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Bonhams Chantilly 10th September

Patrick Peter was one of the three race organisers (along with Jurgen Barth and Stephane Ratel) of the uber successful BPR GT series back in the 1990s before the FIA took over the management in 1999. Peter Auto took his organisation skills to the classic racing market and soon brought his professionalism and organisation skills to events such as the Le Mans classic and Spa Classic, eventually offering an entire season of events that make up a series enticing entrants and spectators alike. Peter Auto branched out and hosted its first concours at Chantilly in 2014 in association with Richard Mille and instantly created a European concours to compete with the best anywhere.

The second event saw a Bonhams auction offered and they presented a selection of 27 exotics topped by a storied ex Le Mans Lorraine-Dietrich and the Bugatti Type 101 Coupe frequent flyer that both failed to sell and two cars that sold well indeed, the Bugatti Type 57 d’Ieteren Cabriolet at $1.4 million and the Maserati Boomerang concept at $3.7 million, both huge amounts. 2016 saw Bonhams return with a random selection of modern and mid century classics along with a collection of Horch that had been shopped for many years with varying claims of originality (Bonhams admitted they weren’t) that actually sold well for what they were. As for top seller, Bonhams offered a very rare Mercedes 500k Roadster that was a forced sale to settle the original owners claim theft claim (stolen in 1940s) and the sale bucked the trend of 500/540k no sales and sold for $5.9 million.

Year – Sold/ Offered/(%) – Total Gross (US$) – High sale

2015 19/27 (70%) $10,221,507.00 $3,714,523.00 1971 Maserati Boomerang
2016 17/27 (63%) $10,312,454.00 $5,921,097.00 1935 Mercedes-Benz 500K Roadster

2017 19/34 (56%) $2,173,090 $453,537 1953 Aston Martin DB2

This years sale is highlighted by a Mercedes-Benz 300SL that was converted to a replica of the unique Paul O’Shea SLS, a car that apparently disappeared back in the late 1950s. Not the only SLS replica, this car is neither original nor particularly historic and while the specification is cool it remains as true as ever that original or at least in period is worth much more than modern replication and as such it seems really expensive at 1.5 – 2.5 million EURO ($1.6 – 2.7 million US). Elsewhere there is the 853 Coupe that was withdrawn from last years auction and another Spezial Roadster, both at around the 800k – 1 million EURO ($900k – 1.3 million US) mark and a Bugatti Type 43 Replica at 500 – 700k EURO ($545 – 763k US) which are fine for their beauty but expensive for what are fake cars.

My favourite car of the sale is the beautiful verde Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spider at 800k – 1 million EURO ($872k – 1.09 million US) while the Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Barker at 200 – 300k EURO ($218 – 327k US) is expensive but beautiful. A nice Citroen DS21 Le Caddy Convertible at 340 – 380k EURO ($370 – 414k US) and the Ferrari 328 Conciso at an unknown amount are also worth a look but otherwise the 35 cars on offer are interesting but nothing to get too excited about and there is the conspicuous lack of a true marquee lot. Bonhams will have to work harder next year to ensure this sale doesn’t become just another auction full of filler.


As discussed in the introduction Bonhams Chantilly saw neither the quality nor diversity of either of the two foundation events and where they were $10 million sales this years was just $2 million and that was with 25% extra cars on offer. The big dollar lots such as the 300sl, Horches, Maseratis and Bugatti Type 44 failed to garner much interest and fully 15 cars failed to sell, from just 34 on offer or just 56% (as compared to 2016s 63% and 2017s 70%). The top seller was a 1953 Aston DB2 DHC at 402k EUR ($455k US) and there were just 2 of the 19 cars that sold that exceeded the high estimate, pretty much everything else failing well below their estimate. Even the 328 Conciso that was offered as a piece of Ferrari folklore sold for 115k EURO ($129k US) which may have been ample for a 328 based special but was symbolic of a sale trying to find its way. Where was the unique or the grand pre-war? Bonhams can and MUST do better if they want to host another Chantilly sale.


Lot# – Description – Chassis # – Low/ high estimate (EURO) – Low/ high estimate (US$)

101 1967 Norton 920 CM3 Atlas 20/125130 €20,000 €25,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Silver Motorcycle. 850cc engine, enlarged to 920cc. Café Racer, outstanding spec, beautifully constructed. Danish registration.


102 1979 Alpine A310 V6 A310 45788 €30,000 €40,000 N/R/ €29,900 $33,691 -1%

Red over Black cloth. German car from new, UK from ’15, Fleischmann Group 4-style body kit and Gotti three-stud wheels fitted. 64,000km from new. Good condition. V5C and MoT.

103 2009 Fiat 500 Jollycar ZFA31200000351543 €35,000 €45,000 N/R/ €19,550 $22,029 -44%

Red over Red and Tan. 68bhp 1.2 litre I4. 5 speed manual. 500 Saloon ’09, converted ’15, 200km since. Austrian registration. Not able to be registered in the USA.


104 1969 Lotus Elan S4 DHC 8583 €30,000 €40,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Red over Black. US car, restored in ’12, later to UK and Italy. Carte Grise and docs.


105 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Roadster 113-044-10005703 €80,000 €120,000/ €126,500 $142,540 5%

Silver Grey over Brown leather. 5 speed ZF manual. Swiss car, vendor for 3 decades, highly original example. 2 owners. Swiss carte grise, EU taxes not paid.

106 1977 Maserati Bora 4.7 AM117*944 €100,000 €150,000/ €94,300 $106,257 -6%

Argento Auteuil over Rosso leather. Qatar delivery, UK from ’81, vendor from ’84 – ’92, French collection ’92 – ’11, returned to UK vendor ’11, 77,000km from new. V5 and Maserati classiche certified.

107 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Coupe BC58LXE €180,000 €260,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Black over Beige leather. 1 of 80. Delivered in Shell Grey over Blue leather. Mr Cass Hough, USA/ UK (1), John Meier, Canada ’92, restored, redone in Dark Green over Beige, unnamed, USA ’04 (3). Very good condition. V5 and Docs.

108 1995 Porsche 911/993 Carrera RS WP0ZZZ99ZTS390639 €280,000 €320,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Grey over Grey, Black and Red leather. Anton Kerner, Germany (1). 2 owners and 57,000km from new. Excellent condition. Carte Grise.


109 1965 Citroen DS21 Le Caddy Cabriolet 4350010 €340,000 €380,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Maroon over Tan. Semi Auto. 1 of 34 examples. Italian car, Fully restored in Holland or Italy. Shown at Chantilly. Well maintained and excellent condition. MoT and V5C.

110 1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25HP Barker Cabriolet Mylord GTZ48 €200,000 €300,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Black over red leather. 65bhp 3969cc I6. 4 speed manual. RHD. Bodied by Barker and displayed at Salon de Paris, Captain Purchas, Surrey (1). Unknown before Jim Denne discovery in ’75. Three further owners. Cosmetic restoration by P & A Wood with original leather interior. Remarkably complete. Offered Gooding Pebble ’13 NS$300k, via Gooding Amelia ’14 $192,500 to unknown, via RM Paris ’17 $150k to vendor. V5.

111 1928 Bugatti Type 44 Torpedo 44-366 €500,000 €700,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Bleu over Noir. RHD. Built circa ’90s by Laurent Rondondi on a replica Type 43 chassis, original Type 44 rear axle (#255), front axle from another (#707), Type 43 engine by Ventoux Moteurs fitted, original Bugatti gearbox fitted, replica aluminium Type 43 TT bodywork fitted. Generally excellent condition. French Carte Grise.

112 1937 Talbot Lago T23 Baby Coupe 89028 €70,000 €95,000 N/R/ €34,500 $38,875 -51%

Dark Bleu over Marron leather. RHD. 2950mm chassis. 4 speed Wilson pre-selector. French car, later to UK, James Duncan ’99, part restored ’01, unnamed vendor ’06, solid car. 1 of approx 12 survivors. V5 and MoT.


114 2001 Ferrari 550 Maranello 123091 €65,000 €95,000 N/R/ €63,250 $71,270 -3%

Argento over Nero leather. via Ch. Pozzi to SCS Desaedeleer, Monaco (1), Mugneret, France ’12 (2), unnamed ’14 (3), well maintained and 57,000km from new. French Carte Grise.


115 1963 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1600 Spider AR376081 €55,000 €75,000 N/R/ €63,250 $71,270 Mid

Blu over Beige leather. US car, later to Canada, 1 owner since ’81, finally to UK. Excellent original condition, well maintained. Complete with a factory hardtop. MoT and V5C.


116 1973 Ferrari 365GTC/4 16287 €170,000 €230,000/ €189,750 $213,810 Mid

Blu Ribot over Beige leather. via Ch. Pozzi to Mr Parret, France (1), various, Monaco from ’09, presents very well and totally original. Well maintained. French Carte Grise.

117 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spider AM101*775 €800,000 €1,000,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Verde Pavone over tan leather. 1 of 20. via Automar to Dr. Fassio, Italy (1), unnamed ’62 (2), various, Luigi Chilo ’83, restored by Caruti Elis and Pietro Cremonini ’80s, unnamed US owner since ’03, well maintained, replacement ZF 5 speed fitted, redone in original livery ’15, finally to Switzerland. Swiss Carte Grise. EU taxes not paid.

118 2001 Maserati 4200GT Spider ZAMBBA18B000004952 €25,000 €35,000 N/R/ €29,900 $33,691 Mid

Neptun Blu over Tan leather. Cambiocorsa gearbox. Well specified car. Displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show ’01, Mr Hermann Postert, Germany (1), unnamed vendor ’04 (2). 27,000km from new. TuV.


119 1949 Saab 92 Deluxe Berline 92009 €15,000 €25,000 N/R/ €23,000 $25,916 Mid

Grey over Beige. 9th Pre production prototypes built. 3rd oldest survivor. Retained until ’53, Olaf Öhlander (1), four further owners, Torsten Johansson ’60 (6?), stored from ’80, vendor from ’97 (7). Well maintained but never restored. Swedish registration and docs.

120 1966 Porsche 911 2.0 305518 €140,000 €200,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Light Ivory over Black leatherette/ Pepita. German car, later to US, repainted Green, via Aston Martin Chicago, repainted white, refurbished ’15. Porsche Certificate of Authenticity.

121 1953 Aston Martin DB2 Vantage DHC LML/50/376 €370,000 €470,000/ €402,500 $453,537 Mid

Fiesta Red over Grey leather. 1 of 75. via Wacky Arnolt to Louis Comito, USA ’53 (1), Burgundy over Red leather, unknown, Charlie Turner ’70s, various, Gene Garratt, Albert Schneider ’75, Nick Candee ’79, restored by Hyannis Restorations in current livery, Vantage engine #1088 fitted, presents extremely well. EU import duties paid, Florida registration.

122 1969 Citroen DS21 Decapotable 4642052 €165,000 €195,000/ €184,000 $207,331 Mid

Silver over Black leather. Semi-auto. Chapron bodywork #9437, 1 of less than 100. German car, later to Netherlands (1), Anton Lauwaars ’79 (2). Unknown vendor ’16 (3), 34,000km and 2 owners from new? original and excellent patina.

123 1989 Ferrari 328 Conciso 80962 Estimate not given/ €115,000 $129,582 Unknown

Rosso over Tan leather. 328 used by Bernd Michalak, Germany, displayed at the Frankfurt Motor Show in ’93 and Geneva Motor Show in ’94, via Brooks Geneva ’98 to unknown vendor, later taken to Belgium, displayed at the Brussels Autoworld Museum Ferrari 70th festivities. 9,700km from new. Docs.

124 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SLS Replica 198-042-7500220 €1,500,000 €2,500,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Georg Distler, Germany, replica of Paul O’Sheas SLS Replica created by Gabriele Artom, HK Engineering and others ’96 with alloy bodywork, Getrag 5 speed manual and other upgrades, used in tours and classic racing. Docs.

125 1987 Bentley Continental Cabriolet SCBZD42A2HCX16663 €55,000 €75,000/ €87,400 $98,482 7%

Black over tan leather. Ken Berg, USA (1), thoroughly serviced and well maintained, unknown vendor, recently maintained by Bentley Monaco. Offered at Bonhams Paris ’17. Docs.

126 1953 Mercedes-Benz 220 Cabriolet A 1870121034652 €70,000 €90,000/ €86,250 $97,187 Mid

Dark Green over Beige. Austrian car, reupholstered at some point, original. TuV and DEKRA docs. TVA needs paying.


127 1958 Facel Vega FV3B FV3B58*357 €170,000 €230,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Beige over Red leather. 253bhp 4.9 litre Chrysler V8. 3 speed auto. 1 of 90. Maurice Trintignant, France (1), unknown ’85 – 15, vendor since. Repainted ’78 otherwise original. Excellent patina. V5.

128 1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica Shelsey Sports 2156 €200,000 €250,000/ €201,250 $226,769 Mid

Black over Burgundy. 1661cc 6 cylinder Blackburne. Chain drive?. RHD. Mrs Gore, UK (1), unknown, Thomas Smith ’56, Betty Haig, Keith Moore ’60, Maurice Bethell ’63, Henry Bickerton ’64, Julian Ghosh, vendor ’95, well maintained in Germany.


129 1937 Bentley 4.25 Litre Gurney Nutting Airflow Saloon B90KT Withdrawn

Black and Dark Grey over Blue leather. RHD. via H.R. Owen in two tone Grey to Claude Goodyear, UK (1), various, vendor from ’10. Restored by LMB and others in current livery. V5 and docs.

130 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 67200F7A02220 €100,000 €150,000/ €103,500 $116,624 Mid

Britney Blue over Black leather. Manual. via Johnson-Kitchens Ford to George and Mary Raby (1), Alan P Miles ’67 (2), Robert A Ogden ’89 (3), Daniel Bain (4), Lawrence R Vigus (5), Macarthur and Kay Gibson ’03 (6), Bob Balmelli (7), French vendor ’12 (8). Restored in the USA. Docs and Carte Grise.

131 1971 Ferrari 246GT 01862 €280,000 €320,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Rosso over Nero leather. Rene Arnoux, France (1), Restored (?), Frédègue, France (2), Lov’Auto (3), Michèle Rivière (4), vendor ’06 (5). 12,600km from restoration. Carte Grise.

132 1937 Horch 853 Stromliencoupe 853433 €700,000 €900,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Black over Black leather. Unknown car, discovered in Belarus, discovered and sold to Ukraine ’98, Germany ’05, Appel Klassiker, researched and restored as a Stromlien Coupe. TuV and Docs.

133 1936 Horch 853 Spezial Roadster 853268 €900,000 €1,200,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Black and Silver over Red leather. Unknown carm later to Hunary ’11, Appel Klassiker, researched and restored with replica Spezial Roadster bodywork ’11 – ’17. TuV and docs.

134 1976 Jensen Interceptor Convertible 2311626 €80,000 €100,000/ Not Sold N/A 

Royal Blue over 1 of 374. Mr Sydney Ford, USA (1), unnamed (2), unnamed, UK (3). Matching numbers, original except for an older repaint. US title and NOVA.

135 1969 Alfa Romeo 1750GTV AR1362181 €30,000 €40,000/ €31,050 $34,987 Mid

Blu over Beige leather. Unknown car, vendor ’14, restored by Sport Cars Garage. French Carte Grise.


136 1959 Jaguar Mark IX Saloon 791558DN €40,000 €60,000/ €43,700 $49,241 Mid

Grey over Red leather. Manual. German car, later to USA, Jens Roder, Denmark, engine rebuilt by Bernt Hansen. Danish registered. JDHT certificate and docs.

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