The Bonhams Zoute Sale: 10 Okt 2021, 14:00 CEST. Leading the sale is a rare and desirable 1994 Bugatti EB110 Super Sport, estimate €2,000,000-2,500,000, one of only 30 examples built.
The Zoute Sale will be a traditional live auction, held in accordance with local government COVID-19 guidelines, with bids accepted from the sale room, in addition to online telephone and absentee bids. More information.
Ex-King Baudouin and Prince Sultan Bin Saoud Motor Cars offered. Royal families across the world have had a long association with the finest motor cars since the dawn of motoring. Two such examples will be offered at The Zoute Sale including the Cadillac belonging to King Baudouin, used for his wedding to Queen Fabiola.
The classic Cadillac will be joined on the red carpet at Knokke-Heist by a 1960s Maserati, which first appeared in a Fellini film and was formerly owned by the Saudi Prince Sultan Bin Saoud.
The 1954 Cadillac Series 62 Convertible ‘State Limousine’ (€ 70,000 – 90,000), a symbol of American automotive design, was styled during the firm’s spectacular ‘fins’ period, powered by its famous V8 engine and is one of the most coveted post-war Cadillacs. A 1955 model, it was delivered new to the Belgian royal family in 1954 with unique features including the split front bench, handle on the windscreen pillar and a Plexiglas removable roof ‘Bubble top’ by Duchatelet.
Belonging to King Baudouin and Queen Fabiola, it famously served as the Royal couple’s wedding car in December 1960 and thereafter participated in many more state occasions. The current owner oversaw a professional restoration by specialists L’Atelier Des Coteaux in France.
HRH Prince Sultan Bin Saoud was the second owner of the 1964 Maserati 3.5-Litre Mistral Spyder (estimate €350,000 – 400,000),which had previously starred in the Fellini film Giulietta degli Spiriti (Juliet of the Spirits). This car was the third of 27 Pietro Frua-styled Mistral Spyders produced with the 3.5-litre engine and the last of the classic six-cylinder Maseratis.
Following its film role, it was sold in 1965 by the Maserati agent in Athens, Greece to HRH Prince Sultan Bin Saoud. Later, the Maserati somehow ended up in Beirut, Lebanon, changing hands several times before being damaged in the civil war of 1975. In 1988 the matching numbers car was rescued by the vendor and since then has undergone an extensive two-stage restoration.
Other Italian exotica flying the tricolore at the sale include:
1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, estimate €1,000,000 – 1,500,000
1989 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta, estimate €1,000,000 – 1,500,000, to be offered without reserve. A time-warp one owner example of Ferrari’s 40th anniversary supercar, ordered new from Garage Francorchamps. Dry-stored since 1992, this outstandingly original F40 has covered fewer than 1,800 kilometres from new.
1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7-litre Spyder, coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia, estimate €500,000 – 700,000
A rare 1970 Maserati Ghibli 4.7-litre Spyder, estimate €500,000 – 700,000, coachwork by Carrozzeria Ghia. One of only 125 such Spyders produced, this recently re-commissioned example is offered from long-term ownership of 20 years.
Lancia B24S Spider America, coachwork by Pinin Farina, estimate €800,000 – 1,000,000
Lancia B24S Spider America, coachwork by Pinin Farina, estimate €800,000 – 1,000,000. Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in 1955, the B24 was the ultimate Aurelia, recognised as one of Pinin Farina’s most beautiful designs. Produced for one year only, a total of 240 were made, of which this example is one of 181 left-hand drive cars. Professionally restored to original specification, this car is fitted with the desirable hardtop and a very rare original type ‘Condor Electronic’ radio and is offered from long-term ownership.
Further highlights of the sale, which offers the finest examples from the most important European marques, include a single-owner important Lancia collection; a 1955 Facel Vega FV1 Cabriolet, one of only seven built (estimate €340,000 – 450,000); a 1957 AC Bristol Roadster (€280,000 – 320,000), eligible for prestigious classic motoring events; and a quartet of Aston Martin sports cars, led by a 1962 DB4 Series 3 Saloon, estimate €280,000 – 340,000, all left-hand drive from new and all offered at no reserve.
Entry to the sale is by ticket to the Zoute Grand Prix of which The Zoute Sale is an integral feature; potential bidders are requested to register in advance to ensure their place. The auction will also be streamed live and will offer enhanced video content of the lots.
Pre-sale viewing will take place from Thursday 7 until Saturday 9 October, from 08.00 – 15.00, and on the Sunday sale day from 08.00 until 14.00 when the auction starts.
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