1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C 'Alloy' - Extremely rare RHD version of the ultimate 275 GTB, with long-nose alloy body and six-cam engine. Always lived in the UK and, unusually, doesn't seem to have been raced. Latterly owned by Chis Evans, who had it repainted in the same colours as legendary Gregory/Ireland 250 GTO. Est: £2.6m - £2.9m
Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival sale recently hit the headlines when it emerged new Top Gear host Chris Evans is selling off 13 cars from his collection, collectively worth well over £5 million.
Evans also has 140 items of automobilia in the sale, including a couple of dozen Ferrari ride-on toys, the proceeds from which go to Children in Need.
Elsewhere in Saturday’s sale is a 1956 Fiat race car transporter that served many front-line teams into the Sixties, offered alongside three of the Scarab cars in carried in the late Fifties. It seems churlish to break up the collection, though keeping them together will need deep pockets: their combined estimate totals £3.125 million.
We’ve perused the catalogue extensively and pulled out our top picks. Click through the gallery below.
1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GT Saloon by Touring – I didn’t think cars like this could be pretty, but now I stand corrected. Something of a sports saloon back in the day, sharing its chassis with one the era’s best racing cars. It’s had a full mechanical restoration and is, by all accounts, very usable. Est: £120,000 – £150,000
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang replica – Perfect replica of the iconic film car, built from scratch over a 10-year period with help from many of the people and companies involved with the original. Latterly owned by Chris Evans and fully road legal. Est: £250,000 – £350,000
1949 Healey Elliott – Believe it or not, this ungainly thing was once the fastest four-seater in the world, with a top speed of 110mph. Proved a highly effective competition car, too. It was the 1st car to carry the Healey name, using a bespoke chassis and a 2.4 Riley engine. Fully restored and a great touring car. Est: £30,000 – £35,000
1953 Alfa Romeo 1900C Sprint Coupe by Pininfarina – One of the great small sports coupes of the 50s and only 100 built with this Pininfarina body. 100bhp, little weight and pin-sharp handling. This one is in the right colour and in stunning, usable condition. Est: £240,000 – £320,000
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C ‘Alloy’ – Extremely rare RHD version of the ultimate 275 GTB, with long-nose alloy body and six-cam engine. Always lived in the UK and, unusually, doesn’t seem to have been raced. Latterly owned by Chis Evans, who had it repainted in the same colours as legendary Gregory/Ireland 250 GTO. Est: £2.6m – £2.9m
1970 Porsche 908/03 – Pictures don’t do justice to how tiny the 908 is. It was developed for tight, twisty circuits that the all-conquering 917 was just too big for. Originally run by the legendary JWA team, this one finished 5th on the Targa Florio and qualified 2nd at the Nurgburgring in ’70. It was subsequently rebuilt with a turbo engine and raced into the early 80s by privateer teams. It’s now the only 908 Turbo in existence and ready to race. Est: £2.2m – £2.5m
1983 Fiat 126 Abarth replica – Built by ex-touring car racer Mike Jordan as a replica of a car his wife once owned. Abarth-spec engine built by experts Middle Barton Garage with uprated running gear to cope. Latterly owned by Chris Evans. A tiny little bundle of fun. Est: £10,000 – £15,000
1992 Airstream 350LE – Possibly the most iconic motorhome, ever. Based a Chevrolet chassis with power from a 7.4 V8. Fully restored in 2010. Decor a bit 80s for my tastes, but surely the ultimate classic race car tow vehicle. Est: £70,000 – £90,000
2005 Mercedes CLK DTM AMG – 100-strong limited edition inspired by the DTM race car. No mere dress up, though. 582bhp, 0-62mph in 3.9secs, 199mph top speed and suitably muscular handling. And it cost £180k. This car has only one owner and shows very low mileage. Est: £130,000 – £160,000