23/04/2003 28th April 2003 - Auction Preview - Bonhams at Hendon, RAF Museum
- by Steve Wakefield
One of the earliest examples of the American, ‘Springfield’, Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts is a feature lot at Bonhams' April sale at the RAF Museum at Hendon, North London. Supplied in 1926 the car was, with its 6-cylinder 7.4 litre engine, also one of the very first to feature not only left-hand drive, but a central gear lever replacing the column mounted change. In addition Bonhams have attracted the entry of an 1899 Benz 3 1/2hp Velo, which, if previous sales of Veteran Car Club eligible models are anything to go by, should comfortably surpass the estimate of £50,000 – 60,000 – even if it will require a complete re-commissioning to get it back on the road.
A 1962 Bentley S3 Continental four-door by James Young (£28,000 – 33,000) in Caribbean Blue metallic with grey interior looks attractive, and potential purchasers, looking forward to a summer season in the car, will appreciate the air-conditioning fitted in 1975.
A somewhat unfashionable car now, a 1976 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Berlinetta Boxer, one of only 367 cars produced before the introduction of the BB512, is included at an estimate of £35,000 – 38,000. Finished in black with black leather it reminds the author of his first trip in a Ferrari back in 1976. Awesome and surely due for a renaissance.
Bonhams have also attracted the entry of ‘quite the best Daimler V8 250 Sports Saloon they have seen’ – all the more remarkable because it was formerly in the ownership of his late Majesty King Hussein of Jordan. A 1965 model, finished in BRG with light tan hide interior, the car is expected to achieve £26,000 – 28,000.
Don't forget the all-Aston Sale conducted by Bonhams at Aston Martin 'Works Service' on Saturday 10th May 2003. Full details of course on Classic Driver in days to come.