Collection of the late racing driver Jack Sears is to be offered by Bonhams during its Goodwood Revival auction.
Bonhams is to host a very special sale at this year’s Goodwood Revival. On 9 September, the auction house will offer the collection of the late Jack Sears.
Sears enjoyed a formidable career during the 1950s and 1960s as one of the most versatile drivers of his era. He made his racing debut at Goodwood in an MG TC, while also regularly competing in Veteran Car Club rallies. Even single-seaters formed part of his extensive racing repertoire, with a third place finish in a Formula 2 Cooper at Crystal Palace in 1960.
But that wasn’t all. Sears progressed to the international motoring stage with drives at the Le Mans 24 Hours in a works Austin Healey 3000, a class win in a Ferrari 330 LMB at La Sarthe and a GT class win in a Daytona Coupé while contracted as a Shelby American team driver.
Such was Sears’ prowess as a driver that he was the first to claim the BTCC title (then known as the British Saloon Car Championship) in 1958, and won again in 1963 after swapping his Riley 1.5s for the beastly seven-litre 1963 Ford Galaxie 500. The latter is just one of the machines offered by Bonhams at the Goodwood sale. It also happens to be one of Jack’s favourites.
Perhaps unsurprisingly then, the collection on sale is a varied affair, ranging from a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Thrupp & Maberley, to a 1955 Nekaf Army Jeep. The Rolls-Royce has been in the Sears family since new – Stanley Sears (Jack’s father) took his mother to the Olympia Motor Show in 1938 and persuaded her that she needed a new car – the Phantom was duly selected. The car was stored and unused throughout WW2 due to petrol rationing. When Mrs Sears died in 1952 the car had covered just a little over 6000 miles – and every one of those was chauffeur driven.
Other machines in the collection include a 1969 Mercedes-Benz 280 SL (£80,000-100,000), a 1955 Nekaf Army Jeep M38 A1 (£10,000-15,000), a 1948 MG TC (£18,000-22,000), a 2001 Ford Mustang Bullitt GT (£15,000-18,000), a 1971 BMW 3.0 S (£10,000-15,000) and a 1986 Mercedes-Benz 190E Cosworth (£12,000-13,000).
This is, therefore, a wide-ranging and sentimental lot that’s also steeped in racing history. Bonhams are selling the collection at Goodwood Revival but also displaying machines for people to look at during the auction house’s sale at Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday 30 June. The 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 will be among those special creations on display.