The 2008 Bonhams Goodwood Revival Auction was held Saturday, September 19th at the annual Goodwood Revival in West Sussex, UK.
Bonhams annual auction, held in association with the Goodwood Revival, featured 72 cars, including two cars from the collection of five-time ‘Tour de France’ winner Bernard Consten. The 1964 Porsche 904 GTS – chassis 021 – garnered the auction’s top price at £485,500. Delivered new to Robert Buchet, a well-known privateer racer and French Porsche distributor in the 1960s, the car had competed in period at the 1965 Le Mans, 1965 Coupe des Alps and numerous other French rallies. Bought by Consten in 1994, it had continuous history from new and had been fully restored. Also in superb condition with period competition history, the 1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 from the Consten Collection sold for £254,500.
The first registration number plate to be issued in Edinburgh – ‘S1’ – was sold for a staggering £397,500 – a new world record price at auction. The registration number ‘S1’, which had been expected to fetch £200,000-250,000, originally belonged to Sir John H A MacDonald, Lord Kingsburgh (1836-1919) and Lord Justice Clerk of Scotland (1888-1919) – a leading pioneer of motoring, who foresaw the rapid development of the motor car and the need for a proper road system.
Bonhams offered 72 automobiles for sale, with 47 finding a new owner, reflecting a 65% sales rate. The total sales volume was £3,600,000, inclusive of buyer’s premiums.
Notable auction highlights include:
1964 Porsche 904 GTS – Sold for £485,500 versus an estimate of £400,000 – 600,000. Offered with comprehensive files which include 1965 Le Mans inscription documents and full restoration work, this Bernard Consten-owned 904 GTS is a great addition to any collection.
1965 Alfa Romeo TZ1 Berlinetta – Sold for £254,500 versus an estimate of £240,000 – 280,000. Documented since new, restored in the ’90s and having just run trouble free in the 2008 Coupe des Alpes, this Bernard Consten-owned Alfa TZ1 should prove to be a good purchase for the buyer.
1970 Aston Martin DB6 Mk2 Volante Convertible – Sold for £287,500 versus an estimate of £250,000 – 300,000. One of the most desirable of all David Brown Astons, this very rare and unmolested Aston sold to only its third owner from new.
1976-77 Broadspeed Jaguar XJ12 Competition Saloon – Sold for £80,700 versus an estimate of £80,000 – 100,000. This Jaguar’s unique looks and race history, plus its recent Goodwood Festival of Speed acceptance make for an interesting purchase.
1962 Austin-Healey 3000 MkII Rally Car – Not Sold versus an estimate of £150,000 – 200,000. This ex-works BMC rally team ‘Big Healey’ is understood to be the sole surviving 1962 Team car.
1990-91 Benetton B190 Formula 1 Racing Single-Seater Chassis B190-S/C 6, Ex-Nelson Piquet /Alessandro Nannini/Roberto Moreno, Not Sold versus £20,000 – 25,000 estimate.
1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA Coupe – Sold for £45,500 versus a way too conservative estimate of £26,000 – 28,000. This original GTA came with FIA paper and period competition history. This Alfa will be widely accepted at many prestigious vintage races.