swiss treasures up for grabs
Inherited schloss collection to be auctioned by Bonhams at Spa Classic
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’.