From race to road: Quail Lodge 2018

by Samarth Kanal on 20th August 2018

Bonhams is selling a number of road cars borne out of their racing cousins at the Quail Lodge auction on August 24

Bonhams Alfa Romeo 6C Competizione

Bonhams’ Quail Lodge Auction is a collection of unique road cars, many of them race-bred rarities.

But the 1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione actually did race. Designed to win the Mille Miglia, Consalvo Sanesi and Guilio Sala’s 1948 Mille Miglia didn’t end in triumph – Sanesi crashed it and tore off the roof. The second 6C was bought by privateer Franco Rol, who ran it off the road at the same event – but he won his class in the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti with a fifth place finish. For £2,400,000, this Alfa could find a new owner on August 24.

Many of the cars on offer are eligible for concours entries, including one of 33 Siata 208S Spiders. This 1953 example could fetch £1,400,000 at auction, and is also eligible for the Mille Miglia Storica and other historic rallies.

Headlining the Ferraris is a 1962 250GT SWB Berlinetta, with coachwork by Scaglietti and design by Pinin Farina. Having won numerous awards, and still in its factory grey, it could fetch £1,400,000.

America’s appetite for Porsche 365s is insatiable, and this 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS – customised by Los Angeles-based hot-rodder Dean Jeffries – is unique with its pearlescent silver coat and numerous awards. It kickstarted Jeffries’ career as a customiser and is estimated to fetch up to £470,000 at auction. A 1958 356A Speedster could fetch half a million pounds at the same sale with four more 356s offered.

Porsche 365A Bonhams Quail Lodge

The list of Porsches at Quail Lodge is long, with a number of 911s, including a £160,000 911 RS Outlaw, offered. And a 944 Turbo, a prototype that is believed to be the second built, is expected to fetch more than £78,000. Using Porsche 911 chassis, RUF made a name for itself as a manufacturer of outrageous German hypercars. The 2009 CTR3, a custom-built successor to the famous ‘Yellowbird’, could fetch up to £710,000.

For those inclined towards the hypercar, the Bugatti Chiron represents the summit and, as one of just 500 built, this French racing blue Chiron could sell for up to £3,100,000.

As for Bentley, three salient examples could sell here. Major E G Thomson’s (notable supporter of Scottish racing squad Ecurie Ecosse) 1929 Bentley 4.5-litre Sports Tourer, with coachwork by Vanden Plas, could fetch £1,200,000. For up to £2,400,000, a 1928 Bentley 6.5-litre Open Sports Tourer could find a new owner, its lofty price tag owing to a unique Barker body style. And a hulking 1931 8-litre ‘Silent Bloc’ Saloon could take £1,300,000.

Of course, there’s a good dose of Americana to be found. The 1970 Plymouth Superbird, a product of NASCAR competition with its huge rear wing and wide tyres, is set to sell for up to £160,000. Also starring is the 1966 Ford Mustang GT 289 Hardtop for £20,000, a 1969 Shelby GT500 Convertible (£120,000) and a 1938 ‘Detroit Deluxe Special’ Midget Racecar for £26,000.

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