Classic cars and WW2 memorabilia to hit the market at Connoisseur's Sale

• 1967 Austin Healey MKIII with original colour and engine • 1971 E-type Jaguar series III • Highest-scoring WWII spitfire pilot, James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson memorabilia

The Cheffins’ first Connoisseur’s Sale of 2018 will include over 290 lots of collectables, such as militaria and royal memorabilia, sporting art, artefacts, taxidermy, coins and medals.


Hosted on the 18th January at the firm’s salerooms in central Cambridge, the sale will also include two desirable classic cars; a 1967 Austin Healey MkIII with original colour and engine and a 1971 E-type Jaguar series III. The Austin Healey was originally supplied to North America, is finished in Healey blue and has been converted to right-hand drive. It has been kept in its original colour and specification with its original engine and chassis numbers, it carries an estimate of £30,000 - £50,000. The E-type Jaguar is finished in British racing green and is known to have been imported from Japan in 1997, it carries an estimate of £50,000 - £70,000.  

Also on offer will be a collection of personal items owned by James Edgar ‘Johnnie’ Johnson, the highest-scoring ace fighter pilot from World War II.* These items are following the sale of Johnson’s personal diary at Cheffins’ July Connoisseur’s Sale which was sold for £16,000. Items available include his personal scrapbook with various signed letters from leading figures from World War II such as Air Chief Marshal Sir Keith Park’s criticism of the tactics used during the Battle of Britain, a personal signed letter from Sir Max Aitken (Battle of Britain pilot and chairman of Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd), a letter from Sir John Cotesworth Slessor (Marshal of the RAF) and Air Chief Marshal Sir Basil Embry. Also available in the collection are Johnson’s author’s copy of Full Circle: The Story of Air Fighting – with original annotations on the pages, Johnson’s hipflask and a tobacco jar which was given to famous spitfire pilot, Sir Douglas Bader.

The star of the royal memorabilia section of the sale is a signed black and white portrait of HRH Diana, Princess of Wales, personal letters from HRH Sarah, Duchess of York and signed photographs of Prince Philip and crew aboard HMS Britannia, dated 1957 and 1959. There is also a large collection of fishing equipment and cased fish from the Alington Estate. 

Luke Macdonald, Director, Cheffins comments: “The Connoisseur’s Sale always amounts to an incredible collection of unusual items ranging from obvious collectors’ items such as coins and medals, all the way through to military and sporting art and taxidermy. The stars of this auction will be the two classic cars, both icons of the 1960’s which will be popular with enthusiasts the UK over.”  

The Connoissuer's Sale will take place on Thursday 18th January 2018 at Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge CB1 7EA. The auction starts at  11 o'clock.   Viewing Times: Monday 15th January 10am – 5pm | Tuesday 16th January 10am – 5pm | Wednesday 17th January 10am – 6pm | Thursday 18th January 9am – 11am Location: Cheffins, Clifton House, 1-2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, UK, CB1 7EA 

For more information, contact the Cheffins Fine Art Department, t: 01223 213343.

Both cars will be sold with a reduced buyers’ premium of 10 per cent + VAT. The rest of the sale is at 22.5 per cent plus VAT. 

For further media information, please contact Sophie Richardson, PR Manager, Cheffins, 01223 271990.

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