Ahead of one of the year’s biggest car auctions, we list the ones to look out for at the 2015 Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, on 26 June
This year will again see an extensive array of classic and modern machinery fit for road and track go under the hammer to the backdrop of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The auction made history 12 months ago, when an ex-Fangio Mercedes-Benz W196 was sold for £19,601,500 to become the most expensive Mercedes in history. The car helped tip the auction’s scale at £36,072,464 - the highest-ever grossing auction of cars in Europe.
12 months on, we’ve been taking our picks of the sale ahead of the 2015 edition, with over 500 items up for grabs.
Stirling Moss’ Porsche RS-61
As previously mentioned on Classic & Performance Car, one of the auctions highlights is set to be the 1961 Porsche RS-61, formerly driven by Sir Stirling Moss. Although Moss never raced this car in period, he raced Porsches alike of that time, and in 2014 took this very car out for a spin at Goodwood, in front of those who this year can buy the car for an estimated price of between £1.7m and £2m.
1970 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTAm Competition Coupe
History struggles to find an ‘ugly’ Alfa Romeo, but in the wheel-arch flared GTAm Competition Coupe it has surely found of the most beautiful. A race-adapted version of the already-race-adapted GTA, the GTAm came to fruition in 1971, with 40 being built. This particular 2.0 litre, 170bhp example has had only four previous owners, and is expected to go under the hammer for between £220,000 and £300,000 on Friday.
1996 Ferrari 512M
Heralded as one of Maranello’s greatest supercar lines, the Testarossa name was laid to rest in 1996, on the back of 575 end-of-the-line 512M models leaving the factory. This example remains fully serviced with its four previous owners putting a mere 55,000 miles on the clock. All of this ensures it should go for between £180,000 and £220,000.
1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster
Rare it is and understated it is not, the Mercedes CLK GTR Roadster sits waiting for auction as only one of six every produced. The CLK GTR was produced as a road-going version of the marque’s CLK racecar, and in 1998 was the world’s most expensive production car with a price tag of $1.5 million. With only one previous owner, sold by Mercedes themselves in 2014, the car remains barely short of factory-fresh.
Jaguar XK120 RJH-400
Headlining a group of 14 historic Jaguars at this year's auction is the ‘RJH 400’, the famed Alpine trial class winning 1954 Jaguar XK120. Victorious in the 1954 Alpine Rally, the car was piloted by driver Eric Haddon and co-driver Charles Vivian, with the former purchasing the car for just £1694 prior to the event. In addition, the car was one of the last XK120s ever built by Jaguar, and has since gone down as one of the most famous.
Words: Joe Diamond