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Rolls-Royces with famous connections on offer at this weekend’s Bonhams sale

A Rolls-Royce with a superb famous connection is the 1929 20/25hp Woodie that was formerly owned by Sir Stirling Moss’s father and used by him to trailer Stirling and his racing car to their first ever event. The car, still fitted with its towbar, is expected to sell for £20,000-£30,000.

Also on offer is a wonderfully outlandish Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shooting Brake. The 1924 leviathan is believed to have been converted for film use, and appeared on screen with Sir Alec Guinness in The Man in the White Suite. Sold on behalf of the Sir Henry Royce Memorial Fund, it is expected to achieve £70,000-£90,000.

An original BMW Motorsport 2002 from 1974/5 is likely to achieve one of the highest prices at Saturday’s Oxford sale. The 1975 Donegal Rally winner went on to have any other successes and was driven by rally legend Ari Vatanen. Now fully restored, it is expected to sell for up to £150,000.

More affordable, but in many ways just as appealing, is a 1969 BMW 2000C with coachwork by Karmann. The three owner car on offer has full BMS service history to 1980 and 88,000 miles, and its odometer is now only showing 97,000 miles. It should fetch around £20,000.

For those who prefer more modern classics, there’s a one-family-owned Ford Escort RS Cosworth with less than 9,000 miles on its clock. Its estimate is £15,000-£25,000.

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By Claire Evans

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