Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco - 10th May 2008 - Preview

Another fat tome from Bonhams arrived this morning, bursting with entries for the annual sale coinciding with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique. A quick riffle through the glossy pages reveals that this is still one of the international sales of the year, with 11 rather special Ferraris jostling for page-space with 10 Mercedes (from 1927 to 1972), six Astons, six Maserati, and a healthy sprinkling of Bentley, Jaguar, Bugatti (EB110 GT and 1932 T55 Super Sport), Porsche (911 road and race) and the rest.

Pictured above is the 275 GTB racer built new in 1964, and displayed at the 1965 New York Auto Show by Luigi Chinetti Motors. Today, this 313bhp Ferrari is an obvious contender for a wide range of historic races and, indeed, in recent years has taken part in the Le Mans Classic, Gentlemen Drivers, and the like. The estimate is EURO 650,00 – 750,000.

Staying on the Italian theme, EURO 350,000 – 400,000 could secure you the 1983 Lancia 037 Group B (ex-Totip team, Miki Biasion) or, moving away from the competition theme, a road-going version of the 037 from the same year (pictured, confusingly, in the pit-lane), which might be yours for as little as EURO 120,000 – 160,000.

1969 Ferrari 365 GTS Spyder - EURO 500,000 - 800,000

1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage Saloon - EURO 140,000 - 150,000

The six Aston Martins on offer range from a ‘mint’ (and no, that doesn’t refer to the green paintwork) 1953 DB2 Vantage, right-hand drive and fully restored; through to a far more affordable 1975 V8 – claimed to be in ‘exceptionally original condition’.

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' Coupé - EURO 345,000 - 380,000

1974 Porsche 911 3.0-Litre Carrera RS Group 3 Coupé - EURO 310,000 - 360,000

Of the 10 Mercedes in the sale, six are from the private collection of an official Dutch dealer – and prime among these is the 1956 ‘Gullwing’. This car has remained in the same ownership since 1979 and, we’re told, has covered just 52,000km from new. The EURO 345,000 – 380,000 estimate seems very realistic.

1967 Jaguar XKSS 3.8-Litre Replica by Lynx - EURO 170,000 - 240,000

1967 Maserati Mistral 4000 Coupé - EURO 60,000 - 80,000

To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE.

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: Bonhams

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