Petersen Car Week will include Bonhams auction

What would have been auction company’s annual sale at The Quail will take place out of LA showroom

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The Petersen Automotive Museum has trickled out some more details about the Petersen Car Week that it hopes will help fill the void created by the cancelation of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the other events that comprise Monterey Car Week.

The Petersen announced a week ago that it was organizing its own version of Car Week, complete with “live vehicle debuts, online auctions, exclusive interviews, car shows and a celebrity-judged concours.” It promised details on May 15 on the full array of events, including a virtual tour d’elegance, Porsche show, vintage racing plans, etc.

In the meantime, Bonhams has announced plans to stage what would have been its annual Quail Lodge auction in Los Angeles in conjunction with Petersen Car Week, and the Petersen has announced classes for its virtual concours to take place on the museum’s YouTube channel on August 16.

Petersen Automotive Museum begins to share some details about its planned Car Week in August

Classes to be included are American Classic Open & Closed, European Classic Open & Closed, Post-war Preservation, Ferrari Grand Touring, Post-war Sports, Movies and TV, Off-Road, Hot Rod and Shooting Brake.

We await further details on the other Petersen Car Week events.

“California streamin’” is the theme for what Bonhams is terming its “Quail auction live from Los Angeles.” The auction was to have taken place, as usual, at The Quail Lodge during Monterey Car Week, but instead will be based out of Bonhams’ Los Angeles showroom.

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“Monterey week may be on hold, but Bonhams is still making it happen in a groundbreaking way, giving classic car collectors a virtual – but live – experience streamed directly from Bonhams’ Los Angeles saleroom on August 14,” the auction house said in its news release. 

“Our platinum-grade auction will have all the components of a traditional sale with an auctioneer taking bids from around the world, on the phone, online – courtesy of Bonhams state-of-the-art bidding platform – and by commission bid,” added Rupert Banner, Bonhams Group Motoring director. 

“The added advantage is that Bonhams’ international clientele can follow all the action as it unfolds from anywhere around the world.

Bonhams will provide “full condition reports” on each lot, which will be offered in “virtual viewings.” Clients also can schedule a video call with a Bonhams staffer to discuss the various vehicles, and appointments can be made to view the cars in person “at preview venues around the US.”

Leading the docket is a 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Spyder. Only 34 such cars were produced. Being offered is 718-031, ordered new by Bernie Vihl and campaigned in SCCA and international racing events by Bob Holbert. 

718 RSKs finished 1-2-3 in the 1959 Targa Florio race in Sicily. Holbert drove 718-031 in the 1959 Bahamas Speed Week races. Bonhams notes that the car is coming out of ownership that dates back to 1974. 

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For more information, visit the Bonhams website.

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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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