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"The top lot of the auction is an icon of 1950s sports car design, the gloriously original 1956 Porsche 550
Spyder. The car attracted much attention from bidders, with increments rising by hundreds of thousands until
the gavel finally fell to achieve £4,593,500. The car is so original, that you could travel back in time 60 years
and find it in much the same condition. It's exactly how a 550 would have looked, smelt and felt like when
James Dean famously purchased his example back in 1955." Dean's was perhaps the most famous of the
550s; he called his car the 'Little Bastard'.
Throughout the 1950s, the Porsche 550 was one of motor sport's most dominant race cars, out-performing
almost all other models in its class. The little Porsches were extremely quick in a straight line – having a
claimed top speed of some 220km/h – 137mph – and accelerating from 0-100km/h – 62mph – in less than 10
seconds - spectacular indeed with such a small capacity engine in the early 1950s.
The 1950 Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica also sold well, achieving £610,000. The car was famously
campaigned by great racing driver Roy Salvadori in the early 1950s. Elsewhere, tenacious bidding for a 1967
Aston Martin DB6 Vantage 4.2-Liter Sports Saloon, finally soaring above estimate to achieve £455,100.
Further auction highlights include a 1971 Ferrari Dino 246 GT Berlinetta, sold above estimate for £299,420; a
1962 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 'Flat Floor' 3.8 sold for £253,500; a 1928 Bentley 6½ 8-Liter Sports sold for
£406,940; a 1962 Lotus Elite Series II Super 95 Coupé, low-mileage but with no racing history, still sold far
above estimate for £103,420; while a 1965 Ferrari 275 GT Berlinetta sold for £1.5 million.
Bonhams motoring department next look forward to the Robert White Collection Sale, taking place 19
September at Bonhams flagship salerooms on 101 New Bond Street, London.
Images ... Peter Singhof
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