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Australia's annual Magnificent Collector's Cars auction brings together vehicles from the dawn of the car age, as well as recent speedsters

What do a steam-powered, 106-year-old buggy and a streamlined, 340-horsepower Ferrari have in common? Not much. But together they're kicking off this year's Australian auction season. At Bonham & Goodman's upcoming annual Sydney event, Magnificent Collector's Cars, automobile aficionados will find vehicles from every period of automotive history.

Models range from Le Mans-winning Bentleys to pre-war French saloons. The Mar. 26 auction initiates a week-long gala with a focus on all things fast and luxurious, including cars, motorcycles, and speed boats. Opening bids will be as mixed as the models on sale, ranging from a bargain-basement $3,000 Jaguar to an eye-opening $580,000 Mercedes-Benz.

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Hailing both from the recent past and long ago, the American and European automobiles on display represent a unique variety. "This auction is quite extraordinary in that there's the widest spectrum of the most internationally collectable cars," says David Bird, head of collectors cars at Bonham & Goodman.

Meticulous care is an underlying theme at this year's event as well. Most of the models have been painstakingly restored to meet original specifications and capabilities. Some have even been restored several times. What's more, many models have only had a single owner, raising the condition and value. Indeed, one particularly well-loved specimen hasn't weathered a single night outside for more than 40 years.

Take a peek at some of the vehicles at the focus of the bidding in our slide show.


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