Ian Fleming's car sells for £80,000

A 1962 AC Aceca Coupe, which once belonged to James Bond author Ian Fleming, has been sold for £80,000 at auction.

The winning bidder will have been keen to getcar insurance as quickly as possible for the car because, as well as its famous ownership, it is also one of only six surviving Ford-powered Acecas.

The dark blue car was sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood Revival racing festival near Chichester, West Sussex, on Friday.

The two-seater is recorded as having left the Thames Ditton factory, Surrey, in August 1962 for delivery to the author, the same year he completed The Spy Who Loved Me.

Another car once owned by a high-profile figure - a 1988 Jaguar XJ-S V12 convertible that once belonged to the Duchess of York - was sold for £23,000.

Top prices were also paid for a 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Super Sport Cabriolet, which sold for £188,500, a 1938 Lagonda V12 Drophead Coupé, which went for £186,300, and a 1959 Aston Martin DB4 Series 1 Sports Saloon, the 26th ever produced, which made £145,600.

A 1953 Jaguar C-Type, the same make and model that won the Le Mans 24-Hours race twice in 1951 and 1953, was auctioned with a guide price of between £800,000 and £1 million but failed to make its reserve.

Bonhams said it was involved in discussions to conclude a sale.

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