42-car private collection up for sealed bidding in Germany

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1991 Ferrari F1 racer part of private collection going to auction in Germany | Bonhams GmbH photos
1991 Ferrari F1 racer part of private collection going to auction in Germany | Bonhams GmbH photos

Bonhams GmbH, the German branch of the collector car auction company, is staging a tender sale of 42 lots from the Willi Balz Collection of cars, motorcycles and children’s vehicles. The lots will be available for inspection September 21-22 in Stuttgart, Germany, with the sale ending September 27. Bidding will be done by sealed offers on the various lots.

Those lots include a 1991 Ferrari F1-91 driven by Jean Alesi or Alain Prost at Monaco, Phoenix, Brazil and San Marino. Also known as the Ferrari 642, the car was designed by Steve Nichols and Jean-Claude Migeot as an advancement on the 641 chassis that won the team the championship the previous season. The car has a pre-auction estimated value of €300,000 to €600,000 (approximately $335,000 to $675,000).

Among the other lots are a 1966 Cooper-Maserati T81, a 1930s-era Alvis Special single-seater, a Jaguar R1 F1, a 1910 Cadillac Thirty 3-seat speedster, 1937 Lagonda LG45 ‘M45 Le Mans’ replica, 1950 Jaguar XK120 FHC, 1931 Ford Model AA tow truck, 1939 Delahaye 135M sports saloon, a circa 1957 BMW Racing Kneeler motorcycle and a circa 1924 Henderson De Luxe Four combination of motorcycle and sidecar.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.