Bonhams adds Brass-Era cars to Philadelphia 'Preservation' sale

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2015-08-25 10:41:08

Bonhams has announced additions to its forthcoming 'Preserving the Automobile' sale in Philadelphia.

This fourth annual auction, which takes place at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, will feature a treasure trove of antique vehicles spanning over a century of automotive design. The three new additions to the roster are all Pre-War automobiles, preserved in remarkable condition.

First up is a 1907 Stearns 60hp Seven Passenger Touring with a 4-cylinder engine of approximately 9-litres. Stearns vehicles were marketed as the "Best of the World", and were renowned for their speed, endurance and hill-climbing abilities. This rare survivor was once part of the renowned William Harrah Collection, and is expected to sell for $650,000-$850,000 (£410,000-£540,000).

Next is a "genuine barn find" 1908 Rainier Model D 45/50hp Seven Passenger Touring. The car has a known ownership history from new, having spent decades in Southern California, and retains original features such as jump seats and most of its original leather trim. Described as having "enormous presence and intriguing appeal", the car is the perfect candidate for preservation or sympathetic restoration, and comes with an estimate of $250,000-$350,000 (£160,000-£220,000).

The third new addition to the line-up is a 1913 Napier T44 30/35hp Touring Car, featuring coachwork by Cunard. The British-built vehicle is described as "one of the premier automobiles of its time", and has a known ownership from new including use by Randolph Churchill whilst campaigning for election in 1950. This refined car, a forerunner to the luxurious automobiles of Rolls-Royce, Pierce-Arrow and Locomobile, is valued at $150,000-$180,000 (£95,000-£110,000).

These three cars join a roster which already includes a collection of cars owned by Alexis du Pont, including Formula 3 racing cars such as 1958 Cooper Formula 3 MkII and an earlier 1952 Cooper Formula 3 MkVI, a highly original 1937 Morgan Super Sports  and a 1924 Ford Model T Roadster.

The Bonhams Preserving the Automobile sale takes place on October 5.

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