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Preview: Bonhams Beaulieu Sale 2014

Bonhams makes another visit to The National Motor Museum for its sale on 6 September. It includes a sizeable entry of motorcycles and automobilia, and among the car lots are a varied mix of restoration projects, Edwardian era cars, the rare and unusual.

The oldest car in the sale is a 1906 Talbot Type CT4-OB that is described as being in good condition and only need minor recommissioning. It shows the enduring appeal of this type of car and reasonable value at £40,000 to £50,000.

A slightly newer but perhaps more esoteric choice is the 1916 Rauch & Lang Model BX6 Electric Brougham that was built in Ohio, USA and is estimated at £28,000 to £35,000. Very much in the mould of the horseless carriage, the Rauch & Lang is said to have good batteries, a built-in charger and 90-volt motor.

Largest estimated price goes to a 1925 Bentley 3-Litre Blue Label Tourer with original coachwork by Gurney Nutting still in place, which is up for £220,000 to £280,000. It also has its original chassis and engine and has been in constant use all of its life, with careful maintenance retaining its condition.

There is also a strong showing of pre-war Alvis models among the lots, with four Crested Eagle derivatives included in various body styles and conditions. Also in the catalogue are several pre-war Lagondas, Morgans and a pair of Austin taxis.

Among the more intriguing pre-war lots is an MG TA with ‘breadvan’ special bodywork that was fitted in the 1950s for £1000 to £2000 and a BMW Dixi DA1 Barchetta racer that is estimated at £30,000 to £35,000.
Other more unusual machinery comes in the form of an Innocenti IM3 based on an Austin 1100 for £3000 to £5000. If you fancy something with an A-Series engine but even more unusual, the Interstyl Hustler Hunstman 6 should appeal with its twin rear axles and Mini Metro engine. The William Towns’ styled machine has an estimate of £3000 to £5000 and you can take three passengers with you.


By Al Suttie

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