The Bonhams Goodwood Revival Auction 2015 was held Saturday 12th September at the Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester, England, resulting in total sales of £12.7 million. More than 350 lots of motor cars, aeroplanes and automobilia went under the hammer in front of a packed crowd of bidders.
James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said, “For the first time at Revival, this year we created a ‘drive through’ auction, so bidders were able to see and hear the lots as they came under the hammer. We always enjoy coming to the Goodwood Revival, it’s an event with great atmosphere, great energy, and we’re very proud to continue our long-term partnership with the World’s greatest historic race meeting.”
The top result at the 2015 Bonhams Goodwood Revival went the 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible that brought £1,087,900. One of 123 DB5 convertibles built, chassis DB5/C/2119/R was delivered new to the UK. Finished in California Sage over sand Connolly hide, the DB5 was rebuilt by marque specialists in 2005.
The first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars went under the hammer. Named after the legendary Egyptian ‘good luck’ beetle, the ‘Scarabs’ saw spirited bidding in the room, on the telephone and online. The 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1 Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater sold for £673,500, the 1960-Type Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1 Intercontinental Formula Racing Single-Seater sold for £328,540 and the 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 642 Diesel-Engined Racing Car Transporter sold for £656,700. The 1958-Type Scarab-Chevrolet Mark I Sports-Racing Two-Seater that did not find a buyer under the hammer was later sold to a European bidder for £650,000.
The blue Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ that took Keith Richards and friends on a drug-fuelled adventure from England to Morocco sold above estimate, achieving £763,100.
“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards said, in his 2010 autobiography, Life. “Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.”
Eight children’s race-cars, including half-scale Ferraris and pedal cars, all offered by Chris Evans sold well. One of the highlights was a rare ‘Bimbo V12 Racer’ two-seat child’s motorised car by S.I.L.A. of Turin, sold for double estimate at £13,750. Chris Evans’ automobilia sale raised £65,280, all of which will be donated to BBC charity Children in Need. The highlight of Chris Evans’ cars was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Alloy’ Berlinetta recreation, which sold for £606,300.
Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2015 – Top Five Auction Results
1. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 Convertible – £1,087,900
2. 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur – £763,100
3. 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4-Seater Tourer – £740,700
4. 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1 Single-Seater – £673,500
5. 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 642 Transporter – £656,700
For complete auction results, visit Bonhams Goodwood Revival.
The next sale in Bonhams motoring department calendar is the Frederiksen Collection Sale, taking place at Lyngsbækgaard Manor, in Mols Bjerge National Park, Denmark, on Saturday 26 September 2015.