the five remaining motor cars belonging to the renowned businessman Sir Antony Pilkington are to be sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday 29th June 2012. The motor cars are expected to realise in excess of £800,000.
Sir Antony was the last family chairman of Pilkington Brothers, the Lancashire company that achieved world leadership in glassmaking. As he told an interviewer in 1990, he wanted Pilkington to be "a good company in the best sense... not just a money machine", winning much respect and local support for the company. During the industrial recession of the early 1980s, where Pilkington needed to reduce its workforce, Sir Antony founded the pioneering Community of St Helen's Trust to create small-business opportunities for those made redundant. It is evident throughout Sir Antony's achievements that he combined business acumen whilst maintaining strong relationships with the local community, many of whom had worked for the company through generations. He was knighted in 1990.
Alongside his business successes, Sir Antony was also a great connoisseur collector from a golden era of the Collectors' motor car market. He owned some of the world's most desirable cars such as a Ferrari 250 GTO and a Maserati 300S in which he competed in the Mille Miglia on eight consecutive years between 1987 and 1994. Bonhams are delighted to offer the last five remaining motor cars from Sir Antony's collection, all of which are, in some way, prime examples of their type and have been very well looked after by the family for many years. Sir Antony's widow, Kirsty now feels it is time for other collectors to enjoy them as much as she, her husband and family have done.
The collection consists of:
the ex-RAC, Alpine and Tulip Rally 1957 AC Ace-Bristol Sports Two-Seater The Bristol engined Ace is regarded by any as the most desirable variant and this particular example can boast period international rally history. Estimate £170,000 - 200,000.
Family owned since 1979 and 58,000 miles from new
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk 2 Volante, uprated to Vantage Specification
This example is now in the ultimate DB6 specification and matches the car HM Queen Elizabeth II gave to Prince Charles on his 21st Birthday. Just 38 MK2 Volantes were built between July 1969 and November 1970. Estimate £320,000 - 360,000.
The ex-Mervyn Frankel 1939 Bentley MR-Series 4¼-litre Tourer
Coachwork in the style of Vanden Plas by James Pearce
The MR and MX-Series Bentleys are the most desirable as they were supplied new with overdrive to provide long legged and relaxed high speed motoring. Mervyn Frankel is synonymous with the Bentley marque and it was he who commissioned James Pearce in 1976 to build the Vanden Plas tourer style coachwork, one of the most sought after on a 'Derby Bentley'. Estimate £100,000 - 140,000
12,000 miles since comprehensive restoration and 40,000 miles from new 1973 Ferrari 365GTB/4 Daytona
Spyder conversion by Autokraft
In excellent all round condition, having been comprehensively restored by marque specialists DK Engineering. Estimate £160,000 - 190,000.
Sir Antony's first ever car 1951 HRG Sports Two-Seater
This car was bought for Sir Antony to entice him away from motorcycles. He sold the HRG after a few years, but re-discovered the car again years later, bringing it back into the family collection. Estimate £45,000 - 55,000
James Knight, Group Head of Motoring at Bonhams, comments, "When I first started working in the Collectors' Motor Car market in 1984 it did not take long for me to recognise who the great collectors were in the UK. One of them was Antony Pilkington, later Sir Antony, a man with an exceptional eye, who focused on cars that were not only highly collectable, but were particularly interesting examples, whether by specification - such as the Aston Martin DB6 MKII Volante, or provenance - such as the AC Ace-Bristol with period RAC, Alpine and Tulip Rally history. It is a great honour for Bonhams and for me personally to handle this wonderful collection on behalf of the Pilkington family."
NOTES FOR EDITORS
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