Racers that are going, going, gone…
Bonhams’ Important Sports and Competition Motor Cars sale at the Goodwood Revival on September 16 saw mixed results. The 1929 Monaco Grand Prix-winning Bugatti Type 35B was withdrawn after failing to reach its reserve, although a 1935 Type 56/508 GP car reached an impressive £815,000. The 1960/61 Emeryson-Climax F1 car failed to sell as did the unraced 1985 Jaguar XJR-5 IMSA sports-prototype and the 1963 Lightweight E-type. The 1961 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine, Le Mans Index of Thermal Efficiency winner featured in last month’s Motor Sport, was sold for £54,300 (including buyer’s premium), while the Chris Lawrence Deep Sanderson 301 made £34,500.
RM’s August sale at Monterey grossed an astonishing £17 million, biggest seller being the Ford GT40 driven to victory in the Daytona 24 Hours by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby which sold for £1,390,276. At the same sale a restored Chaparral 1 sportscar made £320,833 and a Shelby Cobra 289 with an impressive period drag racing history sold for £250,556.
Highlight of Gooding’s concurrent sale at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center was a Jaguar D-type with Bonneville competition history knocked out for £1,008,333.