Bonhams’ 78-lot sale will be the first motor car auction to be held during this year’s Monaco Historics weekend. In a varied catalogue, highlights include classic GTs from the European Grandes Marques such as Alfa Romeo, Porsche and Lancia.
As with the other auctions to be held that weekend, it’s not surprising for competition cars to feature prominently. So, in addition to the matching numbers, ex-Luigi Scarfiotti, Scuderia Ferrari 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider (850,000 - 950,000 euros and a perfect mount for the Mille Miglia retrospective), there are several other entries likely to appeal to the upper-echelon historic racer, in Monaco for the Historics.
And it’s a nice feature of the Bonhams catalogue that so much of this race or rally machinery has a connection with Monaco, particularly the famous Monte Carlo Rally.
Cars such as the mighty ex-Bo Ljungfeldt, Monte Carlo Rally class-winning, 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint Coupé, for 150,000 - 200,000 euros, or any one of several tarmac rally specials, perfect for a good blast in the hills above the Principauté.
The ex-Bo Ljungfeldt, Monte Carlo Rally class-winning 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint Coupé: 150,000 - 200,000 euros
1965 Citroën DS21 Le Dandy Coupé: 100,000 - 150,000 euros
1977 Fiat 131 Abarth Group 4 Rally Car 160,000 - 180,000 euros
We like the ex-factory, 1978 Tour de Corse-winning 1977 Fiat 131 Abarth Group 4 Rally Car (160,000 - 180,000 euros) and the 130,000 - 150,000 euros, 1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 Works Rally Car. Stick a set of Michelin TB15s on either of these and you’d have some fun driving a section of the Route Napoleon. Or there’s the 1972 San Remo Rally-winning 1971 Lancia Fulvia HF1600 'Group 4 Works Rally Car', sensibly estimated at 140,000 - 180,000 euros.
In addition to the grand cru pre-War Alfa, there’s another quintessentially classic 1930s tourer in the form of the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C 'Cäsar Schaffner Special Roadster' (320,000 - 440,000 euros).
Ex-Luigi Scarfiotti, Scuderia Ferrari, 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider: 850,000 - 950,000 euros
Older cars are, though, in the minority in a catalogue generally comprising entries from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Of the road cars, there’s a 1970 Lamborghini Espada Series II Coupé (80,000 - 100,000 euros, my they’ve gone up!), a 1959 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Roadster (60,000 - 90,000 euros and very ‘Côte d'Azur’ in black with red hide) and a ‘Chinese Eye’ 1965 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupé for 125,000 - 165,000 euros.
1956 AC Aceca V8 Coupé: 120,000 - 150,000 euros
1982 Renault 5 Turbo Group 4 Works Rally Car: 130,000 - 150,000 euros
Naturally enough, in addition to the convertible Rolls, many other entries are perfect for top-down, South of France motoring: the 1967 Citroën DS21 Décapotable (150,000 - 200,000 euros); the 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder (330,000 - 380,000 euros); and the 1963 Fiat 500D Jolly Beach Car, a lovely, typically Monaco piece for 30,000 - 35,000 euros.
Prior to the motor cars, Bonhams will offer 48 Heuer wristwatches or associated race-timing memorabilia, and nearly 90 items of automobilia, including photographs, posters and models.
Auction: Friday 11 May 2012. Watches at 14:00, automobilia 14:30. The motor cars will start at 15:30.
Location: Exposition de la Collection de Voitures Anciennes de SAS le Prince de Monaco, Terrasses de Fontvieille, 98000 Monaco.
To see the complete lotlisting of the Bonhams 11 May Monaco sale, please click here.