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The Bonhams sale offered the best of British, with Aston Martin, Bentley and Jaguar leading the lots. Adding
some extra colour and excitement to the auction was the very first pop art Bentley, designed by celebrated
artist, Sir Peter Blake.
Bentley commissioned Sir Peter to deliver the world's first pop art Bentley, drawing on inspiration from the
acclaimed artist's celebrated career at the forefront of the renowned British pop art movement. Bentley has
donated the car to the Care2Save Charitable Trust, which provides palliative and hospice care around the
Possibly the most striking feature of Sir Peter's bold vision – instantly recognizable as a Sir Peter trademark -
is a St James Red heart motif hand painted onto a Continental Yellow bonnet, a symbol in keeping with the
compassionate work of hospices. The one-of-a-kind motor car sold to a bidder in the room for £250,000.
Elsewhere some eighties muscle sold well with the 1981 BMW M1 Coupé. The M1 coupled Italian style with
German engineering, as its development was a cooperative effort with top Italian specialists. The M1's
wedge-shaped coachwork proved highly efficient aerodynamically, needing very little in the way of additional
spoilers and wings, even in race configuration. The M1 sold to a bidder in the room for £303,900.
Further successes of the day include the 1938 Jaguar SS100 3½-Litre Roadster, which soared above its
£180,000-250,000 estimate to achieve £337,500; the 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta, sold for £281,500;
and modern classic 1996 Porsche 993 911 RS Clubsport Coupé sold for £281,500.
Valuable specialist registration numbers also featured in Bonhams sale, with ‘T6’, the third vehicle registration
number ever issued in Devon, sold for £163,900, and the rather cheeky ‘FU 2’, sold for £152,700.
Bonhams motoring department next head to California for the Quail Lodge Sale, taking place on 19 August.
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