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Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 – Auction Preview

1951 Simca Abarth SC Cabriolet
1951 Simca Abarth SC Cabriolet

The Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 sale will be staged Saturday, May 30th in Westport, Connecticut during the weekend of the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance. Dragone’s event will feature a selection of motor cars, from the brass era to modern sports cars.

Among the headline offerings at Dragone’s Greenwich 2015 sale is a 1951 Simca Abarth SC Cabriolet with Extra Lusso coachwork by Stabilimenti Farina. Built specially for Roger Barlow, owner of International Motors in Hollywood, the supercharged Simca with Abarth factory tuning recently received a full restoration to factory new condition. Barlow was a dealer to the movie stars, selling cars to Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe, among others. His ‘B’ is still displayed on the back of the Simca (Est. $400,000 – $500,000).

Also offered at the Dragone Greenwich 2015 sale is a 1911 Mercer Type 35 Toy Tonneau, referred by Dragone as the “first high speed GT car for four passengers as the running gear is identical to a Raceabout.” This Mercer, which was unearthed by Austin Clark in the 1950s, is the only example of an original Toy Tonneau in existence. It was restored by Ralph Buckley for New York collector Miles Coverdale who owned the Type 35 until his death (Est. $1,500,000 – $1,800,000).

The May 2015 auction will also feature cars that have been tucked away for decades, including a 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Brewster Newmarket Perminent Faux Cabriolet (Est. $185,000 – $225,000) offered after being stored away for 45 years in a garage and a 1966 Maserati Sebring Mk II (Est. $110,000 – $130,000) under the same ownership since 1976.

Further highlighted cars at Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 include:

  • 1913 Stutz Bearcat Series B (Est. $750,000 – $850,000)
  • 1924 Marmon Wasp Speedster Model 34-B, ‘Boat Tail’ Roadster body (Est. $275,000 – $325,000)
  • 1933 Cadillac Series 355 Roadster, One of three built, AACA First National Prize Winner (Est. $350,000 – $375,000)
  • 1964 Pontiac Banshee XP-833 Concept Car, used alongside the famous Mako Shark for GM exhibits (Est. $600,000 – $650,000)
  • 1968 Jaguar E-Type Roadster, 16,000-mile example, 2-owners from new (Est. $115,000 – $125,000)
  • 1974 Ferrari Dino GTS, 30,000 original miles (Est. $425,000 – $475,000)
  • 1989 Porsche 930, ordered new by Canadian race driver Peter Thomson with special Porsche factory features (Est. $125,000 – $175,000)
  • 1990 Ferrari Testarossa, Chiaro Blue example with 10,000 original miles (Est. $160,000 – $180,000)

Dragone will also sell the Sterling Walsh Collection which includes his car collection as well as bicycles, motorcycles and horse-drawn carriages. A featured item in the automobilia sale is a Second Place Trophy won by race driver George Papillion in his 1903 40-hp Darracq at the 1903 Empire City Race in Yonkers, New York. Papillion came in second to race driver Henri Page in a Decauville and raced amongst other great cars such as the 80-hp Gordon Bennett Peerless.

The Dragone Auctions Greenwich 2015 auction will start at 4:00 pm at 176 Post Road West in Westport Connecticut. Viewing will be all day on Friday May 29 and all day Saturday until the auction. For more information and to view all lots, visit

[Source: Dragone Auctions]