If you happen to be in Paris this week, you may want to swing by the Grand Palais, where Bonhams is auctioning off the impressive collection of early automotive wonders assembled by architect Charles H. Brown.

Eighteen of Brown’s cars will be sold in all, covering seven decades of vehicular evolution, ranging from a 1904 Pierce Stanhope to a 1953 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé.

There are wondrous electric-, gas- and even steam-powered conveyances in the collection; however, if we had to pick a favorite, it would be this 1931 Bentley 8-Litre Sports Tourer.

At about $850,000, it’s one of the most expensive offerings in the collection, but it appeals to us because of another number—the eye-popping 100 mph it was able to achieve from a standstill…