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Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction


The 1961 Acropolis Rally class-winning Austin Healey 3000 MK I works rally car is among the consignments for Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale, an auction scheduled for September 9 at the annual motorsports festival in England.

Also on the docket are a 1935 Lagonda LG 45 Monte Carlo works car and the 1963 Ford Galaxie 500 raced by “Gentleman Jack” Sears in British touring car competition.

The ’61 Healey was driven to a class victory by Peter Riley and Tony Ambrose in the Acropolis rally. The car was one of five prepared by the BMC Competitions Department.

The car also running a stunning second in the Alpine Rally later that same year when it spun out and over a cliff, only to be stopped from true disaster by a snowbank.

The drivers escaped with no serious injuries and the car was recovered and repaired before being sold to budding Finnish rally star Rauno Aaltonen. He kept the car until 1965 when he offered a test drive to Caj Hasselgren, who bought the car after reaching nearly 140 mph on a Finnish motorway. Hasselgren owned the car for 51 years, 20 of which he spent carefully restoring it to its Acropolis specification.

The car goes to auction with a pre-sale estimated value of £250,000 to £325,000 ($325,000 to $425,000).

, Rally cars featured at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival auction, ClassicCars.com Journal
1935 Lagonda LG 45 competing in a vintage rally in 2014

The ’35 Lagonda was the first of that marque to have its design overseen by W.O. Bentley and was among the fastest road cars of the era, capable to reaching 100 mph.

Two specially modified LG45 Tourers were prepared for the 1936 Monte Carlo Rally, including this one “DPE 121.” Lagonda owner A.P. Good drove the car in the rally, joined by his wife at the last minute when W.O Bentley was taken ill. They ran only 200 miles of the rally before skidding of an icy road.

Recently, the car has participated in several vintage race and rally events. It goes to auction with a pre-sale estimate of £250,000 to £300,000 ($325,000 to $390,000).

Also being offered up for bids is the ’53 Ford prepared by the John Willment Racing Team that Sears drove to the British touring car championship after years of that series being dominated by Jaguar. The car has a pre-sale estimate of £180,000 to £220,000 ($235,000 to $285,000).

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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