Coys at Essen Techno Classica 10 April 2010 - Preview
1967 Iso Grifo 350 Series 1 - 115,000 - 130,000 euros
Coys has assembled a 57-car entry for its forthcoming German sale, to be held at the famous Techno Classica show in Essen. No less than TWO Iso Grifos are catalogued, with this 1967 Series 1 car estimated at 115,000 - 130,000 euros.
This beautifully presented GT – resplendent in its original colour scheme of Argento Indianapolis with Cognac leather – was delivered new on 6 March 1967, via Auto Becker of Düsseldorf, to the Melitta coffee company. As many Classic Driver readers will know, the Iso Grifo carried Giugiaro-designed, Bertone bodywork on a chassis created by the man behind the Ferrari 250 GTO: Giotto Bizzarrini.
1971 Lamborghini Jarama - 40,000 - 60,000 euros
1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur - LHD - 'Refer Dept'.
Power was via a 365bhp, 5.3-litre Chevrolet V8, the whole ensemble being a road-going, more discreet version of the Bizzarrini racing GT cars. Stars favouring Iso Grifos included footballer George Best – it was a genuine alternative to a Ferrari, or perhaps a more appropriate comparison would be Maserati. The other Grifo at Essen is a 1973 car, originally delivered to America. It’s estimated similarly, at 110,000 - 140,000 euros.
Enthusiasts for ‘alternative’ Italian GTs will also appreciate the 1971 Lamborghini Jarama (40,000 - 60,000 euros). Meanwhile, more traditional ‘old-school’ Italian style is represented by the classy 1960 Lancia Flaminia GT by Touring, reasonably priced at 25,000 - 30,000 euros, and the superb ‘double-bubble’ 1961 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato (130,000 - 160,000 euros).
1961 Lancia Flaminia Sport Zagato - 130,000 - 160,000 euros
1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS - 170,000 - 200,000 euros
A Coys Essen sale wouldn’t be complete without a ’73 Porsche 911 Carrera RS and 2010 is no exception. This year’s white/blue, M427-specification, matching numbers car carries an estimate of 170,000 - 200,000 euros. There’s also an incredibly rare 1972 Porsche 916 - one of 11 original works prototypes intended to combine a six-cylinder 911 engine with a proper ‘hard top’, all-steel-roofed 914 bodyshell.
Do have a look at Coys’ website as it shows the ‘groovy baby!’ psychedelic interior of the car. ‘Refer Dept.’ on price for this one.
Back to Italy, and Ferrari is represented by three interesting entries. We’ve always hankered after an early 308 and the 1976 Vetroresina (glassfibre) entry seems worth a look at 35,000 - 40,000 euros. The Giallo Fly yellow 1972 246 Dino GT (110,000 - 130,000 euros) makes a change from ‘retail red’, while 1960s, 12-cylinder Ferraris don’t come more competitively priced than the silver, ex-Geneva show 1965 330GT 2+2 for 55,000 - 70,000 euros.
1936 Horch 853 Cabriolet - 'Refer Dept.'
1957 Mercedes-Benz 190SL - 60,000 - 70,000 euros
Of the older cars, there’s a pre-WWI 1912 Delauney-Belleville HB6 and a wonderful, late-1930s Horch, the 1936 853 Cabriolet. Both cars are ‘Refer Dept.’
Of the many Mercedes in the Essen sale, we can highlight the 1950 170S Cabriolet (65,000 – 85,000 euros), the 1958 220 S Cabriolet (55,000 - 65,000 euros) and the 1964 ‘Grosser’ 600 for 70,000 - 90,000 euros.
1957 AC Aceca - 58,000 - 65,000 euros
1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GT - 110,000 - 130,000 euros
Finally, among all this home-grown and Italian exotica, several British cars have made it to Essen. These include a left-hand drive 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur (‘Refer Dept.’), a 1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixed-head Coupé (35,000 - 40,000 euros - we like these) and a 1957 AC Aceca for 58,000 - 65,000. The latter, left-hand drive coupé is an attractive, more reasonably priced alternative to an Aston DB2.
The Coys Techno Classica sale will be held at:
MESSE ESSEN GmbH
Saturday 10 April 2010
Admission by catalogue only - admits two to auction.
To see the complete lotlist of the Coys Techno Classica 2010 sale, please click HERE.
To find out more about Coys auctions and showroom sales, please read the Classic Driver Profile.
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Text - Steve Wakefield
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