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Bonhams annual Beaulieu Sale to offer rare collectors items at September 6th auction
1920 Vauxhall E-type 30-98 Two-seater and dickey 4. Photo: Bonhams.
LONDON.- With just one month to go, Bonhams annual auction at Beaulieu National Motor Museum promises to yet again deliver a variety of rare and interesting motor cars for avid enthusiasts.

Following the record sale of last year, this year’s Bonhams sale at Beaulieu will once again offer the full spectrum of motoring from the past 100 years. A full day of selling is anticipated with over 125 motor cars offered alongside 35 motorycles and 174 lots of automobilia.

Having remained in Norfolk for over half a century, a 1920 Vauxhall 30-98 E-Type will be venturing south for the Beaulieu sale, offered at auction for the first time in 62 years. Carrying an estimate of £150,000 - £180,000, the side-valve engined sports tourer features most unusual Grosvenor two-seater plus dickey coachwork, and remains in wonderful patinated condition.

Introduced initially as a 4½-litre side-valve model, and clearly developed from Pomeroy’s iconic pre-Great War Prince Henry, the 30-98 quickly made its mark in the quintessentially 1920s pastimes of speed hill climbs and endurance trials. The designation 30-98 comes from the 30bhp developed at 1,000rpm and the 98bhp developed at 3,000rpm. When fitted with lightweight coachwork – and most were – few contemporary motor cars could match the performance of the early E-type 30-98. To the connoisseur and purist the exceptionally nimble E-type remains the definitive 30-98.

Further pre-war highlights of the sale include a superbly restored 1933 Alvis Speed 20 SA Tourer sporting original coachwork by Vanden Plas. The car was restored by marque expert Keith Taylor and is a most useable motor car with 3 position bodywork by one of the more favoured English coachbuilders. This rare collectors’ car is estimated at £80,000 - £100,000.

Also in the sale, another ‘Super Excellent’ Vauxhall. A true barn discovery, the 1923 Vauxhall 23-60 has languished in a North London garage for almost 30 years, finally extracted earlier this summer by Bonhams. It awaits sympathetic restoration, holding an estimate of £25,000 - £30,000.

Elsewhere, the Davey Collection of 6 Alvis Motor Cars will be offered, including some of the rarest models such as a 1934 Crested Eagle TE Tourer Project, entered at £10,000 - £15,000. Further highlights include a matching numbers 1924 Bentley 3- Litre Blue Label with original Gurney Nutting coachwork, one of the top lots in the sale with an estimate of £220,000 - £280,000; a 1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, estimated at £110,000 - £140,000, and a 1909 Stanley Steam Car 10hp Runabout with an estimate of £50,000 - £60,000.

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