Bonhams had organised a spectacular auction on June 27 at the GoodWood Festival of Speed (FoS) with cars such as Aston Martin Ulster, 1961 Porsche RS-61, Richard Hamilton’s 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4-litre, Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster among others going under the hammer and selling for a whopping cumulative total of £17M.
The ex-works Aston Martin Ulster ‘LM19’ was sold for £2,913,500 – the highest figures ever achieved for a pre-war British sports car. The sale of Ulster ‘LM19’ smashed the previous record for a pre-war Aston Martin. After a spectacular three-way bidding battle between customers in the room and on the telephones, it finally went to a European buyer.
The 1961 Porsche RS-61, described by Sir Stirling Moss as ideal car for racing, was sold for a whopping for £1,905,500.
Father of pop art’ Richard Hamilton’s 1973 Porsche 911S 2.4-litre, which he owned from new for over 30 years, was also in the sale. He bought the car having decided its design was ‘perfect’, and this weekend it achieved £393,500.
Another 911 touched by fame was TV presenter James May’s 1984 3.2-litre Carrera which sold for £51,750. Ex-Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s 1966 Mercedes-Benz 250 S sold for £20,700, whilst his striking 1971 Citroën Maserati SM sold for almost double estimate at £61,980.
Annother big-hitter was the Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR Roadster which, until the Ferrari FXX was released, had been the most expensive production car to date. This one, the very first built, had just 8km on the odometer and sold for £1,513,500.