Review of Bonhams Chantilly Arts & Elegance

Chantilly Arts & Elegance
Chantilly Arts & Elegance

After a sensational first event in 2014 we were very pleased to see the return of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance for 2015. Located at the stunning Château de Chantilly and held at the beginning of September the event saw a 35% increase in visitors over year one and will no doubt continue to grow in popularity.

Organised by Peter Auto, famous for the Le Mans Classic and Tour Auto amongst others the event is truly a spectacle with everyone respecting the ‘elegance’ dress code. On the Saturday there is tour around local roads and on the Sunday the judging competition starts with everyone breaking at lunchtime for some of the most delicious picnics you have ever seen.

Chantilly Arts & Elegance
Chantilly Arts & Elegance

On the Saturday evening during dinner there was the inaugural Bonhams auction. In comparison to Goodwood it was relatively small, but with a focus on rarity. An impressive 10 of the 29 cars had been produced in less than five examples.

So, here are our top three cars from the sale.

Maserati Boomerang Coupé 1972

Maserati Boomerang Coupé 1972
Maserati Boomerang Coupé 1972

This was the show stopper in the Chantilly Bonhams sale, a stunning, wild vision of the future built as a one-off concept car. First shown at the Turin Motor Show in 1971 the car was penned by Giorgetto Giugiaro, ‘Car Designer of the Century’. In the last 10 years the car has been seen at many of the best European automotive events including Villa d’Este. Unsurprisingly there was a lot of interest in the car and the hammer dropped at a reasonable £2,445,889. Not bad for a car that will get the new owner invites to motoring events all over the world.

Citroën DS 19 cabriolet de pré-série 1961

Citroën DS 19 cabriolet de pré-série 1961
Citroën DS 19 cabriolet de pré-série 1961

While the DS is not to everyones taste, there is no denying its attention grabbing looks and palatial feel with the roof down. This particular car is a rare ‘Pre-Series’ model and believed to be the oldest surviving Chapron built car. Including premium it sold for an impressive £168,682. Serious Citroën money, but a very serious and rare example!

Lancia Aurelia B52 Coupé 1951

Lanci Aurelia B52 Coupé 1951
Lanci Aurelia B52 Coupé 1951

Finally this gorgeous Lancia caught our attention. This longer wheelbase Aurelia features sublime Bertone coachwork and is believed to be unique and unrestored. With just 3,500km on the odometer this is a very rare car that is as it left the coach builders. The above photo shows the Lancia at a Concours d’Elégance event circa 1953 and it looks exactly the same today. On the night the Aurelia fetched £126,511. This car is so much more than an investment though, it is a piece of history.

So there you have it, Chantilly is located just north of Paris, making it perfect to get to from the UK in a car. There is no doubt that this event will go from strength to strength. We will be there in 2016 with a full report, and so should you!

PHOTO CREDITS: © Bonhams 2015

About the Author:

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.