First, the Carter collection: it consists of three British sports cars, two of which are among the most significant Healeys ever produced. The 1953 Austin-Healey 100 Coupé – well-known by its registration number ‘ONX 113’ – was kept by Donald Healey for 10 years, during which time he ordered competition 100S mechanicals to be fitted. There’s also the 1959 Works Rally 3000 ‘SMO 746’, which was campaigned by the factory in period by the likes of Jack Sears and Pat Moss – the sister of Sir Stirling. The third Carter car to be offered is a Connaught A-Type Racing single-seater.
Willey’s collection also has a British bias. Of the 12 cars he’s consigned to Bonhams, five will be sold at the 6 December Bond Street sale – including a Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster, an Aston Martin DB5 and Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé – with the remainder being offered at the Hendon RAF Museum on 10 December.