A very rare 1949 Bristol 402 Drophead Coupé was the star of the weekend’s Bonhams MPH Beaulieu Sale. The car was gifted new to Hollywood actress Jean Simmons, it was a matching pair that her future husband and fellow star, Stewart Granger got for them. The Hollywood couple used it frequently to promote the 1949 movie Adam and Evelyne that the couple starred in.

Only 24 examples of the glamorous convertibles were produced of which only 12 are known to have survived. The convertible has kept its registration number NFP 2 – matched to Granger’s car which had the registration number NFP 1 – and has a low mileage of only 32,000 miles from new. Under the hood is a more powerful Frazer Nash 2-liter engine that was installed by its next owner, Anthony Crook who was a Bristol dealer who eventually became the owner of Bristol Cars.

The Bristol was sold for £159,750, achieving top lot in the two-day auction.

1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
1934 Bentley 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé

Another post-war, open top example was offered in the form of the 1948 Delahaye Type 135M Three-Position Drophead Coupé which was sold for £153,125. It had a rare coachwork done by concours-winning company Pennock. The motor car has only had three owners in its long career. It was given a full restoration and has roughly around 26,000 miles from new.

Other highlights during the events are:

1905 Lorraine Dietrich
1905 Lorraine Dietrich

1905 Lorraine-Dietrich CHR Two-Seater Sports-racer which was a replica of the 1905/1906 built from a rolling chassis. It has been entered in a few races including the VSCC races, rallies, and hill climbs. It was sold above its estimated price closing at £138,375.

2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Saloon
2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Saloon

The 2012 Rolls-Royce Ghost Saloon was closed for so much more than its top estimate of £75,000 getting a final sale price of £96,750. The example has only had one owner from new and a really low mileage of roughly 3,000 miles. The Ghost has a panoramic sunroof.

Ex-McRae Family,1996 Subaru Impreza UK2000
Ex-McRae Family,1996 Subaru Impreza UK2000

A 1996 Subaru Impreza Turbo 2000 was previously owned by the McRae family. The example was also driven by the late Colin McRae, who claimed victory at the 1995 World Rally Championship behind the wheel of a Subaru Impreza 555. The example was sold for £11,250.

The National Motor Museum hosted the Beaulieu Sale as part of the International Autojumble event, and over the weekend, they also presented around 400 lots of automobilia. Interesting lots include the Austin Pathfinder pedal car that

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By: Reggie Sison
Title: Bristol 402 Drophead Coupé is Top Lot at Bonhams MPH Beaulieu Sale
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/bristol-402-drophead-coupe-is-top-lot-at-bonhams-mph-beaulieu-sale/
Published Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2021 12:33:35 +0000

 

 

 

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