A 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Coupe Speciale sold for $3.6 million as the most-expensive car at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 sale.
The top result a the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 classic car auction during Monterey week was $3,635,000 paid for a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Vignale Coupe Special. Bonhams sold five cars for more than a million dollar each including a 1953 Fiat 8V Supersonic, a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra, a 1955 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing and a 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Series.
Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Sale
Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 classic car auction: 15 & 16 August 2019 in Carmel during the Monterey Motor Week in California, USA.
In 2019, Bonhams earned $32 million with a sell-through rate of 76% of the 217 cars on offer.
In 2018, Bonhams earned $37.7 million with a sell-through rate of 82% with 110 of 135 lots sold. Ten cars sold for over a million dollar each. The average sale price was $343,694.
At the 2017 Quail Lodge auction, Bonhams earned $56,430,000 with a sell-through rate of 80% of the 105 cars on offer. The average sale price was $641,685. The top result was a marque-record $15,620,000 for a 1995 McLaren F1 sports car.
Top Results at Bonhams Quail Lodge Sale 2019
The top results at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 classic car auction were as follows:
|1||1951||Ferrari 340 America Coupe Speciale||3,635,000||Refer to department|
|2||1953||Fiat 8V Supersonic by Ghia||1,765,000||1,750,000 – 1,950,000|
|3||1965||Shelby 427 Cobra||1,380,000||1,275,000 – 1,475,000|
|4||1955||Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing||1,352,500||1,350,000 – 1,550,000|
|5||2017||Ford GT ’66 Heritage Series||1,050,000||1,250,000 – 1,900,000|
|6||2017||Ferrari F12TdF||907,000||975,000 – 1,100,000|
|7||1930||Bentley Speed Six Le Mans Replica Tourer||874,000||1,000,000 – 1,300,000|
Million-Dollar Cars at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Auction
Five cars sold for more than a million dollar each at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 classic car auction:
The most-expensive car sold at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 sale was a 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupe Speciale, chassis 0132A, that achieved $3,635,000.
The Ferrari retained its original unique Vignale coachwork and matching numbers engine. Only five 340 America Coupes were fitted with Vignale coachwork.
The 1951 Ferrari 340 America Coupe Speciale was sold from five decades of single-family ownership but will require some restoration work to bring it back on the road.
A rare 1953 FIAT 8V Supersonic, formerly owned by American motorsport legend Briggs Cunningham, sold for $1,625,000. It is one only 15 cars produced with coachwork by Ghia.
A 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra achieved $1,380,000, which is a reasonable price in the current market – several further 427 Cobras failed to clear reserve margins at other Monterey auctions.
The 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing sold for $1,347,500 – the mid-price of the three Gullwings sold for over a million dollar at the various Monterey auctions.
A 2017 Ford GT ’66 Heritage Series sold for $1,050,000 – RM Sotheby’s sold a similar model for more.
Top Cars Not Sold at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Sale
Bonhams brought fewer high-end cars to Quail Lodge 2019 despite increasing its auction to two sale days. As a result the list of million-dollar-plus cars failing to sell is always a bit shorter than the main competition.
The following top cars failed to sell at Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 with highest bids as reported by Hagerty:
|Year||Car||Highest Bid ($)||Estimate|
|1959||Porsche 718 RSK Center-Seat Spyder||HB 3,700,000||Refer to department|
|1937||Delahaye 135M Competition Court Roadster||HB 2,800,000||3,250,000 – 3,750,000|
|1965||Shelby / De Tomaso P70 Can-Am Sports Racer||HB 1,600,000||2,000,000 – 3,000,000|
|1931||Bentley 4 1/2 Litre Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica||HB 1,550,000||2,750,000 – 3,750,000|
|2015||Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder||HB 1,300,000||1,600,000 – 1,900,000|
|1932||Auburn 12-160A Boattail Speedster||HB 1,300,000||1,800,000 – 2,400,000|
|1989||Ferrari F40||HB 1,100,000||1,200,000 – 1,500,000|
|1965||Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon||HB 825,000||1,000,000 – 1,300,000|
|1965||Iso Grifo A3 Competizione||HB 480,000||1,000,000 – 1,300,000|
The highest bid at the Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 sale was $3.7 million but that still failed to buy the 1959 Porsche 718 RSK Center-Seat Spyder. For the top cars, unsuccessful highest bids generally fell well short of the lower reserve, so the opportunities for post-hammer deal making were somewhat limited.
Despite the centenary celebrations of Bentley, and a Bentley taking Best of Show at Pebble Beach 2019, top Bentleys generally failed to sell. Bidding for the 1931 Bentley 4½ Liter Supercharged Birkin Le Mans Replica was way below expectations. (The 1930 Bentley 6 1/2 Litre ‘Speed Six’ Sportsman’s Saloon at RM Sotheby’s similarly failed to sell.)
Also noteworthy were the low bids for the Porsche 918 Weissach Spyder and the Ferrari F40 – these models and similar modern supercars mostly failed to perform well during Monterey Week 2019.
Monterey Week 2019 Car Auctions News
- Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Auction Results
- Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 Auction Results
- RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 Auction Results
- Bonhams Quail Lodge 2019 Auction Preview
- Gooding Pebble Beach 2019 Auction Preview
- RM Sotheby’s Monterey 2019 Auction Preview
Pre-Sale Auction Announcements:
- RM Sotheby’s: 1939 Porsche Type 64
- RM Sotheby’s: McLaren F1 LM-Specification
- RM Sotheby’s: Top Ferraris (incl. LWB California Spider & 196 SP)
- RM Sotheby’s: Aston Martin DB3S
- RM Sotheby’s: James Bond Aston Martin DB5
- RM Sotheby’s: Low-Mileage Hypercars (incl. an FXX)
- RM Sotheby’s: Ford GT40 Roadster Prototype
- RM Sotheby’s: Works 1954 Maserati A6GCS
- RM Sotheby’s: 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta
- Gooding: Pre-War Classics (incl. 1913 Isotta Fraschini)
- Gooding: 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Tour de France Berlinetta
- Gooding: Niki Lauda’s 1975 Ferrari 312T F1 Racing Car
- Gooding: Four Pininfarina Coachbuilt Cars
- Gooding: Ferrari 250 GT LWB California Spider
- Bonhams: Classic Pre-War Bentleys