Lot # 126 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Drophead Coupe, Body by Hooper; S/N CCL65; Yellow, Grey/Black leather, Yellow piping; Black top; Estimate $237,585 – $285,102; Visually maintained, largely original, 2- condition; Hammered Sold at $134,632 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $150,787 – RHD. Dual spotlights, driving lights, whitewalls. ‘Goldfinger’ presentation, over-the-top and showing age and use. Hooper Corporate Collection. No Reserve. ‘Taste’ is personal. London spoke with this price for a car that otherwise might have met the pre-sale estimate. (picture unavailable).
Lot # 134 1928 Bugatti Type 38 Tourer; S/N 38444; Aluminum, Green fenders/Dark Green leather; Estimate $190,068 – $269,263; Incomplete restoration, 4 condition; Hammered Sold at $197,988 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $221,746 – RHD. Incomplete restoration started by Carrosserie Tessier and ‘provisionally assembled’ for sale. Polished wheel discs, Marchal headlights, dual rear spares, folding vee windshield. Estate of John O’Quinn. This was a sound and well-maintained largely original car when it came into the O’Quinn collection. Leaving its new owner with plenty of money to spend, as well as the uncertainties of an incomplete restoration, it is richly priced. (picture unavailable).
Lot # 136 1949 Talbot-Lago Grand Sport Cabriolet, Body by Figoni & Falaschi; S/N 100047; Bare/None; Estimate $47,517 – $95,034; Incomplete restoration, 4- condition; Hammered Sold at $245,505 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $274,965 – RHD. Triple carb engine, Wilson pre-selector gearbox, chrome wire wheels, updated with air conditioning, power top, modern radio and alternator. Previously in Peter Kaus’ Rosso et Bianco Collection. Restoration started by Ateliers Tessier in France but essentially incomplete except for stripping the body and completing an assessment of the work needed. The project is a bit frightening to contemplate. Estate of John O’Quinn. No Reserve. Purchased for princely sum of $375,500 (GBP199,600 at the time) at Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in 2006 in parlous old restored condition. This is the peril in starting a restoration and having to sell before it’s done, a GBP 45,000 ($71,250) but $130,000 hit for the uncertainty of its cost to complete compared with the prospects of bringing it back to concours condition when it was offered earlier. Bitten by the triple combination of the incomplete restoration, the dollar’s swoon and coachwork that doesn’t measure among Figoni’s finest, this was a hard hit for the John O’Quinn estate but a win when measured against RM’s modest estimate. (picture unavailable).
Lot # 141 1924 Daimler 57hp Enclosed Limousine, Body by Hooper; S/N 21418; Engine # 43966; Green, Black fenders and roof/Black leather, Grey broadcloth; Estimate $197,988 – $293,022; Older restoration, 2+ condition; Hammered Sold at $158,390 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $177,397 – RHD. Single sidemount, green centerlock wire wheels, blackwall tires, roof luggage fence, dual spotlights and many more luxurious appointments. Impressively restored with great paint, chrome, upholstery and interior wood. Show quality without being over-restored. Stiff and erect formal coachwork, but gloriously presented and elegant in show quality condition. Arrive in this and feel like a Prime Minister. It is nothing if not elegant, a relic of an era when high hats were everyday formal style. Its design is seriously formal, but its effect is profound and it is, largely on the strength of its outstanding restoration, a sound value at this price, particularly in pounds. (picture unavailable).
Lot # 149 1925 Bentley 3-4 1/2 Litre Le Mans Replica Tourer, Body by after Vanden Plas; S/N 911; Engine # RT909; BRGreen/Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $419,734 – $554,365; Rebodied or re-created, 2 condition; Hammered Sold at $411,814 plus commission of 12.00%; Final Price $461,232 – RHD. Sidemounted spare, folding windshield with aeroscreens, radiator and headlight stoneguards. Delivered new as a 3-Liter to Australia with Freestone & Webb drophead coupe body. Vanden Plas replica coachwork built during a recent restoration after the original coachwork was judged ‘beyond repair’. Shortened chassis, later blower-spec block, Phoenix crank, needle bearing valve rockers, finned brake drums and more. Comes with its original 3-liter engine and some parts. Excellent condition throughout and attractively done. Needs nothing … except a history. Neither fish nor fowl, this is a great driver but otherwise of no consequence. Exactly how ugly the F&W drophead body must have been to be relegated to ‘beyond repair’ is a mystery that earns the conversion no points from preservationists. A driving enthusiast’s car in its present configuration, the price is nothing if not generous despite the money spent on its conversion. The seller should be relieved to get out from under it at this price. (picture unavailable).