Bonhams sets docket for inaugural MPH auction

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Bonhams displays some of the vehicles on the docket for its first MPH auction | Bonhams photos

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.

This 1974 MGB GT is among the cars being offered in the ‘Popular’ category

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.

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1917 Maxwell 25 3-Litre Tourer is among the ‘Historic’ vehicle on the docket

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.

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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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