Knokke-Heist on the Belgian coast is the site for the Zoute GP, a celebration of all things motoring. This years event includes the Zoute Top Marques, a display of the worlds premium car brands, the Zoute Concours d’Elegance, Zoute Rally, Zoute GT Tour and the Bonhams auction. First held in 2013 and annually since then, this sale has offered a mix of cars from the 1950s thru today with the average age of consignments ranging from the 1960s in the first two sales and 1970s in the last two. Like most of Bonhams boutique sales, this particular offers on average 40 cars and yet a testament to the quality of consignments is both the total gross revenue and the high sale each year.
Year – Sold/ Offered (%) – Gross Total US$ – High Sale US$
2013 – 29/45 (64%) – $3,589,938 – $686,440 1956 Maserati A6G/54
2014 – 30/35 (86%) – $5,349,337 – $872,022 1989 Ferrari F40
2015 – 32/45 (71%) – $7,513,096 – $1,012,638 2011 Ferrari 599SA Aperta
2016 – 29/31 (94%) – $5,056,925 – $653,361 1955 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster
2017 – 26/32 (81%) – $6,489,161 – $1,404,840 – 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G65
2017s sale is in a similar vein to previous years with a selection of 32 fine classics and an average age of 1974 and a likely gross in the $5 – 7 million range as is traditional. Leading the way are two Ferrari, a stunning 365GTC in Grigio Mahmoud that is both rare, essentially perfect and while the estimate of $861k – 1.026 million might be a little strong it can’t be too high for a car in the reported condition. The other example on offer is the Blu Scuro Daytona, another excellent car at $826 – 944k and worth a look although the price does seems perhaps $50k too high based on recent sales. Elsewhere the Jaguar XJ220 is a 1990s flashback and like most, has low mileage although unlike many this example is in fantastic condition and while the estimate of $413 – 531k is a little steep for these cars they sell for the promise of future collectibility which hasn’t occurred yet but who knows.
A rather weird collectible is the Mercedes-Maybach G650 Laundalette, 1 of 99 examples produced and offered for charity with all funds to Laureus Sport for Good, baring in mind the new price is $550k, who would bet that it wouldn’t sell for more than a million in any currency? At a much lower price point are three very nice cars, firstly the 1967 Porsche 911S Sunroof Coupe in lovely Irish Green and fully restored, it offers good buying at $177 – 236k. A lovely Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Serie 750 presents well in the colour scheme it was restored in and $100 – 147k seems very reasonable. Finally the white Austin Healey 3000 (lot 25) looks fantastic and likely great buying at $71 – 94k although anyone interested needs to check the actual condition and price accordingly.
Bonhams have come up with an interesting and rather boutique collection of lots yet rather than simply attending the sale, one could do worse than actually partaking in the event.
RESULT – $6,489,161
Bonhams returned to Zoute for the fifth time and this was among the most successful of their sales at the venue. By dollar value it was second fiddle to the 2015 sales $7.513 million but this was achieved with fewer cars offered and sold for a fantastic result of $250k per car as compared to 2015s $234,784. Leading the way was the 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Laundalette offered for charity with funds going to the Laureus sport for good foundation and while it was a risky offering it rewarded the faith given to it with a spectacular 1.2 million EURO ($1.405 million US) sales price. As with any charity lot it is difficult to assess how much was paid for the car and how much was essentially a donation but whatever the outcome it is unlikely that another Mercedes-Maybach will ever reach these value levels.
Ferrari’s were the other two star lots although they had disparate success with the 1968 365GTC doing well to sell for a mid estimate 805k EURO ($942k US) and the 1973 Daytona failing at a reported high bid of $767k although quite how legitimate that bid was is unknown since it was awfully close to where it could have sold. Elsewhere several cars exceeded their high estimates by considerable amounts, none more so than the 2000 BMW Z8 which sold for a 32% over estimate €316k ($370k US) while a 1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster went for a 28% over estimate €115k ($134k US) and a 1928 Rally ABC Sports 600 at a 20% over estimate €143k ($168k US). The two latter sales are reasonable for the right car although its the BMW Z8 that is fascinating and it will be interesting to monitor further sales to see if this is a new value level or just a single example of exuberance.
Several of the key lots sold for mid estimate prices including the 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster D at €391k ($458k US) and 1993 Jaguar XJ220 at €391k ($457k US), both actually well sold considering their fairly bullish estimates. One of my favourite cars, the Irish Green 1967 Porsche 911S Sunroof Coupe managed to sell for a 6% over estimate €212k ($249k US). The only really poor seller was the 1955 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible at a 21% under estimate €28k ($32k US) while two significant no sales were the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Serie 750 Coupe at a reported high bid of $94k and the 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster at a reported high bid of $236k, both of which should have seen them sold.
Overall these results were rather good and Bonhams will be justly pleased.
Key – Lot # – Year – Make – Model – chassis number – Low – High estimate EURO – N/R = No Reserve – Gross Sale EURO/ USD/ % above or below estimate
22 1955 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible 10798716 €35,000 €55,000 N/R/ €27,600 $32,311 -21%
Dark Red over Beige. via Porsche Bologna, Italy, kept under cover, remarkably original condition, €5,000 in recent recommissioning. Totally original, Italian Libretto.
23 1968 Lancia Fulvia Rallye 1.3 HF Coupe 818.340.001328 €40,000 €70,000 N/R/ €51,750 $60,584 Mid
Red over Black. France ’68 (1), unnamed ’71 (2), vendor ’08 (3). Cosmetically restored by Franke in the Hague. Concours award winner. Original. French Carte Grise.
24 1971 Porsche 911E 2.2 Targa 9111210742 €60,000 €80,000 N/R/ €89,125 $104,339 10%
Silver over Black. US from the ’90s, poor condition, returned to Europe for a Belgian client, restored ’94 in current livery, presents beautifully. Belgian carte grise.
25 1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mark I BT7 HBT7L/4275 €60,000 €80,000 N/R/ €82,800 $96,934 7%
Ivory white over Red. US delivery to Claus Meisner, California, OEM engine #4940 and overdrive gearbox fitted at some point, Wendy Baldwin (2), unknown, Jim Levenson ’69 (3?), restored ’80s, Saxon Heard ’01 (4?), restoration begun ’02, completed in Belgium ’13. Docs and Belgian carte grise.
26 1968 Mercedes-Benz 280SL Convertible w Hardtop 113-044-10004805 €150,000 €250,000 N/R/ €172,500 $201,946 Mid
White over Blue leather. 5 speed ZF manual and LSD. Mr Herman Kaiser, Germany (1), Erna Kaffenberger ’72 (2), Mr Frank Bayer ’15 (3), mechanically overhauled, redone in original livery. Docs.
27 2000 BMW Z8 Convertible w Hardtop WBAEJ11040AF79320 €180,000 €240,000/ €316,250 $370,234 32%
Triple Black. Vendor ’01, 26,000km from new. Well maintained and stored, totally original. Belgian carte grise.
28 1957 Porsche 356A 1600 Speedster D 83456 €360,000 €420,000/ €391,000 $457,744 Mid
Black over Black. US spec car in Meissen Blue, later restored by Stoddard Imported Cars in ’89 in current livery for the Gobba’s. Docs.
29 1975 Porsche 911S 2.7 Sunroof Coupe 9115200813 €35,000 €45,000 N/R/ €44,850 $52,506 Mid
\Salmon Metallic over Cinnamon Leatherette. 5 speed manual. via Merlin Olsen Porsche/ Audi to Martin Yacoobian, California, USA (1), unknown, John Farsakian ’90s thru ’07, later to Netherlands ’08, Denmark vendor ’08, resprayed in original livery, 91,000 miles from new. Porsche COA, EU docs.
30 1989 BMW Z1 Roadster WBABA91020AL00171 €55,000 €75,000/ Not Sold N/A
Red over Grey leather. via Wyndhams of Cardiff to unnamed, UK (1), via Sytner ’93 to unknown (2), via Bonhams Olympia ’16 $52k to unnamed vendor (3). Well maintained. UK V5C and MoT. Docs.
31 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Serie 750 Coupe AR1493*04862 €85,000 €125,000/ Not Sold N/A
Black over Grey and white. W Y Humphreys, USA (1), unknown, Netherlands ’89, Belgium ’90s, restored by Charles Wijnands, beautiful condition. Belgian carte grise.
32 1967 Porsche 911S Sunroof Coupe 306438S €150,000 €200,000/ €212,750 $249,066 6%
Iish Green over Black leatherette. German delivery, US import ’77, unknown collector ’98, stored for a decade, restored to like new condition in the USA. Concours award winner. V5C and MoT. Offered at Bonham Goodwood FOS ’17.
33 2003 Aston Martin DB AR1 Roadster SCFAE62383K800023 €250,000 €350,000/ Not Sold N/A
Metallic Green over White leather. 23rd of 99 examples, Scott Stupay, USA (1), unknown, via Autosport Designs to Luca Freudiger, Switzerland ’08 (2?), via Nicholas Mee Ltd to Luxembourg vendor ’15 (3). Well maintained and docs.
34 1993 Jaguar XJ220 SAJJEAEXBAX220871 €350,000 €450,000/ €391,000 $457,744 Mid
Le Mans Blue over Smoke Grey leather. 31st example, delivered to Italy (1), very well preserved and maintained in original condition, 8,000km from new, serviced by Don Law. via RM London ’14 $266k.
35 2017 Mercedes-Maybach G650 Laundalette ?? On request/ €1,200,000 $1,404,840 N/A
White and Beige over unknown. 1 of 99. Being offered for charity, funds donated to “Laureus sport for good foundation”
36 1968 Ferrari 365GTC 12031 €730,000 €870,000/ €805,000 $942,414 Mid
Grigio Magmoud over Beige leather. via Garage Francorchamps to Mr Edouard Washer, Belgium (1), via Garage Francorchamps to unnamed, Netherlands ’70s (2), unknown, H L E Swarts ’82, redone in red with black interior, Fritz Kroymans ’87, Hans Jungblut ’04, restored by Garage Roelofs in original livery, well maintained by Forza Service, unnamed, Belgian vendir ’14, recent service by L’Officina. Docs. Classiche certified.
37 1956 Abarth 750 Allemano Spider 640586 €75,000 €90,000/ Not Sold N/A
Blue metallic over magnolia interior. Fully restored and presented in excellent condition in every respect, this matching-numbers car previously formed part of a well-known Italian Abarth collection. The documentation includes previous Italian registration papers and a UK V5 registration document. The current owner purchased the car in 2010, since when it has formed part of his UK-based private collection and been looked after by his in-house mechanic.
38 2011 BMW 1M Coupe WBSUR91020VS63712 €40,000 €60,000 N/R/ €57,500 $67,315 Mid
Burnt Orange over Grey leather. 1,947km from new. Well maintained. Perfect condition. TuV.
39 1956 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN2 Roadster BN2-L/232047 €85,000 €125,000/ €132,250 $154,825 6%
Healey Blue over Black leather. 4 speed with overdrive. Restored by Bart van Tiggelen. Sensibly upgraded for ease of use.
40 1961 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Roadster 10867S106343 €70,000 €90,000/ €115,000 $134,631 28%
Silver over Black. via Établissements C F Wismeyer & Co to Mr Armand Blaton, Belgium (1), minor accident and repair by Vesters & Neirinck. 1 owner and 90,000km from new. Highly original. Docs and Belgian carte grise.
41 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Turbo look Speesdster WP0EBO91SK173239 €260,000 €300,000/ Not Sold N/A
Silver over Black leather. Heinrichs, USA (1), very low mileage, Switzerland from ’08, 1680km from new. Docs.
42 1967 Citroen DS21 Decapotable 4473044 €190,000 €220,000/ €218,500 $255,798 Mid
Dark Blue over Beige leather. Chapron bodywork #9088, via Citroen Nice to Jean Thore (1), John Plooy, Netherlands ’01 (2), excellent original condition. Docs.
43 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 16927 €700,000 €800,000/ Not Sold N/A
Blu Scuro over Beige and Nero leather. via Garage Francorchamps in Blu Dino to Mr Bricoux, Belgium (1), unknown, Christian Plesner, Norway/ Switzerland (2?), restored with a 405hp engine by Graypaul Motiors, unnamed, Canada ’89, Dr Ferrara, USA ’06, Giacomo Ciaccia ’10, redone in current livery. Docs and Classiche certified. Presents beautifully, concours award winner.
44 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.2 Cabriolet €75,000 €95,000/ €86,250 $100,973 Mid
Dunkelblau Metallic over Perlgrau. 1 of 43. via Auto Rossel GmbH to unnamed, Germany (1), unnamed, Italy ’92 (2), Netherlands ’17 (3). 107,000km from new, resprayed ’16, flawless. Docs.
45 1999 Aston Martin V8 Volante LWB Cabriolet SCFDAM2CCXBL89055 €170,000 €250,000/ €207,000 $242,335 Mid
Pentland Green over Magnolia/ Forest leather. 1 of 64. LHD, via Michiels to unnamed, Belgium (1), 50,000km from new. Excellent. Docs.
46 1976 Porsche 930 9306700411 €180,000 €240,000/ €195,500 $228,872 Mid
Sienna Metallic over Brown – Beige. via Otto Glocker to Mme Padevain-Dupont, Germany (1). 1 family owner and 148,000km from new. Well maintained. Porsche COA.
47 1965 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2 Roadster 1E10844 €180,000 €220,000/ €250,700 $293,494 14%
Gunmetal metallic over Black leather. via JDNY to Captain Theodore R Tipo, USA (1), unknown, later to Italy, part restored, UK, concours level restoration by JagShop. MoT and V5C.
48 1966 Morgan Plus 4 Competition Roadster 6135 €50,000 €70,000/ €63,250 $74,047 Mid
Green over Black leather. via Baron Jacques Elleboudt to unknown, Belgium, later discovered in barn find condition, Triumph TR4 engine #510084 fitted, restored by Hans Natens ’91, vendor ’93, beautiful condition. 12,000km since restoration. Docs.
49 1928 Rally ABC Sports 600 €80,000 €120,000/ €143,750 $168,288 20%
Blue over Black. 30HP Ruby DS Grand Sport engine fitted. Unknown, Hans Bodmer, Switzerland ’80s, Deutsches Automuseum ’84, vendor ’10s, presented in beautiful condition, Dutch registration.
50 1994 Ferrari 456GT 97460 €60,000 €80,000 N/R/ €69,000 $80,778 Mid
Agento Nurburgring Metallic over Jeans Blu leather. Manual. FA. Stolze Zweiradteile, Germany (1), unknown, Netherlands from ’06, well maintained, €3,000 in receipts, 39,643km from new. Docs.
51 1963 Mercedes-Benz 220SEB Convertible WDB11102310045491 €100,000 €150,000/ €103,500 $121,167 Mid
Graphite Grey over Red Leather. via Mercedes-Benz Switzerland to unknown, vendor since ’99, restored ’03 onwards, excellent. TuV.
52 1973 Alfa Romeo Montreal AR1426316 €60,000 €70,000/ €74,750 $87,510 7%
Rosso over Nero cloth. Italian car, unknown, UK vendor ’13. Italian libretto and docs.
53 1970 Alfa Romeo GT 1300 Junior Z AR1800032 €45,000 €55,000/ €41,400 $48,467 8%
Champagne metallic over Neo vinyl. Italian car, 3 owners from new. Beautifully presented. Italian libretto and docs.
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