The ex-Laurence Pomeroy Jnr. 1914 Vauxhall 25hp 'Prince Henry' Sports Torpedo nets £516.7k - a worthy sum for such a special old car - full results at bottom of PR below:
Christmas shopping began yesterday (4 December 2016) at Bonhams New Bond Street, when the signature Bond Street Sale of collectors' motor cars achieved more than £4.5 million.
Bonhams Group Motoring Director, James Knight, commented: "We were absolutely delighted with yesterday's sale. Following on from the earlier Jewellery sale today, the company realised in excess of £11 million. We sold cars that spanned pretty much the whole history of motoring, from the 1914 Vauxhall Prince Henry to the 2004 Porsche Carrera GT."
Two lots in the sale, news of which had featured in the global media, were the primary focus of the saleroom. Bonhams was delighted to offer the world's first sports car, the 1914 Vauxhall 25HP 'Prince Henry' Sports Torpedo, the first time one had been offered publicly for some 40 years. Applause broke out as it changed hands for the princely sum of £516,700, an amount that reflects the car's outstanding rarity and historical significance. The sale took place in the presence of a previous owner's family which had sold the car in 1945, and they were astonished with the result.
Another showstopper was the 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, more affectionately known as 'The Phantom of Love.' Built without any budget limitations, at the time of construction this was the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever created. The extravagant opulence of the interior caught the eye of two committed bidders, and, after an intense exchange, the car eventually sold for £561,500.
British motor cars were well represented in the sale, with four Aston Martins being offered under the hammer, including the 2003 Aston Martin DB7 Zagato. One of only 27 cars built to this specification, it unsurprisingly caught the attention of UK and Continental European bidders, finally realizing £309,500.
In fact, British cars were the stars of the sale, with 8 of the Top 10 lots being home-grown marques, including a delightful 1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8-Litre Roadster, which went for £219,900.
Honours for the highest price in the sale went to the 1989 Aston Martin V8 Vantage Volante 'Prince of Wales' at £651,100. Knight commented: "We had a wonderful afternoon and were very pleased with our results – averaging £250,000 per motor car lot was very satisfying. We look forward to enjoying similar success at our Olympia sale next week on Wednesday 7 December.'
Lot 1 - £56,3501953 BRISTOL 403
Lot 2 - £87,7401965 MERCEDES 230 SL CONVERTIBLE WITH HARDTOP
Lot 4 - £81,0202015 CHEVROLET CORVETTE Z06 COUPE
Lot 5 - £651,1001989 ASTON MARTIN V8 VANTAGE VOLIANTE POW
Lot 6 - £516,7001914 VAUXHALL 25HP 'PRINCE HENRY' SPORTS TORPEDO
Lot 8 - Sold2004 PORSCHE CARRERA GT
Lot 9 - £561,5001926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I
Lot 10 - Sold1960 ASTON MARTIN DB4 SERIES II
Lot 11 - £169,5001958 JAGUAR XK150
Lot 14N - £309,5002003 ASTON MARTIN DB7 ZAGATO
Lot 16 - £169,5001963 JAGUAR E-TYPE "SERIES 1" 3.8-LITRE COUPE
Lot 17 - £143,7401988 FERRARI 328 GTS TARGA CONVERTIBLE COUPE
Lot 18 - £147,1001973 PORSCHE 911S '2.4' TARGA
Lot 23 - £203,1001971 MASERATI GHIBLI SS 4.9-LITRE COUPE
Lot 25 - £219,9001962 JAGUAR E-TYPE 'SERIES 1' 3.8-LITRE ROADSTER
Lot 26 - £169,5001950 JAGUAR XK120 ROADSTER
Lot 27 - £109,0201958 BENTLEY S1 CONTINENTAL 'FLYING SPUR'
Lot 28 - £153,8202011 MERCEDES-BENZ SLS 63 AMG