Members Meeting is a fun venue, both for the on-track activities and because Bonhams brings a wide variety of intriguing cars for the auction.
There really is something for everyone and, based upon the prices realized and the performance against the pre-sale estimate ranges, bidders keep their heads screwed on tight, looking through the shine on some lots and the dirt on others to recognize the value intrinsic in the wide variety of cars and conditions offered.
The sale itself started out strong with a long run of No Reserve lots but tapered off at the end of the day with higher value lots, reserves and the bidders’ fatigue that goes with a nearly 100 lot Bonhams-style auction.
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Chris Sharpe attended and provided descriptions and details for 25 of the 94 lots offered. Even in this sample, lots offered ranged from a pair of 1913s to a 2010, demonstrating the variety on offer. They are presented here in lot number order. Photos are by Chris Sharpe unless otherwise identified.
Lot # 8 1968 Land Rover Series IIA 109 4×4 Ceremonial Vehicle; S/N 25113641D; Green/White; Estimate $74,502 – $111,753; Unrestored original 4+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $74,502 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $85,677. – RHD. 2,286cc petrol engine, 4-speed, wheel covers, dual wing mirrors, rear barn doors with pull-down steps. – Used by the Ministry of Defence starting in 1968, and nine years later conveyed Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip during their tour of Northern Ireland during the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. It has since been in private collections, used for photo shoots at a wedding venue, and made a couple of trips to the Goodwood Revival. It’s currently in the condition of a scruffy, used Land Rover with paint rubbing off the aluminum body in plenty of places, a few dents here and there, and aged gauges and controls. The engine compartment looks a mess as well. Still, a cool bit of history. – Bonhams’ catalog description for this royal Rover is frustratingly brief, but does call it a “piece of Royal memorabilia.” That is indeed a very fitting description, because nobody is going to take such a parade vehicle off-road or do any the things you normally do with a Series IIA Land Rover. It’s been a wedding prop and a Goodwood regular, and it’s hard to think of many uses for it outside of that. Royal vehicles sell for wide-ranging prices depending on the vehicle and how it was used, but this result is within its estimate range and seems like a reasonable number given the fun factor and the little piece of history it represents. A regular Series IIA in this condition would have sold for a fifth of this price or less and this one sold at the Goodwood Revival in 2017 for $45,578 (£34,500 at the time; this price is £69,000 all-in). Long Live the Queen.
Lot # 29 1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk II Vantage Coupe; S/N DB6MK24226R; Engine # 4002855; Celeste/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $186,255 – $248,340; Competition restoration 4+ condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $291,800 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $335,569. – 3,995/325hp, 5-speed, power steering, power windows, chrome wire wheels, pushbutton radio, woodrim steering wheel. – Represented as one of 71 DB6 Mk2 Vantages and in present ownership since 2012. Dry stored since acquisition and will require re-commissioning. Bright paint from a distance but up close there are minor touch ups and small corrosion bubbles. There’s rust on the rear number plate mount as well. All the glass and window trim looks original as the seals are cracking and drying. The roof lining is sagging a bit here and there. The replacement seat leather is creasing. Little history and a bit scruffy but it is a genuine DB6 Vantage and that counts for a fair bit. – Aston Martin made 240 DB6 Mk2s and the Vantage specification, of which 71 were built, is distinctive for its wider wheels, flared arches and Weber-fed 325bhp. This one needs quite a bit and the bidders chased it too far. It is expensive for its condition.
Lot # 30 1993 Footwork Arrows FA14 Mugen Honda Single Seater; S/N FA1404; Engine # 61T04236; White, Red/Black; Estimate $149,004 – $198,672; Competition car, original as-raced 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $124,170 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $142,796. – Mugen Honda V10, 6-speed Footwork/Xtrac semi-automatic gearbox, carbon fiber tub chassis, active suspension, O.Z. Racing alloy wheels. – Driven by Aguri Suzuki in 11 Grands Prix, its best finish being seventh in Australia (one spot outside of the points). Today the engine lacks its internals, but Bonhams reports the seller had the car crack tested and otherwise race-prepped while waiting to source engine bits. Has what looks like the original paint finish and livery as you can still see the carbon fiber weave. There are minor chips to the paint edges from the panel fitment. The wheels look well used with wet weather tires and lots of balance weights. There’s a crack in the small Perspex windscreen but a clean cockpit with useable controls. The car presents well and generally looks straight, just a shame it’s not ready to race. – To own and operate a modern F1 car is a complex and expensive proposition even in the best circumstances, but a car from a defunct team like Arrows (known as Footwork from 1991-96) is to be essentially on your own and having to hire qualified private outfits (of which there are few) to get your car sorted with the proper exotic parts and vintage software. This car may look like it’s almost ready to race, but the most important and pricy part of the car – the engine – won’t be running any time soon even if the buyer did happen to have an old laptop running Windows 95. There is nothing going for this car at all. It never scored a World Championship point (in the old system). Unless you’re Aguri Suzuki who drove it in all its eleven F1 race appearances it has no significance at all, which may be a hint about who bought it and who might have contacts in Japan to bring its Mugen Honda engine back to life. For anyone but Suzuki it is garage art and a fantastic price.
Lot # 31 1960 Turner Sports Mk I Roadster; S/N 60307; Green, Black hardtop/Black piped in white; Tan vinyl top; Estimate $31,043 – $43,460; Older restoration 3- condition; No Reserve; Hammered Sold at $13,659 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $15,708. – RHD. 948cc BMC A-Series engine with two SU carbs, 4-speed, painted wire wheels, hardtop, woodrim steering wheel, tonneau cover, side exhaust. – Raced in period by WWII Hurricane pilot Kenneth Mackenzie, first with BMC power and then with a Coventry Climax FWA engine before going back to BMC power in the 1970s. Restored in the 1980s-90s and in aged but solid condition with tired-looking wheels and tires, aged paint, worn top, and a slightly dirty engine. Still a usable and charming historic racer and exhaustively documented including period spares. – Jack Turner built small sports cars with a conventional ladder frame and small displacement BMC, Ford or Climax engines underneath fiberglass bodywork and sourced components from various other English production cars. Unassuming and surprisingly quick little cars, they were successful both in the UK and in SCCA competition over here, and they’re a more interesting alternative to the usual MGs and Sprites that fill vintage racing grids. And yet somehow nobody was tempted by this lovely little Turner. A rare, fun, Goodwood-eligible race car for less than the price of a regular old MGA (and half its £25K low estimate) is an absolute steal.
Lot # 32 1971 Triumph Stag Fastback Prototype; S/N X815; Engine # LD10677MJEN; White/Black vinyl; Estimate $62,085 – $99,336; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $57,739 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $66,400. – RHD. 2,997/145hp V8, 4-speed with overdrive, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood dash, power windows, Radiomobile radio, tools, manuals, history file. – One of three Michelotti-designed Stag fastback prototypes built and represented as the only one known to exist. With the same family since 1987, restored in the 1980s and again in 2016. In presentable older restored condition, but the main draw here is its unique bodywork. – Although a coupe version of Triumph’s V8 Stag looked great and showed promise, British Leyland shelved the project, focusing on the Jaguar XJ-S instead. The Stag is not one of Triumph’s most beloved models. In fact, it’s one of the company’s least. Problems with overheating engines wrecked its reputation, and its upmarket aims as a more comfortable cruiser were a big departure from Triumph’s tradition of few-frills sports cars. But this is still a neat and unique piece of the company’s history and the price it brought is not outrageous. It is probably triple what a normal Stag in this condition would expect to bring but, still, not outrageous for its configuration, condition and history.
Lot # 37 1961 Jaguar XKE SI flat floor Roadster; S/N 875295; Engine # R1421-9; Carmen Red/Black leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $198,672 – $248,340; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $186,255 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $214,193. – LHD. 3,781/265hp, 4-speed, outside bonnet locks, chrome wire wheels, woodrim steering wheel, original radio. – Early Series 1 E-Type “flat floor” example that was made in the first year of E-Type production. First shipped to the US. Professionally restored in the USA 2003-04. Older paint with a 7 out of 10 finish. Good chrome with no blemishes. Clean wire wheels and brakes. The tonneau cover is slightly aged. The seat leather is creasing nicely and the carpets look good. The steering spokes need a thorough polish. The left-hand drive detracts for British buyers but a European one would disagree. – Sold by RM at Paris three years ago for $177,197 (Euros 161,000 all-in; this result is equal to Euros 195,100). It shows just one more mile on the odometer now than it did then, but hasn’t gotten any better with the passage of time and is expensive for its condition even though it will clean up well with some effort and money.
Lot # 38 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Coupe, Body by Park Ward; S/N BC59BG; Engine # BC58B; Silver/Red leather; Estimate $223,506 – $273,174; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,047. – RHD. 4,887cc six, column shift automatic, modern stereo. – One of 431 made in total. This S1 left the factory as a manual but an automatic gearbox was fitted at the behest of its first US-based owner. The bright silver coachwork looks somewhat uneven. Average exterior chrome work. The hub caps and wheels are chipped slightly. There’s a bit of delamination on the windscreen corners. The seat coverings look very good, however. The interior woodwork is in very good shape. The dash and controls all look correct. An average presentation. – Sold at Gooding’s Scottsdale auction in 2016 for $231,000 so not at all surprising that the owner, who spent a bit of money upgrading some of it, determined this result was too modest.
Lot # 40 1957 Jensen 541 Deluxe Coupe; S/N 5411673197; Engine # LD10677MJEN; Brown, Cream roof/Beige leather; Estimate $37,251 – $49,668; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $34,768 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $39,983. – RHD. 3,993/130hp Austin six, 4-speed with overdrive, stainless steel exhaust, fiberglass body, wire wheels, Moto-Lita leather-wrapped steering wheel, Jaeger gauges. – One of 53 Deluxe models (which came with four-wheel disc brakes) built between 1957 and 1959. Restoration work in the 1980s and early 1990s. Clean paint and bodywork but dirty and oxidized under the hood. Clean interior with lightly worn seats and door panels. Faded gauges and lightly worn switchgear. An interesting and attractive but used Jensen. – Designed for relaxed high-speed comfort and rather attractive with their distinctive radiator shutters, 541s are surprisingly light with their bodywork made of fiberglass (then still a rather exotic material) and Perspex windows. Cool, comfortable, fast and unusual but not particularly expensive, as this market-appropriate result shows.
Lot # 41 1913 Vauxhall 25hp Prince Henry Sports Tourer; S/N C27; Engine # D135C; Polished alloy, Red fenders/Black leather; Black top; Estimate $372,510 – $434,595; Rebodied or re-created 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $260,757. – RHD. 3,969/60hp four-cylinder, 4-speed sliding-pinion gearbox, live axle, wire wheels, single sidemount spare. – Predecessor of the famous 30/98. This example was restored and re-bodied by Ken Ball in the early 1960s and owned by former VCC president John Landless for 35 years. In present ownership since 2001 and maintained by N P Veteran Engineering. Has a lovingly polished old alloy body that has a few areas where some of the polish abrasions are a tad too deep. The red-painted chassis looks strong but the wheels and suspension have minor corrosion. There’s oil staining down the engine block and polished brass valve cover. The cabin wood is newer and the paint is aged to look period. The tonneau cover is clean and in good condition. The original-looking steering wheel makes the other materials look incorrect but that can’t be helped. The steering wheel ignition advance/retard brass wheel is well-used and has worn notches. The foot pedals are worn smooth on the centers. A distinguished, charming little car. – The replacement body hardly matters when it is this old and conscientiously maintained and these early Vauxhalls are much more rare than the later 30/98 if less powerful. This is a reasonable offer for it, even well under Bonhams low estimate, but preferring the car to the money makes sense.
Lot # 45 1996 Porsche 911 Turbo Coupe; S/N WP0ZZZ99ZTS372394; Engine # 61T04236; Midnight Blue Metallic/Marble Grey leather; Estimate $186,255 – $223,506; Visually maintained, largely original 2 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $192,464 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $221,333. – RHD. 3,601/400hp, 6-speed, sports leather seats, Turbo Twist alloy wheels, radio/cassette stereo, red calipers. – A likeable spec with clean paint and trim. The rear light bar is in mint condition, another sign of consistent care and careful storage. The alloy wheels are unmarked, too. The interior looks original with slight creasing to the leather and little use of the controls. The is a very impressive 911 in the magical Midnight Blue, and its 23,237 miles are impressively low but not too low to actually drive and enjoy. Freshly serviced at Porsche Bournemouth with new tires, battery and other items. – The Porsche 993 Turbo boasts a few firsts, being the first 911 Turbo with all-wheel drive, the system used in the 959. It is also the first generation of the 911 to have a 6-speed manual transmission included as standard. Of course, the 993 was also the last air-cooled 911, so this generation has a certain appeal as the mixing of modern conveniences and comforts of a ’90s car with a classic, traditional air-cooled engine. This one was consigned for Bonhams’ sale in London last December but was withdrawn and went to Goodwood instead after its Porsche Bournemouth service. The reasons aren’t clear, but the wait appears to have been worth it because this is a strong price in the UK market for one of these cars.
Lot # 52 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Mk I Coupe; S/N DB62843; Engine # 4002855; Mink/Dark Blue leather; Estimate $186,255 – $248,340; Visually maintained, largely original 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $186,255 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $214,193. – RHD. 3,995/286hp, automatic, chrome wire wheels, Blaupunkt radio, woodrim steering wheel. – Original color combination. In present ownership since 2014 and has been off the road since 2018. Impressive bright paint with only minor touch-ups around the edges of the hood. Good wheels and tires. Perfect glass and exterior trim. Slightly aged leather and a correct-looking interior. Not the most desirable configuration and needs at least basic mechanical attention after not being used since 2018, but it is a well-presented DB6. – Sold about right considering the condition, and maybe a little high given the automatic between the seats.
Lot # 59 1936 Lagonda LG45 Rapide Style Sports Tourer; S/N 12097; Engine # LG430S4; Black/Green leather; Black top; Estimate $198,672 – $273,174; Older restoration 3- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $180,047. – RHD. 4,467/120hp OHV six, T9 4-speed with synchromesh gears, wire wheels, horns, driving light. – One of only 278 LG45s produced during 1936/37. Converted to ‘Rapide’ specification by The Northern Lagonda Factory in the 80’s. An older restoration that is offered from a significant British-themed collection and will need recommissioning. With incredible swooping fenders and body lines this LG45 is appealing to the stylist’s eye. The older paint has some cracking to the edges and corners. The green-painted wheels look well used and the knock-ons need a good polish. The grille and headlamp chrome is still OK but not the best. The seat leather is very creased. The dashboard wood is newer and doesn’t sit quite right with the original steering wheel. Still, a very attractive car. – Offered by Brooks at London in 1992, fresh from the Rapide conversion and very much shiny and pristine but not sold on a reported high bid of $110,457 (£57,600 at the time, this result is £145,000). Seriously attractive and eminently usable, a show-stopper that is well worth a few more small bids even in the present aged condition.
Lot # 60 1913 Hispano-Suiza Type 20 bis 3.0-Litre Sports Tourer; S/N 2291; Engine # 2291; Blue/Blue leather; Cream cloth top; Estimate $372,510 – $434,595; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $273,174 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $314,150. – RHD. 2,950cc overhead camshaft T-head four, 3-speed, wire wheels, split windscreen, spare boat tail wood 2-seat body, Bleriot headlights, vee windshield. – One of only circa 20 Type 20 bis models built with few known to still exist. Formerly owned by well-known collectors including Alec Ulmann and J. Heuman and in the present enthusiast ownership since 2002. Crisp older paint with only slight imperfections like small cracks on the running boards. Wonderful wire wheels with H-S’s centerlocks. Clean painted chassis and smart suspension. Some of the nickel platings are rain spotted from transportation. The Bleriot headlamps are superb. The tonneau cover is aged and soiled. With clocks on the footwell bulkhead and aged leather, the cabin is a delight. A quality, charmingly lovely old car. – For 1913 this is a remarkable old example with plentiful power and sporting coachwork as well as intriguing technical details. It compares favorably with Bugattis of the period and being one of only some 15 built in an uncataloged limited production series it is exceptionally rare. In style, performance and provenance this is a special automobile and even though its restoration is from the late 90’s and aged it invites use on the road. It will be a very satisfying acquisition, especially at this moderate price.
Lot # 61 1972 Porsche 911S Coupe; S/N 9112300849; Engine # 6321411; Sea Blue/Beige leatherette with corduroy inserts; Estimate $217,298 – $279,383; Recent restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $225,989 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $259,888. – RHD. 2,341/210hp, 5-speed, Fuchs alloy wheels, Blaupunkt radio. – Rare in right-hand drive and has been in present ownership since 2018. Professionally restored. Featured by Bonhams right in front of the rostrum and bidders’ seating and rightly so. The paint finish is exemplary and gleaming under the lights. It looks freshly detailed too, as there are zero swirls. Immaculate panel fit and perfect Fuchs alloys. All the exterior trim and fitments are excellent as well. The aftermarket valve caps are unnecessary, though. The engine bay is well-detailed and appealing. A superb and rare 911S from 1972. – The 1972-3 model year 911S added a Type 915 5-speed gearbox and Fuchs wheels as standard as well as a spoiler under the front bumper to improve high-speed stability. Referred to as the ‘Ölklappe’ (for the 1972-only external oil filler) with a weight of only 1,050 kg (2,310 lb), these models are rare and even rarer in RHD. Bonhams suggested this may be the only one in this color scheme and is one of 70 total in RHD. The British Porschephiles at Goodwood were justifiably excited by this unicorn classic 911 and paid up for it big time. The seller had originally purchased the car at Silverstone’s May auction in 2018 but it was in a “sorry state” despite previous restoration work. Subsequent attention was rewarded here, though, especially since the price paid in 2018 was just £101,250, this result being £209,300 all-in.
Lot # 64 1950 Bentley Mark VI Racing Green Engineering Le Mans Eight Sports Tourer; S/N B234JO; Engine # B8122958; Brewster Green/Lincoln Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $310,425 – $434,595; Facsimile restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $248,340. – RHD. 5,675cc Rolls-Royce B-Series OHV inline eight, dry sump, four SU carburetors, painted wire wheels, 3-spoke string-wrapped steering wheel. engine-turned metal dashboard, large bore exhaust, synchromesh 4-speed, large capacity fuel tank, large fishtail exhaust, driving lights. – A 1950 Bentley Mark VI Racing Green Engineering Le Mans Eight based on a Mark VI chassis. Completed in 2006 and fitted with a Rolls-Royce B81 straight-eight engine most commonly seen in WWII military vehicles but also the Phantom IV. Present ownership since 2007 and approximately 15,000 miles since completion of this specification. Great paint and a canvas body. The chassis is very well painted with no ripples or corrosion marks. The body-colored wheels and good tires add to the look. The metalwork and exterior trim details are all spot on. The interior follows suit with great materials and detailed finishes. A great presentation with that slight hint of aging yet still too new to be original. – A B81 should be 6,516cc and 185hp with the specs quoted being for the B80, but still very much an appropriate Bentley engine with max horsepower from the F-head crossflow eight reached at around 4,000 rpm. Motoring down the highway or up a hillclimb it will be a rewarding car for driver, passengers and spectators but the immutable fact is that it isn’t what it purports to be and the Goodwood bidders couldn’t bring themselves to bid enough to separate it from its consignor.
Lot # 65 1982 Ferrari 512 BBi Berlinetta, Body by Pininfarina-Scaglietti; S/N 40415; Engine # 01050; Blu Chiaro, Black lower body/Cream leather; Estimate $235,923 – $273,174; Cosmetic restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $192,464. – RHD. 4,943/340hp, 5-speed, power windows, air conditioning, leather-wrapped Nardi steering wheel, Pioneer cassette, centerlock alloy wheels. – One of 42 RHD examples produced for the UK market and one of two examples built in Blu Chiaro for the UK market. Delivered new to the UK and restored by DK Engineering between 2015 and 2017 with a detailed history file. Good older respray with small corrosion bubbles at the front wing rear edges. The lower half black paint looks good. Clean wheels and tires. The original-looking interior is superb. There’s some deterioration to the rear shelf trim and other areas but all are forgivable. The unstamped engine has been restamped by Ferrari with a continuation number (original number stated to have been 00099). Berlinetta Boxers are ’70s cool all day. – To all intents and purposes this is a sound, well-maintained 512 BBi which has had a good life and in an English auction its righthand drive should have brought it something of a premium. The reported high bid, however, is a discount from the values of comparable cars and it is no surprise the consignor declined to accept it.
Lot # 68 1987 Aston Martin V8 Vantage SIII Coupe; S/N SCFCV81V8JTR12576; Chichester Blue/Cream leather; Estimate $310,425 – $372,510; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $298,008 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $342,709. – RHD. 5,341/410hp X-pack engine, air conditioning, alloy wheels, tinted power windows, Blaupunkt radio. – Factory X-pack car in the original color combination. Unrestored original condition with a stamped service book and detailed history file. With a high-standard paint finish that still looks fresh. Refurbished wheels and good tires. The chrome and all exterior trim is very good. The interior looks original and is holding up very well with no signs of wear. And it’s a manual, too. A great car. – And it sold for a great price. X-pack cars are the ultimate spec for these Astons, with a hotter cam, Cosworth pistons and fat Weber carburetors. Factory X-pack cars command a premium, and this one is in solid maintained condition and has a manual, so it brought a healthy price that it deserved.
Lot # 69 1963 Austin Mini Cooper S Rally Sedan; S/N AS7482488; Engine # GFSAH26586; Red, White/Black vinyl; Estimate $149,004 – $186,255; Older restoration 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $155,213 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $178,494. – RHD. Rally lights and equipment. – Driven to 3rd in class and 7th overall at the 1964 Monte Carlo Rally, driven by Rauno Aaltonen (who won the 1967 event in another Mini) and Tony Ambrose. Then used for publicity appearances and well known by its registration number 569 FMO. Driven by Paddy Hopkirk for a promo appearance at the Prestwich Hill Climb but recorded the best time of the day. In private ownership it was rallied in several events during 1965. Restored in the 1980s and 1990s and rebodied during that time. Has regularly been invited to and appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. In older restored competition car condition. – 1964 was the year that Paddy Hopkirk’s red and white Mini triumphed at the Monte Carlo Rally despite big-money factory competition from Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and even Ford. More than any other event, that win established the Mini as a giant-killing performance car, and this Mini was part of that effort. A red and white Cooper S with rally equipment is the most famous image of a competition Mini. Other Minis such as Paul McCartney’s Cooper S and an ultra-rare Mini beach car have sold for more, but this rally Cooper is still one of the most expensive Minis ever sold. And it deserved to be.
Lot # 71 1960 Austin Healey 3000 MkI Works Rally car; S/N HBN78446; Engine # 2291; Red, White hardtop/Black; Estimate $434,595 – $558,765; Competition restoration 2- condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $372,510. – RHD. Triple SU carburetors, wire wheels, three front rally lights, aluminum panels, hardtop, two spare wheels and shaped trunk, works carburetor access panel, aluminum cylinder head, sports exhaust, straight cut gearbox with Tulip spec ratios, uprated overdrive, uprated wiring harness, dual brake circuits with servo, fire extinguisher, Willans harnesses, Heuer Rally Clocks. – The ex-Works, Pat Moss/Ann Wisdom 1960 Liège-Rome-Liège Rally winner. With present ownership for the last 19 years. Rebuilt and maintained by marque specialists JME Healeys and with a detailed history file. Good paint and panel fit with only minor paint chips. Slightly pitted chrome. Clean wheels, calipers and brake discs. A very smart dashboard with original rally time clocks. Good leather and clean carpets, and the interior is very good for an older rally car. The fitted white hard top has wonderful original Rome-Liege rally stickers and the Pat Moss felt penned signature is icing on the cake. – An epic victory in the hands of an epic rally driving pair cements this Healey’s position as a car that will be recognized as setting a benchmark for all time. Its history is intertwined with the pair who drove and navigated it, Pat Moss and Ann Wisdom, and it’s really worth whatever people think it should be. It was sold by Christie’s at London in June 2004 for $262,666 (£175,750 at the time including commission with this result being £300,000) and it is worth every farthing of the pre-sale estimate.
Lot # 74 1931 Bentley 8 Liter Tourer, Body by H&H Coachworks; S/N YM5041; Engine # YM5041; British Racing Green/Green leather; Black cloth top; Estimate $682,935 – $807,105; Rebodied or re-created 3+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $608,433 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $699,698. – RHD. 7.983/220hp, 4-speed, Le Mans style bodywork with cutaway suicide doors, green painted wire wheels, front and mechanical rear drum brakes, wire mesh headlamp stone guards, driver and passenger running board mounted spare wheels. – 78 Bentley 8-Litre cars were known to survive out of the 100 made. Many have been changed to tourer bodies as has this one, originally a Thrupp & Maberly landaulette, later employed as a shipyard mule before being reconstituted from its parts. Serviced by marque specialists NDR in 2014 and has covered around 2000 miles only since restoration. Good panel fit and older paint that is certainly not over-polished, it’s just right. The chassis is painted body color and appears to be rust-free. The unmarked wheels have a bit of road dust. The vinyl/canvas rear body is unmarked and clean. The rear tonneau cover is aged. There’s grease on the leaf spring nipples, which is a good sign. The newer seat coverings and door cards are unmarked and smart. A strong, impressive and “fast lorry”. – Capable of 3-digit speeds in near silence even with commodious formal coachwork the 8 Litre Bentley was the finest British automobile of its time and a core reason why Rolls-Royce arranged the surreptitious acquisition of Bentley Motors out of bankruptcy in an opportunistic elimination of a potential competitor. How much of this former shipyard utility vehicle is original is open to question; it has a Speed Six rear axle but a correct F-type gearbox that is up to the demands of the 8-Litre’s torque. Its checkered history is not unusual and it was appreciated by the Goodwood bidders reception.
Lot # 82 1957 Aston Martin DB Mk III Drophead Coupe; S/N AM30031759; Engine # DBD1412; Red/Beige leather; Beige top; Estimate $434,595 – $496,680; Older restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $384,927. – RHD. 2,922/195hp Special Series engine, 4-speed with Laycock overdrive, chrome wire wheels, tonneau cover, OMP harnesses, added electric power steering. – One of 85 DB MkIII dropheads made and one of only 14 built with the ‘Special Series’ 195bhp engine. In present ownership since 2018 and rebuilt to original specification between 1979 and 1981. Has received general mechanical and cosmetic maintenance throughout its history but has mostly been stored for the last five years so will require some updates. Good respray. There’s slight corrosion to the wheels. The chrome is just OK and the front grille is a replacement. Being an older restoration the interior has the general look of fade. That said the condition is perfect for a thrilling drive. – This is a choice Aston Martin but hasn’t had the best or most consistent care, facts that are obvious in its presentation. Bidders were intrigued by the car, but reserved in their concept of what it will take to bring it up to a quality driving standard.
Lot # 83 1947 HRG Le Mans Lightweight Sports Roadster; S/N 92; Engine # M0095; Light Green/Black; Estimate $223,506 – $298,008; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Not sold at Hammer bid of $161,421. – RHD. 1,497/104hp Singer SM four with twin-cam head and single Weber, 4-speed, alloy body over twin-tube chassis, all-independent suspension, disc brakes, wire wheels, roll-hoop, twin aero screens, rear mounted spare wheel. – Period international competition history in the UK and Europe, and known ownership history. Rebuilt by Chris Connelly and Mass Racing Engines while in previous ownership and a recent restoration by marque specialists. Eligible for historic motorsports events and with a current HTP. Older metallic green paint is uneven and dented on the nose cowling, a racing bump no doubt. The two aero screens with attached side mirrors look strong but almost homemade. The wheels are okay but the paint is chipping. The roll hoop looks strong, new and smart. Inside there are good bucket seats with Schroth harnesses. The instrumentation looks clear and bright. The interior flooring is clad in rubber matt and this helps with sounds insulation too. A usable historic racer but with a blown head gasket that will be repaired by the consignor. – Do you really want to buy a car with a blown head gasket that’s being repaired by the seller post-sale? I don’t think so and neither did the Goodwood bidders.
Lot # 84 1963 Cooper-Chevrolet Racing Sports-Prototype Open Racer; S/N CM463; Blue, White/Black; Estimate $235,923 – $273,174; Competition restoration 3 condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $204,881 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $235,613. – RHD. 5.7-liter Chevrolet V8 with quadruple Webers, McKee transaxle 4-speed, space frame, alloy body panels, white alloy wheels, roll hoop. – Early Cooper-Chevrolet Racing Sports Prototype and comes with a well-documented period history. Originally intended to have Ford power but eventually bought by Jack Stephani’s Nickey-Chevrolet dealership team in Chicago. Raced to decent but unexceptional results in North America, mostly on the West Coast. Restored in the 2000s in the UK. A Goodwood Revival participant. Sold with a spare parts package, and it has been only one season of racing since the last rebuild. Older paint with stress cracks on corners. The wheels and mechanicals look raced and well-used. An aged cockpit with a soiled steering wheel, seat and controls but it all looks wonderful and right for a historic racer. – A USRRC veteran, precursor to the Can-Am. Driven by Skip Hudson in the Sixties, and eventually street-licensed before being restored in Nickey Chevrolet livery. Sold by RM at Monterey in 1999 for $77,000, passed at RM Monterey in 2002 where it was bid to $140,000. It since then has built a notable history in the UK and particularly at Goodwood which was acknowledged in this result. A delightful anachronism that will be a ball to drive.
Lot # 87 1999 Subaru Impreza WRC99 Coupe; S/N PR0WRC99011; Engine # 258816/355305; Blue, Yellow/Black; Estimate $533,931 – $645,684; Competition restoration 2+ condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $484,263 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $556,902. – Sabelt harnesses, fire system, dash and data logger, intercom, Hella 400 spotlights, Kevlar under-body protection and aluminum sump guard. A second set of wheels and its programming computer are included along with FIA Gold book, correspondence from Prodrive dated April 2000 and a GB Certificate of Permanent Export from 2003. – This Subaru Impreza WRC99 Rally car was a stage winner in the 2000 WRC Monte Carlo Rally. An ex-works WRC participant, driven by Richard Burns and with known history. Restored over the last few years to near original specification by VMS Competition in the South of France. Presented in 2000 Monte Carlo Rally livery and with period Prodrive experts working on the project. Very good paint for a rally car with only slight chips to the rear bumper. Clean wheels but old tires. An incredibly clean interior for a rally car which is freshly refurbished – it even has a new car aroma. 20% VAT and 10% import duty if it is sold to a UK buyer. – Subaru’s trophy case was already packed by the time Richard Burns hit the rally stages in this car. The Impreza snagged the company’s first manufacturer title in 1995 with Colin McRae taking the drivers’ title. Subaru won the team title again in 1996 and ’97. For the ’99 season, Burns took the place of McRae, who had departed for Ford. Both Burns and Subaru got second that season, during which the Englishman won at Acropolis, Australia and Britain as well as second place in Finland and China. In this car, he took first in one stage and second in three stages before ignition issues forced retirement. It was then sold to a privateer and became an active participant in the French and Belgian Championships up until 2003, then won the French Gravel Championship in 2004. At the Goodwood sale, its price is in line with what other Subaru greats have brought at auction in recent years, and in general historic Subarus tend to sell for more than other modern rally cars. In 2017, Colin McRae’s 1996 WRC test car sold for £230,625 (nearly $300K at the time), but in 2021, Petter Solberg’s 2004 Rally Japan-winning Impreza sold for £369,000 ($522K), and a barn-find Impreza driven by both McRae and Carlos Sainz, Sr. sold for $360K worth of Bitcoin in Australia in 2020. Ex-Burns Imprezas have included one of his 2001 cars that sold for £392,500 ($462K) last August and his 2000 Rally GB-winning car that sold for £610,000 ($865K) nearly two years ago. The VAT and import duty status is an issue, however.
Lot # 88 2010 Mosler MT900S Coupe; S/N SA9LM2XG35D105002; Engine # K228450; Silver/Grey; Estimate $186,255 – $248,340; Unrestored original 2- condition; With Reserve; Hammered Sold at $180,047 plus commission of 15.00%; Final Price $207,053. – 350/435hp Chevrolet LS6 V8, ZF 6-speed manual transaxle, carbon-fiber chassis, Wilwood brakes, OZ Racing wheels, air conditioning, power windows. – 9,000 miles, two owners. Good paint generally with a few marks on the very low front lip spoiler. The panel fit is very haphazard and uneven, but may have been that way when new. Dusty door jambs and window channels. The wheels are slightly aged. There are some heel marks near the foot pedals consistent with the mileage shown. Original and honest condition. – Based in Florida and founded by hedge fund manager Warren Mosler, Mosler Automotive started in the 1980s as Consulier Industries, which produced the capable and quick but butt-ugly mid-engined Consulier GTP. Built during the 2000s, the MT900 was the company’s main model but fewer than 100 race and road cars were completed. The MT900S was the street car, and the MT900 moniker stands for Mosler, Trenne (after designer Rod Trenne) and 900 kg (the car’s target weight). This one sold to the current owner for £70,940 ($107,176 at the time) at Goodwood 10 years ago, and that owner added about 2,000 miles to it before bringing it to Goodwood 2023. This is one of only a handful of Mosler road or race cars to ever sell at auction, but it looks like they did very well to buy this Corvette-powered supercar, put a few fun trips on it, and then double their money.