Published date: 19 Aug 2012
Many collectors' vehicle auction records were smashed at the Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. Not only did the ex-Sir Henry 'Tim' Birkin 1929 4½-liter 'Blower' Bentley, which raised the Brooklands Outer Circuit record to 137mph, sell for £5,041,500 to become the
most expensive Bentley and, indeed, British motor car ever sold at public auction, but "The Corgi" Rolls-Royce, a 1912 40/50hp 'Silver Ghost' Double Pullman Limousine, also sold for an Rolls-Royce record-breaking £4,705,500.
With so many fine motor cars consigned from major collections, the sale itself was a record-breaker too. It was not only the largest by appraise for a Bonhams car auction, but the £22m sale total was the highest ever achieved for a motor car auction in the UK
Only two weeks before, a 1950 Healey Silverstone for restoration made £64,200, one of four Warwick Healey projects all of which were taken on by clients at a newly combined classic car and bike fixture during VMCC Banbury Run weekend at Bonhams Oxford, where 80% of entries sold for £1.15m.
The previous month saw the largest turnout yet for the 13th consecutive Bonhams sale at the recently refurbished Aston Martin Works Service. The £1.2m paid for a 1991 DB4GT Zagato Sanction II Coupé was a new record price for an Aston at what has become the major
annual selling and buying opportunity for the marque. This year, 89% of the catalog contents sold for £6.67m, a record for the sale.
Collectors' motor cars, motorcycles and related memorabilia and spares in association with the VMCC Banbury Run
16 June 2012
Aston Martin and Lagonda motor cars
Aston Martin Works, Newport Pagnell
19 May 2012
The Hendon Sale
RAF Museum, Hendon
30 April, 2012
Record breaking 20th annual sale
Goodwood Festival of Speed
29 June 2012
The Bonhams Motoring Team attend events throughout Europe during the summer months
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A news round-up from the Motorcycle and forthcoming highlights for Stafford this Autumn
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