Several remarkable early motorcars join Bonhams' October sale at Simeone Museum in Philadelphia

Following the recent news of the rare 1907 American Underslung Sports Roadster to headline the third annual Preserving the Automobile auction, Bonhams is very pleased to announce the addition of a number of exceptional automobiles from a private US collection.

With an emphasis on early luxury automakers, specifically those from America and especially those made in New York (long before Detroit earned the moniker "Motor City"), the selection of important automobiles represents a highly curated and focused collection of American history.

From before the Great War is a highly original and unspoiled example of the "big" Maxwell, a 1911 Maxwell Model GA 30HP Touring. Founded in New York, the Maxwell-Briscoe Motor Company advertised this model as being the "undisputed leader" due to "power, style and price" – a car that would "outclass all others." Now uncommon, and extremely rare in this condition, the larger capacity Maxwells are highly sought after by collectors today.

Originally supplied to famed championship-winning speedboat racer Commodore Jonathan Moore is a 1916 Simplex Crane Model 5 Berline. With a bespoke body by New York City coachbuilders Brewster, this exclusive brand of New York-manufactured automobile was the epitome of luxury and, at a cost of 10 times the annual salary of the average American, was aimed at those few "who demand the utmost in luxurious comfort."

A 1924 Cadillac V-63 Phaeton with just 42,500 original miles is also one of the new consignments. Boasting what many historians call a "milestone engine", the newly engineered V-8 engine of 1924 was remarkably powerful and smooth. While Cadillac was still working its way toward becoming a status symbol, it had by then already been recognised the world over for its technical innovation and superior standards of quality.

Cunningham of Rochester, New York was one of the first developers of the now ubiquitous V-8 engine and, as part of the select handful of American luxury automakers of the era, quickly established itself as a category leader. A striking 1925 Cunningham V4 Touring Car with an impressive pedigree, including being a veteran of the 1950 Glidden Tour, will also be on offer.

Originally supplied to Mrs. August Anheuser Busch of the famous American brewing family is a two-owners-from-new 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Dinsdale Limousine with coachwork by Brewster of New York. With its stunning originality, this extremely rare Anglo-American model does the extraordinary feat of standing out among a class of cars from a period that all command attention.

Taking place on October 6th at the award-winning Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia, select consignments are still being considered for Bonhams' Preserving the Automobile sale. Owners interested in consigning an important motorcar to this unique auction may contact the following Bonhams Motoring Department specialists:

Rupert Banner • 917-340-9652 •
Evan Ide • 917-340-4657 •
Eric Minoff • 917-206-1630 •


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

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