The very original 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 that had been in single-family ownership since new drew an
enormous amount of attention and finally sold to a private American collection for $1,017,500.
Representing veteran and vintage cars, a Humber and a Kissel realized new world auction records for their
marques. The British-built 1904 Humber 8.5hp Twin-Cylinder Two-Seater made $148,500 while the
American-built 1926 Kissel 6-55 Gold Bug Speedster sold for $286,000.
Other notable results came from a 1953 Mercedes-Benz 300S Coupe that achieved $511,500, while a pair of
Ferrari 512 BBi models, a 1982 and a 1984, made more than double their pre-auction estimates with the
former making a new auction record for the model when it sold for $357,500.
From Bonhams’ popular automobilia section, a 1929 opalescent “Vitesse” glass mascot by René Lalique
exceeded expectations when it was bought by an American collector for $35,000. Showing strong demand in
the market, other items from the French house of Lalique also achieved robust results.
Said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, “Year on year our auction here in Scottsdale has
grown in both reputation and results. Our selection is focused but diverse, representing the very best of the
car collecting hobby, and we’re very pleased with the results and with the strong support demonstrated by
clients from around the world.”
Added Mark Osborne, Bonhams US Head of Motoring, “Our sale has shown the strength of the market and of
our firm, and it’s been a real pleasure offering blue-chip motorcars to what is truly a global audience of
Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman and auctioneer, stated “Scottsdale is an excellent and important
sale for Bonhams and we’re delighted to be here in partnership with the beautiful Westin Kierland Resort &
Spa. In continuation of our strategic global growth, we’re also looking forward to our inaugural auction at
Amelia Island in March.”
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Report& images: Peter Singhof