The Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction 2012 will be held August 16-17 at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California. Bonhams’ two-day sale, held annually during Monterey Classic Car Week, moves to a new, larger and much more accommodating venue on the existing Quail Lodge grounds.

The 15th annual Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, held in connection with The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, will feature approximately 150 cars and motorcycles, highlighted by the 1997 McLaren F1 GTR; 1966 Ford GT40; 1895 Buffum 4-Cylinder Stanhope; 1950 Cisitalia Abarth 204; 1966 Lola T70 Mk II; 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Comp Spyder; among others.

The McLaren F1 GTR at the 2012 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction, chassis 028R, is the 28th McLaren F1 GTR produced by the British McLaren Cars factory in Woking, Surrey, the last of that final year’s batch of only ten highly developed ‘Longtail’ cars. These competition coupes were the ultimate development of McLaren’s entire Le Mans-winning F1 GTR family. Chassis 028R is painted in Gulf Oil’s legendary pale-blue and orange team livery, similar to the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917K of an earlier era.

“We are delighted to have been appointed by an international collector to represent this breathtaking piece of competition machinery,” says Mark Osborne, Head of Motoring at Bonhams. “Racing legends like the McLaren F1 GTR rarely if ever appear at auction and Bonhams’ appointment speaks volumes about our leadership in this sector of the market.”

In 2011, Bonhams offered 129 vehicles for sale, with 62 finding a new owner, reflecting an 48% sales rate. Total sales volume was $10,211,765, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per vehicle sold was $164,706. Top sale went to a 1957 BMW 507 Roadster that brought $1,002,500, followed by the 1966 Porsche Type 906 Carrera Competition Coupe at $898,000. (See 2011 Bonhams Quail Lodge – Auction Report).

Admission to the 2012 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction comes with purchase of a catalog for $80, which admits two people. Previews for the motorcars and automobilia will take place on Wednesday, August 15th and Thursday, August, 16th from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The Automobilia sale begin Thursday, August 16th at 11:00am, the Motorcycles start Thursday at 2pm and the Motorcars auction will commence Friday, August 17th at 11am. Please note that entry to Bonhams’ previews and auctions does not require a ticket to The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, which is a separate event held by Quail Lodge on Friday, August 17th.

For more information, visit www.bonhams.com/quail or phone +1-415-391-4000.

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction 2012 – Preview

1997 McLaren F1 GTR Longtail
1997 McLaren F1 GTR – Estimate Unavailable. Chassis 028R contested FIA GT Championship 4-hour races at the Nurburgring, Spa-Francorchamps, Austria’s A1-Ring, Donington Park and Mugello, plus the Sebring and Laguna Seca 3-hours events and the Suzuka 1,000 kms; finished sixth at Suzuka and Laguna Seca, seventh at Donington and tenth at Sebring; first time ever offered publicly; final, ultimate F1 GTR.
NART Ferrari 365 GTB-4 Daytona Competition Spider
1972/75 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Competizione Spyder – Estimate $1,900,000-$2,400,000. Chassis 15965; Alloy coachwork by Michelotti; one of five Chinetti NART conversions; official entrant in the 1975 24 Hours of Le Mans; participated in Monterey Historic Races, Ferrari Historic Challenge, and, more recently, in Le Mans Classic by Vanina Ickx, daughter of legend Jacky Ickx. (Watch Ferrari Daytona Comp Video).
1950 Cisitalia Abarth 204 for sale
1950 Cisitalia Abarth 204 – Estimate $500,000-$600,000. Restored by Tillack & Co.; eligible for many events.
1895 Buffum 4-Cylinder Stanhope for sale
1895 Buffum 4-Cylinder Stanhope – Estimate $250,000-$350,000. First Buffum automobile produced; oldest four-cylinder car in the world; oldest American car ever offered at auction; oldest gasoline-powered American car in private ownership; displayed for decades at the Princeton Auto Museum in Massachusetts; survives largely in original condition.
1966 Lola T70 MkII GT Coupe
1966 Lola T70 MkII GT Coupe – Estimate $300,000-$400,000. Chassis SL71/39; originally a spider body; restoration in 2004 included converting to Mk.3B coupe specifications.
1941 Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon for sale
1941 Tatra T87 Aerodynamic Saloon – Estimate $160,000-$200,000. Offered from the Martin Swig Collection; powered by a rear-mounted 2.9-liter magnesium alloy, air-cooled overhead-cam V8 producing 85 horsepower; fery few Tatras have ever made it to the United States and there an estimated ten T87s in the country today – an example can be found in the Jay Leno and Peter Mullin Collections.
1966 Ford GT40 for sale
1966 Ford GT40 – Estimate $2,000,000-$3,000,000. Chassis P1033 was raced by Georges Filipinetti, Jaime Ortiz Patino and Dominique Martin, in the Monza 1000 Kms, Paris 1000 Kms, Hockenheim 300 Miles and Buenos Aires 200 Miles; ex-Geneva Auto Show Car; fully authenticated by Ronnie Spain; offered from the Tom Armstrong Collection.
1958 Porsche 356A Speedster for sale
1958 Porsche 356A Speedster – Estimate $240,000-$270,000. US delivered, matching numbers Speedster; offered from long-term ownership.
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon for sale
1967 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon – Estimate $300,000-$375,000. Original left hand drive and factory air-conditioning; timewarp two-owner car from new; shows 46,430 original miles.
1977 Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette for sale
1977 Greenwood Chevrolet Corvette – Estimate $350,000-$450,000. From the Tom Armstrong Collection; Greenwood customer car; two-time 12 Hours of Sebring participant.

[Source: Bonhams]