Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

Forget barn-found, Bonhams lands castle cache for Spa sale

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now for auction

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

A trove of collector cars discovered at a Swiss schloss | Bonhams photos

If “barn finds” are the holy grails of the collector car hobby, Bonhams wonders how it should describe a dozen cars discovered within a Swiss schloss, or castle, and now on the docket for Bonhams Spa Classic auction scheduled for May 21 at the Spa-Francorchamps racing circuit in Belgium.

The cars, including a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, will be sold at no reserve; high bid takes each of them home.

Without revealing details of the cars’ ownership history, Bonhams so far has shared only photos of the cars and a list of those vehicles, though with very little detailed information other than their pre-sale estimated values.

For example, the 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster and the 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost double phaeton each has a pre-auction estimate of €600,000 to €800,000 ($650,000 to $865,000) while the 1973 Ford Mustang convertible has a pre-sale estimate of €10,000 to €15,000 ($10,750 to $16,175).

The complete list of vehicles includes:

  • 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster
  • 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost double phaeton
  • 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
  • Lamborghini Espada
  • Maserati Indy America
  • Maserati Ghibli SS
  • 1980 Aston Martin Volante (manual transmission)
  • 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC Coupé
  • 1973 Ford Mustang
  • 1970 Jaguar E-type 4.2
  • 1967 Maserati Series II Quattroporte
  • 1974 Jaguar E-type Series 2 V12
1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost

1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost

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