Bonhams will hold its flagship Paris auction on Thursday 2 February 2012 at La Halle Freyssinet in Paris. Over 100 cars and 35 motorcycles, including several French-built cars and three private collections, are to be sold at the auction.
Initially scheduled for 1 February 2012, Bonhams decided to move its sale to Thursday 2 February, after a competitor cancelled its sale on that day. Bonhams believes that the move to Thursday 2 February will facilitate buying opportunities for those attending the car auctions in Paris.
The 2012 Bonhams Paris Sale will be presented as a ‘drive-through’ auction to allow the clientele to see and hear the cars prior to going under the hammer and is to be held at the new venue, La Halle Freyssinet.
The top lot of the auction is a 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT Coupé, which has attracted a pre-sale estimate of €1,100,000 – 1,400,000. Chassis 0142/L is one of only 30 produced with left-hand drive and it was originally shipped to the United States. In recent years, it has been many competitive rallies, including winning the Regularity Class at the 2005 Tour Auto.
Among the top quality French motors is the catalogue cover lot, the 1926 Amilcar C6/CO Voiturette (estimate €460,000 – 540,000), a racing car which has been in the USA since the end of World War II. The car has not been offered in the European market since new.
Another French-built car is the 1935 Delage D8 105 S Streamlined Coupé (estimate €280,000 – 360,000), which is extremely rare as the sole survivor of its type. Fully restored, it has been shown at Concorso d’Eleganza Ville d’Este.
Other important French cars include the 1905 Darracq Flying Fifteen Rear Entrance Tonneau (estimate €175,000 – 205,000); the 1921 Bugatti Type 23 Brescia (estimate €100,000 – 140,000); and the 1911 Delaunay-Belleville HB4 Tourer (estimate £150,000 – 180,000).
In addition, Bonhams Paris Sale 2012 highlights include a range of four Ferrari 250 GT models, such as the 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Coupe (estimate €200,000 – 300,000), which comes from long-term ownership; and the 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Boano ‘low-roof’ Coupe, one of 88 models built between 1955 and 1957 and Mille Miglia eligible.
The sale also features several private collections, including the collection of ‘Mr L’: the 1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I Cabriolet Drophead Coupé in the style of Mulliner (estimate: €135,000 – 175,000); the 1960 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II LWB (estimate: €45,000 – 75,000); and the 1956 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud I standard Saloon (estimate €40,000 – 55,000).