Bonhams Fairfield Concours d’Elegance, Westport, Connecticut, September 18, 2011
Report and photos by Rick Carey, Auction Editor
Bonhams returned to the Fairfield Concours d’Elegance for its second year and, in common with the concours, expanded to two days with an opening day sale of automobilia and Rolls-Royce and Bentley parts from the estate of Bob Jefferson.
One of the Fairfield Concours special classes was barn finds and one of the class highlights was the Bugatti Type 57 Ventoux Coupe which headlined Bonhams’ auction on Sunday. It was joined in the auction by several other barn finds and near-barn finds which both matched the concours’ theme and gave attendees the intriguing possibility of turning a lump into next year’s concours star.
There were a number of very good values among the vehicles sold making attendance a great opportunity for collectors looking for unusual and unusually economical ways to add interesting vehicles to their collections. The Bugatti at $337,000 was not one of them, but was a sound buy in a complete, running car ready for restoration.
Bonhams Fairfield Concours d’Elegance 2011 – Auction Report