Bonhams ‘Preserving the Automobile’, Simeone Museum, Philadelphia, October 5, 2015
Now in its fourth year, Bonhams’ annual tribute to the unrestored has become a fixture on the auction calendar.
A sale composed entirely of crusty, rusty, grimy, vermin-chewed barn finds would require a hand sanitation station after every car. Fortunately for those attending, the ‘Preserving the Automobile’ consignment includes several well maintained older restorations as well as a few pleasingly well maintained (or freshly mechanically resuscitated) original cars.
It’s the mix, and the always intriguing possibility of something truly unusual begging for an understanding and sympathetic new home, that makes this auction an expedition.
That, and the chance once again to visit Dr. Fred Simeone’s marvelous collection – which this year has quietly grown to include, on display if not changing hands, the Ferrari 365 P Berlinetta Tre Posti which was offered at Gooding’s Pebble Beach auction in 2014.
This year’s ‘Preserving the Automobile’ included lots from several collections including a number from the Evergreen Collection in Missouri and several pieces from Alexis du Pont’s collection. Du Pont’s Morgan Super Sport was the hit of the show, a tired, non-running car that brought a world record price. It’s the kind of surprise that always seems to turn up here.
Bonhams Simeone Museum 2015 – Auction Report