Millionaires set to flood to classic car auction

Millionaire car collectors are expected to flock to a sale of stunning classics being held at an exclusive show later this month.

The RM Auctions event will be held during the supercar special Salon Prive show on June 23 and features some true collectors' gems.

One of the stars of the show is a 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Phantom 1 Continental. It is the first prototype Phantom 1 Continental to be fitted with a sports body and is estimated to fetch a staggering £400,000 to £800,000.

In total there are nine Rollers up for sale including a 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP Open Tourer, a late 1993 Rolls-Royce Corniche IV Cabriolet and a 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Tourer, once driven by Prince Michael of Kent during a visit to Australia, expected to make up to £140,000.

Max Girardo, managing director of RM Europe, said: "What is nice about this sale is that we have selected some genuinely rare and interesting cars and motorcycles while also offering a very comprehensive selection of British marques that represent a wide cross-section of some of the best loved and most keenly collected models."

Aston Martin models feature heavily in the sale with 16 cars on offer. There are two fine pre-war examples including the one-off ex-works 1939 Aston Martin 2-Litre Speed Model, chassis number 727U. It was originally built for racing at Brooklands and has been fully rebuilt. It is expected to sell for around £380,000.

Other Aston Martin highlights include three DB2s in drophead coupe, coupe and saloon bodystyles along with two DB Mark III Coupes.

One car likely to get a lot of interest is a 1962 DB4 Vantage Convertible. The rare example is left-hand drive and was once owned by the actor and diplomat Sir Peter Ustinov. One of just 74 convertibles made, it is expected to make more than £300,000.

"Aston Martin is brand famous for its well-built, high-performance GT cars and the marque is currently one of the most collectable in the market place," added Girardo.

Jaguar models make an appearance too with the highlight being a 1937 SS100 2.5 Litre Roadster likely to make nearly £250,000. And motorbike collectors are well catered for with a number of Triumph, BSA and Brough models on offer.

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