Bonhams will hold a sale at this year’s Motorclassica after the international sale house took over the auction slot at the annual Australian Concours d’Elegance from local rival Shannons.
A Rolls-Royce Phantom that was used by the country’s Commonwealth Government and a pair of rare Edwardian Vauxhalls will head up the 44-lot car and motorcycle sale on 23 October in Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition building, which is set to host the city’s second Motorclassica.
The 1967 Phantom V Limousine – which was in service for 27 years – is expected to headline the sale thanks to its lofty AUS$400-500,000 estimate while the Vauxhalls – a desirable 1925 30-98 OE Velox Tourer and a 1913 25hp D-type Tourer (below), that’s believed to the earliest surviving example of the model – are expected to sell for AUS$230–260,000 and AUS$120–140,000.
Bonhams’ Edwardian offering will extend to a 1913 Sunbeam 12/16 Tourer (estimate AUS$120–140,000) while other six-figure earners are likely to include a 1957 Cadillac Series 70 Eldorado Brougham that’s been entered with a AUS$200-250,000 guide price.
The sale will also have something for Aussie muscle cars fans: Bonhams has consigned a 1973 Ford Falcon XA 351 coupé that boasts celebrity provenance, having been driven by the late Heath Ledger in the film Two Hands.
It’s expected to sell forAU$40-60,000 while a 1970 Holden HT Monaro 308 GTS is up for AU$75-85,000.
More unusual lots include a 1966 Matra Djet V (below) – believed to be the last of three that were exported Down Under – and a c.1960 Fiat Abarth 750 bubble coupé that’s being offered as a restoration project, with both cars expected to change hands for AUS$40-50,000.