Five American motor cars from a one-owner collection will all be sold at no reserve
Five American muscle cars from a single-owner collection will be among the 100 motor cars on offer when Bonhams returns to the RAF Museum in Hendon on Monday for its annual sale. The 1960s models will all be sold at no reserve.
Top car in the collection is a left-hand drive, 'matching-numbers' 1970 Chevrolet Coupé that has completed only 1,000 miles since its extensive restoration in 2008, and is predicted to sell for between £25,000 and £30,000.
Other lots are a 1969 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Convertible that is one of only 873 finished in Riverside Gold (estimate £20,000 - £25,000), a 1965 Pontiac GTO with coachwork by Fisher (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), a 1968 Ford Mustang GT/CS 'California Special' Hardtop Coupé (estimate £18,000 - £22,000), and a 1969 Pontiac Firebird Coupé (estimate £14,000 - £16,000).
The Bonhams Hendon Sale will feature motor cars spanning nine decades, including a Ferrari Classiche-certified 2004 Ferrari Enzo Berlinetta (£800,000 - £900,000). Other highlights include 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.
Meanwhile 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.
The automobilia section will feature some 61 lots of aviation art and aeronautica, including more than 20 original aviation paintings, and a number of signed and limited-edition prints.
Among highlights is an original design drawing for the Concorde aircraft. The 135cm x 76cm graphite on design paper technical sketch Definition Of Compartment Boundaries, Ventilation & Drainage, No D73.5050, dated 10th September 1968 and signed by test pilot Brian Trubshaw, is estimated to realize between £1,000 and £1,500. The Concorde design drawings were the last such to be produced entirely by human hand for a leading aircraft project.
Please note: None of the lots among the Aviation Art & Aeronautica offered in this auction are from the collections of the RAF Museum.
Images and full descriptions of all lots included in this sale are online at www.bonhams.com/auctions/20926. Items will be available to view between 10am and 5pm on Sunday 28th April, and from 9am on Monday 29th April. The sale will begin at 11am with Automobilia, and continue with Motor Cars from 2pm.
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