Bonhams Goodwood Revival Preview

Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2015
Bonhams Goodwood Revival 2015

The Goodwood Revival has, for many years now, been a firm favourite on the motor racing calendar. Its broad appeal perhaps making it the huge success it is. Now in its 18th year, it is once again a sell out on all three days. Saturday September 12th sees the return of the excellent Bonhams Goodwood Revival sale.

New Top Gear presenter and DJ, Chris Evans has been having a clear out and is auctioning off 13 cars from his extensive collection. You can see the entire listing below.

1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy, estimate £2,600,000-2,900,000
1971 Ferrari 365 GTS/4 Daytona Spider, estimate £2,300,000-2,600,000
1963 Ferrari 250 GT/L ‘Lusso’, estimate £1,400,000-1,800,000
1965 Ferrari 275 GTS Spyder, estimate £1,300,000-1,600,000
1963 Ferrari 250 SWB Replica, estimate £500,000-600,000
1949 Jaguar XK120 ‘Alloy’ Roadster, estimated £325,000-375,000
1967 Jaguar XKSS ‘Lynx’, estimate £325,000-375,000
1936 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Replica, estimate £250,000-350,000
1970 Mercedes 280SL ‘Pagoda’, estimate £100,000-130,000
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS, estimate £100,000-130,000
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Fixed Head Coupé, estimate £55,000-65,000
1964 Daimler Dart Police Car SP250, estimate £50,000-60,000
1983 Fiat 127 Abarth, estimate £10,000-15,000

1983 Fiat 126 Abarth replica

1983 Fiat 126 Abarth replica, Image Copyright Bonhams
1983 Fiat 126 Abarth replica, Image Copyright Bonhams

Now this little Fiat 126 Abarth replica is great fun. It is certainly quick enough to get you into trouble with the law, not to mention the fact that it’s great for parking around London! Chris purchased this car recently after it was built to exacting standards by racing driver Mike Jordan, father of ex-BTCC Champion Andrew. With an estimate of just £10,000 – £14,000, this is a cheap way to buy yourself a car previously owned by Chris.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Recreation

1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Recreation. Image Copyright Bonhams
1963 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Recreation. Image Copyright Bonhams

To put the estimate of £500,000 – £600,000 into context, if you want an original one it will cost you north of £5 million. Yes it is a recreation, but this car is based on a Ferrari 250 GTE 2+2. A less popular car it may have been but it is undoubtedly the perfect starting point for a recreation. The alloy body is totally correct and the car was completed in 2012, so this is a fresh car raring to tackle a drive down to Modena. Regardless of its famous owner this is, in relative terms, a bargain.

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta

1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta. Image Copyright Bonhams
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso Berlinetta. Image Copyright Bonhams

Arguably one of the most beautiful cars ever created, the Pininfarina styling is absolutely stunning. This could possibly be the biggest mistake of Chris Evans’ life, as this is a car that will only continue to appreciate in value. Just 350 were built and this, the 94th car off the line, has had a busy life, changing hands and colours over the years. Sadly there are a few black holes in the car’s history, but a Ferrari Classiche file and Historic Tour Passport (HTP) means this car is the real deal and can participate in the Mille Miglia and Tour Auto amongst other fine historic motoring events. £1.4 million – £1.8 million is not an outrageous sum for such a fine machine that will never go out of fashion.

So, that’s our pick of the Chris Evans cars, but these two are also well worth a look.

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super Competition Saloon

1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super Competition Saloon. Image Copyright Bonhams
1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Ti Super Competition Saloon. Image Copyright Bonhams

This is a lovely little car with real period racing provenance, having placed 6th overall at the 1965 Sebring 3-Hour race and 3rd in class behind a certain Jim Clark in his Lotus Cortina. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a genuine ex-works Alfa Romeo ‘homologation special’ for an estimated £70,000 – £90,000. The engine is said to be producing in excess of 200bhp, that’s more than enough for this little Italian especially with its lightweight body panels. A fantastic entry into historic motor racing awaits the lucky bidder.

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Coupé

2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Coupé. Image Copyright Bonhams
2005 Mercedes-Benz CLK DTM AMG Coupé. Image Copyright Bonhams

At first glance it would be easy to write this off as a fast special edition Mercedes. What this is though is an extremely rare car, of which just 100 were built by Mercedes-Benz’s official performance division, AMG. Based on the ultra successful DTM racing car and wrapped in carbon and alcantara, this is the real deal. It’s a racing car for the road with performance figures to match. 0-62mph takes just 3.9 seconds, and it will top out at 199mph. Brand new, these cars were £180,000 and they sold out instantly. This one-owner car has been fastidiously maintained by a well-known car collector and has under 10,000 miles on the odometer. An estimate of £130,000 – £160,000 seems a bargain when compared to its rarer bigger brother the CLK GTR, which fetches ten times that. A special car with a very reasonable price tag. Don’t miss out.

About the Author:

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 18 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.