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Fascinating classics at Bonhams sale

From Schumacher’s first podium-position F1 racer, to a car that spent its first years on an Australian sheep farm, the Bonhams Bond Street sale offers a hugely diverse range of cars.

On offer at the 30 November sale is the Benetton-Ford B191B driven to third place by Schumacher in the 1992 Mexican Grand Prix, in what was only the eighth race of his F1 career.

This car was also driven by Nelson Piquet in his last Grand Prix, the 1991 Adelaide race, and later by Martin Brundle in the 1992 South African GP.

The F1 car is in full working order, and is offered with an estimate of £240,000-300,000.

German marques aren’t that prolific in Australia today, so they must have been a real rarity in 1909. Yet one wealthy sheep farm manager had a Simplex Roi-Des-Belges Tourer as his daily runabout.

Apparently lesser marques couldn’t withstand the harsh conditions of the Australian outback, so well-off land owners bought the best possible cars. That’s why the car known as ‘the car of kings’ spent its early years at the Isis Downs sheep farm in Queensland.

More than 100 years later, the 1909 Mercedes is on offer at the 30 November Bonhams Bond Street sale, with an estimate of £380,000-£540,000.

Another car sure to make headlines at the Bond Street sale is a 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB alloy-bodied Berlinetta. A long-term preserved, unrestored Longnose model, it comes from the Maranello Rosso Collection and has an estimate of £1.5-£2 million.

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By Claire Evans

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