Classics set records at Bonhams sale

Classics set records at Bonhams sale

An astonishing total of £22.6 million was spent on classic cars at the annual Bonhams sale at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday.

By far the biggest share of the money from an individual lot came from the £10.7 million sale of a 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus.

The bidding for the former Mille Miglia, Targa Florio and Carrera Panamericana racer was particularly fierce and competition drove up the price.

A further £998,300 was paid for an ex-Michael Banfield Collection 1902 De Dietrich. It had been on blocks in a stable from 1912 until the Second World War when a German bomb hit the building.

The De Dietrich has the same specification as the racing cars constructed for the Paris-Vienna Challenge in 1902.

The event also welcomed a new world record with the £953,500 paid for a 1975 Lamborghini Countach LP400 'Periscopio' Coupe.

Car historian Doug Nye said all of the main cars sold during the auction share connections with some of the biggest names in motor racing history, including John Surtees, Jim Clark and Graham Hill.

"It's always a pleasure to see new owners' delight as the gavel falls. After all, they're winners too," he added.

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