June 17, 2024

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Ferrari TdF Headlines Bonhams Zoute Sale

It’s been a big few months for rare and matching-numbers Ferraris in the classic car market, and the momentum isn’t stopping.

Bonhams 10th annual Zoute sale in Knokke-Heist, Belgium is set for October 8, and one of the headline lots of the sale is a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France — a car with matching numbers and a comprehensive restoration. This car, s/n 1401GT, is the 77th built by Scaglietti, built featuring open headlights and a single vent design. The car was kept and campaigned by Plinio Haas for 37 years, including in-period racing history. 

Image: Bonhams

Upon restoration, the car was fitted with its original engine and refinished in Oro Chiaro as it was when new. It was given a Ferrari Classiche Red Book in 2018. Bonhams estimates it to be worth between €5,000,000 and €7,000,000.

Other cars in the sale include:
A 1956 Bentley S1 Continental (estimate: €1,000,000 – €1,500,000), once owned by influential fashion photographer, Helmut Newton. This is one of only 24 left-hand drive examples and features a special interior, reputably by Hermès. This exclusive car comes with Newton’s autobiography, which details the story of acquiring his “beloved Bentley” and driving it home, which he described as “a state of complete euphoria.”

A 1929 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix (estimate: €1,000,000 – €1,400,000) is a highly original and well-known example, and was one of the very last ones built. The Type 37 is one of Bugatti’s most iconic and recognizable racing cars. This unique model has a great continuous ownership history that includes artist René Durey and aviator/engineer Louis Blériot.

1929 Bugatti Type 37 Grand Prix. Image: Bonhams

A 1994 Bugatti EB110 GT (estimate: €800,000 – €1,200,000, offered without Reserve) featuring rare Indian red over grey leather interior. Ushering in a new era for Bugatti, the EB110 GT features a six-speed manual transmission and a quad-turbo 3.5-liter 60-valve V12 generating 553 hp. With low mileage and only 2 owners from new – this early supercar is offered without reserve.

1994 Bugatti EB110 GT. Image: Bonhams

A 1995 Porsche 993 GT2 (estimate: €1,000,000 – 1,300,000), one of the last of the great air-cooled 911s. A radical evolution of its predecessor – this model was stylistically lauded at the time and since, as the most attractive of the modern 911s. The GT2 is a road-adapted race car with rear-wheel-drive and a lighter body which could reach 290 km/h. It is the fastest version of the 993 model ever produced by the factory. 

2005 Porsche Carrera GT. Image: Bonhams

A 2005 Porsche Carrera GT (estimate: €1,000,000 – €1,200,000), with only two owners and just 21,000 km, presents a great opportunity in the growing demand for Porsche Carrera GTs. Considered the last analog supercar and the ultimate Porsche road car, it was advanced in its design and use of cutting-edge materials. This Carrera GT is one of the mere 1,270 examples built during a four-year production run.

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