Bonhams visits Simeone for annual auction

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Preserved 1931 Isotta Fraschini 8A sports coupe that is one of only three bodied by Lancefield | Bonhams photos

Pre-war classics, and especially those which have been preserved rather than restored, are featured at the annual Bonhams’ Collectors’ Motorcars & Automobilia Auction hosted by the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia. The sale this year is scheduled for October 8.

Among the featured vehicles for the sale is a 1931 Isotta Fraschini 8A sports coupe that is one of only three bodied by Lancefield. The car was owned by the same family for more than half a century and is offered in what Bonhams terms, “remarkable preserved condition.”

Brewster-bodied 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket convertible

Another such car is a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket convertible with coachwork by Brewster. The car is a left-hand-drive model driven less than 35,000 miles since new.

But not all of the auction’s stars were merely preserved. Several were restored, including a 1913 Stutz Bearcat Series B roadster, a 1927 Bentley 6 1/2-liter tourer and a 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket convertible.

1913 Stutz Bearcat Series B roadster

The Bentley wears coachwork by Gill under license from Hibbard & Darrin and was owned by racing driver Hugh Curling Hunter. 

Also on the docket are an 1856 Button Fire Wagon, a 1921 Page 6-66 Daytona Speedster, a 1930 Aston Martin International sports 2/4 seater, a 1911 Breese Paris teardrop roadster, a 1910 Cadillac racer, a 1936 Bentley 4 1/4-liter Airflow sedan, among others.

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1927 Bentley 6 1/2-liter tourer

To view the docket, see the Bonhams’ Simeone sale website.

 

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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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