FROM PHANTOMS AND F1 HELMETS TO MORGANS, MINIS AND MAGIC CITY-LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION THIS CHRISTMAS?

THE BONHAMS OXFORD SALE OF COLLECTORS' CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA TAKES PLACE ON 9 DECEMBER AT SHIPTON-ON-CHERWELL

Among some of the star lots for sale will be a 1933 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon with an estimate of £130,000-160,000, and a 1973 Jaguar E-Type Series III V12 in Lavender Blue, which is in exceptional condition with fewer than 12,000 miles on the clock. It has an estimate of £60,000-70,000.

For a more modest sum, signed helmets worn by Mark Webber and Sebastian Vettel during this year's Formula 1 Championships are being sold for charity, as well as two worn by James Hunt. A signed Mark Webber race suit is also going under the hammer with an estimate of £1,500-2,000.

In addition, three Ferraris, an impeccably restored 1968 Morgan Plus 8 Sports, and a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster that starred in the US TV series, Magic City, are on offer. These are joined by a collection of Minis owned by Dr Alex Moulton CBE, who invented the gas-engineered motor car suspension system called Hydragas.

James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: "If you're at a loose end this weekend and wondering what to get the man – or woman – who has everything for Christmas, come down to the Bonhams Oxford Sale. We're offering 250 lots of automobilia and 75 motor cars that suit all tastes and pockets.

"It is all easy to view, with easy parking and refreshments on-site - and it's easy to participate. Just come along with ID and proof of address."

The sale takes place from 10am on Monday 9 December at Bonhams in Shipton-on-Cherwell, with a full day of viewing on Sunday 8 December.


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and valuation services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com

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