For some time now, MotorMartin has been sitting in a darkened room with only a computer for company quietly sifting through the list of amazing vehicles being offered for sale by those incredible people behind COYS of Kensington. Due to an increasingly busy schedule, MotorMartin was unable to take up COYS’ kind offer of visiting their last sale but my interest was piqued. History has given us some truly stunning race cars and incredibly beautiful road cars and it’s this amazing mix of race and road that COYS are consistently able to tap into. And now, the following has arrived on the newsdesk that over 100 historic, sports and grand prix automobiles will be going under the hammer at COYS ‘Legend et Passion’ auction in Monaco on Saturday 14th May. Amazing.


The international auctioneers are hosting their biennial sale over the weekend of the Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and will celebrate the race’s 10th edition with an unmissable selection of racing legends, including a 1968 Cooper BRM T86B works car, driven by Lucien Bianchi and Brian Redman.

COYS have been running ‘Legend et Passion’ since the very first historic grand prix, making it the oldest auction in the principality under one brand.

Chris Routledge, CEO of international auctioneers COYS, shared with MotorMartin that: “It is an auction where legends and passion meet, where worldwide collectors and classic motorsport fanatics can find a way to get behind the wheel of iconic racing automobiles such as Lucien Bianchi’s Cooper BRM T86B.”

He added: “This car finished 3rd in Monaco 1968, it is a genuine masterpiece of motorsport history with excellent provenance and an extremely reliable 12 cylinder engine.” And you can’t really argue with that.


The variety of racing cars available include a 1985/86 Arrows A8 Formula 1 – Ex-Thierry Boutsen (estimated at €150,000 to €180,000), a 1986 Lancia Delta S4 Group B (€350,000 to €400,000), a 1974 MP 3 2000 (€45,000 to €55,000) and a 1973 March F3 763 (€50,000 to €60,000).


Other important classic and sports car going under the hammer include a 1967 Alfa Tipo 33 Stradale Continuation (Refer Department), a 2005 Ferrari Superamerica (€310,000 to €360,000), a 1960 Maserati 3500GT Vignale Spyder coachwork by Carrozzeria Vignale (€750,000 to €850,000), a 2001 Lamborghini Diablo GT (€620,000 to €680,000), a 1955 Alfa Romeo Giulietta (€70,000 to €90,000) and a 1955 Lancia Aurelia B20 IV Series (€125,000 to €150,000).


The sale will also feature a true Monaco-lifestyle symbol and one of the most iconic boats ever built, a 1957 Riva Tritone (€300,000 to €350,000).

For those with deep enough pockets, MotorMartin can thoroughly recommend getting in on the auction action from COYS on: Saturday 14 May 2016, 11:00hs  Viewing Thursday 12th May from 12:00 to 18:00hs Friday 13th May from 9.00 to 18:00hs Saturday 14th May from 9.00hs to the start of the sale  Location Espace Fontvieille, Monaco

Online catalogue: for those of us with a passion for classic road and race cars, even an evening spent looking over the latest auction information and COYS’ incredible auction catalogue should be just enough but for those lucky few…

Where will you go?

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