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Pre-War stars head to Bonhams’ London to Brighton sale

Bonhams’ annual London to Brighton sale to feature pre-war Renault, Daimler and Aster models in November

Preparing for one of the closing auctions of the 2016 calendar, Bonhams has announced that a rare 1904 Renault Type N-B will be leading the procession of Veteran cars at the annual London to Brighton Run Sale in London, on 4 November. With over 250 lots in the auction, it will be held on the Friday before the legendary Veteran car run.
Owned by a single French family for 60 years, it’s estimated to sell for £250,000-280,000. Renault’s Type N-B was one of the first four-cylinder cars built by the French company. It was actually powered by a four-cylinder side-valve, measuring a little over 3.0-litres in capacity. 
This particular example features the swing-seat Tonneau coachwork – the most desirable – which means that it can seat four adults in comfort. As you might expect it was run by a French family from the 1920s, before it was bought by a UK-based Veteran Car Club (VCC) member in the 1980s and used in numerous events. 
Next up is the 1904 Aster 16/20 hp. Here’s another four-cylinder car with four-seat Tonneau – estimated at £230,000-270,000. This is another French offering, and it was at the forefront of vehicle technology during the early years of the 20th century. 
Coming with a fascinating history, this example has competed in the Paris-Vienna Rally, driven from Brisbane to Sydney, Australia in 2005, as well as finishing the 1000 Miles Trial re-enactment in 2000. It’s also a regular on the London to Brighton run, having competed for the last five years.
One of the oldest offering in the sale is a 1897 Daimler 4hp twin-cylinder 'Rougemont' Wagonette, estimated at £200,000-220,000. This was the first British-made Daimler model, and cost £370 when new. It’s one of the earliest that survives in original condition, as it still retains its primitive, but original tiller steering.
Another notable car in the sale is a 1903 Renault type n-c two cylinder 10hp Wagonette. Estimated at £110,000-130,000, the car was discovered in a Kent scrap yard in 1969, and has since been re-built to original specification, sourcing the correct Renault twin cylinder unit from France.
Bonhams Motoring Department Senior Specialist, Rob Hubbard, who is overseeing the sale, commented: ‘This year we are able to offer some real rarities from the dawn of motoring presented in wonderful condition. Our top lots have proved their worth in many Veteran Car rallies all over the world and I expect a lot of interest from collectors keen to acquire a piece of motoring history.’

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