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Turkish museum consigns 24 cars to Bonhams auction


A consignment of 24 restored classic cars from the Key Museum in Turkey has been added to the docket for Bonhams’ annual Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction scheduled for April 7 in England.

“The Key Museum is a surprising, 7000-square-meter motoring haven in rural Turkey, situated one hour from Izmir,” Bonhams said in announcing the consignment. 

“Founded by two brothers, Murat and Selim Özgörkey, the museum tells a global story of motoring history, and since 2001 its extensive assortment of vehicles has been sourced with meticulous diligence from all corners of the world. 

’56 300SC has pre-auction estimated value of $522,000 to $652,000

“A change in the museum’s direction has led this world class institution to restructure its collection and so an eclectic selection of 24 cars will now feature prominently at the Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale.”

“The quality of motor cars sourced by the Key Museum, in a relatively short amount of time, is exceptional, and we are very proud to be including in our sale some of the very best models of their collection,” added Tim Schofield, head of the UK motoring department of Bonhams. “The 24 vehicles headed to Bonhams mirror the quality and diversity found in the Museum itself, with electric, steam and petrol engines all featured.”

1947 Delahaye Type 135M was restored by museum’s own staff
1962 DB4

Among the 24 vehicles consigned are:

•  A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC coupe with Sindelfingen coachwork, one of only 200 produced and restored in Europe in the 1990s and acquired by the museum in 2009 at auction in the United States. The car has a pre-auction estimated value of £400,000 to £500,000 ($522,000 to $652,000).

• A 1962 Aston Martin DB4 “series IV” sports saloon, restored by the museum’s in-house team of 12 specialists.

•  A 1947 Delahaye Type 135M cabriolet, also restored by the museum staff.

•  A 1958 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT “double bubble” coupe by Zagato.

•  A 1952 Jaguar Mark V 3 1/2-liter drophead coupe.

•  A 1960 Facel Vega HK500 coupe.

•  A 1948 Chrysler New Yorker Town & Country convertible

•  A 1932 Auburn 8-100A cabriolet.

’58 Fiat-Abarth 750 GT by Zagato

The Ozgorkey brothers are part of the family of Erdogan Ozgorkey, who founded the E. Ozgorkey Group in 1951 as the Coca Cola bottler and distributor for the Aegean and Mediterranean areas. It spread into construction and tourism, and into agriculture and frozen foods, automotive dealerships and an industrial laundry.

The Key Museum’s collection includes around 130 automobiles, 40 motorcycles, a display of 300 automotive mascots and hood ornaments, more than 2,500 model cars, a collection of car-related scarfs, and the re-creation of a 1950s-era Shell gasoline station. The museum also has its own restoration shop for its own cars and for outside clients.

For more information, visit the museum’s website.

To view the docket for the Members’ Meeting auction, visit Bonhams website.


Larry Edsall
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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