Bonhams first visit of 2004 to the RAF Museum at Hendon has over 40 classic cars under the hammer, at prices to suit all pockets. For those on a larger budget one of the highlights is a 1937 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom III Sedanca De Ville estimated at £35 - 40,000.
Powered by a 7.3 litre V12, the pre-war Phantom III bears comparisons with the present-day Phantom from the Goodwood manufacturing plant. Powerful, dignified and capable of effortless distance-covering, the car was yet another R-R contender for the title ‘best car in the world’. This example is finished in the classic ivory/black colour scheme and has been the subject of extensive maintenance and restoration since returning to Europe from the USA in 1988.
Amongst the other cars in the sale, the LHD 1965 Maserati Sebring Series II Coupé, £14 - 16,000, looks attractive. A rare example having retained its original fuel injection set-up, it was imported into the UK from Italy around 2001 and the elegant GT benefits from a recent re-paint plus the replacement of several mechanical items such as the brake master cylinder and fuel pump.
Two Bentleys are in the sale, a 1955 ‘R’ Type Standard Steel Saloon, £12 - 15,000, and a 1970 T1 Saloon at £11 - 13,500. The ‘R’ Type looks particularly attractive, being a genuine three-owner car, the last of which being the well-known RREC member Jack Howes. It comes complete with original handbook, tools, two brown leather fitted suitcases and a period radio.
Full lotlist -
The vehicle names/details below are as given by the auction house.
|1964 Austin-Healey Sprite MkIII Roadster||£1,000 to 2,000|
|c.1962 Ford Consul Classic Saloon||£500 to 1,000|
|1987 Ford Capri 280 'Brooklands' Coupe||£3,000 to 4,000|
|1976 Lancia Fulvia 1.3 Series 3 Two-Door Coupe||£2,500 to 3,000|
|1982 Mini 1000 City Saloon||£800 to 1,000|
|1971 Morris Minor Traveller||£1,500 to 2,000|
|1929 Austin 12/4 Four Seat Tourer||£10,000 to 12,000|
|1924 Buick Four Coupe||£6,500 to 7,500|
|1967 Jaguar Mk2 3.4-Litre Saloon||£8,000 to 10,000|
|1988 Maserati Biturbo Coupe||£3,500 to 5,000|
|1973 Jensen Interceptor Series III Coupe||£6,000 to 8,000|
|1978 Daimler Sovereign 4.2-Litre Coupe||£5,000 to 6,000|
|1955 Bentley ‘R’ Type 4,566cc Standard Steel Saloon||£12,000 to 15,000|
|1970 Bentley T1 Saloon||£11,500 to 13,500|
|1924 Chenard et Walcker 12hp Four-Seat Tourer||£11,500 to 13,500|
|1939 Merlin Aerees 3.4-litre Sports 2+2 Seater||£18,000 to 22,000|
|1968 Jaguar E-Type 4.2-Litre Coupe||£22,000 to 25,000|
|1971 Lotus Elan Sprint Coupe||£15,000 to 18,000|
|1933 Morgan 1,098cc J.A.P.-engined Beetleback Super Sports||£18,000 to 20,000|
|1914 Lancia Theta 35hp 4.9 litre, ‘Barnstaple’ Two-Seater with Dickey||£30,000 to 40,000|
|1928 Packard Six Limousine Coachwork by Packard||£24,000 to 28,000|
|1958 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud Saloon Coachwork by Hooper & Co||£25,000 to 30,000|
|1935 Talbot 75 Tourer Coachwork by Corsica, The 'Arctic' Talbot,||£16,000 to 20,000|
|1927 Ford Model 'T' Two-Seat Roadster with Ruxtell Two Speed Rear Axle||£6,750 to 7,750|
|1928 Essex Super Six Phaeton||£7,000 to 9,000|
|1922 Oldsmobile 43-A Tourer||£13,000 to 15,000|
|1899/1900 Shepherd Twin Cylinder-Engined Vehicle||£3,500 to 5,000|
|c.1928 American LaFrance Fire Engine||£9,000 to 11,000|
|1939 Morgan MX2 Super Sports Roadster||£18,000 to 22,000|
|1919 Ford Model 'T' Fixed Head Doctor's Coupé||£7,000 to 8,000|
|1965 Maserati Sebring Series II Coupe Coachwork by Vignale||£14,000 to 16,000|
|1965 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Coupe||£16,000 to 18,000|
|1937 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom III Sedanca De Ville Coachwork by H J Mulliner & Co. Ltd||£35,000 to 40,000|
|1970 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Litre Series 2 Roadster||£22,000 to 27,000|
|1910 Maxwell Model Q 22hp Tourer||£12,000 to 15,000|
|1980 Mercedes-Benz 380SLC Coupe||£3,000 to 3,500|
|1971 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 Roadster||£24,000 to 26,000|
Bonhams next motor car auction in the UK will be on 26th April,again at Hendon. Bonhams Europe will be conducting sales at the Geneva Motor Show (8th March) and the Monaco Grand Prix week (15th May)
Bonhams annual all-Aston Martin Sale of motor cars and automobilia (including James Bond items) will be at held at 'Works Service', Newport Pagnell on 8th May.
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Text - Steve Wakefield
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