Sunday, May 7, 2017

Ultimate car collection up for sale

IS THIS THE ULTIMATE IN BOYS' TOYS?

David Ellis

WHEN a European car enthusiast got serious about collecting classic sports cars in the 1950s, he decided he would need somewhere large enough and suitable enough to store and admire his ever-growing multi-million-Euro assemblage.

And after a bit of searching he found the only place really suitable to his needs: it was a castle in Switzerland, and in whose grounds was a separate building that could be converted to house his motoring playthings.

So he bought the castle and by the time of his death had gathered together a formidable dozen of the world's most sought-after vehicles. They included a 1980 Aston Martin V8 Volante that back then was amongst the world's fastest convertibles, a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster described as "arguably the most influential post-war car ever created," a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC Coupé, a couple of Maseratis (one a Ghibli SS that was Maserati's fastest-ever car,) and 1970 and 1972 E-type Jaguars.

He also picked up a 1967 Maserati Series II Quattroporte, a 1973 Ford Mustang for a bit of everyday reality, and for classic comfort when speed came second, a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Double Phaeton and a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II.

The man's son inherited the collection in 1990 on his father's death, but didn't use the cars for some years, and somewhat unbelievably since 2005 they've been in full-time storage.

He's now decided to sell the lot, with famous international auction firm Bonhams conducting the sale on May 21 at the legendary Francorchamps race circuit in Belgium. The twelve cars are expected to fetch a total between them of around 2.5m Euros (just over AU$3.5m.)

If you're interested making a bid, hop onto  https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/24132/  

[] THIS dozen classic cars collected by a European enthusiast over several decades from the 1950s, could fetch up to 2.5m Euros when they go to individual auction on May 21.

 

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