International auctioneers COYS are putting under the hammer an important collection of fine automobiles and rare film memorabilia at their showstopper “True Greats” auction on 1st December at the Royal Horticultural Society in London.
Featuring at the auction will be a 1984 Lamborghini Countach 5000 S, which appeared at a photocall at COYS headquarters in Richmond today (Thursday 26th November) alongside two Storm Troopers with their master, Darth Vader, in celebration of the upcoming film, The Force Awakens, which premiers in less than three weeks, on 17th December.
This is the second Countach ever built out of the 5000 S series, finished in white with white leather interior, white flared wheels and a huge delta wing sprouting out from the rear boot lid. It is a truly futuristic, space-like car that looks like it has come straight out of the Star Wars set. It is estimated from £270,000 to £320,000.
Chris Routledge, Managing Director of COYS, said: “This car is arguably the best model to own out of all Lamborghini Countachs and would make even the most loyal Jedi consider joining the Dark Side. It embraces all that is Star Wars, making it the ultimate gift for the ultimate enthusiast, ready to be used and enjoyed.”
The sale will also feature an Ex Paddy Hopkirk and Timo Makinen BMC works 1966 Mini Cooper S. This rare example was piloted by two of the greatest names in rallying history from 1966 to 1968, competing in the 1966 Alpine, 1966 RAC Rally, 1967 Swedish Rally, 1968 Circuit of Ireland and coming in 2nd place at the Scottish Rally in 1968. It is a car of great provenance and is perhaps unique in this respect. It certainly is one of the most famous rally cars of its era. It is estimated from £120,000 to £150,000.
Other important cars on offer include a 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale Earl’s Court Motor Show car and a 1925 Bugatti T 30 Tourer. The Giulia SS was the ‘Motor’ magazine road test car in 1964, and is one of the 25 RHD Giulia SS’s built to Ruddspeed specification, a performance package that made it a most particularly nimble car to drive. It is estimated to make from £90,000 to £100,000. The Bugatti, which still bears its all original body, engine, gearbox and back axle is fully operational and comes with TÜV to 2017, along with German historic registration documents. This example is estimated from £300,000 to £350,000
A fabulous 1974 Ferrari Dino 246 will also be put on sale at the auction. This wonderful example features a 2.4 litre V6 egine and delightful body work, designed by Pininfarina. It has been entered into various Concours competitions by the current owner’s father and was a Concours winner on several occasions. Certainly one of the most collectible of all seventies sports cars, this model is estimated from £230,000 to £265,000.
In anticipation of the premier for the new Star Wars film, the auctioneers have included a selection of posters from the film’s legacy in their sale, including prints from The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi and Attack of the Clones.
On offer will be an incredibly rare Mylar Bus Stop poster featuring Yoda in Episode II, Attack of the Clones. This is one of 28 ever produced and has hence been described as the rarest Star Wars poster ever, estimated from £3,000 to £4,000.
Other Star Wars memorabilia includes an original Return of the Jedi poster used exclusively for the London underground, estimated from £150 to £200, and a UK Quad for The Empire Strikes Back, estimated to make from £350 to £450.
For the 007 enthusiasts, the auction will also offer an unsurpassed amount of film posters and related items spanning the entire history of the films from the unique James Bond collection of Marc Slattery.
This includes a 1965 Thunderball poster estimated from £8,000 to £10,000, a 1969 UK Double Crown poster for Her Majesty’s Secret Service featuring George Lazenby on the front, estimated from £1,200 to £1,400, a 1962 Dr No poster, estimated from £7,000 to £8,000, and a 1963 From Russia with Love poster, estimated from £5,000 to £6,000.
Coys’ “True Greats” auction takes place on Tuesday 1st December 2015 at the Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE.
|Address:||Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Hall, Vincent Square, Westminster, London, SW1P 2PE|
|Date:||1st Dec 2015|
|Time:||3:00 PM (Posters) – 7:00PM (Motor Cars)|
|Viewing:||Monday 30th November from 12.00 noon to 8.00pm
On the day of the sale from 10.00am to start of sale
|Location:||Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster, London, UK|