The Grand Palais is a spectacular setting for any event with its glass roof and prominent arches, but the more than 130 cars and 200 pieces of automotive memorabilia on offer during this year’s Bonhams’ Paris auction were a seamless addition to this space.
The sale included cars from ever possible era – pre-war vintages, post war classics as well as modern classics from the 70s onwards. The two highlights were the ex-Earl Howe, Pierre Levegh 1935 Bugatti 57T and the 1904 Fiat Type 24/32 rear-entrance tonneau, both achieving €713,000. The Fiat 24/32 was offered from the collection of the late Jan Bruijn, a prominent European collector. Some other examples of the 19 –cars from this collection on sale here were 1907 Minerva Type K 40HP Limousine/torpedo convertible and a 1934 Minerva Type AL 40 CV Coupé Sport. Some of the more prominent newer cars were the 1974 Lamborghini Countach LP400 ‘Periscopo’ achieving €638,250 and the 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S 3.4-Litre Roadster. A world record for an auction was set when the 1926 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer sold for €701,500. Some other prominent cars sold were a 1970 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona Spider Conversion, a 1957 Mercedes Benz roadster in competition SLS spec, a 1928 Bugatti Type 40 Grand Sport and a 1954 Aston Martin DB 2/4 3 litre Cabriolet.
A few other oddities present were a bright scarlet IVECO ex-Ferrari F1 bus used during the Schumacher era, a bright purple Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, a tiny Vespa 400 microcar, an amphibious Amphicar and a black and red Metro Turbo. A standout was the legendary Group B Lancia Delta Integrale.
The 7 hour auction saw about 77% of the cars sell for a total of €14,930,317. Interestingly, a 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 S Coupe received a million euro bid and would have been the most expensive sale but the bid was not accepted leaving the car unsold.
The Bonhams Paris auction held on 8th February was a must visit event for any motoring enthusiast. For the ones who missed out, the rich history of the cars on display and the grandiose setting has been uniquely captured in our photo gallery below.
I enjoyed my experience at the Bonhams Paris Auction and I bring to you exclusive pictures as below.