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Vintage racing cars highlight Bonhams Paris docket


Cars with racing history that ranges from 1930s Mille Miglia to the late-20th century Pikes Peak hill climb are on the docket for Bonhams annual Grand Palais auction taking place during Retromobile in Paris.

The auction is scheduled for February 7.

“One of the indubitable highlights of the sale is the 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 4th Series Supercharged Gran Sport Spider,” Bonhams reports, adding that the car was entered by Scuderia Ferrari and was driven by Luigi Scariotti in the 1930 Mille Miglia.

Bonhams expects the car to sell for €1,200,000 to €1,600,000 ($1.368 million to $1.82 million).

1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 4th Series Supercharged Gran Sport Spider has Mille Miglia history

Also on the docket after taking part in the Mille Miglia is a 1956 Porsche 356A Carrera GS/GT coupe, a four-time participant in the famed Italian road race. The car is one of only 20 356 models equipped with a 692/0 Carrera GT engine. Pre-sale estimate is €420,000 to €560,000 ($479,000 to $638,550).

Produced even earlier than the ’30 Alfa, the sale also features a 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer originally owned by Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium. At one point the car was owned by the same family for 85 years. Bonhams’ pre-sale estimated value is €1,250,000 to €1,450,000 ($1.42 million to $1.65 million).

A 1969 Abarth 1300 Sport Spider SE010 “Quattro Fari” sports-racing prototype also is being offered. It was a class winner in the 1000km Monza race. It is expected to sell for €600,000 to €750,000 ($685,000 to $855,000).

Crown Prince Leopold of Belgium was first owner of this 1928 Bugatti Type 43 Grand Sport Tourer

The Pikes Peak veteran is a 702 horsepower 1997 Porsche Ruf CTR2. The car’s pre-sale expected sales price is  €1,300,000 to €1,600,000 ($1.48 million to $1.82 million).

Additional racing cars on the Bonhams docket include a 1938 Alvis 4.3-liter short-chassis tourer that raced at Brooklands, 1964 Sunbeam Tiger works rally car, an ex-Toyota Team Europe 1993 Celica ST185 Group A rally car, and a 1966 Lola T70 Mk2 Spyder.

Larry Edsall
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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