Rare & Important Pre-War Cars

At Bonhams’ Greenwich Auction

Bonhams has just announced that it has been selected to offer several early automobiles of significance at its Greenwich, Connecticut auction on June 4th.

Unheard of by many is a rare Rickenbacker. Produced in Detroit during the 1920s by the Great War’s top flying ace, racecar driver and, later, Indianapolis Speedway and Eastern Airlines owner Eddie Rickenbacker, the 1923 Rickenbacker Coupe is one of just a few original survivors. Boasting the first four-wheel braking system of any automobile in its class, Rickenbackers were renowned for incorporating technology derived from racing and, as such, enjoyed a reputation for being state-of-the-art, racing bred vehicles regardless of the model. This sporty example is the quintessential Rickenbacker from the height of the brand’s popularity and is powered by the Rickenbacker twin-flywheel six-cylinder engine. It’s a very rare chance to have an automobile connected to one of the great American heroes of the 20th Century.

From the year that Bentley began its famous domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Sports Tourer. With known history from new, this matching numbers example is a superb representation of what is the most iconic British automobile marque of the interwar era. Renowned for a reason, it was this car in only mildly modified form that helped give rise to Bentley’s numerous racing victories, the cult of the Bentley Boys, and the legend of Bentley. Well mannered but powerful, fast yet comfortable, the Bentley 3-Litre remains to this day a very useable, enjoyable and exhilarating – not to mention desirable – vintage motorcar.

Back on the other side of the Atlantic is another very exciting pre-war sporting car, the 1929 Stutz Model M Dual Cowl Speedster with coachwork by LeBaron. Also legendary in its own right, the Indianapolis-based manufacturer was famous for its speed and performance and always imbued every model with its sporting heritage. This flagship offering was fitted with rare and striking dual-cowl speedster coachwork and was part of the famous Alexander K. Miller Stutz Collection. Few names in American motoring carry the prestige of Stutz – “the car that made good in a day” – and this is the first time this provenancial car has been offered for sale since being sold at the AK Miller auction 21 years ago.

Other noteworthy pre-war cars that will be on offer include a 1928 Packard 443 Convertible Sedan with coachwork by Murphy and a 1932 Chrysler CL Imperial Convertible Sedan – both exemplary, top-of-the-line models for their marques.

These impressive, historical American and British cars will be featured alongside an outstanding selection of classic cars on Sunday, June 4th. Hosted in concert with the delightful Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, the event takes place just 30 miles outside New York City on the lovely waterfront Roger Sherman Baldwin Park in Greenwich, Connecticut.

For more information, including how to register to bid remotely or in person, visit www.bonhams.com/greenwich.

Report by bonhams.com

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