Kingsley Curtis car collection to star at Bonhams Goodwood sale
The remarkable Kingsley Curtis collection of vehicles, featuring everything from an Aston Martin V8 Volante to a Victorian horse-drawn hearse, will be offered at Bonhams in March.
The collection was assembled by Curtis, a refrigeration company chairman whose love of classic cars began with his first purchase in 1963 - a 1924 Bean 11.9.
Leading the collection is an iconic 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, which is expected to sell for £800,000-£1 million ($1.16-$1.45 million).
“The model featured is a highly sought after, early 1955 example of a Mercedes-Benz Gullwing – chassis number 37,” said Tim Schofield, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring.
“The majority of Gullwings were delivered to the US. To see one in Europe was incredibly rare, making this particular model, only the third delivered to the UK, quite the trailblazer. With its unusual upright wing-like doors, and exceptional German engineering, it would have been quite a rare sight to see.”
Further highlights from the collection include a 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica estimated at £240,000-£280,000 ($348,816-$406,952); a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT, estimated at £180,000-£220,000 ($261,612-$319,748); a 1981 Aston Martin V8 Volante, estimated at £60,000-£80,000 ($87,204-$116,272); and a 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp, estimated at £32,000-£38,000 ($46,508-$55,229).
“The collection is incredibly diverse, featuring high quality examples of each model, most of which have been in Mr. Curtis’s collection for many years,” said Tim Schofield.
“Each car in the collection had a purpose; the 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, his favourite car, was used for local touring, the Maserati for long drives, and the Aston Martin as a summer car. We’re delighted to now offer these at auction for the first time.”
We're not quite sure what specific purpose Curtis used his c.1880 horse drawn hearse for, but it's up for sale along with the rest of the collection, estimated at £2,000-£4,000 ($2,906-$5,813).
The Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale takes place on March 20.
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