Beautiful British Steals

Bonhams and the other auction houses usually arrange their lots to create suspense in the actual auctions, the beautiful-yet-affordable climbing to the beautiful and wildly astronomical. But psychologically, when scrolling through by your lonesome, shouldn't they start with the dreams and wind us all down to reality? Where impulsively dropping $250,000 for single seat 1935 MG Magnette at the Goodwood Revival auction could propel one's spouse to start divorce proceedings, that $2,000 Hermes suitcase could launch a thousand conversations about "bargain" shopping. Hell, even the 1951 Jag XK120 comparatively seems like a steal at $100,000...and the hubby could actually come along for the ride. Here is a selection of wallet killers that have easily birthed thousands of automobile fantasies.

Lot 226
Registration no. XKJ 470 Chassis no. 671751 Engine no. E-5393-8
£60,000 - 70,000
US$ 97,000 - 110,000


Lot 305
Registration no. SLC 611 Chassis no. LML 933 Engine no. VB6J 62
£140,000 - 160,000
US$ 230,000 - 260,000

Lot 244
Registration no. XNF 435 Chassis no. 1E50912 / Body Number: LB4575-9
£225,000 - 275,000
US$ 370,000 - 450,000