Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 – Auction Report

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1950 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet Atlas, Body by Guillore
Lot # 40 1950 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet Atlas, Body by Guillore; S/N 801636; Engine # 801636; Dark Blue/Dark Blue leather; Dark Blue cloth top; Estimate $250,000 – $350,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $330,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $363,000. With Reserve. RHD. 3558/115hp, three carbs, Cotal pre-selector, Marchal headlights and fog lights, dual mirrors, dark blue cloth boot cover, painted centerlock wire wheels, Firestone wide whitewalls, bench seat, wood dash and window trim, dash clock, radio. – One of five four-seater examples and believed to be the only remaining Atlas Cabriolet. Restored in the late 1990s after spending most of its life in France. Owned for a while by Philippe Looten, founder of the Delahaye Club. Displayed at Pebble Beach in 2011, numbers matching engine rebuilt in 2012. Some light scratches on the front bumper. Very good paint. Wheels are a bit grimy. Very good top. Heavily worn and cracking upholstery but exquisite interior wood. A slightly older concours car, but a sound 135M with rare Guillore coachwork. – Offered by Bonhams at Scottsdale in 2014 with a reported high bid of $450,000 against a towering $500-650,000 estimate range. Its result here is more reasonable, as is the estimate range, which is instructive of the value of setting a realistic reserve and estimate that attracts the attention of bidders.
1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, Body by Pinin Farina
Lot # 44 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24S Spider America, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N B24S1138; Engine # B241198; Black/Green; Black cloth top; Estimate $1,800,000 – $2,400,000; Recent restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $1,775,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,952,500. With Reserve. Floor shift, hubcaps, trim rings, beige painted wheels, Michelin X tires, Nardi dual carb intake. – Raced when new in the 1955 Torrey Pines Six Hours by Lou Brero and Robert Gillespie where they finished 6th overall. Freshly restored by Tony Nicosia with excellent paint, chrome and interior. Like new engine compartment, underbody and chassis. Fresh, sharp and beautiful. – An exceptional car in meticulously freshly restored condition with an intriguing early California racing history. The Spider America is the most desirable and rare of all road-going Lancias and a car that has frequently shown its ability to challenge far more expensive and exotic sports cars. This is probably the best in the world, done to perfection without being overdone and deserves every penny of the healthy price paid for it.
1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet, Body by Reutter
Lot # 47 1955 Porsche 356 Continental Cabriolet, Body by Reutter; S/N 60771; Engine # P35786; Black/Dark Green leather; Black top; Estimate $275,000 – $325,000; 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $270,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $297,000. With Reserve. 1286/55hp, dual Solex carbs, steel wheels with hub caps, whitewalls, black cloth boot cover, Telefunken pushbutton radio. – One of 228 Continental Cabriolets built. Very good paint. Very clean engine bay. Slightly dull older chrome. Very good, lightly worn upholstery. Restoration completed in 2005 then got another round of cosmetic and mechanical attention in 2009. Fitted with a non-original engine. Showing a bit of age, but still presentable. – The Continental was a one-year-only trim package that got buyers in the North American market nothing more than a few gold badges that said “Continental”. Ford quickly pressured Porsche into abandoning that word, so now Continentals are an interesting footnote for pre-A 356s. Even with the rarity of this car, the result here was ample for a good but admittedly older restoration.
1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible Brougham
Lot # 51 1950 Hudson Commodore Convertible Brougham; S/N 50278280; White, Copper/Burgundy vinyl; Beige top; Estimate $40,000 – $50,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 3- condition; Hammered Sold at $65,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $71,500. No Reserve. 308/170hp, Twin H intake, 3-speed, hub caps and trim rings, Coker Classic whitewalls, rear fender skirts, hood ornament, Unity spotlight, windshield sun visor, burgundy vinyl boot cover, bench seat, column shift, dash clock, radio. – Larger than original engine. An ex-Steve McQueen car that’s largely original. Faded paint with several chips on the nose and hood. Dented passenger side chrome rocker trim. Slightly dirty but complete engine bay. Good but visibly worn interior. Could still be described as having “charming patina” and the McQueen connection is a proven moneymaker. – Sold for $42,900 by RM in Arizona in 2009, fresh out of storage. This car has needs and needs, but the McQueen factor prevailed. Sold well past the high estimate, and for what surely must be a record for one in this condition.
1922 Bugatti Type 29/30 Oval Tank Racer
Lot # 52 1922 Bugatti Type 29/30 Oval Tank Racer; S/N 4008; Black/Black leather; Estimate $950,000 – $1,200,000; Older restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $950,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,045,000. With Reserve. 1,991/50hp sohc inline eight, dual Zenith carbs, 4-speed, oval tank, rear-mounted spare, clock, hydraulic 4-wheel brakes. – regarded as the oldest surviving Bugatti 8-cylinder competition car, restored in recent years with a re-creation of the original 2-seat body. An honest old car in sound, usable and presentable condition presented in meticulously patinated condition. – Offered by Christie’s in Paris in 2002 with the torpedo coachwork built for Uwe Hucke but unsold on the block. Its history and stature are sufficient to set it far apart from most contemporaries. If this is what the bidders thought it was worth, so be it, but they could have considered it to be worth much more and there would still be no argument with their conclusion. Unlike recent supercars, the early Bugatti race car market is rarely subject to fad and show-off transactions, instead being populated by informed collectors with experience and patience.
1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe
Lot # 55 1959 Mercedes-Benz 220S Coupe; S/N 180037119509647; Engine # 180924119502539; Ivory/Beige leather; Estimate $70,000 – $90,000; Older restoration, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $62,500 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $68,750. No Reserve. Column shift 4-speed, dual Solex carbs, wheel covers, whitewalls, locking filler cap, wood dash and window trim, dash clock, Becker Europa radio. – Discoloration and grease marks on the driver seat, but otherwise very good interior. Paint drip on the passenger door but otherwise very good paint. Tidy engine bay and undercarriage. A 1990s restoration that has reportedly been driven just 1,000 miles since, but it shows its age. – Sold by Mecum in Kansas City in December 2012 for $64,660, then by RM from Don Davis’s collection in April 2013 for $77,000. In all cases this M-B brought a top price for an imperfect car. 2220Ss have been in the spotlight lately, but the truth is that post-war Mercedes-Benzes of all types have been moving up in price. At this amount, at least for the moment, there isn’t any room left to fix some of the cosmetics.
1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti
Lot # 56 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Interim Berlinetta, Body by Scaglietti; S/N 1519GT; Engine # 1519GT; Red, White stripe/Beige leather; Estimate $9,000,000 – $12,000,000; Competition restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $7,750,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $8,525,000. With Reserve. Chrome spoke Borrani RW3526 wire wheels, Pirelli Cinturato HS-367 tires, Marchal head and fog lights, Ferrari Classiche certified. – Originally delivered to Jean-Pierre Schild, third overall in the 1959 Tour de France. Updated thereafter with Dunlop disc brakes and sold to the U.S. where it was raced for John Bunch by Dean McCarthy in SCCA. Stored many years by the next two owners after the engine was removed by Bob Grossman and eventually reunited with its original engine (but not the gearbox.) Restored in 2014 and shown over the next two years with many awards. Excellent paint, chrome and interior. Underbody has been restored like new and now shows a little use consistent with the 559 miles on the odometer. – A significant example of the unusual transitional Interim Berlinetta style between the TdF and subsequent SWB Berlinetta, with some good early competition history in Europe and the U.S. Arguably more significant (if longer) than an SWB and bought at a 30% discount from SWB values, this ranks as a realistic but perhaps underappreciated value.
1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, Body by Vignale
Lot # 65 1951 Ferrari 212 Inter Cabriolet, Body by Vignale; S/N 0159EL; Engine # 0159E; Rosso Bordeaux/Beige leather; Beige cloth top; Estimate $2,400,000 – $2,800,000; Older restoration, 1- condition; Hammered Sold at $2,000,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $2,200,000. With Reserve. RHD. Chrome spoke Borrani wire wheels, Dunlop Road Speed tires, turn signals, luggage, Marchal headlights, Ferrari Classiche certified. Engine internal number 72. – Excellent paint, chrome and interior. A concours restoration with a little age but almost no use. Known history from new, restored in 2014, second in class to the eventual Best in Show winning Ferrari 375MM at Pebble Beach in 2014. – Any road-driven open Ferrari of this era is a real find but Vignale’s voluptuous coachwork makes it even more desirable. This transaction reflects a meaningful, but perhaps modest, premium over coupe and berlinetta 212 Inters.