In recent years, we've seen Rolls-Royce revive the "EX" moniker for a number of experimental and concept vehicles (most recently the 102 EX electric Phantom, which debuted at the 2011 Geneva motor show). Interestingly, the very first EX model -- the 1926 Phantom 1 Continental 10 EX -- is headlining RM Auctions' Salon Prive event later this summer.
10EX was one of three experimental Phantom 1 Continentals commissioned by D. Claude Johnson, who was then serving as managing director of the luxury automaker. These cars, unofficially dubbed the "CJ sports cars," were designed to compete against Bentley's Continental models. Along with the torpedo bodywork from Barker, 10EX received a lowered steering column, and was markedly lighter than a stock Phantom.
Unlike its counterparts, 10EX was actually retained by Rolls-Royce for six years after its completion, where it was entered in a handful of motorsports events, and allegedly even loaned to the famed T.E. Lawrence (aka Lawrence of Arabia) for his personal use. Ultimately, the car was sold off in 1931. RM predicts that 10EX will fetch between $665,000 and $1.33 million when it rolls across the auction block.
Another quick vehicle up for grabs is the one-off 1939 Aston Martin 2-liter Speed Model. Constructed for race duty at London's Brooklands circuit, the car never actually served its purpose, as assembly was halted due to the dawn of World War II. However, it has since been completed, and subsequently made the rounds at several global historic races and even the esteemed Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Fully restored, the Aston is expected to bring between $533,000 and $632,000 at auction.
Other historic British cars destined for the Salon Prive auction include a 1929 Bentley Speed Six "Le Mans" VDP Tourer, a 1955 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback, a 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5 Liter Roadster and several vintage British motorcycles. For those keeping score, a total of seven Rolls-Royces and 13 Aston Martins are currently consigned to the event.
The Salon Prive auction will be held concurrently with the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance on June 23, at the Syon House in Syon Park, London. For more information, visit www.rmauctions.com or www.salonprivelondon.com