Bonhams at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 11th July 2008 - Review

As expected, the 1955 Jaguar D-type ‘XKD509’ was top-seller at the Goodwood sale, achieving a world record (for the marque at auction) of £2,201,500. Other cars finding new owners included the ultra-rare 1970 Monteverdi 375/S High Speed Coupé Series II, just one car from the Alexander Fyshe Collection, selling for £89,500.

The Jaguar sold to a British buyer, as did ‘R1A’ – the first prototype ERA – going to a private UK collector in the saleroom for £359,000. Goodwood, a Jaguar D-type and an ERA? You can’t get much more British than that.

1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible with Factory Hardtop - Sold for £29,900

1969 Ferrari 365GTC Coupé - Sold for £90,600

However, the 1937 Lagonda LG45 Rapide (estimated at £350,000 – 400,000) was a non-seller, sadly failing to complete the home-grown, quality ‘triple’. We tipped another British classic, the 1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster, in our preview and it produced the goods: selling for £106,000. Another significant car finding a new owner was the 1930 Invicta 4½-litre S-Type Tourer ‘Scimitar’ achieving £419,500 – at the high end of estimate, but a typical price for these modish, powerful pre-War sports cars.

1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S Series II Berlinetta - Sold for £243,500

1963 Aston Martin DB5 4.2-Litre Saloon to Vantage Specification - Sold for £144,500

The 1962 Mercedes-Benz 190SL Convertible with Factory Hardtop, a one-owner car from new, was a nice entry and sold for a fair bit over estimate at £29,900, while £155,500 for the 2005 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupé shows what depreciation can do to new cars, easily available pre-owned.

Of the Astons, the 1963 DB5 to Vantage Specification went nicely for £144,500, as did the 1955 DB2/4 Drophead Coupé (£124,700). Bonhams did well with the club racing 1961 DB4 – never easy cars to sell, and £87,300 was just the right price.

1959 AC Ace-Bristol Roadster - Sold for £106,000

1955 3.4-Litre Jaguar D-Type 'XKD 509' - sold for £2,201,500

One of the ‘big-hitters’, the 1939 Bugatti Type 57 3.3-litre ‘Atalante’ Coupé didn’t sell, nor did the 1968 Bizzarrini GT Strada 5300 Coupé (estimated at £200,000 - 250,000). Italian cars that did included the aforementioned Monteverdi, the 1972 Maserati Bora 4.7-litre Coupé (for a mid-estimate £40,000), and the quite superb Lime Green 1970 Lamborghini Miura P400S Series II, for £243,500.

Bonhams' next motoring sale will be at the Silverstone Classic meeting, for Porsche & Lotus Motor Cars on Saturday 26th July. Please CLICK HERE to see the full lotlist.

Please CLICK HERE to see the full results from the Goodwood Festival sale.

Text: Steve Wakefield
Photos: Bonhams

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