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Mercedes 'gullwing' could make £1m at auction

Published 18 January 2016

Fourteen classics worth an estimated £1.7m from a single-owner collection will be for sale at auction at Goodwood in March.

The diverse range of cars from the Kingsley Curtis Collection will be auction by Bonhams on 20 March at the 74th Members' Meeting and include a horse-drawn hearse and a Mercedes ‘gullwing’.

Leading the collection at the Members’ Meeting sale is the 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing – the third delivered to the UK – that could fetch up to a million pounds.

Kingsley Curtis, who died in 2015, was the pioneering chairman of refrigeration company HRP. He bought his first classic car in 1963 – a 1924 Bean 11.9 parked outside the White Cross pub in Richmond.

Other cars from the collection include a 1923 Bentley 3-Litre TT Replica, a 1960 Maserati 3500 GT, 1981 Aston Martin V8 Volante, 1923 Rolls-Royce 20hp, and a 1992 Ford Escort RS Cosworth.

There is also a 1924 La Buire 12A, 1920 Bean 11.9hp, 1919 Singer Ten, and the 1880 Horse Drawn Hearse.

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