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The purchaser, a private collector and historic racer, is now the proud owner of a rare and important piece of
French motoring and motorsport history, with his new acquisition being one of only two four-cylinder
barchettas built by the legendary French sports car manufacturer. The other belongs to the renowned
Schlumpf Collection in France's national motor museum in Mulhouse.
This remarkable motor car also has a fascinating history of competing in two top motorsport series – firstly as
one of only five 'Type 11' single-seater 'monopostos' built in 1947 by the legendary Amédée Gordini for his
Grand Prix racing team, driven, among others by the great Juan-Manuel Fangio, Jen Behra, Robert Manzon,
Prince Bira of Siam and Aldo Gordini.
In 1952 the car was transformed, by Gordini himself, into a two-seat barchetta, known as '15S', within 11
months an 'Équipe Gordini' challenger in the legendary Le Mans 24 hours race and leading sports car series.
Following an extensive restoration in the early 2000s, as a patriotic act by collector and former director of
Renault Formula 1, Jean Sage, the 15S competed in the Mille Miglia tribute rally, Monaco Historic Grand Prix
and Le Mans Classic event, until 2009.
Philip Kantor, Bonhams Head of European Motoring, said: "We are delighted that the Gordini will remain in
Europe and we look forward to perhaps seeing it displayed at Chantilly in the near future!"
Other highlights from the Bonhams Chantilly Sale include:
• 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark 1, first owned by the Belgian Baron Maurice Solvay, realised €212,400.
• 1962 Citroën DS Décapotable, a rare and highly-desirable early 'ashtray' model, achieved €182,900.
• 1965 Fiat 500 Elégance Beach Car, built by Carrozzeria Savio and displayed at the 1965 Turin Motor Show,
• 1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta SS Coupé, designed by Bertone and offered in stunning condition, realised
Bonhams' next European motor car sales will be The Bonmont Sale in Geneva on 29 September and The
Zoute Sale on 11 October.
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