30/04/2012 Coys 'Légende et Passion' at Monaco, 12 May 2012: Preview
Two owners from new, 1964 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2 Series 1, only 50,000km: 75,000 - 95,000
Coys has put together a Monaco sale with attractive entries from all eras of the motor car, all bound together by that ‘Monte Carlo magic’.
Take the big silver pre-War 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K, for example, looking every bit the supercharged autobahn-stormer. It was originally delivered to the Mönchengladbach address of Parisian Martha Jordans on 12 February 1937. Since then, it has been in the hands of collectors in the USA and Germany. And, if you’ve failed to win this Mercedes, there’s another 500K later in the sale, the 1935 Cabriolet by Windovers for 700,000 - 800,000 euros.
Other pre-War cars in the auction include a 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 3 Position Drophead By Gurney Nutting (550,000 - 650,000 euros), a 1937 Bentley 4¼ Litre Coupé by Gurney Nutting for 175,000 - 220,000, and one of the faithful Bugatti T35B ‘recreations’ from Pur Sang of Argentina, yours for 200,000 - 250,000 euros.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Sport Cabriolet 'A': 1,000,000 - 1,500,000 euros
The bulk of the catalogue, though, is more sporting classics from the 50s to the present day. And, as it’s Monaco Historics time, there are several entries sure to appeal to the historic racer: cars such as the 1958 Lotus 15 for 200,000 - 250,000, or the 15,000 - 20,000 euros, 1958 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI Race Car.
On the road car front, not one but TWO Mercedes 300 SLs are listed (a 1954 ‘Gullwing’ for 550,000 - 650,000 euros and a 1957 Roadster for 500,000 - 600,000 euros) as well as examples from just about all les grandes marques.
Ex-Sir Anthony Bamford, 1982 Maserati Khamsin, 15,000 miles from new: 45,000 - 55,000 euros
Ferrari collectors will appreciate any one of the 10 cars catalogued and, among classics such as an ex-Frank Williams 1971 246 GT Dino, for 130,000 - 160,000, there’s a 2011 Ferrari 599 GTO. With only 50 kilometres ‘on the clock’, the massively fast car is competitively estimated at 370,000 - 420,000 euros.
Considered by many to be a ‘better’ car than the DB5, in its very last versions the DB4 carried the covered headlamps and longer boot of the later model. In Monaco, Coys will offer a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage so bodied, for 200,000 - 250,000 euros. The California Sage car is RHD and is, bar a 4-litre motor, a DB5 in all but name.
1971 Renault Alpine A110 1600 Group 4: 65,000 - 75,000 euros
And while those of us in the UK have been unable to buy a new Lancia for many years now, we never forget that in the 1950s and 60s to run a model from the great Torinese manufacturer was almost on a par with ownership of a Maserati or Jaguar. Coys will offer three terrific Lancias in Monaco, headed by the 1957 Aurelia B24 Convertible (180,000 - 210,000 euros) and also including a 1964 Flaminia 2.8 Litre Coupé (18,000 - 20,000 euros and always looking much more than that), plus a quintessentially ‘Monte Carlo Rally’ 1974 Fulvia III 1.3S for 12,000 - 15,000 euros.
Elsewhere in the catalogue, ‘modern classics’ enthusiasts will like the 1990 BMW M 3 Evolution Sport at 14,000 - 20,000 euros, while one of the most attractive, race-proven post-War coupés ever produced can be bought for a mere 37,000 - 45,000 euros… yes, it’s a 1960 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint. And later in the sale Coys will offer a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 Coupé C SS, estimated at 90,000 - 110,000 euros.
Auction: 11:00 AM, Saturday 12 May 2012.
Location: Espace Fontvieille, 5 Avenue des Ligures , 98000 Monaco.