A 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante and a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Testa Fissa are early lead cars announced for sale at the Bonhams 2022 Quail Lodge classic car auction during Monterey Motoring Week.
The early lead car for the 25th Bonhams Quail Lodge 2022 sale is a classic 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante with coachwork by Gangloff, estimate $2,800,000 – $3,400,000. The Atalante retained its original body and interior. A further prewar classic is a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Testa Fissa, estimate $1,600,000 – 1,800,000, with extensive in-period racing history. Both cars had long-term ownership histories that contribute to the originality of the automobiles on offer.
Bonhams Quail Lodge 2022 Sale
Bonhams: 25th Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel during the annual Pebble Beach / Monterey Motor Week on 19 August 2022 in California, USA. Previous Bonhams Quail Lodge earnings:
|Year||Earnings $||Lots / Sell-Through %|
|2021||$36,877,800||139 cars, 89%|
|2020||$13 million||63% (online only)|
|2019||$32 million||217 cars, 76%|
|2018||$37.7 million||135 cars, 82%|
|2017||$56,430,000||105 cars, 80%|
1930s Prewar Supercars at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale 2022
Several prewar supercars were announced for the Bonhams 2022 Quail Lodge classic car auction in California, USA, in August 2022:
1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale 2022
A classic art deco 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante with coachwork by Gangloff, chassis 57767, estimate $2,800,000 – $3,400,000, was announced as the early lead car for the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2022 classic car auction during Monterey Week.
This Bugatti offers speed, style, exclusivity, originality, and provenance. If the Bugatti Type 57 was the supercar of its day, the 57C was the hypercar. The car on offer is one of only sixteen ‘Compresseur’ (supercharger) Atalante variants ever produced, which were capable of reaching a top speed of 120mph in an era when 50mph was the reality for most cars.
The 57C’s unmistakable art deco lines, designed by Jean Bugatti, were fashioned by the fabled Swiss/French coachbuilder Gangloff. Its original aluminum coachwork, fitted to only five of the 57C cars, has been retained. The Bugatti also has its interior, with great measures taken to preserve its original finishes.
This stunning matching-numbers motorcar has outstanding provenance as it was the 1938 Paris Salon exhibition display car in the city’s Grand Palais. However, it has been largely out of the public eye for much of its life, firstly being hidden when the Second World War broke out. The 57C was then kept in a private collection for 60 years by the previous owner who, having used it extensively when he first acquired it in 1954, then stored it in a heated garage at his chateau.
Not having turned a wheel for many years, it was purchased in 2014 by the vendor, himself an esteemed European collector, who sent it to the French Bugatti specialist, Ets Randoni, to be re-commissioned mechanically in order to pass the French contrôle technique (roadworthiness test).
The 57C is now offered publicly for the very first time, complete with factory letters from Ettore Bugatti himself, and a report by respected Bugatti authority, Pierre-Yves Laugier.
An elegant 1938 Talbot-Lago T150 C with coachwork by Figoni Design will also be on sale.
1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Testa Fissa
The 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Testa Fissa, estimate $1,600,000 – 1,800,000, is a further interesting prewar car on sale at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2022 auction.
This car was built for its first owner Sir Ronald Stewart, to be raced by him and Captain George Eyston, featuring unique streamlined coachwork designed by Eyston. The Alfa was raced extensively by the duo at Brooklands, including setting a national Class E 12-hour record averaging 94mph, and at the 500 Mile Race in 1930.
Like the Bugatti, the 6C was formerly in long-term ownership of 55 years, with noted collector Ian Gunn. The car passed to the current owner in 2008 and has since received a comprehensive restoration to its original guise, later being shown at the prestigious Concours of Elegance in the UK and Amelia Island in the US.
Also likely to be on sale in the Bonhams auction is an ex-works 1975 Alfa Romeo T33/TT/12 that was raced by amongst others Stommelen, Ickx, and Reutemann.
Monterey Week 2022 Classic Car Auctions
Monterey Week 2022 Pre-Auction Announcements
- Bonhams: 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Atalante
- Gooding: Wonder Collection including 1999 Ferrari 333 SP
- Mecum: Ferrari Prototypes and Marmon Classics
- RM Sotheby’s: 1955 Ferrari 410 Sport Spider by Scaglietti
- RM Sotheby’s: Masterworks of Design Collection (1924 Hispano-Suiza H6C “Tulipwood” Torpedo, 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K Special Roadster)
- RM Sotheby’s: 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Alloy Gullwing
- RM Sotheby’s: 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C
- RM Sotheby’s: The Oscar Davis Collection of 27 vehicles valued at $100 million
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