Bonhams’ First Scottsdale Auction


Bonhams welcomes collectors to its inaugural Scottsdale, AZ, auction at the Westin Keirland Resort and Spa, with pre-auction viewing starting Tuesday January 17th at 10 am and the auction starts at 1 pm Thursday.

On offer are a wide range of collector automobiles, from the mammoth Allison aircraft-engined 1954 Cramer Comet — with 1,350 horsepower under its hood — to a 5-horsepower Oldsmobile from the dawn of motoring.

Bringing the best of the Muscle Car era to Scottsdale, Bonhams presents immaculate examples of the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible and GT500 KR Fastback — and a unique 1971 Ford Mustang 429 Super Cobra Jet Sports Roof edition.

Alongside these are celebrity automobiles from Marlene Dietrich’s own Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformable Cabriolet by Hibbard and Darrin to Bing Crosby’s Aston Martin DB6.

Cars for road events include a 1956 AC Ace Bristol two seater in preservation order, a beautifully restored 1958 Fiat Abarth 750 Double Bubble coupe and an ex-Monte Carlo Rally Bentley R-type Saloon.

Sports racing is covered with a series of racing Porsches, led by the ex-Works 1967Porsche 906E Einspritzrung “Long Nose, Short Tail” Endurance Racer, which won the USRRC Under 2 liter Class in 1967 after competing as a works entry for Gregg and Buzzetta at Sebring. Also on offer is a 1977 911S/RSR IMSA racer, a 911S racer and two 962s.

Those seeking vintage European luxury need look no further than an immaculate Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca by Barker, a restored, concours-level Isotta Fraschini Torpedo Phaeton and a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet.

From the United States, a Murphy-bodied Duesenberg Model J Convertible Sedan will cross the block.

In addition to cars, there is memorabilia, such as signs and art — as well as hood ornaments and the personal library of legendary journalist David E. Davis, Jr.

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