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Porsche RS-61 to be sold by Bonhams

A 1961 Porsche RS-61, owned and raced by Sir Stirling Moss is to be sold at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on 26 June

Bonhams has announced a particularly special consignment for its Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, Sir Stirling Moss’s 1961 Porsche RS-61 racing car. It’s expected to sell for between £1.7m and £2m when it goes under the hammer on 26 June.

Although Moss never actually raced this car in period, he did drive the similar RS-60 in the Mille Miglia, as well as a very similar RS-61 in the Nurburgring 1000 Kilometres. His fond memories for the car (and some fantastic races) encouraged him to buy chassis ‘070’ at Gooding and Company’s 2010 Amelia Island auction, while recovering from his terrible accident.

After taking part in the Le Mans Classic, Moss decided that he would no longer race in competitive events, making this the legendary driver’s last ever racing car.

This video shows Moss giving the crowds at a previous Goodwood Festival of Speed event a demonstration of the RS-61's abilities. This year they'll be able to buy it...

The history of this particular example is all American. It was sold new in the USA to Bob Holbert of Pennsylvania, a well known Porsche specialist, early in 1961. He entered the car in many Sports Car Club of America east coast events, before selling it on to gentleman driver Tom Payne. It actually stopped racing in 1963 after a few good results on the east coast with its third owner. More recently it was completely overhauled by historic Porsche specialist Andy Prill.

Bonhams Motor Car Department head James Knight commented: ‘We are hugely honoured to have been commissioned to sell Sir Stirling’s cherished Porsche RS61 following his retirement from competitive motor sport. It is particularly appropriate that we should offer the car at the forthcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed – where Sir Stirling is the founder patron and where he achieved so much throughout his unmatchable career.’

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