Ultra rare vintage sports car and Steve Mcqueen tribute bike up for auction
On Thursday (1st December) one of the rarest cars in the world, the 1926/27 Arab Super Sports Car will be presented for auction by Bonhams, along with a modern version of the Triumph Bonneville T100 ridden by Steve McQueen in the Great Escape.
Held at Mercedes Benz World, the Arab 2.0-Litre Low Chassis Super Sports is estimated to attract bids in the region of £90,000-£120,000.
It is one of only two known survivors, and is the first Arab low-chassis model to be designed by engineer Reid Railton after the closure of the Letchworth factory.
With a top speed of 90mph guaranteed by the factory in 1926, it's distinct name originates from T E Lawrence's poem, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, in which Railton wanted the car to share the characteristics of an Arab, portrayed as being strong, honourable and a fearless warrior.
Bonhams will also be offering a modern version of the bike used by Steve McQueen in the Great Escape. The 2011 Triumph Bonneville T100 was used for a charity ride across Europe to commemorate the 50 RAF officers who died after the 'Great Escape' from POW camp Stalag Luft III in March 1944.
Held in June 2011, the bike was ridden 3,200 miles across 12 European countries and visited sites associated with the cult film, including Bavarian town Fussen, where McQueen's famous wire jump was filmed.
The Triumph T100 is heavily modified with wider handlebars, concealed indicators, military drab paintwork and Triumph performance exhausts. It comes with private number plate 'WW11 POW' and is expected to fetch between £9-12,000. All proceeds will go to Armed Services charities.
The Arab and Triumph T100 will join the truly unique Austin-Healey 100 Special as it goes under the hammer, estimated to reach a staggering £800,000, in what is set to be one of the most exciting auction days this year.