Bonhams has unveiled an impressive line-up for its annual sale of Important Collectors' Motor Cars & Fine Automobilia at London's Olympia on December 7.
Leading the charge is a 1906 Rolls-Royce Light 20hp Tourer, one of only two survivors of the 17 built when the company was in its infancy and the sixth oldest Rolls-Royce remaining today. Following World War II, the car was bought by Rolls-Royce aficionado Stanley Sears, joining his prestigious collection of veteran motorcars.
When the collection was dispersed in 1983, the car passed to Thomas Love who already owned the world's oldest Rolls Royce (later sold by Bonhams for a record £3.5m in 2007). As such an unusual and historically significant motorcar, it is little wonder that this fully-restored model has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £400,000-600,000.
A second car from the late Thomas Love's collection is also being offered as part of the sale. The 1913 Rolls Royce 40/50hp Open Drive Limousine, which he actively campaigned in the Veteran Car Club, is expected to reach between £180,000-250,000. Automobilia from the same collection, including lamps, horns and spares put by 'just in case' will also be offered in the sale.
A rare 1963 AC Cobra 289 MkI Roadster will also help drive interest in the sale. This exceptional model is estimated between £220,000-280,000.
Other highlights include a 1936 Lagonda LG45 S1 Drophead Coupé (£80,000-100,000), The ex-1938 RAC Rally and Autocar Road Test Car - a 1938 Jenson 'S-Type' 3½ -Litre Dual Cowl Tourer (£60,000-80,000) and a 1969 Aston Martin DB6 Saloon (£60,000-70,000). They will be joined by a 1935 Riley 9hp Imp Two-Seater (£50,000-70,000), a 1906 Talbot 20hp Two-Seater (£45,000-55,000), a rare 1914 Hispano-Suiza 1.8 Litre Type 24 Two-Seater Roadster and a 1906 CGV 20hp open drive Landaulette (£30,000-35,000).
James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department said: 'Our annual December Olympia Sale is renowned for offering a wide ranging selection of motor cars and I am pleased to say this year appears to be no exception. Many of them have been part of long-term collections, so are fresh to market, and I anticipate much interest.'