As the great and good gathered to celebrate the ‘Golden Era’ of motor sport at what has become one of the world’s most popular race meetings, the Bonhams tent was filled with spirited bidders keen to go home with some of the exceptional lots on offer, with over 85% of cars sold by lot (81% by value).
It was fitting that the biggest sale of the day was a rare 1966 Aston Martin DBSC Coupé, reputedly test driven by one of the biggest icons of the ‘Golden Era’, Twiggy. This incredible find (the car – one of only two ever made – was kept in storage for many years) achieved £320,500 against a pre-sale estimate of £250,000-300,000.
It was a good day all around for Aston Martins, with the other eleven models in the sale achieving 100% sale rate. Another highlight was the successful sale of four cars from an Australian collection: the 1935 Frazer Nash TT Replica, a 1923 Alfa Romeo RLS Tourer, a 1937 SS Jaguar 2½-Litre Sports Saloon SS Jaguar and the 1923 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8 Tourer which together sold for £311,000 (compared to a pre-sale estimate of £180,000-220,000).
Other notable sales include the 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 for £210,500 and the 1925 Bentley 3/4½-Litre Tourer reached £157,700 (estimate £140,000-170,000).
It was also a strong sale for automobilia with the Aston Martin DBR2 child’s car achieving £14,950 (estimate £8,000-12,000) and the 1957 British Grand Prix winning Herbert Johnson helmet worn by Stirling Moss selling for £23,000 (estimate £20,000-25,000).
James Knight, Group Head of Bonhams Motoring Department said, “This was another rewarding sale for the Bonhams motoring department. There is certainly good strength and depth of bidding for most cars and comes on the back of our Beaulieu sale we held the week before. So, over a period of six days, we have offered approaching 200 motor cars and have sold nearly all of them for a sale total of £6m. We look forward to our Reims and Boston sales next week.”
For complete sale results, visit www.bonhams.com/cars.