Michael Banfield’s historic car collection heads to Bonhams



2015-06-26 10:40:13

The collection of classic cars, commercial vehicles and automobilia was built over more than 50 years.

The remarkable car collection of Michael Banfield, founder member of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, is set to be offered at Bonhams this summer.

The spectacular single owner collection features more than 1,000 lots, and is set to be offered for sale in Kent during a two-day sale in June.

Renowned collector Banfield (1936-2013) acquired his first classic car in 1958, sparking a life-long interest classic, veteran, and commercial vehicles. That same year he was the founding member of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society – an organization he led as Chairman until 1993 and which continues to operate as a charity today. Banfield also served as a member of the Veteran Car Club, a committee member of the FBHVC (Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs) and a founder member of the IHVO (International Historic Vehicle Organization).

In 2007 Banfield was given a Lifetime achievement award by the Transport Trust, was made a Freeman of the City of London in 1998 and became a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Carmen in 2001.

Banfield’s collection, acquired over several decades, includes around 50 vintage, veteran, and commercial vehicles and restoration projects along with a large range of historic automobilia.

First up are a selection of highly rare and collectible commercial vehicles, including a 1922 AEC S Type Open Top Double Deck Bus estimated at £80,000-£90,000; a 1913 Merryweather Fire Engine valued at £45,000-£60,000; a 1922 Tilling-Stevens TS4A Open Top Double Deck Bus priced at £90,000-£110,000; a 1932 Leyland Titan TD2 Double Deck Bus estimated at £28,000-£40,000; and a 1935 Austin 12 London Taxi valued at £20,000-£22,000.

Amongst the collection of classic cars on offer will be a 1904 Clément Talbot Brougham estimated at £350,000-£450,000; a 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Landaulette estimated at £350,000-£500,000; a 1904 Mors 24/32hp Roi des Belges priced at £500,000-£600,000; and a 1906 Minerva Roi des Belges, valued at £110,000-£130,000.

The automobilia collection will comprise a large library of motoring material with a particular focus on commercial vehicles. Featuring reference books, encyclopedias, catalogs, hand books, spare parts lists and periodicals, the library will be sold alongside other items such as a collection of vintage petrol pump globes, enamel signs, and rare motoring accessories such as lamps, horns and dashboard instruments.

The sale of automobilia will take place across two days on June 13-14, with the collection of vintage and commercial vehicles offered on the 14th.

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