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Bonhams Quail Lodge 2014 – Auction Preview

1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851GT
1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, s/n 3851GT

The Bonhams Quail Lodge 2014 Auction will be held August 14th and August 15th on the grounds of the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley, California. Held in connection with the Quail Motorsport Gathering, the 17th annual Bonhams sale held during Monterey Classic Car Week will feature nearly 120 vehicles.

A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO will headline the 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction. Serial number 3851 GT was built on September 11, 1962, the 19th of 36 250 GTO Berlinettas built. It was delivered new to the leading French racing driver Jo Schlesser, to be co-driven by himself and French ski champion Henri Oreiller in the 1962 Tour de France. The pair finished 2nd overall behind the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta of Andre Simon and Maurice Dupeyron. In 1965 a young Fabrizio Violati bought the aging GTO. For almost 40 more years, Violati enjoyed his Ferrari 250 GTO in classic car and historic racing events – and it became one of the last 250 GTOs to compete regularly right into the 2000s, maintained in Violati’s Maranello Rosso Collection until his death in 2010. Offered at no reserve, the GTO will undoubtedly become the most valuable automobile ever sold at auction when it crosses the block during Monterey Classic Car Week.

In addition to the GTO, Bonhams will also offer another nine of the Maranello Rosso Ferraris at Quail Lodge, all sold without reserve. To accommodate the interest in these cars Bonhams expanded this year’s Quail Lodge sale to add a Thursday, August 14 sale at 5:00pm solely for the Maranello Rosso Ferraris.

  • 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Berlinetta, s/n 0312MM, Ex-Phil Hill, Bill Devin, Count Vittorio Zanon, race winner in its debut meeting, driven by Phil Hill, cover car in ‘Road & Track’ July, 1955, issue
  • 1957 Ferrari 250 GT Pinin Farina Cabriolet Series I s/n 0759, 1957 Turin Salone dell’Automobile show car, Ex-Carlos Kauffman, 23 years in the Collezione Maranello Rosso Museum
  • 1967 Dino 206 GT s/n 00338, Original long-preserved museum-standard car
  • 1968 Ferrari 246 Dino F2/Tasman s/n 0008, Ex-Chris Amon, Brian Redman, ‘Tino’ Brambilla, Graeme Lawrence, Back-to-back Tasman Championship-winning, Ex-Pierre Bardinon Collection, Preserved for the past 34 years in the Collezione Maranello Rosso
  • 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Speciale Aerodinamica s/n 3615, One of four Aerodinamicas on 250 GT SWB chassis, Ex-Frederico Gatta, Robert Solomon
  • 1968 Ferrari 365 GTC s/n 12655, Original paint, furnishing and interior trim, Over thirty years in preservation and museum display
  • 1978 Ferrari 312 T3 Formula One s/n 033, 1978 British Grand Prix winner driven by Carlos Reutemann and 1978 Race of Champions winner driven by Gilles Villeneuve, fresh from 34 years with Violati/Collezione Maranello Rosso
  • 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM s/n 35529, Ex-Maurizio Flammini, Duilio Truffo, Marco Micangeli 1981 and 1984 Le Mans 24-Hours race, Also competed at World Championship level at Monza and Mugello
  • 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona competition specifications s/n 12765, 1970s Competition conversion on production 365GTB/4 Daytona Berlinetta, Offered from 34 years within one ownership

Italian thoroughbreds from the Maranello Rosso Collection will not be the only stars of Bonhams’ seventeenth annual summer auction in Carmel, California. Also assembled for the event are a selection of pre-war sporting and touring cars, headlined by the following:

  • 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Stelvio with coachwork by Gangloff and powered by a supercharged 8-cylinder engine, Only three owners since 1950 (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,300,000)
  • 1912 Speedwell 12-J 50 HP Speed Car, sole surviving Speedwell Speed Car, Formerly part of the collections of James Melton, Winthrop Rockefeller, Dr. Samuel Scher and William “Bill” Harrah (est. $550,000 – $750,000)
  • 1908 Napier Type 23A 7-Seater Touring Car, retains its original chassis and engine and its original coachwork, which has been carefully restored (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,400,000)
  • 1937 BMW 328 Roadster, recipient of a ground-up restoration, Formerly part of the Dr. Frederick A. Simeone Collection (Est. $1,000,000 – $1,200,000)

Further headline consignments at the Friday session of the 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge sale include a 1970 Porsche 908/3 Spyder; 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider; 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe by Oblin, 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra and 1993 Ferrari F40 LM, among others.

  • 1970 Porsche 908/3 Spyder, Ex-works Weissach development and test as tested in 1970 by Paul Frere, Original works transaxle amongst many genuine period parts (Est. $1,800,000 – $2,300,000)
  • 1973 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, Retains original interior and much of the factory paint, Few owners and less than 3,400 miles from new, ex-Mansour Ojjeh, Ferrari Classiche certified (Est. $2,600,000 – $3,200,000)
  • 1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Coupe by Oblin, Numbers matching and documented chain of ownership since new, Brussels Auto Show, 1953 24 Hours of Spa & Liège-Rome-Liège Rally (Est. $1,100,000 – $1,500,000)
  • 1963 Shelby Cobra 289, Fewer than 11,300 miles from new and one owner for over 47 years, Recent mechanical refurbishment, Offered with substantial history file (Est. $1,300,000 – $1,500,000
  • 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7, “First 500” production Carrera, with rare Ducktail-delete option, Matching numbers example, owned by US Air Force officer for 25 years (Est. $800,000 – $1,100,000
  • 1993 Ferrari F40 LM, 18th of 19 F40LMs produced, Never raced, extremely low mileage example (Est. $2,250,000 – $2,750,000

In 2013, Bonhams offered 92 vehicles for sale, with 78 finding a new owner, reflecting a 84.8% sales rate. Total sales volume was $31,186,950, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per vehicle sold was $399,833. Top sale went to the 1931 Bentley 4.5-Litre Supercharged Le Mans Roadster at $4,647,500, followed by the 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Coupe at $2,805,000 and the 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 Roadster at $2,068,000. (See 2013 Bonhams Quail Lodge – Auction Report).

Admission to the 2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge auction comes with purchase of a catalog for $100, which admits two people. Previews for the motorcars and automobilia will take place on Wednesday, August 13th and Thursday, August, 14th from 9:00am – 6:00pm. The Maranello Rosso Collection auction, headlined by the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO, will start at 5:00pm on Thursday, August 14th. The Automobilia sale begins Friday, August 15th at 9:00am and the Motorcars auction will commence at 11:00am. 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 15th.

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