1956 Lister-Maserati sports racer tops Bonhams sale

Anticipated Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction turned into private sales event because of pandemic

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1956 Listr-Maserati originally raced by Archie Scott-Brown tops auction-turned-private sale | Bonhams photos

Bonhams had to turn its anticipated Goodwood Members’ Meeting auction into a “private sale” because of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, only 9 collector cars and 1 boat were sold.

Nonetheless, said Tim Schofield, head of Bonhams Collectors’ Motor Cars department, “We are very pleased to have successfully sold these motor cars over the weekend.

“Due to the continually changing and challenging circumstances over the past few weeks, we have had to quickly adapt our sale format. The results show that, despite the current situation, there is still an appetite to buy good-quality classic and historic competition cars among collectors and enthusiasts.”

The Lister-Maserati in competition at Aintree in 1956

The star sale of the event was the ex-Archie Scott Brown 1956 Lister-Maserati 2.0-liter sports-racing two-seater that brought $713,672. Brown drove the car to first- and second-place finishes at Brands Hatch in 1956. More recently, the car has competed in the Le Mans Classic, Monaco Historique and Goodwood Revival vintage racing car events.

Another Lister, a Jaguar-powered 1958 “Knobbly” sports racer, was sold  but the price was not revealed. A 1937 Lagonda LG45 Fox & Nicholl Le Mans replica sold for $211,247. The ex-Tommy Hitchcock 1964 Brabham BG8 sport-racing prototype also sold, though like the Lagonda the sales price was not released.

In addition to the 9 cars, a 1950s-era racing hydroplane from the Morbidelli Museum collection sold for $8,564.

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After the sale, Bonhams said it would soon announce plans for its upcoming summer sales season.

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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 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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