FAME AND FORTUNES
It’s not just the classics with celebrity owners that make big money at Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting sale
This was Bonhams’ first UK sale of the year – and the first of three 2017 events at Goodwood – and most cars found new homes.
Three well documented lots with connections to famous names – James May’s Rolls-Royce Corniche fixed-head, an Alvis TD21 drophead bought new by Sir Douglas Bader and a Cadillac Trump Golden Series limousine, created when the now US President came up with the idea of stamping his name on a range of upspecced models – all sold.
The Aston Martin DP214 replica went before the sale and other lead lots, including the ex-Alan Mann Racing Ford Escort Twin Cam and Sir Malcolm Campbell Talbot 15hp also sold, showing that the interest in historied competition cars, whether in period or latterly, adds both interest and value. That theme was repeated with the 1957 Jaguar 3.4 saloon that had seen action in the 1958 and 1960 Monte Carlo rallies and recent historic saloon car racing.
A sensitively-restored 1966 MGB GT made £18,925, as did a tidy 1968 Austin Mini Cooper S that drew £22,425. Bargain of the sale was perhaps the 2000 Range Rover that made £11,270. In stunning order it came with bills totalling £70,000 and its T4 RTS registration number.
Bonhams’ next auction is the Aston Martin Works sale on 13 May, and it returns to Goodwood with the Festival of Speed sale on 30 June.