First place for Cobra at Revival
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