Two of Nigel Mansell’s iconic F1 cars are heading to RM Sotheby’s Monaco sale, offered directly from the 1992 World Champion’s private collection. The Ferrari 640 that gave Mansell his first win for the Scuderia at the opening race of the 1989 season in Brazil is estimated to fetch €2,500,000 – 5,000,000; while perhaps more famous is the Williams FW14 that he drove to five victories in 1991, including that year’s British Grand Prix where he stopped on his victory lap to offer Ayrton Senna a lift after the Brazilian ran out of fuel (estimate €1,500,000 – 3,000,000).
Other blue-chip competition cars include the ex-Lammers/Jones/Wallace Jaguar XJR-9 that won the 1990 24 Hours of Daytona (estimate €1,900,000 – 2,400,000) and a 1969 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3 that is believed to have been campaigned in 1970 by Nanni Galli and Rolf Stommelen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and by Toine Hezemans and Masten Gregory at the Targa Florio (estimate €1,700,000 – 2,100,000).
Topping the inventory is a 1953 Ferrari 340 MM Spider, one of only 4 examples with Vignale coachwork and a multiple race winner in period in the hands of its first owner Sterling Edwards (estimate €6,000,000 – 8,000,000). Among the other stand-out Ferraris on offer, RM’s 1973 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider is one of 96 delivered to the US and is presented in its original scheme of Giallo Fly over Pelle Nera with just 34,624 miles and Ferrari Classiche certification (estimate €2,000,000 – 2,200,000); and the 1965 275 GTB – which started life as a press car in France – has been owned by the consignor since 1998 and also comes with the coveted Classiche ‘Red Book’ (estimate €1,700,000 – 1,800,000).
A 1927 Bugatti Type 35 B heads the catalogue at Bonhams’ Monaco sale on 13 May, estimated to achieve €2,000,000 – 3,000,000. Residing with the current owner in Belgium since 1975, it comes with a well-documented history and is one of only around 45 examples built.
Highlights among the Porsches include a 26,000-km 1988 959 Komfort, recently given a €72,000 service at Porsche Padua (estimate €1,400,000 – 1,600,000); an 8,845-km 1997 GT2 originally supplied to Japan and now Italian registered (estimate €850,000 – 1,150,000); and a barely-used 2016 911 R with 800km from new (estimate €300,000 – 400,000).
Also set to cross the block is a 1970 Jaguar E-Type Series II 4.2 Roadster that was gifted to the vendor, Fredy Zurbrügg, by Steve McQueen while filming ‘Le Mans’, in recognition of the Swiss chef’s skills in catering for the 800 cast and crew members. Owned by Zurbrügg ever since, the car is in a totally original unrestored condition with fewer than 46,000 miles (estimate €250,000 – 350,000).
Star of the show at Aguttes’ Vente des Damiers in Cassel, France on 1 May is a 1958 OSCA Tipo S that was delivered new to Luigi Chinetti, before being sold to Lucky Casner’s Scuderia Camoradi in 1959. After a DNF at the Sebring 12 Hours, chassis 763 was sold the following year to Gordon Heald who took a third in class at Watkins Glen in 1961. Remaining in long-term ownership until 2004 when it was imported into France, Aguttes have indicated a guide of €600,000 – 700,000.
Classic car auction price estimates for: Ferrari | Williams | Jaguar | Alfa Romeo | Bugatti | Porsche | OSCA
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