The hidden cars at the Festival of Speed

The Bonham's Auction was a car show in its own right, if you could find it.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed has to be the best event in the world to see the widest range of cars, from the latest supercars to vintage endurance racers. But there was a show within the show, if you knew where to find it. Stroll past the pillars in to the luxurious entrance hall of Goodwood House and marvel at the millions of pounds worth of Stubbs equestrian paintings on the walls. Then, under the watchful eyes of multiple security guards, and with the correct badges/wristbands, or by purchasing an auction catalogue you will be permitted to pass through a courtyard, past a lily pond to the Bonham's marquee.

One of the many original Stubbs paintings in Goodwood House, worth more than most of the cars there!

One of the many original Stubbs paintings in Goodwood House, worth more than most of the cars there!

This Lagonda caught my eye, mainly because it was built just up the road from me, on a site that is now Sainsbury supermarket at Staines! This and the vintage Bentley next door will be going under the hammer at the Goodwood Revival Sale in September.

This 1928 Maserati type 26B 2 seater Grand Prix car had a successful race career, winning races in Argentina between 1930 and 38. It has a 2 litre supercharged straight 8 engine and sold for £967,000.

Among the Supercars on offer were a 1958 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta sold for £514,166 well under its £700,000 to £900,000, someone got a bargain! A Jaguar XJ220 (No price estimate on this one as it's going in a later auction but current values sit around £350k and it is a beautiful example), the iconic Ferrari F40 sold for £883,000, a 2016 Ferrari 458 speciale estimated at £220,000 to £280,000(unsold), a 2006 Bentley Continental GT estimated at £400, 000 to £500,000(Is the Bentley a supercar? Not for me. Also unsold.), a 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S at £220,000 to £260,000 (unsold) and a 2005 Ferrari 575 Superamerica at £450,000 to £600,000 - selling under estimate for £379,500. If I had the money I may have been tempted by the 575, I have actually had the opportunity to drive a Ferrari 575 at speed (across Denmark) and it's a fantastic car! Although if I had a bit more money it would have to be the Ferrari 250 GT, though perhaps it isn't fair to compare the beautiful lines of the classic Ferrari's to the modern, steroid enhanced supercars anymore than it would be fair to criticise the 250 GT for lacking the performance of its modern cousins.

Let's face it though most of the cars there were well beyond my wildest dreams, there were a couple though that were not too far out of my reach. I could potentially have walked away with this super cute 1962 Ogle SX 2000 for £30k as it didn't sell. It's competition ready and eligible for numerous historic motorsport events.

If I could scrape together a bit more money, by selling everything else I own I could just about manage to drive away in one of my favourite vintage cars, an Amilcar. Despite costing as much as my current automotive stable combined, the Amilcar is known as the poor man's Bugatti ....sure I would love a Bugatti but that's never going to happen so I could live with being called poor in a £50,000 - £60,000 car! To give it it's full title, what you're looking at here is a 1927 Amilcar CGS Voiturette. It didn't sell, so if I can sell everything and be at the September sale it could be mine! (yeah right, like that's going to happen! Nice car but not for the daily commute!)

This Bugatti went for a mere £10,200, the only problem was the size! I thought the children's cars might be more in my price bracket, I was wrong! The Porsche 917 went for £24,000, the Mercedes SLR for £14,000, the Aston DBR2 for £15,875.

Among the race cars up for auction were a Ferrari 246 Dino Formula 1 single seater, selling for £967,000. A budget entry into Historic motorsport could have been had with a 1950 Vanguard Formula Libre Monoposto which at £41,972 was one of the more affordable cars in the auction, if not the most attractive! The Le Mans car is a 1972 Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 TT3 3-Litre Racing Sports-Prototype which achieved a 4th place finish. It was estimated at £ 1,800,000 - 2,200,000 but didn't sell at this auction.

I'm a big fan of the classics and there were plenty on offer, from the little Lotus Elite at £51,750 to the Jaguar E-type lightweight replica at £74, 750 and Jaguar XK150's at £86,250 for the racing green, the white one did not sell.

What about the vintage brigade? Well in addition to that locally produced Lagonda there was this immaculate Bentley and a fabulous boat tail Rolls. Neither of these had prices on so I'm assuming they'll be in the Goodwood Revival sale in September.

Honourable mentions in the modern sports car category go to the 2007 Mercedes SLR 722 edition which sold for £287,500 and the BMW Z8 which was estimated at £140,000 to £180,000 but did not sell.

If I had deep pockets then I would happily have taken home half the cars in the auction, but what if I could only have one? It's hard to choose a favourite from so many stunning, rare, collectable cars but I think mine would have to be this 1936 RileyI 1½-Litre TT Sprite Competition Sports 192. Not just because I'm a sucker for torpedo and boat tail styles but because it's eligible for the Mille Miglia Historic and has an interesting race history having competed at Le Mans, the French Grand Prix and the RAC Tourist Trophy.

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Comments (5)

  • No wonder they hide them. I would have passed out.

      2 months ago
  • That's interesting all that cars that didn't sell or sell for under the estimated price

      2 months ago
  • It is but I don't think the sale was well publicised. The Festival of Speed was pulled together at the last minute this year as with covid restrictions they weren't sure it would go ahead. Quite remarkable really what they managed to achieve in a short time.

      2 months ago