Bonham 26th Monaco Sale to Feature Historic Racing Cars
1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder Coachwork

Coinciding with the biannual Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Bonhams will celebrate the 26th year of its "Les Grandes Marques à Monaco" sale on 11 May, 2012.

The Monte Carlo event, which is regarded as the focal point for all historic motor racing enthusiasts, will be held once again under the patronage of the Grimaldi Family.

Highlights of the sale include examples from Bugatti, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Maserati and Facel Vega.

Particularly relevant to the Monaco sale is the ex-Bosse "Bo" Ljungfeldt, 1963 Monte Carlo Rally, 1963 Ford Falcon Futura Sprint. Estimated at 1222255 to 163000 pounds, it is the only car to have ever won every single stage of the Monte Carlo Rally.

As per the sale details mentioned on the Bonhams website, a 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport Spider is estimated at 692780 to 774283 pounds and a rare 1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia Estate/Station-Wagon that was the property of French Alfa Romeo racing driver Fernand Masoero is estimated to sell for 24451 to 36676 pounds.

Apart from this, a 1938 Bugatti Type 57 C Roadster rebuilt in Switzerland during the 1960s in the style of the well known Colonel Freddie Giles Type 57S Corsica Roadster is estimated to sell for around 195608 pounds. The car has been extensively restored in the United States, where it has formed part of some high profile collections, before returning to Europe for the first time since the 1970s.

Another highlight of the sale is a 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spider that was delivered new to France. Estimated at 268961 to 309713 pounds, the car is currently very popular and has already received much interest amongst collectors.

Bonhams will also be offering two examples of show cars. This includes a 1972 Citroen SM one-off prototype by Frua that was exhibited at the 1972 Geneva Motor Show and 1973 Barcelona Motor Show is estimated at 114104 to 146706 pounds.

According to the Bonhams website, the car has been in private ownership since 1988 and has not been shown publically since then.

In addition, this year's Monaco sale also sees the inclusion of a single owner collection of luxury Heuer chronograph watches.