Bonhams & Butterfields 2007 Collector’s Motorcars and Motorcycles

Collector’s Motorcars logged a particularly successful sales year, smashing world records at every turn in 2007. The firm’s annual Brookline sale achieved a world auction record as a 1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster brought $342,500, followed by thunderous applause at the Lars Andersen Auto Museum. “We had an amazing sale this year at Brookline,” Mark Osborne, Bonhams & Butterfields US Motoring Dept. Director, said, “with yet another world-record and achievement of the $1.2-million dollar price for the 1926 Bugatti Type 39A Grand Prix two-seater.”

1941 Ford Model 11AThe Jack Hogan Collection of Ford Motorcars sale in June broke as many as ten world records, with a rarely attained 100% of lots sold. A 1933 Ford Model 40 Deluxe Tudor Sedan sold for $79,560, while a 1934 Ford Model BB V8 1 Ton Stake Bed Truck brought $93,600. A 1935 Ford Model 48 Deluxe Roadster achieved an historic $111,150, and a 1936 Ford Model 68 Deluxe Convertible Sedan achieved $99,450. A 1937 Ford Model 78 Deluxe Phaeton sold for $117,000, and a 1939 Ford Model 91A Deluxe Tudor brought $44,460. A 1941 Ford Model 9N Tractor sold for $21,060, as a Model 11C Half-Ton Pickup from the same year fetched $67,860. A 1941 Ford Model 11A Super Deluxe Convertible Coupe brought $105,300, and a 1946 Lincoln Continental Cabriolet sold for a record at auction, bringing $114,660.

Bonhams & Butterfields paved new roads once again at its November sale of Important Collectors Motorcycles and Related Memorabilia, presented at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles. A 1910 Pierce Four, America’s first four-cylinder motorcycle, was sold at $161,000. The motorcycle has only had only two owners since it was built in 1910, spending most of its life inside a barn. As well, the first Indian motorcycle rolling off the line in 1912 more than doubled its estimate and established a new at-auction record, achieving $124,700.