Cars with racing history set records at Bonhams sale at Goodwood

Before buying this 1968 Ford racer, winning bidder tried it on for size, even wearing his racing helmet to make sure he fit | Bonhams photos

As might be expected for an auction held in conjunction with the Goodwood Revival vintage racing weekend, Bonhams’ 20th Goodwood Revival Sale was dominated by cars with on-track history, with several selling for record prices.

This Shelby Cobra sold for $1.76 million

A 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 competition roadster sold for £1,390,000 ($ 1.76 million), a European auction record for the marque, and a 1990 Jaguar XJR-11 Group C sports prototype formerly campaigned by Tom Walkinshaw Racing brought £1,191,000 ($1.547 million), a world auction record for such a car.

An ex-Alan Mann Racing 1968-69 Type Ford P68 “F3L” Group 6 endurance racing coupe sold for £511,750 ($664,996) to a bidder who apparently plans to use in for vintage racing — he sat in the car during the auction preview with his racing helmet on to make sure he fit.

The ex-Maserati works team Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 624 racing car transporter used not only by several teams but in the movie Le Mans sold for £402,500 ($523,031).

Transporter used in Steve McQueen’s Le Mans movie sells for half-a-million dollars

Among non-racing cars, a 1955 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV state laudaulette that had been used by Queen Elizabeth sold for £800,000 ($ 1.039 million).

A 1972 Ferrari 256 GT Dino coupe formerly owned by rocker Keith Richards sold for a world record £442,750 ($575,334).

Yet another auction record was set when UK vehicle registration number “RR 1” sold for £460,000 ($597,750). Such historic low-number plates are highly valued by British car collectors. 

Overall, the auction reported sales of £14,540,675 ($18.926 million).

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1990 Jaguar XJR-11 Group C racer goes for record price

Top 10 sales, Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2018

  1. 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 competition roadster, $1,765,961
  2. 1990 Jaguar XJR-11 Group C sports prototype, $1,547,652
  3. 1955 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV state landaulette, $1,039,565
  4. 1957 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster, $980,000
  5. 1937 Jaguar SS100 3 1/2-liter roadster, $819,957
  6. 1960 Aston Martin DB4 to Gt specification, $732,242
  7. 1924 Bugatti Type 30 two-seat racer, $702,356
  8. 1968-69 Type Ford P68 ‘F3L’ Group 6 endurance racing coupe, $664,996
  9. UK vehicle registration “RR 1,” $597,750
  10. 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT (ex-Keith Richards), $575,334

(Prices include buyer’s fee.)

Bonhams next sale, the Zoute Sale, is scheduled for October 5 in Belgium.

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, 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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