This Mark IV is said to be the earliest survivor (number 10) of the first 17 2½-litre versions built after the Second World War. It was the car that bridged the gap between the earlier SS models and Jaguar's successive saloon cars. A highly original car, this example has an estimate of £50,000 – 60,000. It is offered with period pigskin seats and trim in excellent condition and matching numbers. Other Jaguars lining up at Bicester Heritage include four Mark 2 saloons, offering a choice of 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-litre engines, with estimates ranging from £10,000 – 30,000. There is also a very low-mileage 1981 XJ6 3.4 litre, previously owned by the Saudi Royal Family, which has covered just 25,000 miles from new. Its estimate is £10,000 – 15,000. The marque's celebrated sports cars produced over the past 70 years are also represented: from a 1952 XK120 Roadster, estimate £80,000 – 90,000 to a trio of E-Types including a 1966 4.2 FHC, estimate £70,000 – 80,000.
The original SUVs built by Land Rover have become fixtures of the MPH sales and the September auction will again offer several examples, such as: 1951 Land Rover Series 1 80' estimate £32,000 – 38,000 One of the earliest Land Rovers, which originally used at Taunton Fire Station Brigade HQ which accounts for its unusual red paintwork and matching interior. 1971 Range Rover 3-door estimate £30,000 – 40,000 Another early example, in this case of the gentleman farmer's vehicle, with the desirable three-door configuration, including the revolutionary split tailgate.
One of the more historic and unusual lots of the sale is a 1931 Leyland Lioness Six FE, estimate £15,000 – 20,000, one of five fire engines built and the only running example of the three known survivors. The Lioness served in Bristol for 35 years from new, fitted with a Braidwood body, twin water deliveries and an Ajax extension ladder. In the hands of the current owner, the Lioness has undergone a full restoration, has appeared at 30 Royal Tournaments and is a class winner in three editions of the HCVS London to Brighton Run for historic commercial vehicles. The MPH September Sale Format The MPH September Sale will revert to a traditional live drive through auction format, with the auctioneer conducting the sale live from Hangar 113 at Bicester Heritage. Bids will be accepted from clients in the room (respecting social distancing and all COVID guidelines) in addition to online, 'phone, or absentee bidding. The auction will be streamed live and will also offer enhanced video content of the lots.
Historic Vehicles1931 Leyland Lioness Six FE, estimate £15,000 – 20,000
115 lots are consigned and available to view inside Hangar 113 at Bicester Heritage on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September 9am – 6pm and on sale day Sunday 9am – 12 noon, with the drive-through auction starting at 1pm. For those who cannot attend the viewing, live and scheduled interactive video condition reports are available via Bonhams Preview.
Viewing and Preview Arrangements
The sale will be part of The Classic Car Drive In Weekend hosted at Bicester Heritage - a socially distant celebration of motoring, featuring track parades, car displays and a drive-in movie theatre screening popular classic car films including 'The Italian Job' and 'Le Mans 66'.
The Classic Car Drive In Weekend