Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting sale brings £5.6 million
The latest Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting sale featured vehicles spanning more than a century of automotive history.
In front of a packed house of collectors and enthusiasts, the sale achieved a result of £5,616,480 (US$6.95m) and a sell-through rate of 80%.
The sale's top lot was a 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT Competition Coupé, one of three known replicas of the legendary Le Mans car raced by Graham Hill.
Built in 2010 with no expense spared, and with input by marque experts, the car was offered with a superb recent race record in historic events, and sold for £551,667 ($683,000).
Seven of the auction's top 10 sales were achieved by classic British cars.
Further highlights included a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer which sold for £281,500 ($348,500) and the ex-David Hobbs 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder which fetched £270,300 ($334,650).
Away from icons of British motoring, there were also strong results for a 1903 Clément 12/16hp 4-cylinder Rear-entrance Tonneau Car which sold for £281,500 ($348,250); a 1966 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 series 2 Berlinetta which sold for £203,100 ($251,500), and a 2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Coupé which realized £191,900 ($237,600).
Rally car enthusiasts were quick to snap up superb examples including an ex-Alan Mann 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon which sold for £203,100 ($251,500), and a 1997 Subaru Impreza 22B-STi Limited Edition which sold for a world-record £113,500 ($140,500).
"We are delighted to see that our Members' Meeting sale is going from strength to strength," said James Knight, Group Motoring Chairman at Bonhams.
"As our first Goodwood sale of the season, it was exciting to see so many of the lots selling and such an enthusiastic crowd in the marquee.
"Our sales here are always lively, with spectators coming from all over the world to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere of Goodwood and this year was no different.
"With lots ranging from Edwardian hill-climbers to 21st century sports cars, Bonhams offering was typically diverse... [and] as ever, cars with significant historical and racing provenance were the most popular lots of the day."
Bonhams will next return to the Goodwood estate on June 30 for The Festival of Speed sale.