Canberra bomber valued at up to $99,000

The sole "flight ready" Canberra PR9-XH134 jet powered bomber left in the world will be sold as part of Bonhams' Goodwood Members' Meeting auction.

Produced in Britain during the 1950s, it was capable of flying at much higher altitudes than other bombers of its era. In 1957 one reached a record altitude of 70,310ft.

Canberra jet bomber
The Canberra PR9-XH134 was exported around the world

It proved to be so adaptable, in everything from bombing to reconnaissance, that the RAF only retired its fleet in 2006.

The lot is valued at £50,000-70,000 ($70,451-98,631).  

It's not the only aeroplane offered in the March 20 sale - a Hawker Hunter XK600 is also available with a valuation of £8,000-12,000 ($11,272-16,908).

It was also built in Britain during the 1950s. For a short while in September 1953 it held the world speed record for a jet powered aircraft.

A circa 1961 Healey Marine Sprite Powerboat "Mimi" is valued at £7,000-10,000 ($9,863-14,090).

The boat was introduced by the Donald Healey Motor Company in an attempt to diversify the firm's output after production of the Nash-Healey motorcar moved to Italy.

Around 1,400 were built and remain very much in demand due to their superior engine power and good looks.

Tim Schofield of Bonhams said: "The Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale is the first in a trio of exciting auctions held by Bonhams at Goodwood each year.

"After the success of the inaugural sale in 2015, we now return to Members' Meeting with an extraordinary variety of interesting lots, each available to the highest bidder."

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