British cars score top bids at Bonhams’ Goodwood auction

A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos
A 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe sold for $682,629 | Bonhams photos

British cars played well on home court Sunday during Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction, which scored an 80 percent sell-through and £5,624,147 (nearly $7 million at the current exchange rate) in total sales.

Top seller was a 1961 Aston Martin DP214 Replica GT competition coupe at £551,667 ($682,629), followed by a 1924 Bentley 3-Litre Red Label Speed Model Tourer at £281,500 ($348,327) and the ex-David Hobbs 1965 Lola T70 Mk1 Spyder, sold to a telephone bidder for £270,300 ($334,468). All results include buyer fees.

1903 Clément 12/16hp was one of the earliest cars sold
1903 Clément 12/16hp was one of the earliest cars sold

Bonhams’ diverse offerings ranged from a 1903 Clément 12/16hp 4-cylinder rear-entrance tonneau car, sold for £281,500 ($348,327), to a 2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom drophead coupe for £169,500 ($209,738).

“With lots ranging from Edwardian hill-climbers to 21st Century sports cars, Bonhams offering was typically diverse,” James Knight, group motoring chairman at Bonhams, said in a news release. “As ever, cars with significant historical and racing provenance were the most popular lots of the day, such as Captain Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1913 Talbot 15hp, which achieved £169,500 ($209,738).”

Rally cars selling at auction included the ex-Alan Mann 1968 Ford Escort Twin Cam Competition Saloon, sold for £203,100 ($251,315), and a 1997 Subaru Impreza 22B-STi Limited gaining a world-record £113,500 ($140,444).

Other significant sale included:

 1966 Ferrari 330GT 2+2 Series 2 Berlinetta at £203,100 ($203,100)
•  2004 Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren coupe at £191,900 ($237,361)
  1957 Jaguar Mk1 3.4-Litre sports sedan at £189,660 ($234,590)
  1962 Jaguar E-Type 3.8-Litre “flat floor” roadster at £180,700 ($223,507)

RELATED:  Bonhams returns to live auctions with sales in UK and Switzerland

“Our sales here are always lively, with spectators coming from all over the world to enjoy the electrifying atmosphere of Goodwood, and this year was no different,” Knight adde.

Bonhams returns to the Goodwood estate two more times this year, on June 30 for The Festival of Speed sale and September 9 for The Revival Sale.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.