Goodwood continues to grow its events with their third modern day running of its Members Meeting. This year Bonhams have prepared a fine collection of automobiles to celebrate the occasion, we look at some of the star lots that will make shrewd investments.
1965 PORSCHE 912 COUPÉ
The Porsche 912 is a strange phenomenon. It has the body of a 911 and the engine of a 356 but the prices have never been on par with its older or younger brothers. As such they continue to represent a great way to buy a 1960’s Porsche. This fine example is a US car that has been subject to a thorough restoration in the last few years. It is also a matching numbers car and comes with a certificate of authenticity from Porsche. The car sold for £33,500 including premium making it a real bargain for someone.
1974 ALPINE A110 COUPÉ
These lovely little cars are set to appreciate nicely with the recent announcement of a modern day Alpine car. It is easy to forget that these cars are rare if you regularly attend automotive events in France where the cars are a common sight and national treasure. On the UK roads and tracks they are an altogether rarer sight and all the more reason to dip your toe into race car ownership that will unlock the doors to many exciting races around the globe. This is a UK owned car, ready to go, it even has xenon headlights! Selling for just under its lowest reserve at £36,800 including premium the lucky new owner has a car ready to go rallying with.
2003 ASTON MARTIN VANQUISH COUPÉ
Regarded by many as a modern classic, the Ian Callum designed Vanquish was a very advanced car when it debuted at the 2001 Geneva Auto Show. A monocoque tub of heat-cured bonded aluminium was matted with a central tunnel of carbon fibre to create a strong and lightweight structure. Combined with Aston Martin’s landmark V12 engine the car was very well received by press and public. This particular car has covered just 50,000 miles and was treated to a full engine rebuild in 2015. It has also been up-rated to ’S’ specification meaning it has 514bhp, still a formidable amount of power even in the age of the hyper car. Unsurprisingly on auction day the car sold for over its highest estimate at £61,980 including premium, still very reasonable for such an iconic car.
1990 FERRARI TESTAROSSA COUPÉ
The trouble with buying a Ferrari is so many of them are red, and if you don’t like red that leaves you a bit stuck. What we have here is a beautiful, un-restored and original Testarossa in Blue Sera. In a market where originality counts, this car has it all. Many cars have been subject to restoration, resprays, engine changes and even unsightly modifications. This is a car that is as it left the factory and is in remarkable condition. It has covered just 13,900 miles in its privileged life and with it being such a rare colour represents a perfect example of a car that is not in a price bubble but is in fact a genuinely good investment. Given the prices in Paris recently, £102,300 including premium is a very nice price to pay for such a rare example.
© Bonhams 2016
About the Author
Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 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.