Bonhams Cover Car is Scottsdale Star ... Rare BMW Tops 10th Anniversary Scottsdale Auction


Lot 115 - 1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster   s_n  70205 Est. $1,900,000 -  2,300,000

Lot 115 - 1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster s_n 70205 Est. $1,900,000 - 2,300,000

 

Scottsdale, 23rd January, 2021

An example of one of BMW’s most collectible and coveted models, a 1959 507 Series II Roadster, was the top lot as well as the cover star of the 10th anniversary Bonhams Scottsdale Auction on 21 January, selling for US$1,809,000 following a tense bidding battle.

Bonhams Motor Cars’ first sale of the year used the successful Bonhams Live and Online format, introduced in 2020 in response to the global pandemic, and had an impressive sell-through rate of 78 per cent.

From the start the tone was set when a 1993 Land Rover Defender 110 NAS doubled its low estimate to sell for $123,200 - one of numerous cars being the subject of long battles between bidders around the country and the world. 

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Jakob Greisen, Vice President, Bonhams US Motoring, said: “We’re very happy to have got our year off to such a good start in Arizona. We had a lot of interest before and during the sale, reflected in a very satisfactory sell-through rate.”

Other cars shining in the Arizona sun at the Westin KierlandResort included another desirable continental convertible of the 1950s, a 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300 Sc Roadster, one of just 53 Roadster variants produced, which made $698,000.

A third collectible convertible from another era, a 2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato Volante, the very first of the 99 Zagato Volantes, sold for US$538,500. 

1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster

Inspired by the American market and designed by the noted Count Graf von Goertz,the 507 was BMW’s flagship sportscar of the 1950s and its most expensive – just 253 cars were sold to the likes of Elvis Presley and the Aga Khan.

The example offered, fitted with an extremely rare and original Becker Mexico Radio, had been in the USA since new, with previous owners including the grandson of RKO studios founder Shane O’Neil. It was sold following 30 years in the possession of its vendor, a prominent private collector.

Further highlights from the sale were: 

Alfa Romeo-based 6C 2300 Monza Replica. A recreation of the 1930s racing legend, which was four years in the making, sold for US$406,500

Rünge RS010, sold for US$240,800. A one-off aluminium mid-engined sports racer, inspired by sports cars and aircraft of the 1950s.

1992 Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evoluzione 1 – a well-preserved, low mileage example of this recognised modern classic, with desirable Martini 6 livery. Sold for US$182,000.

Meanwhile, Bonhams New York’s Fine Motoring Mascot Online Auction, also finished yesterday, with a 100 per cent sell-through rate and total exceeding the pre-sale estimate by 25 per cent. 

The sale attracted bidders from around the world with stand-out sales including the top lot, a 1920s nickel-plated bronze ‘A girl in a Cape’ mascot which achieved US$5,100, ten times its pre-sale estimate. 

The Bonhams US motors team is now actively consigning for The Amelia Island Auction which has been rescheduled to May 20, in line with the deferred Amelia Island Concours d’Elégance.

Lot

Description

S/N

Estimates

Price incl. Buyer’s Premium

101

1990 Jaguar XJ-S V12 Cabriolet

SAJNW4840LC
171290

$20,000  -  25,000
(NR)

$14,000 €11,515

102

1993 Land Rover Defender 110 NAS

SALDH1288PA
917784

$60,000  -  90,000
(NR)

$123,200 €101,332

103

1956 Continental Mark II

C5691256

$75,000  -  95,000
(NR)

$59,360 €48,823

104

2008 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

WP0AB29978S
731472

$55,000  -  75,000
(NR)

$49,280 €40,532

105

1969 Chevrolet Camaro SS Restomod 

124379L506417

$140,000  -  170,000

Not Sold

106

1956 Mercedes-Benz 300Sc Roadster 

188.015.55.
00016

$775,000  -  875,000

$698,000 €574,107

107

1954 Kurtis 500KK SR-100

MKK55

$130,000  -  160,000

$89,600 €73,696

108

1969 Triumph Group 44 GT6+ MK II

KC57687L

$50,000  -  70,000

$68,320 €56,193

109

1971 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce 

AR1532080

$50,000  -  65,000

$39,200 €32,242

110

1958 Porsche 356A 1600 T2 Speedster

84140

$475,000  -  550,000

Not Sold

111

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2

1E32420

$160,000  -  210,000

$218,400 €179,634

112

1968 Lamborghini 400GT Islero 2+2

6318

$200,000  -  250,000

$183,680 €151,077

113

1986 Ferrari  Testarossa

65811

$65,000  -  85,000

$67,200 €55,272

114

1954 Mi-Val Tipo MO Mivalino

30231

$50,000  -  75,000
(NR)

$80,640 €66,326

115

1959 BMW 507 Series II Roadster 

70205

$1,900,000  -  2,300,000

$1,809,000 €1,487,909

116

1991 Lancia Delta HF Intergrale Evo

ZLA831AB000
580638

$160,000  -  190,000

$182,000 €149,695

117

1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Roadster

S830667DN

$130,000  -  170,000

$145,600 €119,756

118

1965 Ford Lotus Cortina MK I

424440

$75,000  -  125,000

Not Sold

119

2018 Porsche 911 GT3 Touring

WP0ACZA94JS
177094

$175,000  -  200,000

$184,800 €151,998

120

2018 Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato
Volante

SCFPMCRZ3JGK
34150

$500,000  -  700,000

$538,500 €442,918

121

≈1960 Runge RS010  

72582010

$225,000  -  250,000

$240,800 €198,058

122

1955 Arnolt-Bristol Bolide Bertone

X404-3005

$280,000  -  320,000

$224,000 €184,240

123

1966 Jaguar E-Type Series I 4.2
Roadster 

1E12333

$130,000  -  160,000

Not Sold

124

1993 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV

SCAZD02D2PCX
40502

$70,000  -  90,000

Not Sold

125

1960 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk I BT7

11BT7L/10808

$40,000  -  50,000
(NR)

$36,960 €30,399

126

1939 Mercedes-Benz 540K
Special Cabriolet A 

408371

 

Not Sold

127

1954 Fiat 1100/103 Turismo
Veloce Charmant 

103.049126

$175,000  -  225,000

$190,400 €156,604

128

1959 Elva MK IV Sports Racer 

4L100/61

$80,000  -  120,000

Not Sold

129

1988 Porsche  911 Carrera 3.2 Targa

WP0EB0916JS
160661

$85,000  -  115,000

$100,800 €82,908

130

≈1937 Alfa Romeo Based 6C 2300 Monza Replica

813900

$300,000  -  400,000

$406,500 €334,347

131

1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster

672233

$120,000  - $ 150,000

Not Sold

132

1938 Buick Roadmaster Series 80C
Sport Phaeton 

13347682

$50,000  -  75,000

$52,640 €43,296

133

1967 Cadillac Eldorado Coupe

H7292587

$8,000  -  12,000
(NR)

$7,280
€5,987

134

1968 Chevrolet Corvette L79 327/350HP

194378S425593

$40,000  -  50,000
(NR)

$24,640 €20,266

135

1912 Maxwell Special Touring

87475

30,000  -  40,000
(NR)

$25,760 €21,187

136

1969 Mercedes-Benz 300 SEL 6.3 Sedan 

109.018.12.
000686

6,000  -  8,000
(NR)

$24,640 €20,266


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