The highlights of the Bonhams sale in Oxford, UK, on Saturday 2nd March will be a 2004 MG X-Power SV Coupé, a rare example of the last sports car produced by Birmingham-based MG-Rover. Beside it, the auction house will offer everything from a Ferrari to a Buick with royal connections.
A 2004 MG X-Power SV Coupé is estimate from $33,000 – $40,000. The finished design was made by the renowned Peter Stevens, who was responsible for such cars as the McLaren F1, and won Autocar Designer of the Year in 2002. Constructed from lightweight carbon fiber, the SV is capable of 0 to 60mph in 5.3 seconds, and has a top speed of 165mph. First owned by MG-Rover, this car was sold to the current owner as a prototype and appeared on ITV’s ‘Tonight with Trevor MacDonald’ shortly after the group collapsed.
Also in the sale is a 1927 McLaughlin-Buick 28.496 Tourer, one of only two built and used on the royal tour of Canada in 1927 (estimate $61,000 – $69,000). The custom-built cars were the only vehicles built by the motor company during that year which comfortably seated seven people, and were designed and detailed with class and elegance in mind. They were used extensively by the then Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), his brother Prince George (later the Duke of Kent) and their entourage carrying out their civic duties, and were shipped from province to province by train. Other Buicks in the collection include a 1927 Buick 27X54 Roadster with coachwork by Fisher (estimate $28,000 – $33,000) and a 1927 Buick 48 Opera Coupé (estimate $20,000 – $23,000).
On offer is also a 1927 one of the first Morris Oxfords with coach-built bodywork, and is expected to realize between $28,000 and $34,000 and a 1968 Ferrari 365/250 GT Short Wheel Base Recreation that is estimated at $305,000 – $380,000.
To mention some Automobilia lots on offer. A Kingsbury tinplate Golden Arrow world speed car model made in 1929 and finished in gold, a Morris Trucks enamel sign from the 1930s in the form of a Morris Trucks radiator, and a Raymond Groves painting entitled ‘First British Grand Prix Silverstone Oct 2nd 1948’, depicting Sam Gilbey driving his 1½-liter supercharged Maserati.
The saleroom will be open for viewing from 1pm until 5pm on Friday 1 March, and from 9am on Saturday 2 March. The sale will begin at 11am with automobilia, and continue with motor cars starting at 2pm.