Le Mans disaster car goes on sale

Vintage car collectors will soon be able to bid for an Austin-Healey which was involved in one of the most disastrous accidents in the history of motorsport.

Auction house Bonhams has announced the sale of the Austin-Healey 100 Special Test Car which was hit from behind by Mercedes driver Pierre Levegh during the Le Mans 24-hours race in 1955 setting off a chain of catastrophic events.

Debris from the smashed car flew through the crowds and killed 83 spectators, leaving more than a hundred more injured.

After being impounded briefly by French authorities following the race, the Austin-Healey 100 was restored to its original condition.

It spent more than four decades in storage, but is now being brought out at the Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale from September 16-18.

On December 1, the vintage racing car will go under the hammer at Mercedes-Benz World, Weybridge and is expected to fetch up to £500,000.

James Knight, group head of Bonhams' Motoring Department, said: "As an unashamed Austin-Healey fan - and owner of a 100 myself - I'm thrilled to be handling such an important and historic Healey.

"The 100S is, to me, the most desirable Healey of all and to offer an ex-works example with Special Test Car lineage and such significant racing history is a dream come 1."

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