A 115-year old veteran car that was once a star exhibit in Beaulieu's collection will go under the hammer at Bonhams auction at International Autojumble on Saturday September 1st.
The 1903 Panhard et Levassor 7hp Type A was a star exhibit in the National Motor Museum's forerunner, the Montagu Motor Museum, throughout the 1960s and a favourite with thousands of visitors before being sold in the 1970s. Five decades on, the early French motor is estimated to sell for £170,000 - £200,000 as part of the sale of rare and desirable cars.
International Autojumble, which takes place across the weekend of September 1st and 2nd and has been running for more than 50 years, offers more than 2,000 stands packed with with classic car spares, motoring books and automobilia. Automart will see a line-up of around 200 classic cars for sale, while Dealermart features a selection of top condition classics from traders.
The Bonhams auction is a highlight on the Saturday and this year offers 130 vehicles on sale. Edward, Lord Montagu previously purchased the Panhard et Levassor for his newly extended Montagu Motor Museum at an auction in the grounds of Palace House in 1960. The finely engineered car with a two-cylinder engine, three forward speeds and chain drive to the rear wheels, was used for numerous motoring events during its time at Beaulieu and became perhaps the most illustrated Panhard et Levassor ever, depicted on Beaulieu postcards, placemats and in the museum guidebook.
Other star lots in the Bonhams sale include a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Speed Tourer – an iconic sports car with a fascinating history which is estimated to achieve £250,000 - £300,000. Equally fascinating but much smaller is a 1908 Phoenix 10hp Sports, a diminutive British-built runabout fitted with a charming wooden boat-tail body, with a reserve of £12,000 - £15,000.
An unexpected piece of automotive history is a water-going craft, a 1911 racing hydroplane powered by a vintage Vauxhall engine which is estimated to reach £35,000 - £40,000. A very different machine is a 1978 Ford Fiesta Mk1 with just 127 miles on the clock, expected to reach £6,000 - £8,000. There are several projects on offer, including a desirable 1959 Jaguar XK150 ‘S’ 3.4 litre in barn-find condition, which has been off the road since 1975 and is predicted to fetch £70,000 - £90,000. Historic motorcycles and automobilia, including vintage petrol pumps, tool kits, badges, mascots, posters, brochures and books, will also go under the hammer. Admission to the sale room is by pre-booked catalogue only. To register in advance click here.
A special feature at this year’s International Autojumble will be a display celebrating the 50th anniversary of the legendary Morgan Plus 8, as the Morgan Sports Car Club showcases a selection of its members’ cars which is sure to please British sports car fans.
A highlight at Sunday’s event is Trunk Traders, when enthusiasts sell assorted motoring jumble from their garages, sheds and lofts.
Across the weekend, head over to the stand of media sponsor Practical Classics to meet the team and chat about restoration skills and their latest vehicle projects.
One-day and two-day visitor tickets are available and event tickets include entry to the whole of the Beaulieu attraction.
Admission to the museum and Brabazon Restaurant is from 8.30am on both days, while the main event opens from 10am - 5pm on Saturday and 9.30am - 4.30pm on Sunday. A free shuttle bus will run between the car parks and Beaulieu’s Visitor Reception during the show, while a delivery service will help autojumblers take their heavy or bulky purchases back to their cars.