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Top 10: Classic cars for sale at the Festival of Speed auction

On Friday 30 June, Bonhams returns to the Tapestry Lawn at Goodwood House for its annual Festival of Speed auction.

Here, some of the finest classic cars will go under the hammer. This is our pick of ten we'd buy... if we had the money.

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1911 Mercedes Simplex 28/50hp 'Roi des Belges' Tourer

Dating from 1911, shortly after Mercedes first adopted its famous three-pointed star emblem, this 28/50hp is powered by a 7.2-litre four-cylinder sidevalve engine of fixed 'T'-head configuration, the cylinders being cast in pairs. 

Fitted during the car's restoration in the early 1960s, the present 'Roi des Belges' touring body was built by Robinson's of Riverside Road, Norwich. Post restoration, the owner took the Mercedes on various rallies both national and international, travelling on many occasions to Germany.

The car also features prominently in the 1965 motion picture 'Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines'. The well known actor Robert Morley, playing the part of a wealthy newspaper proprietor, together with Sarah Miles were driven in the car, chauffered by the present owner's father. 

Estimte: £300,000-£400,000 


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