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LE MANS LIGHT­WEIGHT SALE

Star lot for Bon­hams’ Mon­terey week sale is one of the Briggs Cun­ning­ham-liv­er­ied Light­weight E-types that ran in the 1963 Le Mans 24 Hours. Still wear­ing its Bri­tish 5114 WK reg­is­tra­tion and the race num­ber 14 it used at Le Mans, the car has most re­cently been on dis­play at Black­hawk Au­to­mo­tive Mu­seum in Cal­i­for­nia. It was a non-fin­isher in the 24 Hours due to gear­box fail­ure, and do­nated its bon­net to help the dam­aged No. 15 car com­plete the race.

TORANA BREAKS RECORD

Moss­green Auc­tions set a new record price for a Holden Torana at its May 28 sale in Syd­ney. But the A$705,000 (£409,000) paid for the 1977 A9X was be­low ex­pec­ta­tions for a car that is part of Australian mo­tor sport leg­end. This is the car in which Bob Mor­ris won the 1979 Tour­ing Car Cham­pi­onship, the first time in Australian Tour­ing Car history that pri­va­teers had beaten the fac­tory teams. Still wear­ing its pe­riod liv­ery, it has sat in mo­tor museums since its vic­tory and has never been pub­licly of­fered for sale be­fore.

XK150 TOPS £500K

This re­stored XK150 dhc was do­nated by Jim Byrnes of Byrnes Her­itage Mo­tor Trust to the an­nual Foun­da­tion for AIDS Re­search (am­far) char­ity auc­tion. It was sold at a star-stud­ded gala din­ner in An­tibes along­side the Cannes film fes­ti­val. Vin­tage & Pres­tige Cars MD Richard Bid­dulph had per­suaded Nico Ros­berg and Ni­cole Kid­man to sign the dash­board. It sold for €600k (£521,740), an XK150 record.

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