Among the racing cars, sports cars and classic saloons looking for new homes will be a real rarity from 1943: a de Havilland DH84 Dragon, one of just five airworthy examples in the world. Fully restored to immaculate condition, Bonhams is confident the twin-engined biplane will make more than £200,000.
Apart from providing an authentic taste of early passenger flight – the Dragon was originally conceived in the 1930s as a 6-8 seater to fly between England and Paris Le Bourget – the aircraft for sale comes with a rich history.
The biplane was one of the Dragons built during the Second World War by de Havilland Australia at its plant in Bankstown, Sydney. It served in the RAAF as a navigational training aircraft before being converted post-war for civilian use. For a while it operated with the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Alice Springs. More recently it was in a museum in Australia.