Around the turn of the last century, open touring cars were a big hit with the Indian nobility, and particularly with Maharajahs. The 1912 Lancaster 38hp State Limousine that Bonhams will be offering tomorrow belonged to the Maharajah of Rewa. It’s expected to sell for $125,500-$157,000 at the Mercedes-Benz World sale in Weybridge.
UPDATE: The Lancaster sold for $131,795. The 1929 Bentley did not find a buyer.
There’s also a concours-winning 1929 Bentley in the sale. It’s a 4 1/2-litre Drophead Coupe with Dickey Coachwork by Martin Walter. After an extensive restoration in the U.S., the car won the Bentley Drivers Club’s annual concours in 2010. It carries an estimate of $628,000-$706,000. For racing buffs, there’s an ex-Sid Taylor 1969-70 Lola-Chevrolet T70GT Mk IIIB Endurance Racing Coupe (est. $785,000-$942,000). With Brian Redman at the wheel, it recorded wins at Thruxton, Norising (Germany), and Karkskoga (Sweden). In its first season, it finished 13 of its 17 races and won 5.