Bonhams’ kickstarts its October calendar stateside with a boutique sale at The Audrain Concours in Newport on the 1st. Highlights at the top end include a 1963 Shelby Cobra 260 with documented provenance in the Shelby Registry (estimate $750,000 – 950,000); a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing from the Academy of Art University Museum (estimate $1,300,000 – 1,600,000); and a concours award-winning 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost 'London-Edinburgh' Tourer which has spent the majority of its life in Australia (estimate $1,450,000 – 1,850,000).
Also set to cross the block is a two-owner 29,000-mile 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona, offered in original unrestored condition at $650,000 – 750,000, while a one-of-150 1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30 heads the contemporary machinery with a guide of $400,000 – 475,000.
Bonhams is back in action at the end of the month with the Greenwich Concours Auction, slated to run this year as an online only event. Notable early consignments listed at no reserve include a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage, a 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur and a 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V.
Mecum’s Chattanooga sale on 15-16 October features a 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder that was owned by both Carroll Shelby and Dan Gurney. Campaigned by Dan Gurney’s All American Racers and driven in period by Jerry Grant, it has more recently appeared at Rolex Monterey Reunions, Road America Concours and The Quail.
RM Sotheby’s 15th annual Hershey sale takes place on 7-8 October, where three cars from the Robert Thayer collection are among the star attractions. Jewel in the trio is a 1931 Duesenberg Model J Roadster that won awards at Amelia Island and Pebble Beach concours in 2011, following a body-off restoration at RM Auto Restoration (estimate $1,400,000 – 1,800,000).
Elsewhere, European offerings include a 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Sport Cabriolet with bills in excess of $175,000 for recent mechanical works (estimate $275,000 – 325,000); a 1984 Ferrari 512 BBi showing just 33,800km (estimate $225,000 – 250,000); and a US-delivered matching-numbers 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series I 3.8 Coupe (estimate $90,000 – 110,000).
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