THE NATIONAL MOTOR MUSUEM, BEAULIEU, HAMPSHIRE
SATURDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 2012
The Bonhams auction at the International Autojumble at The National
Motor Museum in Beaulieu, Hampshire, was a resounding success, with
93 per cent of lots selling for a combined total of £2.6 million.
Among the highlights was the sale of the entire contents of
the Exmoor Classic Car Museum. The 10 cars, 13 motorcycles
and assorted automobilia from the specialist museum in Porlock,
Somerset, sold for a total of £667,128, with the top lots a 1927
Bugatti Type 40 Roadster (£149,340), a 1972 Ferrari 'Dino' 246GTS
Spider (£144,860), and a 1923 Rolls Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé
A striking red-and-black 1938 Delage D6-70 Tourer first owned
by 1940s screen icon Margaret Lockwood (1916 – 1990) sold for
£51,750, while the surprise of the day was a 1962 Ferrari 250GTE
2+2 Series 2 Coupé project, which sold for £82,140 – more than
four times its top estimate.
GOODWOOD REVIVAL, CHICHESTER, SUSSEX
SATURDAY 15 SEPTEMBER 2012
A £13.6 million sale in front of a huge and enthusiastic crowd at the 2012 Goodwood Revival brought Bonhams's Goodwood total for the year
to a record-breaking £35.6 million. Leading the way was the extraordinarily original 1928 supercharged 'S' Type Mercedes-
Benz, which realized £2.8 million. Almost without precedent for motor cars of its age and type, the dark battleship gray car was owned
by the same family from new and had never been restored, retaining its original blue leather upholstery in its entirety.
Elsewhere in the Sale an important collection of Maseratis owned by the Hartley family sold for a collective £2.88 million – which included £1.68 million for a unique 1929 Maserati Tipo 26M fourseater
race car with Brooklands Double Twelve, Irish Grand Prix and RAC Tourist Trophy racing pedigree. The Lagonda V12 Team Car borne out of the desire of a pair of enthusiast Lords to go racing at the
1939 Le Mans 24-Hour endurance race sold for a new world auction record for the marque, realizing £1,289,500. Top Alfa Romeo in the Sale was a 1929 1750 SS Competition Tourer that was ex-Leonard
Headlam, Tourist Trophy and Irish Grand Prix. It sold for just short of £1.1 million.
A particular highlight was the sale of 'ARX 91B', a 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MkIII works car that won the 1964 Austrian Alpine Rally, which beat its pre-sale estimate to sell for £242,300 – a world
auction record for a rally Healey 3000. Meanwhile Bonhams continued its success selling Ferraris, getting the 1965 275 GTS Spyder away for £400,000, and a 330 GTC for £230,000.