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Maserati Boomerang concept tops £2.4m at Bonhams

Bonhams held two auctions on 5 September, one at the annual Beaulieu Autojumble and the second in Chantilly, France. The two top achievers were both sold at Chantilly: a one-off Maserati Boomerang made £2,457,627 and a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 Cabriolet sold for £907,887.

The Maserati was a concept based on a Bora coupe created by Giorgetto  Giugiaro and first shown at the 1971 Turin motor show. The car subsequently appeared at the Paris, London and Barcelona shows over the next few years and received unanimous praise. Its wedge shape and sharp angles were to characterize many of Giugiaro’s later designs including the VW Golf, Maserati Quattroporte and DeLorean DM-12.

The 1938 Bugatti Type 57 at Chantilly was just as stunning to look at, fitted with its unique two/three seater drophead coupe bodywork by D'Ieteren. It was formerly owned by French artist Andre Derain and had been treated to a full restoration in 1999.

At the Beaulieu sale it was the British marques that proved most popular. The highest price of the autojumble sale was for a highly original 1929 Bentley 4½-litre Sports saloon that had been owned by the same family since 1935. Unusually the Bentley had its original chassis, engine, gearbox, steering box, rear axle and bonnet numbers, as well as an original green leather interior and a full complement of correct instruments. Sold in barn find condition, the Bentley went for £695,900.

An equally appealing project was the 1950 Bristol 402 drophead coupe offered at Beaulieu. One of only around 20 made, it had been in single ownership for 46 years and hardly used since 1971. The rare British car sold for £104,540 – just over twice its upper estimate.

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By Claire Evans

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