Although, headline lots include the famous ex-Douglas Fitzpatrick 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer and ex-Baron Joseph van der Elst 1937 Bentley 4 1/4 Litre Vanden Plas Coupe, H&H’s June 15th Rockingham Castle auction also contains everything from a meticulously refurbished 1960 Austin-Healey ‘Frogeye’ Sprite (Estimate: £9,000 – £10,000) to a Curtis aero-engined c.1918 Le Zebre Sports Special (Estimate: £45,000 – £50,000).
1 of just 63 RHD, Park Ward-bodied cars, the 1960 Bentley S2 Continental Drophead Coupe was extensively restored by Ivydene of Crewe during 2002-2004. More recently maintained by Padgett Motor Engineers, it seems positively inexpensive when compared to an Aston Martin DB6 Volante (Estimate: £120,000 – £140,000). Other Bentley S-Series comprise a LHD S1 Saloon (No Reserve) and RHD S3 Saloon (£20,000 – £25,000).
Rare and imposing, the Louis Coatalen-designed 1920 Sunbeam 16hp Tourer (Estimate: £38,000 – £45,000) certainly bears comparison with the 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sports Tourer by Park Ward (Estimate: £45,000 – £55,000), Hillier Hill-refurbished 1939 Rolls-Royce Wraith Saloon by James Young (Estimate: £40,000 – £50,000) and 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp Convertible (Estimate: £45,000 – £55,000). Rebodied whilst in America, a letter on file suggests that the latter was once owned by legendary dancer Fred Astaire.
The only Plus 8 to be built by Morgan as a four-seater, ’23 HEW’ has been in the current family ownership from new and covered a mere 53,000 miles (Estimate: £40,000 – £45,000). Some eighteen years older, the 1954 Morgan Plus 4 was restored during the 1990s by Martyn Stendall (Estimate: £28,000 – £32,000).
Supplied new to W.P. Burston of Chippenham and resident in Sweden for five decades, the 1935 S.S. 1 Sports Tourer (Estimate: £90,000 – £110,000) has only just emerged from restoration. Notably low-slung and rakish, its Brooklands Green paintwork contrasts nicely with the Black livery of the similarly rejuvenated 1933 Lagonda 16/80 T7 Tourer (Estimate: £60,000 – £80,000). Not nearly as smart but appealing nonetheless the 1947 MG TC (Estimate: £12,000 – £15,000) has been a UK car all its life.
The motorcar section will be preceded by over 300 lots of automobilia including the Robert Bamber and Mr M. Kelly Collections.
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