Willem van Huystee Collection of vintage sports cars comes to Bonhams
Rare vintage sports cars from the collection of Willem van Huystee are amongst the early consignments for Bonhams' 2016 Amelia Island sale.
Leading the collection is a 1933 Maserati 8C 3000 Biposto, chassis #3004, which has an extensive racing history throughout Europe including the famous Brooklands circuit.
Having vanished during WWII, the car was rediscovered as part of a large cache of Maseratis in the 1960s and was restored back to its original Grand Prix two-seater configuration. As part of van Huystee's collection, the car has been campaigned regularly at events such as the annual Grand Ascent hill climb at The Elegance at Hershey, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix, at Lime Rock Park, and on the 2001 Mille Miglia in Italy.
Another highlight is a 1935 Riley MPH Two-Seater Sports, originally delivered to Switzerland and raced by importer Jacob Waeny. During its racing career the car was admired by a young Bob Lutz, the future automotive executive who has served with GM, BMW, Ford and Chrysler throughout his influential career.
Loutz eventually bought the car in 1963, and kept in his collection for almost 50 years before it was acquired by van Huystee, who returned it to the roads in vintage motoring events such as the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic.
The collection also includes a pair of historic Bentleys: a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer and a Derby-built 1935 Bentley 3 ½-Litre. The former has been campaigned in several vintage events around the world, including the Mille Miglias and the Colorado Grand, and is a veteran of high profile car shows in the U.S.
The Bonhams Amelia Island sale takes place at Fernandina Beach Golf Club on March 10, 2016.
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