Some 80 motor cars spanning nine decades, ranging from a 1917 FIAT to a 2004 Ferrari, will be on offer when the Bonhams Motor Car Department returns to the RAF Museum in Hendon on Monday 29th April.
Among the estimated £3 million worth of cars is a rare and desirable 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster that has been in a private collection since 2005 (estimate £450,000 - 500,000), and a 1929 Bentley 4½-liter Tourer (estimate £350,000 - 400,000) that has been owned by the same vendor since 1960 and comprehensively restored.
Bidders looking for a restoration project can pick up one of the earliest known surviving right-hand drive Jaguar E-Type roadsters (estimate £25,000 - 30,000). Purchased by its current owner in 1965, the remarkably original 1961 'Flat Floor' Roadster was taken off the road in the early 1980s and has lain hidden in a garage for more than 30 years.
Meanwhile, the top-estimate lot is a Ferrari Classiche-certified 2004 Ferrari Enzo Berlinetta (£800,000 - 900,000) that has had only two owners and comes with just 800 miles on the odometer.
John Polson, Specialist in the Bonhams Motor Car Department, said: "The RAF Museum provides a perfect and evocative backdrop for a sale of collectors' motor cars and this is always an auction that attracts a good crowd. Last year's sale in particular recorded some very strong prices for a number of cars, particularly for those with a strong provenance or cultural significance.
"It has been an excellent 2013 so far for the global department, with a record sale total at our Scottsdale auction in the US in January, more than €13 million realized at our Paris auction at the Grand Palais in February, and a fantastic $3.75 million inaugural auction at Boca Raton in Florida. We hope to continue this success, and the growth of the classic car market, with our Hendon sale."
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