Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville goes under the hammer

Dee & Atkinson Sale Room Driffield.'Steve McQueen replica Triumph motor bike number 877 up for auction.--'NDTP PA1411-9c --'Pictured with the Bike Pippa Whitley
Dee & Atkinson Sale Room Driffield.'Steve McQueen replica Triumph motor bike number 877 up for auction.--'NDTP PA1411-9c --'Pictured with the Bike Pippa Whitley

The first of Dee Atkinson and Harrison’s twice-yearly auction sales of Militaria, classic toys and memorabilia takes place on Saturday 22 March and will contain almost 300 lots.

The sale starts at 9.30am and the star attraction is the vehicle collection of a Beeford man who spent his career in the motor trade.

He died at the end of last year and the collection of such a professional is obviously expected to create a lot of interest.

He favoured the classics, of course, with an E-type Jaguar, an MG RV8 and even a Lambretta scooter from the mid 1960’s.

Not that the classics had to be vintage - the collection also includes a limited edition Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville that has not even been registered.

The E-type Jaguar is the most valuable vehicle.

It is a 2+2 V12 coupe in British racing green dating from 1973. It has 39,000 miles on the clock and like all the vehicles in the collection, has been lovingly maintained in full working order.

Our removal contractors had the pleasure of driving it in.

As E-types go, this car is one of the later models but it is still expected to make £20,000 to £30,000.

The other out and out sports car that’s going under the hammer is an MG RV8, the re-incarnation of the famous MGB. Launched at the British Motor Show in 1992, just 1938 RVs were made before production ceased three years later.

More than three quarters (1581) of them went to Japan.

This car dates from 1994 and has just 3821 miles recorded on the clock. The pre-sale estimate is £8,000 to £10,000.

Slightly more mundanely there is a Mercedes Smart car dating from 2005 with just over 40,000 recorded miles expected to sell for £1,000 to £1,500.

The collection also caters for two wheel riders of both the mods and rockers camps.

The oldest thing he owned is a Lambretta TV200 which dates from 1965.

The model is interesting in that Lambretta, rather reluctantly, souped up their machine for the British market. The TV200 did the previously unheard of scooter speed of 70mph.

The pre-sale estimate of this example is £2,500 to £3,500.

Meanwhile the newest machine is a Steve McQueen Triumph Bonneville which was bought in January last year and has not even been registered.

The 865cc motorcycle, based on the Triumph Trophy TR6 that Steve McQueen rode in The Great Escape, was produced in a limited edition of 1,100. The one going under the hammer is number 877. The full new price, including VAT, was just under £10,000.

At auction it is expected to go for £6,000 to £7,000 exclusive of commission.

The motoring collection also includes three cherished number plates: D7 TAC, F7 TAC and Y7 TAC. The pre-sale estimates on those are £400 to £500 apiece.

Away from the vehicles the auction has a good selection of Militaria ranging across medals, firearms, edged weapons and other memorabilia. The classic toys include all the usual suspects from diecast through to model railway, dolls and doll’s houses.

Meanwhile the rest of the sale is the usual glorious mix that has everything from old bakelite telephones, advertising ephemera, nautical items, violins and cameras through to the unusual and plain quirky items that interest collectors.

Perhaps the quirkiest lot in the auction is the original front page printing plate of the Baltimore Sun newspaper for Thursday September 27th 1995.

I probably hardly need mention that was the date after Cal Ripken (Iron Man) made his 2131 consecutive appearance for the Baltimore Orioles, beating the 56 year old record of the New York Yankee’s Lou Gehrig.

The sale is live on the internet so it seems likely that the memento will be snapped up by an American baseball collector. How much they will have to pay is anyone’s guess.

The auction will be on view Thursday 20th March 10am to 7pm, Friday 21st March 10am to 4.30pm and Morning of Sale from 8.30am. The sale will be broadcast live on and commences at 9.30am.