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The United King­dom’s an­nual Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed cen­tres around the spec­tac­u­lar 400 year old great home of the Earl and Count­ess of March in Chich­ester, West Sus­sex.

The four-day event fea­tures races up rugged hills and on paved tracks and con­cours com­pe­ti­tions that pit mint-con­di­tion clas­sic cars against one an­other to win cash prizes.

And many fans will at­tend a mar­quee auc­tion by Bon­hams, which is a high­light on the world car col­lect­ing cir­cuit.

If you are a player in the bluechip au­to­mo­tive mar­ket - or as­pire to be - the Good­wood auc­tions are a manda­tory stop. Bon­hams will of­fer 289 cars this year.

The most ex­pen­sive lots will be a 1957 Porsche 356A Car­rera Speed­ster (€900,000 to € 1,000,000 or US$1.16mn to US$1.29mn); a 1962 MercedesBenz 300 SL Road­ster; and a 1931 Bent­ley eight litre Sedanca De Ville.

All told, the auc­tion will have 11 Fer­raris on of­fer, which have long been the pre­mier brand at high-end auc­tions, plus 19 lots of ve­hi­cles made in 1985 or later.

Those so-called mod­ern clas­sics are harbingers of the next wave of car-col­lec­tor tastes.

Last year the auc­tion house took in US$9.86mn in to­tal sales over the week­end.

If all goes well, the to­tal this year will be even higher.

In the mean­time, here are some of the most spe­cial cars go­ing on sale.

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