World record set for sale of a double decker

Auctioneers Bonhams has sold a lifetime’s collection of motoring for 3m, including the setting of a new world record for a double-decker bus. .

For more than 50 years the late Michael Banfield dedicated himself to the preservation, promotion, and use of historic road transport as part of our national heritage. Most of this work was undertaken on a voluntary basis, as a true enthusiast.

Over 1,000 lots of veteran cars, lorries and buses went under the hammer. A 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was the top lot of the sale, achieving 418,140.

A trio of buses sold for a combined 532,540 and created a bidding frenzy in the packed sale room, causing the 1922 AEC S-Type open-top double-deck bus to break world records for a vintage double-decker sold at auction, selling at 281,500 – three times its top estimate – an achievement met by applause from the room.

The same bidder later snapped up the second bus of the day, a beautifully-restored 1922 Tilling-Stevens TS3A open-top double-decker, selling for 216,540. The final bus of the collection, a 1932 Leyland Titan TD2 double-decker, one of the last two petrol-engined buses to operate in the Channel Island of Jersey, went for 34,500.

In 1959 Michael Banfield bought his first classic car, a 1927 Bentley, which sparked a lifelong interest in classic, veteran, and commercial vehicles. He was a founder member of the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society, and through the decades he slowly added further vehicles to his collection, both classic and commercial, all of which he refurbished and rebuilt himself.

1922 AEC S-Type open-top double-decker set new world record price of 281,500.