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1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall Highlights include:
  • 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I aka ‘The Phantom of Love’ (£500,000-700,000)
Built in 1926 for the American businessman Clarence Gasque as a gift for his wife, the Woolworths heiress Maude Gasque.With unlimited budget, he left the details to the Wolverhampton based coachbuilders, Charles Clark and Sons.Clark’s owner, John Barnett, had the inspired idea of using a Marie Antoinette sedan chair he had come across at the Victoria and Albert Museum as a model. The result was a spectacular creation more resembling the throne room at Versailles than the inside of a car. On delivery, the Rolls-Royce cost £6,500, of which £4,500 had been spent on the interior. Extensively illustrated and listed in numerous publications, The Phantom of Love is amongst the most famous of the surviving Rolls-Royce models.
  • 1914 Prince Henry Vauxhall (£500,000-600,000)
The world’s first sports car – the 1914 Vauxhall 25hp 'Prince Henry' Sports Torpedo – was designed by much-admired Vauxhall engineer Laurence Pomeroy. Original 'Prince Henry' Vauxhalls are scarce – the 25hp model even scarcer. Featuring a high waistline, narrow torpedo coachwork and raked windscreen, this is a particularly handsome example that boasts not only outstanding provenance and connection with prominent establishment figures, but also specifications fit for fast touring. With the required re-commissioning it deserves (following 102 years of enthusiastic use), it will take its place among the World’s Great Cars.
  • 1957 Mercedes Benz Roadster (£1,000,000-1,200,000)
A supercar long before the word was coined, the 300 SL spearheaded Mercedes-Benz’s return to post-war competing One of the fastest convertibles of its time, the Roadster accelerated 0-60mph in 7 seconds, hitting a top speed of 130mph. This matching numbers example is a beautifully preserved model of one of the 20th century’s most iconic cars.
  • 1963 Aston Martin DB5 ((£570,000-610,000)
The DB5 is widely known as the James Bond Aston Martin having appeared in no fewer than five movies, beginning with Goldfinger in 1964. Outwardly there was little to distinguish the DB5 from the last of the DB4s, the distinctive cowled headlamps still a prominent feature. But beneath the skin there were numerous improvements including alternator electrics, electric windows, and a 4.0-litre engine with three SU carburetors, producing 282bhp at 5,500rpm. This model was the eighth DB5 ever sold. It comes with original records showing that the car was finished in Goodwood Green with White Gold interior trim (its present livery) and left the factory equipped with chrome wheels. The car was sent to Australia until 2016 during which time the vehicle was comprehensively restored by renowned marque specialists Richard Williams Ltd. This is a two-owner Aston of James Bond glamour and flawless records.