Ex-Joy Rainey Alfa 6C 2300 Special joins a host of rarities at annual Festival of Speed auction
As with all previous Bonhams Festival of Speed sales, there was much to like this year. A 1957 Porsche 356A Carrera Speedster made the top price of £919,900, but punters were just as likely to be talking about the 35-mile 1979 MG Midget 1500, which took a stonking £28,750.
There were plenty of non-mainstream delights: the ex-Joy Rainey Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 special made £225,500, the fabulously-restored 1955 Austin-Healey 100 £113,500 and the Bentley 8-litre Sedanca de Ville, towering over the other cars in the way an aircraft carrier towers over harbour tugs, £779,900. Jaguar E-types came to the fore, with a restored 1962 roadster making £259,100, a stalled project (and latterly reassembled) 1962 FHC made £99,500 and a 1965 one-owner Roadster £104,540.
Bonhams returns to Goodwood on 9 September with its Revival sale (which includes the Jack Sears collection), and its Beaulieu Autojumble sale takes place the week before, on 2 September.