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Bonhams London to Brighton – November 1st, 2019

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25446/?bid_lot_no=5321774#/!

1 Nov 2019, starting at 14:00 GMT

New Bond Street, London, England

The London to Brighton run was first held back in 1896 and the modern iteration way back in 1927 and with the original incredibly strict road rules this was never a rally but rather a regularity run with finishing the most important victory and fast forward nearly a century and that remains the mark of success. Bonhams sale has never been a blockbuster but rather more of a quirky little event that offers cars not seen anywhere else in a particularly English manner.

Year – Sold/ Offered (%) – Gross Total US$ – High Sale US$ 

2018 $2,127,763 12/14 (85%) $779,116 1903 Darracq 24HP

2017 $3,063,776 25/26 (96%) $428,229 1903 Panhard-Levassor Model B 10HP 2016 $1,537,594 10/14 (71%) $340,429 1904 Renault Type N-B
2015 $2,082,144 9/12 (75%) $637,980 1903 Clement AC4R
2014 $2,986,536 16/23 (69%) $622,806 1904 CGV 6.25L Type H1
2013 $2,927,118 13/14 (92%) $967,455 1903 Clement CT4K
2012 $2,576,026 14/14 (100%) $361,486 1904 Delaugere 24HP Tonneau
2011 $966,297 8/8 (100%) $250,433 1898 Fisson 8HP
2010 $1,452,952 11/11 (100%) $521,882 1903 Sunbeam 10HP Tonneau
2009 $968,340 9/10 (90%) $226,533 1901 Argyll 5HP Tonneau
2008 $1,319,522 12/15 (80%) $243,716 1902 Clement 9HP Tonneau                     2007 $1,964,279 9/10 (90%) $358,278 1904 Talbot CT2K

Bonhams marquee lot in 2019 is the 1900 MMC 6HP Charette Rear Entrance Tonneau at £220 – 260k ($284 – 335k). MMC was one of many parts of Sir Henry Lawtons syndicate that was established to try and monopolize the British motoring industry. Ultimately the courts would decide that like any other monopoly and MMC would remain a brief lived brand although based on the German Daimler patent, it had quality aplenty. This particular MMC was rediscovered in 1930 and has been with loving members of the VCC ever since, well maintained and always reliable. Arguably the ideal London to Brighton runner and not slow with its 6HP engine, it doesn’t seem overpriced at the estimate.

1900 MMC 6hp 'Charette' Rear-entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 290

Another marquee lot is the 1901 Panhard-Levassor 7HP Rothschild Rear Entrance Tonneau at £200 – 250k ($258 – 322k), Panhard-Levassor was a French manufacturer that began making cars based on the Daimler licence. Great quality and highly engineered, the Panhard-Levassor was successfully raced in the early intercity road races, especially by Rene de Knyff. Indeed this Panhard-Levassor was built for de Knyff and to his individual specification. Quickly named “Le Papillon Bleu” this car passed to the UK and this was another Veteran classic to pass into the UK where it has been owned and conserved by a series of great owners. Like the MMC this car is certainly not overpriced and good buying for even the finest collectors.

"Le Papillon Bleu", Ex-Chevalier René de Knyff, and Leslie Bucknall, present ownership for 25 years,1901 Panhard-Levassor 7hp Twin-Cylinder Four-Seater Rear-Entrance Tonneau  Chassis no. 3010

Renault was another fine French make and Bonhams are offering the 1901 Renault 4.5HP Rear Entrance Tonneau at £85 – 95k ($110 – 123k), based on the De Dion Bouton patent. A second series model with the 4.5HP engine and with a history that includes almost a century with one family. It remains that this Renault will likely need a proper restoration before much further news but will still be worthy of the expense at the estimate.

Star was a Wolverhampton based make known for their cars based on the Benz patents and one of Britain’s largest pioneering manufacturers. Known since 1932 this Star survived WW2 with CC Hayward although it was damaged in a bombing raid. Restored in 1954, this car has successfully completed the London to Brighton run both before and after 25 years in a museum. Seems priced about right at £70 – 90k ($90 – 116k).

1899 Star Benz 3½hp Vis-à-Vis

Key – Lot # – Year – Make – Model – VIN/ Chassis # – Low/ High estimate (GBP) – Low/High estimate (EURO) – Low/High estimate (US$) – N/R = No reserve

302 1902 Peugeot Bebe 2 seat 5133L * £60,000 £80,000 €69,600 €92,800 $77,400 $103,200
303 1904 Phoenix 4.5HP Tricar 165 £27,000 £35,000 €31,320 €40,600 $34,830 $45,150
304 1902 Bartholomew 3.5HP High Wheeled Spindler 1 £28,000 £36,000 €32,480 €41,760 $36,120 $46,440
305 1901 Panhard-Levassor 7HP Rothschild Rear Entrance Tonneau 3010 * £200,000 £250,000 €232,000 €290,000 $258,000 $322,500
306 1899 Star Benz 3.5HP Vis-a-Vis N/A * £70,000 £90,000 N/R €81,200 €104,400 $90,300 $116,100
307 1900 MMC 6HP Charette Rear Entrance Tonneau 290 * £220,000 £260,000 €255,200 €301,600 $283,800 $335,400
308 1904 De Dion Bouton Model Y 6HP 2 seat 308 £55,000 £65,000 €63,800 €75,400 $70,950 $83,850
309 1899 Peugeot 2.25 HP Tricycle 290 £40,000 £50,000 €46,400 €58,000 $51,600 $64,500
310 1899 Bruneau Quadrilette Torpedo 1004 £35,000 £45,000 €40,600 €52,200 $45,150 $58,050
311 1903 Oldsmobile Model R Curved Dash Runabout 16150 £38,000 £42,000 €44,080 €48,720 $49,020 $54,180
312 1899 Star 3.5HP Vis-a-vis N/A £70,000 £80,000 €81,200 €92,800 $90,300 $103,200
314 1903 Stevens-Duryea 7HP Model L Stanhope 317 £50,000 £60,000 €58,000 €69,600 $64,500 $77,400
315 1901 Renault 4.5HP Rear Entrance Tonneau 22 * £85,000 £95,000 €98,600 €110,200 $109,650 $122,550
316 1900 Locomobile Type 2 Spindle Seat Runabout 29 £35,000 £45,000 €40,600 €52,200 $45,150 $58,050

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