7 Million‑Pound Supercars Are Up For Sale at Goodwood Festival Of Speed
On the 5th July 2019, Goodwoods Festival of Speed returns. And at the festival this year, Bonhams will be selling 7 million-pound supercars under the hammer.
A couple of the cars are record breakers and motorsport icons. The Williams-Renault FW14B that was driven by Nigel Mansell. The Williams, known as Red 5, helped Mansell win his first Formula 1 Drivers Championship in 1992.
64 years earlier, a Bentley which was known by the name Old Mother Gun, took a famous Le Mans win at the hands of Capt. Woolf Barnato.
Both of these legends of motorsport will be available to buy at the Festival of Speed. Joining these icons are five other million-pound supercars for sale, as well as a plethora of other cars.
The auction itself is conducted by Bonhams, and will commence at 11am on Friday 5th July. If you fancied taking a look at the whole catalogue you can view it here.
Below we take a look at seven of the most valuable cars that will appear under the hammer.
1992 Williams-Renault FW14B
Estimated Value – £3million
Update – Sale Price – £2.703 million
Nigel Mansell’s Williams-Renault FW14B sold for £2.703 million at auction on the 5th July, setting a new sale record for Williams F1 cars. There was an international three-way bidding war to secure the winning bid, with the winning buyer being described as a “renowned private collector”.
Any motorsport fan over the age of 30 should recognise this impressive machine. The Williams FW14B was the car which took Nigel Mansell to his first Formula 1 Drivers’ Championship in 1992.
At the time, it was one of the most complex F1 cars ever built, housing a 3.5-litre V10 Renault engine. It featured ride-levelling active suspension, advanced aerodynamics and a six-speed automatic transmission.
Since the car was sold by Williams, “Red 5” has had just one single owner, and is in full running condition. Bonhams have confirmed that the car has been running recently.
Bonhams haven’t released an exact estimate of how much they expect the Williams F1 car to fetch, however recent speculation puts that figure around £3m.
Last year Bonhams sold Ayrton Senna’s Monaco Grand Prix-winning McLaren-Ford MP4/8 for €4.2m (now about £3.7m), while the record for the most valuable public auction sale of an F1 car stands at £5.6m for Michael Schumacher’s 2001 Ferrari, the car that took him to his fourth World Drivers’ Championship.
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1927 Bentley Jackson Special
Estimated value – Unknown
This July, one of the most special old Bentleys is coming up for sale at the FOS.
The Bentley Jackson Special, otherwise known as Old Mother Gun will be under the hammer at the Bonhams FOS sale.
This car has been a regular at Goodwood, and is the most well-known of all Bentley specials. The Duke of Richmond selected it as one of the 25 greatest cars ever when it marked 25 years of the Festival of Speed.
The Jackson Special was the first 4.5-litre ever made and won the 24-hour Grand Prix de Paris at the Circuit de la Sarthe in only its second ever race in 1928.
This specific car was restored in 1989 by Stanley Mann Racing, and features a synonymous central driving position that we are most familiar with.
Bonhams wont release how much they are valuing this legendary racer at.
2013 McLaren P1 XP05
Estimated Value – £1.3-1.5 million
The McLaren P1 isn’t just a regular P1. It is in fact the fifth experimental prototype that McLaren built before the hybrid supercar went into production.
Only 14 of these prototypes were ever made, with a few being used in crash testing. Thankful this example was never crash tested, and instead was used in McLaren’s unveiling at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2013.
When the McLaren went in to full production, only 375 cars were made, making this one of only 389 P1’s ever made.
This experimental McLaren P1 XP05 is expected to reach over £1.3 million and is practically brand new. Despite being produced back in 2013, this XP05 has had a full refurb by McLaren and has just 339 miles on the clock.
1966 Ford GT40
Estimated Value – £850,000-1,250,000
This Ford GT40 is as original as they come. It has been fully assembled and restored from 100% original GT40 parts. It took over 10 years for the owner to find and collect all of the parts. They were shipped to New Zealand where the car was finally assembled.
The GT40 chassis that forms the base of this authentic build was built in 1966.The body that has been used is thought to have originated from the Ford GT40 which raced at Le Mans in 1966. And it is supposedly the world’s oldest production GT40 body in the world.
A selection of the parts used on this GT40 build originated from new GT40 stock. The gearbox itself was used at Le Mans, and the engine itself is an authentic GT40 engine. It has been completely refurbished to match the original historic race specification.
1934 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300
Estimated Value – £4-5m
This 1934 Alfa Romeo race car boasted an impressive 100mph performance, and was billed as a race car for the road. It housed one of the first supercharged twin-overhead cam eight-cylinder engine. This powertrain was used in Alfa’s consecutive victories at Le Mans from 1931 to 1934.
This car is a pinnacle collectors car, with many collectors labelling it the crème de la crème. Being such a historically important car, this Alfa 8C is estimated to reach £4million.
1928 Bentley 6.5-litre Standard Six
Estimated Value – £800,000-1,200,000
This classic Bentley is one of only six Standard Saloons in existence today, making it a very rare collectors item. This 6.5 litre Bentley Standard Six, was able to seat seven people and was one of the more luxurious cars available to purchase at the time.
When the Standard Six was produced, Bentley were only nine years old, and mainly known for their dominance at Le Mans.
This model in particular has had the same owner since 1966 and has been kept in pristine working condition. Being so incredibly rare, it is expected to do very will in the Bonhams auction marquee.
1907 Métallurgique-Maybach Zeppelin
Estimated Value – £800,000-1,000,000
You may recognise this famous Zeppelin. It has been a regular at Goodwood since 1996, it featured in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang films, and has taken part in numerous magazine features. This Zeppelin is one of the most well-known cars of the Edwardian era.
The engine in this car boasts impressive stats, with its 21-litre six cylinder engine, which was originally designed by Maybach for Zeppelin airships. Its engine is the earliest surviving, fully functioning Maybach-Zeppelin engine. It produces 195bhp from it’s mightily large engine and is capable of 120mph and 0-60mph in 11.7 seconds.
The lucky owner of this car will be able to drive it away as it comes with a valid MOT, and is still road legal today. Incredibly there have only ever been 5 owners of this car in its 109 year life.
The auction itself is conducted by Bonhams, and will commence at 11am on Friday 5th July.
Bonhams are also holding a no reserve auction in Geneva this year consisting of 25 supercars. Check out which supercars are for sale in Geneva.