Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

Two pre-war racers each top $2 million mark at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction

A pair of historic racing cars brought the biggest money at Bonham’s recent and record-setting auction at the Goodwood Revival.

This 1936 Lagonda Rapide competed in major pre-war races | Bonhams Auctions photos

This 1936 Lagonda Rapide competed in major pre-war races | Bonhams Auctions photos

A pair of historic racing cars brought the biggest money at Bonham’s recent and record-setting auction at the Goodwood Revival.

The 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports racing two-seater known as ‘EPE 97’ and raced in major pre-war events by the Fox & Nicholl team set a record for a Lagonda sold at auction, bringing more than $2.54 million at the Bonhams sale.

Also topping the $2-million mark and setting a record for the sales price of a car from OM (Officine Meccaniche) was a 1930 OM 665 SS MM Superba 2.3-liter supercharged sports tourer that won its class and placed fifth overall in the Targa Florio.

The entire sale also set a record for Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival with more than $25 million exchanged in the bidding for 106 vehicles and 172 lots of automobilia. Of that total, nearly $5.7 million was generated by the sale of 10 additional Ferraris and 10 Abarths from the Maranello Rosso Collection. Another Maranello Rosso car — a 1962 Ferrari GTO — set an all-time at-auction record recently when it sold for $38.1 million at Bonhams’ auction on the Monterey Peninsula.

“What a weekend,” James Knight, motoring director for Bonhams, said as the Goodwood Revival meeting ended. “Beautiful weather, fantastic cars and hours of exciting bidding in what has been our biggest Goodwood Revival sale ever.

This 1930 OM Superba was fifth overall in the Targa Florio.

This 1930 OM Superba was fifth overall in the Targa Florio.

“Top lot — the Lagonda ‘EPE 97’ — captured everyone’s attention with its illustrious racing history, but with several star cars, bidders had a huge diversity of motoring to ignite their interest,” he added.

“The auction received attention from all around the globe, with bids coming in from the United States, the Far East, and all over Europe – a great sale to end the summer season.”

Top-10 sales at the auction were a diverse lot, including not only the Lagonda and OM, but cars from Mercedes-Benz, Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche, Lamborghini, Jaguar and Bentley.

 Bonhams Goodwood Revival auction 2014 — Top 10:

  1. 1936 Lagonda LG45R Rapide sports-racing two-seater, $2,547,728
  2. 1930 OM 665 SS MM Superba 2.3-liter supercharged sports tourer, $2,036,669
  3. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $1,056,913
  4. 1937 Maserati Tipo 6CM single-seat racing vetturetta, $984,190
  5. 1949 Ferrari Tipo 166 Inter coupe, $911,468
  6. 1993 Porsche 911 Type 964 Carrera RSR competition coupe, $729,661
  7. 1968 Lamborghini Miura P400 coupe, $693,300
  8. 1933 Maserati Tipo 4CM single-seat racing vetturetta, $693,300
  9. 1967-68 Jaguar XKSS replica, $624,213
  10. 1958 Bentley S-series Continental sports saloon, $611,487

(All prices include buyer’s premium.)

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