BMW 507, Z8 join 1952 Gordini on Chantilly auction docket

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1959 BMW 507 Series II roadster has pre-sale estimated value of $2.02 million to $2.47 million | Bonhams photo

One of only two 1952 Gordini Type 15S Barquettes reigns as a star car on the docket for Bonhams’ Chantilly auction. But it’s not the only one.  

The auction, which takes place June 30 at the chateau that has been the home of the Aga Khan, also brings us what Bonhams expects to be the most expensive car on the docket, a 1959 BMW 507 Series II roadster, which has a pre-auction estimated value of €1.8 million to €2.2 million ($2.02 million to $2.47 million).

The so-called Bavarian Belle is believed to have been originally owned by Baroness von Thyssen, and is one of only 232 model 507 BMWs produced, Bonhams points out. BMW’s 507 roadsters tended to be owned by the rich and famous, including the likes of Elvis Presley, racer John Surtees, actress Ursula Andress, and such royalty as Prince Rainier of Monaco and even the Aga Khan.

Also on the docket are a 2001 BMW Z8 roadster, driven little more than 21,000 kilometers and offered in original condition; a 1966 Shelby Cobra 427; a 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900C Super Sprint; and a 1954 Arnolt-Bristol DeLuxe roadster.

Joining the BMW 507 atop the docket is a 1952 Gordini Type 15S Barquette built the 15S as one of five “Type 11” single-seat racing cars in 1947. Powered by a 1,220cc engine, the car was designated as a backup racer for French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille at the Pau circuit.

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Later, it was transformed into a two-seat barchetta as an entry in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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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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