A glance at Bonhams’ Les Grand Marques À Monaco sale
Headlining the sale is the ex-Ecurie Francorchamps Jaguar C-type (XKC 011) that was revealed by the Bond Street auction house way back in November. Though its history is perhaps not as stellar as originally believed, the C-type is wonderfully original, and has resided in the same family ownership for the last 53 years. It’s estimated to fetch 4-5m euros.
Other cars at the sharp end of the 51-lot catalogue include the first Aston Martin One-77 to ever come to auction (est. 1.75-2.25m euros), a one-owner Ferrari 288 GTO (1.3-1.7m euros), and the ex-Glen Kidston 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix. Its current custodian, a Bugatti connoisseur, has owned the car since 1964, during which time its travelled around the world on various rallies and events. The estimate is 1.1-1.4m euros.
It was in the 1991 Benetton-Ford B191/191B (est. 220,000-280,000 euros) that Michael Schumacher scored his first podium finish at the Mexican Grand Prix, and the three-times Formula 1 World Champion Nelson Piquet completed his final race. In terms of unbridled beauty, we think the matching-numbers Alpine A110 (80,000-120,000 euros) ranks very highly in the catalogue, while the 1989 BMW Z1 (35,000-55,000 euros) may well be the perfect coastal runabout. You can find the full catalogue for Bonhams’ Monaco sale, taking place on 13 May at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte-Carlo, listed in the Classic Driver Market.