MAR 18th 2016

A Sneak Peek In Bonhams #74MM Sale

As the Bonhams’ crews were busily making the final preparations for its 74th Members’ Meeting auction this Sunday, March 20th, the GRR team popped into the auction room for a sneak preview of the 100 sales lots that will go under the hammer from 2pm onwards.

The Bonhams sale of important motor cars contains something for all tastes, from a couple of late 19th Century horse-drawn carriages, right through to a selection of 21st Century supercars, via vehicles from almost every decade of motoring.

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The Members’ Meeting auction will kick off with a unique item, the registration number ‘S5’, estimated at between £150,000-£180,000, and perfect to adorn your shiny new Audi S5 cabriolet!

Vehicles then take over the auction, including the Kingsley Curtis Collection, including his prized Mercedes-Benz 300 SL ‘Gullwing’, estimated at up to £1million. A more recent SL, one of just 350 Mercedes AMG SL65 Black coupes from 2009, is expected to make up to £210,000.

More affordable lots include a delightfully original 1926 Ford Model T Tudor saloon (estimate £7,000-£9,000), a 1959 Austin-Healey Sprite (£2,500-£3,000), plus an unusual 1961 Healey-built Sprite powerboat that would look perfect towed behind the 1959 roadster (£7,000-£10,000).

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A brace of Porsche 911 of varying ages and values are set to go under the hammer, as are a selection of Jaguar E-types and early Land Rovers. One of the earliest examples of the revolutionary Citroen DS in the UK will also be on offer, a 1957 model, owned and restored by a well-known British motoring writer for over 30 years, estimated at a reasonable £17,000 to £20,000. An equally innovative 1937 Cord 810 Sedan is a rare find at £26,000-£35,000.

Sportier rides going under the hammer include a 1971 Datsun 240 Z (£40,000 top estimate), a 1939 HRG 100 Sports (£66,000), 1960 Maserati 3500 GT (£250,000), 1969 Lotus Elan S4 Drophead Coupe (£24,000), a 2003 Aston Martin Vanquish (£55,000) and a 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth (£35,000).

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On the competition front, the ex-Dealer Team Vauxhall Magnum 2300 coupe, driven by racing legends Gerry Marshall and Peter Brock at the 1977 Spa 24 Hours, to a podium finish, is a once-in-a-lifetime find at £80,000 to £120,000.

The Bonhams Members’ Meeting auction will close with two very unusual lots, a 1959 English Electric Canberra PR9 XH134 aircraft (up to £70,000), plus an affordable 1958 Hawker Hunter T7 XL600, making the ideal garden ornament for a mere £12,000.

Viewing is available with a catalogue on both 74th days from 9am.

Photography by Pete Summers and Tom Shaxson

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