Long list of motor memorabilia sold

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A LONG list of cars and automobilia to be auctioned of at the highly-anticipated festival next month has been released by Bonhams.

Leading the way is the 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 in which five-time Formula 1 world champion Juan Manuel Fangio won two grands prix on his way to his second world drivers’ championship.

A Rolls-Royce used as a mobile dental surgery during the first world war will join the impressive line-up of motor cars.

The Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer was bought Auguste Charles Valadier in October 1915.

A colleague who worked alongside Valadier at the time said: “In Boulogne there was a great fat man with sandy hair and a florid face, who had equipped his Rolls-Royce with a dental chair, drills and the necessary heavy metals.”

Other headline cars include the 1955 Maserati 300S sports-racing spider that finished third in the 1955 Sebring 12-Hours and a 1934 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 ‘Le Mans’ Tourer that was originally owned by the 3rd Viscount Ridley (£1.4m - £1.8m).

Two Ferraris will also share the limelight. A 1966 Ferrari 500 superfast that is one of only six right-hand drive models made is estimated at £800,000 to £1 million, while the 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Coupé bought by John Lennon the day he passed his driving test is estimated to realise more than £180,000.

Another motor car, ‘NOJ 392’, the Austin-Healey 100 special test car that was the Works team entry in the 1953 Mille Miglia and Le Mans 24 Hours, is estimated at £500,000 to £600,000.

Among other lots of interest is the earliest right-hand-drive Porsche 911S imported into the UK (estimate £15,000 - £20,000).

The automobilia section will feature some 250 lots, including literature, artwork, glass and metal mascots, picnic sets, luggage, watches and models among other unusual items.

The festival will run for three days from July 12-14. The auction is set to take place on Friday, July 12.