23/03/2009 Coys at Essen Techno Classica 4th April 2009
1952 Ferrari 225 Inter Vignale Coupé - 'Refer Department'
Coys has assembled a 51-car catalogue for its Essen Techno Classica sale. The mix is predominantly European-based, with one of the leading entries being the 1952 Ferrari 225 Inter Vignale Coupé.
The catalogue describes it as a ‘one of a kind’ car. Chassis 0223EL is the only (of just 23 cars built) 225 bodied by Vignale, with coachwork penned by Michelotti. It has been a regular competitor in the Mille Miglia retrospective, appearing seven times between 1998 and 2006. The car has also benefited from a ‘top to bottom body restoration’ carried out during 2002/2003 and does look superb. These early Ferraris drive well and every one either was, or could have been, raced in period. ‘Refer Department’ for price, please.
Another race-eligible car is the 1965 Bizzarrini 5300, also ‘Refer Department’ for estimate. This has been a regular front-runner in historic racing in recent years, but is also registered for use on the road in the UK. With its 5354cc Corvette V8, the almost mid-engined car would be able to give most modern supercars a run for their money.
1965 Bizzarrini 5300 - 'Refer Department'
As befits the location, two iconic German classics are included in the Essen sale. There’s a Sky Blue 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster, complete with Rudge wheels, fitted luggage and a factory hard top for 330,000 - 370,000 euros. And no sale would be complete without a ’73 Carrera; the car entered this time being a 1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring (150,000 - 180,000 euros) in clearly a ‘hot’ stage of tune, upgraded as it is to RSR specification. It features a 60,000-euro, 3.0-litre engine rebuilt by Rugen with slide-injection.
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental Three-Position Owen Sedanca - 'Refer Department'
1973 Porsche Carrera RS Touring - 150,000 - 180,000 euros
It’s not all newer, high-performance machinery. The 2009 Techno Classica auction also has many quality pre-War cars, the highlight of which must be either the stately, yet rakish, 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental Three-Position Owen Sedanca, or the magnificent 1929 Bentley 4½ Litre with original ‘open touring’ coachwork by Vanden Plas. Both cars are ‘Refer Department’ for price.
Of the other entries, there’s a good selection of mid-priced classics from the better manufacturers: cars such as the 5-speed manual 1967 Maserati Quattroporte (24,000 - 29,000 euros), the 1963 Lancia Flaminia GTL 2.8 Litre 3C (28,000 - 32,000 euros) and the 1979 De Tomaso Pantera GTS, at 38,000 - 45,000 euros.
1964 Mercedes-Benz 600 - 40,000 - 50,000 euros
1968 Porsche 911 T Sportomatic - 'No Reserve'
A couple of early 1960s roadsters share surprisingly similar (and much higher than in recent years) estimates. The 1963 Alfa Romeo 2600 Spyder is likely to fetch 60,000 - 65,000, while the ‘semi-comp’ 1962 Jaguar E-type Series 1 is valued at 65,000 - 80,000 euros.
1929 Bentley 4½ Litre original 'Open Touring' coachwork by Vanden Plas - 'Refer Department'
Finally, potential Mille Miglia retrospective motoring doesn’t come more reasonable than the 70,000 - 85,000 euros for the Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Passo Corto. This is a car catalogued as having documentation to prove it was ‘the very car with which Consalvo Sanesi took part as an official works entrant in the 1952 Mille Miglia, finishing before Fangio in a similar car’. It is also believed to be one of only six short (250cm vs. 263cm) wheelbase chassis built to compete as factory entries.