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Gordon Willey collection heads for auction

Best of British heads to Bonhams Bond Street Sale.

Auction house Bonhams has announced the sale of the 12-car Gordon Willey collection.

Five of the cars, including an ex-Billy Cotton 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster (£550,000 - 650,000) and a 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon (£400,000 - 500,000), will be sold at Bonhams annual Bond Street Sale, taking place at Bonhams global headquarters at New Bond Street, London, on 6 December.

The remaining seven cars will be offered at Bonhams' December Sale, taking place at the Hendon RAF Museum on 10 December.

Those to be sold at the Hendon Museum include a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe (£150,000 - 180,000), a 1939 Bentley 4½-Litre Drophead Coupe (£140,000 - 170,000), and a Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur (£90,000 – 100,000).

Malcolm Barber, Bonhams Co-Chairman, said: “This incredible collection is offered by retired businessman, Mr. Gordon Willey. An avid enthusiast with a penchant for pre-war classics, the collection features a variety of motor cars from great British marques, Bentley, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash and Invicta.”

Other cars lined up from the collection for the Bond Street sale include a second Frazer Nash-designed vehicle in a 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé (£380,000 - 420,000), a 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer with coachwork by Vanden Plas (£400,000 - 500,000), and an ex-Nigel Dawes 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre 'S' Type Low Chassis Tourer (£500,000 - 600,000).

Last week it was announced that three Austin-Healeys from prestigious Arthur Carter collection would also form part of the Bond Street sale.

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