Get your motors running: Six top automobilia lots on thesaleroom.com24 January 2020 From model cars to signs and posters automobilia is a rich collecting field. Here we put the spotlight on a few fun and fanciable lots for the car-lover in your life going under the hammer soon.
Six Porsches for less
The display cases understandably look worn but, judging from the photo, the cars inside are in good condition (always check condition with the auction house before bidding).
When new, a Porsche model Fly Slot car would cost you about £50 but here are six together in one lot estimated at £70 to £100 at Lacy Scott & Knight’s auction of February 8. They include a Porsche GT1 1998 Silverstone race car, a Porsche 908 Gesipa track car and a Porsche 917 Spider 1969 No. 4 race car.
Tyres that are stronger than steel
Tyre manufacturer Hutchinson, as its name perhaps does not suggest, is based in France. It was founded in 1853 and has been making bicycle tyres since 1890.
This original Hutchinson poster, printed in 1958, carries the slogan ‘plus solide que l’acier’ (‘stronger than steel’), a point reinforced by the handlebars being a sharp knife that is causing no punctures. It is offered on January 25 at Antikbar, where it has an estimate of £180-360
For those with deep pockets
There is a wide selection of 1960’s children’s pedal cars by Triang coming up at East Bristol Auctions on January 25. They come from a private collection of vintage pedal cars, many of which have been fully restored. Models include a white Bentley, a Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, a red Jaguar and an Alfa Romeo.
Among the most characterful is the Centurion breakdown truck which is fitted with a movable crane for towing as well as a ‘radio’ and working lights, including the top beacon. It has an estimate of £2000-3000.
A car with an ejector seat and machine guns
James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5 has every gadget a top spy needs. This Corgi Toys version is somewhat smaller than the version you see the in the movies but still incorporates ‘telescopic over-riders’, a ‘rear bullet screen’ and much more.
This gold body model has a red interior and wire wheels. It comes with its original box (the must-have for collectors) with display stand and envelope containing secret instructions. It is estimated at £80 to £120 at Special Auction Services in Newbury on February 11.
For the petrolhead who has everything
The strangest lot coming up ‘bar’ none is this bar counter in the form of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle with…bicycle pedals. It comes up offered at Victor Mee Auctions on January 29 with an estimate of €500-700.
A Ferrari golf club
The Ferrari brand has been used on a wide variety of luxury consumer goods, which tend to be well made and display the brand’s logo prominently. This Ferrari golf club, made by US golf equipment manufacturer Cobra, is - appropriately for a car brand - a driver. One of a limited edition of 50, it goes under the hammer at McTear’s on January 31 with an estimate of £300-500.