29/11/2011 Coys 'True Greats', London 7 December 2011: Preview
1952 Aston Martin DB2: £70,000 - 80,000
“Our best catalogue this year,” is how Douglas Jamieson of Coys describes the company’s forthcoming London sale.
Listed in the 212-page volume are several top-level entries such as the 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A (£500,000 - 600,000), the ex-George Harrison 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (£225,000 - 260,000) and that 2011 must-have, an unmolested, unrestored 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster, with this one carrying an estimate of £225,000 - 275,000.
As we’re covering the ‘preservation class’ 300SL elsewhere on Classic Driver, let’s start with a Mercedes roadster from an earlier era. The 540K, in all its various forms, is as instantly recognisable as a Bugatti T35 or a Blower Bentley. While the pre-War 540K Roadsters and Special Roadsters can command multi-million-dollar prices, the still elegant Cabriolet As - particularly carrying in-house, Sindelfingen coachwork you see here – run them close, for a considerably more affordable sum.
One of just 83 cars built, this red-with-red-leather example was a regular on the concours lawn in the 90s, before joining the Ecclestone Collection and then in recent years the Heselden Collection, whence it has been consigned. A fabulous car.
The Platinum Silver Aston Martin DB5 was supplied new to Beatles member George Harrison on 1 January 1965, with several factory-fit extras that included Britax safety belts, FIAM horns and a detachable passenger headrest. As a DB5, the estimate is spot-on, and if you factor in the Beatle connection, well, this could be an attractive, “You know what, I’m going to treat myself…” early Christmas present.
1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster: £48,000 - 65,000
And while on the Aston front, you are never TOO far away from a barn-find DB at auction these days, and Coys will be offering a left-hand drive 1958 DB Mk III for £60,000 - 70,000. Rock fans preferring something heavier than Harrison’s mellifluous strumming might be interested in Lot 345, the 1936 Cord 810 Phaeton once owned by Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Finished in a surprisingly sedate dark blue, it’s estimated at £75,000 - 100,000.
Elsewhere in the 68-car catalogue lies a varied selection of quality entries. For example, there’s still time to buy an E-type in its 50th anniversary year. Coys’ 1963 example is a 3.8 Series I FHC in the desirable specification of Opalescent Grey with black hide and carries an estimate of £45,000 - 55,000.
The Ex-Nick Moor Racing, 1967 Lotus Type 47 Group 4: £70,000 - 90,000
1955 Austin-Healey 100/4 BN1: £35,000 - 45,000
1964 Aston Martin DB5, ex-George Harrison: £225,000 - 260,000
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, Coachwork by Sindelfingen: £500,000 - 600,000
With Astons and now E-types having become so desirable, perhaps it's inevitable that Healeys are now following suit. Coys’ £35,000 - 45,000, 1955 100/4 BN1 presents well in the catalogue, and there’s also a 1965 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III for a more accessible £24,000 - 28,000.
Of the older cars, Mercedes apart, mention must be made of the 1937 Jaguar SS100 2 ½ Litre (an original matching number car for £160,000 - 200,000), the 1938 BMW Frazer Nash 326 Convertible (£40,000 - 50,000) and the LHD, Brewster-bodied 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster for £150,000 - 200,000.
In addition to the 300SL Roadster, there’s a well-presented, black/red 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL 'Gullwing' for £450,000 - 500,000 and several Porsche 356s. All left-hand drive, the pick of these must be the 1953 ‘Pre A’ 1300 coupé at £65,000 - 85,000 – although we do like the later 356 convertibles and the similar-period 1960 Facel Vega HK500 (£60,000 - 70,000). Decisions, decisions.
1948 Bentley Mark VI, Drophead Coupé by Graber: £100,000 - 120,000
1953 Porsche 356 'Pre A' 1300: £65,000 - 85,000
Prior to the motor cars, Coys will offer a selection of Film Posters & Related Items and Motoring Collectibles.
Auction:Wednesday 7 December 2011 at 16:00
Viewing: Tuesday 6 December 12.00 - 20.00 (On the day of the sale from 10.00 to start of sale)
Location: The Royal Horticultural Halls, Elverton St, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE
To see the complete lotlisting of the Coys 7 December, London 'True Greats' sale, please click here, or you can see all the cars in the Classic Driver Marketplace.