Imagine debonair ring announcer Michael Buffer standing at the Bonham auction podium and ecstatically proclaiming… “Let’s get ready to rumble!” This Friday, June 26, is the start of the Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. It will be a battle among the top 1% for some of the most pedigreed cars ever to enter the ring.
Here is what is offered in Chichester, Goodwood this weekend, hosted by Lord March…
On the grounds of Lord March, legendary cars will cross the block in merry old England.
There were only 21 Aston Martin Ulster racers made, and one of them will be auctioned for about $3 million. The one available at Goodwood is one of only four full-blown ‘works prepared’ Ulsters to bear the marque’s now legendary ‘LM’ suffix. However this report doesn’t sound promising for the 1935 Le Mans…
“The Aston Martin then flipped off the top, throwing out its intrepid driver before landing inverted and slithering to a halt. Tom Fothringham was able to pick himself up and totter to safety with nothing worse than bruises and abrasions.”
The Aston Martin continued to compete, however, admirably in other races. Live to race another day. And it gets a *10* in our book on looks alone. Click on Aston Martin Ulster.
1935 Aston Martin Ulster
Fourteen historic Jaguars spanning the 50s to the 70s will be auctioned. A 1954 Jaguar XK120 is a class-winner of the grueling and unrelenting Alpine Rally. A 1965 E Series 1 coupé has had four owners but only 7,500 miles on the odometer. Totally unrestored, it still wears the same wire wheels and Dunlop tires it left the factory 50 years ago. And then there is a 1963 E Series 1 roadster part of a harem of luxury cars owned by an ex-Sultan of Brunei and subsequently worshiped by prestigious classic collectors.
1965 E Series 1 coupe
The first Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR roadster ever built is expected to chase about $2 million USD. Only six were produced.
“The car was retained by Mercedes-Benz until 2014 when it was acquired by the current owner. It is effectively a new car with just eight kilometres on the odometer, and it is the only one of the six roadsters to be finished in black. We rarely see a car with these credentials come to market”.
It’s a 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL roadster with only 22 miles on its odometer and the engine has never been apart. If you can part with $1.6 million USD you can depart with this car. Click on Mercedes-Benz 300SL.
Mercedes-Benz CLK GTR roadster – first built
The Shelby Mustang GT500 was produced for only three years 1967 – 1970. And in such Scrooge-like quantity to assure rareness. To get the party going, Carroll Shelby dropped into his GT500 a Ford 428ci Cobra Jet V8. Just enough power to peel asphalt. What makes this car even rarer is that it was built at Shelby’s Los Angeles factory next to the GT40. Oh, and it’s Bullitt green.
It’s expected to go for just a squoosh under $200,000. Click on Shelby Mustang GT500.
Shelby Mustang GT500 – built in Shelby’s own garage
Legendary Car Guy will provide more info on Goodwood Festival faster than the Sheriff of Nottingham can order a burrito.