The fascination of collecting automobiles of all eras has arguably never been more popular than it is today. In America the fact that many of the most important historic pre-war cars survive at all can be attributed to a handful of individuals who were the first to take an interest in old cars and to protect them from scrap yards.

Among those few, the Bothwell name has always been the most revered, Lindley and Ann Bothwell's collection being one of the first to be established, one of the most diverse and longest enduring.

In a number of respects Lindley was utterly visionary. The cars were not only to be saved, they were to be shared and enjoyed with friends.

In the 1950s at Riverside Raceway he ran his own tribute to the Vanderbilt Cup races, supplying most if not all of the cars, lending them to friends to recreate those pioneering days.
By that stage, Bothwell was considered to own the largest collection of cars in the nation. Interviewed for Sports Illustrated Magazine in December 1957, this created one of the most famous images of the collection, an eye watering line up of race cars, which includes the
Peugeot, Benz, Mercedes, Buick, and Pope Hartford on offer today.

It was also a working collection, many of the cars were loaned to the nearby Hollywood studios to be featured in movie and TV work in a variety of guises. Credits include memorable motion pictures such as My Fair Lady, Titanic, and Chaplin among others.

On his death in the 1980s, Lindley's collection continued to be maintained under the careful eye of his wife Ann, the more important cars were sensitively restored and continued to be shown on occasions at major motoring events, the Peugeot running the hill at Goodwood Festival of Speed a number of times and gracing the lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in recent years.

Ann Bothwell passed in the fall of 2016.

The Bothwell spirit of using and sharing cars is at the core of the hobby today around the world. With the loss of Ann, after nearly 90 years, the family has elected to relinquish this fascinating, pioneering collection and to allow other enthusiasts to become the custodians of this remarkable array of cars, railwayana and automobilia.

Bonhams is incredibly honoured to handle the dispersal of this legendary collection, we invite you come to the Bothwell Ranch, to step back in time and experience this rare working orange grove and the site of one of the greatest exponents of collector cars.

We wish you success in your bidding.

Bonhams International Motoring Team.

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