Bonham’s Goodwood Auction to fulfil all of our fast car fantasies

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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Here’s our pick of classic metal from Bonham’s Goodwood auction

At the end of last month, we previewed two extremely important Aston Martins headlining the fabled Goodwood Festival of Speed sale, by Bonhams.

One of which was James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, as seen in the classic GoldenEye flick. It was purchased by its current owner in 2001, and held the record for the most valuable piece of Bond memorabilia ever sold. The estimate for this car is between  £1.2 million and £1.6 million pounds.

The other was an ex-Le Mans 1961 Aston Martin DB4GT. Even more special however, is that this one was a Zagato-built, one-of-two "VEV" works car, built on one-of-three ultra-lightweight DP209 chassis. Bonhams are calling it "the most valuable British car ever offered in Europe".

But the Goodwood sale isn’t just for Aston fans, as there’s plenty of other drool-worthy metal up for grabs.

Read on to see what’s caught our eye at Bonhams auction set for this July 13.

Lot 307 – 1973 Ferrari Dino 246 GTS

Estimate: AUD$450,000 – AUD$540,000

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Dinos have enjoyed a rocky ride over the past few decades, sporadically finding themselves as hot-ticket items, and at other times, not so much.

Price have since stabilised since their last peak around 2015, but remain very sought after classics for their rev-happy V6 and gorgeous looks.

This one has been in the hands of its current owner since 2005, and is an original, matching-numbers, example of the final "e" series.

The car has had a recent engine and gearbox rebuild, and has been maintained with no expense spared.

Lot 330 – 1957 BMW 507 Roadster with Hardtop

Estimate: AUD$3,600,000 – AUD$4,500,000

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Owned from new by the late multiple motorcycle World Champion, John Surtees. The car was ordered for Surtees by Count Domenico Agusta (of MV Agusta).

The car is a unique specification in a beautiful light blue with red interior and boasts disc brakes on all corners.

The 507 is lauded by many as one of the most beautiful cars in the world, and is just one of 252 ever made.

Lot 347 – 2014 McLaren P1

Estimate: AUD$2,300,000 – AUD$3,000,000

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The McLaren P1 was a one of the first of a new breed of high-performance machinery.

The "Hypercar" term was coined in part due to the sheer unprecedented performance that the new zenith of performance cars were capable of.

The McLaren P1 was at the forefront of this new wave, part of the original; "Holy Trinity", made up of the Porsche 918 and Ferrari LaFerrari.

The P1 was a limited-production (only 375 made) hybridised flagship of the British marque, and was capable of a 0-100kph time of just 2.8 seconds. It’s top speed was limited at 350kph, and would cover a standing mile in just 18.2 seconds.

This car is a one-owner car, with just 38 miles on the odometer.

Lot 384 – 1995 Porsche 993 Carrera Cup Competition

Estimate: AUD$320,000 – AUD$390,000

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The Porsche 993 represents the last of the air-cooled Porsches, and remains and extremely collectible item.

This 993 is deemed the rarest variant of all: a rare Carrera RS Cup car, with a 3.8lt engine.

A factory-built race car, built in limited numbers and intended for amateur motorsports.

These cars scarcely come up for sale, but reflect a prestigious forefather to the Porsche one-make racing series, and actually offer value against the 993 RSR and GT2.

Bonus: Lot 150 – Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Child’s Car

Estimate: AUD$8,900 – AUD$12,000

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This is not one of the most iconic historical Grand Prix Cars ever.

This is not an Alfa Romeo 8C Monza.

This is a hand-built scaled-down version of the Alfa Romeo 8C Monza, that in its first year of 1931, won Le Mans as well as the Targa Florio, and finished 1st and 2nd in the Grand Price of Europe at Monza under the Scuderia Ferrari team.

Built early this year by a skilled panel beater, the car measure three metres long, and one metre wide. It’s fitted with a small petrol engine and an automatic gearbox; and reportedly is exquisitely detailed, down to the dashboard and Scuderia livery.

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