Drivable Brass Era nostalgia overtook the block in London for the 13th annual London to Brighton Veteran Car Run Sale, hosted by Bonhams on Nov. 4. In a docket filled with automobilia, Bonhams included 12 impeccable vehicles from the early 1900s, to which its audience responded very favorably.
The shining star of the show was a 1904 Renault Model U Type B 14/20 HP that sold for £272,540 (US $337,676) including the premium. This Renault was one of the first four-cylinder versions ever created by the company, and was owned for more than 60 years by a French family, who purchased the car in the ’20s. The car was then sold to a member of the UK-based Veteran Car Club in the ’80s.
The auctioneer seemed very excited about the opportunity for the buyer on this specific lot, and with good reason. The Renault featured its traditional “coal scuttle” hood with a rear-mounted radiator, as well as a desirable swing-seat Tonneau coachwork and a detachable dais roof with foldable side “doors.”
A 1897 Daimler 4HP with Twin-Cylinder Rougemont Wagonette was purchased for the strong price of £236,700 (US $293,036). Highly original, including the tiller steering, and one of this model’s few survivors, this piece of Daimler was a great moment for the seller.
In all, the London to Brighton sale totaled approximately £1,200,000 (US $1,459,940) in vehicle sales. This total number is within the ballpark of last year’s figures, which were £1,500,000 (US $1,824,930) in total sales. It’s clear to see, between the vehicles chosen to be included in the docket by Bonhams and interest in the British Brass Era vehicles, that this market is holding steady.
Next up for Bonhams is The Bond Street Sale on Dec. 4 in London.
Photos courtesy of Bonhams.