PR – Collectors Cars & Number Plates Auction, Sydney & Melbourne

Media Release
30 September 2005

Bonhams & Goodman is gearing up for the auction of Collectors Cars and original number plates to be conducted simultaneously in Sydney and Melbourne on Sunday 9 October.

Heading the fine catalogue of cars is a magnificent c1974 Ferrari 365 GT4 2+2 which has an odometer reading of only 11,400 miles from new. It was previously owned by the late Mr. R.J. Aitkin, the CEO of Maranello Concessionaires (Ferrari importer for Australia and New Zealand) and founding director of Scuderia Veloce Motors and is expected to fetch between $60,000-75,000. It is considered one of the finest of its kind in the world. A magnificent c1951 Jaguar XK-120 Roadster has also been consigned to sale with pre-auction estimates of $65,000-80,000. This classic motor car once belonged to Lindsay Fox – well known trucking magnate and classic car collector. Earlier this year, Bonhams & Goodman sold over 30 of Mr Fox’s cars, raising over $2.3Million.

The desirable New South Wales Number Plate, “18” will also be included in the auction. The original registration was issued to Sir Allen Taylor, then Lord Mayor of Sydney, after who Taylors Square in Sydney is named. In June 1937, he purchased a new Cadillac from Tillotsons Motors Ltd in London, had the plates transferred and arranged to have the vehicle shipped to Sydney. After a short illness, he died and his wife contacted Mr W.H. Lober of Sydney Cadillac Distributors and asked if he would purchase the car when it arrived in Sydney. Lober proceeded with the purchase and the number plate has remained in the Lober family ever since. The right to display the plates is expected to fetch between $220,000 and $260,000. Other important number plates on offer include NSW ‘282’, which is also the property of the Lober family, and is expected to fetch between $80,000 – 120,000. Of particular interest to Porsche enthusiasts, NSW ‘911’, is included with an estimate of $100,000 – 140,000. Bonhams and Goodman established its record breaking reputation for number plates when it sold NSW number plate ‘2’ for $683,000 in September 2003.

Other important entries include:
c1971 Jaguar E-Type series III manual Roadster – Estimate $90,000-120,000
c1988 Jaguar XJS 5.3 Convertible – Estimate $28,000 – 38,000
c1961 Jaguar E-type 3.8 series I Roadster – Estimate $65,000-80,000
c1975 Ferrari 308 GT4 – Estimate $42,000-52,000
c1966 Daimler Sovereign Saloon – Estimate $10,000-14,000
c1965 Mercedes-Benz 230S.L. Manual – Estimate $35,000-45,000

For further enquiries, contact rohan.hawthorn@bonhams.com or 02 9327 9905

For Press enquiries, please contact Kirsty Williams on 0417 235 562 or kirsty.williams@bonhams.com

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