Phantoms File Into Buxton

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom Open Tourer

Rolls-Royce Phantom

  • A collection of five superb historic Rolls-Royces to headline H&H’s November sale

First there was a delightful cream and black 1937 25/30 Sedanca De Ville (£38,000-45,000) - a beautiful car that would grace any sale of historic and classic vehicles - then along came the Brian Brotherton collection of five glorious Rolls-Royce Phantoms. Add a Mulliner Park Ward Convertible, a Silver Shadow and Silver Spirit and before you know what’s happened, H&H’s final Buxton sale of the year (November 22/23) has a bit of theme running.

The oldest of the quintet of Brotherton cars is a 1926 Phantom I Sedanca de Ville. Finished in grey over black, it comes complete with twin mounted spare wheels and an intercom to the driver’s compartment (£48,000-55,000). Visibly breathtaking and still more valuable is the 1927 Phantom I Open Tourer with its stunning silver coachwork and red leather trim (£54,000-60,000). There is also a 1930 Phantom II Sedanca De Ville (£38,000-45,000), a 1937 25/30 Landaulette (£34,000-38,000) and a Phantom II Sports Saloon (£34,000-38,000) of the same age.

Those looking for something completely different can choose from: a replica of the daddy of all motor cars - the 1885 Benz (until recently part of the Donington Collection, £18,000-22,000); a tidy example of the rare French Lombard marque - a 1927 AL3 Drophead Coupe (£12,000-14,000) and the 1500cc Goodall Special Sports (£6,000-8,000) - a striking one off two-seater just begging to be restored for use in VSCC events; a lovely example of the now very rare Rice folding caravan from 1936 (£2,500 - 3,500).

Among the Jaguars entered are a brace of fine XK120 Roadsters, one recently restored 1950 example in red (£34,000-38,000) and a white one from 1951 (£32,000-34,000). There is a pair of smart Big Healeys - a 100 from 1955 (£12,000-14,000) and a 3000 from 1962 (£17,000-19,000). For those looking for something already prepared for competition there is tidy, FIA approved 1965 Porsche 911 in blue (£30,000-34,000) and a 1968 Morgan Plus 8 dry-sump racer on which some £18,000 has been lavished in the last three years alone (£19,000-22,000).

Those in search of the ultimate touring motorcycle will wish to know of the Honda Gold Wing entered. With full complement of panniers, this Limited Edition 1985 example has done anything but tour to date and covered a mere 138 miles from new! - £11,000-13,000.

Mascots to medals

Matt Kershaw has lined up another fine array of automobilia, including three child’s cars ranging from the powered Watsonian ‘D-Type’ from the early ’60s (£2,000-3,000) and Chappelle ‘Bugatti Type 55’ (£2,000-3,000) to an Auto Corsa Indianapolis pedal car from a fairground ride - (£350-450).

Among the motor racing memorabilia is a victor’s medal awarded to Farina for the 1953 German Grand Prix (£2,000-3,000) and a good selection of early driver autographs including: those of pre-war Mercedes team members Von Brauchitsch, Caracciola, Lang and Stuck.

Other items of particular interest include a selection of fine ’50s /’60s Ferrari brochures, a lovely Hispano Suiza ‘Flying Stork’ mascot (£800-£1,200) and a splendid selection of early Zeiss, Marchal, Lucas and Bosch headlamps.

The automobilia will be auctioned on Tuesday November 22 and the cars and motorcycles on Wednesday, November 23.

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Published 4 November 2005 Melanie Carter

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