RAF war hero's MG sports car for sale
The classic MG Midget roadster will be sold by auction next month
He was Britain's most inspirational Second World War pilot after helping the Allies beat the Germans in the air despite losing both legs in a plane crash.
Now, the MG sports car once owned by RAF hero Sir Douglas Bader is to go on sale at auction and is expected to fetch almost $196,000.
The fighter pilot, who famously flew in the Battle of Britain, was the first owner of the Midget TA Roadster.
He bought it in 1938, seven years after he lost his legs, registering the open-top car to his address in upmarket
Kensington, West London.
He was shot down over France in 1941 and survived. And despite his disability, he made several escape attempts before being confined in the notorious Colditz Castle.
Bader, who remained in Colditz until its liberation in 1945, owned the MG for around eight years before selling it in 1946.
After the war, Bader returned to his career in the oil industry. He was knighted in 1976 and died in 1982, aged 72.
His MG was later involved in a bad crash in was in a dismantled state for more than 40 years until it was bought by a previous owner in 2004.
It then underwent a full restoration and retained the original engine.
The car, which has only been driven 100 miles since it was restored, will be sold by Bonhams at its Goodwood Revival sale in Chichester, West Sussex, on September 12.
It is being offered with a guide price of $147,000 and $197,000.
John Polson, motorcar specialist at Bonhams, said: 'Douglas Bader was a highly decorated, amazing fighter pilot and it is wonderful to be selling the car.
'It is immaculate after being fully restored and with the Bader connection we expect a lot of interest in it.'