Racing Greats and Grand Routiers at Bonhams Monaco
|Friday, 27 April 2012 14:22|
Now in its 26th year, Bonhams celebrated sale 'Les Grandes Marques à Monaco' will be held at the Musée des Voitures du Prince, Monte Carlo on the 11th May and will once again be under the patronage of the Grimaldi Family. The sale also coincides with the biannual Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the focal point for historic motor racing enthusiasts during May.
Highlights from the Sale include examples from Bugatti, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati and Facel Vega.
Particularly relevant to the Monaco sale is the ex-Bosse 'Bo' Ljungfeldt, 1963 Monte Carlo Rally, 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint. Estimated at $200k–$260k, it is the only car to have ever won every single stage of the Monte Carlo Rally.
A 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport Spider is estimated at $1.1m–$1.3m and a rare 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Estate/Station-Wagon that was formally the property of French Alfa Romeo racing driver Fernand Masoero is estimated to sell for $40k–$59k.
A 1938 Bugatti Type 57 C Roadster rebuilt in Switzerland during the 1960s in the style of the well known Colonel Freddie Giles Type 57S Corsica Roadster is estimated to sell for$420k–$580k. The car has been extensively restored in the United States, where it has formed part of some high profile collections, before returning to Europe for the first time since the 1970s.
Bonhams will also be offering two examples of prototype/show cars. A 1972 Citroen SM one-off prototype by Frua that was exhibited at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show and 1973 Barcelona Motor Show is estimated at $180k–$240k. The car has been in private ownership since 1988 and has not been shown publically since then. With an estimate of $660k–$790k a further highlight includes a 1980 Ferrari Pinin, a one-off 4 door motorized prototype by Pinin Farina.
The Automobilia section of the sale features a particularly fine private collection. In addition, this year's Monaco sale also sees the inclusion of a single owner collection of Heuer chronograph watches.
View the catalog here.