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Corporal Jones' "Dad's Army" van to headline Bonhams museum collection sale
The Patrick Collection Part III, is the third instalment of a wider collection of cars covering 100 years of motoring housed in a private museum in Birmingham. Bonhams sold Part I of the collection in 1994 and Part II in 2004.

LONDON.- Following the success of the sale of the Exmoor Classic Car Museum Collection at its Beaulieu Sale in September, Bonhams is preparing to offer yet another museum collection at its Monday 3rd December sale at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands in Weybridge, Surrey, UK.

The Patrick Collection Part III, is the third instalment of a wider collection of cars covering 100 years of motoring housed in a private museum in Birmingham. Bonhams sold Part I of the collection in 1994 and Part II in 2004.

Starting out in the 1930s as Patrick Motors Ltd, before becoming the Patrick Motors Group, PMG Investments Ltd – as it is now known – is a family-run business based in the Midlands with a history stretching back well over 100 years. The company was initially an automobile manufacturer and coachbuilder, then owned a number of prestigious dealerships across marques including Jaguar, Daimler, Vauxhall, Subaru, Isuzu, Peugeot/Talbot, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz and – primarily – Austin Rover, until the last dealership closed in 1999.

Alexander Patrick became the third generation Patrick to join the company in 1962, overseeing a number of new directions for the business including the creation of the Patrick Motor Museum. Mr Patrick’s collection was built around an ambitious concept: to represent the past, present and future of the motor car in a constantly-changing display that reflected the ‘variety, ingenuity and sheer beauty of the automotive era’. What made it unique was Mr Patrick’s determination, where possible, to buy new milestone models straight from the manufacturers, and display them – often with little more than delivery mileage on the odometer – alongside historic cars.

At Mercedes-Benz World, Bonhams will offer for sale 19 cars from the Collection. Certain to generate a lot of interest at the Sale is the 1935 Ford Box Van that featured in the Dad’s Army television series as Lance Corporal Jones’s butcher’s van. Some of the most memorable sequences from the series featured Jones’s van. It is estimated to sell for £20,000 to £30,000.

Other highlights from the museum collection include two outstanding pre-War British sports cars: a 1931 Invicta 4.5-litre S-Type Low Chassis Tourer (£500,000 - £600,000) that the Patrick family acquired in 1966 and a 1938 Jaguar SS100 3.5-litre Sports Two-Seater (£220,000 - £280,000).

James Knight, Group Motoring Director at Bonhams, said: “I have had the personal privilege of handling the Patrick Collection Sales in the past. They have always generated much interest, and we look forward to offering the third instalment at our December sale.”

A 1904 Wolseley 12hp Tonneau (estimate £100,000 - 150,000) from the Collection will be offered at the annual Bonhams Veteran Car Sale – scheduled in conjunction with the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run that Bonhams co-sponsor – at Bonhams’s flagship saleroom in London’s New Bond Street, on Friday 2nd November.

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