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Brass Era Legends Offered at Bonhams

Early 1900s on Display at Brighton Veteran Car Run Auction

Posted: November 01, 2016 5:00 am
by Matt DiVenere
Photo courtesy of Bonhams.

There aren’t many opportunities to own automotive history, so when the chance comes, it’s usually a very big draw for the auction house.

That opportunity is this Friday at the Bonhams Brighton Run Sale of Veteran Motor Cars in London on Nov. 4. If there ever was a docket for a Brass Era fan, Bonhams has succeeded in putting together a 12-car collection that will blow you away.

One of the most impressive lots on the docket is an 1897 Daimler 4 HP twin-cylinder ‘Rougemont’ Wagonette that is one of the earliest surviving original condition Daimler available. It includes the original tiller steering, which is rare due to a high number of Daimler’s being converted to conventional wheel steering. The Daimler is estimated at £200,000 to £220,000. 

A 1904 Renault Type N-B, one of the first four-cylinder Renaults built, will also be auctioned off. With an estimated hammer price of £250,000-£280,000, this 14/20 HP model features the traditional Renault ‘coal scuttle’ bonnet with a rear-mounted radiator.

According to a press release from Bonhams, this Renault was owned by a French family for 60 years before being purchased by a member of the UK-based Veteran Car Club (VCC) in the 1980s. The car has been to numerous rallies throughout the UK and continental Europe.

Another Brass Era legend that is in rally shape is a 1904 Aster 16/20 HP, estimated at £230,000 to £270,000. The Aster has been featured at rallies such as the Paris-Vienna Rally in 2002, the 1,000 Miles Trial Re-enactment in 2000 and was been a participant in the Brighton Veteran Car Run four years in a row (2011-2015). It is being described by Bonhams as “one of the most practical Brighton cars.”

With the majority of this Bonhams auction featuring automobilia, it will be interesting to see if the buyers come out for the Brighton Veteran Car Run Auction. But if they do, and they’re fans of the Brass Eras and early 1900s automobiles, this is an outstanding opportunity to not only purchase an impressive piece of history, but a drivable piece of history as well.

Photos courtesy of Bonhams.

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