The catalogue cover star at Bonhams’ Monaco sale, a 1936 Delahaye 135 S with period competition history, sold immediately following the auction for an undisclosed figure within its €800,000 – 1,100,000 estimate.
A 1991 Isdera Imperator 108i didn’t disappoint on the day, hammered away in front of an enthusiastic live audience for €690,000 – at the top end of its €500,000 – 700,000 guide. Developed from the Mercedes-Benz CW311 concept car, first Imperators were powered by a 5-litre 296bhp Mercedes V8 with interior features sourced from the Porsche 928. Bonhams’ left-hand drive Series 2 car started life in Japan and received a €130,000 restoration in October 2017 after the consignor’s acquisition.
Other notable success included a Monaco-registered 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 Touring at €540,500 (estimate €450,000 – 550,000); a right-hand drive 1968 Aston Martin DB6 Volante with a factory-fitted five-speed manual gearbox and power assisted steering went for €460,000 (estimate €450,000 – 550,000); and a 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux, the first Ventoux ever made and the only Type 57 equipped with a factory-fitted sunroof, changed hands for €385,250 (estimate €350,000 – 450,000).
An unrestored 1970 Aston Martin DBS Vantage requiring recommissioning smashed its €80,000 – 100,000 estimate at Osenat’s Versailles sale on 25 April, selling for €170,400. The auction also saw strong demand for a 1973 Porsche 911 ST by PS Automobile which brought €182,400 (estimate €150,000 – 180,000), while a US-delivered 1952 Jaguar XK 120 Roadster drew a mid-estimate €82,000.
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