Bonhams has a busy December. On the 6th it holds a sale at its Bond Street headquarters in London, then decamps to the RAF Museum at Hendon for another on the 10th.
Some deeply special and important cars have been consigned for both sales. As ever,
Only Motors has trawled the catalogues to bring you its top picks, the cars we think you should invest your hard-earned in. You will need deep pockets, though.
1953 Austin-Healey 100 Coupe – Unique and very pretty. Prototype for a proposed production Healey coupe, but Austin put the kybosh on it. Subsequently used to develop race-spec 100S parts. Donald Healey kept it as his everyday car for many years. Very important piece of history. Sold for: £639,900
1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe – The 7th of 8 cars built, making it one of the last cars FN built. A bit idiosyncratic, but lusty performance from 2.0 Bristol engine and race-bred handling. This one has no known race history, but could easily be brought up to race spec. Or else just enjoy it as a fast tourer. Lovely thing. Sold for: £337,500
1964 Aston Martin DB5 – It’s amazing the difference a colour makes. If this DB5 was in the same Silver Birch as James Bond’s wheels, the estimate would probably double. As it is, this handsome example needs needs some work to go back on the road after a long period in storage. First owner none other than Rob Walker. Sold for: £516,700
1964 Sunbeam Tiger Le Mans Coupe – Built to rival the Cobra, with monster Ford V8 and aero body. One 3 were built; this one was used as a test and development car for the Le Mans program, but it proved troublesome. Later passed through several club racers who made it work properly. Now a fixture in historic racing and very competitive. Unsold
1974 Aston Martin Lagonda – Based on the V8 Coupe, this could have been a big success, but was launched in the middle of the Oil Crisis. Only 8 built in the end. Questionable grille aside, drop-dead gorgeous, we think. This one is near-perfect condition and is fitted with a 7.0 RS Williams engine making 480bhp and 530lb/ft. Sold for: £427,100
1938 Bentley 4.25-litre ‘High Vision’ Coupe – One of the best pre-war Bentley chassis with deeply handsome H.J. Mulliner bodywork. Not been used in some time, so needs re-commissioning. Looks like a bargain to us. Sold for: £96,700
1949 Larmar Monocar – Designed as an invalid carriage, narrow enough to sit through doorways! 249cc BSA motorbike engine powering a single rear wheel. Surprisingly comfortable with independent rear suspension. Probably terrifying at 35mph top speed. Unsold
1957 Humber Hawk police car – from the era when police cars were still a bit… stately. Decidedly ponderous to drive and soon succeeded by Jag Mk.2. Still, looks great and could earn money from film/TV work. Comes with lots of police ephemera. Unsold
1988 Jaguar XJS V12 HE Lynx Eeventer – We love these rare conversions. By ’88 the XJS had hit its sweet spot, too. This one is in the perfect colour combo and has had lots of work done. Now in the extremely good condition. Consummate GT with proper luggage space. Sold for: £39,100
1990 Bentley Continental Convertible – Outdated by 1990 but rather wonderful. Deeply stylish and brilliant at wafting. Original owner kept it in Dubai, which seems like the perfect place for it. In fine, usable fettle. Sold for: £48,300
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