Goodwood Revival Bonhams sale sees host of classics sold


A host of classic models went under the hammer during the Bonhams sale at last weekend's Goodwood Revival.

Everything from 1980s Group B rally cars to a totally original 1936 Pontiac motorhome changed hands for a combined total running into millions of pounds.

Among the models sold at the Revival was a 1956 Porsche 1.5-litre TYP 550/1500 Rennsport Spyder. Totally original, it made £4,593,500 - setting a new record for a model of its kind.

Bonhams motoring director and auctioneer on the day, James Knight, said: "The car attracted much attention from bidders, with increments rising by hundreds of thousands until the gavel finally fell to achieve £4,593,500.

"It's exactly how a 550 would have looked, smelt and felt like when James Dean famously purchased his example back in 1955."

Another Porsche, of an entirely different breed, also featured in the sale. The 597 Jagdwagen 4X4 Utility was commissioned by the German military to replicate the likes of the Land Rover and Jeep. This example was one of just 49 built for the civilian market and made £175,100 at the show.

Goodwood Revival Bonhams sale sees host of classics sold

Goodwood Revival Bonhams sale sees host of classics sold

A Jaguar E-Type 2.8-litre Competition Roadster replica drew much admiration from bidders and spectators.

While Jaguar only built 12 lightweight models to race in the GT class of the '60s, the car was an exact replica of a 1963 model, built by Beacon Hill Garage, Hindhead, in 2010.

The modernised model – it features a full roll cage and Sparco race seats – sold for £135,900.

The aforementioned Pontiac Six Motorhome was converted in 1936 and is thought to have been one of the first tailor-made motor home in Britain. Having covered only 9,205 miles in 80 years, the camper made £34,500.

Of course, no auction is complete without the sleek lines of an Italian supercar, and there were plenty to chose from at the Revival auction. An eye-catching 1990 Lamborghini Countach 25th Anniversary, one of only 657 built, went to one lucky bidder for £225,000.