Bonhams will hold its 2011 Les Grandes Marques à Monaco on Friday, May 20th in Monte Carlo, with more than 60 motor cars on offer.
Among the featured consignments is the Ferrari 512 BB / LM Berlinetta driven by Luigi Chinetti’s North American Racing Team in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1981 and 1982.
This particular car, chassis 35527, contested Le Mans twice, in 1981 – when it was driven by Cudini/Morton/Gurdjian, and 1982. During the latter year, this car was running in 3rd place overall until well within sight of the race finish when it developed a transmission problem, which slowed it in the final two hours. The car finally finished in ninth place overall. The Ferrari 512 BB / LM is estimated to sell for €1,250,000 – 1,450,000.
Another highlight of the Bonhams Monaco Auction 2011 is a 1958 2-litre Walker Cooper-Climax Type 45 Formula 1 Racing “interim” single-seater, estimated to sell for €150,000-200,000. Driven by the hugely popular Maurice Trintignant, this car won the 1958 Monaco Grand Prix, receiving a tumultuous reception from Prince Rainier and the French crowd. This car was also driven by Maurice Trintignantwhen he was 82 years old in the Monaco Historic event and he signed it affectionately on the nose.
A 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon is estimated to sell for €145,000 – 175,000. The car belonged to Sir Malcolm Campbell, who broke the World Land Speed record nine times between 1929- 1935. A connoisseur of fine cars, he would have found the specification of the Phantom II particularly appealing as the Phantom II employed an entirely new chassis, inspired by the smaller 20hp Rolls-Royce, as well as a new engine. The Phantom II chassis provided a platform for some of the truly outstanding designs of its day, and was highly favoured by prominent coachbuilders.
• 1976/1983 Ferrari 308GTB Berlinetta Group B Michelotto – Estimate: €450,000 – 550,000
A preview of the Bonhams Les Grandes Marques á Monaco consignments will be held from 10am – 8pm on Thursday, May 19th, followed by the auction on Friday, May 20th from 2:30pm. For more information, visit www.bonhams.com/cars.