RM Auctions will hold its ‘Quintessentially English’ auction at the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance on Thursday, 23rd June, 2011. Held at the Syon Park estate in West London, the recently-launched Salon Prive auction will see a host of great British marques cross the sale block, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce among others.
Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe says, “We have pulled together a collection of very interesting and significant collector cars and motorcycles which represent some of the finest and most significant vehicles produced in England during the pre- and post-war periods.”
“This new annual sale is wonderful ‘boutique’ style auction, which both complements the nature of Salon Privé and sits very comfortably alongside our broader Automobiles of London event at Battersea in October. It is not to be missed by anyone wanting to secure a genuine piece of English automotive history,” adds Girardo.
One of the star consignments for the RM Auctions Salon Prive 2011 is the unique and historic 1926 Rolls Royce Experimental Phantom 1 Continental, ‘10 EX’. Commissioned by Mr. D. Claude Johnson, then Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Motors, 10 EX was the first prototype Phantom 1 Continental to be fitted with sports body ‘torpedo’ coachwork by Barker. Known as the ‘CJ Sportscar’, it was intended to gain top speed by a lighter body with a lower steering column, and became known as the first sports car to be produced by Rolls-Royce. Three subsequent cars were produced on this design, consecutively known as 15 EX, 16 EX and 17 EX, however, chassis 10 EX was the only experimental Phantom 1 Continental to be kept by Rolls-Royce Motors for six years and the only test car of the factory. During this time, this rakish sporting Rolls was reportedly loaned by the factory to Laurence of Arabia for continental touring. 10EX has an estimated value of £400,000-£800,000 and is one of seven Rolls-Royces to be presented during the 23 June sale.
Another significant car to be offered at RM’s Salon Prive sale is a one-off, ex-works 1939 Aston Martin 2-Litre Speed Model, chassis number 727U, which was originally built by the factory for outer circuit racing at the historic Brooklands race circuit in England. Featuring a Speed Model chassis with a narrow track, 727U and was tested at Brooklands by Gordon Sutherland and Charles Brackenbury, a ‘works’ Aston driver, although sadly never actually raced by the factory due to the outbreak of war. The car remained in Aston Martin ownership until 1947. Since then, this well-known and highly desirable Aston Martin has been a regular on the historic racing scene. Its recent racing successes include a notable 2nd place at Goodwood in 2006 and an appearance at Laguna Seca in the USA, where it also appeared at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is offered today in exceptional condition having been rebuilt and prepared by one the world’s leading marque specialists. (Estimate: £320,000 – £380,000). For Aston Martin enthusiasts, 727U joins a series of no less than 13 Astons consigned to the auction.
RM Auctions Salon Prive 2011 Notable Entries:
- • 1929 Bentley Speed Six “Le Mans” VDP Tourer, chassis number FA 2518, a faithful recreation of the 1930 No 3 Speed Six Le Mans team car (Estimate: £450,000 – £550,000);
- • 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5 Litre Roadster, chassis number 18116 (Estimate: £200,000-£230,000);
- • 1955 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback, (Estimate: £330,000-£380,000); and,
- • Ex-Works Le Mans entrant 1961 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Coupe, chassis number B 9102730/OD/HRO (Estimate: £58,000 – £70,000).
Joining the automobiles will be a select group of motorcycles, headlined by a wonderful 1939 Brough Superior 11.50, chassis number M8/2214, which is an excellent, late example of one of these highly desirable machines in superb, original condition (Estimate: £35,000 – £45,000).
For further information on RM’s inaugural Salon Prive sale and a frequently updated lot list, visit www.rmauctions.com or call RM’s London office at +44 20 7851 7070. For further information on Salon Prive, visit www.salonprivelondon.com.
Event Details – RM Auctions at Salon Prive 2011
23 June, 2011, Auction commences at 5:00pm GMT
22 June, 2011, 11:00am – 9:00pm* GMT
23 June 2011, 9:00am – 5:00pm GMT
*Please note that on Wednesday, 22 June, the preview will be open to Salon Prive guests only until 4:30pm. The preview will then open for those with an official auction catalogue (plus one guest) until 9:00pm.
Syon Park, London TW8 8JF
Admission to this event requires the purchase of an official auction catalogue available for £50. The catalogue admits two to the auction and must be presented at the entrance of the sale to be granted entry. Please note that the purchase of an RM catalogue does not grant admission to the Salon Prive event.
[Source: RM Auctions; photo credit: Pieter E Kamp © 2011, courtesy RM Auctions]