Bonhams Quail Lodge 2015 – Auction Report

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1987 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe
Lot # 72 1987 Porsche 959 Komfort Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ95ZHS900125; Engine # 65H00117; Red/Black leather; Estimate $1,000,000 – $1,250,000; Unrestored original, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $1,325,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $1,457,500. With Reserve. Upgraded 576hp engine, Black Denloc alloy wheels, wide rear tires, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, Eclipse CD changer MP3 stereo. – Very good paint and interior. Odometer shows 4,867 believable miles even as the car shows nearly no wear or use. Maintained and upgraded by Canepa Design. California emission compliant. – One of three 959s in the Monterey auctions this week, selling in the middle of the trio at a representative 959 price.
1955 Jaguar XK 140MC Roadster
Lot # 73 1955 Jaguar XK 140MC Roadster; S/N 5811630DN; Engine # G48708S; Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $100,000 – $125,000; Cosmetic restoration, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $100,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $110,000. With Reserve. Overdrive 4-speed, C-Type head, aluminum radiator with electric fan, chrome centerlock wire wheels, Lester blackwalls, dual wing mirrors, side curtains, Moto Lita woodrim steering wheel, JDHT certificate. – From the Tony Hart collection. Very good paint, chrome, interior and engine bay but none of it was done yesterday. Cosmetically restored some time in the last 15 years and mechanically redone in 2007. A slightly older restoration of an ideally equipped 140 that hasn’t accumulated many real flaws. – This XK 140MC has a lot going for it, not least that it can be driven without losing sleep of bug smash or some sand pits. It is a sound and usable car at a sound and reassuring price.
1965 Lotus Cortina Mk I Coupe
Lot # 74 1965 Lotus Cortina Mk I Coupe; S/N BA74EK59800; White, Green/Black vinyl; Estimate $75,000 – $100,000; Older restoration, 3 condition; Hammered Sold at $70,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $77,000. With Reserve. 1558/180hp, dual Weber 40DCOEs, Pertronix ignition, 4-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, Sumitomo tires. – From the Tony Hart Collection. Dull original paint and chrome with light scratches and scuffs all over the faded bodywork. Weakest point is the trunk, which as crazing as well. Bumpers are dull and pitted. Brightwork is original and tired. Window molding is cracking. Bad masking on the green coves that were done at some point. Very good new seats and otherwise well kept original interior. Mechanically rebuilt in 2011, so the engine bay looks very good and the underbody is tidy and free of rust. It’s an original California car on top and redone underneath. – Bought here in 2011 for $42,120 in pretty tired and neglected condition showing 4,842 miles against the 5,696 on the odometer today. A fair amount was spent where it did the most good, under the hood, on the suspension, driveline and brakes as well as reupholstering the duct taped interior. It is a much better car today than it was then and is as good as the price it brought.
1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Roadster
Lot # 80 1956 Lotus Eleven Le Mans Roadster; S/N MK11210; Engine # FWA40096968; British Racing Green, Yellow/Maroon; Estimate $325,000 – $425,000; Competition restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $190,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $209,000. With Reserve. RHD. Braced rollbar, wraparound windscreen, covered Lucas head and driving lights, 5-point belts, painted wire wheels. – A ‘wide-chassis’ Eleven built for international regulations but with no known early racing history despite extended but balanced conjecture in the catalog. Good paint and interior. Restored like new, then carefully raced. – An historic Lotus Eleven, with most of its original body panels and carefully restored by Steve Hart in the U.K. to high quality historic racing condition. It would be nice if it could be confirmed to be the 1100cc class 1956 Le Mans winner. The pre-sale estimate is skewed toward the inference that it is, but the bidder resisted the temptation to make assumptions and instead placed a realistic price on a rare racing Lotus.
1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, Body by Pinin Farina
Lot # 81 1962 Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2, Body by Pinin Farina; S/N 4001GT; Engine # 4001GT; Dark Blue/Brown leather; Estimate $400,000 – $450,000; Visually maintained, largely original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $335,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $368,500. With Reserve. Hitachi AM-FM, chrome spoke Borranis, Michelin XWX tires, Crane XP700 ignition module. Internal # 654/62E. – Poor old paint abundantly flawed and edge chipped. Poor chrome. Stretched upholstery. Reportedly has $80K in receipts for recent engine, suspension and gearbox work but is in desperate need of paint and a caring home. – This is a project, even with the recent mechanical work, that is daunting in its extent and will take a bazillion dollars to be the equal of the fantastically expensive (but unbelievably meticulously restored) 2651GT sold by Gooding this week for $797,500. This result may be under the low estimate, but it is still thoroughly optimistic.
1967 Maserati Mexico Coupe, Body by Vignale
Lot # 82 1967 Maserati Mexico Coupe, Body by Vignale; S/N AM112106; Engine # AM112106; Red/Brown leather; Estimate $100,000 – $140,000; 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $115,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $126,500. No Reserve. 4.2 liter V-8, four Webers, 286hp, ZF 5-speed, electronic ignition, Borrani centerlock alloy wheels, Pirelli tires, dual fuel tanks, locking filler caps, woodrim steering wheel, wood dash, wood shift knob, Smiths dash clock, power windows, Becker Mexico TR radio. – One of 480 Mexicos built. Maserati Classiche certified. Very good paint and chrome. Very clean original engine bay and underbody. Lightly worn and visibly aged upholstery but a very well kept original interior. Other than the upholstery, cracking wood in the shift knob is the only real flaw. Recently repainted and serviced. A mostly original and well maintained car with 50,891 km on the odometer. A rare, neat example of one of Maserati’s more conservatively styled and less coveted big cars. – Mexicos are seldom seen and seldom for sale, so this car brought a very strong result from a buyer who really wanted one.
1967 Porsche 912 Coupe, Body by Karmann
Lot # 87 1967 Porsche 912 Coupe, Body by Karmann; S/N 460304; Engine # 752400; Polo Red, Black script/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $70,000; Cosmetic restoration, 3+ condition; Hammered Sold at $50,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $55,000. No Reserve. 1582/90hp, 5-speed, steel wheels with hub caps, all season tires, tinted glass, Blaupunkt AM/FM radio. – Good, sound older paint. Dull original brightwork. Lightly scratched window trim. Chip on the passenger door. Tidy engine bay and underbody. Slightly dull exterior plastic. Good interior with newer upholstery but original dash and steering wheel and gauges. A lightly restored car done a couple of years ago that’s more than pretty enough to be proud of and has the desirable 5-speed. A bargain compared to a 911 of this vintage, but these are no longer cheap cars. – It may be a bargain compared to a ’67 911, but this is a big result for this model and you could get a great later 911, one that’s about 10 years newer, for significantly less than the price paid here. The allure of the early 911s, however, pulls the 912s along in the wake of their fast-appreciating price.
1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0L Coupe, Body by Frua
Lot # 88 1967 Maserati Mistral 4.0L Coupe, Body by Frua; S/N AM109A11146; Engine # AM109A11146; Green/Black vinyl; Estimate $50,000 – $75,000; Unrestored original, 4+ condition; Hammered Sold at $130,000 plus commission of 10.00%; Final Price $143,000. No Reserve. 4014/255hp, Lucas fuel injection, Borrani wire wheels, Avon tires, locking filler cap, VDO dash clock, AM/FM cassette stereo, wood shift knob. – All original car with fading, cracking, crazing scratched paint that is at least a very pretty color. There are some chips around the panel edges and several large scratches and bubbles on the passenger door. Two small dents on the roof and one big dent on the right front fender as well as a foot-long scratch along the left rear fender attest to the vagaries of long storage in a barn where it appears to have been used as shelving. Original and aged but complete engine bay. Dry underbody. Good interior other than a long rip along a seam in the driver’s seat. Good chrome other than some pitting on the right headlight bezel. After inevitably expensive and extensive mechanical servicing, this car isn’t too far gone cosmetically to enjoy as-is if you’re into the patina look. Otherwise, it’s a sound candidate for restoration. – The appeal of dirt and grime is now pervasive as bidders compete with their bank accounts to acquire the most scungy, neglected cars. This Mistral actually is better than most in that it is sound and hasn’t housed chickens but the very best of its breed might be worth a quarter million dollars and this car isn’t going to get there on the $107,000 left after paying for it. The bidders took leave of their senses and surely woke up on Friday with a case of buyer’s remorse.