Price is highest ever paid for a Williams F1 racing car at auction
The famed “Red 5,” the Williams-Renault FW14B in which Nigel Mansell won five Grand Prix races in 1992 — and all from the pole position — topped Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed auction on July 5, selling for $3,392,950.
The price set an auction record for a Williams racing car, Bonhams said.
The Mansell-driven FW14B was chassis number 08 and competed in 13 of the 16 F1 race in 1992, with Mansell winning the first five in record-setting form. The car sold at auction after a three-way international bidding battle, Bonhams said.
While Bonhams again failed to report either an overall total auction sales or a sell-through rate, it did proclaim that a 2001 Lister Storm GT1 sports/racing prototype, one of only six produced, sold for $584,634, third-highest price paid at the sale; that a 1933 M J4 Midge sports and voiturette racing two-seater brought $321,187; and a 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 Mk III BJ8 works rally car sold for $288,708.
Among other featured sales was a 2011 Land Rover Defender that appeared twice in the James Bond movie series — in Skyfall and Spectre — that sold for $396,973.
Top 10 sales, Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019
- 1992 Williams-Renault FW14B F1, $3,392,950
- 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV Vantage, $584,634
- 2001 Lister Storm GT1 sports racer, $584,634
- 1928 Bentley 4 1/2 liter tourer VandenPlas, $577,416
- 1998 Jaguar XJ220, $519,674
- 2011 Land Rover Defender SVX ‘Spectre,’ $396,973
- 1933 MG J4 Midget, $321,187
- 1964 Austin-Healey 3000 MK III BJ8 rally car, $288.708
- 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghose Alpine Eagle, $288,708
- 1934 MG NE Magnette, $238,184
(Prices include buyer’s fee.)
Bonhams returns to Goodwood for its Revival Sale scheduled for September 14.