Not-quite-completed restorations bring big dollars at Bonhams auction

With a “Sleeping Beauty” 1937 Bugatti Type 57S selling for more than $5.6 million and an awaiting-restoration project  

1960 Aston Martin DB4GT bringing in more than $2.7 million, Bonhams “Legends of the Road” live and online auction did very well, even with a very limited docket, on February 19 at the company’s New Bond Street headquarters in London.

The docket offered only five cars, plus several lots of automobilia, yet reached more than $9 million in total sales.

All of the cars sold, including a sixth car, a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTS convertible, that was not included in the auction total because it “sold by mutual agreement in advance of the auction for an undisclosed sum,” Bonhams reported.

But the five cars that did sell at the official auction brought in $8,979,501, led by the Bugatti at $5,678,842 and the Aston Martin at $2,771,365.

The other cars selling were a 1934 Frazier Nash TT replica for $355,015, 1955 Jaguar XK140 roadster for $129,096, and the ex-Bill Turnbull 1913 Panhard et Levassor 12 hp X19 for $45,183. The Bugatti also had been a Turnbull car.

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