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Mercedes 300SL Gullwing heads Bonhams Goodwood MM sale

Bonhams will sell 14 special classic cars from the Kingsley Curtis at its Goodwood Members’ Meeting in March

Bonhams will offer a selection of 14 classic cars, all from the collection of the late Kingsley Curtis, on 20 March at the Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction. A very early Mercedes 300SL Gullwing is the most valuable of the collection, with an estimate of £800,000-£1,000,000 placed on the car. 
Delivered new to the UK, it’s thought that this particular 1955 Gullwing (chassis number 37) is in fact the third sold in the UK, making it one of the oldest surviving cars.
Curtis, the chairman of ground-breaking refrigeration company RHP, started his obsession with classic cars in 1963. After spotting a 1924 Bean 11.9 parked up outside the White Cross pub in Richmond, it inspired such admiration that he bought the car on the spot. 
Other cars included in the sale are surprisingly varied, including various pre-war treasures like the 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp (estimate £32,000-38,000), to the elegant 1981 Aston Martin V8 Volante (estimate £60,000-80,000). For fans of more modern machinery, there’s a 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth (estimate £28,000-35,000).
As well as the 14 cars, the sale will also see one carriage and a Victorian hearse go under the hammer, marking this as a very eclectic and personal mix of 
The collection was put together over a number of years, and each car represents a suitable purpose for its owner. ‘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, Bonhams UK Head of Motoring. ‘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.’

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