Bonhams Springs into Action
at Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale

Following on the heels of sales in the USA and on the Continent, the UK division of Bonhams' motoring group sprang into action yesterday, conducting the annual Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale, achieving a 70 per cent sell rate totalling some £5,613,530 - an increase of around £2 million on last year's sale, with a similar volume of lots.

A 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Sports Saloon to Vantage specification proved to be the 'best of British' as the top lot, realizing £636,600 from an international buyer in the room.

British and German marques dominated the top selling lots. A 1956 Mercedes-Benz 300SC Coupé from Turkey's Key Museum achieved £356,500, while a 1955 Porsche 356A Speedster sold for £241,500.

A 1986 Porsche 911 Turbo SE 'Slant Nose' Coupé sold for £161,000, well above its estimate (£100,000 - £130,000), and the NEC Classic Car Show Meguiar's Concours winner, a 1960 Porsche 356B 1600S T5 Cabriolet, realized £138,000.

Stardust was provided by an ex- Sir Elton John Ferrari 365 GT4 Berlinetta Boxer, delivered new to the singer in 1974, which realized £224,250, while a star of the racetrack, a 1966 McLaren M1B Group 7 'Can Am' Sports Racer, sold for £172,500 to a telephone bidder.

Similarly attracting high bids was the private number plate 'U8' which achieved £166,750. Also reflecting the varied lots featured in yesterday's sale were a child's Auto Union Type C 'Silver Arrow' pedal car by Audi Quattro which sold for £6,325 and a Lamborghini Cingolato 3402 CTL tractor which achieved an estimate-beating £27,600.

James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman at Bonhams, said: "We are very pleased with our first UK sale of 2019. It exceeded last year's total by some distance and we attracted global interest, selling lots to the USA, Australia, the home market and any number of countries on the Continent.

With lots ranging from pioneering Edwardian vehicles to rock stars' sports cars, Bonhams' offering yesterday was typically unique and diverse."

Other highlights included:

- 1966 Citroen DS21 Décapotable - £117,300

- 1908 Columbia Electric Victoria Phaeton - £58,650

- 1927 Delage 14HP DIS Tourer - £49,450

- 1954 Austin Healey 100 BN1 Roadster - £42,500

- Ex-Dean Martin 1973 Excalibur Series II Roadster - £75,900

Fittingly, following the successful sale of the DB5 at Goodwood, the marque will be the focus of Bonhams' Aston Martin Sale on 19 May at Wormsley Estate, High Wycombe.

Bonhams will return to the Goodwood estate on two further occasions this year: 5 July for The Festival of Speed sale and 14 September for The Revival Sale.


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