Audi Sport Quattro makes world record £287,100 at Bonhams’ 21 March Members’ Meeting sale. Report here
Bonhams added a third Goodwood date to its calendar, holding its first auction at the now-annual Members’ Meeting on 21 March. Two collectible Audi Quattros fetched high prices, helping to a 71 per cent sale rate as 47 cars sold from the 66 offered.
Auctioneer James Knight presided over a new world auction record for the model as he dropped the hammer at £287,100 for a low-mileage 1985 Sport in near-factory condition. The ex-works 1982 Quattro A1 that may have helped Hannu Mikkola to the 1983 World Drivers’ Championship, but now presented in Group B spec, sold for £247,900.
Staying with the rallying theme, the David Sutton (Cars) Ltd ex-Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Ari Vatanen, Björn Waldegård, 1975 Ford Escort RS1800 rally car sold for £85,500 at the second time of asking, as it had failed to sell having bid to the same value at the last Festival of Speed sale.
Top seller was the ex-Kitty Maurice 1959 Frazer Nash Le Mans Coupé, recently driven for Octane by Tony Dron, which was sold in a post-sale deal for a claimed £470,000, around £70k under its lower estimate.
A bolt-for-bolt Jaguar C-type replica with drum brakes and FIA papers, meaning it can compete in several historic race series almost doubled its estimate to fetch £259,100, but two other recreations, an Allegretti Ferrari 250 GTO and a Crosthwaite & Gardiner Maserati Tipo 61 stalled, though the Birdcage reached £370k, only about 10 per cent short of what might have bought it.
Restoration projects sold well, with a very rotten 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupé achieving an amazing £32,200, double its estimate, a 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV selling for £256,860 and a DB6 Vantage £194,140. Other high spots included the unique 1968 Bentley T-series ‘Coupé Speziale’ built by Pininfarina for James, later Lord Hanson, now with slightly tired paint but still achieving £250,140, a 1959 Jaguar XK150S Open Two Seater selling for almost treble estimate at £225,500 and a 1961 E-type flat floor Roadster fetching a strong £158,300. A Willys MB that Bonhams had sold before went £10k over its upper estimate to sell for £25,300, and a restored to better than new Land Rover Series IIA 88in made £29,900.
James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: ‘We have enjoyed offering some magnificent motor cars at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival meetings over the past 20 years and we are thrilled to add the Members’ sale to this portfolio.’
Report and pictures by Paul Hardiman