1958 AC Ace paces Bonhams’ Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction

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Bidders battled to pay $289,980 for this 1958 AC Ace | Bonhams photos

It was a lovely 1958 AC Ace roadster and Bonhams expected it to sell for around $140,000 at its Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction this past weekend. But bidders had other figures in mind, including 10 who called in by telephone, boosting the final price for the car to $286,980 and making it the top sale of the auction.

And the Ace wasn’t the only AC that sold well. A 1937 16-horsepower 2-4-6 coupe with Dickey (a British term for a rumble seat) sold for $55,753, triple its pre-auction estimated value. Another AC, a 1964 3000 ME coupe, brought $21,331.

1937 AC with rumble seat brings triple its pre-sale estimated value

Like the ’58 Ace, two other cars sold for a quarter-million or more — a 1967 Aston Martin DB6 saloon for $261,797 and a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA for $253,928.

The buyer of the Alfa also bought a spare engine, offered as a separate lot, for $35,552.

“This is a strong opening for our series of three auctions at Goodwood this year,” Tim Schofield, head of Bonhams’ UK motor cars division, was quoted in a news release. “In typical Bonhams style, we offered everything from pre-war British tourers and Italian racers to French voiturettes and American limousines. Many pre-sale estimates were doubled, and in some cases tripled.”

Top 10 sales, Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting 2018

  1. 1958 AC Ace, $286,980
  2. 1967 Aston Martin DB6, $261,797
  3. 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, $253,928
  4. 1956 Lancia Aurelia B24 convertible, $222,450
  5. 1959 Aston Martin DB Mark III saloon, $183,103
  6. 1933 Lagonda M45 4 1/2-liter tourer, $178,382
  7. 1965 Jaguar E-type Series 1 4.2-liter roadster, $167,365
  8. 1936 Talbot BG110 all0y-bodied tourer, $159,495
  9. 1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL, $154,774
  10. 1968 Fiat Dino 2.0-liter Spider, $140,609
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(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA

Bonhams next auction is scheduled for May 11 at Monaco. It will be back at Goodwood for the Festival of Speed sale on July 13 and the Goodwood Revival auction on September 8.

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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 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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