This Saturday (26th) sees the auction of the Frederiksen Collection in Denmark. Bonhams has been given he responsibility of selling a fine collection of rare, coach built vehicles from some of the finest marquees. While the cars are perhaps a little older there is no denying their beauty and also the fact that they haven’t been subject to some of the blooming prices we have seen for more contemporary cars like the Porsche 911 for example. So, here is our pick of the auction.
1973 Citroën SM Coupé
The combination of Citroën’s advanced chassis technology and a purring Maserati V6 was a stroke of genius formed from Citroën’s acquisition of Maserati in 1968. This particular US supplied car has the desirable specification of the larger 2,974cc engine and a manual transmission. Interestingly this care also features a carefully update interior with tobacco leather, suede, brushed aluminium and a slick metal shift gate. Other neat touches included an upgraded air conditioning unit and stainless steel exhaust system. This is a usable, unique Citroën SM that should comfortable sell within its £34,000 – £44,000 estimate.
1933 Maybach DS-8 Zeppelin Cabriolet
This pre-war Maybach is pure beauty. Featuring a 7,922cc V12 engine mated to a 8-speed manual transmission this car was capable of producing 200bhp giving it an unrivalled advantage against its luxury competitors. Generally regarded as one of the most luxurious and advanced cars of its era the 5.5m long Zeppelin is an exquisite combination of elegance and power. The provenance, rarity and presence of this car make it one of the finest automobiles to come up for auction this year. A sensible estimate of £2 million – £2.4 million will surely be exceeded.
1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Cabriolet
This stunning car was built for Consul van Kempen of Switzerland and Monaco with coachwork from Pietro Frua. Frua is a name most notably linked to Maserati and this unique car is one of the last vehicles to be penned by the Italian legend. From delivery of the base car it took two full years to complete the car. The interior is simply stunning, using the finest leather. The luggage compartment and floors even received light leather-bordered carpets. The Monaco crest in the cabin is a neat touch and elevates this huge vehicle to super cool status. £200,000 – £250,000 is a small price to pay for a unique Rolls-Royce that will give you significant stand out amongst the contemporary cars.
1948 Chrysler Town & Country Convertible
With it’s iconic ‘woody’ exterior this Chrysler is a real head turner and a great example of a post-war American automobile. These cars simply do not come up for sale very often so it’s hard to pin a price tag on them. This particular car is a top of the range ‘New Yorker’ model and has been well preserved. Most importantly the woodwork was subject to a careful restoration in 2013. £73,000 – £98,000 should secure you this fine and iconic vehicle.