Eccentric American’s Roll-Royce to sell at Bonhams

| 3 Dec 2012

A 1928 Rolls-Royce ‘Playboy Roadster’ is expected to make €290-370,000 when it crosses the block at Bonhams’ Paris sale from 6-7 February.

Featuring cream leather and red detailing, the Rolls-Royce formed part of the collection of American businessman Jerry J Moore. Moore, who died in ’08, reputedly had an entire 19th century French chateau dismantled and shipped to Texas, where it was painstakingly rebuilt.

Although an interesting proposition, the Playboy Rolls is out done in the value stakes by an outstanding ex-works Bugatti Type 54, which carries a guide price of €2.5-3.5million.

The car has a rich heritage having won at Monza on 6 September 1931 with Achille Varzi behind the wheel.

Also crossing the block in Paris will be a 1953 Bentley R Type Continental (€550-750,000) and a one-owner-from-new 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Volante (€350-450,000).

A 1929 De Havilland DH 60GMW Gypsy Moth will be another big-money lot, it’s expected to exceed €150k.

The biplane featured in the Oscar-winning film Out of Africa.