Bonhams Bond Street 2015 – Auction Report

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1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
Lot # 11 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing; S/N 1980405500810; Engine # 1989805500831; Silver-Grey Metallic/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $1,510,000 – $1,963,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Post-block sale at $1,209,123 plus commission of 12.19%; Final Price $1,356,483. – Polished Rudge centerlock wheels, Becker Mexico radio, fitted luggage. – Replica luggage and repainted but otherwise original with some 44,000 miles from new. Known history from new and carefully preserved. Used by M-B as the centerpiece of their 2001 Goodwood Festival of Speed display. Very good paint, bodywork and panel fits, well preserved original interior. – There is a whole lot to commend this Gullwing to its new owner, not least the modest post-block price it brought for a car with an exceptional history and originality. Given some buyers’ valuation of grime it might have brought more if it had been dirty, but it isn’t, something that grimy Gullwing buyers might keep in mind.
1953 Austin-Healey 100/4-100S Coupe
Lot # 14 1953 Austin-Healey 100/4-100S Coupe; S/N BN1142615; Engine # SPL 226 BN; Red/Magnolia leather; Estimate on request; Visually maintained, largely original, 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $860,700 plus commission of 12.26%; Final Price $966,249. – Silver painted wire wheels, disc brakes, 100S upgrades, driving lights, Lucas tri-bar headlights, Becker Mexico radio, woodrim steering wheel, headers, oil cooler, aluminum head, later gearbox with overdrive. – One of two 100/4 experimental coupes built by Austin-Healey and extensively modified as a test and development car and used by Donald Healey as his personal car until sold in 1962 with only one subsequent owner since 1972. Indifferent paint, sound older interior, repainted underbody over old corrosion. – Aside from the Le Mans race cars this is probably the most significant 4-cylinder Austin-Healey ever offered. One of two factory-built coupes, with attractive coachwork and a reinforced chassis and extra body rigidity, loaded with delicious factory-added upgrades to the engine, gearbox, chassis and brakes, unusually luxuriously appointed and used by Donald Healey for years as his personal 100/4, it also is exceptionally original and complete as it left Healey’s care in 1962. Its originality and patina only add to its appeal and its value is only as determined by the bidders here in London today. A million dollar Austin-Healey? Add up its attributes and it is nothing less than deserved.
1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI Works Rally/Modsports Coupe
Lot # 15 1959 Austin-Healey 3000 MKI Works Rally/Modsports Coupe; S/N HBN71342; Engine # XSP181319HC; Colorado Red, OE White hardtop/Black leather; Estimate $211,400 – $302,000; Competition restoration, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $256,700 plus commission of 12.88%; Final Price $289,769. – RHD. Minilite wheels, hardtop, dual spares, side jack points, represented as the original engine, alloy head, three 45 DCOE Webers. – Factory Rally car, second in the 1959 German Rally driven by Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom, class 2nd in the RAC Rally driven by Jack Sears and Willy Cave with various rally-type mishaps in other events. Later acquired by Northamptonshire Chief Constable John Gott, who died in a crash with this car at Lydden Hill in 1972. Subsequently restored by Arthur Carter but sequestered at the request of Susan Gott (John Gott’s widow). Sound, sharp and carefully restored without being overdone. – Crashed and rebuilt, but that’s hardly the point. This is a milestone in Austin-Healey competition history and a car, albeit with plenty of needs after sitting for decades, that will be a prominent presence in all sorts of vintage racing and particularly rally events. It is not to be ignored or overlooked, even in a time when rally-style Healey replicas are plentiful. This is the real deal and its price is implicit in its history and configuration.
1952 Connaught A-Type Formula 2
Lot # 16 1952 Connaught A-Type Formula 2; S/N AX; Dark Green, Yellow nose band/Tan leather; Estimate $120,800 – $181,200; Non-factory replica, 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $113,250 plus commission of 14.00%; Final Price $129,105. – 1,960cc Lea-Francis 4-cylinder, 145 or so hp, two dual choke carbs, 4-speed pre-selector gearbox, polished alloy wide-four wheels. – Built from the whole cloth but from mostly original Connaught components including the frame and rear suspension by Jack and John Horton. A short wheelbase F2 car ideal for tight circuits or hillclimbs. Denis Jenkinson might call this a ‘Reconstruction’, although the car as-built never existed in the Fifties. FIA Technical Passport. – While not likely to mix it up with F2 Ferraris or Maseratis of the period this Connaught has visual appeal and, reportedly, benign handling that commends it to drivers. Its FIA eligibility is a significant advantage and it is, despite its ‘bitsa’ origins, a sound value at this price for someone seeking a competitive, sleekly-styled, early Fifties formula car to race in historic events.
1948 Jaguar Mark VI 3½ Liter 3-Pos. Drophead Coupe
Lot # 18 1948 Jaguar Mark VI 3½ Liter 3-Pos. Drophead Coupe; S/N 617141; OE White/Red leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $135,900 – $166,100; Older restoration, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $131,370 plus commission of 13.72%; Final Price $149,399. – RHD. Chrome wire wheels, dual Lucas PLG40 fog lights, Lucas P100 headlights, dual windshield post spotlight-mirrors, trafficators, tools, sales brochure, shop manual, service book, Leaping Cat radiator mascot, fender mirrors. – Restored in 1992 and subsequently toured, later converted to unleaded fuel and fitted with a 5-speed Getrag gearbox, engine rebuilt in 2006, new top in 2015. Originally black with pigskin upholstery and dark sand top. Driven since the early 90’s but always maintained and given what it needed, with quality cosmetics and a neat, orderly engine compartment. – One of 184 built and 46 believed surviving 3 1/2 Liter Mark VI Dropheads, the use this car has experienced since its restoration and the attention it has received are a strong endorsement of its quality and the care it has received. It would not have been surprising to see it bring another $20K.
2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica Convertible
Lot # 19 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica Convertible; S/N ZFFGT61B000145743; Engine # 201218; Grigio Nürburgring/Burgundy leather; Estimate $558,700 – $649,300; Unrestored original, 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $822,950 plus commission of 12.28%; Final Price $923,969. – 6-speed, GTC handling package, black instrument panel, interior carbon fiber trim, Schedoni luggage. – Originally Italian-delivered but now with UK instruments and lights. About 17,800 km from new (the odometer was changed from km to miles) and in nearly showroom condition. – The 6-speed fascination continues. The manual gearbox was an afterthought for Ferrari, then firmly focused on precisely controlled paddle shift transmissions, but the 6-speedy commands a premium today. Can the buyers who acquire them use the clunky manual gearbox? Doubtful, but it’s bragging rights, which is all-important to these Ferraris’ values.
1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer
Lot # 21 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Tourer; S/N 12173R; Engine # 12173R; Dark Grey/Blue leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $755,000 – $1,057,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $1,057,000 plus commission of 12.21%; Final Price $1,186,105. – RHD. Beetle back 4-seat Rapide coachwork, helmet fenders, body color wire wheels, outside exhaust headpipes, dip beam light. – One family, George Dodd then his son Barclay, owned from new. Sound old paint and chrome, worn, cracked upholstery with recovered driver’s seat cushion, recent top and frame. A delicious car that is the very definition of patina and a long life in enthusiastic, caring ownership dedicated to experiencing the Lagonda’s performance. – A car valued for its history as much as for its innate rarity (one of only 25 LG45 Rapides built) and performance, this is an epic price, but also an epic automobile. This price is roundly $300K more than Gooding got for the Ron Razek Pebble Beach quality restored Rapide at the Pebble Beach auction in August, a demonstration of the premium brought by this Rapide’s history and originality.