Bonhams has its hands full this time organizing the largest Greenwich Concours d’Elegance Auction ever. Buzz is that it will offer 80 cars for sale, most of them exotic. But the real head turner will be Ted Leonard’s collection. The famous car collector of Rhode Island has the credit of owning some of the most spectacular roadies owned by celebrities or are even closely related to movies.
Take the 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I Ascot Tourer for instance. This car was featured in the 1971 F. Scott Fitzgerald film The Great Gatsby. And this very automobile is expected to fetch close to $200,000. If you remember, the whole movie revolved around the lead actor learning how to drive vintage Rolls. Now, that person could be you!
You might also want to take a look at the 1938 Packard Darrin convertible which too will go big at $250,000 because it is one of the earliest Howard ‘Dutch’ Darrin designs on a Packard and has Clark Gable as its venerable owner. There is a rare 136 Single Eight Sport Model going for sale at a not-so-high $40,000. If it helps, this car was owned by writer Edith Wharton of The Age of Innocence fame.