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Audrain Bonham’s Auction: Unveiling Classic Cars at Audrain’s Newport Concours & Motor Week, Newport, R.I. – Sept. 29, 2023

September 29, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Car being auctioned at the Bonham's Auction Audrain Concours Newport

Bonhams Auction House is gearing up for a premier one-day car auction, featuring a carefully curated selection of more than fifty historically significant classic cars. This one-day auction will take place on September 29, 2023, at the iconic International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, known worldwide for its rich automotive heritage.

Bonhams is a world-renowned auction house with an impeccable reputation for partnering with top-notch car events and breaking records along the way. For instance, on August 18, 2023, at the Bonhams Quail Lodge auction in Pebble Beach, Bonhams set a new record when it sold a 1967 Maranello Concessionaires’ Ferrari 412P for $30,255,000. Therefore, Bonhams excels in partnering with major events and offering valuable cars.

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This year, Bonhams is delighted to partner with Audrain Motor Week to offer this premier auction opportunity. Pairing with one of the fastest-growing motoring events in beautiful Newport, Rhode Island, and the birthplace of the American Concours, the auction will feature a curated selection of collectors’ motorcars. It is poised to attract cars and bidders from around the world.

Alongside the Bonhams Newport Auction, Audrain Concours Week will host other exciting car-themed events, including the Audrain Tour d’Elegance, a 400-car Concours d’Elegance, Cars and Coffee, and plenty of seminars from notable car connoisseurs. The Audrain Newport Concours & Motor Week spans the entire week from Wednesday, September 27, through October 1, 2023. For more information, please refer to this detailed event article.

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The Bonhams auction will open up bidding on September 29th, 2022 hosted at the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame, located in the Von Auersperg Building on Freebody Street in Newport, Rhode Island 02840. The auction will start promptly at, 4:00 pm.

Dates and times for previews for all the cars are listed below..

•  Thursday, September 28, 9am to 6 pm
•  Friday, September 29, 9am to 4pm
•  For the Preview, the purchase of an auction catalog for $50 provides two people entry.
•  Auction Date: September 29th, 2022 (4:00 pm-10:00)
•  Admission: $100 per person (Register Here)
•  ** Watch the Audrian Bonhams Live from Newport directions are listed below.

Overall, Bonhams will offer 55 of the finest collectible cars on the market in a one-day auction. Mostly European cars, there will be a handful of American brands such as Cadillac, Packard, and Cobra. But the bulk of the cars will carry such famous marques as Austin Healey, Jaguar, Bentley, Porsche, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeo, just to name a few.

The two oldest cars up for auction are a 1922 Bentley 3-Liter Short Chassis Tourer (opening at US$250,000) and a 1915 Mercer Series 22-70 Sporting (starting at US$110,000).

On the other side of the calendar is a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 “Lightweight,” estimated at US$450,000, and a 1977 Aston Martin V8 Series 3 Sports Saloon, with a starting bid of US$70,000.

But the most anticipated cars at the auction will be a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon, and lastly, a 1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster.

Here are two stunning classic acrs up for aution at the Bonhams Auction. They include a 1960 Mercedes- Benz 300SL Roadster and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon.

Here are two stunning classic cars up for auction at the Bonhams Auction. They include a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster and a 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon.

#1.  One of the most anticipated cars at the Bonhams auction will be this 1960 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, offered from the James Messenger car collection. This Roadster is an icon within the car collector community and is often referred to as “one of the finest sports cars of all time”. The Mercedes 300SL Gullwings of 1960 became a racing legend as they racked up many victories across Europe and America.

The car has an original 2,996cc SOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine and Bosch Mechanical Fuel Injection that boasts an impressive 225bhp at 5,800rpm. The Gullwing is predicted be be one of the top sellers at Bonham’s Audrain Newport Auction, with an estimated selling price starting at US $1,200,000.


#2.  Another beauty is this extremely rare 1960 Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon with Coachwork by Carrozzeria Touring Superleggera which is only one of 349 Series 2 DB4s produced. Under the hood is a 3,670cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine with Triple SU carburetors. Amazing for the day, the car is capable of producing 240bhp at 5,000rpm.

This Aston Martin DB4 Series II Sports Saloon is estimated to sell at the Bonhams Auction for between US$500,000 and US$600,000. It is also offered from the car collection of the James Messenger Estate.


front and back view of a 1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster

The 1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster is one of the most iconic sports cars of all time. With its timeless design, this vintage Porsche is the epitome of both elegance and performance. Its sleek lines and open-top design capture the essence of a bygone era, while its 1600cc engine delivers a thrilling driving experience. The Speedster is a true collector’s dream car, representing the pinnacle of Porsche craftsmanship from the late 1950s.


#3.  If Lastly, it you’re looking for good value, then look no further than this 1958 Porsche 356A T2 1600 Speedster with Coachwork by Reutter. This classic is a must for any serious Porsche collector. The 356A model is the final production year for the legendary Speedster and is one of only 552 Speedsters produced in 1958.

The Reutter-designed classic is powered by a 1,582cc OHV Flat Four-Cylinder engine with 2 Twin-Choke Zenith carburetors. Combined, the engine creates VW-type power at 60bhp at 4,500rpm but corners like a mad dog. This particular 1958 Porsche 356A Speedster was part of the James Messenger Estate car collection and will start the bidding at an estimated US$350,000.

View All Cars For Sale Here.

View Bonhams Online Car Catalogue Here

For the Preview, the purchase of an auction catalog for $50 provides two people entry.
For the Auction, bidder registration is required to attend the auction. The registration fee is $100 which includes an auction catalog and entry for the registrant plus guest.

(Register For The Bonhams Auction in Newport Here)



You can watch the Audrian Bonhams Auction Live broadcast over the YouTube network on September 2-, 2023 starting at 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for watching the auction live. It can be watched live over the internet on either a computer or a smartphone. Bonhams also offers the opportunity to watch last year’s (2022) Newport auction on in the video below. You can watch the Audrian Bonhams Auction live here:

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International Tennis Hall of Fame
Von Auersperg Building (View Map)
Freebody Street
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Thursday, September 28, 9am to 6pm
Friday, September 29, 9am to 4pm

Register to bid here
+1 (323) 850 7500
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1 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Phone: (401) 847 – 3300

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25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island 02840
Phone: (401) 849-1000


Founded in 1793, Bonhams is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auctioneers, offering fine art and collectibles, motorcars, and a luxury division, including jewelry, watches, wine, and whisky. The main salerooms are in London, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and Hong Kong, with auctions also held in Knightsbridge, Edinburgh, and Sydney. With a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 22 countries, Bonhams offers advice and valuation services in 53 specialist areas. For a full list of forthcoming auctions, plus details of Bonham’s specialist departments, please contact us. (Source: Bonhams )

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September 29, 2023
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