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1980s motoring legends lead the way at Bonhams Goodwood Members' Meeting Sale
1949 Lea-Francis 14 hp Sports Roadster. Photo: Bonhams.

LONDON.- Bonhams inaugural Sale at the 73rd Goodwood Members’ Meeting showed a strong trend for iconic 1980s sports cars, achieving a new world auction record for an Audi Quattro as the hammer fell at £287,100 for the 1985 Sport SWB Coupé model.

Enthusiasts with a penchant for rallying were also served well by the day’s Sale, as the ex-works, Hannu Mikkola/Arne Hertz 1982 Audi Quattro A1 Group B Rally Car that won Mikkola the 1983 World Drivers’ Championship went under the hammer, selling for £253,480. Also of motorsport provenance, the ex-Pentti Airikkala, Roger Clark, Ari Vatanen, Björn Waldegård, David Sutton (Cars) Ltd, 1975 Ford Escort RS1800 Rally Car, sold for £85,500.

Elsewhere, keen bidders vied to take home some challenging restoration project cars, with the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Series IV selling for £256,860, the 1966 Aston Martin DB6 Vantage selling for £194,140, and a 1963 Porsche 356B Super 90 Coupé soaring to double its estimate, achieving £32,200.

James Knight, Bonhams International Motoring Director, said: “We have enjoyed offering some magnificent motor cars at both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival Meetings over the past twenty years and we are thrilled to add the Members’ Sale to this portfolio.

“We have offered a varied cross-section of motor cars, with tremendous interest expressed across the board. A noticeable demand for sports cars of the 1980s has been evident at our inaugural event, complementing the more modern cars competing at the Meeting. This is a Sale that will certainly grow.”

Other notable results included the unique Pininfarina bodied 1968 Bentley T-Series ‘Coupé Speziale’, achieving £250,140; a 1959 Jaguar XK150S Roadster, selling for almost treble estimate at £225,500; and a 1961 Jaguar Series 1 Flat Floor Roadster sold for £158,300.

Bonhams record breaking motoring department will host two further sales at the Goodwood estate in 2015: the Festival of Speed Sale (26 June) and the Revival Sale (12 September).

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