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Here's Why Fall Is the Perfect Time to Start a Classic Car Collection

This fall is the perfect time to start that classic car collection you've been dreaming about for years. Not least because Bonhams will selling three important single-owner car collections when the famed auction house returns to the Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, UK for the Bonhams Goodwood SpeedWeek Sale on Oct. 17. 

With a total low estimate value of nearly $6.5 million, the collections from the UK and Europe offer a total of 24 carefully-curated motor cars, which range from pre-war tourers to modern supercars, dating from the 1920s to the modern era and encompassing every major marque.

The Chester Collection offers our favorite assemblage of sports cars, all finished in silver or black. Comprised of 10 post-war models in all, it's led by a rare silver 1969 Ferrari 365 GTC Coupé and a recently-restored silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon, of the same type made famous by Sean Connery as James Bond. 

And then there are the other gems, including a silver 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Sports Saloon, a black 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Berlinetta, and a black 1972 Maserati Ghibli ‘SS’ 4.9-litre Coupé, and a 1960 Mercedes-Benz 190SL convertible among them.

The Alps to Goodwood Collection meanwhile "reflects the passion of one man for using motor cars as they were originally designed," i.e. for driving, not merely displaying. The collection, which includes a couple of stunning Bentleys, echoes his "enthusiasm for the best in classic touring with each car carefully selected over the past 20 years with a particular event or experience in mind," i.e. rallying through the Swiss Alps. 

And lastly, we have The Collection of a Respected Gentleman Racer, whose tastes are more modern, and whose stable includes three Ferraris, including a 1997 456 GTA Coupé formerly owned by the Sultan of Brunei; a 1987 328 GTS; and a 1992 512 TR Coupé, all of which have proven their mettle on the Goodwood circuit. 

Whether you're looking to pick up a single stunner or acquire an instant collection—or even just do some serious browsing—this is one sale you won't want to miss, especially as in addition to the live action, Bonhams is accepting telephone and online bids as well.