Published: September 17, 2015
LONDON — At Bonhams’ September 12 Goodwood Revival Sale, a variety of motor cars, airplanes and automobiles went under the hammer in front of a packed crowd of enthusiastic bidders. A blue Bentley S3 Continental ‘Flying Spur’ that once took Keith Richards and friends on a drug-fuelled adventure from England to Morocco sold above estimate, achieving $1,186,133.
“It was a car meant to be driven fast at night,” Richards said, in his 2010 autobiography, Life. “Having this car was already heading for trouble, breaking the rules of the establishment, driving a car I was definitely not born in to. ‘Blue Lena’ had carried us on many an acid-fuelled journey.” Richards has said he named the car in honor of Lena Horne. The car was well-used while under his ownership, prompting a future owner to undertake a detailed restoration after Richards got into several accidents with the car.
Eight children’s race-cars, including half-scale Ferraris and pedal cars, all offered by Chris Evans sold well. The highlight of Evans’ cars was the 1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB ‘Alloy’ Berlinetta recreation, which took $942,542.
Elsewhere, the first, home-grown, all-American team of Formula 1 racing cars went under the hammer. Named after the legendary Egyptian ‘good luck’ beetle, the ‘Scarabs’ saw spirited bidding in the room, on the telephone and online. After intense bidding, a 1960 Scarab-Offenhauser formula 1/Intercontinental formula racing single-seater and the highly coveted 1956 Fiat-Bartoletti Tipo 642 diesel racing car transporter each attained just over $1 million each.
James Knight, Bonhams International Group Motoring Director, said, “For the first time at Revival, this year we created a ‘drive through’ auction, so bidders were able to see and hear the lots as they came under the hammer. We always enjoy coming to the Goodwood Revival, it’s an event with great atmosphere, great energy, and we’re very proud to continue our long-term partnership with the world’s greatest historic race meeting.
“We had a great sale, achieving $19.7 million, and look forward to the remaining sales in this year’s motoring calendar.”
All prices reported include the buyer’s premium and have been converted from British pounds to US dollars at press time.
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