Coys at Essen Techno Classica 29th March 2008 - Preview

Coys has assembled a top-notch list of 50 cars for its forthcoming European sale, held at the Techno Classica exhibition in Essen. One of the highlights is this 1955 300 SL ‘Gullwing’ Mercedes.

The subject of a ‘ground-up’ restoration at the American Kemp Auto Museum, where for many years it had been an exhibit, the red car only returned to Europe last year. These cars have seen a tremendous growth in prices in recent years and you will have to call the auction specialists at Coys for an estimate. It’s not going to be cheap, so for smaller budgets there’s also a similarly styled 1963 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, for 45,000 - 50,000 euros.

1970 Cadillac N.A.R.T. Zagato - Refer Department

1960 Aston Martin DB4 - Euros 180,000 - 200,000

Almost matching the 300 SL for price will be the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spyder. This one is estimated at 300,000 - 350,000 euros and looks very classy in its pale grey paintwork with red leather interior. Another car returning from the States, these Aurelia Spyders are just so elegant, yet can compete in historic rallies and are suitable for long-distance touring. A great car.

Coys always seems to be able to produce a ’73 911 Carrera at its bigger sales and Essen is no exception. Among an entry of several Porsches (that also includes a 1956 356A Speedster at 130,000 - 150,000 euros), the yellow car has had just two owners and, delivered new to Portugal, comes complete with a declaration from Porsche Iberia and Portuguese paperwork. Also on the Zuffenhausen front there’s a 1988 Porsche 959 for 180,000 - 240,000 euros with just 5,300 kilometres from new, and finished in unusual Kiln Red paintwork.

Germany is one of the biggest worldwide markets for Ferrari and there are several examples likely to appeal to the indigenous collector. Taking top billing at 220,000 - 250,000 euros must be the 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, although there is also a 1972 Ferrari 246 Dino GT (100,000 - 150,000 euros) and a red/black leather 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi for 90,000 - 105,000 euros. We like these Boxers and can’t help feeling that despite today’s market tribulations they’re a good bet for long-term ownership.

1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS Touring - Euros 175,000 - 210,000

1963 Facel Vega HK500 - Euros 75,000 - 90,000

On the British front, the sale features a silver (left-hand drive, please note) 1960 Aston Martin DB4 for 180,000 - 200,000 euros and two superb examples of two-door pre-War British coachbuilding: the 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Sedanca Coupé, at 110,000 - 130,000 euros, and the 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental Sedanca Coupe (Refer Department for price).

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short Chassis Continental Sedanca Coupe - Refer Department

1955 Cisitalia 202 Berlinetta - Euros 180,000 - 220,000

1988 Porsche 959 - 5,300 kilometres from new - Euros 180,000 - 240,000

1962 Maserati 3500 GTi - Euros 52,000 - 58,000

Finally, we can’t leave without mentioning the dark blue 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi for 52,000 - 58,000 euros, and the two racing Ducati motorcycles. I don’t quite know what you’d do with them... but 25,000 - 35,000 euros for an ex-Troy Bayliss 2000 Ducati 996 Racing doesn’t seem much for a money-no-object, ex-works World Superbike challenger, albeit, as the catalogue describes it, one that ‘probably served as a spare or training bike during the 2000 season’. Brrm, brrm, I've already got my knee down...

Prior to the motor cars, Coys will be selling 80 lots of automobilia, including a Louis Vuitton - A gentleman's 'Americas Cup' wristwatch, estimated to fetch 750 - 1000 euros.

The Coys Techno Classica Sale will be held at:

Techno Classica Essen
Messe Essen - Essen Exhibition Centre
D - 45131 Essen

Saturday 29th March 2008 at 1pm

Admission by catalogue only - admits two to auction.

To see the complete lotlisting of the COYS sale please click HERE, HERE to see all entries on the Coys website or HERE to see the cars on the Classic Driver car database.

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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