Many records fall at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale
Bonhams conjured some remarkable numbers and took a couple of world records at its 2015 Festival of Speed sale. The ex-works Aston Martin Ulster LM19, with a rather unlucky history in period, went almost £1m over estimate to fetch £2,913,500, a record for a pre-war Aston. Sir Stirling Moss’s 1961 Porsche RS61 sold for £1,905,500, almost a million more than he paid for it in 2010. Another competition car, the 1954 Jaguar XK120 that won its class on the Alpine Rally when nearly new, fetched £365,500.
The 1973 Porsche 911 2.4S owned for three decades from new by pop artist Richard Hamilton sold for an incredible £393,500, which must be a world record. Much of that was down to its celebrity status, right-hand drive and colour, as a rather more market correct £147,000 was paid for a perfectly-restored example offered with left-hand drive and its original sludge brown hue.
Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 1971 Citroen SM, that was delivered new to him in the south of France, cost almost twice its ‘real’ value at £61,980, while his 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S sold for £20,700. James May’s 1984 Porsche 911 3.2 Carrera fetched a strong-for-model £51,750 and a 1983 left-hand drive 3.3 Turbo hit a high £102,300, but it had only 13,464km from new, while a restored 1960 VW Type 2 Samba deluxe hit a market-correct £91,100.
Four cars recovered by the National Crime Agency and being sold under the Proceeds of Crime Act for the benefit of the public purse all exceeded their estimates: a Ferrari Enzo at £897,500, a 2008 599GTB Fiorano at £124,700 and a 2009 California hardtop convertible at £97,820 - while a 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom was £69,820.
Yet another Audi Sport quattro fetched a now predictably market correct £236,700. A 1958 Mercedes 300SL Roadster didn’t sell, but a 1998 Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster with just 8km on the clock did, for £1,513,500.
Of the 87 cars offered, 73 sold for an 84 per cent success rate, with Bonhams claiming a sale total of £17.8m including automobilia.Words and pictures: Paul Hardiman