Bentley 3-Litre “Red Label” Speed Model Tourer – 1926

Bentley 3-Litre

Coachwork by Vanden Plas
Chassis n° LM1342
Registration n° F8689

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Bonhams
Estimated : € 650.000 – 850.000
Sold for € 701.500

Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
February 2018

– One of 513 Speed Models built
– Rare original aluminium body
– Full matching numbers
– Exceptionally original
– Well documented history
– Restored by Graham Moss
– Pebble Beach 2015 Class Award

With characteristic humility ‘W O’ was constantly amazed by the enthusiasm of later generations for the products of Bentley Motors Limited, and it is testimony to the soundness of his engineering design skills that so many of his products have survived. From the humblest of beginnings in a mews garage off Baker Street, London in 1919 the Bentley rapidly achieved fame as an exciting fast touring car, well able to compete with the best of European and American sports … Read More

Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupé – 1966

Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2 Coupé - 1966

Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring
Chassis n° 0757

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Bonhams
Estimated : € 520.000 – 580.000

Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
February 2018

– Formerly the property of the Dutch Lamborghini Club president
– One of 247 produced
– Matching chassis and engine numbers
– Delivered new to the USA
– Recorded in the Lamborghini Registry
– Near concours condition

It is the stuff of legend that Ferrari-owning industrialist Ferruccio Lamborghini only turned to automobile manufacture as a result of receiving off-hand treatment at Maranello, vowing to build a better car. A successful manufacturer of tractors and related machinery, Lamborghini possessed the resources to realise his dream without having to compromise.

Lamborghini’s first production car, the Touring-styled 350 GT, debuted at the 1964 Geneva Motor Show. The work of two of Italy’s most illustrious automobile designers, the 350 GT featured a glorious 3.5-litre, … Read More

Veritas 2000 RS

Veritas 2000 RS

Chassis : BMW 315 Roadster – 1935

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Bonhams
Estimated : € 300.000 – 400.000
Sold for € 264.500

Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
February 2018

– Rare post-war German sports car
– Based on a BMW 315 Roadster
– Restored in the 2000s to current specifications
– FIA and FIVA papers (2015)
– Registered in Holland

An intriguing fusion of pre-war mechanical components and post-war style, the BMW-based Veritas dates from the late 1940s, a period when the scarcity of readily available competition cars led to the creation of numerous interesting ‘specials’. BMW’s 328 had been the outstanding sports car of the late 1930s, and its powerful 2.0-litre six-cylinder engine was the power plant of choice for many an independent constructor.

Veritas was founded in West Germany by Ernst Loof, Georg Meier and Lorenz Dietrich, who had met in Paris during … Read More

Maybach SW 38 Spezial-Cabriolet – 1939

Maybach SW 38 Spezial-Cabriolet - 1939

THE MAYBACH SW-38

Gottlieb Daimler and Wilhelm Maybach can be considered two grandfathers of mechanical transportation, and both the Daimler Motoren Gesellschaft and the Maybach Motorenbau had great impact on the early history of the automobile. Wilhlem Maybach worked closely with Gottlieb Daimler during the development of the very first automobile at roughly the same time that Karl Benz was developing his Patentmotorwagen.

Maybach was an incredibly gifted engineer, who among his many inventions could count the honeycomb radiator and the atomising carburetor. Prior to and during World War I, he performed development work on a number of aircraft engines, while perfecting his own large displacement V-12 used to power the dirigibles invented by Count Zeppelin. Maybach’s original intention was to remain an engine manufacturer, but he had difficulty finding a market for his technically superior, but always expensive and complex products.

The first Maybach W3 automobile was introduced in … Read More