1903 Panhard et Levassor and 1902 Westfield Model G highlights at the Bonhams London to Brighton Sale
The Bonhams London to Brighton Sale saw steaming success, with a sale rate of 91% of the Veteran cars selling at the auction house’s New Bond Street premises.
Highlights included a 1903 Panhard et Levassor Model B 10hp Four-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau, which achieved an impressive £326,667, and a 1902 Westfield Model G 13hp Twin-Cylinder Four-Seat Rear-Entrance Tonneau, selling for £287,100 to a UK buyer – £67,100 over top estimate.
Exceeding estimates was a running theme of the sale, with one 1903 Darracq Model H 12hp Twin-Cylinder Rear-Entrance Tonneau surpassing its estimate of £120,000-£160,000, to achieve £203,100.
One significant single-owner European collection performed well, featuring an 1898 Germain 6hp Twin-Cylinder Open Drive Limousine selling for £225,500, the 1901 Hurtu Type H 4½hp Rear-Entrance Tonneau for £63,100, and an 1899 Vivinus 3½hp Two-Seater Voiturette achieving over double its estimate to sell for £58,620.
The streets of Mayfair, and auction bidders, were wowed by the 1896 Salvesen Steam Cart, which chugged down Bond Street to sell for £158,300.
As well as an incredible array of cars, quadricycles and tricycles were a prominent feature of the event, with a 1901 Royal Enfield 4½hp Forecar Quadricycle achieving £50,600, a c.1900 De Dion Bouton Quadricycle reaching £51,750, and a 1901 Singer Motorwheel Tricycle selling for £65,340 – again doubling the estimated value of £25,000-£35,000.
Group Motoring Chairman, James Knight, commented: ‘The results achieved at Bonhams today show that the appetite for these extraordinary veteran machines remains very strong indeed. This was one of our largest ever London to Brighton Sales, and the range of vehicles on offer was remarkable. We look forward to seeing many of them at the Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run on Sunday.’
Several auction cars sold with entry to the illustrious Bonhams London to Brighton Veteran Car Run, which took place on Sunday 5 November, departing from Hyde Park in London.
Words: Robert James