Bonhams at Quail Lodge - 14 August 2009 - Preview

Bonhams will hold its traditional Monterey-week sale at the Quail Lodge golf course and resort. The big-ticket item is the well-publicised pre-War Auto Union. In addition to this, the 100+ lot catalogue is packed with quality entries.

Bonhams has now put a price on the iconic 1930s German racing car ($8,000,000 - 10,000,000) and there can be few people on the planet who do not know it’s for sale. If it sells, if, the fabulous 3-litre V12 that we covered in detail some months ago will be the sensation of this year’s Monterey week.

Bonhams did well with the ‘restoration’ Type 57S Bugatti at Rétromobile this year. The 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Coupé with supercharger in the Quail sale is ‘Refer Dept.’ for price but is most definitely a ‘runner’ (as well as a Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance class winner).



1964 Porsche 356C Convertible - $50,000 - 75,000


1981 BMW M1 Coupé - $100,000 - 140,000

Looking down the lotlist, all the usual suspects ('Daytona', 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ and Roadster, Dino, XK120 Alloy Roadster, etc.) are present and other notable entries include a 1962 Ferrari 400 Superamerica Series I Aerodinamico ($1,250,000 - 1,500,000), a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle COPO Don Yenko ($250,000 - 275,000) and the ex-Jim Busby-Beverly Porsche and Audi, 1975 Porsche 3-litre RSR estimated at $425,000 - 495,000.



c.1931 Bentley 4½ Litre ‘Birkin Style’ Tourer with original supercharger - $900,000 - 1,000,000


1952 SIATA 208CS Berlinetta, raced in 1952 Mille Miglia by Tullini / L. Rossi - $1,600,000 - 1,900,000

There are also several cars once owned by celebrities, including Lot 229 Formerly the property of Al Capone and 'The Outfit' — the Chicago Mob, 1930 Cadillac Series 452 V-16 Armoured Imperial. $250,000 - 300,000 is the estimate, and I don’t think the IRS is still pursuing the money...



1937 Bugatti Type 57S Coupé with supercharger - 'Refer Dept.'


1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Coupé 'Bumblebee' - $1,000,000 - 1,300,000


1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupé - $500,000 - 600,000


1966 Porsche 911S GT Competition - $150,000 - 225,000

Prior to the motor cars, Bonhams will sell a variety of automobilia. This includes a selection of car mascots and Lot 103 A 1985 Porsche Type 935/82 flat-six engine for Group C Racing Porsche 956 Coupé, estimated at $70,000 - 90,000.

Please CLICK HERE to see the full lotlist for the 2009 Quail Lodge sale.

The sale will be held at the Bonhams & Butterfields pavilion at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club, 8205 Valley Greens Drive, Carmel, CA 93932.

Automobilia will commence at 10:00 in the pavilion and Motor Cars at 13:00, in the pavilion.

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Bonhams


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