Bentley, barn-found Mercedes top Bonhams sale at Simeone museum

Credit: Original article published by Classic Cars Journal.

Bonhams reports an 82 percent sell-through rate and $3.32 million on sales for its annual Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia Auction held October 11 at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

Topping the sale was a 1931 Bentley 8-liter Tourer that brought $885,000, the final sale right at the top of the car’s pre-auction estimated value, Bonhams noted.

But perhaps just as impressive was the second star of the results, a Sindelfingen-bodied 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A presented in barn-find condition. The car was consigned to the auction by the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Bonhams noted, and sold for $362,500 after frenzied bidding.

This 1931 Bentley 8-Liter Tourer was the top seller
Electric-powered 1913 Rauch & Lang didn’t need gas pump

While pre-war cars topped the sale and dominated the top-10 results, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 cracked the auction’s top-5, selling for $346,000 (prices reported include buyer’s fees). Also in the top-10 was another Detroit muscle machine, a 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 coupe. 

Another Detroit product, albeit from a different era, also was among the top-10 sales with a 1913 Rauch & Lang Model J electric coach topping its pre-sale estimate and selling for $80,640.

“As usual, we achieved fantastic results for our highlight pre-war lots,” noted Greg Porter, Bonhams motor car head of sale for the US, adding, “and also great results for some of the outstanding American muscle cars.”

Top-10 sales, Bonhams at the Simeone museum 2020

  1. 1931 Bentley 8-liter Tourer, $885,000
  2. 1935 Mercedes-Benz 290 Cabriolet A, $362,500
  3. 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, $346,000
  4. 1934 Lagonda M45 T8 Tourer, $179,200
  5. 1933 Packard 1004 Super Eight Convertible Victoria, $112,000
  6. 2009 Aston Martin DBS coupe, $108,640
  7. 1931 Packard 840 Deluxe Eight roadster, $105,280
  8. 1913 Rauch & Lang Model J electric coach, $80,640
  9. 1912 Peugeot Bebe 6hp Type BP1 2-seat tourer, $78,400
  10. 1971 Oldsmobile 442 W30 coupe, $78,400

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams next US sale is scheduled for January 21 as part of Arizona Auction Week.

For more information, visit the Bonhams website.

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