An incredible selection of cars belonging to the first winner of the inaugural British Saloon Car Championship, ‘Gentleman Jack' Sears, is set to go under the hammer at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on 9 September.
One of the most versatile and talented British racers of the 1950s and 1960s, Sears became the first person to scoop the British Saloon Car Championship title in 1958, winning it again in 1963 at the wheel of a mighty seven-litre Ford Galaxie. The ex-John Willment Racing Team machine is one of the star lots of the auction and is expected to fetch as much as £220,000.
The eight-strong collection spans eight decades of motoring history, ranging from a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Thrupp & Maberly, which has been in the Sears family since new, though to a 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt.
1963 Ford Galaxie 500 – £180,000-220,000
1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine – £80,000-120,000
1969 Mercedes-Benz 280SL – £80,000-100,000
1955 Nekaf Army Jeep M38 A1 – £10,000-15,000
1948 MG TC – £18,000-22,000
2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt – £15,000-18,000
1971 BMW 3.0 S – £10,000-15,000
1966 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth – £12,000-13,000