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Bonhams bring modern classics and historic racers to Monte Carlo

Modern classics will line up alongside historic racers in Mote Carlo this weekend, as Bonhams prepares to host its annual Monaco sale.
The auction house will present a selection of more than 40 hand-picked cars, spanning decades of automotive design, alongside a selection of motoring memorabilia.

"Bonhams returns to Monaco with a refined and elegant selection of magnificent collectors’ motor cars, including high performance modern classics, historic racers and magnificent models of the 1960s and 1970s," said James Knight, International Group Director of Bonhams Motoring.

Leading the roster of modern vehicles on offer is a highly rare Aston Martin One-77, launched in 2009 and described as "a sports car of unparalleled beauty with subtle aggression and performance developed in 2008 and 2009 with the goal of eclipsing any previous Aston Martin road car".

Just 77 examples of the car were ever produced, all of which were immediately sold, and this example – the 25th produced – has covered just 850 kilometres since being delivered and registered in 2014. Offered in almost ‘as new’ condition, the car comes with an estimate of $2 million-$2.6 million.

Other modern marvels include a 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, estimated at $1.5-$1.9 million; a 2006 Porsche Carrera GT Roadster, estimated at $740,000-$850,000; and a 2008 Mercedes-Benz SLR Mclaren Roadster, estimated at $350,000-$410,000.

For collectors seeking a piece of history, the sale offers an incredible "time-machine" 1953 Jaguar XK120C ‘C-Type’ Sports-Racing Two-Seat Roadster, regarded as the world’s finest as-original, running, long-term preserved example of its kind. Having previously competed in the Le Mans 24-Hour race, the car will be offered with an estimate of US$4.6 million-$5.7 million.

Further historic racers will include a 1925 Bugatti Type 35 Grand Prix Two-Seater, first owned by ‘Bentley Boy’ Glen Kidston, estimated at $1.1-$1.7 million, and a 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Super Sport Supercharged Spider valued at $2-$2.7 million.

The sale takes place on Friday May 13 at the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo.

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