Bonhams Sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2 July 2010 - Review

1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage - Sold for £551,500

Sharing overall headlines at this year’s Goodwood Festival, the £551,500 achieved by the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Vantage Convertible was an extraordinary figure more commonly seen at the company’s Newport Pagnell sale.

To be fair, the nut-and-bolt restoration (by Works Service in the 90s) was not only in superb condition but, as a ‘Vantage’, ‘Convertible’ DB5, it was also a rarest-of the-rare example of Aston’s most popular road car. Estimated at £400,000 – 500,000, it still sold extremely well.

Next up was the 1958 model/1980s assembled 3.8-litre Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' at £232,500, followed by the 1937 Bentley 4¼-Litre Drophead Coupé (£221,500) and the 1934 Aston Martin 1½-Litre Mark II Sports Saloon, a superb, past Pebble Beach contender for £177,500.

Haven’t I been banging on about undervalued pre-War Astons? Well, there you go, I was right.

1932 Lagonda 2-Litre Supercharged Low Chassis T3 Tourer - Sold for £111,500

1958 model/1980s assembled 3.8-litre Lister-Jaguar 'Knobbly' - Sold for £232,500

1962 Porsche 356B 1600 Cabriolet - Sold for £56,500

1954 Jaguar XK120 Drophead Coupé 'OLD 120' - Sold for £48,800

Elsewhere, 12-cylinder Italian exotics did well, the 1966 Lamborghini 400GT selling for £144,500, the 2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT for £133,500, and the 1977 Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer for £73,000.

On the pre-War front, in addition to the Aston and Bentley, the 1932 Lagonda 2-Litre Supercharged Low Chassis T3 Tourer sold considerably over estimate (£85,000 – 95,000) at £111,500.

1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4.2-Litre Roadster - Sold for £45,500

1966 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 'America' Coupé - Sold for £144,500

And talking of estimate-beating, how about £54,300 for the 1976 Jensen Interceptor Series III against a pre-sale guide of £7000 - 10,000?

Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department, James Knight, commented after the sale: “There was extraordinary strength of bidding in all areas of the market and we were exceptionally pleased to establish yet another world record Aston Martin price with the sale of the DB5 convertible.”

To see the complete results please click HERE.

Text - Steve Wakefield
Photos - Bonhams

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