James Bond creator's classic car leads the way with record price at Goodwood's sale

Friday's Goodwood Revival Sale at Bonhams was the culmination of a fantastic week for their classic car department. The event realised over £3 million and saw a good 70% of lots sold.

In the space of just six days, the auction house has sold a total of £5,000,000 worth of motor cars, motorcycles and Automobilia with the Goodwood event proving to be the culmination thanks to a variety of impressive sales.

One of the most talked about lots at the event, was a rare 1962 AC Aceca Coupe. Not only was this car one of only six surviving Ford-powered Acecas in the world, but this particular model had once been the pride and joy of Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond.

There was little surprise then that this rare piece of motoring history sold for a record £80,000 at the Friday event.

Another high profile car was the 1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 convertible that rolled on to the auction block with a list of previous owners that included Sarah, Duchess of York. The car sold for £23,000.

Elsewhere, collectors were treated to impressive prices for a number of classic cars. A 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet sold for £188,500 whilst a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupe also sold for £186,300.

 Following just behind was a classic 1959 Aston Martin DB4 series 1 Sports Saloon. Believed to be the 26th car of its kind to be produced, this fine automobile fetched £145,600 at the auction.

Other lots saw classic cars exceed their pre-auction estimates. A 1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe sold for £131,300 - 31% above the high end estimate, whilst a 1962 Austin Healey 3000 MKII Rally car also fetched £113,700 in a price that was just over 13% above the pre-sale target.

James Knight, the Managing Director of Bonhams' Motoring Department, stated after the sale:

"The UK motoring team have experienced an incredibly busy period and emerged with very positive statistics..."

The success of the sale was certainly felt across the board, as rare children's cars proved equally popular. A child's Mercedes-Benz W125 sold for £23,000 - over four times the high target of £5,000 that had been attached to the piece. A children's Jaguar D-Type nearly doubled its estimate, selling for £19,550.

And even flying collectible classics proved popular with a replica Supermarine Spitfire owned by the Royal British Legion sold in excess of its estimate of £50,000 - 60,000.

The piece went to a private buyer ahead of the auction, with the new owner choosing to continue to make the piece available to the charity.



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