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Aston Martins, Scarabs, re-creations do well at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction


Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction scene | Dirk de Jager photo

Aston Martins did very well at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction last weekend. So did Scarab racing team vehicles, a car with rock ’n’ roll history, and even a couple of re-creation cars. On the other hand, only half of new Top Gear host Chris Evans’ 12-car consignment went to new owners.

Bonhams annual sale during Goodwood’s autumn auto-racing reunion weekend totaled $19.71 million in sales, led by a 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible that sold for $1,676,426 and a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4-seater tourer that brought $1,141,399 (prices include buyer’s premium).

Scarab transporter and F1 racers

Third-highest sale was the ex-Keith Richards “Blue Lena,” the 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur that took the Rolling Stones performer on what he has termed “many an acid-fueled journey,” including one particularly notable drive from England to Marrakech with model Anita Pallenberg. The car sold for $1,175,917.

Three cars and a racing car transporter from American Lance Reventlow’s Scarab racing team were offered up for bidding. A 1960 Offenhauser-powered Grand Prix racer and the team’s iconic 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti transporter each brought more than $1 million. The Scarab-Offy was driven by Reventlow and Chuck Daigh. Another 1960 Offy-powered Scarab single-seater racing car, a “re-assembly of chassis 002 which was severely damaged at Silverstone in 1961,” Bonhams catalog said, sold for $506,271.

Meanwhile, a reproduction of a 1958 Chevrolet-powered Scarab Mark I sports racer (two-seater) did not sell during the auction but was purchased after the auction for what Bonhams said was more than $1 million.

1963 250 GT ‘re-creation’

A couple of other reproduction cars did sell during the sale, including Evans’ 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB alloy-bodied Berlinetta that brought $934,292, and a re-created 1967 Jaguar XK SS 3.8-liter sold for $556,107.

Meanwhile, Evans’ personal automobilia brought more than $101,000 that he will donate to the BBC charity Children in Need. However, six of the 12 cars he was trying to sell did not sell, including an alloy-bodied 1966 Ferrari 275 GT4/6, a 1963 Ferrari 250 GT “Lusso,” and a replica of the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang movie car.

Top 10 sales, Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction, 2015

  1. 1965 Aston Martin DB5 convertible, $1,676,426
  2. 1935 Aston Martin Ulster 2/4-seater tourer, $1,141,399
  3. 1965 Bentley S3 Continental Flying Spur sports saloon “Blue Lena,” $1,175,917
  4. 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser Formula 1/Intercontinental Formula racing single-seater, $1,037,846
  5. 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 642 diesel-engine racing car transporter, $1,011,958
  6. 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB “alloy” Berlinetta re-creation, $934,292
  7. 1938 BMW 328 sports roadster, $830,739
  8. 1967/1968 Jaguar XK SS 3.8-liter re-creation, $556,107
  9. 1937 BMW 328 cabriolet project, $502,820
  10. 2005 Ford GT, $502,820

    1935 Aston Martin Ulster

Bonhams next sale is September 26 with the auction of the Frederiksen Collection at Lyngbaekgaard Manor in Denmark.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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