A trio of impressive private collections – headed by a magnificent Mercedes-Benz 500K – is set to boost auction house H&H’s 21 September sale.
The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 500K Cabriolet has been entered by a Spanish, Valencia-based collector and is one of four pre-war exotics he consigned to H&H’s Imperial War Museum Duxford fixture, following the sale house’s success in selling a collection of the vendor's classic motorcycles last year.
Although the reserve on the 500K has yet to be set, H&H is hoping hoping – based on the prices currently asked for other examples – that the car will change hands for £700-900,000. "There are a few for sale around the €1m mark so our estimate is achievable," said H&H's Damian Jones.
The Stuttgart beauty is set to cross the block with a couple of desirable pre-war Packards: a 1930 740 Custom Eight Roadster (above, estimate £120-160,000) and a 1936 Twelve Convertible Coupe (below, £180-230,000), along with a 1931 Cadillac 370-A V12 Roadster (£120-160,000). All three are from the same collection.
And the 84-lot sale total is likely to be seriously boosted by two other probable £400k-plus results, thanks to some celebrity provenance: a 1929 Bentley 41/2-litre Le Mans Tourer that was first registered to Bentley Boy Woolf Barnato and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 (below) that was supplied new to Beatles band member Sir Paul McCartney. They’re up for £400-500,000 and £350-420,000 respectively.
The Bentley is the star among the nine-strong entry by collector (and Royal family friend) Leon Litchfield, who’s also parting with a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona (£150-180,000) and a rare (in split rear window form) 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray Sport Coupe (£35-40,000).
Also among H&H’s lot list are three consignments – from a 1926 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer and a 1936 Bentley 4 ¼-litre Vanden Plas Style Tourer, to a 1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé – entered without reserve by1960s-‘70s motor sport hero, Eric Jackson.
Somewhat more affordable, but in immaculate condition, is a highly original 1974 MGB Roadster (above, £10-12,000) that’s covered just 36,000 miles in the hands of two registered keepers, while H&H’s 1988 Airstream 345 Motorhome (£45-55,000) could make a cool paddock addition to the local historic racing scene.
The Duxford, Cambridgeshire sale is H&H's first at the museum since 2007 and follows the company's 44-lot classic motorcycle sale. Both cars and 'bikes are set to be displayed in the AirSpace building, which features some 30 examples of iconic classic aircraft. See H&H Duxford Sale for more.