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Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – Auction Preview

1951 212 Export Touring Berlinetta
1951 212 Export Touring Berlinetta

The Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 Auction will be held January 16th at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, with more than 100 automobiles on offer at the 3rd annual Bonhams Arizona Auction Week event.

Headlining the 2014 Bonhams Arizona sale will be a 1951 212 Export Touring Berlinetta; 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Zagato Spider; 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C; 2010 Ferrari 599XX; 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental ‘Fastback’ Sports Saloon; 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Phaeton and 1910 Simplex 50HP Toy Tonneau, among others.

The 1951 Ferrari 212 Export Touring Berlinetta, chassis number 0088 E, was delivered new to Italian tailor and racing driver Augusto Caraceni of the eponymous fashion house. Only four of these even-numbered competition models were created in Berlinetta form, which was Touring’s first closed racing model built for Ferrari. With prominent and documented ownership and competition history, original bodywork and a matching-numbers drivetrain, this sports racing car is estimated to sell for $3,000,000 – $4,000,000.

In addition to the 212 Export, other notable Ferraris on offer include:

  • 2010 Ferrari 599XX, one of just 29 purpose-built Ferrari-spec racers, this 599XX was never raced and, with delivery miles only, is in new condition (est. $1,200,000 – $1,500,000)
  • 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C, low mileage, restored and matching-numbers factory 6-carb and torque-tube, long nose example that has been Ferrari Classiche-certified and documented by Marcel Massini (est. $2,200,000 – $2,800,000)
  • 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC with air conditioning and coachwork by Pininfarina in the uncommon factory-delivered Verde Chiaro color (est. $550,000 – $700,000)
  • 1968 Ferrari 330 GTC, multiple Ferrari Club of America Platinum Award-winning example (est. $675,000 – $750,000)
  • 1976 Ferrari 308 GTB, early production fiberglass body with Fly Yellow color (est. $75,000 – $100,000)

Another significant offering is a 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Gran Sport Spider. This fifth series model retains its original Zagato coachwork, as well as its original drivetrain components. Delivered new to French driver and aviator, Baron Philippe de Gunzbourg, this Zagato Spider was used by the Baron as daily transport at the time he and Luigi Chinetti co-drove an Alfa Romeo 8C to a second place finish in the 1933 24 Hours of Le Mans. Discovered in an original and unrestored state in a French barn in 2007, the Alfa Romeo was restored by Stephen Babinsky of Automotive Restorations. The Alfa has since participated at the Pebble Beach, Amelia Island and Villa d’Este Concours and the Mille Miglia (estimate $2,400,000 – $2,700,000).

In addition to the headline Ferraris and Alfa Romeo, additional consignments at the 2014 Bonhams Arizona auction include:

  • 1947 Bentley MK VI Coupe, the only Figoni and Falaschi-bodied Bentley built (est. $500,000 – $650,000)
  • 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental ‘Fastback’ Sports Saloon, One of only five Continentals bodied by Franay, two of which were fastbacks, only one of which was left-hand drive, recent, complete mechanical overhaul (est. $1,500,000 – $1,750,000)
  • 1949 Delahaye 135M Cabriolet Atlas, with coachwork by Carrosserie Guillore, Paris Auto Salon, sole surviving example (est. $500,000 – $650,000)
  • 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Sports Phaeton, offered from the Estate of Ralph W.E. Cox Jr., in the present family ownership since 1951 (est. $1,500,000 – $2,000,000)
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Coupe, matching numbers, US-delivered car that has been refreshed throughout, including a complete engine rebuild (est. $1,100,000 – $1,400,000)
  • 1961 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, restored, matching-numbers car with its original hard top, Becker Mexico radio and disc brakes (est. $1,000,000 – $1,250,000)
  • 1910 Thomas Flyer Model 6-40 Touring, ex-Bill Harrah with three owners (est. $250,000 – $350,000)
  • 1910 Simplex 50HP Toy Tonneau, ex-Ex-Leo Peters, Rick Carroll, Dr. F.M. Brunemeier and Richard King, Coachwork by Holbrook (est. $1,000,000 – $1,250,000)

In 2013, Bonhams offered 112 automobiles for sale, with 92 finding a new owner, reflecting an 82% sales rate. Total sales volume was $13,455,950, inclusive of buyer’s premiums. The average price per car sold was $146,260. Top sale went to the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A at $1,312,500, followed by the 1972 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV that brought $1,215,000 and a 1930 Bugatti Type 46 Faux Cabriolet that sold for $951,000. Bonhams Scottsdale 2014 – View Digital Catalog

The Bonhams Scottsdale auction will be held Thursday, January 16th, 2014 at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Admission to the Bonhams Arizona sale comes with purchase of a catalog for $75, which admits two people. Previews for the motorcars and automobilia will take place on Tuesday, January 14th from 12pm to 6pm and Wednesday, January 15th from 10:00am – 5:00pm. The automobilia sale begins at 10:30am on Thursday, January 16th with the motorcars to follow at 1:00pm.

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[Source: Bonhams]