WITH more than 70 cars going under the hammer, Coys’ end-of-season ‘True Greats’ Christmas sale at the Royal Horticultural Halls in London on December 2 is likely to be a real blockbuster.
The auction will feature three-times World Champion Niki Lauda’s first F1 car. This iconic former Grand Prix March was built in 1971 for Ronnie Peterson, who used it as his initial works team car at Kylami, Monaco and the memorable Zandfort race. This then became his spare car after he took over the new 711 -6 chassis at the German Grand Prix of that year.
It was at this time in 1971 that this car became the career opener for Niki Lauda when he started at Peterson’s team as the second works driver. It is estimated at £450,000 to £500,000.
The sale will also feature a 1964 Works Prototype Porsche 904/6 Carrera GTP, possibly one of the finest and most successful Porsches ever constructed.
It kickstarted a program of racing cars, that would eventually result in the all-conquering 917. It also holds a unique spot in the manufacturer’s history as the last dual-purpose sports scar Porsche ever built.
The car comes with a file containing letters from Porsche Works confirming 904-108’s works prototype history and pictures of its works participation at the 1965 Targa Florio.
Immaculately presented, ready for use and running as it should, this is a world-class car for a world-class collection. It is estimated at £1,100,000 to £1,300,000.
A wonderful 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/2 6 C is also on offer. This is an early short nose example in excellent all round condition in its distinctive Giallo Fly, a colour that complements the 275’s lines beautifully. Mechanically, it is in outstanding condition, it boasts an interesting specification, proudly bearing the rare and desirable 6 carburettors. It is estimated at £1,100,000 to £1,400,000
Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts will find an example of one of the most desirable sports coupes ever made, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing. It boasts a desirable original specification and retains its original engine. It is estimated at £950,000 to £1,100,000.
A 1936 Alvis Speed 20 Vanden Plas Tourer, ex-Brooklands winning car and one of only six produced, will be on sale, estimated at £110,000 to £130,000. This matching numbers car, with extensive race history, is offered in its original factory specification. Finished in silver beige over black with a complementary and original beige interior, it is supplied with full VSCC and FIVA papers, which enable it to compete in many events worldwide. It is estimated at £90,000 to £110,000.
The auction will also feature a 1970 Renault Alpine A 110 Factory prototype “Group 4” with FIA papers, estimated at £190,000 to £ 220,000; a 1934 Bugatti Type 57 Series I Ventoux, estimated at £250,000 to £280,000; a beautiful and original 1948 MG TC, estimated at £20,000 to £25,000; and a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera 2.7 RS, estimated at £350,000 to 450,000.