Les Grand Marques Du Monde Line Up At Bonhams Sale in Paris

4 February 2021

Aston Martin, Ferrari and Lagonda are just three ‘grandes marques du monde’ which will be offered by Bonhams when the auction house returns to Paris for an exclusive ‘boutique’ motor car sale on 4 February 2021. 

1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, estimate €450,000 – 600,000

Early consignments to the sale, which will open the Bonhams 2021 European motoring calendar, are led by a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II, estimate €450,000 – 600,000. Known as the ‘Gentleman’s Express’, the DB4 was the fastest and most powerful British production car of its day.



It was also the first Aston Martin to carry the renowned ‘Superleggera’ all-aluminium bodywork by Carrozzeria Touring and the first to be powered by the all-new 240bhp six-cylinder 3.6-litre engine. This example is one of only 350 Series II cars built.

Also lining up is a 1987 Ferrari 512 BB1, estimate €160,000 – 200,000, featuring Formula 1 derived technology and engineering.

The Bonhams Paris Sale is known for offering the finest pre-war motor cars and earlier this year achieved a world record for the world’s finest pre-war sports car, a 1931 Invicta 4 1/2-Litre S-Type Low Chassis Sports with unique ‘sport cabriolet’ coachwork by Carbodies which sold for €1,610,000.

The standout result of 2020 was the €4,600,000 achieved by a 1932 Bugatti Type 55, which was a works entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans driven by two of the era’s most celebrated racing drivers, Louis Chiron and Count Guy Bouriat-Quintart. The Bugatti was the most valuable lot in the sale – and also the ‘top lot’ across all of this year’s Rétromobile sales.

An early pre-war consignment to the 2021 sale is a 1933 Lagonda 16/80 2-litre, with coachwork by Vanden Plas, estimate €110,000 – 140,000, a rare survivor as one of only 12 commissioned by Lagonda with bodywork by foremost coachbuilder Vanden Plas.

Representing modern classics will be a former Paris Motor Show model, a 1990 Opel Lotus Omegaestimate €60,000 – 80,000, the fastest production four-door saloon car of its day, with a top speed of 282 kmh.

1990 Opel Lotus Omega Type 104 Sports Saloon, estimate €60,000 – 80,000

The high-performance flagship of Opel, it was hand-built by Lotus, another General Motors owned brand at the time, at its UK factory. This was the second example produced and one of three used as press cars.

The Paris Sale

‘Les Grand Marques du Monde à Paris’, a specially curated exclusive collectors’ motor car sale, will take place in Rue de la Paix, where Bonhams Paris headquarters are based.

Subject to local restrictions, the sale will follow the successful Bonhams ‘live and online’ format. A live auctioneer will be at the rostrum and the sale will be live streamed worldwide via Bonhams.com, accepting remote online, telephone and absentee bids. The cars will be displayed for viewing purposes in the Grand Palais, by appointment only.

Philip Kantor, Head of Department, Bonhams Motor Cars Europe, said: “We are delighted to return to Paris for our European season-opening sale in 2021. We are proud that this has become such an important fixture on the motoring calendar and indeed is considered a don’t miss event in Paris to start the motoring year.”

The Bonhams motor car department is currently consigning prestigious collectors’ motor cars for ‘Les Grandes Marques du Monde à Paris’ sale. Contact eurocars@bonhams.com.

Report by bonhams.com

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