Jaguars were the star performers at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale on 18 September, all five on offer finding new homes. Top result went to Valentine Lindsay’s D-Type, built up from parts in the 1980s using chassis XKD 570 it made £799,000 (estimate £900,000 – 1,200,000), while a left-hand drive, 620-km 1993 XJ220 set a new auction record for the model at £460,000 (estimate £400,000 – 500,000).
Plenty of interest for the time-warp 1971 Iso Grifo with 20,873 miles saw it comfortably exceed its £200,000 – 250,000 guide, changing hands for £345,000. Owned from new by the consignor, it featured the rare 7.4-litre ‘Can Am’ engine option and required recommissioning having been in storage since 1974.
An ex-Jean Simmons 1959 Bristol 402 Drophead Coupe led the results at Bonhams’ annual Beaulieu sale, selling for £159,750 (estimate £150,000 – 200,000), just ahead of a restored 1948 Delahaye 135 M Drophead Coupe that fetched £153,125 (estimate £250,000 – 300,000), with a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 – right-hand drive conversion, not UK-registered and needing recommissioning – rounding out the top three at £146,250 (estimate £120,000 – 160,000).
A barely-used 1965/2004 Shelby Cobra 427 CSX4000 series drew £146,250 at H&H’s 8 September sale at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford (estimate £130,000 – 150,000). One of only 10 carbon fibre bodied examples produced, it showed just 1,311 miles and had been imported from the US by the vendor in 2017.
Among the other highlights, a 1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III that had been a regular tour and rally competitor since the completion of a 10-year restoration in 2000 raised £135,000 (estimate £130,000 – 150,000); a recently-restored, US-delivered 1967 Jaguar E-Type 4.2 Coupe, now converted to right-hand drive, achieved £114,750 (estimate £100,000 – 120,000); and a 1966 Mercedes-Benz 300 SE Cabriolet – one of only 78 UK-market right-hand drives – which needed work having been unused since 1995 went for an estimate-busting £105,750 (estimate £30,000 – 40,000).
Brightwells’ timed online auction in September generated a 71% sell-through rate, where a 33,000-mile 1994 Porsche 911 Carrera 2 with 22 main dealer service stamps took the top honours, selling for £59,808 (estimate £50,000 – 60,000). A 1992 964 variant of the model, in left-hand drive with 143,564km, brought £48,104 (estimate £36,000 – 40,000), while a 160,000-mile 1995 Porsche 968 Sport requiring a repaint headed to a new owner for £10,000 (estimate £6,000 – 8,000).
A right-hand drive 1985 Lamborghini Jalpa smashed its £50,000 – 60,000 estimate at Classic Car Auctions’ 25 September sale, making £77,000. Fast Fords also performed well, among them a three-owner 64,627-mile 1987 Sierra RS Cosworth at £50,172 (estimate £50,000 – 60,000) and a concours award-winning 1979 Escort RS2000 Custom at a mid-estimate £43,290.
The eagerly awaited sale of a stalled restoration project Lamborghini Countach took place at Ascot Racecourse in September. With Lamborghini projects rarely seen at auction and Historics’ reporting significant international pre-sale interest, much was expected. It didn’t disappoint on the day, hammered away for £257,600 against a guide of £145,000 – 180,000. Stripped for a repaint and interior refresh in 2008, it remained in an unfinished state after the restoration company was wound up. Prior to this the car had received an engine rebuild, new clutch and suspension overhaul, and was sold with a new windscreen and what was believed to be the full set of parts for completion, together with the history file and owner records.
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