Bonhams had a spectacular sale at today’s Festival of Speed, with sales totalling £17m. The headline sale was an ex-works Aston Martin Ulster that sold for £2,913,500. ‘It’s one of the highest figures ever achieved for a pre-war British sports car,’ said James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, ‘truly emphasizing the tremendous stature of the Aston Martin marque.’ It smashed the previous record (held by Bonhams) for a pre-war Aston Martin. After a spectacular three-way bidding battle between customers in the room and on the telephones, it finally went to a European buyer.
Another flagship sale was of a 1961 Porsche RS-61 offered by none other than Sir Stirling Moss. Sir Stirling described the Porsche RS60/61 series as: ‘Just super cars – beautifully balanced and simply tailor-made for such races as the mighty Targa Florio around 440 miles of Sicilian mountain roads. That was one morning when I woke up and really could say to myself, “For today’s race you have got the ideal car”.’ The last car raced by Moss sold for £1,905,500.
‘Father of pop art’ Richard Hamilton’s 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4-litre, which he owned from new for over 30 years, was also in the sale. He bought the car having decided its design was ‘perfect’, and this weekend it achieved £393,500. Another 911 touched by fame was TV presenter James May’s 1984 3.2-litre Carrera which sold for £51,750. Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S sold for £20,700, whilst his striking 1971 Citroën Maserati SM sold for almost double estimate at £61,980.
Annother big-hitter was the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster which, until the Ferrari FXX was released, had been the most expensive production car to date. This one, the very first built, had just 8km on the odometer and sold for £1,513,500.
An incredible array of machinery, and another classic FoS sales by Bonhams.