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Bonhams & Butterfield at Quail Lodge 18th August 2006 - Preview

Bonhams' Monterey week sale will include a Private Collection. It’s a mix of elegant ‘Grand Routiers’ of the late pre- and early post-war period together with some more modern devastating racing machinery like this 1972-3 Porsche 917/10-015 estimated at $450,000 - 550,000.

As part of the famous ‘Rosso Bianco’ Collection in Germany this car, like many of the other ‘museum’ entries, is in original condition, well maintained but not up to a return to the tracks without considerable preparation and checking – particularly considering its turbocharged flat-12 capable of producing 850 HP...

ex-L&M Carl Haas/Jackie Stewart team, 1971 Lola-Chevrolet T260 - $240,000 - 280,000

Also in this part of the sale are several more ex-CanAm cars such as the ex-L&M Carl Haas/Jackie Stewart team, 1971 Lola-Chevrolet T260 at $240,000 - 280,000, the 1974 AVS Shadow-Chevrolet DN4, $240,000 - 280,000, and the unbelievable (with its horizontal steering wheel) ex-works Don Nichols, AVS Shadow-Chevrolet ‘Lowline’ CanAm Racing Sports Initial Prototype at $100,000 - 140,000.

More conventional historic racing fare is the ex-Terry Drury/Ron Fry/Martin Johnson Targa Florio history, 1968-69 Ford GT40 GT40P/1073 at $700,000 - 900,000 and the ex-Jack Ensley/Pat O’Connor Sebring 12-Hours ‘number 8’, 1956 Jaguar D-Type ‘Shortnose’ XKD553 at $1,800,000 - 2,200,000. Both very original looking cars as is the ex-Brussels Salon/John von Neumann/Phil Hill/ ‘On the Beach’ movie,1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Chassis 0492M at $750,000 - 1,000,000. Truly wonderful cars that deserve to be seen on the track again.

1968-69 Ford GT40 GT40P/1073 - $700,000 - 900,000

1956 Jaguar D-Type ‘Shortnose’ XKD553 - $1,800,000 - 2,200,000

1938 Talbot-Lago ‘Special’ 150 SS Goutte d’Eau Coupé with bodywork by Figoni & Falaschi - ‘Refer Dept.'

1971 Lola-Chevrolet T222 Sports-Racing CanAm Spider - $180,000 - 240,000

The car that may well provide the headliner of Bonhams’ Sale at Quail Lodge comes from the other part of the Private Collection, the elegant French two-seater sports cars of a more stylish age. The ex-Rob Walker, Countess of Strafford, 1938 Talbot-Lago ‘Special’ 150 SS Goutte d’Eau Coupé with bodywork by Figoni & Falaschi is ‘Refer Dept.’ for price but these ‘teardrop’ cars have a habit of going for colossal money during the Monterey auction week (Christie’s 2006 sale; 1937 Talbot Lago T150 C SS Teardrop Coupé for $3,535,000, RM’s 2006 Sale; 1938 Talbot-Lago T150-C Lago Coupé for $3,685,000). There are three other Talbot-Lagos, all T26s, two cabriolets and a 1950 Grand Sport T26 GS Coupé at $350,000 - 400,000.

Of the other lots, there’s the usual variety found at American sales (although Bonhams tend to leave the ‘US muscle’ to home-grown competition) and cars that include a 1929 Duesenberg Convertible Sedan $500,000 - 600,000 (Pre-War ‘Great Gatsby’), a 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series 5 Vantage Saloon $115,000 - 135,000 (classic British) and naturally a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ Coupé (European exotica) at $350,000 - 450,000.

1957 Bentley S1 Continental Sports Saloon - $110,000 - 150,000

1970 Ferrari 365GT 2+2 Berlinetta - $80,000 - 100,000

The Sale will be held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, Carmel, California, on 18 Aug 2006 with Motor Cars starting at 15.30 pm. The Sale commences with over 300 lots of Collectors' Automobilia at 11.00 am.

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Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Bonhams & Butterfields

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