02/09/2009 Coys America at Houston, Texas 19 - 20 September 2009 - Preview
1987 Ferrari 412 Coupé - No Reserve
Coys America, in association with the Leake Auction Company, will be conducting what can only be described as a ‘blockbusting’ auction when it sells some 500, many ‘No Reserve’, classic cars later this month.
The online catalogue is being added to daily and is your best guide to the event. That said, we’ve had a trawl through it and can present some of the highlights – entries that may well present a buying opportunity for restoration-level cars to ‘lay down’ for the future.
No estimates are given, so, No Reserve items aside, you’ll have to contact Coys for guide prices on the entries.
1958 Porsche 356A Coupé - No Reserve
1967 Maserati Quattroporte 1 4000 - No Reserve
The breadth of the sale is astonishing. So far, there are 14 Bentleys, ranging from a No Reserve 1946 MK VI Saloon to a 1997 Brooklands. And Jaguars? Oh, let’s see – ah, 51 at the last count. The Coventry marque is represented by a roll call of models that were highly popular in the US, with Mk IV, V, VII and IX saloons joined by several XKs and E-types (‘XKE’s, as I should say).
Naturally enough, home-grown car production fills the majority of sale. There’s a raft of Americana from Ford, Chevrolet, Chrysler et al.
1971 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible
It should be stressed that not all the entries are non-running, restoration cars. There are, for example, several 60s Corvettes and a 1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 R-Code Super Cobra Jet that will interest Classic Driver readers. Or the 1962 Porsche 356S Coupé.
I was particularly interested in some of the Italian exotics listed so far. Entries such as the three No Reserve Maserati Quattroportes (one ’65 and two ’67 cars). This was four-seater that, according to contemporary lore, could best a Ferrari 275 GTB over the factory test drivers’ regular routes across northern Italy. Lamborghini is represented by 1975 Urraco P250 and a 1985 Jalpa P350 GT, both at No Reserve.
1966 Volkswagen Westfalia Vanagon - No Reserve
1953 Jaguar XK 120 Drophead Coupé
And, as far as Ferrari is concerned, if you’ve fancied a 400-series car for a while, step right this way as the sale has no less than five cars listed, ranging from a 1978 400i to a 1987 412.
Similarly, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes-Benz have acres of catalogue coverage. There’s a cornucopia of 1950s Mercedes saloons, as well as several 600s and ‘Pagodas’, while Rolls-Royce is well-represented over the decades with many pre-War cars (such as a 1928 20HP Limousine and a 1930 Phantom II Tourer) joining the serried ranks of 70s and 80s luxury that include many Shadows, Corniches and Silver Spirits.
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Open Tourer
1972 Mercedes-Benz 600 SWB Limousine
1975 Lamborghini Urraco P250 - No Reserve
1969 Ford Mustang Mach 1 R-Code Super Cobra Jet
It’s all fascinating stuff and brings out the “now if I had a big barn...” in all of us. Which is probably how the 200-car, No Reserve private collection came into being in the first place. You have been warned.
Coys America, in Association with the Leake Auction Company Houston 2009 Sale
Saturday 19th September, Sunday 20th September
Halls D & E
The Reliant Center
One Reliant Park
Doors open 09:00, auction begins 10:00
Bidders' Registration $100.00 - admits two
Tel:+44 208 614 7888
Fax: +44 208 614 7889
To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE, or to go straight to the Leake Auction Company website where you can see ALL the cars, please click HERE.