First place for Co­bra at Re­vival

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A 1964 Shelby Co­bra 289 raised the high­est price of the day at Bon­hams’ Good­wood Re­vival sale on 8 Septem­ber. One of only 32 Com­pe­ti­tion cars pre­pared by the fac­tory, chas­sis CSX 2340 made a mid-es­ti­mate £1,390,000 – a Euro­pean record for the mar­que, and £214k more than when it last changed hands at auc­tion in 2014.

By way of com­par­i­son, a 1990 Au­tokraft 427 S/C road­ster with a new-old-stock 1965 ‘crate’ en­gine sold for a more ac­ces­si­ble £140,300 (est £120-160k), while a 1960/’97 six-cylin­der Ac-pow­ered Ace that had been beau­ti­fully as­sem­bled from orig­i­nal fac­tory com­po­nents made £108,333 (£150-180k).

The se­cond most ex­pen­sive ve­hi­cle at the £16m event was a 1990 Jaguar XJR-11 that, along­side the Shelby, was one of only two lots to make seven fig­ures. Chas­sis 490 es­tab­lished a new record for the Coven­try mar­que’s Group C racer at £1,191,000. The top three was rounded off by a rather more gen­teel Rolls-royce Phan­tom IV that had been kept at the Royal Mews from 1959 un­til 2002. The fab­u­lous 1955 State Lan­daulette fea­tured one-off coach­work by Hooper and, against an es­ti­mate of £1-2m, looked to be some­thing of a steal at £800,000.

An ex-keith Richards 1972 Fer­rari 246GT clearly caught bid­ders’ at­ten­tion, the Dino best­ing its £300-400k es­ti­mate to sell for £442,750, but by far the most eye-catch­ing lots on of­fer – by dint of their con­sid­er­able size – were two his­toric race trans­porters. Very much in keep­ing with the spirit of the Re­vival, they in­cluded an ex-maserati works team Fi­at­bar­to­letti Tipo 624 that starred in the Steve Mcqueen film Le Mans and an ex-comps Dept 1959 BMC 5-ton trans­porter with body­work by Mar­shall’s of Cam­bridge. The Fiat fell short of its £500-600,000 es­ti­mate, sell­ing for £402,500, but the BMC ma­chine man­aged to edge past its up­per pre-sale fig­ure at £64,400 (£45-60,000).

This fac­tory-pre­pared Shelby Co­bra – one of 32 – claimed the sale’s high­est price at £1.4m

Ex-rolling Stones Dino went for £442,750

Jaguar XJR-11 set a new record at £1.2m

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