1914 Vauxhall ‘Prince Henry’ Torpedo
After the madness of the Duemila route in Milan things settle back down with the traditional December Bond Street sale from Bonhams. One lot gathering generous interest is a 1914 Vauxhall 25hp ‘Prince Henry’ Sports Torpedo, regarded as the world’s first sports car.
Remarkably the first owner T. W. Badgery amassed 140,000 miles through 1931. His passion for touring taking the car to travel the world. In fact, the three further owners of the car have also taken great pleasure in sharing the car around the world and have helped to make this a very desirable car for those interested in vintage cars. The car is estimated to achieve $620,000-$745,000 on December 4th.
Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG
If you prefer something a little more modern the Mercedes-Benz SLS 63 AMG is also worth a look. These cars are still undervalued and relatively rare on the roads. This particular car has covered just over 13,000 miles during its life under two owners. The second owner has had the car in professional storage for 20 months. The estimate is $125,000-$150,000 and at that money is well worth consideration.
1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello
The 1999 Ferrari 550 Maranello offered at an estimate of $250,000-$300,000 is a very interesting lot. Perhaps the perfect specification. Rosso Corsa paint with Crema hide and a manual gearbox. With one owner and just 4,054 miles on the odometer you can start to understand the high estimate, only time will tell if this fine car can match pre-sale expectations. One to watch.
2003 Aston Martin V12 Zagato
A true modern classic, the 2003 Aston Martin V12 Zagato. Announced in 2011, Aston Martin’s 50th anniversary, this car is a modern incarnation of the much desired DB4GT Zagato. Just 61 cars were built and this particular example is number 47. Beautifully specified by its original owner and still in their ownership the car has covered just 400km from new. A fine display of resistance indeed!
$620,000-$745,000 is not unreasonable. Back in the summer RM Sotheby’s sale at Battersea one changed hands for $813,100 and carried 4,200kms on the odometer. An incredibly rare modern car that is bound to become a fine classic.
Porsche Carrera GT
The Porsche Carrera GT has had a somewhat troubled life with high profile crashes leading some to call the car dangerous. It is intact as most Porsches are, exceptionally good and well composed. But lest we forget this is a 612bhp supercar capable of well over 200mph. Just 1,270 cars were built out of a proposed 1,500. It’s a small number but three times more than the Ferrari Enzo. There is no denying these will become classics of the future and currently are undervalued. This example was an American car brought over to the UK by a well-known collector and prepared for UK roads. As such it is LHD, it has also had some small repairs to the off-side front of the car. The car does have just 1,722 miles but may still struggle infant of an increasingly discerning auction crowd. The estimate is $595,000-$670,000. Expect it to sell on the lower side of that estimate.
Images: © Bonhams 2016
About the Author: Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.