Bonhams Quail Lodge 2013 – Auction Report

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1949 Delahaye 175S Cabriolet Dandy
Lot # 149 1949 Delahaye 175S Cabriolet Dandy, Body by Chapron; S/N 815028; Engine # 815028; Light Terra Cotta, Dark Terra Cotta/Terra Cotta leather; Tan cloth top; Estimate $450,000 – $600,000; Older restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $460,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $506,000 – 4-seat convertible, 3-position top, chrome wire wheels, Cotal pre-selector transmission – Restored in 2004, very good (and uncharacteristically subtle) two-tone paint, exceptional brightwork with minor discoloration to tailpipe and scratches on landau irons, unblemished interior that is slightly baggy in a few spots, well-finished bookend veneers on dash and glovebox door, very good gauges, minimal wear to knobs. Very nearly concours ready even a decade after the restoration – 1 of 50 175S models made, 10 of which were LHD like this. Impressively restored and maybe even more impressively maintained in near concours condition for the last decade. It represents very good value for money with its 3 carb engine to provide performance equal to its style.
1953 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster
Lot # 151 1953 Morgan Plus 4 Roadster; S/N P2710; Black/Maroon; Estimate $30,000 – $40,000; Recent restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $72,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $79,200. No Reserve – Steel wheels, leather seats, dual rear spares, luggage rack, fold-down windshield, flat radiator, driving lights, dip beam light, chrome bumpers, hubcaps, blackwall tires, spotlight – Very good paint with only light surface scratches, brightwork exhibits minor surface corrosion, rear tonneau is taut and unblemished, seats are wrinkled in the right places and show only minor wear, wood dash has a nice satin finish, gauges and knobs in very good condition, pedals look virtually unused. A good medium-distance tour car today, or a detail away from being a presentable show car – It was a clear, sunny day at the Bonhams marquee at Quail Lodge yet somehow a lightning storm snuck in and discharged its bolt of electricity on the consignor of this – very good but not exceptionally gorgeous – Morgan Plus 4. Maybe it was the black/red livery that seemed so perfect for the flat rad’s period shape. The successful bid 1.8 times Bonhams high estimate is startling, but not without parallel in Monterey this week.
1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe
Lot # 154 1966 Porsche 906 Carrera Competition Coupe; S/N 906-007; Engine # 906-153; White, Red nose panel/Red; Estimate $900,000 – $1,000,000; Competition restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $760,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $836,000 – Prototipo leather rim steering wheel, Talbot fender mirror – First delivered in Australia to Alan Hamilton and converted to open configuration for him with which he won the 1967 Australian Championship. Later sold to Richard Wong Wei Hong in Singapore and then to Teddy Yip in Macau. Restored in Germany in 2003 in its original coupe configuration with an FIA roll structure, fuel cells and new suspension parts. Includes the Australian spyder body, replaced parts and a spare block. Restored like new – A superb historic racer presented in essentially factory-new condition with updated safety features to modern historic racing standards, this is a car that will earn itself a place on any historic racing grid and reward its driver with superb performance and dynamics. It isn’t cheap, but it is all the car for the money.
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe, Body by Vignale
Lot # 160 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N 0313 EU; Engine # 0331 EU; Tobacco (Metallic Gray), Eggplant roof/Cream leather; Estimate $2,800,000 – $3,400,000; Recent restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $2,550,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,805,000 – Chrome spoke outside laced Borranis, Pirelli blackwall tires, heater, studded woodrim steering wheel, matching suitcase, Ferrari Classiche certified (with new Classiche-cast block) – 1954 New York Auto Show with unique coachwork by Vignale. Convoluted history but finally restored to its as-built configuration with a correct series engine in late 2011. Very good paint, chrome and interior. A quality restoration to like new standards with meticulous attention to details. Eye-candy – The colors of old Ferraris were wonderful examples of Fifties style and it is gratifying to see one returned to the original color scheme after years of being boring red. This is a highly impressive car to begin with and is impressively and accurately restored. It brought a reasonable price that reflects its performance, rarity, singular history and its dramatic visual effect.
1963 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster
Lot # 161 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster; S/N CSX 2034; Red,/Black leather; Black leatherette top; Estimate $850,000 – $1,100,000; Unrestored original, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,880,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,068,000. – Silver painted wire wheels, three two-barrel intake manifold from Grappone Ford in Concord, NH — Stan Hallinan’s carefully preserved 260 Cobra showing just 4,700 miles on the odometer and just like he bought it in 1964 from the first owner, James Hall, who squandered his license points on speeding tickets. Nearly miraculously unrestored and pristine with sound cosmetics and age looking like it’s a ten year old car. — The bidding went on, and on, and on, and no one would let go until this result finally wore out the underbidder. There may be another one out there like this, but it’s doubtful, so if you want a 4,700 mile all-original Cobra this is the only ticket to the dance. Huge money.
1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly Sports-Racing Car
Lot # 163 1958 Lister-Chevrolet Knobbly Sports-Racing Two-Seater; S/N BHL115; Engine # 3731548(see text); White, Blue Stripes/Black; Estimate $1,500,000 – $2,500,000; Competition car, original as-raced, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,300,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,430,000. – RHD. Full width windscreen, Dunlop centerlock alloy wheels, driver’s head fairing, 283 race prepared Rochester FI engine, 4-speed, top frame, spare tire, side curtains, mufflers, Le Mans 24 Hours headlights — Replacement block filled with the original Chevy Engineering internals of the engine sourced from Momo Corporation and described as a spare for the 1960 Cunningham Le Mans Corvettes. Completely original and unrestored, a fabulous piece of history still bearing, according to Brian Lister in 1992, the marks of the people who built it in 1958. Resurrected from Stan Hallinan’s barn in New Hampshire and just beautiful, if ‘Knobbly’. — This is a somewhat surprising result for a car that will blow D-types into the weeds and is so original and pristine it defies comparison. The new owner should be very proud not only of the car but also of a most advantageous purchase.
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider
Lot # 166 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N AR10103171827; Engine # AR0010229591; Red/Black; Black top; Estimate $55,000 – $75,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $58,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $63,800. No Reserve – AM-FM, 5-speed – 80,707 miles from new, one owner from 1963 until 2010. Mildly serviced and cosmetically addressed since then. Several small dings down both sides of car, faded paint has plenty of surface scratches and discoloration, brightwork is a mix of untouched and refinished items. Seats and carpets are new and hardly used, several buttons and knobs need replacement. A paint job and a box of new parts away from being show quality, or more than good enough as it is to be a superb driver – A solid little car that’s had the attention it needed to keep it in fit mechanical and cosmetic condition, but this result fully values its originality, preservation and known mileage.
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS
Lot # 169 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS, Body by Pininfarina; S/N 7799; Engine # 7799; Yellow/Black; Black top; Estimate $1,100,000 – $1,300,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000 – Borrani wire wheels, FM radio, continuous ownership history, former Brussels Motor Show car – Recently restored, very good paint with minimal surface scratches, exceptional brightwork, good rubber, very clean wheels, new tires, leather upholstery unblemished, wood highly finished, engine bay is very tidy and components look correct. Ready for the show field or for high-level driving events – Sold by RM at Monterey in 2001 for $137,500 with 85,238 km on its odometer. It now displays 40,569 miles (65,269 km), something of a conundrum for figuring out how it’s been treated. The restoration is high quality, however, and it was only cosmetically restored (in the same colors) twelve years ago. This is a reasonable result for a quality car in very good condition.
1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster
Lot # 170 1959 AC Ace Bristol Roadster; S/N BEX1090; Engine # 100D21000; Dark Blue/Black; Black top; Estimate $290,000 – $340,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $260,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $286,000 – Chrome wire wheels, overdrive, heater, oil cooler, competition-style seat belts, tribar headlights, later 100D2 Bristol engine – Excellent paint with minimal surface scratching, unblemished brightwork, near-perfect rubber, flawless wheels, new tires, immaculate interior with no obvious flaws. Simply gorgeous, and one of the best extant – RM Auctions sold this car in Arizona in 2011 for $217,250 so it is no surprise that it brought a bit more today, especially in its better than new and accurately restored condition. The catalog describes it as being driven 4,000 miles since the restoration, including the 2009 Colorado Grand, use that is all but invisible on the car as presented here.

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  1. Roger sent this inquiry to the SCD mailbox: I’ve just enjoyed your latest weekly update. The photos and reporting are excellent. Any reason the headline car from the Bonhams Quail Auction this year was not reported on? It was their top sale lot and significantly contributed to their huge improvement from 2012 total sale results.

    The answer gets to the challenges in covering auctions, particularly five auctions over 11 sessions in a 4-day span. In the case of Bonhams’ sale of Lot 152, the 1931 Bentley 4 1/2 Liter Supercharged LeMans tourer s/n MS3944 for $4,225,000 hammer, $4,647,500 with commission the answer simply is that every time I headed over to write it up, so did prospective buyers. They surrounded the car and it seemed like most of the time were driven off on a test drive. I never got the chance to make appropriate observations and take notes. It was probably the most demonstrated car in the sale (and seemed to run extremely well.)
    However, not having had the chance to get a close look at it long enough to take appropriate notes I chose not to include it in the narrative report.