Bonhams Paris 2013 Highlights

Bonhams’ sale held in Paris (in conjunction with the giant Rétromobile-fest also going down in that city) was a fascinating sale with a lot of interesting cars. Let’s get to it: the top sale was this 1929 Bentley 6.5-Litre Speed Six Tourer for $1,110,000. (Top sale that is, unless they later post that the Grand Prix Bugatti actually did sell).

1929 Bentley 6.5-Litre Speed Six Tourer photo 1929Bentley65-LitreSpeedSixTourer_zpsa18f6114.jpg

Among our feature cars, the 1938 Bugatti Type 57C Coupe Special that was formerly owned by Ettore Bugatti himself sold for $924,600. Our featured Bugatti Type 54 Grand Prix failed to sell. As did the Brasier Berline. Another highlight was this 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet by Vanden Plas. It sold for a cheap $901,000.

1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet by Vanden Plas photo 1938Mercedes-Benz540KCabrioletbyVandenPlas_zps4d5236c5.jpg

Our next highest selling feature car was the beautiful Lancia Astura Cabriolet. It brought $893,700. Other interesting cars included this pair of Delahayes. First, this 1911 Type 48 Open Drive Opera Coupe (below) sold for $32,000. And then there was a 1902 Type O 6hp Vis-a-Vis (second below) that brought a more substantial $107,800.

1911 Delahaye Type 48 Open Drive Opera Coupe photo 1911DelahayeType48OpenDriveOperaCoupe_zpsca865141.jpg1902 Delahaye Type O 6hp Vis-a-Vis photo 1902DelahayeTypeO6hpVis-a-Vis_zpse6a679bc.jpg

This 1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet was one of three Talbot-Lagos that sold at this sale. It was the cheapest at $231,000.

1947 Talbot-Lago T26 Record Cabriolet photo 1947Talbot-LagoT26RecordCabriolet_zps9667dc97.jpg

Some other French marques were represented here, including Mors and Renault. First, this 1922 Mors 30HP Torpedo (below) sold for $64,700. And the 1927 Renault Six-Cylinder Torpedo Double Phaeton by Kellner (second below) sold for $223,000.

1922 Mors 30HP Torpedo photo 1922Mors30HPTorpedo_zps4cba16b0.jpg

1928 Renault Six-Cylinder Torpedo Double Phaeton by Kellner photo 1927RenaultSix-CylinderTorpedoDoublePhaetonbyKellner_zpsb50d7ca5.jpg

The rest of our feature cars sold as follows: the 1957 Minerva C22 brought $55,500. The 1911 Marion Bobcat rightfully blew past its estimate and sold for $67,800. And the 1904 Pierce Motorette sold for $80,100. While not as old as the Pierce, this 1912 Benz 8/20HP Sports Wagen sold for $100,100.

1912 Benz 8/10HP Sports Wagen photo 1912Benz8-20SportsWagen_zps0960e103.jpg

And finally, this 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster by Brewster – a bodystyle of Rolls-Royce I really like – sold for $385,000. You can check out complete results here.

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster by Brewster photo 1928Rolls-RoycePhantomIPlayboyRoadsterbyBrewster_zps986ae815.jpg

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