swiss trea­sures up for grabs

In­her­ited schloss col­lec­tion to be auc­tioned by Bon­hams at Spa Clas­sic

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The only thing bet­ter than in­her­it­ing a Swiss schloss is in­her­it­ing one that comes with a dozen clas­sic cars.

The cur­rent owner was left the huge man­sion and 12 clas­sics in 1990 by his fa­ther, who had built up his col­lec­tion since the 1950s. The son then con­tin­ued to add cars to the group, stor­ing them in a con­verted build­ing within the grounds.

He has now de­cided to sell the col­lec­tion and they will be part of Bon­ham’s Spa Clas­sic sale on 21 May at the leg­endary For­mula 1 Cir­cuit de Spa-Fran­cor­champs in Bel­gium.

It will be the first time all of the cars have been seen to­gether in public. They in­clude a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Road­ster (est. £512,830£683,830), a 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Sil­ver Ghost Dou­ble Phaë­ton (£512,830-£683,830) and a 1934 Roll­sRoyce Phan­tom II (£68,375-£102,564), which was the last of the mar­que’s 40/50hp mod­els.

Two 4.9-litre Maser­atis are also part of the schloss dozen: an Indy Amer­ica (£42,735-£68,380) and a Ghi­bli SS (£85,475-£128,230). The lat­ter is the fastest road car pro­duced by Maserati at the time, ca­pa­ble of 174mph. A Lamborghini GT Es­pada (£59,840£85,470) and 1980 As­ton Martin Volante (£77,000-£119,660) round out the more ex­pen­sive part of the col­lec­tion.

While some of the clas­sics are at the pricier end of the spec­trum, there are five mod­els that are more at­tain­able, in­clud­ing a 1973 Ford Mus­tang (£8545- £12,820), a 1981 Mercedes-Benz 500 SLC Coupé (£17,100-£25,640), a 1970 Jaguar E-type 4.2 (£25,640-£34,190), a 1967 Maserati Se­ries II Qu­at­tro­porte (£34,190£59,830) and a 1972 Jaguar E-type Se­ries 2 V12 (£34,190-£59,820).

A spokesper­son for Bon­hams says: ‘ The cars have not been used or moved for some time and are in a mixed con­di­tion, with patina, but are by no means fall­ing apart.’

The cars haven’t been moved in some time, but they are ‘not fall­ing apart’.

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