As is becoming a happy tradition now, GRR has just visited the Bonhams marquee ahead of its Revival sale on Saturday for an exclusive sneak preview. Anyone who’s ever been to a Bonhams sale (or, for that matter browsed a catalogue) knows that there is always a fine selection of machinery on display, but there’s no denying the fact that this year’s line up is looking a bit special.
The addition of part of Chris Evans’ celebrated collection has no doubt added to the lustre of the occasion, but even before its arrival we were fawning over a line-up that included the ex-Keith Richards Bentley S3, Porsche 908/03, Ferrari F40, Lancia Lambda 4th Series, Lamborghini Islero and a one-owner Porsche 964 RS just for starters.
‘We’re certainly ending this year on a high’ enthused Bonhams‘ Motoring Department Director James Knight. ‘The revival sale is looking particularly strong this year and we also have the Denmark and December sales to go which will also be spectacular. We’ve reconfigured the room this year and will be bringing the cars up on to the block one-by-one, although we’re having to adapt the ramp a touch to accommodate the Porsche 908/03!’
Pushed as to what this learned connoisseur would pick from the list of lots, James hesitated little before choosing the Lamborghini Islero. ‘Definately. The Miura and 400S have appreciated well and I think there’s a future for the Islero.’ By staggering coincidence, before we’d ask James GRR had decided that the silver coupe which featured in the Roger Moore film The Man Who Haunted Himself would be our pick. Although it was run very close by the Ferrari F40 and, perhaps surprisingly, the outstanding 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti race transporter which featured in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans as well as being used to cart about Scarabs and the Shelby American Daytonas amongst other significant machinery. Expect to have to pay up to £750,000 for that one …
Click here for a full list of the lots and take a browse of the scene in the auction room with the gallery at the top of the page. We’ll report on the results as they’re released.
Photography: Tom Shaxson