Weird and wonderful offerings at RM Sotheby’s London auction

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1972 Bond Bug 700ES is on the docket at the London auction | RM Sotheby's photos

RM Sotheby’s annual London auction starts with some high-end automobilia, and then offers Ayron Senna’s own go-kart before launching into “The Weird and Wonderful Collection,” 17 vehicles that, indeed, range from weird to wonderful.

How’s this for weird? 

1974 Zagato Zele 1000

A 1974 Zagato Zele 1000; the 1982 Tuk Tuk from the Bond, James Bond movie Octopussy; a 1964 Peel P500; a 1975 Alcoma Mini Comtesse; a 2011 Peel Trident; a 1968 Fiat 500 Jolly; and a 1968 Autobianchi Panoramica — each of them a of wonderfully weird micro machine.

And yet this collection, seemingly from the same owner, also includes a 1942 Cadillac 7-passenger sedan, a 1920 Delage, 1921 Peugeot Quadrillette, 1937 Talbot Ten “Airline” sports sedan, and a 19791 Lada SUV and 1993 Suzuki motorcycle, both of which raced in the Paris-Dakar Rally, and a 2014 Lamborghini Murcielago, and 1962 Maserati 3500 GTi.

2011 Peel Trident

Weird and wonderful, indeed!

But wait, there’s more.

Later in the sale, the docket sends across the block a 1972 Bond Bug 700ES, a wedge-shaped 3-wheeler that RM Sotheby’s says has been “restored to better-then-new standard.”

And while on the subject of weird and wonderful, this also is the auction at which British comedian Peter Sellers’ 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT is expected to bring north of $3.8 million. And the 1971 Lamborghini Miura formerly owned by rocker Rod Stewart also is on the docket.

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The auction takes place Wednesday, September 6, in the Battersea Evolution at the Chelsea Bridge Entrance to London’s Battersea Park. 

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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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