Preservation-class pre-war vehicles highlight the docket
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.”
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.
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.
To view the docket, see the Bonhams’ Simeone sale website.