Bonhams Offers Best of British

With British-made classic cars continuing to hold their own at auction, Bonhams is offering for sale a unique collection of Bentley, Aston Martin, Frazer Nash and Invicta vehicles.

Bonhams Offers Best of British
The GORDON WILLEY MOTOR CAR COLLECTION. From left: 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre ‘S’ Type Low Chassis Tourer; 1938 Frazer Nash-BMW 328 Roadster; 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon; 1955 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupe, and 1929 Bentley 4½-Litre Tourer

The fleet was assembled by Lancashire-based businessman Gordon Willey.

British cars are sometimes effectively beating more highly estimated cars at auction. With Ferraris hitting records, buyers have been selective in recent sales at several houses.

Willey’s multi-million-pound collection includes seven Bentleys such as a 1929 4½-Litre Tourer estimated at £400,000-£500,000.

There are also pre-war cars such as a 1938 Frazer-Nash BMW 328 Roadster, once owned by British dance-band leader Billy Cotton and estimated at £550,000-£650,000 ($101,000).

The lots also include Willey’s 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, estimated at £400,000-£500,000, and delivered new to the Nizam of Nabunda.

There is also an ex-Nigel Dawes 1934 Invicta 4½-Litre ‘S’ Type Low Chassis Tourer, featuring coachwork by Carbodies, at an estimate of £500,000-600,000.

Five will be sold at Bonhams in central London on December 6 and the rest at Hendon RAF Museum on December 10.