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1913 Rolls stars at Bonhams sale at Simeone museum


Bonhams’ sixth annual collector car auction at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia generated nearly $4 million in sales Monday, a quarter of that total on the sale of a 1913 Rolls-Royce “London-to-Edinburgh” Silver Ghost.

The Silver Ghost, once part of the collection at the Henry Ford Museum, sold for $1,001,000 (prices include buyer’s fees).

, 1913 Rolls stars at Bonhams sale at Simeone museum, ClassicCars.com Journal
The Rolls’ engine

The auction posted an 86 percent sell-through for automobiles and all automobilia lots were sold, Bonhams reported.

A 1924 Bentley 3-liter Speed model sold for $200,000 and a 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 5-passenger tourer, an all-original car with only two previous owners, brought $170,500.

The sale annually features cars that have been preserved rather than restored.

Another preserved vehicle, a 1910 Regal Underslung Model N roadster, sold for $165,000 after intense bidding, while a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 230N roadster, a “project car,” brought $149,600.

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License plate collection brings $72,500

Among the lots of automobilia, the collection of early license plates from car collector Joel L. Finn was sold at double its pre-sale estimated value. For example, a collection of No. 1 Connecticut plates brought $72,500 and a rare 1905 Vermont plate sold for $10,000, 10 times expectations.

“The 2017 sale produced a result twice that of the previous year with some results that can only be established at an auction,” Greg Porter, Bonhams motoring specialist and head of the Simeone sale, said in a news release. “Rare and original condition cars, particularly those from longstanding named collections, brought the most interest while the early license plates blew away our expectations.”

Top 10 sales, Bonhams at the Simeone 2017

  1. 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost “London-t0-Edinburgh” sports tourer, $1,001,000
  2. 1924 Bentley 3-liter Speed tourer, $199,999
  3. 1913 Stevens-Duryea Model C6 5-passenger touring, $170,500
  4. 1996 Bentley Brooklands sports saloon, $165,000
  5. 1937 Mercedes-Benz 230N roadster, $149,600
  6. 1910 Stoddard Dayton 10C raceabout/4-seat roadster, $106,700
  7. 1963 Chevrolet Corvette 327/360 roadster, $82,500
  8. 1952 Alvis TA21 drophead coupe, $63,800
  9. 1954 Chevrolet Corvette, $57,750
  10. 1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom 1 chassis, $56,100

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams next auction is scheduled for October 6-7 at the Zoute Grand Prix in Belgium. It also has sales scheduled for October 28 in Padua, Italy, and November 3 in London before selling the Bothwell Collection on November 11 in Los Angeles.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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