1954 Ferrari 375-Plus auctions for $18.2m at Goodwood


A 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus has sold for £10.7m ($18.2m) at Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed Auction today.

Only five were ever produced, with the example featured the first to roll off the production line.  

Ferrari 375-Plus
The Ferrari 375-Plus is one of only five in existence

The lot has a long and distinguished racing history. It competed in the May Meeting at Silverstone, in the Mille Miglia and in the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hour - all in the same year it was built.

In the years after its retirement from the track it passed through the hands of a number of famous owners, including Kleenex heir Jim Kimberly and nuclear physicist Karl Kleve.

A 1966 Ferrari 275 GTS also sold well, achieving £1m ($1.8m).

The roadster was built primarily to be sold in the US and features a luxurious interior with coachwork by Pinin Farina.

Despite the marque's intention to develop a tourer, the model retains the fire of its predecessors with a V12 engine providing 260bhp.

Last year a Ferrari 250 GT set a new world record for any car at auction when it sold for $52m.

Other high performing lots included a 1902 De Dietrich 16 HP "Paris-Vienna" rear-entrance Tonneau, which made £998,300 ($1.6m).

We have this racing jacket worn by legendary actor and car enthusiast Paul Newman.

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