Among the very many goings-on at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend is Bonhams’ traditional auction of rare and important cars.
Here we’ve gathered together our favourites from the sale. We’ll run through them in chronological order.
1907 Metallurgique-Maybach Built by a now-obscure Belgian maker of luxury cars, this started life as a 60/80hp model with a whopping 10-litre, 100hp engine. It’s thought to have been used for speed record breaking or racing early in its life before being acquired by a pair of Brits who thought it wasn’t quite powerful enough. So they fitted it with a 1910-vintage 6-cylinder, 24-valve, 195hp, 21-litre Maybach motor usual found powering Zeppelin airships. In the 1950s, a new owner dragged it out in semi-derelict condition and it was restored for racing with the Vintage Sports Car Club. Allegedly it’s capable of 120mph. It’s a preposterous device, but we reckon there are few ways to have more fun with a steering wheel. Not sold
1972 Maserati Ghibli SS 4.9 This was one of the most powerful cars you buy in ’72, with a 330hp V8 engine. It was fast too, despite it’s huge size, with a top speed of 174mph. That made it as fast as the Ferrari Daytona and many would tell you that the Ghibli is at least as good a car as its iconic rival. We reckon it’s no less beautiful, as well. This peachy, recently restored example is one of just 12 built at the factory in right-hand-drive and it was originally sold in the UK. Sold for £255,875 about a third of the value of a Daytona.
1992 Williams FW14B This was the most technologically advanced F1 car of the early 1990s. Designed by Adrian Newey, powered by a monstrous Renault V10 and featuring active suspension, it carried Nigel Mansell to world championship glory. And this very car – chassis 08 – was the bedrock of that campaign. At the wheel of 08, Mansell took pole position and won at the first five races of the season, giving him an unassailable points lead. Riccardo Patrese drove it during the second half of the season, as well. Cars of any sort don’t get much more important than this. Hopefully the new owner will actually use it. Sold for £2,703,000
1995 Aston Martin Vantage V600 This is the very definition of big British bruiser. The Vantage was launched in ’93 as a pumped-up version of the Virage. A supercharger was bolted to the 5.3-litre V8 engine producing 550hp, enough to propel this two-ton lump to 60mph in 4.6secs – unbelievably quick in the mid-90s. In ’98, Aston launched the V600 version with a 600hp engine and beefed up running gear. This one owner car was upgraded to V600 spec in 2007 at a cost of £82,895. It’s in minty-fresh condition and a fantastic colour combination. Not sold
1995 Lancia Delta HF Intergrale Evo 2 ‘Dealers Collection’ The Integrale needs little introduction – World Rally Championship domination, devestatingly fast road car and so on. The Evo 2 was the ultimate version with a 210hp engine and wide track. As production wound down, Lancia released a string of special editions including the Dealers Collection that was only sold to Lancia dealers themselves and wasn’t available to the public. 180 were built, all of them finished in a gorgeous combination of Pearl Red and tan leather. They’re massively sought after now. Sold for £82,800
2001 Lister Storm GTM The Jaguar V12-engined Storm was another big British bruiser. The road car was an after-thought though, as the main plan was to go GT1 racing. Results were sporadic with the first GTL version in the World Championship, though it was more successful in the British series. The GTM came along in ’99 and proved to be more competitive. This one – chassis 005 – was run in the FIA GT1 series from ’01 to ’03 and turned in solid results, securing a win in Sweden in its last year. It subsequently ran in the French championship and won at Pau. It later crashed heavily and was rebuilt using a different chassis. These mid-grade GT1 cars have been through the duldrums in value terms but now there’s the excellent Endurance Legends series to race them in, demand and prices have spiked. Sold for £465,750
2004 Totota TF104B Toyota’s F1 campaign was proof that near-unlimited rescources don’t necessarily buy success. Despite spending billions, Toyota never scored a win in its campaign between 2002 and 2009, only managing a small handful of podiums. Even in that context, 2004 wasn’t a stellar year, with just four points-paying finishes. The B-spec car contested nine races – 11 were built and this one was used for testing. It was sold on without engine, gearbox or electrics to be used for display. It’s still in that state now. It might be possible to confect a powertrain to get it moving again but spare parts for the running gear and bodywork probably don’t exist, so racing it would be near-enough impossible. We’d turn it into a racing simulator. Sold for £69,000
2009 Mercedes SL65 AMG Black Series As if the 6.0-litre, twin-turbo V12 powered SL65 wasn’t enough of a monster, AMG’s skunk works fed it an intense course of steroids to create the Black Series. The engine was boosted to 670hp, it was fitted with weapons-grade suspension and brakes, the wheelarches were stretched cartoonishly over massive tyres and it was put on crash diet with lots of carbonfibre – including the fixed roof. The result? 0-60mph in 3.8secs, a limited top speed of 199mph and a truly wild driving experience. This is one of 12 sold new in the UK – out of 350 – it shows low miles and looks immaculate. Sold for £184,000
2011 Land Rover Defender ‘SPECTRE’ This Defender has the distinction of being the only Landy used in consecutive Bond films. It was first used in Skyfall, where Moneypenny drove a grey Defender in the opening sequence – whether or not this car is actually seen on screen is anyone’s guess. It was then squirreled away in a corner of Land Rover SVO’s workshop, finally being dragged out when in came time to build a fleet of baddie-spec Defenders for the next Bond flick, SPECTRE. A full set of Bowler racing upgrades were added, along with the massive 37in tyres. It’s fully load-legal and in excellent condition for a film set car. Sold for £316,250
2013 McLaren P1 XP You’re probably familiar with the P1, but we’ll quickly run through the spec – 3.8 twin-turbo hybrid-assisted V8, 903bhp and 723lb/ft, 0-60mph in 2.8secs and 217mph flat-out. This is one – chassis XP05 – is one of 14 prototypes used for development testing, in this case the gearbox and fuel injection. It was subsequently dressed up as a P1 GTR had displayed at the New York and Geneva motor shows before being returned back to its original spec. It’s been through the hands of a couple of collectors since and has barely been used. Sold
The Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction takes place on 5 July.
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By Graham King