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

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1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost
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
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1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost
1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost
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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.

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  1. Glad to see Bonhams doing well and landing these nice collections! And Scottsdale was a very classy auction for them…and The Grand Palais…congrats!