It’s almost July (really?) which means it’s Goodwood Festival of Speed time again. As usual, Bonhams pitches its tent on one of the lawns at Goodwood House for one of its biggest UK sales of the year.
Going through the catalogue, it doesn’t look like being a classic sale as we’ve seen in previous years, but there are still plenty of interesting cars crossing the block. The selection of automobilia on offer is huge and varied, too.
Here’s Only Motors’ top picks.
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Cabriolet de Ville by Barker – This chassis originally wore a saloon body, but was later given this handsome 2-door coachwork that had itself started life on another chassis. P2 chassis among the best in the world at the time. Fully restored 15 years ago. Sold for: £107,900
1937 Bentley 3.5 Petersen Torpedo Roadster – ‘Derby Bentley’-based special, meticulously built by the renowned Petersen Engineering in the 90s. Apparently unique and very attractive. Not sold
1964 Daimler 250 V8 Convertible by Vicarage – Unique, high-quality conversion of the underrated Jag Mk.2-based saloon, complete with jewel-like 2.5 V8. Completed in 2004 and first owned by Prince Faisal of Saudi Arabia, then Chris Evans. Not sold
1965 BMW 3200CS by Bertone – Extremely handsome and underrated 4-seat coupe with sonorous 3.2 V8 making 160bhp, enough for 125mph top speed. Complicated and expensive to make and only 540 were built before BMW pulled the plug. This one was restored 20 years ago; the vendor is a certain John Surtees. Not sold
1965 MG EX234 Roadster – Unique prototype intended to replace the MGB and Midget. Fitted with 1300cc engine and fluid-filled Hydrolastic suspension, and bodied by Pininfarina. By all accounts, a vast improvement in all areas, but as the MGB and Midget were still selling well, management thought it unnecessary. Later sold to an MG who put it in his museum. Sold for: £63,100
1966 McLaren M1B – Tiny little bathtub of a car, with a whacking-great Chevy V8 bolted into the middle. Hugely successful in North American CanAm series – this one contested that series in ’66 with Le Mans winner Masten Gregory at the wheel. Now a regular in historic racing. Not sold
1972 BMW 3.0 CSL – Wonderful homologation special, powered by 206bhp 3003cc straight-6. This is a rare UK-supplied RHD car. Wears an older restoration and is aging very well. Sold for: £102,300
1976 Jensen Interceptor S3 Convertible – Gorgeous, fast drop-top, originally owned by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. In excellent condition and ready for summer cruising. Sold for: £46,000
1981 Audi Quattro rally car – Originally a VAG press car – reputed to be the first Quattro in the UK – and was subsequently passed on to works-backed David Sutton Motorsport for conversion to rally spec. Mostly used as a recce car by John Buffum and Hannu Mikkola. Rebuilt engine makes c.300bhp; more importantly, it has 6 massive Hella spotlights. Not sold
1987 Jaguar XJ-S V12 HE Lynx Eventer by Paolo Gucci – XJ-S estate conversion, with colour scheme and trim designed by Paolo Gucci. Displayed at ’90 Geneva Motor Show and meant to be first in a series, but Gucci family infighting nixed it. Recently restored. Sold for: £84,380
2003 BMW Alpina V8 Roadster – Softer-edged version of the retro Z8 roadster, with 375bhp 4.8 V8 in place of standard 400bhp 5.0 motor from the M5. More lavish and more exclusive, hence twice the price of a standard Z8. Sold for: £247,900
2016 Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible – Unique car designed by British artist Peter Blake, widely regarded as the godfather of British pop art. All proceeds go to the Care2Save Charitable trust. Sold for: £250,000