Veteran vehicles do very well at Bonhams’ annual London to Brighton auction

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Circa 1902 Adler V-twin sells for $117,221 at Bonhams' annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run auction | Bonhams photos

Although Bonhams didn’t provide an overall sales total, the auction company did report that 91 percent of the lots offered at for its London to Brighton Run Sale were sold less than 48 hours before the start of the annual drive to the English coast for the earliest of motorcars.

“The results achieved at Bonhams today show that the appetite for these extraordinary veteran machines remains very story indeed,” James Knight, Bonhams motoring group chairman, was quoted in a news release.

1896 Salvesen steam cart

“This was one of our largest ever London to Brighton sales and the range of vehicles on offer was remarkable. We look forward to seeing many of them at the run on Sunday.”

Several of the cars sold came with assured spots in the veteran car run which starts at 7 a.m. Sunday from Hyde Park.

Top 10, Bonhams’ London to Brighton sale, 2017

  1. 1903 Panhard et Levassor Model B rear-entrance tonneau, $428,230
  2. 1902 Westfield 13hp Model G, $376,362
  3. 1903 Darracq Model H 12-hp rear-entrance tonneau, $266,245
  4. 1898 Germain 8hp limousine, $225,500
  5. 1896 Salvesen steam cart, $207,516
  6. 1901 Schaudel 10hp rear-entrance tonneau, $192,834
  7. c. 1902 Ader V-twin, $117,221
  8. 1901 International Charette 6hp tonneau, $87,123
  9. 1901 Singer Motorwheel tricycle, $85,654
  10. 1901 Hurtu Type 4 rear-entrance tonneau, $82,718
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(Prices include buyer’s fees.)

1898 Germain 8hp limousine

The 1901 Singer Motorwheel more than doubled its pre-sale estimated value.

The 1898 Germain and 1901 Hurtu came from the same collection, as did an 1899 Vivinus 3 1/2hp two-seat voiturette that sold for $76,845.

Bonhams next auction is scheduled for November 11 when it does the Bothwell Collection sale in Los Angeles.

1901 Hurtu Type 4
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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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