The Bonhams Greenwich 2015 auction was held Sunday, May 31st at the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance in Connecticut, resulting in $7,710,262 in total sales and an 89 percent sell-through rate.
Held at the waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Bonhams’ 8th annual sale featured more than 90 automobiles and a wide-ranging selection of automobilia. Despite torrential rain over the weekend in Greenwich, the sale was well-attended and saw record prices made for several notable models.
“We are very pleased with the results,” said Rupert Banner, Director of Business Development for Bonhams Motoring Department. “Our sale proved once again that good quality offerings will always attract buyers and that the collector car market is strong and well.”
The top result at Bonhams’ 2015 Greenwich auction went to the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Stelvio Cabriolet, which achieved a new world auction record for a Stelvio when it sold for $1,595,000. Another European car from the same year, the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 320 Long Wheel-Base Kombination Roadster, also set a new world auction record for the model when it was bought by a private American collector for $825,000.
Demonstrating the rising interest and values for Porsches, the selection of models offered by Bonhams brought strong prices. A 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring made $594,000, while a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera Targa 2.7 achieved a new model record at $85,250.
The British sports cars from the Geoffrey Howard Collection were 100 percent sold with the SS ‘project’ models taking the spotlight. The 1938 Jaguar SS100 2.5 Liter Roadster sold for $231,000 while its predecessor, the 1935 SS90 Roadster, made $214,500.
Other results included the 1939 Delahaye 135M Competition Cabriolet Coupe that was bought for $297,000, the 1930 Packard Twelve 1709 Convertible Sedan that was sold for $160,600 and a 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL Roadster that made $155,100.