Motor sport

Rally-spec Porsche 911 hits £200,000: July 2022 auction results

1976 Porsche 911 Carrera rally car

Sold by Bonhams, £207,000

Low mileage; never raced or rallied? Not this 911, which has the distinction of having covered more race kilometers than any other Porsche. He began recording his total of three round the world races in the 1977 London-Sydney Marathon with the crew of Poles Sobieslaw Zasada and Wojciech Schramm. Its most notable historic outing came in the 2005 East African Classic Safari, with its crew David Cavanagh and Björn Waldegârd (who won the event for contemporary cars four times). In 2015, he was taken to Poland for a moving reunion with his first driver Schramm.

1961 Mercedes-Benz 190 SL

Sold by H&H, £38,250

This rusty wreck attracted bids from Texas and India before being hammered to a brave British buyer. Besides being heavily corroded, it also lacked an engine and gearbox.

F1 Force India car 20112011 Force India-Mercedes VJM04

Sold by Bonhams, £86,250

It’s been over a decade since the distinctive livery of this Force India F1 car was seen on the track. It was among assets purchased by a consortium led by Lawrence Stroll after the team went bankrupt in 2018.

Lamborghini Aventador Ultimae 2022Lamborghini Aventador 2022 and NFT

Sold by RM Sotheby’s, £1.3m

This Ultimae was the last Aventador, ending Lamborghini’s mid-engined V12 lineup. It was sold with its own NFT which gives access to utilities including virtual previews of future models.

1948 Velocette

1948 Velocette KTT 350

Sold by Bonhams, £57,500

British racer Les Graham was under contract with MV Agusta for the 1951 season but as the Italian factory did not compete in the 350 class he competed on this Velocette. Although the bike was three years outdated, Graham rode it to victory at the Swiss Grand Prix and second place in Spain. It is said to have earned him £5,000, the equivalent today of over £150,000.

Mike Hailwood Cromwell HelmetMike Hailwood’s Cromwell helmet in 1966

Sold by Bonhams, £956

Health and security? Things were different in the ’60s, when “Mike the Bike” was at its best, as evidenced by this pudding lid sold from the collection of racing team owner and memorabilia fan Phil Morris.

Subaru Impreza P1 2001Subaru Impreza P1 2001

Sold by H&H, £49,500

The Ferrari 250 GTO may be ultra rare with only 36 made, but I bet there aren’t 36 Impreza P1s like this one. The special modified by Prodrive was owned by one owner for 20 years and has never been modified.

1974MV Agusta 750GT1974MV Agusta 750GT

Sold by RM Sotheby’s, £48,000

RM Sotheby’s donated this 750 GT with “sport” conversion to the charity auction held at the Salon Privé to raise funds for Ukraine. It was once owned by MV works rider Gianfranco Bonera.

Upcoming Car Sales Highlights

Goodwood, June 24

As well as the Simon Templar Marcos mentioned elsewhere, this sale will also include four pre-war cars from the estate of racing driver and Sotheby’s automotive department specialist Peter Blond, who died in 2021. The collection includes three Rolls-Royces and a Bentley with Vanden Plas. body that was the 1936 Olympia show car.

Mecum Auctions
Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 9-11

Mighty Mecum is back with a post-Covid revenge. After offering a staggering 3,000 cars at its nine-day spring sale in Indianapolis, it will hammer another 1,000 at this Tulsa auction where one of the most notable lots includes a 1965 Mercury Comet lightweight, the one of eight built by official factory tuner Bill Stroppe.

Gstaad, Switzerland, July 3

The mountains beyond the turreted Gstaad Palace Hotel will serve as the backdrop for this summer sale of high-end cars. The crown jewel appears to be a 1991 Ferrari F40 Berlinetta – in red, of course – with its books and tools, which was delivered new to Switzerland and is tip
to fetch up to £1.4million.

Solihull, July 20

H&H is building a reputation for quality motorcycle sales, and this one at the National Motorcycle Museum should be no exception. An inventory of over 200 machines is expected, ranging from “pioneer” British models to modern classics. A restored 1923 Lea-Francis 600cc Sports will be one of the stars of the auction.