BONHAMS CELEBRATES 60 YEARS OF THE 300 SL at Inaugural Padua Sale

A 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is the top lot at Bonhams inaugural Padua sale, taking place at Italy’s largest and most widely attended motoring show, Auto e Moto d’Epoca on 28 October.

 The motor car is expected to achieve between €750,000-950,000.2017 marks 60 years since the creation of what has now become one of the world’s most celebrated motor cars. Created as a road-going version of Mercedes‘ hugely successful W194 racing car, it remains arguably one of the most influential post-war sports cars ever made. Losing the ‚gullwing‘ doors allowed the roadster to develop in to an eminently driveable supercar, with improved handling, access and suspension.In addition to the astonishing array of Italian classics heading to the auction, a fine selection of German automobiles will be joining the Mercedes-Benz.

A 1954 Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster (€420,000-500,000) benefitting from the purest Porsche aesthetics will be offered. In present ownership since 2011, the roadster was restored as recently as this year, and is eligible for the Mille Miglia, one of the world’s most prestigious historic motoring events.

Three further examples from the Stuttgart marque will be offered, including a 1973 Porsche 911 2.4 S (€110,000-130,000), a 1970 Porsche 911 T Targa (€85,000-100,000) and a 2016 Porsche 911 Targa 30th Anniversary (€180,000-200,000). One of only 30 created, the model was created in celebration of 30 years of Porsche Italia, founded in Padua during the 1980s. It has had only one owner from new, and has covered a mere 2,500km. A truly exclusive, limited edition example of a highly-desirable modern 911.




An outstanding array of classic and collectors’ motor cars will be offered at Bonhams inaugural Italian sale on 28 October at Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Italy’s largest classic motor show which takes place in Padua.Italian marques feature heavily in the sale, with exquisite examples from Maserati, Lancia, De Tomaso, Fiat, Abarth, Alfa Romeo and, of course, Ferrari.

 The star of the show is the 1960 Maserati 3500 GT Vignale Spyder (€600,000-700,000).The 3500GT drew on Maserati’s competition experience, and is one of their most successful and sought-after forays into the 2+2 market. Most coupés were the work of the coachbuilder Touringwhile all but one (a Frua-bodied example) of the much less common spyder version were the work of Carrozzeria Vignale. Introduced in 1959, Vignale’s Maserati 3500GT Spyder was the creation of Giovanni Michelotti, at that time the company’s star designer. The spyder lasted in production until 1964, by which time only 245 cars had been made.

The 1962 Lancia Flaminia Sport 3C (€400,000-500,000) is one of fewer than 400 Sport Zagatos made, and features the Milanese house’s renowned ‘double bubble’ roof, designed to eke out extra headroom without compromising the sleek, elegant design of the motor car. It is one of the finest examples of the old-style Lancia designs, and has been meticulously maintained since its extensive (1,750 hours) and professional restoration in the early 90s. Timeless Italian style paired with a highly-desirable and rare specification make this an ideal addition to any admirer and collector of classic Italian motor cars.


A beautiful Italian rarity is the 1967 De Tomaso Vallelunga Berlinetta (€200,000-250,000),  one of only 50 made. The exquisite coupé was the first car from De Tomaso, and was named after the Italian circuit where the company’s founder, Alejandro de Tomaso raced during the 60s.This example is exceptionally original and presented in unrestored condition, right down to the paintwork. An under-rated and beautifully performing coupé, it is eligible for a wide variety of the most prestigious historic motoring events.

From Maranello, a 2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta (€310,000-360,000) and a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Bertlinetta (€200,000-250,000) will cross the rostrum. A true Ferrari roadster, only 448 of the 550 Barchetta were produced, making them a rare site at auction.

A slightly more common sight, but nevertheless a beautiful one, is the Dino. This M-series example was delivered new to Genoa, Italy before heading to the USA for a full restoration in 2012. Currently part of the vendor’s extensive private collection in the UK, this is a true driver’s car and one which should form a part of every serious Ferrari collection.


Other highlights include:

-1965 OSCA 1600 GT2 (€160,000-200,000)

-1961 Lancia Flaminia Touring Convertible (€160,000-190,000)

-1970 Lancia Fulvia Coupé (€120,000-160,000)

-1963 Abarth Monomille GT (€90,000-120,000)

The Padua Sale
Auto e Moto d’Epoca, Padua, Italy
28 October 2017
Gregor Wenner, Specialist and Consultant, Motoring Department

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