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Bonhams Bond Street 2nd December 2017

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24124/?department=MOT-CAR

1430GMT, 2nd December 2017
New Bond Street, London, UK

Bonhams decided to build a new headquarters in New Bond Street and upon completion they chose to host a new type of sale to celebrate its completion. While Bonhams have previously held and continue to hold sales in London and host major car sales at sites such as Olympia and Hendon they have been larger sales with 70 – 100 or more lots on offer. Bond Street was to be a boutique sale with 35 lots on offer and follow up sales have offered 27 lots, the first sale saw a gross of nearly 30 million US or nearly a million per lot while the following year saw total sales drop to $20 million, 13 milion (2006) and finally just $5.4 million in 2016 as the quality and depth of offerings dropped significantly. Bonhams motoring department have regularly suffered from a lack of focus and this sale required just that.

Year – sold/ offered/ (%) – Total gross US$ – High sale

2013 – 30/35 (86%) – $29,568,134 – $4,762,008 1952 Jaguar C-Type
2014 – 22/27 (83%) – $19,984,807 – $3,430,352 1969 Porsche 908/20
2015 – 23/27 (85%) – $13,401,949 – $1,360,037 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing
2016 – 17/27 (63%) – $5,408,059 – $821,917 1988 Aston Martin V8

2017 – 21/35 (60%) – $11,587,881 – $2,540,251 1985 Ferrari 288GTO

Bonhams would appear to have returned to form in 2017 with the offering of several million dollar automobiles lead by two of the great recent Ferrari’s, a 288GTO (#56207), at a slightly high 2 – 2.5 million pounds ($2.66 – 3.33 million US), perhaps a few hundred k too high but no harm if in excellent condition and a Euro delivery Enzo with fairly low miles at 1.8 – 2.2 million pounds ($2.4 – 2.9 million US), a market correct rate for an excellent example.  Otherwise full classics are lead by the 1929 Bentley 4.5 litre with replica Tourer bodywork at 500 – 600k pounds ($666 -799k US) and a 1937 Alvis 4.3 litre Short Chassis Tourer at 450 – 500k Pounds ($600 – 733k US), both average buying. Mid century cars are lead by the fabulously rare in RHD 1955 Lancia Aurelia at a realistic 750 – 950k Pounds ($1 – 1.266 million) which seems reasonable against other comparibles.

In typically British manner there are plenty of Astons and Bentleys with the Astons lead by Sir Paul McCartneys very own DB5 at a strong 1.25 – 1.5 million Pounds ($1.67 – 2 million US), expensive for the model but cheap for a bit of Beatles memorabilia. A nice restored 1962 DB4 Convertible at 900k – 1.2 million Pounds ($1.2 – 1.466 million US) seems good value, an original left hand drive 1965 DB5 Vantage at 600 – 800k Pounds ($800 – 1.06 million US) seems like very good buying if it is in very good condition. Finally a 1962 DB4 at 450 – 550k Pounds ($600 – 733k US) and a 1963 DB4 at 350 – 400k Pounds ($466 – 533k US) could be good buying but only if they check out to be in suitable condition. The Bentleys are both ex Sir Elton John, the S1 Continental Coupe potentially good buying at 400 – 500k Pounds ($533 – 666k US) and the 1960 S1 Continental Flying Spur Saloon at 160 – 190k Pounds ($213 – 253k US) although how good value depends on how you feel about Mr. Crocodile Rock. Finally there is a classic Ferrari, a nice well maintained Argento (Silver) right hand drive Daytona in very good condition at 500 – 600 pounds ($666 – 800k US) which seems okay if it checks out as being in good condition.

Elsewhere there are some very interesting cars and motorbikes that include moderns like  a 2010 Porsche GT3 RS at 250 – 300k Pounds ($333 – 400k US) with just 500 miles from new, 1 of just 24 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution at 180 – 240k Pounds ($240 – 320k US)  with a 600bhp engine and plenty of future upside. A 1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe is interesting buying at 170 – 200k Pounds ($227 – 267k US) and while a little steep it should work out well over the long term. The three most interesting cars on offer begin with the 1956 Jaguar XK140 at 150 – 180k Pounds ($200 – 240k US) which is perhaps a little steep but this car does have contemporary race history and like the E-Type at RM Villa Erba it could go much higher. The 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S is also very expensive at 90 – 120k Pounds ($120 – 160k US) but it was Ringo Starr’s very own car and as a piece of Beatles memorabilia it is cheap. Finally the Vincent Black Shadow is an interesting bike and one of the grandest British motorbikes, the 80 – 120k Pounds ($107 – 160k US) estimate doesn’t seem to bad BUT why are all the bikes listed as requiring inspection, be at least a little afraid.

This is a truly fascinating selection of cars, offering full classics, mid century collectibles and moderns with much to reward anyone interested. Bonhams should be congratulated.

RESULTS – $11,557,881

Bonhams Bond Street auction was originally one of their successes during a resurgent period for the firm and both 2013s sale of the Ecurie Ecosse collection and 2014s sale of a Porsche 908/2 and Ferrari 275GTB among others were extremely strong. Ultimately the early impetus didn’t last and the 2015 and 2016 sale were disappointing although this years sale promised a return to better times. Highlighted by a brace of Ferrari’s, a series of Astons and several ex Beatles cars, the lot list was pretty interesting. The results unfortunately tell a slightly different story and certainly the most interesting result is that a mere 21 of the 35 lots actually sold or just 60% which certainly dampened proceedings somewhat and just three of the five million pound cars were in the sold column. Of the two Ferrari, its arguable that there are a surfeit of Enzo available with many 2017 auctions offering examples and Bonhams example didn’t generate much excitement and failed at $2.15 million. The other star Ferrari did manage to do sell well with a 1.88 million pounds ($2.54 million US) result for the 288GTO, a car that may have been otherwise excellent but had relatively high mileage, 22,722km from new and the price paid was market correct.

Elsewhere there were superb results for the ex Paul McCartney Aston Martin DB5 which despite a change of colour scheme sold for 1.345 million pounds ($1.81 million US) although this was mid estimate according to Bonhams strong estimate. The Ford RS200 Evolution did very well to sell for 15% over a bullish estimate at 281k pounds ($380k US) and is one to watch for future investment potential. Otherwise only the Metallic Blue 1965 Aston Martin DB5 which was a relatively fresh to the market example was the only car to surprise at 830k pounds ($1.12 million US) of 4% over its high estimate. Sold at a supposedly mid estimate level the 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre Le Mans Tourer Replica was actually relatively strong considering its lack of originality and 561k pounds ($757k), perhaps $50 – 100k higher than I would have expected. Two other cars that sold strongly although still mid estimate were the 2004 Aston DB7 Zagato at 360k pounds ($485k US) and the ex Ringo Starr 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S at 102k pounds ($138k). A few cars took heavy lifting including the ex Elton John 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe which sold at 366k Pounds ($495k US) or 8% below its estimate and the 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 at 467k pounds ($631k) or 7% below.

Otherwise there was no love for either the 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America, 1962 Aston DB4 Convertible or the 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud DHC all of whom failed to sell. If there was one lesson from the December sales it is that anything truly unique will sell well and everything else will struggle. Food for thought going forward but I think Bonhams can take a lot of positives from this sale.


Key – Lot # – Year – Make – Model – Chassis/ VIN – Estimate high – low UKP/ EURO/ US$

#101 – 1964 BSA 646CC Rocket Gold Star GA10/1305 – Est. £20 – 25k/ £24,725 €28,060 $33,349 Mid

Silver motorcycle. via D. Shepherd to Stephen Cockram, UK (1), unknown, Pat White ’99, Mark Emberson ’99, restored ’01, Alan Mold ’08, beautiful condition. MoT & V5.

 


#102 – 1950 AJS 7R 350cc 1442 – Est. £20 – 25k/ Not Sold N/A

Black motorcycle. Delivery to Italian owner in Morocco ’08, rare original.

 

 

 


#103 – 1970 Bristol 411 Series I 411-7515 – Est. £60 – 70k/ Not Sold N/A

Grey over pale grey leather. RHD. Mr John Vlasto, UK (1), vendor ’86 (2). 77,000 miles from new. Superb condition. V5C and MoT.

 


#104 – 1949 Vincent 998cc Black Shadow RC4240B – Est. £80 – 120k/ £119,100 €135,164 $160,643 Mid

Black motorcycle. Unknown bike, Raymond Ross Lann ’72, stored, vendor ’04, restored by Andrew Kenningley. 96 miles since. V5 and MoT. As is, where is, inspection required?

 

 


#105 – 1929 Bentley 4.5 Litre Le Mans Tourer Rep. XF3523 – Est. £500 – 600k/ £561,500 €637,236 $757,355 Mid

Maythorn & Sons Weymann Sports Drophead Coupé fitted for H.A. Buckler (1), Hurlingham body fitted 1940s, Annette Bradley ’47 (2), WH Dobson ’55 (3), GP Brock ’56 (4), RA Jardine ’63 (5), RH Grant (6), via Stanley Mann, Townsend built Vanden Plas ‘Le Mans’ Team Car-style four-seat tourer and D-Type gearbox fitted ’80s, to David Robson (7), rebuilt by Elmdown Engineering, further work by L & R Engineering, vendor ’03 (8), well maintained by Blackmore Engineering and William Medcalf. MoT and V5C.


#106 – 2010 Porsche 911 GT3 RS Generation 2 Coupe WP0ZZZ99ZBS780226 – Est. £250 – 300k/ Not Sold N/A

White and Red over Black velour. 444bhp 3.8 litre flat 6. 6 speed manual. RHD. UK delivery, 2 owners from new. Roll cage fitted, 500 miles from new. Recent service. MoT and V5C.

 


#107 – 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage DB5/2214/L  – Est. £600 – 800k/ £830,300 €942,292 $1,119,914 4%

Metallic Blue over deep Blue leather. Portuguese delivery, well maintained, stored from ’74 til sold to vendors family ’76, displayed at the Caramulo Museum ’85 to ’00. Original. 2 owners and 51,000 km from new. Very good condition. Outstandingly original example. Not registered.


#108 – 1936 Brough 982cc SS80 Special PS1608 – Est. £65 – 85k/ £82,140 €93,219 $110,791 Mid

Black motorcycle. SS80 with SS100 frame. Remarkably original, matching numbers. Restored by John Coxon ’00s, vendor ’10. Docs, V5 and MoT. As is, where is. Research required.

 

 


#109 – 1966 Ferrari 330GT 2 + 2 9071 – Est. £220 – 280k/ Not Sold N/A

Rosso over Crema leather. RHD. via Maranello Concessionaires in Blu Sera over Grigio leather to J R Knowles, UK (1), via Maranello Concessionaires to Mr A Moore ’70 (2), unknown 2 owners, Anthony Carroll, NZ ’77 (5), Keith Hunter ’78 (6), repainted Rosso, engine rebuilt, Alan Styles ’80s (7), repainted Rosso ’85, unknown UK ’02 (8), 3 further owners, via Talacrest to vendor ’13 (12?), well maintained by Italia Autosport. Docs, MoT and V5C.


#110 – 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.4 DHC S827639BW – Est. £130 – 150k/ £141,150 €160,188 $190,384 Mid

Old English White over red leather. RHD. Restored, A1 condition. via Bonhams Goodwood ’12 sold $142,160. Docs, MoT and V5.

 


#111 – 1960 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur Saloon BC98AR – Est. £160 – 190k/ £180,700 €205,073 $243,729 Mid

Dark Green over Dark Green leather. GKN, UK in Black over Grey leather (1), Messrs Cole and Kirby (2), Percy Sutton (3), Elton John ’70s (4), restored by Weybridge Automobiles, unknown, Germany (5), via RM London ’09 sold $125k. V5 and MoT.

 


#112 – 1966 Aston Martin DB6 DB6/2592/R – Est. £230 – 270k/ Not Sold N/A

Winchester Blue over light Grey leather. Manual. via H W Motors in Dubonnet Red over Black leather with Auto to Appleby Brothers Ltd, UK (1), engine number ‘400/2942’ fitted at some point along with a manual gearbox. Restored by Southern Classics ’89, receipts for £33,000. Well maintained since, subtle upgrades fitted. Upgraded by RS Williams to 4.2 litre, receipts for £50,000. MoT and V5C.


#114 – 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello 115006 – Est. £110 – 130k/ Not Sold N/A

Rosso Corsa over Crema leather. RHD. via Stratstone to James Bird, UK (1), unnamed, Denmark (2), unnamed, UK (3), re-commissioned by Meridien Modena, vendor ’14 (4). Generally excellent condition. 18,900 miles from new. MoT and V5C.

 


#115 – 1959 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud DHC SKG31 Est. £600 – 800k/ Not Sold N/A

Midnight Blue over Cream leather. 1 of 21 with HJ Mulliner DHC design #7410 bodywork. via Hooper & Co Ltd to Peter Murray, UK (1), unknown, exported, re-imported ’90, restored by Chelsea Workshop with receipts for £330,000, vendor ’90s, concours award winner, Peter de Savary, UK. V5C and MoT.


#116 – 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 S Coupe T825242DN – Est. £130 – 160k/ £186,300 €211,428 $251,283 16%

Sherwood Green over Biscuit leather. 79th of 115 in RHD. via Fields Engineering to F W Oxley, UK (1), later to Austria, 51,000 miles from new. Matching numbers. Excellent condition.

 


#117 – 1985 Ferrari 288GTO 56207 – Est. £2 – 2.5 million/ £1,883,333 €2,137,359 $2,540,251 -6%

Rosso over Rosso and Nero leather. 1 of 20 supplied to UK. B. C. Oates (1) with air con and electric windows, via Paul Baber to Peter Rae ’95 (2), Nigel Labram ’96 (3), via Bonhams Geneva ’03 to David Gill (4), unnamed vendor ’16 (5?). Major service by Hoyle-Fox Classics ’16. 22,722km from new. Classiche certified, MoT and V5C.


#118 – 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV 4.7 DB4/1034/R – Est. £350 – 400k/ £327,500 €371,674 $441,734 -6%

Aston Green over light tan leather. RHD. US export (1), unknown, Norman Wolfson ’79, Gene Butters ’84, Jerry Lee Forney ’86, George Thatcher, Ray Cleall, UK ’88, Paradise Garage ’91, Fenn, RS Williams ’04, restored to 4.7 litre unleaded spec with subtle upgrades, vendor ’05, little used since and well maintained by RS Williams, via Bonhams Aston ’12 NS$253k. MoTs and V5C.


#119 – 1959 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe BC1BG – Est. £400 – 500k/ £366,666 €416,122 $494,561 -8%

Silver over Black leather. H Madi, UK (1) in Shell Grey over Dark Green, later to Gambia ’57, UK ’57, four further owners, Colonel Fetherstonhaugh, Anglo-Europe Ltd ’63, Sir Elton John ’76, restored by Weybridge Automobiles, Sir Alan Sugar, serviced by P & A Wood, via Bonhams’ Olympia ’07, unnamed, via Chelsea Workshop to vendor, £30,000 in recent receipts. MoT and V5.

 


#120 – 1977 MV Agusta 750S America 221065 – Est. £55 – 65k/ £63,100 €71,611 $85,110 Mid

Rosso motorbike. Vendor since ’95, well maintained. Restored 400km ago. V5C and MoT. As is, where is. Research required?

 

 

 


#121 – 1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster 800065H – Est. £150 – 168k/ Not Sold N/A

Pearl Grey over Blue leather. 1 of 73 in RHD. via Bryson to Air Commodore Alfred Adnams, Australia (1), unknown, Bernie Maudsley, Australian GP ’60 Maudsley, Rob Gill, Jim Byrne ’80, restored. Receipts, JDHT certificate and V5C.

 


#122 – 1972 Ferrari 365GTB/4 16331 – Est. £500 – 600k/ £467,500 €530,557 $630,567 -7%

Argento Metallizzato over Nuvola leather. 1 of 149 in RHD. via Maranello Concessionaires to Mr Heryet, UK (1), cancelled order, via Ian Anthony Sales to The Honourable J Dawney (1), Mr David Lomas ’80 (2), via DK Engineering to M & J R Johnstone ’98 (3), via DK Engineering to Mr Gareth Richardson ’07 (4), well maintained, Ian Tandy ’10 (5), Chris Evans ’11 (6), vendor ’11 (7). Well maintained and serviced. 66,000 miles from new. Generally very good condition. V5C and MoT.


#123 – 1973 Aston Martin Vantage 4.2 Saloon AM6065/RA – Est. £100 – 120k/ Not Sold N/A

Silver over Oxblood leather. Manual. RHD. via Odeon Motors (Whetstone) Limited in Cornish Gold over natural leather and a Borg Warner automatic gearbox, unknown, Lionel Henderson ’76, Pierce Campion ’77, Bridge Motors, Amber Valley Meats Limited, Mr Desmond Rogers ’78, Mr Andrew Allerton ’97, via Runnymede Motor Company ’10, restored in the current livery with 4.2 litre engine and Tremec T5 manual. 7 owners and 47,764 miles from new. V5C and MoT.

 


#124 – 1955 Lancia Aurelia B24 Spider America B24 1047 – Est. £750 – 950k/ Not Sold N/A

Rosso over Beige leather. 1 of 59 in RHD. Italian delivery. 1 owner from new until ’90s, Fausto Cammarata ’90s (2), restored by Officine Bartali, vendor (3), refurbished. Iconic.

 


#125 – 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Convertible DB4C/1077/R – Est. £900k – 1.1 million/ Not Sold N/A

Shadow Grey over Black leather. RHD. via Brooklands to Max Rayne, UK (1), L. Marks (2), Michael Gardner (3), Nicholas Morris (4), unknown, Ronald Willson ’98, much work by Bill Monk Classic Cars, converted to unleaded, via RS Williams to vendor ’00, restored by Bodylines, recent major service. FIVA ID, MoT and V5C.


#126 – 1955 Jaguar XK140 DHC S807077DN – Est. £100 – 120k/ Not Sold N/A

Black over Red leather. RHD. 1 of 479. Restored by Lance McCormack, later to Ireland for 20 years. MoT, V5C and BMIHT

 


#127 – 2004 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato Coupe SCFAE12333K700013 – Est. – £320 – 360k/ £359,900 €408,444 $485,435 Mid

Mercury Grey over Claret Analine leather. 13th of 99 RHD. 2 owners and 8889 miles from new. Concours condition. MoT and V5C.

 

 


#128 – 1986 Ford RS200 Evolution SFACXXBJ2CGL00105 – Est. £180 – 240k/ £281,500 €319,469 $379,689 15%

White over Black semi race. 1 of 24 examples. Mikal Nordstrom, Sweden (1), raced in hill climbs and rally-cross, JBJ Group (2), converted to road use, Norwegian vendor ’00 (3?), engine rebuilt to 600bhp spec. by Geoff Page Racing. Docs. UK taxes not paid.

 


#129 – 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Saloon DB4/1119/R – Est. £450 – 550k/ £516,700 €586,393 $696,928 Mid

Fiesta Red over Fawn leather. RHD. via Brooklands to Mr G L O’Neill, UK (1), later to USA, returned by ’89, Peter Korner ’93, vendor ’01. Highly original. Well maintained. V5C and MoT.

 


#130 – 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello 128284 – Est. £150 – 200k/ £158,300 €179,652 $213,516 Mid

Rosso Corsa over Nero leather. 1 of 69 RHD. via Maranello Concessionaires to unknown, UK. Well maintained. V5C and MoT. 30,000 miles from new.

 


#131 – 1937 Alvis 4.3 Litre Short Chassis Tourer 14328 – Est. £450 – 550k/ £505,500 €573,682 $681,821 Mid

Black and Silver over Red leather. Short Wheelbase fitted with a Vanden Plas 4 seat Tourer in Black and Red over Red, Robert Affleck Robertson, UK (1), RAC Rally ’38 #183 1st in class, WEC Wilkinson ’39 (2), RAC Rally ’39 Wilkinson, Air Vice-Marshall Robert Stanley Aitken ’52 (3), John Grocott ’53 (4), modified as a two seater with boxed chassis, Michael Cummins (5), William Rankin ’92 (6), restored by Fisher Restorations in original spec., vendor ’13. Well maintained. MoT and V5C.


#132 – 1964 Aston Martin DB5 DB5/1653/R – Est. £1.25 – 1.5 million/ £1,345,500 €1,526,982 $1,814,818 Mid

Silver Birch over Mulberry Red leather. ZF 5 speed manual. Bryce, Hamer & Isherwood in Sierra Blue over Black leather for Sir Paul McCartney, UK (1), Truebell Stationers (2), unknown, John Rogers ’83 (3?), John Shannon ’96 (4), unnamed ’02 (5), cosmetically restored by Walter Baroni, unknown, Chris Evans, via RM Monaco ’12 $555k to vendor, restored over 4 years by Alan Smith Motors in current livery with 3995cc Kent Auto Developments engine. V5C, MoT and BMIHT certs.


#133 – 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Coupe 1E21620 – Est. £90 – 120k/ £87,500 €99,302 $118,021 -3%

Opalescent Silver Blue over Grey leather. RHD. Unknown car, vendor ’13, restore with Realm 5 speed manual fitted, beautiful. V5C and MoT.

 


#134 – 2004 Ferrari Enzo 136740 – Est. £1.8 – 2.2 million/ Not Sold N/A

Rosso Corsa over Nero. via Charles Pozzi to unknown, France (1), unknown, via Joe Macari to unnamed, Switzerland, via Graypaul to unnamed, UK ’15. 7,753km from new. Excellent condition. Docs, V5C and Classiche certified.

 


#135 – 1965 Porsche 911 SWB Coupe 301930 – Est. £170 – 200k/ Not Sold N/A

White over Black. RHD. via AFN Ltd. to W Kendrick, UK (1), unknown, vendor ’82, restored ’85, stored, generally good condition, being recommissioned for sale by Mortimers. V5.

 


#136 – 1966 Austin Mini Cooper S C-A2S7-799541 – Est. £90 – 120k/ £102,300 €116,098 $137,983 Mid

Rolls-Royce Regal Red and Silver-Grey over Black. Brian Epstein, UK (1), Ringo Starr ’67 (2), unknown ’68 to ’77, vendor ’77, shown on various tv shows, stored for many years, requires recommissioning. V5 and MoT.

 


 

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