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Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta "TdF" s/n 1333GT

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London, England, 03 December, 2002

James Allington
The highlight of the automobilia section of the Christie’s Auction was over a hundred examples of original artwork from the hand of James Allington, the renowned automobile cutaway drawing artist. His work has featured in a large number of major international motoring publications over the years, including Automobile Quarterly in the USA and Car Graphic in Japan. The scope of the drawings was truly diverse, ranging from details of suspension parts for a Lotus 47, through cutaways of vehicles as dissimilar as a Ford ”D” Series truck and a VW Formula Vee racing car, with some superb renditions of all time classics along the way. These included Ferraris in the form of 275 GTB/4, 365 GTB/4 and the legendary 250 GTO, along with Porsche 911, Maserati Tipo 61, Ford GT40 and Mercedes Benz 300 SL Gullwing coupe, to name but a few.

The incredible amount of detail, and the fact that it was a never to be repeated opportunity to obtain examples of this much admired artist’s work, did not go unheeded by the buying public, as virtually every item offered was sold. Some items obviously proved more popular than others, with the coloured Porsche 911 cutaway achieving £3,290, more than twice the estimate of £900 - £1.500, as did the coloured 250 GTO cutaway which went for £6,462, after an estimate of £2,000 - £3,000. However the star in turns of figure realised was Lot No 51, the coloured cutaway of a Bugatti Type 35B Grand Prix, which had an estimate of £1,200 - £1,500, but sold for an amazing £9,987!

Other Big Numbers
Two other items in the automobilia section achieved even bigger numbers than the artwork, both being related to Sir Henry Seagrave’s World Land Speed record of 231.362mph at Daytona Beach in 1929. A 10” (26cm) long sterling silver model of ”The Golden Arrow”, the car in which he took the record from arch rival Malcolm Campbell, made £10,575, whilst the magnificent art-deco Wakefield Trophy, sculpted by Phoebe Stabler, which was presented to him to mark the achievement, sold for £39,950, around 20% more than the estimate.

Eclectic Array Of Automobiles
The array of automobiles on offer was truly eclectic, ranging from an 1899 Clement-Panhard Voiture Legere Type VCP Two-Seater, through a 1913 K.R.I.T 25hp Tourer, a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe, a pair of Mercedes Benz 300 SL models, a 1956 Gullwing and a 1958 Roadster, a quintet of Rolls Royce models of varying age and configuration, a 1984 Lamborghini Countach LP5000S, to an ex-Sir Elton John Ferrari 512 TR from 1992. The veteran market seemed buoyant, with both the Clement-Panhard and a 1903 Renault Model M selling at the top end of their estimate figures, whilst of the more modern element both 300 SLs found new homes within their estimate ranges, as did a 1936 Frazer Nash Shelsley TT Replica Sports. The Rolls Royce and Bentley element didn’t seem to be in favour, as the only sale was a 1980 Silver Shadow II, although American sports cars faired better, with both a 1956 Ford Thunderbird and a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette selling above estimate, the latter some 40% up on the top end.

Ferrari Models in the Auction
There were ”five” Ferraris in the auction, ”five” is in inverted commas as one was a 250 Testa Rossa 59/60 replica using a Ferrari 250 GT Lusso engine together with a number of other original Ferrari parts, but on a custom built chassis replicating that of the original car on which it was modelled. Details of the individual cars are as appended below. Also on display to publicise the Christie’s Auction to be held at Retromobile, Paris, on 08 February 2003, was 250 GT LWB TdF berlinetta, chassis # 1333GT, the interior totally un-restored and exuding a musty aroma from its well worn upholstery, let’s just hope that it retains such originality and doesn’t become a concours queen.

Mercedes 300 SL Gullwing & Roadster

Lot # 183
250 TR 59/60 Replica - no chassis #, 250 GT Lussso engine # 4935. This car is not built on a "cut and shut" GT chassis but replicates a real TR chassis. It was built for James Allington as an "exact" replica of chassis # 0770TR when he owned it.
Sold for £148,250-00

Lot # 182
275 GTB/4 - Chassis # 09261, UK reg' # XNK 3J, Red/Black
No Sale

Lot # 195
365 GTB/4 - Chassis # 13915, UK reg' # MRD 751J Plexi, Grey Met'/Black, ex-Eric Clapton
No Sale

Lot # 206
365 GT4 2+2 - Chassis # 18343, LHD, ex-Netherlands, Blue Met'/Beige
Sold for £ 10,575-00

Lot # 194
512 TR - Chassis # 92428, UK reg' # J989 OPK, Red/Magnolia, ex-Elton John
Sold for £47,000-00

Display Only, to be offered in auction at Retromobile, Paris, France, 08/02/03.
250 GT LWB TdF Berlinetta – Chassis # 1333GT, UK reg’ # 11 DXA, Dark Red/Black.

All figures quoted include Buyer’s Premium

Keith Bluemel

250 TR 59/60 Replica - no chassis #, 250 engine # 4935
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