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Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction

Bonhams - Quail Lodge Auction August 2013
Bonhams 16th annual Carmel automotive auction – the longest running sale during the Monterey Peninsula Car Week – was a resounding success with a nearly 90 per cent sale-through rate and nearly $33 million realized.

The Bonhams pavilion, situated on the spacious western lawns of Quail Lodge in sunny Carmel Valley, hosted an incredibly busy viewing in a lovely garden party atmosphere. Buyers from around the world came to view some of the rarest and most important cars ever offered, which resulted in a packed salesroom on auction day. 'It was the most attended preview and auction in memory,' said Bonhams Group Director of Motoring James Knight.

The most popular car of the auction in terms of consistent crowds of admirers and cameras, as well sales price, was the utterly distinct 1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter Supercharged Le Mans racer from the Charles R.J. Noble Collection. Spirited bidding in the salesroom and on the telephones elicited excitement among the crowd as the car realized $4,647,500 from a private European buyer, resulting in a new record for a production blower Bentley.

Another crowd-creating and news-making car, the stunning one-off 1954 New York Auto Show, 1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Coupé by Vignale, made the audience erupt in cheers as it achieved an astonishing result and sold for $2,805,000.

The incredibly original Car and Driver test car 1962 Shelby AC Cobra from the Stan Hallinan Collection also achieved a new record for the model as it brought $2,068,000 to the delight of all in attendance.

The 1952 Earls Court Motor Show and 1953 Sebring 12 Hours, 1952 Frazer-Nash Le Mans MkII sold for $1 million, setting a new world record for the marque.

Overall, 10 cars sold for more than $1 million with several new world records achieved. Additional records achieved for marque models include: Austin-Healey 3000, Lamborghini Countach, Lancia B24S Spider America, Lotus 22, and a Mercedes-Benz Bus.

Furthermore, more than $1.6 million was realized for the automobilia section, always a popular attraction at Bonhams' sales, with a Ferrari 625 LM 2.5-Liter 4-cylinder engine selling for $326,500 and a rare 1925 Lalique Comete glass mascot making $120,100.

'We achieved outstanding results for exceptional motorcars and demonstrated once again the strength of the highest end of the market,' said Bonhams Group CEO Malcolm Barber. 'Our international team was on site servicing a clientele that spans the globe, and whether it's making records this month in California or last month in England, the Bonhams motoring group, as market leaders, is one of the finest anywhere.'

A complete list of sales results is available at bonham.com/quail.

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1901 De Dion Bouton Vis-A-Vis  
1902 Knox Model C  
1906 Autocar Type 10  
1908 Sharp Arrow Four  
1910 Buick Model 10  
1910 Mercedes-Benz 45HP  
1910 Peerless Model 29  
1912 Cadillac Model 30  
1914 American Underslung  
1924 Bugatti Type 35  
1925 Locomobile Model 48  
1928 Bugatti Type 44  
1929 Packard 640 Custom Eight  
1930 Cadillac Series 452A V16  
1930 Delage DR70  
1931 Bentley 4.5-Liter  
1934 DeSoto Airflow  
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve  
1938 Packard 1608 Twelve  
1947 Tatra T87  
1948 Ford Super Deluxe V8  
1949 Delahaye Type 175  
1950 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith  
1951 Aston Martin DB2  
1952 Frazer Nash LeMans  
1952 Mercedes-Benz 300  
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa  
1953 Jaguar XK120  
1953 Morgan Plus Four  
1955 Lancia Aurelia  
1957 Lancia Aurelia  
1957 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud  
1958 Lister Knobbly  
1959 AC Ace Bristol  
1959 Jaguar XK150  
1959 Lotus Elite S1  
1959 Triumph TR3A  
1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider  
1962 Lotus Type 22  
1963 Fiat 1100  
1963 Ford Galaxie  
1963 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL  
1963 Shelby Cobra 289  
1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III  
1964 BMW 3200CS  
1965 Aston Martin DB5  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS  
1966 Ferrari 330 GTC  
1966 Lotus Cortina MKI  
1967 Jaguar XKE E-Type  
1968 Aston Martin DBS  
1970 Mercedes-Benz 280 SE  
1972 BMW 2000  
1972 Lancia Stratos HF  
1974 Maserati Merak  
1986 Ferrari 328  
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS  
2006 Ford GT  
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