record £6.1-million sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
on 22 June 2007 is the best ever in the event’s 15-year
history. It is the fourth most valuable motoring auction
ever held in the UK. The
sale saw no fewer than 14 cars surpass £100,000, with top
spot taken by the 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spider
which realised a spectacular £1.4-million.
In party atmosphere, six-hours of bidding saw 315 lots sold
– many way above top estimate - for a grand total of
£6,158,731.The auction’s sold-by-value result was
no less than 96.2%.
Bonhams is a founding co-sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of
Speed, and in keeping with the event’s 2007 theme of
innovation and record-breaking, the automobilia section also
excelled with selected lots from the family collection of
Land Speed Record hero Sir Henry Segrave achieving a fine
£41,000. Sir Henry’s personal photograph and film collection
was secured by the National Motor Museum Trust, Beaulieu,
where it will join two of his most famous Land Speed Record
cars, the 1,000hp Sunbeam and ‘Golden Arrow’.
Keynote sales were achieved for the 50-year old Leyland
transporter truck, built for the Formula One World
Championship-winning Vanwall team – estimated to fetch
£10–12,000, which sold for a tremendous £62,000. The UK
Registration plate ‘FAT 1’ went for a whopping £56,500! DJ
Chris Evans and actress Billie Piper both entrusted cars to
the Bonhams sale and were rewarded with prices of £73,000
for his 1964 Daimler V8 Vicarage Convertible and £17,250 for
her 1989 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe.
lots were: £1,409,500 – 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Spider
– magnificent 115mph Italian Two-Seater with
supercharged 2.3-litre 8-cylinder engine. £452,500 – 1904 Panhard-Levassor 35hp Two-Seater
– imposing 7.3-litre chain-driven model from
motoring’s pioneer marque.
£441,500 – 1926 Mercedes-Benz Model K Torpedo
Transformable – exceedingly rare and highly
important 6.24-litre supercharged classic.
£381,000 – 1959 Lister-Jaguar ‘Costin’ Two-Seater
– aerodynamic-bodied sports-racing car with multiple
Championship titles to its name.
£254,500 – 1954 Bentley R-Type Continental
– magnificent streamlined sports saloon,
ex-Lord Carnegie. £227,000 – 1964 AC Cobra Mark II –
concours-winning Anglo-American classic in stunning
condition. £221,500 – 1928 Bentley 6 ½-litre Tourer
– open four-seater recalling the Le Mans 24-Hour