Coys at Monaco 20th May 2006 - Preview

‘Pushing the boat out’ at Monaco might not be the most apt description of Coys forthcoming sale, but the catalogue is filled to the brim with cars very much suited to life on the Côte d’Azur or on the racetrack for the Grand Prix Historique. Entries such as this ex-1956 Mille Miglia Maserati 150 S Barchetta.

‘Refer Department’ for estimate, this is a car that the catalogue describes as ‘eligible for the Mille Miglia, the Targa Florio and any other historic event one can think of’. It had in fact appeared in not one but two Mille Miglias in period, carrying number 418 in 1956 and 402 in 1957. And if that doesn’t appeal, Coys have another couple of 1950s Italian sports racers (both ‘Refer Department’ for price I’m afraid) in the 1955 OSCA MT4 Barchetta, and 1950 Ferrari 166M. The latter is another ex-MM car (it also finished 2nd overall in the 1950 Targa Florio, winning its class) and highly eligible for a modern events.

1955 OSCA MT4 Barchetta - Refer Dept.

1950 Ferrari 166M - Refer Dept.

From the sublime 2-litre, single carb early post-war Ferrari V12 to the massively powerful, tarmac-shredding twin-turbocharged 1971 Porsche 917-10, the BOSCH ‘Yellow Car’. In the early ‘70s the Porsche 917 was quite simply the fastest racing car in Europe, just yielding to Can-Am McLarens in the outright lap stakes.

The addition of turbochargers for the 1972 season meant the German car could compete in North America and duly annihilated the opposition. This car was run by Willi Kauhsen in the US and Europe at the time and is offered from his collection - a genuine one-owner car when it left the factory’s early jurisdiction. A fabulous car and one no doubt deserving a fabulous price - we’ll see what happens on the day.

Shift the time back 35 years or so and there’s another German car of immense power and presence – the 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet C. Producing 180 bhp from its supercharged straight eight engine, the two-door ‘C’ model, with two side windows but four full seats is one of the enduring images of 1930s motoring. The example Coys are selling is none other than the car that was gifted to King Farouk I of Egypt in 1938 on the occasion of his wedding by Adolf Hitler. An unpleasant connection perhaps but in the provenance stakes, beat that! The car has been painstakingly restored and is clearly one of the best of the very best.

1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS - EURO 275,000 - 350,000

1972 De Tomaso Pantera Gruppo 3 - EURO 105,000 - 120,000

1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona - EURO 180,000 - 200,000

1974 Restored by Kienle Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon - EURO 115,000-130,000

‘Refer Department’ entries apart, the 80-odd car catalogue ticks all the Monaco boxes with lots such as a 1983 Rolls-Royce Corniche Convertible, EURO 52,000-58,000, a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, EURO 180,000 - 200,000 and a 1972 De Tomaso Pantera Gruppo 3, with FiA Papers, EURO 105,000 - 120,000.

Coys have always been strong on Pre-War cars and if the you miss out on the 540K Mercedes there’s always the 1938 Horch 853 Cabriolet at EURO 325,000-375,000, another wonderful German luxury car, as is the 1974 Restored by Kienle Mercedes Benz 600 Saloon at EURO 115,000-130,000 complete in its ‘Federal Black’ immaculate paintwork.

Finally, there aren’t many cars that encapsulate the Monaco lifestyle better than a Lamborghini Miura and Coys have 1967 P400, with many components upgraded to SV specification. It’s estimated at EURO 250,000-270,000.

1984 Ferrari 288 GTO - EURO 350,000-380,000

1968 Chevrolet Camaro RS - EURO 85,000-100,000

The Sale will take place at the Espace Fontveille on Saturday 20th May with Automobilia & Collectors’ Items commencing at 13.00, the Motor Cars at 15.00.

To see the complete lotlisting please click HERE or CLICK HERE to see all entries on the Coys website.

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Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Coys

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