Bonhams has set a docket of more than 120 vehicles for its inaugural MPH auction scheduled for September 26 at England’s Bicester Heritage.
The auction house reveled its new MPH division in June with the intent of having it focus on “modern, affordable” classics and based on Bicester Heritage, a former RAF base that has become a business park dedicated to collector cars, motorcycles, aircraft and various companies that support those hobbies.
Bonhams MPH team has been staging monthly “valuation days” at Bicester to give vehicle owners an idea of what their cars are worth.
The auction will take place in Hanger 113.
“We are delighted that we have had such a positive reaction to our new venture and are able to offer a such an interesting selection of affordable and modern classics,” Ron Hubbard, head of Bonhams MPH, was quoted in the company’s news release.
“We are looking forward to our debut sale and are pleased to be able to offer the traditional Bonhams values to a wider audience.”
In addition to bidding in person, by telephone, or by an absentee bid, the auction will be open to online bidders as well.
Bonhams expects the vehicles on offer to sell for as little as £5,000 ($6,140) to as much as 10 times that amount.
Cars will be offered in several categories (which follow with examples):
• Elite — Ex-SAS and military Land Rovers, including two of the 20 remaining “Pink Panthers,” a trio of “hot-hatch” Renaults and the “Drury Collection” of popular classics.
• Modern — 2004 Porsche 911 Turbo 3.6 cabriolet and 1993 Ford Escort RS Cosworth
• Popular — 1974 Triumph TR6 and 1974 MGB GT coupe
• Historic — 1917 Maxwell 25 3-liter tourer and 1936 Ford Model 68 V8 convertible
While consignments are closed for the inaugural sale, another MPH auction is scheduled for November 26. Plans call for four such sales on an annual basis, Bonhams said.
For more information, visit the Bonhams MPH website.