Bladerunner BR RIB 35 will be making one more journey on 3 December when it features in the Bonhams auction at Mercedes-Benz Brooklands, one of the highlights of the annual sale.
Now, that very same sleek, futuristic boat built by British yard Ice Marine, and used during the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony will be up for grabs at the Bonhams sale at Mercedes-Benz World Brooklands on December 3rd. This very piece of British sporting history, which comes complete with its original heavy customization appointments, is expected to garner a handsome price of $402,600.
“After a fantastic summer of British sporting success, Bonhams is proud to offer for sale the ultimate souvenir from the Olympic opening ceremony – what has been dubbed ‘the greatest show on earth’.
Tim Schofield, Director of Bonhams UK Motor Car department
The Bladerunner joins other iconic British designs in the auction including a Hawker Hurricane aircraft estimated at between £1.4 million and £1.7 million The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force and became renowned during the Battle of Britain.
Also up for sale are a number of important automobiles, including a rare 1931 Invicta S-Type, from the former British manufacturer based in Cobham, Surrey which is estimated to fetch between £450,000 and £550,000. Alongside this the Invicta is a 1938 Jaguar SS100, estimated at £200,000 to £250,0000, a British 2-seat sports car built by SS Cars Ltd of Coventry. The SS Cars Ltd Model 100 “Jaguar” was so named as the ‘100’ reflected the capability of the 3.5-litre model to exceed 100 mph – then a remarkable speed for a production vehicle.