Bonhams has diverse selection ready for Philadelphia auction

A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos
A 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring is a star of the auction | Bonhams photos

The Simeone Automotive Museum in Philadelphia hosts Bonhams’ fifth annual Preserving the Automobile Auction on Monday with about 50 automobiles that represent a wide range of values and interests.

“Particularly noteworthy about this unique, forward-thinking sale is the depth and breadth of automobiles on offer,” Bonhams said in a news release. “Characterizing just about every era and interest of motoring, the careful selection of vehicles also presents nearly every condition and price point.”

1908 Galloway could be the original pickup truck
1908 Galloway could be the original pickup truck

Among the top-tier cars to be offered are two – a 1930 Lincoln Model L 7-passenger touring and a 1931 Lincoln Model K convertible – that come from the estate of Richard Hopeman, who Bonhams described as “not just an automobile enthusiast but also a true ‘restorationist’.” Both of these cars will be offered at no reserve.

Other pre-World War II classics include those from Fiat, Ford, McFarlan, Nash, Packard, Pierce-Arrow, Rolls-Royce, Stutz and Willys.

Among the early antiques are a 1901 Locomobile Style 5 Locosurrey, described as being in original unrestored condition after 80 years of single ownership, and a 1908 Galloway Dual Purpose Highwheeler Station Wagon, which Bonhams called one of the first pickups.

Mid-century sports and GT cars on the docket include four from Jaguar – two XK120s and two E-Types – as well as a first-year 1963 Volvo P1800 sports coupe and a 1967 Lotus Elan Series III coupe. More recent sports cars to cross the block are a 1978 Porsche 911 SC 3.0 Targa, a 1979 Ferrari 308 GT4 and a 1987 Ferrari Testarossa.

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For more information about Bonhams’ Philadelphia sale, visit the auction website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.