A selection of 12 classic cars have been unearthed in a Swiss schloss, and will be offered for auction at Bonhams' Spa Classic sale.
The locations for discovering exotic machines hiding away have, in recent years, ranged from barn finds to garage finds, via and garden and even one or two hedgerows. But Bonhams has just upped the auction location ante, not with a barn find, but a castle find.
Two dozen classic automobiles have just been unearthed in a Swiss schloss and will be on auction at Bonhams’ Spa Classic sale on May 21. Headlining the sale is a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, which is estimated at €600,000-€800,000. This model celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2017, and remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever manufactured.
The original owner of the vehicles was clearly a fan of Maserati, with a total of three different examples up for auction. This includes an Indy America at €50,000-€80,000 and a Ghibli SS for €100,000-€150,000 – the latter being the fastest road car produced by Maserati at the time, being capable of an astonishing 174mph. The third is a 1967 Maserati Series II Quattroporte, which is estimated at €40,000-€70,000.
Also in the ‘schloss sale’ is a 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Double Phaeton which is estimated at €600,000-€800,000, which was unequivocally proclaimed by Autocar in the early 20th century as ‘the best car in the world’. Indeed, the Silver Ghost is a feat of British engineering and as such remains a highly sought after addition to any serious motor car collection.
Uncovered alongside this was a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, a machine that is essentially a refinement of the Phantom I with a brand new chassis design. It’s estimated to sell for €80,000-€120,000.
Another car to be sold was described by its creator as his own interpretation of the British classic. Ferruccio Lamborghini said of his Espada: ‘my Rolls-Royce; still quite fast but also large and comfortable.’ This example of the four-seater supercar is offered at €70,000-110,000.
Other machines include a 1973 Ford Mustang (€10,000-€15,000), 1980 Aston Martin Volante (€90,000-€140,000), 1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 (€30,000-€40,000), 1972 Jaguar E-Type Series 2 V12 (€40,000-€70,000) and a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC Coupé (€20,000-€30,000).
Bonhams’ Spa Classic Sale takes place at the Spa Francorchamps Circuit, Belgium, on 21 May 2017.