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Bonhams Oxford Car Sale Opens UK Motoring Auction Season

A superb collection of quality motor cars, spanning every decade, starting with a 1910 Hupmobile Model 20 Tourer (estimate £10,000 – 12,000), and going through to a 2005 Ferrari/Foreman Mk4 V12 Spyder Recreation (estimate £65,000 – 85,000) are being offered at the Collectors’ Motor Cars and Automobilia sale in Oxford on 6th March 2010.

The sale comes on the back of a spectacular start to Bonhams’ 2010 motoring season at Retromobile, Paris, which saw enthusiastic bidding and high prices, and, with such a remarkable array of cars on offer, it is sure to continue the trend.

Last year’s March sale of the same name was the first at Bonhams’ new Oxford salesroom, a 20,000 sq ft space considered one of the biggest single auction sites in Europe, and it achieved a total of £968,493, with over 98% of cars sold.

This year, highlights include a brace of Bentleys: the first a fabulous 1956 Bentley S1 Fastback Continental with coachwork by H J Mulliner (estimate £150,000 – 180,000), and a 1964 Bentley S3 Continental Coupé with coachwork by H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd (estimate £40,000 – 50,000). Once described as ‘a masterpiece of engineering that redefines the word opulence’ a 1968 Mercedes-Benz 600 Limousine (estimate £50,000 – 60,000); and a 1989 Ford RS200 Coupe (estimate £85,000 – 95,000), which is one of only 160 road cars, and a last of this line model.

Pre-war enthusiasts are also well catered for with a number of examples. From the swift 1930 Lea-Francis 12/40hp W-Type Sports (£20,000 – 25,000) to the single seater methanol burning ex Len Thompson 1934 Lagonda Rapier 1½-Litre Monoposto (estimate £45,000 – 55,000); or for those summer rallies the 1923 Alvis 12/40hp Tourer (estimate £15,000 – 18,000), which has spent the last 20 years in Oxfordshire.

The sale starts at 11am for Automobilia followed by Motor Cars at 2.30pm