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Little Classics Feature: 15 September 2013

Bonhams delivers at Goodwood Revival

Bonhams at Goodwood - Jaguar XK12 and Lotus Cortina1935 Alfa RomeoOnce again Goodwood Revival played host to the world famous Bonhams, who delivered a tantalising array of classic cars up for auction.

The star of the show was a 1935-36 Alfa Romeo 8C-35 Grand Prix Racing Monoposto, listed as the ex-Scuderia Ferrari, Hans Ruesch, Dick Seaman, Dennis Poore Donington Grand Prix and RAC Hill-Climb Championship winner.

One very happy bidder walked away with this supercharged straight-eight Alfa for a mere £5,937,500.

1931 Invicta S-TypeAnother star from the 1930s, a 1931 Invicta 4½-Litre S-Type, only just fell short of £1million at £953,500. The ex-works, Irish Tourist Trophy car was a special Low Chassis Sports Coachwork by Cadogan with an extensive CV of track excursions.

Delivered new to Rod Stewart, a rather lovely bright yellow 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV Coupé also got close to £1million at a heady £919,900. As the ultimate version of what was the ultimate super car of its time, it was made all the rarer by being right hand drive.

1972 Lamborghini Miura SVExpensively restored by Lamborghini themselves in the 80s it has been lovingly cared for since, going some way to explain such interest.

Some other big hitters of the auction included a 1961 Ferrari 250GT Series II Cabriolet, which has been owned by the same family for the last 40 years and ended up with a hammer price of £707,100.

A fellow Ferrari, this time a 1969 Ferrari 365GTC, which amongst others had Eric Clapton as one of its owners and had covered only 31,000 miles from new, had its final price nudged to £578,300.

1985 Audi QuattroAn earlier 1967 Ferrari 330GTC Berlinetta sold for £387,900.

A 1972 Ferrari Dino 246GT Berlinetta added to the Ferrari admiration with it netting £236,700 – being outdone slightly by a Vauxhall going for £259,100! However, this was no ordinary Vauxhall, but a stunning 1925 Vauxhall 30/98 OE Wensum, which in its day and in the right hands, would run rings around the more famous Bentleys.

1959 Land Rover Series IISome little surprises of the auction, or at least at first glance, included a 1959 Land Rover Series II, which went for £18,975; a 1985 Audi Quattro which took £115,740; and a 1960 FMR Tg500 'Tiger' Cabriolet Microcar, which sold for £82,140.

However, at closer inspection, these prices became a bit clearer as the Land Rover had been subject to an outstanding nut and bolt restoration making it one of the finest examples around. The Audi was a rare Audi Quattro Sport SWB Coupé, which had covered a mere 32,600 miles. The little microcar was one of less than 70 to survive and completely restored whilst part of the Bruce Weiner Microcar Collection.

It is difficult to have a favourite amongst the many fabulous vintage and classic cars on display, but our eye was caught by the very special 1951 Jaguar XK120 3.8-Litre Competition Roadster (top image), which closed at £142,500. Although more modest, one little 1966 Ford Lotus Cortina Mk1 Saloon (top image), which has always been a favourite, held its own against the big boys and still saw £43,700.

We're now looking forward to December when Bonhams will be auctioning off an outstanding collection of Ecurie Ecosse competition cars. Start saving!

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