Bonhams’ New Bond Street auction may be one of the smaller sales on the company’s calendar, but it tends to attract an interesting array of cars, both new and old.
The 2016 Bond Street sale, held on 4 December, was no exception, with everything from a 1914 Vauxhall to a 2015 Covette Z06 on the 29-vehicle consignment list, which also included a couple of classics with a specific Australian connection.
The first was an Australian-delivered 1963 Aston Martin DB5 which was withdrawn from sale prior to the auction.
The other “Aussie” car was a 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4 Targa – the last year for the slim-bumpered 2.4-engined 911s before the adoption of the 2.7 engine and larger impact-absorbing bumpers.
Like the Aston, this factory RHD car was Australian-delivered, one of only four to come here that year, and arrived in special order Light Ivory paint, with sports seats - and ski racks!
With its original owner until 1994, the second owner treated it to a thorough restoration, during which it was upgraded to 2.7-litre capacity. In 2004, Octane magazine editor Robert Coucher bought the car and had it shipped to the UK, where it was later fitted with a new fuel tank and replacement suspension components.
The 911S came to the New Bond Street sale with a £150,000 - £180,000 estimate, which proved to be a close approximation of its value, as the car sold for £147,100 (AU$249,678).
Top seller at the auction was a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, with a uniquely opulent interior fitout, that sold for £561,500 (AU$953,057).
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Images courtesy of Bonhams UK.