London, 20 September, 2014
With 106 motor cars and 172 lots of automobilia, Bonhams
Goodwood Revival Sale was the most successful yet, achieving
an all time high of £15.4 million.
Racing ahead, the famous Lagonda LG45R Rapide Sports Racing
Two-Seater, or 'EPE 97' as it's popularly known, set a new world
record. Arguably the most visibly recognisable pre-war sports
racing car, the sale highlight achieved £1,569,500.
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In its racing life, 'EPE 97' was a Fox & Nicholl Team Car and
competed at the highest level in prestigious international events
such as the Grand Prix de l'ACF at Montlhéry; RAC Tourist
Trophy race; British Racing Drivers' Club 500-Miles; and the 1937
Le Mans 24-Hours.
Elsewhere in the sale, another world record was broken with the
historically significant 1930 OM 665 SS MM Superba.
Boasting an impeccable competitive career, the pre-war sports
racing car began life with class winning success in the gruelling
Mille Miglia 1000 mile race around Italy in 1930. After an intense
bidding war, the OM sold far above estimate at £1,255,900 to an
in the room bidder.
This year's Revival also played host to the highly anticipated
Maranello Rosso Collection Part II. With ten Ferraris and ten
Abarths, the collection of classics from the Italian marque's
received much attention and collectively sold for £3,510,190.
Celebrating Maseratis 100th anniversary year, the 1937 Maserati
Tipo 6CM Single-Seat Racing Vetturetta - one of the quickest
pre-War racing cars around - sold for £606,300, and a 1933
Maserati Tipo 4CM Single-Seat racing Vetturetta sold for
James Knight, Bonhams Group Motoring Director, said: "What a
weekend – beautiful weather, fantastic cars, and hours of exciting
bidding in what has been our biggest Goodwood Revival sale ever.
"Top lot the Lagonda 'EPE 97' captured everyone's attention with
its illustrious racing history, but with several star cars, bidders
had a huge diversity of motoring to ignite their interest. The
auction received attention from all around the globe, with bids
coming in from the United States, the far East, and all over
Europe – a great sale to end the summer season."
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