The car, which raced as both a single- and two-seater in Grand Prix and Le Mans competition, led the French sale where fewer than half the cars sold
Bonhams sold just 20 of the 41 cars offered at its Chantilly auction, held June 30 in conjunction with the Arts et Elegance concours at the famed French chateau.
The auction company has not released total sales figures for the auction, but a calculation of the 20 sales figures, which include buyer’s fees, shows the sale did just shy of $2.85 million.
Topping the auction was a 1952 Gordini Type 15S Barquette, one of only two produced. It sold for $690,000 to a European collector and vintage racer whose name was not released. The other such Gordini is part of the famed Schlumpf Collection in the French national motor museum.
The car was built as a single-seater race car and driven by the Jean Behra, Juan-Manual Fangio, Prince Bira of Siam, Robert Manzon and Aldo Gordini. Later, its builder, Amedee Gordini, converted it to a two-seat sports racer for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Top 10 sales, Bonhams Chantilly, France, 2019
- 1952 Gordini Type 15S, $785,219
- 1932 Invicta 12/454 4 1/2 liter Tourer, $314,088
- 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1 2.6-liter sports saloon, $235,565
- 1962 Citroen DS19 Decapotable by Charon, $202,848
- 1935 Bentley 3 1/2 liter drophead coupe by Corinthian, $164,896
- 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III drophead coupe, $130,869
- 1935 Volkswagen Type 2/T1 Samba 21-window microbus, $117,782
- 1955 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, $108,622
- 1964 Maserati Sebring Series 1 coupe, $102,078
- 1956 Jaguar XK140 drophead coupe, $100,769
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)
Bonhams next collector car auction is scheduled for July 5 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England.1 comment