Trio of Rare Supercars Offered from Jamiroquai Singer’s Collection
A trio of rare and coveted motor cars – owned by Jay Kay, lead singer of Jamiroquai and avid collector of classic and supercars, are offered in Bonhams Bond Street Sale in London on 7 December 2019. They lead a host of other celebrity cars, including those once owned by 1930s socialite Barbara Hutton, jazz musician Jools Holland and HRH The Prince of Wales, adding extra stardust to the glittering finale of the Bonhams 2019 motor car auction calendar.
Jay Kay, a renowned petrolhead, who has owned over 100 different cars since buying his first, a classic BMW 1602, is now parting with a 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7-Litre ‘Lightweight’ Coupé (estimate £750,000 – 850,000), a 2004 Porsche Carrera GT (estimate £650,000 – 750,000) and, reflecting the singer’s love of Maranello cars, a 2016 Ferrari F12tdf Berlinetta (estimate £670,000 – 740,000).
Tim Schofield, Head of Bonhams Motoring UK,said: “These cars are the best of the best, representing rarity and quality, and reflect Jay Kay’s keen eye as a connoisseur of collectors’ motor cars. Individually, or as a trio, they will make a fantastic addition to any serious modern classic car collection.”
The 1970s classic Carrera RS is one of only 200 Lightweight versions produced; as the name suggests, these were built for the track, with a lighter chassis and pared down interiors.
This authentic matching numbers (engine and chassis) example, finished in striking tangerine paintwork, was originally owned by a German collector and friend of the Porsche family, who oversaw an engine rebuild by Porsche Racing. The Lightweight has been in Jay Kay’s collection since 2008, during which time it has only covered 1000 kms.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/14/
2004 Porsche Carrera GT: the marque’s supercar for the ‘noughties’, was inspired by Porsche’s win at Le Mans with the 911 GT1 in 1998. With its carbon monocoque chassis and racing-derived 5.7 litre V10 engine producing 610bhp, the GT is capable of a 200mph top speed, with a rear wing which rises automatically at 75mph, for high-speed stability on track.
One of just 1,270 produced, this millennial Carrera has been in the ownership of private collectors, including Jay Kay, from new.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/16/
Another limited-edition supercar, (just 799 were ever built), the 2016 F12tdf Berlinetta was ordered from Maranello by the singer to his specification of grigio ferro’ paintwork with black racing stripe– and has driven a mere 1,600 miles since new.
Powered by a 6.3 litre V12 engine, which is considered one of the all-time greats, with a top speed of 211mph and 0-62mph acceleration in 3.1 seconds, the F12tdf was the fastest road-going Ferrari of its time, combining the best of Italian automotive talents, with an aluminium spaceframe chassis by Carrozzeria Scaglietti and styling by Ferrari Style Centre and Pininfarina.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/15/
Another motor car offered by a fellow musician – is the 1964 Bentley S3 two-door convertible of Jools Holland OBE, DL, (estimate £110,000 – 120,000).
A unique high-quality Mulliner-style conversion, this motor car is finished in Mason’s Black with contrasting tan leather interior. Its luxury specification includes air-conditioning, electric windows and picnic tables to the rear of the front seats. Used sparingly in recent years, the Bentley has covered 58,000 miles from new.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/15/
Other ‘star cars’ of the Bonhams Bond Street Sale include:
1935 Auburn 851 Supercharged Boattail Speedster (estimate £650,000 – 750,00)
First owned by ‘poor little rich girl’ Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress and socialite, who purchased it for her first husband, Prince Alexis Mdivani.
The Speedster was considered a supercar of its day, with its performance being tested and proven on the Bonneville Salt Flats where it set numerous speed records. Each car came with a guarantee that it had been road tested at 100mph.
The Auburn was also the car of choice of Hollywood. Fittingly this example underwent a movie-star style ‘nip and tuck’ overseen by its second owner, motion picture publicist Alan Gordon, before being used for movie premieres and parties, chauffeuring such passengers as Lana Turner.
Bohman and Schwartz, coachbuilders to Hollywood’s elite and known for their exotic streamlined creations, modified the Speedster, with pontoon fenders, contoured rear taillights and a ‘heart-shape’ grille.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/19/
1994 Aston Martin Virage Volante 6.3-Litre (estimate £225,000 – 275,000).
Delivered new to HRH The Prince of Wales who drove it for 23 years, the Volante was built to his bespoke specification – fitted with discreet ‘standard’ Virage bodywork (rather than the wider bodywork and flared wheel arches of other 6.3 litre versions) and finished in British Racing Green.
The mushroom leather interior also includes a container in the centre armrest for the polo ponies sugar cubes. Being offered by its third owner, the Volante has covered fewer than 35,000 miles since new.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/6/
Other highlights include motor cars that are stars in their own right, enjoying worldwide attention and renown:
Designed by Vittoria Jano, who was responsible for the Grand Prix-dominating P2 racing car, the 1750 was the supercar of the 20s and 30s, popular as a sports car and a racetrack campaigner.
1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Supercharged Super Sport Spider with coachwork by Zagato, (estimate £800,000 – 1,200,000).
The Supercharged Super Sport edition was aimed at the era’s gentlemen racing drivers and was victorious in the Mille Miglia – the 6C 1750 SS not only won the 1929 edition for the second consecutive year but took six of the top ten places.
Produced in the same year, this right-hand drive example was also campaigned in the early editions of the revived Mille Miglia. It is now offered on the open market for the first time in 60 years, after being owned and cared for by known Alfa Romeo aficionado, the late Michael Hirst.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/4/
1939 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 (estimate £650,000 – 850,000)
A rare UK-edition (one of 48) of the first truly modern sports car which featured a ground-breaking ‘sporting’ chassis (combining lightness and stiffness in equal measure) and 2-ltre engine producing 80 bhp, a remarkable output for the time.
Like the Alfa, the 328 lightweight racing versions also enjoyed great success in endurance races such as the Mille Miglia, Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/11/
Coming up to date, the final showstopper is a 2016 Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 Coupé. Named after the French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 1939 Le Mans 24 Hour race for the celebrated marque, the model set the benchmark for supercars at its 2005 launch.
Combining racing car performance thanks to its 1000bhp hand-built engine, (maximum speed of more than 250mph and acceleration from 0-62mph in 2.5 seconds) with a luxury package, it was, at the time, the world’s most expensive car.
This example, the 15thcar of just 450, was the first to be UK-registered and was displayed at the 2006 Goodwood Festival of Speed. It has covered just 16,270 kms from new. Estimate £850,000 – 1,250,000.
Further details: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25502/lot/35/