a Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Cabriolet s/n 0159E. The no-sale was more consequential, 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Figoni Cabriolet which was passed on a reported bid of $8.7 million.
That’s not to belittle the caliber of cars on offer, only to note that they were of generally lower value, a docket qualification shared generally by the other Scottsdale auctions in 2020.
Still, with the total sale down by half from last year and two-thirds from the year before it was a disappointing foray for Bonhams this year.
Here are the numbers:
|Year||Cars Sold/ Offered||Sale %||Sold < Low Est||Sold > High Est||Average Sale||Median Sale||Total $|
48 of the 108 lots offered are described here with the help of Andrew Newton and Megan Boyd.
The cars described below are sorted by Marque, Model and Body Style.
Lot # 19 1960 Alfa Romeo 2000 Spider, Body by Touring; S/N AR1020401488; Engine # AR0020403132; Light Yellow/Red vinyl; Black cloth top; Estimate $140,000 – $170,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $137,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $154,000. – Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Pirelli tires, Conrero intake, dual Weber carburetors. – Very good paint, better interior, bright chrome and wheels. Thoroughly restored to nearly like new after long storage. – It is unusual to find a 2000 Spider of this era so thoroughly and carefully restored and the Bonhams bidders weren’t put off by the engine modifications which increased power by some 25% to a reported 131hp, something the 2000, no lightweight to begin with, can put to advantageous use. The result here is fair to both the buyer and the seller.
Lot # 73 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Cabriolet Decapotable, Body by Joseph Figoni; S/N 2111025 (renumbered 2311212); Engine # 2311212; Grey, Dark Red sweep panel/Grey leather; Grey cloth top; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $8,700,000. – 2,336cc/142hp inline eight, supercharged, dark red wire wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, single rear-mounted spare, top hinged windshield, Marchal headlights, steering column mounted Jaeger chronometric tach. – A particularly handsome and comfortable combination of Joseph Figoni coachwork and the allure of its marvelous Vittorio Jano supercharged eight cylinder engine. Checkered history of the chassis/engine/body combination, chassis renumbered to match the engine. Restored by Chris Leydon for Robert Rubin in the U.S. in the 80’s. What seems clear is that all the significant components are Alfa-built in period. Sound older paint with various small chips and stress point cracks. Wrinkled, comfortable upholstery. Very good older restored chassis and engine. Bright chrome. A great car for tours. – This was always going to be a tough sell with the Alfa 8C and Figoni reputation balanced against the assembled history. In situations like this value is difficult to assess and Bonhams was soliciting opinions right up to sale day, including while going for a ride in it on Monday (it does all the things, and makes all the noises, an Alfa 8C is renowned for.) The bidders’ discretion in putting down their paddles at this point makes some sense, but equally might reflect an abundance of caution, something that is rather typical these days. Only when someone puts pen to checkbook will a value be established.
Lot # 67 1931 Auburn 8-98 Standard Cabriolet; S/N Engine No. GU100CB; Engine # GU100CB; Light Blue, Blue/Blue leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $40,000 – $70,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $38,080. – 268/98hp Lycoming L8, rumble seat, luggage rack, dual sidemount spares, cowl lights, wire wheels, Trippe lights. – Paint in fair condition with chips throughout. Top in fair condition, complete but stained. Chrome and brightwork range from poor to fair with pitting present throughout. Interior in fair condition with some wear on the seat. Dash chrome is corroded and paint dulled. Chrome on door tops and window surrounds corroded as well. Older tires with cracked and yellowed whitewalls. Driver quality engine bay. A CCCA Full Classic (TM) that would make a solid candidate for a full restoration or be enjoyed while improving it. – Considering that Ford Model A cabriolets in similar condition sell for almost as much as this the extra style, performance and CCCA recognition make this a solid value whether as a project or just for fun running around town on a bright, sunny day.
Lot # 49 1967 Austin-Healey Sprite LeMans Coupe; S/N HAN8R202; Engine # XSP26041; Green/Black; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – RHD. 1293cc A-Series engine, single Weber 45 DCOE, 110hp, wood shift knob, factory magnesium wheels. – One of about 10 of these streamlined Sprite coupes, one of which won its class at Le Mans. This one was spared competition use and was reportedly used to lure people into the showroom at a Philadelphia BMC dealership, but it is nevertheless pretty worn out. Lots of cracks and chips in the paint. Lightly worn interior. Tidy underneath with a cleaned up and sorted engine bay. A very neat little thing for British car fans. – This isn’t a good-looking car, nor is it cute, and it’s unusual in that it looks like a tired old race car but doesn’t have any cool stories to explain the wear and tear. It is nevertheless a very rare and undoubtedly fun car that is eligible for great vintage racing events all over the world. This is a prodigious price for a car that deserves it. The Le Mans-winning streamliner would of course command much more, and the current auction record for a Sprite is £109,250 (about $141,000 at the time) for an ex-works rally car sold in 2018.
Lot # 22 1938 BMW 328 Roadster; S/N 85196; Engine # 85196; Ivory/Dark Red leather; Estimate $475,000 – $525,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $400,000. – Centerlock disc wheels drilled to reduce weight and improve brake cooling, Michelin tires, leather hood straps, wind wings, Bosch headlights, trafficators. – Replacement engine block installed, original is included. Good older paint with edge chips on the doors and some stress cracks. Good upholstery. The underbody is surprisingly good. Some historic race use in the past but now in road-going configuration. – Attractive to look at and perhaps even more attractive to drive, the seller’s decision to hold on to this 328 at the reported high bid is understandable, if a bit optimistic.
Lot # 86 1902 Boyer 9hp 2-Cylinder Rear Entrance Tonneau; S/N 593; Avocado Green, Yellow chassis and coachlines/Black leather; Estimate $175,000 – $250,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $130,000. – RHD. VCC dated 1902. The only known surviving 2-cylider Boyer. 3-speed, wheel steering. – Dull, chipped, cracked old paint. Sound old upholstery. Dull brass. Used and tired but still good enough for the LBVCR where it has a long history of some eight successful appearances and a fairly early starting time. Philip Reed Collection. – There’s obviously a small difference of opinion between the consignor and the bidders about the value of this Brighton Runner and while the consignor’s opinion is controlling in this case it would not have been inappropriate for this Boyer to have changed hands at the reported high bid, or a little above it.
Lot # 72 2008 Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Coupe; S/N VF9SA25CX8M795143; Black Metallic/Havanna Tan leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,300,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $890,000. – — 3,000 miles and like new. Bought with 1,940 miles on it by comedian Tracy Morgan. – Tracy Morgan famously got sideswiped in a Veyron by a woman driving a Honda CR-V in Manhattan last summer, but that Bugatti was a white one and this black car is presumably clean. Regardless, the market for modern Bugattis, even second- or third-hand ones, is limited and it looks like no serious bidders were active in the room. This bid is light for a seemingly good example.
Lot # 88 1908 Buick Model F Touring; S/N 12118; Maroon, Black accent, Red coachlines/Maroon leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $41,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $45,920. – RHD. Acetylene headlights, kerosene sidelights and taillight, folded trumpet bulb horn. – Sound, shiny old paint and upholstery. Road used chassis. Disconnected acetylene generator. Good brass beginning to discolor but still presentable. Oil misted engine with some leakage. Philip Reed estate. – The stalwart marque of General Motors early years (and perhaps soon to rewrite that history with its success in the Chinese market) Buick built strong, capable, reasonably priced automobiles that still give good value and performance, recognized here with this honest result for a sound, solid example.
Lot # 36 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 124377N16322; Bolero Red, White stripes/Black cloth; Estimate $300,000 – $400,000; Competition restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $235,000. – 302, crossram dual quads, Stack tach, fire system, Hurst shifter, Torque Thrust wheels, Avon tires, roll cage, side outlet exhaust, suede rim steering wheel, driving lights, Recaro seat, Plexiglas side windows. – A pre-production Z/28, one of 25 built and raced from new in the SCCA Trans Am by Gary Morgan for Heinrich Chevrolet including 11 race wins. Discovered and restored to its original Trans Am livery, recently historic raced in Europe. Chipped older repaint. Generally race used but clean and orderly. – Hard core Pony Car racers missed an opportunity with this Z/28. Real period Trans Am cars are exceptionally rare, especially successful ones with name driver history like this, and the pre-sale estimate is not unreasonable, unlike the reported high bid which is well on the chintzy side.
Lot # 64 1986 Chrysler LeBaron Town & Country Convertible; S/N 1C3BC55E2GG130899; Ivory Cream, Woodgrain/Cream; Tan top; Estimate $20,000 – $25,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $19,040. – 2213/146hp turbo four, automatic, wire wheel covers. – One of 501 produced in 1986 and from the Lee Iacocca collection, 20,500 miles from new. Paint is in fair condition with some chips on front right fender, hood and mirrors. Minor fading of the faux woodgrain. Good top and interior other than light cracking in the seats. Light curb rash on the wheel covers. A far cry from the massive, stately wood-laden Town & Country convertibles of the 1940s, but given its equipment, mileage and Iacocca connection, this is probably the most desirable K-car out there. – An automobile of legendary mediocrity, the Chrysler K-car has one major constituency, the workers, shareholders and dealers of Chrysler which it arguably saved in the 1980’s. This LeBaron Town & Country is a caricature of the wood-bodied T&Cs of forty years before but its Lee Iacocca history is enough to give it bragging rights, even at this price.
Lot # 84 1956 Cooper-Climax T-39 ‘Bobtail’ 1.5 Liter Sports Racer; S/N CS111256; Engine # FWB40086877; White, Blue stripe/Black vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Competition restoration, 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $100,000. – Covered headlights, rollbar, center driving location, Blue painted 8-spoke alloy wheels, Dunlop Racing tires, Red leather rim steering wheel, wraparound Plexiglas windscreen. – Bought new through Jack Brabham by Bill Patterson in Australia with some period success Down Under. Restored and historic raced 2009-15, then accident damaged and a new body made and returned to the track. Good paint on the new bodywork but the rest is aged and used although race-ready as it was track used a year ago. – Offered by Bonhams at Quail Lodge last August where it was reported bid to $150,000. Consigned here with an appropriately-adjusted pre-sale estimate of $125,000-$150,000 it again failed to meet reserve. It’s not like the market has fallen away from it in five months, but that the right bidders weren’t here to get excited by it.
Lot # 39 1975 Datsun 280Z 2+2 Coupe; S/N GHLS30004842; Engine # L28021683; Bronze/Brown vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $25,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $28,000. – 4-speed, wire wheels, Toyo tires, factory pushbutton radio and CB radio, original tools and spare. – Showing 8,471 reported original and entirely believable miles. Stored from 1982 until recently but fully sorted. Clear coat over original paint has a few chips and long cracks in it. Mild pitting on the door handles. Tidy underneath. Remarkably clean interior with negligible wear. Few people bothered to give this kind of care to a 240Z, let alone a 280 and especially a 2+2 model. It has to be one of the best examples in the country. – And this is about as much as it could have hoped to sell for. It was bid to a $25,000 no-sale on Bring a Trailer last October.
Lot # 45 1971 Dinalpin A110 Coupe; S/N 434; White/Black; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $56,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $62,720. – 1298/95hp four, single 2-barrel Weber, 4-speed, centerlock wheels with hub caps, leather-wrapped steering wheel. – Dull bumpers. Decent older paint with a handful of scratches and cracks. Tidy but run engine bay. Significant but livable wear to the seats. A relatively rare Mexican-built Dinalpin and in this condition it’s a neat car for a value-conscious enthusiast who wants one of these rally legends to bomb around in for events. – As demand for the A110 grew along with its list of rally wins, Alpine of Dieppe, France contracted out construction of the rear-engine coupe to Spain, Brazil and even Bulgaria. The Mexican version, built by Diesel Nacional, goes by the name Dinalpin but is otherwise the same car, and it is rare with less than 1,000 built. But it’ll never be worth the same as the home-grown French version. A factory Alpine in this condition could have brought another 20 grand or more.
Lot # 78 1993 Dodge Viper Hennessey Venom 600 Roadster; S/N 1B3BR65E1PV200566; Red/Black leather; Estimate $60,000 – $80,000; Original, modified for competition or performance, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $36,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $40,320. – 1,000-hp engine with Paxton supercharger, HRE wheels, StopTech brakes, lowered suspension. – The first Hennessy Venom 600 built. Represented as the fastest car Motor Trend ever tested at the time. Driven less than 7,000 miles, and most of those were surely terrifying. Looks practically new aside from age to the side curtains. – If you bought a normal production early RT/10 was scary, imagine one with 1,000 horsepower. Much of the attention at Bonhams was on the ex-Iacocca RT/10 parked next to this Hennessey, but it still brought a reasonably strong result, all things considered. This is about what a stock RT/10 with this mileage would ordinarily sell for, all the performance upgrades are free.
Lot # 65 1992 Dodge Viper RT/10 Roadster; S/N 1B3BR65E5NV100001; Red/Gray leather; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $255,000 plus commission of 11.96%; Final Price $285,500. – 448/400hp V10, 6-speed, – 6500 miles. From the collection of Lee Iacocca, and his car from new. Even more importantly, it’s the first production Viper. It could use a detailing, but otherwise this car is like new. – Low-mile early Vipers have been appreciating over the past few years and appearing more regularly at collector car auctions like this, but this car is in a different ballpark. Hence the price, a record for an early RT/10 and over twice as much as Bonhams’ presale estimate. For anybody who doesn’t think of these wild, bare-bones two-seaters as collector cars, this sale should convince them otherwise.
Lot # 54 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, Body by Vignale; S/N 0159E; Engine # 0159E; Rosso Bordeaux/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $2,000,000 – $2,400,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,750,000 plus commission of 10.29%; Final Price $1,930,000. – RHD. 2,562cc/170hp V-12, 3 Weber carburetors (factory upgraded in 1953), chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop tires, woodrim steering wheel with finger buttons, tinted glass visors, Marchal headlights, engine internal # 72, Ferrari Classiche Red Book certified. – 2014 Pebble Beach second in class (runner-up to the ex-Roberto Rossellini 375M that was eventually Best of Show). Excellent paint with minor polishing scuffs. Nearly unused upholstery and interior soft trim. Bright chrome. A quality older restoration, sensitively used and maintained. – Vignale in 1951 was only beginning to develop a signature style which included details represented on this 212 Inter Cabriolet. The chrome crossbar grille floating in the radiator air intake, integrated Ferrari logo, taillights recessed in chrome nacelles matched by lighted front fender chrome strakes and glamorous tinted glass sun visors highlight Vignale’s attention to detail. It was sold by Bonhams at Quail Lodge (cataloged chassis number 0159EL) in 2015 for $2.2 million and has added only 172 km to its odometer since then. It is gorgeous to look at. Its result here is less than it brought nearly five years ago, a reasonable result for both the seller and the buyer.
Lot # 24 1995 Ferrari F355 Spider, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFPR48A1S0104008; Giallo Modena/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $69,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $77,280. – Alpine CD stereo, Ferrari alloy wheels, PZero tires, 6-speed, air conditioning, tools, owner’s manual – Sound repaint but scraped or scuffed through along the back of the nose panel and behind the doors. The closer you look, the more issues show up, inconsistent with the 5,461 miles showing and represented as from new. No service history was offered. A car best avoided. – Offered by Mecum at Houston in 2014 where it was reported bid to $60,000, the seller of this sketchy F355 did well in this transaction and should be well-satisfied with the price it brought.
Lot # 5 1995 Ferrari F512 M Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina; S/N ZFFVG40A2S0100154; Engine # 161524; Yellow/Black leather; Estimate $275,000 – $350,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $280,000 plus commission of 11.79%; Final Price $313,000. – Turbine modular wheels, Michelin tires, CD stereo, air conditioning, Tubi exhaust. – Very good original paint and interior with the usual driver’s seat bolster wear. One small touchup by the right front wheel, no nose stone chips. Clean, lightly used engine compartment and chassis appropriate to the 24,795 miles showing. – Sold by RM in Arizona in 2016 for $363,000, the result here is a good value for the new owner for one of the ultimate evolutions of the Testarossa, particularly one in Yellow, but it once again illustrates the value softness of these exceptional performers.
Lot # 51 1940 Ford Deluxe Convertible; S/N 185496038; Mandarin Maroon/Brown leather; Tan top; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $24,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $26,880. – Flathead V8, 3-speed, clock, hub caps, wide whitewall tires, boot cover. – AACA Senior in 1987. Fair older paint with minor scratches and chips from use. Top in fair condition with some seam separation along the bottom edges. The interior is fair with lightly cracked seat leather, a slightly dirty floor and some chipped paint on both the dash and steering wheel. The rubber seals on the vent windows are cracked. Newer tires but chipped paint on the wheels. Driver quality engine compartment. Older restoration of a solid early ford V8, but still presentable and usable as-is. – Hammered not sold at a $33,000 high bid at the Bonhams Simeone sale three months ago, and in an auction heavy on cars with needs and flaws with an audience that may have been more forgiving of this car’s age. This is a tempting deal for a mostly charming and very usable drop-top Ford.
Lot # 110 1993 GMC Typhoon, Sport Utility Vehicle; S/N 1GDCT18Z0P0811770; Apple Red/Black leather; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Unrestored original, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $11,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $12,320. – 262/280hp turbo V6, sunroof, Grant GT steering wheel, rear spoiler, car phone. – Showing 24,480 believable but not documented miles. The original paint is in fair condition with clear coat peeling in some areas. Window seals are faded and dry. Interior is fair with front seats worn from use, carpet tufted and dash cracked. Old tires. Rims in fair condition and need to be polished. It could use a detailing, but this is a used truck. – Collector appreciation for the Typhoon and its pickup cousin the Syclone predated the more recent classic truck boom thanks in large part to their famous Ferrari 348-beating performance. Typhoons and Syclones aren’t as hot as they used to be, however, and the only ones bringing serious money are never-driven collector pieces. Even considering the age and wear on this one (the last lot of the auction), it brought a weak price.
Lot # 20 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe; S/N 679032; Green/Red leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $78,400. – Hub caps, folding sunroof, fender skirts, Silvertown blackwall tires, burl wood dash and door cappings. – Very good but older paint and chrome. Very good interior with very minor wrinkling on the seats. Tidy and restored underneath. An attractive car in attractive colors, showing only minor and general age since a full restoration. – This is a modest result for a restored XK 120 FHC and the folding sunroof is an added bonus that significantly enhances its adaptability and enjoyment. It represents a good value for the money paid here.
Lot # 41 1962 Jaguar XKE Semi-Lightweight Competition Roadster, Body by Vicarage; S/N 878631; Metallic Gunmetal Grey, Metallic Gunmetal Grey hardtop/Black leather; Estimate $150,000 – $180,000; Customized restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $80,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $89,600. – RHD. 3,781cc/290hp, Vicarage replica. 3 Webers, Getrag 5-speed, Covered headlights, outside bonnet latches, bucket seats, Moto-Lita leather rim steering wheel, centerlock Dunlop alloy wheels, Uniroyal radial tires. – Delaminating windshield corner. Good paint, chrome and interior. Clean, orderly engine compartment showing little use. Unnumbered cylinder head. An attractive event and tour car with historic racing history in the UK. – Impressively converted and maintained, many updates add to safety and enhance performance but detract from the authenticity of its conversion; it’s a Semi-Lightweight with a performance advantage over the originals. On the other hand, if it crashes it won’t cause anguish among Jaguar historians and it is a noted performance value at this price.
Lot # 53 1965 Jaguar XKE SI 4.2 Coupe; S/N 1E31580; Engine # 7E51048-9; Red/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $61,600. – Chrome centerlock wire wheels, Michelin X red line tires, single fender mirror, woodrim steering wheel. – Older paint with a scrape on the right front fender, a few more on the tail, and chips around the filler cap. Dry weather stripping. Track scratches in the side windows. Worn steering wheel and original dash with tired switchgear. Newer seats. Older restored underneath. Blister in the driver’s door handle. Restored at some point many years ago with a replacement engine, then driven quite a bit since and showing its age. Even so, it needs nothing major for someone who wants a Series I 4.2 to drive and enjoy. – This is a smokin’ deal even taking the restoration’s age and noted faults into account. The new owner should be proud of the car and the deal.
Lot # 46 2008 Koenigsegg CCX Coupe; S/N YT9XC81B98A007066; Silver/Blue leather; Estimate $900,000 – $1,000,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $850,000. – 4700/806hp twin-supercharged V8, 6-speed manual, carbon fiber rear wing. – Under 1,200 miles and like new. – One of 30 built and 13 for US delivery. Staggering build quality and performance by most standards, but now dated and surpassed by more recent hypercars, it could have been sold with minimal regret for the reported high bid here.
Lot # 70 1955 Kurtis 500 Swallow Coupe, Body by Allied; S/N KK43; Red/Black; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Competition restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $160,000. – 317/257hp Lincoln V8, 5-speed, Halibrand style wheels, Avon Turbospeed tires, side exhaust, fire system, fuel cell, roll cage, Plexiglas rear window, Stewart Warner gauges. – Originally built with this Cisitalia-inspired fiberglass body by Allied and prepped for the 1955 Carrera Panamericana, but never went to Mexico since the event was canceled for 1955. Since restored with some modern upgrades like the 5-speed, and used in numerous events including the modern iteration of the Carrera Panamericana. Showing light age but fundamentally solid, and still ideal for rallies and other adventures. – A genuine Kurtis Kraft with a rare (and quite attractive) period body and an appropriate period engine, this is a great event car that would be difficult and expensive to duplicate. It found a more appreciative audience at RM’s Andrews Collection sale five years ago, when it brought $220,000.
Lot # 28 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N B24S1156; Engine # B241210; Verde Ascot Metallic/Biscuit leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $850,000 – $1,050,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $731,818 plus commission of 10.68%; Final Price $810,000. – 2,451cc/130hp V-6, dual 2-barrel Weber carburetors, Nardi intake, 4-speed transaxle, woodrim steering wheel, chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Michelin tires, underdash temperature gauge, Carello headlights. – Sound old repaint, good upholstery and soft interior trim, scratched windshield, decent but not exceptional chrome. Flat panels and even gaps. Well restored in the late 80’s in Italy with some use showing including many long distance tour events and the Mille Miglia Storica. Mechanically overhauled in the U.S. in the teens. Represented as the original engine and bodywork and repainted in 2018 with replated chrome and run in the Colorado Grand and Copperstate 1000 twice since then without fault. – Sold by Bonhams at Monaco in 2005 for $297,905 (Euros 236,000 at this time, this result is Euros 727,700) before its most recent attention, then by Gooding at Pebble Beach in 2010 for $506,000 in rather tired (3+) condition and offered by RM at Monterey in 2018 where it failed to find a home at $875,000. The Spider America is characteristic of Lancia’s cars: idiosyncratic, innovative and forward-thinking. It is lightweight and balanced. The Pinin Farina coachwork is… well… Lancia-appropriate with its large shield-shaped grille, mustache bumpers, wraparound windshield and haunchy rear fenders. Even the placement of the Pinin Farina badge – behind the doors – is idiosyncratic. This is a proven car on many long distance events and while its value is consistent over several auction appearances it represents very good value for the money, which could have ventured into seven-figure numbers without being exceptional.
Lot # 43 1969 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 SII Coupe; S/N 818360006406; Silver/Black vinyl; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Enthusiast restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $14,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $15,680. – 1,298cc/91hp narrow angle V4, hub caps and trim rings woodrim steering wheel, wood dash, clock. – Sold new in Italy and imported last year. Represented with a recent service. Good older paint. Rechromed front bumper but the rear is original and dull. Dull marker lenses. Lightly worn seats. Worn steering wheel with cracks in the center cap. Lightly worn switchgear but clean wood dash. Older restored underneath with a tidy, sorted engine bay. An attractive, charming and fun little Italian driver that would make a fine event car. – It may be a front-drive, four-cylinder car, but the Fulvia is a gorgeous, quick little coupe that helped make Lancia’s reputation in international rallying. There’s nothing serious wrong with this one, and it’s a heck of a lot of fun and style per dollar at this price.
Lot # 106 1990 Land Rover Range Rover Wagon 4×4; S/N SALLHABM8GA428022; Eastnor Green/Tan leather; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $40,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $44,800. – 5-speed, alloy wheels. – European market late two-door Range Rover that got a recent respray and retrimmed seats. The paint is good other than some masking errors on the B-pillars. Very good interior with fresh upholstery. Window seals and hardware appear original and are in fair condition. Well-maintained and treated, and looks like a less used Rover than its 177,046 km (110,011 miles) would suggest. – Two-door Range Rover Classics are rare and collectible in almost any condition as this price, which could practically buy a moderately used current generation Range Rover, shows. Despite being the fifth from last lot of this auction, it sold strongly.
Lot # 10 1972 Lotus Elan Sprint Coupe; S/N 0028J; Cirrus White, Gold bumpers/Black vinyl; Estimate $40,000 – $60,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $56,000. – 1558/126hp Twin Cam with dual Zenith-Strombergs, centerlock wheels, Dunlop tires, sunroof, power windows, wood shift knob, radio. Also comes with original books and tools, spare, MSO and window sticker. – Represented as a two-owner car with 6,051 miles from new. Special ordered in solid colors (most Sprints were two-tone). Used as a dealer demonstrator, then put into careful storage until the consignor bought it in 2014 and freshened it mechanically. There are a few chips and touch ups on the front bumper, some stress cracks on the hood and a few other chips throughout plus some stress cracks below the rear bumper, but mostly impressive original paint. Good, lightly worn interior. There are some cracks in the dash but for an old Lotus it isn’t bad at all. Remarkably clean underneath for an unrestored Elan. Commendably preserved and too good to restore. – Six years ago, Gooding & Company sold this car (with 6,029 miles) here for $88,000, an eye-popping price that even surpassed its ambitiously high presale estimate. The price it brought in 2020 is very strong, too, just not excessive, and they were an expensive 22 miles. The car’s preservation and originality are impossible to replicate, not to mention impossible to find elsewhere since most Elans deteriorated and deteriorated quickly. Many even have a replacement chassis by now, so this is probably one of the best original Elans in the world, and its top-spec Sprint equipment is icing on the cake.
Lot # 57 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250SE Convertible; S/N 11102312083391; White/Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $75,000. – Hub caps and trim rings, narrow whitewalls, cloth boot cover, column shift automatic, Becker Europa radio, air conditioning. – Good bumper chrome, but the rest of the brightwork is tired and in some places pitted. Good but older repaint. Significant wrinkling to the seats. Lightly worn switchgear. Lots of cracks in the steering wheel. Tidy and maintained underneath, but not restored. Represented with a recent full service. An attractive, comfortable weekend cruiser. – The reported high bid is reasonable for this 250SE’s condition and equipment; the pre-sale estimate range is more appropriate for the later and more powerful 280SE 3.5 V8 but few owners today will have an opportunity, let alone a need, to take advantage of the 3.5’s additional 85 horsepower.
Lot # 15 1983 Mercedes-Benz 300TD Station Wagon; S/N WDBAB93A7DN014735; Engine # 61795212041886; China Blue/Cream leather; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $21,280. – Wheel covers, Michelin Defender tires, roof rack, cassette stereo, power windows, sunroof, tools, jack, spare, Vintage air conditioning. – Showing 167,567 miles, but old diesel Benzes will run forever and this one has gotten significant restoration work to the tune of $31,000. Clean bumpers. Very good repaint. Dull windshield wipers and scratched window frames are the only serious signs of any age on the body. Some cracking and warping in the dash plus some worn switchgear, but otherwise the interior is excellent with all-new upholstery. The tires look new and the chassis looks like it has been undercoated. A fantastic TD wagon. – These are charming and collectible cars, not to mention very comfortable, but they’re not super valuable and the seller here never stood a chance of recouping those restoration costs. This was an appropriate result and represents a great value given all the recent work put in.
Lot # 108 1967 Mercury Caliente 2-Dr. Hardtop; S/N 7H11R545017; Caspian Blue/Blue vinyl; Estimate $125,000 – $175,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $80,640. – R-Code 427/425hp with dual quads, T-10 4-speed, narrow whitewalls, bench seat, floor shift, factory radio, fiberglass hood. – One of 61 Comets with the R-code dual quad 427 and four built as Caliente hardtops. Drag raced when new, then stored until it was restored in the 1990s. Good older paint and chrome other than some cracks around the hood scoops and the edges of the hood. Very good restored interior. Restored underneath with light age. Some of the trim doesn’t quite fit flush with the body. Any small niggles on this car are easily overruled by its rarity and performance, which should be a magnet for any Ford fan. – The restoration’s age is showing but is still holding up well and the underhood display should make any FoMoCo loving heart skip a beat. This is a seriously rare Mercury and an equally serious value at this price that seems to have been overlooked here at Bonhams.
Lot # 93 1960 MG MGA 1600 Mk I Coupe; S/N GHDL95286; Engine # 16GAUH26627; Chariot Red/Black vinyl; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $20,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $22,400. – Steel wheels with hub caps, dual wing mirrors, banjo steering wheel, Motorola radio. – Represented as a two-owner car. The paint is good with no major blemishes, but it’s older and starting to show it. Same with the chrome. Dry weather stripping. Older carpets and lightly worn seats. Small dent in the passenger’s door. Tidy underneath. A solid and honest car, but just a driver. Philip Reed estate. – Just two owners is impressive, especially for an MG this old, and that may have helped nudge this coupe to a healthy but not unrealistic price for a driver-quality 1600 coupe.
Lot # 104 2006 Mini Cooper Works GP Hatchback; S/N WMWRE93596YB72154; Thunder Blue, Silver roof/Gray, Black; Estimate $20,000 – $30,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $19,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $21,280. – 1600/250hp supercharged four (up from the stock 214hp), 6-speed, OGS clutch, short shift kit, high flow cylinder head, alloy wheels, Hankook tires, rally lights, carbon mirror caps, Momo steering wheel and seats. – The 4,033 miles are commendably low, especially given how tempting it would be to take this car on quick blasts to the store at every opportunity, but it’s desirability is offset somewhat by the numerous mods, regardless of how much they cost to implement. – With a stripped out interior with a body brace where the rear seats should be, extra horsepower and rarity (a little over 400 for the U.S. market), the ’06 JCW GP is the most desirable of the early BMW Minis. But it’s not the kind of car that shows up at auctions like this since Minis not on the radar of most collectors. A few have popped up on Bring a Trailer selling for a wide range of prices depending on mileage, with one 4,000-mile car bringing $36,000 last year. Meanwhile, this one may have nearly 30 grand worth of upgrades put into it, but it would have sold more here if it looked more like it did at the factory.
Lot # 83 1961 Morgan Plus 4 Super Sports Roadster; S/N 4828; Engine # TS82104; Black/Red vinyl; Black top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $92,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $103,600. – 2138/130hp Triumph engine with dual Webers, chrome centerlock wire wheels, rear-mounted spare, Michelin XZX tires, roll bar, single Lucas driving light, wood dash, Smiths gauges. – One of 101 Super Sports competition cars built, and a very early car that raced extensively in the U.S., including two regional SCCA championships in 1962-63 and a DNF at Sebring. Restored and vintage raced in the 1980s then restored more thoroughly in the early ’90s and even shown at Pebble Beach in 1999. It still has good paint and chrome, is very clean underneath and has a very good interior with negligible wear. Rare, quick and attractive with race history to boot. – The +4 Super Sports are cherished by the Morgan community for their extra performance, competition success and rarity, and are among the most collectible cars the tiny 110-year-old company ever produced. They hardly ever come up for sale, although this one sold at RM Amelia Island way back in 2003 for $50,600. It was a strong but realistic result at the time and its restoration hasn’t aged much since then. 17 years later, this result is also realistic.
Lot # 79 1948 Packard Eight 22nd Series Station Sedan; S/N 22932008; Seafoam Green Metallic, Woodgrain/Brown vinyl, plaid cloth; Estimate $50,000 – $60,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $44,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $49,280. – 288/130hp L8, overdrive, fender skirts, wide whitewall tires. – Best in class at 2016 Hilton Head Concours. Excellent fresh-looking paint. Wood is in good condition with some splitting at the seams. Chrome is good with a mix of new and older. The upholstery is in perfect condition with no signs of use or wear. Interior chrome is fair with some haze and pitting on steering wheel and dash chrome. Missing on a few details but still a very attractive and rare Station Sedan. – Sold at Mecum Kissimmee in 2018 for $40,700. It was offered at Mecum’s Houston auction three months later where it showed 17 miles on its odometer, then sold at Mecum Monterey four months after that for $52,250 and sold at Quail Lodge last summer for $40,400. It now has 81 miles displayed on the odometer having accumulated 64 miles since 2018 most of them probably on and off auction preview fields. It is a solid value at the price it brought here in Scottsdale.
Lot # 18 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Speedster; S/N WP0EB0917KS173078; Engine # 64K05445; Guards Red/Cashmere Beige leather; Black top; Estimate $125,000 – $150,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $110,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $123,200. – Black Fuchs wheels, Potenza tires, snorkely brake light, Blaupunkt cassette stereo, climate control, books and tools. – Driven 32,514 miles, which is a lot for one of these Speedsters, many of which were treated as instant collectibles. Some paint is coming off the windshield wipers, but otherwise the exterior looks very good. Light wear to the driver’s seat but significant wear on the shift knob. Used more than average, but not at all bad. – The ’89 Speedster is a neat one-year only 911 model, but Porsche built over 2,000 of them so they’re not as rare as one might think. They’ve also been a common sight at auction for a few years, and many examples are better than this one. It’s still a great example for someone who wants one to drive, however, and if that’s what the new owner has in mind for this car, they got a decent bargain.
Lot # 58 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Coupe; S/N 9113600595; Engine # 6630607; Grand Prix White, Red Carrera graphics/Black leatherette, cloth; Estimate $600,000 – $700,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $520,000. – Red Fuchs wheels, Pirelli P6000 tires. – Delivered new to Switzerland. Raced in the 1980s. Has received major attention at various points but doesn’t look to have ever been fully taken apart and restored. The wheels are a little dirty and there are light scratches on the rear glass. Good paint aside from a few imperfections below the driver’s door. Lightly scratched window frames. Good, lightly worn interior. Clean and restored underneath. Enough small flaws to make it more at home on a rally than a show field, but it’s a restored Carrera RS 2.7 and it’s very cool. – An ideal event car, this Carrera RS arguably could have gone to a new home at this reported high bid, but it is a modest number and the consignor’s decision to prefer the car over the money is understandable.
Lot # 13 1979 Porsche 911 Carrera Turbo Speedster; S/N 9309700373; Guards Red, Turbo graphics/Black leather; Estimate $110,000 – $140,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $87,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $97,440. – Black Fuchs wheels, Cinturato tires, sunroof, factory cassette stereo, tools, jack, manual. – Represented with 27,131 actual miles and service history back to 1983. The original paint is impressive but there are a few tiny chips on the front and a small scrape on the passenger’s door. The exterior plastic is slightly dull and so are the original Turbo graphic decals, but neither look bad. Very good interior with wear consistent with the age and mileage. There are better, lower mile early 930s out there but this is still a strong car with nothing to apologize for. – Since peaking in 2015-16 after a huge run upward, 930 prices have been gradually sliding ever since to more realistic levels. For example, this one sold for $118,250 at Gooding Scottsdale in 2016, then it hammered not sold at a $100,000 high bid at Russo and Steele Monterey 2018. In the current 911 market, this result in 2020 is roughly in line with what other cars in this condition are bringing.
Lot # 74 1968 Porsche 912 Targa; S/N 12870842; Engine # 1280284; Polo Red/Black leatherette; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $55,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $61,600. – Soft window Targa, hub caps, all season tires, original Blaupunkt radio. – Replacement engine, and originally a glass rear window car fitted with a soft-window replacement. Good older paint and brightwork. Clean and restored underneath. The wheels are original with chrome peeling off. Lightly worn original steering wheel but the rest of the interior looks very good. A solid car, especially for a 912. – Given the lack of matching numbers and not being an original soft-window car (which ordinarily adds a significant premium), this 912 would appeal to somebody who wants one of these cars to casually enjoy and could care less about the little niggles of authenticity. At this price, however, the car is expensive and this price could have bought a fresher example with no issues.
Lot # 11 1978 Porsche 928 Coupe; S/N 9288200477; Engine # 8280502; Tan/Pasha; Estimate $45,000 – $55,000; Unrestored original, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $67,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $75,040. – Phone dial wheels, P Zero tires, 5-speed, Blaupunkt cassette stereo. – Represented as a two-owner car with 20,752 actual miles and a recent service. A few small chips on the nose and a handful on the mirrors but otherwise good paint. Clean wheels. Clean and very eye-catching Pasha seats, but the switchgear is a little worn and there are numerous cracks at the top of the dash. Tidy underneath. Not quite a like-new time warp car, but a very good, very original early 928 with desirable options. – It would be very, very difficult to find another 928 with this combination of options and mileage, but this still seems like an outrageous price that soared past its high estimate range.
Lot # 97 1906 REO Model B 8HP Runabout; S/N Engine No. SK3488PA; Red, White coachlines/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $25,000 – $35,000; Older restoration, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $30,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $33,600. – RHD. Dietz kerosene headlights and taillight. – Sound, chipped old paint. Dull brass. Worn but sound upholstery, faded top. Restored long ago, used and aged. Philip Reed estate. – A neat and sprightly runabout with an older restoration that has been reasonably well-maintained and appears to be in decent running order, the bidders responded to it with a reasonable price.
Lot # 56 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM6S393; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $175,000 – $225,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $140,000. – 289/306hp, automatic transmission, blue dot wheels, radio delete. – No mention of a matching numbers engine. There is a filled paint crack by the left headlight bezel. The drip rails have cracked paint and staining. The deck lid does not fit properly as well as the passenger door, which sags below the body line. The underbody and engine compartment have been redone and many of the components look like new. The interior has been partially redone with new seat upholstery but old tach, door cards and trim. A restored, documented car, but showing its age – This car sold for $132,000 at Russo and Steele Monterey 2018, a perfectly reasonable result given this car’s age and its automatic, and it could have been repeated here without issue.
Lot # 37 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback; S/N SFM5S441; Wimbledon White, Blue stripes/Black vinyl; Estimate $350,000 – $450,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $280,000. – 289/306hp, 4-speed, Cragar wheels. – Represented as matching numbers. Very good paint. The hood sits a tad high in the front from the top of the fenders. The gas cap is aged. The bumpers and brightwork are either restored or new. The mechanicals and underbody have been previously restored and show some use. The interior is represented to be original and is in remarkable nearly like new condition. The seat belts show age, but the rest of the interior components show well. Fully documented ownership history and consistently maintained but never restored. – It’s highly unusual to find a ’65 GT350 in such good condition without ever having been restored, a tribute to a succession of known, informed and enthusiastic owners. The reported high bid is not representative of the quality and history of this GT350, which should have brought much closer to the pre-sale low estimate to be realistic.
Lot # 94 1923 Studebaker Model EL Series 22 Special Six Touring; S/N Engine No. EL44626; Engine # EL44626; Black/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $15,000 – $20,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $26,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $29,120. – Wood steering wheel, Phinney-Walker clock, tinted glass windshield visor, varnished wood spoke wheels, whitewall tires. – Two owners from new, showing 27,074 miles, probably all it has covered. Worn old paint, upholstery and top. Dull nickel trim. Oily engine compartment, road grimy chassis. Probably never restored, just attended to as needed. Sound but needs attention. Philip Reed collection. – A remarkable survivor that has lived a cherished life and brought enthusiastic endorsement here by the bidders who went well above Bonhams pre-sale high estimate. The car is so well-preserved at nearly a century old, however, that even this price isn’t excessive.
Lot # 89 1929 Stutz BB 2-Passenger Speedster; S/N BBC2BL57A; Engine # 91124; Red, Carmine fenders and accent/Brown leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $80,000 – $120,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $63,840. – 322/113hp single overhead camshaft inline eight, body color wire wheels, wide whitewall tires, dual sidemounts with beige cloth covers and mirrors, rumble seat – CCCA National First Prize #1375. Sound old paint and upholstery. Dull nickel trim and peeling chrome on the cowl lights and radiator. Sound, complete and orderly but aged. A competent and presentable tour car. Philip Reed estate. – Similar to the Stutz BB that nearly beat Bentley at the 1929 Le Mans 24 Hours but with lighter 2/4 seat coachwork, a combination of style and performance that is hard to beat, particularly at this modest price. The restoration’s age is a significant factor, but can be easily ignored when on the road.
Lot # 109 1973 Volvo P1800ES Station Wagon; S/N 60786108; Petroleum Blue Metallic/Cognac vinyl; Estimate $35,000 – $45,000; Enthusiast restoration, 2- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $17,500 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $19,600. – Automatic, alloy wheels, store brand tires, aftermarket air conditioning, factory radio. – Represented with 49,337 actual miles and a restoration. Tidy but run engine bay with original fluid reservoirs/bottles, and Bonhams notes that an engine service is recommended before use on the road. Tired badge on the nose. A few mild scuffs and scratches but mostly good paint in very attractive Petroleum Blue. Dull bumpers. Newer seats. Lightly worn interior. More refurbished than restored. – Bonhams has sold some of the most expensive Volvo 1800s ever seen at auction, but this ES is just a fair driver with an automatic and this mediocre price is appropriate. It previously sold for $24,640 at Greenwich in 2018.
Lot # 95 1912 Winton Six 48hp Tourer; S/N Engine no. 11598; Engine # 11598; Maroon, Black fenders/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $200,000 – $300,000; Older restoration, 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $125,000 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $140,000. – RHD. Dogleg windshield, acetylene headlights, Prest-o-Lite tank, Volier Dragon bulb horn, dual rear-mounted spares, Red wood spoke wheels, whitewall tires, electric taillight, jump seats, compressed air starter. – Worn, chipped old paint with some panel cracks and crazing on the hood. Dull brass. Sound old upholstery, more recent top. Oily, somewhat grimy chassis. Impressive but aged and used. Philip Reed estate. – Whether the new owner decides to tour this big Winton as is or embark upon a restoration it is in almost every way a lot of automobile for the money.