There are many reasons a visit to Imperial War Museum Duxford is worthwhile. The best preserved WW2 airfield (we’re told) hosts an expansive collection of planes, tanks, military vehicles and artillery, amongst other exhibits, amid its historic and modern building complexes. On 8th October, there will be another big reason to be there: the H&H auction has plenty of tempting lots. Here are some our picks…
1953 Aston Martin DB MKIII Saloon
The Aston Martin DB MkIII was the very first Aston to be driven by James Bond. By the time Goldeneye made it to the big screen, he was of course in a DB5, but in the book he drove a MkIII, albeit wrongly referred to as a DBIII. It was the related DB 2/4 of a real-life spy that inspired Ian Flemming in the first place…
We digress. In its two-year production cycle, 551 were built. This example has been prepared for fast road use, and has seen some recent competition action in Aston Martin Owners’ Club events and even at the Goodwood Revival, where it took part in last year’s Fordwater Trophy. But it is also in very good condition, having won a first in class at the AMOC’s concours last year. This sought-after model has a estimate of £250,000 to £300,000.
1924 Donnet-Zodd Type G Tourer
Believed to be an ex-police car, this Donnet-Zodd has a UK V5 document but is located in Paris. It’s coated in a layer of dust and, while generally solid, the body has some patina and wear. It’s offered with no reserve.
1965 IWR-Lotus Elan GT
The IWR-Lotus Elan GT was built by entrepreneur Ian Walker, a man who had close links to Colin Chapman and helped develop the Elan 26R. He had a desire to win the Index of Thermal Efficiency at the Le Mans 24-hour, and the special aluminium bodied Elan was the tool he intended to attempt it with. It performed well; at the Montlhery Prix de Paris, it clinched a class victory and and fourth overall with Jackie Stewart at the wheel. Sadly an outing at Le Mans wasn’t to be, as the car was crashed in testing for the Nürburgring 1000km.
It was put to one side for the rest of the season and later repaired and sold. The car here was a second (and final) example built. It sold to Swiss businessman Hermann Huber, who had tried to buy the first car prior to its planned Le Mans outing. Before it was exported, Colin Chapman drove it, and it’s on the record that he approved of the car. This rare part of Lotus history has an estimate of £50,000 to £70,000.
1952 Armstrong-Siddeley Whitley 18hp Saloon
Having served time as a wedding car, this Armstrong-Siddeley was once white, but has since been finished in a less ‘big day’ colour. It still has the conventional manual gearbox that was fitted in place of the original pre-selector, presumably in an effort to deliver brides to the church in smoother style. There were 4321 examples of the Whitley built before the model was replaced in 1954 by the Sapphire. This one is offered for sale with a modest estimate of £5000 to £6000.