CRAFT OF LAND, SEA AND AIR HEAD TO BONHAMS GOODWOOD MEMBERS’ MEETING SALE

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Craft of land, sea and air are offered at Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale, with two aeroplanes, a boat, and rare collectors’ motor cars going under the hammer on 20 March.

From the skies, the only remaining airworthy Canberra PR9 – XH134 is offered, estimated at £50,000-70,000, in addition to a Hawker Hunter – XK600, estimated at £8,000-12,000 and offered at no reserve.
The Canberra was a jet-powered medium bomber aeroplane manufactured in Britain throughout the 1950s. It could fly at a higher altitude than any other bomber at the time, and set a world altitude record of 70,310 ft (21,430 m) in 1957. Due to its ability to evade the early jet interceptors and its significant performance advancement over contemporary piston-engined bombers, the Canberra was a popular export and served with air forces of many nations.
On land, more than 60 collectors’ motor cars are offered, including several exciting competition models, such as the ex-Don Grimshaw 1958 Austin-Healey 100/6 Rally Car. Estimated at £150,000-200,000, the Healey boasts a competition provenance that includes the 1962 and 1965 Monte Carlo Rally, the 1965 East African Safari and the 1965 Spa-Sofia-Liège Rallies.
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Further competition car highlights include the ex-Gerry Marshall/Peter Brock, 1977 Spa 24 Hour Class winning and 2nd overall 1977 Vauxhall Firenza Magnum 2300 Coupé, estimated at £80,000-120,000, and the 1965 Fiat 2300S Abarth Coupe, estimated at £30,000-40,000.
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For cruising the water, a Healey Marine Sprite Powerboat ‘Mimi’. Best known for Healey and Austin-Healey motor cars, the Donald Healey Motor Company were also expert boat builders. The model offered is one of the last boats produced by Healey Marine, and is estimated at £7,000-10,000.
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Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring, said: “The Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale is the first in a trio of exciting auctions held by Bonhams at Goodwood each year. After the success of the inaugural sale in 2015, we now return to Members’ Meeting with an extraordinary variety of interesting lots, each available to the highest bidder.”
 
Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Sunday 20 March 2016. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only. To order a catalogue please visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/
For entry to the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting please visit: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-74/

SINGLE-OWNER COLLECTION OF INCREDIBLE RARE CARS OFFERED AT BONHAMS MEMBERS’ MEETING SALE

9258515-1-36 (1)From a magnificent Mercedes to a macabre hearse, the exceptionally diverse single-owner Kingsley Curtis Collection will be offered at Bonhams 20 March Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale. 
The collection – comprising 14 motor cars, one carriage and a Victorian hearse – comes from the late Kingsley Curtis, the pioneering chairman of refrigeration company, HRP.
Leading the collection is the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, estimated at £800,000-1,000,000.
“The model featured is a highly sought after, early 1955 example of a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – chassis number 37,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring.
“The majority of Gullwings were delivered to the US. To see one in Europe was incredibly rare, making this particular model, only the third delivered to the UK, quite the trailblazer. With its unusual upright wing-like doors, and exceptional German engineering, it would have been quite a rare sight to see.” 9258515-1-30 (1)

Kingsley purchased his first classic car in 1963, following a chance sighting at the White Cross pub in Richmond. It was here that he saw a 1924 Bean 11.9 parked outside, and so profound was his admiration for it, he swiftly purchased the car on the spot, instigating a lifelong passion for classic motor cars.
After taking over HRP from his father, the company founder, Kingsley then moved to Suffolk where he continued to excel in business and his enthusiasm for classic motor cars grew.
“The collection is incredibly diverse, featuring high quality examples of each model, most of which have been in Mr. Curtis’s collection for many years,” said Tim Schofield. “Each car in the collection had a purpose; the 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, his favourite car, was used for local touring, the Maserati for long drives, and the Aston Martin as a summer car. We’re delighted to now offer these at auction for the first time.”9258496-3-1
Highlights of the Kingsley Curtis Collection include:
  • 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, estimate £800,000-100,000
  • 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, estimate £240,000-280,000
  • 1960 Maserati 3500 GT, estimate £180,000-220,000
  • 1981 Aston Martin V8 Volante, estimate £60,000-80,000
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp, estimate £32,000-38,000
  • 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth, estimate £28,000-35,000
  • 1924 La Buire 12A, estimate £19,000-22,000
  • 1920 Bean 11.9hp, estimate £9,000-12,000
  • 1919 Singer Ten, estimate £9,000-12,000
  • c.1880 Horse Drawn Hearse, estimate £2,000-4,000
Bonhams Members’ Meeting sale will take place at Goodwood Motor Circuit, Chichester, on Sunday 20 March 2016. Entry to Bonhams auction is permitted by catalogue only. To order a catalogue please visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/
For entry to the 74th Goodwood Members’ Meeting please visit: https://grrc.goodwood.com/section/members-meeting-74/

A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the Brighton Run Sale

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A dozen veteran cars head to Bonhams 101 New Bond Street headquarters, ready for the annual London to Brighton Run Sale. Now entering its 12th year, the auction offers an incredible selection of veteran motor cars, this year starring the 1903 Clement Model AC4R Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £400,000-500,000.  

Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motor Cars, said: “We’ve got a wonderful selection of exciting veteran cars at this year’s auction, including two vehicles – an 1899 Panhard-Levassor Type M2E 4hp Two-Seater, estimated at £300,000-350,000, and an 1899 Star Benz 3½hp Vis-à-Vis, estimated at £60,000-70,000 – that are over 115-years old. It’s an incredible and unusual sale, transporting visitors back to the golden age of motoring.” One of the most advanced cars of its day, the Clement has a long known British history, now returning to the UK from American ownership. Its very earliest days were recorded in the programme for the London to Brighton Run in 1934.

The auction also boasts a magnificent 1904 Napier Model D45 12HP Side-Entrance Four-Cylinder Tourer, one of the few Napier models that were assembled in period in America. It has been part of three major international car collections, has four cylinders, a four speed gearbox, carries five passengers, is exceptionally rare and comes with an enviable record of completed Brighton Runs. It is now offered at an estimate of £350,000-400,000. Further automotive masterpieces from across the century and beyond include a 1904 Columbia Mark XLIII Two-Cylinder Rear-entrance Tonneau, estimated at £90,000-110,000, and what was commonly regarded as America’s premier make of petrol motor car, a 1904 Winton 4¼-Litre 20hp Two-Cylinder Detachable Rear-Entrance Tonneau, estimated at £130,000-160,000.
Held on 30th October at Bonhams flagship showroom on 101 New Bond Street, the annual London to Brighton Run Sale will offer over 100 lots of both veteran motor cars and automobilia. The Bonhams London to Brighton Sale celebrates the longest-running motoring event in the world; the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run. The sale exclusively features pre-1905 cars, each eligible for the Run.
Bonhams sale takes place during “London Motor Week” – a series of events hosted by the world famous Royal Automobile Club which also includes the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, a Literary Festival, Motoring Forum and the Regent Street Motor Show. The first Run took place in 1896, and since then it has taken place almost every year since it’s 1927 revival.
More information on the Run can be found at www.veterancarrun.com. For further information on Bonhams motoring department, visit: https://www.bonhams.com/departments/MOT-CAR/