May 2021 auction results: Pace Bowler’s big delivery

Simon de Burton finds a Landy original, a bargain Ferrari and Maradona’s rare 911

2013 Land Rover Defender 90 Bowler Challenge

2013 Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop TD ‘Bowler Challenge’

Sold by Gooding & Company, £30,620

This was the first Defender built for the Bowler Challenge one-make off-road series organised by Land Rover and Bowler. Chassis R01 was used as a development and publicity vehicle before being driven in events such as the 2016 Scottish Borders Hill Rally and the 2018 Hill Rally Championship.

A Stage Two engine tune gave it 195bhp and it benefited from brake and suspension upgrades. It had covered fewer than 15,000 miles from new and was among seven Bowler Land Rovers sold by the firm’s former director, Richard Hayward.


1955 Studebaker Commander1955 Studebaker Commander

Sold by Bonhams for £17,730

Recently rebuilt as a replica of the car driven to victory in the 2007 Carrera Panamericana. It runs a NASCAR-spec 5.7-litre Chevrolet V8 engine and has a proliferation of competition parts.


1978 Fiat 900T1978 Fiat 900T

Sold by RM Sotheby’s for £23,500

After being appointed the Ferrari importer for Benelux countries in 1952, racing driver Jacques Swaters’ Garage Francorchamps became famous. This van served as a parts delivery vehicle.


1966 Brabham BT18B1966 Brabham BT18B

Sold by Collecting Cars for £62,000

One of eight BT18Bs built, this was originally used as a test car. It was sold to Peter Parnell who campaigned it in South Africa and Zimbabwe, winning F2 championships in 1968 and ’69.


1987 Ferrari 512 BBi1987 Ferrari 512 BBi

Sold by Bonhams for £157,600

A few years ago this 512 BBi with 44,000 miles on the clock might have fetched in excess of £250,000. But even accounting for a softened market, this is a bargain. Well bought, sir/madam!


1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i1993 Isdera Commendatore 112i

Sold by RM Sotheby’s for £961,000

This was the sole Commendatore made. It featured a 6-litre, V12 Mercedes engine that resulted in a top speed of 220mph. The single windscreen wiper was made for a Japanese bullet train. Mad.


1992 Porsche 9111992 Porsche 911

Sold by Bonhams for £413,000

It was probably not God who raised a hand to secure this 964 Carrera 2 originally owned by Diego Maradona. One of just 1,200 convertibles built to similar specification.


1972 MGB Sebring V81972 MGB Sebring V8

Sold by The Market for £20,300

With a tuned Rover V8 and distinctive Sebring bodywork, this is a great all-rounder that could provide a lot of fun as a trackday, hillclimb or rally car. Also good for popping to the shops.

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